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Summer Holidays Round-up 12- 17 August


Looking for things to do this week to entertain the kids? We've got lots of ideas here. Have a great week.

All Week

Visit Keats House as a family this summer and collect your free family trail. Explore the house where Keats wrote many of his famous poems and test your skills by completing some fun activities about the museum and collection.

The Butterfly House in Golders Hill Park is open daily 2-4pm. The Butterfly House allows close-up views of beautiful tropical species and the study of the life cycle of these fascinating insects.

The Museum of London offers themed under 5s Explorer Bags for 2-5 year olds packed with fun activities to help you explore the galleries together. Choose from Toys, Crazy clothes and Getting around. Explorer Bags are FREE* every day from 10am – 4.30pm from the Information desk. 


There are fantastic family workshops at Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch all week for children 5-16 years. All Free. Including making Herb Garden fizz and natty Nesty Hats. See here for the full line up. FREE.

Barnet Council continues with events at libraries all week with the theme Spooky House as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. See full list of events here and highlights are below. FREE.

Brent Council also has events with the Creepy House theme all week, details here.

There are free family art activities continue this week at Bruce Castle Museum for ages 5-13.  Themes include Wigs and Powder (18th Century wigs) and Mad Hatter Tea Party Purple. See full details here. 2-4pm. FREE.

RAF Museum has a storytelling week focusing on RAF mascots. The week consists of a series of interactive stories. The Museum’s professional story teller, Chip, will narrate tales about the various animals that have been adopted as mascots by various Squadrons within the Royal Air Force explaining why they were chosen. Sessions will be held three times a day at 11.30 am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm and last approximately 30 minute each. As well as a tale, each session will also include songs and riddles that will help children explore the themes of teamwork, believing in yourself and never giving up on your goals

There are summer holiday activities all week at Museum of Childhood including storytelling, arts and crafts and more. 

Kids Week continues,  opening up London theatre to children and their families with lots of great deals on children's theatre. See the full programme here and book while there are still tickets. Tickets for West End shows are very reasonable.

Monday 12 August

Summer YogaBugs fun is running Mondays in August at Monkey Puzzle Nursery in East Finchley (opposite the tube station) 9.45am for 1-2 1/2 yrs & 10.25am for 2-4yrs.  It's open to everyone whether they attend nursery or not and the first session is a free taster!

Kentish City Farm offers Arts & Crafts in different locations around the farm from 1- 3pm. Suitable for all ages.

The Cartoon Museum has an animation workshop fro children 8+ from 11am to 3.30pm. Work with a professional animator to bring your own characters and settings to life and make them into a short film. Cost £20.

Stroud Green and Haringey Library has  Fruit Face activity- Fruitface! Scary Faced fruit salads – bring along a piece of fruit & share to create scary
faces! 12 Aug, 2.30pm – 4pm

Eeny Meeny Music is on in Muswell Hill today. A great music group for little people with songs, bubbles and fun. St Georges Church Hall, Cranley Gardens, Muswell Hill. 9.30 and 10.30am, £5 per child, £8 for two siblings.  

Al's Little Singers is on at the Clissold Arms in East Finchley and running throughout August.
Join Al and her guitar every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for singing, percussion and bubbles. Classes last 40 minutes. Suitable for children up to four years old. 9.45 and 10.45am, £5 for all ages.

Make your own creepy armour at Kingsbury Library- find out about the (possibly) haunted armour that lives deep in the Brent museum basement and make your very own fancy dress version to take home with you! Come along... if you dare!!! 1pm and 2.30pm.

Tuesday 13 August

Lauderdale House has a workshop, running Tuesday to Friday 10.30 to 12.30  to make your own games and toys. Have a go at creating and playing with skittles and ring toss, fly a unique kite, play your own tambourine and exercise your mind with individual memory games. You can come along every day this week Tuesday to Friday or just drop in for one session.  For ages 6-11.

There is a Creepy Craft Messy Morning Activity at Marcus Garvey Library in Tottenham every week during the holidays and this week it is Make a Bat Model and Hat. 10.30am, FREE. 

East Finchley Library has a Creepy House Art Extravaganza - Create some creepily colourful works of art to adorn your library. For children aged 6 - 11. Tickets required. 2-3.30.

Green Peas  - eco friendly messy play has an art picnic in Waterlow Park, Highgate 11am-1pm. Typical event lasts 2 hrs and includes Messy Play Zone for under 5s with tactile activities,  grains scooping, playdough and messy crafts. The schoolchildren get involved in crafts  workshops. And for all ages- several big canvas to squirt and splash the paint on! Booking and details here.

