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e! e r F Issue 89 March/April 2011

Easter Family Fun! INSIDE! • Childcare: The cost of paid work • The Weaning Process

Covering the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Westminster







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Issue 89 | March/April 2011 | Families North London

This Issue




12 Treats for Mothers! 14 The Cost of Paid Work 17 Easter Family Fun 18 The Weaning Process 20 Spring Fashion

Regular Features



4 News 8 Education 10 Book Corner 11 Five of the Best: Football Academies 16 Eating Out 22 Out & About

Welcome So we are half way through the Spring term already, and looking ahead to the Easter holidays with great excitement! This issue is packed full of great ideas and fun things to do with the whole family. If you haven’t already registered your details on our website, do please log on to and register now. You can receive regular updates on what’s happening in and around your local area – and don’t forget to check out the competitions folder, as we have some fab prizes up for grabs!

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Ally Pally Open Again! After 9 months of refurbishment, Alexandra Palace Ice Rink celebrated its opening with a spectacular display of local ice skating talent at the end of January. Children of all ages, together with their fabulous coaches who had been rehearsing hard for months at Lee Valley, came together in a wonderful

The Bugs are here... at last! Theatrebugs has arrived! After five years of singing, dancing and acting their socks off in South West London; Philippa Granek launches Theatrebugs North and North West London; Theatrebugs’ first ever franchise!
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showcase of beautiful routines – and some breathtaking jumps and tricks! Famous before for being the only ice rink in London with hills (yes, really!) the ice rink is now beautifully smooth, and possibly the best London has to offer. This is just the tip of the iceberg in the plans for the regeneration of the iconic ‘Ally Pally’. The rink alone attracts many keen skaters, and has a great programme of family skates, ice hockey, classes and coaching, affordable birthday party packages, and of course the ever-popular Friday and Saturday night skates for Haringey’s youth. It is a huge asset to the local community and beyond, and families all over London will look forward to the next phase of the regeneration for this landmark venue. For further information visit or telephone 020 8365 2121.

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They are presently running the following classes: Under 5 clubs at Alyth Synagogue on Tuesdays at 10am in Temple Fortune, Friends Meeting House, Muswell Hill on Tuesdays at 10am and Mill Hill East Church, Mill Hill on Fridays at 10am for 45 minutes. After nursery club at Alyth Synagogue on Thursdays at 12:15 and after school club at 4pm in Lytellton Park, N2.

Phone today to book your free trial session! 
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This Spring get swept away by the Wind in the Willows Join Mole, Ratty, Badger and Mr Toad on a Magical Drama Adventure with Perform’s Easter Holiday Course. Local Highgate children will come together for some messing about on the river with Mole, Ratty, Badger and the wonderful Mr Toad! They will discover the magic of Kenneth Grahame’s beautiful book, make new friends, stretch their imaginations and enjoy plenty of fun and laughter too! Together with a team of experienced theatre professionals, the children will combine live original music, inspirational dance and quick witted improvisation into a colourful mini performance on the final day. Exclusively for 4-8 year olds, Perform Spring Experiences are three day courses specially designed to encourage creativity, confidence and communication skills as well as being a kaleidoscope of fun! Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th April 2011 at Highgate United Reform Church Pond Square, Highgate, London, N6 6BA, 2.30 – 4.30pm Telephone 0845 400 1274 or visit for more information.

FREE Easter Holiday Project

New Support for Mothers

Haringey Shed’s Children’s Theatre will be running FREE inclusive performing arts project for 7 – 11 year olds ‘Show in a Week’ giving young people the unique opportunity to devise and perform their very own show over the week. It is a fantastic way to spend the school holidays. The project will run from 11th – 15th April at Haringey Sixth Form Centre, White Hart Lane, N17 and will be funded by Comic Relief. For further details please contact Bizi Websdell on 07850 617 169 or email, or visit

The North London-based Silvia Latham Consultancy is launching a workshop especially designed for mothers. Its innovative approach to self-growth combines simple techniques of self awareness with practical exercises of breathing and body posture that gives mothers a useful kit of tools to fight stress, enhance relaxation, boost confidence and promote self reliance and personal solidity. Contact Silvia on 07985465031 or visit to find out more.

news Road Safety for Toddlers The Children’s Traffic Club is a proven, successful road safety programme for 3 and 4 year old children. It helps the parents/carers teach children how to stay safe when out and about in a fun and memorable way, and it is designed to increase parent’s awareness of road safety issues. It aims to reduce casualty rates for the targeted age group. Membership is totally

Maypoles, Music and Morris Dancing in NW1 The English Folk Dance & Song Society in Primrose Hill run family barn dances which happen roughly once a month and are great fun! With live music and a friendly caller walking you through the dance steps they are suitable for children and adults alike. The dances are all 3-5pm, tickets available on the door (children £3, adults £5, under-2s free). Sun 6 March: Caller: Sheena Masson, band – Dave Jolly & Kevin Adams Sun 10 April: Caller: Liam Robinson, with Gareth Kiddier

Who can care? Foster Carers come from all sorts of backgrounds and are as varied as the children they care for. They do not need to be married, own their own home or have children. Whatever your circumstances you may have something to offer a young person. Applicants have to have a commitment to helping children, a willingness to learn about children’s needs, and the stability and energy to provide warmth and flexibility, together with the much-needed perseverance. You open your home and heart to some very difficult and problematic children and young people. Young people however deserve a chance of growing up within a normal family environment. The task is difficult and challenging so therefore the agency you work for must be the one that fully understands the fostering task

FREE for any child living in the 33 Boroughs of London, courtesy of Transport for London. Members get six illustrated books packed with stories, fun activities and stickers, and are designed to be used on a one-to-one basis with the parent or carer. They are sent periodically one every three months. Members all receive a certificate and free entry to competitions. To register your child call 0870 010 4440 or visit

Don’t miss the popular ‘May in a Day’ on Saturday 7 May, this year themed around hobby horses! You’ll be able to make, dance with, learn about, and even see them in action with a morris side. Storytelling, maypoles, live music, barn dancing, visual arts, events in the garden, songs about spring, ukulele workshops etc. Call 020 7485 2206 for ticket information and booking. Log on to and go to family events or telephone 020 7485 2206.

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and role. One that can give you the best and most professional support, and which also gives you understanding, respect and empathy. At Orange Grove Foster Care, the training and assessment period can help applicants decide what sort of fostering they could do best – emergency, short-term, long-term as well as the age range they could care for. The children and young people referred to Orange Grove Fostercare come from a wide range of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds and so they actively seek carers from diverse backgrounds. Contact www. theorangegrove. or telephone 01344 780200.

Knit yourself a William and Kate!! With all the excitement brewing around the Royal wedding, how about a little craft project to celebrate?! The Royal Couple made their first public appearance at a recent Toy Fair and were hand knitted by staff at James Galt to launch the new Knit a Friend kit! The 30cm high figures were joined by real life Kate Middleton and Prince William look-a-likes, Kate Bevan and Andy Walker, on the James Galt stand. ‘We knitted the royal couple as a fun way to demonstrate our new Knit a Friend kit,’ commented John McDonnell, MD of James Galt. ‘It’s a great way to create your own royal wedding souvenir and we plan to introduce more ‘Wooly Windsors’ on our website for fans and followers to download and knit in the run up to the big day, on April 29th.’ The FREE pattern for the James Galt’s royal couple can be downloaded from The Knit a Friend kit is priced £14.99 and suitable for 8 yrs+.


news Toddlers Across North London Twirl for Tommy’s! On Saturday, March 19th 2011, Diddi Dance classes across the UK are holding special ‘Twirl for Tommy’s’ fund raising events dedicated to raising funds for Tommy’s. Aimed at children aged 2-4 years, your little one will get sponsored to twirl, hula hoop and pirouette – and have fun too! Entrance is free but with a suggested donation of £5 for a one hour dance class and will include the Twirl for Tommy’s event. There’s prizes on offer for highest fundraiser too – 4 free Diddi Dance

Happy Days for Local Mothers Finchley mother of two, Lisa Usiskin set up Happy Days Children’s Clothing last year as an online store. In addition to the successful range of clothing, Lisa now throws parties and coffee mornings across North London where friends can get together and check out the merchandise before they buy, in a relaxed environment without having to struggle to the shops with buggies laden down, or worry

