School Open Days List

New term, new schools, new prospective schools. Time to do your research? Here’s our school open days list to help you on your way.



Whether you’re starting out on the schools hunt, or long in the tooth, the best way to find out about a school is to go and see it in action. Autumn is usually the busiest time for school open days but spring and summer following entrance examinations is also likely to see a flurry of dates set. Read our Autumn issue to gather tips on things to ask and look out for when you visit, put together by our education partner, The Good Schools Guide. Otherwise, scroll on through our open day list and add the dates to your diary!







Sixth Form:

Wednesday 22 September

Day School:

Thursday 23 September

Recordings of Q&A and other resources via the link above.





Senior School:

Saturday 18 September

Prep School:

Saturday 2 October



In person open days planned


Saturday 2 October

Nursery, Pre-Prep & Prep School:

Saturday 9 October



Online appointments with Headmaster Jeremy Banks booked via



Make an enquiry via the website above.



Saturday 9 October, Saturday 5 February 2022, Saturday 7 May 2022



Bilingual International school from Nursery to Year 10

Enquiries to or via our website link above

Virtual tour here





Saturday 2 October



Thursday 14 October, 4 & 18 November, 2 December





Virtual tour



Thursday 4 & Friday 4 November, pupil-led tour, Saturday 5 November Open Day



Thursday 14 October

Read more about Eaton Square Schools here. 



Tour – Contact Admissions Registrar, Mrs Christine Davis, at or call us on 01252 792495



Private in-person tours on weekdays.



Wednesday 29 September



Friday 17 September



Mini tours to be held in autumn term.

Pre-recorded tour available in the link above.



Complete a booking form via the form in the link above.



Wednesday 6 October





Book an appointment via the website above.



Saturday 16th October

To book:



Saturday 25 September

Friday 19 November



To book a private virtual tour contact Registrar, Laura Chell, on 01628 624918.



Follow the link above for recordings.



Open days in June and September.



Junior School:

Wednesday 29 September

Senior School:

Saturday 9 October

Full details of events and how to register can be found under the Admissions section of the website.



Co-ed Independent Bilingual International School from nursery to Y13.



Private tours via the web address above plus:

Wednesday 20 October, Tuesday 2 November



Book above for virtual open days.





Saturday 2 October



Nursery & Pre-Prep West Hampstead

Saturday 11 September & Saturday 2 October

Prep School, Regent’s Park

Saturday 25 September

Senior Hampstead

Saturday 25 September

Senior Canonbury

Saturday 18 September



Junior School:

Tuesday 21, Wednesday 29 September & Tuesday 12 October

Senior School:

Friday 17 September, Thursday 30 September, Tuesday 5 October, Wednesday 13 October (evening), Tuesday 9 November

Sixth Form:

Thursday 7 October



Saturday 9 October



Saturday 25 September



Virtual tours available year round.





Sixth Form Open Evening:

Wednesday 22 September

Whole School Open Day:

Saturday 2 October 2021, 13 November 2021 & 14 May 2022



Book a tour via the address above.



Saturday 25 September



Whole School Open Morning:

Saturday 9 October



Senior School:

Tuesday 28 September, Thursday 21 October, Tuesday 23 November, Wednesday 26 January, Friday 11 March, Thursday 5 May and Wednesday 15 June.

Prep School:

Tuesday 21 September, Wednesday 13 October, Friday 12 November, Friday 4 February, Thursday 10 March, Wednesday 4 May 2022 and Friday 10 June ( geared to Reception entry 4+)

To Register contact Registrar Sally Manhire on 01483 899757 or click to book here.



Termly Open Mornings





Book a tour via the website above.



Recorded Virtual Tour



Recording available by emailing


TASIS (The American School in England)

Whole School Open Morning:

Friday 1 October

Follow link above to book a place, a private appointment or to see tour recordings.



Recorded Tour





Arrange tours by contacting via the website above.



Wednesday 22 September, Wednesday 12 October





School tour available at here.


If you would like your school to be added to the list, please email

Feature image: St Benedict’s Junior School

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What’s On this Weekend? 

From circus acts, festivals, bumper cars and exhibitions – this weeks’ Friday Five is fun fun fun! There’s something to suit kids (and grown-ups) of all ages. Be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment!



From circus acts and theatre to comedy shows and dance parties, the pop-up festival has something for everyone from its new home in Cavendish Square.

See high-flying aerial stunts at circus show Hotel Paradiso, join a family dance party at Baby Loves Disco or laugh along with Comedy Club 4 kids. There are also shows from CBBC’s Sam & Mark and Basil Brush, improvised music acts and much more.

Find out more here



Based on the much-loved book by Judith Kerr, the smash hit interactive musical is suitable for ages 3 and up.

Find out more here


dodge at somerset house

Somerset House, well known for their grand courtyard events, are doing things a little differently, by bringing us dodgems for summer event Dodge. 

The iconic art centre will transform its magnificent grounds into an open-air fairground extravaganza. And the star of the show will be funfair favourites, bumper cars. 

Find out more here



feeding black exhibition 

Visit new museum exhibition Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place, which explores the role that food plays in Black enterprise and identity in South East London.

The display in the the Museum of London Docklands will spotlight four African and Caribbean food businesses. Their stories will be explored through objects, recipes and photography to show the importance of food in a community. And these thriving food businesses are not just about sales, but are important spaces in an ever-changing city.

Find out more here



london wonderground

Enjoy a summer festival right in the city centre at London Wonderground in Earls Court, with plenty of family entertainment on the agenda.

The jam-packed children’s programme includes interactive show Dinosaur World Live, with life-like dinosaurs. For magic lovers, Tom Brace: Embrace The Impossible is a show which mixes comedy and magic. And for budding scientists, circus-science mashup Strong Women Science has plenty of messy experiments and astounding tricks.

Find out more here

For more things to do this weekend and beyond check out City Kids’ What’s On here


What’s On this Weekend? 

Football finals aside, we’ve five fun things to get involved in this weekend. 

1. Candlelight special edition: magical movie soundtracks at Syon Park


Enjoy a Disney-inspired candlelight concert inside the spectacular Great Conservatory at Syon Park with Magical Movie Soundtracks.

Bathed in candlelight, a string quartet will perform classic songs from Disney favourites like Frozen, Harry Potter and Shrek.

Find out more here

2. Kew the movies outdoor cinema

kew the movies

Grab the popcorn and your mini film lovers for Kew Garden’s outdoor cinema event Kew the Movies.

Children’s favourites like Toy Story, Moana and Paddington will be showing at daytime screenings.

The event runs from Wednesday July 7th to Sunday July 11th on the Great Lawn opposite Kew Palace. Adult member tickets are £14.39 and non-member £15.99. Child member tickets are £8.99 and non-member £9.99. For some films, the ticket price will include day time entry to the Gardens, otherwise you can enter Kew up to one hour before the film starts.

Find out more here

3. Hotel Paradiso Circus Tour

hotel paradiso tour

See high-flying aerial stunts and daring acrobatic skills as circus show Hotel Paradiso goes on tour across London this summer.

From Friday July 9th to Sunday July 11th, the show will run at the Rose Theatre in Kingston as part of the International Arts Youth Festival. It will then run at the Underbelly Festival from Saturday July 17th to Thursday August 5th in Cavendish Square. The family-friendly circus caper will feature stunts, acrobatics, juggling and clowns. The 60 minute show is suitable for all ages.

Find out more here

4. Paddington: the story of a bear

Paddington The Story of a bear

Watch out for toppling paint pots and marmalade splats as you explore Paddington: The Story of a Bear at the British Library.

Discover tales of Paddington’s muddles and mishaps at the exhibition, which celebrates the world’s favourite bear and his creator Micheal Bond.

Find out more here

5. Coderdojo at the Science Museum


For tech-savvy kids, the Science Museum are running free coding sessions CoderDojo on the second Saturday of each month.

From beginners to tech-experts, anyone interested in programming is welcome. You’ll find out all about programming and how useful it is to everyday life.

Throughout the workshop, there will be mentors to help you as you create your own app, website or game. At the end of the session, you will get the chance to showcase your work to the rest of the group.

Find out more here

For more things to do this weekend and beyond check out City Kids’ What’s On here


What’s On this Weekend? 

This week’s Friday Five travels from East to West and even takes a step outside of London to bring you the best family friendly things to do this weekend. 

  1. Book a boat pod or bean bag and enjoy an outdoor film with all the family at Westfield’s Bar W12 and Film Club.

bar w12 and film club

Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush will be screening some family favourites as well as Wimbledon tennis matches and the Olympics. And you can book a boat pod with table service or a giant bean bag. There will also be a hot dog truck and ice cream van for movie snacks.

Find out more here

2. Treat your mini bookworms to a literary day out to meet some of their favourite authors at Barnes Children’s Literature Festival.


The outdoor festival has over 60 events and runs on Saturday June 26th and Sunday June 27th around Barnes Green. 

Find out more here


3. Watch an open-air show in a hidden London gem with David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink, showing at the East End’s Royal Foundation St Katherine’s.


The family friendly book has been adapted for open air theatre by Heartbreak Productions. The interactive musical is full of song, humour and poetry.

Find out more here


4. Celebrate Pride Month with Clip Theatre’s Big Drag Storytime, which is next on the agenda at Canary Wharf’s Summer Family Festival.


Go on an adventure with Diggory the Dodo and help him make some new friends. The show, which is suitable for ages 0 to 5,  features drag acts, live music, interactive sensory fun and bubbles.

The free show runs on Saturday June 26th at 11am at Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf.

Find out more here

5. Visit Hever Castle at its loveliest time of the year when the ground’s roses are at their peak, and then create your own floral masterpiece at the annual Hever in Bloom festival.

Hever in bloom

Families can amble around the Rose Garden, which has around 4,000 roses, spot the Anne Boleyn rose near Half Moon pond and see the climbing roses on the Pergola Walk.

Find out more here


For more things to do this weekend and beyond check out City Kids’ What’s On here


What’s On this Weekend? 

Theatre shows, art and mindfulness, yes it’s another Friday Five roundup for the coolest families in town. Which activity will you be adding to the top of your weekend to-do list? 




You shall (finally) go to the ball as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-anticipated Cinderella begins its West End run at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.

Find out more here



Immerse yourself in a creative Music and Mindfulness workshop and find your family’s inner calm.

Led by a percussionist and a mindfulness practitioner from Spitalfields Music, the workshops will take you and your little ones on a relaxing musical journey.

The sessions run on Saturday July 3rd at Westferry Circus. There are three workshops running throughout the day to suit different ages.

Find out more here




Get your skates on and head down to the Roller Nation Family Jam, taking place every Saturday.

With a live DJ and a Roller Bar serving drinks and snacks to your own booth, enjoy an alternative family day out rollerskating. Or why not even mark a birthday or special event with a skating session?

The sessions are for ages 5 to 14 and all groups must be accompanied by an adult. Under 5s will not be permitted entry.

Find out more here



Get arty at Family Saturdays, free online workshops for all ages from Studio 3 Arts.

Running over the summer, the virtual creative classes will cover a different theme each week. Artist Connor Bowmott will lead the live family workshops.

Find out more here



Theatre-loving preschoolers can meet puppet animals and join in the slapstick fun at the Little Angel Theatre’s latest show Nature Elly.

Elly, who owns the best farm in Lincolnshire, is having a bit of trouble. The apples have disappeared, the corn has been trampled and there is hay everywhere. Now, help Elly and Bob the Pheasant find out what is going on and try to save the harvest in time.

Find out more here

For more fantastic ideas for this weekend head over to our What’s On pages here.



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We’re so delighted to share our summer issue with you


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Our summer issue is here celebrating all we can now do in the city. Our What’s On guide returns, packed with visits to make, things to see and do and museums and galleries to enjoy. Talking of trips, we have some top tips from @mrandmrssmith’s co-founder, James Lohan, on getting away, at home or abroad.. ⁠

We’ve all spent more time outside (sometimes through gritted teeth and thermals) and we’re likely to continue this good habit – check out HOME, and the things to make it fun.⁠
If you like flamingos, you’ll love our STYLE this issue and as the temperature finally climbs, Jo Pratt shares her Tropical Ice Pop recipes. Our food theme continues with Ciara Attwell, creator of @myfussyeater and @pickplates. Bev Turner explores change and boiling frogs – you’ll have to go to page 11 to find out why.⁠

Plus, Sophie Clowes shares her experiences of wild swimming, fishing minnows out of costumes, and going with the ebb and flow. ⁠

Of course we have education news and some great advice from The Good Schools Guide; top tips for heading to the beach, picnic essentials and fashion from Nadadelazos who also grace our cover. ⁠
Wishing you a wonderfully free-spirited summer!⁠





Instilling a lifelong love of books is on the parenting tick list. St Benedict’s Librarian, Emma Wallace tells us how to get our children reading


What were your favourite books as a child?

The first series that I remember really loving was the Secret Seven by Enid Blyton.  This was about seven friends who formed a detective club and went on various adventures trying to solve mysteries.  I loved the sense that they could roam free in woods, hills and manor houses and investigate mysteries together, from train robbers, car thieves and mail heists.  And then when I got a bit older it was Judy Blume’s novels, when I read every one of her books, from Deenie to Tiger Eyes. These books were about real-life problems that we face growing up, at school, home and in relationships. I was such a massive fan that I wrote to Judy in America and she posted me a signed poster!

Your favourite children’s author?

My favourite children’s author is Neil Gaiman.  He has a wonderful imagination, writing both novels and graphic novels that evoke fantastical and intriguing scenarios, coupled with often terrifying and obscure characters, much like Roald Dahl.  I particularly love his book Coraline, which has been turned into a comic and film as well.

A new book that will stand the test of time?
The 2019 Kate Greenaway picture book award winner The Lost Words: A Spell Book by Jackie Morris.  This book of enchanting illustrations celebrates the natural world we share the planet with and can be enjoyed by any age.  It focuses on the loss of words on nature from children’s language (such as bramble, dandelion and acorn), and also their imaginations, while helping to remind us of the magic and importance of these wild things still today.

What is your all-time favourite book?
It’s got to be Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert! I read this over ten years ago and nothing has taken its place as my number one favourite novel since then.  While reading it, I couldn’t get over how modern, realistic and even contemporary it seemed, even though written in 1857!

