What’s On: Pearly Kings and Queens, Matsuri, Design, Coding, Art and more

Sep 22, 2016 by

Picks for Whole the Family:


Polka Theatre, Brain Waves Workshops: Polka Theatre is hosting a festival that partners theatre with science.  Take part in a family mindfulness workshop, make your own brain while learning what different parts control, learn how to walk in the shoes of someone growing up with a a brain injury, parents can take part in a workshops learning about cognitive development from birth to age 4. … workshops are just £5 each.  Some are only open to babes in arms and adults, but do take a look at what appears to be an informative series of talks and children’s workshops.


St. Mary Le Bow, Pearly Kings and Queen at the Harvest Festival:  Celebrate London with Morris and maypole dancing, marching bands, good stalls and learn about the tradition of the Pearly Kings and Queens in London’s markets.  Sunday from 1:30pm, all ages.


Trafalgar Square, Japan Matsuri: Explore the theatrical, musical, culinary and fine arts of Japan Sunday afternoon at the Matsuri Festival.  Family activities include origami, calligraphy, magna art making along with Japanese water games.  Music, dance, food and more.  Sunday 25th 10am-8pm.


The Geffrye Museum: Bring the kids to paint porcelain decorations, on Saturday and make badges on Sunday.  Kids can explore the lovely gardens while grownups explore the cakes from the shop.  Saturday and Sunday 2:30-4:30pm, all ages, free.


Trafalgar Square, Malaysia Fest: Stop by the lions for cooking lessons, curries, noodles, music and dancing.  Saturday noon-10pm, free.

Wimgore Hall, Leonore Piano Trio:  Saturday 24th from 11am-noon.  Head to Wigmore Hall for an all-ages, relaxed concert for just £5.

Picks for Older Kids 


Wellcome Collection, Lomography workshops: Lomography UK is running free photography workshops using their Lomo’Instant Wide to take pictures inspired by the Wellcome Collection’s objects and galleries.  Workshops are running from 2-3, 3-4 and 4-5 pm; there are 20 spaces per session. If you arrive 15 minutes beforehand and you will likely get a place.  Free event.


V & A Digital Design Weekend: as part of the wider London Design Festival, the V & A will be hosting two days of fabulous workshops for little ones and adults.  In the Learning Centre Art Studio there will be robots, coding, wool, Lego and Raspberry Pis.  Saddler’s Wells will be running an interactive dance and light workshop.  These activities, along with many others, will be taking place Saturday and Sunday from 10:30-5pm, all free, all drop-in, throughout the entire museum.


Coram’s Fields, Design Carousel: Saturday 11am-5pm, free, all ages.  This event looks really good – there are coding, design, art and theatre workshops running for all different age groups.

Pippa's Poppets

October Half-Term: Pippa’s Poppets Musical Theatre Holiday Workshop for ages 3-6 years old.  South Kensington (upstairs room at Bumpkin Restaurant), 9:30-noon Monday 24th-Wednesday 26th.  Join Batman, Superman, Catwoman, The Incredibles, Wonderwoman, Spiderman and all the others for this action-packed adventure, £100 per child.  In Pimlico, at St. Gabriel’s Church Vestry, from 2-4:30pm Monday 24th – Wednesday 26th, kids will create an underwater spectacular combining characters from The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Ponyo and Shark Tale, £90 per child.  Great value and parents are invited to a performance on the final day.


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.


Wigmore Hall, For Crying Out Loud: Relaxed concert for parents and carers of babies up to 12 months old. £7.50 per adult, babies free.  Tuesday 27th, 12:30pm

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:Julieta.  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; on Sunday The Magnificent Seven.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50.  This week’s features:Little Men, The Girl with all the Gifts or The Magnificent Seven.

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: Frankenweenie 11:30am, just £1.75.

BFI Family Cinema, Sunday TV Preview, Yonderland, Series 3.  Meet with Ben Willbond, Martha Howe-Douglass, Jim Hawick and Laurence Rickard in a Q and Q following the screening.  Sunday 1pm.  Kids £4, adults £11.75

Framed Film Club:  Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: London International Animation Festival shorts.  Saturday 11am.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: London International Animation Festival shorts. Tickets just  £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2. (best £3 you will ever spend on a rainy Saturday)

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature,The BFG.  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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