We are looking for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years to assist us in a range of fun activities investigating how children see. The Child Vision Lab is based at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in Central London. We will refund any travelling costs up to £20. 020 7608 6819

classes, a Diddi Dance t-shirt and CD! Charlene Dinger took over the Diddi Dance franchise back in October 2010, and has gone from strength to strength, opening up new classes in Highbury and Swiss Cottage, along with her existing classes in Islington, Highgate, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Enfield! Melanie from Families North London and her daughter Leila tested out their local Diddi Dance class and had a lot of fun! ‘My daughter was in her element when the ribbons came out for the children to twizzle in time to the music. The about the toddlers in tow. You can also host a Happy Days party in your own home, and as the host you will receive 10% of total sales to spend at the event or to use later in the form of a gift voucher. Great fun, and a good way to buy your children’s clothing! Happy Days will also visit fairs, health clubs etc. Visit website for future events www. or call 07792 832430 for more information.

class was energetic and imaginative, and I would thoroughly recommend them!’. Classes use various dancing games and exercises, bells, hoops and dance ribbons to their own funky pop songs enabling children not only to improve their rhythm and co-ordination but also social and gross motor skills. They look at different dance styles every half term from salsa and hip hop to country and disco. For further information contact Charlene Dinger 07892 711162 or visit

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Half Term and Easter holiday football courses in NW3 PLUS: Exciting football parties for 5 to 11 year olds. We are now recruiting 7-11 year olds to join our training sessions for matches with our teams in Hampstead, Finchley, Highgate & Belsize Park for the 2010/2011 football season. Call for more details!

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Education news Know About Famous Artists, Scientists & Explorers? Win one of 3 brilliant new educational DVDs for children aged between five and twelve. Each of the three 50-minute-long (famous artists, scientists and explorers) Now You Know About

Fire Up Foreign Language Skills Do you want to give your child the opportunity to improve their French, but can’t afford to fork out hundreds of pounds in the process? There is a fabulous new website linguisticexchange. com which brings together families who are looking to organise student exchanges. Living abroad with a French family during the school holidays is the best solution to improving foreign language skills… And the only thing to pay for is the travel. North London parents are lucky to have the Eurostar service running from Kings Cross, and with the host family meeting them at the other side…it really is very straight forward.

How to identify your child’s ability – how clever are they really? by Katie Krais Throughout the years you have been told your child is clever. Maybe he has sailed through all his homework tasks and he has rarely had to ask for adult help. End of year tests have come and gone and at parents evening and in school reports you are always told your child is doing very well. Sound familiar? Well what you really need to know now is just how well? When it comes to choosing secondary schools, it is very important to have realistic expectations. If you decide to sit your child for the 11+ exam, make sure you know they are capable of passing, remembering that competition is great. For this reason you need to know not just where your child is performing compared to those in his class, but also how he compares to the rest of the country, many of who might be competing for the same places. To find out the level your child is working at you can – 1. Ask the school Liaise closely with your child’s class teacher and headteacher – what do they predict for your child in Maths, English and Science for the end of key stage SATs? Find out your child’s reading


titles introduces kids to individuals who have helped shape our world through a series of short, colourful stories bursting with fun and interesting details. Simply log onto where you need to register your details to enter. Good luck! Your chosen host family will be attentive to your child’s wellbeing, doing everything they can to make him/her feel at home. The family will help your child get used to his new life abroad. Your child will benefit from a family environment and participate in the host family’s daily life. When you organise exchanges this way, only two parties are involved thus improving the line of communication! So why not jumpstart your child’s linguistic progress and give your child the chance to become familiar with another culture and the different customs that go with it – travelling really does shape the minds of our youth! Log onto where a French correspondent is already waiting for you… and spelling age, as well as their current national curriculum levels in maths, writing and reading. Most schools will have this information, but they will not necessarily volunteer it. 2. Find out for yourself Set some timed practice tests that you can buy in most leading bookstores. 3. Ask a tutor Most tutors will assess your child and give you useful feedback about their level of attainment. 4. Have a full academic assessment with an educational consultant These consultants will test both your child’s potential ability as well as actual current performing level and allow you to know if your child is meeting their own potential and how their abilities can be moved on. Good consultants will also give you ‘what next steps’... tutoring recommendations and advice on how to further support your child. Tests should always be given using standardizes scores as these are the scores that are used for most 11+ entrance examinations. For further information and academic assessment bookings please contact Katie Krais on: Mobile: 07956111728, Email: or see and

Fantastic Opera-tunity for Budding Stars! Local Pupils from Child’s Hill Primary School NW2 were lucky enough to join the professional cast of English Touring Opera as a chorus of trees in Roald Dahl’s ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’, an opera by Tobias Picker. Tim Yealland, Director of Fantastic Mr Fox and ETO’s groundbreaking education programme says ‘Fantastic Mr Fox is an opera that will delight and enchant audiences of every age, with music that is both fresh and original, and a professional cast of animals, humans and machines, as well as 21 local child foxcubs and tress, all performing on a magical set of tunnels, towering walkways and dens.’ The children from Childs Hill School are playing a chorus of trees. They have been learning the music in their music lesson, with teacher – Clare Hoskins for a couple of months in music lessons at school. They have also taken part in rehearsals with principal cast at Toynbee Studios (E1), where they have been taken through some choreography with Movement Director, Liam Steel. The chorus of trees from Childs Hill will perform at Hackney Empire on 10 March. As the tour makes its way around the UK, over 250 children from 21 schools will take part in the production. The production itself is an ideal way to introduce children to music and the theatre. Family operas are particularly rare, but this production aims to be suitable for the whole family, in the same way that Dahl’s stories appeal to a wide age range. The pupils have also contributed artwork and composed songs that will be recorded and published in a book ‘Foxtales’ depicting 24 hours in the life of a fox. For tickets and further information visit

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Young Highgate Horn Player Proud of her TIME WITH the NCO The National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain (NCO) is the ultimate orchestral experience for musicians aged 7 – 13! Since its formation in 1978 the orchestra has forged a strong reputation as the premier provider of orchestral training and performance opportunities for children all over the UK. Promising young musicians who gain a place at the NCO attend an exciting residential course. The tutors for these intensive courses are drawn from major national orchestra, conservatories and specialist music schools as well as encompassing other leading musicians, giving members access to the highest standard of tuition the UK has to offer. Each course culminates in a performance, with the older participants playing at major concert venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Following on from their breathtaking and magical winter concerts at The Southbank, we caught up with one of the orchestra’s Under 14s member – French horn player Alison Mansfield. Alison, aged 14 from Channing School in Highgate, North London, was in the orchestra for the last 4 years. She looks back fondly at her time with the NCO, and tells us how being a member has greatly enhanced her general musicianship, sight reading and ensemble playing as well as being great fun! Current NCO members will be looking forward to their next residential course, where they will be working towards the concerts in Brighton (9.4.11) and Bristol (17.4.11). For young musicians such as Alison, they are privileged to be a part of such a prestigious orchestra. A professional conductor tell us ‘The NCO remains extremely rare – it has no rival in this country.’ For further details on forthcoming performances and for information regarding auditions, log on to

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Book corner Go on a bear hunt with Michael Rosen Enjoy an afternoon of poetry with poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen as he takes you on a Bear Hunt and so much more. Part of the Poet in the City initiative, this is a unique opportunity to meet one of the nation’s favourite poets. Michael Rosen is a children’s author and poet, and former Children’s Laureate. Michael Rosen will be signing books from 16.00 – expect queues. Price £3 per child with accompanying adult

Book Reviews RHS How does my Garden Grow? Published by Dorling Kindersley

Get children involved in growing plants this Easter and show them how to be creative with the plants, flowers, fruit and vegetables they’ve grown. Here is a practical, educational and fun book with over 30 projects to get children out in the garden. Children will love growing teeny, tiny tomatoes and will be fascinated that you can use sweetcorn husks to make paper! Other exciting projects to make include creating colourful plant labels or growing herbs and then baking herby cheese muffins. There is something to suit every mini-gardener! With clear, stepby-step instructions and photography, interspersed with nuggets of science that will make children look at plants in a whole new light, this a great asset to any family bookshelf.

(additional adults £3). Bookings taken from Monday 14 March, call 020 8983 5205 or email Suitable for children aged 4-11 years. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or carer Saturday 26 March, 2.30pm – 3pm and 3pm – 3.30pm V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

I love My Mum by Sophie Piper (Lion Children’s Books)

A heartwarming book with a cast of cuddly baby animals who tell us why they love their mums so much – and in doing so, help young readers appreciate the love and care their own mums give every day. Along with Melanie Mitchell’s endearing illustrations, this is a cosy and special read for any mother and child to cuddle up with and share together – and one that will particularly welcomed by dads and relatives when looking for a special Mother’s Day gift!

