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Charity Fundraising Day at Reddiford School Pupils from Reddiford Prep School dressed in the colours of the flag of India to raise awareness and money for Action Aid, SEWA (Selfless Efforts for the Welfare of All) and BAPS charities - who are providing life-saving equipment and supplies, temporary hospital beds, food, vaccines and support in response to the Covid pandemic ravaging India and surrounding countries. The importance of charity is at the heart of Reddiford’s ethos; from reception to Year 6, pupils are engaged with the world around them and are encouraged to nurture an understanding of the needs of others. The children were inspired by news reports of the devastating pandemic across South Asia. Our compassionate, enthusiastic pupils looked wonderful in their colourful clothes and once again showed how keen they are to support worthy causes both at home and abroad and raised an incredible £1586.80! Mrs. Batt (Head Teacher) stated, “we are very proud of our pupil’s achievements, their desire and determination to support these worthwhile charities and contribute to ongoing efforts to provide for those in need is highly commendable.”

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Get planning for the long summer holidays! We know how challenging it can be to keep the kids entertained, so we’ve got dozens of ideas for you in our summer boredom busters special. Plus fun activities that will keep little brains learning throughout the break too.

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Competition winners Congratulations to Kate Petitclerc from Poole in Dorset whose family won a Smoby Playhouse in our Mar/Apr issue.

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The new programme is designed to recover and reuse materials from old Mattel toys for future Mattel products, and supports the company’s goal to achieve 100% recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic materials across all products and packaging by 2030. To participate in the Mattel PlayBack programme, consumers can click here, print a free shipping label, and pack and mail their outgrown Mattel toys back to Mattel. The toys collected will be sorted and separated by material type and responsibly processed and recycled. For materials that cannot be repurposed as recycled content in new toys, Mattel PlayBack will either downcycle those materials or convert them from waste to energy. At launch, the programme will accept Barbie®, Matchbox® and MEGA® toys for recycling with other brands to be added in the future. Mattel PlayBack will initially be available in the United States and Canada. The programme will extend to France, Germany and the United Kingdom through third-party recycling partners.

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HEADSTONE MANOR & MUSEUM Mon 26 Jul The Three Musketeers HARROW ARTS Join the legendary CENTRE Mon 5 – Sun 18 Jul Musketeers in a thrilling production Professor brimming with Greenhill’s excitement, danger, Adventure Quest An entertaining and comedy. Ages 8+. Outdoor Theatre. interactive online quest experience Mon 16 Aug for the family. The Jungle Book Online event. Join Mowgli and Fri 30 Jul - Murder his friends on a on The Improvised madcap jungle adventure. Outdoor Express theatre. A train departs, only for one of THE PALACE the passengers THEATRE to be murdered in LONDON the dead of night! Who’s the killer? What the We have no idea! Ladybird Heard The entire plot is up 15 July-29 August to you! Ages 11+. Plenty of audience 6 July/August

Wed 25 Aug Milkshake! Live - Milkshake Monkey’s Musical Learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends.

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Performing Arts prepares your child for the new school year The start of the school year is a great time to consider new activities for your child and the skills learnt in performing arts can be hugely beneficial to children. These include empathy, listening, problem solving and confidence. Empathy One challenge children face when they return to school in September is changes to friendship groups. Empathy is essential to help them react appropriately to their peers and develop their social skills. To portray a character in a play we need to be able to step into their shoes and understand their situation; if a child learns to understand a character in this way, they can apply this skill to everyday life. READ MORE


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Summer Camps & Activities Alice in Wonderland Perform’s summer holiday course for 4-10s This July and August, your child will enjoy the colourful topsyturvy world of Wonderland as we tumble down the rabbit hole and join the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts and Alice herself in this magical adventure. Things get ‘curiouser and curiouser’ thanks to tea with The Mad Hatter, a game of imaginary flamingo croquet and even a chat with The Cheshire Cat. Ages 4-10 years. 16–20 August at Eastcote Methodist Church, Pinner, HA5 2QU. 10am-3pm each day. Contact 020 7255 9120 or email. Book here. DiscoG Coding Academy MINI CODERS. Ages 6-8. The Mini Coders Summer Course is designed to introduce children aged 6 - 8 to the fascinating world of computer programming. YOUNG CODERS. Ages 9-14. J​ oin the Young Coders Summer Courses and Workshops. In each 3 hour session, students will be working on a different set of coding challenges and projects. Courses run in July& August. Find out more or book here. Familiesonline.co.uk

