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What's on this weekend! From Teddies to Dinosaurs and much more...

There's a whole range of things on to do this weekend- with unusual activities ranging from celebrations for the Chinese New Year to Sleeping with Dinosaurs! Read on..

This is the last weekend to go skating at Somerset House so its not too late if you haven't got your skates on yet! (By the way if you get the chance do check out the Big Lunchtime Skate promo video on the site.)

This weekend you can head to Cinderella at The Intimate Theatre, Palmers Green. The performance promises an original script, and songs from artists as varied as Justin Bieber and Kool and the Gang. You would have to be an Ugly Sister to miss out. Matinee performances (2.30pm) on both Saturday and Sunday. Age 3+.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Museum of London Docklands. The  range of free events include Dragon Mask making (Saturday 12.30-1.30pm & 2.30-3.30pm) and Chinese Watercolour Painting (Sunday 11.30 - 3.30), and dragon tales (storytelling) Saturday 12.30-1pm, 2.30-3pm & 3.30-4pm. Age 5+.

If you fancy chilling out then head to the Proud Kids Club at Proud Galleries, Camden, which hosts kid friendly activities from 12- 4 on Saturday and Sunday. The sessions offer face painting, cupcake decoration, story time, painting and £4 Kids meals. When we visited our kids loved it (although don't go for the food).


The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, is showing the Pied Piper of Hamelin at 11am and 1pm for children aged 4+. Based on the famous poem by Robert Browning, this performance uses puppets, colourful scenery and animated projections to tell the story of Lotto and Otto and the town that needs help with a bit of a pest problem...

The Saturday morning kids' show this week at Lauderdale House, at 10am, is The Nightingale. Kumiko Mendl presents Hans Christian Andersen’s story of the nightingale and the Emperor of China. Set on the eve of Chinese New Year you can try your hand at ribbon and fan dancing for the Emperor in this interactive tale. For children aged 3-8.

Think Big...

Children aged 8 to 11 (in a group of at least 5 +1 adult) can take part in the fabulous sounding Dino Snores Event at the Natural History Museum- a dinosaur themed sleepover which takes place beneath the fossilized skeleton of the Diplodocus that graces the Central Hall of the Museum. Special events at the kids' sleepover includes a torch lit tour of some of the museum's famous galleries, including the wing housing the dinosaur displays.

Alternatively, at the British Museum you can make your teddy into a time traveller! (for children aged 5+) between 11.30 and 3.30. Bring along your own bear or soft animal (or borrow one), then transport yourselves to another culture and time using a green screen. Get your bear to write a short blog about your travels to share online.

If you fancy a spot of gardening, Highgate Library has a gardening group which meets at 10 am.

Monster Puppets

The Southbank Centre is hosting a Monster Puppet workshop for children 7+. Young illustrator and NoBrow artist Liam Barrett leads this creative workshop where children can make their very own monstrous creation to take home, and another work of art to display in the Hayward Gallery Shop for all to see. There's also the Real Food Market 11- 8 on Saturday and 12- 6 on Sunday.

Under 5's can have a "Date with Dad" at Victoria library with songs and storytelling, arts and crafts 10.30-11.30. 


The British Museum is holding a Steampunk animation workshop  11am- 4pm.

Jackson's Lane has a performance of Chicken Licken (pictured above) at 3pm for children aged 3-6. Brought to life with puppetry, storytelling, music and bread making, Chicken Licken is an imaginative tale adapted from a trilogy of world-famous, classic Ladybird books.

The Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green is hosting a local market from 10.30 to 1pm, featuring local people selling locally produced things from cakes to fruit to crafts.

Have we missed something? Do let us know! And we'd love to hear what you are up to!

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