The British Library is running some Easter Family Workshops on Tuesday 12 April – Thursday 14 April 2011, and Tuesday 19 April – Thursday 21 April 2011 at 11am – 12.30pm and 3pm – 4.30pm. These engaging workshops and activities are free and open to all the family. Visit or telephone 0843 2081144

theatres within central London. Over 200 exquisite cameos capture the theatres as they are now, many having been lovingly restored in recent years, while the fascinating text brings to life each theatre’s history. With a wealth of information for both casual visitors and more serious enthusiasts, London’s Theatres is the ultimate reference guide to the capital’s magnificent cultural history.

London’s Theatres by Mike Kilburn (Published by New Holland)

This beautifully illustrated book covers 53 of the best-known and most historic

Children’s Book Fair Saturday 2 April, 10am – 1pm at Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution features Special guest Pat Hutchins, author and illustrator of Rosie’s Walk, Titch and many other popular children’s books, will appear at 11.00 and stay to sign copies of her books (on sale at the Book Fair from Muswell Hill Children’s Bookshop) until 12.00. Also second-hand books for sale, children’s activities, facepainting and refreshments. Admission free.

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Little Kickers Over 9 years of experience, they run classes all over North London. The quality of their programme was recently recognised by the Football Association in the UK who subsequently asked them to provide input into the technical committee which they have set up to develop a formal Early Years Football Training qualification. ‘Coach Serge and Coach Simeone... what amazing guys! Their patience, care and interaction with the kids is unrivalled... ’ says Wendy, Mum to Sam of Golders Green.

Stamford Lion Easter Tours Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford the Lion tours are aimed at children, the fun-filled tour with Stamford will take you behind-the-scenes with numerous photo opportunities throughout the tour and a Chelsea FC gift for every child taking part. Monday – Sunday: 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00 Prices for Pre-Booked (Online/Telephone) Customers:
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‘Thanks very much for the great class. Nathan loves Enjoy-a-Ball…! You have a great ability to really get on the same level as the kids and I never fail to be impressed by your patience and enthusiasm.’ says a parent.

‘I have watched my son develop and grow into a confident and talented young footballer. I have been so impressed with the support and attention from Danny and his team.’ says Carina Wilson.

Football Centre of Excellence FCE is a great football development programme for boys and girls age 2 to 12 years.

League One Their range of friendly, safe and fun-packed sessions encourage children to develop their fitness and football skills under the guidance of our team of professional FA Coaches.


Kiddikicks A hat-trick of football, fitness and fun, for under-7s with sessions that are skills based, concentrating on fun and participation.

Africa United Anything is possible… even playing in the World Cup! This heart-warming family film, Africa United has just been released on DVD, and features Rwandan boy,

Creative Movements Movement, Dance and Rythmn for all ages and abilities


‘My son is growing in confidence and enjoys every minute of it. Excellent coaching.’ says Zoe, Harry’s Mum.

Fabrice, who is football mad! When a talent scout spots his potential and offers him the opportunity to show off his skills as part of the opening ceremony of The World Cup in South Africa, all his dreams come true – and all that stands between him and his goal is 3000 miles. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy and treasure.

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mother’s day

Treats for mothers! With Mother’s Day on our minds, it is time to have a breather, take ‘time out’ from worrying about the rest of the family, and reflect on what a good job you do (it is thankless work after all). Treat yourself for once (or leave this page open for your husband to take the hint!).

Lunch at Odette’s Odette’s Restaurant 130 Regents Park Road, Primrose Hill London NW1 8XL 020 7586 8569

A superb little restaurant with a contemporary British menu in the heart of Primrose Hill. Glamorous interior, wonderfully attentive staff, and most importantly – fabulous food! Treat yourself to a memorable lunch in the capable hands of Chef/Proprietor Bryn Williams. Supplied with venison and chicken from his native Wales, halibut and scallops from Scotland, and game shot during the season by his father and uncle in Denbighshire, his menus really do reflect his personality and heritage. I chose hand dived scallops (seared to perfection) served with pork belly and apricot – a fine combination, followed by a wonderful steamed lemon sole, and finished with a baked passion fruit cream, mango and coconut ice cream – divine! Odette’s offer an incredible value lunch menu from Tuesday to Friday £16 for 2 courses, £20 for 3. You won’t be disappointed!


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How about a quality evening sipping champagne and enjoying a fine three course dinner at a stylish modern British restaurant, followed by a film in one of the plushest little cinemas around?! All of this is organised for you at the special ‘Moet Movies on the Menu’ evenings – in the award-winning luxury hotel One Aldwych. The £38.50 per person is incredible value for a wonderful evening out, in the heart of Covent Garden. Dinner is served at the hotel’s ‘Axis’ restaurant – and choosing from a special set menu, we enjoyed marinated sardines with mussel and saffron dressing, a beautiful rainbow trout with almonds, and a rich and satisfying Chocolate pot with mocha shortbread. Log onto the hotel’s website to see the list of forthcoming screenings – they even provide the popcorn!

St Eval Candle Company have a collection of beautiful scented decal pots and matching waterproof vases. Intricate and delicate, these pretty pots and vases from the Floral Collection would be a welcome decorative item to any home. The Rose Garden candle (pink) is evocative of the warm soft scent of tuber roses. Prices start at £10.80.

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The Romantic Sensibility Collection of beautiful antique style hard-back journals is inspired by 18th century Romantics who jotted down poetical observations of nature and feelings of tenderness. A range of subtle colours and an antique feel with gilt-embossed leather binding (Available in micro and midi formats from £4.99). These are the perfect accessory for those moments of contemplation – and a gorgeous treat for any mum to keep in her handbag!

mother’s day Say it with flowers!

Merci Maman

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A personalised charm bracelet engraved by hand with names, dates or a special message. A sweet selection of charms are available in silver or gold plated onto dainty coloured rope. Prices from £30.

Any modern mother would cherish a piece of jewellery from Claudia Bradby’s beautifully feminine new Hummingbird Collection, with its signature use of freshwater pearls fused with Alice in Wonderland inspired ‘supersized’ pendants and accents of vibrantly coloured ribbon. We love the ‘Betsy’ Necklace, price £109.50.

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The cost of paid work Having a job when your children are young just got more expensive. Joanna Moorhead explains why. We’re all in this together – we’ve all heard that, many times, from our politicians about our country’s financial problems. But from April, if you’re a working parent you could be forgiven for thinking you were maybe taking more than your fair share of the hit. Why so? Well, that’s when cuts to state-funded help with childcare announced in last year’s comprehensive spending review start to kick in: and what they’ll mean is a cut in income of up to £1,300 a year to some families in London, according to the thinktank Resolution Foundation. Chancellor George Osborne announced last year that the percentage of childcare costs recoverable through the working tax credit system would be reduced form 80% to 70% this month. But, says the Resolution Foundation, many families are still unaware of the changes – and, says its chief executive Gavin Kelly, those on middle-to-low incomes are the ones likely to find the losses hardest to bear. ‘Many parents find support with childcare costs absolutely essential to staying in work, and the big worry is that some will now find that work doesn’t pay,’ he says. And he points out that, coming after recent rises in travel costs, the cuts come at a time when families are feeling the pinch very hard indeed. After all, for working


parents childcare cuts don’t just represent a loss of income: they force parents to think about whether working when their children are young is actually worth the effort at all. Given that the government is committed to helping parents to work if they want to, that doesn’t make much sense. To be totally fair about it, of course, a two-parent family should view the costs of childcare as a proportion of their joint income. But in practice, how it’s seen by most couples is as a proportion of the mother’s wage. And if the proportion of that income spent on travel, lunches and childcare becomes too high, then many mothers start to think: what’s the point of carrying on working?

rising to £385m by 2014-15. The policy is one of several deficit reduction measures which will hit families, including an end to the £250 child trust fund for new babies, and the cutting of child benefit from 2013 to families where one parent is a higher-rate taxpayer. What’s especially unfair is that, if women leave the workplace when their children are tiny, they often find their working choices hugely reduced when they try to return to work three, or five, or even ten years down the line. And given that we’re being encouraged to anticipate living longer, and working for longer, that makes no sense.

