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Contents Issue 95 | Mar/Apr 2012 | Families North London

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10 Parties 14 Easter Activities 22 Mother’s Day

Regular Features 4 News 8 Health 26 Special Needs

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27 Ed’s Reading Room 28 Out and About

Welcome Families North London Magazine 120 Brent Street, Hendon NW4 2DT For all advertising enquiries contact Tel 020 8202 2034 editor@familiesnorth.co.uk Web manager: melanie@familiesnorth.co.uk Listings: Contact Kathy Brown on listings@familiesnorth.co.uk Design: Positive2 Print: Bishops Printers Next Issue: Issue 96 May/June 2012 Focusing on: The Queen’s Jubilee, Pets, Gardening.

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News who why where

Got some news for us? If you are a North London based group or organisation whose services or products are for families of young children, we’d love to hear from you. Send press releases and pictures to: editor@familiesnorth.co.uk

Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White. Prepare yourself for a battle between Sleeping Beauty’s Prince Philip and the evil Maleficent as she transforms into a fire-breathing dragon, cheer on Aladdin as he evades the palace guards and whisks Jasmine off to a whole new world. Go under the sea with Ariel and see Prince Eric triumph over Ursula’s slithering spell. The show features cutting-edge set design and choreography interjected with jaw-dropping visual surprises. Feld Entertainment’s dedicated creative team are proud to have translated each magical moment into an outstanding experience for the whole family, starring some of the world’s most talented skaters. Come and experience Disney On Ice and enjoy their most spectacular show for yourself.

Disney On Ice Touring the UK from March 2012, Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes. It beautifully recreates the defining moments from classic Disney films where eight Princesses’ wishes are

Save our Sports Centre! Sport and Leisure charity Fusion, has launched an online petition to support a new sport and leisure initiative in Camden. The Mornington Sport & Fitness Centre could be transformed into a brand new leisure centre right in the heart of Camden or it could be bought by a property developer and be lost to the community. The future of the once-popular centre lies very much in the balance. In need of a major investment, the council recently had it closed, but plans are now afoot to completely redevelop the site and add

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fulfilled with help from their devoted Princes. With Tinkerbell introducing each scene, audiences will enter a world of imagination, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating, and stunning moments from the inspiring stories of exciting new facilities – at no cost to Camden Council. Fusion Lifestyle, a registered charity specializing in delivering affordable sports and fitness to the community, has placed a bid to buy the old Mornington Sport & Fitness Centre. This bid includes an investment of more than £3 million that will fund both the complete renovation of the centre as well as substantially extend the facilities at the Arlington Road site. If you wish to give your support go to www.surveymonkey.com/support camdensport.

L’ecole des Petits Loups is a fantastic French Group that meets every Friday at 4.15pm in Muswell Hill for children aged 3-7 years. Small classes with fully-qualified teachers ensure that each and every child gets all the help it requires. The classes consist of fun activities that cater for each child’s individual ability. For further details or to enroll for the April term contact Helene on 07947 804902. The ever-popular Club Petit Pierrot continues

Wembley dates: 7th-9th March – 6.30pm. 10th March – 11am, 2.45pm, 6.30pm 11th March – 11am, 2.45pm. For tickets please visit www.disneyonice.co.uk or 0844 847 2255 www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Montessori News Congratulations to St Andrew’s Montessori School who recently attained an outstanding rating from Ofsted after their last inspection. Based in Islington the school is also accredited by MEAB and MEUK. A great achievement and we wish them every success in the coming year. To arrange a visit to the school please contact: St Andrew’s Montessori, St Andrew’s Church, Thornhill Square, Camden N1 1B. Telephone: 020 7700 2961. info@saintandrewsmontessori.com.

the French flavor this month. North London Families favourite, Club Petit Pierrot, are opening more of their fun parent and toddler groups in St John’s Wood/Maida Vale at St Marks Church Hall, Hamilton Terrace, NW8. They offer classes for advanced and bi-lingual children and have venues in Swiss Cottage and Notting Hill and throughout London. For more information call 0207 385 5565 to book your free trial lesson.

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news Perform’s Spring Holiday Course – Alice in Wonderland

This Spring, local North London children will tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice on an adventure that childhood dreams are made from, exploring the weird and winsome world of Wonderland! Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, children will share in this enchanting ageless fantasy and meet a host of strange and marvellous characters. Whether having a never-ending tea party with the Mad Hatter, dancing the Lobster Quadrille, or growing to enormous heights with the languid caterpillar, the children are guaranteed to be captivated by this pure fanciful flight of the imagination. With their golden key firmly grasped, pocket-watch wound tight and flamingo croquet equipment at the ready, the five-day courses are specially designed to stimulate the creativity, confidence and communications skills of 4-8 year-olds. Together with a team of experienced young 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 Summer Experiences are five-day courses specially designed to encourage creativity, confidence and communication skills as well as being a kaleidoscope of fun! Courses at: 2–4 April Highgate: Highgate United Reform Church, Pond Square, N6 6BA at 14.30–16.30hrs. Primrose Hill: Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkins Place, Fitzroy Road, NW1 8TN at 10.00–12.00hrs. 11-13 April Hampstead: Friends Meeting House, Heath Street, NW3 1DR at 10.00–12.00hrs. Northwood: Northwood Methodist Church Hall, Oaklands Gate, HA6 3AA at 10.00– 12.00hrs. St John’s Wood: Mansergh Club, 26 Hill Road, St John’s Wood, NW8 9QG at 14.30–16.30hrs. Website: www.perform.org.uk Telephone: 0845 400 4000 Email: enquiries@perform.org.uk

Ideal Home Show

Cake Decorator of the Year 2012 A chance for all budding Nigella’s to show their skills. Running 16th March to 1st April, the hunt is on for the UK’s aspiring cake decorators at Earls Court. Entrants are asked to bring their home decorated cake, in the style to represent the Queen’s 60-year reign, to the show on Wednesday, 21st March, by 10am, where it will be displayed in the Ideal Food Section of the show, with a chance to with a range of prizes and accolade of Ideal Cake Decorator of the Year! The competition is open to everyone – novice and experienced decorators alike – ladies, gents and children are all welcome. There are some fantastic prizes to be won. So get your aprons on and get decorating! To book tickets for the London show, running 16th March-1st April visit www. idealhomeshow.co.uk or call the Ticket Hotline on 0844 858 6763. The show is once again supporting the Ideal Homes for Heroes appeal in aid of the ABF Soldiers’ Charity – see www. idealhomeshow.co.uk/ideal-homes-forheroes for details

Wagamama opens in Hampstead Japanese-inspired restaurant Wagamama will soon be arriving on the bustling streets of Hampstead, becoming a tasty addition to the North London area. The restaurant adds to Wagamama’s London restaurants, totaling 34 in the capital, when it opens on 26 march 2012. Wagamama is famed for its Japanese-inspired cuisine, including bowls of delicious ramen noodles, flavourful rice dishes, tasty salads and freshly squeezed juices, all of which will be served at the new Hampstead branch. With helpful, friendly service and value for money, food fans have fallen in love with Wagamama’s menu of Japanese-inspired dishes and sleek, stylish interiors. Wagamama prides itself on the quality and speed of its service. Dishes are prepared immediately, ensuring they arrive freshly cooked. Although dishes may be delivered at different times, the Wagamama philosophy is: don’t wait – just tuck in and share! `There is also a special kids menu for mini Wagamama fans and noodle doodle placemats to keep children entertained during their Wagamama visit. There are over 40 food choices and over 30 drink options available on the Wagamama menu including a kids’ mini menu.

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Ladybird Books launched their first Peppa Pig app, the critically acclaimed Stars, in 2010. This is the first time that Peppa Pig, the number 1 preschool brand in the UK, has been made into a Me Books app. The app also sees six of the ten titles (*) appearing in digital format for the first time. The titles available to purchase through the app will be: School Bus Trip*, Tiny Creatures, Peppa Goes Swimming*, George’s First Day at Playgroup*, Fun at the Fair*, Daddy Pig’s Old Chair*, Dentist Trip*, Recycling Fun, Nature Trail and Sports Day. The Peppa Pig app uses the awardwinning Me Books technology to include a range of features designed to enhance the traditional picture book reading experience and encourage kids to use their imaginations to tell their own stories. The app will bring Peppa Pig and her giggling, snorting, delightful family to life, keeping little piggies young and old entertained for hours. The interactive Peppa Pig Me Books collection includes the title Peppa Pig: Fun at the Fair and will launch priced at £1.99. Users can then build their collection by buying additional titles inside the app priced at launch for £1.99 per title.

Pregnant in Haringey? Expecting a baby in April, May or June? Speed Bumps, hosted by NCT Haringey Branch, is the perfect opportunity to meet other couples in Haringey having a baby around the same time as you. Bring your bump along to the Ranelagh Pub at 82 Bounds Green Road, N11 2EU for a relaxed social evening on Wednesday, 7th March, at 8pm – 10pm. NCT antenatal teachers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about pregnancy, birth and life with a new baby. Email branch@haringeynct.org or www. facebook.com/haringeynct. NCT Haringey is one of NCT’s network of 318 local branches across the UK supporting parents through events and activities, breastfeeding support, bumps and babies groups, coffee mornings, nearly new sales and much, much more. For further information about NCT Haringey activities visit www.nct.org.uk/ haringey or email events@haringeynct.org.

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Watercolour and Drawing Classes in NW1 In an artist’s studio in Kentish Town. Children aged 8 and above. All materials provided. Children will learn to look at the objects they are studying in various ways and learn to mix their own colours. Each class lasts 3 hours. Beginners and adults most welcome. The Tutor Gabriel Sempill, a practising artist, trained at the Royal College of Art and has worked as an art teacher for years in London. Join a single class or sign up for the term. Weekly classes including half-term and holidays. Also art parties. Email: gabriel.sempill@btinternet.com

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news Tatty Bumpkin Tatty Bumpkin and Baby Bumpkin is a small local company operating in North London. Dai and her small team of teachers take pleasure in delighting every child. We are proud to say that all our teachers have a natural respect for children. Tatty Bumpkin specialise in yoga inspired classes and parties. Baby bumpkin classes help promote feelings of calm within both the parent and the child. Babies from 3 months to 2 years go on a yoga inspired journey every week. The sessions help the babies to reach their developmental goals in a nurtured and calm atmosphere. Tatty Bumpkin classes are best suited for children age 2-8. The classes are adapted depending on the age and ability of the children in the class. The classes are held in toddler groups mainly in the Enfield and Winchmore hill area. Dai also runs afterschool, breakfast and holiday clubs within the schools in Enfield. Dai spent her childhood in and out of children’s homes and foster care and now feels passionate about giving something back to vulnerable children. She says her “most magical moments happen within nurture classes where the children may have learning or emotional difficulties” “to see a child gain confidence and be able to do something that he never thought he could do is just wonderful” “I am so proud to be a small part of their lives”

Yoga helps to maintain children’s innate flexibility and develop muscular strength and endurance. Equally important is the fact that yoga improves mental focus, imagination, self-belief and a sense of fun. This serves to build a strong foundation for children to expand their confidence, become aware of their body, and learn new skills. Doing classes together with their friends helps everyone to have fun and releases tension whilst helping them to concentrate on their schoolwork. Daily moderate activity is proven to have benefits on the mind and body, including increased energy levels, more confidence and higher levels of satisfaction. Even more importantly, regular activity can reduce the risks of health related conditions including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Hence the on-going promotion of government initiatives such as Change4life, which encourages people to make healthier lifestyle choices and the ‘Healthy lifestyle’ criteria now included as part of Ofsted inspections. Apart from the obvious physical benefits, regular practice of yoga can make you “mindful”, i.e. thinking before you act. Children who practice yoga often report that they sleep better and are less anxious, and yoga has been shown to improve concentration and the quality of their relationships with less conflict being reported. Studies have proved that yoga can improve the behaviour of children with ADHD. For more information contact: classes@winchmorehill. tattybumpkin.com www.winchmorehill.tattybumpkin.com.

