The Half Term show at the Arts Depot, Finchley, is Dogs Don't Do Ballet. The sublime and the ridiculous combine in this hilarious story of a small dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams, based on the book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie. The tale is brought to life on stage using beautiful puppets, well-loved ballet music and dazzling comedy. For children aged 2-6 years.
Jacksons Lane Theatre is showing The Tin Soldier between 18 and 22 February. A newly-minted tin soldier stands on a single leg, having been the last one cast from an old tin spoon. Nearby, he spies a paper ballerina, also standing on one leg, and the soldier falls in love. But the course of true love never did run smooth and the soldier falls into an adventure to test and melt the bravest of hearts. Performances at 12pm and 2.30pm. For children aged 3+.
If your kids love performing themselves, the check out the Feb Shed workshops at the Chickenshed from 17-21 February for children aged 5-12 years. Participants at this week-long event will explore and develop a wide range of performance skills through workshops that involve drama, dance, singing and story-making. Parents and friends will be invited in on the final afternoon to see a performance.
The RAF Museum is holding WW1 Make and Take workshops. From 17th - 23rd February the Museum will be giving visitors the opportunity to make their very own WW1 Airfix model or to get creative with colourful pencils and paper. Session Times: 11:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:00. For children 5+.
The Science Museum has a huge range of events on daily. We ove the sound of the Hidden Universe 3D screening (for children 8+), and the Fair Play workshops which allow children of all ages to take part in a science experiment.
The Natural History Museum has the fabulous Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition on across the half term which is well worth a visit. From 13 February the Museum also has the exhibition: Britain: One Million years of the Human Story. Experience the dramatic story of ancient Britain, its changing landscapes and the people that lived here. This major exhibition showcases more than 200 specimens, objects and life-size models.
Maybe one for the parents, but the National Portrait Gallery is featuring the David Bailey Exhibition, Bailey's Stardust. As well as new work, this landmark exhibition includes a wide variety of Bailey’s photographs from a career that has spanned more than half a century. Featuring over 250 images, personally selected and printed by Bailey, the exhibition offers an unmissable opportunity to experience the work of one of the world’s greatest image-makers.
FineArts4Kids is holding a number of half term workshops on 18, 19 and 20 February in Hampstead, Crouch End and St Albans. The classes each run for 2 hours and children will learn about the artist, how to use the materials, how to produce an image or object.
Green Peas has a number of half term messy art workshops in Couch End (Wednesday 19 February) and Muswell Hill (Thursday 20 February) for children 15 months to 5 years. The sessions offer painting, playdough modelling, printmaking, and crafts for pre-schoolers and toddlers! As well as tactile play; grains scooping and Oats Play! It is advisable to book the place - these workshops are popular! E-mail Anna at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 079 4939 2708
Zippo's Circus will be at Bent Cross from 19 February until 2 March. The new production includes world-renowned musical clowns THE RASTELLI, Guinness World Record-holding strongman HERCULES and The TROPICANA TROUPE of Cuban springboard and pole acrobats. Don't forget to enter our competition for tickets here.
Brent Cross shopping centre has events for the kids on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, run by Noah's Ark Hospice. Activities include being a Spy! and Animal Crafts. Find out more details of the daily events here.
The Phoenix Cinema, Finchley, has a range of kids screenings daily at 11am, including Timmy Time (Tuesday 18 February) and the Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Wednesday 19 february).
Saturday 15 February 2014
The wonderful Kings Place in Kings Cross is holding an Aurora Early Years Family Concert at 10.15. This promises to be a 30 minute immersive performance for children 0-5. “Wear boots or bare feet or red wellies or clogs, bring daydreams or fireworks or buckets of frogs, only uncurl your ears, loose those toes for a day and Aurora will carry you far, far away...”
Waterstones Finchley Road has a Dinosaur Bonanza event on at 3pm. Enjoy colouring some ferocious Dinosaurs while learning some cool facts about these awesome beasts.
Head to the Wallace Collection for Tulipmania! between 2 and 3pm. Discover the legend of the most expensive flower in the garden;- a flower so beautiful that sailors crossed oceans to find and merchants swapped their fortunes for just a single bulb. A flower of magic, miracles and mysteries - the tulip. In this storytelling session with Olivia Armstrong you will discover a magical way to grow a striped tulip, hear how one gardener found a strange way to protect his blooms and meet the lonely dragon who breathed fiery life into the very first tulip.
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