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The week ahead: Outdoor adventures, theatre pursuits and much more!

Running out of ideas? We have rounded up a tantalising selection of activities to keep the kids amused!

All Week 

The National Theatre is hosting Imagine That! - a theatrical adventure for children 2-5 years and grown ups as part of its dance week, from Wed 17- Sat 20 August at 11am and 12.30 pm. Full details here.

Le Cirque Invisible, an all-ages magic and circus show from Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée runs until 21 August at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank. Details here

Bizzy Kidz Summer Holiday Workshop at Lauderdale House, N6 is offering a Tudor Times workshop from 16 August- 19 August for children 7-10, bringing the world of the ‘terrible Tudors’ to life in a week of making, painting and crafts. http://bit.ly/nQSuaQ. Bizzy Kidz is also offering a drawing and painting workshop daily 10.30-12.30 during these dates.

The fab Kids' Week in the West End continues  until 4 September. Children 5-16 can go to a whole range of theatre shows for free! when accompanied by an adult paying full price. Find out more here.

For more theatrical pursuits, The Principal Theatre Company will be staging their first ever children’s show, the classic story The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marion, from Tuesday 16- Sunday 21 August, Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield. Full details here.

This week too, the Theatre Tribe Academy will be coming to the Royal School, Hampstead to host a workshop week for children  7 to 15 to rehearse and perform in"Glee s-cool"! http://www.theatretribe.co.uk/

Falconry Fortnight continues until 21 August at the RAF Museum and we have heard great things about how much fun this is for kids.

The Museum of Childhood also continues its' 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.


From Monday, Kidz on the Hill school of performing arts is offering a the first of two week long Grease Summer School workshops, for children 5-12 years. More details here.

The Lewis Carroll Children's Library in Islington is hosting an "Animal Encounters" event from 2-3 for children 3-8. Free but book in advance.  http://bit.ly/oQtST8

Newstead Children's Centre in East Finchley has a Stay and Play softplay which costs £1 per child.  For their full summer timetable, click here. 

Swiss Cottage Library is hosting Rhyme Time and Baby Bounce for under 5's from 10.30 to 11.30. Free http://bit.ly/oCiX8P


Butterfly World, Herts is offering a Time for Splodgers drop-in arts and crafts session 10.15-11.15am for children http://bit.ly/mXMATk
For more insect adventures, Golders Hill Park Butterfly House, Golders Hill Park is running free bug hunting, bug related crafts, nature exploration & butterfly house tours from 12-4pm for children up to 12yrs & the young at heart. More details here

Secret Summer Garden takes place between 11 and 4pm at the Secret Garden, Parliament Hill, offering a mixture of wildlife activities, quizzes and art activities. Drop in 11am - 4pm. Further details here

For babies, a new 5 week baby yoga course starts on Tuesday in Avenue House, N3http://bit.ly/nbPiGf 

Kids can enjoy Circus Time with the Freshfeld Theatre group at North Library, N7. http://bit.ly/northlibraryChildren can  join the Ringmaster in a fun-filled workshop exploring the adventures of circus performers, featuring from jaw-dropping jugglers to clumsy clowns.

If you missed it last week, 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.

For a trip back in time, Benjamin Franklin House is hosting a childrens' summer fete with a variety of fun activities. The cost is £5 for children, free for adults. More information here

Grand Explorers from 3.45 pm at The Museum of Childhood is a great chance for young children to spend quality time with their grandparents learning about each other through stories, film and drama. Grandparents beware, you will be expected to join in so dress for mess!!


If you fancy venturing a bit further afield, the Puppet Barge, located in Richmond, is kicking off its run of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby, featuring some favourite episodes from the Brer Rabbit stories. More information here.

For more outdoor pursuits, pre-book for the Rooky Rangers Wildlife Club for children aged 8 to 12 takes place between 10 and 4 at the Hampstead Heath Education Centre.Tel: 02074827073.

The popular  Teddy Bear's Picnic at Keats House in Hampstead,  is back again this week from 3.00 - 3.45pm for 5s and under. Free.

The Playing Space will be running an hour-long drama workshop  at Stroud Green Library called 'Clowning Around' - promises children lots of fun making each each other laugh. You need to pre-book-  £3.50 per child (£3 for siblings). 


If you fancy venturing out of London, the stunning Wrest Park, Luton is hosting an exciting Time Travellers Event for children who can take a trip through time dressing up as characters from Wrest Park's past and discovering the tricks of each trade. The event runs from Thursday to Sunday. 

Its Zooday! at Golders Hill Park. On offer is a mix 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.

Climb, Swing, Bounce is taking place at Parliament Hill Fields from 12-5pm. This a free event aimed at older children with plenty of physical activities to wear them! out including space hopping & poi making & spinning.

"Sequins and Sparkles" arts and crafts activity, for children 5+ is taking place from 2 to 4  at Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham. Children will have the opportunity to see real carnival costumes and design a sparkly headdress or mask. Free.

The British Library has story time Tuesday and Thursday 11 - 12.30 and 3 - 4.30. This week the theme is Zoom, Zoom we're going to the Moon. Free. More details here


The fab Museum of Childhood is hosting a "Feline Festival" - an afternoon of feline fun, music and games! Kids can dress up as a cheetah, tiger, lion or leopard- then strut their stuff down the  'Cat Walk' for the chance to win a prize. The session does not need to be pre-booked and is suitable for all ages.

Kentish Town City Farm is hosting messy play every Friday morning from August 5 to Sept 2 from 10am to Middayfor under 5's. The cost is £3/£2 concs and you can drop in. Find out more here http://bit.ly/mXYXnv

Freightliners Farm, Islington is also offering wild animal face-painting, bee keeping, dress up and bug houses in the paddock from 2-4pm. Free but a small (50p-£2) donation is requested. http://bit.ly/Freightfarm.

Highgate Wood is organising a Wildwood Play Day from 11am to 4pm. Meet at the Hut! http://bit.ly/Highgatewood. Pre-booking is required.

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. Our full weekend round up will be available on Thursday. Enjoy!

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