Enjoy-a-Ball Sports coaching for 3-9 year olds in a

fun, positive and non-competitive environment. Classes running in Finchley, Mill Hill and Hampstead Garden Suburb. Children’s parties also available! Call 08452 262694 to book a FREE trial session.

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We are looking for babies and children between the ages of 0 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.

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DECOMIM At Campino Personalised Gifts we offer deluxe products at affordable prices. We provide an individualised service which can be accessed online, by phone or at our studio in North London. We personalise a wide range of products including quality towels, robes, teddies, aprons and blankets.

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If you are looking for that unique and individual gift, then look no further! Decopatch gifts for all the family from kids stools to chairs, individual letters to full names. Gifts are made to order in any colour or designs you like. To see my full range visit DECOMIM on Facebook or email me miriam@chinnick.co.uk or phone me on 07989 306252

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Health

When it comes to the health and nutrition of a newborn baby, the mantra has long been ‘breast is best’. Expert help is on hand to assist with positioning; latching on, appropriate clothing and a healthy diet; but even with the best made plans pain and discomfort is a frequent problem.

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protection against any potential breast pain problems. The pads slip inside the mother’s bra and need no other equipment such as electricity, microwaves or other heat producing assistance to work. They are light, slim and very comfortable to wear. Ideal for mums on the go. The pads, which are shaped for maximum comfort and can be worn day and night, they have received the backing of midwives, including Dr Jill Bruce who highly recommends the breast warmers to her patients. Breast Aids are currently available to buy online. Further information on Breast Aid can be found at www.enviro-pod.co.uk

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Dr Hilary Jones gives birth to his first App for mums-to-be

Ease chicken pox misery Chicken pox season peaks in March to May with a majority of cases of the varicellazoster virus reported in these months – and it leaves everyone uncomfortable as your child’s agonising itch can prove a testing time for a parent.

Britain’s favourite media GP, Dr Hilary Jones, has launched an App to help mums find everything they need to know about pregnancy and the beautiful baby, or babies, growing inside them. The App – for iPhone and iPad – gives exclusive access to 30 videos and scripts, from conception through to a safe, healthy pregnancy and delivery, and addresses common concerns. Removing the medical jargon, the videos cover five sections – early pregnancy, a week by week guide, complications, concerns, and the birth. Each is then subdivided into topics including conception, nutrition, smoking and drinking, your body week by week, ultrasound scans, coping with common problems, pre-eclampsia, and pain relief in labour. Dads have their own dedicated video to help cope with any nerves and apprehension, and enable them to share the magic, and support their partners. A “Bump Log” uses the iPhone and iPad 2 cameras to the full by creating a photo diary of the growing baby bump. A built-in guide frames the mum-to-be consistently, then stores photos on the App and the camera roll. IPad 1 users can import photos independently. The App is supported by Vitabiotics Pregnacare, the leading prenatal multivitamin for mums-to-be. Dr Hilary has helped deliver many babies over the years, and seen them grow into healthy happy kids. He also has five children of his own, and has been through all the trials, tribulations, excitement – and worries – that expecting a baby entails. He said: “With 700,000 babies born in the UK alone every year, the most common questions I get are about pregnancy and children. This App is designed to provide mums, partners, friends and relations, with easily understood, practical knowledge, to help them enjoy a happy and healthy pregnancy.” The Dr Hilary Jones’ App is available via: www.drhilaryjones.co.uk or directly from the App Store.

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he concern that scratching can cause further irritation, possible infection and scarring can mean it feels hard to take an eye off them even for a moment, but a few simple tips from Eurax, an over the counter itch relief cream and lotion, helps all the family through it with their sanity – and skin – in check. The Eurax top tips to stop the Chicken Pox itch: • Dress your child in loose fitting clothes, preferably smooth, cotton fabrics to avoid irritating the skin • Instruct children to rub with an open palm rather than itching with fingernails, and keep fingernails clipped very short • Fresh air helps so don’t shy away from allowing them to enjoy the outdoors – as long as they’re not interacting with other children • Strip their bed of sheets and blankets – additional material that gathers while they sleep can irritate the skin • Sleep is key – for your child’s body to recover and mum and dad to regain energy. Sleep while your child sleeps. The active ingredients of Eurax soothe irritation to provide up to 10 hours of relief from itching, meaning a restful sleep for all Most of all – stay positive. While it’s a week or so of your lives, you have to put all plans on hold and embrace it. Keep busy to distract your child’s mind from the itch and make it fun – even when in the incubation phase. Stock up on their favourite treats and activities like baking, drawing and movies to put a smile on their face, and yours. Containing crotamiton, Eurax gets to work quickly and effectively to help soothe and moisturise the skin, and can offer up to 10 hours relief. Eurax tackles the itching and skin irritation associated with ten different skin conditions; chickenpox, dermatitis, eczema, allergic rashes, hives, nettle rash, insect bites & stings, heat rash, sunburn and personal itching Contains crotamiton. Always read the label. Always consult your doctor before using.

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What could be better Who doesn’t love the idea of millions of small folk dashing round the house covered in chocolate and stickiness hell bent on destruction??

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think I hear the collective groan of OH NO! But one thing is for sure Every parent will be met with the PLLEEASE can I have a party at some stage, and as with all things in life a safe and solid plan is needed with many back ups along the way! Which is where we step in to help!!! Fear not Families North have researched and hunted for the best children’s party advice in town so here it goes: Madeline Carrick from Dreamcatcher Parties describes below how to have the ultimate day (and still remain alive) Parties should be a fun and exciting occasion for all involved! Parents too! If you think back to your childhood

and the special memories that have stayed with you it is for sure that a memorable birthday party will be among the archives! As a child your imagination is at its best ,your mind open to creativity, new ideas and having fun. Birthday parties are a wonderful opportunity for children to have fun and embark on an imaginative adventure through fun games, silly dancing and story telling, Creating a day to remember forever. Madeline’s biggest piece of advice would be to keep it simple don’t attempt too much or draw it out too long, all children’s parties are chaotic, but there is a difference between organised chaos and havoc. Planning the party shouldn’t be a chore: Pick a theme and go with it, you will be surprised at just how many ideas spring up from this alone. The most popular themes include fairies, Pirates, princesses and wizards and for the older kids more sophisticated ideas of superstars, jewellery making and pampering

parties. Talk with your child and see what their idea of a great party is! Most will surprise you with creative and inspired thinking that will lead to a great day for all involved. Then look at the decor with so much available online and in the many party shops around you will defiantly be spoilt for choice. Decorate your space with Brightly coloured Helium Balloons and streamers this will transform many a sterile looking hall or room with the minimum of fuss and these can be bought relatively cheaply on ebay in good quantities. Also source ‘themed’ items from ebay and online party sources,and with a little creative thinking your venue will take on a life of its own which always creates a great party mood. Next enlist help! Never be afraid to ask for help from others a good party is made better and easier by the number of hands on deck, most parents and friends will be only too keen to stay and lend a hand so make sure that there is a definite job for each of them , making tea, laying out the food . taking photos and going to the loo. This list is endless, make your life easier and

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than a party!! give it lots of thought beforehand! Trust us you will thank yourself later! You must decide what type of party you want to have and where, we have looked at themed parties which are an obvious choice and an excellent starting point for any party, but nowadays the tea and cakes at home of our childhood has given way to entertainers and a vast array of party themed venues all of which are highly recommended. A good entertainer will bring your party to life and keep the children enthralled while you get on with the more mundane tasks of sandwich cutting and drink pouring! Before you think to yourself that entertaining children for a couple of hours yourself is no big deal I hasten a word of

caution entertaining Other Peoples Children is no mean feat and should only be attempted by the very brave trust us on this expert help in the form of an entertainer is WELL worth the investment and should be considered above all else! This leads us on to where should you hold your party: The sensible answer here is as far away from your home and beloved possessions as possible! Consider whether you really want 25 three year olds thundering through your lounge covered in cake and smarties! This is where a party venue comes into its own. Most are extremely spacious and are well used to handling children en masse! There are many available options from indoor playcentres, zoos child friendly restaurants and lastly spacious halls available to rent for this very

purpose. The cost of these varies tremendously but consider whether or not you want a five hour clear up job when the last child leaves or if you would rather head home and put your feet up for a well earned rest! The choice is yours, I know what I would choose. One good tip to remember is that these venues tend to book out months in advance so a little forward planning is necessary to avoid disappointment! Below follows our North London Loves guide to the best Party entertainers and Venues.

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Its all in the timing: for small children 11am-1pm or 12-2pm works best. Most will have been up at the crack of dawn and are past their best come afternoon. For older children a lunchtime slot or mid afternoon works well unless they want an evening disco! This is at your discretion!

Liaise with other parents

whose children may be having a party at the same time, this can avoid double booking and children being invited to two separate parties on the same day which always leads to disappointment. Joining forces is also another good way forward as it helps to split the costs and the headaches!

Keep food simple: Most children will not eat a great deal, too much excitement and other interesting things going on will inevitably ensure that most of what you cater for ends up in the bin! Just remember lots of juice and water as drinks are always popular and bear in mind for any allergies or intolerances.

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rty party party party Here are some great ideas for fantastic party venues in North London

Party Venues Belmont Children’s Farm A dedicated party-room available for hire, together with farm tours and animal petting sessions. Catering party food cooked by the Waffle Café. The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, NW7 1QT Tel: 020 8959 3308

Clown Town

The Pirate Castle

Clown Town is one of the largest children’s indoor activity, party and play centres in North London. Various party packages are available and can be found on their website. Coppetts Centre, N Circular Rd, N12 Tel: 020 8361 6600

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Birthday Dreams Magical fairytale forest within Kinloch Castle with all the elements needed to ensure a fantastic and memorable party experience. Entertainment, cakes, party bags and food (and wine) can be provided for children and adults.