fabric jewels or perhaps you have another idea? This workshop is suitable for children (aged 8+) and young people – beginners and super stitchers alike. If you are interested email sam@stitch.club. Free Readers The Free Readers Summer Learning Camp has three clear goals: 1. Raising achievement and KangaRooKids KangaRooKids offers Multi aspirations; 2. Encouraging independent learning; 3. Activity School Holiday Making learning enjoyable Camps for 4–11-yearwith our specially olds, Drama, Music & designed curriculum Movement Classes for 0-11’s and Birthday Parties tailored to meet identified needs of children and for 1–7-year-olds. Camps address skills gaps. are running throughout August, Tuesday-Thursday More info here. in Mill Hill & Elstree and Active Time Holiday include a farm visit on clubs Thursdays. Small group, For children aged 3-11 high staff to child ratio, years All school holiday, supportive environment Monday - Friday 7.30amand so much fun! Our 6.00pm. At The Cadet classes are in Finchley Centre, Elmgrove Road, Mon, Tues, Wed & Frid Harrow, HA1 2QA. Contact at Stephens House & Gardens, N3 and St. Paul’s Nicole on 07575 801623 holidays@activetime. Church N3. Call Ruth on co.uk More info here. 07710 802 956 or email. Book here. P.S Theatre On With The Show: A two Fun Make and Stitch week drama camp for Summer Holiday 4-16 year olds. From script Workshops for Children writing to production. and Young People at The Pump House Theatre, Harrow Arts Centre on Watford. Two weeks of Weds 28 & Thurs 29 July, pure FUN, from 2–13 Aug. Thurs 5, Fri 6, Weds 11, Thurs 12, Weds 25 & Thurs The Summer Camp is at: Pump House Theatre 26 August. A day to stitch and Arts Centre, Watford. whatever you fancy: a simple skirt, crazy critters, Email. Find out more. a bag, a cushion, an apron, July/August 11


Top ideas to entertain the family this Summer By Claire Winter Keep the family busy all summer long! Outdoors Find the Gruffalo. For Julia Donaldson fans, enjoy a themed family walk based on her books up and down the country. Trail details. Get appy. Get reluctant kids excited about walking with a brilliant app, Caper. Download and receive a call from Captain Redtail who needs help locating a crashed spaceship. New hobbies Explore geocaching. Join the world’s largest treasure hunt! Download the official Geocaching app, create an account and unlock the location of thousands of caches (i.e. the treasure) that other hunters have left for you to discover. Get green-fingered. Plant a veggie grow bag. You don’t need any more space than a window-box, or a tiny space in your garden. Kids will love deciding what to grow and charting its progress.

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Boredom busters Rough and tumble. Play fighting is a great way to let off steam. Stuff some pillows up a pair of dad-size T-shirts to set up a ‘sumo wrestle.’ Make the rules of play fighting clear, otherwise the session might descend into chaos and tears. Eat a rainbow. Of course, we’re not talking about vegetables! Have fun with edible food colouring and let your kids paint and then eat rainbow toast. You could also make rainbow cake! Products at Cake Craft World. Free Get wild. Join the Summer Reading Challenge, Wild World Heroes, at your local library or online. Libraries have teamed up with WWF to create a nature-themed challenge. Go fly a kite! They’re cheap and easy to buy, or you can even make your own. Tips on kite flying.



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Back to school Get organised now! Don’t end the summer holidays with a frantic last-minute rush! Manage a successful and stressfree return to the classroom. Get organised early. Doctors/Dentist/ Optician Get done at beginning of holidays.

Labelling Label everything. Choose your preferred labels and start early to avoid late nights!

Haircut Phone early to get an appointment close to start of term.

Stationery Check out supermarket kits. Buy plenty of spares!

School shoes Visit a shoe fitter. Shop before the last minute rush.

Book after school care All schools are required to provide access to wraparound childcare but it’s popular, so book early.

Uniforms & sports kit Do the summer sales. Check out second hand options or unbranded supermarket alternatives.

After school activities Take advantage of early bird/free taster sessions.

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Seven steps to a book-filled summer Start small. For reluctant readers, start with magazines, comics or graphic novels. Let them choose. Children need to feel they are in charge of selection – as long as it’s age-appropriate. Join the Summer Reading Challenge. Your child will need to read six or more books during the holidays. Rewards include stickers and small prizes. Audiobooks improve literacy skills and whet appetites for more stories. Summer Book Club. Encourage your child to start a Book Club with friends. Then host a playdate with snacks and chats about their

favourite/least favourite parts. Keep it handy. Wherever you go this summer make sure you have reading material to hand. Make it a routine. Try to schedule regular daily ‘downtime’ for reading. Pick up a book at the same time as your child, so you can be a reading role model.

