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This Weekend in North London - bats, radical short films for children, festivals and more - only in North London!

From bats to butterflies and Peppa Pig to Aladdin. As usual North London has it all going on.....

All Weekend 

London Zoo is celebrating Halloween in style by opening a brand new Bat Cave on Saturday. There will also be halloween activities all weekend such as a special Halloween themed animal demonstration featuring the Zoo’s vulture, a skunk and a burrowing owl which will be taken over by the evil Prince Igor. Kids can get messy by making creepy crafts in the Zoo’s Animal Adventure exhibit meanwhile frightening tales will be told in the terrifying tepee.

This weekend is the Bloomsbury Festival and there is a lot on for families as part of it. There is a children's tent in Russell Square that has a  packed programme of fun activities for little Festival visitors - with plenty of things to do, ranging from face painting and storytelling to crafts, including making your very own bird feeder! Check the programme for other events.

Little Angel Theatre is showing Aladdin - this colourful tale from the Arabian Nights is set in the Middle East: a place of mystery, enchantment and strange, mythical creatures. Large scale contemporary Shadow Puppet theatre tells of a poor street boy who falls hopelessly in love with a Royal Princess. What magic would he need just to see her again?


BTCV Big Green Weekend, Regents Park - The day will offer a host of opportunities for children, families and adults that are free and open to all from 10am to 4pm, including willow weaving, creating your own insect habitats, green poems from the Purple Poets and a TreeSure Hunt (see www.btcv.org for more details).

Lauderdale House, Highgate has The Fairy Clock - A delightful puppet show by children's author Michele Petit-Jean with great songs and lots of audience participation as you follow the adventures of Dan the Dandelion Seed on his journey through the seasons. Showings at 10am and 11.30am.

Peppa Pig's Treasure Hunt, Hackney Empire - Peppa Pig and her friends are going on a treasure hunt and need your help!  Peppa, George and Danny Dog are up to fun and games on a day out on Grandad Dog's boat. Help them, with Pedro Pony, Polly Parrot and Zoe Zebra to follow the clues and find their treasure as they all enjoy a day of adventure.

Get Sporty with Give It A Go at Kentish Town Sports Centre - Try exciting activities such as water zorbing, aerobics, and swimming for free at Kentish town sports centre on Saturday 22 October. With a Wii zone, face painting, and free health checks, there?s something for everyone.


Camden Arts Centre has a family day called Taking Root -  pull on your wellies and take
an autumn trek through the wild edges of the Camden Arts Centre Garden. Imagine
and model alternative journeys in a fun and creative session. 2-4.30pm. FREE.

Butterfly World Project, St Albans has a family fun day with guided walks, storytelling, fancy dress pageant and more. £5 but children dressed as creepy crawlies get in free!

Jewish Museum, Camden has an absolutely brilliant sounding afternoon of films for children presented by Wildcat Arts Collective - Join them at 2pm for a programme of short family films about resistance, revolution and social responsibility.

Arts Depot, North Finchley has a fantastic sounding day called Play! as part of The Big Draw. A play day dedicated to pencils, paper, crayons, sketchbooks and all things to do with drawing. Help create artworks on a massive scale, take part in workshops jam-packed with creative ideas, and check out the magical show Draw Me A Bird (with performances at 12pm and 3pm in the Studio Theatre. Some things need to be booked in advance so check here first. 11am-5pm. FREE.

Jacksons Lane, Highgate is showing 'Two Four Six Eight!' - Craig has been invited to his best friend's Birthday Party and he can’t wait. There are presents to wrap, cakes to buy and a house to find. But who will explain the rules of Musical Chairs? And will there be enough balloons for everybody? A funny and charming tale that will have you counting all the way home! Suitable for 4-7s.

Have a fantastic weekend and do let us know if we missed anything.
Ali 20 October 2011 at 10:25 said...

Could you add a suggested age range to the activities? My son is 18 months and I'm never sure what he'd love and what he'd not be allowed into. (obviously I take full responsibility for his personality, it would just be a guide!)

North London Mums 20 October 2011 at 11:19 said...

Yes, good idea. We will do that from now on x

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