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Families News Friary Park Junior Parkrun celebrates 1st Birthday!

Are You a Woman Thinking about Starting a Business? Enterprise Enfield is running free Steps to Starting Your Own Business Taster Sessions for women in London to help them find out what’s involved in starting a business and whether it’s the right route for them. The 2-hour Taster Sessions are being held at various venues in north London in July. They are FREE to attend as they are partfunded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). For more details and to register to attend visit www.enterpriseenfield.org or call Enterprise Enfield on: 020 443 5457.

In April 2019, Friary Park Junior Parkrun in Barnet, celebrated its 1st Birthday! The event was attended by over 300 locals, with 145 children completing the run. Eileen Rumble, a local mother of 6 and founder of the Friary Park event, inspired by her two sporty sons, explains, “I love bringing the community together and get such a thrill from seeing the children’s pride as they cross the finish line! We process their times into a national database. They can then run to beat their own personal best.” Junior Parkrun is a series of 2k events for children aged between 4 and 14, held around the UK. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. Parents must register their child on the website to take part. As well as the Barnet and Highbury Fields junior parkruns, there is a third North London Junior Parkrun held at Priory Park in Crouch End every Sunday. “As well as being of benefit physically, it is a very sociable event”, says Eileen, “We are always on the look-out for new volunteers to assist so do get in touch if you are interested”. friarypark-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com

Free Childcare to Attend Smear Tests Mothers across the UK are being offered an hour’s free childcare so they can attend a smear test. Childcare.co.uk, which claims to be the largest platform for parents and childcare providers in the UK, has launched the initiative to encourage more women to attend a smear test to determine whether they are at risk of cervical cancer, which in 99.8% of cases is preventable with early treatment Every year in the UK, around 3,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. In the UK, women are invited by the NHS to get a cervical screening from the age of 25 to 64. However, figures show the take-up of testing of women is at a 20-year low. While the test usually takes just five minutes, a free hour of childcare is being offered to allow for waiting times and travel. Mothers can take up this offer by visiting: www.childcare. co.uk/news/free-childcare-for-smear-tests

Musical Theatre Summer Schools with a Twist Come and join the award- winning Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School this Summer and explore West End to Broadway followed by Horrible Histories:

We all love to learn about history, but some of us find it a bore The trouble is with history, Is that they’re not here anymore. We can only look at History through papers, online and Apps, But what if we brought History back to life, through singing, dancing & facts. We can visit the court of Henry VIII, the king obsessed with power Those poor six wives, of which only one survived, and two beheaded at the tower. The Great Fire of London of 1666, as Samuel Pepys likes to tell The smallest spark that lit up the dark that made London as ‘hot as hell’. And what about Queen Elizabeth I, whose teeth have never been forgotten. Green and black, with toxic gaps and her breath was oh so rotten. Vile Victorians, old London streets, rotten to the core, Kings and Queens & tragedies and maybe the Civil War. This is just the start of what we have in store, A week of fun for everyone, with perhaps a little more There’s singing, dance and dramas, and a little comedy too, A week of history brought to life especially by you. So let’s not make history boring, let’s bring it up to date. And at the end of the week, a performance to celebrate. Anna Fiorentini branches in Hackney, Camden, Docklands and Greenwich are also currently accepting applications for the September term. Book your obligation free taster day now. More details at www.annafiorentini.com For adults we have www.stageandthecity.com 4 Families North London

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Families News Space Chase - 2019 Summer Reading Challenge

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The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six library books during the long summer holiday. Children’s reading can decline during the summer holidays if they don’t have regular access to books or encouragement to read for pleasure. This year the challenge will focus on the theme ‘Space Chase’—an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children are challenged to read at least six library books over the school holidays and collect rewards, such as stickers, on their way to receiving their challenge certificate and medal. The Challenge will launch in libraries on Saturday 13 July 2019 in England and Wales. For competitions, book recommendations and special online badges and rewards, visit www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

We have a fantastic opportunity for someone in North London striving for flexible, home based work which can be performed during school hours and largely outside of school holidays!

To help your child get started with the Summer Reading Challenge, here are some great suggestions from our friends at Pickled Pepper Books, the specialist interactive children’s bookshop located in Crouch End. The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield (age 3-6) Written by real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield, ‘The Darkest Dark’ has a gorgeously vintage vibe to the illustrations, as it presents the story of a young boy who overcomes his fear of the dark against the backdrop of the 1960s moon landings. A lovely and gentle bedtime story. Curiosity, The Story of the Mars Rover by Markus Motom (age 4-7) Meet Curiosity, a Mars rover that has rolled across the deserts of the red planet searching for life on Mars. Let Curiosity be your guide and take you on a journey from the laboratory to Mars.

No previous Editorial/Magazine experience necessary, but interested individuals should be business minded, selfmotivated and energised by the idea of growing a community focused business. Ideally some sales skills would be desirable, but training can be provided if no sales experience. Candidates should able to make an equity investment. The incumbent Editor owns the local North London Families Magazine franchise and is looking to expand to further grow the business. Families has been in existence for over 25 years and is a wellrespected/established brand with 41 titles currently published over the UK. The North London title has been in existence for over 20 years and has a loyal readership and customer base. Interested? Contact editor@familiesnorthlondon.co.uk with some brief introductory background about yourself.

Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker (age 4-7) A non-fiction storybook about Katherine Johnson, the mathematician who helped put astronauts on the moon. With enough facts to be educational and enough imagination to be exciting, this is sure to be a firm favourite for curious minds. The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge (age 8-11) This book combines space-age exploration with a warm, emotional heart. It tackles real issues such as family break-ups, while balancing exciting science-fiction in a way that is very accessible. The short length of the book makes it a great option for reluctant readers or those struggling with heftier books.

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Education The Jargon of Secondary Education If you have a child in primary school you are probably familiar with the terms, ‘SATs’ and ‘progress’ but as you start considering the next steps in education there are a few new terms you may come across. We asked Broomfield Secondary School to explain some of these terms. The Department for Education has a new examinations measure called ‘Progress 8’. This is considered the most accurate measure of a school’s progress to date. This new measure enables parents to make accurate judgments on how a school is doing.

How does Progress 8 do this?

• Progress 8 does this by showing the progress of a school’s pupils with the progress of pupils in all schools nationally. • Progress 8 does this by looking at how the pupils have done in their five years at secondary school. It compares the pupils’ Year 11 GCSEs with their Year 6 SATs results. In other words, it shows the work that has taken place in the secondary school. • Progress 8 does this by looking at the pupils’ range of GCSE subjects. A good education requires that a good number of subjects is studied. • Progress 8 looks at 8 GCSE subjects, including English, mathematics and science.

What is Broomfield School’s Progress 8 score?

Since the introduction of the Progress 8 measure, Broomfield has consistently been placed at national average or above national average. The Progress 8 measure of Broomfield School’s GCSEs for summer 2018 is -0.07 (i.e. at the national average), in the top 68% of schools nationally.

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The Department for Education recommends that pupils study the core subjects of English language, English literature, Maths, Science, History or Geography and a language at GCSE. These subjects make up the English Baccalaureate (EBacc). Studying the EBacc at GCSE gives pupils access to a full range of employment options when they leave secondary school and the broad knowledge that employers are looking for. EBacc is not a test or qualification; it is a measure used to provide information about a particular range of qualifications.

How many pupils at Broomfield enter the Ebacc?

At Broomfield a broad and balanced curriculum is seen as vitally important for all pupils and in 2018 86% of GCSE pupils were entered for the Ebacc.

Where can I find this information?

To compare Broomfield School, or another school, with schools locally and nationally go to: www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk

Schools that Ban Mobile Phones Improve Results Should children be allowed to take mobile phones to school? Opinion is divided. Some advocate a complete ban because of the potential for distraction, while others promote the use of phones as a teaching tool in the classroom. Schools in England and Scotland have complete autonomy regarding their mobile phone policy, which has resulted in large differences in the timing of the introduction of bans. Schools that ban pupils from carrying mobile phones show a sustained improvement in exam results, with the biggest advances coming from struggling students, according to research published by the London School of Economics. The large-scale study found schools in Birmingham, London, Leicester and Manchester that banned mobiles enjoyed a boost in the proportion of pupils getting five good passes at GCSE, compared with schools that allowed pupils to keep their phones, even if switched off. More info at www.lse.ac.uk 6 Families North London

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Family Health & Wellbeing Keeping your Family Safe and Healthy this Summer By Dr Tom York As the weather gets warmer, you and your family are likely to be spending more time outside. Outdoor activities can be a lot of fun but it’s important that you’re prepared and take certain precautions to keep your family safe. Here are my tips for staying safe this summer.

Be Careful around Open Waters

Water starts to appear more and more inviting as the weather gets warmer. Whether you take your family kayaking on a lake, for a dip in the sea or simply for a riverside walk, the dangers of open water should not be overlooked. In 2017 there were 255 deaths from accidental drowning, and almost half of these were from people falling in the water unintentionally. The best way to prevent this is to never leave your children unsupervised when in and around water, teach them about the dangers of water and start taking them to swimming lessons from a young age. Always ensure they wear buoyancy aids if necessary.

Watch Out for Open Windows

Every year there children die or are seriously injured from falling out of open windows. If you open a window to keep the house cool, remember to consider if there’s any chance at all your child might be able climb up to the windowsill and fall out. Children can be surprisingly ingenious when it comes to exploring and you may not consider that they’d be able to effectively re-arrange the furniture until it’s too late. If in doubt, install a window guard but be aware that this isn’t a substitute for close supervision as children have been known to climb over these as well.

