News - general
The latest news for parents and carers of children and young people in Westminster
The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Live on Stage
Wednesday 4 July - Sunday 2 September
To be in with a chance to win tickets to the show, just answer the following question:
Is The Tiger Who Came To Tea Based on a book, a film or a nursery rhyme?
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. For queries about this competition please contact EJF Entertainment using the same email address.
Based on the picture book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr, the tea-guzzling tiger roars back into the West End in the smash hit family show - packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. A stunning adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem....Expect to be surprised.
Running time approx. 55 minutes (no interval).
Watch a sneak peak online at www.thetigerwhocametotealive.com
Booking line: 0844 412 4661
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Theatre Ticket Offer
18 -31 August, excluding Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday matinees.
Grab yourself tickets to see C. S. Lewis', The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe live on stage and enter a spectacular new world with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy as they journey through the magical land of Narnia.
Set against the backdrop of Kensington Palace, this exquisit event promises to be the ultimate summer experience in the park, combining live theatre, breaktaking special effects and stunning puppetry, all performed in a state-of-the-art rainproof theatre tent.
Watch an online preview at http://youtu.be/eGcgkMZYdwE
Tickets are £30.
Booking line 0844 871 7693 and quote "witch".
Soho Theatre Family VIPs
Are you looking for opportunities for your children? Do you live in Westminster?
Soho Theatre is looking to find eight lucky families in the Soho area to benefit from a special VIP membership.
You will be treated to a number of special privileges, your children will be able to take advantage of the Theatre’s new activities for young people, and you will be able to put your feet up, relax and enjoy the facilities in one of London’s hippest theatre venues.
The eight lucky families will be entitled to a range of benefits including:
- Free participation in Soho Young Company for children aged 12 to 18
- Free tickets for Soho Theatre shows and events
- Homework club for children aged 5 to 11
- Play room for young children and free craft materials to take away
- Subsidised meals for your family – at an amazing £5 per family!
- Tea, coffee, newspapers and magazines for parents
To qualify you must meet three simple requirements – you must be resident in Westminster – you must live in council or housing association property – and you must have a child or young person who wants to take part in Soho Theatre’s Young Company.
To apply, please call Don at Soho Theatre on 020 7478 0114 – leave your details on the voice mail to be sure of your place!
Family learning sessions at Westminster libraries
Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) runs family learning workshops in Westminster Libraries every six or seven weeks. All workshops are craft based and planned for parents and children to work together. New skills and ideas can be taken home to be developed further.
To book a place at any library workshop talk to the librarian or telephone 020 7641 1300.
Catherine Muchenje was born in Zimbabwe and came to London in 2000. She was very shy and lacked confidence, but realised that she needed to develop her skills and improve her English. She took the opportunities offered to her by Wilberforce Primary school and went along to some Family Learning workshops. She found courses in Literacy and Numeracy which focused on the school curriculum useful for both herself and her children. During the summer, Catherine and her children joined a Family Learning art course. The whole family designed and made waistcoats
“They were beautiful,” says Catherine. What she remembers most about the classes was an inspiring trip to the National Portrait Gallery: “The children wanted to draw what they could see and were excited about being artistic at home.”
