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Summer Holidays 30 July - 3 August- What's on for the kids!

Loads on again for the kids this week -let's hope it also stays dry! Here's our roundup of the best!

What's on this weekend - 28th - 29th July

It's here at last. The main event this weekend is clearly the Olympics and with weather this good, you can get outside to watch it at BT London Live in Victoria Park or Hyde Park or Trafalgar Square. There's also a big screen at Haggerston Park, Hackney. If you've not got tickets, you can still soak up the atmosphere of watching with a crowd whilst the best of the Olympic Games is shown on giant screens - there are also sports activities and live music. Free entry.

Competition Time - Win £50 vouchers for JoJo Maman Bebe to celebrate the opening of their new sale shop

Exciting news for all North London Mums! One of our favourite stores, JoJo Maman Bebe is opening a new sale store in NW11. To celebrate the opening of the New London Sale Store on 1st August JoJo Maman Bebe and North London Mums are giving away £50 worth of JoJo vouchers for one lucky reader to spend.

Day trips near North London - make the most of this weather and get out of town!

If it's the Olympics that you want to avoid, or just that you fancy a change of scenery during the long holidays, we're sure you'll find a day trip here that you'll enjoy. All of our recommendations are around 90 minutes or under from North London.

How To Throw A Kids Party On A Shoestring

Kids parties can be very expensive, and can quickly get out of hand in terms of planning. From buying enough food to satisfy hungry children (and their parents) through to getting the right kind of entertainment and decorations, kids’ parties have mounting costs. However, kids’ parties can be budgeted for, even on a shoestring. Some of the most important ways to achieve lower costs include setting a limit on attendees, making your own entertainment, and asking friends and family for left-over party items. By doing so, you can save money and still have a great party.

Summer Holidays 22-27 July - What's on in North and Central London

The summer holidays are finally here! If you're looking for things to do next week then look no further. Here is our round up of great things that are on in the holidays in North London and Central London for children including museum events, theatre, camps, courses and more. Here is a list of North London playgroups running throughout the holidays. See below for details of one off events running across North and Central London this week.

Lots of fun for the kids this weekend 21 and 22 July

Yey- it's the weekend and it may- just may- be a bit sunny. There's an eclectic mix of stuff on for the kids this weekend, from museums to bike rides. Enjoy!

Playgroups and Groups for Younger Children running during summer holidays in North London

We've had lots of requests from people with young (pre-school) children who are looking for drop-in classes and playgroups that run through the summer holidays. Those playgroups and classes listed below are running so you should have lots to do:

Appy Monday! We have fun with the charming Kandy Fish

I passed a jewellery shop yesterday where a couple were looking at some jewellery. Sitting on the floor by their feet were 2 little boys, each with an iPhone in hand, avidly concentrating. Frankly, what did we do before iPhones and ipads?
Well, as you know we are always on the hunt for new and interesting apps and the team at Punflay asked us to look at Kandy Fish, an iPad app.

In The Night Garden Live at Brent Cross - don't miss it!

This morning we caught the Ninky Nonk and headed off to see In the Night Garden Live at Brent Cross, we weren't disappointed. I took my eighteen month old daughter who is a big fan of the TV show and a friend whose daughter had never seen it. Both children were utterly transfixed by this beautifully staged production that brings the characters to life.

Weekend Round up 14th-15th July

There are lots of great reasons to get out and about with your family this weekend. Here are our favourite things:

Only one more weekend left after this weekend to see the great exhibition - Child Hood - The Real Event at Royal Academy of Arts put on with Kids Company- Paintings, poetry and sculpture created by children and young people from Kids Company are displayed in the main galleries of 6 Burlington Gardens, celebrating the small heroisms and sometimes difficult hurdles these children face in growing up.
This exhibition includes interactive elements and features a complementary programme of events for both adults and families.

Summer Holidays in North London - the ultimate guide to what's on

It's hard to believe that the summer holidays are nearly upon us, but they are coming fast. Here is our round up of all the best things going on, which we will update weekly in the run up to the holidays to make sure that you know about all the best things going on. Have a great holiday.

Weekend Away? We have an adventure in the Cotswolds!

Sometimes it's good to have a break - even a rainy one! so this weekend North London family ventured to the Cotswolds for a last minute weekend treat.

Spa Pool- lots of fun for kids

What's on this weekend- 7th and 8th July- get your dancing shoes on!

Another busy weekend with dancing, dancing dancing (and some museums too).. we can't wait!

Summer Holidays Ideas: Museum Events for families in London

With the weather being so bad, our thoughts are turning to indoor activities to keep the children entertained this summer. Luckily lots of the museums run excellent events to help keep children entertained over the summer holidays. Here is our pick of the best:

Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch has a whole summer of activities with the theme Inside, Outside and Around the World - Three weeks of exciting summer activities for children exploring home and garden spaces from across the globe. Become a plant hunter and learn about the international origins of different herbs, spices, flowers and plants, bake tasty treats, create your own soaps and take a closer look at mini beasts in the gardens. Do check out the activities as there is a really fantastic range. Some need to be book in advance and some are drop-in. Full listings here

Summer Holidays: Olympics and Sporting Events for Families

Unsuprisingly there are lots of great sporting related things for children on this holiday. Here are our top picks for getting in the Olympic spirit....

Appy Monday! We get counting with Mathomatix Measurement

The clever people from Punflay (Emantras) have launched an educational app for pre-schoolers all about measurement, building on their popular Mathomatix series.  We think it's pretty cool- and the kids do too.

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