Fun Family Activities for A Cold Winter’s Weekend My Baba 26 January, 2017 Activities and Days Out, Living A Polar Bear in Finchley If, as a many children seem to, you’ve ever wondered what would happen if a bear turned up in your bedroom, here’s one possible answer. Tilly is delighted when she wakes up to discover an enormous and cuddlesome polar bear in her room; but, faced with the incredulity of her parents, a trashed kitchen and a garden full of poo, the logistics of domestic bear-keeping begin to look problematic. Based on Raymond ‘Snowman’ Briggs’s picture book ‘The Bear’, the Pins and Needles production is a magical and captivating piece of children’s theatre, and an astonishing display of virtuoso puppetry. WHEN: Sunday 29th January VENUE: Artsdepot, North Finchley, London N12 AGES: 3-8 Foxes in Hammersmith Roald Dahl’s rambunctious tale of nature versus man takes to the stage in an energetic show to mark the author’s centenary celebrations. The Lyric’s new adaptation by Sam Holcroft adds a musical dimension to the beloved children’s story of cunning Mr Fox and his Robin Hood-esque escapades against the dastardly farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Kids will love the song and spectacle of the underdog story; adults can savour the anti-capitalist undertones. WHEN: Until the 29th of February VENUE: Lyric Hammersmith, Hammersmith, London W6 AGES: 5+ Skate at House of Vans Sign up for your chance to experience two hours of free skating. They’ve got lots of events including Girls Skate Night, Skate School, and SK8 Fry-Days! Whether it’s for the kids of yourself, these sessions are a whole lot of fun! WHEN: Until 29th January VENUE: Arches, 228-232 Station Approach Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8SW AGES: 3-8 Babies on Board Take part in this dynamic workout that combines elements of dance, ballet and pilates. Participants complete a barre workout with their baby in a carrier for part of the class, and with their baby next to them on a mat for the rest. This is a great opportunity for some Mother and baby bonding time! WHEN: Friday 27th January VENUE: Xtend Barre London, 49 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5HJ AGES: 2-9 months Digital Workshop: Design Your Own App Head over to The British Museum and learn all about digital design techniques and use tablets to design your own app to help your family explore the museum. WHEN: Saturday 28th January VENUE: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG AGES: 7-11 London A Cappella Festival Kids Day London A Cappella Festival Kids’ Day will be full of fun festivities! There will be workshops and performances throughout the day from children’s choirs and family friendly groups, plus the opportunity to meet your favourite a cappella heroes. WHEN: Saturday 28th January VENUE: Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG AGES: 5-11 Superheroes Family Day Have a fab family day out, make your own superhero mask to celebrate our real life superheroes, nurses, doctors, firemen and policemen. Dress up like a superhero and join the league at the Florence Nightingale Museum. WHEN: Saturday 28th January VENUE: Florence Nightingale Museum, Gassiot House, 2 Lambeth Place Road, SE1 7EW AGES: 5-11 Children’s Film Club: The BFG Head over to the The Soho Hotel and join the Children’s Film Club for a truly magical screening of The BFG. Enjoy a buffet brunch followed by the film, the story where orphan Sophie gets whisked away to the land of giants. Popcorn and drinks are included. WHEN: Saturday 29th January VENUE: The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, W1D 3DH AGES: 3+ Nearly New Baby and Children’s Market The Nearly New Baby and Children’s Market is a great opportunity for parents to buy all kinds of nearly new maternity, baby and child-related toys, clothes, books, strollers, car seats, feeding accessories, baby equipment and more! WHEN: Saturday 29th January VENUE: St Stephens Church Hall, 48 Emperors Gate, SW7 4HJ AGES: All ages Get out of town: The British Wildlife Centre Spend the day at the British Wildlife Centre in the heart of the Surrey countryside! Have a friendly encounter with some of Surrey’s wildlife, learn about the animals, and spend the day soaking up the most of nature. WHERE: Eastbourne Road, Newchapel, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6LF Restaurant of the week: Inamo Soho Inamo is a restaurant that serves Asian inspired dishes in a unique and one-of-a-kind setting. The best part? It’s an interactive experience! The ‘interactive ordering system’ consists of an illustrated menu projected onto the table surface, and also provides a platform for a range of digital activities, such a games lie Battleships and Tick Tack Toe, a neat trick to keep the kids busy and entertained at the dinner table!