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North London Mums' Weekend Round-Up- 16 and 17 March

Fun, fun, fun this weekend, with activities ranging from the Big Write Festival the the Discover Children's Centre to the St Patrick's Day Parade in Central London. Could Spring really be nearly here?

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All Weekend

This Weekend is the closing weekend of the Big Write Festival of Children's Literature, at the Discover Children's Story Centre. The closing weekend sees a range of events and activities with illustrators and authors such as Polly Dunbar (Sat Mar 16, noon), and, on Sunday, Dirty Bertie creator David Roberts (Sun Mar 17, 1.30pm) and Horrible Histories's Martin Brown (Sun Mar 17, 3pm).

This weekend also sees the 75th birthday bash of HMS Belfast.  Head on board for simulated gun firings, live Irish music and the opportunity to meet veterans who served on board. Kids can also get hands-on by making plaster cast medallions of the ship’s crest and learning how to use Morse Code during live radio demos in the Bridge Wireless Office. Suitable for all ages.

Saturday 16 March 

Haringey families is holding its extremely popular Easter Eggstravaganza Party on Saturday 16th March from 2pm until 4pm at Tetherdown Hall, N10 1ND. There will be craft activities and face painters to make all our little ones into perfect Easter bunnies. The extraordinarily talented and local entertainer, Mr. Squash will also be on hand to keep us all amused.Tickets are £6 per child. Babies under 18 months are free where accompanying paying siblings. Open to members and non-members.

The Kids Club screening at the Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley, is Back to the Future! Yey! For children aged 5-11 years, there is an activity from 11am with the screening at midday.

Baby Rave Spring is here. The party takes place 3.30- 5pm at the Pirate Castle, Camden.

The annual St Patrick's Day Parade takes place in Willesden from 2- 6.30pm, starting at Willesden Green station.  A concert will follow at Willesden Green Library Centre showcasing Irish country and traditional music, local Irish dance schools, stalls, information and activities for all the family.

Keats Community Library, NW3, is holding a Special Art Fair from 10 to 4pm, including work from the Hampstead School of Art and a range of work from a number of local artists.  The event sounds really lovely, with all pieces  for sale to benefit the Library. Prices will start below  £50 with original works being in the range of £200 to £1000 ( oil paintings).

The Forge, Camden, presents Children's Storytelling with music at 11 am (doors open 10.30). This Saturday's session will be based upon Mr Magnolia by Quentin Blake and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Recommended especially for children aged 2-5 years.
The first North London Artisan Market takes place this Saturday at Avenue House, 17 East End Road, N3 3QE, Finchley Central, this Saturday. Promises The best produce and London's finest Street Food, right to your doorstep!

Sunday 17 March

The Mayor of London presents the St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival from 12pm to 6pm, a free day of family fun in London. The day kicks off with a spectacular parade of colourful marching bands, floats, costumed characters and street theatre groups. The parade leaves Piccadilly at noon and follows a route along; lower Regents Street, Pall Mall and finishes in Trafalgar Square. The event continues with a festival on Trafalgar Square with a food market, children's area and an afternoon of top Irish comedy.

The Arts Depot, North Finchley, is showing Rumpelstiltskin and the Wheel of Fortune at 12pm and 3pm.   Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle. If she doesn’t turn straw into gold by the morning the king will be very cross. But should she trust mischievous Rumplestiltskin? Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Theatre of Widdershins create a new version of a Brothers Grimm classic. For Children 4 years+.

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