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North London Mums' Weekend Round-Up 7 and 8 December 2013

There are some really lovely Christmassy things on this weekend to enjoy with the family. It's such a fabulous time of year! Enjoy!

Stick Man at the Leicester Square Theatre

All weekend

There's some great seasonal theatre on to amuse the kids. The wonderful Tiger Who came to Tea is coming to the Arts Depot  starting on 3 December until 5 January. We're very excited and off to see the show on Boxing Day! Dinosaur Zoo is on at the Phoenix Theatre following a successfu sumer our including a stint at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre in the summer. Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO presents dinosaurs for kids as you’ve never seen them before – up close and personal – Dinosaur Zoo offers the perfect mix of live entertainment, learning, daring and all round fun for all the family. For children 3+.

The Leicester Square Theater is showing Stick Man- a  puppet-driven family adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's popular book. The hapless Stick Man's domestic idyll – living up a tree with his Stick Lady Love and their trio of stick sprogs – is shattered when an enterprising dog mistakes him for a common or garden piece of wood. Ages 3+.

And this weekend you can climb inside a giant snow globe at the N1 centre for a free festive photo from 10 am to 5pm.  

Saturday 7 December 2013

The 33rd Great Christmas Pudding Race will take place on Saturday in Covent Garden at 11am. The event is organised by CRAC on behalf of Cancer Research UK and supported by Matthew Walker and Covent Garden Market.

The Saturday morning show at Lauderdale House is Elliott's Christmas. Mischievous dog Elliott is at home on Christmas Eve, and very excited about what presents he may get, when he is visited by an Elf. This Elf says that Father Christmas has left one of his presents behind, and asks if Elliott can help. So off Elliott goes on his journey to find Father Christmas before it’s too late. He meets lots of different characters, who play games and sing songs with Elliott, but will he make it on time? Performances at 10am and 11.30am. For children 2-5 years.

St Martins in the Fields has Mini Maestro Tales at 11am. This is an opportunity to enjoy perhaps the most popular of all children’s musical tales, where a wicked wolf is caught by the ingenuity of a brave little boy. The concert also includes carols for all to sing and extracts from Saint-SaĆ«ns timeless Carnival of the Animals.

We like the sound of the Rudolph Ice Cream Christmas Party at the Arc Centre N1. The event promises  dessert table that includes ice cream and toppings, face painting, interactive Christmas story telling by a 'Debetots' teacher, decorate your own Christmas decoration, each child receives a gift bag filled with goodies, and all of this is included in a child ticket price. The parents are now £1 and you will receive canapes and a glass of champagne, there will also be a mini Christmas market with homemade wreaths, gift wrapped candles, handmade Christmas decorations and much more.

There's more children's storytelling with music for children aged 2-5 years at the Forge, Camden. the Story featured this week is Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. Doors open 10.30 am.

The Institut Francais has French kids tales (in easy French) for children 3-5 years with a Noel theme!Advance booking recommended.

The Primrose Hill Children's Choir is holding an informal performance On the 7th December from 10.55-11.15am in the Upper Hall at Hopkinsons Place.

Sunday 8 December

If you fancy being a bit active and having fun for charity, the Santa fun run takes place in Victoria Park this year, one of London's biggest and most picturesque parks. It's an event thats sure you to get you giggling as you line up with 3,000 other santas to raise thousands of pounds for charity. With both a 5km and a 10km route, santas of all abilities can get involved, and you get your santa suit for free.

There's a Greeks Alive Animation Workshop at 11am and 2pm at the British Museum for children 7+.  Children can use stop-motion software and digital video cameras to create animations based on myths from ancient Greece.


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