Children: What To Do This Weekend In London

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Chinese New Year Celebration

Children's Library, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2 (0171-638 4141) today, 11am-12noon, free

As a foretaste to London's celebrations over the weekend of 20 February, the Barbican is running a paper-cutting workshop under artist Gu Xiao Lan, whose watercolour exhibition is showing at the Centre. Suitable for children aged five and over.

Lazy Daisy Show

Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 (0181-463 0100) today, 3pm, adults pounds 4, children pounds 3

The Blackheath Halls kicks off its spring programme of Saturday afternoon children's theatre with a mixture of slapstick, magic and juggling. Suitable for children aged from three to seven.

Grimaldi Service

Holy Trinity Church, Beechwood Road, Dalston, London E8 (0171-253 5062) tomorrow, 4pm, free

Clowns from all over the world will be giving thanks for the life of Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837), "the father of modern clowns" (below). After the service there will be children's entertainment in Holy Trinity Primary School.


Saturday Art Club

The City Art Gallery, 90 Granby Street, Leicester (0116-254 0595) from today for four weeks, 10.30am-12.30pm, pounds 8

The City Art Gallery's art club for seven-to-13-year-olds (above) begins another series of activities today; another starts on 6 March.

Birds and Beasts Storytelling

Victoria Art Gallery, Pulteney Bridge, Bath (01225 477757) tomorrow; storytelling 3pm-4.30pm, pounds 1; gallery 2pm-5pm, free

Birds and beasts are the subject of this month's storytelling session for all the family at this municipal gallery. While you're there, you can also check out "Head First", a travelling exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery.

Children's Games Day

Forge Mill Needle Museum, Needle Mill Lane, Redditch (01527 62509) tomorrow 2pm-5pm; games free with museum entry, adults pounds 2.25, children 90p

To coincide with the museum's latest exhibition, "Childhood in Redditch", (where making needles used to be the major industry) visitors of all ages are invited to take part in everything from hopscotch to marbles and yo-yoing (below). NS