The sports centre hosts a variety of children’s parties including trampoline parties, go-karting parties, gymnastic parties and sports parties.

A castle on the Regent’s Canal in the middle of Camden Town, with a hall for hire, perfect for themed parties. Alternatively, for children over the age of eight, they have narrow boats, canoes and kayaks, which can be included in the party package.

Kinloch Castle, N7 7NU

Dalby Street, NW5 3AF

Oval Road, NW1 7EA

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Activities this Easter The holidays are a’ coming and the endless weeks of the Easter break loom ahead, long and empty. You’re bored of the park but don’t want your kids stuck in front of the TV, so why not enrol them in one of the many clubs and classes running during the holidays.

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rom drop-in groups to week-long camps, there’s a whole array of activities out there. From football, rugby, tennis, horseriding, swimming, martial arts, archery, gymnastics and trampolining to ballet, drama, arts and crafts, pottery, design, leaning a language, cookery, science, music, chess, puppet making, clay modeling, princess camp and even beauty camp (a little scary!), there

are more activities on offer than ever before. Holiday activities can be a great experience for children: classes can play a big role in children’s physical and intellectual growth, whilst working with others helps them learn cooperation and teamwork. Activities can give children confidence and while they learn their new sport or instrument they are having fun and, most importantly, making friends.

Top tips • Deciding which activity to choose can be hard – consider your child’s interests and temperament but try not to label them too rigidly. Just because your child is shy doesn’t mean drama should be off the menu • Don’t limit yourself to the familiar — try something new. Even if your child shows a special talent and interest in one activity, make sure they get exposed to others too, although if you do find something your child is passionate about, don’t hesitate to encourage it • Check the fees involved – there may be hidden costs such as uniforms or

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costumes • If your child is a reluctant joiner, find out what activities their friends are doing. With some children, who is more important than what • It’s important that children have at least some unstructured time at home to play, relax, even get bored. Remember that a little boredom can be the fountainhead of exploration and creativity

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Willows Farm Village Easter Eggstravaganza is choc-o-block full of Easter fun!

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Enjoy the Willows Bunny Hunt, where every child who finds the 12 cut-out bunnies hidden around the farm receives a special prize and have fun helping the Easter Bunny on an Easter Egg Hunt with chocolate treats for the little ones who take part!

Easter Eggstravaganza at Willows Farm Village is open daily from 31st March-15th April from 10am-5.30pm. For more information about willows Farm Village call 0870 129 9718 or visit www.willowsfarmvillage.com.

Willows Farm Village Great Easter day camps at Willows Farm Village from 22nd April-13th April 2012 to include a range of great daily activities from falconry to building a tractor there is something for everyone. For further details check online at www.willowsfarmvillage.com or to book telephone 01908 209 217.

A choc-o-bloc programme of Egg-citing Easter Events! ● Easter Egg Hunt with chocolate treat ● Bunny Hunt with prize ● Chicks and Bunnies ● Animal Feeding Areas ●

Young Drivers Zone

● Ride on Rabbit Racers ● Frisbee Golf ● Build ‘n Play ● Fun Fair Rides ● Captain Chicken’s Egg Dodge ● Childrens Shows ● Woolly Jumpers indoor play barn ● Tristan the Runaway Tractor ● Sheep Racing ● Adventure Play ● Sheep Show ● Pan for Gold ● Bird-o-batics Falconry Displays ● Woolly's Workout Agility Play Trail ● Animated Chicken Show

Open daily 10am - 5.30pm Just 300 metres from Jnc.22 M25. Willows Farm Village, Coursers Rd, London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0PF

Tel: 0870 129 9718 www.willowsfarmvillage.com Programme subject to change.

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There will also be real fluffy bunnies and chicks for families to visit at Farmyard Favourites, and the chance for children to hop on board the Rabbit Racers sit-on ride or pedal a mini-digger around a child-sized track in the JCB Young Driver’s Zone. Willows favourite – the Daft Duck Trials – will also be guaranteed to entertain children and adults alike as Willows sheepdog rounds-up the ducks through a series of obstacles. And Captain Chicken’s Egg Dodge – an indoor activity where children can join the Yolks or the Whites teams and dodge the ‘eggs’ fired from the egg cannons – will provide some eggs-citing fun in all weathers. In addition to the Easter fun there is a full programme of Children’s Shows, Adventure Play and Woolly jumpers indoor play barn.

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Great days out for Easter Easter Egg Hunt at Kenwood House Hunt for eggs on the beautiful heath between 12pm-3pm. 22nd-25th April. Age 5-15yrs. Cost £1.00. Telephone 020 8348 1286 for more info.

The Easter at London Bridge Experience Easter at Kew Gardens Richmond, Surrey. Easter Egg hunt and chocolate sculpting and more – Easter Bunny and chocolate galore! 12th April, 9.30am-1pm. Tel: 020 8332 5655.

For our gory older ones! Spend a grisly day searching for severed heads that have gone missing from the museum. A new version of the Easter Egg Hunt guaranteed to raise a shriek of two. From 9th25th April. London Bridge tube. Age 10yrs+. Tickets from £17.00.

V&A Superheroes Dancing On Ice Live tour at Wembley Arena. Easter weekend.

Zippos Circus Blackheath

Ice Cream Easter Eggs at Haagen Dazs 28th March-11th April – Leicester Square tube. Chocolate Heaven. Ages 0-100! Cost £7-£10.

The Phantom Flower Girl The London Dungeon. Chilling fun for older children! 9th-24th April. Contact London Dungeon. Tickets £17.10-£23.10.

Easter Skate Eggstravaganza Hyde Park. 23rd-25th April.

Sci-Fi Easter Parade BFI Southbank. Dress as your favourite sci-fi character and strut your stuff at this fun-day out for all the family. Unleash your inner Spidey! 24th April. 12pm-3pm.

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Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, London E2. The ultimate day for all wannabe superheroes. From 3-12yrs. Dress up as your favourite superhero and unleash your inner powers! 6th-10th April and 12th-18th April. Tel: 020 8983 5200. Free.

Easter Identity Hunt at the RAF Museum Decorate your own Easter Egg biscuit in the museum restaurant and kids can take on the identity of a member of the Royal Air Force. 10th13th April. RAF Museum, London NW9.

Geffrye Museum London E2. Egg bonanza 4th April. Children can decorate egg and cups and make hats and headdresses. Easter activities 14th-17th April to include an Easter treasure hunt, Maypole dancing, a food and drink workshop. Tube: Old Street. Tel: 020 7739 9893.

Robot Zoo at the Horniman Museum London SE23. Featuring 8 larger than life robotic creatures. Kids can find out animal facts first-hand. A great way to learn about nature. BR: Forest Hill. 28th March-8th November. Tel: 020 8699 1872.

London Aquarium A snappy day out. Go and meet the 6ft West African crocodile while tracking down crocodile eggs. Easter Monday offers face painting and prizes. Crocodile weekend 2nd-5th April. Tickets from £12.50. Tel: 0871 663 1678.

Lauderdale House Highgate. Treasure hut and egg roll. Maximum of 100. First-come first-served. 4th April 1030am-1pm. Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, N6. Cost: £6 per child.

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Easter clubs and classes Barnet Powerleague Soccer Camp School holiday soccer camps in Friern Barnet, N10 and Mill Hill, NW7. FA qualified coaches, safe centres, fantastic pitches. Tel: 020 8442 1000 www.powerleague.co.uk

Sportscoach Mill Hill Easter and summer camps for 6-16s at Mill Hill School. Football, netball, volleyball, basketball, unihoc, cricket, rugby, American football, archery, fencing, martial arts, orienteering, athletics, tennis, fitness, aerobics, badminton. Mill Hill, NW7 1QS Tel: 020 8920 9701 www.sportscoach.co.uk

Enjoy a Ball Holiday Camps

Easter Soccer School Barnet Football Club school holiday football course on every weekday. Barnet Lane, EN5 2DN Tel: 020 8441 6932 www.barnetfc.com

Fun-packed holiday camps for 4-9 year-olds based at Shree Aden Depala Mitramandal Centre in East Finchley. Wide range of ball sports, creative games, fun activities. East Finchley, N2 8DR Tel: 0845 226 2694 www.enjoy-a-ball.com

Furzefield Centre Potters Bar Easter, half-term, summer holiday play schemes. Kiddi Kamps for 4-7s. Day Kamps for 8-15s. Soft play, circus, treasure hunts, creative activities, trampolining, football, rounders, Shokk gym and fitness, swimming pool games, team challenges. Potters Bar, EN6 3BW Tel: 01707 850 500 www.hertsmereleisure.co.uk

Barracudas Activity Day Camps Based at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet, Barracudas run Easter and summer holiday multi-activity day camps for children from 4-16yrs. Barnet, EN5 4DQ Tel: 0845 123 5299 www.barracudas.co.uk

Cross Keys

Base Sport, proficiency and play schemes in Barnet during term, half-terms and school holidays including football, tag rugby, trampolining, cooking, art, music, dance, tennis, creative writing, cycling and a wide range of other activities.

East Finchley children’s holiday day camp for ages 4-13yrs. From 6yrs on children can specialise in art, sport or drama. Camp runs at Easter, in the summer and over half-terms. Successfully run by brothers Nick and Richard Bernstein for over a decade.

