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North London Mums Weekend Round-Up- 20th and 21 October

It may be getting cooler but things are hotting up for the kids. Loads of fun stuff happening from arts and culture, to theatre, to live science. We particularly love the sound of the Disney Fantasia show at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday. Enjoy!

All weekend

This weekend is the Bloomsbury Festival, offering a taster of the cultural life of Bloomsbury. The Festival is run on the principle that places are at their best when people work together, and culture is shared by all.  The weekend will take you from candle-lit folk music to sci-arts cabaret, via mathematical walking tours and poetry slams. And it's free. Checkout the large programme timetable here.

Starting this weekend, the Science Museum has an hour-long live science show for ages 7-11.
Propel the whole family on an exploratory adventure into the wonderful world of science this October!

For something different, head to the pop up circus at the Museum of Childhood, 12-4pm. Enjoy gravity defying aerial dance, jugglers, music and a magical performance piece that combines hand balancing and… knitting! Free and suitable to all ages.

Saturday 20 October

The Arts Depot, North Finchley, has 2 shows in aid of Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. Tall Stories' production of Room on the Broom, at 12.30pm  features songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up (and their grown-ups), adapted from the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.  At 4pm, Mike and Andy's ...Big Box of Bananas invites you to join CBeebies star and Noah's Ark Ambassador Andy Day along with his buddy Mike as they go on a crazy adventure! Suitable for ages 3+.

The British Museum is holding a Drawing Shakespeare event as part of the Big Draw. From beginner to professional, everyone can come and have a go at drawing Shakespearean performances, set design and props. Draw objects which show how people lived in Britain and around the world in Shakespeare’s time, and learn how his contemporaries drew. 11am-4pm.

This weekend also sees the launch of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum. This world-renowned annual exhibition at the Natural History Museum provides a spotlight on the rarely seen wonders of the natural world. The 100 winning images that will be on show are selected from 1,000s of international entries and are beautifully displayed in sleek backlit installations.10-6pm daily.

The Tricyle Theatre, Kilburn, has performances of Red Riding Hood and the Magic Purse, for 3-7 year olds. This is the classic story told with a difference.  Find out how Red Riding Hood’s magic purse saves the day in this delightful show. Rod and glove puppets, shadow theatre, combined with original music and sounds, bring this fabulous story to life. Performances at 11.30am and 2pm.

If you fancy a boogie, head to Baby Rock'n'Roll disco at 4.30pm, 120 Heath Str. Hamsptead!For children under 5.

Author Sally Gardner will be at the Children's Bookshop in Muswell Hill signing new books including mystery adventure Operation Bunny.11-12.

Sunday 21 October 

Disney Fantasia is live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall this Sunday. A selection of the magnificent repertoire from the original 1940 version of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 including Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue will be performed live while iconic moments from Disney's stunning footage. With over 70 years since its original release, Disney's stunning visuals and Stokowski's timeless soundtrack continue to be treasured by audiences of all ages. Suitable for all the family, this is an unforgettable experience for all generations. Performances at 2.30pm and 6.30pm.

"Slow, Fast, Squiggle, Smudge" is the name given to drawing Sunday at the National Gallery. Free, family drawing sessions are run 11-12.20 and 2- 3.20.

JCC has a fantastic sounding Family Disco at Arts Depot from 2pm. If you want to come along then North London Mums has a 20% discount code for all JCC events at the moment which is NLM20 (see full details here) so make sure to use it when booking. This costs £5 (or even less with your discount) and is a great opportunity to get your groove on family style. There will be fancy dress, limbo rock, face painting and mocktails. Fun for all the family. North London Mums will definitely be there and will almost definitely not win the limbo competition if previous form is anything to go by.

It's Apple Day at Spitalfields City Farm -  come along to Spitalfields City Farm's annual celebration of apple, orchards and local distinctiveness. A day of fun and learning for all! Different British apple varieties and appley food to try and buy, apple pressing, apple chutney making demos, apple bobbing, the longest peel competition, Morris Dancing, arts and crafts, an apple quiz trail, farm tours and much more.

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