If you could invite any author to St Benedict’s – living or dead – to meet you and your students, who would you choose, and why?
I think Mary Shelley, who died in 1851, would be a fascinating person for our pupils to meet! Her book Frankenstein, named the first ever science-fiction story, still captures the imagination of children today over two hundred years later and is such a brilliant read.  The Frankenstein monster has had a massive impact on popular culture, but there is so much more to this tragic character and I would love to know more about Mary’s thoughts behind this. I also think she would have provided many insights into what it was like to be female in the nineteenth century, going against many social conventions to publish a book.

Tell us why you think reading is a valuable thing for children to do:
Aside from the many academic benefits to reading, there are the huge social and emotional benefits, from better sleep, improved memory to lowered levels of stress. It is through reading fiction books that the unique, wonderful and transformative experiences can occur, helping children to feel happier and more connected in their lives.  A novel can transport us to an exotic island or magical land, allowing us to escape into our imagination, away from the day to day worries and stresses of our lives.  We may discover a character who is going through a similar experience to us, something that is life affirming and makes us feel a little less alone and isolated.

In recent online library lessons during lockdown, we have been talking about how reading is a brilliant way to help develop empathy skills, as we put ourselves in a character’s shoes and imagine what they’re thinking and feeling.  This immersion into a book character helps pupils’ build understanding and compassion towards others, something that is more important than ever in these difficult times.

What are your top tips for encouraging young teens to read?

  • Choose a book that you want to read.  Reading for pleasure is all about making our own choices and reading books that you think you will enjoy, by authors, genres and in formats that you love or want to try.
  • If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book” as JK Rowling says. It’s absolutely fine to stop reading a book you’re not enjoying and try something else. Reading a book is an investment and it’s important to keep trying different authors and genres until you find something that you really enjoy.
  • Make it a regular habit to read, setting aside a certain time each day or weekend to read – ensuring it becomes part of your weekly routine.
  • Put your phone down (or use a setting on your phone to turn off the Apps for a certain period every day!).  It’s important to have time away from the screen, without any distractions, so you can just relax and focus on the story.
  • Find a quiet space to read, away from other sounds or music, such as the TV or people having a conversation. It is really important your imagination is fully engaged whilst reading (see phone point above)

What makes a really good school library?
So many things! But I think the most important thing is the school librarian. Without a librarian, the school library is really just a room with books in. It is the librarian who brings the space to life, creating inspiring displays, collating contemporary print and online resource collections, recommending and discussing novels with pupils, running inspiring book events, competitions and craft activities, along with teaching library skills to ensure pupils are effective independent learners, both now and in the future.

Do you have a favourite library event in the school year?
At St Benedict’s, we have a rolling programme of library events throughout the year to mirror the school curriculum and to support the annual book celebrations and national awareness days. I try to make sure that we’ve got an exciting programme scheduled for different year groups and interests, to ensure everyone finds something to enjoy and get involved with. But I must admit that my favourite event is World Book Day in March! As a school librarian, this is always a big focus of the year and really allows me to experiment and be creative with the authors we invite in to talk to pupils and the events we run on the day. Past events include a murder mystery in the library, read dating, Drop Everything and Read, a ‘Short Story in a Day’ and redesign your favourite book cover.

Describe a typical day in the life of the St Benedict’s librarian:

No day is the same for a school librarian.  Whilst we follow the school day timetable we can perhaps be more flexible than teachers, ensuring that the whole school community is supported and engaged in the library. My day might start with brainstorming ideas and activities for the year 8 library lesson programme, checking the library catalogue for a certain topic area a teacher may have requested, locating these books on the shelves or perhaps placing an order for more books on this topic. I may look at the most recent pupil book suggestion forms and bestseller lists to update and buy for our own collection. At break and lunchtime, it is usually direct involvement with the students, checking out and returning books, discussing and helping pupils find books, answering information enquiries about research or homework topics, or sorting problems with a computer or printing. In the afternoon I might research the latest digital collection of resources to see if it is something that would support our pupils and curriculum and teach a lesson to a class to help with their understanding of how to use the library. There is also the need to create new displays, update book promotions and generally tidy up the library ready for the next day!



Friday Five 8 March

It’s Friday Five, our guide to the best things to do in London with the kids this weekend



There are still a few tickets available for David Baddiel’s ANiMALCOLM.

The performance combines physical theatre, puppetry and the company’s outstanding storytelling style to bring David Baddiel’s magical and wonderfully comic story to the stage.

Arts Depot, Finchley | Sat


See the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit doing their thing for an audience of children (8yrs+) and their families.

On Saturday see Tiernan Douieb, Shelf and Howard Read.

The Vaults, Leake St | Sat


The V&A is running family friendly performances throughout March of the enchanting tale The Boy Who Sat On The Dragon’s Throne, and they’re all free.

V&A, South Kensington | Sat


The London Transport Museum is putting on a family weekend focussing on wellbeing in the city.

Add your favourite place to the happy map of London or take part in a Yoga Journey session.

London Transport Museum, Covent Garden | Sat & Sun


Borrow a smart watch to connect to the museum in exciting new ways.

Play this fast-paced game with your family to match emojis with objects in the galleries.

British Museum | Free


Friday Five 22 Feb

It’s Friday Five, our guide to the best things to do in London with the kids this weekend


Book in a Day: How to Train your Dragon


As part of Imagine Children’s Festival, on Saturday head to the Southbank for a reading of How to Train Your Dragon – in one day.

As well as hearing chapters ready by special guests, there will be live performances and you can make your own dragon wings.

Then at 3.30pm, Cressida Cowell will discuss how she created the How to Train Your Dragon series, how her childhood on a remote Scottish island inspired it, and the process of turning the books into films. Plus, get a sneak peek at the third How to Train Your Dragon movie, The Hidden World. Cowell will be signing books afterwards.

Saturday | Free

Meet the Inventor


Head to The Postal Museum galleries to meet the renowned Rowland Hill, Victorian inventor, entrepreneur and schoolteacher.

Find out how he took a tiny piece of paper and changed the world.

Saturday | Drop-in

The Denim Juniors


Brace yourselves people, the Denim Juniors are here to celebrate the power of being yourself. This drag pop concert for kids glows with stunning costumes and live music from animated classics to party hits.

Not convinced? This show was the Wee Fringe Best Children’s Show 2018, The Guardian chose it as one of it’s Top 6 Children’s Shows to See at Edinburgh Fringe 2018 and The Scotsman hailed them ‘A quintet of queens with voices as true as their wigs are fake’

Sunday | Book

The Little Grand Tour


A wonderful way to get kids into art and museums is booking a tour with Isabel and The Little Grand Tour. Post-impressionist, Pierre Bonnard was one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century and this tour will take you Tate Modern to see his works.

Saturday 10am -12pm | Book

Hugglets Winter Bear Festival


Hugglets Winter BearFest is Europe’s first major teddy show of the year. It features around 170 stands and over 10,000 teddy bears for sale, with prices ranging from a few pounds to over £1,000.

Both antique and modern bears will be there plus clothes and accessories as well as bear-making supplies. A teddy bear hospital will also be on hand, offering treatment to well-loved and injured bears.

Sunday | Kensington Town Hall


London education provider Kings Tutors has launched Kings Tutors Club


Kings Tutors Club provides focused, flexible and fully interactive educational courses; all uniquely designed to enhance both academic education and twenty-first century skills for children and young adults. This new educational platform has been launched in response to identifying four modern-day realities:

1) The unprecedented success of online learning.

2) The need for consistent, reliable and entirely flexible education.

3) The ever-growing demand for vital life skills (from confidence to communication, resilience to critical thinking) in the modern workplace.

4) The unavoidable knowledge gaps generated by the pandemic.

By identifying and embracing all of these, Kings Tutors Club is aiming to enrich a child’s immediate academic requirements with wider life skills. Courses span from targeted workshops (including ‘Coding’ and ‘Creative Writing’) to broader programmes such as ‘Calm Clear & Confident’ and ‘GCSE Christmas Preparation’. A range of one-to-one and group formats are available, enabling parents to choose the teaching style best suited to their child. Each course is hosted by one of Kings Tutors’ expert mentors or tutors selected from a team of specialists recognised by the Good Schools Guide for always going “the extra mile” to ensure “children reach their full potential.”

All courses are held on Kings Tutors’ popular interactive learning platform. This is a free service, easy to use and named one of “the best online tutoring resources 2020″ by Mumsnet. It is likewise compatible with all devices (phone, tablet, laptop and desktop), enabling access wherever you are, whenever you need.

“True education is not – and never has been – confined to exam knowledge. Now more than ever, it is critical to recognise this from early years,” says Emily Jack, Founder of Kings Tutors, a qualified teacher and director of The Tutors’ Association.

This belief is enforced by robust global research, with reports from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and World Economic Forum identifying transferable skills such as creativity, communication, digital literacy and critical thinking as imperative for the future workplace.

The  Top 3 Courses for Christmas 2020:

• CALM. CLEAR. CONFIDENT – The ultimate 2021 exam preparation for both child & parent. Includes dedicated educational consultant, mentor and tutors. Available from 11+ to A-Level.

• GCSE CHRISTMAS COURSE – Set of 5 online group lessons in key subjects with specialist tutors. Available for Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Geography.

• CODING – Fun, focused workshops to instil the basics of this career-enhancing skill. Put into the context of building a text-adventure game, the course also boosts aptitude for critical thinking and problem-solving.

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Falcons School for Girls Teams Up with Leading Cricket Clubs


Falcons School for Girls has partnered with Roehampton and Fulham Cricket Clubs to provide pupils with best-in-class girls cricket training. Students  from Years 3 to 6 at the Putney-based school have already enjoyed a series of training sessions, which were led by industry professionals from the two London clubs. 

The sessions gave the girls the valuable opportunity to build upon and put their existing skills to the test, while also learning new techniques. The coaches  thought the girls displayed huge potential and hope to see some more of them at future training sessions at the clubs. 

The girls thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, with Year 6 pupil Maelys commenting: “I really enjoyed cricket training. It was super fun and the coaches were passionate about teaching us cricket. The aim of the session was to learn new batting techniques such as front and back drive and develop bowling skills”.

 Dash, a Year 5 pupil added, “We did lots of running, team work games and the group had lots of team spirit. The aim of the session was to focus on running fast, throwing and catching a ball well, and to think quickly when fielding”

 PE and Games Lead for Falcons School for Girls, Amber Walters commented, “We’re grateful to Roehampton and Fulham Cricket Clubs for providing our girls with a taster of cricket. It’s been fantastic to see the girls gain expert knowledge and understanding of the sport, which is new to most of them. It’s never been more important than it is now for pupils to have the opportunity to enjoy sport together in the fresh air, so it’s no wonder the response was so positive!”

 About Falcons School for Girls

Falcons School for Girls, incorporating co-educational Peregrines Nursery, is a prep school enjoying a convenient location within the leafy conservation area of Woodborough Road, Putney. It is a small, family school; the children are confident, cheerful and motivated, the staff knowledgeable, kind and creative, with high expectations.

From the moment pupils join the school, they are encouraged to be academically ambitious, take responsibility for their behaviour and learning and be curious, positive and resilient, qualities that will accompany them through life if they are embedded at a young age.

Reaching far beyond the national curriculum, the school strives to strengthen and enhance the pupils’ learning pathways through carefully planned lessons and activities, supported by a rich co-curricular programme. The school has very clear academic goals, proven by an outstanding history of 11+ results.

 For more information on Falcons School for Girls, call Chetna Kava, Admissions Officer, on Tel: 0208 992 5189 or email

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Falcons Prep – Richmond is opening its doors to boys aged 4+ from January

Following a successful Department of Education inspection, Falcons Prep – Richmond will begin welcoming boys into a new Reception Class from January 2021.

Located just a 5 minutes’ walk from Richmond station, Falcons Prep prides itself on providing a happy, safe and nurturing environment where every boy belongs. From day one, reception boys will join a thriving school community, where they will be encouraged to learn through hands-on experiences, to explore, discover and to deepen their own understanding of the world around them.

With a clear focus on academic achievement, staff make it their priority to understand the boys as individuals, helping them reach their potential and ensuring they emerge as intelligent, resilient boys who are well prepared for whatever opportunities lie ahead.

Pupils at Falcons Prep identify with, embody and model the values and characteristics set out in the five learning habits (creativity, curiosity, independence, resilience and risk-taking). They are reflective, energetic and committed to growing and changing as learners, whilst also being critically curious, asking questions that get beneath the surface, and are able to think laterally, making connections across subjects and life contexts. Falcons boys learn to be creative and imaginative, resilient when faced with setbacks and they make the most of all the many learning opportunities they will be presented with in life.

Beyond the classroom, all boys take advantage of the fantastic open green spaces provided by Old Deer Park and Richmond Athletics Association, creating a space for the boys to be immersed in all aspects of Forest School and Sport.

For tours (virtual or in person), contact the Registrar:


ITN is calling on kids to enter their reporter competition where they can have a mentoring session with an ITN broadcaster, a newsroom tour and practice their presentation skills.

Marking its 65th anniversary, ITN is inviting children between seven and 14 to enter their reporter competition and create short news clips that will be judged by top journalists from across ITN’s newsrooms.

ITV News presenter Mary Nightingale, Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, Channel 4 News reporter and former BBC Newsround journalist Ayshah Tull, ITV News London presenter Charlene White, and 5 News presenter Sian Williams have all signed up as judges for the contest, My News in 65.

To encourage the next generation of broadcast journalists, the competition asks entrants to make a 65 second news clip – one second for each year ITN has been on air. ITN is looking for want the stories that are important to entrant framed around different themes: happiness, change, inspiration.


The winners will be given a mentoring session with one of the judges, an invitation for a newsroom tour and a chance to practice their presentation skills in the hot seat, as well as an iPad. The competition is open now and closes on 23 November.

As well as being lots of fun, the competition aims to open the doors of journalism to a wider range of people by encouraging children to start thinking about a journalism career early on in life. As we live through a second national lockdown in England the competition is also a chance for children to consider learning a new skill.

One winner will be selected from children aged 7-10 and another will be chosen from children aged 11-14.

How to enter

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RBC Race for the Kids goes virtual for 2020!



The annual RBC Race for the Kids, which will help to raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), is going virtual this Autumn.


Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital needs more support than ever so the charity is urging people to sign up for the first ever virtual RBC Race for the Kids. Over 10,000 people took part in last year’s event to run, jog, walk and scoot around the 5km iconic course in London’s Hyde Park. The hope is that more people will be able to take part virtually, wherever they are in the world.