Set Up a Safe Barbeque Area

It won’t be long before the aromas of flame grilled food begin to fill the air in neighbourhoods up and down the country. Barbecues are a great way to enjoy the brighter evenings but pose a risk to young children who decide they wish to play with the new contraption in the corner of the garden. Explain to your children the dangers of going close to the barbecue and that the person doing the cooking needs to have plenty of space to cook safely. Take extra care to keep children away from the barbecue - you could even arrange for another adult to keep them distracted with some garden games.

Prepare for British Weather

Going on a long family walk can be a great way to enjoy the warm weather but ensuring you’re well-prepared can make the difference between having fond memories and an afternoon you’d prefer to forget. Plan your route, take a map rather than relying on a phone, and take your phone too in case you need to call someone in an emergency. Pack plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks and make sure everyone has appropriate clothing and footwear. Consider taking waterproofs, a towel and even a survival blanket. We all know how changeable the British weather can be and children are especially susceptible to hypothermia should they be caught in an unexpected downpour or accidentally slip into water.

Beware of Biting Insects

With warm weather come a multitude of biting/stinging insects. Thankfully there’s nothing too dangerous in the UK but it still pays to be prepared. Insect repellent is a good first line of defence but antihistamines and anti-itch cream are also useful. Piriton is fast acting and is safe to use in children. Eurax cream or its steroid-containing alternative Eurax Hc is good for reducing the itchiness and swelling following a sting. Bee stings are best removed by scraping them off with a finger nail or the edge of a credit card. Pinching the stinger to try and remove it causes more venom to be released so this should be avoided. Both wasp and bee stings should be washed with soap and water and then a cold pack should be applied to the skin. Watch out for any signs of allergy such as a rash, facial swelling or difficulty breathing, especially in children who may not have been stung before. Dr Tom York is a NHS-registered and private GP for www.gpdq.co.uk, the UK’s first doctor-on-demand app.

Treatment Offer from Origin Orthodontic Origin Orthodontics are a private orthodontic practice located in Southgate, North London and Central London, providing orthodontic care for over 20 years. Specialist orthodontist, Dr Usman Qureshi and his team are focused on achieving a straight and healthy smile whilst ensuring correct alignment of the jaw. Origin Orthodontics are currently offering Private Orthodontic Treatment, including Fixed Braces for under 18s for only £2,350! This offer includes upper and lower removable retainers in addition to a lower bonded retainer at the end of the treatment. A payment plan that includes interest free credit for 12 months is also available. For this unbeatable offer call a member of the Southgate team on 020 8364 8038 or the central London team 020 7580 2786. 8 Families North London

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Family Health & Wellbeing Childhood Constipation Dr Daniel Crespi, has been a Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at the Centre for Paediatric Gastroenterology at the Royal Free Hospital since 2011 and sees patients of all ages, from newborn to the older teen. He has a variety of clinical interests including gastrointestinal motility conditions such as constipation and reflux, and is a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) GI motility working group. Dr Crespi helped set up a successful nurse led constipation clinic across the Royal Free group. “One of the most common issues I see at all ages is constipation”, explains Dr Crespi. “A frequently quoted figure is that up to 25% of visits to a paediatric gastroenterologist are about constipation. Just recently there have been studies to show that doctors and patients don’t always refer to the same symptoms when dealing with constipation. With a thorough history I am able to clarify the situation with you and your child. A physical examination also helps to rule out other significant but rare causes. In the vast majority of children, there is no underlying anatomical or other cause for constipation. Only in some situations are investigations necessary.” “Once it is clear that constipation is the main issue, the treatment plan is multi-faceted. It consists of a mixture of education about bowel function and good toileting routines, advice regarding a Dr Daniel Crespi balanced healthy diet with adequate fluid and fibre intake and the use of laxatives. More mild cases will settle sooner and other more moderate to severe cases may need a more intense approach, sometimes including what I call a bowel clear-out.” “There are also plenty of excellent resources that I can recommend to families to help with the situation, alongside the treatment plan from clinic. These include an excellent book called the Ins and Outs of poop.” Dr Crespi is available for outpatient consultations at the Royal Free London – Private Patients Unit located in Hampstead. The Private Patients Unit at the Royal Free Hospital is part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Located in the heart of Hampstead Heath, the Royal Free London Private Patients Unit combines the convenience, comfort and personalised attention of a private hospital with the very best state-of-the-art services, technology and professional excellence you would expect from a top London teaching hospital. Please phone +44(0)207 3177751 to book an appointment.

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School Holiday Camps Summer Schools run by award-winning Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School Musical in a Week for 7–16 yrs olds. From West End to Broadway 29th July–2nd August 9.30am–4pm. Includes West End trip to Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Horrible History! 19th–23rd August. Includes a ticket to see Six the Musical at The Arts Theatre. Held in the purpose-built theatre at Chobham Academy; 5 mins from Stratford Station. www.annafiorentini.com 020 7682 1403 Abundant Living With Autism (ALWA) Summer Play Scheme Fun filled activity sessions for children aged 8–13 yrs with Autism living in London, from Weds 24thJuly to Fri 16th Aug, at Russet House School, 11 Autumn Close, EN1 4JA. 10am–3 pm. £55 per day. Advance booking required. We provide a safe and supportive environment in which children with Autism can engage in a variety of fun activities, tailored to their needs, and looked after by experienced specialist play workers. Children will engage in outdoor play, arts and crafts, games, cooking and baking, messy and sensory play, soft play room, trampolining, music, life skills and much more. www.abundantlivingwithautism.org.uk info@abundantlivingwithautism.org.uk 07940 380 819 ADC Stars Dance and Theatre Summer School Ages 2-12. 29 Jul-1 Aug, 10am-3pm (10am-12pm for under 5’s). 4 days jam-packed with dance and theatre fun! Students will spend mornings dancing their socks off, followed by afternoons of drama and musical theatre madness, culminating in a performance for friends and family at the end of the week. Half day £20, single day £40, full 4 day workshop £120. Book now at www.adcstars.com/summerschool stars@actorsdancecollective 07726 931 310 Axis Educational Trust Summer Booster Courses for 11+ and GCSE. Focusing on revision and exam style questions. All classes will be delivered by qualified and experienced teachers. The minimum registration period is 2 weeks between 5th–30th August, 10am–2pm, at Axis North Finchley, Ponders End and Hendon Branches. £12 per hour. Enrol Now. 020 7607 9330 admin@tuitioncentres.org Highgate Cricket & Tennis Club (N8) has the following camps this Summer Holiday: • Multi-sport Camps (N8): For ages 5–11. Including tennis, cricket, uni-hoc, football, babminton, rounders and dodgeball. From 22–26 July. • Tennis summer Camps (N8): Available for all abilities, and ages 3–15, in beautiful surroundings with enthusiastic, professional coaches. Half and full day options. From 22 July–30 Aug. Early drop off/ late pick up available for all camps. www.highgate-tennis.co.uk/juniors/holiday-camps/ info@highate-tennis.co.uk Creative Wiz Kids is having a summer bonanza! Running from 15 July to 30 August in NW3: • Full Day (10am–4pm) clubs for 5–9 year olds • Morning Club (10am–4pm) for 3–9 year olds, • Early drop off at 9am Activities include art, dance, music, face painting, story time, outdoor play, cake decorating and FUN! In the afternoons there will be textiles, illustration, dance, acting and performance, gardening, and baking. Referral, sibling and early bird discounts available. www.creativewizkids.com 07956 592 142 Flip Out Summer Camp 2019 Get set for the most fun summer camp around! Flip Out Brent Cross Summer Camp is set to keep all 6–11 year olds active over the school holidays! Expect free jumping sessions, drama, art, back to school booster classes and much more! 8am–4.30pm. £125 a week/£27.50 a day/sibling discount 10% off a full week booking (Mon-Fri). If you wish to book your child in for a week and to benefit from sibling discount 020 8050 2391. Don’t miss out, hurry book now! www.flipout.co.uk/brent-cross Highgate Ballet School Summer Dance Intensive 4 days of Dance, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Jazz, Body Conditioning and more, with a performance on Friday afternoon for family and friends. Suitable for ages 8 to 15. Beginners welcome! Tuesday 27th–Friday 30th August 2019. Daily from 9:30am–3.30pm, at the Highgate United Reformed Church, N6 6BA. Limited places, book now! For more information: 020 8458 1377 info@highgateballetschool.com. www.highgateballetschool.com intuition Clubs To help children prepare for September in a new year group, we are running tuition programmes throughout the summer. Our programmes are designed to energise and encourage children, giving them a great platform to begin their new academic year on the right foot! Sessions will be held on various dates. Please check the local timetable on our website for more information www.intuitionclubs.com/summer Keeping children engaged while subtly learning new skills—great way to make new friends! 020 3092 7280 for more details or onhello@intuitionclubs.com 10 Families North London

