Baby London has teamed up with Local Mummy to bring you a selection of great events throughout August. We really hope these events have been useful.
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Colourful Maze at The Serpentine
When: Until 18 October
Time: 10am to 6pm
Where: Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA
Ages: Any age
What: Here at Local Mummy, we are always on the lookout for the best FREE things to do in London and this much talked about multi-coloured pavilion is not only free, but based in a park which is great fun to take the kids to! It can be entered at lots of different points, passing through secret corridors and woven webs to a café in the middle. It’s perfect for young kids as it’s super bright and engages their imaginations. Plus, with it being in the middle of a park, it’s a great detour from the usual swings and slide!
When: Saturday 17 August
Where: National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Ages: Under five’s
Time: 10.30am to 1pm
What: Drop in to this baby friendly class and watch your mini me become a young artist, by exploring materials in a tactile environment inspired by a National Gallery painting. During the holidays, you and your bundle can join a range of activities aside from this at the Gallery… from special themed tours to workshops and storytelling, you’ll find plenty of ways to have fun together!
Puppet Barge, Richmond
When: Wednesday 12 August to Sunday 27 September
Where: 83 Petersham Road, Richmond TW10 6UT
Ages: Three years+
Cost: Adults £12 and children £8.50
Time: Please see website for details
What: If you’re trying to find something a little different for you and the family, then this is the one for you! This small theatre is based on an actual barge, which uses marionettes and rod puppets to bring children’s magical story tales to life. This summer, Moving Stage presents a fantastic farm yard adventure called ‘Fowl Play’ about a foal and some nosey chickens… Be sure to book your tickets quickly as it’s only a small venue and a very popular outing!
Super Hero Summer for under 5’s
When: Every day over the summer holidays
Where: With over 180 locations to choose from
Ages: Up to 14 years
What: To prove there’s a superhero inside of every child, the UK’s largest leisure provider Better is offering a wide range of activities for kids from just £1 this summer holiday at all Better facilities across Kensington and Chelsea, Fulham and Hammersmith! The centres will be offering a variety of £1 activities for children this summer, which is great for the wallet when looking for things to do with the kids! There are a range of timetabled activities for under-5s; 5 to 7 year olds; 8 to 11 year olds and 11 to 14 year olds, including soft play, swimming, squash, basketball, football, soft play sessions and gym inductions, dance and so much more!
When: Saturday 29 August
Where: Battersea Arts Centre
Ages: Under five for soft play and storytelling. Over six for workshops
Time: 10am to 3pm
What: Every final Saturday of the month families take over Battersea Arts Centre for a day of fun, food and free activities. There is something for everyone to get involved with and space for the whole family to chill out and relax.
ACTIVITIES: 10am to 3pm. Fun, free activities for the whole family including face painting, music, toy and clothes swaps and more! Storytelling for under fives
THE BEE’S KNEES: 10am to 3pm. Free entry to our magical indoor play space for under fives and parents/carers.
WORKSHOPS: Explore special places in our old building and get creative and crafty, guided by an artist. Take home your own art pack. There are workshops for all ages. Workshops are free and you can sign up on the day. Over sixes can take part on their own whilst adults relax in the café bar. Under fives must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
Baby Wednesdays at the Pottery Café
Where: Pottery Café in Fulham and Battersea
Ages: All Ages
Time: 10am to 6pm
What: If getting the place messy and not having to clean up sounds like a good deal, then why not have a slice of cake at The Pottery Café on Wednesday with a free coffee for all mums and dads. Both us mums have been a few times with our girls and find that you do need to be organised with food if you go during meal times, but they have never seemed to mind us bringing our own which makes life easier if you have a fussy eater and saves money, so you can spend it on more pottery!
The Butterfly exhibition
Where: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Ages: All Ages
Cost: £5.90 per ticket
Time: 10am to 6pm
What: Ok, so this has been on since April but we went just last week and it was incredible, so much so that we felt this newsletter would not be complete without it. See butterflies that you would only otherwise see if you were in Africa, Asia and South America. Let’s face it, a trip to South Ken is far easier, and you never have to queue which is brilliant. You can walk among hundreds of the colourful butterflies which are allowed to fly freely among the public. It’s like the first time your child played with bubbles, but a million times more mesmerising
Where: Southbank Centre
Ages: Under fives
Cost: £5 per ticket
What: We all know how much our little ones love to make noise, so why not embrace it? Get down to the Southbank Centre and sing along to the beautiful sounds (not including our little ones) of various pop, gospel and classical songs with the founder of Choir baby Naomi Hammerton. It makes a change to singing ‘Frozen’ on repeat and don’t worry, it’s for parents of all singing ability – so if you don’t fancy yourself as the next Mariah Carey, but want to have a bit of fun with your baby and some other parents, then head on down!
The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Where: Buckingham Palace
Time: 11am at St James and Wellington Barracks then 11.30am at Buckingham Palace
What: Something which happens nearly every other day in London, but most Londoners haven’t seen themselves, is the incredible Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, which encompasses a colourful spectacle and British pageantry at its most majestic. It’s very easy to take kids and babies along and we should arrive early to get the best view, or you can also watch the Soldiers gather at St James’ Palace and Wellington Barracks from 11:00am and march to Buckingham Palace accompanied by music. The ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and usually takes place on alternate days in August. There is St James Park just by this which is perfect for a picnic with the little ones or an ice-cream for mum, if still breastfeeding!
We can’t wait to trot along!
Where: Duke of York Square, Chelsea
Time: 11am to 5pm
What: A very important date for the diary for every socialite baby is ‘Party in the Square’ this coming September. In celebration of Trotters 25th Birthday, a fabulous party full of pony rides, a petting zoo, Victorian carousel, face painting, fete stalls, entertainers and much more is being put on in Duke of York Square, Chelsea and we simply can’t wait to take the girls!
Baby Cinema for Everyman!
Where: Hampstead, Screen on the Green
Ages: Parent plus baby (would advise child not to be crawling yet)
Time: Varies (check website)
What: Taking a baby to the cinema is more than a daunting prospect, but with cinema baby clubs popping up all over the Capital, these trips are fast becoming a must on every mums to do list! The Everyman baby club has 2 boutique cinema venues in London with weekly showings for mums and babies, from amazing documentaries to block busting movies! Plus, with luxury leather armchairs and deluxe sofas to enjoy watching the movie on with your little one, we are sure you are going to have a fabulous time. Don’t be afraid of baby crying either, as all the parents are in the same boat and with your ticket including a hot drink and piece of cake, the event is set up for you to just relax, sit back and enjoy.
Row, row, row your boat!
Where: Battersea Park
Ages: Children under 12 months cannot go on the boats
Cost: £20 an hour for a family on the boat
Time: Varies (check website)
What: Finding unique, fun and easy experiences for the whole family to enjoy in London can be tricky! However, with having many fun trips with our girls to this great location we couldn’t help mentioning it in our August ‘musts’. Bluebird boats offer a fun rowing trip around Battersea Park Lake for the whole family, where you all get to have a go at playing captain and learning how to steer a boat and row forwards and backwards, but don’t worry if your little one is more of a land lover as you can pop over to the kids playground where the ‘Little Train’ will whisk you all around the park including through the tropical gardens, fountains and up to the Zoo.