The virtual event is open to supporters of all ages and abilities. Participants are encouraged to choose somewhere in their local neighbourhood, park or even a garden and ‘race’ your distance, your way. Race weekend is 17 and 18 October and helps to raise vital funds directly for GOSH Charity.

Who will the funds help?

The money raised will go towards funding the hospital’s most urgent needs. This includes research into pioneering new treatments, cutting-edge medical equipment, support services for children and their families, such as parent accommodation and the hospital’s Play team, and the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital.

Six-year-old Daniel will be racing for the first time with his mum Rosemary, dad Michael and older brother Joshua. He was treated at GOSH for a rare form of arthritis. A few days after bumping his knee whilst playing at home, Daniel began struggling to walk, had swelling and severe pain in his knee, ankle and elbow. Following multiple tests at his local hospital, Daniel was then referred to GOSH specialists.





Rosemary explains: “Daniel underwent many tests as doctors tried to rule out a number of conditions, he had MRI scans, blood tests, an echocardiogram, liver tests and bones looked at. Eventually the amazing team who had taken him under their wing were able to come up with a working diagnosis of Systemic onset Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, an extremely rare disease.”

Rosemary said: “We are all looking forward to taking part in the virtual RBC Race for the Kids this October. We loved the event last year and feel so lucky that Daniel is able to run and take part in something like this, as there have been times over the past couple of years when we didn’t think that would be possible. Doing the race is a reminder of the freedom we have with Daniel since his health has returned and is maintained by ongoing support from GOSH. It will be really fun doing our own race in the countryside close to where we live and hopefully we’ll raise some money for GOSH Charity!”



Be part of something bigger

Created by Royal Bank of Canada, the RBC Global Virtual Race for the Kids will bring together for the first time tens of thousands of participants to support 36 children and youth charities in 16 countries – and by being virtual anyone can take part wherever they are in the world. GOSH Charity is thrilled to be the UK charity beneficiary and is urging supporters to sign up and help raise vital funds for seriously ill children from across the UK who are treated at GOSH.

Participants can now sign up for free at, select their city and associated charity and choose their preferred race distance to complete during the weekend of the 17 and 18 October. The virtual race will have support and integration with most running apps and all participants will receive digital medals and rewards.

Over the last 10 years RBC Race for the Kids has raised over £6million for GOSH Charity, helping to make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK.

For more information and to sign up to take part, please visit:

About Great Ormond Street Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity:

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise money to support the hospital to give seriously ill children, the best chance for life. The charity funds research into pioneering new treatments for children, provides the most up to date medical equipment, funds support services for children and their families and supports the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit






New Family Club, GetSetGo! will open in Putney early next year

Work has officially started on a brand new club GetSetGo! which launches for families in South West London early next year.  Expect a pool, studios, interactive play area, co-working space and a cafe. Opening in January 2021, GetSetGo! promises to be a safe, enriching and multifunctional space with a fresh take on activities for all the family.

GetSetGo! Putney is the brainchild of Claire and Alina who have secured nearly £2m of investment to get the works underway. Speaking about the brand’s vision, Founder and CEO Claire Harrison said:

“As both a parent but also a seasoned leisure professional, I saw a huge gap in the market when it came to children’s activities. I have experienced too many times the distinct lack of suitable space to provide children’s activities across the capital. I started asking myself the questions every mum, dad and grandparent asks: Why am I paying so much money for my children’s activities, yet sat on dirty church, village halls and pub floors? Why am I having to juggle schedules, dashing from one place to another waiting for my children’s classes to finish? Trying to grab twenty minutes to do some work in between classes and never ever having any time for myself.  The potential for a setting like GetSetGo! became glaringly obvious and so I decided to do something about it!”

Claire’s no stranger to the family activity market having set up hugely successful Swimming Rocks. Probably why it was essential to build a pool into GetSetGo!’s plans. And those among you with your ear to the ground will know that GetSetGo! is being created on the old Purple Dragon site in Putney.

GetSetGo! Putney will offer a full programme of activities, combining a mix of in-house signature sessions and classes offered from established activity brands. From baby groups to teen fit, ‘mummy and me’ exercise, to post-natal sessions Dance, martial arts, swimming lessons and so, so much more for children; not forgetting the adult group sessions that will be offered before and after work.

After the action, mum and dad can hit the café lounge for a light bite, healthy smoothie or much-deserved glass of wine, while little ones explore the hidden nooks and crannies that have been cleverly incorporated to encourage and promote independent play and learning.

GetSetGo! have also created a unique hybrid workspace that will allow parents to pursue their career without comprising parenthood – or facing the overwhelming guilt of trying to do it all! The co-working space offers the ideal solution, while also having the option of a lunch and coffee break, as well as an activity during the day.

Families will be able to join classes on a pay-as-you-go system or as part of a monthly or annual subscription, ensuring that the inspired setting is accessible to all without the hefty membership fees just to get through the door.

Clubs in Chelsea, Golders Green and Marylebone are due to follow.

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News about Coronavirus and how to wash hands is everywhere but many parents are wondering how to discuss it with their children.  The Parent Practice has this advice to help us communicate without causing anxiety.




A hot topic in our classes this week was, not surprisingly, Coronavirus. You would have had to be extremely isolated indeed not to have been aware of the general panic setting in as the Covid-19 virus which originated in China at the end of last year has spread around the world. As panic stockpiling of toilet paper and other basics indicates, even the adults are becoming very anxious so it’s no wonder if our children are worried about what they’re hearing.

The first thing we can do to help is to be aware of what they ARE hearing. Never assume that your children aren’t listening to your adult conversations even if they seem to be preoccupied and not bothered. If you’ve been talking about it within earshot of your children or they’ve heard radio or TV reports about it or it’s being discussed at school then you need to address it with them in a way that they can process.

The spread of this virus is something that is still unfolding and we don’t know what the scale of it will be. It will probably have some effect on the lives of ordinary families even if they do not contract the disease themselves.

Be informed.

As usual in the internet era there is misinformation swirling about so do make sure you get your facts from a trusted source such as government websites. At the time of writing there have been over 100,000 cases worldwide with 460 confirmed cases in the UK and 8 deaths. While this is a serious public health emergency it is worth putting it into perspective by comparing the number of cases of influenza each year (about 600 deaths a year – Oxford Vaccine Group) and the number of deaths on the road (1,794 in 2018) which we are very used to. Researchers estimate that about 1% of cases of Covid-19 result in death and those who are elderly or who have immune system issues or underlying health problems are more at risk. Very few children have died from the virus. The risk of contracting the disease is higher if you have recently travelled to China, Italy, Iran or South Korea although the number of countries at risk is increasing.

Ask the children what they know about it already and give information according to their age. The questions they ask will help you to make what you say relevant for them. 

Listen to your children’s concerns.

Obviously one of our main concerns is not to make our children needlessly worried. They need to know that the adults can and will keep them safe. But it will not help any anxiety they are experiencing to dismiss their concerns. Don’t tell them not to worry.

When –if your child brings it up do respond to them there and then if at all possible. If your child has brought it up at an inconvenient moment such as when you’re dropping them off at school or at bedtime (very common, in my experience) then bear in mind that if you put off the discussion they may be carrying around their concerns so will not be able to focus at school or get to sleep. If it’s just not possible then assure them that you will talk about it as soon as you can. If they don’t raise the subject it might still be a good idea for you to introduce the subject calmly so that you can set the tone before they hear rumours elsewhere which worry them. Choose a time when things are calm and you will be uninterrupted.

How –stay calm. We know that anxiety is very contagious so it’s important that you get your own feelings in check before having a conversation with the children. This is particularly important if you know your child is of an anxious disposition. If you’re aware that you seem stressed acknowledge that and let them know that you are handling your feelings by getting proper information and by using your usual stress-busters such as going for a walk, listening to music, taking a bath or meditating. Give your children hugs and accept hugs from them too.

What to say –acknowledge their fears and don’t make false promises. If your child is worried that people they care about might die acknowledge that some people might die from the disease but that it is rare, less likely when people are healthy and that there are things people can do to protect themselves. Explain that most people who experience symptoms will get better on their own. “I can see this is really bothering you. Of course you don’t want anyone to get sick. I’m glad you care. Mummy and Daddy and Gran and Grandpa are all fit and healthy so we should be ok. Papa and Nana are old but they are generally well and they are keeping themselves at home mainly so there is less chance of picking up the virus. If any of us do get sick the doctors and nurses will take good care of us.”

Give control.

Much anxiety comes about from feeling we can’t influence events so it will help to empower children as much as possible and let them know how you as a family plan to deal with things in the event that someone gets sick or if you need to be quarantined or if their school closes. Let them know that the government has put in place plans for dealing with the situation. What they can do is follow basic hygiene procedures. Revisit proper handwashing and how to catch a sneeze or wipe a runny nose properly in a tissue and throw it away. Remind them about coughing into their elbow rather than their hands.

Dispel racist views.

Although the virus originated in China this does not mean that Chinese people are at fault. Challenge any racist views you hear and encourage your children to be compassionate and respectful. Depending on their age you may want to make them aware that there are racist views circulating and let them know that in your family you don’t subscribe to these and that they are based on misinformation.

About The Parent Practice

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“Everyone at The Parent Practice is a parent and encounters the everyday challenges that all parents face. Our own family lives have been enriched and transformed with the parenting skills we teach, so our aim is to pass on our skills to help parents bring up children to be happy and the best they can be.”

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City Kids Magazine, The Little Gym Chiswick and Izzy Judd team up to deliver a Mindfulness for Mums workshop hosted by Beverley Turner


When running after the kids, working, juggling and managing life gets a bit too much, some time out can be just what’s needed. But when your list of things to do only gets done when you do it, setting time aside is really difficult. That’s where Izzy Judd’s recent book release Mindfulness for Mums can help. At a workshop organised by City Kids and The Little Gym Chiswick, Izzy had the chance to show some of the techniques she uses to stay calm each day.

Broadcaster and owner of The Happy Birth Club, Beverley Turner, opened proceedings with a question and answer session. The mums gathered got to know Izzy a little better and discovered how mindfulness has helped her anxiety, and more importantly, how she now weaves it into her day.


Very quickly into the session, Izzy put everyone at ease as she demonstrated some easy exercises to help mums feel calm and connected to the world before answering questions from the floor.

Izzy said: “As mothers, we grow humans, our bodies have changed, how we feel about ourselves is quite different and this mindset can be negative. If we can change these negative conversations into positive ones, we won’t feel like we’re constantly failing.”

Izzy also talked about creating a mindfulness corner for little ones as she’s done for her children, Kit and Lola. It’s a safe place they can go to with a cosy blanket to sit on and a basket of items such as puzzles, colouring and a cuddly toy.

While mums were engaged in the workshop, the children were entertained by staff at The Little Gym who introduced them to their exciting gymnastics equipment. Win, win for everyone!

Watch this space for more events from City Kids and The Little Gym soon…

Thanks go to Piccolo, CanO Water, and Fruit Bowl for supplying delicious snacks for hungry little people as well as Meri Meri and Cotton Twist for supplying gifts for the goody bags.



For more information about The Little Gym Chiswick and to book a free trial, contact 020 8994 3729 or go to their site: 

Izzy’s book Mindfulness for Mums is available here.




Konnie Huq returned to her old school to curate a science-fuelled workshop `Science, Explosions and Scribbling’, to tie in with the launch of her first book Cookie!… and the Most Annoying Boy in the World.

Konnie, who attended Notting Hill & Ealing High School between 1986 – 1993, shared her fascination and self-confessed obsession with science with current students via her curated science workshop.

“Science is super cool. Science is the reason the tech all works. The reason we can fly planes, drive cars. That the floor doesn’t fall down”.

All girls from NHEHS Junior School in Years 3-6, along with children from neighbouring school, Christ the Saviour, C of E Primary School, were treated to an uplifting hour of fun and games. Konnie started the session with an imaginative draw-along, creating a comic strip story with input from the 200 children gathered in the School Hall. This was followed by a brainbusting quiz, which had hands straining to provide answers and an uplifting reading from her book. An experiment with mints and lemonade created an explosive finale.


Recognising the importance of reading, Huq commented:

“Reading books is so mega important. Books give people empathy, which makes people good kind people and become amazing adults, which makes the world a nicer place.”

She added:

“Notting Hill & Ealing High School has a special place in my heart. I remember doing English in Room 24 and I fondly remember the Science block – which is still there. My English and Science lessons have come full circle now that I’m introducing current students to my new book”.

Cookie!… and the Most Annoying Boy in the World (Piccadilly Press, £10.99) is the first of a series for young readers (aged 8-12) and introduces the world to Cookie Haque – nine years old, obsessed with science and ready to take on the world.

Friday Five Weekend 16-17 November

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this weekend in London.


Royal Festival Hall
Against a backdrop of Ally Pally’s panoramic views of London, fireworks will light up the skyline in a unique display. There will be music, cabaret, bars, a funfair filled with retro rides, the great bonfire and a family friendly area.


Strawberry Hill House
Enjoy a day of festive shopping and seasonal decor in this stunning setting. From bespoke and original handmade gifts, local crafts and produce, Christmas styling across the historic rooms, demonstrations, tastings and inspired gifts to purchase. And festive foods!
All weekend


Royal Festival Hall
Get the kids syncopating at an interactive music session for toddlers aged 2-5.

Business Design Centre, Islington
A fair where you can channel your creativity thanks to numerous workshops or shop til you drop.
All weekend


Watermans Brentford
Theatre of Widdershins with their trademark puppets, music and storytelling perform Rumpelstiltskin and the Snail of Fortune. This golden production is perfect for 4+ years.


For more things to do head to our What’s On page.


Friday Five Weekend 2-3 November

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this weekend in London.


Alexandra Palace
Against a backdrop of Ally Pally’s panoramic views of London, fireworks will light up the skyline in a unique display. There will be music, cabaret, bars, a funfair filled with retro rides, the great bonfire and a family friendly area.


Whitechapel Gallery
Celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus with a family disco, music and art. Mocktails will be served plus there will be abstract costume creation, geometric mobiles, architectural collages and Bauhaus badges.


October Gallery
Engage with the galleries current exhibitions in this imaginative art making and multi sensory storytelling session for 0-7s.


Crystal Palace
Food, drink, entertainment areas, fairgrounds, a Lords of Lightning Light show plus a spectacular firework display with lasers to boot.


