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Weekend Round up - 23rd and 24th March


Easter is nearly here and there are lots of opportunities to get in the springtime mood this weekend - even if the weather is still anything but springlike. Have a great weekend.

Saturday


There is an Easter Egg Treasure Hunt in The Grove, Alexandra Palace on Saturday 23rd March from 3-5pm run by 345 Playschool Muswell Hill. The treasure hunt will be a really fun event and children will be collecting Easter stamps on treasure maps to earn chocolate bounty! The cost is £3 per child. See above for full details.

Angry old Rumpelstiltskin comes to Lauderdale House, Highgate this morning for two shows at 10am and 11.30am - Enjoy a fresh new spin on this classic fairy tale with lots of opportunities to join in and help the story along. Songs, dancing, percussion, plenty of silliness and the magic Story Hat...For ages 3-8, £4.50 adults, £3 children.

Get creative as a family at Zabludowicz Collection in Camden - Every Saturday, drop into a Families Create activity in the cafĂ©. Get creative using the current exhibitions as inspiration. Led by Effie Coe. 2-5pm. FREE. 

Half Moon Theatre presents Circles in the Sand at the Tricyle, Kilburn today at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Suitable for all ages - An intimate, imaginative and captivating play for under 3s, exploring sand in new and exciting ways. Soft between your toes… Pour it… Make a mountain, high or low…

There is a drop in music event at The Forge in Camden - Children’s Interactive Music Workshops are a great way to introduce and encourage your children aged 1-4years into music. Run by experienced workshop leaders, activities include singing, dancing, rhythm work, movement and percussion playing. 11am, £6 in advance, £7 on the door. Adults can drink coffee in the nice cafe whislt children enjoy the session.

Visit the V and A for a pop up family performance called Royal Mugs to Princely Jugs, an interactive show that explores our fascination with collecting all things Royal! 11am, 1pm and 3pm. FREE. The gallery also has family trails and backpacks which make it great for a visit generally. 


Sunday

Pickled Pepper Children's Book shop, Crouch End has a craft and storytelling event for young children run by Dandelion Clock Shop - Using puppetry and shadow animation they create a unique storytelling experience. 10am, suitable for ages 3-7, adults £6, children £4.

Misunderstood Monsters is on at Arts Depot today at 12pm and 3pm - Saint Georgie, a professional monster catcher and his faithful sidekick, Squeezy, are on their most dangerous mission yet. For ages 4-9.

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog come to Jacksons Lane, Highgate today - Accompanied by the brave and mighty Thor Nogson and the great green bird Graculus, we go North on a journey of adventure and discovery to battle the fearsome Ice Dragon and the dastardly deeds of Noggin’s wicked uncle, Nogbad the Bad! Silly Vikings, puppets, projection and live music. 3pm, for ages 4+.

There's a Passover Make and Take at the Jewish Museum in Camden - Escape the mayhem and relax before Passover with an art activity for the whole family. Join art educator Rebecca Daniels from Moishe House to explore Kitaj’s colourful paintings. Then design and paint your own Matzah (unleavened bread) covers. A perfect way to brighten up your Seder table! Ages 5 and upwards. 10.30-12.30, £6.

Museum of London, Barbican has a free family event called Get Stuffed - Dress up in period costume and turn your picture into an historical doll in this digital workshop. For ages 5+ at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm.

The National Gallery has Margic Carpet Storytelling sessions every Sunday starting at a different painting each time (pictured at the top). Fly away on the magic carpet as it comes to land in front of a different painting each day.Every Sunday 10.30–11am and 11.30–12pm. Meet in the Pigott Education Centre Foyer.

All Weekend

The Chocolate Festival is back on Southbank this weekend with lots of opportunities to eat and discover the substance we all love (some of us too much). It's a free event with lots of fun things to do including creating your own chocolate bar, sampling new flavours of chocolate, learn to make different chocolate creations and of course lots of chocolate treats to buy.

Lindt Chocolate's Big Egg Hunt returns to Covent Garden until 1st April - Come down to Covent Garden and collect your Hunt Book from one of the many Eggsperts who will be able to help you with any questions you might have and point you in the right direction of those eggs you just can’t find. Find a map and more details here.

If your children love trains then head to Alexandra Palace for the London Festival of Railway Modelling - For younger visitors there will be interactive activities and competitions one of which will encourage them to interact with the layouts as well as a colouring competition with fantastic modelling prizes to be won. Children can also ‘have a go’ at driving a model train on one of the two children’s layouts. Admission on the door is £11 for adults and £5 for children but cheaper if you book in advance.

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