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Many parents find support with childcare costs absolutely essential to staying in work, and the big worry is that some will now find that work doesn’t pay. Many campaigners argue that failing to invest in childcare, and so reducing the proportion of a family’s income spent on childcare, is failing the long-term economic future of the country. After all, working mothers are extremely valuable to the economy: they’re paying into their pensions, they’re learning new skills, they’re keeping their confidence up, and even if they only tread water while their children are young, they’re keeping connected with the world of work in a way that will make it much easier to up a gear when their children are at school. From the government’s point of view, of course, the changes to working tax credit are all part of a cuts package that has to affect everyone in the land. This month’s changes to the childcare element of the credit will save £270m next year,

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Easter & Summer holiday courses 2011

Highgate School Mallinson Sports Centre has been running well established children’s holiday courses for over 20 years. All courses take place within the vast grounds of Highgate School. • • • • • • • • •

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Mallinson Sports Centre, Bishopswood Road, Highgate, London N6 4NY

Easter dates are from 4th April through to 21st April. Summer dates are from 11th July through to 2nd September. Our courses cater for children aged 5–14 years old. Daily places are available closer to the start of each course.

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Freshly baked thin crust pizzas from this interesting little pizzeria adjacent to Hampstead Heath. Enjoy a hearty walk, or perhaps even fly a kite on Parliament Hill and then descend upon Al Parco for lunch. It is small, but has a sweet little area at the back of the restaurant that you can tuck yourselves nicely away in for the feast. Children are very welcome, atmosphere is very laid back, and menu has a good choice. Take-outs also available.

Brilliant for young families with a great Bambini Menu which includes a freshly squeezed juice, main and an ice cream for £5.50 (up to 8 years). These rustic and delicious pizzas are a real treat. Trattoria Sapori also serves up an array of hearty Italian style breakfasts including fluffy omlettes, Italian sausage or Sourdough Ciabatta, Focaccias a-plenty and some delicious antipasti. Plenty of colouring etc to keep the kids happy.

Sunday Morning Pizza Making ! Since 2010 Basilico in Crouch End have been running pizza making classes designed for children to familiarise themselves with fresh ingredients as they prepare their own pizza. The Crouch End shop is in a very family orientated area, and basilico enjoy introducing these children to food and cookery through preparing the fresh ingredients basilico uses across its range. They learn how to work the dough, put

Prices very reasonable, with a good value kids menu (£4.95 for 2 courses and a drink), and staff welcoming. We visited for my daughter’s 11th birthday celebration one Friday evening. The traditional wood fire pizza oven baked faultless thin-crust pizzas, and the large sized pizzas arrive piping hot, and oozing with flavours, on rustic wooden boards. You even get presented with your own pizza cutter! Menu contains all the old favourites, or you can choose your own selection of toppings. In addition to the tasty menu, the jazz band in the background enhanced our already mellow mood. Belts were loosened as we literally ‘dug in’ to a gigantic Hot Chocolate Brownie sharing dessert from the tempting list of sundaes, complete with warm fudge sauce, vanilla ice-cream and oodles of whipped cream. Excellent!

together their own pizza, and watch it cook to perfection in the wood fired oven before enjoying it in store or at home. Children must be accompanied by a parent/adult (max two children per adult) and are welcome to enjoy the newspapers and smoothies at the window, whilst the children cook. Classes take place every two weeks on Sundays at 10.30am, hold up to eight children and are free of charge. To book call 020 8616 0290.

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easter fun

Easter Fun for all the Family Whatever the weather this Easter, keep the celebrations local and get stuck into some imaginative and exciting Easter Activities. Here are some of Families North favourites to inspire you, with fun guaranteed for the whole family! There are plenty more ideas on our website, so do log on and register to get a whole host of ideas for the Easter holidays. TREASURE HUNT & TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC 19 -21 April 2011, 11am-1pm & 2-4pm artsdepot, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley London N12 0GA Tel: 020 8369 5454 The everpopular treasure hunt returns to artsdepot this Easter with the new challenges set to take young explorers all around the building. Take to the stage, produce a masterpiece in the art studio, learn dance routines and join the hunt for the golden ticket which will lead you to the final reward: a yummy picnic lunch for you and your teddy bear. Don’t forget to bring your furry friend! Ages 4 – 7 Price: £10 including picnic lunch (Please mention any food allergies when booking).

EASTER EGG TRAIL 11am – 4.30pm 22, 23,24, 25 April 2011. Fenton House, Hampstead Grove, London NW3 6SP Tel: 020 7435 3471 Easter Egg Trail through this beautiful National Trust garden to find 9 colourful eggs. Copy the patterns and be rewarded with a chocolate egg. And how about a facepaint too? £2.50 per child (accompanying adult has free entry to garden) ‘TAKING ROOT’ 10 April 2011 Camden Arts Centre’ Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG Tel: 020 7472 5500 A family activity day, part of the Camden Arts Centre’s new garden project ‘Taking Root’. During the afternoon, artists Ashley McCormick and Stephen Nelson will lead fun activities for all ages, exploring uses of the garden inspired by the exhibition of works by Pino Pascali. Free, but booking is essential.

FARMYARD FUN 11 April – 24 April 2011 Kentish Town City Farm, 1 Cressfield Close London NW5 4BN Tel: 020 7916 5421 A wonderful time to visit the farm, drop in to meet newborn lambs and goat kids, help feed the animals, plant a sunflower seed, or join one of their creative arts & crafts sessions (from 11am and 1pm – 3pm). Pony rides for age 4+ on Saturday 23 April, and egg blowing and painting on Sunday 24 April. Farm entrance free, activities cost between 50p and £1. EASTER EGG HUNT 23rd April 2011, 12pm – 3pm Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane Enfield EN1 4RQ Tel: 08456 122 122 ext 200 Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice have organised the popular Capel Manor Gardens Easter Egg hunt, and many other activities such as egg and spoon races, face painting, crafts and games. Adults £5.50, Concessions £4.50, Children £2.50, Family £13.50 (2 adults + 3 children), Under 3’s free EASTER FIJIAN FUN 9 – 25 April 2011 Sea Life London Aquarium, County Hall Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB Tel: 0871 6631678 Learn about threatened corals, clams and tropical fish of Fiji and enjoy the Easter trail, face painting, competitions etc.



The weaning process by Kirsten Davies

Weaning is the process of changing a baby’s diet from totally milk based, to one that is made up of a variety of nutrients. It is a process that takes time and one that cannot be rushed.

Until the age of one, the main source of nutrition in a baby’s diet is breast or formula milk. What is the best age to wean? The Department of Health changed its advice on when to wean from 4 months to 6 months in December 2003, to come in line with the world health organisation. However, there has been much debate about this. A report led by Dr Mary Fewtrell, a consultant paediatrician at the Institute of Child Health, London, concluded that exclusive breastfeeding for six months – without introducing other foods – might not always be in the best interests of babies in this country. In fact, it stated that this might even put them at increased risk of iron deficiency anaemia, food allergies and unhealthy eating in later life, because it can reduce the window for introducing new tastes, particularly bitter tastes associated with leafy green vegetables. As a nutritional professional and someone who spent ten years assisting parents weaning their children, I really fail to comprehend this research. It is my belief that children shouldn’t be weaned until they are at least 6 months of age. Research has shown that babies’ digestive systems are very slow


to develop and the enzymes that are required to digest food do not develop until the baby is 6 months old. Babies also have very thin gut lining and if a baby is weaned before the enzymes are present, undigested food could seep through the intestinal lining and enter the blood putting your baby at an increased risk of developing allergies, intolerance’s and other such problems, such as a weaker immune system. After 6 months, babies make there own secretory IgA, which coats the intestine and stops the absorption of foreign substances through the intestinal mucous. Babies also develop the reflex of sucking and chewing simultaneous which will help them taste the food. Babies are born with enough Iron stores to last them until they are roughly 6 months. Weaning at this age can ensure their levels are keep at an optimum. If weaning is delayed until after 7 months some babies have difficulty eating food with lumps later on and they could become deficient in nutrients like iron. If women who are breast feeding have enough iron in their diet then their breast milk will be fine and help ensure that their baby does not develops any deficiencies, as this is coupled with the stores that they are born with. If the mother ensures their diet includes a good source of iron during their pregnancy then the babies will be born with good stores. The problem is that women who don’t eat a good diet and breast feed or breast feed whilst dieting to lose their excess baby weight could increase the possibility of babies suffering from deficiencies. With regards to there being a window for children’s taste buds developing a disliking for bitter green vegetable; I

believe that children are adaptable. If there is a good variety of vegetables, given mixed with sweeter fruits or vegetables their taste buds will adjust, it may take a few weeks to persevere but surely its better to wait until the baby’s digestive system is in full functioning order, reducing the risk of allergies, intolerances and a weakened immune system? What to wean Healthy babies need food that is fresh, unprocessed, and low in saturated fat, and free from additives, sugar and salt. Packaged baby food is improving all the time but fresh and home made has to be the preferred option or the ideal. The following foods are great foods to start weaning: Apple, avocado, bananas, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, courgettes, pears, pumpkin, mango and swede. With the exception of avocados and bananas, its best to cook the fruit and vegetables until it is soft enough to be pureed to a very smooth consistency Make sure they are smooth with no lumps. Never add solids to your baby’s bottle.

