London Weekend Family Edit

Nov 3, 2016 by

Picks for Whole the Family:

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Regent Street Motor Show: Saturday 5th November, 10:30-4pm.  This is such a great event.  Regent Street is shut down and the most impressive vintage cars line the road.  Kids can sit in turn of the century roadsters, chat with people in period dress and amuse themselves with various booths, stalls and other entertainment.

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Hyde Park, London to Brighton Veteran Car Run: Sunday 6th November.  The cars congregate from 6am, with the first car leaving at 7am, the last cars leave around 8:30.

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Oxford Street Christmas Lights: Sunday 6th November, head to Oxford Street to see the iconic ceremony with live performances from The Vamps, Nathan Sykes and Louisa Johnson.  Will Manning and Aimee Vivian will be hosting the event starting at 6:15, head over early for kids and family events and activities.

Coram’s Fields Family Fireworks: Friday 4th, 3pm.  Free entry for a very family friendly fireworks and fun evening with fairground rides and food stalls.  Fireworks will start at 5:15.

Battersea Park Fireworks: Saturday 5th November.  You can buy tickets and fight the crowds, or just stand on Grosvenor Road and enjoy the show hassle free, with your own food and drinks.  Gates open at 6pm, bonfire for 7:30 and fireworks start at 8pm.

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David Baddiel’s fourth children’s book, Animalcolm, is a hilarious, gripping barnyard adventure for children ages 8-12 years old (it gets four thumbs up around my house.)  Click here and leave a comment to enter to win a copy of the book for your own kids.

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Picks for Slightly Older Kids and Their Younger Siblings: img_1073

Science Museum, Wonderlab: What used to be The Launchpad has been redone, rebranded and now costs £6 for a day pass or £10 per person for an annual pass, is actually pretty good.  It’s very secure, kids can wander off on their own and participate in a demonstration, experiment with dry ice, magnets, pushes, pulls, lights, colours.  It’s expensive, but well-worth the investment if you will make it back a few times a year.

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Royal Academy, Family Events:  The Abstract Expressionism exhibition is really not at all free or affordable at £17.50, but worth every single deflated pence (and under 16s are free).  On Sunday, there is an Abstract Expressionist printmaking workshop running from 11am-3pm.  Free, all ages, drop-in.

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Truman Brewery, Renegade Craft Fair: Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm.  Head over to Truman Brewery and browse through over 200 stalls showcasing original crafts, but take part in demonstrations including wood burning, screen-printing, and pajaki making.

Family Tours of Parliament: The family tours are really good as they are aimed at young kids, you get to have a look and wander around Westminster and St. Stephen’s Hall and the Central Lobby.  Kids are free, adults are £18.50.

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Three Little Monkeys: Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clark have a beautiful, charming, keepsake story book out.  Its a great story about a lovely metropolitan dame and her three pet monkeys.  Perfect gift … click through and leave a comment on the Facebook page for a chance to win a signed copy.

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: Nocturnal Animals. 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 Nocturnal Animals on Sunday at 10:30.

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