Trafalgar Square
Come and enjoy the delights of Diwali with a day of entertainment in the capital. As well as music, dancing and mouthwatering Indian treats there will be a children’s zone with plenty of fun activities on offer.


For more things to do head to our What’s On page.


Friday Five Weekend 26-27 October

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this weekend in London.


Borough Market
Celebrate Autumn at this harvest event for the whole family. With face painting, storytelling, pumpkin carving and cooking demonstrations there is something for everyone.

Horniman Museum and Gardens
Get dressed up in your scariest costume for this fiendish Halloween family fair. There will be spooky storytelling, creepy crawlies and treats at the food stall and arts and crafts market.
All weekend

Natural Maritime Museum
Celebrate Diwali with some free family fun at the National Maritime Museum. There will be music, dance, arts and crafts, a parade and a celebration of light.


Design Museum
Explore the design, animation and production process behind Hey Duggee, the much loved CBeebies animated series, in this free family friendly display.
All weekend



For more things to do head to our What’s On page.


Friday Five Weekend 12-13 October

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this weekend in London.


London Transport Museum
Go on an immersive journey of some of London’s most secret spaces in the oldest subterranean railway in the world in this new exhibition opening just in time for the weekend. Visit an ‘abandoned’ Tube station underworld and see a recreation of the secret dining room where Churchill sheltered.
All weekend



Various locations in Chelsea
Celebrate the history of Chelsea at this family friendly festival. Activities include Giant Games for little soldiers at the National Army Museum, the hidden history hunt at the Royal Hospital and Medicine Through Time at the Chelsea Psychic Garden.


October Gallery
As part of the Bloomsbury Festival, the gallery are running a Family Art Day inspired by the 1969 moon landing with art making activities and story telling.


Tate Modern
Inspired by her new book, author and illustrator Emily Rand is putting on a make and do workshop where you can create an invention and make a collage with images of junk objects.


ExCel London
Get your mind blown by some fascinating Science in this festival for all the family. Take part in a rocket building workshop, hop on a VR rollercoaster ride, launch your very own Saturn V rocket to the moon and enjoy some science story time with Maddie from CBeebies.
All weekend


For more things to do head to our What’s On page.




Hever Castle’s Bed and Breakfast scores 96% and maintains its 5* Gold status after Visit England assessment


Hever Castle’s luxury Bed and Breakfast has maintained its 5* Gold status and a Breakfast award.

The accommodation was assessed by Visit England and received a 96% quality score. To gain a 5* rating businesses have to score between 85% and 100% and are marked on bedrooms, bathrooms, cleanliness, hospitality and breakfast.

The Gold award is given to accommodation which offers the `best of the best’ including exceptional quality and going the extra mile for their customers and the Breakfast Awards recognises breakfasts which exceed guest expectations.

Visit England said that: “Hever Castle Bed & Breakfast presented extremely well on this year’s day assessment, comfortably retaining its Five Star Guest Accommodation rating.”

Hever Castle’s four bedroom holiday cottage, Medley Cottage also maintained its 5* Gold rating, scoring 92%.

House Manager Roland Smith said: “We are delighted that the hard work and high standards of cleanliness and customer service has been recognised by Visit England. It is testament to our dedicated members of staff that we have retained this accolade. We look forward to welcoming more guests to our luxury accommodation throughout 2019 and 2020.”

The bed and breakfast is housed in the ‘Tudor Village’ – an Edwardian extension to the Castle which consists of the ‘Astor Wing’ and recently refurbished ‘Anne Boleyn Wing’ – with 28 bedrooms in total.

The extension was added to the Castle by William Waldorf Astor to accommodate staff and guests was previously only available for weddings and corporate events.

In 2012 underfloor heating, flat screen TVs and wifi were added as part of a refurbishment to open the accommodation up to the general public. The doors opened in March 2012.

All bedrooms are en-suite and individually styled, with some offering four poster beds, roll top baths or walk in showers.

Guests to the luxury bed and breakfast, which recently received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the fourth year running, have exclusive access to some of the 125 acre award winning gardens when they are closed to the general public.

For bookings head to

Photos: Hever Castle & Gardens


Friday Five Weekend 5-6 October

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this weekend in London.


Southbank Centre
There will be live musical performance, film and theatrical lighting in this immersive classical music concert for all the family. You will also get to meet the musicians and try out their instruments at the end of the show.


Tower Hamlets, E14
Girls from across the city have been invited to attend London’s first ever Festival of the Girl. A family event packed with workshops, interactive sessions, speakers and live performers.


Half Moon Theatre
A fabulous way to educate the little ones on recycling with this free family fun day which is all about reducing, reusing and recycling.  There will be storytelling, pop up performances, arts and crafts plus tea and cake.


artsdepot, North Finchley
A comically gruesome adventure of pirates, monsters and the ingenuity of one small girl. Check out this new hilariously exciting play by Toby Hulse, adapted from the best selling picture book by Jonny Duddle.


Fenton House and Garden
Try out different varieties of apple and juice from the Fenton House trees while the kids make badges, do some apple juicing and partake in giant lawn games, at this annual celebration.
All weekend


For more things to do head to our What’s On page.





Putney-based Falcons School for Girls has unveiled its latest investment – a new state of the art technology suite.


Thanks to the newly opened, and aptly named, ‘Creation Station’, pupils in Years 1 to 6 will now benefit from being able to hone their IT and Music Technology skills, allowing their practical and creative learning to blossom as they access the latest Apple Macs, all equipped with advanced software.

Headmistress at Falcons School for Girls, Sara Williams-Ryan said: “The pupils have loved experimenting with the new Music Technology software and are extremely excited to try lots of different ICT skills! The ‘Creation Station’ complements the use of iPads and laptops in their other subjects.

“We are keen to ensure that our pupils have access to the very latest technology, to support our belief that children will flourish if we engage and challenge learners at every opportunity”.

The new area compliments the multiple specialist spaces for the teaching of the more creative and scientific subjects including; a well-equipped Science laboratory, a spacious and inspiring Art room, a Drama studio complete with a plethora of props and staging and a stimulating Music room.

Falcons Girls strives to strengthen and enhance the pupils’ learning pathways through carefully planned lessons and activities, supported by a rich co-curricular programme. The school also works closely with parents and guides them through entry to senior school, helping to prepare each pupil for entry into the senior school which best meets their learning needs and future development.

For more information on Falcons School for Girls, or to register for an Open Day, call Harriet Stokes, Admissions on Tel: 0208 992 5189 or email


Friday Five Weekend 14-15 September

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this weekend in London.


Windsor Castle
It’s time to celebrate Queen Victoria in the 200th anniversary of her birth. There will be a Victorian circus, some regal storytelling, falconry and horse riding displays and costume handling in this fun filled family festival.

Chefs, cooks and authors come together for talks and demos all weekend. Jo Pratt and Michael Fort are two names to celebrate but there are many more. Turnham Green Terrace will also be closed to traffic on Sunday for a very special street party. Events are ticketed.
Saturday & Sunday


Tate Modern
A make & do workshop around author and illustrator Lisa Stickley’s new book, a story about courage and self-belief. Make a spinning Bernard, design your own swimming costume, spot the difference and get drawing on a giant colouring in sheet.


Tower of London
The Tower of London Food Festival returns with an array of delectable treats. The little ones will also be looked after with a range of exciting activities including kids cookery classes with Cordon Bleu, vintage games and face painting.
All weekend


Clapham Common
Colourscape is back at Clapham Common with a 4 day concert inside the walk in structure of colour and light.
All weekend


For more things to do head to our What’s On page.



Friday Five Weekend 7-8 September

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this weekend in London.

Cutty Sark
As part of Thames Festival 2019 Cutty Sark invite you to create your own tall ship to add to a magnificent flotilla of masts and sails underneath the ship. Listen to poetry from students of the Rivers of the World project and write your own poem on your ship.
All weekend


St Katherine Docks
The festival will host an impressive display of beautiful classic boats. With plenty of activities for visitors, families and friends to enjoy including a tour of the historic Lady Daphne, paddle-boarding in the Marina and the all important Kids Club.
All weekend


Royal Academy
Experiment with printmaking techniques in this free workshop for families. Inspired by the graphic prints in their exhibition Felix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet find your own printing style and make some artwork to take home.


Jewish Museum
Get your dancing shoes on for this funky music session.  There will be dancing games, hoops,  bells, ribbons and exercises with dance moves from hip hop and salsa to disco and country.


Head on down to South East London for a free family friendly folk festival. Folk music, craft beer, street food stalls and family activities including the opportunity to meet some friendly farm animals with Surrey Docks Farm Petty Zoo.


For more things to do head to our What’s On page.


Friday Five Weekend 31 August -1 September

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this bank holiday weekend in London.

Underbelly Southbank
Twirlywoos are coming to the stage and will feature all your favourite characters from the hit TV show. There will be puppetry, music and a load of surprises throughout.
All weekend

Southall Park
Inspired by South East Asia, Southall Park brings you a festival for all the family. Expect musicians, an Asian food market, dancers and DJ’s plus a children’s fun area in this celebration of Asian culture.
All weekend

William Morris Gallery
It’s family day at the William Morris Gallery and this month you can have a go at making a textile from Mali, mud cloth and you get to meet the Suntrap animals who have come all the way from Africa.

ZSL London Zoo
Say goodbye to Summer with the ultimate experience for your little ones. There will be an interactive kids quiz, animal themed storytelling, crafts, and vet or zookeeper role play at this action packed festival.
All weekend

London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park
A weekend of family festival fun awaits. Activities include hula hooping, face paints, bubble wizards and ribbon twirling plus live music and a DJ playing kids favourite tunes.
All weekend


For more things to do head to our What’s On page.

Friday Five Weekend 24-26 August

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this bank holiday weekend in London.

Canary Wharf Crossrail Place Roof Garden
Award-winning folk duo Megson put on a family friendly interactive theatrical musical performance. With clever storytelling between playful folk songs, audiences are introduced to the instruments played and the stories sung about.



Smithfield Market and Rotunda
A free street party where animals top the bill. Learn how to dance like a bee, take part in running classes and animal amusements, look up and watch aerialists fly through the sky and learn how to look after the animals that live alongside us.


Notting Hill
Sunday is family day at Europe’s biggest street festival, as crowds are smaller and floats more family-friendly plus there is a children’s parade. Fancy dress is definitely encouraged.


Buckingham Palace, The Royal Mews, The Queen’s Gallery
A family festival is taking place at all of the above locations which will be packed with exciting activities for the family to enjoy. Drop-in circus demonstrations, arts and crafts, dressing up and more will bring the role of the Palace and the Royal Family to life.
All weekend



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Friday Five Weekend 17-18 August

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The Cockpit
Every suitcase has a story to tell and this show will take you on its magical journey.  With puppetry and a special pop up set the audience will be captivated from start to finish. Suitable for ages 3+.


Royal Wharf Park, E16
This free fete will offer food and drink vendors, entertainment including a soft play area by Gymboree, face painters, balloon modellers, Gandini jugglers, bubble performers and more.


Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Park will play host to a delightful and eclectic mix of entertainment, education and performance at this free family Summer fete.


The Old Truman Brewery, East London
Every kids dream, and adults for that matter.  Walls covered in chocolate, chocolate infused tastings orbs, ice cream flavoured bubbles, a patisserie zone, a chocolate wrapping room and rain in the form of sprinkles. Sounds sweet right!?
All weekend

Westfield Stratford City
Get a bit of jungle fever at this free event which features a climbing wall, animal toy rides, face painting, a photo-booth and the first ever Virtual Reserve for mini adventurers that transports them from the city into a real life wilderness.
All weekend


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Friday Five Weekend 10-11 August

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Canary Wharf
As part of the Canary Wharf Summer Family Festival, Let’s All Dance will be performing their adaptation of The Princess and the Frog. A magical ballet for all the family!

National Army Museum
This Fortnite-themed target practice session ties in with the displays from Abram Games who designed a number of posters to educate soldiers about the use and care of weapons. Guns had to be kept clean and maintained to fire accurately. 8yrs+

Whitechapel Gallery
Inspired by the Michael Rakowitz exhibition, this family day will look at identity, borders culture and the significance of every day.

Leicester Square
Leicester Square plays host to a free family friendly festival of films. Screenings include The Little Mermaid, E.T, Mary Poppins Returns and a Grease, Frozen and The Greatest Showman singalong.
All weekend

Walthamstow Wetlands
Head East for a new family friendly urban event that celebrates the conservation and culture of Britain’s natural world. There will be fun family activities and immersive workshops inspired by nature.
All weekend


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Friday Five Weekend 3-4 August

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Dulwich Park
Enter the magical land of Wyld Woods this Summer and go on a mythical adventure. Meet the tooth fairy, have some sparkly face paint, make your own fairy garland, help prepare fairy cakes and enjoy some theatrical storytelling.


York Hall, Bethnal Green
It’s all about the goo at this years biggest slime event where there will be workshops, messy play, live demonstrations, a nail bar, face painting and plenty of interactives for the little ones to enjoy.

The Golden Hinde, SE1
Arrrrrr! Come meet Captain Mick Swagger and the parrots and check out their latest antics in this pirate themed family friendly show on board a boat.


Leyton Jubilee Park
Celebrate South Asian culture at this free family friendly event which features music, dance, theatre, food, traditional art and crafts and a giant funfair.


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Friday Five Weekend 27-28 July

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The Globe Theatre
The Globe’s family festival brings together families, children’s authors, performers and storytellers to celebrate the power of imagination.
All weekend

Guildhall Yard
Head to London for the first ever Mexican festival.  The Yard will come alive with the sounds, smells and tastes of Mexico and there will be plenty of Mexican food, drink and family entertainment available including art workshops, ‘loitas card’ making and basket weaving.
All weekend

Discover Story Centre
Head over to Discover for a whole day of doodling with some brilliant illustrators and authors, who will demonstrate their skills and teach you how to draw pirates and aliens. The day will be completed with a head to head Draw Off.