When the school doors close, keep children entertained and have a fun and stress-free Summer Holiday with these great ideas. London Academy of Gymnastics & Dance Summer Camp (LAGAD) Keeping children active this summer with a fun-packed mix of Gymnastics, Circus and Aerial Skills. Morning sessions for 3–4 year olds and a variety of booking options for 5–13 year olds. Fullytrained and highly qualified coaches bring out the best in every child. All abilities welcome. • Age range: 3–13 years • Dates: Monday 24th July–Friday 2nd August 2019 at Tetherdown Primary School, Muswell Hill (N10) • Monday 5th–Friday 9th August—Heartland High School, Wood Green (N22) www.lagad.co.uk/holiday-camps info@lagad.co.uk 020 8883 4675 Leaders are Readers Their summer School is attended by children from all over the world and early booking is currently on and available to book. This year they are running from Mon 29 July–16 Aug (3 weeks) at St Andrew’s Southgate Primary School, Southgate, N14 6JA. The aim is to cover a year’s essential work in 3 weeks, fill in learning gaps and prepare children on advanced topics so they can zoom ahead when they return to school in September. 01992 651 300. www.leadersarereaders.co.uk/summerschool Little House of Science Summer Science Camps 2019 Daily Monday– Friday, 9.30-3.30 (8.45am early drop-off), 4–7 and 8–12 years (age adjusted & separated groups). Location: Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, London NW3 3HA July • 8–12: Journey to the Centre of Biology; • 15–19: Think Physics; • 22–26: When Science meets Architecture; • 29-2 Aug: Astrogeology Aug • 5–9: The Science of Seas and Oceans; • 12–16: Engineered; • 19–23: Science Geniuses; • 27–30: Biochemistry Sept • 2–4: Fascinating Zoology info@littlehouseofscience.com or 08000 921 062 www.littlehouseofscience.com, multiple/sibling booking discounts. Perform There’s no place like Perform this summer! Subject and age: • Art & Crafts for 4–10s. • LEGO® for 4–10s. • Coding for 6–10s. • Wizard of Oz courses for 4–10s. Dates: Across July and August. Three, four and five-day courses. 10am to 3pm each day. Venues: The Hall Middle School, Belsize Park (NW3); Mansergh Club, St John’s Wood (NW8); Hampstead Suburb Free Church (NW11); St John’s Highbury Vale Primary School, Highbury (N5); Highgate United Reform Church, Highgate (N5); Emmanuel Church Community Space, West Hampstead (NW6); Union Church (N8); Primrose Hill Community Centre (NW1). Book online at perform.org.uk/wizard. 020 7255 9120 enquiries@perform.org.uk Pickled Pepper Books Summer Workshops are back and will be keeping children aged 4–11 entertained all summer! Choose from science, drama, lego and puppetry workshops between 24th July and 23rd August. For a more detailed program and to book please visit www.pickledpepperbooks.co.uk. Summer of Code: Python Programming for kids ages 6–10. Support your child’s STEM learning with Python Programming this Summer. • Beginners / Intermediate • Creating basic programs using math and logic • Creating quizzes and text based adventure games. • Collaboration with other python learners to fast track your way to becoming a developer • Encourage an interest in coding, help your child get ahead with real programming skills Mon 5th August–Friday 9th August 10am–3pm codingcampsforkids@mail.com 07740 338 949 Facebook @codingcampsforkids Venue: Firs Farm Primary School, Rayleigh Road, Palmers Green, London N13 5QP Yellowbird Education—Holiday Workshops for Children NOW AVAILABLE IN NORTH LONDON! The focus of all Yellowbird workshops is to inspire children and encourage creative minds whilst giving children the confidence to think differently. Carefully structured classes across a number of days aim to build confidence and motivation whilst enlightening children to the joy of learning—key to success on any educational journey. Suitable for children aged 6–12 (Years 2–6). Summer Holidays (July 8–12, 15–19, August 27–30): Creative Writing Workshops + Comprehension & Composition Workshops (7+, 11+), Reasoning Workshops and Interview Skills. familiesonline.co.uk


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CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY TENNIS CAMPS for ages 3-15, in N8. 22 July to 30 Aug CHILDREN'S MULTI-SPORT CAMPS for ages up to 11, in N8. 22-26 July

www.highgate-tennis.co.uk email: info@highgate-tennis.co.uk tel: 07530 425871

● High quality Cecchetti classical ballet and contemporary dance classes for ages 3+ ● After school classes on weekdays and Saturdays ● Magical, inspiring pre-school ballet ● Live classical piano accompaniment for all classes ● Ballet exams, performances, holiday camps and elite dance troupes

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Summer Days Out Here are our top 10 day out suggestions for summer 2019. Pack up the picnic, grab the sunshine and create memories with your family!

1. Alexandra Palace and Gardens www.alexandrapalace.com Situated in North London with spectacular panoramic views of the City, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to how to spend your day here! Try out Go Ape, Ice Skating, head to the Boating Lake and hire a pedal boat, or check out the Play Area! All ages and tastes are catered for! Extensive facilities across the various attractions! Free parking but public transport recommended if there is an exhibition/event on at the Palace. Charges for each activity vary, see website for details. The Ice Rink at the palace has a special offer running from 24 July to 15 August for under 15 year olds: Bring a friend for free this Summer! Both children must skate at the same session and only available on public weekday sessions.

2. The Beach Brent Cross www.thebeachbrentcross.com

Alexandra Palace hosts a wide range of activities for a day out

The Beach Brent Cross is a celebration of Summer, with a sandy beach, splash pools and a whole host of Urban Beach rides as entertainment! Located next to the Brent Cross shopping centre you can go to the Beach after picking up a picnic lunch in M&S! £3 entry with tokens for rides available to purchase online (discounted) or on site. Open from 12 noon until 10pm daily.

3. Belmont Farm Mill Hill www.belmontfarm.co.uk The perfect place to experience a real working farm, hands on and meet, handle and feed a variety of animals. In total there are over 30 different animal varieties; from cows to exotic lovebirds, pet the bunnies, feed the goats, and jump aboard a tractor and trailer for a 15 minute ride! Open daily 8:30- 6pm, with a lovely café also on site, as well as picnic tables. Adults £16. Child over 3 £5.50, Child 1–3 £4, under 1s free.

4. Bekonscot Model Village & Railway Beaconsfield www.bekonscot.co.uk

Bekonscot model village and railway

Visit the miniature world stuck beautifully in a 1930s time warp! Now celebrating its 90th birthday, this is the world’s oldest and original model village, with 1.5acres of well kept gardens and finely detailed buildings this is a great day out for all. This is well worth a visit, with very friendly welcoming staff (they even wiped the slides dry when we visited)! Toddlers love seeing the miniature trains whizz past! Open Daily. Drop in craft activities often available, as well as a ride on train, and a lovely play area! Ticket prices (incl Gift Aid) for adults £12, children over 2 £7.80 and under 2s free.

5. Capel Manor Gardens Enfield www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk A North London Gem, Capel Manor Gardens and estate is a colourful inspiration and scented oasis surrounding a Georgian Manor House and Victorian Stables. A great place to let the kids run wild with 30 acres of richly planted themed gardens including a woodland fairy walk, an Italianate Maze and selection of animals cared for by the students, including meerkats, alpacas, goats, poultry and rabbits. Facilities include picnic tables, the Terrace Restaurant, and toilets. Open daily March to Oct, 10am–5.30pm. Adults £6, children £5 (under 3’s free).

Japanese Gardens at Capel Manor Gardens

6. Discover Children’s Story Centre Stratford Discover.org.uk Come rain or shine – it’s always storytime at Discover Children’s Story Centre! This summer you can visit Sophie’s kitchen to hear the story of Judith Kerr’s best-loved The Tiger Who Came to Tea – then open her door and step into the world of Mog the Forgetful Cat. With two floors of Story Worlds to navigate and a Story Garden to explore, Discover is the perfect place for an English summer day, whatever the weather! Discover is 10 minutes from London Stratford Stations, Westfield Stratford shopping centre and the Olympic Park. The centre is for 0–11 year olds and their families. The Centre includes a café and full facilities. Open daily. £6.50 pp, £22 for family of four.

Discover Children’s Story Centre

7. Gulliver’s Land Milton Keynes www.gulliversfun.co.uk Designed for children aged 2-13 years, comprising thrill rides, fun rides, family rides, indoor rides, attractions, shows and play areas. From the Runaway Train in Discovery Bay to the Jungle River Ride and classic Dodgems there are plenty of exciting rides to ensure that all the family have a fun day out. Guests are welcome to take their own lunches to enjoy in the picnic areas, helping to make this an affordable family day out. Open daily 10:30-5pm. Online tickets (2 days advance required) for and adult £18, child £18. Children under 90cm free.

8. Legoland Windsor www.legoland.co.uk Which child does not dream of becoming a knight, an explorer, a test driver or a pilot and entering into a fascinating world of adventure? There are over 55 rides and attractions where children can fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking fleet, join LEGO® divers on a magical underwater adventure on Atlantis Submarine Voyage or enjoy the UK’s only LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display. Extensive facilities and open daily. From £29 p/p if purchased on line.

Atlantis Submarine Voyage Ride Experience at Lego Land

9. Paradise Wildlife Park Broxbourne www.pwpark.com If you are looking for a wild family day out, why not visit Paradise Wildlife Park? Set in the beautiful surrounding of Broxbourne Woods in the Heart of the Hertfordshire Countryside, it is home to over 800 wonderful animals and over 30 life size, moving animatronic Dinosaurs. You can visit the Big Cats territory to see tigers, White Lions, Jaguars, snow leopards and more. The kids can run wild in 5 indoor & outdoor play areas. Extensive facilities, open daily. Tickets prices (online): Adult: £14.20; Children £12.74; and Under 2s free.

10. Parkside Farm Pick Your Own Enfield www.parksidefarmpyo.co.uk Winner of Pick Your Own (PYO) of the year 2019! Nearly 20 different fruits and vegetables are grown exclusively for PYO between June and October. Crops include “table-top” strawberries (no bending required), raspberries, beans and sweetcorn. The farm is set in the beautiful rolling greenbelt countryside. Open Daily. Facilities include shop selling cold drinks/ ice cream, picnic area and toilets. Minimum spend £4 per person. 12 Families North London

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Artwork by Year 2, Putnoe Primary School, Bedford. Photo Š The National Gallery, London

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Children’s Theatre

We aim to be as accurate as possible, but these listings are compiled several weeks beforehand and may be subject to change. Please check before setting out.

