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North London Mums Weekend Round Up - 15 and 16 March

Loads of great things going on this weekend whatever you like to do. These are our highlights - have a fun weekend!

This weekend sees the launch of an exciting theatrical production of Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales at Shoreditch Town Hall - experience a handful of classic fairytales in the flesh. From Little Red Riding Hood to Rapunzel, you’ll brush shoulders with unforgettable characters from Philip Pullman’s book, in a theatre production that will enchant and inspire children and adults of all ages. This is an Easter experience full of unexpected twists and turns, well suited to adults with a keen sense of curiosity and their brave children. On until 24 April.

Liks transport? It's Open Weekend this weekend at the Acton Depot (pictured above) which houses the majority of the London Transport Museum's collections which are not on display in the main Museum in Covent Garden. This is a weekend of bus themed fun. Visitors will have access to the Depot’s vast collections of over 400,000 objects, including posters, engineering drawings, signs and ephemera and an extensive collection of historic road and rail vehicles. As well as the chance to explore this fascinating store of transport treasures, there will also be a number of activities celebrating the iconic London bus including: a live steam bus running in the grounds, a mini bus rally and more.

This is also the last weekend of The Big Write at the Discover Centre in Stratford -a spectacular festival for all ages with authors, illustrators, visual artists, popstars and comic makers celebrating all that is best and brilliant about writing and stories. Full day is £6.50 for children and £7 for adults.

Dogs Don't Do Ballet is on at Jacksons Lane, Highgate on Saturday and Sunday -
Biff is not like ordinary dogs. He likes moonlight. And music. And walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog, Biff thinks he’s a ballerina…
The sublime and the ridiculous combine in this hilarious story of a small dog with a big personality and even bigger dreams.


Cass Art in Hampstead has a kids art class to make a mug for your mum for Mother's Day -
Run by experienced staff, Cass Kids Art Classes are designed to teach kids creative techniques and ignite their imaginations. 10am, £5, for ages 4+.

Children's Classic Pinocchio is on in East Finchley at Phoenix Cinema Kids Club at 12pm.


It's the St Patrick's Day Parade today and it starts in Trafalgar Square. The theme is World of Dance and there will be pageantry, floats and dance shows. 12pm-6pm.

Comedy Club 4 Kids is on at Arts Depot North Finchley - a comedy club for the over 6s with great headliners but without the rude bits! 12pm and 2.30pm.
Cracking entertainment for everyone over the age of six, it stars the best comedians on the UK and international circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits! - See more at: http://www.artsdepot.co.uk/family/comedy-club-4-kids#sthash.7AXKnLqy.dpuf
Cracking entertainment for everyone over the age of six, it stars the best comedians on the UK and international circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits! - See more at: http://www.artsdepot.co.uk/family/comedy-club-4-kids#sthash.7AXKnLqy.dpuf
World of Dance’ and we invited all London dance groups to come and help us celebrate the rich heritage of dance within Irish culture. The parade will feature spectacular pageantry, wonderful floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools. - See more at: http://www.london.gov.uk/get-involved/events/st-patricks-day-parade-and-festival-2014#sthash.yjjzA7qc.dpuf

Keats House, Hampstead has a free family day called Beautiful Books - create a pop-up book with writer Linda Carey and bring your favourite story to life. Family Day at Keats House offers activities and inspiration for families of all ages on the third Sunday of every month. Children must be accompanied by an adult.1-4pm. FREE.

If your kids like The Gruffalo - head to The Forge in Camden for this lovely storytelling and music session. 2pm, for ages 2-5, £6 for children, adults free. 

Camden Arts Centre has a family drop in session at 2pm - very Sunday while the exhibitions are on, families with children can drop in to the Drawing Studio for practical and creative activities based around the exhibitions. This season families can produce their own experimental drawings and rubbings and work together to build magnetic sculptures that can be projected onto their landscapes using our wireless spy camera. Participants are welcome to take their drawings home at the end of the workshop. Activities are suitable for all ages. No booking is required. FREE. 

There is lots going on for Purim today:

The Ben Uri Gallery  in St John's Wood has a family craft session to make masks - Come and learn about the Jewish festival of Purim and make a marvellous mask! 10:30am-12:30pm. This event is free but booking is strongly recommended. Call on call to book on 0207 604 3991 or email gabbye@benuri.org.uk to confirm your place.

London Jewish Cultural Centre has a Purim Family House Party - Dress up and come on down to Ivy House for a Family Purim Extravaganza! Karaoke, hamentaschen decorating, face painting and of course enter our fancy dress competition and take part in our catwalk show! £5 child, £2 per adult.

Have a great weekend.

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