The Best Cinema Clubs for London Kids

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1. Barbican Framed Film Club (Barbican, Farringdon)

The Saturday Framed Film Club is the Barbicans year-round programme for families which serves up the most recent animated and live-action films, as well as family classics every Saturday morning. You can also get messy at their themed workshop on the last Saturday of every month. For babes in arms screenings, they offer films on Monday mornings for parents and babies of 12 months and under. Make a date for the Framed Film Festival which (over the weekend of 22/23rd November) gives families the chance to watch the best feature and short films from around the world, as well as create their own films and participate in a wide range of workshops.

2. Everyman Cinemas (Baker Street, Hampstead, Belsize, Maida Vale)

A real favourite with the parents that go, is their ‘Baby Club’. You are only allowed if you have with you a sweet one under 12 months old. Those of you with toddlers over a year old can opt for the Kids Club instead. The lights are dimmed, but allow parents to feed and care for their babies whilst the film is running. You get a cuppa and slice of cake with your ticket too.

3. Soho Hotel  & The Electric Cinema (Soho & Notting Hill)

Every Saturday you can fill your boots and enjoy a buffet lunch followed by the children’s movie of the week in the rather posh hotel screening room at the Hotel. Tickets: £20 per person including lunch buffet, or £10 per person film only. Buffet at 1pm, film starts at 1.30pm. This might tempt you … the price includes a glass of Prosecco for the grown ups! All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. There is also the Electric Cinema : Saturday Kids Club over on Portobello Road.

4. Gate Cinema (Notting Hill Gate)

There is a kids club on Saturdays, 10:30, 10:00am pre-film activities for kids. £1 per film once you are a member (£4 family membership).

5. Curzon Cinemas (Soho, Chelsea, Richmond, Mayfair, Renoir)

The kids club at the Curzon is less hectic than the ones above, but it is a very loved independent cinema chain, and full of film lovers, that know their onions. Films usually start at 1030 on a Saturday morning. Take a look at the latest films on offer on the link above.

6. The Lexi (Kensal Rise)

They have a Saturday Kids Club. (Adults must be accompanied by a child or two) as well as kid-friendly matinees during the school holidays. These can be very popular; pre-booking takes the guesswork out of the day’s plans.

7. BFI (Southbank)

The BFI Family kids club shows monthly pickings of movies from the world of animation, international cinema and a good ole classic movie. They offer free viewings of movies in their on site Mediateque for kids (you might want to book at weekends). They also host a larger event called the BFI Funday, where they feature new releases. Expect a few famous faces from the movie world (yes that includes script writers and DoP’s too) as well as creative activities, a fab after school film club, a Saturday Film Club and school holiday and seasonal events.

8. The Ritzy (Brixton)

Look out for Toddler Time and their Big Scream showings. Toddler Time features 30-minute shows for pre-school children and their parents / carers. Admission is just £3 per child, accompanying adults free when they become members of Toddler Time (free to join – please ask at the Box Office or call 0871 902 5747).  Toddler Time is free for babies under one year old. At Big Scream Club they screen films exclusively for parents and guardians with babies under one year old.

9. The Tricycle (Kilburn)

The cinema within the theatre. They welcome kids, families and all types of young people here. Give them a call and see what they offer at the time, I can tell you that they will always be glad to see you.

10. Screen on the Green (Islington)

Part of the Everyman group. They are sweet, small and perfectly formed, but at the time of writing not revealing if they offer any kids events. I will update more when I hear…(silly them.)

11. The Phonenix (East Finchley)

They offer Toddler Time 30min shows at 11am. Ages 2-4. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets £3 for child plus 1 FREE accompanying adult. For bigger kids the kids club on a Saturday (11am) is the place to be. They host a free activity for kids aged 5-10 followed by a film at midday. A maximum of 20 children can attend the activities, so pre-booking through the box office is the only way to go. Tickets for the film are £2.

12. Rio (Dalston)

The Rio offers specially priced tickets (£2.50 children and £3.50 accompanying adults) for the Saturday Morning Picture Club and Tuesday afternoon Playcentre Matinees. (Morning Picture Club Membership is free). Members have their membership cards stamped on each visit and get free admittance after every 10 visits and a free poster after every 25 visits. Parents, please note: children under the age of five years must be accompanied by an adult throughout the performance. You are welcome to drop off older children at the start of the film and return to pick them up at the end. Doors open at 10.30am and the FILM starts at 11.00am sharp.

The Parents and Babies Club gives parents with babies a chance to visit the cinema, without having to find a baby sitter or worry about their babies causing a disturbance.  The Club is exclusively for parents with babies under one year old. Membership is free but you do need to sign up and receive a membership card to come to these screenings. You may join on the day, or email manager@riocinema.org.uk with your name, address, contact telephone number, your baby’s name and date of birth. Tickets are at the normal matinee price of £7.50 and £6.00 Concessions

13. Prince Charles (Leicester Square)

The home of the sing-a-long movie! There are lunchtime time screenings. Wouldn’t this be a great place to have a birthday party outing? Fancy dress almost essential, and the rest as they say is history.Tickets are Adults: £15 – £16 with Children (under 16): £9.50 (matinees only)

14. Rich Mix (Shoreditch)

You can go to weekend family movies for less than the price of a coffee here. £1.75 when I last looked! They usually start at 12pm but check online for any updates and listings.

Family Ticket Information : These prices are for films that have been given U, PG or 12A certificate. Mondays – all day £6, £4 child (No family ticket on Mondays) & Tue – Fri before 5pm Child £5.50 & Family of Four for 2 adults & 2 children or or (1 adult & 3 children – £23) for a Family of Three (1 adult & 2 children – £16.80)

With each Family Ticket, each child receives a free Kids Combo popcorn, drink** and snack. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other cinema offer at Rich Mix and can only be claimed on the same day and same performance as the family ticket purchase.

15. Arthouse (Crouch End)

ArtHouse shows a mix of Hollywood Studios as well as more independent films for Kids. Saturday and/or Sunday Morning (and during half term), ArtHouse hosts Kids Club. Each week one film is chosen to be part of this scheme where both adults and kids pay only £4. (No lone adults will be admitted and any children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times). They also have a Babes in Arms screenings, every Monday And Friday Morning. The films are for parents and guardians with babies under one year old.

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