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Something (child-friendly) for the weekend?

The weather may be cooling off slightly but the fun is heating up this weekend. Here is North London Mums' pick of what's on - in one of the best weekends for North London families we can remember.

All Weekend

Lollibop arrives! Finally the long-awaited Lollibop is pitching tent in Regent's Park. Open 5, 6 and 7th August, the "Big Bash for Little People" has an incredible line-up including Zingzillas, Rastamouse, Charlie & Lola, as well as activities such as Little Kickers and Baby Loves Disco. We can't wait! More details here.
North London Toddler is literally speechless with excitement, and so are we (mostly about seeing the lovely Alex from CBeebies, but don't tell...)

Sportikids are doing multi-sports sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning in Woodside Park. Exhaust the kids before the day has even started. Full details here.

Saturday


The British Museum is offering a green screen time machine- a free family digital workshop, aimed at children 7+.  Create a photo collage of yourself interacting with strange creatures, famous buildings and unusual objects from the Museum’s collection. Find out more at bit.ly/britishmuseum.


Somerset House is hosting a Behind The Screen gaming day sponsored by Nintendo.  Families can  drop-in to explore the Nintendo Lounge, or join a workshop to create a gaming adventure. More details here.

For older children, Labyrinth at the Arts Depot, North Finchley, is a 1 day arts festival for children 13-19. It showcases live music, drama, dance and art around the depot.


With London 2012 just around the corner, you can head down to Hyde Park to watch the triathlon test event- with swimming in  the Serpentine Free, cycling to and from  Buckingham Palace and running around the park four times for the finale.


If the weather is bad the Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley has a kids club showing of Nancy Drew, and is hosting an intriguing sounding Murder Mystery Activity. Arrive at 11am for activities. Muswell Hill Odeon is hosting a kids screening of Gnomeo and Juliet at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday.  

Sunday

Head to Hackney One Carnival for the noon start of the parade from Ridley Road market- expect more than a 1000 performers!  Meeting the parade at Clissold Park will be a festival of live music, dance and fun activities from 1pm until 6pm. This is all part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrating arts and culture alongside sports in the run up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Apple Cart Festival, Victoria Park, is a brand new new boutique day out featuring music, comedy, magic, interactive art,  family friendly village fete fun and fab food. A really great line up includes the fantastic and not often seen Saint Etienne. We love.


Museum of Childhood Summer festival, 11.30 to 4.30 features rickshaw rides, children's performers, market stalls, live music, face painting and lots of fun! Free.



Last chance to see Smashed/Blotched/the Sweet Life - the unique juggling performances which run until Sunday at the National Theatre, South Bank as part of the Watch This Space Season.

Camden Arts Centre has an Activity Guide Family Day to tie in with its Auto Italia South East Exhibition. Come along with your family to take part in creature mask making, photography and sound recording activities celebrating the life of David Askevold and creating your own artworks in response to the exhibitions.Full details here

Get a babysitter for

Saturday is Field Day in Victoria Park but no under 18s are allowed. Eclectic line up includes The Horrors, Gruff Rhys, and Willy Mason. 

The ever excellent New End Theatre is showing 'Where's your mama gone?' a gritty drama about children growing up in care after the death of their mother. Not light, but should be great especially as they are only asking you to pay what you can afford for tickets.

Shopping


If you fancy a bit of retail therapy there is up to 70% off the delicious range online at the White Company


 If vintage is your thing check out the vintage tea party and gift fair at The Boogaloo in Archway. 


Our website of the week is the absolutely adorable Belle and Boo which sells beautiful, whimsical wall art, stickers, clothing and homewares all designed by Mandy Sutcliffe, a graphic designer.  If you don't already know them, take a look at their lovely site and enjoy.  We promise you will like. We have to work hard at not spending too much money here. Gift vouchers also available (just saying).

Have a fantastic weekend and do tell us if you visit any of these places or have other weekend recommendations. Enjoy!

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