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What’s On Where <strong>for</strong> families and schools<br />

www.primarytimes.net<br />

North London<br />

Parenting • Education • Days Out • News & Reviews<br />

may half term issue<br />

16 may – 3 july <strong>2016</strong>


Dear Reader<br />

Welcome to the <strong>May</strong> Half Term issue!<br />

With the weather hotting up and <strong>May</strong> half term looming we<br />

are delighted to offer you lots of wonderful activities and<br />

events to keep your children busy over the coming weeks and<br />

during the holiday week. Many of our WOW listings are either<br />

free or very low cost.<br />

<strong>May</strong> half term can be a bit tricky when it comes to keeping the<br />

children busy – particularly <strong>for</strong> working parents who prefer<br />

not to have to take extended time off so close to the summer.<br />

We have lots of good suggestions <strong>for</strong> you, from athletics<br />

courses and activity camps to fun days out.<br />

Our regular Box Office feature offers lots of family favourites<br />

to choose from including half price tickets <strong>for</strong> the kids to see<br />

The Railway Children!<br />

We hope you enjoy this issue and if you have any news to<br />

celebrate, children to praise or school events to include in our<br />

Summer issue, please email marion@schoolspublishing.co.uk by<br />

10th June.<br />

Best wishes,<br />

Marion, Frances, Tina, Sally & Alison<br />

Contents<br />

inside this issue...<br />

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families<br />

and teachers!<br />

Remember to send in<br />

your news <strong>for</strong> our news<br />

pages – we would love<br />

to hear from you!<br />

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online at<br />

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/north_london<br />

4 News & Views<br />

5 WOW: What’s on Where<br />

16 Box Office:<br />

Theatre Guide<br />

20 Pinboard<br />

22 Tuition<br />

contents<br />

The Primary Times Team<br />

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Tel: 01491 411848<br />

Production:<br />

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Design:<br />

Alison Spiers Davis<br />

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4news<br />

News & Views<br />

Do you have news that might interest other parents or teachers? We’d love to hear about it! Email marion@schoolspublishing.co.uk<br />

Well done Archie!<br />

London Fire Brigade have recruited their<br />

first-ever Young Fire Safety Officer to head<br />

up their specialist PLAYMOBIL firefighter<br />

crew – lucky 7 year old, Archie Cosaitis. A<br />

lifelong fan of the Brigade, the youngster has<br />

helped launch 65 free educational open days<br />

across the capital throughout the Brigade’s<br />

150th anniversary year to teach children<br />

about fire safety in the home, a partnership<br />

between LFB and PLAYMOBIL. To find out<br />

when the next open day near you is going<br />

to be go to http://bit.ly/PLAYMOBIL_<br />

LondonFireBrigade<br />

Archie was inspired by the PLAYMOBIL<br />

firefighter crew’s catchy sing-a-long video<br />

already being used by London Firefighters<br />

and the Brigade’s Education team as part of<br />

their fire prevention outreach work. It shows<br />

children how London Fire Brigade fights<br />

more than just house fires and highlights<br />

how much they do <strong>for</strong> the community.<br />

To watch the video, visit http://bit.ly/<br />

PLAYMOBIL_LondonFireBrigade_Video<br />

Lou Stein is Chickenshed's<br />

new Artistic Director!<br />

Chickenshed is delighted to<br />

announce the appointment of<br />

a new Artistic Director – Lou<br />

Stein. Lou is a wonderful<br />

addition to our already strong<br />

artiistic team and <strong>for</strong> us it is<br />

an extremely ambitious move to welcome<br />

such a <strong>for</strong>ce within theatre to be our very first<br />

selected Artistic Director, especially when you<br />

consider that we have been in operation <strong>for</strong><br />

42 years! Chickenshed's founder, Mary Ward<br />

served as our original Artistic Director. Lou will<br />

be leading the artistic vision and direction of<br />

our company and taking it to the next chapter<br />

of what has been a remarkable journey to<br />

change people’s lives through theatre.<br />

Primary Times may half term <strong>2016</strong> | www.primarytimes.net/north_london<br />

Brentfield Primary School<br />

launches partnership with<br />

Discovery Education<br />

A north London primary school has embarked<br />

on a new initiative to help teachers prepare<br />

pupils <strong>for</strong> tomorrow’s digital challenges.<br />

The 3 year programme will see staff trained<br />

as ‘digital champions’, and receive ongoing<br />

support to increase their confidence and<br />

skills in using technology in the classroom.<br />

Created around specific school needs, and<br />

recognising Brentfield’s high percentage of<br />

pupils with English as an additional language,<br />

the partnership also provides the school<br />

with cutting-edge digital resources, helping<br />

teachers to meet the learning needs of each<br />

individual child.


WOW!<br />

What’s on where...<br />

Ongoing<br />

Daily<br />

Treasures of the British Library<br />

The British Library, NW1 2DB. Exhibition. The<br />

world's most beautiful and influential books and<br />

documents, from Codex Sinaiticus to the Beatles.<br />

Free event.<br />

www.bl.uk<br />

Ice Rink<br />

Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY. Enjoy ice skating<br />

all year round at one of London’s most iconic<br />

landmarks. The Alexandra Palace ice rink provides<br />

a stunning location <strong>for</strong> family ice skating,<br />

professional ice skating lessons, or simply to ice<br />

skate <strong>for</strong> fun. Book online.<br />

www.alexandrapalace.com<br />

Skate Park<br />

Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY. Bring your skateboard<br />

and challenge yourself on the ramps, funboxes<br />

and grinds or go and watch proper skaters at<br />

Ally Pally Skate Park located in the park next to<br />

the ice rink.<br />

www.alexandrapalace.com<br />

Boating Lake<br />

Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY. Take a ride on a<br />

Dragon, be elegant with a Swan or race in a car.<br />

The boating lake at Ally Pally has it all. But make<br />

sure you’re fit enough to race each other by<br />

paddling full steam ahead. Charges apply.<br />

www.alexandrapalace.com<br />

We check listings carefully but details<br />

and prices may be subject to change.<br />

Please always check with the venue.<br />

Make a 3D Face Mug<br />

Art 4 Fun, West Hampstead, NW6 1SD. How about<br />

a mug like your face! Your face will be scanned to<br />

create a fabulous facemug. Charges apply.<br />

www.art4fun.com<br />

4D Theatre<br />

RAF Museum, Colindale, NW9 5LL. If you have<br />

ever wondered how it actually feels to soar<br />

amongst the clouds or participate in an intense<br />

aerial battle wonder no more. You can now<br />

experience all the thrills of a powered flight by<br />

entering the 4D Theatre. Ages 4+.<br />

www.rafmuseum.org.uk<br />

First World War in the Air<br />

RAF Museum, Colindale, NW9 5LL. The compelling<br />

story of the First World War in the Air has been<br />

revealed in a new exhibition in the Claude<br />

Grahame-White Hangar.<br />

www.rafmuseum.org.uk<br />

Judaism: A Living Faith<br />

Jewish Museum, Camden Town, NW1 7NB. An<br />

exhibition of a collection of rare and beautiful<br />

ceremonial art objects. The gallery explores<br />

Jewish religious practice and traditions in the<br />

home and synagogue, using multimedia and<br />

hands-on displays to engage visitors.<br />

www.jewishmuseum.org.uk<br />

Every Mon (Term Time)<br />

Street Dance<br />

Rose Bowl Centre, Islington, N1 2PT. 5.30–<br />

6.30pm. Styles embrace hip hop, funk and more.<br />

Lock, pop and find your beat. Open to both boys<br />

and girls, beginners welcome. Ages 8–12. Free.<br />

www.rosebowlislington.org.uk<br />

Arts & Crafts<br />

Rose Bowl, Centre, Islington, N1 2PT. 4.30–6pm.<br />

Make and create artwork and decorations <strong>for</strong><br />

the new-look Rose Bowl. Make your mark with<br />

painting, sculptures, claywork, sewing, knitting<br />

and photographs. Ages 8–11. Free.<br />

www.rosebowlislington.org.uk<br />

Every Tues<br />

Young Farmers Club<br />

Belmont Farm, Mill Hill, NW7 1QT. 4–5pm. The<br />

club provides the chance <strong>for</strong> children to gain<br />

hands on experience with the animals. Charges<br />

apply. Meet the alpaca or perhaps build an assault<br />

course <strong>for</strong> the bunnies. Ages 6+. Email to sign up.<br />

info@belmontfarm.co.uk<br />

www.belmontfarm.co.uk<br />

Pirate Castle Club<br />

The Pirate Castle, Camden Lock, NW1 7EA.<br />

4.30–6.30pm. Fun and Adventure on the water.<br />

Sessions can include Canoeing, Kayaking, Bell<br />

Boating and land based activities. Charges apply.<br />

Ages 8–17. Visit the <strong>web</strong>site <strong>for</strong> more in<strong>for</strong>mation<br />

and book online.<br />

www.thepiratecastle.org<br />

Every Wed<br />

Youth Club<br />

Queen’s Crescent Community Association,<br />

Camden, NW5 4QE. 6.30pm. Enjoy yourself at<br />

this youth club taking place on Wednesdays.<br />

A chance to meet new friends, hang out and<br />

have fun. Ages 8–13.<br />

www.qcca.org.uk<br />

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Every Wed (Term Time only)<br />

Fine Art 4 Kids<br />

Burgh House, Hampstead, NW3 1LT. 4–5pm.<br />

Dedicated to teaching children all aspects of fine<br />

art using the influences and techniques of the<br />

great masters. Each week, your child will learn<br />

how to apply materials and create an image that<br />

will be incorporated into a final piece. Find more<br />

in<strong>for</strong>mation and book online.<br />

www.burghhouse.org.uk<br />

Young Illustrators<br />

Pickled Pepper Books, Crouch End, N8 8PL.<br />

4–4.45pm: 7–9 years, 5–5.45pm: 9–12 years.<br />

Do you love drawing and stories? Go along to<br />

do exactly this at this illustration workshop <strong>for</strong><br />

budding young artists. Charges apply.<br />

www.pickledpepperbooks.co.uk<br />

Every Wed & Sun<br />

Pottery Classes<br />

Hackney City Farm, E2 8QA. 2–4pm Wed,<br />

11am–1pm and 2–4pm on Sun. Children’s pottery<br />

sessions are run on a drop in basis. No need to<br />

book. When you are done why not explore the<br />

farm and meet all the animals? Charges apply.<br />

www.hackneycityfarm.co.uk<br />

Every Thurs<br />

Pirate Castle Club<br />

The Pirate Castle, Camden Lock, NW1 7EA.<br />

4.30–6.30pm. Fun and Adventure on the water.<br />

Sessions can include Canoeing, Kayaking, Bell<br />

Boating and land based activities. Ages 8–17.<br />

Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.thepiratecastle.org<br />

Every Fri<br />

Girls Sports Club<br />

Coram’s Fields, WC1N 1DN. 5–7pm. The club's<br />

aim is to increase the number of young women<br />

playing and enjoying sport and to enhance<br />

their personal and social development. Regular,<br />

competitive matches and tournaments. All<br />

abilities welcome.<br />

Tel: 020 7837 2609<br />

www.coramsfields.org<br />

Every Fri (Term Time only)<br />

Mini Mozart<br />

Burgh House, Hampstead, NW3 1LT. 9.30am. Aims<br />

to introduce babies and toddlers to the different<br />

elements of music – pitch, rhythm, dynamics<br />

and tempo – through fun musical games and<br />

exercises. Book online.<br />

www.burghhouse.org.uk<br />

Every Sat<br />

The Mini Farmers Club<br />

Hackney City Farm, E2 8QA. 10.30am–12.30pm.<br />

A great way to learn about nature, make arts and<br />

crafts and get to know the animals, under the<br />

careful supervision of the livestock worker. Ages<br />

8–12. Free sessions. Book by phone.<br />

Tel: 020 7729 6381<br />

www.hackneycityfarm.co.uk<br />

Saturday Drop In<br />

Rose Bowl, Centre, Islington, N1 2PT. 2–4pm.<br />

Tinker with your bike, try out some photography,<br />

play in the garden and grab a cup of tea and a<br />

chat with the team. Activities are open to all ages.<br />

Children must be accompanied. Free.<br />

www.rosebowlislington.org.uk<br />

Pirate Castle Club<br />

The Pirate Castle, Camden Lock, NW1 7EA.<br />

2–4pm. Fun and Adventure on the water.<br />

Sessions can include Canoeing, Kayaking, Bell<br />

Boating and land based activities. Ages 8–17.<br />

Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.thepiratecastle.org<br />

Kids Kino Club<br />

Regent Street Cinema, W1B 2UW. Escape the<br />

winter chill and enjoy family-friendly films,<br />

including recent releases and old favourites in one<br />

of Britain’s oldest cinemas right in the heart of<br />

London <strong>for</strong> just £1.75. Book online.<br />

www.regentstreetcinema.com<br />

Every Sat & Sun<br />

Pony Rides<br />

Kentish Town City Farm, NW5 4BN. 1.30pm<br />

(Weather permitting). Enjoy a pony ride at the<br />

farm. There are also other animals to visit. Please<br />

call on the day to make sure that pony rides will<br />

definitely take place. Ages 4+. Charges apply.<br />

www.ktcityfarm.org.uk<br />

Every Sun<br />

Farmers Market<br />

Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY. 10am–3pm. North<br />

London’s famous Farmers Market at Ally Pally<br />

takes place most Sundays near Muswell Hill<br />

entrance to the park with free parking. Fantastic<br />

local produce. Lots of fun <strong>for</strong> the whole family.<br />

www.alexandrapalace.com<br />

Family Activities<br />

Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham, N17 8NU.<br />

2–4pm. Drop-in Sundays; family art and craft<br />

activities. Under 8s must be accompanied<br />

by an adult. No adult admitted without an<br />

accompanying child. Ages 5–13. Free event.<br />

www.haringey.gov.uk<br />

Sunday Family Workshops<br />

Parasol Unit, Islington, N1 7RW. Lots of fun in<br />

these workshops which are linked to the current<br />

exhibitions. There will also be storytelling and<br />

much more. Ages 5–15. Book online.<br />

www.parasol-unit.org<br />

Mon – Fri<br />

Sports Programme<br />

Coram’s Fields, WC1N 1DN. 4–5pm. The sessions<br />

involve learning new and exciting sports skills in a<br />

fun and safe environment. Free event. All abilities<br />

welcome. Ages 6–12.<br />

Tel: 020 7837 2609<br />

www.coramsfields.org<br />

<strong>May</strong><br />

Thurs 19 <strong>May</strong><br />

Time to Foster, Time to Care<br />

Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, N9 0TZ.<br />

10.30am–3pm. Have you thought about fostering<br />

and not sure what to do next? Go along to find<br />

out about the fostering network as part of Foster<br />

Care Fortnight.<br />

Tel: 020 8778 9669<br />

www.fosteringsupportgroup.com<br />

Fri 20 <strong>May</strong><br />

Pedal Up<br />

Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic<br />

Park, E20 3AB. (Also 27, 29 and 31 <strong>May</strong> and 3 and<br />

5 Jun) Using fun games and activities, this session<br />

teaches children aged 5–7 basic skills <strong>for</strong> all four<br />

cycling disciplines <strong>for</strong> when they’re old enough<br />

and tall enough to try them <strong>for</strong> real. Charges<br />

apply. Book online.<br />

www.visitleevalley.org.uk<br />

Sat 21 <strong>May</strong><br />

Family Activities<br />

Tower Bridge Exhibition, SE1 2UP. 10.30am–4pm.<br />

Join in some fun family activities inside Tower<br />

Bridge Exhibition. All activities are included in the<br />

price of your admission ticket. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.towerbridge.org.uk<br />