Horniman Museum
Big Fish Little Fish are taking over the Horniman Gardens for an afternoon of outdoor festival raving fun.  Dance with your family under bubbles and balloons to acid house, techno and drum and bass. The Orb are playing and there will be crafts with Captain Cookie, face painting and storytelling for the little ones.
All weekend


Fulham Palace
Find out about the marks that appear on the Fulham Palace lawn each summer.  Get hands on with archaeology, take a tour of the site, and recreate their lost medieval chapel with cardboard boxes.                                                                                                                                                Sunday


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Friday Five Weekend 20-21 July

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Kew Gardens
Get your lab coat and goggles at the ready, it’s time to experiment.  Fun for all the family, there will be workshops, behind the scenes tours, hands on experiments, shows and a bunch of Kew’s scientists to explain how they are protecting rare plants and fungi.
All weekend


Museum of Childhood
It’s all about celebrating play at this free weekend festival. Suitable for all ages, there will be plenty of games, workshops and activities including making robot sculptures, baby sensory play and how to make a video game.
All weekend


Brockwell Park
Head on over to Brixton for this family friendly event where you can get to meet animals from Vauxhall City Farm, browse stalls, listen to a bit of live music, do some arts and crafts, get some yummy grub plus loads more, there is something for everyone!
All weekend

Science Museum
Get dressed as an astronaut, find out what happened to all the Moon rocks, discover how your body changes in space and see a special screening of the Clangers at this festival which marks the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo Moon landing.
All weekend


Canary Wharf
As part of the Canary Wharf Summer Family Festival, Over the Moon is a free interactive, operatic adventure for babies. A calm, playful and relaxing first opera experience for the small ones and their grown ups.


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Friday Five Weekend 13-14 July

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London Transport Museum Depot, Acton
A weekend of family fun giving children the chance to explore, learn and play in a treasure-trove of iconic artefacts from London’s transport history.
All weekend


Royal Albert Hall
Enjoy a relaxed jazz concert perfect for little ears in an informal environment, performed by musicians from Albert’s Band.


A load of family fun to be had at ONBlackheath 2019 this weekend. Head to The Family Playground where you can meet Mister Maker, see Andy and the Odd Socks, touch a tarantula in the Mini Zoo or get stuck into a slime workshop with The Science Museum.
All weekend


Gunnersbury Park
Messy art, storytelling, music, sport and even Peppa Pig at this one day family-friendly festival in West London.


Lloyd Park, E17
Enjoy a brilliant two day free festival celebrating global culture in London’s 2019 Borough of Culture this weekend. There will be music, arts and crafts, dance, circus and much more in this family friendly event.
All weekend


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We all spend a lot of time in playgrounds with the kiddies so we have narrowed down our Top 5 in London


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
This huge playground built on the landscape of the Olympic Park encourages your children to experiment in a natural environment.  With tree houses, rock pools, sandpits and rope bridges your child will not only be entertained they will be inspired to.

Kew Gardens
The new interactive Children’s Garden suitable for ages 2 to 12 years old is now open. There is an earth, air, water and sun garden with lots of fun things such as a bamboo tunnel, a worm-hole tube slide, trampolines, a stream and splash pool and much more.


An excellent large playground that caters for both the big and little kids..  With an adventure castle, a mini street, a percussion garden, a shipwreck climbing frame, a train station and a zip wire you will struggle to get them to leave this one.


An outdoor playground with mini models of iconic aircraft such as the famous Spitfire and powerful Sea-King helicopter, there is even a mini version of the historic Grahame-White building.  With slides, nets, poles and ladders this play area is a wonderful place to fuel the little ones imaginations


There’s heaps of fun to be had in this playground where kids can ride a tractor, hop in a car, ride a life size helicopter, get creative drawing their own animals on the chalk boards or be a fireman in the fire engine. The playground invites them to test their skills as they build, swing, balance and ride while the parents can have a sit down on the picnic tables surrounding it.


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Friday Five Weekend 6-7 July

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Hampton Court Palace
Kids go free at this glorious festival which promises to be a fantastic family day out, featuring children’s entertainment.
All weekend


Horniman Museum
Enjoy a day of family fun with dance performances, workshops and music from around the world. Bring your dancing shoes and join in the fun.


Royal Opera House
Head to the Royal Opera House for some family fun the day after the Pride in London Parade.  Continue the festivities and celebrate the triumphs of the LGBT+ community.  Take part in a Big Tea dance, make activities and dress up.


The Peacock, Holborn
London’s Children’s Ballet return to the stage for an adaptation of this classic tale which sees the determined sisters take to the stage in order to support their adopted family.
All weekend
londonchildrensballet.comSUPER SATURDAY OF SPORT
Super Saturday of Sport is back! Let your kids experience new sports, and find their active passion. Free sessions all day, starting with a full family warm-up with AnimalFu.


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Friday Five Weekend 29-30 June

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The family film club continues at the Barbican with the fairy tale The Princess and the Frog.  The heroine Tiana being transformed into an amphibian by an enchanted frog will be the twist for this show.  There will also be an opportunity to learn some froggy facts in their show and tell, and you can get involved in their paper puppet workshop inspired by the film.


William Morris Gallery
It’s family fun time at the William Morris Gallery in this free, drop in event suitable for children of all ages.  Get creative and make colourful textiles inspired by Madge Gill.


Royal Opera House
This Family Sunday will see the building transformed into a playground where children can make crafts and sing and dance in a host of activities inspired by the opera Carmen.


South Kensington
This festival is a three-day celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration.  There are hundreds of hands-on activities including the chance to play chess with robots, multi-sensory experiences and virtual-reality headsets too.
All weekend


Tower Bridge
Head to Tower Bridge for anniversary celebration where families can recreate the huge flotilla that passed under the Bridge in 1894, alongside a number of family activities taking place including ‘Meet the Victorians’ where the stories of workers, engineers, and passers by, will be brought to life by costumed actors.
All weekend

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Friday Five Weekend 22-23 June

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Canary Wharf
Head to Canary Wharf to celebrate the longest day of the year, where there will be live performances, a free drop in flower crown workshop, bubble magic and a drop-in Children’s Circus Skills workshop.


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
Why not kick off the Summer with a huge picnic get together. There will be music, storytelling, face-painting, family dance and singing workshops, street food and much more.


Canary Wharf, Here East, Gasholder Park, Gherkin and more
A weekend of family activities across London as the largest architecture festival in the UK kicks off, designed to inspire the next generation of city shapers.
All weekend


Trafalgar Square
London Theatres host this medley of highlights from the top West End shows which include Mamma Mia, Thriller Live, Phantom and the Lion King. Free and fun – what else do you need?
All weekend


Greenwich Town Centre
Greenwich and Docklands International festival, London’s leading outdoor theatre and performing arts festival, is back.  The free festival kicks off with the Greenwich Fair which features street theatre performance, games, art, Roll Play, a mixture of Hip Hop and Circus, and a family friendly drag show.
All weekend


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Friday Five Weekend 15-16 June

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Plenty of family fun over in Highgate this Saturday at this free Summer fete.  There will be live music, dance and theatre as well as fairground rides, stilt walkers and a children’s tent with musical and drama activities.


Market Halls Victoria
Launching conveniently for Father’s Day, Kid’s Table will be providing supervised fun every Sunday  for kids aged 3-10 so you can enjoy the ultimate Sunday brunch. Now, parents can finish a sentence while they eat too and the kids won’t be bored. Win, win.


The Prince of Wales, Brixton
It’s time to get your dancing shoes and head on down to The Prince of Wales for some open-air family raving fun.  The music will be provided by Drum & Bass/Jungle legend Kenny Ken and there will be plenty of food, drinks and entertainment for all ages.


Marylebone Village
Marylebone celebrate Summer with a weekend of family fun that includes live music, stalls, film night and a Sunday Street party.
All weekend


Clissold Park, Stoke Newington
Fancy checking out the most beautiful vintage steam fair you ever did see?  Head on down to Clissold Park where you can get on rides dating from the 1890s to the 1960s, the kids will love it and so will you.
All weekend


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Friday Five Weekend 8-9 June

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Horniman Museum
A free day of family fun at the Horniman as they celebrate World Oceans Day. Take part in an ocean-themed poetry competition, enjoy arts and crafts, an underwater themed story, and explore ocean objects with the museums curators.


London Dock celebrate the start of Summer with a free fair.  There will be street food stalls, a live band and children’s entertainment including fairground games.


Discover Story Centre
Hear award-winning children’s author Mylo Freeman read her newest book ‘Princess Arabella is a Big Sister’ and watch how she draws and paints Princess Arabella and friends in this storytelling session for ages 4+.


Various locations in London
Some of London’s most beautiful gardens are opening up their gates for the public this weekend.  There will be plenty of activities for all of the family to enjoy in some of the best green spaces the city has to offer.
All weekend


Museum of London Docklands
Make your way down to the Museum of London Docklands for a sweet weekend of workshops, arts, crafts and performances that explore our relationship with sugar.
All weekend

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Friday Five Weekend 1-2 June

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Barbican Cinema
The Barbican Cinema have joined forces with Battersea Dogs Home for a special Family Film Club screening of 101 Dalmations.  Be sure to drop by the Family Film Club Kiosk before the screening for some creative activities.


Get yourselves down to Dalston for a day of free kiddies activities including carnival crafts, Tots Tunes, an interactive parent and baby class, caricatures and a pop-up playground.


Geffrye Museum
It’s all about wellbeing and feeling good at the Geffrye’s summer festival this Saturday.  Enjoy delicious cultural foods, get creative with Origami or Turkish marbling, join in games or if you would prefer relax in one of their deckchairs and enjoy a foot massage.  The event, held in their beautiful gardens, celebrates Turkish, Cypriot and Vietnamese culture.


The Royal Institution
Get hands on with some science as The Royal Institution celebrate the 150th year of the Periodic Table.  There will be a series of talks and science workshops to take part in aimed at 7-12 year olds.


Underbelly Festival Southbank
Fun for all the family, this comedy club is guaranteed to give everyone a giggle.  A comedy club that promises not to patronise, so that parents can have just as much fun as the kids.


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Friday Five Bank Holiday Weekend 25-27 May

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Museum of London
To coincide with their Beasts of London experience the Museum of London are running a ‘Beasts of London’ family festival.  Create your own animated animal puppet show, discover the secrets of the Tower of London menagerie or get crafty with an animal mask.
Saturday & Sunday


Get yourselves down to Dalston for a free day of kiddies activities including puppet making, a hula hoop workshop, live caricatures and a pop-up playground.


V&A Museum
The V&A are running free family drop-in workshops inspired by the Museum’s design and architecture.


Fulham Palace House & Garden
Head to Fulham Palace for their first family fun day following the restoration of the Tudor Palace.  Meet the May King and Queen and get involved in craft activities, including making a May wreath.

Join in all the celebrations, from tastings and tapas to rumba and sevillianas, at this free family friendly Spanish festival. Children can enjoy activities such as face painting, fan making and flamenco rhythm workshops.
All weekend


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Half Term event guide

As Half Term approaches we have put together a guide to all the family friendly events going on in London…it’s looking good!


Head to the Southbank for this free family friendly Spanish festival where you can join in all the celebrations, from tastings and tapas to rumba and sevillianas.  Children can enjoy activities such as face painting, fan making and flamenco rhythm workshops.
24-26 May

Get yourselves booked on to this gory interactive adventure of London.  Expect horrible sites, funny pranks and plenty of gruesome stories on this tour which starts at London’s Monument statue.
From 25 May

Museum of London
Create your own animated animal puppet show, discover the secrets of the Tower of London menagerie or get crafty with an animal mask in this family festival inspired by their new ‘Beasts of London’ exhibition.
25-26 May

Regent’s Park
London Zoo are giving children a chance to get stuck in and experience what life as a zoo keeper is like in their role play experience Mini Keepers.  Get on your uniform and receive your daily check list which includes activities such as preparing lunch for the monkeys, creating activities for the meerkats and getting stuck in to mucking out.
25 May – 2 June

The Postal Museum
The Postal Museum will be celebrating the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria.  Activities include a hands-on arts and crafts printing activity, make your own Victorian top hat or tiara fit for a Queen, dress up with Victorian props, practice Victorian calligraphy and design your ‘Penny Black’ Greetings card. If your name is Victoria, you will also get in free throughout the month of May.
25 May – 1 June

Covent Garden A special Pop up shop will be opening its doors to mark 20 years of one of literatures best loved children’s characters.  There will be arts and crafts, screenings of the Gruffalo, storytelling and special appearances from the big cuddly monster himself.
25 May – 1 June

HMS Belfast
The HMS Belfast needs to be kept in ship shape and they are inviting families to come and help. Search for pests, learn to use equipment and help prevent damage to this iconic warship.
25 May and 1 June

London Transport Museum
Inspired by their new exhibition ‘Untangling the Tracks’ get creative with your family and make a train out of crafty materials that speeds past your favourite London views and hear about some of the incredible landmarks you can see along the Thameslink route.
25 May- -2June

Kensington Palace
Meet the new Queen and find out what her life has been like growing up in Kensington Palace, visit new rooms where Victoria grew up, see the puppet theatre and dress up like one of the characters on stage, then create your own story in your own puppet theatre to take home.
25 May – 2 June

Tower Bridge
Begin your day with a Master Storyteller who will guide you through the day the circus came to town. Watch as acrobats, aerialists and jugglers move and tumble across the Glass floor, steel girders and towers of the Bridge.
27-28 May

Battersea Park Zoo
There will be plenty of animal arts and crafts and storytelling, each day will feature a different animal as Battersea Park Zoo take part in the BIAZA Love your Zoo week celebrations.
27-31 May

Alexandra Palace
Aim high at Go Ape! and check out their Tree Top Adventure where you can watch, or join your little ones reach new heights, conquer wobbly crossings and fly down the zip wire.  They are also running Tree Top Adventure+, a new experience that introduces a more challenging series of obstacles, higher platforms and longer zips.
27-31 May

Discover Story
Make mini magazines with zine publisher and comic artist Kristyna Baczynski.  Kristyna will guide children through speed drawing, portrait making, collage and more as they discover the wonderful world of zines.
29 May

Underbelly Festival Southbank
Watch this comedy threesome take to the stage with their wheely bins for a very trashy circus comedy show which is hilarious fun for all the family.
29 May – 2 June

Horniman MuseumThe Horniman Museum will be buzzing with family friendly bee activities.
Find out about the Great British Bee Count and create a fantastic bee mask to buzz around the Gardens in.
28, 30 & 31 May

Head to SEA LIFE London for an after-hours storytelling experience in partnership with Walker Books. You will get to listen to Malamander being read by its author Thomas Taylor and get involved in some interactive activities with the ocean tank and its amazing creatures looming in the background.
30 May

Southbank Centre
Fancy a bit of creative play in a giant sandpit? Head on down to the Royal Festival Hall where you can run your hands and even walk on the gritty stuff.  Created by artist Di Mainstone, children and adults can explore their individual sense of sound, touch and vision through play. A multisensory, fun interactive experience.
All week

KidZania London
Teach children to earn, spend and save their money.  Kids will be issued with bank cards which they can use to deposit more KidZos or withdraw KidZos straight from the ATMs in the city at KidZania London’s math celebration ‘Bring Learning to Life’.Throughout May

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Friday Five Weekend 18-19 May

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Museum of London
Get transported back to the Victorian era in an interactive time travelling music show for families with young children

Pentland Theatre
Head to the theatre for a stage adaptation of The Tiger who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr.  Expect singalong songs, clumsy chaos and a whole heap of fun in this fantastic family show.

