What’s On For London Families: Parasol Unit, Vivaldi, Writing Workshop, Impressionists and more

Jan 19, 2017 by

Events for the Entire Family


Business Design Centre Islington, London Art Fair, drop-in workshop:  Parasol Unit is running a family art worksop with the London Art Fair Sunday 22nd January, noon-3pm.  The event is drop-in and open to all ages, children under 12 are free, everyone else will need a London Art Fair ticket.  The workshop is based on the current exhibition of Tschabalala Self’s work and will include print making and collages.  Unknown-1

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Mini Maestro Family Concert: Saturday, 4:30pm.  Head over to Trafalgar Square (the Woman’s March on London will be wrapping up, I hope to be straddling a lion singing “We Shall Overcome”) Saturday for a lovely performance of Vivaldi’s Autumn and Winter from Four Seasons.



Woman’s March in London:  if you are feeling a bit insecure with the democratically elected leader of the free world openly throwing around misogynist, racist, bigoted ideas and catering to groups who pander to those susceptible to this kind of hate, bring the kids (our just yourself) to the US embassy at Grosvenor Square Saturday for noon.  There is a dedicated family area, a great list of speakers, and you will walk away with a giddiness from of being surrounded by the nice, kind, normal people who do not make up the progressive far-right wing of our current political climate.

Events for Older Children, and perhaps their younger siblings

Utopia workshop image

Somerset House, Writers Workshop, Charting New Narratives – A Collectively Created Utopia:  Saturday, 2-5pm.  Join this collaborative writing worksop to create a shared, giant vision of Utopia.  Stay for the whole workshop, or just drop-in.  Free, all ages.  There is a separate Utopian Fortune Teller art workshop running from 2pm-5pm for all ages.  Free, drop-in.

_MG_2744Notting Hill Gate, Fire Tech Crew, Weekend Tech Making Club: Book the kids into Saturday workshops where they can learn about coding, laser cutting, 3D printing, app development, digital music and more.  Classes cost about £20 each, for children 9-12 years of age.


British Museum, Build Roman Britain in Minecraft: For anyone reticent to give their kids too much screen time, if they make Hadrian’s Wall, that wouldn’t be too bad, right?  Sessions last 2 hours for ages 7+, free 11am-1pm and another session from 2-4pm.



National Gallery Workshops, Impressionism: A Brief Glimpse: These fantastic, free workshops are now bookable in advance.  You are now able to reserve your place and plan your weekend ahead of time.  This week the workshop will focus on learning how the Impressionists painted people and place quickly.  Workshops start in the gallery and then move to the studio.

Babies and Toddlers


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.


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


Call  020 8767 9827 Email direct at cheslea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk


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.


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: The Birth of a Nation.  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 Jackie or Lion.  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: Pinoccio 11:30am, just £1.75.

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

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Storks 2D, 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, Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism.  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.

Be Sociable, Share!
468 ad

Leave a Comment