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The week ahead - Falcons, tigers and teddy bears

Summer Holidays Week 3 and we're all still standing, just about. Luckily there is loads to do this week for families in North London. We round up the best.

All Week 

Its Falconry Fortnight at the RAF Museum. Suitable for children of all ages, the museum will hold three daily falconry displays at 11.30am, 1.30pm, and 3.30pm showcasing a different set of birds each day: either falcons, owls, hawks or eagles with one lucky child given the active role of Junior Falconer In Training as part of the display. After each session children will have the opportunity, for a limited time, to handle an owl and have their photograph taken with these wise and wondrous animals.

The Museum of Childhood has a retrospective of Judith Kerr's work, whose work includes The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog.  There are also activities every day for children. All Free.

Barnet Libraries are running free Circus Starts activities all month including storytelling, theatre, art activities and workshops. Full details here
Brent Libraries are also running events all summer based on a circus theme. Full details here.  

Drop in activities all week at our top pick That Place on The Corner and a great place to have lunch with the kids after. Kids eat free with a paying adult during the summer holidays. For timetable, click here.

Huggle in Swiss Cottage is another of our favourite places.  As well as a well-stocked shop, there is a good range of classes going on. Although some of the classes stop for the summer, there are still activities every day. Full timetable here.

The Peggy Jay Centre on Hampstead Heath has a 10 o clock club and a 1 o clock club - a free drop-in playgroup with indoor and outdoor activities, sandbox and play equipment, for children 5 and under. More details here.


Another strummer with a loyal following is Jeremy who sings for the under 5s in Priory Park on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.30 -11.15. In good weather classes are outside, otherwise in the Fun Yum Cafe.

Newstead Children's Centre in East Finchley has a Stay and Play sesion 9.30-11.30 which costs £1 per child, baby rhyme time 1-2pm for pre-walkers and Creative Story 2.15-3.15pm for 1-5 year olds.  For their full summer timetable, click here.


As part of the Camden Fringe, Isobel's Tree, an environmental children's show is showing at the Shaw Theatre. Suitable for ages 5+. 

The Canal Museum in Islington has a Summer Activity Day involving a range of fun learning activities for children aged 6 - 12. The activities vary but always include the opportunity for a short boat trip on the Regent's Canal. There will be a treasure trail around the museum, ice cream making and opportunities to work with an artist.

Its Wild Play Day at Golders Hill Park - mud play, shelter building, nature crafts, natural face painting. Suitable for children up to to 12. 12-4pm. Free.

A Walk Around Clissold Park for all the family.  Meet at the bench in front of Clissold House at 1pm; the walk goes on for an hour. Free. 

Messy Mornings at Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham. Free. 10.30-11.30am for under 5s.

The British Library has story time Tuesday and Thursday 11 - 12.30 and 3 - 4.30. This week the theme is Imagined Worlds. Free.

The Everyman Belsize Park is screening Sarah's Key for parents and babies. 


Lords and ladies of the Manor at Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham. For children 5 and over. Dress up as Lords and Ladies and learn about Bruce Castle's tudor origins. Full details here. Bruce Castle is a Grade I listed 16th century manor house set in 20 acres of parkland. Free.

A lovely sounding Teddy Bear's Picnic at Keats House in Hampstead, 3.00 - 3.45pm for 5s and under. Free.

Clissold Park has a kids street dance class for 4-16 years old. No need to book and its free. Meet at the bowling pavillion 3.30 - 4.30pm.

The Jewish Museum has Please Touch at 11am, free with museum entrance. Suitable for all ages this is a chance to get up close and personal with the Museum’s objects. Touch, open and even smell objects.

There is storytelling at both Parliament Hill Bandstand (12pm) and Golders Hill Park Bandstand (3pm). More details here.

The Phoenix Cinema is screening Sarah's Key at 11am for parents and babies.


Creation Station Finchley at St Marys Church Hall. From 11.10 - 12pm. North London Mums went last week and had a great time - the evidence is above (clearly showing promise of great genius). More details here.

Clissold Park has a free capoeira dance class for all age groups every week until September 1st. Meet at the old bowling pavilion at 11am to join in.

Its Zooday at Golders Hill Park.Mixture of activities based in Golders Hill Park's free Zoo and Butterfly House, including art activities and quizzes or treasure hunts. Drop in from 11-4pm.

The British Library has story time Tuesday and Thursday 11 - 12.30 and 3 - 4.30. This week the theme is Imagined Worlds. Free.

 The Everyman Hampstead is screening Arrietty at 12pm for parents and babies. A Japanese anime retelling of The Borrowers storyTime Out gave it four stars.

Museum of Childhood has an amazing day with a Tiger Tea party 12 - 4pm. Drop in. A rip-roaring afternoon based on The Tiger Who Came to Tea, including lip-smacking tea tasting, tiger face painting and tiger-themed arts & crafts. And Also Story Time with Cerrie Burrell from CBeebies.

Green Peas Events are running an art picnic for kids. Creative play outdoors for all family in a stunning North Bank gardens at Muswell Hill Methodist Church, perfect for picnic and relaxing. Children of all ages are welcome! Full details here

You can make Crazy Sock Puppets at the Little Angel Theatre in Islington. For the over 5s at 11-12 and 2-3pm. Full details here


Our full weekend round up will be available on Thursday but until then here are some highlights. 

The fabulous Kids Week starts next Friday with a fantastic line up of West End Shows. During Kids Week, a child aged 16 and under can experience the magic of London theatre and see an awesome selection of shows for free, plus two additional children can go at half price (per transaction), as long as they are accompanied by a full paying adult.

There is an Activity Open Day at the amazing Lee Valley White Water centre, where the olympic white water rafting will be held. ange of outdoor activities for all ages, from orienteering to extreme skateboarding or rock climbing to parkour!You can also relax and watch the rafters. Full details here. Free.

Whatever you do, have a great week and do let us know if we have missed anything and if you take up any of our recommendations. Enjoy.

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