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North London Mums' Weekend Round-Up - 5 and 6 October 2013

There are lots of exciting events taking place across this weekend- be prepared for storytelling, plays and especially drawing as the annual Big Draw kicks off this month. Enjoy!
Discover Children's Story Centre 10th birthday

All weekend

This weekend is Discover Children's Story Centre 10th birthday, with free celebrations taking place on Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm.  Award-winning theatre company Inspector Sands will be presenting Undiscovered, an opportunity to take an extra special tour around the secret unseen nooks and dark crannies of Discover’s amazing building. (Kirsty Harris (The Good Neighbour) will ask you to add your feather to the nest for an extraordinary take on the classic Ugly Duckling and join DJ and spoken word artist, Charlie Dark for a very inventive version of The Tortoise and the Hare – remixed in Charlie’s original style (Sunday only). Plus on Saturday afternoon, join Hattie Garlick for Cardboard Kingdom.

This month is the month-long, annual Big Draw festival designed to provide opportunities for people of all ages to discover, or return to, the pleasure of drawing features hundreds of events, many of which are free to attend at venues countrywide. This year's theme is 'Draw Tomorrow', with events designed to encourage participants to think about ways in which the future can be mapped out, including drawing up sci-fi fantasies, city planning and new sustainability ideas.

The National Portrait Gallery is holding a Draw Tomorrow Event from 1pm to 4pm Saturday and Sunday as part of its Big Draw festival. Younger children can take part in an event around what would happen if some of the sitters in the portraits and their pets whizzed through time in a time machine?  Led by award-winning picture-book illustrator Katie Cleminson children will create an illustrated book with sketches, drawings and stories exploring and imagining people, places, animals from the past and the future.Older children 14+ can explore the theme Draw Tomorrow with guest artist Jack Hudson. What will you look like in the future? Where will you be and what will you do? No need to book, just drop-in on the day.

Kensington Palace also has an event on Saturday, from 11-4pm, where you will have the chance to design the palace of the future.

Other Big Draw events this weekend include "The Big Draw- Microscopic Monster" at Forty Hall, Enfield on Saturday, 1-3.30pm (free).

This is the first weekend of the Picture This exhibition at the British Library  which explores 10 classic children's books from the 20th century. Discover how illustrators over the years have interpreted – and reinterpreted – our favourite tales in beautiful and imaginative ways. Be reunited with much-loved characters such as Paddington Bear, Peter Pan and Willy Wonka, and classic works such as the Just So Stories, The Wind in the Willows and The Hobbit.

In celebration of 50 years of the National Theatre, you can also head along the National Trail.
Part-treasure hunt, part-history tour, the National Trail takes the audience on an exciting interactive journey around the NT. Follow the trail and discover hidden glimpses into the rich history of the company. Solve all the clues and gain entry to the secret vault where many other treasures await you.
Saturday 5 October

The Saturday morning cinema show at midday at the Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley is Monster's University.

The Saturday morning show at Lauderdale House at 10am and 11.30am is the ugly Duckling. A magical picture of the countryside comes to life to tell the story of the VERY Ugly Duckling.  A tale of tragedy, drama, and great joy . . . and of course a transformation into a Swan, all with the help of Charles Crane the Eggologist! For children aged 3-8 years.

The North London Vintage Market is back for October! The individually hand selected dealers will be selling a huge collection of unique curiosities, accessories, ceramics, kitchenalia, books, prints and all manner of vintage wonder all the way from the late 1800's to the 1970's!The event takes place from 10 am to 5pm at St Mary's Parish Hall, Cranley Gardens, Crouch End, N10 3AH. Admission £1.50.

Sunday 6 October

The Sunday show at the Arts Depot is "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus". With performances at 11 am and 2pm. The show is full of fun, laughter and excitement and features original music and lots of audience participation! The friendly bus driver leaves us with one simple instruction: "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!" The clever Pigeon whines, bribes, pleads and even sings a song to get his own way... but will you let him drive?!

Jacksons Lane Theatre has performances at 12pm and 3pm of Oliver Jeffers' "How to Catch a Star". Acclaimed children’s theatre company Blunderbus is proud to present this funny, gentle retelling of Oliver Jeffers’ bewitching story. With an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling for children aged 3+.


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