London Borough of Barnet Tel: 0800 389 8312 www.barnetbase.net

East Finchley, N2 0EH Tel: 020 8371 9686 www.crosskeysactivities.co.uk

Language Fantastic Bilingual Nurseries

Angel ● Paddington ● Tufnell Park

Mars Montessori Bilingual Nursery Angel, Islington Mars Montessori 4 Collins Yard Islington Green London N1 2XU

020 7704 2805

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easter clubs and classes Mother Nature ScienceCamps Mother Nature scientists are ready to welcome all young scientists and engineers to their super-charged, 5-day summer holiday camp at Akiva School in Finchley for children 5-12yrs. Action-packed, hands-on experiments based around all cool things. Akiva School, Finchley, N3 2SY Tel: 020 8863 8832 www.mnature.co.uk

The Elm Holiday Sports Camps Easter, half-term and summer sports camps for children aged 4-12yrs. Sports include tennis football, kwik-cricket, tag rugby and athletics. Akiva School, Finchley N3 2SY Tel: 020 8954 8787 www.elmssportinschools.co.uk Camden Arts Centre

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Dramarama Stage School

Pitta Patta Dance Drama and yoga Easter camp based at Primrose Hill Community Centre for ages 5-8yrs and 8-14yrs. Primrose Hill, NW1 8TN Tel: 07971 916174 www.pittapattadance.co.uk

Action-packed 5-day drama, dance and musical theatre courses, drama exam course, held during summer, Christmas, Easter, all half-term holidays at South Hampstead High School. Ages 3-4yrs, 5-6yrs, 7-11yrs, advanced classes. Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, NW3 Tel: 020 8446 0891 www.dramarama.co.uk

Camden Arts Centre

XUK Day Camp XUK day camp at Brookland School in Hampstead Garden Suburb over halfterm. Easter and summer holidays for children 7-13yrs. Sport, drama, art and other exciting activities specifically tailored for this age group. Hampstead Garden Suburb, NW11 Tel: 020 8371 9686 www.campsforkids.co.uk

Half-term, Easter, summer holiday courses for children 5-11yrs. Short, energetic courses planned by a team of artists. Children will use a variety of media such as paint, clay, digital media and large-scale constructions. Hampstead, NW3 6DG Tel: 020 8472 5500 www.camdenartscentre.org

Wallace Chess

Creative Wiz Kids Easter, summer, half-term classes in Hampstead at St Luke’s Church, Kidderpore Avenue. Art projects, dancing, imaginative play, cake decorating, drumming rhythm, acting, cooking. For children aged 3-9yrs.

Baker Street and Swiss Cottage chess courses in Central London run by IM and two-time Australian Chess Champion John-Paul Wallace. Easter, summer holiday and half-term chess camps and clubs for kids aged 4-16yrs. Discounts for advance bookings.

Hampstead, NW3 7SU Tel: 020 7794 6797 www.creativewizkids.com

Baker Street – Swiss Cottage Tel: 07879 655581 www.wallacechess.com

The Little Gym Hampstead

Mother Nature Science Camps Mother Nature scientists are ready and waiting to welcome all young scientists and engineers to their super-charged 5-day summer science camps in Hampstead, for children aged 5-12yrs. Action-packed, hands-on experiments based around all cool things.

Themed school holiday camps in Hampstead for children 3-12yrs. Kids 3-6yrs enjoy programmes which stimulate physical and motor skills development with games and creative workshops. Qualified gymnastic coaches for children of all levels aged 6-12yrs.

Fitzjohn’s School, South Hampstead High School, NW3 6NP Tel: 020 8863 8832 www.mnature.co.uk

Hampstead, NW3 Tel: 020 8977 0099 www.thelittlegym.co.uk

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Dipping their tiny toes into the world of stories, words and sounds, babies and toddlers delight in a multi-sensory blend of storytelling, puppets, bubbles and music. Early Years Drama Growing in age and poise, children are inspired by each week’s magical tale to share their own ideas and feelings as they creatively explore the characters, scenery and sounds together. Family Story Play An engaging blend of our two class formats – perfect for siblings, childminders and children’s centres.

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Enfield

Pony Camp Trent Park’s pony camp runs throughout all school holidays, including half-term, and includes a combination of riding lessons, grooming, lectures and all forms of horse care. Fun, safe, exciting for children aged 5-15yrs.

DL Kid’s Holiday Active An exciting structured programme of play, sports, arts and crafts, pool fun, tennis, multi-sports for children aged 5-13yrs David Lloyd Leisure Centre. Enfield, EN1 4LF Tel: 020 8364 5858 www.davidlloyd.co.uk

London N14 4UW www.trentpark.com

Limelight Theatre School Week-long workshops during school holidays giving young people the opportunity to learn the skills of dance, drama, singing, mime, mask, stage combat. Fun-filled, confidence-building atmosphere.

Enfield Leisure Centres Wide range of school holiday activities run at Albany Leisure, Arnos Pool, Aspire Sports, Edmonton, Southbury & Southgate Leisure Centres. Sports include football, activities and mixed activities.

Potters Bar Tel: 020 8360 7928 www.limelighttheatre.co.uk

Team Sport Karting School holiday activity days in Edmonton for kids from 8yrs and teen track days for the next generation of F1 superstars, 13-16yrs in Edmonton. Skill sessions, games, practice sessions, team endurance race, grand prix.

Enfield – New Southgate – Cockfosters – Edmonton Tel: 020 8804 4255 www.fusion-lifestyle.com

Edmonton N18 3BA Tel: 0844 998 0000 La Libellule www.team-sport.co.uk

Trapeze School For children (from 2 1/2 years old)

Hackney

At the Primrose Hill community centre CircusNW1 Space Hopkinson’s Place

Half- and345 full-day circus workshops for children 14+yrs in Hackney. Featuring 0207 284 0631/0797 1603 tightropes, trapeze, tumbling, whip-cracking, knife-throwing and lasso. gmonastesse@blueyonder.co.uk Arnos Pool B_Panthakarate.pdf

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Beginners Classes: Wednesday 16.30 Hampstead Garden Suburb Thursdays 17.45 Swiss Cottage

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for children aged 5 to 14 years

At the Primrose Hill community centre Hopkinson’s Place NW1 0797 345 1603 gmonastesse@blueyonder.co.uk

Music classes for babies and young children! ® d no blues ! all r hythm an Hampstead & Notting Hill 020 8451 7626 Muswell Hill, Crouch End & Highgate 020 8889 0114 High Barnet, Mill Hill & Whetstone 020 8449 4025 Southgate, Winchmore Hill & East Barnet 020 8360 2730

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Action songs and rhymes Music and movement Fun with percussion Musical games

Since 1993 thousands of children across the UK have grown up with Monkey Music. Our unique teaching curriculum was written by classically trained musicians, and introduces music to very young children in a way they can easily understand and enjoy.

Rock ‘n’ roll - from 3 months Heigh ho – from 12 months Jiggety jig – 2 & 3 year olds Ding dong – 3 & 4 year olds It’s fun, formative and a great way of making friends!

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easter clubs and classes Easter Holiday Playscheme

Young Hackney

Run by the Learning Trust and based at Brook Community School, E8, it’s a fun place for kids aged 4-12yrs to play during school holidays. Activities include arts and crafts, outdoor play den building, games, sports, trips and more.

What’s going on in school holidays and all-year-round? Girls and boys football, street cricket, dance, basketball, free Capoeira lessons, judo, swim club, athletics, waterpolo, table tennis, young entrepreneurs music course, arts, projects and more.

Hackney Central Tel: 020 8830 7000 www.learningtrust.co.uk

Homerton – Hoxton – Stoke Newington – Dalston – Haggerston – Clapton – Stamford Hill – Woodberry www.younghackney.org

Hackney City Tennis Club

The Castle Climbing Centre

Popular half-term and school holiday tennis programmes with sessions at Clissold Park and London Fields. Mini camps for children 5-8yrs and main camp for 9-15yrs.

School holiday climbing. Two-hour, fun climbing sessions for youngsters over the age of nine and under 18yrs. These sessions allow kids to try out bouldering, top roping and abseiling.

Clissold Park, N16 9HJ Tel: 020 7254 4235 www.hackneycitytennisclubs.co.uk

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For Tumble Tots classes in Muswell Hill, Finchley Central and St John’s Wood Call: 020 8381 6585 Email: fun@tumbletotsnorthlondon.co.uk www.tumbletots.com/hampstead

Drama Dance Singing Half-Term and Easter Holiday courses in NW3 Star in exciting, original dance shows, musicals & plays Plus Saturday morning Street Dance, Drama and Drama Exam Classes in Hampstead. Specialised, fun-based, classes for ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-11 & 12-14 yrs.

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Haringey Bizzy Kidz Holiday Workshops Annual holiday workshops and half-term events at Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill. Special events including Saturday morning kids’ show. Easter extravaganza. Sunday specials, Halloween and more. Highgate Hill, N6 5HG Tel: 020 8348 8716 www.lauderdalehouse.co.uk

Active Kids Muswell Hill Multi-sports summer and Easter holiday courses at Fortismere School from 3-13yrs. Active Kid courses are great fun, but more than that, the children make progress and gain confidence in lots of different sports and physical activities.

Islington Boat Club IBC in Islington is a charity that provides water activities including kayaking and power boating for young people aged 9-18yrs. Open every day during the school holidays including weekends. Islington, N1 8JX www.islingtonboatclub.com

The Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School Holiday performing arts courses are open to boys and girls aged 7-18yrs. A week working with top industry professionals. Intensive drama, singing, dance workshops culminating in an end-of-week musical theatre showcase. Islington, N1 0QH www.annafiorentini.com

Muswell Hill, N10 1NE Tel: 07939 227943 www.activekids.biz

Kickabout Football Football and multisports camps every week of the school holidays based at Albert Road Recreation Ground Muswell Hill. Early drop-off and late pick-up at no extra cost, children from 4-12yrs. FA qualified coaches.

The Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School

Muswell Hill, N22 7XL Tel: 07971 649988 www.kickaboutfc.com

Haringey’s Holiday Fun Half-term and holiday fun in Haringey for 5-19yrs. Holiday play schemes 0-5. Football, basketball, multisports, media, arts, crafts, cooking, rollerskating, farm, urban rugby, trampolining, tennis, dance, swim sessions, lifeguard courses. Tottenham – Hornsey – Wood Green – Muswell Hill – Finsbury Park – Stamford Hill Tel: 020 8489 0000 www.haringey.gov.uk

Kidz on the Hill Performing arts school holiday workshops course based at Mountview Academy, Wood Green. Wood Green, N22 Tel: 07881553480 www.kidzonthehill.co.uk

Islington Freightliners Farm A small farm in Holloway with a wide variety of animals ranging from rare-breed pigs and goats to newborn lambs and chicks. Holiday activities for children of all ages and special events throughout the year. Holloway, N7 8PE www.freightlinersfarm.org.uk

Finsbury Leisure Centre Finsbury Leisure Centre free holiday sports coaching, table tennis and badminton sessions run by fully-qualified coaches. Sessions include skills, fun games, matches and competitions. Ages 8+yrs. London EC1 3PU Tel: 020 7253 2346 www.aquaterra.org

Islington Arts Factory School holiday workshops for children from 6yrs. Activities include illustrating courses, repertoire workshops, choreography, costumes, stage presentation and much more. Holloway, N7 0SE Tel: 020 7607 0561 www.islingtonartsfactory.org

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Westminster Little Foxes Easter Camp Holiday football and fun sports sessions in Hyde Park, located next to the tennis pavilion along South Carriage Drive. Football daily for toddlers and children from 2-7+yrs, grouped by age. Hyde Park, W2 2UH Tel: 020 7376 0006 www.thelittlefoxesclub.com

MCC indoor Cricket School Coaching is available throughout the year, with intensive courses being staged during the school holidays at Christmas, Easter and summer. Help a wide range of cricketers including absolute beginners to develop batting, bowling and fielding skills. St Johns Wood, NW8 8QN Tel: 020 7616 8500 www.lords.org

