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North London Mums' Half Term round-up 23 May - 1 June

It's the summer half term already- yes already! And a bank holiday to boot! There are some really different events on for the kids including family concerts at the Wigmore Hall, "Discover Pop" at the Royal Albert Hall and traditional games at Fenton House.


Green Peas Art Picnics
Theatre and Concerts

Pirate Gran is showing at the Arts Depot on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 May. Meet Gran. She bakes. She knits. You'd never guess she was a pirate! She keeps a pet crocodile under her bed, has a wicked sense of humour and a whole raft of adventures under her belt – time with Gran is never dull! With her pirating pals Flint-Hearted Jack, Fingers O’Malley and Cut-Throat Malone, Gran decides to set sail on the Black Barnacle for one last adventure.

Skewbald Theatre company is holding the first childrens theatre festival in Enfield town from 25 to 29 May. The festival programme includes a rich selection of plays for children 3- 6 years +. Check out the website for festival listings.

The Wigmore Hall is holding a "Musical Mysteries" family day on 27 May 10.30am-3.30pm. For children 5+. Be a musical detective for the day and solve the mysterious case of the disappearing drums. Follow a trail around Wigmore Hall, collect clues and piece together your evidence with the help of workshop leader Hermione Jones and musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.
Present your solved mystery in the form of a musical performance on the Wigmore Hall stage at the end of the day. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £8 for children.

Kings Place in Kings Cross is holding a family concert, Far Far and Away on Saturday 31 May, at 10.15 for children aged 0-5 years. Gallop or cartwheel or amble or trot, steal teaspoons to get here, cast spells, hatch a plot, for magical, fizz-wheeling stories await of earwigs and igloos, of King Pepper's fate. Dance with flutes, sing with lutes, make a guinea-pig sneeze, munch a slice of the moon, chase a crocodile's fleas. 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... Price £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children.

The Forge in Camden is holding a Bach to Baby family concert on Thursday 22 May at 10.30am. Experience performances by outstanding musicians with your baby in tow. Children are free to dance and roam about. A family concert suitable for all ages!

Museums

The RAF Museum sees the return of the popular Make and Take activities. From 26th - 31st May, 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. Times: 11:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:00.

The Science Museum has plenty of activities for all ages, including Up, Up and Away for children 3-7 years - a high flying adventure through the clouds in this fun interactive storytelling suitable for under sevens, and Do You See the Big Picture- where children can help researchers find out why some people are good at copying patterns.

The Museum of Childhood has a Victorious Victorians exhibition, Monday to Friday 26-30 May including a Victorian Children's Trail and storytelling and dressing up.

The Bruce Castle Museum, in Tottenham, has a special event entitled Hawk. Enjoy a day with expert falconers JRCS Falconry and their birds of Prey. Meet real birds of prey in the park and have your photo taken. 

The Charles Dickens Museum is holding a family activity day on Tuesday 27 May. Join in the museum’s unique learning space for dedicated family activities during school holidays throughout the year. The fun filled crafts and hands on activities aim to provide entertainment not only for children, but their adults too!

Other events
Fenton House in Hampstead plays host to an afternoon of children's traditional garden games, run by Hahahopscotch. Set in the beguiling gardens at Fenton House, Hahahopscotch will run a series of traditional games including sack races, egg and spoon, tug-of-war, hoops and more!

All half term week, Willows Farm is holding a Spring Special Programme with loads of activities all day long including Sheep Shearing with Tuck the Shepherd and Horse Display with Jema.

The Royal Albert Hall is holding "Discover Pop" family workshops on Wednesday and Thursday 28 and 29 May at 10am and 2pm.  From ABBA and The Beatles to the Spice Girls and Jay-Z, the Royal Albert Hall has welcomed the greatest pop stars to perform on its stage. Learn about the Pop Art movement by making your very own work of art using images of cultural icons from our archive.
For ages 5 – 11.  Tickets are £3.50 and subsidised tickets are available.

Green Peas Events will be running the first Art Picnics 4 Kids! this year during May Half Term, and as a part of Crouch End Festival 2014.This is an exciting outdoor art event for children 2- 8 years old and their parents. The event includes 3  "zones" a painting zone. a messy play zone and a crafts zone. Bring your picnic and enjoy getting creative in the park! The events take place on Wednesday 28 May at Waterlow Park 11- 1pm and Thursday 29 May at The Pavilion, Priory Park, N8.  The price is £10 a child (picnic not included). 

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