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What's on next week- Dinosaurs, Tigers and Teddy Bears- that's London!

It's a short week - but we've rounded up the best of what's on to keep little ones amused!

All week

The Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green (one of our fave places) is offering Arts Smart, a free drop in arts and crafts session 2-4pm daily.

The Butterfly House at Golders Hill Park - a recently new addition with the opportunity to see lots of exotic species- is open daily 2-4pm.

A bit further afield, from Saturday 27 August until Friday 2 September,  the Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street, SE1 is hosting U Fest, for children 8+. Sessions cost £5 each, and offer bite size 1 hour opportunities to get involved with a range of exciting companies and artists including the English Pocket Opera Company and NITROVOX, a hugely talented group of singers from the worlds of opera, musicals, soul and gospel. 


The wonderful Huggle is hosting Songsters sessions aimed at 4 months- 4 years. Sessions run at  9.15, 10.30 and 11.30, £6 per session.

Discover a fantastic selection of local, national and international arts and crafts at Lauderdale House, Highgate between 11 and 6. Perfect for finding presents or just a treat for yourself.


A Summer Reading challenge is taking place at St Pancras (3-4pm) and Camden Libraries (2-4pm). The theme is circus and sessions at the library include reading, storytelling, arts and crafts all with a circus theme. These sessions are free.

Waterstone's Barnet  is hosting a children's craft club from 11 to 3, making rainbow fishes! The session is also running at the same time on Thursday.


For children aged 5 or over, the Jewish Museum of London, in Camden,  is running a Young Artists' Craft Studio: The Theatre of Recycled Art. Children will have the opportunity to create their own theatre, complete with actors and scenery, all out of recycled and reused materials, rehearse and perform famous lines from Oliver! or Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat, or create an original play.

There are also a good selection of activities at local libraries. Baby Bounce is taking place at Camden Town Library, 1.30- 2.30 - free. Swiss Cottage Library, is holding more events for the Circus Star summer reading challenge between 3 and 4.30, with activities ranging from puppet making, face painting, mask making and much more. At Kentish Town Library between 2.30  and 3.30, there is a wonderful Storytelling session from the books of the famous children's writer/illustrator, John Burningham. Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham, is hosting Come and Play for pre school children between 10am and 12 noon with dressing up clothes and toys.

For a little bit of loveliness! drop by the Teddy Bear's Picnic at Keats’ House, Hampstead, between 3-3.45pm. The event  is suitable for children 5 and under and promises favourite songs, poems and stories in the Keats House Garden. Don't forget to bring your favourite teddy bear! Free.

For more fun, meet Peppa Pig and George  at the Spires, Barnet! This is a free event. To meet Peppa Pig and George you must collect a wristband from The Early Learning Centre, where you will be allocated a time slot. There will also be a summer craft workshop taking place where children can make, hats, masks, flags and much more. Appearances at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm & 4pm!


The Kids' Kitchen, held in Whetstone, N20,  is running fab cooking classes  designed for children aged 5+ and have a maximum of eight children. Each workshop lasts for 3 hours during which time the children will make their own lunch/ supper and bake some goodies to take home as well. The children also take home a recipe sheet and a special certificate.  The cost of a session is £25 to include all ingredients, utensils, aprons and tuition.  Thursday 1st September is themed “Over the Rainbow” and runs  10am - 1pm. Friday 2nd September is a Chocolate Afternoon Tea  and runs 2-5pm.

Gail's Artisan Bakery, the Artisan Bakery in Crouch End is hosting a storytime in association with Hornsey Library at 3pm.  Join them for a magical hour of storytelling plus free milk and cookies. Yum. Most suited for 3+ but bring the whole family along. This is running every Thursday. Full details here. North London Mums thinks it is great to see a business supporting the community and libraries in this way. Hurray for Gail's and their lovely cakes.


Rhyme Time for under 5s  is taking place between 10.30 and 11 at Swiss Cottage Library.

The fab Diddi Dance class is taking place Huggle, Swiss Cottage at 10.30. The class is aimed at 18 months- 4 years, and uses ribbons and hoops to engage children with different dance themes such as salsa and disco. £6 per session.

Rhyme Time takes place at Chalk Farm Library from 2.30 to 3.00, offering rhymes, songs and stories for children under 5.

There is storytime at Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green at 11am. Free coffee and flapjacks for all. This event happens Monday, Wednesday and Friday at this lovely bookshop. All welcome.

Last chance to see:

The Judith Kerr retrospective at the Museum of Childhood finishes 4 September. The exhibition displays original artwork, notes and sketches from The Tiger Who Came to Tea, alongside a selection of Judith's early childhood drawings. Little visitors to the exhibition can have tea with a life-size tiger in Sophie's kitchen or read the adventures of Mog curled up inside her cosy basket.

If dinosaurs are more your thing, then head to the Age of the Dinosaur exhibition at the Natural History Museum, which also ends Sunday.  Travel back 65 million years to meet life-size, moving animatronic dinosaurs and other strange creatures among the smells and sounds of prehistoric lands.

The Young London Navigators Event at the London Transport Museum ends on Friday. Run between 12 and 3 each day, children over 5 can help build a capital city of the future, filling the gigantic London map with buildings, vehicles, people and pets.

This is also the last week to enjoy Kids Week in the west end which ends on Sunday.

Have we missed anything? Let us know? We'd love to hear your feedback if you go to any of these activities!

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