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Weekend Round up 14th-15th July

There are lots of great reasons to get out and about with your family this weekend. Here are our favourite things:

Only one more weekend left after this weekend to see the great exhibition - Child Hood - The Real Event at Royal Academy of Arts put on with Kids Company- Paintings, poetry and sculpture created by children and young people from Kids Company are displayed in the main galleries of 6 Burlington Gardens, celebrating the small heroisms and sometimes difficult hurdles these children face in growing up.
This exhibition includes interactive elements and features a complementary programme of events for both adults and families.

Big Dance Week - lots of events across North and Central London. We've included some of the highlights below but there are lots of great events to get you dancing so check the full events listings here.

Regent's Canal Festival -  The festival will stretch from Paddington to Lime House and will showcase a whole host of local talent. Over 100 artists will be exhibiting, including sculpture, music and dance.

Don't let the bad weather get you down, head to Camden Beach at The Roundhouse for some fun in the sand -  Can't escape the city to the seaside? Worry not as the Roundhouse is bringing the beach to you. A great day out to the seaside without having to leave the city. Camden Beach has child-friendly food options and a play area. Feel free to bring your buckets & spades!


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

Chickenshed has their last Tales From The Shed show of the season - if you're free Saturday morning, don't miss out on this fun show for children 0-7.

Festival of Flowers, Food and Honey  - Tottenham Marshes. Living under one sun is putting on this free of charge event at Tottenham Marshes which is titled "Ready, Steady, Bloom. Blooming Beds and Bees" Festival of Flowers, Food and Honey and promises Competition, Food, Wine, Dance, Music and Workshops with 30 stalls on Healthy Living, Biodiversity and Mr. Bike!

Kentish Town Community Centre Big Dance Festival- 1-3pm, children and adults from Kentish Town community will be able to experience an afternoon programme of contemporary dance performances delivered by 10 emerging and professional dance choreographers and companies. This will include performances from Amandine Limtouch Dance (with a preview of her show for Edinburgh Free Fringe 2012) Joon Dance and Dance Artists who teach at Expressions Studio (a dance charity in Kentish Town who are supporting the event). If this isn’t tempting enough for your dance palette, the artists will be bringing a myriad of cultural influences, with a range from Turkish to African to Ballet.

Hendon's Big Dance For Life - There will live and digital dance workshops happening, stalls, activities and refreshments available. Fun for all the family. 3pm.


Spitalfields City Farm has Strawberry Fayre - there's facepainting, strawberry foraging, cream teas and much more. Sounds lovely.

Deloitte Family Day at The Serpentine - Join artist Cally Spooner and designer Jackson Lam to make artworks inspired by inspired by the Yoko Ono exhibition. All ages are welcome to these free, drop-in events. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

JCC and Tzedek Olympic Challenge - Join the JCC and Tzedek in an Olympic Challenge at a Hertfordshire venue – and raise money for Tzedek’s work in the developing world. Complete our sponsored activity challenge, win medals and raise funds for Tzedek.You’ll be climbing, mountain biking, orienteering and much much more. You bring your sponsorship and a packed lunch – we provide a coach to destination, some crazy challenges, fab prizes and a great day out. Don’t let the rain stop you from raising money for developing world projects – collect extra prizes for completing the challenges in the rain!

Jewish Museum has a family tour - Be an artefact detective and use your discovery skills to handle objects and find out fun facts. Touch, open and smell objects to reveal their stories. For all ages – whole family event. 2.15-3pm. 

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