London Baby and Kids Weekend Guide: Covent Garden May Fayre, Peter and the Wolf, RI, Wandsworth Fringe, Conway Hall, Kings Place

May 12, 2017 by

This Weekend for the Entire Family:

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Covent Garden, St. Paul’s Church, May Fayre: Sunday 12:30-5:30.  It is the 355th birthday of Punch and Judy … come and enjoy one of London’s best children’s tradition – the Coven Garden May Fayre.  Puppet shows, workshops, brass band, folk music, Maypole dancing, clowns and more.  Free, all ages.

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St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Peter and the Wolf: Saturday 12:30.  Come and enjoy not just Prokofiev’s classic, but The Marriage of Figaro and Watt’s The Tortoise and the Hare performed by Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra.  Adults £10, children £5.

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Providence House – Little People, Big Ideas: Saturday 11am-6pm.  Agora Art Circle and Providence House Junior Group have worked hard to create Art Day as part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival.  Spend the day taking part in artist-led, drop-in workshops; enjoy performances, the exhibition and food stalls.  All ages, £2 entry, children under 5 are free.

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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.

For Older Kids and Perhaps their Younger Siblings 

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The Royal Institution, Family Fun Day: Saturday 11am-4pm.  Head over to the RI for a day of learning about the chemistry of life!  Explore the processes that fuel all life on earth with hands-on demonstrations and experiments.  Learn about Biochemistry.  Ages 6+, adults £14, children £7.  Drop-in.

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Conway Hall, Children’s Workshop with Darren Moore: Sunday 2-3pm.  Bring your trumpet and join Darren Moore for a day fantastic day of learning.  For children ages 5-10, contact if you need to bring a sibling outside the age range.  Tickets just £5.

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Wigmore Hall, Search for the Starlight Squid: Saturday 11am.  Dive down into the deep blue sea and join the Lawson Piano Trio for pieces from Sibelius to sea shanties.  The audience will even create its own story piece.  Tickets £10 adult and £8 children.  Ages 5+

Babies and Toddlers

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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 cheslea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk

Kings Place, Aurora Orchestra – Far, Far Away: Mozart in the Garden: Saturday and Sunday, 10am, 11am and noon.  Families, especially those with children age 0-4, are invited to a special new chamber arrangements of Mozart’s music for flute with an original story from Kate Wakeling.  Tickets £7.50 adults, £5.50 children, £20.60 family.

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: Life. Bring babies under 12months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.

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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 Princess and the Frog.  Saturday 11am.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Robinson Crusoe, 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: Robinson Crusoe.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Minions,  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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