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Its the weekend! Stars, acrobats, beasts and spiders...

There are some really exciting and unusual kid and family activities on this weekend, from stargazing at the Royal Observatory,  to a  "grow your own" event in Camden, leaping across acrobats, beasts and spiders. There are lots of fun workshops and events for children in London's museums, and of course some shopping.





Cirque Du Soleil, Totem is wowing the crowds at the Royal Albert Hall and is only on until February 15.


For a bit of adventure for children aged 7+, head to the Greenwich Observatory for an Evening with the Stars. Events take place on 1, 3, 4, 15, 17, 18, 29 February and you are advised to book in advance. The programme includes a planetarium show, some time on the prime meridian with a hot drink and astronomers to hand, and a chance to look through 18-tonne Victorian telescope at whatever the night sky has to offer.

Throughout the weekend at 176 Gallery (176 Prince of Wales Road) and Swiss Cottage Gallery (88 Avenue Road) there is an Acoustic Mirrors weekend (12-6pm Saturday and Sunday) featuring events and live radio broadcast organised by curating students from the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College. Families will be able to engage with live events and The Charlie Woolley Radio Show. At Swiss Cottage Gallery the public can access and participate in the live radio show via a listening point set up in the library.


Saturday 4 February

Our fave place the Chickenshed is launching its Saturday workshops. Saturday Shed is an opportunity for young people to develop their performance skills led by the highly experienced and energetic staff, through themed sessions that involve movement, drama, singing and story making. Every workshop is different and designed so that a child of any ability can come to all sessions, or drop in to one session from time to time. Sessions are at 10 am (6-8 yrs) and 11.15 (9-12 yrs). Places are limited - early booking recommended.

This Saturday is the last opportunity to see Charlotte's Web at the Polka Theatre, if you fancy a trip down to Wimbledon. For children 5- 11 years, this is a fab adaptation of the classic children's book.


Closer to home, Circus Space, N1 is hosting a Circus Experience Day for young people (8- 16 years), from 2.30 to 5.45pm. Try flying trapeze, diabolo, tightwire walking and static trapeze in the spectacular training space.

Somerset House is hosting another free family workshop, for children 6-12 years, from 2- 3.30pm.  Entitled Imaginary Menagerie, you can construct your own weird and wonderful beasts and mythical monsters after exploring the sculptures and paintings of such creatures at Somerset House and The Courtauld gallery.

The Royal Institution is holding a family fun day from 10-4pm with the theme "Meet Your Brain". This is a drop-in session where you can get hands on with your brain. Test your memory, make your own illusions and discover what scientists know about this amazing organ.

The Geffrye Museum is holding a kids workshop for children 5- 11 entitled Tea Time Tick Tock where you can  construct a teacup shaped clock to tell the time. The session runs 10.30- 12.30 or 2-4pm. Places on a first come first served basis.

The Saturday morning show at Lauderdale House for kids 3-7 is Mr Frost. The show runs from at 10 am and 11.45 am.

If you fancy a movie then the Saturday morning Kids Club at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley is showing The Cat Returns- from the makers of Ponyo. For children 5-11. The movie is at noon, with kids club activities from 11am.

At the Zabludowicz Collection at 176 Prince of Wales Road, there is a Families Create activity in the café. Meet with artist Nathan Murphy, collect a pack, and head off into the galleries to explore the artist's work. Return to the café to work with the artist to build large scale, linear sculptures, inspired by Nathan's walk-through installations.

Celebrate National Library with Muswell Hill Library. Learn about the first library books by making a scroll. Start and finish time: 11am  - 12 noon.



Sunday 5 February


As part of Jewish Book Week, Sunday is kids day ("Little Bookniks") at the Jewish Museum NW1, between 10 am and 4.30pm.  The event promises a fun-filled day of stories, film puppetry, poetry and more. Featured authors include Andy Staton (Mr Gum) and James Mayhew. There is also a pop-up children's book fair. Check here for the full programme of events.


If you fancy some shopping:

The Vintage Tea Party and Gift Fair takes place at the Boogaloo in Highgate 12- 5pm. Featuring an original range of arts, crafts and homewares and jewellery, plus cakes and tea!

The North London Vintage Market is back  at St Mary's Parish Hall Crouch End N10 3AH on Saturday. It promises over 20 handpicked vendors selling an eclectic mix of vintage and design classics. 10 am- 4pm. 


The Forge in Camden is launching its first Farmer's market. Entry is free and families are welcome.  With an emphasis on ‘grow your own’ there is a whole day of family events, stalls, live music and edibles, plus a chance to ask the experts at Camden Garden Centre and Riverford Organic Box Scheme about growing your own fruit and veg. There will also be a seasonal lunch served from noon, with a kids menu for £5. 



Have a wonderful weekend and do let us know what you are up to!

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