Animal I-Spy in the City<br />

Various locations. 10.30am. Join this gentle stroll<br />

through the fascinating streets of the City and<br />

discover where its animals are hiding – dragons,<br />

lions, unicorns and more – see how many you can<br />

find! Meet at Bank Underground Station exit 3 or<br />

4. For more in<strong>for</strong>mation and to book visit <strong>web</strong>site.<br />

www.walklondon.org.uk<br />

Goodnight Mr Tom<br />

Various locations. 10.30am and 2pm. This<br />

family focused walk, inspired by the much loved<br />

children’s book explores the City of London and<br />

hears what life was like in the capital during the<br />

Blitz. Meet outside St Paul’s Underground Station.<br />

Go online <strong>for</strong> more in<strong>for</strong>mation and to book.<br />

www.walklondon.org.uk


What’s the Buzz<br />

Lauriston School Vegetable Garden, Hackney, E9<br />

7JN. 12 noon–5pm. Want to know which flowers<br />

bees love best? Join in <strong>for</strong> a range of art, craft and<br />

gardening workshops inspired by bees and other<br />

pollinators. Part of the Chelsea Fringe.<br />

www.chelseafringe.com<br />

Matilda (PG)<br />

Regent Street Cinema, W1B 2UW. 11.30am. Enjoy<br />

a screening of the story of a girl who happens to<br />

be a genius, and her rather marvellous teacher<br />

versus the worst parents and the worst head<br />

teacher ever! Buy tickets online.<br />

www.regentstreetcinema.com<br />

Free Family Fun Day<br />

Karamel Restaurant, Wood Green, N22 6UJ.<br />

From 12 noon. An entirely free day of family fun.<br />

Storytelling, puppets, learn to hula hoop, make<br />

some art and sing along with Mrs H!<br />

www.haringey.gov.uk<br />

Sat 21 – Sun 22 <strong>May</strong><br />

TFL Spring into Summer Walks<br />

Various locations. This year there will be 45<br />

fantastic free led walks around London. Go online<br />

to book your place on a walk.<br />

www.walklondon.org.uk<br />

Sun 22 <strong>May</strong><br />

A Walk in the Park<br />

Victoria Park, E3 5TB. 2–3.30pm. Discover the<br />

stories, people and hidden history of Victoria Park<br />

on a walk with author and cultural commentator<br />

Travis Elborough. Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7364 7968<br />

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk<br />

Unique Unicorns<br />

Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham, N17 8NU.<br />

2–4pm. See the mystery object, find out how it<br />

led to the myth of the unicorn and make your own<br />

unicorn mask. Ages 5–13. Free, drop in event.<br />

www.haringey.gov.uk<br />

RSPCA Big Walkies<br />

Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, N22 7AY.<br />

9am–3pm. Choose a 3k or 5k walk, sniff out the<br />

fun in the lively event village, get sponsored as a<br />

team and even meet some dogs who are looking<br />

<strong>for</strong> new homes. Register online.<br />

www.alexandrapalace.com<br />

Make & Do<br />

Camden Arts Centre, NW3 6DG. 2–4.30pm. Drop<br />

in to the Drawing Studio and Galleries to take part<br />

in creative and fun activities led by artists Betsy<br />

Dadd and Sam Winston. For all ages, materials are<br />

provided. Free, but donations are invited.<br />

www.camdenartscentre.org<br />

Open Day<br />

Hornsey Fire Station, N8 8LS. 12 noon–4pm. Open<br />

Days feature a variety of family friendly events<br />

while promoting fire safety messages to local<br />

residents, with the chance to look around the<br />

station and check out the equipment.<br />

www.london-fire.gov.uk<br />

Lag B’Omer<br />

JW3, Finchley Road, NWQ3 6ET. 2pm. PJ Library<br />

brings the story of Lag B’Omer to life, along with<br />

yummy marshmallows and campfire collages!<br />

Ages 2+. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.jw3.org.uk<br />

Beyond Blueprints<br />

Parasol Unit, Islington, N1 7RW. 2.30–4pm.<br />

Join artist Lala Thorpe in this family workshop<br />

exploring the science of early photography and<br />

thinking about the 'magic of the surface'. Ages<br />

5+. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.parasol-unit.org<br />

Gillespie Celebration Event<br />

Islington Ecology Centre, N5 1PH. 12 noon–4pm.<br />

Celebrate 20 years of Gillespie as a nature reserve<br />

with music, children’s activities, café, stalls, walks<br />

and more. Event taking place at the Ecology<br />

Centre and Gillespie Park. Free.<br />

www.islington.gov.uk<br />

Beatles Sing-along<br />

JW3, Finchley Road, NWQ3 6ET. 2pm. Join Al’s<br />

Little Singers in this interactive Beatles-themed<br />

sing-along under the (imaginary) stars, next to<br />

the (imaginary) campfire. They provide the words<br />

and the instruments! Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.jw3.org.uk<br />

Wed 25 <strong>May</strong><br />

Puppet Tales<br />

JW3, Finchley Road, NWQ3 6ET. 4.15pm. Children<br />

love puppets and the enchanting worlds they<br />

take us to. Join in <strong>for</strong> stories, fun and specially<br />

designed handmade puppets being brought to<br />

life. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.jw3.org.uk<br />

Children’s Craft & Storytime<br />

Alexandra Park Library, Wood Green, N22 7UJ.<br />

10–11am. Join in the fun, listen to a story and do<br />

a little craft activity. Under 5s. Free.<br />

www.haringey.gov.uk<br />

Thurs 26 <strong>May</strong> – Sun 5 Jun<br />

London Tree Week<br />

Various locations. Celebrate and explore London’s<br />

trees and woodlands with a series of special<br />

events. There will be tree walks and talks,<br />

exhibitions, and family activities. Go online <strong>for</strong><br />

more in<strong>for</strong>mation and to view the full programme<br />

of events.<br />

www.london.gov.uk<br />

Sat 28 <strong>May</strong><br />

Posters <strong>for</strong> the Lost<br />

The Foundling Museum, WC1N 0EB.<br />

10.30–11.30am, 12 noon–1pm, 2–3pm and<br />

3.30–4.30pm. Join artist Daniel Lehan <strong>for</strong> this<br />

art-based family workshop and make a ‘lost’<br />

poster <strong>for</strong> a found object from the exhibition<br />

Found. Ages 5+. Sign up on the day.<br />

www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk<br />

Make your Mark<br />

on Vicky Park<br />

Victoria Park, E3 5TB. 11am–1pm. Join the<br />

Community Park Rangers to help carry out some<br />

practical conservation in the park. Meet at the<br />

Outdoor Classroom, near St Agnes Gate.<br />

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk<br />

Fantastic Mr Fox (PG)<br />

Regent Street Cinema, W1B 2UW. 11.30am. Enjoy<br />

a screening of this fun, high energy animated tale<br />

of a fox family headed by Mr Fox (George Clooney)<br />

versus the wicked farmers. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.regentstreetcinema.com<br />

Farm Tour<br />

Stepney City Farm, E1 3DG. 12 noon. Led by Super<br />

Farmers Gordon or Kevin, the tour covers history,<br />

current projects, future plans and allows you to<br />

get really close to the animals. Charges apply.<br />

www.stepneycityfarm.org<br />

Creature Creations<br />

Grant Museum of Zoology, WC1E 6DE. 1.30–4pm.<br />

Create works of art inspired by some of the<br />

weird and wonderful animals that call the Grant<br />

Museum home or invent your very own brand<br />

new animal, give it a name and add it to the<br />

collection in this family art day with our Museum<br />

artist. Free.<br />

www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology<br />

Letterpress Printing<br />

with Olu Oke<br />

House of Illustration, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH.<br />

2–5pm. Learn the art of letterpress and produce<br />

your own edition of prints with printmaker and<br />

illustrator Olu Oke. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.houseofillustration.org.uk<br />

Open Day<br />

Kentish Town Fire Station, NW5 1NS.<br />

12 noon–4pm. Open Days feature a variety of<br />

family friendly events while promoting fire safety<br />

messages to local residents. People will also have<br />

the chance to look around the station and check<br />

out the equipment used by Brigade firefighters.<br />

www.london-fire.gov.uk<br />

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Tales Big Day Out<br />

Chickenshed, Southgate, N14 4PE.<br />

10am–12 noon and 2.30–4.30pm. Children<br />

will have the opportunity to take part in a<br />

great interactive workshop and watch a fun<br />

per<strong>for</strong>mance of Tales from the Shed, then<br />

everyone will come together <strong>for</strong> a huge Tales<br />

extravaganza outside in the amphitheatre. Under<br />

6s. Charges apply. Book tickets online.<br />

www.chickenshed.org.uk<br />

Menuhin’s Magical<br />

Musical Journey<br />

Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT. 10am and<br />

11.30am. Join workshop leader Neil Valentine to<br />

follow the journeys of superstar violinist Yehudi<br />

Menuhin and his musical friends. Then explore<br />

classical, jazz, Indian and folk music and compose<br />

and per<strong>for</strong>m your own exciting mash-up. Ages<br />

5–7. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.ram.ac.uk<br />

5K Race<br />

Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR. 11am. Take part in a<br />

Race <strong>for</strong> Life 5k event – an achievable distance <strong>for</strong><br />

all ages and abilities. You can run, walk or even<br />

dance! Go online to sign up.<br />

http://race<strong>for</strong>life.cancerresearchuk.org<br />

Sat 28 – Sun 29 <strong>May</strong><br />

Street Food & Craft Beer Festival<br />

Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, N22 7AY.<br />

11am–10pm. Sample some of London’s top street<br />

food vendors and craft beers. Enjoy live music all<br />

day and plenty of fun <strong>for</strong> all the family.<br />

www.alexandrapalace.com<br />

‘Grow Your Own’ Weekend<br />

Stepney City Farm, E1 3DG. 12 noon–3pm.<br />

Celebrate the joys of growing your own, learn the<br />

best ways to grow food organically, and plant<br />

some veggies at the farm! Donations welcome.<br />

www.stepneycityfarm.org<br />

London 2 Brighton Challenge<br />

Various locations. Join the London Air Ambulance<br />

team <strong>for</strong> this challenging but achievable and<br />

highly rewarding ultra-challenge. There will<br />

be free hot food, snacks and drinks at covered<br />

rest stops and a medal, t-shirt and a celebration<br />

glass of bubbly as you cross the finish line. Sign<br />

up online.<br />

www.londonsairambulance.co.uk<br />

Sat 28 – Mon 30 <strong>May</strong><br />

British Cactus & Succulent Society<br />

Lea Valley Annual Show<br />

Capel Manor Gardens, EN1 4RQ. During this<br />

three-day event the British Cactus and Succulent<br />

Society will be judging and awarding prizes to<br />

its members and you will have the opportunity<br />

to: enjoy a display of more than 200 cacti and<br />

succulent plants and purchase a wide-range that<br />

are not usually available. Charges apply.<br />

www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk<br />

Sat 28 <strong>May</strong> – Sun 5 Jun<br />

Spring Special<br />

Willows Activity Farm, St Albans, AL4 0PF. Enjoy<br />

Sheep Shearing, Sheep Racing and acres of<br />

springtime fun this Half Term. Charges apply. For<br />

more in<strong>for</strong>mation and to view the full programme<br />

of events visit <strong>web</strong>site.<br />

www.willowsactivityfarm.com<br />

Mannings Family Fun Fair<br />

Finsbury Park, Haringay, N4 1EE. 12 noon–9pm.<br />

Take along the whole family and immerse<br />

yourselves in the exciting atmosphere, watch<br />

your children experience the sights and sounds<br />

and soak up all the fun of the fair. Free entry.<br />

www.haringey.gov.uk<br />

Madagascar Madness<br />

Shrek’s Adventure London, County Hall, SE1<br />

7PB. This Half Term Madagascar madness will be<br />

arriving as the travelling circus comes to town.<br />

Guests are invited to try out their circus skills and<br />

‘move it, move it’ with the DreamWorks gang.<br />

Visit <strong>web</strong>site to buy tickets.<br />

www.shreksadventure.com<br />

Go Canoeing Week<br />

Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross,<br />

EN9 1AB. Try an hour long taster session <strong>for</strong><br />

families <strong>for</strong> just £5 per person, on the crystal<br />

clear lake. Ages 8+. On Thurs 2 June there is also a<br />

canoe competition day. Go online to book.<br />

www.gowhitewater.co.uk<br />

Sheep Week<br />

Lee Valley Park Farms, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF.<br />

