London Baby and Kids Weekend Guide

Mar 10, 2017 by


Events for the Entire Family

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Cecil Sharp House, Family Barn Dance: Sunday 3-5pm, bring the entire family and learn folk dances from across the British Isles.  Live music with callers and simple instructions.  Adults £7, children £5 and kids under 2 are free.

Southbank, Women of the World Festival: Take the kids and book them into creche and attend a talk, a workshop or take the kids to their own talks, workshops and events … lots to do at this meaningful festival.

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.

Upcoming- NCT Nearly New Sale: Saturday 29th, 10-noon at Westbourne Grove Church, £2 donation at the door, cash sales only.

Events for Older Children and Perhaps Their Younger Siblings:

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Conway Hall, Children’s Workshop with Manus Noble: Sunday 2-3pm, kids ages 5-10.  Head over to a great guitar recital for families.  £5

Keats Community Library, Creative Writing: Saturday 11th, noon-1:30.  Head over Keats Community Library and join Elizabeth Kiem for The World Below the Brine a writing workshop that explores Walt Whitman.  Create your own underwater writing … make sure to bring water-proof pens.  £5 per child and £3 per sibling, booking essential.

Museum of Childhood, Checkmate! An Interactive Family Tour: Saturday 11, 11:15, 1:15 and 2:30.  The White Queen has gone missing from a chess set in the exhibition, become a game piece and go on a mission to solve the mystery.  £7 for one adult and one child, £2 for each additional age.  For ages 5+.

Institut Francais, Music Discovery:  Saturday, 2:30.  Bring kids over the age 5+ to a lovely hour long clarinet concert and workshop.  Booking required, £5

British Museum Family Events: Saturday 11-4pm, Design your Own Greek Temple-build a temple fit for ancient Greece using 3D modelling software, ages 5+, free, drop-in.  Sunday 11-4pm, Crack a Hologram’s Code – come to the Great Court to crack a code by finding clues and seeing holograms rise from tablets.  Ages 7+, free, drop-in.  Epic Sundays, Myths Retold at the British Museum – Sunday, 2:30 come and hear Solomon and Sheba by Sally Pomme Clayton.  Tickets £8 for adults, £6 children.

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.

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Book now for Chelsea Swim Spa – head over to the most baby-friendly pool in London … The Chelsea Swim Spa.  Find out more about this luxuriously warm, innovative pool for mothers and small children.  Read my review here.

beautiful young brunette woman with her one year old baby relaxing in the swimming pool

beautiful young brunette woman with her one year old baby relaxing in the swimming pool

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

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: The Jungle Book.  11:30am, just £1.75.

Framed Film Club:  Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Saturday 11am.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Arrietty, 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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