London Baby and Kids Weekend Guide

Nov 7, 2017 by

Family Events This Weekend:

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The Lord Mayor’s Show: Saturday 8:30am – 6pm.  The day starts early with the flotilla which will include the Gloriana (the Queen’s Royal Barge), leaving Westminster at 8:30, Tower Bridge will open at 9:25.  The Procession begins at 11am from Mansion House and ends around 2pm.  Fireworks between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridge at 5:15pm. Great day out for all, free, all ages.

The ensemble in "Spaceship" at the dress rehearsal of Philip Glass' "Einstein on the Beach" in collaboration Robert Wilson at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Oct. 10, 2013. Los Angeles Opera's presentation of the Philip Glass and Robert Wilson "Einstein" represents more than 25 years of efforts to bring the ground-breaking 1976 opera to L.A. (Photo by Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

V & A, Opera Weekender.  To kick off the powerful new exhibit Opera: Passion, Power and Politics (highly recommend it without the kids) the V & A will be running a variety of opera events around the museum over the weekend.  Events will include live and film performances including Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen.

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Royal Festival Hall, BBC Family Concert, Is This Jazz? Sunday, noon.  Sing along and even take part in some body percussion with the orchestra.  Be one of the first to hear a brand new piece of music by saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes, written for this concert.  £12 adults, £6 children.

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Prince Charles Theatre, Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music: Sunday, 1pm.  Enjoy the screening and sing along … adults £16 and children £11.

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Upcoming: Big Fish Little Fish Hackney Roman Toga Party – Drum in Bass family special at the Mangle E8 Nightclub.  I will be there with one or more of my progeny to running the Villa Pia Baby Chill Out Corner.  When you buy your ticket to the rave, you will automatically be entered into the drawing to win a FREE week’s family holiday.  Book now to avoid disappointment.

Check out Cornwall for Londoners: Learn more about the beaches, activities, museums and fantastic food scene in St. Ives.

Learning, Making and Doing Events:

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Royal Academy, Family Studio: Free People:  Take the kids to see Jasper Johns or Matisse (last chance as it closes on Sunday and then take them to make their own flags using different media.  Free entry and workshop, the exhibit is £19 per adult and children are free.

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King’s Place, Guardian: Cartoon and Art Family Day: Saturday 10:30-12:30.  Booking is essential for this free event where artists, designers and illustrators will run a variety of workshops based on drawing, cartooning and craft activities.

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Institute of Imagination, Lab Liftoff: Global Designation: Saturday 11am-5pm.  This day-long, drop-off workshop aims to help teach children how to design, build and prototype solutions.  £30 per child.

Sir John Soane’s Museum, Soane’s Sarcophagus: Saturday 11-3pm.  See John Soane’s famous antiquity and then make your very own cardboard sarcophagus to take home.  Free, drop-in, all ages.

National Gallery, Studio Sunday – Book Fold, Story Told: Sunday 11am-1pm and repeated 2-4pm.  Learn about the Sassetta’s painting of Saint Francis and then create your own, intriguing illustrated book.  Free, tickets allocated on arrival (but worth checking in early to see if they might give you one in advance if you are near-by).

Le Institut Francais, Thinker Club: book into this fabulous bilingual workshops in easy French.  This week you can make your own speaker out of recycled materials.  Tickets £7 for ages 9-12.

Babies and Toddlers:

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Are you and your baby looking to meet local mums, in a clean, pleasant space and take part in an enjoyable activity? Are you near Maida Vale, Marylebone, Notting Hill, High Street Kensington or Hampstead? Could I suggest you try out one of London’s premier baby and mum activity – Monkey Music.  For a limited time, Monkey Music Maida Vale, Marylebone, Notting Hill and Hampstead have special offer on their fantastic venues for new London Baby and Kids readers.  If you and 2 other families join Monkey Music and mention London Baby and Kids, the £17 joining fee will be waived. Ring 0208 438 0189 or email hampstead.nottinghill@monkeymusic.co.uk

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Monkey Music at The National Army Museum: Starting Thursday 16th, Monkey Music will be holding afternoon classes in the beautifully refurbished National Army Museum.  You can book into the amazing Playbase before or after your lessons and make a full day of it.  Classes are filling up quickly, so do get in touch with Monkey Music to register your interest.

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JW3 Classical Babies Concert: Sunday 11am.  Come and listen to live chamber music while little ones can crawl, wiggle and explore.  Tickets just £10 per adult, children free.  For under 3’s, booking essential.

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Wigmore Hall, For Crying Out Loud, Wednesday 8th, 11am and 12:30pm.  Head to hear a concert by a Royal Academy of Music musician.  Tickets just £8.50, babies free.

Le Institut Francais, Babies Corner: Bring the littlest ones to South Kensington for storytelling for babies to 3 year olds in easy French.  Wednesday 8th, 11am, £3 adults, £7 kids.

Royal Albert Hall, Storytelling and Music Sessions: bring children ages 0-4 to Royal Albert Hall on Wednesdays for a magical experience with storytellers Paul Rubinstein, Becky Dixton and Samantha Sutherland where singing, storytelling and musical instruments are woven into one story session.  £4, 11:30am

 National Gallery, Welcome Wednesdays: Wednesdays 10:30-11:15.  Bring children 16 months to 5 years to the National Gallery for Dance Adventures with Siobhan Davies.  Age 16 months – 5 years, tickets £5 per child.

Pimlico Toy Library:  Bring the kids to the Toy Library for play sessions and toy lending.  Fantastic resource for anyone in the area.

Electric Cinema, Electric Scream: Mondays 11am.  This week’s feature: Goodbye Christopher Robin.  Bring babies under 12 months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.

Big Scream, Ritzy Brixton: Fridays, 11am.  This week Paddington 2 and The Florida Project are showing.

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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 Jungle Bunch, 11:30am, just £1.75.

Barbican Framed Film Club: Saturday 11am.  This week’s programme: The Tales of Beatrix Potter.  Tickets just £3.50

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Ant Bully,10:30 am. Tickets just  £1 with £4 membership, popcorn and juice £2. (best £3 you will ever spend on a rainy Saturday)

Ritzy Picturehouse, Kids Club: Sunday 10:30.  This Week’s screening: The Ant Bully.

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature, The Jungle Bunch.  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.

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