For all of August, a child aged 16 or under can go to any participating show for free where tickets are available as long as they’re with a a full paying adult. Adults can buy up to two extra children’s tickets then at half price and there are no added booking fees. Kids Week is a great way of encouraging families to get into the habit of going to the theatre. The fantastic promotion includes a wide variety of London musicals, plays, comedies and children’s shows to choose from. officiallondontheatre.com/kids-week

Artsdepot N12 www.artsdepot.

Little Angel Theatre N1 www.littleangeltheatre.com

Mon 8 Jul—King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table A haunting and evocative performance weaving together the many legends surrounding King Arthur, the noble ruler of Camelot. Ages 6+. Thu 15 Aug—Mr and Mrs Hake and the Magic Princess Fish Based on the Grimm Brothers’ The Fisherman and his Wife, Mini Operas have reinvented the beloved fairytale with the aims of introducing opera to the very young. Ages 3+.

To Sat 13 Jul—Suffrajitsu The story of one young girl and how she learns that being small doesn’t mean you can’t change the world. Suffrajitsu shows you that you too can change the world, no matter who you are. Ages 7–11 To Sun 4 Aug—The Slightly Annoying Elephant What’s big, blue, bossy, and turns up uninvited? A slightly annoying elephant, of course! This hilarious story by David Walliams is brought to life through puppetry. Ages 3–8. Fri 5 Jul to Sun 11 Aug—Little Angel by the Sea Sand play, puppet making and a whodunit mystery! Ages 3–8.

Leicester Square Theatre WC2H www.leicestersquaretheatre.com

Mon 15 & Tue 16 Jul—Mad Hatter The Musical Discover the untold story of Franklin Magellan as he makes his way to Wonderland, becoming the famous “Mad Hatter.” Ages 6+. Sat 20 Jul to Sun 1 Sep—The Scarecrows’ Wedding Heart-warming and award-winning adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book is bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style. Ages 3+.

London Palladium W1

Thu 18 Jul to Sun 1 Sep—Dinosaur World Live Amazing interactive children’s theatre bringing dinosaurs to life on stage. Each performance is followed by a post-show meet and greet where audience members have the opportunity to meet the dinosaurs up close and in person. From £14. Ages 3+.

Lyric Theatre W1 Tallstories.org. uk

Chickenshed N14 www.

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Fri 19 & Sat 20 Jul—Mr Stink Musical adaptation of David Walliam’s book, the tour will kick off with some special pre-performances at Chickenshed’s theatre in Southgate. Age 6+.

Regents Park Open Air Theatre NW1

www.thecockpit.org.uk

Sat 27 Jul—Leaping Frog A puppet adventure for all Ages. Sat 3 Aug—Rox Paper and The Scissors A fun, fast-paced and sometimes silly show about democracy. Age 8+. Sat 17 Aug—The Lost Luggage Adventures With magical puppetry and unique pop up set! Ages 3+.

Garick Theatre WC2H

Wed 31 Jul to Mon 2 Sep—BRANIAC LIVE! The show that laughs in the face of science is coming to London’s WestEnd! . Expect exploding dustbins, supercharged spinning chairs and the ultimate Airzooka challenge! Ages 6+.

Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre HA9 www.dinosaurworldlive.com

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To Sun 8 Sep—Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat With Jason Donavon as Pharaoh! All ages.

Wed 3 July to Sun 8 Sept—The Gruffalo Join mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Sorties’ magical, musical adaption of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. All Ages.

Cockpit Theatre NW8

Mr Stink, Chickenshed

08448 264 242 www. openairtheatre.com

Until 27 Jul—A Midsummer Night’s Dream A new production, presented by Dominic Hill. Ages 12+. 2 Aug to 21 Sept—Evita directed by Jamie Lloyd. Ages 12+.

The Unicorn Theatre SE1 www.unicorntheatre.com

To 4 Aug—Aesop’s Fables (aged 8–12) and Aesop’s Fables (aged 4–7) As far as we know, Aesop was a slave and storyteller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC. We still have over 725 of his stories. The Unicorn have asked a few of their favourite writers to select one fable and to re-tell it for today’s audience, presenting two versions of the results: one for ages 4–7 and one for ages 8–12.

Underbelly Festival Southbank SE1

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To Sun 1 Sep—Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show For Kids (and Childish Grown-ups) Magic and silliness abound! Ages 5+. To 14 Jul—Shakesperience Join Shakespear’s “Men” as they fly through Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night! Ages 5+. Tue 23 to Sun 28 Jul—Shark in the Park Featuring all three ‘Shark in the Park’ series! Ages 2–7. Sat 20 & Sun 21 Jul—Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Based on the children’s book series by David McKee. Ages 1+. Sat 3 to Sat 31 Aug—The Twirlywoos The Twirlywoos embark on a new adventure aboard their Big Red Boat! Ages 1+.

Vaudeville Theatre WC2R www.nimaxtheatres.com

Wed 24 Jul to Sun 8 Sep—The Worst Witch The story of an ordinary girl who finds herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Based on the book by Jill Murphy. Ages 7+.

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What’s On

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MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND OTHER CENTRAL LONDON ATTRACTIONS We have world-class museums and galleries on our doorstep here in London. Some offer free entry, and can be great places to escape the hot summer sun of the city! Many have free admission with fantastic activities and facilities for children. Here are our pick of some of the best to check out this summer.

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Children can travel free on the tube, DLR, Overground and TFL rails services when accompanied by a fee paying adult. Children over 11 are entitled to a Zip Oyster card (one off £15 fee) which entitles them to free travel on busses & trams and child rate or 50% rates elsewhere. To obtain a Zip Oyster head to tfl.gov.uk

London’s Royal Parks 31 Jul to FREE 29 Aug. Free, ages 3–11. Uncover the fascinating world of invertebrates which live in London’s royal parks this summer, from bees and beetles to snails and spiders, as The Royal Parks’ Mission: Invertebrate goes on the road. Join a bug hunt, jump onboard the Bugmobile and explore insect habitats, learn fascinating critter facts during interactive storytelling and make bug-inspired crafts to take home. Budding young environmentalists will meet the hidden heroes of the parks and learn about the vital roles they play as recyclers, pollinators and sources of food. See the event website for full venue and date details. www.royalparks.org.uk/ missioninvertebrate 

London Transport Museum (WC2) Open daily, £18 adults (annual pass), under 17’s free. Great All Aboard Family Play Zone with Baby DLR area! Throughout July and August: Future Engineers Gallery Have fun exploring the fascinating world of transport engineering in the new Future Engineers gallery, which opens to the public as a permanent display. Test your skills, solve transport conundrums faced by modern day engineers, and enjoy a series of interactive exhibits.

played in shaping the capital. Be guided through time, from the Roman era through Medieval London and right up to present day, narrated by the beasts themselves. Discover how animals— from lions and elephants, to horses, rats and pigeons—have shaped the city and its beastly history. Age 7+, family tickets from £20. www.museumoflondon.org.uk 

The National Gallery (WC2) FREE Open daily, admission free. With over 2,300 paintings in the collection, there are hundreds of reasons to visit the gallery! Free hands-on Art Workshops every Wednesdays (check website for details as vary), plus Magic carpet storytellling for families every Sunday, 2-5 yr olds, for an hour at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30. No need to book, but places are limited and allocated on arrival up to one hour before the start. Take One Picture exhibition until 11 Aug. See how schools have been inspired by Joseph Wright of Derby, featuring works by children from 31 primary schools in a diverse range of media—from a multicoloured fabric print to wire sculptures! Bartolomé Bermejo: Master of the Spanish Renaissance Exhibition until 29 Sept. From the glimmer of a jewel to the sheen of armour, Bermejo’s ability to capture light, colours and textures in oil painting was unparalleled in 15th-century Spain. This exhibition brings together seven of Bermejo’s rare works, six of which have never been seen in the UK. www.nationalgallery.org.uk 

London Stories New exhibition featuring 100 illustrations celebrating London and revealing some of the fascinating tales of London life past and present. From urban myths, historic events and remarkable characters, to daily lives and adventurous animals, the exhibition offers new insights into the cultural history and heritage of London. It’s quirky, amusing and bizarre! www.ltmuseum.co.uk

Natural History Museum FREE (SW7) Museum open daily, admission free, some activities charges payable. Investigate for Families, every weekend. Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their daily work. Drop-in, ages 3–11, 11am–5pm.



Museum of London (EC2Y) FREE Open daily, admission free for main museum. Includes specially-designed interactive children’s galleries, free activity bags and stimulating online games. Beasts of London on until Jan 2020. Step into a tour through London’s history, narrated by the animals who once lived here. Beasts of London explores the fascinating role animals have familiesonline.co.uk

Museum of the Moon (CREDIT: Neil James) Museum of the Moon on until Jan 2020 stunning metre model featuring meticulously detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, ambient moonlight and an evolving soundscape. FREE.

