London Family Weekend Edit

Nov 24, 2016 by

Picks for Whole the Family:

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Babyccino Kids Shop Up: Head over to Chelsea Old Town Hall on Sunday 4th December from 1-6:30pm and Monday 5th December from 9:30-5pm for a fabulous afternoon of shopping and children’s entertainment.  The venders have unique and beautiful gifts at a very good price point.  Last year I scored a table-top ping-pong set, a charming stationary set, met local family photographers and other business owners.  An added bonus, there are children’s activities to help keep the little ones amused while you shop, including music from the fabulously family friendly Wilford Social  (do check them out as they have family gigs across London)  All ages, free entry.

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Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair: Head over to Chelsea for another fabulous gift buying opportunity.  Enjoy the beautiful grounds and refreshments of the Chelsea Physic Gardens while perusing independent merchant stalls for unique, high-quality gifts of very good value.

Picks for Slightly Older Kids and Their Younger Siblings: 

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: Thursday 1st December 2:30 (various other dates for evening performances).  Come and hear a destitute storyteller take inspiration from the shadows cast by the matches she strikes to stay warm.  Standing from £10, seats from £15.

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Royal Academy, Family Studio – Abstract in Prints: Head over to the RA on Sunday 27th from 11am-3pm for a good printmaking workshop.  The Abstract Expressionism exhibit is £17.50 for adults, with children free; the exhibit is definitely worth the cost and effort.  All ages, free workshop.

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British Library, Family Variety Acts: Sunday 2-3:30pm. In this workshop you and the kids will crate a mixed variety showcase of family performances from singing, acrobatics, lion-taming … anything goes.  Ages 5-11, free, drop-in.

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Foyles Snowball: Saturday 9:30 – 5pm.  head to Charing Cross Road for a day-long literary event of storytelling workshops.  Various workshops held throughout the day, tickets are £3 morning tickets, £5 for afternoon with adults free.

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Pumphouse Gallery, Puppeteering The Scene: Sunday noon-4pm, come and work with other families to make your won paper puppets and learn how to puppeteer like a pro, taking inspiration from our various creme scenes that have been created during the the ongoing project Crime Scene Archive.  Free, all ages, drop-in.

Chelsea Theatre, Little Red Riding Hood: 30th November – 24 December.  its Christmas Eve at Grandma’s house and what a big wardrobe Grandma’s got… come to the theatre in your pyjamas, slippers and enjoy a tale packed with special pies, smelly fur coats and donuts.  Ages 4+, £9

Babies and Toddlers

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Book Now for Villa Pia, Italy’s finest baby-friendly, all-inclusive (four course meals … wine, beer, spirits, too), fabulously valued family holiday destination (in pounds, truly exceptional value at the moment) – 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.

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The British Museum, Little Feet: Saturday 11am-4pm (closes for lunch 1-2) Find out where in the world animals call home and programme a robot to help find them in the galleries.  Under 5s, free, drop-in.

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Whitechapel Gallery Crib Notes, William Kentridge.  Wednesday Decemer 3rd 10-noon.  Join Sofia Victorino and children under 3 for a tour and talk of the delightful artwork of William Kentridge.

Local mum, and artist, Margarida, has a lovely new phone number bracelets for children that has your phone number.  Check out Call my Parents.

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Christmas in on the way – it is such a special season to enjoy with little ones and Monkey Music makes it even more enjoyable.  Monkey Music would love to invite you to come in from the cold and join in the fun for a FREE first music class with your little one.  Leading up to Christmas, Monkey Music classes will enjoy decorating Monkey’s special tree, meeting all the wonderful Christmas toys, exploring an amazing Christmas blanket … and it might even snow!

Email or ring to book your place and avoid disappointment.  chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk or ring 020 8767 9827 to book your first FREE class.

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Royal Albert Hall, Storytelling and Music Sessions: bring children ages 0-4 to Royal Albert Hall on Wednesdays for a magical experience with storytellers Paul Rubinstein and Olivia Armstrong where singing, storytelling and musical instruments are woven into one story session.  £4, 11:30am

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 11am. This week’s feature: After Love. Bring babies under 12 months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.

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