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How to get ahead over the summer holidays Did you know your child’s brain physically grows until they are approximately 18 years old? Like all developing parts of the body, it is important to keep it stimulated and stretched to help it reach full potential, even during the summer holidays. We (almost) all love the summer holidays and, as parents and carers, we are thrilled to see children having fun. What some of us might not be so keen on is all the knowledge from school melting away in the summer heat. This last year, more than ever, has left many feeling like they need to play catch up, or just consolidate what was gained in the past 12 months, which leaves a muchneeded summer break feeling like a double-edged sword. Many parents will be wanting to ensure that that any learning gaps that have arisen due to Covid-19 remote schooling, are filled efficiently and without a delay. So, what can we do?

challenge for many children this year. Some parents and students have worked particularly hard with teachers and tutors every week to ensure that children are reaching their full potential. Now is the time to reap the benefits of this hard work and get ahead for the upcoming academic year. Encourage an active imagination at home! Whilst tales of monsters under the bed may be a thing of the past, an active imagination is great for their schoolwork.

Play is not only fantastic fun, but Give them the head start they need it can also help develop their imagination, problem solving, and communication skills. Whether it It is true that doing nothing over be Lego, dolls, sword fighting with the summer holiday will cause your child to forget some of their valuable friends, or dress up, dance routines knowledge from the previous school and drama, these are all great year, however, keeping in touch with ways of encouraging your child’s imagination. Even kicking a ball learning material will not only help them maintain their knowledge but in around and imagining you are in a stadium with cheering fans will help. fact, excel. #ComeOnEngland! Getting back into classrooms without falling behind has already been a 18 July/August



Make thinking outside the box fun. Problem-solving in maths is a topic that many students struggle with. Why? It is a combination of comprehending the question, thinking of different strategies to address the question, and trial and error. It really demands an independent and engaged mind. How can you help your child develop this over the summer holidays? a) Introduce them to everyday problems This needs to be as daunting as it sounds. It might be talking through how to make a new recipe. What should we think of for safety? What will add extra flavour? What will happen if we don’t add that? Is there an alternative? The worst that could

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happen is your meal won’t be the best tasting, but they will learn. b) Incorporate it into play This might just be using what you have around the house to create an obstacle course in your garden (or inside on a rainy day). Fun for the whole family and it will help them build strategic thinking too. Enjoy your time with family and friends! Darshani Nardani is a qualified teacher with 15 years’ experience and the Director of The Learning Wheel Tuition Centre in Ruislip. They have a variety of support options available online and in their centre to help your child get ahead this Summer!

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Improve your child’s mental health Using proven cognitive-behavioural therapy methods along with fun and engaging activities, these peer-reviewed children’s wellbeing activity books, published by Summersdale, have been approved by a children’s mental health practitioner. Aimed at children ages 7 to 11, because much happens during these years that can impact a child’s sense of self-worth, the books can help

establish how your child is feeling and offer ways to improve their confidence and self-esteem and lower their anxiety levels. Children are guided through the activities and, with the help of a friendly character, supported to navigate their inner world. These great practical guides are also interspersed with useful tips, inspirational statements and practical information for parents. For more details an purchase d ,c on the bo lick ok image.

Emotional well-being for new mums

Getting kids to talk feelings

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Baby brain. Baby blues. Postnatal depression. Add Covid 19 into the mix and it’s not surprising that pregnant women and new mothers are more anxious than ever before. Are you prepared for the effect that pregnancy and new motherhood can have on your emotional well-being?

It’s not always easy to get children to open up.

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Author of the Sophie Says children’s book series, Esther Marshall, shares with us her five top tips for helping children feel safe and comfortable enough to start talking about the difficult stuff. READ MORE Familiesonline.co.uk


The Worry Cabinet

Download this activity, complete with instructions, to help your child deal with their worries. The Worry Cabinet is an activity for children taken from The Worry Workbook: The Worry Warriors Activity Book published by Summersdale.

