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North London Mums' Weekend and early Easter Round-Up: 5 -11 April

The Easter holidays are upon us (although Easter weekend is still a way off...) so loads of spring-friendly activities to enjoy. Let's hope the warm weather stays here too!

Saturday 5 April

This Saturday is the wonderful sounding Aurora Family Concert at Kings Place in Kings Cross. The concert takes place at 10.15 in Hall Two. Far, Far Away is the first ever 'Orchestral Theatre' series for children and families, engaging young audiences with classical music through sensory journeys, original storytelling and live music of the very highest quality. Breaking away from traditional 'children's concert' programming, this event will bring to life a wide variety of music from all periods and styles through creative partnerships with directors, artists and designers. Today's concert explores the music of Bartók through the story of Agatha the Pirate! For children aged 0-5 years.

The Science Museum has "Up Up and Away" for children aged 5-7 years.  This promises to be a high flying adventure through the clouds in this fun interactive storytelling suitable for under sevens. This is a Deaf-led family event with voiceover interpreters. Suitable for deaf and hearing families.

The Wigmore Hall has a family concert at 11am for children aged 5+. Be amazed and entertained by the wonderful world of percussion presented by charismatic young performer Colin Currie. Explore an incredible sound world from African rhythms to an explosive work for nine drums by Per Nørgård – make sure you come ready to join in as Colin might be looking for a bit of help with the performance!

The Comedy Club 4 Kids (over 6) takes place in the Soho Theatre Bar at 10-12pm.

Arthur's Dream Boat continues this weekend at the Angel Theatre, Islington.  This puppet play is based on the book by Polly Dunbar. For children 2+.

There's an Easter Fayre in St John's Wood Church, NW8, from 10 am to 5pm. It promises to be a fun filled family day out with over 50 stalls, fairground rides and live entertainment! There will be guest appearances from Peppa Pig and the Easter Bunny too!

Based on the book by Polly Dunbar, this is a story about a little boy who has a dream.
One night, Arthur has an amazing dream about a beautiful pink and green boat with a stripy mast. He can’t wait to tell everyone about it, but no one is interested. In fact, they don’t even notice that this very same boat is growing on his head, getting larger and larger by the minute! Soon, Arthur is bouncing along the waves in his very own dream boat. Maybe now his family will listen to him!
- See more at: http://www.littleangeltheatre.com/whats-on/arthurs-dream-boat/#sthash.6Hr1piZp.dpuf
Sunday 6 April

The family event at the Science Museum is "A Star is Born- journey of a lifetime". Join the team on a journey of a lifetime - the lifetime of a star, from stellar nurseries to glittering galaxies. This free storytelling event is suitable for children aged 7 and under.

The Forge in Camden has a Mini Cookies and Crafts Club. This is a Children's cookery class with Martina, with the theme this week of Easter Fun - Easter bunnies and a mini egg hunt. For children aged 2+ . Head to the website to book tickets.

The British Museum has a shadow puppet workshop, with sessions at 11am and 2pm. Children can learn about the ancient tradition of shadow-puppetry in Java and then decorate their own beautiful puppets, as well as using voice recording software and video cameras to then bring the characters to life through film. For children 7+.

At Jacksons Lane, the Little Angel Theatre presents  Sleeping Beauty and the Wood. Telling the story of a King and Queen desperate for a child, and a fairy who grants their wish, this adaptation of the Brothers Grimm story of Briar Rose is a dreamlike tale of palaces and forests, ogres and fairies, princes and babes. Performances are at 12pm and 3pm. For children aged 3+.

And during the Easter holidays...


Events at the Science Museum include "Rocket Bunnies" - an event for the under 7's who can find out about rockets and see how they fly with their very own hand-made rocket bunny. There is also the Starstruck workshop, arranged by ages for children 5+,  in which science and art come together in this spectacular workshop. Find out solar system facts and make a constellation medallion.

The big exhibition at the British Museum is  The Vikings: life and legend. Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years. Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images show how Vikings created an international network connecting cultures over four continents. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long Viking warship, the longest ever found. Booking Essential.

