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Musical instrument taster scheme

Monday, 11 April 2016 - Monday, 28 November 2016 4.15pm - 6pm
A 20 week programme that introduces young musicians to instrumental learning. Please email HMS for more info kelvin.ghann@larningtrust.co.uk . Age group: Keys Stage 1 & 2. Tomlinson Centre, Queensbridge Road, Hackney E8 3ND. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Kelvin Ghann. Email: kelvin.ghann@learningtrust.co.uk Telephone: 02030761537.

Instrumental taster scheme

Monday, 12 September 2016 - Wednesday, 22 March 2017 4.15pm - 6pm
The taster scheme is for primary school kids in years 1-6, and introduces them to explore four different instruments; Cello, Violin, Guitar and the Flute. Spaces are filling up fast. Age group: 6-11 years of age. Tomlinson Centre, QUEENSBRIDGE ROAD, London, Hackney, E8 3ND. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Kelvin Ghann. Email: kelvin.ghann@learningtrust.co.uk Telephone: 02030761537.

Music with Maddy at Hackney Museum

Friday, 23 September 2016 - Friday, 16 December 2016 10am
Fun, lively and educational music sessions for children age 0-5 and their carers. Sessions featurre popular and original kids songs, guitar, small instruments, puppets, props and dancing. Age group: 5 and under. Hackney Museum, Hackney Technology and Learning Centre, Reading Lane, Hackney E8 1GQ. Contact: Maddy Read Clarke. Email: maddyclarke@mac.com Telephone: 07710 368967. Visit website

Acrobatics and street dance

Monday, 26 September 2016 - Tuesday, 06 December 2016 4pm - 7pm
We run weekly acrobatics and street dance classes for young people aged 4-14 in two locations in Hackney. Our classes are taught by professional artists in a fun, open and safe environment. . Age group: 4-14 year olds. Unit 1, The Energy Centre, Bowling Green Walk, Hackney N1 6AL. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Jana Jammal . Email: education@mimbre.co.uk Telephone: 02076131068. Visit website

London Fields kids' day

Saturday, 01 October 2016 12 noon - 9.30pm
London Fields kids' day. Free family day in a giant inflatable dome. Workshops include animation, piñata making, science and storytelling. https://secondhome.io/events/second-home-london-fields-kids-day . Age group: 14 and under. London Fields, Hackney E8 3EU. Disabled access: yes. Contact: Lizzy Daish. Email: lizzy@shufflefestival.co.uk Telephone: 07539363343. Visit website

Sunday family workshop - A Book of Symbols and Journeys with Alexandra Hughes

Sunday, 02 October 2016 2.30pm - 4.30pm
£7 per family. Booking required. This playful workshop allows families to explore the world of visual symbols. By creating colourful drawings and cutting up materials from paper, felt and fabric, families will invent shapes which symbolise made-up archetypes and create associated narratives and definitions into a book. . Age group: Ages 5+. 14 Wharf Road, Hackney N1 7RW. Contact: Parasol unit, foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: +44 20 7490 7373 . Visit website

Oliver Twist walking tour

Sunday, 09 October 2016 3pm - 4.30pm
This walk follows the footsteps of Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger on their final leg of their journey through London to reach Fagin's lair as described in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. Angel Underground Station, Islington High Street EC1V 1NE. Contact: Hazel Baker. Email: hazel@londonguidedwalks.co.uk Telephone: 07545020406. Visit website

Big Fish Little Fish family rave

Sunday, 16 October 2016 2pm - 4.30pm
A rave for all the family with top DJs, licensed bar, craft and play activities, bubbles, glitter cannons, balloons and fancy dress theme. 13-18 Sidworth Street, Hackney E8 3SD. Contact: Natasha. Email: info@bigfishlittlefishevents.co.uk Telephone: 07919598008. Visit website

Big Draw youth project - frame workshop with Alice Wilson and Jack Brown

Monday, 24 October 2016 - Wednesday, 26 October 2016 10am - 2pm
Free (donations appreciated). Booking required. Using portable drawing devices that allow you to trace through frames, participants will embark on a three-day journey, planning excursions and recording in the streets, buildings, parks and places that surround Parasol unit. . Age group: Suitable for ages 10-16 yrs. 14 Wharf Road, Hackney N1 7RW. Contact: Parasol unit, foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: +44 20 7490 7373 . Visit website

Sunday family workshop - What Shape Are You? with Evy Jokhova

Sunday, 06 November 2016 2.30pm - 4pm
£7 per family. Booking required. Draw and create a range of simple shapes that can be transformed into wearable shape-costumes. Using paper, cardboard, scissors, string and tape, families will engage with costume making and explore the idea of a visual vocabulary. . Age group: Ages 5+. 14 Wharf Road, Hackney N1 7RW. Contact: Parasol unit, foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: +44 20 7490 7373 . Visit website

Early years workshops - Project Light with artist and educator Natalie Zervou

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10am - 12 noon
Free (donations appreciated). Drop-in. Project Light is an immersive drop-in workshop, inviting parents and carers with young children to participate in a stimulating installation created by artist Natalie Zervou. Both young children and adults can respond, explore and create through playful experimentation in this exciting new project. . Age group: Suitable for under 5s and parents/carers. 14 Wharf Road, Hackney N1 7RW. Contact: Parasol unit, foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: +44 20 7490 7373 . Visit website

Sunday family workshop - The Opposite of Nothing with Lala Thorpe

Sunday, 27 November 2016 2.30pm - 4pm
£7 per family. Booking required. Inspired by the Robert Therrien exhibition, this workshop will involve drawing and creating a range of large scale shapes using paper and cardboard. Families will then build a theatrical scene, whilst creating a short narrative for their new shape characters. . Age group: Suitable for ages 5yrs +. 14 Wharf Road, Hackney N1 7RW. Contact: Parasol unit, foundation for contemporary art. Email: info@parasol-unit.org Telephone: +44 20 7490 7373 . Visit website