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Summer Holidays Round-Up 26 - 30 August

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

Bloody Hollow at Hatfield House

Bank Holiday Weekend!

Of  course this is the big one- Notting Hill Carnival, (Woo Hoo- remember those days?) from 9am- 7pm on Sunday and Monday. Sunday is children's day so if you fancy parades, music and street food then Notting Hill is the place for you.  

This weekend the Puppet State Theatre Company returns to the Southbank with its much-loved multisensory storytelling show. Based on a short story by the French writer Jean Giono, it tells the tale of a shepherd who sets out to revive a ruined landscape, aided only by his faithful dog. Ages 7+. 

The Southbank is also holding a Village Fair on Saturday and Sunday. Browse stalls, play traditional games and get stuck into some crafting. It's all about getting together and being creative, so remember to bring your knitting needles! Drop in on Stitch London or enter The Make Escape's craft den featuring their famous collage corner. Watch the Southbank Centre Dog Show or visit Vauxhall City Farm in Octavia's Orchard.

The children's fair has come to Finchley in Victoria Park and runs all weekend and until 1st September from 12-8 whatever the weather. Lots of good rides for children of all ages. 


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.

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.

The 27th to August to 1st September brings Land Army Week to the RAF Museum, during which the Museum will have on display on its helipad the various animals that members of the public were encouraged to keep during World War 2 either to provide fresh produce for their families, such as chickens and goats for eggs and milk, or to aid them with their day to day lives such as ponies who were invaluable for transport at a time when petrol was heavily rationed. Animals that will be on display on the Museum’s Helipad throughout the week include miniature Shetland ponies, goats, chickens, sheep, rabbits and ferrets. Animals will be on view for free to the public from 10am to 5pm.

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

Kids Week enters its last week, 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.We went to see We're Going on a Bear Hunt and it was a fabulously creative and comic hour- Mud fights, water pistols aimed at the audience and snow falling on the auditorium- what more could you ask for?

Lauderdale House has an Arts and Crafts Fair on Monday, from 11 to 6pm.  Discover a fantastic selection of local, national and international arts and crafts.  Perfect presents or just a treat for yourself.

Tuesday 27 August

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 Robot Mask 10.30am, FREE. 

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

Head to Parliament Hill, Hampstead for the Summer Secret Garden, 12-4pm. 

Wednesday 28 August

Head to Muswell Hill Library to make a scary skeleton 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.

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 29 August

Hampstead Heath is busy today, it's Zooday at Golders Hill Park, drop in 12-4pm. 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.  

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. 

Friday 30 August

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

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. 



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.We spent a great day at Hatfield House last week (pictured above)- the kids loved the Bloody Hollow Play area and farm!


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

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