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North London Mums' Weekend Round-Up 22 and 23 March 2014

Spring is sprung- or nearly- you can tell because there is blossom on the trees, and loads of people running on the weekends to train for the London marathon (including me!). If you feel sporty then the Sainsburys Sport Relief games are on- if not there's plenty of theatre to chill out to!

All weekend

This weekend is Sport Relief and the first ever Games will be taking place at venues all across the country – with its landmark events at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. On Sunday 23rd March, you will have the opportunity to run, swim and cycle in areas that were once used by sporting heroes, as part of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.  You can choose to run 1, 3 or 6 miles, cycle 25 and 50 mile routes at the Velo-park (over 16s only) or swim 1.5, 2.5 or 5 km at the Aquatics Centre. Click here to find out where you can join in and run, swim or cycle for sport relief.

Saturday is Big Dig Day in towns all over the country, including London. The Big Dig is all about getting people down to their local community garden to get growing. On Saturday 22nd March 2014 and throughout the weekend, community gardens up and down the country will be getting their gardens ready for the new growing season. Find your local garden and get involved.

Saturday 22 March

Comedy Club for Kids is taking place at the Soho Theatre for children over 6. This is billed as a proper comedy club for anyone over the age of 6, featuring the best comedians on the circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!

The Frog and the Princess is on at the Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn for children aged 4-8 years. This promises to be an entertaining and poignant re-telling of the traditional Frog Prince tale by the Brothers Grimm. This production looks at what can happen when different cultures meet, using a beautiful blend of puppetry and music that will entertain and delight family audiences.

Over at the Arts Depot, Finchley, arguably the greatest musical of all time, Grease! will be rock and rolling. So dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby socks and get down there like Greased Lightnin'! In support of Future Dreams and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Pickled Pepper Books in Crouch End  is holding a story event around Zubert with Charlie Sutcliffe. This is the first book from illustrator, Charlie Sutcliffe. Follow Zubert on his adventures round the Savoy Hotel along with his new magic friends the spinglefranks. With buffalos in the lobby and an octopus in the swimming pool, together they have to hide the animals from the hotel inspectors. Can they help the hotel stay open so the animals can keep their home?

Holborn Library is holding a family art session at 2pm. Come and join Octoby the gallery Octopus for more fantastical adventures, art and drama! Learn and play together, explore current October Gallery exhibitions and create your very own artwork. Suitable for Under 5s and older siblings.

The Saturday morning show at Lauderdale House (10 am and 11.30 am) is Eddy the Teddy. Eddy The Teddy has been in hospital. He's been stuck indoors for a long time. Today he is finally
being allowed out so Sammy Ragdoll decides to take her best friend out for the day as a treat. For children 4-9 years.

Sunday 23 March

The Forge, Camden, has a Mini Cookies Cooking and Craft Club at 11 am. Aiming to instil a love of food in children aged 2+ during their earliest years. This session: Ring in the spring with fresh pasta. The session costs £15.

The Arts Depot is showing “Nobody Rides the Unicorn” at 11am. The greedy king has tricked Zoe into helping him capture a unicorn, so he can take its magical horn. Can Zoe find a way to set the unicorn free? Or will she be putting herself in terrible danger? Superbly crafted puppets, live music and song combine to create this magical tale. 

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