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North London Mums' Bank Holiday Weekend Round-Up 4 - 6 May 2013

Gosh is it May already?  Where did the time go? Yes it's a 3 day weekend with lots on for the kids from dinosaur extravaganzas to group singing- so enjoy!

All weekend

The Walking with Dinosaurs Arena spectacular hits Wembely Arena 1- 6 May.  After a worldwide tour seen by over 7 million people in 206 cities, the stunning theatrical event WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Arena Spectacular is back! There will be 20 life size dinosaurs including the Tyrannosaurus Rex. For children 3+.

The Chorus Festival takes place this weekend at the Southbank Centre. Encounter singers, workshops, rehearsals, and a wide range of choral performances ringing out from the foyers and outdoor spaces – and do join in! It all begins with with the not-to-be-missed opening of the festival at 1pm on Saturday 4, a mass-sing of Jerusalem by the most enormous gathering of singers on site that we have ever attempted to bring together!

The Canalway Cavalcade takes place across the weekend. There will be a whole range of children’s activities, including games, a treasure hunt and craft activities. Youngsters can try kayaking and learn water safety on the canal beside the Paddington Towpath, near Bishop’s Bridge, thanks to the Pirate Castle in Camden. You can also go on board their new boat Pirate Prince and learn more about the activities at the Pirate Castle. In Rembrandt Gardens, throughout the Festival there’ll be performances of Punch and Judy and on Sunday at 3pm in the Rembrandt Gardens there will be a Teddy Bears’ Picnic. In addition, during the Festival, the Puppet Theatre Barge will be performing their Puppet Shows The Hare & The Tortoise and other Tales from Aesop at 11:00 am and 15:00 on Saturday and 12:00 noon and 15:00 on Sunday and Monday aboard May Brent on the North Towpath.

Saturday 4 May

Head off for Imaginary Journeys at the Cutty Sark (11.30-1.30pm and 2-4pm). Help create a giant map of journeys across the sea. Where will your imaginations take you?

The Forge, Camden, is holding a children's storytelling session with music at 10.30.  The session will be based on Giraffes can't Dance by Gilles Andreae. For children 2-5 years.

The Saturday morning show at Lauderdale House (10am) is Wizard Loon's Jack and the Beanstalk. At last, Wizard Loon, the truly unbelievable magician who gave Jack the five magic beans, reveals all. See how he discovered those magic beans and watch, amazed, as Jack outwits the wicked giant. For children 2 to 7 years. Performances at 10 and 11.30 am.

The wonderful North London Vintage Market is back this Saturday from 10- 4pm at St Mary's Parish Hall, Cranley Gardens, Crouch End, N10 3AHThe market has had over 10,000 visitors since our 2011 inception and now have a reputation as one of the best fairs for affordable vintage home wares from the late 1800's to 1970's. 

Sunday 5 May

The Arts Depot is showing Star. Join the green-fingered gardener and the tidy Tailor who live at opposite ends of the world and find out what happens when they go in search of the star. A lighthearted and touching tale of friendship, needlework and botany. For children aged 2-5 years, with showings at 10am , 12pm and 3pm.

Jacksons Lane has a fab workshop for children 1-3 years called Sensacional  Among ladybirds, flowers, squiggles and curlicues, children get to explore an astounding digital world in this beautiful, interactive show. Sensacional is a spellbinding sound and light show for our very smallest audience members – an immersive theatre experience of the senses and sensations for children from 18 months to three years of age.Various times.

The Natural History Museum is offering the chance to get hands on with dinosaurs in workshops running on Sunday. Handle real fossil specimens from the Museum's collection including fossils, teeth, and claws, and learn how to identify them at this free activity.

Monday 6 May

From the people behind the annual, multi-venue music and arts showcase Land of Kings, comes Land of Kids – a new one-day, part-indoor, part-outdoor family festival, bringing a world of curiosities to Dalston’s doorstep on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May. The festivities will take place in and around the buildings and outdoor spaces of Ashwin Street E8. Once inside, everything except food & drink is free of charge. Get ready, set, GO! Suitable for children 2-12 years. Full details of the programme of events are found here.

The Monday Family Workshop (for children 7+) at the Royal Festival Hall gets families to sing the early 'cries' of the London street traders as a starting point, join us to learn and share songs from neighbourhoods far and wide.Co-presented by two of London's leading vocal animateurs, this workshop is specifically aimed at children (aged 7 and over) and their families. Children must be accompanied by an adult - adults must be accompanied by a child!

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