|Santa's hanging out at the Zoo!|
Santa Claus is back at Brent Cross. And best of all a visit with Santa is free! Meet Santa and his elves in his magical Christmas grotto from 14 November to 24 December. Children can climb inside a giant, golden Christmas bauble to meet Santa and tell him whether they've been naughty or nice this year. Every child will receive a free age appropriate gift and a range of photo souveniers are available to buy. The grotto is free and very popular so pre-book to make sure you get the perfect festive slot!
Santa is also putting in an appearance at London Zoo. Enjoy the Meet Santa experience from 16 November, and also get to meet the reindeer. Also included in the Meet Santa experience, kids will be able to lend a hand at the daily Keeper’s Little Helpers sessions, where they’ll be preparing treats and presents for the Zoo’s animals before settling down for storytelling with Mother Christmas. There are Christmas craft activities to enjoy around the Zoo, with gingerbread decorating, adding their festive wishes to the Wishing Tree and joining in the Zoo’s colouring competition. The event is not cheap- tickets for Meet Santa cost £25.50 including Zoo entry, but the price secures fast-track entry to the Zoo, a mince pie on arrival, and a special event planner.
The Little Angel Theatre is showing The Night Before Christmas from 16 November, up until 5 January. Based on the classic poem by Clement Clark Moore, this is a musical puppet fantasy that tells the story of a Christmas wish that comes true with near tragic consequences. For children aged 3+.
Skate school and Penguin club also kick off this week from 14 November at Somerset House, open until 5 January. Children under 8 years old can join Penguin Club which provides a safe environment to take their first tentative steps on the ice at the training rink. The Penguin stabilizers give young children the support to encourage good skating posture and practice, plus create lots of fun.
Children over eight years of age can join the grown-ups at Skate Lessons. Dates and details are listed on the website.
Friday 15 November
We know that "Pop Up" Shops and Restaurants are all the rage- but we love the sound of the newest pop up craze to hit town- Puree- a pop up restaurant for babies, by Cow and Gate. open on 15 November. There'll be valet buggy parking, to a sensory soft play area, and even a pianist playing nursery rhyme favourites on the baby grand. Designed specifically for the wants and needs of children aged six to 12 months, at Purée, all tiny discerning diners will be treated to silver-spoon service and top quality Cow & Gate meals. Babies are invited to bring a plus one, with parent-friendly drinks and canapés available.
Saturday 16 November
The Saturday morning show at Lauderdale House this weekend is Kate Shortt Comedy Chello. Come and be silly! Come and be musical! Come and see how Kate Shortt, cellist, singer and comedienne transforms her cello into all sorts of animals and characters. She’ll delight you all with funny songs to join in with and shake fruit shakers to!
Fantasia: Live in Concert, returns to the Royal Albert Hall for just 2 performances this Saturday. Disney shares one of its crown jewels of feature animation showcasing selections from Walt Disney's original Fantasia and Disney's Fantasia 2000, featuring a selection of the repertoire from both films including Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite and, performed and screened simultaneously for the first time in the UK, Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours, the great ballet of hippos, elephants, ostriches, and alligators. What a treat!
Sunday 17 November
The Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham, is holding a drop in Creative Catherine Wheels session from 2 to 4pm. Inspired by fireworks night , children can have fun using different materials to create their own spinning wonder. Activities aimed at children aged 5 years and over.
Jacksons Lane Theatre is showing Nobody Rides the Unicorn at 3pm this Sunday. Based on the much loved book by Adrian Mitchell, Nobody Rides the Unicorn is a stunning musical and magical puppet show for the whole family. For children aged 4+.
The British Museum is holding a drop-in Green Screen Time Machine Creative Workshop from 11.30 to 3.30pm, for children 7+. Children can use a green screen and Photoshop to create a picture of yourself interacting with some of the Museum’s most fascinating objects.
Comedy Club 4 Kids is on at the Arts Depot this Sunday. Cracking entertainment for everyone over the age of six, Comedy Club 4 Kids stars the best comedians doing what they do best... but without the rude bits! It's exactly like a normal comedy club, but on in daylight hours, and with a higher chance of heckles of "why is that your face?" Performances at 12 and 3pm.
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