If your children are fans of Jacqueline Wilson, then head to the Museum of Childhood where the exhibition Daydreams and Diaries opens on 5 April, celebrating all things Jacqueline Wilson.

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Natural History Museum with the Sensational Butterflies Exhibition.  Experience in close-up more than 50 live butterfly and moth species from around the world, including the brilliant blue morpho and spectacular swallowtail.

The British Library has an All About Alice drop in family event from 11 to 1 and 2 to 4 on Tuesday 8 April. You are personally invited to a curious celebration of the nonsense world of Alice. With theatrical adventurers, Teatro Vivo you will hunt the White Rabbit, create a curious upside-down, inside- out wonderland, play strange, silly or sensible games and so much more. But! Remember Rule forty-two:- "All persons more than a mile high to leave."

The Geffrye Museum has a wealth of activities on for kids this Easter. Paint seasonal plates, create springtime masks, make felt eggs and design mini garden-inspired museums. These drop-in Easter Holiday workshops are allocated on a first-come first-served basis 30 minutes before the activity begins. On Tuesday April 8 find out more about hot cross buns in a bun-themed storytelling and craft session (10.30am-12.30pm and 12pm-1pm. For two-fives). Learn stitching and knitting techniques to create springtime animals and flowers (Wednesday April 9. 2pm-4pm. For ages 11+) and explore the Museum gardens to win a prize at the Springtime Garden Trail (Thursday April 10 and Friday April 11. 2pm-4.30pm. All ages). Look online for a full list of activities and times.


We are most extremely excited about Charlie & Lola's Extremely New Play on at the Arts Depot from 4-9 April. Enter a magical journey through the seasons, as Charlie and Lola discover that everything is different and not the same. What happens when Lola and her best friend Lotta say they will honestly and promisedly look after Sizzles? And what happens when they follow Charlie and his best friend Marv on a Pirate Squidbones adventure? For children 3+. Craft workshops inspired by the show are available on Sunday 6 – Tuesday 8 April and artsdepot’s café will be offering Charlie and Lola themed lunchboxes.

The Little Angel Theatre has performances of the Frog and the Princess between 8 and 12 April. This is a beautiful re-telling of the classic Grimm Tale, for children aged 4+.

This exhibition celebrates all things Jacqueline Wilson, giving you a chance to find out about her childhood, early career and what inspires her to write.
The exhibition features original notebooks along with childhood toys, school reports and diaries. There are also extracts and illustrations from some of her best-loved books including The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Illustrated Mum and Hetty Feather. Find out about the inspiration behind them and hear how they have changed the lives of some of their readers.
You can explore a re-creation of Jacqueline's childhood bedroom or make notes for your first novel on a chaise longue just like hers! Find out why Jacqueline loves writing books and what it's like to work with wonderful illustrator Nick Sharratt.
- See more at: http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-and-displays/forthcoming-exhibitions/daydreams-and-diaries-the-story-of-jacqueline-wilson#sthash.7jQLKjuq.dpuf
Other events

We love the sound of Charlie's Chocolate Adventure heading to Kew Gardens from 5 - 21 April. Kew is celebrating 50 whipple-scrumptious years of Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka with a range of activities in partnership with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Events include face painting, Willy Wonka-inspired chocolate bar making with a chef from the Roal Dahl Museum, and drawing and painting in the Nut Room. There's also a traditional Easter Egg hunt round the gardens.

STORYSTOCK, the travelling storytelling circus for families and children 4-13 yrs, lands next at Saatchi Gallery alongside their Pangaea Exhibition. The programme of workshops offer a whole new way of looking at contemporary art through stories. 
Listen to the psychedelic audio guide, join the storytelling troupe and book into the workshops from animation to zebra printing.  7th April to 27th April.
The Estorick Collection has some interesting drop-in family workshops. Drop- in on Tuesday 8 April. to the Art Together session from 10.30 to 12.30 contribute to a giant artwork using mixed media, and make your own to take home.  On Wednesday 9 April, the in Cartoon Capers workshop from 11 to 2pm, children can make collages using cartoon imagery in the style of artist Pablo Echaurren.

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