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Weekend ahoy - round up of North London family fun

As usual there's loads to do this weekend. We round up the best for you. We're exhausted just thinking about it....


All Weekend


The fabulous Kids Week starts next Friday with a fantastic line up of West End Shows. During Kids Week, a child aged 16 and under can experience the magic of London theatre and see an awesome selection of shows for free, plus two additional children can go at half price (per transaction), as long as they are accompanied by a full paying adult.


Its the Friern Barnet Summer Show in Friary Park Thursday to Sunday, 12pm - 10.30pm. There's a funfair every day and on Saturday there are children's races, a baby show and a heliosphere and on Sunday there is a Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach available for rides.  Entry costs £3 for adults, £2 for children.


The Imperial War Museum is hosting a fantastic Children's Literature Festival - meet authors including Michael Morpurgo, Michelle Magorian and Bernard Ashley, take a lesson in illustration from Martin Brown and be part of a ‘play in a day’ with the Polka Theatre. Full details here.

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 


There is an Activity Open Day at the amazing Lee Valley White Water centre, where the olympic white water rafting will be held. ange of outdoor activities for all ages, from orienteering to extreme skateboarding or rock climbing to parkour!You can also relax and watch the rafters. Full details here. Free. 
  
Family Walking Tour with Discover Hidden London- Meet at Tower Hill by the black telephone box in front of Trinity Square Gardens at 11am. On the walk you will experience what it was like to live in a walled city, visit the spot where the Great Fire of London started and find out why so many people died in the Great Plague. 


The Phoenix Cinema is showing Azur and Amar: A Prince's Quest at 12pm. Arrive at 11am for activities before the film. 

Sunday


Camden Arts Centre - 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. Free and drop in.


The Canal Museum, Islington has summer canal boat trips A round trip lasts one hour and you will learn about the history of canals. 

Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham has a free drop in arts activity 2-4pm.


On Hampstead Heath there is Jazz 3pm at Parliament Hill Bandstand and Gypsy at Golders Hill Bandstand.


 Hatfield House has an open air performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at 4pm. Bring a picnic. Suitable for children aged 5+. 

Get a babysitter for

The excellent 'Broken Glass' by Arthur Miller has opened at The Tricycle with a stellar cast and rave reviews. The Times called it 'Mesmerising…grips like a thriller. A rich evening’ and The Telegraph said it is 'near flawless'. Book while you can and before it transfers to the West End.

Ron Arad's Curtain Call at The Roundhouse, Camden is a 360degree installation. On Saturday it is Bring Your Own Beamer event - Come down with your laptops and projectors – and sound too, if you like – and The Roundhouse will provide the plug sockets. With space for forty images at least, and a few hours to fill, they want a hundred video artists to come along and take up the opportunity to show their work in the Main Space alongside some of the world's foremost artists. Pay what you can afford.

Shopping

Every Sunday there is a great farmer's market in Queens Park at Salusbury Road Primary School. There's a really great range of stalls and produce and a lovely friendly atmosphere.

And finally, our website of the week is the supercool Not On The High Street, where you can buy hundreds of interesting things you won't find on the high street and which still has a summer sale on. We particularly love the toy collection - and are coveting the London Attractions wooden train set in a nostalgic sort of way. Enjoy browsing!

Have a great weekend and don't forget to tell us if we missed anything. 

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