London Baby and Kids Weekend Guide
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Events for the Entire Family
Chinese New Year, Chinatown and Trafalgar Square: Sunday from 10am. Head to the West End and watch the spectacular parade and follow on to Trafalgar Square for entertainment and food stalls. As always, a fun, festive day out in London.
National Gallery Family Event – Chinese New Year: Head to the Gallery on Saturday from 11am for a day of activities and workshops exploring the year of the rooster. Free, all ages.
Somerset House, Space to Breathe: Bring the kids to explore installations, talks and workshops that focus on the impact of air pollution on our health. This is not an event particularly for children, but do look around as it may be an interesting event to have a wander through. All weekend, various times and venues in and around Somerset House.
Events for Older Children, and perhaps their younger siblings
Vauxhall Vaults Festival, Dr. Zeiffal, Dr. Seigal and the Hippo that can Never be Caught!: Saturday and Sunday, 2:30 (also 11th/12th and 25th/26th February). Winner of the Buxton Fringe Award for best family show, this is an energetic, engaging, intelligent, imaginative and very funny show … tickets £12 each, family tickets £40. For ages 5+.
King’s Place London A Cappella Festival Kids Day: Enjoy free performances from children’s choirs and family friendly groups. Also, book older kids into workshops. Saturday 1pm, ages 5-11, tickets £5.50
House of Vans London, Skate Sessions: Head over to the Arches and take part in a skateboard session. Saturday 10am, 11am and noon. Sunday noon, 1pm and 2pm. Free, but booking required, all ages.
Unicorn Theatre, The Iron Man: This classic children’s book is brought to the state with paper cut silhouettes, puppetry and stop-motion animation. For ages 8+, tickets from £8 for kids, £12 for adults.
Exchange Square, Chinese New Year Craft: Head over to Broadgate where Homemade London will be at Ringside making paper dragons and Chinese fans. All ages welcome, free event, booking required.
Babies and Toddlers
Wigmore Hall, For Crying Out Loud: Thursday 2nd February, 11am and repeated 12:30pm. Bring infants under 1 year old for a relaxed, 45 minute concert in the lovely Wigmore Hall. Tickets just £7.50 per adult.
British Museum, Little Feet: What’s Your Name? Head over to the British Museum Friday from 10:30-noon for a fantastic messy play session for the under 5s based on the current South African art exhibition, free, drop-in.
National Gallery Story Adventures with Fiona Alderton: Wednesdays 10:30-11:15. Bring children 16 months to 5 years to the National Gallery for wonderful storytelling session. Tickets £5 per child.
Monkey Music is launching a new venue in Chelsea; The Hut, located just off the Kings Road, near Flood Street and Hill House School is a brand new, light-filled hall with easy buggy access. Every week over 650 local mums and carers take part in these Monkey Music classes, making it the mummy and baby event for Chelsea mums. Book your complimentary class soon as there are a few places remaining for this term. Other venues include St. Stephens Church, South Kensington; Cineworld, Fulham Road, Chelsea; Holy Apostles Church, Cumberland Street, Pimlico and St. Michaels Church, Chester Square, Belgravia. All clean, easily accessible and pleasant locations. To see their full timetable and venue details and to book your FREE class click HERE
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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: Lion. 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 Hacksaw Ridge or T2: Trainspotting. Tickets £8.50
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: Tales of the Night 11:30am, just £1.75.
Framed Film Club: Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: Monsters Inc. Saturday 11am.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: London International Animated Festival Special January 2017, 10:30. 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 Magic Pudding. 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.Tweet