Fab things to do in January
Dear Subscriber
Welcome to the first newsletter of 2013 which features a fabulous and free Ice Sculpting Festival this weekend in London, Southbank's February half-term literary festival (book your tickets now), update on events planned in the Olympic Park this year, as well as further ideas for fab days out in January.
So if you thought there was not much to do with families in January take a look at the listings for lots of fun free events.
Many thanks, Leonora
London Ice Sculpting Festival
Worried that you're not going to see any snow this year?  Want to try your hand at ice sculpting or see the experts at work?
The Ice Sculpting Festival, based at Canary Wharf in London starts Friday 11th January and finishes late on Sunday 13th January.
Alongside the fabulous ice sculptures is a snow pit for children aged 4 - 10 to play in.  Masterclasses are also available if you would like to try your hand at Ice Sculpting.
For a full overview of the masterclasses and competitions taking place during the festival, take a look at the link for the full programme.
One of the highlights over the 2 days is the Northern Lights laser show taking place 5 and 6pm between on the Saturday and Sunday.

Imagine children's festival - BOOK NOW
Southbank's literary festival 11 - 24th February provides a unique opportunity for your children to hear popular authors talk about their latest projects. The tickets go quickly so book now - Children £4, Adults £8.  Some of the author led sessions which are part of 71 events at this literary festival include:
John Hegley - comic poet and singer - Sunday 17th Feb
Anthony Horowitz , author of the Alex Rider series - Tues 19th Feb
David Walliams will talk about his latest book , Ratburger - Thur 21st
Fab days out in January
There are several star gazing live events - check out this link to the BBC to find events local to where you are.
Painshill Park is offering free access on Wednesday's in January, which won't suit families with school age children, but access at other times costs just over £20 for a family of 4.
The British Museum has some great events especially for teenagers, for example, January 27th, an opportunity to learn the art of fashion photography - its free, but book ahead to reserve your place.
Check out the January listings for more family days out ideas.
Olympic Park update
The Olympic Park will re-open in the summer with a series of events which include:
Concerts in July to mark 1 year on from the the opening ceremony in the Olympic stadium.
RideLondon - August 4th.  This will be the first 100 mile cycle marathon which will start at the Olympic Park and follow an amended version of the Olympic road race.
We'll have to wait until Spring 2014 for the Aquatic centre and Orbit Tower to be fully open to the public - I'll keep you updated as further events are announced.

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