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North London Mums' Weekend Round-Up: 2 and 3 November 2013

It's the last weekend of half term and there are plenty of activities on for the kids, including Halloween activities at London Zoo,, story festivals and family fun days at the Tate. There are also loads of fabulous bonfire displays on Saturday night.  Get those sparklers out...

All weekend

This weekend is the BP Family Weekend at the Tate Britain, entitled "Time Loop". Come on a time-traveller’s journey through British art. Drop in and cross thresholds from one century to another, be part of a huge collective art work, take detours through history and explore 500 years of British art through live music, performance, sound and dance. When you arrive you will be given your traveller’s kit including tickets to secret performances, your own time-traveller’s log book and tools for exploring art across history. Drop in daily 10am to 3pm.

Storystock is a children's literary festival for children aged 0-13 years which runs from Thursday to Saturday at the Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ. Listen to your favourite author's stories, learn how to write stories, act in stories, draw stories & have a story party! Full details of the programme here.

The Insect Circus is returning to Jacksons Lane this week from 29th October to 2 November with an all new crop of death-defying insects performing for your amusement.A fun-filled extravaganza for all the family, The Insect Circus is the perfect half-term show to keep children from 1 to 100 entertained. More details here.

Friday 1 November

Islington splashes out this half term with a 50-foot, inflatable whale that you can climb inside. Once in the belly of the beast, visitors will be greeted by a shipwrecked pirate and a treasure-hoarding mermaid, who will reveal their fishy tales amid a stunning seascape.

The Geffrye Museum has a number of activities on for kids across the week.   Events on Friday include Take a Peek - for ages 5 and over (10.30am - 12.30pm and 2 - 4pm). Create your own spooky mini room and see if your friends are brave enough to peek inside!

This weekend is you can also enjoy Boo at the Zoo.  London Zoo has a Halloween-themed spooky schedule of special events, including discovering awful artifacts in The Curiosity Shop of Horrors, meeting creepy creatures in the Amphitheatre during the daily Animals in Action show, and taking part in  The Big Draw – Being the Bug! will be taking place in the Zoo’s BUGS! house where kids can design their own scary beasts.

This is the last weekend to enjoy Up and Down at the Hackney Picture House, a production of Oliver Jeffers wonderful book about the little boy and the Penguin who wants to fly.  The show is produced by Ga Ga Theatre - a new children's theatre company making high quality productions accessible on a local basis.  The production will integrate live action with magical projections based on illustrations from the book. This will bring the book to life in a highly innovative way while remaining true to its original spirit. It will be a multi-sensory show bringing together music, interactive props and creative lighting to keep all members of the family absorbed, from babies upwards.

Saturday 2 November

The Harrods Christmas parade takes place this Saturday with pre-parade activity from 8am. A parade of dancers, performers and real-life reindeer will be joined by a host of special guests including Nickelodeon characters, SpongeBob SquarePants© and Dora The Explorer©, along with Wallace and Gromit©, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles©, and Harrods’ own Henry the Electrical Van - this is an event not to miss! The fun doesn't stop there! Mrs Christmas and friends will be inviting spectators to join in the Christmas Magic Dance wearing special reindeer antlers. The parade heads down the Brompton Road, reaching Harrods at 9am.

The Saturday morning show at Lauderdale House is Mrs H and the singalong band, with performances at 10 and 11.30am. Come along for a singalong!

We love the sound of the Harvest street food market and street party which KERB street food have teamed up with Westminster Council to run at Maida Hill Place from 10am to 4pm. Along with the food vendors, there will be local producers sealing meats, cheeses, herbs and organic vegetables...all from the London area! There will also be face painting for the children, a sheep show and music - it looks like a  really lovely round up to the end of half term and an opportunity for the locals to get together.

And for Fireworks this weekend there's plenty of choice:

On Friday, the Coram's Fields Firework display, near Russell Square,  is especially for young children.  It will be a short event, with food and drink available. The event starts at 5pm, with gates open from 4pm.  t will be a short display, but there will also be some hot drink and food stalls. - from http://www.londondrum.com/events/?p=23280 t will be a short display, but there will also be some hot drink and food stalls. - from http://www.londondrum.com/events/?p=23280

Ealing Firework Display takes place on Saturday. The fireworks are set to a stunning musical accompaniment from 'STAGE & SCREEN'. Fireworks at 7.30, doors open 6pm. The display will be followed by the bonfire.There are Bars, BBQs, mulled wine, glows and rides for the youngsters, all set in the beautiful grounds of Ealing Cricket Club.
This Saturday is the 39th year of the Enfield Town Park Display, organised by the Enfield Scouts.  Gates open 6pm, with the display at 7.30pm. 
The Alexandra Palace Fireworks display, Back with a Bang,  is a ticketed Firework Festival that opens at 14:00 on the 2nd November. Ally Pally will host a stunning firework display created by Star Fireworks, the recently crowned 2013 British Firework Champions, plus a family funfair, a buzzing street food village, a German bier festival and special ice skating sessions. Also back by popular demand is the German bier festival that will be open to ticket holders from 14:00 on a first come first served basis. The Great Hall with offer premium German Biers, traditional food, Bavarian waitress service and live entertainment including Oompah Bands, a DJ and headlined by Oasis tribute band Noasis.

The Walker Cricket Ground is hosting the Southgate Fireworks Display on Saturday. Doors open 5pm, with the display at 8pm. The event includes rides, stalls, food and drink. 


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