London Baby and Kids Weekend Guide
Family Events This Weekend:
Somerset House, Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane: Take the kids to Somerset House for a day of music and making to celebrate the exhibition of this British-Moroccan artist. Saturday noon-3pm for the workshop, 3:30-6pm for music.
Bankside, Shakespeare’s Globe, Twelfth Night: Bring the kids to revel in the pagan festivities with The Holly Man, the Bankside Mummers, and the Fowlers Troop Storytelling and more. Sunday from 2pm, free, all ages.
Geffrye Museum, Farewell Party Weekend: The Geffrye will be closing for two years, but before they shut the doors you can bring the family for a fantastic farewell. Starting Saturday, 3:30-5:30 come for the Epiphany Celebration complete with a bonfire, brass band, traditional carols, Twelfth Night cake and mulled wine. On Sunday the celebrations continue with live music, craft workshops, storytelling and performances.
Learning, Making and Doing Events:
Kings Place, the Ten Thousand Year Clock and Other Stories with David Rooney: David Rooney is the Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum and he reveals the secrets and stories behind precision time-keeping. Saturday, 4pm, £6.50, ages 10+
London Coliseum, Family Dance Workshop: bring your aspiring dancers to the Coliseum and join the English National Ballet for a workshop exploring the Nutcracker. Saturday 9:30-11am, ages 5-10, £20 per adult and child.
Cutty Sark, Get Dotty: Head down to explore the Cutty Sark and celebrate Australia Day by making and decorating your very own didgeridoo (an aboriginal wind instrument). Saturday and Sunday, free with entry to Cutty Sark (£11.50 kids and adults, under 5s £5.95).
National Gallery, Over the Hills and far Away: Bring the kids to the National Gallery to explore Bernardo Bellotto’s landscape and then create your very own pop-up drawing. Sunday 11am-12:30 and again 2-3:30pm, free, ages 5-11, spaces allocated on arrival.
Babies and Toddlers:
Monkey Music Westminster and Chelsea’s Spring Term is just about to start. Do check out some of their fantastic venues which are clean, spacious, buggy-friendly and super convenient for school runs. Classes are starting at The Hut and National Army Museum in Chelsea; St. Stephen’s Gloucester Road and Cineworld on Fulham Road; Holy Apostles in Pimlico and St. Michael’s Church Chester Square. Get in touch with Monkey Music Chelsea and Westminster to book your place.
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Royal Albert Hall, Storytelling and Music Sessions: bring children ages 0-4 to Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 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 Olivia Armstrong. 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: All the Money in the World. Bring babies under 12 months to this amazingly plush cinema, relax with some coffee and catch a flick.
Big Scream, Ritzy Brixton: Mondays, 11am. This week All the Money in the World and Jumnji: Welcome to the Jungle are showing.
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: Paddington, 11:30am, just £1.75.
BFI Southbank, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Sunday 1:10pm with activities starting beforehand at 11am. Great value and great family cinema. £4 per child, £11.75 adults, 1 child 1 adult £10. This week’s screening The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: The Lego Ninjago Movie,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 Lego Ninjago Movie.
Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature The Secret of Kells. 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.Tweet