10am–5pm. Join in this <strong>May</strong> Half Term to see<br />

some woolly friends get their annual haircut and<br />

get stuck in with some sheep themed arts, crafts<br />

and activities. Admission charges apply. Visit<br />

<strong>web</strong>site to book tickets.<br />

www.visitleevalley.org.uk<br />

Sun 29 <strong>May</strong><br />

Kenwood Stories<br />

Kenwood House, Hampstead, NW3 7JR. 12.30pm,<br />

2pm and 3pm. The art collections and stories of<br />

Kenwood come alive through narrative and live<br />

interpretation as told by Kenwood volunteers.<br />

Free <strong>for</strong> English Heritage members.<br />

www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood<br />

Wondrous Wizardry<br />

JW3, Finchley Road, NWQ3 6ET. 2pm. Go down<br />

to JW3 in your house tie, cloak and glasses and<br />

expect to see wands, goblets and of course, lots of<br />

spells. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.jw3.org.uk<br />

Ghost Stories<br />

Handel House Museum, <strong>May</strong>fair, W1K 4HB. 2pm.<br />

Ghostly figures of the past will guide family<br />

groups around Hendrix Flat and Handel House<br />

with stories, music and games. Charges apply.<br />

Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7399 1953<br />

www.handelhendrix.org<br />

Foraging Walk<br />

Islington Ecology Centre, N5 1PH. 2–4pm. Take<br />

a wild food walk through Gillespie Park with the<br />

urban <strong>for</strong>ager, spotting edible and medicinal<br />

species on the way. Free.<br />

www.islington.gov.uk<br />

National Gardens Scheme<br />

King Henry’s Walk Garden, N1 4NX. 2–5.30pm.<br />

The gardens will be open as part of the National<br />

Gardens Scheme today. Tea, home-made cakes<br />

and plants will be <strong>for</strong> sale. Entry fee applies <strong>for</strong><br />

adults, children free. All profits will go to charity.<br />

www.khwgarden.org.uk<br />

Make & Do<br />

Camden Arts Centre, NW3 6DG. 2–4.30pm. Drop<br />

in to the Drawing Studio and Galleries to take part<br />

in creative and fun activities led by artists Betsy<br />

Dadd and Sam Winston. Suitable <strong>for</strong> all ages<br />

and materials are provided. Free of charge, but<br />

donations are invited.<br />

www.camdenartscentre.org<br />

Summer Splash<br />

Lee Valley White Water Centre, Waltham Cross,<br />

EN9 1AB. 11am–4pm. A day of action packed<br />

activities and entertainment <strong>for</strong> little kids and big<br />

kids alike. Activities will include: a treasure hunt,<br />

canoeing, disc golf, face painting and lots more.<br />

Free. Booking required <strong>for</strong> some activities.<br />

www.visitleevalley.org.uk<br />

Memoryscape History Walk<br />

Victoria Park, E3 5TB. 10am–12.30pm. Join the<br />

Community Park Rangers on a recorded audio<br />

trail around the park. Limited spaces available.<br />

Meet at the Pavilion Café. Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7364 7968<br />

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk<br />

Mon 30 <strong>May</strong><br />

Fenton’s Big Picnic<br />

Fenton House and Garden, Hampstead Grove,<br />

NW3 6SP. 11am–5pm. Celebrate The Year of the<br />

English Garden on this Bank Holiday Monday, take<br />

a picnic and while away some time in Fenton's<br />

beguiling walled gardens and 300 year-old<br />

orchard. Charges apply.<br />

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fenton-house<br />

See Paw Patrol<br />

The Broadwalk Centre, Edgware, HA8 7BD. 12<br />

noon–4.30pm. Children are invited to see these<br />

heroic puppies who will be making appearances<br />

during story time sessions at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm,<br />

3pm and 4pm. After listening to engaging stories<br />

of Chase and Marshall’s adventures, youngsters<br />

will have the opportunity to meet the characters!<br />

www.thebroadwalkcentre.co.uk<br />

Wildlife Gardening <strong>for</strong> Kids<br />

Woodberry Wetlands, N16 5HQ. 10am–12.30pm.<br />

During the session, our wildlife gardening experts<br />

will encourage children to explore and learn<br />

about the varieties of animals, insects and plants<br />

making their homes at Woodberry Wetlands.<br />

Ages 5–11. Charges apply. Go online to book.<br />

www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk<br />

50 Things to do Be<strong>for</strong>e You’re 11¾<br />

Sutton House, Hackney, E9 6JQ. (Also 1–5 Jun)<br />

12 noon–5pm. Construct a den out of fabric,<br />

sticks and pegs and tell stories inside it, host a<br />

tea party, build a sand castle fit <strong>for</strong> a king and<br />

challenge your family to a skip-off, or a hula hoop<br />

competition and more. Admission charges apply.<br />

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-house<br />

Design a Beano Cover<br />

The Cartoon Museum, WC1A 2HH. 11am–1pm.<br />

Using special worksheets, draw a Beano front<br />

cover featuring some favourite Beano characters.<br />

Ages 8–12. Charges apply. Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7580 8155<br />

www.cartoonmuseum.org<br />

Mini Comic<br />

The Cartoon Museum, WC1A 2HH. 2–4pm.<br />

Everyone will love the 8-page mini-comic you'll<br />

create featuring your own characters and story,<br />

suitable <strong>for</strong> printing when you take it home. Ages<br />

8-12. Charges apply. Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7580 8155<br />

www.cartoonmuseum.org<br />

Mon 30 <strong>May</strong> – Fri 3 Jun<br />

Moving Museum<br />

V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, E2<br />

9PA. 11am–4pm. Wind-up robots, toy cars and<br />

string puppets... the Museum is jumping with<br />

moving toys. Take a closer look at some of these<br />

intriguing objects with practising artists and<br />

makers. Drop in event <strong>for</strong> all ages.<br />

www.vam.ac.uk/moc<br />

Crazy Jumping Jacks Workshop<br />

V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, E2<br />

9PA. 10.30am, 12noon, 2pm and 3.30pm. Artist<br />

Laura X Carle will help you turn your fantasy<br />

creature into a classic children’s moving toy – the<br />

jointed jumping jack! Ages 4-10. Charges apply.<br />

Book online.<br />

www.vam.ac.uk/moc<br />

Contemporary Portraits<br />

National Portrait Gallery, WC2H 0HE. 11am–4pm.<br />

A week of activities exploring how artists today<br />

find inspiration and what is means to be an artist<br />

in the twenty first century. During the week there<br />

will be workshops with featured artists. Check<br />

signage on the day <strong>for</strong> more details.<br />

www.npg.org.uk<br />

Mon 30 <strong>May</strong> – Sun 5 Jun<br />

Kids Go Free<br />

The View from The Shard, SE1 9SG. Enjoy an<br />

un<strong>for</strong>gettable experience this Half Term. Children<br />

can play the ‘Spot the Sights’ game to be in <strong>for</strong><br />

the chance to win a Romeo the Fox goody bag.<br />

Charges apply – each paying adult will receive<br />

two free child tickets. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.theviewfromtheshard.com<br />

Tues 31 <strong>May</strong><br />

Academy Tots<br />

Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT. 10am.<br />

Inquisitive tots and parents are invited <strong>for</strong> this<br />

interactive session designed <strong>for</strong> children aged<br />

3–5. Taking place in the Museum Piano Gallery.<br />

Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.ram.ac.uk<br />

Canoeing<br />

Victoria Park, E3 5TB. 12 noon–3pm. Try canoeing<br />

on the model boating lake. Coaching available –<br />

booking strongly advised. Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7364 7968<br />

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk<br />

Extendables<br />

The Foundling Museum, WC1N 0EB.<br />

10.30–11.30am, 12 noon–1pm, 2–3pm and<br />

3.30–4.30pm.Using card and craft tools, build an<br />

extendable 3D version of your favourite painting<br />

that you can pull out or flatten. Ages 5+. Sign up<br />

on the day to reserve a place.<br />

www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk<br />

Superheroes vs Supervillains<br />

The Cartoon Museum, WC1A 2HH. 2–4pm. Get<br />

tips <strong>for</strong> creating your own mighty heroes and<br />

deadly villains, and then draw them in mortal<br />

combat. Ages 8–12. Charges apply. Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7580 8155<br />

www.cartoonmuseum.org<br />

VeloBalance<br />

Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic<br />

Park, E20 3AB. (Also 3–4 and 11 Jun) Younger<br />

children can learn to ride a bike in the iconic<br />

velodrome using balancing and coordination<br />

techniques on special balance bikes which are<br />

powered by their feet. Ages 2–5. Book online.<br />

www.visitleevalley.org.uk<br />

Bugs under the Rug<br />

The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA. 10.30am–12.30pm<br />

and 2–4pm. Make brilliant bugs using coloured<br />

clay and then create a home <strong>for</strong> them to live in.<br />

Ages 5+. Places are allocated on a first-come firstserved<br />

basis 30 minutes be<strong>for</strong>e each activity.<br />

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

Tea Party Time<br />

The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA. 2–4pm. Make<br />

herbal teas and then create an old-fashioned<br />

style film about tea parties in the home. Ages<br />

5–8. Places are allocated on a first-come firstserved<br />

basis 30 minutes be<strong>for</strong>e each activity.<br />

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

Terrific Tea Towels<br />

The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA. 2–4pm. Print a<br />

colourful tea towel to brighten up your home.<br />

Ages 8+. Places are allocated on a first-come firstserved<br />

basis 30 minutes be<strong>for</strong>e each activity.<br />

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

Tues 31 <strong>May</strong> – Wed 1 Jun<br />

Spring Quest & Craft<br />

Kenwood House, Hampstead, NW3 7JR. 12<br />

noon–4pm. Families will get to work together to<br />

try out different art and crafts whilst exploring<br />

the house and finding out more about its<br />

collections. Charges apply.<br />

www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood<br />

Tues 31 <strong>May</strong> – Thurs 2 Jun<br />

Star Track<br />

Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Edmonton, N9 0AR.<br />

2.30–5pm. This holiday camp offers budding<br />

athletes of 6–8 years expert tuition in a range<br />

of athletics skills, such as hurdles, high jumps,<br />

sprints and javelin. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.visitleevalley.org.uk<br />

Tues 31 <strong>May</strong> – Fri 3 Jun<br />

Wizarding Week Half Term Scheme<br />

JW3, Finchley Road, NWQ3 6ET. 10am. Join in <strong>for</strong> a<br />

week of wizardly wonder as you will learn to cast<br />

enchanting spells, practise your wand skills and<br />

race around the halls on your broomstick. Ages<br />

5–7 and 8–11. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.jw3.org.uk<br />

Gods & Gorgons<br />

Islington Arts Factory, N7 0SF. 11am–3pm. Refine<br />

your skills as you create a large group painting<br />

inspired by the Greek Myths of antiquity. The final<br />

piece will be displayed at the MakeArt exhibition<br />

in December. Charges apply. Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7607 0561<br />

www.islingtonartsfactory.org<br />

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Picture Perfect<br />

Bank of England Museum, EC2R 8AH.<br />

10.30am–4.30pm. Become the face of a current<br />

banknote and capture this moment by having<br />

your photograph taken. You can then join a<br />

creative workshop and make your own ‘Funky<br />

photo frame’. Free admission.<br />

www.bankofengland.co.uk/museum<br />

Many Hands<br />

The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA. 10.30am–12.30pm<br />

and 2–4pm. Inspired by the jobs done by families<br />

and servants in the home through the centuries,<br />

make natural cleaning products, bake seasonal<br />

biscuits and plant seeds. Ages 5+. Free.<br />

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

BMX Thrills<br />

& Mountain Bike Skills<br />

Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic<br />

Park, E20 3AB. 10am–3pm. Professional coaches<br />

will help young riders build confidence, develop<br />

valuable manoeuvring skills and improve on their<br />

techniques. Ages 7–16 who are able to ride a two<br />

wheeled bike. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.visitleevalley.org.uk<br />

Star Track<br />

Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Edmonton, N9 0AR.<br />

9.30am–1.30pm. This holiday camp offers<br />

budding athletes of 8–12 expert tuition in a range<br />

of athletics skills, such as hurdles, high jumps,<br />

sprints and javelin. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.visitleevalley.org.uk<br />