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Until Sun 27 Aug - WEMBLEY PARK LIVE: Pop-Up Live Music (HA9) Visitors to Wembley Park this summer will be treated to an array of pop-up live music performances at the new, showstopping Bandstand, which was designed by famed architects Flanagan Lawrence. Performers on the bandstand will include soloists and duos from the Busk in London roster; talented musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Brent-grown talent. Music will range from easy-listening and folk to jazz, classical, showtunes and pop favourites. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. www.wembleypark.com Throughout Jul & Aug – Big Bandstand (WD18) After extensive refurbishment the bandstand moved back to its original home in Cassiobury park in September 2016. Situated near the Cha Cafe, every weekend during the summer months, it plays host to a jam-packed programme of FREE live shows, playing everything from jazz to ukulele – and of course, lots of traditional brass bands for you to enjoy. What better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon! www.watfordsummeroffun.com/ bigbandstand Throughout Jul & 25 – 26 Sep - Step out with Walk for Parkinson’s (Various) Join a walk for Parkinson’s UK near you or take part virtually - the choice is yours! Walk for Parkinson’s 66 mile challenge: complete 66 miles of walking in July. Or walk 2 or 6 miles wherever you are over 25 and 26 September. Every pound raised, matched by the Frank and Evelyn Brake Connect Fund, will help transform information and support services for people affected by Parkinson’s www.parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved Sat 3 – Sun 18 Jul - Imagine Watford (WD18) Watford’s extraordinary open-air performance festival is heading into its tenth year! The annual outdoor celebration has been REimagineD to ensure it is COVID safe but still full of fun. Once again the streets will be transformed into places of wonder and excitement, with spectacular performances for all the family to enjoy! https://watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/yourpalace/imagine-watford/ 22 July/August

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Fri 9 Jul – Sun 31 Oct - Paddington: The Story of a Bear (NW1) Join Paddington on a new adventure at the British Library this summer. Whether tidying the attic, going to the laundrette or enjoying a birthday party, Paddington is forever making a mess. Follow his trail of marmalade splats to explore his tales of muddles and mishaps from his arrival in London, to home life with the Browns – but be careful to avoid Paddington’s toppling pots of paint! For the older fans in the family, there’ll be a chance along the way to rediscover the many faces of Paddington that you’ve come to know and love, from original illustrations featured in the very first books to clips from the recent hit films and animated series. www.bl.uk/events/paddington-the-storyof-a-bear Sat 10 Jul – Sat 4 Sep - Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge 2021 (Various) Calling all Heroes! Wild World Heroes Summer Reading Challenge 2021 will launch in all Hertfordshire libraries on the 10th July – 4th September. Help six heroes in ‘Wilderville’ solve it’s enviromental problems, making it a better place. Call 0300 123 4049. www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries www.facebook.com/hertslibraries Sat 17 Jul - Smiley Faces – Out of Lockdown (N12) Big Beat Playground come bursting back with their Family Friendly Boutique Festival, taking place at Artsdepot.

After the year we have all had, they are determined to throw a fun-filled party for everyone to enjoy themselves and smile, dance and have fun together! All within a family-friendly environment! www.artsdepot.co.uk/family Sat 17 Jul - Screen Printing for Families (HA5) This fantastic workshop at Harrow Arts Centre will teach you and your children how to screen print using only recycled materials! This workshop is also free from any chemicals normally used in part of the process of screen printing and is simple enough that parents can easily set this up at home and carry on working with their own kids developing new ideas. All participants must bring their own t-shirts or bags to print on! For families with children aged 6+. https://harrowarts.com/whats-on/event Sat 17 Jul - LGBTQ+ Family Network at the National Maritime Museum (SE10) A safe space for local LGBTQ+ families to meet one another, get involved in creative activities for all ages and explore the stories within the collection. Pop in with your family and join in with artist-led activities inspired by Greenwich, the maritime world, and LGBTQ+ histories. www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/nationalmaritime-museum


