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Bank holiday weekend - so much fun that the sun just has to shine

There is JUST SO MUCH on this weekend that we couldn't possibly fit it all in (we love you London) and so here are our highlights. Now all we need is some sunshine...Have a great weekend!

Canalway Cavalcade, Little Venice is a very English affair in one of North London's most beautiful areas. Hundreds of boats dock for the weekend. Expect real ale, real Morris dancers and lots of activities for children. There are also bands, boat trips, stalls and refreshments. Free.
While you're in the area, Puppet Barge is showing Town Mouse and Country Mouse - The story tells of two cousins who visit each other, both experiencing exciting new sights and sounds. Suitable for ages 3-8. Showing all weekend at various times.

Crouch End Festival is on this weekend until 13th May showcasing the many creatives of this super part of North London. There's quite a lot on for children including a showing of Little Red Riding Hood and lots of events to interest adults. See the programme here.

E4 Udderbelly comes to South Bank and brings with it lots of laughs. Hurray! There's a kids comedy show on Sunday at 4.15pm and lots for grown ups who need a laugh all weekend.


There is a very fun sounding baby rock n roll disco in Belsize Park (full details above) at 4pm.

Lauderdale House has a kids show at 10am and 11.30am every Saturday. This week they are showing Sir Goward The Coward and Feasty Beasty - Join in with the singing and dancing in our dramatic story of Old England, as Sir Goward the Coward, failed knight and hero, leads you on his quest to slay the Feasty Beasty dragon and win the fair princess Matilda. For ages 5-7, £4.50. We went along last week and had a great time at this informal show.

Brent Cross Shopping Centre is launching a Kids Club this week. This week its a  carnival themed arts & crafts with Makendoo. Take your creations home and have your very own carnival! Aimed at children between 3 and 13 but of course, everyone is welcome! Brent Cross Kids Club will be situated next to John Lewis on the Lower Mall near Costa and Baby Gap. Free.

The amazing Tales From The Shed at Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate is back for its summer season. If you've not been yet you should head on down for lots of fun, songs, silliness and audience participation. For ages 0-7, £5.50.

Vintage Tea Party and Gift Fair is back at The Boogaloo, Archway - lots of nice things to buy and eat.

Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn is showing Malina's Dream - Malina lives in the frozen land of the midnight sun. One night she dreams a stranger’s ship is crushed in the ice. When Malina wakes to discover it wasn’t a dream, she knows only she can save the stranger. For ages 4-7.

Sing-Along Oliver! is on at Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank. If you fancy a bit of oom pa pa and other classic tunes then get on down here for some real family fun. There's also a fancy dress competition. 7pm.

Geffrye Museum has a Saturday Special event called Thirsty Work - Taste drinking chocolate and paint a mug with 17th-century-style patterns. 2-4pm.

Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley is showing The Lion King at its Kids Club at 12pm. Can you feel the love tonight?


Snail and The Whale, a classic from the writer of The Gruffalo comes to Jacksons Lane Highgate for one day only. We saw this performance at Arts Depot and enjoyed it but it does need a lot of imagination as there is no actual whale in the show, which disappointed my three year old. Sweet and fun though.

There's more great theatre with Hare and Tortoise showing at Arts Depot, North Finchley - Meet two competing friends in this new fantastic adaptation of Aesop’s fable; a story about racing, opposites, time and friendship. From sun-shining spring to snow-falling winter, Tutti Frutti brings you this much loved story brimming with ideas, characters, live music and wonderful physicality.

There is a Hungarian Family Day at Victoria Embankment Gardens, WC2 1-5pm. There will be music, dancing, food and folk arts. Free.

Wallace Collection has their monthly family workshop - Little Draw - Join Artist and Illustrator Anna Saunders whose work incorporates a wide range of techniques and styles. From comic to classical, Anna’s drawings range from small and intricate to large and bold. Learn about looking, drawing and interpretation using the rich wealth of objects and architecture on display at the Wallace Collection. For all ages. Free.

Messy Craft, Wood Green Library 10-11 for under 5s. Free.

Kentish Town City Farm has a lovely sounding May Day Festival - A fantastic family day, there will be something for everyone including pony rides, face painting, a barbecue, a tug of war, live music, and children’s games, as well as the customary favourites such as the appearance of a Green Man and dancing round the may pole. Very reasonable prices at £1 for adults and 30p for children.

Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham. Visit this family friendly museum and house and make feather Quills - Have a go writing with a Tudor quill and try and copy some Elizabethan handwriting


Open Family Workshop with Mbawula at Clore Ballroom -
Immerse yourself in the infectious music of the South African freedom struggle in this vocal workshop with Mbawula, led by Paul Bartholomew and Joyce Moholoagae, and follow in the grooving footsteps of thousands of singers across the UK who have formed township choirs to perform with Mbawula. While songs like 'Free Nelson Mandela' and 'Give Me Hope, Joanna' captured anti-apartheid spirit in the UK, powerful songs of struggle from churches, trade unions and townships mobilised, energised and preserved the spirit of oppressed communities in South Africa under the apartheid regime. These include 'Sezenina', 'Thula Siswe' and Vuyisile Mini's 'Ndodemnyama'.
Open to singers of all ages, the workshop culminates in a performance of the music you have learnt. FREE. 11.15am.

Open Family Workshop with iGospel - A chance to sing with iGospel, the inspirational music project whose concerts with massed choirs of children (and often adults too) have been rocking the roof off Royal Festival Hall over the past few years.
Learn some motivational music in a 90-minute workshop with artistic director David Levale, followed by a performance at 4pm, which will also showcase iGospel's secondary schools choir. FREE. 2.30pm.

Also bank holiday is a great day for a day trip so see the links below for some day trip ideas:

Stately homes near North London
Musuems near North London
Zoos and farms near North London.

If you fancy something closer to home and the weather is nice, these are our favourite family parks in North London and if (let's hope not) it pours, here are our favourite indoor things to do with kids in North London

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Have a really great weekend!

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