Kentish City Farm offers Garden Explorers for under 5's from 10am to midday. Including Planting, Growing, Watering, Painting & Playing. Sounds fun!

The cartoon Museum has a Sci Fi Heroes session for children 8-11 from 2 to 4pm . Fans of dr Who, Star Wars etc can come along and draw a poster sized picture of their sci fi heoreos. Cost £20.


Wednesday 15 August

Make a mini comic at the Cartoon Museum, 2-4pm for childre 8-11 years. Cost £10.

Head to Muswell Hill Library to make a spooky alien 10am -12 noon as art of this years Creepy House Summer Reading challenge.

Head to Bruce castle Museum 2-4pm to take inspiration from 18th century Lords and Ladies to make your own wig.

Green Peas - eco friendly messy play has an art picnic in Priory Park, Crouch End 11am-1pm. Booking and details here.  

Al's Little Singers is on at the Clissold Arms in East Finchley and running throughout August.
Join Al and her guitar every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for singing, percussion and bubbles. Classes last 40 minutes. Suitable for children up to four years old. 9.45 and 10.45am, £5 for all ages.

Thursday 16 August

Hampstead Heath is busy today, it's Zooday at Golders Hill Park, drop in 12-4pm, and It's a Bug's Life at Parliament Hill 12-4pm. Both FREE

Eeny Meeny Music is on in Hampstead today. A great music group for little people with songs, bubbles and fun. Baptist Church, Heath Street. 9.30 and 10.30am, £5 per child, £8 for two siblings.  

Come to The Spires in Barnet any Thursday this holiday for Crafternoons with a different activity every week. This week it is Cupcake Decorating - Today we invite children to decorate yummy cupcakes and cookies using coloured icing, Dolly Mixtures, Smarties, silver balls, jelly diamonds and much more. They can then take their creations home in the clear bags provided as presents... or eat them there and then! An array of different cookies and cakes with a full list of ingredients will be supplied. For ages 3+.  

Take your young farmers along to Aldenham Country Park for Forest Club where today they will be building dens, lighting fires and toasting marshmallows. £12 per child. 10-12.  Ages 5-12. 

Chickenshed has Fairies' Tale - Tales From The Shed When humans grow up, they stop believing in fairies. For your average fairy, on the other hand, humans are a mysterious race that exist only in legends and fables. But on Midsummer’s Eve, the most magical time of the year, the fairy world and the human world collide and so begins an adventure where you’ll be left believing in impish sprites, boisterous boggarts and fairies-with-attitude all over again. For ages 0-7, 10am and 11.30am. Book soon to avoid disappointment.


Friday 17 August

Kentish City Farm offers an under 5's drop in play time from 10 am to midday.

The Wallace Collection is holding family drop-in worshops at 10.30am and 2pm.  Join artist Sobia Khan and learn about the Wallace Collection's connection to the Islamic world by touring our Oriental Armoury. Draw from arabic script and design and make your own Fanoos Ramadan, Egyptian lanterns hung to decorate homes during the Holy month. Create your own henna patterns and Eid banners to take home and continue the festivities. Eid Mubarak!

Highgate Library has a family art workshop 2.30-4.30pm, and also a gardening fun session.
 

Eeny Meeny Music is on in Hampstead Garden Suburb today. A great music group for little people with songs, bubbles and fun. Free Church, Central Square. 9.15, 10.15 am, 11.15am, £5 per child, £8 for two siblings.  

Al's Little Singers is on at the Clissold Arms in East Finchley and running throughout August.
Join Al and her guitar every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for singing, percussion and bubbles. Classes last 40 minutes. Suitable for children up to four years old. 9.45 and 10.45am, £5 for all ages. 


And don't forget...

This weekend is the fabulous Lollibop! The Big Bash for Little People is back for another year this time at the Olympic Park. LolliBop is the only festival where all the entertainment is aimed at children under 10 and their families. As well as a programme of live acts and shows, the event is focused on interactive play. The line up includes Justin Fletcher, Peppa Pig and Hello Kitty, and there are  a huge number of Areas and Zones to enjoy. We went last year and loved it!



Day Trips and Parks


This is our round up of the best parks for families in North London
These are our favourite day trips around North London including beaches, parks, zoos, stately homes and more.


Have a good week and do let us know what you get up to! We're hanging out on @northlondonmums. 

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