Kew Gardens
The new interactive Children’s Garden suitable for ages 2 to 12 years old is opening this weekend. There will be an earth, air, water and sun garden with lots of fun things such as a bamboo tunnel, a worm-hole tube slide, trampolines, a stream and splash pool and much more.
All weekend

Proud Embankment
Get raving with the Big Fish Little Fish crew. With glitter canyons, balloons, face painting, arts and crafts and a right old boogie there is something for all the family.

Greenwich Peninsula
Expect a free day of family fun in this music and arts festival that features pop ups, walkabout entertainment and curated marketplaces.


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Friday Five Weekend 11-12 May

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Richmond May Fair
Go on a fun trail and follow the big red poppies at the Richmond May Fair this Saturday.  Pick up an activity sheet from The Poppy Factory’s stall, copy all 10 drawings and receive a goody bag on completion.                                                                                      Saturday


The Garden of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden
It’s back and snappier than ever, with plenty of laughs in this Punch & Judy celebration.

Children’s Literature Festival
Head to Barnes for London’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival.  There will be fun performances, an Alice in Wonderland tea party, a model making session and a chance to meet the writers and illustrators who bring the books to life.
All weekend

Camden Arts Centre
Families are invited to work together through a series of free activities using sculpture, performance, and games to respond to key themes from the exhibitions.

Science Museum
Build your own map of the moon and go on your own moon mission.
All weekend


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Friday Five Weekend 4-6 May

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Grosvenor Square
Enjoy a taste of the Great British seaside experience this May bank holiday weekend in the heart of Mayfair. From helter skelters to fish and chips, to coconut shys and candy floss, this free two day family friendly fair will showcase the British seaside at its best.
Sunday & Monday

Half Moon Theatre
A new stage adaption of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts’ hugely popular children’s book, The Flying Bath comes to the Theatre.  This playful and adventurous story splashes into life in this adaptation featuring catchy songs, quirky bath toys and everyday heroes. Suitable for ages 2-5 and their families.

Hever Castle
If you want to head out of town for some May celebrations, Hever Castle has the full works, including dancing round the Maypole. You can even party with Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
All weekend

Wembley Arena
You don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy this famous show packed with trick shots, comedy and audience interaction. Make the long weekend last!

Science Museum
Swim alongside some of the most exotic creatures on the planet, from the bizarre Rainbow Nudibranch to the Giant Pacific Octopus. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.
All weekend


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Royal Opera House image © ROH 2018, Photograph by James Bellorini

Friday Five Weekend 26-28 April

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London Museum of Transport Depot, Acton
A firm family favourite twice a year, this Spring’s open weekend promises adventure, discovery and fun. There are over 320,000 objects to see at this working museum celebrating the architecture, design and stories of the Victoria, District, Jubilee and overland lines. Expect talks and activities for kids and adults of all ages.

Chiswick, Hammersmith, Barnes, Balham, Fulham
The thrill of Friday Night Fives football league returns tonight. There are still spaces available at Ravenscourt Park,  Chiswick Riverside, and Fulham, plus new locations opening soon. To find out how to sign up a team and join the fun:

Waterman’s, Brentford
Goody and Storey and Norwich Puppet Theatre present a colourful retelling of the classic Grimms’ fairy tale, serving up a feast of delicious music, dynamic scenery and knock-your-socks-off puppetry.

Museum of London
Was the baker of Pudding Lane to blame? What did Samuel Pepys bury in his garden? Find out on a 45 minute interactive family walk exploring how the Great Fire started, spread, and was finally stopped.

Institution of Civil Engineers
Our kids are very environmentally savvy and this exhibition will give them more information on fighting fatbergs and conserving water supplies. Real-life engineers, past and present, are reimagined as cartoon superhero alter-egos, making this exhibition fun for the kids and the whole family.


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Friday Five Weekend 19-22 April

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King’s Cross
Over at King’s Cross there’s a whole host of free activities for kids this weekend as part of the Let’s Play Festival. One not to miss is an Animal Wellbeing workshop run by vets from the Royal Veterinary College.

Horniman Museum
A great family day out here with plenty of fun-filled activities including an Easter trail, crafting and facepainting.

Dreamland, Margate
If nothing but the sea air and sand between your toes will do, then head to Margate for this special Camp Bestival celebration at Dreamland. And there’s the world’s biggest bouncy castle. Enough said.

Shoreditch Town Hall
Entertainment comes in the form of the Tongue Fu band, Easter egg and scavenger hunts, competitions and story telling.

Criterion Theatre
If you think you’ve been over-egging the pudding, have a break and head to the theatre to see this West End show where everyone’s a crook and no one can be trusted. One for older kids.

Friday Five Weekend 13-14 April

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Royal Institution
To celebrate 150 years of the Periodic Table, join 2012 Christmas Lecturer Peter Wothers for an exciting and explosive journey through the elements. This demonstration filled lecture will show you the genius of Mendeleev’s discovery from Argon to Zinc. This is an evening show, suitable for 7yrs+

Royal Geographical Society
Returning for a second year, hear some of the world’s experts share their knowledge about big cats. Speakers include Chris Packham and the duo that wrote Christian the Lion about the lion cub bought in Harrods and released in the wild by its owners. For 12yrs+
Bradt’s Big Cat Festival

Duke of York Square, Chelsea
The weekly fine food market will see London’s finest chocolatiers descend on the Square, overseen by the statue of Sir Hans Sloane – who notably introduced milk chocolate to Europe! The market will be open from 10am – 4pm with a selection of special artisan chocolate market stalls.

Kew Gardens
The world’s most celebrated contemporary glass artist, Dale Chihuly, returns, showcasing his work against the stunning backdrop of Kew Gardens. A day out for all the family.

Underbelly Festival, Southbank
Award-winning cabaret star Mat Ricardo and Comedy Club 4 Kids are putting on this variety show where you should expect comedy, circus, magic, music, thrills, skills, spectacle and silliness. Suitable for ages 6+.



Redroofs School for the Performing Arts shares expertise during two-day workshop in May half-term


Redroofs School for the Performing Arts, which has helped to secure life changing careers for hundreds of children in West End shows, are coming to London to share their expertise to your children.

During a two-day musical theatre workshop, girls and boys aged 8-13 will work with industry professionals from West End shows such as Wicked, Matilda, School of Rock and Mary Poppins to create an informal presentation of show-stopping songs and routines.

The workshops also give the children an opportunity to ask lots of questions about how to land a part in a West End show, life as a young performer and how to achieve your ambitions.

This is very definitely suitable for all levels of experience from a keen novice to experienced young performers, with or without a dance background. This workshop promises to enhance your theatre skills and to increase your contacts and introduce you to like-minded stars of the future.

About Redroofs

The School was founded in 1947 in North London, and moved to the home of the late Ivor Novello in leafy Berkshire in 1964. One of the earliest pupils was Rula Lenska and alumni now include Kate Winslet CBE, Lucy Benjamin, Joanne Froggatt and Kris Marshall.

The school has trained and also launched the young careers of Oscar, Bafta, and Golden Globe nominees and winners, musical theatre performers, film stars and familiar faces. Children from a variety of backgrounds and abilities are welcomed. Its Gold Teams currently work with some of the UK’s finest talent, in workshops and children’s masterclasses.

Supporting Young People

The building of confidence, teamwork, transferable presentation skills, and of course friendships through secure and assured Performing Arts training and expectations are evident in the Redroofs story and have supported young people into wide ranging careers, as actors, dancers and singers, directors, writers, producers, lawyers, teachers and more.

Redroofs pupils have most recently starred in West End Shows such as Matilda, Mary Poppins, Annie, School of Rock, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Nativity!, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child while more pupils are notching up TV & Film credits including The Kid Who Would Be King, Tolkien, Almost Never (CBBC), Picasso, Music, War and Love and many more.


Mayfair, London
Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th May 2019

Venue: Danceworks, 16 Balderton Street, Mayfair, London W1K 6TN
Ages: 8-13+ years

Time: 10-3pm daily



Rocks Lane launches Friday Night 5s at new venues



London’s longest running junior football league is launching at new venues after Easter, with further new sites lined up for the Autumn. Rocks Lane Friday Night 5s is already a much loved and established Friday fixture in Chiswick and Barnes, described by parents ‘as a great way to end the week!’

The junior league recently launched at Hurlingham Park in Fulham and following its success, Rocks Lane will now run Friday Night 5s at Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith from 27thApril and in Balham from September.

Create a team

Built on Friendship, Fair Play and Fun – Friday Night 5s junior 5-a-side leagues gives young players a unique opportunity to play competitive football with friends. Unlike school or club sports, Friday Night 5s is incredibly social and lets the children take charge: they create their own squad, pick a team name and can even design their own kit.

Fair Play

Fair play is at the heart of the league, with weekly awards given for effort, aiming to boost the confidence of players.  In addition, each league can provide a Match Day Management service where a coach can give support to individual teams. After the matches teams can track their progress online – just like a real Premiership team!

Friday Night 5s is open to boys and girls in Years 1 -13. Places are limited so now’s the time to get a team together and reserve a place in next term’s league.


For more information:
0208 994 1313
Instagram: @fridaynight5s
FB: @fridaynight5s

Friday Five Weekend 6-7 April

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this weekend in London.


Museum of London
London’s history is narrated by animals who once lived here, and you might recognise some of the voices: Kate Moss, Brian Blessed and Nish Kumar amongst others.

Royal Opera House
Part of series of free concerts of music and dance, open to everyone.
Just turn up at the Paul Hamlyn Hall at 1pm

Battersea Park Children’s ZooIf a hunt with an educational slant is more your thing, buy a quiz sheet at the entrance and solve the clues. Runs daily until 22 April.

Underbelly Festival
A live band plays well-known songs with lyrics on a big screen and the whole audience sings along together. An hour-long party for all ages. Sat

Putney to Chiswick
You might not give a monkeys who wins between Oxford and Cambridge, but the festival atmosphere along the river grows each year. Sunday

Friday Five Weekend 30-31 March

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this weekend in London.


It’s a large weekend for BFLF this weekend, with two events.
If you missed out on tickets to Saturday’s Camp Bestival rave in Vauxhall, head to Hangar  on Sunday to party where DJ Mark Archer (Altern 8) is making his BFLF debut.
Sunday | 2pm-4.30pm

If you’re after a more sedate Mothering Sunday, head to Ascot Racecourse for their yearly Spring family race day. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained while you quaff bubbles – the Gruffalo, Willow Bank ‘build a den’ classes, foraging and cooking demos with James Wood, Bird of Prey and Dog Agility displays and ferret racing.

From an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge, and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station, travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO® bricks. Then get them to make these huge displays at home!


Workshops, shopping, eating and things not seen on the high street, this is a very pretty fair held in the glorious surroundings of Alexandra Palace.
All weekend

Cyclists of all ages and abilities are welcome at this great showcase of all things bike-related, with loads for kids.
There’s even a test track for kids!
All weekend


Friday Five Weekend 23 – 24 March

It’s time to check out our latest Friday Five – a handpicked selection of the best things to do with kids this weekend in London.


There are still a few tickets left at Richmond Theatre for this story of Tom Gates. Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, it’s presented by the team behind Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny.

The Cutty Sark celebrates its 150th birthday and this opera is performed on board, in its rightful place!

It’s the 150th birthday of the Periodic Table of the Elements so time to party at this free Chemistry-themed family festival. Explore the chemistry all around us with activities led by real life STEM professionals.

Inspired by the story ‘The Selfish Giant’ by Oscar Wilde. Explore an unusual friendship, and see how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring comes.

Newly opened after significant restoration, why not see the amazing Anish Kapoor
Exhibition which presents a series of sculptures, some previously unseen in Britain, which engage the viewer and their surroundings in a constantly fluctuating form.


Easter Holiday Camps

Easter may be a month away, but the holidays aren’t! We’ve picked our favourites amongst the many holiday camps now available in London


One of London’s leaders in science and STEM learning, Richer Education provide camps for all levels of knowledge and ability. They have now also included debating and public speaking on their skills list.
Chelsea, Kensington | 4-14 years.

At centres across London, Will to Win provide tennis, netball and multi sports camps for youngsters 4-7yrs and also full day camps for 7-16 yrs. All take place in beautiful London parks.
Chiswick, Hyde Park, Greenwich Park, Ealing, Regent’s Park

Whilst you may think may only be open to members, The Little Gym opens its doors to everyone for their holiday camps. Some of The Little Gym centres also offer dance and karate camps. Register for full or half days. Gyms in Chiswick, Hampton & Teddington, Wandsworth & Fulham and Westfield White City | Ages 3-12 yrs

With venues in Chiswick, Barnes, Bishop’s Park and Hurlingham Park, Rocks Lane offers football, multi-sport, tennis and netball camps for kids from the age of three (shorter hours).

Want to try something a bit different? Super Camps offer Lego Play, Bushcraft, Cookery, as well as football and multi-activity.
Various school-based locations |4-12 yrs

Book a day or a full week at these camps designed to have fun with science. Themed days include Rocket Launch, Powerful Air, Starry Light and Outer Space.
Kingston, Richmond, Sutton, Harrow, Southgate, St John’s Wood, Hampstead, Kensington, Herne Hill | 5-12 yrs

Packed with fun-filled, unmissable musical experiences, our multi award-winning Ofsted registered Holiday Camps for children aged 4 – 11 bring together the very best of childcare and music education to engage and inspire your child – every holiday.
Islington and Hampstead | 4-11 yrs

One of the few camps to offer courses for older kids, Fire Tech run STEM based camps which include coding, VR, digital design and video game design. Students learn from the ground up, and there’s even a girls only camp for teens.
City, Dulwich, Notting Hill, Camden, South Kensington | 9 yrs+

Bricks and Code, Robot Zoo and Game and Code are just three of the themed days which are part of Lab Liftoff this Easter. The Institute of Imagination’s mission is for kids to explore ideas, invent new products and build new skills.
Lambeth | 7-12 yrs

Whether you’re at your wits end with your child’s creative writing skills, or you have a David Walliams on your hands, Chelsea Young Writer could help this Easter. Writing workshops are designed by award-winning children’s authors and led by experienced practicing writers and educators.
Notting Hill | 6-12 yrs

Head to this oasis of creativity in West London to enjoy arty workshops for kids of all abilities. The classes will cover printmaking, painting and drawing during themed days such as Hobby Horses and Fabric Puppets and Brush Work and Painting Fur.
Shepherds Bush | 4-10 yrs.