Join interactive theatre-makers Coney in Companion: Moon, a free interactive theatre experience. 20, 26 July, 1, 8, 15, 17, 22 and 29 August. FREE, tickets not required. Family yoga classes under the Moon: 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 August 08.45–9.30am. £14 per adult. Dino snores for Kids Fri 16 Aug. Unique dino-themed sleepover for 7–11yrs. £60 p/p. www.nhm.ac.uk 

Royal Museums Greenwich (SE10) Royal Museums Greenwich holds the world’s largest maritime collection, housed in historic buildings forming part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and incorporates the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the 17th-century Queen’s House, and Cutty Sark. Weekend performances and workshops entertain family visitors, and general admission is free; some buildings, special exhibitions and events have an admission fee.

other Royal Museum Greenwich attractions. The world famous 19th century tea clipper offers visitors four levels to explore. Take in the views from the main deck and steer at the ship’s wheel, meet the crew who worked on board, explore the various cargoes from wool to whiskey, and see how tea was loaded on board through interactive displays, props, information boards and animations. Moon Kites, Sat 3/ Sun 4 Aug. Celebrate the National Maritime Museum’s new moon exhibition by creating a traditional Malaysian moon kite inspired by Cutty Sark’s voyages. 11.30am, and 2pm starts, free with admission. Hungry Fish, Sat 7/Sun 8 Aug Swimming is hard work and every now and then a fish needs a snack! Come and craft some very hungry fish and their food in this make and take workshop. 11.30am, and 2pm starts, free with admission. Plastic Bag Weaving, Sat 21/ Sun 22 Aug. Try some eco-crafting by upcycling ordinary plastic bags into wonderful woven creations. 11.30am, and 2pm starts, free with admission. www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark 

The Moon Exhibition, from 19 July. Visit the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to Earth’s celestial neighbour. Tickets £5.85 children, £9 adults. Ahoy! Drop into NMM’s brilliant children’s gallery for a boatload of fun and adventure. Stoke the boiler of a steamship, land a fish and work in the interactive boatyard. Polar exploration, pirates and a host of other maritime themes are brought to life in this playful and immersive gallery, which also has a buggy park and easy access to all the facilities you need to have a stress-free visit. Ages 0–7, free and open daily (sometimes pre-booked for schools groups). The Great Explorer is an interactive game for families. Borrow a tablet device and set sail across The Great Map to explore distant lands and discover treasures from all around the world. Where will you visit and what will you find? Take a photo and share your adventure. 11am–4pm, free. Character Encounters, Saturdays. Join an exciting performance and journey bringing maritime history to life. 12 noon, 1, 2 & 3pm. www.rmg.co.uk 

Cutty Sark (SE10) Open daily, admission £6.30 children, £12.15 adults, from £24 families. Bundled tickets are available with the

Science Museum (SW7) Open daily, admission free, charges FREE apply for some activities/ exhibitions. Apollo Astronights On Sat 20 Jul, one-off, family-only, overnight space spectacular.

Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security From 10 Jul onwards, break the code in the interactive puzzle zone! Free—booking required. Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery Open daily, feel your imagination and immerse yourself in a world of wonder at the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world, with over 50 mindblowing exhibits, shows and

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demonstrations to enjoy. Take part in live experiments at our Chemistry Bar, see lightning strike before your eyes, play with forces on giant slides or travel through space under a canopy of stars. Science shows are performed daily. Driverless; Who is in Control? Until Oct, Get up close with examples of real self-driving vehicles. From selfdriving cars to autonomous flying drones and smart underwater vehicles like the Autosub Long Range fleet which includes ‘Boaty McBoatface’, this new exhibition promises to delight! www.sciencemuseum.org.uk 

Tower of London (EC3N) Open daily. Adults £24.70, conc £19.30. Armoury in Action Throughout July/Aug. A family friendly exhibition revealing the fascinating story of arms and the armoury at the Tower. From shooting arrows and assembling firearms to brandishing swords, a thousand years of history at the Tower is brought to life in this exciting, hands-on experience. www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london 

Victoria & Albert Museum (SW7) www.vam.ac.uk FREE Open daily, admission free. Pick up a family trail from the Information Desk and explore the museum through puzzles, drawing and observation. Suitable for 7-12 year-olds. There are also hundreds of exciting hands-on exhibits containing plenty to touch and try out. Saturdays only: pick up a back pack and explore the museum with fantastic jigsaws, stories, puzzles and games. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert’s Bnicentenary Until 1 Sept. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s births with a season of events and displays, including a new addition to the jewellery collection - Queen Victoria’s stunning sapphire and diamond coronet, now on display. Beatrix Potter’s Art until 17 Nov. As a young girl, Beatrix Potter showed keen design skills. Track the development of Potter’s artistry through examples of her childhood sketches and domestic projects alongside her adored, famous illustrations that came later. Pop-up performances Sats until 31 Aug. Dig up some of the secrets

and surprises of the museum’s story with Queen Victoria or Prince Albert and Jim the Dog and find out about life in Victorian times along the way. This is a promenade performance for all the family that moves around the museum. 11am, 1 and 3pm, free.

Mary Quant The 60’s Mod experience, until Feb 2020 From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tight and makeup discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British High Street! For the perfect day out for Mother and daughter this summer why not see the exhibition and head to The Pelham Hotel for a Mary Quant Afternoon tea! The Pelham hotel London and La Fete have launched the playfully vibrant fashion-inspired menu

for afternoon tea in line with the opening of The V&A’s latest exhibition. Book this experience at www.starhotelscollezione. com/en/our-hotels/the-pelhamlondon/ 

V&A Museum of Childhood FREE E2 Open daily, admission free. This gem of a museum houses dolls, dolls’ houses, puppets, teddy bears, games, childcare, clothing, furniture and art and photography. Everyday drop-in activities include storytelling, arts and crafts, and trails. There’s dressing-up, role play and an under 3s area, an indoor sandpit, and regular special events. Playing with Buildings until March 2020 Seventy first-year BSc Architecture students from UEL re-think how visitors might interact with the museum and designed new inventive spaces for playing and learning. Pupils from Morpeth Secondary School and St Johns Primary School have user tested their prototype designs and created their own inventive responses. www.museumofchildhood.org.uk

NORTH LONDON LOCAL LISTINGS JULY Wed 3 July Open Air performance of Wuthering Heights at Forty Hall (EN2) 19:30 Tickets: £14, Concs £10, Children £8, Family Ticket £38 (2 Adults and 2 Children) Chair Hire: £2.50. Age 9+. Refreshments available. www.fortyhallestate.co.uk

Fri 5 July–Sun 7 Jul

Fri 5 Jul & every Friday during termtime Under 5s at Kenwood House (NW3) 10.30–11:30, craft making, storytelling and sing-alongs. £2 per person. No booking necessary. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/ kenwood-house

Fri 5–Tues 16 Jul Steps to Starting Your Own Business – FREE Taster Sessions for Women All sessions 10:00–12:00. Sessions on Fri 5 (Tottenham), Tues 9 (Finchley), Fri 12 ( Walthamstow) and Tue 16 (Enfield). Booking required. www.EnterpriseEnfield.org

Sat 6 Jul Four Square Patchwork Workshop at Forty Hall (EN2) 14:00–16:00, £45, see website for detail of what to bring. www.fortyhallestate.co.uk 

Outdoor Performance of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Keats House (NW3) 14:00–16:00. All Ages, tickets around £16. dramaimpact.com/ 

Welcome to Hollywood at the Dugdale Centre (EN2) 14:30 & 17:30, tickets £15 (conc £12). Annual show from Young Talent Academy and Young notes Pop Choir. www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

Sat 6 & Sat 3 Aug Kids Yoga at the Dugdale Centre (EN2) Led by YogArt, £8 per person, ages 8–12, 11:00–11:45. www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

Sun 7 Jul FREE

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Red Bull Soapbox Race at Alexandra Palace (N22) International, amateur events where drivers race homemade soapbox vehicles! Gates open 10:00, first race at 12:00. www.alexandrapalace.com/s-palace/

Mon 9 Jul Little Museum Explorers (EN2) Baking activity children. £1 per child, 10:30–11:30. www.dugdalecentre.co.uk 16 Families North London

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Tue 16–Thurs 18 Jul

Muswell Hill Music Festival (N10) Various performances, with tickets around £10. www.mhmusicfest.co.uk

Luna Cinema at Kenwood House (NW3) Showings include Moulin Rouge, Bohemian Rhapsody, Doors open 19.45, film starts 21.15pm. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/ kenwood-house

Matthew’s Puppet Film Club- Team America: World Police at Little Angel Theatre (N1) 19.30 showing of the 2004 South Park film. Bar and snacks available. Ages 15+. www.artsdepot.co.uk

Sat 13 & 20 Jul Grumpy Klause the Grumpy Mouse at Picked Pepper Books (N8) 30m sensory adventure performed by Gurgle Theatre. 10:00, ages 6mths–4yrs, £8.50 per ticket. www.pickledpepperbooks.co.uk

Fri 12–Sun 14 Jul Luna Cinema at Alexandra Palace (N22) Showings include The Greatest Snowman, a Star is Born and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Doors open 19.45, film starts 21.15. www.alexandrapalace.com/s-palace/

Sat 13 Jul Weave your own wall hanging workshop at Forty Hall (EN2) 10:00–14:00, £60, all materials included. www.fortyhallestate.co.uk 

TogetherFest 2019 at Arts Depot (N12) 10:00– 16:00, free entry, all ages. FREE www.artsdepot.co.uk

Sun 14 Jul Gardening Morning at Stephens House (N3) 10:30–13:00. www.stephenshouseandgardens.com/

FREE

Sunday Lunch in the House at Stephens House (N3) 12:00–15:00. Booking recommended. www.stephenshouseandgardens.com/ 

Sundial Sundays: She’Koyokh Trio at Lauderdale House (N6) 14.30–16: 30. www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk Sandal Sticks Theatre at the Jewish Museum (NW1) 10:30–12:00, ages 0–5. Listen to two stories: Jar of Fools and The Rain Wall. Pre-booking advised. jewishmuseum.org.uk 

Thu 18 Jul–Fri 30 Aug Artsdepot Open 2019 (N12) A fantastic opportunity to view, purchase and exhibit artwork. £3000 prize available! No booking required, gallery open daily 10:00–16:00. www.artsdepot.co.uk

FREE

Thu 18 Jul NCT Cheeky Monkeys Summer Tea Party At Lordship Hub, Lordship Recreation Ground (N17) 10:00–12:00. £3 per family, everyone welcome but ideal for children aged 0–3. There will be fun taster sessions for local activities, goody bags, a cake stall, a raffle and much more! Events.Haringey@nct.org.uk for more details.

