London Baby and Kids Weekend Guide
What a heartbreaking series of harrowing events we are living through. My sincerest condolences to anyone who has been affected by any of these tragedies, please get in touch if there is anything London Baby and Kids may be able to do to be of any assistance.
When I first moved to London 14 years ago, I was working at a school in Ladbroke Grove. My friend, and extremely talented Year 1 teacher, Rosie invited me back to her flat in Grenfell Tower to chat about teaching and offer me some support through my struggles as an immigrant and newly trained teacher. Rosie no longer lives in Grenfell Tower, but lives near-by and has casually informed us on social media that she is physically OK. I can only allow myself a moment of speculating all that she is going through. For those more directly affected, I weep when I begin to imagine…
I popped in the Tabernacle Christian Centre yesterday afternoon after I saw on the news that they were in need of people to help sort donations. As has been widely reported, people drove trucks filled with much-needed goods to Ladbroke Grove. For now, there is enough “stuff”, more will be needed in the coming months.
If you are keen to help, just head to the Westways and wander around, someone will be able to put you to work.
If you would like to make a financial donation, please consider the Tabernacle Christian Centre Trust on Latimer Road. They have made a herculean effort so far in their efforts and are looking to raise £20,000 to help the remaining Grenfell Tower victims. Also, if you can’t help now, more help will be needed in the months to come when the media has gone away.
This Weekend for the Entire Family:
Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon Guild Village Fair: Saturday 10:30-5pm. This looks like so much fun – there will be jousting, falconry, a dog show, music, a children’s adventure village, food stalls and more … what a great day out for the family. Free, all ages.
King’s Cross Canal Festival: Saturday and Sunday, noon-5pm. Here is another fantastic way to enjoy a few spare hours with the family … this time around Granary Square. Come and enjoy canal boats, circus shows, beehives and chicken coops, the Canal Museum, music and more. Free, all ages.
Marylebone Summer Fayre: Sunday 11am-8pm. Take the kids to Marylebone High Street and Paddington Street Gardens and enjoy great music, Vauxhall City Farm petting zoo, Spider Mountain climbing tower, vintage fun fair rides and more. Free, all ages.
Coram’s Fields and The Foundling Museum: head over to the museum and then to the park for a fun family day remembering Jo Cox and celebrating community. There will be fun hula hooping, circus skills, fair rides, music, loads of kids activities and more… bring your own picnic or purchase foods. Free, all ages.
For Older Kids and Perhaps their Younger Siblings
Institute of Imagination, Metropolis: Sunday 10am-4pm. Head to Lambeth and make, create, play and tinker with different materials, shapes, sounds and functions in a variety of inspiring activities including building kit cards and waterfalls. Tickets are £8 each.
Old Palace of John Whitgift (Croydon) STEMettes: Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. For girls age 5-22, bring your headphones and your idea for a game and learn how to code. This event is free, sponsored by Oracle Academy. Children under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by an adult.
British Museum, Animate Celtic Craft: Saturday 11am-4pm. Come to the Great Court to animate Celtic patterns from shields, swords and pots using stop-motion software on tablets and upload them to watch them online. ages 7+, free, drop-in
Royal Mews Children’s Art Weekend: Sunday 11am-3pm. Bring the kids to join storyteller Lucy Charles who will uncover secrets of the beautiful crashes and horses that live and work in the Royal Mews. There will also be a photography competition to see who can capture the most interesting photograph of the Royal Mews. Adults £10, children over 5 £5.80.
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: Whitney: Can I Be Me. Bring babies under 12 months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.
BFI Southbank: Head over to Southbank this Sunday, 1pm, for Beauty and the Beast. 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: The Boss Baby 11:30am, just £1.75.
Framed Film Club: Head to the Barbican for the Framed Film Club, this week’s feature: London International Animation Festival’s Animal Adventures. Saturday 11am.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: Incredibles, 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 Incredibles.
Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, Peter Pan. 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.