Family Friendly Events in the City

We so often talk about great corporate events and unique events elsewhere but events these days are rarely family friendly. When every event seems to be either one way or the other and never suitable for both, it can get frustrating for families who don’t want to spend their whole weekend in a ball pit but don’t want to take the kids to an adult event. We have found some family friendly events where no one has to compromise!


Ikea Cooking With Kids

ikea cooking family event
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Calling all kitchen novices, wannabe-cooks and fine-diners alike, The Dining Club by IKEA is here to celebrate the joy of cooking together. IKEA may be famous for its meatballs, but now they are throwing open their doors for you to try out your own recipes in Shoreditch, East London. You prepare a brunch, lunch or dinner under the supervision of an expert head chef, then sit down to enjoy your meal together.

Open from Saturday 10th September to Sunday 25th September, The Dining Club features a DIY restaurant where you’re the chef, an IKEA cafe serving Swedish delicacies, inspiring workshops- delivered by a selected group of speakers across a range of interesting topics including tips of clean eating and eliminating food waste.


Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington
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Chaplins Pantomimes runs children’s pantomimes that come to you. A pop up panto, of sorts. They can play in any size venue, from classrooms to kid’s parties to hotels and theatres across the UK. Each show is packed with comedy, sing-a-long songs and audience participation that even the most stern-faced adults will struggle not to enjoy. Now showing Dick Wittington but their performances rotate, and they also offer educational shows for the family.


Greenwich Royal Observatory
Your kids love the Science Museum, but you have been there a number of times? Try a day out at the Greenwich Royal Observatory. With a combination of free and ticketed things to do there, it is a guaranteed fun day out for the whole family.

Greenwich Royal Observatory
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Discover the Planetarium, it is part of the Royal Observatory, located on a hill with spectacular views across London. Go and find out what the night sky has to offer on the night after your visit and the month ahead. Presented live by a Royal Observatory Astronomer, this show explores the Moon, constellations, planets and deep space objects. There is also the opportunity to stand on the Greenwich Mean Time meridian line and touch a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite!


To find out more about IKEA’s cooking event see our Linkedin article. For event inspiration see our events page.


Header Image Credit: Amber Ingram on Flickr