SportsXtra Exciting experience and sports courses run by SportsXtra at Seymour Leisure Centre in Central London, W1. Spy school, dance, sport 2 and 3-day courses for children aged 5-12yrs. Seymour Place, W1H 5TJ Tel: 08453 716121 www.sports-xtra.com

Dragon Hall School holiday playschemes at Dragon Hall, Covent Garden, for children from 8-12yrs. Indoor activities, arts, crafts, table tennis, playstation, sport, football, drama, singing, acting, fabulous trips. Covent Garden Tel: 020 7404 7274 www.dragonhall.org.uk

Westminster Leisure Centres Special children’s holiday activity programme at Little Venice Leisure Centres. Paddington Recreation Centre, Marshall Street, Jubilee, Queen Mother, Moberly, Seymour and Porchester Centres. Tel: 020 7641 2012 www.westminster.gov.uk

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mother’s day

Happy Mother’s Day Dr Lin Day, founder of www.babysensory.com

In the UK, Mother’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday 18th March 2012. It is the one day that families can thank mothers officially for their love, care and support throughout the year. Christianity, people honoured the Virgin Mary by returning to the church in which they were baptized on the fourth Sunday in Lent. In the late 15th century, the practice became ‘Mothering Sunday’. It was later widened to enable working mothers to be reunited with their families. The tradition of celebrating motherhood eventually blossomed into what we now know as ‘Mother’s Day’. There are lots of ways to show mums how much they are valued and appreciated. Here are just a few: Planning

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other’s Day is celebrated in over 40 countries. Although there may be cultural variations, mothers are usually honoured with flowers, cards, gifts and special gestures of attention. Dads may cook, clean and look after the children, allowing mums to relax and enjoy the day as a special ‘thank you’.

Mother’s Day origins Mother’s Day can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, who held an annual festival to honour the goddess Isis, the ‘mother of the pharaohs’. In Rome and many other societies, honey cakes were eaten and flowers were given in honour of the ‘great mother’ goddess Cybele. With the development of

To ensure that the occasion is an enjoyable and memorable one, planning and preparation is vital. According to retailers, Mother’s Day is the second busiest period after Christmas, so allow plenty of time for shopping. Mother’s Day is also a busy time for amusement parks and restaurants and advance booking is therefore essential. Long distance calls also peak on Mother’s Day, so keep the telephone handy. Breakfast in bed Start Mum’s day with breakfast in bed. Smiley pancakes, heart-shaped toast

Personalised Shopper Have mum’s favourite places printed on this great shopper. Useful and unique. Award-winning online typographic art boutique More Than Words is the original British designer of this custom ‘Destinations Bus Blind’ shopping bag, a unique, high-quality canvas bag listing places that are special to you. Carrying the names of six of your special places (or 12 for double-sided printing) that could be honeymoon locations, places you have lived or visited,

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mother’s day Gifts Homemade gifts are more meaningful and unique than shop bought ones. Ideas might include homemade biscuits, dried lavender or soap wrapped in muslin and tied with a ribbon, a family photograph in a homemade frame, a friendship bracelet or a hand decorated mug that Mum can use everyday. When the children see Mum smiling, they will know that their efforts have been worthwhile. or a slice of Simnel cake accompanied by a cup of tea, her favourite book or magazine will give Mum the chance to relax, or maybe open her cards and gifts. Cards

Voucher Mum may like a gift card so that she can select the perfume or jewellery that she wants. However, a ‘help’ voucher, which includes promises to wash up on Monday, a foot rub on Tuesday, setting the table on Wednesday, or good behaviour all week, will be appreciated even more. Household chores

Mum will appreciate and value a homemade card much more than a bought one. Toddlers can personalise the card with hand prints or scribbles. Older children can make up a special message or poem. Cards can be put on her breakfast tray or left around the house for Mum to find. The children will be inspired to try out imaginative ideas and Mum will treasure the keepsakes for many years to come.

Great Gifts for Mum on Mother’s Day

Giving Mum the day off will show her how special she is. Whether it involves emptying the washing machine, putting away toys, preparing lunch boxes for school the next day, brushing teeth, making the beds or doing homework without being asked, Mum will enjoy the break. It will also give the children the chance to model adult behaviour, which is good for their development, and it will give the whole family more time to have fun together. Flowers In the UK, a bunch of spring flowers, violets, carnations or roses are traditional Mother’s Day gifts. Other popular flowers include orchids, which come in different colours, shapes and sizes. If Mum enjoys gardening, take her to a garden fair or nursery, where she can choose her own arrangements

Let mum record her lifetime. A generation keepsake to be handed down throughout the years. Designed to allow anyone to literally record the events of a lifetime, the My Life Story diary will help you to remember the special moments you have experienced, the friends you have made, the places you have visited, achievements, favourite books and films, ambitions and much more. The diary features a map of the world and one of your body to be filled in as you wish. There is space to record every year what’s Important in your life and add photos and memorabilia. So much nicer than tatty notebooks or online blogs, the diary will become something that you treasure and is suitable as a gift to yourself or anyone else, even new babies whose parents can start to fill it in for them. My Life Story, in black or neutral, 1080 pages, £34.95 from Folly, www.follyhome.co.uk. Tel: 01455 631984.

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mother’s day or plants. Alternatively, a bouquet of paper or tissue flowers will encourage the children to try out their creative skills and provide a lasting reminder of the occasion. Whichever flowers or plants Mum receives, she is sure to love them.

out the table and help with the washing up. Themed bunting, plates and table decorations will add to the ambience, and Mum will appreciate and treasure the occasion. Bubble bath Treat Mum to an anti-stress bubble bath complete with scented candles. An inflatable bath pillow will provide the ultimate in comfort, although Mum may not want to come out of the bathroom.

Outing One of the best Mother’s Day gifts is spending quality time with the family. Ideas might include a trip to the zoo or beach, a nature ramble, a cycle ride through the countryside or a walk through a wild-flower meadow. End the outing with lunch or afternoon tea in Mum’s favourite pub or restaurant. If the outing is carefully planned and packed with entertaining things to do, it can be a wonderful experience for the whole family. Picnic A picnic hamper filled with mouthwatering food from smoked salmon to gourmet cheeses and chocolate truffles will be a special treat for Mum. The children can prepare heart-shaped biscuits and sandwiches and Mum will enjoy sampling the finished products. Dad can supervise the preparation to ensure that the play is safe.

Favourite film Take Mum on a woodland picnic. The sun filtering through the trees will be a memorable sight. The children will enjoy exploring and they will burn off excess energy and sleep better at night, which gives Mum and Dad a chance to enjoy quality time together. If it rains, lay out the picnic on the living room floor. A special treat Although it may not be possible to take Mum to Paris, pamper her with an evening meal complete with French food, twinkling lights and French music playing in the background. The children can make the decorations, set

At the end of the day, snuggle up with Mum under a quilt and watch her favourite DVD together. Chocolatecovered strawberries and popcorn will go down well with the whole family. Simply giving up time to be with her will make Mum feel loved and valued. Family photograph Have the camera charged and ready to capture the occasion. Mum will keep the photographs along with special cards, homemade gifts and other Mother’s Day mementos. When Mum looks through the memories, she will reminisce about the day when she felt so special.

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special needs

Special Needs Welcome to our new Special Educational Needs page. Each month we aim to highlight learning, physical and mental disorders and offer advice and guidance from professional therapists and specialists.

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n the field this month we focus on Auditory Processing Disorder, APD, which has been specially written by Usher Patel who is a learning difficulties specialist from the Raviv Practice in London. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions or advice you can offer to other parents and families. Usha Patel Learning Difficulties Therapist Talks about auditory disorder that is often over looked. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a condition where those with normal hearing constantly mishear what is said. Whilst APD is of neurological nature and that it may be inherited or caused as a result of developmental problems, research has also shown that early childhood ear infections can be a significant contributory factor in causing it. Children develop critical language skills between the ages of 6 months to 3 years. Language centres within the brain learn to map out sounds and store it for language processing. When a child starts reacting to words with a smile or start speaking its first words, it is effectively associating these sounds with meanings. If, a child suffers from constant middle ear infection during the critical period, then the ability to process language/speech can be affected. Sounds which normally become imprinted in the brains memory and language centres are not properly established. The mishearing happens because the brain recognises aural information differently to what they actually are. A good example is commonly found when children can’t differentiate between thirteen and thirty. Whilst hearing can be perfectly normal their brain just cannot process those sounds accurately due to their similarity. This inability of the brain to process what is heard accurately results in the Auditory Processing Disorder condition.

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APD is a often difficult to diagnose in children as they may have other learning difficulties such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, dyspraxia, which may mask the condition. It also cannot be established with standard hearing tests – It can only be diagnosed using specialist audiology testing. Children with APD have also been observed to: • Have trouble paying attention to and remembering information presented orally • Have problems carrying out multistep directions • Have poor listening skills • Need more time to process information • Have low academic performance • Have behaviour problems • Have language difficulty (e.g., they confuse syllable sequences and have problems developing vocabulary and understanding language) • Have difficulty with reading, comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary Without proper intervention, those with APD can find it confusing to interpret verbal information. This problem is further exacerbated when in a noisy environment or when there are competing sounds around them. In a

class room situation, if the child is not at the front of the class room or paying full attention, distracting sounds can make learning incredibly challenging. Some of the ways in which help for APD can be offered, as suggested by National Institutes of Health, are: • Environmental modifications such as classroom acoustics, seating and placement. • Auditory memory enhancement, a procedure that reduces detailed information to a more basic representation, may help. Also, informal auditory training techniques can be used by teachers and therapists to address specific difficulties. • Exercises to improve languagebuilding skills can increase the ability to learn new words and increase a child’s language base.

The Raviv Practice London has a specifically designed APD questionnaire for those concerned about this condition. www. ravivpracticelondon.co.uk/quest. html February 2012 © Usha Patel. Raviv Practice London.

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Hi kids, parents, grandparents, teachers – and book lovers everywhere! I’m Ed and here is my Spring book selection for you to enjoy. The books are all available online from Ed’s Reading Room at www. edontheweb.com.

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Ed’s Ed’s Reading Room is an exciting free online book and story club for primary children in homes and schools. Each month, recently published books are selected as Ed’s Books of the Month for Owlets (age 5-7) and Owls (over 7s). On the website, there are fun literacy activities to accompany each book, including wordsearches, quizzes, poetry and reviews, and there are new original stories in Edtime Stories. There are also lots of other fun online activities, complementary to the curriculum. Check out Ed’s Archive for Ed’s Books of the Month from previous months. For ages 5-7 years

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Seahorse Stars: The Lost Lagoon

‘This is a lovely story about determination and friendship with great illustrations throughout. Why not collect all the books in this super series!’

