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Family Diary JANUARY


MARKETS


SATURDAY 31 JANUARY Mum2mum Market


Visit the award winning nearly new sales for baby and children’s bargains in south west London. At this pop up market you’ll be astonished by the quality of secondhand baby and children items. You’ll find gems in great condition at glorious prices.


2pm-4pm.


Ricards Lodge High School, Lake Road, Wimbledon, SW19 7HB www.mum2mummarket.co.uk


MUSIC


WEDNESDAY 14 JANUARY Dance Grooves


Kids can take part in a funky fab warm up, learn two amazing dance routines and an end of term performance. Mondays 8-11 year olds 3.45pm-4.45pm and Wednesday 5-8 year olds 3.45pm-4.45pm. Receive a free Dance Grooves T-Shirt when you sign up for a 10 week course.


Until 25 March; 10 week course £100.


The Half Moon, 93 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, SW 07956 235 248


www.dancegrooves.dance THEATRE


SUNDAY 11 JANUARY Sunday Story Time: June Whitfield


June Whitfield, the star of countless hit TV shows such as Absolutely Fabulous, brings her unique warmth and talent to a collection of children’s stories. Recommended for children aged 4.


11am; tickets: £5.


Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB www.polkatheatre.com


SATURDAY 24 JANUARY


The Magic Porridge Pot & Other Tasty Tales Part of the Lyric


Hammersmith’s children’s theatre season there’ll be pop-up sets, puppets and music to accompany three traditional tales told by Widdershins theatre company.


Peter Pan


craft. This is one to visit for the new year.


39 Windsor Ave, Morden, SW19 2RR


020 8543 5300 www.deencityfarm.co.uk


FRIDAY 2 JANUARY Festive Horse Drawn 90 Min Tour


Ages 3-7; 1pm; tickets £8. Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL 020 8741 6850 www.lyric.co.uk


GET YOUR WELLIES ON ONGOING


Deen City Farm


Deen City Farm is an urban farm with an educational focus. You can learn about the rural environment and find out exactly where their food comes from. With a range of activities and events from educational visits, riding lessons, pottery, cookery and more, there is always lots to do for all the family. For 2015, they are planning workshops for bird box making, blacsmithery, chicken keeping and bush


Sew Pretty Is your child between 7 and 12 years old and enjoys making things? If so, they will love this sewing craft activity. Kids will make lots of fun projects from


appliqué cushions, tote bags, pencil cases, buntings, felt greeting cards, stuffed animals, heart key rings, felt brooches and many more interesting little projects all inspired by the winter months. They will have the opportunity to learn a variety of different skills.


Until 2nd January; 10am-1pm; tickets £24. 77 Wimbledon Park Road, SW19 6PE 0771 4252660 www.sewpretty.me.uk


The Royal Parks Foundation teamed up with Operation Centaur to bring you an experience like no other. A four-person carriage drawn by beautiful greys will allow you to experience the park like you never have before. You will embark onto a four-person Landau carriage under warm blankets, taking a ride through the park in all its stark winter beauty.


Until 4 Jan; 12-3pm; tickets £125 for two.


Richmond Park, TW10 5HS 0207 036 8040


www.supporttheroyalparks.org


TRAVEL FOR ONGOING


The art of the Brick


The international exhibition is here to stay a little longer. More than 1 million pieces of lego have been created into 8 spectacular sculptures by the US artist Nathan Sawaya. The artworks on display are large-scale sculptures of human figures and T-Rex’s skeleton! The exhibition also includes an Interactive Zone inviting young and old visitors to get hands-on and have a go at building your own lego masterpiece.


Until 12 April; tickets £8-£14.50. The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL 020 3 773 8995


www.artofthebrick.co.uk


WEDNESDAY 14 JANUARY Jack and Beanstalk If you missed the panto season have no fear, this one is worth the wait; full to the brim with musicl numbers, enchanting costumes and supersize jokes. Until 17 Jan; 2.30pm/7.30pm; tickets £8 - £16.


Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, KT17 5AL 0333 666 3366 www.youtheatretickets.co.uk


They fly to Neverland and Peter introduces Wendy to the lost boys. Meanwhile, Wendy’s two brothers got lost and taken by the pirates and they were shoved in a barrel. The play is about Wendy trying to find her brothers and the gang trying to defeat Captain Hook and the pirates.


Peter Pan is very modern. He doesn’t wear a traditional costume but wears a black leather jacket and jeans. I liked the play because the swords were real, there was a lot of sword fighting between Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Also, the mermaids were deadly - that’s a first!


My five-year-old sister liked the play because Wendy and Peter kiss on the lips at the end. The Polka Theatre is amazing, especially when you are close to the front. The actors are very loud, which is good so people right at the back can hear them. The staff are also very nice and sell ice cream at half time. I think you should go and see Peter Pan at the Polka.


On until 14 Feb 2015, Tickets: £17.50-£25.00 The Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB 020 8543 4888 www.polkatheatre.com


timeandleisure.co.uk . January 2015 . 61 THEATRE REVIEW


PETER PAN AT THE POLKA


By Lachlan Miranda, aged eight


I went to see Peter Pan at the Polka Theatre and it was unbelievable that there were only seven people playing all of the characters – Peter Pan, Wendy, the lost boys, Captain Hook and his pirates, Michael and John and the children’s parents.


Peter Pan was very vain and he always wore a leather jacket and it looked very good. My favourite character was Tootles who is one of the lost boys. Tootles was my favourite because he was very brave even when Peter Pan told him off – and he always wore camouflage army clothes.


The play is about three children that love making up imaginative stories but one night while Michael and John were sleeping, Wendy saw Peter Pan at the window. He had snuck in the night before to listen secretly to Wendy’s mum’s story. It was Cinderella – an all time favourite. Wendy and Peter talk and Peter invites Wendy and her brother’s to Neverland, which is a magical land with Mermaids, PIRATES and the nasty Captain Hook who wants to kill Peter Pan.


Lachlan Miranda


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