Tues 31 <strong>May</strong> – Sat 4 Jun<br />

Hungry Hungry Herbivores<br />

Grant Museum of Zoology, WC1E 6DE. 1–4.30pm.<br />

From dugongs to hippos and camels to snails join<br />

in the fun this Half Term holiday and investigate<br />

huge herbivores and marvellous munchers. Free.<br />

www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology<br />

Tues 31 <strong>May</strong> – Sun 5 Jun<br />

Puppets Gone Wild Workshop<br />

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, NW1 4NU.<br />

Discover how Gyre & Gimble, the team behind<br />

Running Wild’s puppetry, created such lifelike<br />

animal characters in this hands-on workshop <strong>for</strong><br />

families. Ages 8+. Charges apply. Go online <strong>for</strong><br />

times, more in<strong>for</strong>mation and to book tickets.<br />

www.openairtheatre.com<br />

June<br />

Wed 1 Jun<br />

Wild Adventure Club<br />

Woodberry Wetlands, N16 5HQ. 10am–12.30pm.<br />

Wild Adventure Club gives your child a chance<br />

to learn about nature and explore the great<br />

outdoors in a safe environment at Woodberry<br />

Wetlands. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk<br />

Words in Freedom<br />

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art,<br />

Islington, N1 2AN. 11am–2pm. Play with your<br />

senses and respond to paintings with sounds<br />

and words then trans<strong>for</strong>m them into hanging<br />

mobile poems to take away. Free <strong>for</strong> children<br />

accompanied by a paying adult.<br />

www.estorickcollection.com<br />

Children’s Craft & Storytime<br />

Alexandra Park Library, Wood Green, N22 7UJ.<br />

10–11am. Join in the fun, listen to a story and do<br />

a little craft activity. Under 5s. Free.<br />

www.haringey.gov.uk<br />

Make a Puppet Theatre<br />

The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, W1U<br />

3BN. 11am–1pm. The Commedia dell’arte was a<br />

popular <strong>for</strong>m of theatre in 18th century France.<br />

Learn more about it be<strong>for</strong>e making your own<br />

puppet theatre populated with well know figures<br />

such as Harlequinn and Pierrot. Ages 5+. Free,<br />

drop in event.<br />

www.wallacecollection.org<br />

Pond Dipping<br />

Islington Ecology Centre, N5 1PH. 2–3pm. Drop in<br />

and see what you can find in the pond. Free.<br />

www.islington.gov.uk<br />

Waterways on the Move<br />

London Canal Museum, King’s Cross, N1 9RT.<br />

10.30am and 1.30pm. Activities will include<br />

making balloon boats, flapping ducks, selfpropelled<br />

boats, pan scourer boats and going on a<br />

boat trip. Ages 6-12. Charges apply.<br />

www.canalmuseum.org.uk<br />

Fantastic Food Pots<br />

The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA. 10.30am–12.30pm<br />

and 2–4pm. Model a fabulous fruit or vegetableshaped<br />

pot from clay. Ages 5+. Places are<br />

allocated on a first-come first-served basis 30<br />

minutes prior to the beginning of each activity.<br />

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

Fishing Taster Day<br />

Victoria Park, E3 5TB. 12 noon–3pm. For all the<br />

budding anglers out there, join the Community<br />

Park Rangers to see what fish you can catch on<br />

the day. You’ll be hooked! Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7364 7968<br />

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk<br />

Anamorphic Art<br />

Royal Institution, W1S 4BS. 10.30am–12.30pm<br />

ages 7–11, 1.30–3.30pm ages 12–14. In this<br />

Family Masterclass with Alan Davies, explore the<br />

mathematics of making these trans<strong>for</strong>mations<br />

and have a go at producing your own anamorphic<br />

art. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.rigb.org<br />

Crazy Claymation<br />

Animation Workshop<br />

The Cartoon Museum, WC1A 2HH. 11am–3.30pm.<br />

Spend the day with professional animator Reza<br />

Ben Gajra and create a short film using characters<br />

made from modelling clay. You can watch the<br />

results later on YouTube. Ages 8–12. Charges<br />

apply. Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7580 8155<br />

www.cartoonmuseum.org<br />

Tools of the Trade<br />

The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA. 2–4pm. Make cool<br />

cleaning-inspired badges, jewellery and key rings<br />

using coloured clay. Ages 8+. Places are allocated<br />

on a first-come first-served basis 30 minutes prior<br />

to the beginning of each activity.<br />

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

Wed 1 – Thurs 30 Jun<br />

The Word Festival <strong>2016</strong><br />

Various locations in Islington. Enjoy an innovative<br />

programme of activities, events and workshops<br />

focusing on and exploring the pleasure of<br />

reading, writing and freedom of expression in<br />

Islington. Go online <strong>for</strong> full programme of events.<br />

www.wordfestivalislington.co.uk<br />

Wed 1 Jun – Mon 31 Oct<br />

London Bridge City<br />

Summer Festival<br />

Various locations. Enjoy live music, theatre<br />

per<strong>for</strong>mances, dance/fitness classes and<br />

interactive arts and entertainment <strong>for</strong> everyone.<br />

See <strong>web</strong>site <strong>for</strong> more in<strong>for</strong>mation and to view the<br />

full programme.<br />

www.morelondon.com<br />

Thurs 2 Jun<br />

Beatrix Potter’s Birthday Party<br />

Forty Hall & Estate, Enfield, EN2 9HA. 11am–4pm.<br />

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of<br />

Beatrix Potter with a look at her work and life.<br />

Enjoy her stories, create your own hedgehog out<br />

of natural materials and meet characters from her<br />

world. Ages 4–11. Book online.<br />

www.<strong>for</strong>tyhallestate.co.uk<br />

Colour & Word Tricks<br />

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art,<br />

Islington, N1 2AN. 11am–2pm. Explore a variety<br />

of optical colour and word tricks and make your<br />

own using collage and drawing. Free <strong>for</strong> children<br />

accompanied by a paying adult.<br />

www.estorickcollection.com<br />

Snot, Sick & Scabs<br />

RCS Hunterian Museum, WC2A 3PE. 11am,<br />

12.30pm and 2pm. Discover the world of cells,<br />

bacteria and viruses and maybe even make some<br />

fake snot. Ages 7–14. Charges apply. Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7869 6568<br />

www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian<br />

Amphibian Discovery Day<br />

Victoria Park, E3 5TB. 12 noon–3pm. Join an<br />

expert amphibian hunt, plus arts, crafts and face<br />

painting. Just drop in at the Hub Building.<br />

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk<br />

Gorgeous Garden Boxes<br />

The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA. 10.30am–12.30pm<br />

and 2–4pm. Create a marvellous mini garden in a<br />

box using recycled containers, colourful card and<br />

more. Ages 5+. Places are first-come first-served,<br />

allocated 30 minutes be<strong>for</strong>e each activity.<br />

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

RNIB Family Day<br />

Wigmore Hall, W1U 2BP. 11am. Create your own<br />

piece of music and tactile score, inspired by art<br />

at The Wallace Collection. For blind and partially<br />

sighted children aged 6–12 years. Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7391 2063<br />

www.wigmore-hall.org.uk<br />

Animated Heroes Workshop<br />

The Cartoon Museum, WC1A 2HH. 11am–3.30pm.<br />

Design your own superheroes and then use cutout<br />

animation techniques to show them using<br />

their wacky powers in a short film that you’ll see<br />

later on the Museum’s YouTube channel. Ages<br />

8–12. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.cartoonmuseum.org<br />

Bug Buster!<br />

The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA. 2–4pm. Make a<br />

herbal product to get rid of bugs at home and<br />

then film your own advert to sell it. Ages 5–8.<br />

Places are first-come first-served, allocated 30<br />

minutes be<strong>for</strong>e each activity.<br />

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

Summer of Fun<br />

in North London<br />

With children in their last term<br />

be<strong>for</strong>e the long summer holiday,<br />

understandably parents are starting<br />

to think about how to keep them<br />

entertained over the break. With the<br />

unpredictable Great British weather,<br />

it is really important to think about<br />

what you can do with them indoors<br />

to avoid the dreaded words:<br />

“I’m bored!”<br />

Per<strong>for</strong>ming arts is a natural way <strong>for</strong> children to learn while they are having<br />

fun and Razzamataz is offering children between the ages of 5-16 the<br />

opportunity to use their imaginations and work with experienced actors,<br />

musicians and dancers during their Summer school.<br />

During the week, children and their teachers will work on various songs,<br />

dances and drama pieces, together with learning about theatre skills in<br />

general. Being given the chance to per<strong>for</strong>m is paramount to building a<br />

child’s confidence which is why on the last day, the children will all get the<br />

opportunity to per<strong>for</strong>m their showcase to friends and families.<br />

“We take a simple story framework on day one and devise and invent<br />

characters, dialogue and scenes throughout the week,” says Michael. “On the<br />

last day we create an original theatrical experience that is conjured up from<br />

the students’ and teachers’ imaginations. Audiences and per<strong>for</strong>mers will<br />

remember this experience long after the summer has faded.”<br />

To find out more in<strong>for</strong>mation about the Summer school or term-time<br />

Saturday classes, please contact Principal Michael (Barnet) on barnet@<br />

razzamataz.co.uk or call 07788592171 or Principal Frances (Hampstead &<br />

Kentish Town) on hampstead@razzamataz.co.uk or call 07875331254.<br />

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what’s on where<br />

Danny Grant<br />

Soccer School<br />

is delighted to announce exciting<br />

action-packed Summer Holiday Football<br />

Courses <strong>for</strong> boys and girls aged 3 to 12<br />

at UCL Academy, Swiss Cottage.<br />

Non-stop football fun, skills training<br />

and daily matches. Professional<br />

FA Coaches lead all action sessions.<br />

To reserve a place call 020 8446 0891<br />

www.dgsoccer.co.uk.<br />

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Love Your Clothes<br />

by Knowing Your<br />

Care Labels #InsideOut<br />

Discovering your clothes have shrunk in the wash is something we<br />

can all relate to. According to the Love Your Clothes campaign, 31%<br />

of us are no longer wearing clothes from our wardrobes because we’ve<br />

washed, dried or ironed them incorrectly. In fact, 39 million items<br />

of clothes have not been worn in the past year because we’ve not<br />

followed the care label.<br />

Only 9% of UK adults can identify more than half of the 25<br />

common care symbols that regularly appear on the labels in our<br />

clothes. To help people get to know their labels, Love Your Clothes has<br />

teamed up with leading fabric care brand Ariel. Test what you know<br />

by visiting www.loveyourclothes.org.uk/care-labels and taking their<br />

quick three minute challenge. You can also download a FREE arty<br />

care labels guide poster to frame and hang in your laundry room.<br />

While the symbols on care labels might look like secret coding, they’re<br />

actually the key to making our clothes last longer. Following them<br />

prevents clothes from being thrown away and potentially heading to<br />

landfill. Love Your Clothes encourages us all to change the way we<br />

buy, care <strong>for</strong> and dispose of our clothing to help reduce the impact of<br />

clothing on the environment.<br />

Visit www.loveyourclothes.org.uk <strong>for</strong> tips and advice on how to get<br />

the best out of your clothes.<br />

Mini Herb Gardens<br />

The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA. 2–4pm. Paint a pot<br />

and then plant seeds <strong>for</strong> spring. Ages 8+. Places<br />

are allocated on a first-come first-served basis 30<br />

minutes prior to the beginning of each activity.<br />

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

Thurs 2 – Fri 3 Jun<br />

Jurassic Dinosaur Camp<br />

Mini Engineers, St John’s Wood Church, NW8<br />

7NE. 9.30am–12.30pm and 1.15–4.15pm. Your<br />

children will travel back in time 200 million years<br />

and build different dinosaur species from the<br />

Jurassic Period along with the changing earth<br />

environments from that time. Charges apply.<br />

Ages 5–11. Book online.<br />

www.mini-engineers.com<br />

Thurs 2 – Sun 26 Jun<br />

Spitalfields Music<br />

Summer Festival<br />

Various locations. Extraordinary music will be<br />

brought to unexpected places, from museums,<br />

cafés and churches to markets. Full of family<br />

friendly events to keep all ages entertained. Go<br />

online to view the full programme of events.<br />

www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk<br />

Fri 3 Jun<br />

Crafty Kids Nature Workshop<br />

Woodberry Wetlands, N16 5HQ. 10.30am–<br />

12.30pm. A unique programme designed<br />

to engage your child with his/her natural<br />

surroundings by integrating the environment<br />

into imaginative and enjoyable activities. Charges<br />

apply. Book online.<br />

www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk<br />

Paper Painting<br />

The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square,<br />

W1U 3BN. 10.30am–12.30pm.Create your own<br />

artworks using paper cutting and collage, with<br />

illustrator Luisa Rivera. Ages 7+. Charges apply.<br />

Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7563 9527<br />

www.wallacecollection.org<br />

Fresh from the Beehives<br />

The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA. 10.30am–12.30pm<br />

and 2–4pm. Bake yummy honey biscuits and roll<br />

beeswax candles. Ages 5+. Places are allocated<br />

on a first-come first-served basis 30 minutes prior<br />

to the beginning of each activity.<br />

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

Animal Manga<br />

The Cartoon Museum, WC1A 2HH. 11am–1pm.<br />

Takayo Akiyama will show you how to draw cute,<br />

funny and weird manga animals and draw them<br />

into a one-page manga story. Ages 8–12. Charges<br />

apply. Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7580 8155<br />

www.cartoonmuseum.org<br />

Water Fun Festival<br />

Victoria Park, E3 5TB. 12 noon–3pm. An<br />

afternoon of water filled fun to celebrate the<br />

Pools Playground reopening <strong>for</strong> summer.<br />

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk<br />

Nicely Natural<br />

The Geffrye Museum, E2 8EA. 2–4pm. Create<br />

natural cleaning products to make your house<br />

smell great. Ages 8+. Places are allocated on a<br />

first-come first-served basis 30 minutes prior to<br />

the beginning of each activity.<br />

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

Chibi Manga<br />

The Cartoon Museum, WC1A 2HH. 2–4pm. Takayo<br />

will give you top tips <strong>for</strong> drawing your own cute<br />

manga characters. Ages 8–12. Charges apply.<br />

Call to book.<br />

Tel: 020 7580 8155<br />

www.cartoonmuseum.org<br />

Fri 3 Jun – Fri 15 Jul<br />

Sunset Safari<br />

ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY. (Fri<br />

only) 6–10pm. Relax and be entertained as the<br />

sun goes down over London in the company of<br />

more than 750 incredible animal species from<br />

around the world. Charges apply. Go online <strong>for</strong><br />

more in<strong>for</strong>mation and to buy tickets.<br />

www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo<br />

Sat 4 Jun<br />

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (U)<br />

Regent Street Cinema, W1B 2UW. 11.30am. An<br />

inventor needing a boost of better luck turns a<br />

broken-down Grand Prix car into a flying magical<br />

machine <strong>for</strong> his kids, they embark on a magical<br />

fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a<br />

far-off land. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.regentstreetcinema.com<br />

