What’s On: Archikids, Archaeology, Chuseok and more

Sep 15, 2016 by

'Design Quest: Shoebox London' children's workshop at the RIBA

Open House London: With over 700 buildings to explore, Open House London is an opportunity to learn about and explore the fabulous architecture of our capital.  Some highlights of the child-centred events are part of the Open House Junior programme:


South London Gallery, The Sunday Spot: Sunday 2-4pm, ages 3-12, free.  join Chantelle Stephenson and explore the history of the former Peckham Road Fire Station.  Explore the functions of the building including drawing and extravagant mask making.


National Portrait Gallery: Celebrating Roald Dahl.  Sunday.  Bring the kids to take part in a variety of workshops for ages 3+, 5+ and 7+ focused on storytelling, sweet making and other fun, Dahl-inspired activities.  free.


British Museum, Celebrating Chuseok: Saturday 11-4:30, free, all ages, drop-in.  Celebrate the Korean Harvest Moon Festival with music by Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, K-Pop dance performances, a costume photo booth, theme workshops, storytelling and special workshop with Ik-Joong Kang.

Pumphouse Gallery, Matter of Memory Family Workshop: Sunday noon-4pm, free, all ages, drop-in.  Work with clay to transform hazy memories, feelings and thoughts into an artefact.  Transform a memory into something tangible.

Picks for Older Kids:


Totally Thames, Tower Beach Open Day: Sunday 9:15-11:15.  We went to this last year on the Southbank and enjoyed the most amazing archeology lesson.  Learn how to identify Tudor, early Victorian and even Roman relics mudlarked from the Thames.

The Royal Institution, Family Masterclasses: Saturday 10:30 and 1:30, ages 7-11.  Join Vicki Lonnon and learn about the basic principals behind how rockets work.  Make and test your own rocket using simple materials.  Adults £20, kids £15; RI members £17, young RI members £12.75.

The September Concept Store: Head down to 340 Kings Road until 23 September for a fabulous pop-up collection of amazing goods and products.  Catwalk Baby offers FREE, in-store personalisation of their luxury baby towels, robes and clothing; Coffee Hat is offering Panamanian coffee in Nespresso form; be sure to check out Nibbling’s teething jewellery and local designer Ille de Cocos line of fabulously-valued, stylish knitwear.


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.   Read my review of Villa Pia and book for the October school holidays as a there are just a few places remaining.

Babies and Toddlers


Monkey Music Chelsea and Westminster is about to start autumn term bringing local mums and local families together in a fabulous class for infants and older children.  Be sure to check out the Cineworld venue on Fulham Road for toddlers along with Cooper’s Arms off Flood street near the Kings Road.  Read my review here.

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: Bridget. Jones’s Baby.  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 Bridget Jones’s Baby Friday-Thursday; on Thursday and Sunday The Girl on the Train is showing, both at 10:30, £7.50.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50.  This week’s features: Hunt for Winderpeople and Bridget Jones’s Baby.

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: Coraline 11:30am, just £1.75.

BFI Family Cinema, Neil Brand introduces The Railway Children. Sunday 1pm.  Kids £4, adults £11.75

Framed Film Club:  Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: The Secret Life of Pets.  Saturday 11am.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Tickets just  £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2. (best £3 you will ever spend on a rainy Saturday)

Ritzy, Brixton, Kids’ Club: Saturdays, 10:30am.  £1.50.  This week’s feature: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Swallows and Amazons.  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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