WHAT’S ON Sun 18 Jul - The Three Little Pigs Workshop (HA5) Become your inner pig in this fun, interactive workshop for 6 – 11 year olds at Harrow Arts Centre! Here, you’ll explore this well-known tale through drama, colour and sound! Join the two colourful storytellers on a journey to decide the path of The Three Little Pigs! Prepare to Pig-up and explore character in a fun and accessible way. You’ll meet new critters, experience vibrant worlds and even join in our noisy Pig Parade. This will definitely be a story you won’t want to miss! 2pm - 4pm. https://harrowarts.com/whats-on/event Fri 23 Jul – Sun 8 Aug – The Stage in the Park (WD18) Head along to Cassiobury Park in Watford this summer and catch some great family-friendly shows on the purpose built stage! Acts include Basil Brush, CBeebies’ Katy Ashworth, David Walliams’ Mr Stink, and much more! https://watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/whatson Sat 24 Jul - SEN Story Box Storytelling - The Magical Story Garden (HA5) The magical story garden, home to every story and every character ever written. When the story garden is mysteriously raided one night, several stories become terribly mixed up and the characters and storylines all find themselves in the wrong story! Help Lauren reassemble the stories before time runs out and they become stuck forever! For families with SEN children, taking place at Harrow Arts Centre. https://harrowarts.com/whats-on/event Sat 24 – Sun 25 Jul - The Great War (HP8) The Rifles will be returning to the Chiltern Open Air Museum this summer. Exhibits will include the home front and the role of women. Railways were an important part of Britain’s war effort, so come and learn about the extent of how this influenced the outcome of the war. There will also be a RFC mobile work shop, demonstrations of the Leach Trench Catapult, and much more. https://coam.org.uk/events/the-great-war Sat 24 Jul – Sun 15 Aug – ActiveFest (NW9) Get the whole family moving at ActiveFest this summer. To everyone in the RAF physical health and wellbeing are very important, so go along to the RAF Museum for this outdoor festival of fitness and fun. Tackle The Hercules, the outdoor obstacle course; race against your friends or try to compete for the top spot on the leader board. You will face the ninja wall, need to crawl under cargo nets and swing over water to get to the finish line. Sign your little ones up for a parent and baby yoga session or get them moving in the activity classes. www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whatsgoing-on Familiesonline.co.uk

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Sat 24 Jul - Mon 30 Aug - The Wind in the Willows: Outdoor Family Theatre at Kew Gardens (TW9) This critically acclaimed, outdoor theatre production set against the magical backdrop of Kew Gardens’ lake, is packed with muchloved colourful characters, music, song and laughter. A favourite of children everywhere, this is interactive theatre at its very best. Dressing up is always encouraged so put on your best fairy, elf, pirate, superhero or Jedi ensemble and be part of the adventure. www.kew.org Sat 24 Jul – Tue 31 Aug – Travel the World at ZSL London Zoo (NW1) Go on a global wildlife adventure this summer at London Zoo, taking a journey across continents and through habitats including a trip to the Galápagos in the brand-new giant tortoise house and checking out the new coral reef tank. As well as discovering thousands of wonderful zoo animals, you’ll learn about ZSL’s global conservation work and celebrate world cultures with pop-up activities, experiences and food stalls across the zoo. Youngsters will love getting their zoo passport stamped as they enter each zone and grown-ups can satisfy their travel bug surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of some of the world’s most vibrant regions. www.zsl.org Sat 24 Jul – Sun 5 Sep - Dinosaurs are coming! (LU6) ZSL Whipsnade Zoo this summer will be hosting an immersive exhibition of life-size animatronic dinosaurs sure to thrill any dino-mad kids (and grown-ups). Time travel back more than 66 million years and come face-to-face with your favourite dinosaurs. Experience first-hand how these giant creatures moved and behaved as you track down several different species of dinosaur. You’ll learn why dinosaurs went extinct and how to save their modern-day equivalents from a similar fate. www.zsl.org

Sun 25 Jul - Big Jiveswing Festival (WD18) The Big JiveSwing Festival at Cassiobury Park in Watford is one of the UK’s largest FREE Jazz Festivals featuring some of the best internationally acclaimed Jazz musicians, bands and dancers within the UK. It’s a great family day out with live cabarets, dance classes for children and adults and a vintage photo booth, all for FREE! www.watfordsummeroffun.com Sun 25 Jul - Tudor Tales with Unbound Theatre (HP18) Join Unbound Theatre at Waddesdon Manor for a free performance on the lawns by the Woodland Cafe. Discover the story of England’s most (in) famous dynasty in this hilarious whistlestop sketch show full of brilliant gags, fascinating facts, and a lot of wigs… 2-4.30pm. www.waddesdon.org.uk Sun 25 Jul - Relaxed Early Opening for Families at the British Library (NW1) An event for families with children on the autism spectrum and other sensory needs. Enjoy the Library free from the hustle and bustle of the general public. Explore the current exhibition, Paddington, and take part in a storytelling workshop and hands-on activities in the Learning Centre. A dedicated sensory room is available for children needing a quieter and calmer space. This event is free and suitable for parents and carers with children aged 5–15 years and their siblings. www.bl.uk/events Mon 26 Jul – Sun 1 Aug - Watford Food & Drink Week (various) Dine out in Watford town centre during food & drink week for special offers, events, discounted kids meals and of course an enjoyable time out of the house! Mark Food & Drink week in your diary and prepare to support the local town centre businesses and local livelihoods. https://www.watfordbid.co.uk/offers-andevents July/August 23