More Meerkat Madness By Ian Whybrow (HarperCollins £4.99)

Ed Says: ‘The young meerkats adore Uncle Fearless but they are not happy about his new female meerkat friend so they decide to go and look for their mama who has gone missing. They come across a young lion cub also looking for his mother. Once assured they are not going to be eaten by him, they agree to help him and so embark on another adventure in the desert. But problems arise. Will there be anyone to help them in their hour of need? ‘This is a delightfully funny story for newly confident readers to enjoy on their own or for reading together – another romp through the desert with these lovable meerkats!’

By Zuzu Singer (Usborne £4.99)

Ed Says: ‘Cammie can’t wait to become a Seahorse Star but the next Wave Wanderer task is proving a bit of a problem. Finding her way around Rainbow Reef with a compass is fairly easy but Cammie gets into a complete muddle with maps. Will Cammie be able to complete the task successfully? And can she trust Corinetta who is usually far from friendly but now seems to want to be Cammie’s friend?

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For ages 7 years plus

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Wild: Tiger Trouble By Lucy Courtenay (Hodder £4.99)

Ed Says: ‘Taya and Tori Wild are twins who argue about most things – except about animals which is just as well as their lives revolve around them. Their father is a wildlife photographer and their mother looks

after animals in need in their home, currently two tiger cubs. When their father becomes ill and can’t travel for work they start a new business with animals for films. Things are about to get really wild for the Wild family! ‘Here is an exciting and entertaining story for boys and girls alike, particularly for animal lovers. If you enjoy this book, look out for the other stories in this series.’

Lily By Holly Webb (Orchard Books £5.99)

Ed Says: ‘Lily’s family were once powerful magicians but now hide away largely unseen. While Lily is allowed to roam around doing as she pleases, her sister Georgie, as the special one, is being trained in magic. Lily no longer resents her sister as she decides she is very lucky not to be seen as special. When Lily discovers their mother’s dark plot involving dreadful spells and magical weapons, she realises she must rescue Georgie. ‘This is the first story in a wonderful new series. It is action-packed – a real page-turner of a book.’ Ed’s Reading Room is part of www. edontheweb.com, a DTI award-winning website. It was created by Maggie Humphreys, a teacher of more than 25 years, and Les Snowdon, who together are authors of several books on fitness walking and healthy eating. You are very welcome to contact Maggie on 01753 730019 or by email at mgh@edontheweb.com about the website or about Ed on the Web Spelling Bees in schools.

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out and about cinema • museums

Out & About Your guide to North London family entertainment SOUTHGATE COLLEGE – THE ZONE High Street, N14 6BS 020 8982 5050 sc-zone.co.uk

treat. Entrance £1.50/accompanied children free. Easter Activities April 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15 Free drop-in activities.

Kids Saturday screenings. Cost £3.

FOUNDLING MUSEUM 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ ( Russell Square) 020 7841 3600 foundlingmuseum.org.uk Quentin Blake – As large as Life Until April 15

Meet the Robinsons March 3 Robots March 10 Bolt March 17 Over the Hedge March 24

Exhibition of familiar illustrations and new works. Cost £7.50/children free.

Planet 51 March 31

VUE ISLINGTON Parkfield Street, N1 OPS ( 08712 240 240

Family Fun Sessions March 3, April 7,12, 13

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Opera Live March 22, April 17 Live screenings from the Royal Opera House.

museums & exhibitions

Circle of Tales at the Arts Depot Theatre

cinema EVERYMAN BELSIZE PARK 203 Haverstock Hill, NW3 4QG ( Belsize Park) everymancinema.com Kids Club Saturday mornings at the movies with activities. 4 – 10 years.

EVERYMAN SCREEN ON THE GREEN 83 Upper Street, N1 ONP ( Angel) everymancinema.com Kids Club Films and activities on Saturdays. 4 – 10 years.

PHOENIX CINEMA 52 High Road, N2 9PJ ( East Finchley) 020 8444 6789 phoenixcinema.co.uk Kids club screenings and bookable activities. Cost £2.

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Thumbelina March 3 Howl’s Moving Castle March 10 Johnny English Reborn March 17 Hugo 2D March 24 The Prince of Egypt April 1 Pesach treat for the family in partnership with JCC. Cost £7/£5. Under 4s free. Opera Screenings at the Cinema April 7, 8, 14, 15

RIO CINEMA 107 Kingsland High Street, E8 6LJ (Dalston Kingsland ) 020 7241 9410 riocinema.org.uk

BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM Bartholomew Lane, EC2R 8AH ( Bank) 020 7601 5545 bankofengland.co.uk Royal Connection From March 28 The link between the monarch and the Bank. Easter EGGStravaganza April 2 – 5, 10 – 13 Treasure trails, egg decorating and prizes. Free entry.

BRUCE CASTLE MUSEUM Lordship Lane, N17 8NU ( Seven Sisters) 020 8808 8772 haringey.gov.uk Flights of Fancy March 11

Morning Picture Club March 3, 10, 17, 24

Willow workshop. Drop-in family activities.

Saturday screenings with free membership and free entry after every 10 visits. Cost £3/£2.

Love Vintage at the Castle March 18 Vintage fair – a Mother’s Day

Booking required. 3 – 12 years. 2 adults free with accompanying children.

GEFFRYE MUSEUM Kingsland Road, E2 8EA ( Old Street) 020 7739 9893 geffrye-museum.org.uk Going Global Family Day March 25 Family day with costumes, stories and activities. Stories of the World April 3, 4 Family day workshops. Global Eggs April 7 Decorate an egg and eggcup. 5 – 11 years. Free tickets allocated on the day. Homes from Around the World April 10 – 13 Songs and activities based on homes from around the world. 3 – 5 years. Free.

GRANT MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY Rockefeller Building, UCL, University Street, WC1E 6DE ( Euston Square) 020 3108 2052 ucl.ac.uk Fossil Forage March 10 Family hands-on activities with fossils. All ages. Free. Easter Egg-Laying Animals April 2 – 4, 12 – 13

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museums out & about Family activities based on the world of ‘eggy’ animals. All ages. Free.

March 31 – April 15

HANDEL HOUSE MUSEUM 25 Brook Street, W1K 4HB ( Bond Street) 020 7495 1685 handelhouse.org Hallelujah for Easter April 8 Listen to music and follow the egg trail with chocolate prizes. Entrance £6/children free.

Puppet Theatre April 13, 14

HUNTERIAN MUSEUM The Royal College of Surgeons, 35 – 43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE ( Holborn) 020 7869 6560 rcseng.ac.uk Disease Detectives April 10 How diseases are identified and cures found. Also learn how to use a microscope. Booking essential. 10+ years. Free. Barber Surgeon April 12 The gory secrets of surgery! Booking essential. Cost £2.50/£5 for 4 tickets. ISLINGTON MUSEUM 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB ( Angel) 020 7527 2837 islington.gov.uk Activities April 2 Clock making and stories. Booking required. 5+ years. Easter Egg Hunt April 13

Varied programme of events. All ages. Free.

Create a puppet take part in a show. 4+ years. Free.

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB ( Covent Garden) 020 7565 7299 ltmuseum.co.uk Tip Top Hats & Bonnets April 2 – 6 Create designs to take home. 5+ years. Annual entrance £13.50/ children free. Tickets Please April 2 – 6 Craft workshop. 5+ years.

NATIONAL GALLERY Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN ( Charing Cross) 020 7747 2885 nationalgallery.org.uk Magic Carpet Storytelling Stories on Sundays and during school holidays. Under 5 years. Free. Easter Workshops Craft activities during the school holidays. 5 – 11 years. Free.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY St Martin’s Place, WC2H OHE ( Leicester Square) 020 7306 0055 npg.org.uk

Drop-in event with trails and tours.

Family Workshops March 17, April 21

MUSEUM OF LONDON London Wall, EC2, ( St Paul’s) 020 7001 9844 museumoflondon.org.uk

Explore portraits in the gallery. 5+ years. Tickets on arrival. Free.

Easter Holiday Activities March 31– April 15

Drop-in sessions. 3+ years.

Hands-on activities, music and story telling. Free. Prehistoric Animal Adventure! April 11 Musical adventure. Under 5 years. Free.

MUSEUM OF LONDON – DOCKLANDS West India Quay, E14 4AL (DLR West India Quay) 020 7001 9844 museumoflondon.org.uk/docklands Edible History March 11 Choose a picture and make a cup cake. 5+ years. Free tickets. Easter Activities

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PETRIE MUSEUM OF EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY Malet Place, UCL, WC1E 6BT ( Euston Square) 020 7679 2884 ucl.ac.uk Comic Book Slam March 31

Create a comic panel. Free.

ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL ( Colindale) 020 8205 2266 rafmuseum.org.uk Eagles at Easter April 5 – 11 Daily birds of prey displays to mark their important association with the RAF. Free entry. SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP ( Holborn) 020 7440 4263 soane.org Easter Workshops April 4, 5, 11, 12, 13 Themed workshops based on the museum’s treasures. 7+ years. Booking essential. Cost £20 whole day/£12 half day. SOMERSET HOUSE Strand, WC2R 1LA ( Temple) 020 7845 4600 somersethouse.org.uk Family Workshops March 3, 4, 10, 17, 24, 31 Themed activities with painting and model making. 6 – 12 years. Free.

V&A MUSEUM Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL ( South Kensington) 020 7942 2000 vam.ac.uk Great Expectations March 11 Original manuscripts and calligraphy demonstrations – celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth. Create a Comic April 2 – 6, 9 – 13 Digital art, 3D printing and online activities. Drop-in events. Free.

V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA ( Bethnal Green) 020 8983 5200 museumofchildhood.org.uk Word Up! March 31 – April 5 Stories and mask making. All ages. Free drop-in sessions. World Autism Awareness Day April 2 Fun workshops and activities for children with autism and their families. Booking recommended. Free. Hop-along Fun April 6 – 9 Easter themed stories and games. Drop-in. All ages. Free. St George’s Day April 21 Live music, games, craft activities and story telling. Free.

Goldilocks at the Arts Depot Theatre

Storytelling March 17, April 21 Charles Dickens: Life & Legacy Until April 22 Prints, drawings and photographs. Free.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD ( South Kensington) 020 7942 5000 nhm.ac.uk Animals Inside Out From April 6 The physiology and anatomy of animals. Cost £8.10/£5.40/family £24.30. Daily Exhibitions Dinosaurs, volcanoes, precious gems and creepy crawlies with hands-on activities and explorer backpacks.

