Opera Weekender, Pushkin House, Robot Zoo and more … The London Weekend Guide January 19th and 20th

Jan 16, 2018 by

Cecil Sharp House, Family Barn Dance: Bring the entire family to listen to live music and learn how to folk dance.  Sunday 3-5pm, £7 adults, £5 child, £2 under 2s.

Parasol Unit, Family Workshop at London Art Fair:  Head to the London Art Fair and then head over to the Parasol Unit for a drop-in family workshop.  Sunday 21st, noon-3pm, all ages.

V & A, Opera Weekender: head to the V & A for a weekend of free performances, pop-up events, VR experiences, talks and screenings.  Friday – Sunday.

Pushkin House, Classic for Kids: Join Yulia Chaplina on piano and soprano Anastasia Prokofiev for a pieces by Glinka, Rachmaninov, Taneev and  more. Tickets £29 for one adult and child, £15 for an extra ticket.

London Family learning, making and doing events

National Theatre Pinocchio Workshop: Explore the world of Pinocchio in a fun family workshop where drama, music and design combine in a quest to bring the story of the puppet-boy to life.  Saturday 11am-4pm, For ages 7-12 (no younger siblings), £12 adults, £8 children.

Institute of Imagination, Robot Zoo:  Drop the kids in Lambeth for a day-long robotics workshop where they will learn how to program and code robots!  Sunday 11am-3:30pm, bring a pack lunch, £40 per kid.

Institute Francais, Game Lab: Bring the kids south Kensington and they can take part in gaming sessions.  This week they will play Child of Light and Le Lapin Bricoleur.  Saturday, 2:30, ages 6-12, free, booking required.

London Baby and Toddler Events and Activities:

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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Wigmore Hall, For Crying out Loud: Bring children under 12 months to Wigmore Hall for an informal, 45 minute concert.  Friday 19th January, 11am and 12:30pm, tickets just £8.50

British Museum, Little Feet: Bring infants and children under the age of 5 to the British Museum Thursday 18th, 10:30 for fantastic exploration of art for little ones.  Free, under 5s

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: The Post.  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 The Post and Coco 2D 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: The Son of Bigfoot 11:30am, just £1.75.

Prince Charles Cinema: Saturday 20th, 3:25pm, Kids Deliver Service (studio Ghibli) tickets £8.50 kids just £4 and just off Leicester Square.

Gate Picturehouse, Kids Club: This week’s programme: My Little Pony 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 Paddington 2.  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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