8 Things To Do With The Kids | What's On London | My Baba

For most, the Christmas holidays are drawing to a close. Welcomed or not, work and school are back on the agenda, so here’s how to make the most of your final holiday weekend with the children.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring A Classic 

This fantastic exhibition explores the life of the much-loved Winnie-the-Pooh bear. Through photographs, cartoons, letters and sketches, the Victoria & Albert museum invite people of all ages to rediscover the classic A.A. Milne books.

WHEN: Daily, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
GREAT FOR: 3 years and above

Live Music and Rhymes 

Allow your little to interact with other children, while enjoying stimulating music and rhymes. Hearing different types of music is important to your toddler’s development as it familiarises them with words, rhymes, and sounds.

WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 3.15pm
WHERE: 3 House Club, Bridgeman Street, London, NW8 7AL
GREAT FOR: Up to 2 years

The Lost Boy Peter Pan 

Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of Peter Pan, this magical adaptation takes to the stage at the Pleasance theatre. Peter Pan flies through the window and whisks the children off the Neverland, but will they ever return home and grow up? Check out this charming production to find out.

WHEN: Various times until 7 Jan
WHERE: Pleasance Theatre, North Road, London, N7 9EF
GREAT FOR: 5 years and above

Happy Messy New Year Party 

Join A Fine Mess for their messy New Year’s party filled with games, music, bubbles, and, most importantly, lots of mess! Creative and messy play helps children develop their imaginations and natural curiosity. What’s more, you don’t have to clean it up!

WHEN: 5 Jan, 09:30-10:20am and 10:40-11:30am
WHERE: St Georges Church Hall, Crayford Road, N7 0ND
GREAT FOR: 9 months to 5 years

Nutcracker Family Dance Workshop 

Inspired by the Nutcracker Christmas classic, get on your dancing shoes and learn some ballet moves on the stage at the London Coliseum. This family-friendly workshop encourages everyone to dance along to live music playing from Tchaikovsky’s score and immerse themselves in the Nutcracker.

WHEN: 6 Jan, 9.30-11am
WHERE: London Coliseum, St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4ES
GREAT FOR: All the family (over 5 years)

Baby Hip Hop 

Ensure the little ones aren’t left out of the dance fun by signing them up to The Little Dance Academy. They’ll develop basic motor skills in an upbeat hip hop class. Term begins this Saturday, so head over to their website to sign up now.

WHEN: Saturdays, 10.10-10.40am
WHERE: The Little Dance Academy, 181 New King’s Road, London, SW6 4SW (other locations available)
GREAT FOR: 2 to 4 years

Creative Coding 

You can’t deny it, coding is an essential skill in today’s world. Mama.codes is making the technical skill super fun through rhymes, jokes, stories and songs. The sessions are divided up into time on the iPad or tablet and plenty of unplugged fun too. Mama.codes recommends bringing along your own tablet, if possible.

WHEN: Sundays, term begins 7 Jan
WHERE: Whittington Community Centre, 86 Yerbury Road, N19 4RS
GREAT FOR: 3 to 8 years

Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone 

Suitable for ages 3+, the first Harry Potter film is back on the big screen at the BFI. Young Harry discovers his magical powers and goes on his first of many Hogwarts adventures in pursuit of the philosopher’s stone.

WHEN: 7 Jan, 1.10pm
WHERE: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1
GREAT FOR: All the family (over 3 years)

READ MORE: Winter At The BFI: Our Top Family Film Picks

One further afield: The Jelly Lounge

For days out in Windsor with young children look no further than the Jelly Lounge! Not only can you see soldiers marching, roam round the Queen’s weekend residence, but now Windsor has very sensibly opened its doors to a soft play centre of sorts. No, it’s not like any other ghastly, verruca infested, hell hole that us parents have to endure to exhaust our little cherubs. This place is very civilised, a godsend for someone like me who has twin four-year-olds to keep me on my toes! They also provide arty/ crafty/ cooking workshops for your little darlings too! This way you can actually sit back in the cafe and eat/drink/chat in surroundings. Thank you Jelly Lounge for providing a lovely place to take the children, grandchildren and anyone else’s children for hours of fun without the headache.

Where: 29 William St, Windsor, SL4 1BB

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Lauren Hyland
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Lauren keeps our readers up-to-date with the latest London events: from family outings to workshops for children to date nights in the city, she knows exactly what’s on and where. Contact lauren@mybaba.com

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