What’s On: Roald Dahl at Broadgate, Wigmore Hall, Regent Street Cinema and more …

May 12, 2016 by

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Broadgate, Literary Family Fun Day: Saturday 11am-4pm.  To celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, Broadgate is hosting a fantastical family fun day on Saturday 14th May that will include a whimsical wonderland, immersive storytelling, imaginative games, crafts, science displays and Broadgate Circle’s restaurants will be offering family dining options (kids under 12 eat free at Aubaine).

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Imperial War Museum, Carter’s Steam Fair: Head over to the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park and enjoy fun fair rides, music … the macabre, melancholy that lurks beneath.  Free to enter, but you need to purchase tokens to go on the rides.

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Greenwich, Urban Village Fete: Sunday noon-7pm.  Head over to enjoy music, food, art and design workshops, design stalls and a pop-up playground provided by Cow and Gate for the little ones.

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Cineworld, Diddi Dance West London: Brand new toddler dance classes are starting in Chelsea.  Diddi dance is a specialist dance class for children 18 months and upwards to enhance coordination and rhythm; play with ribbons and other props, dance to hip hop, salsa, disco, tap and 12 other styles. This is a free taster session, 9:30 and 10:30.  Register your interest before they are all booked up!  gina.kane@diddidance.com

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Streatham Kite Day: Sunday 11am-5pm, head over to Streatham Common for a great day of kite flying, food, music, bouncy castle, face painting and more.

Primrose Hill Festival and Dog Show: Come and celebrate Sunday 10-6pm with music, food, games, rides and a dog show!! Great fun for all.

Mammals at Bushy Park: Saturday 10am-12:30.  Look for signs where mammals live, find out more about them and why Bushy Park is so important to them.  £15 per family of 2 adults and up to 3 kids.

Royal Academy of Art Family Workshop

Royal Academy, Family Studio: Sunday 11am-3pm.  Sharpen your collage skills while re-imagining the world of Venetian Master Giorgione in this free family workshop.  Free, drop-in, all ages.

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Wigmore Hall, Roald Reimagined:  Saturday 10:30-3:30.  Join Hannah Bishop and step inside the inventing room and create your own musical retelling of your favourite story.  Adults £15, children £10.

Serpentine Gallery, Family Day: Come and with Marie O’Connor to create a collaborative installation that will twist, roll, wrap, hook, hand and walk around the Education Studio. Sunday noon-5pm, all ages, drop-in.

Clapham, Glebe House, Live Drawing Event: Saturday 2:30-3:30.  Join children’s author Emer Stamp for a drawing workshop focusing on barnyard animals.  Ages 6-11, tickets £5.

Le Institute Francais, Digital Club: Saturday 2:30.  Bring the kids for some bilingual e-workshop.  Its really good fun and Free!! Booking required.

National Portrait Gallery Drop-in Family Session: Sunday 1-2:30 (ages 3+) and 3-4:30 (ages 7+).  Collect stories from around the gallery and then create a giant moving poem.  Free, drop-in.

Upcoming, Half-Term with Pippas Poppets: Pippa will be holding one of her famous half-term musical theatre workshops this half-term.  Do get in touch if you have a 3-6 year old as these are fantastic value and amazing fun for the kids.

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Babies and Toddlers

Baby Broadway, Belsize Park: Tuesday 17th 11am-11:45.  Come sing from Grease, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Frozen and may more performed by West End singers at this family-friendly concert. £10 per adult, children go free.

Spitalfields City Farm, Wild Club: This is a fabulous opportunity for children to help groom animals, take part in gardening, build campfires and more.  Saturdays, mornings 10:30-noon children 4-7; afternoons 1:30-3pm children 8-12.

Little Diggers, Vauxhall City Farm: A gardening club for parents and toddlers with a range of activities that get children digging in soil and growing food.  Thursdays 10-11:30, children ages 2-4, £4 per adult.

Wigmore Hall, For Crying Out Loud: Tuesday 17th 11am and again at 12:30.  Bring babies under 12 months of age to Wigmore Hall for an outstanding performance.  Tickets just £7.50, babies are free.

Royal Albert Hall, Storytelling and Music Sessions: Could you think of a more stately venue to introduce 0-4 year olds to music, movement and storytelling?  Join seasoned storytellers Paul Rubinstein, Olivia Armstrong and Becky Dixon to this fabulous, hands-on, musical storytelling session.  Wednesdays, 10 am and 11:30, tickets just £5.

Pimlico Toy Library: Pimlico Toy Library has a new web site showcasing all their wonderful children’s workshops and baby playtimes.  This is a fantastic resource for any parent or carer, the toys are fastidiously cleaned and the art workshops are brilliantly planned with high quality materials.

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: Mondays, 11:00.  This week’s feature:10 Cloverfield Late. Bring babies under 12 months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.

Clapham Picturehouse, Big Scream: Head to Clapham and see Florence Foster Jenkins on Thursday, Our Kind of Traitor on Sunday, both screenings at 10:30, £7.50.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50.  This week’s features: Everybody Wants Some and Mustang

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Regent Street Cinema, Kino Club Films : You can now bring your children to London’s beautifully restored, sumptuous cinema for screenings of better than average children’s films on Saturdays. This week’s screening: Wily Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) 11:30am, just £1.75.

BFI Family Cinema: James and the Giant Peach: Sunday 1:30.  Move It! Family Animators Sunday 11am.

Airside Andy: Check out this brilliant new game for children age 4-8; its safe, social and STEM.  Great fun combining problem solving.  Check out my Airside Andy review here.

Framed Film Club:  Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature:My Neighbour Totoro.  Saturday 11am.

Curzon Cinema, Victoria:  This week’s programme, My Neighbour Totoro  Saturday and Sunday, 10:30. £3.50 per person.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Alvin and the Chipmunks, Road Chip, tickets just  £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2. (best £3 you will ever spend on a rainy Saturday)

Bloomsbury Curzon: 10:30 Saturday, this week’s screening isMy Neighbour Totoro, £3.00 per person.

Ritzy, Brixton, Kids’ Club: Saturdays, 10:30am.  £1.50.  This week’s feature: Alvin and the Chipmunks, Road Chip.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Kung Fu Panda 3 at 9:30am. Check out the Electric Cinema with its plush, red velvet beds, sofas and armchairs. Looks like a great way for Dad to occupy the kids on a Saturday morning.

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