What’s On for Families: Fab Festival, Free Arts Festival, Regent Street Festival, Family Cinema and more …

Jun 30, 2016 by

Family STEM Events London this weekend:


Fab Festival University of Westminster

Fab Festival: Head to the University of Westminster for the international fabrication festival.  Bring the kids to make robots, make paper, make masks and more.  The event is free, but booking required.  Saturday noon-4pm.


British Museum Digital Workshop

British Museum Digital Workshop: Head to the Great Court Saturday 11am-6pm, and play digital games where you solve challenges and explore trails that will lead you around the museum.  A great way to get your little ones to engage with the wonderful museum.  You will need a drivers’s licence, national ID or passport as a deposit for the equipment.  Ages 5+, free.


Make the Future London, A Festival of Ideas and Innovation

Make the Future London, A Festival of Ideas and Innovation: Head to Olympic Park for hands on workshops learning about biofuels made by flies, cars running on saltwater, demonstrations and more.  The event is free, but booking required.

Great Family Festivals:


Strawberries and Screen Granary Square

Wimbledon Screenings: Roof Garden Cardinal Place, New Street Square or One New Change Place for large screen viewing of the tennis.  Also screens will be out in Granary Square with Strawberries and Screen.


Royal Academy Free Arts Festival

Royal Academy Free Arts Festival: join in this free summer street party, perhaps as a follow on to Brown’s London Art Weekend, where many galleries and auction houses open up their doors to the public, for a family.  Take part in interactive arts and creative workshops.  Food, music and entertainment will be on offer, too.  Saturday noon-6pm.


Regent Street, Transported by Design Festival

Regent Street, Transported by Design Festival: Regent Street will be transformed into a spectacular display of transport designs on Sunday 3rd July during a free festival put on by London Transport Museum.  Kinds zone, heritage vehicles, virtual reality headsets, Sunday noon-6pm.

Babies and Toddlers


diddi dance chelsea, dance classes for little ones in Chelsea

diddi dance Chelsea: bring little ones 18 months – 4.5 years to Cineworld Fulham Road on Thursday mornings for a fabulous dance class.  Get a workout, a laugh and make new friends in this newly opened class (read about diddi dance Chelsea here)


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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.

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: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. 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 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie on Sunday at 10:30, £7.50.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50.  Next week’s feature: Adult Life Skills.

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: Alice in Wonderland, 11:30am, just £1.75.

BFI Family Cinema The Adventures of Robin Hood, Saturday 4pm.  Jurassic Park Sunday 2:30.   Kids £4, adults £11.75

Le Institute Francais: Long Way North, in English, ages 6+.  Saturday 2pm and 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: Howl’s Moving Castle.  Saturday 11am.

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

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

Bloomsbury Curzon: 10:30 Sunday, this week’s screening is Howl’s Moving Castle, £3.00 per person.

Ritzy, Brixton, Kids’ Club: Saturdays, 10:30am.  £1.50.  This week’s feature: Howl’s Moving Castle.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Top Cat Begins.  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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