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North London Mums Weekend Round-Up - 27th and 28th October

There is SO much on for the kids this weekend its hard to know where to start! We love the sound of the Gingerbread Man in Swiss Cottage on Sunday (perhaps we've been watching too much of The Great British Bake Off!) and lots of kid friendly clubbing!

Boo at the Zoo

All Weekend

If your kids are Harry Potter fans, then a must see is the special exhibition (from 27 October to 4 November)  at the Harry Potter Tour, Warner Brothers Studios. Visitors will learn how the Dark Arts were brought to life in the Harry Potter film series, including coming face-to-face with Death Eaters and attending a ‘lesson’ in the Potions classroom where the real contents of the potion jars will be explained.

London Zoo also kicks off its Halloweeen activities this weekend with Boo at the Zoo. From Saturday 27 to Sunday 4 November, the Zoo will come creeping to life with Halloween-themed special events, animal demonstrations and hands-on activities led by the zoo's grim-keepers! With a spooky schedule of activities including chilling storytelling, owl encounters and creepy crafts there’s enough to make everyone scream with delight.

The RAF Museum, Hendon, is holding a Witch Weekend. Children will be able to make their own witch with flying broomstick and cat. Broomstick making sessions will run from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm on both days with all materials supplied free of charge.

This weekend kicks off Shriek week at Alexandra Palace. Pumpkin carving will be taking place from 27th October till November 2nd at 12pm and 3.30pm  daily – come early and book a place at the Ice Rink reception to avoid disappointment as places will be limited.  Throughout the week between 10.30 am and 4.30pm there is also creepy art and craft fun too.

Arts Depot is showing Rumplestiltskin all weekend - Straw turns to gold, magic and mayhem are in the air. Live music, puppetry and mischievous storytelling feature in this golden new version of the classic fairy-tale by acclaimed, Olivier award winning writer Mike Kenny. Suitable for ages 3-7. 

Saturday 27 October

Bounds Green Market has a Halloween special market taking place at The School Yard Bounds Green School, Bounds Green Road, N11 2QG from 11am – 3pm. It promises fun activities for everyone – take part in Bounds Green Market’s pumpkin patch and enjoy great street food and quality

The Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, is showing Red Riding Hood and the Magic Purse at 11.30am and 2pm, for children 3-7yrs.

Lauderdale House has Swizzfiggling interactive storytelling from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts by a whizzpopping gentleman from the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Come and help weave a spooky story as we find out what happened to the mischievous menacing mad monk. Time: 10:00. For children 3-8 yrs. 

Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham is holding an activities session between 10.30 - 11.30am for children 2-4 years old. Hear the story and have activities about the book The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

Loop Academy of Performing Arts, at Highgate Primary School, is having an open day 1.30 to 4.30pm with live music, stalls, performances, familiar faces from stage and screen.

The Britsh Library is holding a create a comic workshop for children 7+, 11.30 -3.30pm.

If you fancy a Halloween boogie and a bit of nostalgia, head to Baby Loves Disco at Sway, Great Queen Street Covent Garden WC2B 5BZ 1pm-4pm. Baby Loves Disco is transforming London’s coolest nightclubs into childproof discos, featuring real club DJs spinning and mixing classic disco and pop tunes for parents and kids up to 7 years. There will be 4 rooms of toddler-friendly Halloween disco delights including, for the kids, a chill-out zone with play tents and toys, dressing-up corner and facepainter on hand.

Super new pub The Bohemia in North Finchley has a Halloween Family Day today - there's face painting, pumpkin carving, fancy dress competition and more and it's free! From midday. 

Sunday 28 October

Come and have a chilling time this Sunday at Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield, in support of Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. There will be spooky pumpkin carving, Grim story tales performed by the Skewbald Theatre Group, scary face painting and much more for the little ones. 11am-4pm.

Get your dancing shoes on again for a Halloween Ball hosted by Baby Rave-  a cool-sounding parent, baby and toddler party in London.  In a specially lit venue, both adults and children alike can enjoy dancing to a selection of music that is guaranteed to rekindle those festival and club vibes. Baby Rave offers baby play mats, space for toddlers to enjoy hula hoops, inflatables, bubbles and the chance for parents to mingle and dance (just like we used to - back in the days!). The ball takes place 3.45-5.15pm at Camden Pirate Castle. Price: Non walkers £0, Children £3, Adults £4.

The classic tale The Gingerbread Man is coming to North London this Sunday, presented by the Aesop Theatre Company at Winchester Project, 2nd Floor, 21 Winchester Road, NW3 3N. The performance starts at 3.30pm and promises an exciting adventure with songs and music. Suitable for 2 1/2 to 6 year olds. Following the show, there will be a The Gingerbread Man craft workshop.  

The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green is inviting animal lovers to a spook-tacular Halloween Party to raise funds and introduce the public to all the beautiful black cats in the charity’s care. There will be ghostly games, creepy cakes and spooky sweets, face painting and pumpkin carving.  The Mayhew will also be daring visitors to take a plunge into the unknown and ‘guess what’s inside the box’ - using hands only! The event takes place from 2-4pm at The Mayhew Animal Home, Trenmar Gardens, London, NW10 6BJ Entry: £2 adults, £1.50 children.

The Cutty Sark is holding a Wicthes and Warlocks special halloween event from 11am to 4pm. Cutty Sark and the Queen’s House are open to all witches and warlocks on a mission to have fun. Discover the story of Nannie, Cutty Sark’s very own witch; create a freaky fancy-dress accessory; take part in the Wicked Witches and Warlocks Dance, and sing-a-long to witches' songs, hear tales and lots more.
The day will end with prizes for best fancy dress, so make sure you come in your best witch or warlock costume for this entertaining day out. All participants will receive a certificate.

The Tanks At the Tate Modern is holding a Film Action day for all the family. Visitors of all ages can explore moving image through interventions, projections and the live creation of 16mm film works.

It's the Big Draw at Arts Depot today - Join them for another bumper Play Day! Giant sketchpads, workshops, face painting, games, prizes and loads of activities with paper, felt tips and crayons. More fun than you can shake a pencil at! Entry includes free activities – tickets required for some workshops.

Avenue House, Finchley has a family Halloween Night tonight 4.30pm-6.30pm - includes fire juggling, face painting, spook walk, costume competition hot chocolate and more. Adults £5, children £4. Enjoy!
Don't forget our round up of Half Term activities here!

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