The best of London w/c 2nd Feb 2015

Every mum has a role within her mum circle. There’s The One With The Well-Stocked Bag, The One Who Has Read All The Books, The One Who Always Plays Host, and The One With All The Great Activity Suggestions. Well we can’t stock your pram for you,  and we don’t know how to make a gluten-free cake, but we can give you tips on the best kid-friendly activities so that you can be The One with Your Finger on the Pulse. And if you’re a dad, don’t stop reading, there’s a special listing below just for you!  Have a great week,

Elaine

Editor, Bubele

North

Meet a mum
Meet-a-Mum Networking Event
The Rabbit Hole, E15

Monday
If you’re looking to meet new mum friends, then hop along to this women-only monthly speed-networking event at The Rabbit Hole, and pick up some business tips while you’re there! There will be drinks, networking time and a 10-minute spotlight on an inspiring mum. This week’s guest of honour is a multi-business owner and mum. Oh, and did I mention the free wine..?Monday,  6 – 8pmPrice: £3. Event website
Hatching Dragons
Hatching Dragons
Hackney

Friday
The Hatching Dragons Mandarin Playgroup has returned to the Russet! In these sessions, little hatchlings will learn new language skills in a fun and relaxed environment using  songs, instruments and shadow puppetry!Friday: 9.30 – 10.30amPrice: £7.50 (early bird discount available). Event website
Crafty Bunch
Crafty Lunches –
Chinese New Year Dragon Craft
The Truscott Arms, Maida Vale
Saturday
Chinese New Year is coming early to the Truscott Arms, with this Dragon Craft session led by The Crafty Bunch (http://www.thecraftybunch.com/). Kids will be shown how to make their very own dragon to take home at the end of the session. And to top it all off, while all the craftiness is happening, mum and dad can enjoy a pint or two in the pub! Suitable for ages 3-11.Saturday, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Event website
 Born
Just for Dads:
Baby Massage & Yoga
Born, Stoke Newington

Sunday
This is a great one for dads who work during the week, and are looking to spend some quality time with their little ones at the weekend. Karen James runs baby yoga and baby massage classes around Stoke Newington and Victoria Park and this Sunday session, just for dads, combines the two. This is a great way for dads to bond with their babies while meeting other local dads and mums will no doubt appreciate the time alone to catch up on the Sunday papers too!Sunday, 10amPrice: £7. Event website

Various locations

Acting Bugs
Acting Bugs / Diddy Bugs
Toddlers are renowned for being drama kings and queens. Give them an outlet – and an audience! – with these drama-based storytelling sessions for under 5’s around London. The classes incorporate singing, movement, puppets and props, with some improvisation thrown in for the older ones, and are designed to boost confidence, ignite the imagination and provide a safe environment in which your child can grow and develop.Free trial available! Event website

South

Little Disco Company
The Little Disco Company
East Dulwich
Sunday
A cool daytime disco for parents and their under 7s, at the East Dulwich Tavern. The DJ will get you grooving with your little ones, playing dance floor classics and kids favourites and there will be other boredom busting activities such as bubbles, fireworks, games and competitions, prizes and a free disco accessory for every child. There are child-friendly drinks and snacks available and a licensed bar for the grown ups. Facilities include a quiet room with tunnels and time out tents, nappy changing area, a buggy park and a baby cosy corner in the disco itself.Sunday 1pm – 2.30pm & 3.30pm – 5pmPrices: £6.50 /child, £4.50/ adult, £19.50/family ticket. Event website
Mini vault
Mini Vault Festival
The Vaults, Waterloo

Saturday & Sunday
The family-friendly section of the underground festival at Waterloo kicks off with a fun-filled weekend for under-11s, including the Pirates of the Car​a​bina’s free circus show and a comedy club offering swear-free, child-friendly humour for the little ones. Event website
Blossoms
Blossoms Jungle Gym
Streatham
Mon – Sun
This play café on Streatham High Street could well be your lifeline in this cold wet weather. A relatively new addition to the area, it offers a place for little monkeys to run and jump and play, while mums and dads take a breather over a nice cup of tea. There are fancy dress costumes and a book corner in addition to a soft play area so there should be something for everyone! Website
ForCryingOutLoud
For Crying Out Loud!
Wigmore Hall

Friday
Introduce your baby to chamber music in this series of 45-minute concerts performed by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music. Set up specifically for parents and their under 1’s, there are play mats, changing facilities and plenty of space for buggies. For parents and babies under 1. Price: £6 per adult. Babies go free. Friday: 11am & 12.30pm. Event website

Book in advance

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Afternoon Tea for Mamas and Little Ones
Gallery Mess,
The Saatchi Gallery
9th March
Join one of our favourite activity providers, the London Mothers Club, for afternoon tea at the Saatchi Gallery. There will be traditional afternoon tea for the mamas and a Little Artist’s Tea for the little ones, which includes a spot of cupcake decorating. There are only 8 mama places (plus one baby per mama) so book early to avoid disappointment.Email [email protected] to book a place for you and your little one.Monday, 9th March, at Gallery Mess, The Saatchi Gallery. Event website

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