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Lots of fun for the kids this weekend 21 and 22 July

Yey- it's the weekend and it may- just may- be a bit sunny. There's an eclectic mix of stuff on for the kids this weekend, from museums to bike rides. Enjoy!



The Chickenshed theatre in Southgate (pictured above) is hosting a mini-festival for 0-7's. A perfect opportunity to enjoy a family day out at Chickenshed, this mini festival has both much-loved and new routines from Tales from the Shed, plus lots of stalls where children can watch or take part in fun and creative activities.

Beautiful Games is an interactive exhibition looking at the science behind spot at the V&A Museum of Childhood.  Featuring over 70 examples of cutting edge sports equipment and historic memorabilia, including a state-of-the-art Planet X bike, an official 2010 World Cup football, a Cheetah® running blade, trophies, clothing, footwear and photography, Beautiful Games shows just what it takes to get to the top in sport.The exhibition runs until 9 September.


Also on a sporting theme, the RAF Museum in Hendon is hosting the exhibition: Athletes & Olympians: sport in the RAF. The exhibition looks at the importance of Sport in the Royal Air Force, featuring those athletes who were in the RAF at the time that they competed in the Olympic Games.

This weekend is also the Whitecross Street Festival in Islington. This extraordinary event, described by Lonely Planet as the best event to attend in Britain, sees Whitecross Street transformed into a giant canvas featuring artworks by both established and emerging contemporary urban artists. Using the very British concept of an old fashioned street party, ‘Whitecross Street Party’ features a range of high quality theatre, dance and music, family events and arts workshops and activities. There will be plenty of chances for you to get creative and make your own mark creating work for the exhibition and street party through a series of workshops and classes. More details to be announced



Saturday 21 July


The Street Entertainers will be launching the Story lab summer reading challenge at Kentish Town library on Saturday 21 July 11-12.30pm. Come along for great stories and lots of FUN!...

There is an open air showing of Fantastic Mr Fox in Holland Park at 1pm and 4pm.  A revival of the version commissioned by Opera Holland Park in 2010 especially designed to be performed in the beautiful gardens and natural scenery of Holland Park.

It's also the Shoreditch Festival on Regents Canal.  There are lots of family activities, theatre and storytelling running and a vintage picnic area.

Something Happening For Kids at The Place, WC1 - this event sounds great - a day of dance with performances, storytelling and workshops. £6 per child and adult, £16 for family ticket.

Children's Republic of Shoreditch is open every Saturday until 11 August 10am - 4pm for family activities including writing, drawing, spy missions and more.


Sunday 22 July

We were excited by the sound of the Innocent Fruit sports day in Regents Park  but is has been CANCELLED- so don't head there!

Avenue House Park in Finchley is holding a Party in the Park from 12-5pm. As part of the nationwide Love Parks Week, Barnet Band will play for you while you browse among the craft & food stalls inside Avenue House, drink Pimm’s from the FoAH stall, try your luck on the tombola and enjoy other entertainments on offer.   Activities for children include a maypole, bouncy castle and some silly races, and everyone is welcome to try the juggling and hula-hooping workshops or the tug-of-war.    Entry: adult £2, child 5-15 yrs £1, under-5s free, parents and children together £5.

Finchley Fire Station has an open day at Long Lane 1-5pm. There will be children’s entertainment including games and competitions as well as the chance to explore a fire engine.

If its raining, the Prince Charles Cinema near Leicester Square is holding a sing along Lion King screening at 1pm.

The Jewish Museum is holding an Olympic Event from 1-3pm for children 7+. The Olympic torch is travelling through Camden. Explore the museum’s Olympic-related mystery object, reveal its secrets and be inspired by sports themes in the collection. Create your own Olympic-inspired souvenir with a grandparent or favourite adult.

For a bit of shopping, head to Lauderdale House in Highgate between 11am and 6pm for an arts and crafts fair.  Discover a fantastic selection of local, national and international arts and crafts.  Perfect presents or just a treat for yourself.

Or for something more active explore the Heath on two wheels this Sunday! Sunday 22 July, 2pm Outside City of London building, Parliament Hill Fields / Highgate Road, NW5 1QR Join a trained British Cycling Ride Leader on a Sky Ride Local this Sunday and explore Hampstead Heath on this lovely flat ride for all the family.

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Have a really great weekend!

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