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This weekend in North London - dance, laugh, sing and dance some more. It's all going on....

What a fantastic weekend this weekend. There's some great children's theatre on, not one but two children's discos, a family barn dance, a children's comedy club and more. It's fair to say that having children in North London doesn't mean having to cut back on interesting things to do. Have a great weekend.

 Family Barn Dance, Cecil Sharp House - Sunday

All Weekend

The amazing Imagine Children's festival at the Southbank Centre starts this weekend and runs until Sunday 19 February.  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!

Red Riding Hood is showing at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington. Expect a twist on the classic tale. Lasts 55 mins. For ages 4+.
Sing along with The Grufallo! Don't miss an amazing opportunity to join Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and her husband Malcolm, accompanied by a live band, for a grand singalong from her irresistible stories and songbooks - the latest of which is The Gruffalo's Child and Other Songs. Julia and friends will also act out The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, with a special appearance from the Gruffalo himself. This is at Sadlers Wells and costs £10 per ticket or £35 for family ticket.


East Barnet Parish Church has a production of Jack and The Beanstalk in their specially built Victorian Theatre. 

Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn is also showing Red Riding Hood. Following the path to her grandmother’s house, through a forest filled with howling wolves, Red Riding Hood, a charcoal-burner’s daughter, needs to use her wits in order to survive. Follow our heroine into the woods and expect a rich mix of puppetry, music, song, inventive staging and witty dialogue. This is showing at 11am and 1pm, for 5+.

Haringey Families has a nearly new sale 10.30am-11.45am in Crouch End. Costs 50p to enter.

Lauderdale House Highgate, has a children's show called the Marvellous Magical Coat - A modern day fairy story about a little boy who is given a remarkable coat! When he puts it on he is transported to a strange land with plenty of curious creatures including a huge and horrible monster with great big ears and great big eyes! 10am. For ages 3-8.

There is a fun sounding Family Disco at Stratford Circus, there will be face painting and lots of dancing at this toddler friendly disco.

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.

Lollibop has a mini disco at Ministry of Sound for ages 3-10. As well as dancing, beatboxing and storytelling there is also a live appearance from Scooby Doo himself.


The Arts Depot, Finchley is showing The Elves and The Shoemaker at 12pm and 3pm. Inspired by the exquisite Ladybird Book, which all parents will remember, Theatre of Widdershins brings you another classic fable using magical puppets, intricate design, original music and the simplest of dialogue. Suitable for 3+.

If disco dancing isn't your thing but you want to get on down, get along to the fantastic sounding Family Barn Dance at Cecil Sharp House in Chalk Farm. Dances are specially selected to suit children and adults of all ages. Refreshments available. No unaccompanied adults. 3-5pm.

Spitalfields City Farm has it's first ever Potato Day! If you love the humble potato (and we do) get along for potato scones, hot soup, potato printing, potato peeling competition and advice on growing your own.

Serpentine Gallery has a Family Day called Making Sense. Join artists and designers to learn about the senses.

Pop Up Vintage Fair comes to Hampstead for a special romantic Valentines Fair including live music, vintage teas and a beauty parlour.

Have a great weekend and do tell us if we missed anything. 

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Julia Deering 9 February 2012 at 12:52 said...

I've been meaning to take my kids to the family barn dance for ages - I'd be so up for it - hope they might be too! We're away this time - will definitely next month. Thanks for the reminder. x

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