Sat 20 Jul Jewellery Making Class - Viking knit chain (Triconopoly) at Forty Hall (EN2) 10:00–16:00. £99 including materials; £129 including tools and materials. www.fortyhallestate.co.uk 

Comedy Intimates: Come Mek We Larf at Dugdale Centre (EN2) Stand up comedy, £15 per person, 19:45. www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

Sat 20 & Sun 21 Jul Annual Fuchsia Festival at Capel Manor Gardens (EN1) Sat is 13:00–17:00pm, Sun is 10:00-16:00. www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk 



British Gladiolus Society Southern Show and Gough Park Allotment Society Annual Show at Capel Manor Gardens (EN1) Sat is 10:00–17:00, Sun is 10:00–16:00. www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk

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Sundial Sundays: Rachel Sutton at Lauderdale House (N6) 14.30–16:30pm. www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk

Mon 15–Thu 18 Jul Open Air Performance of the Arms and the Man at Lauderdale House (N6) Bring a picnic! 19:00. Tickets £16/ £17 on door. www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk

Thu 11 July

Carter’s Steam Fair in Priory Park (N8) Free entry with tokens available to purchase for rides! Fri 14:00–18:00, Sat 11:00–20:00.

Hampstead Summer Festival (NW3) Over 150 stalls and attractions.

Sun 7 Jul & Sun 4 Aug Family Craft at Kenwood House 12:00–16:00, £2 per person, no booking necessary. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/ kenwood-house

FREE

Printing Patterns at Burgh House (NW3) Design your own creative print. Ages 5+. 11:00–13:00, £5 per child. Advance booking is recommended. burghhouse.museumssites.com

Sun 21 Jul Annual Art in the Park Event at Downhills Park, Tottenham (N17) 13:00–16:00, help with a giant community piece of art! Ages 6+. www.facebook.com/ FREE events/158110315125396/ 

Sun Pictures Workshop at Forty Hall (EN2) 10:00–13:00, £40 including materials. www.fortyhallestate.co.uk 

Sundial Sundays: She’Koyokh Trio at Lauderdale House (N6) 14.30–16:30. www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk

FREE



Summer Garden Fete at Stephens House (N3) www.stephenshouseandgardens.com/ 

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What’s On Family Day: Talking Fans at Keats House (NW3) Learn how to make a Regency Fan. Drop-in. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/thingsto-do/keats-house/

FREE



Frame your eyes at Burgh house (NW3) Make and decorate your own spectacles frame. Ages 5+. 11:00–13:00. burghhouse.museumssites.com

FREE

Sat 3 Aug

Mon 22 Jul Adult Museum Makers with Art Stop (EN2) Informal workshop led by Lisa Howes covering Observational Drawing. 18:30–20:00, £15 per person. www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

Tues 24, 31 Jul & Tues 7 & 14 Aug Weaving for Kids Course (EN2) Led by YogArt & Museum of Enfield, fun weaving course for 8–12 yr olds. £25 per child for all 4 sessions, all are 11:30–12:30. www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

Tue 23–Wed 24 Jul, & every Tues/Weds to 28 Aug Summer Quest and Craft at Kenwood House 12:00–16:00, £2 per person, no booking necessary. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/ whats-on/kenwood-house

Thu 25 Jul Summer holiday workshops: The Tudors at the Dugdale (EN2) Find out the origins of the Tudor Rose before creating stained glass effect tracery roses! £6 per child. 10:30–12:00 or 13:00–14:30. www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

Thu 25 & Fri 26 Jul Face Front fest 2019—Between the WI and the FI (EN2) Community festival of inclusive theatre celebrating disabled and non-disabled artists. Thurs at 13:00, Fri at 13:00 & 19:00. Tickets £10, Conc £5. www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

FREE

You are what you Believe at the Arts Depot (N12) 19:30, The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK). www.artsdepot.co.uk/whats-on

FREE



Livestock Festival at Forty Hall (EN2) 12:00– 23:00, £20 in advance for the first 500 early birds and £25 thereafter; Tickets are available on the day at £30 on the door (card payments accepted). Children under 12 go free. Children age 13–17: £5. www.tickettailor.com/events/ livestockmusic/225987#

Sun 28 Jul Bug Club—Wildflowers at Forty Hall (EN2) 10:00–12:00, £5 in advance, £7 on the door. Children must be accompanied by an adult (no ticket required). Age: 4–11 years. www. fortyhallestate.co.uk/whats-on/bug-clubwildflowers/ 

Forty Hall Through the Lens at Forty Hall (EN2) 10:00–13:00, £30. Prepare to walk 2–3 km and bring a camera/phone camera! Ages 18+. www.fortyhallestate.co.uk/whats-on/fortyhall-through-the-lens/

Sat 27–Sun 28 July & Sat 17 Aug

Community Cultural Festival, Go Africa at Ringcross Community Centre (N7) 13:00 to late, all ages. Free entry, cash bar, delicious African food. 07474 731 503.

Sun 18 Aug The Lord Chamberlain’s Men Present ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Kenwood House (NW3) Open air performance at 19:00. Adult tickets £16, child £10. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/ kenwood-house 

Mon 5 Aug FREE

The Together Table host a Food Allergy Workshop with Little Bandits at Hygge Pygge Café (NW1) 10:00–12:00, reserve space by emailing tinytablelondon@gmail.com

Wed 7 Aug & every Wed in Aug Watery Wednesdays at the London Canal Museum (N1) 10:30-12:00 or 13:30–15:00. Includes a short boat trip. Children £4, adults at normal admission charges. www.canalmuseum.org.uk

Wed 7 Aug

Family Day: ‘Rise like Lions’ at Keats House (NW3) Make your own protest poster and learn about Shelley’s poem. Drop-in. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/ keats-house/

FREE

Thu 22 Aug



FREE

National Play Day – Mess Around at Stephens House (N3) 10.30-12:30, 6mths–5yrs. www.stephenshouseandgardens.com 

Summer Poetry and Jazz at Keats House (NW3) With Musician Catherine Lima. £7.50 per ticket, booking essential. www.cityoflondon. gov.uk/things-to-do/keats-house/ Summer Holiday Workshops—Toys in Enfield at the Dugdale (EN2) 10:30–12:00 or 13:00–14:30. £6 per child, ages 4-11. www.dugdalecentre. co.uk



StreatLife at Alexandra Palace (N22) Legendary Street food & Craft Beer festival, featuring over 30 top street food vendors and bars. www.alexandrapalace.com/s-palace/

Stitch Day: Still Life in Miniature at Forty Hall (EN2) Make your own fridge magnet or brooch! 11:00–13:00 or 14:00–16:00. Booking is essential. www.fortyhallestate.co.uk

Thu 8 Aug

Sat 27 Jul Girl Scouts Vs Aliens at Pickled Pepper Books (N8) 55m performance from Escapade Productions. 15:00, age 6+, £8.50 per ticket. www.pickledpepperbooks.co.uk Elsyng Palace Excavation—With Enfield Archaeological Society (EAS) at Forty Hall (EN2) 11:00–15:00. www.fortyhallestate. co.uk

Fri 2–Sun 4 Aug Open Air performance of The Wind in the Willows at Stephens House (N3) 11:30 & 14:30 daily. Tickets £11.50, 4 for £39. Age 3+. www.stephenshouseandgardens.com/

Tue 13 Aug Stories and More: Make Do and Mend at the Dugdale (EN2) An hour filled of stories, songs and crafts. 3–4 yr olds. £4 per child.10:30. www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

Wed 14 & 21 Aug, Sun 1& 8 Sep Summer Pond Dipping at Stephens House (N3) sessions at 11:00 & 14:00, £4 per session per child. www.stephenshouseandgardens.com/

Sat 17 Aug The Great FREE Fete at Alexandra Palace (N22) A celebration of the Palace’s story of innovation and entertainment. Live music stages ft DJ Yoda, Cinema in the Theatre, Street Food & Craft Beer, KidsActivities & Workshops, Silent Disco, Live Performances, Fairground, People’s Stage and more! www.alexandrapalace.com

Drawing with Water at the British Library FREE (NW1) record your experiments and build a unique artwork inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s studies of water. 10.30 and 15:00 starts, ages 5-11, free. www.bl.uk 

Summer holiday workshops – WW11 Medals at the Dugdale (EN2) Deisgn and make your own medal! 10:30–12:00 or 13:00–14:30, £6 per child. 4–11 yr olds. www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

Fri 23–Wed 28 Aug The Monster at Alexandra Palace (N22) FriMon is 16+ only, Tues–Wed is 7+. www.alexandrapalace.com/-palace/

Sun 25 Aug “Kaleidoscope Presents”… Norman Jay NBE Good Times at the Palace (N22) 12:00FREE 17:00, the DJ and broadcaster brings his le–endary Good Times to Alexandra Palace Park. www.alexandrapalace.com/s-palace/