This Easter you can immerse yourself in a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory week-long camp. There’s also The Lamb Who Lost Her Jump at Bush Hall and an Instrumental Extravaganza where children can try out any instrument they like!
Shepherds Bush | 5 yrs+

Love netball? Junior netball camps aim to improve netball skills, maximise personal development and have fun!
Holland Park, Wandsworth, Fulham and sleepover camps at Woldingham School | Reception to Y8.

A favourite with locals – wonder if it’s that hot lunches are also provided for those staying all day? Do tennis or golf, or both, multisports or even add skiing, yes skiing to the mix.
Chiswick | 5 yrs+

This Easter your kids could make a fantasy movie, exploring how to produce epic battle scenes, master stunts and fight choreography, not to mention full-on production design, cinematic camera skills, special effects and all the behind the scenes magic it takes to make a movie. Phew!
Balham, Highgate, Dulwich, Kensington, Hampstead | 7-11years



It’s time for our Friday Five, our weekly round-up of things to do in London with the family this weekend


Discover more about army animals in this special British Sign Language-Led, bilingual and interactive story telling session, perfect for deaf and hearing families to enjoy together.

National Army Museum | Saturday | FREE


There are still tix available for the two sessions of this family rave. There’s enough fun for parents and kids DJs, disco ball games, live stage performances, confetti, neon craft, chill room and UV tattoo station.

Ministry of Sound | Saturday


See the Apocalypseburg film set from The LEGO® MOVIE 2!Meet Emmet, Wyldstyle & Sweet Mayhem, explore MINILAND to help Emmet find his friendsand help build our mystery The LEGO® MOVIE LEGO mosaic build.

Legoland Windsor | Sat & Sun


Get your red and white Breton tops, woolly hats and black trousers and do your best Where’s Wally across Clapham Common. 5k or 10k for adults and a 1k route for under 12s.

Clapham Common | Sunday | Entry fee


Home to exotic fish and over 2000 species of tropical plants and trees, the Conservatory at The Barbican is open on certain Sundays during the year. This is one of them. No booking required.

Barbican | Sunday | Free


The Kid Who Would Be King – A Review

We asked a parent and a child for their review of The Kid Who Would Be King

First, the adult view

Yes, another retelling of the well known Arthurian legend but with a twist.  This time we see the legend transported to a school boy in contemporary UK.  A UK shorn of the Hogwarts style nostalgia in an admirable attempt to be more representative of the reality of school in the UK.  There are number of interesting subversions of the traditional tale and you can see Joe Cornish has made a genuine attempt to make this ancient legend a relevant and empowering story for today’s kids.  Although, I would hazard that these attempts may have been reined in by the money people.  I love Patrick Stewart but I never saw the point of his sporadic appearances.  The young Merlin was excellently portrayed by Angus Imrie.

The film has a lot of heart, has some funny moments and the kids are likeable and relatable.  However, it doesn’t quite achieve the level of adventure and excitement that could have made this a worthy contender to take the baton from Harry Potter and run with it.  The CGI is extremely well done and Rebecca Ferguson is excellent if rather under-utilised as the big bad, Morgana.  There is a surprising lack of variety in Morgana’s evil undead warriors who pursue the heroes throughout the adventure and the film doesn’t build satisfyingly to a crescendo.
On the whole, a decent family movie that just fails to get firing on all cylinders.

Now a view from the target audience!

It was a good movie. I liked the storyline. The graphics and CGI were very good.  The best character was probably the main character, Alex. I thought the idea of a modern-day King Arthur story would not be that great, but it turns out I was completely and utterly wrong! I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but the bad guard guys looked pretty cool.  My favourite part of the movie is when they are (spoiler alert incoming) preparing all the barricades and (another spoiler alert incoming) training all the other school girls and boys.

I would rate it 4/5 stars.
Report written by Lucas Evans.

Head to to see the trailer, which is actually really good.


Joe Cornish


Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner


Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, Angus Imrie, with Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart

New screen time advice for parents

The government’s Chief Medical Officer has published new screen time advice for parents and carers


We’ve all known for long time that social media is not good for children. But for the first time ever the government’s Chief Medical Officer has published new social media and screen time advice for parents, carers children and young people.

These include leaving phones outside the bedroom when it’s bedtime, screen-free mealtimes and having family conversations about social media.

“Time spent online can be of great benefit to children and young people, providing opportunities for learning and skills development, as well as allowing young people to find support and information. But we need to take a precautionary approach and our advice will support children to reap these benefits and protect them from harm.” Professor Dame Sally Davies Chief Medical Officer for England.

86% of 7 to 11s are online

According to a recent study by Internet Matters 43% of those aged between 10 and 13 now use social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat and 86% of children aged 7 to 11 use some kind of online communication, often without their parents having any knowledge of them doing so.

And a recent survey by the BBC’s Newsround found that more than three-quarters of younger children at primary-leaving age were using at least one social media network. A terrifying statistic when you realise just how much children can be exposed to the minute they log on.  70 million photos are shared on Instagram every day, many of which will be entirely unsuitable for little eyes. Offensive and inappropriate material is only one click away.

Professor Dame Sally Davies’ view is that companies too have a responsibility to keep children safe online.

“Technology is an unavoidable aspect of modern life and technology companies have a duty of care. They must make more effort to keep their users safe from harm, particularly children and young people.”

So what is the advice?
  • Sleep matters. Getting enough, good quality sleep is very important. Leave phones outside the bedroom when it is bedtime.
  • Talking helps: Talk with your children about using devices and what they are watching. A change in behaviour can be a sign they are distressed – make sure they know they can always speak to you or another responsible adult if they feel uncomfortable with screen or social media use.
  • Safety when out and about. Advise children to put their screens away while crossing the road or doing an activity that needs their full attention!
  • Sharing sensibly. Parents and children should talk about sharing photos and information online and how photos and words are sometimes manipulated. Parents should never assume that their children are happy for their photos to be shared. For everyone – when in doubt, don’t upload!
  • Keep moving! Everyone should take a break after a couple of hours sitting or lying down using a screen #sitlessmovemore
  • Education matters. Make sure you and your children are aware of, and abide by their school’s policy on mobile phones/personal devices.
  • Use helpful phone features. Some devices and platforms have special features – try using these features to keep track of how much time you (and with their permission, your children) spend looking at a screen or on social media.
  • Family time together. Screen-free meal times are a good idea – you can enjoy face-to-face conversation, with adults giving their full attention to children.

The guidelines are not prescriptive. Just as every child is an individual, and every family is different, every family’s approach to technology must be equally unique. Instead, the Chief Medical Officer is encouraging every family to have a conversation about screen time and social media, and has developed a series of pointers for parents and carers based on research evidence on child and adolescent development.

Conversation pointers:

Supported by the CMO and produced by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health these are ideas to help them make decisions about their screen use:

  • Is our family’s screen time under control?
  • Does screen use interfere with what our family want to do?
  • Does screen use interfere with sleep?
  • Are we able to control snacking during screen time?
Ongoing support
  • Charities such as the NSPCC are urging parents to make online awareness as high a priority as road safety. They have some fantastic resources for parents and schools.
  • The UK Council for Internet Safety has developed a framework to equip children and young people for digital life and guidance for parents on minimising their child’s risk of online harms.
  • The UK Safer Internet Centre has developed a platform where people can report harmful content online if they are not satisfied with the result of their report to social media providers. For illegal content, reports should be made to the police and online to the Internet Watch Foundation
  • The UK Safer Internet Centre have partnered with Childnet International to create specific guidance on Keeping under 5s safe online.
  • Children’s Mental Health Week helps to tackle childhood anxiety and depression which can be brought on by social media, cyber bullying and other online behaviours.

Images courtesy: NSPCC and Department of Health and Social Care



Exciting news for mini fashionistas. Following on from the success of their recent Gucci and Dolce and Gabbana pop–ups, Net-a-Porter has launched a multi-brand kidswear collective of brands that will feature permanently.


The ‘collective’ is an edit of brands which have all created exclusive capsule collections for the online fashion retailer. It features comfy clothing from insider brands such as Yeah Right NYC Kids minimal white tees, alongside cosy cardigans from Alanui Kids. ATM Kids and knitwear label Chinti & Parker Kids provide some sportier pieces too.

Similar to their gorgeous grown up cashmere collection, Lingua Franca Kids’ playful designs, add a cute touch to sweaters with embroidered messages that read ‘Tree Hugger’ and ‘Cool Like That’.

Mini Me

For tiny toes Net-a-Porter have enlisted two of their best-selling brands with trainers from Golden Goose Deluxe and sustainable footwear brand Veja, who have a range of sneakers in vibrant colours with creative illustrations and their hallmark ‘V’ monogram.

“The new year felt like the perfect time to launch this collective,” Elizabeth von der Goltz,’s global buying director, told Mini Vogue. “It’s January – kids are back to school but there’s this idea of cosiness and wanting to feel comfortable.”

“Whether it’s for ourselves or for our kids, we are always thinking about wellness in January so this this an extension of that – it’s luxe athleisure for kids!”

The ‘mini me’ Kids Casuals launched on the Net-a-Porter site last week and will be available throughout the season. They’re supported by a dedicated campaign featuring influencer Sai De Silva’s 7-year-old daughter, London and 20-month-old son, Rio.



Other outlets

But Net-a-Porter is not the only online retailer where you will find high-end kit for kids. stocks an impressive list of designers such as Chloe, Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney that range from newborn to teenage. Founded in London, 2007 by husband and wife duo, Alex Theophanous and Alexa Till, the site aims to bring “The World’s Best Kids Brands” and have over 200 luxury labels to choose from.

Or check out, the world’s largest online store for designer childrenswear who ship brands such as Burberry, Fendi and Moschino to over 160 countries.

But if you’d rather try before you buy then head to Harrods. London’s most exclusive store extended their baby department last year and their childrenswear includes the likes of J Crew and Armani.

It’s never been easier to dress your little ones in designer gear, but, just as with the grown-up versions, the price tag can be eyewatering!


City Kids Magazine is recruiting and we’d love you to join our team


Thanks to the amazing support of our readers, our magazine is growing. We go into our 5th year of production looking for two wonderful people to join our team. City Kids Magazine is one of London’s most popular parenting resources, regularly chosen as the go-to guide for things to do, education, parenting, travel, food, features and lifestyle.City Kiks Magazine Issue17

From research to writing, event planning to production, we’re looking for an enthusiastic people-person who can work efficiently as part of a team and on their own. You will need to be a quick thinker and adaptable as you will be required to manage several different tasks. If you have any experience in PR, publishing, marketing or journalism this would be an advantage, but not essential. However, a good knowledge of Microsoft Office, social media platforms and the parenting sector is.
Over time, you will have the opportunity to attend media events on behalf of City Kids which could include film screenings, fashion events or family workshops.
This is a paid, flexible role, largely working from home approximately five hours per week, though you will be required to travel to West London for occasional meetings.

We are looking for an enthusiastic intern to help our growing company. If you have plans to enter journalism, publishing, PR or marketing, an internship with City Kids Magazine will give you some great skills. As we are a small business, you will gain real experience from day one (not just taking coffee orders) and you will be a valued member of the team. You will need to be highly motivated, confident, and have a good command of English (written and spoken).
Reasonable expenses will be paid weekly. Based in Chiswick, West London.

To apply for either of these positions, please email, enclosing a copy of your CV. We regret that we will only be able to contact those who we can meet for interview.


This weekend sees a family race day at Ascot with a Christmas feel


Head to Ascot racecourse on Saturday, as families are invited to celebrate the festive season, together with world-class horse racing and plenty of seasonal cheer, just three days before Christmas Day.

Featuring the most valuable racecard of Ascot’s Jumps season, the event promises to be exhilarating and enjoyable for all ages with fairground rides, a festive parade, clip clop pony rides, huskies and candle-lit carol singing.

Racing on the course

On the track, highlights are two £150,000 races; the ultra-competitive Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle and the Grade 1 JLT Long Walk Hurdle – one of the most prestigious long- distance hurdle races in Britain. Punters could be in with the chance to earn an extra Christmas bonus with the many high-class supporting races throughout the day.

Entertainment for all

Off the track, adults can watch the races whilst enjoying festive cocktails and Fine Dining across multiple food outlets. Little ones will be entertained with the The Elf Training Academy, a husky meet & greet, festive arts and crafts and face painting. Father Christmas and his fellow reindeer will be in attendance and Mrs Claus’ storytelling will return for a third year. The whole family can also enjoy free fairground rides and uplifting carol singing by candlelight in the Grandstand with the Ascot Brass Band.

As usual under 18s go FREE!

For more information


Some of Hollywood’s most famous pets return to our screens in 2019

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). Harrison Ford, Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Tiffany Haddish, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper create the voices of this family favourite.

You’ll have to wait until 27 May to see the film, but for a taster, see the trailer below!



Luxury childrenswear brand, Marie-Chantal, is opening a new flagship store on Motcombe Street, London.


The new Marie-Chantal store will be home to the brand’s iconic Angel Wing Collection, baby gifts, seasonal girls and boys collections, special occasionwear as well as a unique curation of jewellery and gift items. Perfect timing for Christmas!

Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece launched her first collection almost twenty years ago, focussing on her love for classic and timeless design. Her five children are her influence (a girl and four boys) and she uses her expert eye for fashion as a guide. The childrenswear range runs from birth up to 12 years old.

The new store has been designed by Fran Hickman who has recently created new retail spaces for Goop, Moda Operandi and Emilia Wickstead.

What to expect

True to Marie-Chantal’s roots, the boutique store will celebrate beautiful clothes for beautiful children. Clothing is age appropriate and allows boys and girls to dress like children, with a playful twist. The stylish cuts, playful embroidery and detailing is key to every signature design.