What’s On Sat 7 Aug - Dawnosaurs: Relaxed Morning Visit (SW3) Dawnosaurs is a free event for children with neurodiverse conditions (including autism and other sensory processing difficulties) to enjoy the Museum with their families and siblings, free from the hustle and bustle of the general public. Visitors have access to a wide range of galleries and activities, supported by experienced, autism-aware facilitators. 8-10am. www.nhm.ac.uk/events/dawnosaurs.html Sun 25 Jul - Tudor Tales with Unbound Theatre Mon 26 Jul - Sun 8 Aug - Big Screen (WD25/24) Grab your blankets, pack a picnic and head to one of two locations, then just sit back and relax whilst watching some old favourites alongside new blockbusters. The Big Screen is FREE and no booking is required, just turn up and enjoy the outdoor cinema experience! Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 August - Woodside Playing Fields; Monday 2 to Sunday 8 August - Knutsford Playing Fields. www. watfordsummeroffun.com Wed 28 July - Sun 8 Aug – Colourscape (HP18) This summer, an extraordinary experience of colour and light lands on the Waddesdon lawns. Returning to Waddesdon for its seventh year, Colourscape’s immersive environment of light and sound is for visitors of all ages, and promises an experience you will not forget. 10.30am4.30pm. www.waddesdon.org.uk Thu 29 Jul – Sun 5 Sep - Summer On Screen: North-West London’s Free OpenAir Cinema (HA9) Visit Summer on Screen at Wembley Park for an exceptional outdoor cinematic experience of hand-picked films under the summer night sky, with a choice of socially distant deckchairs or beanbags for a comfortable experience. Screenings are completely free, so be sure to arrive early for pre-show entertainment, food, drink, and to secure seats. https://wembleypark.com/summer-of-play Sat 31 Jul - Snorassic Sleepover: Nature Night Camping at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (LU6) Have you ever wanted to know what animals get up to at night? Now’s your chance with Snorassic Sleepover, Nature Night Camping at the Zoo. Pitch your tent on our main lawn and spend the evening discovering what both native and exotic animals get up to at night. Learn what to look for when tracking them down before going on a torchlight expedition around the Zoo to see what you can find and who is still awake! www.zsl.org 24 July/August

Sat 31 Jul – Sun 22 Aug - Kids Summer Splash (E16) Grab your towels and take a dip in the Royal Docks as Kids Summer Splash returns, offering everyone the chance to build sandcastles, and swim on the historic waterside. www.royaldocks.london/whats-on Throughout Aug - Upswing’s Circus Flavours (E16) Perfect for the summer holidays, families can explore different forms of physical theatre and learn circus skills with Upswing’s free taster sessions at the Royal Docks. www.royaldocks.london/whats-on Mon 2 Aug – Sun 12 Sep - Watford Is Magic! (Watford Centre) You can become a qualified Watford Wizard with a brandnew adventure game coming exclusively to Watford town centre this Summer! The Watford Magic College has limited spaces to train new Wizards in the art of magic – only those who prove themselves worthy will be admitted.Teams will be given 60 minutes to collect as many Spell Tokens as possible to deliver to a central cauldron… but BEWARE of an evil Warlock who may steal your Tokens, as if by magic! www.watfordbid.co.uk/offers-and-events Wed 4 Aug – Playday 2021 (Various) Playday – the national day for play – is a celebration of children’s right to play, and a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. It is the biggest play sector event in the UK, and possibly Europe! Whilst Playday is the national day for play in the UK, this year they are encouraging families, carers, and communities to help children enjoy a Summer of Play. www.playday.org.uk Sat 7 Aug - TOTFest® 2021 (AL3) A family festival with babies and toddlers as its focus! Activities include a fairground, Baby Rave, ArtiKids, Mega Block Mania, Crazy Golf and much more! The festival takes place at The Showground in Redbourn. www.totfestfestival.com/totfesthertfordshire