Novotel Super Heroes Day<br />

Various locations. Looking <strong>for</strong> a great way<br />

to entertain the family? Let your little hero<br />

or heroes’ imagination soar with fun and<br />

educational activities <strong>for</strong> children aged 5 to 11<br />

years old. Go online to find a hotel near you and to<br />

book your free place.<br />

www.novotelheroes.co.uk<br />

Clara the Rhinoceros<br />

The National Gallery, WC2N 5DN. 11–11.40am,<br />

12 noon–12.40pm, 2–2.40pm and 3–3.40pm.<br />

Enjoy the amazing story of Pietro Longhi's<br />

extraordinary rhinoceros. Ages 5+. Free<br />

admission. Places are limited and are allocated<br />

on arrival.<br />

www.nationalgallery.org.uk<br />

Pond Dipping<br />

Victoria Park, E3 5TB. 10am–12.30pm. Try your<br />

hand at pond dipping and learn all about the<br />

inhabitants of the lake. Meet at the Hub Building.<br />

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk<br />

Sun 5 Jun<br />

Open Farm Sunday<br />

Nationwide. A fantastic project which has seen<br />

hundreds of farmers across the UK opening up<br />

their farm <strong>for</strong> one Sunday each year – a great<br />

opportunity <strong>for</strong> everyone, young and old, to<br />

discover first-hand what it means to be a farmer.<br />

Go online to find a farm to visit.<br />

www.farmsunday.org<br />

Montessori Family Day<br />

V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, E2<br />

9PA. 11am–4pm. Montessori educators lead a<br />

practical workshop teaching fun, creative and<br />

useful techniques to use at home to help your<br />

child’s learning. In collaboration with Montessori<br />

Centre International. Drop in event <strong>for</strong> all ages.<br />

www.vam.ac.uk/moc<br />

Family Craft<br />

Kenwood House, Hampstead, NW3 7JR. 12<br />

noon–4pm. Families will get to work together to<br />

try out different art and crafts whilst exploring<br />

the house and finding out more about its<br />

collections. Charges apply.<br />

www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood<br />

Herts Heavy Horse Show<br />

Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield, EN1 4RQ. 10am–<br />

5pm. Enjoy a day of nostalgia and living heritage<br />

with up 6 different breeds of heavy horse. There<br />

will also be an obstacle course competition,<br />

together with a Farrier, dog agility display, stalls<br />

and refreshments. Charges apply.<br />

www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk<br />

The Little Draw<br />

The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square,<br />

W1U 3BN. 1.30–4.30pm. Explore the Wallace<br />

Collection through drawing and doodling on<br />

to discarded materials inspired by both the<br />

museum's collection and building, Hert<strong>for</strong>d<br />

House. Free, drop in event.<br />

www.wallacecollection.org<br />

Open Farm Sunday<br />

Kentish Town City Farm, NW5 4BN. Open Farm<br />

Sunday is farming’s national open day. It is a<br />

fantastic opportunity <strong>for</strong> farmers to connect with<br />

the public, share their story and showcase British<br />

farming and food. Go online to see what the farm<br />

has to offer.<br />

www.ktcityfarm.org.uk<br />

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Make & Do<br />

Camden Arts Centre, NW3 6DG. 2–4.30pm. Drop<br />

in to the Drawing Studio and Galleries to take part<br />

in creative and fun activities led by artists Betsy<br />

Dadd and Sam Winston. Suitable <strong>for</strong> all ages<br />

and materials are provided. Free of charge, but<br />

donations are invited.<br />

www.camdenartscentre.org<br />

Open Farm Sunday<br />

Stepney City Farm, E1 3DG. 12 noon–3pm. Go<br />

along and visit the farm on this special event.<br />

www.stepneycityfarm.org<br />

Handmade<br />

Forty Hall & Estate, Enfield, EN2 9HA. 12 noon–<br />

5pm. Enjoy a traditional craft day with a host<br />

of demonstrations from experts in beekeeping,<br />

blacksmithing, basket weaving and woodturning.<br />

Children can try their creative hand at one of the<br />

craft workshops and be sure to visit the Craft<br />

Market, where you will find lots of hand-made<br />

treats. Go online to book activities.<br />

www.<strong>for</strong>tyhallestate.co.uk<br />

Crafternoon: Shavuot<br />

JW3, Finchley Road, NWQ3 6ET. 2pm. Join in <strong>for</strong><br />

an afternoon making Shavuot crafts. Charges<br />

apply. Book online.<br />

www.jw3.org.uk<br />

Wed 8 Jun<br />

Puppet Tales<br />

JW3, Finchley Road, NWQ3 6ET. 4.15pm. Children<br />

love puppets and the enchanting worlds they<br />

take us to. Join in <strong>for</strong> stories, fun and specially<br />

designed handmade puppets being brought to<br />

life. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.jw3.org.uk<br />

Sat 11 Jun<br />

James and the Giant Peach (U)<br />

Regent Street Cinema, W1B 2UW. 11.30am. An<br />

orphan boy James comes across a giant peach and<br />

its inhabitants, bugs, who are more human than<br />

the Aunts he lives with. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.regentstreetcinema.com<br />

Creating Plants from Yarn<br />

Stoke Newington Library, N16 0JS. 10.30am–<br />

12.30pm or 2–4pm. A children’s workshop <strong>for</strong><br />

ages 7–12. Learn simple techniques so you can<br />

make your own shrub or tree – or even a <strong>for</strong>est. A<br />

wide range of yarns and fabrics will be provided.<br />

Email <strong>for</strong> more in<strong>for</strong>mation and to book.<br />

commonthreadworkshop@gmail.com<br />

Family Workshop<br />

with John Hegley<br />

Kings Place, Kings Cross, N1 9AG. 12 noon. Join<br />

the master of silly songs, John Hegley <strong>for</strong> an hour<br />

of PO-NG writing (poem-songs) singing and<br />

per<strong>for</strong>ming in this family event. Charges apply.<br />

Book online.<br />

www.kingsplace.co.uk<br />

The Highgate Fair in the Square<br />

Pond Square/South Grove, Highgate Village, N6<br />

5BS. 12.30–5.30pm. This free annual event brings<br />

together live music, children’s activities and<br />

traditional fair attractions such as Morris Dancers,<br />

Circus Per<strong>for</strong>mers, Punch and Judy and the ever<br />

popular Sheep Show.<br />

www.fairinthesquare.co.uk<br />

Sun 12 Jun<br />

Antiques & Collectors Fair<br />

Forty Hall & Estate, Enfield, EN2 9HA. 11am–5pm.<br />

An emporium of stands bursting with collector’s<br />

items, vintage jewellery, clothes, porcelain and<br />

much more. Perfect <strong>for</strong> those on the lookout <strong>for</strong><br />

retro or vintage collectables. Free entry.<br />

www.<strong>for</strong>tyhallestate.co.uk<br />

Family Barn Dance<br />

Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town, NW1 7AY.<br />

3–5pm. Take along the entire family and take<br />

part in lively dances from the British Isles in a<br />

supportive and fun environment. Charges apply.<br />

Buy tickets online.<br />

www.cecilsharphouse.org<br />

Storytelling Family Workshop<br />

Parasol Unit, Islington, N1 7RW. 2.30–4pm. Hear<br />

tales and sing songs be<strong>for</strong>e creating your own<br />

unique stories. This fun and fascinating workshop<br />

will bring out your children's creativity while<br />

taking you to an amazing story-making land.<br />

Ages 5+. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.parasol-unit.org<br />

The Big Lunch<br />

Stepney City Farm, E1 3DG. 12 noon–3pm. Join<br />

in at the farm <strong>for</strong> a communal lunch. Take along<br />

your friends, family and neighbours and a dish to<br />

share! Stepney Games to follow lunch. Free.<br />

www.stepneycityfarm.org<br />

Open Day<br />

Hendon Fire Station, NW4 4BL. 12 noon–4pm.<br />

Open Days feature a variety of family friendly<br />

events while promoting fire safety messages to<br />

local residents. People will also have the chance<br />

to look around the station and check out the<br />

equipment used by Brigade firefighters.<br />

www.london-fire.gov.uk<br />

The <strong>May</strong>or of London’s<br />

Patron’s Lunch<br />

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN. 11am–5pm. The<br />

whole family can enjoy a packed programme of<br />

Queen and Commonwealth themed music and<br />

entertainment all <strong>for</strong> free.<br />

www.london.gov.uk<br />

Be an Olympian <strong>for</strong> a Day<br />

Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic<br />

Park, E20 3AB. 9.15am–2pm. Follow the world's<br />

top cyclists at the UK's leading cyclinghub - and<br />

raise money <strong>for</strong> great projects at UCLH. This event<br />

has something <strong>for</strong> everyone and is perfect <strong>for</strong><br />

families. Spectators welcome. Register online.<br />

www.visitleevalley.org.uk<br />

LSO Discover Family Concert<br />

Barbican Hall, EC2Y 8DS. 2.30pm. Let the LSO take<br />

you on a journey through the different sections<br />

of the orchestra. There’ll be plenty of chance to<br />

interact, but be sure to look up from your phones<br />

and not get hacked – or it will be Game Over.<br />

Ages 7–13. Book online.<br />

www.barbican.org.uk<br />

Tues 14 Jun<br />

Global Adventures<br />

Shoreditch Church (St Leonard's), E1 6JN. 6pm.<br />

Travel the world as singers from five Tower<br />

Hamlets schools take you on a musical expedition<br />

with a colourful array of songs and words from<br />

around the globe. Part of Spitalfields Music<br />

Summer Festival. Go online to book your free<br />

place.<br />

www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk<br />

Wed 15 Jun<br />

Pictures from the Park<br />

V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, E2<br />

9PA. 5pm. Young musicians from Tower Hamlets<br />

join <strong>for</strong>ces with the Multi-Story Orchestra <strong>for</strong> a<br />

world premiere of Kate Whitley’s The Animals, a<br />

piece inspired by the different animals you can<br />

find in Crystal Palace Park. Free. Book online.<br />

www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk<br />

Wed 15 – Sun 19 Jun<br />

Taste of London<br />

Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR. Regent’s Park will<br />

trans<strong>for</strong>m into a foodie wonderland <strong>for</strong> five<br />

days of eating, drinking and entertainment as<br />

the world’s greatest restaurant festival, Taste<br />

of London, returns <strong>for</strong> fantastic food, drink and<br />

summer fun. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.london.tastefestivals.com<br />

Thurs 16 – Sun 19 Jun<br />

Af<strong>for</strong>dable Art Fair<br />

Hampstead Heath, NW3 1TH. The art fair will<br />

bring together a fabulous array of contemporary<br />

art from emerging and established artists. There<br />

will also be interactive workshops, talks and kids<br />

activities across the weekend. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.af<strong>for</strong>dableartfair.com/hampstead<br />

Fri 17 – Sun 19 Jun<br />

The New Tate Modern<br />

Opening Weekend<br />

Tate Modern, SE1 9TG. Celebrate the launch of the<br />

new Tate Modern building. There will be music<br />

per<strong>for</strong>mances, film screenings, workshops, tours,<br />

installations and events, free and open to all.<br />

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern<br />

8–14s Studio<br />

Tate Modern, SE1 9TG. 12 noon–6pm. Artist<br />

Joseph O’Farrell invites you to join him in<br />

imagining, building and destroying theatrical<br />

creations throughout the launch weekend. Ages<br />

8–14. Free, drop in event.<br />

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern<br />

Sat 18 Jun<br />

Summer FÊte<br />

King Henry’s Walk Garden, Islington, N1 4NX.<br />

12 noon–4pm. There will be lots of games and<br />

fun <strong>for</strong> all the family!<br />

www.khwgarden.org.uk<br />

Charlie & the Chocolate<br />

Factory (PG)<br />

Regent Street Cinema, W1B 2UW. 11.30am.<br />

Enjoy a screening of the newer version of the<br />

Dahl classic – with an even brighter and bigger<br />

Chocolate Factory <strong>for</strong> you to wish you were in. Buy<br />

tickets online.<br />

www.regentstreetcinema.com<br />

Battle of the Bands<br />

Forty Hall & Estate, Enfield, EN2 9HA. 5–10pm.<br />

Bands battle it out from across the country. Enjoy<br />

food stalls, beer tent, Pimms tent and a picnic on<br />

the lawn with the great entertainment on stage.<br />

Charges apply. Book tickets online.<br />

www.<strong>for</strong>tyhallestate.co.uk<br />

Explore Zoology<br />

Grant Museum of Zoology, WC1E 6DE. 1–4pm.<br />

Take along your budding zoologists <strong>for</strong> our family<br />

hands-on specimen based activities and be<br />

inspired to ask these questions and many more<br />

with the enthusiastic museum educators. Free.<br />

www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology<br />

Jazz goes to Keats<br />

with Michael Rosen<br />

Keats House, Hampstead, NW3 2RR. 2–3pm and<br />

4–5pm. Enjoy this modern jazz show where<br />

the lush, ornate flow of Keats's poetry and the<br />

improvised, syncopated sound of jazz come<br />

together. Ages 10+. Charges apply. Booking<br />

required.<br />

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk<br />

Family Activities<br />

Tower Bridge Exhibition, SE1 2UP. 10.30am–4pm.<br />

Join in some fun family activities inside Tower<br />

Bridge Exhibition. All activities are included in the<br />

price of your admission ticket. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.towerbridge.org.uk<br />

Sat 18 – Sun 19 Jun<br />

Open Garden Squares Weekend<br />

Fenton House and Garden, Hampstead Grove,<br />

NW3 6SP. From 11am. One weekend ticket<br />

provides access to numerous gardens and squares<br />

in London, including Fenton House. Charges<br />

apply. Book tickets online.<br />

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fenton-house<br />

Open Squares Weekend<br />

King Henry’s Walk Garden, N1 4NX. 12<br />

noon–4pm. Enjoy homemade refreshments,<br />

a plant sale and a traditional summer fête on<br />

Saturday afternoon, with lots of games and fun<br />

<strong>for</strong> all the family. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.opensquares.org<br />

