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It's the weekend! What's On in North London 17th and 18th March

Phew a fab round-up this weekend, from St Patrick's day activities, to comedy for kids, to shopping (of course)  and mother's day!- there's loads to choose from. Have fun!   

 The Little Angel Theatre in Islington is showing The Gingerbread Man, from 18th- 23 March. Come and join in with The Rainbow Collectors re-telling of the popular story of The Gingerbread Man. Using puppetry, live cooking, and a sprinkle of imagination, The Gingerbread Man is brought to life in a brand new way. Goldilocks is also showing at the Little Angel Theatre, as part of the Spring Visitors Season. Using table-top puppetry and musical influences from around the world, this production brings this classic story to life with a twist.

Saturday 17 March

Celebrate St Patrick's Day in Brent with a St Patrick's Day parade from Willesden Green Station to Willesden Green Library at 2pm. There will be Irish dancers and singers along the route, food and drink at the library and a fun fair nearby. The event finishes at 7.30pm.

For a bit of shopping, head to Spitalfields Market where the new Designers / Makers Market will feature a wide variety of crafts, including ceramics, fashion, art, furniture and jewellery.

Have a date with Dad at Victoria library- 10.30-11.30am.

The Imperial War Museum has a free interactive family session between 1 and 4pm. Meet Nancy and hear her tales of life in the Land Army in the Second World War. Visitors can choose what happens and so each story-telling session will be different. The session uses puppets and multi-sensory resources including sounds and smells. Enjoy the story and then make your own secret stashing book box to hide your own treasures, just like Nancy.

Join the Musical Characters Family Day at Wigmore Hall, for children aged 5+.  Starting at 10am, this workshop will enable you to find hidden codes and characters within music and to create your own piece of music to perform on the Wigmore Hall stage at the end of the day.

We love the sound of the Comedy Club for Kids at the Soho Theatre, for children 8+. This is a proper comedy club for anyone over the age of 8, featuring the best comedians on the circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!

The Saturday morning kids show at Lauderdale House from 10-10.45 is Sonia the Baby Seal.A huge storm sweeps Sonia the Baby Seal across the oceans. Join her on her search to find her Arctic home when she meets exotic fish, Penelope the Dancing Penguin and Peter the Polar Bear. Beautiful puppets and Jactico’s trademark humour. For children 2-7 years.

Finally, Haringey NCT is holding a nearly new sale 10.30-12  (10 for NCT members) at Union Church Hall, Weston Park, London, N8 9TA.

Sunday 18 March

Sunday is of course Mothers Day/Mothering Sunday (how could you forget?) and so if you are looking for some special things to celebrate the day, we've rounded up some ideas here!

There's also...

The St Patrick Days Parade and Festival is taking place this Sunday. Featuring marching bands, floats, street theatre and more, all 32 Irish counties are represented, dressed in their traditional county colours. The parade begins at Green Park at 12pm and will proceed through central London to Trafalgar Square. As well as the parade, you'll be treated to the best of Irish music, dance and culture in Trafalgar Square at the free St Patrick's Day Festival. The festival offers free entertainment all day including ceili dancing and traditional Irish music. Suitable for all ages.

Believe it or not Sunday is Urban Ecology's National Frog Day! at Greenwich Peninsular Ecology Park. There will be pond dipping and arts stuff for the kids and special pond-making workshops for adults.

This Sunday see the Three Billy Goats Gruff at the Arts Depot, showing at 12pm and 3pm (returns only). This is the simple story of three hungry goats and a grumpy old troll, told with a gently ecological message. Watch out for the dance of the goats, the flying troll and load and loads of rubbish. With puppets, live music, storytelling and singing, perfect for children aged 3-6.

Join the Rookie Rangers Wildlife Club for an afternoon of wildlife themed games and activities run by the Hampstead Heath Education Team. Free but pre-booking required. Rookie Rangers meet from 1-3pm at the Education Centre. For families with children 8-12.

There's so much to do. We hope you have a fantastic weekend and do tell us if you try something new.   

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