Sat 7 – Sun 8 Aug - 1690s Food and Finery (HP8) You are invited to visit late 17th century life with re-enactment group; History Re-enactment Workshop at Chiltern Open Air Museum. Meet a local landowning family, their visitors and the household servants as they present and enjoy a sumptuous Ambigue (picnic). Chat with them to find out what life is like and how different it is if you are a landowner or a servant. https://coam.org.uk/events/1690s-ambigue Sat 7 – Sun 8 Aug - Spies and Disguise (SE1) Psst! Can you keep a secret? For one weekend only this summer holiday, Imperial War Museum London are looking for new operatives for their spy school. Spy recruits will be put through their paces - get a crash course in camouflage, learn top tips for coding, meet the best secret agents for coded missions and more. No prior spy experience is necessary but recruits must follow the most important spy rule: All spy training must be kept secret!! www.iwm.org.uk/events Sat 7 – Sun 8 Aug - Summer of Play! (SE10) This summer, Royal Museums Greenwich are celebrating all things Play! Using Cutty Sark stories, create your own game and put your family to the test in a craft activity led by Rosie Fuller, be transported back to the 1870s with our ever popular Character Actors, or listen to Swinging the Lead, the resident sea shanty singers bring Cutty Sark alive with their rendition of working sea shanties. There’s plenty of fun to be had on board Cutty Sark this summer! www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on/cutty-sark Mon 9 – Sun 22 Aug - Big Beach (WD17) You don’t need to travel far this summer to feel the sand between your toes, the Big Beach is returning to Watford town centre in August. Find it at The Parade, Watford. www.watfordsummeroffun.com/bigbeach Wed 11 – Sun 15 Aug – Congregation (SE1) Let a magical sonic sphere take you on a journey to a secret location in London Bridge and surrounding areas, guiding you by sound alone. Seemingly possessed of its own mind, it leads you through familiar and unfamiliar terrain. Can you keep the sphere Familiesonline.co.uk

What’s On ‘happy’ by going in the right direction? The exact location of your mystery start point in the London Bridge area will be sent to you by email before the event. One ticket/ orb is £5 and you can have from one to four people per orb. All ages are welcome, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. www.unicorntheatre.com/congregation Sat 14 Aug - Herts Pride 2021 (WD18) Hertfordshire’s biggest LGBTQ+ celebration returns to Cassiobury Park Watford for 2021. Now in it’s 9th Year, Herts Pride continues to grow and will be bigger and better than ever with various stalls, a funfair and the big top circus tent packed full of amazing live entertainment, with a diverse mix of acts performing on stage throughout the day and not forgetting that your fourlegged allies will be able to take part in the fabulous and fun Herts Pride Dog Show. http://hertfordshirepridesociety.co.uk Sat 14 – Sun 15 Aug – 1940s Weekend (HP8) Jeep, Jump, Jive will be creating a party atmosphere with popular 1940s music playing from their US Army Air Force Jeep at Chiltern Open Air Museum. There will be Lindy Hop social dancing and the opportunity for everyone to get involved with fun classes for all ages. https://coam.org.uk/events/1940s-weekend Tue 17 Aug - Reshaping Royalty: An animation workshop (SE10) Collect your favourite costumes, symbols and poses from the exhibition Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits at the National Maritime Museum, and design, build and animate your own claymation pageant. www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on Fri 20 Aug – Sky Cinema release of EXTINCT! (Digital) Op and Ed are two adorable donut-shaped animals -FLUMMELS -- who accidentally time-travel from 1835 to modern-day Shanghai. There, they discover traffic, trans fats, and worst of all, that flummels are now extinct. It’s up to this bumbling pair to save themselves, save their species... and just maybe change the course of history. It’s a fun kids film

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featuring the voices of Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Trolls World Tour) and Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect). www.sky.com/tv/cinema Fri 20 – Sun 22 Aug - Sundown Cinema at the RAF Museum (NW9) Sundown Cinema and the Royal Air Force Museum are teaming up to host a weekend of fantastic films this summer. The outdoor screenings will include films for all ages and be accompanied by a vintage fairground. With family friendly matinee screenings of The Lion King, The Greatest Showman and Moana and evening screenings of Top Gun, Jurassic Park and Grease there is something for everyone. www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whatsgoing-on/events Sat 21 – Mon 30 Aug – Colourscape (WD18) Colourscape is a large labyrinth of colour and light. Don a coloured cape to become part of the colour experience and enter into a new world where you can freely explore the potentials of light, colour and space. Explore for a while and discover long views of intense colour and light. Move forwards and another view opens up - and another - and another! Musicians and dancers are found anywhere in this extraordinary space leading you on a journey of colour, music and space. www.watfordsummeroffun.com

