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The Week Ahead: circus stars, farm animals and magic tricks!

As the summer holidays start to draw to a close, the pace of activities in this amazing city doesn't slow at all. This week's listing could have been three times as long if we'd included everything we found out about, but we hope we've captured the best. Enjoy!

All Week  


Time Out has discounted tickets available to see The Railway Children at Waterloo. With rave reviews and featuring a real train, this is one not to miss. 



The fab Kids' Week in the West End continues  until 4 September. Children 5-16 can go to a whole range of theatre shows for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price. Find out more here.



The Museum of Childhood also continues its' retrospective of Judith Kerr's work, whose work includes The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog.  There are also activities every day for children. All Free.

Take your daughters (and sons) to Women of the Air Force Week at the RAF museum where there is a treasure trail for the over 12s available from reception

Monday

Al's Little Singers a new and lovely music group for little ones is meeting in Cherry Tree Woods. Meet at the cafe at 11am. Alex is looking for a new home for the group which used to meet at the Bald Faced Stag and we will keep you updated. 

Bond with your kids and make a masterpiece at Parent and Child Pottery at 1A Arts Centre in Camden, 10-12. Costs £5 per adult, £1 per child.


The fantastic Eddy is playing his eeny meeny music at 9.15, 10.15 and 11.15 in Muswell Hill. Full details here


Tuesday

Brent Museum in Willesden Green Library has a family event. Design your own circus cat and make a mechanical toy. Drop in. Free. 1-4pm. 


Kilburn Library has an event called Magic to Astound and Amaze - children will learn tricks and illusions to show off to their friends. 3-4pm. Free. Details here.

Central Library, N5 has an event for under 5s at 11am called Clowning Around. Clown themed art and activities. Free. Details here
 Islington Museum has Farmyard Islington. Did you know there used to be farm animals on Upper Street? Come and make some cows and sheep to put in our giant picture. Afterwards we will read ‘Where is the Green Sheep?’Free. For Under 5s.



If you missed it last week, the Canal Museum in Islington has a Summer Activity Day involving a range of fun learning activities for children aged 6 - 12. The activities vary but always include the opportunity for a short boat trip on the Regent's Canal. There will be a treasure trail around the museum, ice cream making and opportunities to work with an artist.


Wednesday


To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, Bruce Castle Museum is hosting a special family event called Make a Splash - travel back to the 1950s and create a fabulous vintage swimming hat or cap from recycled materials. 2-4pm. For Under 5s. Free.  Full details here.


Caterpillar Music is running a drop in session at Butterfly World, St Albans. There will be songs, puppets, colourful instruments and lots of surprises. For babies and children 0-4 years.

The popular  Teddy Bear's Picnic at Keats House in Hampstead,  is back again this week from 3.00 - 3.45pm for 5s and under. Free.

Freightliners Farm has a fantastic sounding - Go Wild at the Farm Evening - from 6-10pm so definitely one for older children. More details here.

If you can commit to being available this Wednesday and next Wednesday, you can have some serious family fun taking part in the Parent and Child Photography Project run by 1A Arts. Team up with London Transport Museum in this two day crash course in photography. Take your new found skills onto the street to capture your Children's London and enter them into London Transport Museum Flickr competition. Then come on a trip to London Transport Museum to see your pictures proudly displayed. Full details here.  If our children were older, we would be there in a flash!


Get sporty on Parliament Hill today with Give It A Go - a day of free sport, physical activity and health related fun for all ages on Parliament Hill Fields. Come along and try new activities, check out local sports clubs or get a mini health check. With taster sessions ranging from Tai Chi and Nordic Walking to Penalty Shoot outs and Street Dance, there's something for everyone, so come along and Give it a Go!Details here


Thursday


Archway Library has an event for ar 2.30pm for  4-7 year olds called Clown Hats - come along and make your own clown hat. Free. 15 places so come early! Details here.


Blackstock Road Library has an event 2 - 4pm for ages 5-11 called Jumpin Jacks! Make a jumping jack clown whose arms and legs flap  when you pull the stick. Free. Details here.

Melding Library has Make a Circus Train Wall Hanging, 2.30-4.30, age 4+. Free. Details here.


"Accessorise" arts and crafts activity, for children 5+ is taking place from 2 to 4  at Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham. Children will have the opportunity to make their own accessories. Free.


The British Library has story time Tuesday and Thursday 11 - 12.30 and 3 - 4.30. This week the theme is Super Me. Join writer and poet Charlie Dark to discover your secret power. What is it? How did you get it? What will you do with it? All will be revealed in this science fiction creative writing workshop. Free. More details here


The Jewish Museum has The Circus Is Here! Two workshops for 4-8 year olds (11am) and 9-13 year olds (2pm) -  a fun and wacky day at the Museum to try your hand at some amazing circus skills including juggling, diabolo, spinning plates, stilts and poi, led by professional circus performers from Splat. Full details here

Friday

Haringey NCT is hosting its summer social in Alexandra Park. For those who are expecting, or already have their bundles of joy and/or toddlers. Come along and meet new and old friends. Details here. 11am-2pm.



Kentish Town City Farm is hosting messy play every Friday morning from August 5 to Sept 2 from 10am to Middayfor under 5's. The cost is £3/£2 concs and you can drop in. Find out more here.

And finally, exhaust the kids at the fab Zumbatomic - a zumba class for children aged 4-12 in Finchley at 4pm.

Weekend Look Ahead

Loads on this weekend but some highlights promise to be:

Saturday


Freightliners Farm Special Family Show - an open air production of Robin Hood at 3pm.

The beautiful and almost secret, Long Lane Pasture in Finchley has a day looking at moths to tie in with European Moth Night (who knew..?)

Sunday

The Jewish Museum has a sing-along Oliver! Please sir, can I have some more.....Bring along your family and friends and join singer and actress Claire Benjamin for an afternoon of joy and tears, singing along to the famous songs from Oliver!, the classic 1968 British musical, starring Ron Moody as Fagin with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. 3pm.

Further afield, Harrow Museum has Harrow in Leaf Day - market stalls, archery, children's rides, children's face painting and much more! A greaat family day out.



Whatever you do, have a great week and do let us know if we have missed anything and if you take up any of our recommendations. Our full weekend round up will be available on Thursday. Enjoy!
Julia Deering 21 August 2011 at 23:45 said...

Great round up! Thanks for the ideas x

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