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

May 12, 2016 by


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).


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


Book Now for Villa Pia, Italy’s finest baby-friendly, all-inclusive, fabulously valued family holiday destination – fabulous savings for off-peak stays, perfect for families with children not yet in school.  Eat fresh, Italian food prepared by a chef and play in the pool.  Read my review of Villa Pia

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

Family Cinema 


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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