Norman invasion, King’s Place, Little Venice, Southbank
Hyde Park, March Into 1066 with English Heritage: Reenactment and Pop Up Encampment Day: Find out more about Saxon and Norman England with English Heritage free, pop-up living history encampment near Apsley House in Hyde Park. Re-enactors, some of whom will have marched 242 miles, will demonstrate how armies lived and ate while on the the march. This day is brilliant for young and old alike, it is so beautifully quirky and informative.
Kings Place, The Magical World of the Piano – Family Concerts with Norika Ogawa: Sunday 9th October, 10am (ages 2-5), 11am (ages 2-5) and noon (ages 6+). Ogawa, one of the luminary concert pianists of the world stage, brings Schumann, Mozart, Elgar, Debussy and more to alive for famlies. Children £5.50, adults £7.50, family of 4 with 1 adult £17.50.
The Little Venice Music Festival, Family Concert “Stories in Sound”: Saturday 11-noon, St. Saviour’s Church. Come and enjoy an interactive concert for the entire family, get to know the instruments and let the music inspire you to create an exciting new story. Tickets are just £8 adults, £4 under 18s.
Southbank Centre, Funharmonics Tales from the North: Sunday noon, Royal Festival Hall. Embark on a musical adventure through the world of Nordic folktales with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Adult tickets start at £10, children’s tickets at £5.
Southbank Centre, Futuristic Big Sing: Sunday 3:30-5pm, Clore ballroom. Voicelab brings a free day of singing for everyone to Southbank. Bring your kids, friends, neighbours and celebrate song. Free, all ages.
Picks for Older Kids
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Stemettes: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. Join in this free coding weekend where you can learn how to create amazing things with computers. Girls ages 5-22, all day events, booking required but free event.
Wigmore Hall, Sir Scallyway and the Battle of Stinky Bottom: Saturday 11am. Join Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives for this new children’s concert based on Giles Andreae’s latest Sir Scallyway story. Original score, vivid storytelling and lots of audience participation. Ages 4+, tickets £10 for adults, £8 for children.
Southbank Centre, Toungue Fu for Kids: Saturday, 2pm, foyer spaces. Poet and musician Chris Redmond, freestyle rapper Maxwell Golden and award-winning storyteller Jan Blake explore the future through spoken word and music from Tougue Fu band. Suitable for children ages 7-10 years old, tickets £8 each.
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.
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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.
British Museum Little Feet: Friday 10:30-noon and Saturday 11am-4pm, bring children under 5 to the British Museum and explore different parts of the collection. Free, drop-in.
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: The Girl on the Train. 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 The Girl on the Train on Sunday at 10:30.
Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am, £7.50. This week’s features: The Girl on the Train, War on Everyone, both showing at 11.
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: Hotel Transylvania. 11:30am, just £1.75.
Framed Film Club: Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: Mr. Men and Little Miss Shorts. Saturday 11am.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Lion King. 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, Blinky Bill. 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.Tweet