Gingerbread Houses, Westminster Abbey, A Christmas Carol and Operetta

Dec 8, 2016 by

Picks for Slightly Older Kids and Their Younger Siblings: 


The Museum of Architecture, Gingerbread City: Come to Thurloe Place and see the enormous gingerbread house exhibit daily from 10am-7pm daily.  You might also want to book into a family workshop to make your own gingerbread house for £20 per child, £36 for two children.


Westminster Abbey, Christmas for Families: Saturday 10am – 3pm.  Make a unique decoration for your Christmas tree in the North Transept 10am-noon.  Hear the Christmas story with a tour around the Abbey at 11am, North Transept.  Sing alongside the choristers at noon.  Ages 3+, free, drop-in.


Museum of Comedy, Magic Show and Workshops: We went last weekend (see my kids, above, working on physical comedy)… my husband was the one laughing ridiculously loud and cheering on the magicians.  We did not take part int he workshops  beforehand, but the kids are keen to go back and give it a try.  Tickets £12.50 adult, £7.50 child, £35 family) or … book the kids into a 90 magic workshop.


The Foundling Museum, Christmas with Pooh Bear and Friends: Sunday, 1pm.  Enjoy songs and nonsense poems with Gavin Roberts and Amanda Pitt.  Following the concert families will make lanterns.  Children 10 and under, tickets £5


Charles Dickens Museum, A Christmas Carol: Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th; Friday 23rd 3:30 and 6:30.  Join Professor Michael Slater as he brings A Christmas Carol to life with wit and panache.  Tickets £15, ages 9+.


South London Gallery, The Sunday Spot: Sunday 11th, 2-4pm.  Join the People’s Workshop to explore the themes of transformation and time from Roman Ondak’s exhibition,  After, create a flip book as an introduction to using stop motion animation.  ages 3-12, free, drop-in.


Wigmore Hall, Rumbled: Saturday, noon. Come and hear the operatic adaptation of Rumpelstilskin.  Tickets £10 adults, £8 children.  Ages 3-5.


British Library, Make Your Own Stage: Sunday 2pm-3:30.  Create a 3D pop-up theatre for illustrating with Sion Ap Tomos.  Ages 5-11, free, drop-in, tickets allocated on arrival.


Hackney Empire, Sleeping Beauty: Splurge and take the kids to a fabulously valued panto (tickets start at £10) and enjoy a day out in Hackney.  The theatre is beautiful and I can strongly recommend near-by Violet Cakes cafe as a pre theatre tea and cake venue.

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


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.


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. or ring 020 8767 9827 to book your first FREE class.


Pimlico Toy Library: Pimlico Toy Library 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: Sully. Bring babies under 12months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.

Ritzy, Brixton, Big Scream: Fridays, 11am.  This week see Life, Animated or The Birth of a Nation. Tickets £8.50

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: A Christmas Story. 11:30am, just £1.75.

Framed Film Club:  Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: Swallows and Amazons.  Saturday 11am.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Witches. 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 Secret Life of Pets.  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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