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North London Mums' Weekend Round-Up 20 and 21 April

SPRING IS HERE!!! We hope- so get out there and have fun! If simply basking in sunshine isn't enough to keep the kids amused, we've rounded up the best....and particularly love the sound of hanging out with the illustrator of the Gruffalo...

All weekend

The Chickenshed Theatre is holding the Big Day Out across the weekend. A perfect opportunity to enjoy a family day out at Chickenshed, this mini festival has both much-loved and new routines from Tales from the Shed, plus lots of stalls where children can watch or take part in fun and creative activities.

This weekend you can also take part in the Pick Me Up festival, a celebration of graphic art, design and illustration, running at Somerset House until 28 April. This weekend is Children's weekend, and events include a drop in workshop with Sara Fanelli- author of The Great Onion Escape- Doodle across the offbeat collages on the walls in an imagination-stretching treat. Aimed at families with children aged from 6-12 years old (11- 4pm). There's also an Aardman model making workshop at 11.30 and 2.30pm (free with entry but limited sign-up)

On Sunday join multifaceted art squad Puck Collective at the festival to learn how to design tattoos and unique body art. Create colourful artworks and graduate with honours. Then take your pieces to the parlour in order to see your designs transferred from page to person. 11-5pm. You can also
Join Axel Scheffler, the prolific illustrator of The Gruffulo for a reading, workshop and book signing. He will be talking about The Gruffulo as well as other well known works. 1-5pm. Free with entry. Limited sign-up slots

Saturday 20 April

Alien Encounters: Explorer Nora's Adventures in Space takes place  at Lauderdale House at 10 am and 11.30. Explorer Nora is 9,000 years old and she’s been pretty much everywhere, but she knows there's more to see. Join in as she sings her way into outer space and dances through an alien invasion. Complete with puppetry and a very silly monkey, it’s a feast for all the senses. For children 3-7 years.

There's children's storytelling at The Forge, Camden at 11am, this Saturday. The story is the classic tale of The Gruffalo. Enchanting sessions of storytelling and live music – come and rediscover some of the nation’s favourite children’s stories and bring them to life with songs and music.  

King's Place is holding Storytelling with Bach at 11am and 12.15pm.  Join Jessie Maryon Davies and principal players of Aurora Orchestra for an introduction to Bach's music. The concert will bring this masterpiece to life through specially-commissioned stories from writer Kate Wakeling, interwoven with lively performances from Aurora's principal players. Children will be able to interact with the musicians and get close to the wonderful characters, sounds and feelings in this music. For children 3+.

The National Portrait Gallery has a family storytelling session from 10.30 to 11.15, with the story of Kid in a sweetshop. No ticket required. Sessions last approximately 45 minutes. For ages 3+ and their carers.

Mum2Mum Market has a sale from 10 to 12 om at Potter's Bar. Further details here. 

Sunday 21 April 

Join in with celebrations of Shakespeare's birthday at the Globe Theatre from 12 to 5pm. There will be an afternoon of family events, games and magical mayhem. Inspired by Shakespeare's greatest magician Prospero, there will be bubbling cauldrons, card trickery; magical masterclasses, and mind-bending roaming magicians, including Kevin McMahon from the Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Cecil Sharp House, Chalk Farm road is holding a family Barn dance at 3pm. Bring the family along for fun, lively dances from the British Isles, with a band and caller to help you along. Budding dancers have 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.

The Arts Depot, North Finchley, is showing Curious with performances at 10 am, 12pm, 3pm.
A story without words, Curious is a spirited play for the very, very young. A perfect giggle-making introductory experience to theatre that explores everyday objects in an interactive environment. The performance concludes by inviting the children to venture onto the stage to dig, delve and rummage in the soft, moist soil. Suitable for children 0-3 years.

Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham, is holding a Teddy Time family activity. Suitable for children 3+. See their collection of old teddy bears through the ages, and get creative and design your own to take home! Free, drop-in, 2 - 4pm. Suitable for ages 3 - 13 yrs old.

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