London Baby and Kids Weekend Guide

Mar 2, 2017 by

Events for the Entire Family

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Royal Albert Hall, Classical for Kids – Spectacular Strings: Saturday 4th March, 10:30 and 1:30.  Buggies, babies and budding musicians of all ages warmly welcome to enjoy Tom Ellis and Eun Cho give a fantastic family friendly performance of guitar and cello.  £12 adult, £6 children.

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Vauxhall Vaults Festival, Mini Rumpus Woodlands Tails: Saturday and Sunday, 10-2pm, doors open 9:30.  Join Mini Works and Rumpus in the secret tunnels under Waterloo for dancing, circus acts, stories around the campfire, a baby yurt, games, music and lots of entertainment.  Tickets are £20 for adults, £15 for children and £60 for 2 adults and 2 kids

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Upcoming: Billy’s Band Family Concert: Sunday 2nd April, 11:30am.  Join Dan Newell of the LSO and acclaimed author of Billy’s Band books as he takes families on a musical adventure.  Pre-concert activities and the books will inspire children to pick up a musical instrument and have a go.  Tickets £15 adults and £5 children.

Stem Events and Workshops This Weekend:

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Dragon Hall, CoderDojo: Saturday 4th, 1:30-5pm.  I have word that this is a really informative workshop for beginners to better-skilled coders, web site builders, app makers, learn Raspberry Pi, Javascript, Scratch … anyone looking to learn how to create using code.  Free, but registration is required.

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Le Institut Francais, Digital Club: Saturday 4th, 2:30pm.  Head over to South Kensington for a fun and bi-lingual (in easy French) Game Lab session at Le Institut Francais.  Free, booking required.

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Institute of Imagination, Lab Life: Head over to Lambeth High Street for family-friendly coding workshop.  Have code demystified, learn how to craft using tech components, have a go at programming.  Tickets are just £5.

Stemettes BeepBoopfor Change Robotics Hack IWD: March 4th, 10am-4pm.  Stemettes and salesfroce.org are hosting a workshop for girls ages 4-22.  Send the day learning and taking part in hands-on projects.

Events for Older Children and Perhaps Their Younger Siblings:

 

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Kentish Town City Farm, Pony Rides: Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30pm.  For ages 4+, £2.  Take the kids out for a pony ride, contact the farm on the day to check that the ponies are out.

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Somerset House, Family Drop-In Workshop – History, Mystery and Futures Foretold: Join illustrator Sophia Ward as she leads an afternoon of imaginative exploration filled with unusual objects and illustrations.  Using facts from the former functions of Somerset House, craft your own prediction of what the future might have in store.  Ages 6-12, free, drop-in.

JW3, How do you See Yourself:  Sunday 5th March, 2pm.  Join artist Ewelina Kolaczek as she presents an exploration of gender identify through mapping, creativity (making a self portrait) and conversation.  For ages 6+.

Babies and Toddlers

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.

Royal Albert Hall, Storytelling and Music Sessions: Wednesdays 10am and 11:30.  Join Paul Rubinstein, Olivia Armstrong and Becky Dixon for storytelling session that include instruments, singing and movement.

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 Easter 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: Jackie. 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 Viceroy’s House and Logan.  Tickets £8.50

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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: Swallows and Amazons.  11:30am, just £1.75.

Prince Charles Cinema, Studio Ghibli Forever: Saturday, noon. Your Name… kids just £3, adults £8.

BFI Families: Bring the kids on Sunday, 11:30 Rex Harrison in Doctor Dolittle.  Tickets £4 for kids, £11.75 for adults, or 1 adult and 1 child for £10.

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

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Alice Through the Looking Glass, 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, Alice in Wonderland (1951).  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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