London Baby and Kids Weekend Guide, February 3-4

Jan 30, 2018 by

Serpentine Gallery, Parasol Unit, Animal Farm, Othello …. more

London Family learning, making and doing events

Serpentine Gallery Family Day, Memories in Motion: Sunday 1:30-3:30pm.  Join Kaleidoworks for an afternoon of playful drawing and moving image experiments as part of Rose Wylie’s exhibit Quack Quack.  Free, all ages.

Ragged School Museum, Open House and Victorian Classroom: Sunday 2-5pm.  Take your kids to Mile End and to the Victorian Classroom (2:15 and again at 3:30).  Also explore the museum and learn about the East End.

Whitechapel Gallery, Family Day: Saturday noon-4pm.  Work with architecture educationists to explore skeleton, scale, structure and skin to make your own miniature habitable space.  Free, all ages, booking required.

If you are passionate about state education, head to Euston for Academies, the “middle tier” and social justice: what should be done?”  and work out how we are going to ensure all kids have access to equal and comprehensive education.

Should you have little ones, infants in particular, check out Monkey Music classes from Hampstead, Maida Vale, Notting Hill, Holland Park, Belgravia, Kensington, Pimlico and Chelsea.

Monkey Music Holland Park, Notting Hill, Maida Vale and Hampstead: beautiful venues in fantastic neighbourhoods for the perfect mummy and baby activity near Holland Park, Portobello Road, Kensington High Street, Hampstead High Street and more .…   Book now or ring 0208 438 0189, email hampstead.nottinghill@monkeymusic.co.uk Mention London Baby and Kids when you book and you will get an extra special discount.

Monkey Music Chelsea and Westminster has added new baby classes: Monkey Music’s award-winning classes are perfect if you’re looking for a nurturing and stimulating musical environment for you and your baby.  Each class is carefully planned to aid your baby’s cognitive, social and motor development, they’re so much fun too! Lots of mummies tell us how they have made lasting friendships from their early days at Monkey Music! Get in touch to book your spot, we hope to meet you soon. Monkey Music Chelsea and Westminster or Contact Jayne or Caroline to book a class: Chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk  call Caroline or Jayne on 208767 9827

Museum of London, Votes for Women Weekend: Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm. Head to The City and take make in a weekend of activities exploring the work of the Suffragettes.  Take part a rally, learn about how the police spied on the Suggragettes, take part in poetry classes, create magazine covers, make banners and more.  Free, for ages 10+, but younger and older siblings warmly welcomed.

Parasol Unit, Human Paintings: Sunday 2-4pm.  Join Alexandra Hughes to work with bold colourful paint to create dynamic patterns and images onto large pieces of paper, canvas and cardboard then turn these works into animated human paintings you can wear!.  £2 children, £3 parent.  Over 5s, booking required.

The Wallace Collection, Big Draw: Sunday 1:30-4:30pm.  Join artist Grace Holliday for a workshop using specialist surface design techniques.  Free, drop-in, all ages.

Performance

Wigmore Hall, Cavatina Family Concert: Saturday 11am.  Bring children over 5 to Marylebone for Barbican Piano Trio.  Tickets £10 children, £12 adults.

Unicorn Theatre, Othello: Saturday 2pm (Sunday sold out).  I lucked out and snagged discounted preview tickets for Sunday.  Will let you know what my kids make of it.  Ages 8-12.

BFI Family Events: Animal Farm.  Sunday 1pm.  If I had not already purchased tickets to Othello, this is where I would head with the kids to see the 1954 classic!  The daughter of Halas and Batchelor, the directors, will be giving an introduction.  £4 kids, £8 adults.

London Baby and Toddler Events and Activities:

Royal Academy of Music Academy Tots: Friday 2nd, 10:30-11:15.  Bring children aged 2-4 for an interactive discovery session where children will explore instruments and making music as a group.  £5 per child, £3 per adult.

Parasol Unit, Project Light: Thursday 10am-noon.  Artist Natalie Zervou will construct an immersive installation to evoke curious sensory investigation.  £2 per child, £3 adults for children under 5.

Book Now for Villa Pia, Italy’s finest baby-friendly, all-inclusive, fabulously valued family holiday destination for people who hate the idea of all-inclusive holidays – fabulous savings for off-peak stays, perfect for families with children not yet in school (mention London Baby and Kids when you book a term-time holiday and receive £100 off your booking)  Read this review of Villa Pia and check out Mamalina’s Villa Pia video from her holiday.

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.

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: Phantom Thread.  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 Phantom Thread and Roman J. Israel, Esq.  are showing.

Family Cinema 

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: My Little Pony 11:30am, just £1.75.

Prince Charles Cinema: Sunday 28th, 1pm, Princess Mononoke tickets £8.50 kids just £4 and just off Leicester Square.

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

Electric Cinema, Kid’s Club: This week’s feature Annie (the Albert Finney/Carol Burnett one) .  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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