The Sainsburys Anniversary Games take place at the Olympic Park across the weekend, n the first anniversary of the London 2012 Games, when the world’s best athletes will descend on the nation’s capital as the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games at The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 26-28 July.
The Open East Festival also takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this weekend, for a packed weekend of entertainment and activity, art and food.There will be a range of music acts, pop-up performances and participation across the Park. Make sure you visit the festival theatre tent to enjoy some dance or maybe even an East End sing-a-long. Sample the flavours of the world at the Real Food Festival, join in the 'Bucaneers Banquet on the Bridge' over the River Lea or simply take time out for a quiet picnic on its banks. For young visitors there is the Travelling Art Circus presented by The House of Fairy Tales, interactive storytelling from Discover Children's Story Centre and Charlie Dark’s hip-hop, poetry puppet adventure. There is even a life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller.
The Science Museum Live presents The Energy Show, which runs until 31 August 2013: explosive family theatre for curious minds. Live at the Science Museum’s new theatre space, Annabella and Phil, two futuristic science students, race against time to prove their knowledge of energy. With help from virtual lab-assistant, i-nstein, and a steampunk workshop full of gadgets and chemicals, they demonstrate live experiments on stage.Produced by the Science Museum, this fast and furious summer show is suitable for everyone aged 7+. Tuesdays to Sundays at 11.30 and 13.30.
This weekend it is also Toy Soldier Weekend at the National Army Museum. This is a chance to see fascinating collections of military models, recreations of key events that the British Army has been involved in and meet our curators to discover the story behind the Museum’s own, and rarely seen, model collection. Tickets are not required for this event. Suitable for ages 7+.
Saturday 27 July
Green Peas is holding a weekly Saturday Art Picnic for Kids in Priory Park, Crouch End. Each event lasts about 2 hrs and includes 3 zones; Messy Play Zone for under 5s with tactile play, grains scooping, playdough, Crafts Zone for ages 3+where children get involved in 2 crafts workshops, and a Painting Zone - for all ages, several big canvas to squirt and splash the paint on! Overalls for children and adults will be provided. Price: £10/child paid on the door. Bring your own picnic!
As part of the the Summer reading Challenge Creepy House, the Freshwater Theatre Company is bringing a workshop to Swiss Cottage Library at 11.30. The local Creepy House is not spooky at all and has failed its creepiness assessment! The cellar is clean and cobweb free, there are no bats in the attic and the witch is offering cups of tea from her cauldron! Can your young readers rise to the challenge and go on a daring and spine-tingling mission to make the house creepy once again?
Equipped only with superpowers of imagination, bright ideas, and exceptional bravery, the children must journey to spooky locations such as the Fearful Forest, the Monstrous Mountains and the Scary Sea in order to complete their terrifying task. Using drama techniques such as role-play, tableaux and soundscapes, the children will enjoy exploring what makes a scary story or a creepy chronicle, helping the characters they meet along the way.
The wonderful Chickenshed's annual event, Tales Big Day Out, takes place again this Saturday. 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.
Sunday 28 July
Avenue House, Finchley, is holding a Party in the Park this Sunday from 12 to 5pm, with Food, Games, Stalls and a brass band.
The Geffrye Museum is holding a Spectacular Spaces family day from 12.30 to 4.30pm, with a range of activities for children of all ages, including performance, lawn games and exploring animal homes.
The Museum of Childhood is holding its annual Summer Festival, 11.30 to 4.30pm. The event promises live music, walkabout acts, art and craft activities, desugner stalls, facepaintng and games.
The British Museum is holding a Manga Comic workshop for children 7+, 11am-1pm and 2pm to 4pm.
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