It's Chinese new year this weekend and London is celebrating in style with a number of events in China Town and Trafalgar Square from 10am to 6pm. The event heralds the beginning of the Year of the Horse, which represents a desire to better one’s self through hardwork, positive energy, warmth and intelligence. The parade starts at 10am from Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue with floats, and Chinese Lion and dragon teams. Throughout the day there will be stalls offering a variety of souvenirs including lanterns, paper dragons, drums and paper cut artwork. Plus an opportunity to sample a wide choice of Chinese regional cuisine, served in and around London Chinatown. The events are free and family friendly.
This weekend also kicks off the 14th annual National Storytelling week. To mark this, the Discover Children's Story Centre has a "Once Upon a Time" event running on Saturday and Sunday at 12.30, 1.30 and 3pm for children aged 4+. Children can join the Story Builder on an interactive voyage of discovery and help to make up their own story as a group before drawing their favourite moments on a larger-than-life story board.
The North London Vintage Market is celebrating its third birthday this weekend. The market takes place this weekend on Saturday February 1st from 10-5pm Sunday February 2nd from 1-5pm and will be bursting with some supreme hand selected traders bringing some incredible vintage wares from the early 1900's to the 1980's with our usual slant towards original home wares, kitchenalia, mid century furniture, stylish ceramics, fabrics, prints, ephemera, accessories, clothing and so much more. There will also be some new delicious outdoor food vendors to keep you fuelled and goodie bags for the first visitors!
Saturday 1 February
There's an art drop in session from 11am at the Museum of London, Docklands, for children aged 3-11 years. Themed "A Red Letter Day" children can create their own red package to keep or give to someone they love. There's also a chinese papercutting workshop for children 5- 11 years. where children can learn this ancient art and have a go themselves. 11.30 to 12.30 and 2 to 3pm.
The Saturday morning show at Lauderdale House (sessions 10 am and 11.30 am) is Ian Savile's magic show. Thrill to the exploits of Rupert, the extraordinary teddy-rabbit escapologist. Join in with the collective creation of a fully working magic spell. Discover the perils of rising-finger illness. Enjoy!
The British Museum has a free drop-in session for children 7+ between 11.30 and 3.30pm. Children can use Photoshop to design their own mosaic mask inspired by the fearsome Aztec gods.
Busy Rascals is holding a taster session for its new namumo class at The Queensbury, Willesden, for children up to 5 years. Classes are: 09.30-10.10 babies and toddlers until 3 years with parents
10.20-11.00 3 - 5-year-olds (children only). Please pre-book at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 2 February
The Arts Depot has Little Howard's Big Show for Kids at 1pm and 3pm. Real human Big Howard and interactive animation Little Howard are putting on the show of their lives... but Roger The Pigeon's spent all their money on cookie cutters, Big Howard's been diagnosed as clinically unfunny and there's a slug in the backstage toilet! For children aged 6+.
Children under 5 can enjoy the Imagination Station- Family Music Time at the JW3 venue at 10.30. This is an original and exciting music and movement session for adults and children using instruments and specially selected equipment. From a fibre-optic space scene to a thrilling underwater expedition, the session promises cutting-edge adventure musical activities. JW3 also offers a Yogabugs session for children aged 4 to 7, at 10.30. YOGABUGS uses specially developed moves inspired by yoga to encourage children to coordinate and balance better, improve their flexibility and focus their minds.
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