London Family Weekend Edit

Dec 16, 2016 by


Institut Francais, C’Est Noel: Saturday 17th, 11am.  Spend the day in South Kensington enjoying Christmas activities.  There will be storytelling and a preview screening of Ballerina and a visit from Santa.  Just £7.


Parasol Unit, London Children’s Book Fair: Saturday 17th, 10am-5pm.  Celebrate the best of contemporary children’s literature with workshops, live drawing session, and book signings.


William Morris Gallery, Winter Warmer: Sunday 18th, 1-4pm.  Come and enjoy an afternoon of magical entertainment in the Gallery and Lloyd Park.  Make your own lantern inspired by The Fox and the Star; enjoy jazz and gospel music, food and drink.  Free, drop-in, all ages.


Pippa’s Poppets Holiday Musical Theatre Workshop: Watch your child be transported through the joy of performing arts in a two morning or two afternoon workshop.  Learn song and dance numbers with Frozen characters, The Grinch, Father Christmas and Rudolf. Best part, family performance on the final day.  Ages 3-6, Kinghtsbridge, Chelsea and Victoria.  Email us at or call 020 7193 3920 to book your place.  £70 per child at Knightsbridge and Victoria; £80 each for Chelsea.

Keats House, Festival of Lights:  Head over to the Heath and hear wintery folktales form around the world with storyteller Olivia Armstrong.  Make your own tea light holder using recycled materials.  1:30, 2:30 and 3:30; free, no booking, all ages.


National Theatre Big Den Building Day: Saturday 17th, 11am-1pm.  Create your very own Neverland den in an interactive workshop for the entire family.  Children ages 6-12 (no children under the age of 6).  Adults £5, children £3.

Babies and Toddlers


Baritone Baby : Saturday 17th December. Local, live opera for babies, toddlers and grown-ups.  Come hear classic arias while toddlers roam free, for ages 0-5 years.  £12 per adult, kids free. Clapham, Fresh Grounds Cafe, Battersea Rise.


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: It’s A Wonderful Life. 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 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2D.  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: Frozen. 11:30am, just £1.75.

Framed Film Club:  Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: Framed Film Club Christmas Party.  Saturday 11am.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Muppets Christmas Carol. 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 Grinch.  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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