Sat 28 Aug - Spitfire 10K 2021 (NW9) The Spitfire 10K will return in 2021 to the Royal Air Force Museum London. It will also be held virtually – giving runners from all over the UK, and across the world, the opportunity to run for a Battle of Britain pilot. www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whatsgoing-on/events Sat 28 Aug - You’ve Been Royally Framed (SE10) Go for a right royal visit at the Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition at the National Maritime Museum at this relaxed opening for families with neurodiverse children, including those with autism and other sensory processing difficulties. During this after-hours event, free from the hustle and bustle of regular opening hours, the exhibition lighting and sounds will be changed to reduce sensory overload. A quiet space will also be provided. www.rmg.co.uk/whats-on Sun 29 Aug - Much Ado About Nothing: Illyria Play in the Park (HA5) The renowned and award-winning outdoor theatre company, Illyria, are returning to Pinner Memorial Park to perform one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies, Much Ado about Nothing. Take along your own seating/rug, warm clothes and picnic. www.heathrobinsonmuseum.org/whats-on





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Why doesn’t my ex want to see our children?

When it comes to a child’s diet, balanced nutrition is important. It’s obvious that fifteen packets of beef and onion crisps for dinner means you’ve lost your way. But how do you know what constitutes a balanced plantbased diet for your family?

While supporting parents with legal aspects of their divorce and separation, Only Mums & Dads are contacted regularly by parents concerned that their ex-partner does not want to be involved with their children. This concern is usually accompanied by much emotion and sadness. So how can this be handled? READ MORE

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DIY coconut, vanilla and blueberry yogurt ice lollies Emily Leary, multi-award-winning food, lifestyle and parenting writer, presenter and photographer and author of A Mummy Too shares her yummy fruit and yogurt lolly recipe - the perfect healthy summer cooler!

Equipment Chopping board * Kitchen knife * Weighing scales * Jug blender * Four lolly moulds with sticks * Spoon

Prep Time: 15 mins Freezing time: 8 hrs Servings: 4

Step 1

Pulse the blueberries, vanilla yogurt and coconut milk in blender.

Step 2

Continue pulsing until ‘smashed’ but not completely blended.

Step 3

Carefully spoon the yogurt mix into four lolly moulds.


90g blueberries 100ml coconut milk 100g vanilla yogurt

Step 4

Place a lolly stick into each cup. Freeze for a minimum of 8 hours.

Families Special Offer! 50% discount on RocketLearn summer school RocketLearn is holding a two week online Summer School for children ages 7 to 13. Aimed at keeping children learning over the Summer in a light, fun manner, the online sessions, accessible whenever, will cover maths, English, daily PE challenges and well-being sessions. The academic enrichment sessions will include challenges in coding, esports and teamwork among others. Maths sessions have three levels for different age groups, focusing on topics covered throughout the year in school, whilst English will be about fostering a love of reading – complete with suggested reading lists for children. The School is priced £50 for two weeks. Families readers can register for a 50% discount if they enter the code FAMILIES2021 HERE. Familiesonline.co.uk

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Free printable activity sheets for all ages

My Daddies! colouring sheets

Tad activity sheets

Hungry Caterpillar activity sheets

Ladybird bumper activity pack

Pirate Stew activity pack

Building a Home activity sheets

50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activity pack

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck activity sheets

Swallows & Amazon activity sheets

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Make ‘n’ do learning activities for under 5s Keep your little ones busy and engaged all summer long.

Bottle bowling

Enormous crocodile word game

Water boats

Touch and feel board

Ocean life zip lock sensory bag

Homemade potato stamps

Three Little Pigs masks

Farm tuff tray

DIY toilet roll poppers


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Make ‘n’ do learning projects for primary school kids Keep ‘em busy on those dull or rainy days this summer.

Recycled marble run

Water rocket

Water balloon piñata

Tin can stilts

Fruit & vegetable art

Vinegar volcano

DIY articulated hand

Rusty Rivets robot

DIY Luna Love Lovegood glasses

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Families NW London July/August 2021  

Your essential resource for family fun, education and childcare this summer. PLUS getting ready for new beginnings in September! What's on,...

Families NW London July/August 2021  

Your essential resource for family fun, education and childcare this summer. PLUS getting ready for new beginnings in September! What's on,...

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