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North London Mums' Round-up 16th and 17 February

There is SO much on for the kids weekend that it's hard to know where to start! We love the Imagine Children's Festival at the Southbank which has a huge range of events on. And of course Saturday is London Children's Book Swap with plenty of venues for exchanging books.   

The Imagine Children's Festival
All Weekend

A special Half Term Seahorses exhibition starts at London Zoo this weekend. Seahorses will be home to 172 long and short-snouted seahorses, both of which are the focus of ZSL London Zoo conservation breeding programmes.

The Imagine Children's festival continues this weekend.  This year’s Imagine Children's Festival is all about the kids taking over! Southbank Centre will be transformed BY children FOR children, as well as hosting the top names in children’s literature, dance, theatre and art. Enjoy free activities throughout the festival or just take in the atmosphere as children run the show! Checkout all the fabulous events taking place at the Imagine Children's Festival here. 

Among the events taking place at the Festival is French Baby Tales, with the Institut Francais. With interactive games, songs and music, a professional storyteller and librarians help babies familiarise themselves with the French language. The event takes pace at 10.30am on Saturday and is suitable for ages 0-3. Free but ticketed. Please note, this event has a limited capacity and booking is advised.

There will also be family workshops on Saturday and Sunday, led by top children's authors and illustrators, crafts people and performers. Events start at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm from publishers including Book House, bSmall, Letterland and Little Tiger Press. Workshops include Awesome Robot-making with Viviane Schwartz, a Dirty Bertie drawing session with David Roberts and storytelling in English and French on Saturday. The fabulous Real Food market will be offering kid size portions too.

The Arts Depot is showing Rubbish this weekend for children aged 6+. Imagine a world that celebrates its rubbish; where at the touch of a puppeteer's hand, the contents of a bin bag can transform before your eyes.
Rubbish is the latest show from "the outstanding children's company Theatre-Rites" (The Guardian). A visually stunning and playful production, exploring the unexpected value of discarded objects.
Come and enjoy the beauty, silliness and the inventive world of Rubbish.Perfromances 3pm Saturday and Sunday, and also 12pm on Sunday.

Saturday 16 February

There's loads on for kids at Kids on 4 from 1pm at Selfridges this Saturday. We love the sound of the Silent Disco from 3-5pm. There will also be a balloon artist, face painting and a book signing by KAS Quinn of her new book, The Queen At War(2.15-3pm).

The London Children's Book Swap takes place at some of London's best loved venues. Last year over 2000 children's books were swapped at venues across London in an action-packed day of free activities and events. The Barbican is holding an event for sharing books from 10am to 2pm. The Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham Centre, is holding a book Swapping event in the Children's Library from 10am-4pm. The Southbank Centre is also hosting an event from 1-4pm. The Arts Depot, North Finchley is also holding a Book Swap from 11am to 5pm. Free Bookmark Making Workshops will also be taking place on the day: 2 - 5 year olds can make a fancy dress bookmark, inspired by The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr Benn 6 - 11 year olds can make a bookmark from recycled materials, inspired by Rubbish. 

The Arts Depot also has a production of The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr Benn. If, like me, Mr Benn was a favourite kids TV programme, then how exciting is it to see the format brought back to life? Tall Stories (creators of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom) return to the Arts Depot with their latest production, taking Mr Benn on incredible adventures, full of dragons, princesses and sea monsters...  I (sorry- we) can't wait. For children aged 4+, performance 2pm.

The Forge, Camden is holding a children's music and story session based on Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae. For children 1-5 years. Door open 10.30am.

The Museum of London is holding a storytelling session for children, Grimaldi's Park, reliving the story of our first clown and once more laugh at some of his mischiefs. The session takes place at 1-1.30, 2-2.30 and 3.30 and is for children 5+.

Half Term also kicks off this weekend at the Science Museum. The Launchpad Science Shows unlock the exciting principles of science in these interactive, Explainer-led Science Shows. Be a volunteer on stage, answer questions and find out more about the world of Explosions, RocketsBubbles or Forces. A selection of these exciting science filled shows are performed every day in Launchpad.

This Saturday Mum2Mum Market is taking place from 2-4pm in Highlands Village Hall, N21 1UJ A great chance to buy top quality pe-loved baby and children's goods- for babies and children aged 0 to 6. Entry is £2 on the door and everyone welcome (children are free).

Sunday 17 February

Bruce Castle Museum is holding a free arts and crafts activity for children aged 5-13 years from 2-4pm. The theme is Picture Yourself- draw a self portrait and enter the competition - winning entry to be added to the Bruce Castle online gallery.

The Baby Rave Love Ball is taking place from 3.30 to 5pm, at the Pirate Castle, Camden.  For children up to 5 and of course parents who want to boogie!

Phew! Exhausted already and half term has only just started! 

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