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Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

14th October 2016

Five great ideas for family activities and events for the weekend of October 14

Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

14th October 2016

Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

14th October 2016

1 EVENT Let There Be Light

Diwali comes a little early to Trafalgar Square in London this year. The grey piazza will be transformed into a whirl of colour, with Indian music and dance on the main stage, the scent of spices and heat from the food stalls will fill the air, and there will be chances to have your hands painted with henna, to learn Bollywood dancing, and to learn how to tie a sari. Look out for the cheeky blue monkeys scampering about! Sunday 16, 1pm. More here

2 LEARNING Roots and Culture
October is Black History Month. The Guardian has an excellent collection of related articles here and ideas for teaching here. We’ve also curated a list of our favourite books to inspire you and your kids to learn more about the culture and acheivements of people of black and ethnic minority heritage here.

3 RECIPE Sharp and Sweet
Lush, green kale is in season. These kale and lemon muffins are a good way to sneak some goodness into a luxurious-tasting cake. Have them for breakfast for an indulgent, weekend treat. Recipe here

4 MAKE Bowled Over
Days are getting colder and shorter – it feels like a good time of year to get creative around the kitchen table. We love these autumn-leaf-shaped bowls; they’re delicate, but really easy for even tiny children to make. They’ll also look beautiful on windowsills through the winter. How-to

5 EVENT Light and Leaf
Every year, the autumn woodland of Faskally Wood in Perthshire becomes even more magical, as it’s bathed in shimmering lights. Lakes shimmer, giants peer out from behind trees, and trees transform into kaleidoscopic celebrations of nature. Until October 30. More here

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