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North London Mums Weekend Round-Up- 3rd and 4th November

It's November already and things are starting to turn wintry. For something really seasonal- head to one of the ice rinks that are opening this weekend! But if you prefer keeping warm there are plenty of indoor activities from museums to theatre shows to enjoy. 

And don't forget the firework extravaganzas on this weekend- see our round-up here. We particularly love the Ealing Jubilee- themed fireworks!

All Weekend

If you fancy some fresh air, then check out the last weekend of the National Trust's Great British Walks.  For a second year running, this walking festival celebrates the wealth of ‘great’ walks on offer at beautiful outdoor places up and down the country. There are a huge number of suggested walks and trails, including family friendly routes and tips.

This is the last weekend to catch Science Live at the Science Museum, for children 7-11. The live show promises exciting experiments and dizzying demonstrations. Also on a science theme, the Museum of London, Docklands, has free activities for children of all ages as part of Big Science week.

In case your little ones haven't had enough Halloween treats this week, the Harry Potter Secrets behind the Dark Arts continues this weekend, but Sunday is the last chance to catch it! And Boo at The Zoo also continues this weekend.

This is also the last weekend to catch The Tear Thief at The Little Angel Theatre, adapted from the book written by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. A heart-warming modern fairy tale of a magical world perfectly brought to life by Little Angel's stunning puppetry. Directed by Little Angel Theatre's Artistic Director, Peter Glanville, with a recorded soundtrack by acclaimed actress Juliet Stevenson. 
Suitable for minimum age 3. Running Time: Approx 45 mins.

The Barbican is staging 2 performances (2pm and 7pm)  of Where the Wild Things Are- an opera double bill by Oliver Knussen. These two picture-book stage works were inspired by the drawings of Maurice Sendak and create a unique opera experience. Suitable for children 7+. 

The Chickenshed Theatre is holding 2 Performance Workshops on Saturday, at 10 am (5-8 years0 and 11.30 am (9-12 years). This is a great opportunity for young people aged 5 - 12 years old (Schools Years 1 - 8) to develop their performance skills using our proven teaching methods and unique performance style. Children will explore a wide range of performance skills through themed sessions that involve movement, drama, singing and story making. Every workshop is different and designed so that a child of any ability can come to all sessions, or drop in to one session from time to time.

Saturday 3 November

Last day to catch the ice extravaganza- Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure at Wembley (which is on 1- 3 November). The show transports audiences on an awe-inspiring journey with an all new story that includes fun filled, beloved moments from the first three Ice Age films.

The Museum of London, Docklands has a felt workshop running 12.30-1.30pm & 2.30-3.30pm. Find out about felt, then design and make a felt object to take home. For children 5+.

The Saturday morning show at Lauderdale House is Babar the Little Elephant. Babar narrowly escapes from a hunter in the Great Forest and ends up living with the Old Lady in the Town, before returning to his fellow elephants and a wonderful surprise. Good dancers, singers and actors in the audience are needed to join in as camels, birds, rabbits, alligators and of course – elephants! 10:00am. For children 3- 8yrs.

If you are up (very) early with the kids then yo may want to head to Knightsbridge to check out the Harrods' Christmas Parade. The parade will be led by Father Christmas and this year, to celebrate Harrods’ Disney pop-up shop in store, he will be accompanied by a host of 'Disney friends' along with giant teddy bears, street dancers and real-life reindeer. The parade will take place at 8am where it will head down Brompton Road culminating in the opening of the store at 9am.

Sunday 4 November 

Get in quick with your seasonal shopping at the Festive Fair Avenue House from 2- 5pm. Rett UK are holding their first Charity Gift Fair at Avenue House, with some high quality exhibitors selling a diverse range of gifts suitable for all life events and pockets.  Stalls will include ceramics, leather garments and accessories, candles, high quality shirts, toiletries and contemporary judaica. There will also be charity Christmas cards, a selection of hard back books and a Tipple Tombola. The secret Bothy Garden will also be open to explore from 2-4pm.

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