Spectacular spinach Spinach is considered to be a rich source of iron. Iron forms part of the molecules in red blood cells called haemoglobin, which is responsible for carrying oxygen from the lungs to each cell, its essential so that each cell can fully function, which can explain why low levels of iron cause tiredness.

health Tip: Sometimes it can be better to introduce your baby to pureed vegetables before pureed fruits. Sometimes after getting used to the sweet taste of pureed fruit, your baby will not then accept the savoury taste of the vegetables! For the first few weeks introduce single food purees one at a time, this is especially helpful if you or any other family member suffer from any allergies as you can eliminate foods if they don’t seem to agree with your baby. Maintain their usual milk (breast or bottle) 4x daily as this is their main source of nourishment, so try not to worry if your baby is not eating lumps or is as advanced as other babies, they will all catch up. To read the article in full, and for information on what foods to avoid for babies under a year, please go to www.


Healthy bones

There has been a lot of attention on probitoics in the past few years with probiotic drinks and live yogurts taking centre stage. Probiotics are bacteria that is either naturally occurring in, or added to food. There is good reason for all this press as there is now a lot of emerging scientific evidence that suggests that probiotics offer a whole host of benefits, from Improving immune function, preventing infections, reducing inflammation, helping managing urogenital health, helping control symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, to lowering cholesterol and even helping people managing lactose intolerance!

It is important to build up the body’s calcium stores early in life. Approximately 70% of the weight of mature cones is made up of minerals that are continuously laid down in childhood. For most people, the amount of bone tissue in the skeleton know as bone mass peaks by the age of 20, making birth to twenty the most important time for investing in bone health. Healthy sources of bone building minerals include fruits such as peaches, pears, apples, grapes, raisins and oranges, and vegetables especially beans, broccoli, peas and dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds.

If you would like to book a consultation with Kirsten Davies regarding you or your child’s health do contact her on 07780007361 or via thefoodremedy@

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Spring fashion  fter our long, cold Winter, A Polarn O. Pyret of Sweden have seized the Spring and launched their range of jackets and coats in a rainbow of bright colours and patterns. All PO.P jackets are wind and waterproof, yet flexible and breathable so the most active child stays comfortable in all weather. Coats from £49

Plenty of playsuits that are bright, imaginative and full of fun!

Little girls can leap into Spring wearing one of these beautiful Powell Craft cotton dresses from Sleeveless ‘girls at play’ dress with red and white polka dot trims £18.00

PO.P’s lightweight fleece jackets are highly water resistant and very popular with kids because they just love the thumb grips. Buy them a little ‘bigger’ and the adjustable cuffs and thumb grips should help them to last for 2 years. Fleece Jackets from £35. Visit PO.P at Brent Cross NW4 to use your Families North discount voucher on page 21.


Kangol ‘Daisy Stitch Cloche’ 1920’s style cloche inspired by Boardwalk Empire, Kangol’s children’s range perfectly represents the timeless sophistication of the age. £35

fashion Embracing the diverse and vibrant culture of Ghana, West Africa, by merging dazzling, rich textiles with traditional designs, unique hand-made children’s clothing for age 2 to 12 years. Beautifully individual! Native Belle Boutique is a vibrant, new clothing line for girls aged 2-8. The Spring/Summer collection is a fresh fusion of traditional designs in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, inspired by the vitality of West Africa. Each piece is handmade in natural fabrics. Native Belle Boutique is a vibrant, new clothing line for girls aged 2-8. The Spring/Summer collection is a fresh fusion of traditional designs in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, inspired by the vitality of West Africa. Each piece is handmade in natural fabrics. Native Belle Boutique is a vibrant, new clothing line for girls aged 2-8. The Spring/Summer collection is a fresh fusion of traditional designs in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, inspired by the vitality of West Africa. Each piece is handmade in natural fabrics. Native Belle Boutique is a vibrant, new clothing line for girls aged 2-8. The Spring/Summer collection is a fresh fusion of traditional designs in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, inspired by the vitality of West Africa. Each piece is handmade in natural fabrics. Native Belle Boutique is a vibrant, new

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out & about cinema • museums

Out & About

Your guide to North London family entertainment TRON: Legacy (PG) March 19, 22 Tangled (PG) March 26, 29

THE TRICYCLE CINEMA 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR ( Kilburn) 020 7328 1000 Tickets £5/£4. Shrek Forever After (PG) March 5 TRON: Legacy (PG) March 12

Cinema BARBICAN CENTRE Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS ( Barbican) 0845 120 7528 Alice In Wonderland (U) March 5 Disney animated version. Family film club. Cost £3/£5. Megamind (PG) March 19 Animated film about a crazy, super villain.

BFI SOUTHBANK Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XT ( Waterloo) 020 7928 3232 The Three Caballeros March 5, 10 Donald Duck in Latin America. Weekly Disney screenings. Cost from £6.50. Make Mine Music March 7, 12 Animated Disney feature film. Fun & Fancy Free March 19, 22 Mickey Mouse adventure. Melody Time March 26, 29 Animated film.

PHOENIX CINEMA 52 High Road, N2 9PJ ( East Finchley) 020 8444 6789 Free bookable activities followed by a film. Cost £2.


Legend of the Guardians (PG) March 5 A young owlet embarks on an adventure.

A journey across a cyber universe.

A Turtle’s Tale (U) March 12 Exclusive preview about Sammy the curious turtle.

Curse of the Were-Rabbit (U) March 26 Wallace & Gromit.

Animals United (U) March 19 Billy, the meerkat and Socrates the lion are on a mission to find water. Kirikou & the Sorceress (U) March 26 Little Kirikou must save the village from the evil sorceress. Battle for Terra (PG) April 2 Human kind is on the brink of extinction. Racing Stripes (U) April 9 A zebra who thinks he is a race horse. Alice in Wonderland (PG) April 16 Arthur & the Great Adventure (PG) April 23 Arthur shrinks down to size to save his invisible friends. Happily N’Ever After (U) April 30 A twist on favourite fairy tales.

RIO CINEMA 107 Kingsland High Street, E8 (Silverlink) 020 7241 9410 Animals United (U) March 5, 8 Cost £3/£2. Megamind (PG) March 12, 15

Gulliver’s Travels (PG) March 19 A giant on the island of Lilliput.

Tangled (PG) April 2 Princess Rapunzel and her long, long hair. Yogi Bear April 9, 12 Jellystone Park celebrations get help from Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo. Megamind (PG) April 16, 19 Animated story about a super villain.

Museums BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM Bartholomew Lane, EC2R 8AH ( Bank) 020 7601 5545 Put all Your Eggs in One Basket! April 11 – 15, 18 – 21 Treasure trails, hidden eggs and prizes. Free entry.

CARTOON MUSEUM 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH ( Tottenham Ct Road) 020 7580 8155

Manga April 13, 19 Create Manga characters. 8 – 10 years. Cost £12. Superheroes Forever April 19 Discover cosmic comic effects. 8 – 10 years. Cost £12. Comical Comics April 20 Create cartoons and stories. 8 – 10 years. Cost £12. Active Animation April 23 Clay characters. 8 – 10 years. Cost £26.

GEFFRYE MUSEUM Kingsland Road, E2 8EA ( Old Street) 020 7739 9893 Lovely Lava Lamps March 5 Craft activities for 5 – 11 years. A Touch of Spice March 26 Activities, stories and music from across Asia. Easter Eggstravaganza! April 2 Easter activities. 5 – 11 years.

GRANT MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY Rockefeller Building, University Street, WC1E 6DE 020 3108 2052 Reopening March 15 Launch day of the new reorganised museum. Free entry. Fossil Forage March 19 Family event as part of the Science and Engineering week activities. Easter Egg-Laying Animals April 11 – 20 Explore the world of eggy animals. Family event.

