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North London Mums' Weekend Round-Up- 21 and 22 September

Hello Autumn term! We love the sound of the 21st London Open House weekend- from local houses to the Battersea power station there's loads to see. Plus plenty of other children's events including a bugtastic sleepover at London Zoo!

Open House London Weekend

All Weekend

This weekend is the 21st annual Open House London Weekend. It gives a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of London’s amazing architecture, with over 700 buildings of all kinds opening their doors to everyone – all for free. [Note - the majority of venues are accessible on a first come first served basis but not all so be careful to check]. Highlights include a last chance to see Battersea power station before it is redeveloped.

There is a junior programme full of fun and free architectural activities. Join in to design, draw and build London’s city-scape! All sorts of events take place for families and children at certain buildings opening on the weekend. To see the full listing of children’s activities visit the Open House London search website, and search for Theme 'Open House Junior'. All weekend Leadenhall Market will be busy with the junior activities of Skyline Shadow Show, Centre Cane City, Bird City and ArchiGames. Add to the Archikids Exhibition and pick up an Archikids Explorers Pack. Saturday and Sunday 12noon-4pm  Location: Leadenhall Market, London, EC3V 1LR

 The One Pound Used and Vintage Clothes fair  takes place this weekend  in Camden, 10 am to 4pm, Camden stables market.

Saturday 21 September

The Forge, Camden, has an interactive storytelling and live music performance of GIraffes can't Dance by  Giles Andreae. Recommended for children 2-5 years.

Karamel restaurant, N22 has a free Karamel Kids event with Mike Dodsworth at 11am. The event specialises in physically energetic telling with an emphasis on interacting with his audiences and bringing stories to life. He will perform a range of folk and fairy tales from near and far. Mikes stories are ideal for children aged 4 years old plus and their families.

The British Museum is holding a Walk Like an Egyptian Event for Young Friends of the Museum (8-15 years) from 2-6.30pm.  You will have a chance to get to grips with some ancient Egyptian dance moves and listen to Egyptian tale.

The Saturday morning shows return to Lauderdale House with performances at 10 am and 11.30 am of Monty and Mirabella- a quirky ballroom dancing pair live in a musical storybook world with no speech.  Using dance, mime, clowning, slapstick and funny faces, they share their delight as they explore the ‘little things’ that make up this world.  Look out for the Butterfly Ballet, and even the dog poo tango!

One or older children: head down to Tate Britain for a free action-packed day of art, music and fashion. BP Saturdays: Loud Tate explores the idea of contrast between the past and present, inspired by the new chronological display at Tate Britain. The day includes live music performances, plus drop in sessions to take part in a series of interactive workshops with exciting up and coming artists.

This is a day for markets. There's a baby jumble nearly new sale in East Finchley, Holy Trinity Church, N2 0TH, 11am-1pm. Over in Enfield Mum2mum market is taking place  10am to 12pm, St Stephen’s Church Hall, Park Avenue, Enfield, EN1 2BA,

This Saturday is the wonderful sounding bedBUGS sleepover at London Zoo. Billed as Bugtastic fun fr 8- 11 year olds, the sleepover takes place  in the BUG house at ZSL London Zoo. The event includes games, story-telling, talks -Plus exploring the zoo by torchlight and waking up to the sounds of the animals.

Sunday 22 September

Camden Arts Centre is holding a Spectacular September family day with a wide variety of art activities throughout the studio spaces, CafĂ© and garden. Activities include Paint & Paste with Matthew Krishanu, modelling small buildings with Evy Jokhova, bookmaking with Laura Carlin and Luke Best and an animation workshop led by Jason Barker. 


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