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Weekend round up 26th-27th January - fantastic things to do!

Lots on this weekend to keep you away from the cold and entertain the family. Our highlights include JCC London's East End Extravaganza, a Family Day at Wigmore Hall (pictured above), Baby Loves Disco in Covent Garden and the return of Comedy Club 4 Kids to Soho Theatre. There's something for everyone going on.....


Hackney Children's Theatre has two shows this morning suitable for ages 3+. All details above.

The fantastic Puppet Theatre Barge has returned to its mooring in Maida Vale and is showing Joey Fireworks - Joey the Clown has a bag of fireworks to celebrate the new year. However the Beadle wants his bag of clean laundry and Burglar Bill is definitely up to something... Joey calls in Punch for help and as Big Ben strikes midnight the chase is on! On at 11am and 3pm. Children £8.50, Adults £10. For ages 3+.

Wigmore Hall has a fantastic sounding family day called Write Your Own Heroine - Join composer James Redwood and director Freya Winn-Jones to discover some of the heroes and heroines who come alive on the Wigmore Hall stage, and have a go writing and staging your own songs to perform at the end of the day. 10.30am for ages 5+.  Adults £12, Children £8.

Visit Camden Arts Centre for a great family day called Taking Root -  Artist Anne Harild leads an afternoon of family activities in the garden, enjoying the particularities that the winter brings to the outdoors. Activities are free and suitable for all ages.The session begins in the garden, focussing on what has changed since autumn. Participants will make a quick time-lapse film that documents the light changes over a couple of minutes, comparing this to some of the works in the galleries.
Back in the Drawing Studio families can create a new animation exploring the surface of natural materials, making rubbings of wooden boards and photographing these along the way. FREE.

Visit Lauderdale House in Highgate for their family show Hansel, Gretel and You...Who? - This new take on an old classic gives kids the chance to become Hansel and Gretal’s woodland friends and join them for fun filled sporting activities in this interactive puppet show with a twist. For ages 3-8 at 10am and 11.30am. Tickets £4.50 for adults and £3 for children. Afterwards you can take a stroll in beautiful Waterlow Park if the weather allows.

If you like dancing, head to the famous family party Baby Loves Disco at Sway in Covent Garden. North London Mums has a special 2 for 1 offer. See details here.

Comedy Club 4 Kids is back at Soho Theatre - A proper comedy club for anyone over the age of 8, featuring the best comedians on the circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits! £10, 1pm.

Last but definitely not least, the ever superb Tales From The Shed at Chickenshed Theatre in Southgate returns this weekend (Friday and Saturday) and if you've not been you really should go along. It's a very fun and interactive show for ages 0-7 and my kids always dance along and come out smiling. 


Jewish East End

JCC London has an exciting family day focusing on the Jewish East End - there's all kinds of fantastic events celebrating the history of the Jewish East End including pickle making, puppet shows, textile workshops, shoe making and lots more. It's all taking place at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green and promises to be a very different and fun day out. Don't forget to book online and use the code NLM20 to get a 20% discount off your tickets.

The National Gallery has a Studio Sunday Family Session called Pack it Up and Ship it Out - Explore seafaring journeys with artist Harriet Hill. Make your own travelling trunk and pack it with all the goods you’ll need to survive the epic voyage of your imagination. 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. FREE.

Jacksons Lane, Highgate is showing Tom Thumb - A story about being afraid, a story about being hungry and a story about playing and having fun, which Tom does better than anybody.With feathery spinning birds, a scary ogre head, flying fiery houses and a portable forest this originally Italian show, performed entirely on a kitchen table, is a wee wonder. At 3pm, suitable for ages 3+. Tickets £8.95.

Arts Depot North Finchley is showing The Mumblar - A long, long time ago before computers, mobile phones and telephones, pigeons were used to transport messages across the sky. The last tower block in London is destined for destruction in the morning and the last Pigeon Post Office in the world is facing closure. With an angry storm on its way Flight needs a plan to save her home. Could the old man they call The Mumblar have the answer? Puppetry, poetry, music and storytelling combine in this show about independence, bravery and how life is a little less lonely when you let go of your fears.At 12pm and 3pm and suitable for age 6+.

Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham has a free family arts and crafts session to design a lantern. 2-4pm for ages 5-13. FREE.

All Weekend

The fantastic family show Dogs Don't Do Ballet is still on at Little Angel Theatre but finishes this weekend. See our review here. Don't worry if you can't make it as it is coming to Jacksons Lane and The Tricycle during half term.

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