Crazy Claymation April 12 Creations out of clay. 8 – 10 years. Cost £26.

HANDEL HOUSE MUSEUM 25 Brook Street, W1K 4HB 020 7495 1685

Beano & Beyond April 13, 20 Draw favourite Beano characters. 8 – 10 years. Cost £12.

Hallelujah for Easter April 24 Drop in sessions – listen to the harpsichord and take part in an

museums • special events out and about Easter trail. All ages. Cost £6/ children free.

MUSEUM OF LONDON London Wall, EC2, ( St Paul’s) 020 7001 9844 Fun at the Fair April 13, 20 Music and movement session. Under 5 years. Victorian Toys April 18, 22 Popular toys from Victorian London. 5+ years. Victorian Children April 24, 25 Handle objects that belonged to Victorian children. 5+ years.

MUSEUM OF LONDONDOCKLANDS West India Quay, E14 4AL (DLR West India Quay) 020 7001 9844 Victorian Tea Party April 11, 18 Make items for the tea table. 2 – 5 years. Noah’s Ark April 12, 20 Learn about the popular Victorian toy and make a pair of animals. 5+ years. Peg Pirates April 19 Make a peg pirate. 5+ years.

NATIONAL GALLERY Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN ( Charing Cross) 020 7747 2885 Magic Carpet March 6, 13, 20, 27 April 3, 10, 17, 24 Story telling sessions. Under 5 years. Drawing Sunday March 6, 20, April 3, 17 Art workshops. 5 – 11 years.

Family Walk & Talk March 6, April 3

Follow the trail for hidden treasure. 7+ years. Cost £10.

Studio Sunday March 13, 27, April 10, 24 Meet the artist. 5 – 11 years.

Extraordinary Eggs April 21 Egg painting. 7+ years. Cost £10.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD ( South Kensington) 020 7942 5000

SOMERSET HOUSE Strand, WC2R 1LA ( Temple) 020 7845 4600

Crafty Nature March 5, 19, April 2, 16 Fun workshops. Under 7 years. Natural Puppet Tales March 27, April 24 Stories and puppets. Under 7 years. Sensational Butterflies From April 5 Live butterflies in a butterfly house. Age of the Dinosaur From April 22 Interactive exhibition.

ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL ( Colindale) 020 8205 2266 St George’s Day April 23, 24 Make a dragon and learn about English, Australian and New Zealand pilots. Free admission.

SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP ( Holborn) 020 7440 4263 (bookings) The Story Behind the Mask April 13 Make a mask and discover the story behind them. Whole day workshop. 7+ years. Cost £18. Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall April 14 Create a mirrored room with miniature objects. Half day workshop. 7+ years. Cost £10. Treasure Map April 20

Free workshops, tickets allocated on the day. 6 – 12 years. Tracing Places March 5 Circus Surprise March 6 Hats Off! March 12 Booked and Hooked March 19 Poster Campaign March 26

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM Wellington St, Covent Garden WC2E 020 7379 6344

Archi-Ventures March 27 Outrageous designs and fantasy.

V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA ( Bethnal Green) 020 8983 5200 Going on a Bear Hunt March 26 Poetry reading and performances with Michael Rosen. Booking required. 4 – 11 years. Cost £3/ child+adult. World Autism Awareness Day April 2 Drop-in events with family packs to take away. Playing with Words April 11 – 22 Free drop-in sessions. 3 – 12 years. Lost in the Toy Museum April 15 David Lucas reads and holds a workshop. 4+ years. £3/workshop.

Workshop: Fantasy journeys 12:00 – 13:30 11 – 15 April 2011 18 – 22 April 2011 New bus, new journey; create a fantasy journey for the New Bus for London (NBFL)

Chocolate Decorating April 22, 23 Booking required. 3 – 12 years. Cost £5 per egg.

Workshop: New bus, new look 14:00 – 15:30 11 – 15 April 2011 18 – 22 April 2011 Design a new staff uniform for the driver and second crewmember of the NBFL

Bunnies and Bonnets April 24 Bunny hunting, stories and arts and crafts. 3 – 12 years.

Magic Bus story-time 11.00 and 16.00 Tuesday 12 and 19 April 2011 Thursday 14 and 21 April 2011 Little visitors can take in the sights of London using the Museum’s famous poster collection.

V&A MUSEUM Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL ( South Kensington) 020 7942 2000 The Boy who sat on the Dragon Throne March 5, 12, 19, 26 Gallery play. Parade of Animals March 6 Create fancy costumes.

Utterly Clarice Bean March 20 Stories, cut-outs and drawings.

Education Room, Level One Celebrate the Mayor’s New Bus for London, which has been inspired by the old iconic Routemaster

New Story, New Bus Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 April 2011 Help tell a new story for a new bus.

Sir John Soames Museum

Juggling Geometry March 13 Create shapes and patterns.

St George’s Day April 23 Free drop-in activities. All ages.

Special events ALEXANDRA PALACE Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY ( Wood Green) 020 8365 2121 London Festival of Railway Modelling March 26 – 27 Working model railway layouts. Cost on door family (2+3) £29. Discounts on pre-booked tickets.

BARBICAN CENTRE Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS ( Barbican) 0845 120 7550 Barbican Weekender March 5 – 6 Theatre, dance, music, film and food. Free events. All ages. BBC Symphony Orchestra March 19 Family event with pre-concert talks. Cost £8 – £24.


out & about special events • theatres BARNET WALKS Paul Baker 020 8440 6805 Ghost Walk March 5 Ghoulish ghost walk through High Barnet and Monken Hadley. Cost £7/£3 accompanied children.

BRENT COUNCIL 020 8937 1200 St Patrick’s Day March 17 Parade, floats, entertainment, music and family activities.

BURGH HOUSE New End Square, NW3 1LT ( Hampstead) 020 7431 0144 Past Poems & Personalities March 3 – June 12 Family friendly exhibition with listening stations and ‘pen-a-poem’ competition.

BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 OQH ( Angel) 020 7288 6272 Live March 8 Exhibition on flexible working options.

CAMLEY STREET NATURAL PARK 12 Camley Street, N1C 4PW 020 7833 2311 Pond Weekend March 12, 13, 26, 27 Pond dipping, nature trails and craft activities. Free.

CAPEL MANOR GARDENS Bullsmoor Lane,Enfield, EN1 4RQ (M25/J25) 08456 122122 Easter Egg Hunt April 23 Fun activities. Organised by Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. Cost £5.50/£2.50/family (2+3) £13.50.

CITY HALL 020 7983 4000 Mayor’s St Patrick’s Day Festival March 13 Colourful Irish parade.


FENTON HOUSE Windmill Hill, NW3 6RT 020 7435 3471 Easter Egg Trail April 22 – 25 Look for eggs around the garden. Cost £2.50/child.

FORTY HALL Forty Hill, Enfield (M25/J25) 020 8363 8196 Rooted April 1 Music & drama performance. Reserve a free place. Forty Hall Conversations April 16 Family demonstrations by artists. Free. ‘Spring’ April 19 Gardening workshops and trails around the park. Book a place. Free.

GUILDHALL & ART GALLERY Guildhall Yard, EC2V 5AE ( Moorgate) 020 7332 3700 London Maze April 16 City of London history festival. Family activities, talks, workshops and stalls.

HAMPSTEAD HEATH 020 7482 7073 (bookings) Rookie Rangers Wildlife Club March 13 Booking required. 8 – 12 years.

HARINGEY NCT Nearly New Sale March 12, 10.30am Held at Union Church Hall, Weston Park, Crouch End, N8 9TA.

HIGHGATE LITERARY & SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION 11 South Grove, N6 6BS 020 8340 3343 Children’s Book Fair April 2 Book sale, face painting, children’s activities and refreshments. Special guest Pat Hutchins (author and illustrator of ‘Rosie’s Walk’). Free admission.

HIGHGATE WOOD 020 8444 6129 Birds & Their Song Walk March 26

The Story Telling Tree April 19 Historical Walk April 27

KEATS HOUSE Keats Grove, NW3 2RR ( Hampstead) 020 7332 3868 keatshousehampstead The Archaeology of Keats House April 23 Explore finds with the Keats House archaeologist. 6+ years. Annual ticket £5/children free.