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out and about theatres

theatres & concerts ARTS DEPOT Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, N12 OGA ( West Finchley & Woodside Park) 020 8369 5454 artsdepot.co.uk Goldilocks March 4 Puppets and music. 2 – 6 years. Cost £7. The Phoenix & the Carpet March 11 A golden egg hatches a talking phoenix. 4+ years. Cost £8. The Three Billy Goats Gruff March 18 Three goats and a grumpy old troll. 3 – 6 years. Cost £7. Two Four Six Eight! March 25 Fun with numbers. 4 – 7 years. Cost £7. Something in the Air March 31

CHICKENSHED THEATRE Chase Side, N14 4PE ( Cockfosters/Oakwood) 020 8292 9222 chickenshed.org.uk Tales from the Shed March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 Songs and lovable characters. 0 – 7 years. Cost £5.50/under 6 mths free. Saturday Shed Until March 24 Movement and drama. 6 – 12 years. Cost £6/session. Shakespeare’s Island March 2 – 15 Musical play and introduction to Shakespeare. 7+ years. Cost £15. Easter Shed April 2 – 5 Story writing and performance workshops. 6 – 12 years. Cost £100. Tales Big Day Out April 21 Family festival with stalls, performances and activities. Under 7 years. Cost £7.50.

Chicken Shed Theatre

HALFMOON THEATRE 43 White Horse Road, E1 OND (Stepney Green/Limehouse ) 020 7709 8900 halfmoon.org.uk

The Elves & the Shoemaker April 22

The Owl & the Pussycat March 3

Funnybones April 29

A topsy turvey world. 3 – 7 years. Cost £6.

Fun with three crazy skeletons. 3 – 7 years. Cost £8.95.

The Phoenix & the Carpet March 10

Meet Elvis Schumacher and his evil businessman, Bunyan Sole-less. 3+ years. Cost £8.95.

Interactive show for young people with disabilities. 3 – 19 years. 2 tickets for £20.

GARDEN SUBURB THEATRE 020 7723 6609 gardensuburbtheatre.org.uk

Travels with Granddad April 1

Oliver! March 2, 3

The Way Back Home March 17

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

Puppets and stories. 3+ years. Cost £7.

Musical performed at Henrietta Barnett School Theatre, NW11 7BN.

A boy and a Martian land on the moon. 3+ years. Cost £6.

The Bird Princess March 3

Two Four Six Eight March 24

Korean fan dance and story telling. 3 – 7 years. Cost £4.50.

Number party fun. 4 – 7 years. Cost £6.

The Ding Dong Show March 10

Travels with Granddad March 31

Musical clowns. Under 8 years. Cost £4.50.

A Roo in my Suitcase April 29

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors/Vile Victorians March 21 – 25

Story telling and puppets. 3+ years. Cost £6.

Sonia the Baby Seal March 17

Rosie arrives with a suitcase. 3 – 6 years. Cost £7.

Live on stage with 3D effects. Cost £10 – £20.

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

Circle of Tales April 15 Tales from Africa. 4+ years. Cost £7. Red Riding Hood April 22 New adaptation. 4 – 8 years. Cost £7.

Pitta Patta Easter Camp

HACKNEY EMPIRE 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ (Hackney Central ) 020 8985 2424 hackneyempire.co.uk

A golden egg falls into a nursery fire and hatches. 4+ years. Cost £6.

Otiz Cannelloni March 24, April 22 Music, magic and fun. 3 – 8 years. Cost £4.50.

Aesop’s Fables March 4

Little Red Riding Hood April 14

Bite-sized tales. 3+ years. Cost £8.95.

Interactive fun. 2 – 6 years. Cost £4.50.

Goldilocks March 11

Singalong Showtune April 21

Table top puppets. 2 – 5 years. Cost £8.95.

Join in sessions. 3 – 8 years. Cost £4.50.

The Owl & the Pussycat March 25

Who’s been eating my Porridge? April 28

Nonsense, silly songs and puppets. 3 – 7 years. Cost £8.95. Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals April 14, 15 Rock musical for children. 3 – 8 years. Cost £8.95.

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A baby seal goes in search of her Arctic home. 2 – 7 years. Cost £4.50.

Baby bear calls for help! 3 – 7 years. Cost £4.50.

LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE 14 Dagmar Passage, N1 2DN ( Angel or Highbury Islington)

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theatres out & about 020 7226 1787 littleangeltheatre.com

One Little Word March 17

Tickets £8 / Friday 5pm performances £5. Babies welcome on special dates.

Friendship and sharing. 3 – 7 years.

Mozart with Puppets March 2, 3

Goldilocks March 24, 25 Classic tale with a twist. 2 – 6 years.

Stories and puppets combined with the music of Mozart. 2+ years.

Little Bo Peep March 31

When Eggy Met Peggy March 10

Nursery rhymes. 2 – 7 years.

Based on the story of ‘The Princess and the Pea’. 3+ years. Goldilocks March 14, 15, 28

The Snail & the Whale April 14 Two friends embark on an amazing journey. 4 – 10 years.

A tale with a twist. 2 – 5 years.

Kid Carpet & the Noisy Animals April 21

The Gingerbread Man March 18, 21, 22, 23

Comedy and live music. 3 – 8 years.

Curious animals and a lot of mess! 3+ years. Me and the Sea March 25 Puppets, music and storytelling. 6+ years. Tim & Light March 31 Tim and his cat take a magical train ride. 4+ years. Videk’s Shirt April 1, 7, 9 Videk’s friends make him a new warm shirt. 2 – 5 years. Puppet Passport April 2 – 5 Puppet making sessions. 5 – 11 years. Cost £45/£140. The Little Red Hen April 11, 15 Lots of joining in. 2 – 5 years. The Return of the Ugly Duckling April 21 A cheeky sequel. 5+ years. The Snitchity Titch Show April 22 Adventures on an island. 2 – 6 years. The Elves & the Shoemaker April 29 Classic fable with puppets. 3+ years.

LYRIC THEATRE King Street, Hammersmith, W6 ( Hammersmith) 0871 22 117 29 lyric.co.uk Tickets £8/family £30 with messy play activities after some shows. Butterfly Hero March 1, 2 A rare butterfly arrives in Kew Gardens. 4+ years. Cost £10/£5. Two Four Six Eight March 3 Number fun. 4 – 7 years. Me & the Sea March 10 Live music and stories. 6 – 11 years.

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Circus Minimus April 28, 29 2 – 5 years.

MILLFIELD ARTS CENTRE Silver Street, Edmonton, N18 1PJ (Silver Street ) 020 8807 6680 millfieldtheatre.co.uk The Wheels on the Bus March 17, 18 Sing-a-long family fun. 3+ years. The Sound of Music April 24 – 28 Popular show with Maria and the Von Trapp family. NEW DIORAMA THEATRE 15 – 16 Triton Street, Regents Place, NW1 3BF ( Great Portland Street) 0207 383 9034 newdiorama.com The Second Shepherd’s Play April 17 – 20, 22 Music, puppetry and slapstick. 6 – 12 years. Cost £5. PEACOCK THEATRE Portugal Street, WC2A 2HT ( Holborn) 0844 412 4322 sadlerswells.com

Gill’s Cookery Workshop

A baboon flies to the moon in a hot air balloon. 3+ years. Cost £10/£8.50.

ROUNDHOUSE Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH ( Chalk Farm) 0844 482 8008 roundhouse.org.uk Professor Vanessa’s Wondershow April 23 – 29 Celebrate the golden era of circus with vintage side-shows, aerial performances, cabaret and illusion. All ages. Cost £20/Family £60.

SADLER’S WELLS & LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN ( Angel) 0844 412 4300 sadlerswells.com Family Weekend: Underneath the Floorboards April 9 – 10

Moving day fun. Also activities before and after the show. 2+ years. Cost £10. Family Weekend: Echoa April 9 – 10 Dancers, drummers and comedy. Special dance workshops at extra cost. 5+ years. Cost £15.

My First Sleeping Beauty April 3 – 13 For family audiences by English National Ballet. 3+ years. Cost £10 – £25/Family £55. London Children’s Ballet: A Little Princess April 19 – 22 Ballet and classical music with 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 puppetbarge.com The Flight of Babuscha Baboon March 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

The Second Shepherd’s Play – The New Diorama Theatre

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out and about theatres • workshops THE TRICYCLE 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR ( Kilburn) 020 7328 1000 tricycle.co.uk

Teeth March 30 – April 15

Artwork to make and keep. 2 – 4 years.

Drama and final performance. 5 – 6 years.

A motley crew of pirates. Also workshops and sleepover party. 7+ years. Show tickets £15/£10.

Peter Pan April 10 – 12

Street Dance/Hip Hop April 2 – 5, 10 – 13

3 ½ – 6 years. Cost £110.

Dance classes. 7 – 11 years.

The Giving Tree April 17 – 19

Musical Theatre April 2 – 5, 10 – 13

5 – 8 years. Cost £110.

Sing and dance. 7 – 11 years.

Goldilocks March 2, 3

Goldilocks April 3 – 7

What will happen when the bears return? 2 – 5 years. Cost £6/£5 in advance.

Puppets. 2 – 5 years. Cost £15/£10. Ruby Red Tells Tales April 4 – 5

Sam Rose in the Shadows March 10

3 – 5 years. Cost £15/£10.

Puppets and intimate story telling. 5+ years. £6/£5 in advance. Funny Bones March 17 Spooky adventures with three skeletons! 3 – 7 years. £6/£5 in advance. Bo Peep March 23 Fun with nursery rhymes. 2 – 6 years. £6/£5 in advance. The Ugly Duckling March 24 Musical story with puppets. 3+ years. £6/£5 in advance. The Three Billy Pigs March 31 Two tales in one. 3+ years. £6/£5 in advance.

UNICORN THEATRE 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ ( London Bridge) 020 7645 0560 unicorntheatre.com The Legend of Captain Crow’s Perform

Egg & Spoon April 10 – 15 Interactive show. Under 5 years. Cost £15/£10. The Man with the Disturbingly Smelly Foot April 25 – May 20 Philoctetes has been left stranded on an island. 7 – 10 years. Cost £15/£10.

workshops CRAZEE KIDS crazeekids.co.uk crazeekids@hotmail.co.uk Jungle Book April 3, 4, 5 At Jacksons Lane, Archway Road, N6 5AA. 3 – 8 years. CREATIVE MOVEMENTS At St Marys, Primrose Hill, NW3 3DJ. 020 7435 8217 creativemovements.co.uk Beegu April 2

Joseph had a little Overcoat April 20 2 – 4 years.

CREATIVE WIZ KIDS 020 7794 6797 creativewizkids.com Easter Clubs April 2 – 6, 9 – 13 At St Judes Church, Central Square, NW11 7AH / St Peters, Belsize Square, NW3 4HJ / St Marys, 134a Abbey Road, NW6 4SN

GILL’S COOKERY WORKSHOP NW11 7AA 020 8458 2608 gillscookeryworkshop.co.uk Easter Workshops March 30, April 2 – 6 One or two-day courses on healthy eating and cooking fun. 4+ years. Cost £95/£50.

