Kings Cross Icecream festival is taking place 11am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. YES! The free, family friendly, two-day festival showcases the best ice creams available in London and the South East and celebrates the history and production of ice cream in the region. Families and ice cream enthusiasts can learn how ice cream is made. Ice cream lovers will also be able to watch and take part in ice cream art, relax on the Granary Square beach, plus experience a taste of history as the festival brings back the infamous penny lick.
This is the last weekend to catch The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Lyric Theatre. This is also the last weekend for family fun at the London Transport Museum. Families can discover some of the amazing characters and creatures hidden in two of the maps currently featured in London Transport Museum’s Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography exhibition during the Museum’s summer family fun events. Activities include Story-telling, I-Spy trails and riddle solving games, Make and Take art and craft workshops. Families and visitors can also help create a giant map of London.
The Riverside Terrace at the Southbank Centre is showing Bee Detective. Staged in a tent outdoors, this is an interactive, multi-sensory experience that involves elements of sign, animation, projection and responsive captioning, making the show both accessible and dynamic. Through vibration effects children can feel the buzzing of the bees, and are invited to join in the 'waggle dance' that is used by bees to explain where pollen and nectar can be found in the outside world. The show is accompanied by workshops and activities for children and their families. Suitable for ages six and over.
Saturday 1 September
The Geffrye Museum is holding family back to school baking sessions from 10.30 to 12.30 and 2 to 4pm. Bake delicious spicy biscuits and decorate a box to take them home in.
Young Friends of the British Museum can enjoy a Shakespeare themed sleepover. Listen to tales from the Yarnsmith of Norwich, create some costume pieces, plus direct and star in a short Shakespeare play during this special sleepover based around the exhibition Shakespeare: staging the world.For ages 8-11.
Sunday 2 September
This Sunday is the annual Angel Canal Festival, 11am to 6pm, free. The festival offers visitors around 80 stalls, a children's funfair, boat trips and a regatta, plus live music and performance throughout the day.
For something a bit different, head to the Thames to see the Dragonboat racing. Cheer on the local Thames Dragons as they compete against teams from around the UK at Royal Albert Dock, and if you're inspired to give it a go, there are free lunchtime 'try-out' sessions. 10am to 5pm.
The Tate Modern is holding a Family Day from 11am to 5pm. This is a participatory event inviting visitors of all ages to explore, collaborate and create, in an experiential day of sound and performance. Led by artists collaborative ATOI, Louisa Martin and Dan Scott in partnership with Tate. Everyone is welcome.
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