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Yes it's Spring!- art, sport, music and much more for kids this weekend

Yes it's true its actually Spring! There's loads on for kids this weekend- and just a hint of Easter fun!

For a foray into contemporary art, head to Pick Me Up, the UK’s first annual contemporary graphic art fair which returns for its biggest edition yet at Somerset House. The fair showcases the best new work from around the UK and the world with original works and prints available to purchase from just £10. Promises loads of events and workshops to get involved with! Suitable for all ages.

Pick Me Up, Nick Pilkington

From 31 March until 9 April, enjoy the Victoria Revealed exhibition at the newly opened Kensington Palace. Learn about the main characters in Queen Victoria’s life through storytelling, games and craft activities. There will be puppets, paper crowns and thaumatropes to make. Recommended age 5 – 13 years.

This weekend is CBeebies Live: Reach for the Stars at Wembley Arena. Get ready for a fantastic live stage show adventure full of fun, songs and games with favourite CBeebies friends, including Justin Fletcher MBE, Phil Gallagher, PC Plum, Andy Day and Katy Ashworth."Get ready to sing along, stamp your feet, reach to the stars and make all your dreams come true". For children 0-6.

Saturday also sees the opening of the Beautiful Games Exhibition at The Museum of Childhood.
Featuring over 70 examples of cutting edge sports equipment and historic memorabilia,  Beautiful Games shows just what it takes to get to the top in sport. As part of the exhibition, visitors young and old can get their own blood pumping with a white knuckle ride in a virtual skeleton bobsleigh, measure their reaction time with a ‘beat the clock’ test, and throw some moves on an electronic dance floor. Suitable for all ages.

Also at the Museum of Childhood, from 31 March until 5 April there is a daily retelling of favourite children's stories, in the Word Up sessions. Enjoy an energetic re-telling of some of the classic tales children have enjoyed for generations (11.00 and 12.00) and then make a mask inspired by your favourite (14.00-16.00).
Saturday 31 March

Saturday is the start of Kew's Mayan Chocolate Adventure.  Explore the interactive trail around the Gardens, then make something special to take home in chocolate making and craft workshops.
Collect crayon rubbings of all the Mayan symbols on our adventure trail to unlock the password. Kids can get their face painted with an Easter design or a symbol discovered on the trail.

If your children are Chelsea football fans, then there is a treat in store with the first ever sleepover for children 5-10 years at the Chelsea FC Museum.  The sleepover is an all-night extravaganza exclusively for the club's junior supporters! Enjoy a fun-filled evening of activities before falling asleep amongst some of the Club's greatest players in the Club's exciting new Museum.
Tim and Light is showing at the Little Angel Theatre N1. Tim and Light is a beautiful new fairy tale told through playful physical theatre and intricate puppetry, which will warm the hearts of young and old alike! 

Enjoy the early opening of the West Garden at Hatfield House as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Visitors can enjoy the spring bulbs in the Lime Walk and masses of naturalised daffodils and bluebells in the adjoining Woodland Garden.

Saturday Comedy Club for Kids at the Soho Theatre from 1pm, suitable for children 8+. 

Sunday 1 April

We're very excited about the Gold Challenge Olympic Stadium event taking place this Sunday. Gold Challenge is a charity challenge with people taking on Olympic and Paralympic themed challenges to raise money for one of 150 partner charities. Everyone who attends will be playing an important role in helping London 2012 prepare for the Games as this is one of the key test events in the Stadium. This is all part of the preparation for the Greatest Show on Earth! Registration required.

Travels with Grandad

Travels with Grandad is showing at the Arts Depot the Sunday, shows at 12pm and 3pm. Meet Granddad, eccentric traveller and storyteller extraordinaire. Enter his battered Bedouin tent to hear magical tales of adventure in real and imaginary worlds. For ages 3+.

For some fresh air head to Lee Valley for a Walk in the Park 10.30- 12.30.

If you fancy some shopping, Mercy & Pearl presents its Spring market - featuring lovely things for little people and their mummies, hosted at the Arts Depot- we can't wait!

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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