HOLIDAY ACADEMY

Art projects, dancing, music, painting and fun! Early bird discounts. 3 – 9 years unaccompanied.

Camden, NW1 ( Camden) holidayacademy.co.uk

DRAMARAMA STAGE SCHOOL At South Hampstead School, Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SS. 020 8446 0891 dramarama.co.uk

Music, drama, art and sports. Costs £20 half day, £40/£50 full day.

Dramatots April 2 – 5, 10 – 13 Non-stop drama fun and games. 3 – 4 years. Drama April 2 – 5, 10 – 13

Holiday Workshops April 2 – 5, 10 – 13

ISLINGTON ARTS FACTORY 2 Parkhurst Road, N7 OSF 020 7607 0561 islingtonartsfactory.org Yoga April 2 – 5, 10 – 13 6+ years. Cost £25/£45 per week. Carnival Dance & Costume Making April 2 – 5 7+ years. Cost £80. Ballet April 10 – 13 6+ years. Cost £80. Drumming & Percussion April 10 – 13 4 – 6 years. Cost £60.

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTRE 6 Park End, NW3 2SE 020 7431 9866 jcclondon.org.uk Purim Cooking Workshop March 4 Make treats to take home. 6 – 10 years. Cost £17.50. Sing-a-long: Prince of Egypt April 1 Held at Phoenix Cinema. 6+ years. Performing Pesach April 12 Drama workshops. 6 – 10 years. Cost £25.

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workshops • special events out & about STUDIO 4A ART CLASSESS Hampstead Art Space Fantastic studios in converted stables. Art classes for children. Weekly classes after school and Saturday mornings. Half term and holiday workshops All enquiries: M: 07971 860 373 mail@dessinparjoseph

special events

Lambing Weekend April 8, 9

Dance, drama and yoga sessions. 5+ years. Cost £108.

RAVIV PRACTICE At 17 East End Road, Finchley, N3 3QE ravivpracticelondon.co.uk

BARNET WALKS Paul Baker 020 8440 6805 barnetwalks.talktalk.net

St Patrick’s Day Parade March 18

Learning Difficulties March 7

Battle of Barnet March 17, April 21

Free presentation for parents and teachers. Booking required on-line.

Guided tours. Pushchairs allowed. Cost £7/£3.

Exercises, games and skills. 3 – 4 years & 5 – 11 years.

Easter Camp April 10 – 13

At Triyoga, 6 Erskine Rd, NW3 3AJ. Workshop for mums and dads to be – burping, nappy changing, vaccinations and more, with demonstrations and handouts. Cost £30/£50 couple.

PERFORM 0845 400 4000 perform.org.uk

Working Mums Live March 27

BARBICAN CENTRE Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS ( Barbican) 0845 120 7550 barbican.org.uk Barbican Weekender March 3 – 4 Free events – dance, music, theatre and film. LSO Family Concert March 18 With pre-concert workshops and bookable free crèche. 7 – 12 years. Cost £10/£4/workshops £5.

Music, dance and mini performance. 4 – 8 years.

Football Courses April 2 – 5, 10 – 13

Care of the Newborn & New Mum March 11

Cost from £12.50/£7/under 5s free.

Flexible working, seminars and business advice. Free registration.

PITTA PATTA Primrose Hill Community Centre, NW1 8TN 020 8451 5707 pittapattadance.co.uk

MIDWIFEONLINE Juliet Albert 020 7484 3344 midwifeonline.co.uk

BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 OQH ( Angel) 020 7288 6272 businessdesigncentre.co.uk workingmumslive.co.uk/London Country Living Spring Fair March 21 – 25

ALEXANDRA PALACE Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY ( Wood Green) 020 8365 2121 alexandrapalace.com The London Festival of Railway Modelling March 24, 25 Cost £11/£5 on door. Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show April 14, 15 Card making and papercraft products. Cost £2 – £7. Kentish Town City Farm

LEAGUE ONE SPORTS ACADEMY South Hampstead High School, Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SS 020 8446 0891 leagueone.co.uk

visit from the Easter bunny! Booking required. 2 – 9 years. Cost £15 per child includes an Easter tea/ accompanying adult free.

STEPS Belsize Park, NW3 5AE ( Chalk Farm) 0844 324 5414 stepsiscool.com

Barnet Ghosts March 31 Dickens & Victorian Barnet April 29

CAPEL MANOR GARDENS Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ (M25/J25) 08456 122122 capelmanorgardens.co.uk Easter Egg Hunt April 7 Organised by Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice – to include egg hunts, face painting, crafts and games. Cost £5.50/£2.50/family £13.50/under 3 years free.

Held at Forty Hall Farm, EN2 9HA. Shuttle bus available. Cost £3/£2. Spring Gardening Show April 14, 15 Cost £6/£3/family £15 (2+3) /under 5 years free.

CITY HALL The Queens Walk SE1 2AA 020 7983 4000 london.gov.uk

From Green Park to Trafalgar Square – parade, floats, marching bands, food stalls, Irish dance and music. Free.

FENTON HOUSE Windmill Hill, NW3 6RT 020 7435 3471 nationaltrust.org.uk Easter Egg Trail April 6 – 9 Egg hunt and prizes. Cost £3.

At Highgate N6 6BA & Primrose Hill NW1 8TN

Make a stop motion animation. 7+ years. Cost £195.

BURGH HOUSE & HAMPSTEAD MUSEUM New End Square, NW3 1LT ( Hampstead) 020 7431 0144 burghhouse.org.uk

April 11 – 13

Movie Workshop April 2 – 4

Easter Eggstravaganza April 13

HAMPSTEAD HEATH ( Kentish Town/Hampstead) 020 7332 3322 cityoflondon.gov.uk/hampsteadheath Rookie Rangers Wildlife Club March 18

Turn a movie into a musical. 7+ years. Cost £195.

Easter bonnet making competition, egg hunts and prizes and a special

Family fun. 8 – 12 years. Booking required on 020 7482 7073.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland April 2 – 4

At Hampstead NW3 1DR, Northwood HA6 3AA, St John’s Wood NW8 9QG

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Animation Course April 2 – 4

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out and about special events • further afield Chamber Tots March 15, 23 2 – 5 years. Cost £6 per child.

further afield CADOGAN HALL 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ ( Sloane Square) 020 7730 4500 cadoganhall.com National Children’s Orchestra April 13 Young musicians. Cost £20, £17, £12.

NEC Birmingham thenec.co.uk thebigbangfair.co.uk The Big Bang Fair March 15 – 17

Kentish Town City Farm

HARINGEY NCT nct.org.uk/branches/haringey Nearly New Sale March 17 At Union Church Hall, N8 9TA. Baby clothes, toys and equipment.

HIGHGATE WOOD 020 8444 6129 cityoflondon.gov.uk/highgatewood Birds and their Song Walk March 24 The Big Tree Climbing Co. April 6, 7 Climbing apparatus – charges apply. The Story Telling Tree April 10

KENTISH TOWN CITY FARM 1 Cressfield Close, NW5 4BN ( Kentish Town) 020 7916 5421 ktcityfarm.org.uk Pony Rides April 7 4+ years. Free entry to farm/activities £1. Easter Egg Decorating April 8 Easter Treasure Hunt April 9

LAUDERDALE HOUSE Highgate Hill, Waterlow Park, N6 5HG ( Archway) 020 8348 8716 lauderdalehouse.co.uk Easter Fun April 8

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Egg decorating, treasure hunt and the Great Egg Roll. Limited places on first come basis. Cost £6 per child.

LONDON LIBRARIES dickens2012.org cityreadlondon.org.uk City Read From April 2 Special programme of events across London libraries to celebrate Dickens’s bicentenary by choosing one book to read – Oliver Twist. Victorian Toys & Crafts April 18 At Shoe Lane Library, EC4A 3JR. Craft activities to celebrate Dickens. Book in advance. Free. ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC Marylebone Road, NW1 5HT ( Regent’s Park) 020 7873 7373 ram.ac.uk Family Day March 11 Music and percussion. 5+ years. Cost £10/£6. ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ ( Charing Cross) 020 7766 1100 stmartin-in-the-fields.org Mini Maestro Family Concert March 24, April 21 Musical treats. Cost £8.50/£6.50.

TOTTENHAM NCT nct.org.uk coordinator@tottenhamnct.org.uk

Nearly New Sale April 21 At Downhills Primary School, Philip Lane, N15 4AB. Baby goods for sale.

WEMBLEY ARENA Arena Square, Engineers Way, HA9 OAA. ( Wembley Park) wembleyarena.co.uk Disney On Ice-Princess & Heroes March 7 – 11 Cost £20.50 – £48.95. CBeebies Live March 31, April 1 Cost £17 – £25.25. WESTMINSTER NCT nct.org.uk nns_nctwestminster@yahoo.co.uk Nearly New Sale April 21 At Churchill Hill, SW1V 3AL. WIGMORE HALL 36 Wigmore Street, W1U 2BP ( Bond Street) 020 7935 2141 wigmore-hall.org.uk Sing a Story March 10 Singing and percussion. 3 – 7 years. Cost £7/£5. Musical Characters March 17 Musical workshop. 5+ years. Cost £12/£8. For Crying Out Loud! March 14 Concert for babies under 1 year. Cost Adults £6.

Science shows, workshops and activities during National Science & Engineering week. First two days for school children, final day for families. Free registration.

ROALD DAHL MUSEUM 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, Bucks (M4/J8) 01494 892192 roalddahlmuseum.org Easter Workshops April 3 – 7, 14 Varied activities and egg hunts. Booking required. Entrance £6/£4/ under 5s free.

STRATFORD CIRCUS Theatre Square, Stratford, E15 1BX ( Stratford) 0844 357 2625 stratford-circus.com Videk’s Shirt March 24 2 – 5 years. Cost £7/£5/family £20. Funnybones April 28 3 – 7 years. Cost £7/£5/family £20.

WWT LONDON WETLAND CENTRE Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, SW13 9WT (Barnes ) 020 8409 4400 wwt.org.uk/London Easter Eggstravaganza March 31 – April 15 All about ducklings – their behaviour and habits with interactive shows. Entrance £10/£5.55/under 4s free.

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teacher for National Theatre’s educational Department) and Jay Henry, (X-Factor coach and voice coach having worked with Craig David, Mariah Carey and George Michael to name but a few). Celebrities such as Joseph Marcell, (Jeffery in Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and Warren Mitchell, (Alf Garnett) have also been amongst special guests to give master classes at this prestigious school. Students get to work with a variety of casting directors, producers and TV directors. They also get the opportunity to be considered for the agency to audition for professional work. Lamda Qualifications in Drama which carry UCAS points also available.

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