Just for Babies in London

Just for Babies in London: Here is a list of regular activities you can take your infants to and meet other local parents and carers whilst engaging your brain or being close to a good cup of coffee.  Feel free to leave a comment with a regular activity that we may have missed.

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 and Becky Dixton where singing, storytelling and musical instruments are woven into one story session.  £4, 11:30am

British Museum, Little Feet : Wednesdays, 10:30-noon.  This session takes place in the British Museum and oftentimes gives an introduction to a new exhibition.  Free, booking essential, for children under 5.

 National Gallery, Welcome Wednesdays: Wednesdays 10:30-11:15.  Bring children 16 months to 5 years to the National Gallery for Art Adventures with Hannah Cushion.  Ages 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.

Le Institut Francais, Baby Corner: Bring infants and toddlers up to 3 years to South Kensington for songs, stories and rhymes in easy French.  Tickets £10 for non-members, £8 members.

Baby Broadway/ Baby Gospel: this is a fantastic time for infants and carers have fun watching West End luminaries sing show tunes, dance and interact with the kids … grown ups are welcome to join in or just watch.  Baby Gospel has a live Gospel choir and sings Motown, Soul and Gospel.  Fantastic value at £10 a concert and they take place, monthly, all over London.  Venues include Islington, Covent Garden, Hampstead, Putney, Chiswick, Forest Hill, Streatham, Bromley, Earlsfield, Walthamstow, Watford,

Catch a film.   Electric Scream on Portobello Road, Notting Hill is the coolest activity I have done yet with my infant.  The chairs are large, cozy leather recliners with footstools.  Between each chair is a large console that has a wine bucket built in.  Rich Mix, Parents and Babies: Monday noon, £6. .  Tickets £6. Big Scream, Ritzy Brixton: Fridays, 11am.

Take in a concert. Wigmore Hall has a concert series, For Crying Out Loud, these are 45 minute concerts for mums, dads, carers with babies under 1 year of age.  The cost is £8 and you need to book ahead. www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Monkey Music is a fantastic resource for London families.  It really is the gold-standard for weekly mum and baby classes where you can meet and mingle with local families in clean, pushchair-friendly venues with toys and instruments cleaned and maintained to the highest standard.  Even more important, the curriculum is very progressive and exceeds the music instruction in most primary schools.  And, if you join with two other mums, the normal £18 booking fee is reduced to just £1 if you mention London Baby and Kids

Monkey Music Westminster and Chelsea is a great way to fit a music classes in around your nursery timetable and meet local mums.  Classes are held at St. Michael’s Belgravia,  Cineworld Cinema Chelsea, St. Stephen’s Church Gloucester Road and The Hut in Chelsea. chelsea.westminster@monkeymusic.co.uk or tel: 020 8767 9827

Monkey Music Notting Hill has beautiful venues in Whole Foods, St. Stephen’s Church, The Club Room, Essex Unitarian Church, St. Barnabas, The Meeting Room and more … contact hampstead.nottinghill@monkeymusic.co.uk or tel: 0208 438 0189

Monkey Music Maida Vale and Marylebone classes are held in St. Paul’s Church and St. Mark’s Church off Hamilton Terrace.  Contact maidavale@monkeymusic.co.uk or tel: 0208 438 0189

Monkey Music Hampstead holds classes in Keat’s House Library, Huggle, St. Ann and St. Andrew Church, St. Mary’s Church, Busy Rascals, Primrose Community Centre, The Quaker Meeting House.  Contact hampstead.nottinghill@monkeymusic.co.uk or tel: 0208 438 0189

Looking for a baby friendly holiday? Check out Villa Pia in Umbria – an all-inclusive holiday for people who hate all-inclusive holidays.  Bring your nappies, they have the rest of the kit (plus all your meals prepared, snacks, coffee, cake, wine, beer, spirits; two pools, tennis courts, extensive grounds, play areas) Click on this video to see more about Mamalina’s trip to Villa Pia.

Play in the Science Museum Garden. They have a mirror wall, a super tactile wall, a play area with giant blocks, a pod filled with stuffed animals, puppets and an enormous water table.  Its germ central, but great fun for infants on up.

National Army Museum Play Base Baby Area: Head over to Chelsea and bring the baby to the soft play area where kids up to the age of 8 can play.  There is a small, soft play area set aside for infants.  This is a fantastic way to pass a rainy morning or afternoon.  You have to book your session (morning sessions go quickly, but you may be able to show up after lunch a grab an opening) £4.50 per session.

Cranial Osteopathy: There are two amazing doctors at Calmer Clinics who specialize in Cranial and Paediatric Osteopathy, David Propert and Alexia Lescure, friends and family have had greatly benefited from their practice  http://www.calmerclinics.com/index.html


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