Happy Chinese New Year! Lots of great things on this weekend to celebrate the coming of the Year of the Snake plus many other fun things too.
Haringey Families have a nearly new sale this weekend 10.30-11.45 at St George's Hall, N10.
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.
Tales From The Shed is on at Chickenshed Theatre 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.
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+.
Phoenix Cinema Kids Club East Finchley is showing The Secret of Kells at 12pm. Book in advance for the activities beforehand.
Museum of Childhood has a play called Expedition to the Exhibition - Victorian sisters Alexandra and Margaret have got their wires crossed! Alexandra the explorer believes she's preparing volunteers for a Great Expedition to foreign lands. However, Margaret has planned a lecture on the weird and wonderful objects on display at the 1851 Great Exhibition. Realising their mistake they decide to present a magic lantern show demonstrating survival tips for a trip to the London extravaganza.Mirror Mirror presents this interactive session which is part-workshop, part-performance. Participants will enjoy drama games, a magic lantern show, a visit to the galleries, and they will make their own magic lantern slide.£3 per child, age 5+.
British Museum has a very exciting sounding Digital Workshop called Passport to the After Life -
Use smartphones to follow an augmented reality trail around the Egyptian galleries. Solve clues about the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. Activity takes about 40 minutes. Age: 7+. FREE.
See classic film Singing In the Rain at the Barbican this weekend for £2.
Event of the day is the Chinese New Year Parade in Trafalgar Square - The fun starts with a colourful parade of floats and Chinese mythological creatures which leave Duncannon Street at 10am, turning into Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. From noon until 6pm there’ll be a packed afternoon of entertainment in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Chinatown. Highlights include acrobatics, martial arts, magic, the Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance, troupes of visiting artists from China, plus singer-songwriter Emmy the Great and Britain's Got Talent winner, Paul Potts.
The fantastic family show Dogs Don't Do Ballet is still on at Arts Depot 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. Returns only available.
There's a family barn dance at Cecil Sharp House in Primrose Hill -
Bring the family along for fun, lively dances from the British Isles, with a band and caller to help you along. These high energy afternoon events give budding dancers a chance to take their first steps and spins. Live music inspires the dancing and expert callers guide the moves with simple instructions.
Dances specially selected to suit children and adults of all ages, so everyone can take part. Groups should include a minimum of one adult for every four children. Children under 5 years may need guiding or carrying through some of the moves. No unaccompanied adults. Tickets £5 adult, £3 children, under 2s free.
London Philarmonic Orchestra presents FUNharmonics at Southbank Centre and today it is the Roaring Twenties with music from Gershwin and more. You can also try your hand at playing an orchestral instrument in one of the Have-a-Go sessions or join our Human Orchestra workshops from 10.30am to 2.30pm in Royal Festival Hall foyers.
Museum of London, Docklands has some really great events to celebrate Chinese New Year running all weekend including Chinese Watercolour Painting, Chinese New Year Decorations and more. All events are FREE.
RAF Museum Hendon has a romantic Valentine's Sweetheart weekend - View the display of sweetheart brooches, historic Valentines Day cards and love letters sent by Service Personnel throughout the decades to their Sweethearts. Then taking inspiration from this display make your own love token or Valentines Day card to give to your special someone on 14th of February. All materials provided free of charge.Remember, anyone can buy a card, but by making it yourself you make it extra special! This activity is suitable for children aged 5 and above, though younger children are welcome to also participate in this experience. FREE.
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