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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....
Perhaps most excitingly, the torch is coming to a street near you. The Olympic Torch is set to travel through Barnet and Haringey on Wednesday July 25th. Starting in Harrow the torch is due to come through Finchley in the early afternoon, along Regents Park Road and Ballards Lane then along the High Road where it will turn down Friern Barnet Lane on it way to Enfield. It will then head back through Turnpike Lane along the High Street and Priory Road before ending the day at Alexandra Palace where there will be an evenings celebration. For the full route go to the 2012 London Olympic site here.

There are loads of other kid friendly events lined up- and we've highlighted a few here.

We love the sound of Big Dance Week 7- 15 July 2012 which combines dance activities in schools with fantastic dance events throughout the week.

If you are looking for something to do as a family, then have a look at the Youth and Family strand of the Gold Challenge. This is a charity, working in association with the  British Olympic Association, which aims to inspire people of all ages and physical ability to play sport, and to raise substantial sums of money for charity.  The Family Activity Challenge is all about doing sports together and is perfect for families. Learn one new sport  from a list of over 30 Olympic and Paralympic sports and do two of the following – a family run, walk, cycle or swim. It is accessible for everyone including those with younger children or those who want to involve elder members of the family.

JCC London and Tzedek have an Olympic Challenge on 15th July - You’ll be climbing, mountain biking, orienteering and much much more. You bring your sponsorship and a packed lunch – we provide a coach to destination, some crazy challenges, fab prizes and a great day out. Don’t let the rain stop you from raising money for developing world projects – collect extra prizes for completing the challenges in the rain!

Experiencing London 2012 is not just about the sport- and this is where I think the really exciting opportunities and experiences are likely to be. The London 2012 Festival is taking place between 21 June to 9 September 2012, with 12,000 events and performances across the UK encompassing comedy, dance, theatre, film and art. The festival is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad-the 4 year festival of culture which has existed somewhat under the radar. This promises to be the biggest party the UK has ever seen, with a huge range of events from leading artists from all over the world.

London Live, Victoria Park -  want to watch the olympics in the comfort of lovely Victoria Park? Only if the sun shines obviously. Victoria Park will show the best of the Olympic Games on two giant screens.  The Have-A-Go Sports Zone will offer a range of professional Olympic and Paralympic sports participation and coaching experiences. 27 July - 12 August.

Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green is running Summer Games all of August -
Test your endurance, try for a personal best, or have a go at traditional outdoor games.
Our team of Games Helpers will put you through your paces with these fun, simple outdoor family activities. Free and drop in. 11am - 4pm.

Ping!London brings table tennis tables to locations all across London. You can search the site to find one near you.

North London Athletics Network is running Quadkids - A fun and exciting event for all children age 5 to 12 years. All abilities are welcome. Cost £2 per child. No need to book in advance - turn up from 9 to 9.25 to register and collect a number. Wear trainers/shorts. All children complete a 75m sprint, 2 long jumps, 2 throws with a vortex spongy rocket and a 600m race. All events are timed, measured and recorded and everyone is awarded a Quadkid certificate. The aim is to encourage the children to gain confidence and improve from one Quadkid event to another. 25th August 2012. £2 per child.

Sportikids have a camp running from 24 July - 10th August at Frith Manor School. For ages 3-11 and providing a range of sport and games. 

We’d love to hear what you are planning for London 2012. Do let us know.

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