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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!


Monday 30 July 

Monday kicks off Wild Bird Week at the RAF Museum. Suitable for children of all ages, the museum will hold daily three falconry displays at 11.30am, 1.30pm, and 3.30pm showcasing a different set of birds each day.

Alyth Synagogue Playgroup, NW11 - Relaxed drop in session for children from birth - 2.5 years old. Everyone welcome (including non-members). Lots of toys, refreshments for you and your little one, great company and a little sing-a-long too. Cost: £3 per child, £1 per sibling. All profits go to charity. Monthly VIP Guest Speakers at no extra charge. 9.30-11.30.

NCT Harrow are running their Bumps and Babies drop in all through the summer too at North Harrow Methodist Church, 2pm.

Al's Little Singers, a great music group for little people is running at The Clissold Arms, N2 at 9.30am and10.30am.

Diddi Dance is running as part of Busy Rascals great summer programme - dancing games and exercises to funky pop songs in Willesden Green. Walking until 4 years old. 9.45am. Contact Gina at Diddi Dance on 07426009179.

Hartbeeps is running three sessions in August in Elstree. This is a really fun class for babies from 10 weeks to crawling. Email natasha@hartbeeps.com for more information.

Edgware Library has a Story Lab art extravaganza session running from 11- 12 am. Tickets are required for the event as places are limited.

Hendon Library is holding the ultimate scrapheap challenge from 2- 3pm, also as part of Story Lab. Tickets are required for the event as places are limited.

Barnfield Children's Centre has Jungle Story Explorers- A jungle themed activity with stories, rhymes and creative activities. This activity is delivered by Barnet Libraries and is aimed at children under five and their parents and carers. Edgware. Free.

Tuesday 31 July

Highgate Woods has The Story Telling Tree, 10.30- 12.30 (free). Story telling for children in natural surroundings; meet at the Information Hut; 020 8444 6129. (Please check times!)

Little Angel Theatre, Islington has a puppet making day for 5-11s, 10 am - 4pm. Cost £35.

The NCT CUFOS Playgroup meets every Tuesday at 3pm-4.30pm. We welcome mums-to-be, babies, toddlers and children up to school age. £1.50 per family. Expect weekly arts and crafts, baby area, outside play, lots of toys, storytelling and singing.CUFOS, The Old Railway Station, Top of The Avenue, N10 2QE

Mini Mozart are running classes in Highgate for babies and toddlers (up to 4s welcome). These are great classes that have professional musicians playing live for the children as well as fun, bubbles and more. Classes can be booked individually and are running weekly all summer. Tuesdays at Pond Square Chapel, N6 6BA. Toddler Classes at 9:30, Babies & Toddlers (great for siblings!) at 10:15 and Babies at 11:10. Sibling discounts available.All bookings and more information can be made at www.minimozart.com

Stoke Newington Library has Creative Bookmaking between 11am and 12 noon.  Start your very own adventure with this great bookmaking activity (all materials provided). Free. Age: 3-6 years.

Safari Pete's Live Animal Show - Let Safari Pete take you on a journey where you’ll meet all sorts of wild but wonderful animals, get to stroke them and find out how they live in the wild. 2.30-3.30pm, West  Library, N1 Free.  For children 3-8 years.

Crafty Tots is holding summer holiday art classes for children up to 12. Come along and join in with 10 different activities, 5 for younger children and 5 for the older ones! A great opportunity if you have siblings of different ages that all want to be creative!0:30-11:30am or 1-2pm


Wednesday 1 August 

Wednesday 1 August is Playday 2012, a national celebration of play.  In Barnet,  the event is being organised by Fair Play Barnet , and will be running from 10am until 4pm in Hendon at St Joseph's Pastoral Centre.St Joseph's Grove, Hendon, Barnet NW4 4TY . The play rangers are on a mission to get every child to have six hours of fun on the 1st August. That's an impressive challenge.In Islington, Playday 2012 takes place 10 am to 4pm Paradise Park, Mackenzie Road, N7 8SE Activities include natural play, gardening, arts and crafts, den building, sports, team games, sensory elements and
much more!

Summer Games at the Museum of Childhood take place daily from 1- 31 August. Test your endurance, try for a personal best, or have a go at traditional outdoor games.