Thu 29 Aug Open Air performance of Gangsta Granny at Forty Hall (EN2) 17:00. Tickets: £14, Concs £10, Children £8, Family Ticket £38 (2 Adults and 2 Children). Children aged 5 and younger to do not need to purchase a ticket. Chair Hire: £2.50. Age 7+. www.fortyhallestate.co.uk/whats-on/ gangsta-granny-2/

SEPTEMBER Sun 1 Sep Bug Club—Grape Hyacinth at Forty Hall (EN2) 10:00–12:00. £5 in advance, £7 on the door. Children must be accompanied by an adult (no ticket required). Age: 4–11 years www.fortyhallestate.co.uk/whats-on/bugclub-grape-hyacinth/



FREE

AUGUST Every Day in August Burgh House Families Summer Special at FREE Burgh House (NW3) Every day in August Discover, follow the trails, and unleash your imagination!Resources to be picked up from the House front desk. burghhouse.museumssites.com

Thu 1 Aug Talkies Community Cinema Presents showing of the Happy Prince (EN2) Cert 15, £6.50, 19.45 www.dugdalecentre.co.uk

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Parties, Clubs, Classes and Activities ART Creative Wiz Kids run Super Saturdays (10am–1pm) all year round, at Oliver’s Nursery, 52 Belsize Square, NW3 4HN. Children are introduced to various art and design themes, techniques and materials, including 2D and 3D making, learning about traditional and contemporary artists, and creating work inspired by various art movements! Ages 3–9. www.creativewizkids.com 07956 592 142

CHILDREN’S PARTIES Adam Ants offers high energy parties. Adam Ants and his talented team make sure their parties are non-stop fun. With something for all ages: magic, balloon modelling, puppets, music, dancing, games and face painting. They also offer amazing disco/ sports parties or the ever popular Build a Bear party. You can hire tables and chairs/bouncy castles/ soft play and ball ponds. New for 2018/2019: Fantastic Lego Parties. www.adamantsparties.co.uk 020 8959 1045 / 07969 121 094 Alexandra Palace, Birthdays on Ice! (N22) Birthdays are available every Saturday & Sunday at Alexandra Palace Ice Rink. Parties start with your host leading 15 minute of games, followed by skating during the public session and a hot meal in the Ice Café. The price is £17.50 per child and we can accommodate a minimum of 10 children and a maximum of 25. Accompanying parents skate for free. www.alexandrapalace. com/ice-rink/ Arts Depot (N12) With artsdepot’s exciting programme of family shows, hosting a birthday party is simple. Birthday parties can be held on Saturdays and Sundays during school term time. We’ll arrange your tickets (group discounts may apply), birthday lunchboxes and reserve a space in our public area or a room for your party. 020 8369 5454 www. artsdepot.co.uk Captain Fantastic is proud to be voted the UK’s number 1 children’s entertainment company by trusted review site FreeIndex. Trusted by brands such as Pokémon, Nickelodeon, The BBC, LinkedIn & GOSH. Captain Fantastic offer a wide range of parties for all ages, from classic magic shows and discos, to themed parties fit for a princess – or pirate, superhero parties and science parties. www.captain-fantastic.co.uk Coffee and Crayons Café (N3) is a fantastic café with soft play area available. The café is also available to hire for birthday parties, special occasions and clubs/classes. www.coffeeandcrayonscafe. com 0208 343 1333 info@ coffeeandcrayonscafe.com Flip Out Brent Cross (NW2) It seems word is getting around and all kids want their next party at Flip Out Brent Cross! Our experiential Earth, Wind and Water themed party rooms are sensational. Expect a forest canopy and log bean bags, ripples of blue light creating the feeling of being under water, wind chimes ringing alongside a canopy of dazzling ribbons. You’re guaranteed to have the best time ever! Check out our party packages online www.flipout.co.uk/brentcross. Jacksons Lane (N6) The perfect venue to host your child’s next birthday party. With a selection of flexible spaces and Cafe Theadro on hand, all you need to do is turn up! www.jacksonslane.org.uk 020 8340 5226 18 Families North London

Nicky Grace, textile artist in Muswell Hill, offers craft parties and workshops for children (and adults) in a calm, natural place which seats up to 14 people round the table. Children take home the beautiful things they have made so no need for party bags! nicky.grace@hotmail.co.uk the greenshed.format.com Jump In (EN1) Go along for a fabulous party at the Trampoline Park in Enfield! Party packages include 60 minutes to enjoy all of the activities including free jump, dodgeball, tumble tracks & more; 30 minutes in the party area with a Party Host, Pizza or hotdogs for all the children, and unlimited squash and water with your food. All you need is the cake and party bags! Rockin party packages also now available including 45 minutes climbing! 01926 356 290 hello@gojumpin.com www. gojunpin.com Perform Parties Based around a colourful theme, Perform’s energetic party leaders use a magical mix of songs, games and laughter to create fun-filled, action-packed parties. 020 7255 9120 or performparties.co.uk Pickled Pepper Books (N8) have various party packages available for your child’s next party! Parties are held in a specially dedicated Events Space and packages available include themed Story and Craft parties, perfect for 4–9 year olds—don’t forget to dress up! Or, how about a Science party, run by expert instructors from Kids With Brains, suitable for 5–11 year olds, and including a choice of three experiments! Parties can host up to 30 children. Catering also available so all you need to do is turn up! info@pickledpepperbooks. co.uk, 020 3632 0823 www. pickledpepperbooks.co.uk Puddles Children’s Parties deliver hassle free, affordable and environmentally friendly entertainment and party packages in London. As a specialist in treasure hunts and themed parties, we take care of everything. From carefully selected party venues, all supporting good causes, to professional entertainers, decorations and food, you don’t have to put any effort in. For more information and bookings visit www.puddles.london Rainbow Faces of Enfield Face painter available for parties, events, discos and festivals. Face paints, festival glitter and glitter tattoos available. Prices vary. DBS and PLI up to date. Find me on Facebook lisarainbowfaces or Instagram rainbowfacesofenfield. 07960 474810 Topsy Turvy World (NW4) Turn your child’s birthday party upside down and inside out! Dedicated party room, a birthday throne and a variety of party options: slime, laser, teddy tastic and our popular topsy turvy party. www. topsyturvyworld.com 020 8359 9920. Free registration (£10) and free party child by quoting Families 2019. Zebra Ceramics (N10) Pottery painting studio, loved by all ages!! Whether it’ s a mug, plate or bowl being painted, we will help all party goers to create something they will treasure forever. Our parties are designed for ages 5 and above. You may also visit us if you are not organising a party, we are open 7 days a week. 0208 442 1314 www.zebraceramics. co.uk

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still making it fun and engaging. All courses use Python, a fullfeatured programming language. We run private courses for groups of friends, held at a participants’ home, and scheduled courses. Ages 7-17 | CodeToday.co.uk info@ codetoday.co.uk 020 3289 7431 MAMA.codes Creative Coding Classes: Fun and creative after-school and holiday coding clubs for ages 3-8. Our unique approach to teaching coding and computational thinking using stories, rhymes, jokes, songs and ‘unplugged’ coding games builds fluency for the jobs of the future. Discounted trials available. 07709 266901 8 www.mama. codes Mama.codes.finchley@ gmail.com

COOKERY Sycamore Seeds After School Cookery Club Teaching kids how to cook helps build a healthy attitude to food. Hands-on lessons from a Leiths-trained chef that go “beyond cupcakes”. We make sweet and savoury treats to take home, develop kitchen skills and learn fun food facts. Mondays at Hornsey Vale Community Centre (N8) for 7-11 year-olds. Private lessons and children’s parties also available. 07887 585 957 clare@sycamoresmyth.com sycamoresmyth.com/sycamoreseeds

DANCE The London Institute Of Dance (N10, N6, N8, N12, N21, N22, N9, EN4, Herts) Excellent, Professional tuition in Imperial Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary & More. For ages 2.5years–Adults. www. londoninstituteofdance.org londoninstituteofdance@yahoo. com 07563 136 803 Highgate Ballet School Since 1995 Highgate Ballet School has been providing high quality children’s Cecchetti Method ballet and contemporary dance classes for ages 3+ after school and on Saturdays. PreSchoolers’ Ballet inspires the joy of dancing accompanied by a classically trained pianist. Exams, performances, holiday camps and elite dancers’ group. Free trial. info@highgateballetschool.com

LANGUAGES Club Petit Pierrot (NW3/8/11) French classes offered for a range of ages, toddler upwards. www. clubpetitpierrot.co.uk La Jolie Ronde offer French and Spanish classes throughout North London for all ages. www. lajolieronde.co.uk Portugese for Children (NW6) Every Saturday, from 10am to 12pm, the international Gospel Church on Belsize Park will be open for children 4–12 years to enrol for lessons which will include reading and writing, and Brazilian culture, including Music! Pre-booking required, contact@iglondon. org.uk

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT Colourstrings for a brilliant start and long-term success in music! Develop your child’s musical talent in Kodaly-based music kindergartens and instrumental programmes from 6mths–19yrs. For a trial of 3 discounted lessons 020 8444 9435 or admin@ nlcolourstrings.co.uk www. nlcolourstrings.co.uk DaCapo Saturday Music Centre is a friendly, inclusive and innovative music school in North Finchley. We teach all instruments, all abilities and all ages from toddlers-upwards. Family-friendly environment. Many parents learn

with us too! Contact us now to book your free taster session and come for a free coffee at our delicious café. www.dacapo. co.uk jam@dacapo.co.uk 07923 130 289 Lady Teacher with lifetime experience in London’s leading orchestras offers confidenceboosting, fast track and enjoyable one-to-one lessons in Violin, Music Theory and English as a Foreign Language. Proven success in Public Schools Preparation (Eton, Radley etc.)— Music Works Magic! Widely experienced Oboist husband (Royal Opera House & international book author) offers tuition in Oboe, Recorder and beginner Piano. NW3, free parking. 07976 830 309.