KENTISH TOWN CITY FARM 1 Cressfield Close, NW5 4BN 020 7916 5421 Up, Up and Away March 20 Spring equinox celebrations – make a kite at the farm. All ages. Cost £1. Easter Fun April 11 – 24 Meet new born lambs and take part in activities. Pony rides on Easter Saturday and egg painting on Easter Sunday. Free entry. Activities 50p/£1.

KINGS PLACE 90 York Way, N1 9AG ( Kings Cross) 020 7520 1490 OAE Tots: Workshop/Concert April 9 Workshop for 4 – 6 years, followed by a concert for under 6 years. Cost £4.50/£3.50/£1.75.

LAUDERDALE HOUSE Highgate Hill, Waterlow Park, N6 5HG ( Archway) 020 8348 8716 Treasure Hunt & Egg Roll April 24 Tickets on the day. Limited places. Cost £6/child.

ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC Marylebone Road, NW1 5HT ( Regent’s Park) 020 7873 7300 Family Day March 20 Spend the day and explore Stravinsky’s music for the ballet Pulcinella. 5 – 11 years. Cost £10/£8.

SOUTH BANK CENTRE Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX ( Waterloo) 020 7960 4200

Easter Chocolate Festival April 8 – 10 Stalls, demonstrations and tastings. Free entry. Alchemy Festival April 15 – 25 Celebration of Indian and South Asian culture. Music, dance, crafts and fashion for all ages. Chouf Ouchouf April 21 – 25 Moroccan acrobatics. 7+ years.

STATIONERS PLAYGROUP Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Road, N8 9LP Spring Fair April 10, 12 – 3pm Family fun with stalls, entertainment, face painting, bouncy castle and raffles.

WIGMORE HALL 36 Wigmore Street, W1U 2BP ( Bond Street) 020 7935 2141 Chamber Tots March 8, 17 Music workshop. 2 – 3 years. Cost £6 per child. Playing Tricks March 12 Family workshop and concert about the story of Pulcinella – Stravinsky’s ballet. 5+ years. Cost £10/£8. For Crying out Loud! March 25 Concerts for new parents and babies. Cost £6/adult.

Theatres ARTS DEPOT Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, N12 OGA ( West Finchley & Woodside Park) 020 8369 5454 Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Furry Tails March 13 Popular tales with puppets. 3+ years. Cost £7. Snow Play March 20 Interactive show with lots of snow. 3 – 6 years. Cost £7. The Mousehole Cat March 27 Sea adventure. 4+ years. Cost £7. Egg & Spoon April 3 A show to celebrate nature. 1 – 3 years. Cost £7. The Paper Washi Wish April 10 A paper world full of surprises. 3+ years. Cost £7.

theatres out and about Two caterpillars meet some fabulous creatures. 3 – 6 years. Cost £6. Flyaway Katie April 2 Katie’s imagination runs wild. Meet the puppets after the show. 2 – 6 years. Cost £6. Rip, Fold, Scrunch April 9 Magical paper creations. Play with paper after the show. 2 – 5 years. Cost £6.

JACKSONS LANE 269A Archway Road, N6 5AA ( Highgate) 020 8341 4421

Who’s Been Sitting in My Chair? March 20 Trouble with bears. 3+ years. Cost £7.95. The Fabulous Flutterbys April 9, 10 Two caterpillars embark on a dangerous journey. 3+ years. Cost £7.95. Wally Watthead & His Lost Glow April 16, 17 Magic show with sparkles and bubbles. 4+ years. Cost £9.95.

mischief. Based on the TV show. All ages. Cost £12/£10.

Lost and Found April 19, 20 A boy helps a lost penguin. 3+ years. Cost £8.95.

CHICKENSHED Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4PE ( Cockfosters/Oakwood) 020 8292 9222

LAUDERDALE HOUSE Highgate Hill, Waterlow Park, N6 5HG ( Archway) 020 8348 8716

Tales from the Shed March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 Enter a magical world of theatre. Under 7 years. Cost £5.25.

Tales from Old Japan March 12 Japanese tales. 3 – 8 years. Cost £4.50.

Saturday Shed Ends March 19 Movement and drama. Booking required. 6 – 12 years. Cost £5/ workshop.

Rat-A-Tat-Tat March 19 Little rat does not know the way to the Emperor’s party. 3 – 8 years. Cost £4.50.

‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ at the Hackney Empire.

Private Peaceful April 14 – 16 Life of a young WW1 soldier. 8+ years. Cost £12/£10. Lost & Found April 17 A little boy helps a penguin find its way home. 3 – 7 years. Cost £7. Treasure Hunt & Picnic April 19 – 21 Bring a teddy. 4 – 7 years. Cost £10. Mr Benn April 30, May 1 A special door leads to adventure. 3+ years. Cost £9.

BERNIE GRANT ARTS CENTRE Town Hall Approach Road, N15 4RX ( Seven Sisters) 020 8365 5450 Ballyhoo & Bravado March 27 Follow a farmyard of animals from the barn to the circus. Presented by Haringey Shed’s children’s theatre. Cost £5/children free.

BLOOMSBURY THEATRE 15 Gordon Street, WC1H OAH ( Euston) 020 7388 8822

Little Howard and the Magic Pencil of Life and Death April 14 Songs, animation and lots of

HACKNEY EMPIRE 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ (Hackney Central) 020 8985 2424 Fantastic Mr Fox March 10 Opera sung in English based on Roald Dahl’s story. Cost £10 – £32.

HALFMOON THEATRE 43 White Horse Road, E1 OND (Limehouse ) 020 7709 8900 Plum & Pickle March 9 – 19 Enter the extraordinary world of shapes. 2 – 5 years. Cost £6. The Fabulous Flutterbys March 26

Mr Squash March 26 Magical stories with puppets. 2 – 6 years. Cost £4.50. The Gingerbread Man April 2 An exciting adventure. 2 – 6 years. Little Red Riding Hood April 9 Audience participation. 3 – 8 years. Sparklers April 16 Lively music making. 3 – 8 years.

LONDON COLISEUM St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ES ( Charing Cross) 020 7836 0111 / 0871 911 0200 Cinderella March 29 – April 2 Birmingham Royal Ballet. Cost £10 – £65.

LYRIC THEATRE King Street, Hammersmith, W6 OQL ( Hammersmith) 0871 22 117 29 Tickets £8/£6. Family £25 (2+2). Messy play activities £5 per child. Little Red Robin Hood March 12 A mix-up with two classic tales. 4 – 7 years. Videk’s Shirt March 19 Learn how sheep’s wool is made into a shirt. 2 – 5 years. Small Worlds March 26, 27 A magical miniature world. 4 – 7 years. The Way Back Home April 2 A boy, a plane and a passing Martian. 3 – 7 years.

MILLFIELD ARTS CENTRE Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ (Silver Street ) 020 8807 6680 Fireman Sam Live March 19, 20 Fireman Sam helps to save Pontypandy’s first music festival. 3+ years. Cost £14, £10. Family (4) £44. Goldilocks & The Three Bears April 16 Goldilocks helps the three bears in the enchanted forest. Cost £10/£7.

NEW DIORAMA THEATRE 15 – 16 Triton Street, Regents Place, NW1 3BF ( Great Portland Street) 0844 2090 344 Scarecrow March 6 A lonely scarecrow and some noisy crows. 5 – 9 years. Cost £6. The Tempest March 22 – 26 Music, dance and puppetry. All ages. Cost £12.50/£10.50.

PEACOCK THEATRE Portugal Street, WC2A 2HT ( Holborn) 0844 412 4322 Rumpelstiltskin April 28 – May 1 London Children’s ballet and a cast of 55 dancers aged 9 – 16 years. 3+ years. Cost £14 – £50.

PUPPET THEATRE BARGE Blomfield Road, Little Venice, W9 2PF ( Warwick Avenue) 020 7249 6876


out & about theatres • workshops Joey’s Circus Comes to Town March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 Pretty Polly walks the tightrope! Cost £10/£8.50. Brer Rabbit & the Tar Baby March 26, 27, April 2, 3, 9 – 25, 30, May 1, 2 Carved marionettes, music and storytelling. Cost £10/£8.50.

ROUNDHOUSE Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH ( Chalk Farm) 0844 482 8008 Voices Now: Community Choir March 26 Join in and sing in a choir with Gareth Malone. All ages. Cost £7.50/ family £20 (2+2).

SADLER’S WELLS & LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN ( Angel) 0844 412 4300 Gobbledegook – Planet of the Beetlebuns April 22, 23 Visit a planet full of weird and wonderful creatures. 5 years and under. Cost £6. Breakin’ Convention ‘11 April 30 – May 2 Festival of hip hop dance theatre. Cost £20 – £15.

SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT ( London Bridge) 020 7401 9919 Sam Wanamaker Festival April 3 Performances by drama school students. Cost £10/£5. Hamlet From April 23 All’s Well That Ends Well From April 27

SOHO THEATRE 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE ( Tottenham Court Rd) 020 7287 5060 Comedy Club 4 Kids March 12, 26, April 9 Comedy entertainment and classes before the show. 6+ years. Cost £10. Family (4) £30.

THE TRICYCLE 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR ( Kilburn) 020 7328 1000 Masterclass March 19

Fun with hula hoops. 7+ years. Cost £5 – £6. The Lazy Daisy Show April 2 Laughter show with Lazy Daisy and Wally. 3 – 7 years. Cost £6/£5. The Frog Prince & Other Peculiar Stories April 9 Funky frog adventures. 5 – 11 years. Cost £6/£5. The Fabulous Flutterbys April 16 Two caterpillars on a fascinating journey. 3+ years. Fairytale Hour April 20 Favourite tales. 3 – 5 years. The Dragon’s Daughter April 23 A sad dragon with a big heart. 3 – 7 years. Cost £6/£5. The Lost Sock Princess April 30 Original production with sock puppets. 3 – 7 years.

UNICORN THEATRE 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ ( London Bridge) 020 7645 0560 The Birthday of The Infanta March 22 – 27 Based on a story by Oscar Wilde. 9+ years. Cost £11/family £32. The Three Musketeers April 2 – May 8 A story of musketeers, diamonds and swords. Also stage fighting masterclasses on special days. 10+ years. Cost £13 – £19, family £34 – £54.

Workshops ACTIV CAMPS Held at Mill Hill School, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill Village, NW7 1QS 07896 546 067 May Half Term May 31 – June 3 Advance booking for multi-activity camps. Discounts for siblings available. 4 years (half day) – 14 years.

CREATIVE DRAWING STUDIO 1097 Finchley Road, Temple Fortune, NW11 OQB 020 8458 0707 Pet Parade April 11 – 15 Learn how to draw your with arts and crafts pet-themed projects. 6+ years.

CREATIVE MOVEMENTS Held at St Mary’s, Primrose Hill, NW3 3DJ 020 7435 8217 Easter Treasure Hunt Around the World April 12 – 14 Rising 4 – 7 years. Cost £100. Picture This! April 12 – 14 Rising 6 – 9 years. Cost £100. The Happy Prince April 18 – 20 4 – 8 years. Cost £100.

CREATIVE WIZ KIDS Held at St Lukes Church, Kidderpore Avenue, NW3 7SU 020 7794 6797 Easter Club April 11 – 15, 18 – 22 Art projects, dancing, play and acting. 3 – 7 years. Early bird discounts available. Cost £135.

DRAMARAMA STAGE SCHOOL Held at South Hampstead High School, Maresfield Gardens, NW3 020 8446 0891 Easter Workshops April 11 – 15, 18 – 21 Dramatots courses for 3 – 4 years. Dramarama courses for 5 – 6 years. Dance courses for 7 – 11 years. Musical Theatre courses for 7 – 11 years. Acting courses for 11+ years.

FILM STEPS Belsize Park, NW3 0844 3245414

CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG ( Finchley Road) 020 7472 5500

Easter Animation Course April 13, 14 Create characters, build sets and shoot your animation.

HARINGEY SHED Held at Haringey Sixth Form Centre, White Hart Lane, N17 8HR (White Hart Lane station) 020 8365 5454 Easter Holiday Project April 11 – 15 Devise and perform a show in a week. 7 – 11 years. Free.

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTRE 020 7431 9866 Family Purim Extravaganza March 20 Cost £2.50/£5. Family £15 (2+3). Pesach Cooking for Kids April 3 Family cooking workshop. Cost £20/ child.

KIDZ ON THE HILL Muswell Hill 07881 553480 Little Shop of Horrors April 11 – 15 Performing arts workshops.

LEAGUE ONE SPORTS ACADEMY Held at South Hampstead High School, Maresfield Gardens, NW3 020 8446 0891 Easter Workshops April 11 – 15, 18 – 21 Little League One courses for 3 & 4 years with non-stop football fun. League One Sports Academy for 5 – 11 years with skills training, exercises and matches.

PERFORM Held at Highgate United Reform Church, Pond Square, N6 6BA 0845 400 4000 Wind in the Willows April 13 – 15 Drama adventure with music, dance and a colourful mini performance on the final day. 4 – 8 years.

SPORT ACADEMIES Hampstead 0844 335 8217

Clay for Infants & Juniors April 12 – 15 Group and individual activities with clay pieces. 5 – 7 years & 8 – 11 years. Cost £140.

Easter Camps 11th – 15th & 18th – 21st April Lewis Dasso Skills Academy Easter Camp 11th – 15th April Film Steps Easter animation course.


further afield • classifieds out and about YOUNG FILM ACADEMY 20 Fitzroy Square, W1T 6EJ 020 7387 4341 Easter Workshop April 11 – 14 Write, perform, shoot and screen a short film. 10 – 13 years.

Further afield CADOGAN HALL 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ ( Sloane Square) 020 7730 4500


Family Concert March 26 A musical Page 1 tale of Jemima Puddleduck. Pre-concert foyer activities. 5+ years. Cost £8/£6.

EPPING FOREST Visitor Centre, High Beach, IG10 4AE ( Epping) 020 8508 0028 Family Bat Walk April 16 Booking required. Holiday Activities April 13, 14, 19, 20 At the Field Centre. Booking required. Easter Egg Trail April 24, 25 Follow a trail through the forest to win a gift. Cost £5.

ODDS FARM PARK Wooburn Common Road, High Wycombe, Bucks (J2/M40) 01628 520188 Easter Fun April Follow the Spring trail around

the farm and win a treat. Entry £9.20/£8.20.

HUGHENDEN MANOR High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP14 4LA 01494 755565 Easter Egg Trail April 22 – 25 Egg hunt and craft activities. Extra costs apply. Admission £7.25/£3.70/ family £18.15.

MEAD OPEN FARM Stanbridge Road, Billington, Bedfordshire LU7 9JH 01525 852954

WWT LONDON WETLAND CENTRE Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, SW13 9WT (Barnes station) 020 8409 4400 Easter Egg-Stravaganza April 9 – 25 Watch real-life Easter eggs – ducklings hatching and developing. Also special holiday events and activities.


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Easter Fun April Easter egg trails, feed the baby lambs, tractor and trailer rides and sheep races. Entry from £8.95/£7.95.

OSTERLEY PARK & HOUSE Jersey Road, Isleworth, TW7 4RB ( Osterley) 020 8232 5050 Make Mum’s Day April 2 Make a posy. Free entry for mums. Costs from £8/£4. Easter Trail April 24, 25 Follow the clues in the park. Cost £2.50.

RICH MIX 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA ( Liverpool Street) 020 7613 7498


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Where the Wild Things Are April 14 Creative workshop and performance. Dress for mess! 7 – 12 years. Cost £7.

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E a s t e r Egg s t

za n a g r a va 9th - 25th

April 2011

A choc-o-bloc programme of

Egg-citing Easter Events! Willows Easter Egg Hunt and Bunny Hunt with FREE chocolate treats for the children


● New Ride on Rabbit Racers ● Frisbee Golf ● Build ‘n Play ● Chicks and Bunnies ● Fun Fair Rides ● Captain Chicken’s Egg Dodge ● Tristan the Runaway Tractor ● Children's Shows ● Sheep Racing ● Adventure Play ● Daft Duck Trials ● Animated Chicken Show ● Bird-o-batics Falconry Displays Young Drivers Zone ● Woolly Jumpers indoor play barn


Open daily 10am - 5.30pm

Opens Easter 2011

Tel: 0870 129 9718 Programme subject to change.

15015a 02.11

Just 300 metres from Jnc.22 M25. Willows Farm Village, Coursers Rd, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0PF

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*This voucher admits one child free to Willows Farm Village with one full paying adult day ticket. Valid until 14/10/11 1. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer, school/group bookings, birthday parties or Willows Membership. 2. Only one child (up to 13 years old) admitted free with one full paying adult day ticket (aged 14+) per voucher. 3. No photocopies accepted or copies from electronic versions of publications. 4. This voucher can only be used once and must be given up at the time of use. 5. Not valid on Bank Holidays.

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