Waterloo Weekend<br />

Apsley House, W1J 7NT. 11am–4pm.<br />

To commemorate the Battle of Waterloo<br />

anniversary weekend, re-live the drama and<br />

grandeur of the Napoleonic War as you are<br />

brought face to face with Wellington's troops in<br />

the midst of the campaign.<br />

www.english-heritage.org.uk/apsleyhouse<br />

Open Garden Squares Weekend<br />

Various locations. Feed your curiosity with over<br />

200 gardens to explore in this magical two-day<br />

event. Gardens range from the historic and<br />

traditional to the new and experimental.<br />

Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.opensquares.org<br />

West End Live<br />

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN. 11am–6pm<br />

Sat and 12 noon–6pm Sun. A free annual<br />

festival showcasing the best of the West End’s<br />

entertainment and culture. Programme online.<br />

www.westendlive.co.uk<br />

Sun 19 Jun<br />

Art Français Pour Les Familles<br />

JW3, Finchley Road, NWQ3 6ET. 3pm. The art<br />

teacher will guide you through as you design,<br />

draw and create artwork and get a chance<br />

to create together as a family – all in French.<br />

Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.jw3.org.uk<br />

Crafty Kids Nature Workshop<br />

Woodberry Wetlands, N16 5HQ. 10.30am–<br />

12.30pm. A unique programme designed<br />

to engage your child with his/her natural<br />

surroundings by integrating the environment<br />

into imaginative and enjoyable activities. Charges<br />

apply. Book online.<br />

www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk<br />

Dazzling Dads<br />

Keats House, Hampstead, NW3 2RR. 1–4pm,<br />

stories at 2pm and 3pm. Listen to stories of<br />

dazzling dads and create a Father’s Day card to<br />

celebrate all the wonderful dads, grandpas and<br />

caregivers out there. Free.<br />

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk<br />

Marylebone Summer Fayre<br />

Various locations. From 11am. Everything you<br />

would expect from a traditional village fête –<br />

food, drink, music, children’s activities, craft<br />

stalls, a farmers’ market, tombola and lashings of<br />

community spirit.<br />

www.marylebonesummerfayre.com<br />

Mon 20 Jun<br />

Summer Solstice Fundraiser<br />

Stepney City Farm, E1 3DG. 6–11pm. Celebrate<br />

the Farm on the longest day of the year with food,<br />

drinks, entertainment and more. Go online to<br />

buy tickets.<br />

www.stepneycityfarm.org<br />

Tues 21 Jun<br />

Academy Tots<br />

Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT. 10am.<br />

Inquisitive tots and parents are invited <strong>for</strong> this<br />

interactive session designed <strong>for</strong> children aged<br />

3–5. Taking place in the Museum Piano Gallery.<br />

Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.ram.ac.uk<br />

Thurs 23 Jun<br />

Important Pollinators<br />

Stepney City Farm, E1 3DG. 6.30–8pm. Find<br />

out how the farm gardens <strong>for</strong> pollinators, from<br />

resident growing guru Simon White, then learn<br />

about the fascinating lives of honeybees and hear<br />

about their current plight from sustainable urban<br />

beekeeper Sean Hearn. Free, donations welcome.<br />

www.stepneycityfarm.org<br />

Sat 25 Jun<br />

The BFG (U)<br />

Regent Street Cinema, W1B 2UW. 11.30am.<br />

Initially scared, orphan Sophie eventually makes<br />

friends with the Giant who makes sure kids have<br />

sweet dreams. Together they unite to fight the<br />

bad Giants. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.regentstreetcinema.com<br />

Farm Tour: Focus on Pollinators<br />

Stepney City Farm, E1 3DG. 12 noon. Led by Super<br />

Farmers Gordon or Kevin, the tour covers history,<br />

current projects, future plans and allows you to<br />

get really close to the animals. Charges apply.<br />

www.stepneycityfarm.org<br />

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Illustrate Yourself in a 3D Scene<br />

House of Illustration, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH.<br />

2–5pm. Illustrate your own family 3D scene in a<br />

box to take home, with author-illustrator Claire<br />

Alexander. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.houseofillustration.org.uk<br />

Creature Creations<br />

Grant Museum of Zoology, WC1E 6DE. 1.30–4pm.<br />

Create art inspired by the Grant Museum’s weird<br />

and wonderful animals or invent your very own<br />

animal and add it to the collection in this family<br />

art day with our Museum artist. Free.<br />

www.ucl.ac.uk/museums/zoology<br />

Race <strong>for</strong> Life 5K<br />

Victoria Park, E3 5SN. 11am. An achievable<br />

distance <strong>for</strong> all ages and abilitie, run, walk or even<br />

dance your way round the course. Sign up online.<br />

http://race<strong>for</strong>life.cancerresearchuk.org<br />

Morning Explorers<br />

Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN. 8.30am. An event<br />

specially <strong>for</strong> families with children with autistic<br />

spectrum conditions. Free. Book online.<br />

www.museumoflondon.org.uk<br />

Summer Bird Boxes<br />

The Foundling Museum, WC1N 0EB.<br />

10.30–11.30am, 12 noon–1pm, 2–3pm and<br />

3.30–4.30pm. Learn about Foundling Fellow<br />

Chris Watson’s sound installation Dawn Chorus<br />

and about birds from the time of the Foundling<br />

Hospital. Free workshop. Sign up on the day.<br />

www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk<br />

Sat 25 – Sun 26 Jun<br />

Bee Bonanza<br />

Stepney City Farm, E1 3DG. 12 noon–3pm. Our<br />

sweet little friends are an essential part of our<br />

ecosystem. So to mark the end of pollinator week,<br />

the farm will be celebrating all the hard work they<br />

do. Honey tasting, beeswax crafts, hive exploring<br />

and much more – a perfect <strong>for</strong> any busy little bee!<br />

www.stepneycityfarm.org<br />

Sun 26 Jun<br />

Thames Bridges Bike Ride<br />

Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic<br />

Park, Strat<strong>for</strong>d, E20 2ST. Enjoy a great day out<br />

<strong>for</strong> all the family whilst supporting local stroke<br />

survivors and their loved ones. Chose from one<br />

of three bike rides – an eight mile family friendly<br />

route, a 35 mile route heading into London, or the<br />

more challenging 50 mile option. Sign up online.<br />

www.stroke.org.uk<br />

Paw Patrol at the Farms<br />

Lee Valley Park Farms, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF.<br />

11am–5pm. Meet the farm animals and make<br />

friends with cuddly sheep, giant rabbits and a<br />

loveable meerkat family. Paw Patrol's Chase and<br />

Marshall will also be making an appearance at<br />

intervals throughout the day. Admission charges<br />

apply. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.visitleevalley.org.uk<br />

Kenwood Stories<br />

Kenwood House, Hampstead, NW3 7JR. 12.30pm,<br />

2pm and 3pm. The art collections and stories of<br />

Kenwood come alive through narrative and live<br />

interpretation as told by Kenwood volunteers.<br />

Free <strong>for</strong> English Heritage members.<br />

www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood<br />

Open Day<br />

Finchley Fire Station, N3 2RP. 12 noon–4pm. Open<br />

Days feature a variety of family friendly events<br />

while promoting fire safety messages to local<br />

residents. People will also have the chance to look<br />

around the station and check out the equipment.<br />

www.london-fire.gov.uk<br />

July<br />

Sat 2 Jul<br />

Open Day<br />

Harrow Fire Station, HA5 5RW. 11am–3pm. Open<br />

Days feature a variety of family friendly events<br />

while promoting fire safety messages to local<br />

residents. People will also have the chance to look<br />

around the station and check out the equipment.<br />

www.london-fire.gov.uk<br />

Bird Barmy Army<br />

Victoria Park, E3 5TB. 10am–12.30pm. Take<br />

along your friends and family to discover what<br />

feathered friends are living in the park. Meet at<br />

the V&A Building.<br />

www.towerhamlets.gov.uk<br />

Learn to Play the Anvil<br />

Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX. 11.30am and 1.30pm.<br />

In this workshop you can learn how to play<br />

percussion on the anvil, aiming to recreate the<br />

sound of those parts in your group. Taking place<br />

at Sunley Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall. Ages 8+.<br />

Free. Book tickets online.<br />

www.southbankcentre.co.uk<br />

Sat 2 – Sun 3 Jul<br />

Come Away With The Faeries<br />

Forty Hall & Estate, Enfield, EN2 9HA. 11am–9pm<br />

Sat and 10am–7pm Sun. Enjoy a magical day with<br />

plenty of activities <strong>for</strong> all the family. Re-energise<br />

your mind, body and soul in the holistic area,<br />

indulge your creative side in one of the arty<br />

workshops, learn circus skills, dance to live music<br />

or simply relax at the bar. Book tickets online.<br />

www.<strong>for</strong>tyhallestate.co.uk<br />

Sun 3 Jul<br />

Family Craft<br />

Kenwood House, Hampstead, NW3 7JR. 12<br />

noon–4pm. Families will get to work together to<br />

try out different art and crafts whilst exploring<br />

the house and finding out more about its<br />

collections. Charges apply.<br />

www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood<br />

The Little Draw<br />

The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square,<br />

W1U 3BN. 1.30–4.30pm. Explore the Wallace<br />

Collection through drawing and doodling on<br />

to discarded materials inspired by both the<br />

museum's collection and building, Hert<strong>for</strong>d<br />

House. Free, drop in event.<br />

www.wallacecollection.org<br />

Wild Adventure Club<br />

Woodberry Wetlands, N16 5HQ. 10am–12.30pm.<br />

Wild Adventure Club gives your child a chance<br />

to learn about nature and explore the great<br />

outdoors in a safe environment at Woodberry<br />

Wetlands. Charges apply. Book online.<br />

www.woodberrywetlands.org.uk<br />

Sat 9 Jul<br />

Eid Festival<br />

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN. 12 noon–6pm. A<br />

variety of special activities <strong>for</strong> the whole family<br />

to enjoy. Highlights include a food festival, live<br />

music and exclusive per<strong>for</strong>mances.<br />

www.london.gov.uk<br />

Family Activities<br />

Tower Bridge Exhibition, SE1 2UP. 10.30am–4pm.<br />

Join in some fun family activities inside Tower<br />

Bridge Exhibition. All activities are included in the<br />

price of your admission ticket. Buy tickets online.<br />

www.towerbridge.org.uk<br />

Sat 16 Jul<br />

Something Happening<br />

<strong>for</strong> the Kids Festival<br />

The Place, WC1H 9PY. The Place building will be<br />

taken over by an explosion of colours and dance<br />

in all its <strong>for</strong>ms. Fun, per<strong>for</strong>mances, workshops,<br />

activities and surprises. View the full activity<br />

programme and to book tickets online.<br />

www.theplace.org.uk<br />

Sun 17 Jul<br />

Old Time Games<br />

Keats House, Hampstead, NW3 2RR. 1–4pm.<br />

Join in at the garden <strong>for</strong> bubble blowing, skittle<br />

scattering and hula-hooping hi jinks. There’ll be<br />

games <strong>for</strong> all ages and a chance to make and take<br />

home your very own medal. Free, drop in event.<br />

www.cityoflondon.gov.uk<br />

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Your family theatre guide...<br />

Artsdepot,<br />

North Finchley<br />

Box Office: 020 8369 5454<br />

www.artsdepot.co.uk<br />

21 <strong>May</strong><br />

Pesky Pirates<br />

Let’s All Dance is back with this high-energy,<br />

interactive production, full of action, giggles<br />

and fantastic hip hop dancing. Clap along<br />

and join in with the piratey moves. Ages<br />

2–9.<br />

22 <strong>May</strong><br />

The Princess & the Frog<br />

Let's All Dance charms audiences young and<br />

old. An original score, gorgeous costumes<br />

and crystal clear story telling draw you into<br />

the magical world of classical ballet. Ages<br />

2–9.<br />

27 <strong>May</strong> – 1 Jun<br />

Little Red Riding Hood<br />

This show gives the traditional tale an<br />

enchanting twist. You can even go along in<br />

your pyjamas, dressing gowns, onesies, and<br />

slippers if you like! Ages 4+.<br />

5 Jun<br />

A Boy & a Bear in a Boat<br />

Dark clouds are looming, the ocean is full of<br />

dangers, there's only one sandwich left and<br />

it's nearly teatime! When all seems lost,<br />

can their friendship survive? Ages 5–9.<br />

Barbican, EC2<br />

Box Office: 020 7638 8891<br />

17–21 <strong>May</strong><br />

A Midsummer Night's Dream:<br />

A Play <strong>for</strong> the Nation<br />

On a Midsummer’s night, four young<br />

lovers find themselves wrapped in the<br />

mischievous arms of an enchanted <strong>for</strong>est<br />

where sprites lurk and fairies rule. All ages.<br />

The Cockpit Theatre, NW8<br />

Box Office: 020 7258 2925<br />

www.thecockpit.org.uk<br />

28 <strong>May</strong><br />

Science Blast 2<br />

Go on a journey into the lives of even more<br />

of the worlds truly great scientists in a<br />

show that's great fun <strong>for</strong> the whole family.<br />

Includes loud noises, explosions and lasers!<br />

25 Jun<br />

Goldilocks & the 3 Bears<br />

When a family of three bears wake from<br />

hibernation to find their <strong>for</strong>est is being<br />

destroyed, they set off to find a new home.<br />

Meanwhile Goldilocks sets off to explore a<br />

local <strong>for</strong>est. Find out what happens when<br />

Goldilocks stumbles across the bear’s new<br />

den and comes face to face with them!<br />

Ages 3+.<br />

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Dugdale Centre, Enfield<br />