4 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8JU


Monday – Saturday 10 – 6pm; Sunday 12-5pm



Kumon centre opens in Ealing – Education News

Kumon centre opens in Ealing: Dickens Yard is the venue


Kumon centre opens in Ealing

A new Kumon Centre has officially opened in Ealing, Dickens Yard.

The Worshipful the Mayor and the Mayoress of the London Borough of Ealing cut the ribbon of the UK and Ireland’s largest supplementary education provider. They were kindly assisted by young Kumon students.

Guests included parents, children and students from other local Kumon centres, members of Ealing Council, local schools and businesses. St George, the developers behind the Dickens Yard development were also there to join in the fun.

Maths and English help

A Kumon centre offers children the opportunity to develop their maths and English skills. The program offers a daily study programme of individualised worksheets and Kumon centre visits up to twice a week.

The flagship Kumon centre in Ealing is one of more than 250 more across London.

In the UK and Ireland, more than 70,000 children of all ages and abilities study the Kumon Method of Learning, which also celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

Kumon study helps children of any age and any ability to shine. We aim to give our students the tools they need to enjoy learning. Our programmes establish strong foundations in maths and English, helping your child to feel confident enough to tackle challenging work.

Kumon Instructors guide their students through work that is set at just the right level for them. They keep them engaged and make progress. They support and encourage students to work out answers by themselves. Also, they help them to become self-sufficient, successful learners for the future. By studying little and often through daily worksheets and twice weekly study centre visits, our students steadily increase ability and fluency, building their skills in small, manageable steps.

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Catchment areas? Oversubscribed prep? Think again…

By Susan Hamlyn, Director at The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants

St Catherine’s School, Bramley

The arrival of a baby these days produces less unalloyed joy than in earlier times. Along with the multipacks of nappies come bucketfuls of stress. This is especially true of new parents in London who think wistfully of their own, often far less pressured, childhoods. They look around their chic – (or less chic) – London borough and see queues of exhaust-emitting traffic, crowded buses, unsupervised parks and schools, which are either good and over- subscribed or unacceptably poor.

Not that many London schools aren’t good these days. But few have much space – especially outside. Staff turnover can be high. The best state primaries have catchment areas the size of an exercise book and good preps are highly competitive and expensive. Then there’s the pressure. Schools are expected to pack more and more into a short day. A common sight is a child on his way to school, heavy rucksack on his back, instrument case in one hand and sports bag – bootlaces and cricket bat perilously tipping out of one end – in the other. Can this be the only way?

Well, it isn’t. Recent years have seen a change of thinking in both parents and schools. Increasingly, London parents are sending their children against the commuter traf c to schools in the Home Counties. Hazel and Chris Tomkins are typical: ‘Alba is a lovely child. But she was getting lost in the local school – there were simply too many children who needed more attention than she does. She is sporty and needs a lot of space. Since she went to her country prep, she’s got into the borough athletics squad and is much happier.’

Likewise, doctors Nour and Shazia Mahmood, enthuse about the change in their twins: ‘Their new
school has a minibus that collects from a couple of streets away and brings them back in the evening. They did have to sit entrance exams, but it was far less competitive than preps in London – three children for each place rather than 12! And the teaching and results are just as good.’

Schools within commuting distance see London as an excellent new market. Papplewick, a boys’ prep in Ascot, Berkshire, reports: ‘Since our transport service to and from Chiswick was launched, we have experienced a 100% rise in interest, resulting in a second service to and from Brook Green.’ And they confirm what parents say:

‘We offer a huge range of extra-curricular activities and sport in a rural environment. This all takes place within a school day, rather than parents having to ferry their children to after-school activities around London. All prep is done at school here, so there’s no homework. Parents report that their sons are less stressed, happier and working harder. They also achieve good academic results.’

Papplewick School, Ascot

Senior schools also now offer weekly boarding especially tailored to professional London families. A key influence is the lack of space in London schools and the necessity of ‘bussing’ to local sports grounds. St Catherine’s School in Bramley, near Guildford – headed by the highly-experienced Alice Phillips – tells us: ‘Interest is high – we see about 90-100 families at every open morning, of whom about 20% are looking at weekly boarding.’ This is partly because St Catherine’s offers: ‘Space. Green vistas. Outdoor facilities, which include floodlit netball and tennis courts, lacrosse pitches, athletics track, plus a huge sports hall, swimming pool, fitness suite, gymnasium and dance studio. And outstanding on-site facilities – we offer musicians an auditorium with superb acoustics. Actors have a state-of the-art theatre and technical box.’

But it’s not just facilities. Many parents worry about the intensity of an urban childhood. St Catherine’s says: “Here their daughters can develop at a pace less dictated by the media and peer pressure. We are not isolated – we are located at the heart of a village community with Guildford on our doorstep. St Catherine’s girls are very busy and are more likely to be in a club, in an orchestra rehearsal or doing sports after school, rather than kicking their heels around a city centre.’

So – another sleepless night worrying about catchment areas or oversubscribed preps? Perhaps it’s time to look outside …?


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Richer education

If your child is curious about science, or in fact, if they find their school classes a touch dull, then why not seek out a place where they can get involved in real life experiments. Every Saturday, Richer Education runs workshops in science, robotics and civil engineering, taking their learning to the next level.

Courses take place at Imperial College and each workshop is designed to inspire and motivate primary aged children into learning about science in a hands-on, practical way. A typical science workshop might be anything from dissecting a real heart, turning wine into water, to literally holding fire in their hands. In robotics, children can learn to write code, build a robot with robotic arms, that can grasp objects and how to synchronize multiple robots to make them dance. In Civil Engineering, children learn to find solutions to real life engineering challenges, in a child friendly way.

Science Saturday workshops are 9.30 – 11.30, whilst Robotic Saturday workshops run from 12-2pm, and Civil Engineering classes are at 2-4pm. All classes take place at Imperial College.

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Eight year old Max realised his dream of becoming an estate agent, as he officially opened Hamptons International’s latest branch at KidZania London.

He was invited to open the branch and became its first ‘Junior Estate Agent’ after sending the company a letter asking what qualifications and skills he needed to enter the profession saying “I really want to do this job when I grow up”.

He was invited to cut the red tape alongside KidZania London’s mayor, and went on to make his first sale within the concession.

KidZania London is the UK’s first educational entertainment experience which aims to offer real-life work experiences for 4-14 year olds. You have to see it to believe it. Hamptons International is just one of several global brands including British Airways, Renault, H&M and Cadbury’s which gives children an insight into how their industry works.

hamptonsbranch Hamptons International Opens Branch at KidZania London (8) 150116



Words: Victoria Evans | Reviewers: Isabel & Lucas Evans

As my husband reminded me on the way to Berkshire, you really can’t afford to get it wrong with kids and Christmas. The stakes are high for Lapland UK, but all bets are off. This is, hands down, the best Christmas experience the kids have ever had.

In true Evans style we were late following a minor detour to The Royal Berkshire Golf Club…no matter. The friendly elf on reception immediately set the tone for the afternoon’s experience – full immersion in Elf–talk, magic and imagination. The kids, now armed with their own Elf Passports, were excited even before we were ushered to the cosy, warm yurt-style tent, complete with sparkling fairy lights, a leafy canopy and elf performance. We learned how to perfect an elf wave before the door to The Enchanted Forest was opened. A world of white, snow encrusted pines was revealed, and the excitement ramped up a gear.

Our elf guide was taking us to the toy factory where the kids learned how important it was to help Father Christmas this year as the Good List is very long. They made a wooden horse and a soft, plush Rudolf (both of which are available to buy at The Emporium later) before the next adventure to meet Mother Christmas in her kitchen for a spot of cookie decorating.

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It turns out Father Christmas is a gingerbread addict, so Mother Christmas warned the kids to keep their gingerbread houses safe. Elves, being very hospitable folk, also made sure the grown-ups were kept fully charged with a cookie. Nice touch.

The next trail took us to The Elf Village where the kids were free to ice skate, meet huskies, have a reasonably nutritious meal and then go wild in the toy and sweet shops. I’m always a bit bah humbug when it comes to merchandising at large kids’ venues, but The Emporium was at least tasteful with a variety of gifts at a variety of prices. It also didn’t feel too busy which makes a change from the usual Christmas crush.

Then it was time to meet the big man himself. While the rest of the afternoon had been shared with a group of around 50 adults and kids, this was a moment just for us. After checking in and a quick run-through of the personalised information we’d sent a couple of weeks earlier, two elves escorted us to Father Christmas’ wooden cabin, where we could hear him sleeping.

When you have a nine-year-old constantly being told by her friends that Santa doesn’t exist, a trip to Lapland UK could seem pointless. But…let me tell you, the look on both my kids’ faces when they met him was an image I will remember for the rest of my life. The kids hung on his every word and they were both gobsmacked to be sat in the same room as him – how did he know the name of my daughter’s best friend and that she’s just mastered long division? How did he know that my son’s best friend is his daddy or that his favourite iPad game is Terraria?

Of course, Father Christmas wasn’t going to be able to pull Lego Star Wars or cameras from his sack, but it wasn’t filled with naff plastic toys from Poundland either. With a new husky soft toy in hand, the kids emerged, totally wowed by what had just happened. All that was left was to purchase our family photo (this will be the only moment we all believe at the same time) before heading off into the night, full of excitement for the month ahead.

We took a six and nine year old who still believe, but I’d stick my neck out that even non-believers would leave Lapland UK with an inkling that Father Christmas exists.

A word from our reviewers…

“It’s the best place ever! I loved it! I didn’t want to leave! It’s soooo magical, we actually saw Santa’s sleigh and reindeer. We built toys with elves and made a gingerbread house with Mother Christmas. I LOVED meeting Father Christmas, he gave us a cuddly toy. He also showed me that I was on the good list!” Isabel, 9.

“I ice-skated and two elves could turn around! I saw Santa and he gave me a free present. He was really wonderful. I went to Pixie Mixie the Elf’s sweet shop. It was really yummy!” Lucas, 6.




Meet The #Kloggers

The rise in blogging over the last few years has seen a new trend emerge, that of the kid blogger or #klogger.
Victoria Evans follows the amazing world of one of them.



Like it or not, the Internet and social media is now an integral part of most kids’ lives. Kids are connected, and they know a lot more about it than we do. Social media is not “limited” to Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, OoVoo, WhatsApp, Burn Note, Yik Yak, Meet Me, Tumblr, Vine — you get the message — there’s a legion of child bloggers making waves in a market once ruled by people two or three times their age.

Introducing ‘Amazing Arabella’ Daho, from North London. A fashion, beauty and travel blogger who has already met Kelly Hoppen, been invited to the London Fashion Week, modelled for Monsoon and Burberry and been sent on trips abroad to blog about her experiences. She has collected a following of over 26,000 across social media; she only started her blog in September. Oh, and she’s 11.

“I started modelling when I was three, and as I got older my friends were asking me what I had been doing so I decided to start writing about it … and they told me it was really good so I turned it into a blog.”

Luckily for Arabella, her mum, Shadia, is a dab hand when it comes to blogging, vlogging and social media networking. Between her and other family members the Dahos have an incredible 800k followers worldwide. Their combined knowledge means Arabella is not flying blind.

“When she’s out blogging I go with her. We were at London Fashion Week and I wouldn’t feel comfortable about her going with anybody else. I monitor everything, and if she gets a load of followers I go through them all. It’s been ok. Generally it’s positive.”


We all have countless questions crashing around in our heads when it comes to social media and our kids. Can our children blog “safely” (what does safely even mean in this context?), will they be bullied, isn’t the web a hunting ground for paedophiles, is my son/daughter going to share pictures of themselves? Basically, we don’t know what the social norms for this relatively new medium are — are there any?

Joanne Mallon founded when both her children started blogging. Her site now promotes creative child bloggers and offers advice to parents and their kids alike.
“[Blogging’s] like anything else — as safe or unsafe as you want it to be. We encourage children to think about personal safety and how much information they want to give away. Do they want to blog anonymously, under an assumed name? How much info do they want to give out about where they live? Will they be sharing pictures of themselves? All of this stuff has to be discussed with parents. From a practical point of view, when it comes to blogging, both Google and WordPress have it as part of their terms of service that users have to be over 13. So if an under 13 is blogging, they will effectively have to do it in conjunction with a parent, which is probably a good thing.”

Like with most things related to social media and generally the Internet, as a parent it pays to stay informed so you know how to set limits and have genuine dialogues with your kids about it.

Mallon has found that blogging is widely used and approved of by schools as it is a method of encouraging children’s literacy and creativity. This stands to reason, and Arabella and Shadia would agree with the benefits.

“I think it’s made me more confident — it’s helping with my school work.” Shadia: “Her English has got a lot better. She manages her schoolwork really well, and the things that she’s learning about and writing about have opened up a whole new world.”

Which brings us to blogging as a business. Bloggers, in the main, start out because they have something different to say, which might resonate with their contemporaries. A point not lost on big brands that see bloggers as a direct connection to their potential markets. Arabella is at an advantage here, as a young, fashion-conscious tween, with a ready-made audience. But Shadia is keen to stress that the integrity of the blog must never be forgotten.

“We get approached by a lot of brands because she’s unique in what she does. We don’t just work with anyone because, in the end, you’ve got to be truthful. What you say can be very powerful. Working with brands that you can relate to, that’s the way forward. You need it to be truthful, and if it’s artificial, no one’s going to read it anyway.”

Many bloggers now have agents and earn enough money to support a back up team of publicists and admin staff. If this is what you want to do, Shadia recommends you find a good management company first. In fact, she’ll be casting 10 adults and 10 kid bloggers for her new company, Blogaholics. And, there’s no doubt that Arabella will be on hand to offer advice and tips to the kids that are chosen.

So what’s next in the diary for Arabella (and her lucky friends)? Only a trip to Hogwarts, teaming up with Virgin to blog about their Experience Days, working on the Xfactor…


Tom, Project Indigo: Dr Who fan
3 Top Tips for Starting a Blog:

1. Choose to write about something you are good at or are really, really interested in because it will be hard for you to keep your blog up if you don’t know what you are writing about.
2. Don’t start a blog because you want to be famous — that is not what blogging is about. I love blogging because I love sharing my adventures and have made lots of friends.
3. Keep at it! If you don’t post for a while your followers may lose interest.

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