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Weekend Round-up- What's on for the kids 15th and 16th September

 There is SO much on for the kids weekend that it's hard to know where to start! From theatre to art to music, with cupcakes along the way, there is something for everyone!

This is the last weekend to see Dora The Explorer Live at the Apollo, Shaftesbury Avenue. We've heard fantastic reviews about this show. The show is designed to teach kids to explore, communicate, overcome obstacles, solve puzzles and discover a diverse and exciting world…all while having a lot of fun! Loads of interactive fun for your Doras and Diegos.

For something different, check out the Park Art displays in Haringey. Haringey Council has commissioned UP Projects to introduce PARK ART to Haringey, bringing high quality contemporary sculptures to a range of parks and gardens across the borough this summer.
Funded by the Arts Council, this is part of Haringey’s cultural offer for summer 2012. Including sound installations, light work and community events as well as large scale physical sculpture, PARK ART... in Haringey seeks to challenge perceptions of what sculpture might be, to create an alternative multi-venue sculpture park for 21st Century London. Check out venues here.

Angelina Ballerina the Mousical is taking place a the Hackney Empire. The mousical for ballet girls and hip-hop boys. Angelina and her friends think their dreams have come true when Camembert Academy wins the opportunity to appear in their favourite television programme ‘Dancing With Mice!’.But when the girls and boys have very different ideas for the show and just can’t seem to agree on anything, it’s up to Angelina as Dance Captain to ensure that the show goes ahead. Performances Saturday 10.00am / 1.00pm / 4.00pm and Sunday 10.00am. Tickets £16.50 - £1.

This is also the Hide and Seek Weekender Festival on the Southbank.  Across the 14th, 15th and 16th September, The Clore Ballroom will be filled with drop-in fun combining games with other art forms: balls that make sounds, lights that watch you move, custard that needs punching, boxes that need stacking and restacking, giant birds that just want a giant nest to rest in.  All the games have been created by artists and designers working to make them as much fun to play as they are to watch, and most of them are free, so drop by to see what’s going on and get involved.1-6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday 15 September

The Great River Race takes place on the Thames. London's River Marathon, is a spectacular boat race up the River Thames that attracts over 300 crews from all over the globe and appeals to every level of competitor from those who enjoy fun, fancy dress and charity stunts, to serious sportsmen and women who like to win. A great fun day out for competitors and spectators alike. The race is 21 Miles from London Docklands to Ham in Surrey. Starting Cannon - 10:40am.

We love love love the sound of Gail's Hampstead Garden Party.   This year there will be around 30 stalls showcasing Britain’s top artisan food and drink producers, live music, arts and crafts for the kids, courtesy of The Creation Station, and facepainting. There really is something for everyone so come down to Oriel Place (next to our Hampstead bakery) from 9am til 6pm on 15th September. There is also  a talent show for anyone under 14.
 If you fancy venturing a bit further afield head to the Lee Valley Summer Wildlife Carnival. Join the Wild Place Your Space team for a free activity packed summers day to celebrate Lee Valley and its spectacular wildlife. Try your hand at pond dipping or test your skills against Olympic animals in the wildlife garden, where you can also learn about bumble bees, butterflies and more!
Enjoy guided walks around the reserve and visit the many stalls with lots more activities plus face painting and henna art.There will be a carnival parade with live music and performances of salsa, capoeira, martial arts plus turkish and african folk dancing. 10 am to 4pm. Free. Suitable for all ages.

The Forge Arts Venue NW1 has a Children's Interactive Music Workshop for children 1- 4 years, at 9.45 and 10.45.Tickets cost £6 advance, £7 on the door.  Run by experienced workshop leaders, these regular music-making sessions are a great way to introduce and encourage your children into music.
Activities will include singing, dancing, rhythm work, movement and percussion playing.
All children must be accompanied by an adult during the workshop.  Only the children need a ticket – free entry for parents!

Saturday is also the King's Place festival Impropera, The world of wobbly opera, at 10am and 1.15am. Impropera improvise opera. Armed with only exquisite voices and an assortment of instruments, Impropera create funnily serious music before your very eyes. Instant arias emerge from the ether; silly sagas are stunningly spun; and there's not a composer in sight.

Sunday 16 September

Sunday is the Cally Festival, 12-6pm in the Caledonian Road. A pop-up street celebration of Caledonian Road’s collection of diverse trade, community and art. Feast on tasty food and drink, shop for unique ethical and handmade goods and be entertained by a whole array of live music, art displays and performances. And if you are feeling bold dive right in and immerse yourself in the many free workshops, activities and games on offer.

There is also the monthly Baby Rave from 3.45 to 5.15 at the Camden Pirate Castle, Oval Road London NW1.  Relive those clubbing moments with the family in a childfriendly environment!

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Sara 13 September 2012 at 10:45 said...

Great work. Fantastic resource for North London Families

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