Children; What to do this weekend in London and beyond

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Children's Concert

Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2 (0171-638 8891) tomorrow 4.30pm, children pounds 5, adults pounds 10

This family concert with the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra and the City of Sheffield Girl's Choir is in aid of Leuka 2000, the leukaemia charity, and is conducted by Christopher Gayford. Suitable for children of six and over.

Dragons

Border's Books, Music and Cafe, 203 Oxford St, W1 (0171-292 1600) today 11am, free

Today's theme at this mega bookshop's Saturday storytime session is dragons and includes stories from Jack Kent's There's No Such Thing as a Dragon. Children can also take part in making a dragon collage.

Art Trolley

Tate Gallery, Millbank, SW1 (0171-887 8765) tomorrow 2pm-5pm, free

Every Sunday afternoon "trolley staff" will help your children to do everything from creating mini sculptures to embarking on the gallery's portrait trail. Suitable for children from three to 11, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Check at the information desk to find out which gallery the trolley is in when you arrive.

Nikki Spencer

The Big Garden Bird Watch

All over the UK. Contact the RSPB (01767 680551) for further details. Today and tomorrow, free

Children and their parents are invited to join in this 20th annual event organised by the Young Ornithologists Club, which this year is running the bird watch in conjunction with Tesco. The idea is that you count the birds that you can see in your garden or another specified area in a single hour this weekend. Registration forms are available from all Tesco stores.

Teddy Bear's Musical Picnic

The Charter Hall, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, Essex (01206 282020) tomorrow. Doors open at 2pm, concert begins at 3pm, children pounds 3, adults pounds 5

At this afternoon concert for all the family, presented by Hatfields of Colchester Band and the Colne Valley Youth Orchestra, you can march to the music, sing along and even dance with giant teddy bears. Children are invited to bring their own teddy dressed in a costume from around the world.

Daisy and Tom

118 Deansgate, Manchester M3 (0161-835 5000) today and tomorrow 11am onwards, free

At intervals throughout the day this book, toy and general children's emporium will be running free face-painting and story-telling on the lower ground floor. NS

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