London Baby and Kids Weekend Guide
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This Weekend for the Entire Family:
The Inner Temple Dog Show Returns: Sunday 1-4pm. Head to the Inner Temple Garden and enjoy a dog show as part of the Chelsea Fringe festival. Enter your own dog and handler and compete for Garden Agility, Best Floral Outfit, Dog with Waggiesst Tail, Best Junior Handler and Public’s Favourite. Booking essential, but the event is free and open to all.
Duke of York Square, Yoga: Every Sunday from now until the end of August, join Lululemon for a complimentary class on the green at 10:30am. Session suitable for beginner thought advanced yogis.
Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities: Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm. Bring the kids for family activities, interactive stalls, hands-on demonstration, talks, games, researchers, community organisations … do check out the event, something for young and old. Free, all ages.
Do you have a small to medium size blog that needs a bit of a nudge?
Book now for this practical and intimate workshop led by Mothers & Shakers, a boutique collective of top bloggers, influencers and creatives. Thursday 15 June, 10am-1:30 at Reform Social and Grill in Marylebone. Ticket price £39 (includes light refreshments and goodie bag) there is an early bird fee, £29 for May 15 – 22nd.
For Older Kids and Perhaps their Younger Siblings
National Gallery, Two Day Renaissance Workshop: Saturday 10:30, Sunday 12:30. Bring kids age 5-8 for a two-day study course on Renaissance Art. Children will look at Renaissance artists, create their own pigments and then their own works of art. Tickets £39.89 for both days.
Wusi Creative Space, Othello: Sunday, 3pm. Bring your older kids to watch Stephen Tiller’s production of Othello in a fantastic, intimate setting. Tickets just £12.
Southbank, Karachi Literature Festival for Kids: Saturday from 10:30. Bring the kids for a day of songs, film and stories from Pakistan. Tickets £10, ages 4+
National Portrait Gallery, Portraits in Clay: Sunday 1-2:30 (ages 3+) and 3-4:30 (ages 7+). Head in for a free, drop-in session making a small clay head using a variety of techniques and processes.
Royal Observatory, Weekend Space Cadets: Saturday and Sunday 12:45-4:15pm. Bring the kids and you can all learn about astronauts, rockets, the International Space Station and future space mission. For ages 5+, free.
Dry Drinker: Low and No Alcohol beer, wine, ciders, fruit beers and spirits delivered to your door for £6.99 flat rate shipping. How does it taste and what is the point? Read about my evening with Mothers and Shakers, Dry Drinker and Big Apple Hot Dogs … find out what happens when you serve non-alcoholic drinks to middle age women.
Babies and Toddlers
Monkey Music is Expanding: Due to the popularity of the baby classes in Pimlico and Chelsea, Monkey Music is opening two new baby classes so everyone can come and join in the fun. Pimlico classes will be on Fridays at 2:30 and Chelsea will be on Wednesdays at 10:50. Read a bit more about Monkey Music in Chelsea and Westminster or book now: call 020 8767 9827, email direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Tickets required, £5.
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.
Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: Mondays, 11:00. This week’s feature: The Sense of an Ending. Bring babies under 12months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.
BFI Southbank: Head over to Southbank this Sunday, 1pm, for The Cat from Outer Space (1978). Under 16s £4, adults £8.
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: Muppet Treasure Island 11:30am, just £1.75.
Framed Film Club: Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: The Chipmunk Adventure. Saturday 11am.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Minuscule Valley of the Lost Ants, 10:30. Tickets just £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2. (best £3 you will ever spend on a rainy Saturday)
Ritzy Picturehouse, Kids Club: Saturday 10:30. This Week’s screening: Minuscule Valley of the Lost Ants.
Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Surfs: The Lost Village. Saturday 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.