London Baby and Kids Weekend Guide
This Weekend for the Entire Family:
Union Chapel Summer Fete: Sunday noon – 4pm. Head out to Hackney in fancy dress for live music, family activities, arts, crafts, cake and gin. Entry is free, all ages.
Trafalgar Square, West End Live: Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday noon-5pm. Head to Trafalgar Square for FREE West End performances from top shows including An American in Paris, ENO, School of Rock and 42nd Street to name just a few. Free, all ages
Mount Street Gardens Summer Fair: Sunday noon-4pm. This is a fantastic summer fete: fun fair rides and great food all set in the placid Mount Street Gardens. Free, all ages.
London Regatta Centre, London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival: Sunday 10am-6pm. Head to Royal Albert on the DLR for live music, theatre acts, dance performances, martial arts displays, Chinese Lion Dancing, food stalls, bar and more …
For Older Kids and Perhaps their Younger Siblings
William Morris Gallery, Weaving with Rezia Wahid: Saturday 1-4pm. Head over to Walthamstow and visit the William Morris Gallery for a weaving workshop with local textile artist Rezia Wahid. Free, drop-in, all ages.
Tate Britain, Sink the Pink, Queer History Workshop: Saturday 2-5pm. Join professor Sue Sanders and come dressed as your favourite queer icon, take a history quiz. The kids can take part in life-drawing sessions and craft making sessions. Free, ages 5+
British Library, Travelling Words: Sunday 11:30-1pm. Celebrate Refugee Week with writer Jenneba Sie-Jalloh in this story writing workshop. It is a drop-in workshop limited to 40 people, first come, first served. Free, ages 5-11.
The Cockpit Theatre, Wind in the Willows. Saturday 2pm. Enjoy the adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad brought to life in enormous puppets, songs, dances and interactive sets. All ages, tickets £7 and family of 4 £24.
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
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: Snatched. Bring babies under 12 months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.
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: Smurfs: The Lost Village. 11:30am, just £1.75.
Framed Film Club: Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: James and the Giant Peach. Saturday 11am.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Paddington, 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: Paddington.
Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Swallows and Amazons. 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.