Box Office: 020 8807 6680<br />

28–29 <strong>May</strong><br />

The Great Princess Adventure<br />

Join Elsa and Ana on an enchanting singa-long<br />

adventure and help some of your<br />

favourite princesses on their quest. Ages 3+.<br />

31 <strong>May</strong><br />

Pinocchio<br />

Pinocchio is a mischievous puppet who is<br />

easily distracted. Follow his adventures<br />

which include him being turned into a<br />

donkey and swallowed by a shark. Ages 5–9.<br />

1 Jun<br />

Teddy’s Zoo Adventure<br />

Eddy The Teddy is looking <strong>for</strong>ward to a day<br />

at the Zoo with best friend Sammy Ragdoll.<br />

After a great day, the adventure really<br />

begins when Eddy finds himself locked in<br />

when the Zoo closes <strong>for</strong> the night. Ages 3–6.<br />

11 Jun<br />

The Daughter of the Forest<br />

Slowly, thick, sticky, and dark gilded liquid<br />

approaches the Sundarbans <strong>for</strong>est. It will<br />

claim everything. This evokes demons in<br />

the Sundarban tigers. They start feasting on<br />

humans. Who will save them? Ages 6+.<br />

17–18 Jun<br />

Tales from the Shed<br />

(Also 24–25 Jun) Vibrant, interactive<br />

theatre shows, perfect <strong>for</strong> young children.<br />

They are in<strong>for</strong>mal, lively and amazingly<br />

engaging as the per<strong>for</strong>mers and audience<br />

share the same space. Under 6s.<br />

Forty Hall & Estate, Enfield<br />

Box Office: www.<strong>for</strong>tyhallestate.co.uk<br />

28 <strong>May</strong><br />

Gulliver’s Travels<br />

A brand-new, adventurous and delightfully<br />

innovative adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s<br />

classic satirical story loved by all.<br />

29 Jun<br />

Ratburger<br />

Voted the top children’s book of the year<br />

in 2012, David Walliams’ ‘Ratburger’<br />

encourages us to support Zoe as she battles<br />

through a life littered with perils, pitfalls,<br />

and grizzly individuals. Ages 7+.<br />

How Lion Became King<br />

of Tinga Tinga Land<br />

Kings Place, N1<br />

Box Office: 020 7520 1490<br />

www.kingsplace.co.uk<br />

11 Jun<br />

Turning Poetry into Lyrics<br />

Set favourite rhymes to music at this<br />

interactive family show.<br />

Leicester Square Theatre,<br />

WC2H<br />

Box Office: 020 7734 2222<br />

www.leicestersquaretheatre.com<br />

21 <strong>May</strong><br />

West End Magic<br />

West End Magic returns with the first show<br />

of the year featuring nail biting escapology,<br />

incredible illusions, comedy and impossible<br />

kiwi fruit. Ages 7+.<br />

28–29 <strong>May</strong><br />

How Lion Became King<br />

of Tinga Tinga Land<br />

Follows the adventure of the Wise Old Bird<br />

‘Banjoko’ who decides that the land of Tinga<br />

Tinga should have a King, and how she sets<br />

about finding the suitable Animal worthy to<br />

wear the crown. Ages 3+.<br />

4–5 Jun<br />

Stig of the Dump<br />

Follow Barney and Stig’s adventures as they<br />

collect firewood, go hunting, and even catch<br />

some burglars who break into Barney's<br />

grandparents' house. Ages 6+.<br />

9 Jul – 4 Sep<br />

The Scarecrows’ Wedding<br />

Harry loves Betty, and Betty loves Harry<br />

- so they decide to get married. Will<br />

Reginald persuade Betty that he is the<br />

scarecrow <strong>for</strong> her? Will Harry make it back<br />

in the nick of time be<strong>for</strong>e Reginald ruins<br />

their special day? Ages 3+.<br />

Little Angel<br />

Theatre, N1<br />

Box Office: 020 7226 1787<br />

www.littleangeltheatre.com<br />

Until 26 Jun<br />

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt<br />

Little Angel Theatre brings Michael Rosen’s<br />

thrilling and funny adventure to life in this<br />

entrancing puppetry production. Ages 2–7.<br />

18–19 Jun<br />

The Snitchity Titch Show<br />

This particular Dodo has a very special magic<br />

safe full of gold, but as luck would have it a<br />

robber comes along and steals the gold! Can<br />

Snitch get it back <strong>for</strong> Dodo? Ages 3–5.<br />

29 Jun – 3 Jul<br />

Tom Thumb<br />

Follow Tom’s magical journey from wizard<br />

Merlin and the Fairy Queen to his quest from<br />

King Arthur to defeat a fearsome dragon!<br />

Ages 4–9.<br />

6–10 Jul<br />

Tin Forest<br />

An old man lives in a dreary junkyard, full<br />

of other people’s broken and unwanted<br />

junk. He dreams that one day his world will<br />

be full of life, colour and sound. His wish is<br />

about to come true! Ages 4–11.<br />

Lyric,<br />

Hammersmith<br />

Box Office: 020 8741 6850<br />

www.lyric.co.uk<br />

31 <strong>May</strong> – 4 Jun<br />

Monstersaurus<br />

Follow young inventor Monty as he creates<br />

a whole world of whacky inventions and<br />

incredible monsters, but now he has made<br />

them what is he going to do with them all?<br />

Ages 3–7.<br />

Lyric,<br />

Shaftsbury Avenue<br />

Box Office: 03303 334 812<br />

6 Jul – 4 Sep<br />

The Gruffalo<br />

Based on the award winning book by<br />

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler<br />

this production continues to entertain<br />

audiences worldwide, bringing everyone's<br />

favourite furry monster to life on stage.<br />

Millfield Theatre, N18<br />

Box Office: 020 8807 6680<br />

www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk<br />

22 <strong>May</strong><br />

Pepee<br />

Meet Pepee and Sila live at Millfield Theatre!<br />

Pepee is a Turkish animated television<br />

series produced <strong>for</strong> Show TV. This show is<br />

per<strong>for</strong>med in Turkish. Ages 5+.<br />

31 <strong>May</strong> – 1 Jun<br />

Dogs Don’t Do Ballet<br />

Join Ballet Black <strong>for</strong> their first family ballet,<br />

based on the best-selling book by Anna<br />

Kemp and choreographed by Christopher<br />

Marney, full of fun, magic and one very<br />

special dog! Ages 3+.<br />

Oak Hill Park Arena,<br />

Barnet<br />

Box Office: 08712 200 260<br />

10 Jul<br />

The Wizard of Oz<br />

You are invited to click your heels and<br />

ease on down the yellow brick road as<br />

Immersion Theatre proudly presents a<br />

brand new, Open-Air adaptation of The<br />

Wizard of Oz, a magical family show<br />

guaranteed to have you in stitches from<br />

beginning to end.<br />

Open Air Theatre,<br />

Regents Park<br />

(OPEN AIR ONLY)<br />

Box Office: 08448 264 242<br />

Until 12 Jun<br />

Running Wild<br />

For Will, going to Indonesia isn’t just<br />

another holiday with mum. It’s a new<br />

start, and the chance to ride an elephant<br />

called Oona. But then the tsunami hits. A<br />

story of love, loss, loyalty and of living <strong>for</strong><br />

the moment.<br />

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This half term at artsdepot<br />

A traditional tale with an enchanting twist<br />

There’s a sleepover at Grandma’s, but it’s impossible<br />

to sleep when there’s a story to be told about big<br />

hungry wolves that would swallow you in one gulp.<br />

Little Red Riding Hood is a tale packed with special<br />

pies, smelly fur coats, donuts and waldeinsamkeit.<br />

Yes that’s right, waldeinsamkeit!<br />

A show full of songs, laughs and surprises, Little Red Riding Hood is perfect<br />

<strong>for</strong> children aged 4+. Come along in your pyjamas, dressing gowns, onesies,<br />

and slippers if you like! Little Red Riding Hood runs from 27 <strong>May</strong> to 1 June at<br />

artsdepot, North Finchley.<br />

Book your tickets now!<br />

Visit www.artsdepot.co.uk or call 020 8369 5454<br />

box office<br />

photo: chris nash<br />

The Place<br />

The Place welcomes a whole<br />

day of dance fun, per<strong>for</strong>mances,<br />

workshops, activities and surprises<br />

with their annual Something<br />

Happening <strong>for</strong> Kids Festival this<br />

July. This annual celebration of everything ‘dance’ presents a jam-packed<br />

programme of per<strong>for</strong>mances and activities, including workshops in street<br />

dance, yoga, improvisation and sound games <strong>for</strong> children aged 10 and<br />

under. Learn to dance with animated characters in Danceoke, marvel at the<br />

scale tipping video installation Weighting, and go on an audio adventure<br />

into the past as you walk around in building in Hidden Traces.<br />

Per<strong>for</strong>mances available throughout the day include New Art Club’s Camper<br />

Van of Love (pictured); a road-tripping mission helping Cupid to retrieve his<br />

powers and ATMA Dance’s The Magic Fish; a modern take on a classic Indian<br />

myth blending beautiful dance with Indian scat singing 'konnakol'.<br />

Per<strong>for</strong>mances and workshops can be booked in advance to fit YOUR needs<br />

and schedule. There are also lots of free per<strong>for</strong>mances and activities to<br />

dip in and out of including a live Brazilian band, Figurines (show) and<br />

Thingamabob by PanGottic Circus; a juggling extravaganza.<br />

“We come to Something Happening <strong>for</strong> Kids every year; the children are<br />

SO involved throughout!” (SHFK2015 attendee)<br />

“I loved all the colours and dancing. My favourite bit was all of it”<br />

(SHFK2015 attendee)<br />

Free activities, workshops £3, shows £8 (or £28 <strong>for</strong> a group of 4).<br />

Theplace.org.uk/kids 020 7121 1100<br />

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My First Ballet:<br />

Sleeping Beauty<br />

From Aurora’s christening in the grand hall of the palace, to her jubilant<br />

wedding celebrations, the popular fairy tale comes alive on stage. With<br />

a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened<br />

version of Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous music, this is the perfect introduction to<br />

the beauty of ballet, and a fantastic family day out.<br />

This unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English<br />

National Ballet School is created by English National Ballet’s Associate<br />

Artist George Williamson and per<strong>for</strong>med by second year students from<br />

English National Ballet School.<br />

My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty returns to the Peacock Theatre<br />

from Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 July.<br />

Book your tickets now at peacocktheatre.com or call 020 7863 8222<br />

Peacock Theatre,<br />

Holborn<br />

Box Office: 020 7863 8222<br />

www.sadlerswells.com<br />

6–10 Jul<br />

Sleeping Beauty<br />

With a narrator to help the young<br />

audience follow the story, and a<br />

shortened version of Tchaikovsky’s<br />

gorgeous music, this is the perfect<br />

introduction to the beauty of ballet.<br />

Prince Edward<br />

Theatre, W1D<br />

Box Office: 08444 825 151<br />

Aladdin<br />

27 <strong>May</strong> – 1 Oct<br />

Featuring the timeless songs from the<br />

classic film including A Whole New<br />

World, Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights<br />

along with new music written <strong>for</strong> the<br />

production, Aladdin is an extraordinary<br />

theatrical event you will want to be<br />

amongst the first to experience.<br />

Puppet Barge, W9<br />

Box Office: 020 7249 6876<br />

21 <strong>May</strong> – 10 Jul<br />

Brer Rabbit<br />

Visits Africa<br />

Brer Rabbit travels to Africa to visit his<br />

grandmother. He gets himself into trouble,<br />

and all the animals of Africa – elephant, lion<br />

and tortoise alike – gather to help. Ages 3+.<br />

northern Ballet:<br />

tortoise & the hare<br />

Royal Albert Hall,<br />

Kensington<br />

Box Office: 020 7589 8212<br />

31 <strong>May</strong><br />

Arabian Nights<br />

Let Story Pocket Theatre transport you to<br />

a wonderful world of mysterious marvels<br />

using puppetry, music and theatrical<br />

magic, in this new adaptation. Ages 5+.<br />

Sadler’s Wells Theatre, EC1R<br />

Box Office: 020 7863 8000<br />

www.sadlerswells.com<br />

27 <strong>May</strong><br />

Northern Ballet:<br />

Tortoise & the Hare<br />

Bringing this much-loved Aesop’s fable<br />

to life, Tortoise & the Hare is the perfect<br />

opportunity <strong>for</strong> little ones to enjoy live<br />

ballet, music and theatre, in a child-friendly<br />

40-minute production.<br />

Southbank Centre,<br />

SE1<br />

Box Office: 020 7960 4200<br />

31 <strong>May</strong> – 5 Jun<br />

Morgan & West’s Utterly<br />

Spiffing Spectacular Magic<br />

Show For Kids<br />

(and Childish Grown-ups!)<br />

Mixing brain-busting illusion and good<br />

old-fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West<br />

present a show <strong>for</strong> all the family, where<br />

magic and silliness abound. Part of the<br />

London Wonderground Festival.<br />

arabian nights<br />

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5 Jun<br />

Telling Tales<br />

Lose yourself in the woods with the LPO<br />

and Globe Education in this special musical<br />

version of A Midsummer Night's Dream.<br />

Expect enchantment and confusion, and a<br />

bit of silliness along the way.<br />

Theatre Royal,<br />

Drury Lane, WC2B<br />

Box Office: 08444 124 660<br />

Until 7 Jan<br />

Charlie & the<br />

Chocolate Factory<br />

Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of<br />

young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious<br />

confectioner Willy Wonka. Charlie wins<br />

a golden ticket to the Wonka Chocolate<br />

Factory. Ages 5+.<br />

Unicorn, SE1<br />

Box Office: 020 7645 0560<br />

20 <strong>May</strong> – 26 Jun<br />

Septimus Bean<br />

& his Amazing Machine<br />

This comical, rhythmical and inventive show,<br />

based on the much-loved book, will be a<br />

highly enjoyable per<strong>for</strong>mance <strong>for</strong> children<br />

