The Doodle Dance Show
If your kids like drawing or dancing (or both) we’ve got just the show for you. The Doodle Dance Show, coming to Cambridge Junction this month, is an interactive show like nothing you’ve seen before. Instead of taking their seats in the dark and expecting something to happen, the audience will find themselves faced with an enormous blank piece of paper, then asked to get up and help fill it with doodles and drawings, to create a weird and wondrous paper world full of crazy characters. Can you dance a scribble, or draw a sneeze? There’s only one way to find out! The show has been created by award-winning performers Anna Williams and Tom Roden, and produced by Greenwich Dance. It’s on at 11.30am, 2.30pm and 4.30pm, 1 March, and tickets are £6-£10.
Book Illustration Show
Around 65 graduates are displaying their work this month at the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, as part of the MA Children’s Book Illustration Graduation Show. Many of the artists are already signed up to publishers around the world, and the exhibition includes winners of the MacMillan Prize for Children’s Picturebook Illustration and the Penguin Design Awards. It’s a chance to absorb work in a range of styles, on a diversity of subjects. The show is on from now until 14 March.
Birds nesting, days lengthening and trees bursting into bud: spring is a great time to spot wildlife. On the first Saturday of every month, The Wildlife Trust (Beds, Cambs & Northants) meet at Milton Country Park to lead a morning Wildlife Watch. Created from old gravel pits, the park is a haven for wildlife, from ducks and other waterfowl to small animals. The session takes place from 10.30am-12noon and costs £1.
Red Riding Hood
See the story of Little Red Riding Hood beautifully retold using puppets and live music. ￼￼The Norwich Puppet Theatre will bring a fresh look to the story we all think we know so well: it’s about the young girl in the red coat who must escape from a hungry wolf, isn’t it? Maybe not. This adventure into the woods may unfold in ways you don’t expect… after all, there are two sides to every story. The puppets, handmade in wood, have been designed by Peter O’Rourke, one of the country’s leading puppet makers. Their show is funny, dramatic and a little scary in parts, but guaranteed to be an imaginative theatrical experience from start to finish. It takes place at Cambridge Junction on 29 March, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets £6/£10.
Crafty animal drop-in
Join in a morning of cutting, sticking and general creativity at Wood Green’s Godmanchester centre. It’s a chance to get well and truly messy: try hand-printing chickens, making pom-pom sheep and fashioning dogs from cardboard tubes! It’s suitable for toddlers and upwards (all children must be supervised by an adult) and takes place on 31 March, 10am-midday. Places are £5 per child. The Godmanchester centre is Wood Green’s HQ and home to a variety of rescued animals in need of a home, from ponies and ferrets to cats and dogs. Warning: not for the weak-willed!