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Family Friendly London - Weekend Round up: Words, Music, Theatre, Fun

So much on this weekend that we're going to be travelling all over London to try and cram as much in as possible. We hope you find things that you want to do too. Enjoy.

This weekend is the last weekend to see the amazing Imagine Children's festival which runs until Sunday.  There are a host of fabulous activities planned, including the Imagine Children's Funfair and Imagine Craft Pavilion where children (5-12 years) can drop- in and get creative as different publishers introduce you to their favourite children's characters and stories. Wear clothes to get messy in!


If you love Words Words Words, then head to Selfridges who are celebrating the power of the written words. There are storytelling events on both Saturday and Sunday. Full timetable here.

Puppet Barge is docked in Little Venice and fully heated so there's no excuse not to go and have a look at this lovely show in a unique venue. This weekend they are showing The Flight of Babuscha Baboon - a baboon who wants to fly to the moon in a hot air balloon. She meets an elephant who is threatened by ivory hunters. Can the baboon save the elephant? 11am and 3pm.


London Children's Book Swap is taking place on the Southbank - Bring along old books to swap and get new stories to share at the London Children's Bookswap brough to you by Southbank Centre, Discover Children's Story Centre, V&A Museum of Childhood, Polka Theatre and arts and literature organisations across London, to celebrate reading and make this a giant book swap.
Drop in between 10am and 6pm.

Soho Theatre has an excellent weekly comedy club for children aged 8+. As usual there's a really good line up that I'd pay to see on a Saturday night. If our kids were older, we'd definitely be there so do let us know if you try it out.

St Martin in the Fields has Mini Maestro, a concert series for the over 4s at 4.30pm (odd time for young children but hey sounds great) - the concerts bring the great classics alive for all ages, with stories, movement and by exploring what the music means. There is lots of hands-on fun with clapping and singing along, games, and close encounters with the instruments as our friendly musicians go ‘walk-about’ in the audience. After the concert the children can meet the musicians, see and hear the instruments close-up, and even conduct! Adults £8.50, Children £6.50.

Lauderdale House has a children's show at 10am - take a dash of amazing magic, a good measure of juggling and several twists of fun, shake don’t stir, and you have the perfect cocktail of a show! Sit back, relax… and drink in the show. Suitable for ages 3-8.

Forge Music Venue, Camden has a music workshop for 1-4s at 10.45am and 5-8s at 12pm -
Run by experienced workshop leaders, these regular music-making sessions are a great way to introduce and encourage your children into music. Activities will include singing, dancing, rhythm work, movement and percussion playing. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  However, parents can enjoy brunch in the courtyard while keeping an eye on the workshop!  To book a table for brunch during the workshop, please ring 02073875959.

Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn is showing There Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed A Shoe at 11am and 1pm. Suitable for 4+ - this magical new show has been written especially for parents to enjoy with their children, so come and relive the delights of this most charming of tales with a feast of first class games, audience interaction, colourful characters and heart warming family fun.


Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch has a Family Day called A Touch of Spice - Join in creative craft workshops inspired by spices and flowers and listen to stories and music from across Asia. 12.30-4.30pm.

Arts Depot, North Finchley is showing Liang and the Magic Paintbrush - Liang dreams of being a painter but is too poor to buy himself a paintbrush. Join him on a magical adventure to find out if his dreams can come true. For ages 4+. 12pm and 3pm.

Little Angel Theatre is showing Fiddlesticks- Tap your feet and listen to the beat…
Fiddlesticks is the playful spirit of a violin who breaks free from his strings and leads us into a world of musical fantasy in search of the beautiful Violinka. On his magical journey, puppets made from old instruments spring to life: birds fly out from music scores, a horse emerges from the bow of a violin…

There is an indoor market at the Music Palace in Crouch End 1pm-6.30pm selling vintage and crafts wares and much more

There's so much to do. We hope you have a fantastic weekend and do tell us if you try something new. 
Cindy 23 February 2012 at 11:46 said...

Hi !!
There's also a Vintage Market at the Boogaloo on Saturday, from 12.30 to 5.30pm : Can't buy Me Love Market!
I'll be there, launching my brand new cake company : Petit Gâteau!
And for every North London Mum saying "Bonjour Bonjour Petit Gâteau!" there'll be a free Hot Chocolate Lollipop!
Come and say hi!!

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