No Plans for The Weekend? Check Out This Super-Cool Round-Up for Families My Baba 14 July, 2016 Activities and Days Out, Living Big Dance Celebrates at Westfield Big Dance is a festival of dancing led by the Mayor of London with People Dancing and the Big Dance Hubs. The English National Ballet partners with one of London’s biggest shopping centres, Westfield to celebrate Big Dance 2016. Join them for an amazing day filled with dance performances and energetic workshops. WHEN: Thursday 14th July VENUE: Westfield, Ariel Way, London W12 7GF AGES: All ages Workshops: 12.45-1.30pm My First Ballet workshop – Ages 3-6 years with parents 1.45-2.30pm Argentine Tango Workshop 2.30pm Open Age Performance Big Dance Pledge 2.35pm Hounslow Seniors A Linha Curva Performance 3.00-3.45pm Kathak workshop Performances: 6.00pm Quicksilver 6.15pm Union Dance 6.25pm Charlie Brittain 6.35pm Combination 6.45pm Maria Vegas 6.55pm Wayne Parsons 7.15pm ENBYouthCo 7.20pm Learn the Pledge 7.30pm Finale Performance The BFG Dream Jar Trail The streets of London have been transformed by magical giant dream jars to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday and The BFG movie release! Follow the trail of jars to help the BFG find his precious dreams! WHEN: 8 July – 31 August, all day VENUE: London Bridge City, SE1 AGES: All ages Ballet from Down Under in Covent Garden The Australian Ballet is back in the West End for a fortnight-long family season of classic dance shows soundtracked by the ENO orchestra. This Saturday is the last chance to catch Graeme Murphy’s inventive modern rendition of Swan Lake (with its uncanny echoes of 1990s marital scandal in the Royal Family), whereas next week the stage is set for the European premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s hilariously exuberant Cinderella, which runs from Wednesday 20th until Saturday 23rd – a wonderful end of year treat. WHEN: Until 23rd July VENUE: London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2 PERFECT FOR: Ages 8+ The Countryside Comes to Brixton The 42nd edition of the Lambeth Country Show combines all the staples of a rural fÃªte (sheepdog trials, falconry shows, craft stalls, farmers’ markets and horticultural displays) with the quirks and buzz of a family-friendly city festival, including science shows, sports events and live music. Kids’ outdoor-activity specialists the Secret Adventurers’ Club are teaming up with RHS on Tour to offer floral-headdress making workshops, and Vauxhall City Farm has packed up its farmyard for a pop-up livestock showcase. WHEN: Satuday & Sunday VENUE: Brockwell Park, Norwood Road, Brixton, London SE24 PERFECT FOR: All ages The London Street Food Taste Tour Foodies at Expedia have come up with the ultimate guide to London’s street food! Use the interactive guide immerse yourself in the capital’s most mouth-watering street food markets and pop-ups. Wherever you are and whatever you fancy, take a bite into their in-depth guide – from the flavours of Brick Lane to Brixton, plus everywhere in-between. Not only will you be surrounded by amazingly tasty food, but you will also be given a brief history of the markets, from 1040 through to markets that only started within the last 10 years. Ratchet & Clank (U) Kids Club Films for All Ages at The Electric Cinema A Kids Club screening of Ratchet & Clank. This lively animation adapts the popular computer game, with animals and futuristic themes in colourful fashion. WHEN: Saturday 16th July 9.30am VENUE: Electric Cinema Portobello, 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED AGES: All ages Something Happening for Kids Festival 2016 A fun-filled day of dance, performances, workshops, activities and surprises in a colourful and lively atmosphere. WHEN: Saturday 16th July, 11.00am-5.00pm VENUE: The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, WC1H 9PY AGES: All ages Sailing and Kayaking Join the Westminster Boating Base charity which aims to provide experiences and opportunities for young people which aid personal and social development through participation in watersports. Learn to sail and/or kayak! Courses include BC One Star and Two Star, RYA Level 1 Start Sailing, RYA Level 2 Basic Skills, RYA Stages 1, 2 and 3 and much more. WHEN: From the 1st April to 31st March VENUE: Westminster Boating Base, 136 Grosvenor Road, London, SW1V 3JY AGES: 10+ Regent Street Summer Garden Party Regent Street will be transformed into an urban garden, for a traffic-free ‘Garden Party’. There will be grass-lined streets with British music, arts and crafts, street-side BBQ from Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen, lawn games including badminton and fencing and much more! WHEN: Sunday 17th July VENUE: Reagent St, London AGES: All ages Get Out of Town: Street To The Point Guildford Theatre company Street to The Point are a performance group created by youth theatre members. This comical act will be performing at this years Guildford Fringe festival, and you can watch for free! They have created a mix artworks that encourage the audience to have as much fun as possible, so be sure to keep an eye out for them if you’re in Guildford this weekend! WHEN: Saturday 16th July, 11am-4pm VENUE: Guildford Town Centre, GU1 4YT AGES: All ages Restaurant of The Week – Porkies BBQ Bankside – Southbank It’s set to be a (dare we say it) WARM weekend, (we won’t stretch to ‘hot’ just in case we jinx things), and what better way to spend an afternoon in London, than a family stroll along the Southbank, taking in the sights, sounds and entertainment. It’s one of my favourite things to do in town, and there are lots to keep all ages occupied along the way – including the adults, with many a bar or pub along the way! If it’s food you’re after, look no further than Porkies, it’s a fab family friendly place to go Bankside for delicious tasty Memphis grub. There’s lots of finger food for the kids to try, and what’s more – even the dog is welcome! A real family outing. Delish!