Muswell Young Musicians is a Saturday Music School offering musicianship classes (18 months–5 years) and an innovative instrumental programme (5 years+). We’re passionate about music education and strive to provide an inclusive setting where young people can enjoy high-quality music making and grow as well-rounded musicians. Contact us for a free trial. We look forward to welcoming you! www. muswellyoungmusicians.co.uk info@muswellyoungmusicians. co.uk 07954 854 731

SPORTS AND EXERCISE Danny Grant Soccer School Action-packed football camps and classes for ages 3.5–12years in NW3. Non-stop skills, drills, games and tournaments, led by professional, enthusiastic coaches. Now booking Summer Holiday Camps and weekly Saturday morning classes. Football parties are also bookable! 020 8446 0891 www.dgsoccer.co.uk Gojumpin (EN1) Interconnecting trampolines for free jumping, climbing wall, foam pits, tumble tracks, battle beams and more. Under 5s have their own area devoted to them. Also, birthday parties, school and group events, free running classes, fitness classes, teen nights, toddler classes and other special events and sessions throughout the year. www. gojumpin.com/enfield/ Kiddikicks (NW1, N16, NW6, W9) Football Coaching for children 18 months to 10 years old. 020 7937 7965 info@kiddikicks.co.uk www.kiddikicks.co.uk/timetable London Academy of Gymnastics & Dance (LAGAD) (N2, N3, N12, N8, N10, N14, N15, N20, N22, NW11 and HA9) High quality, dynamic and fun classes for children aged 3.5–16 years. Fully-trained and highly qualified coaches. All abilities welcome. Trial Classes available. 0208 883 4675 info@lagad. co.uk www.lagad.co.uk North London Schools of Taekwondo The Korean Martial Art of Taekwondo, for Self Defence, Fitness, discipline and Confidence. Classes for 3–5, 5–11 yr olds and mixed Family/Adults. Classes in Barnet, Cheshunt & Enfield www. taekwondo-northlondon.co.uk www.selfdefence-london.com Phone Richard on 07967 128420

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Parties, Clubs, Classes and Activities Rising Stars Football Club (N2 + NW2) High quality football coaching in a safe and fun environment. Children will learn and develop core football skills to ensure that they progress and fulfil their potential. Teaching will also focus on appreciating good sportsmanship and teamwork. We offer a boys and girls only football club! Age structure: Pre Reception– Year 6. Book now 020 8150 6655 info@risingstarsactivities.com Sports Academy UK provide weekend coaching programmes locally in Barnet and Crouch End for children aged 4–16 years, using our qualified team of coaches. We offer 18 different sports a year. All equipment is supplied. www. sportsacademyuk.com or 08000 248 842

SWIMMING Just Swim provide swimming lessons in several North London locations (Barnet, Friern Barnet, Hornsey) for all ages. www. justswim.org.uk Oakleigh Park School of Swimming provide swimming lessons in Whetstone, Mill Hill and Woodside Park for babies–adults. www.swimoakleighpark.co.uk Swimming Nature Teaching babies, children and adults the fundamentals skills required to improve water confidence and learn to swim. For 25 years, our hands-on approach helps students reach their goals faster. Swimming Nature deliver lessons in Queens Park, Muswell Hill, Highbury, Hampstead, Cricklewood. www. swimmingnature.com 03445 040506. Tiny Swimmers provide swimming lessons in Barnet, Finchley, Hornsey and Islington. www. tinyswimmers.co.uk

THEATRE & PERFORMING ARTS Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School: Saturday workshops in Drama, Singing, Dance and Film all taught by leading industry professionals. Our Camden branch takes place at Parliament Hill School at 9.30am–2pm or 2.30pm–5.30pm for 7–18 year olds. Fiorentini Weenies for 4–6 years takes place at 9.30am–11am. More details at www.annafiorentini. com Dramarama Exciting Performing Arts courses and classes for ages 3.5–15years in NW3. Develop acting skills and performance technique and star in exciting plays, dance shows and musicals. Now booking Holiday Courses and weekly Saturday morning drama classes. Drama parties also bookable! 020 8446 0891 www.dramarama.co.uk

Huzzah Performing Arts & Mindfulness Build confidence from the inside out with a huzzah weekly class. Drama, dance, singing and a touch of mindfulness. Ages 4–7. Saturday 1–2.20pm in Queen’s Park. Sunday 10–11.30am in West Hampstead. Creative, calm, confident kids. Sign up for FREE TRIAL at www. huzzahperformingarts.com Perform (NW3, N22, N8, NW5, N2, N12 & N3, N4, N11, NW3, NW11, N6, N1, N10, N12, NW1, N14, NW8, N16, N20, N7, NW6, N21 and NW7) Confidence building fun for 4–12s. A unique mix of drama, dance and singing specially formulated to bring out every child’s true potential. Classes are kept small to ensure lots of individual attention. Perform offer no-obligation FREE trial sessions. 020 7255 9120 enquiries@perform.org.uk www.perform.org.uk/try The Place Join the exhilarating atmosphere of The Place this Summer. Jam packed with dance activities and performances for all ages from babies to over 60’s, including workshops the whole family can enjoy together! More info at theplace.org.uk or call 020 7121 1100 Theatre Life Academy (N12) Exceptional musical theatre classes for 4–18s, taught by industry professionals. Classes include Singing, Dance & Drama, learning material from London’s West End. We build stamina, confidence, co-ordination, fitness and selfesteem. At the end of each term a presentation will be performed in the studio for parents. Private lessons are also available. www. theatrelifeacademy.co.uk 07730 482148

Leaders are Readers awardwinning reading programme, exemplary English, maths, 4+, 5+, 7+ and 11+ curricula have helped more than 3500 children from 3+ to 13 years old, for over 17 years, with a 90% pass rate for children taking entrance exams to top grammar & independent schools. Saturday School for the Spring 2019 term enrolling now. St Andrews’s CE Primary School 297 Chase Road, Southgate N14 6JA. Free assessment on open days. 01992 651 300 www. leadersarereaders.co.uk SDE Finchley Susan Daughtrey Education has operated extremely successful 11+ Courses for over 25 years. The classes are taught by a qualified, experienced and carefully selected KS2 teacher and prepare Year 4 & 5 students for both CEM and GL Assessment tests (and is therefore suitable preparation for Henrietta Barnett (Stage 1), Laytmer, QE Boys, Dame Alice Owen’s, SW Herts Consortium and other counties such as Bucks and Berks). Mock Tests also available. Call 020 3515 0099 wbarns@sde11plus.com www. sde11plus.com/courses Teachers Teach Education Centre (EN1 EN2 N9 EN3 EN7 N21) Offers professional tuition by qualified teachers. They teach students from reception age through to those studying for A-Levels covering: SATs, 11+ & Entrance exams, GCSEs, A-LEVELs—as well as mock exams and informal school tests. OFSTED registered. (Use childcare vouchers or claim Childcare tax credits). Call 020 8363 5008 www.teachersteachenfield.co.uk info@teachersteachenfield.co.uk

BABY AND TODDLER Friern Barnet Community Library (N11) offers a variety of classes for adults and children. These include Toddlers Rhyme time on Wednesdays at 11am, and Minecraft club for children on Fridays 4–5pm. The library is also a party venue and available to hire for education and health classes. www.friernbarnetlibrary.org Humpty Dumpty Singalong is a relaxed singing/music session for babies and toddlers (0–2s) with grown-ups. We sing a mix of nursery rhymes and other favourite songs, make live music together with shakers, bells and my ukulele and have puppets, toys, bubbles and more! Singalong parties also available! 11–11.45am Wednesdays, Hargrave Hall, Archway N1 and other sessions are available in Crouch End, Stroud Green and Islington. www.facebook.com/ thehumptydumptysingalong or thehumptydumptysingalong@ hotmail.com T&FI Softplay (N7) Come along to our stay and play with Softplay, crafts, singing, parachute, mini disco and meet our mascot: Every Wednesday (term time only), 9:30 to 11:30 at Goodinge Community Centre, N7. Free tea, coffee and cake! £5.00 per child, siblings £3. A fun, friendly space where everyone is welcome! Check us out on Instagram #tfisoftplay

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB / EDUCATION Bilingual Nurseries (N1) French/ English Mars Montessori Bilingual Nursery is a small private nursery in the heart of Islington, offering Montessori education and a bilingual environment, coupled with extended day care for children aged 1–4 years. We have only 24 children, and 6 members of staff. The nursery is open from 8am–6pm, Monday to Friday for 47 weeks of the year. 020 7099 0452 www.bilingualnurseries. com intuition inTuition clubs provide a purpose built learning environment designed to support and inspire our students in progressing and achieving the results they desire, building on their school based learning in Maths and English. We deliver affordable, private tuition, which is 100% aligned to the national curriculum for primaryaged children. Contact our North Finchley centre on 020 3092 7280 www.intuitionclubs.com

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Families North London Issue 137 Jul/Aug 2019  

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Families North London Issue 137 Jul/Aug 2019  

The essential must-have resource for North London parents this Summer!