London Baby and Kids Weekend Guide for May 6th and 7th
This Weekend for the Entire Family:
Cecil Sharp House, May in a Day: Saturday noon – 4pm. Head up to Regent’s Park and take in a day of folk dancing and music and crafts. A fabulous day out for the entire family. Tickets £10 adults, £8 kids, £2 under 2s.
Cadogan Hall, Southbank Sinfonia Family Concert: Saturday 11:30. Come learn about the music of language where 36 musicians from 12 countries will be your guides though a symphony written in Italy by a German about Scotland (insert your #GE17 comment here). Children £6.50, adults £10 and family £28. All ages.
Royal Academy Family Studio, Once Upon a Piece of Paper: Sunday 11am-3pm. Uncover the limitless possibilities of paper and parchment in this 3D paper workshop for families lead by Thurle Wright. All ages, drop-in, free.
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For Older Kids and Perhaps their Younger Siblings
Imperial College, Imperial Festival: Saturday and Sunday noon – 5pm. Head over to South Kensington for a day of live science, new technology, live music, talks, workshops, food and more. Great day out with the kids (but do get there early and booking is advised) Free, all ages.
Serpentine Gallery, Family Weekend: Lung Songs – An Experimental Choir: Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm. Head over for a two day voice workshops with artist Jenny Moore and the F*CHOIR join a choir using words, breathing, moving, drawing, shouting, clapping, stomping, and singing.
Pump House Gallery, Collective Memory: Sunday 7th May, noon – 4pm. Head to Battersea Park and into the Pump House Gallery for a drop-in family workshop led by Nicola Pomery where children and grown ups can experiment with different materials and techniques. Drop-in, all ages, free.
Royal College of Music, Sparks Family Percussion Workshop: Sunday 11am. Try out the Gamelan, cajon and drum kits, Brazilian drumming workshops and more … Tickets £15 for 1 adult and 1 child, £5 for additional children.
Somerset House Family Workshop: Mechanical Mazes: Saturday noon – 3pm. Customise and race robots through a maze of your own making in this afternoon of activities inspired by the Game Changers exhibition.
Babies and Toddlers
Monkey Music Chelsea and Westminster Summer Term: Book soon to avoid disappoint and make sure your child has a place in the favourite pre-school music class where over 650 local mums have fun and make friends. Book for your complementary class and find out if you may like to continue with Monkey Music. Read a bit more here or book now: call 020 8767 9827, email direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kings Place, Aurora Orchestra – Far, Far Away: Mozart in the Garden: Saturday (10:30, 11:30 and 12:30) and Sunday (10, 11 and noon). Mozart in the Garden invites you to wiggle with the worms and wander among the lavender, 30 minutes immersive performances. Tickets £5.50 (children), £7.50 (adults) and £20.60 (family). For children ages 0-4.
Serpentine Galleries, Early Years Ateleir: Artist Albert Potrony developed this exhibit after working with the Portman Early Childhood Centre in North Westminster (a fantastic early years centre) to promote child-initiated play that is hand-on, collaborative and experiential … qualities in pedagogy that are rapidly diminishing in favour of skills-based learning. The session are 75 minutes and available at either 10:30 or 1:30 on Tuesday 9th – Friday May 12th. Do click on the link to find out how to book.
Wigmore Hall, For Crying out Loud: Tuesday 11am and 12:30. Bring the babies under 12 months to Wigmore Hall for a relaxed concert that will last about 45 minutes. Just £7.50 per adult … babies free.
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.
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: Rules Don’t Apply. 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 Lost in London, Mindhorn and The Journey. Tickets £8.50
BFI Southbank: Head over to Southbank this Sunday, 9am-6pm, for The European Film Awards’ Youth Audience Award, 2017. 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: Sleeping Beauty 11:30am, just £1.75.
Framed Film Club: Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: Trolls. Saturday 11am.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Lego Batman Movie, 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: The Lego Batman Movie.
Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Molly Monster. 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.Tweet