|Pimlico Library||Accordion Books||Design and make a special book for all those New Year resolutions!||Saturday 28th January 2012||2 - 4pm||Lupus Street, SW1V 3AT|
|Church Street Library||Accordion Books||Design and make a special book for all those New Year resolutions!||Saturday 4th February 2012||10.30am - 12.30pm||Church Street, NW8 8EU|
|Paddington Children's Library||Accordion Books||Design and make a special book for all those New Year resolutions!||Saturday 4th February 2012||2.30 - 4.30pm||Clifford Hall, Porchester Road, NW8 8EU|
|Queen's Park Library||3D Papier Mache Hearts||Experiment with papier mache to create a gift for a special someone.||Saturday 18th February 2012||2 - 4pm||666 Harrow Road, W10 4NE|
|Church Street Library||Spring Flowers||Celebrate the onset of spring by making fabulous flowers out of unusual materials.||Saturday 3rd March 2012||10.30am - 12.30pm||Church Street, NW8 8EU|
|Paddington Children's Library||Spring Flowers||Celebrate the onset of spring by making fabulous flowers out of unusual materials.||Saturday 3rd March 2012||2.30 - 4.30pm||Clifford Hall, Porchester Road, NW8 8EU|
|Queen's Park Library||Spring flowers||Celebrate the onset of spring by making fabulous flowers out of unusual materials.||Saturday 24th March 2012||2 - 4pm||666 Harrow Road, W10 4NE|
|Pimlico Library||Spring flowers||Celebrate the onset of spring by making fabulous flowers out of unusual materials.||Saturday 24th March 2012||2 - 4pm||Lupus Street, SW1V 3AT|
|Pimlico Library||Victorian toys||As part of the Charles Dickens month make your own toy from recycled materials.||Saturday 21st April 2012||2 - 4pm||Lupus Street, SW1V 3AT|
|Queen's Park Library||Victorian toys||As part of the Charles Dickens month make your own toy from recycled materials.||Saturday 28th April 2012||2 - 4pm||666 Harrow Road, W10 4NE|
|Church Street Library||Bugs and Butterflies||Explore the world of mini-beasts through art.||Saturday 5th May 2012||10.30am - 12.30pm||Church Street, NW8 8EU|
|Paddington Children's Library||Bugs and Butterflies||Explore the world of mini-beasts through art.||Saturday 5th May 2012||2.30 - 4.30pm||Clifford Hall, Porchester Road, NW8 8EU|
One Stop Services in Westminster are changing.
In the past, face-to-face council services including payments, advice and enquiries have been available at Harrow Road, Church Street and City Hall Victoria Street.
All three traditional One Stop Services have now closed. The easiest way to do business with the council is to go online.
You can also visit your nearest Westminster Post Office Branch to make card, cash or cheque payments for council services.
Drop-in sessions for parents from 5th September
Tell it Parents Action Group is a community-based network in North Westminster. Tell it is led by parents for parents and is supported by residents of all ages and backgrounds. Its strength as a community network lies in a grassroots, on-theground, joined-up approach to ensuring
parents are part of any solution in maintaining strong and safe communities.
The Tell It parent drop-in will run weekly every Monday, starting on 5th September 2011 at 21 Dart Street, London W10 4NA, 10am - 3pm
To find out more call 07729 951 710, or email email@example.com
Film Fun for the whole family
Next-door neighbour to Tate Britain and situated on the ground floor of the Millbank Tower, Curzon Millbank aims to become a valued cultural hub for local residents and businesses.
CINEKIDS – FAMILY FILMS AT CURZON MILLBANK
Creatively inspiring a new generation of cinema-lovers Curzon CineKids films will be shown at Curzon Millbank every Saturday at 10.30am, with an imaginative workshop after each film.
Tickets: children £3.00, adults £1.00
For more information about CineKids and to book tickets please visit curzoncinemas.com. Tickets will be available to book from Wednesday 16 February, if you would like more information about the cinema please join the Curzon newsletter
Please Note: It is the law that no child under 8 may be left alone in a cinema. No adult unaccompanied by a child will be admitted to these screenings.
What's on in Westminster
The Family Information Service has up to date lists of activities for children and young people happening across Westminster and can be reached on 020 7641 7929. The service provides advice to prospective parents, parents, children and young people up to their 20th birthday and can help with information on:
- Childcare and early education
- Activities for children and young people
- What’s on in Westminster over the half term holidays
- Day nurseries, out of school childcare facilities
- Childminders, Parent and toddler groups and drop-ins
There is a wealth of different activities across the city which are fun, flexible and low cost, so why not get in touch and join in. For holiday and half term information check out our What's On Westminster guide.
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