The Royal Academy is holding a Summer Exhibition Family Workshop comprising an interactive exhibition tour and practical hands-on session between 11am and 1pm. For children aged 5+. Pre-booking is recommended. Cost £10 adults/£4 children.


Wallace Collection has Summer Art School for 10+. Booking essential. 

Keats House, Hampstead has a Teddy Bear's Picnic. Favourite songs, poems and stories. Bring your teddy! Under 5s. Free.3pm.

Pop Up Tales are running sessions at new children's bookshop Pickled Pepper Books, N8 for babies and toddlers - Enjoy your favourite children's stories brought to life with puppets, music and bubbles.9.45-10.15.

Babymonsters presents Groovy Tots for children 0-4  11.00 am – 11.45am Child £6, Siblings £4 at Skylight Centre N5.


Tiny Tempo classes are running throughout the summer - Wednesdays 10am and 11am at Clissold House, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington.

Hackney Central Library is hosting Mr Creepy Crawly. Real animal encounters: see, hear and touch a whole range of live creepy crawlies. Free. Age: 5+ years.

Stamford Hill Library is hosting Story Lab Adventures with Squiggle the Storyteller from 2-3.30pm. Travel back 2,000 years to Olympia, site of the ancient Olympics. Enjoy puppets, singing, music-making and much more with Squiggle the storyteller. Free. Age: 2 -10 years.

Thursday 2 August  

Baby Monsters and Sea Legs Puppet Theatre are holding a Little Bo Peep Puppet Show 10.45 am – 11.45amAdult £7.50/ Child £6.50 St Mary’s Church N1.

Barnet NCT Bumps and Babies group is meeting every week at 11am at the Arts Depot, North Finchley. There is a small soft play for older children and the cafe serves drinks and light snacks.

Tiny Tempo classes are running throughout the summer - Thursdays 11am at Clissold House, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington

Hartbeeps, great music sessions for little ones are running over the summer at 10am for walking to 4 years and 11am for sitting to walking at CUFOS in Muswell Hill.

Shoreditch Library is holding Story Lab adventures with Squiggle the Storyteller, from 2-3.30pm. Travel back 2,000 years to Olympia, site of the ancient Olympics. Enjoy puppets, singing, music-making and much more with Squiggle the storyteller. Free. Age: 2 -10 years

Create your own Olympic Torch at South Library, N1 from 10.00 - 11.30. For children 5- 12 years. Free. Contact South Library 020 7527 7860


Friday 3 August  

Going for Gold is a sporty day hosted by the Museum of Childhood.  There are a number of free activities on offer:
- Silly Sports Star Training (suitable for all ages)  (12.00-16.00)- Mini sporting hopefuls are invited to join our Silly Sports Star Training Camp. Crawl through tunnels, duck through hula hoops, balance bean bags, and weave through cones. Little champs can also make a winner’s medal to take home at Art Smarts from 14.00-16.00.
Little Kickers Football Skills and Drills (11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30)
15-minute footballing skills sessions for under 7s, led by a friendly Little Kickers coach and mascot Lenny the Lion.
- Dance workshops (14.00-14.30) (age 4-7) and (15.00-15.30) (age 7+) Bust a groove with an energetic dance workshop led by Adrenalin Dance. Spaces limited, early booking advised.
- Yoga for children, 10.30-11.00 (age 3-5), 11.15-11.45 (age 6-8), 12.00-12.30 (age 3-5) Join in yoga workshops for children age 3-8. A chance to practice balance, strengthen muscles and use simple relaxation techniques. Spaces limited, early booking advised. 

The Royal Academy is holding a Summer Exhibition Family Workshop comprising an interactive exhibition tour and practical hands-on session between 11am and 1pm. For children aged 5+. Pre-booking is recommended. Cost £10 adults/£4 children.

Movers and Shakers is running at Baskervilles Tea Shop in Palmers Green - for 0-3s at 10.30am. Everyone taking part has the chance to sing, play a musical instrument, be amazed by the parachute and get lost in a world of bubbles!

Al's Little Singers, a great music group for little people is running at The Clissold Arms, N2 at10.30am.

Busy Rascals also have a Sing and Sign in Willesden Green throughout the summer for 6 - 16 months. For more details click here.

Have a great week and do tell us if we missed anything fun.

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