Kids’ Get Cooking at Balham Farmers’ Market

Get your kids down to the super-cool Balham Farmers’ Market where they can put on a chef’s hat and try their hand at making seasonal drinks and foods to take home with them. The younger children can enjoy having fun with scented playdough and decorating biscuits. Children are also invited to bring something they’ve made, whether sweet or savoury, as judges will be awarding prizes for the best entries.

WHEN: 4th June 9am- 1pm
VENUE: Balham Farmers’ Market, Henry Cavendish Primary School
AGES: All ages

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Picnic at the Castle Grounds in Guildford

Join Guildford Summer Festival, Guildford in Bloom and Guildford Fringe for an afternoon of free entertainment from the bandstand in the Castle Grounds. The Mayor Of Guildford will unveil the new flower beds in the castle grounds at 12.30, with entertainment commencing from 1pm on the bandstand. They’ll be showcasing the events coming up in the brilliant Guildford Summer Festival and Guildford Fringe next month, with plenty of music, theatre and comedy. A fab chance to explore the beautiful castle grounds, and have your face painted!

Bring a picnic and sit, relax, and enjoy. Tea and Coffee and light refreshments will be provided by the Castle Green Bowls club. The afternoon entertainment will end around 3.30pm. This event is FREE and no booking is required.

WHEN: Saturday 4th June from 12.30pm
VENUE: Guildford Castle Grounds
AGES: All ages

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Super Dad Week at The Pottery Cafe Battersea

Get down to the charming Pottery Cafe in Battersea to paint and decorate a mug to celebrate a super dad this weekend, the perfect opportunity to get your gift sorted ahead of Father’s Day on 19th June.

WHEN: Friday 2nd June
VENUE: Pottery Cafe Battersea
AGES: All ages

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New Queen and Parliament Family Tours

Why not check out the new family tours at Parliament? The one hour journey beings with the Royal Procession route from the Robing Room into the Royal Gallery, ending up in the Chamber of the House of Lords. See the magnificent throne and canopy from where the Queen delivers the State Opening speech. You’ll then be able to continue along Black Rod’s walk to the House of Commons where he summons MPs to listen to the speech. The doors to the Commons Chamber are initially shut in Black Rod’s face; a practice which symbolises the Commons’ independence from the monarchy. A fab family day out for the older kids!

VENUE: The Houses of Parliament
WHEN: 4th, 11th & 18th June
AGES: Ages 7 and over

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Fêtes & Festivals

This year’s Greenwich Book Festival (27-28 May) has plenty for junior literature lovers, including meet-the-author sessions and illustration workshops (don’t miss this one). Nine-day community arts fest Brockley Max brings a wildly eclectic mix of shows and events to South East London, for both adults and children, including pub-bench painting, story sessions and singing workshops. On the 29th, the free RiverFest at the Lordship Rec aims to raise awareness about river health, with music, food, drink, walks and wetlands tours thrown in. On 2 June, Forty Hall in Enfield is throwing a 150th birthday party for Beatrix Potter – bring a picnic.

VENUE: Various venues, see event
WHEN: See specific event for details
AGES: Ages vary – see specific event

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On Stage: In + Out

Regent’s Park’s Open Air Theatre brings Michael Morpugo’s Running Wild to life. A moving adventure about a boy who escapes the Indonesian tsunami on an elephant, it’s accompanied by hands-on family workshops exploring the making and movement of its animal puppets. Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre celebrates the Roald Dahl centenary with a production of James and the Giant Peach aimed at 5-7s; Finchley’s Arts Depot has a Little Red Riding Hood with a twist on offer until the 31st; and Wilton’s Music Hall promises a radical family-friendly reinterpretation of the bard’s classics with Shakespeare Untold. On 31 May, Story Pocket Theatre’s award-winning kids’ version of Arabian Nights comes to the Albert Hall.

VENUE: Various venues, see event
PERFECT FOR: Ages vary – see specific event
WHEN: See specific event for date

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Rave-A-Roo Festival

Join in the fun at new family festival Rave-A-Roo; a new clubbing mash-up for all the family. Enjoy live DJs, light shows, stage performances, disco balls games, crafts, soft play and much more at The Ministry of Sound.

WHEN: June 4, 5, 18, 19 and July 2.
VENUE: The Ministry of Sound in London
AGES: The event is aimed at children ages 0-11 years old (however there is no age limit on those who can attend)

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Restaurant of the week…

Giraffe on the Southbank

I’ve always been a fan of Giraffe, and with the weather set to be more like summer this weekend, a day out on the Southbank is always brilliant for family fun. Stop at Giraffe for lunch and enjoy freshly cooked global food, from burgers to salads, steaks and grills – with smaller sized meals for the kids.

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Looking ahead… Book NOW! 

My Kidsy’s 6 Week Programme on Entrepreneurship for Kids

We love My Kidsy’s highly interactive 90 minute workshops designed for the budding entrepreneurs out there! Classes are taught in a fun and practical way, finding the things children love, and turning them into businesses.

WHEN: Sun 19 Jun 2016, 12:30 – