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It's the Weekend! Music, art, theatre and lots of fun!

This is a great weekend for trying something different, from drop- in sessions at the Tate Modern, to photo shoots at Selfridges, to the Kidzone session run by the New York Philharmonic, and lots of other fun things in between.  We can't wait.


If you are still loving the cold (really??) this is the last weekend to enjoy the skating rinks at Canary Wharf and Broadgate Circle.

If spectating is more your thing, the head to Zippos Circus at Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

This weekend you can also catch The Snail and The Whale, the latest collaboration between Tall Stories (creators of The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo stage shows) and Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. at the Arts Depot, North Finchley. There are craft activities beforehand available on Saturday. Performances at 12pm and 3pm. For children 4 -10.

The Tate Modern has a family drop-in from 11-4pm. Visit the Open Studio to experiment, play and create with ideas and materials before or after visiting the related artworks in the free collection displays.

Saturday 18 February

For something different head to Selfridges for a Disney photo shoot! Visit the kids department where, in celebration of the exclusive Tommy Hilfiger and Disney collection, there is the opportunity to star in a photo shoot with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Then tell all your friends and family as the photos will be added to Tommy Hilfiger’s Facebook, and the most liked picture will win a prize to Disneyland Paris!

The Imagination Station, V&A
Visit the Imagination Station at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This is open every Saturday from 10.30 to 5pm, and is a chance to get creative as well as to explore the museum. Activities are devised with artists and facilitated by our expert family friendly team. The half term activity is creating a spider and helping to weave a big web. Activities are for all ages with specific ideas for under 5s.

Head to the National Maritime Museum to enjoy a celebration of Chinese New Year  from 11 to 6pm.  The day includes: a giant dragon installation; a flag-making workshop celebrating the Year of the Dragon; a drop-in gallery performance by Chinese seaman James Robson with Yellow Earth Theatre. Suitable for all ages.

If your children love music then head to the Barbican to enjoy Kidzone Live from 1pm. The Barbican will be buzzing with the unmistakable sounds of The Big Apple, when the New York Philharmonic invite young people to meet the musicians, learn about their instruments, and create some music of their own. Presented by the Barbican’s Come and Play initiative, this will be the first time Londoners have the chance to experience the Phil’s popular Kidzone Live.  There is also a Young people's concert at 4pm.

For more musical diversion the Southbank's Cadogan Hall is hosting a Family Concert: Under the Sea, at 11.30 am.

Rapunzel is showing at the Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, with performances at 11 and 1pm for children 3- 7 years.  Narrated by a wonderful frog this fun adaptation has all the elements of a traditional tale…the witch, the beautiful girl locked in a tall tower and, of course, the handsome prince who attempts to save Rapunzel. . .

The Saturday morning kid's show at Lauderdale House is Bo Peep for children 2-6 years. A concert of traditional nursery rhymes, with singing, dancing and lots of audience participation. Bring your teddies or soft toys.

The October Gallery, Bloomsbury, has a family art workshop for under 5's from 10- 11.30am.  The sessions are free but spaces are limited so you are advised to arrive early.

Sunday 19 February

More cultural diversion with the London Philharmonics Orchestra's Funharmonics from 12- 1pm, themed The Jungle Book , presented by Cbeebies' Chris Jarvis. You can also make the concert into a full day's event for all the family with pre-and post-concert activities.

For a bit of alternative retail therapy head to the Vintage Fashion Fair at Cecil Sharp House, regents Park Road, NW1, fro 11- 5pm. 

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