Opera, Orchestra and Crime Scenes … What’s On This Week

Oct 14, 2016 by

Picks for Whole the Family:


Cadogan Hall, Southbank Sinfonia Family Concert:  Head over to Sloane Square and enjoy Mendelssohn, Hummel, Arnold and Haydn in this wonderful family concert that introduces little ones to concertos.  Saturday 11am, children £6.50 (babes in arms free), adults £10, family of four £28 (not available online).


Teddington, Villa In Canto’s Don Pasquale: Bring the kids and enjoy an afternoon of opera arias performed in full costume, full set and full character.  A very special performance presented by Classical Babies in conjunction with Villa Pia.  and exceptional value at £12, children free.  Normansfield Theatre, Teddington.  Sunday, 2pm


Kings Place, Aurora Orchestra: Far Far Away: Pepper the Monkey and the Extraordinary Rainbow Circus.   Join the Aurora Orchestra and Pepper the monkey on a dare-devil musical journey to join the extraordinary Rainbow Circus.  Interactive, multi-sensory and fun for the enter family.  Saturday 10:15.  Children £6.50, adults £7.50, family tickets £20.60.


Trafalgar Square, Africa on the Square: Celebrate Black History Month with live music, DJs, dancing, food stalls and lots of fun for kids.  Saturday noon – 6pm.  Free, all ages.


Trafalgar Square, Diwali Festival: Come back on Sunday and celebrate Diwali with music, dance, craft and food stalls along with children’s activities.  Sunday 1-7pm, free, all ages.

Picks for Slightly Older Kids and Their Younger Siblings: 


Geffrye Museum Family Day: Come and make lanterns, decorate tea bowls, learn to make channa chur and herbal scented bags.  There will also be food stalls, face painting, giant games and more.  Sunday noon-4:30pm, free, all ages.

Science Museum, Wonderlab: What used to be The Launchpad has been redone, rebranded and now costs £6 for a day pass or £10 for an annual pass.  It has just opened and looks good.


Pumphouse Gallery:  bring the kids and engage in puppetry, creative writing, drawing and improvisation games in response to the exhibit Crime Scene Archive.  Sunday, noon-4pm, free, all ages.

National Portrait Gallery Family Art Workshops and Big Draw Events:  As part of the Picasso Portraits exhibit, kids can make their own cubist portrait in Play-Doh; make a portrait with torches and explore different styles of drawing.  Sunday from 11am – 4pm (see web site for exact workshop times).  Free, all ages, tickets allocated 1 hour before the start.


Tower Bridge, Big Draw: Join Natalie Ryde for a family workshop creating charcoal designs inspired by the motion of the machines used to lift Tower Bridge.  Saturday 11am, 1pm and 3pm, ages 6-10, free with admission to Tower Bridge.

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.


Book Now for Villa Pia, Italy’s finest baby-friendly, all-inclusive, fabulously valued family holiday destination (in pounds) – 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:Captain Fantastic. 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 on Sunday at 10:30.

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: Malficient. 11:30am, just £1.75.

Ritzy, Brixton, Toddler Time: Tuesdays, 11am, £7.50.  This week’s features: Hopster Showtime, Spooky Stories, both showing at 11.

Framed Film Club:  Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.  Saturday 11am.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Gnomeo and Juliet. 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, Asterix and the Mansion of the Gods.  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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