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North London Mums' Weekend Round-Up- 2 and 3 February

So- this North London mum is heading to Watford on Sunday for the Watford Half Marathon. Which means a weekend of pasta, running and- er more pasta? If you are not running! then there's loads of other things on for the family this weekend.

All weekend

If you fancy a wander along the Southbank, then do head to the Real Food Market which takes place all weekend at the Southbank, Royal Festival Hall. Enjoy delicious street food, sweet treats and fresh produce from specially chosen Real Food Market stalls.Friday 12 noon - 8pm, Saturday 11am - 8pm and Sunday 12 noon - 6pm.

Saturday 2 February

It's Chinese New Year at the Geffrye Museum. Join in making and decorating a chinese lantern in the workshops taking place 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2.00 - 4.00pm. For Children 5-11 years.

In celebration of National Storytelling Week, there is a Storytelling Day at Kensington Palace from 11- 2pm.  5 stories of King William and Queen Mary commissioned by Kensington Palace, created and told by Helen East with musician Rick Wilson in a celebratory story walk around the palace, featuring all five tales, told in relevant rooms.

There's also children's storytelling with music at The Forge Arts Venue in Camden at 10.30am. The session will be based on the lovely stories "Peace at Last’ and ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. And why not combine it with brunch after? Recommended especially for children aged 2-5 years.

The Saturday morning show at Lauderdale House is Carnival Child. This promises to be a lively and colourful production with over EIGHTY puppets, tells the history and power of Carnival, using music from South America and the Caribbean. Shows at 10am and 11. 30pm. For childen 3-8  years. 

There's a Craft, Gift and Pamper event at Highlands Village Hall, 5 Florey Square, Winchmore Hill, 2-7pm. Fabulous local businesses showcasing  a great range of products and unique gifts, with lots of pampering opportunities too.

Regents' Park Library is holding a book and craft activity for children 7-11 years old - though younger children are welcome too. The craft activities will be based on books, poetry or topical and seasonal themes and the children can 'share' the book(s) they have been reading that week. 

Sunday 3 February

Lauderdale House is celebrating Chinese New Year with a Dragons and Monsters workshop at 11am. Say goodbye to the Year of the Dragon and welcome in the new Year of the Snake with Eurasian storyteller performer Veronica Needa. She draws from her childhood experiences of growing up in Hong Kong and brings alive the wonder of stories from the Chinese tradition. From 12- 1 there's a Chinese New Year workshop making lucky Chinese charms to bring you good fortune in 2013. Advance booking advisable (limited numbers).For children 3-8 years.

The Arts Depot is showing The Tinderbox at 12pm and 3pm. Norwich Puppet Theatre mix puppetry and animation in a captivating retelling of this classic Hans Christian Anderson tale. For children 4+.

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