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What's on this week for the kids? 27 -31 August summer holiday round-up

Wow- August is nearly over. 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.

Kids Week in the West End


It's Airfix fortnight at the RAF Museum where you can make and paint your own 1:72 scale Hurricane model to take home for free. Sessions will be taking place daily in the Museum's Dermot Boyle Wing from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm.

At the Victoria & Albert Museum the Imagination Station is open daily from 10.30 to 5pm. Activities are for all ages, with specific ideas for under 5s. Activities are devised by artists, and facilitated buy a family friendly team, with lots of inspiration from the museum.

There are outdoor family games daily from 11 to 4pm at the Museum of Childhood. Drop-in, suitable for all ages.

This is also the last week to catch the Fab Kids Week in the West End. 

Monday 27 August- Bank Holiday Monday

The Alternative Village Fete takes place this Sunday and Monday at Watch This Space at the National Theatre, 12-5.30pm. Free. The Alternative Village Fete is home live art's very own anarchic jamboree: expect a sideways slant on the traditional family day out where the folk is activism and the bunting is radical!A packed programme of participatory and performance projects across the stage and stalls, embraces all that is Fete - Morris dancing, make do and mend, the British Gent and tea & cake, as well as artist's fete games, participatory performances, Hill Billy barn dancing, rocking folk fusion live music and much much more!

For something cultural, head to the family matineee Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, 3-5.30. The family Orchestra and Chorus and the Northern Sinfonia are joined by Montenegrin guitar star MiloÅ¡ Karadaglić, the gospel vocal group Blind Boys of Alabama and Radio 3's World Routes Academy protege, veena player Hari Sivanesan for a journey to 4 corners of the world. 


Tuesday 28 August

Green Peas Eco-Friendly Art have art picnics (as seen at the top of this feature) - join them for a fabulous creative play outdoors! Bring your picnic and enjoy splashing paint, crafting and getting messy in stunning Waterlow Park!Waterlow Park Centre, the lawn opposite to the Centre,Waterlow Park N19 5JF

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

New Mum/Bump? Want to meet other mums/bumps? Come to the Tuesdays NCT NW2 Bumps & Babies Group 10.30am-12.30pm @BusyRascals and have a coffee (and a treat or two!). Aimed at bumps and parents with babies up to walking age http://ow.ly/b4Ci5

London Canal Museum has boat trip fun. Boat trips and activities for 6-12 years, £4.

On Hampstead Heath, there is The Secret Summer Garden at Parliament Hill, drop in 12 noon to 4pm. Free

A few activities at libraries in Camden:  Kentish Town Library has a summer craft activity 11 to 12.30pm. Celebrate the end of the summer reading challenge at Highgate Library by making your very own Olympic wreath headband this session is suitable for 4-11 years old, 2pm. Come along to Camden Town Library listen to a story and join the summer reading scheme. Free Craft and story telling on Tuesday afternoons 2-3pm.

Wednesday 29 August

The Jewish Museum is holding a 2 day workshop, 11-3pm, on Wednesday and Thursday. Inspired by the museum’s current exhibition World City: Refugee Stories explore themes of immigration and identity and discover the meaning behind personal objects brought by refugees on their journeys. Then use the museum’s collection to create and film your own stories as part of this 2 day filmmakers’ workshop. For 11–16 year olds

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.

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

For older children 8 to 12, the Rookie Rangers Wildlife Club takes place from 10 am to 4pm, Education Centre, Parliament Hill.

Head to Kentish Town Library at 10.30 for Rhyme Time for under 4's. 

Thursday 30 August

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.

Hampstead Heath has Zoo Day at Golders Hill Park. Free, drop in.

Bongo Babies is running every Thursday in Crouch End at The Maynard Arms. 2.10 and 3.10 for babies and toddlers up to 4.

Friday 31 August

Green Peas Eco-Friendly Art have art picnics - join them for a fabulous creative play outdoors! Bring your picnic and enjoy splashing paint, crafting and getting messy in stunning  North Bank House, Muswell Hill - North Bank Gardens, Muswell Hill Methodist Church, 28 Pages Lane, N10 1PP

Hornsey Library has a great storytelling session - 10.30-11-30 Free storytelling for children 4+. Tall tales from the depths of the ocean. Meet a brave monkey, a foolish jelly fish, courageous heroines and deep sea monsters.

Movers and Shakers is running at Baskervilles Tea Shop in Palmers Green - for 0-3s. 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! Every Friday in July at 10.30 and 11am and in August at 10.30 only.

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.

Eeny Meeny Music has sessions at 9.15, 10.15 and 11.15 in Hampstead Garden Suburb. 
Museum of Childhood has Puppet Making Fun and Puppet Festival Fridays.

Head to the V&A Museum of Childhood to create a puppet with puppet makers from the Little Angel theatre. Booking required. Accompanied 5 – 11 years. Cost £5.

Kentish Town Library has a storytelling and storlylab session at 2.30pm. 

Other Ideas

If on the other hand, what you want to do is get out of London, then see our list of great days out around North London including seaside outings, parks, zoos, farms and more.

Or see our round up of all the best things on in London's museums, theatres and attractions for children this summer holidays.

Or our ultimate list of theatre, museums, courses and camps in North London this summer. 


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