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Weekend and Half Term Round up - 24th - 31st May

Another bank holiday weekend is here and there is no shortage of great things going on whatever the weather will bring. We've rounded up our favourite things for the weekend and for half term to help you plan and have fun.

All Weekend 

Hampton Court Palace Big Picnic (pictured above) - a weekend of food, family fun and music at Hampton Court including performances of Canterbury Tales, sports events for children and lots of delicious food. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day and cost £16.50 for adults and children are free.
Join us for a Bank Holiday weekend of food, family fun and live entertainment in the East Front Gardens. - See more at: http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/WhatsOn/Thebigpicnic#sthash.WSBWpcP9.dpuf

Gruffalo's Child is showing all weekend at Arts Depot, North Finchley and there are still some tickets left. 

The fair is in town on Hampstead Heath at the lower fairgound site on East Heath Road


We love the sound of Hook, Line and Singer a Family Sing Along with erstwhile indie star and DJ Cerys Matthews at Royal Festival Hall - Everyone can sing and Cerys Matthews wants to stop us feeling so shy about it. She has spent her whole life collecting songs wherever she goes, from Wales to Nashville.Join her in this big family-sing-along. The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, 3pm,

Dalston Children's Festival starts this weekend and the opening event is today -  offering a plethora of entertainment, events and workshops which will activate all the nooks and crannies of Dalston’s tightly knit community. From 10am to 10pm you can expect dramatic splashes of colour, laughter, adventure and discoveries for not just the young, but the young at heart too. Amazingly, everything is free, and all the activities take place in around Dalston Square, Eastern Curve Garden and Gillett Square, so get down and get yourself involved!

Spin is a spoken word event for 5+ - Join Apples & Snakes' word-wizards as they cook up wonderful ways to play with words. Top-class rappers, poets and storytellers BREIS, John Hegley and Sally Pomme Clayton send you spiralling into a poetry revolution!11am, Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom, FREE.

There is an Urban Ecology Tree Trail starting from Whitechapel Gallery today - Join us for a walking tour exploring trees within the local area, inspired by The Bloomberg Commission:1-3pm, FREE.


There is an interesting sounding free family event in Highbury today called the Highbury Time Tangle run by House of Fairy Tales. 12-6pm.  Details above.

Lauderdale House has a family show called You're Not My Friend Anymore! Csn it work having two best friends? Come along and find out. For ages 3-7, £4.50. 10am and 11.30am.


Sutton House National Trust property in East London has a Family Day - 50 things to do before you are 11 - Craft a pot, sow a seed and discover what the terrible Tudors grew and devoured. FREE.

It's the Maccabi Family Fun Day today - activities include bouncy castle, face painting, music, food and much more. 

Bank Holiday Monday

There is a Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Capel Manor Gardens - Free sandwiches, crisps, cakes and juice for everyone and a goody bag for all the children.  Lots of games, nursery rhyme sing alongs, balloon madness and loads more.£10 per family. 

All Half Term Week

Woodland is showing at the Arts Depot North Finchley - a new creature looks for adventure. With craft workshops running alongside on Thursday and Friday.

Geffrye Museum has great family events running all week  inspired by their exciting new exhibition Stands Alone, gardens and period rooms. Create cityscapes, animal homes, dream spaces and gardens in the sky. All events are free but book in advance.

Like creepy crawlies? Visit Incredible Invertebrates at Grant Museum of Zoology and get a chance to design your own insect. Free.

London Transport Museum is always a great day out but during half term you can also make a tiny poster person with air hardening clay and take them home. For ages 4-12. There are also storytelling sessions at 11am and 2pm for ages 3-7.

Museum of London has half term activities all week long including a musical session on 29th for 1+ years.

RAF Museum has Search and Rescue Week - learn about survival at sea on board an RAF life raft - visitors are invited to climb aboard an RAF life-raft and learn how to survive at sea without ever leaving the safety of dry land.

Museum of Childhood has events all week with the theme Spy Kids - Decode! Detect! Become a master of disguise in this fun-filled half term. Unravel secret messages at our Cipher Station, make your own secret agent ID card and complete the I Spy trail for your chance to win a prize. There will also be a chance to hear Story Spinner's thoughtful re-telling of Michael Foreman's children's book A Child's Garden. 10-4pm every day, all events FREE and drop in.

To tie in with the fantastic David Bowie exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum has an activity all week where children can design their first album cover using materials provided. 10.30-5 every day. FREE and drop in, in the Sackler Wing.

Willows Farm has a spring special all week with sheep shearing and pony displays and more.

Kentish Town City Farm has events all week too including making Carnival Hats on Monday and Tuesday.

Take the children to a fantastic sounding all week arts and crafts camp called Shikshuk which is  happening at New London Synagogue and is an exciting new venture for kids aged 3-13 interested in exploring the arts - with a Jewish twist. Shikshuk are teaming up with New London Synagogue's 'Juseum' to create and bring to life different objects through sculpture, puppetry and other fun ideas. £120 for 4 days, £35 per day. Email theshikshukproject@gmail.com for more details.


There is a free craft activity at Waterstones in Barnet - Today we will be making badges of all different types and designs so why not come along and take part in this FREE children's activity. 10.30-12.

Minnie Makers have a half term workshop - Rainsticks and Rain gauges. Learn about Peruvian rainsticks as we make our own. We learn to be versatile by using many recyclable items to make our simple rain guage, ideal for hours of experiments in this spring weather. Suitable for ages 3 to 11. £5.50/child. To book please contact artsncrafts4@hotmail.com or textl 07787540946 or call 07787540946 after 8.30 p.m.

Head to the Foundling Museum for Children Take Back the Foundling Hospital - children will use collage to create a large artwork inspired by the story of the Foundling Hospital and objects in the Collection. Families will use drawing and collage to transform the Foundling once again for children. Drop in - children and two accompanying adults free. 


It's Discovery Day at Hyde Park -  Buzz around our bumblebee Discovery trail and amaze yourself, Make a nectar feeder for butterflies in the craft area, Explore the garden hunting out bees and butterflies. 11am-3pm, all activities FREE.

Trapeze School is happening today at Primrose Hill Community Centre - a holiday workshop for all ages email circusglory@gmail.com for more information. 

Visit Lee Valley Park Farm today and you will meet Timmy from Timmy Time as well as get a chance to see all the other animals.

If your child likes Knights and Dragons visit The Museum of the Order of St John in Farringdon where you can have a free tour for ages 7-11.


Family Butterfly and Bees Workshop at Hyde Park- Join us on a bug safari in the meadow using nets, pooters, jars and magnifying glasses to see what creatures you can find! After our expedition we'll make nectar feeders out of recycled materials to provide food for the butterflies and we'll hunt for a bee's favourite place to forage. Then we'll make a tissue-paper meadow in all the bee's favourite colours. 10am-12pm, £10 adults, £6 children.

Tales From The Shed  at Chickenshed Theatre are back with lively fun with puppets and songs for 0-7 years. Cost £6, free for babies. 

It's Zooday at Golders Hill Park today, FREE and drop in.

Sutton House has a Family Fun Thursday - Come and bring your family for a fun filled Thursday, with arts, crafts, costumes and more!


Tales From The Shed  at Chickenshed Theatre are back with lively fun with puppets and songs for 0-7 years. Cost £6, free for babies. 

Have a great week!

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