aged 4–7.<br />

Wilton’s Music Hall<br />

Box Office: 020 7702 2789<br />

31 <strong>May</strong> – 4 Jun<br />

Shakespeare<br />

Untold<br />

The stories you know from the characters<br />

you don’t. This family-friendly double bill<br />

comes from London's world-renowned<br />

venue, Shakespeare’s Globe.<br />

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charlie & the<br />

chocolate factory<br />

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Dramarama<br />

Attention 5 to 11 year olds! Dramarama is looking <strong>for</strong> talented and<br />

creative boys and girls to star in our exciting Summer Holiday Plays,<br />

Musicals, Street Dance or Hip Hop Shows. Come and join us in NW3<br />

to Act, Dance and Sing.<br />

To create a summer holiday to remember call 0208-446-0891<br />

or visit www.dramarama.co.uk<br />

Broomfield School<br />

Are you looking <strong>for</strong> a school that will care <strong>for</strong> your child<br />

as an individual and give every encouragement and<br />

support so that they will grow and achieve great things?<br />

Then come and be a part of our success. In <strong>May</strong> 2015,<br />

Ofsted said this of our school:<br />

"The quality of teaching is good.”<br />

“Teachers provide good explanations and go on to question and prompt<br />

students effectively to make them think.”<br />

“The behaviour and safety of pupils are good.”<br />

“Students’ behaviour is good in lessons. Students are supportive of each<br />

other and show courtesy and respect.”<br />

“The leadership and management are good.”<br />

“School leaders work with professionalism and care to support all<br />

students... As a result, students enjoy coming to school and feel valued.”<br />

Our summer 2015 results show that the progress of our pupils is again<br />

significantly above schools nationally in mathematics, science, languages<br />

and the Best 8 GCSEs including English and mathematics (DfE, 2015).<br />

Broomfield offers a warm and friendly school community of 600 pupils:<br />

a school in which every pupil is known and receives great opportunities.<br />

We are providing an excellent education to our local community and would<br />

like you to come and see our school in action. Our Open Mornings are<br />

26th <strong>May</strong>, 23rd June and 14th July. Come and visit us. Come and be a<br />

part of our success. We look <strong>for</strong>ward to meeting you.<br />

www.broomfield.enfield.sch.uk<br />

Per<strong>for</strong>m Drama, Dance &<br />

Singing Holiday Courses<br />

This summer, Per<strong>for</strong>m Drama workshops has the bare necessities of life<br />

covered with The Jungle Book holiday courses <strong>for</strong> 4–7 year olds based on<br />

Rudyard Kipling’s classic story. This crash course in the law of the jungle is<br />

fun all the way with Mowgli, the man cub, Baloo the bear and black panther<br />

Bagheera. During the fun-packed week of singing, dancing and acting,<br />

children will make new friends, stretch their imaginations and put together a<br />

lively show with on the last day.<br />

Also, <strong>for</strong> the first time Per<strong>for</strong>m are running brand new, five day holiday<br />

courses <strong>for</strong> 7–12 year olds based on Francis Hodgson Burnett’s classic tale,<br />

The Secret Garden. Running in Belsize Park and Highgate, the course is run<br />

by professionals who will nurture the children’s creativity with a mix of song,<br />

dance and drama. At the end of the week, children will per<strong>for</strong>m a minimusical<br />

based on the mysteries of Misselthwaite Manor to family and friends.<br />

All courses run daily from 10am–3pm and cost £225 (3 days) or £330 (5<br />

days) with a 25% discount <strong>for</strong> siblings and reductions <strong>for</strong> groups. Plus, <strong>for</strong><br />

bookings made be<strong>for</strong>e 8th June, quoting code EBTJB080616 (Jungle Book) or<br />

EBTSG080616 (Secret Garden), there is a 10% discount on total course fees.*<br />

Go to www.per<strong>for</strong>m.org.uk/holidays or call 020 7255 9120 <strong>for</strong> more<br />

details. *Terms and conditions apply see <strong>web</strong>site <strong>for</strong> full details.<br />

Boost your child’s confidence<br />

with Kumon<br />

At your local study centre, Kumon offers individualised maths<br />

and English study programmes which are tailored to your<br />

child’s age and ability. Established <strong>for</strong> over 50 years, the<br />

Kumon programmes enable children to develop their study<br />

skills and confidently tackle advanced work.<br />

The worksheet-based study programmes are designed to<br />

pursue the potential of each child. Central to the Kumon Method<br />

is the principal of giving students the confidence and courage to<br />

confront new challenges and pursue their own goals.<br />

Kumon develops children through the acquisition of<br />

independent learning skills, rather than teaching in the<br />

conventional sense. Your child will there<strong>for</strong>e be equipped<br />

with the ability to learn <strong>for</strong> themselves so they do not become<br />

dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of<br />

others.<br />

Your child will initially start at a com<strong>for</strong>table level, with a<br />

focus on building a strong foundation in the way they study;<br />

they will develop invaluable study skills such as concentration,<br />

pace and rhythm, be<strong>for</strong>e confidently tackling topics they will<br />

not have previously studied.<br />

To find out more about how Kumon can benefit your child call<br />

0800 854 714 or visit Kumon.co.uk to find your nearest centre.<br />

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See London<br />

as a City of Toys<br />

During <strong>May</strong> Half Term each paying<br />

adult to The View from The Shard<br />

visiting between Monday 30 <strong>May</strong> and<br />

Sunday 5 June will be entitled to two<br />

child tickets free of charge (valid <strong>for</strong><br />

children aged 4–15 years).<br />

The View from The Shard provides<br />

families with an un<strong>for</strong>gettable experience and is the perfect place<br />

to nurture a child’s fascination with London's history. Spark their<br />

imagination with the spectacular 360-degree view that stretches<br />

<strong>for</strong> up to 40 miles and see London as a “city of toys” from the top of<br />

Western Europe’s tallest building.<br />

Families can discover over 1,000 years of the capital's history<br />

and, from London’s highest viewing plat<strong>for</strong>m, spot both historic<br />

and modern landmarks including The Houses of Parliament,<br />

The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the Olympic Park and<br />

Wembley Stadium. During Half Term children can also play a ‘Spot<br />

the Sights’ game <strong>for</strong> the chance to win a Romeo the Fox goody bag.<br />

Activity sheets are available at The View from The Shard ticket<br />

desk, or to download at home from www.theviewfromtheshard.com<br />

London is truly brought to life throughout the attraction. Travel<br />

in exciting kaleidoscopic, super-fast lifts to the top. Time-travel as<br />

far back as Roman times with interactive multimedia guides and<br />

high-tech ‘Tell:scopes’ which enable exploration of the cityscape<br />

in every direction. They provide in<strong>for</strong>mation about surrounding<br />

landmarks and the opportunity to see how the capital’s<br />

architecture has changed over the centuries with historic views<br />

from the Museum of London archives.<br />

The Geffrye<br />

Museum of<br />

the Home<br />

Plan an action-packed half term<br />

at Lee Valley Athletics Centre<br />

Do you have a budding athlete in the family? Hop, skip and jump<br />

into half term and introduce your kids to a world of athletics with<br />

our exciting Star Track school holiday courses. Starting from<br />

Tuesday 31 <strong>May</strong> and suitable <strong>for</strong> ages 6–12, our fully qualified<br />

coaches will teach your child a range of new skills and techniques<br />

from hurdles to high jumps and much, much more! Courses start<br />

from just £28 <strong>for</strong> ages 6–8, and £46* <strong>for</strong> ages 8–12 so grab the<br />

baton and book now <strong>for</strong> a fun filled half term.<br />

Can’t make our <strong>May</strong> courses? Star Track runs every school holiday<br />

during the year, so join us <strong>for</strong> our summer sessions throughout<br />

August. Your kids won’t want to miss out!<br />

We don’t just cater <strong>for</strong> kids. Join us every Saturday and Sunday<br />

morning from 09:15–10:15 in our NEW Boot Camp sessions.<br />

Using a mix of cardio and high intensity exercises, pump up your<br />

workout and push yourself to the limit with a little help from our<br />

experienced coaches – helping you be the best you can be.<br />

*Price increases to £56 if booked after 23 <strong>May</strong><br />

Find out more and book online: www.visitleevalley.org.uk/athletics<br />

or call 020 8344 7230<br />

Lee Valley Athletics Centre, 61 Meridian Way, Edmonton, N9 0AR<br />

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The Geffrye Museum of the Home is one of London’s most<br />

friendly museums. Set in beautiful 18th century buildings<br />

surrounded by gardens in Hoxton, East London, the museum<br />

explores how English homes have changed over the past 400<br />

years through displays of living rooms and gardens.<br />

Free workshops and activities exploring the theme of<br />

home are held <strong>for</strong> children and families every school holiday.<br />

The summer half-term activities will be inspired by jobs done<br />

around the home through the centuries and will include<br />

making natural cleaning products, baking biscuits and<br />

planting seeds (Tuesday 31 <strong>May</strong> – Friday 3 June, 10.30am–<br />

12.30pm and 2–4pm).<br />

Looking ahead to the summer, the holidays kick off with a<br />

fun-packed family day on Sunday 24 July, programmed by the<br />

museum’s young people (12-4.30pm). This is followed by three<br />

weeks of exciting activities exploring all the things that people<br />

do both indoors and outside in the garden. Create garden<br />

sketch books, fun board games and much more! (Tuesday 26<br />

July – Friday 12 August: weekdays except Mondays, 10.30am–<br />

12.30pm and 2–4pm).<br />

Throughout the holidays and on weekend afternoons,<br />

families can explore more of the Geffrye with family-friendly<br />

audio tours, quizzes, trails, activity back-packs and the garden<br />

activity cart.<br />

For full details, please visit www.geffrye-museum.org.uk<br />

Comedy Club 4 Kids<br />

Since 2005, Comedy Club 4 Kids have been persuading the international<br />

circuit's best stand-ups and sketch acts to per<strong>for</strong>m <strong>for</strong> family audiences, at<br />

shows that are 'great' (The Scotsman), 'sterling' (Guardian), and 'absolutely<br />

hilarious' (Yorkshire Times). Our Udderbelly acts will include James Acaster,<br />

Tiernan Douieb, Bec Hill and Howard Read!<br />

Udderbelly Festival:<br />

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road Coach Park, London SE1 8XX<br />

Saturdays <strong>May</strong> 21, June 18/25, July 9/16; Sunday July 3, 1.30–2.30pm<br />

Tickets cost £10, or £9 each if buying 4 or more<br />

www.udderbelly.co.uk<br />

www.comedyclub4kids.co.uk<br />

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Discover Aweswim<br />

A family run established swimming school with over 20 years’ experience.<br />

Aweswim only have small classes of six pupils, which helps children to learn<br />

more quickly. Parents are allowed poolside to watch and can be provided with<br />

constant feedback from teachers. No armbands or discs are used. The teacher<br />

provides constant assistance, so no aids are needed.<br />

Teachers are in the water providing one-to-one interaction. The majority of<br />

teachers are ex-pupils of Aweswim, so have grown up with the same ethos of<br />

how to teach swimming.<br />

Lessons are <strong>for</strong> everyone, from parent and baby to competitive swimmers<br />

looking <strong>for</strong> extra stroke work and individual attention. Aweswim classes are<br />

available in Kingsbury and in Golders Green, where male only and female only<br />

classes are offered.<br />

Visit www.aweswim.co.uk<br />

Understanding KS2 SATs<br />

and reporting<br />

It’s a confusing time <strong>for</strong> primary school parents. From <strong>2016</strong>, KS2<br />

national curriculum test outcomes will no longer be reported<br />

using levels; this is in part a response to concerns about the<br />

validity and reliability of levels and sub-levels, identified by the<br />

consultation on re<strong>for</strong>ming assessment and accountability.<br />

“Scaled scores” will be now used instead of levels. The<br />

government states that these are used all over the world and are<br />

intended to help test results to be reported consistently from one<br />

year to the next, so that two pupils achieving the same scaled<br />

score on two different tests will have demonstrated the same<br />

attainment, e.g. 100 will always represent the ‘national standard’.<br />

The structures <strong>for</strong> the new assessments are in place <strong>for</strong> this year,<br />

but there won’t be data to compare like with like until next year’s<br />

cohort sit the SATs and thereafter. The government will publish<br />

charts in July, <strong>for</strong> schools to use <strong>for</strong> reporting purposes. They will<br />

try and equate these with the expected end KS2 levels to make it<br />

meaningful <strong>for</strong> meeting national expectations, but it has not been<br />

done be<strong>for</strong>e so this will be a bit of a trial being the first year.<br />

JK Educate – Jaderberg Krais<br />

JK Educate specialises in bespoke support <strong>for</strong> children’s learning,<br />

with schools advice, child assessments, specialist subject tutoring,<br />

entrance exam preparation and study skills. Contact Katie Krais on<br />

020 3488 0754 or via www.jkeducate.co.uk/contact-us/<br />

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St. Augustine’s<br />

Church of England<br />

High School<br />

Ox<strong>for</strong>d Road, London NW6 5SN<br />

Headteacher: Eugene Moriarty BA (QTS); MA<br />

St. Augustine’s is a vibrant and successful 11–19, fully<br />

comprehensive school in Kilburn/Maida Vale where we<br />

encourage everyone, to “be the best that they can be”.<br />

Every student at St. Augustine’s is treated as an individual.<br />

Our collective hard work and determination to succeed<br />

resulted in the school being judged as ‘Outstanding’<br />

by Ofsted (September 2013). We continue to strive to<br />

be beyond ‘Outstanding’ and keep the progress of our<br />

students at the core of what we do. The progress of our<br />

students was recognised as being in the top 5% of all<br />

schools <strong>for</strong> progress overall and in the top 1% of schools <strong>for</strong><br />

progress in maths (2015 Summer Results).<br />

We also received particular recognition from ALPs as a<br />

result of the excellent trend in our A Level results over the<br />

last three years (2012 to 2015).<br />

www.staugustineshigh.org<br />

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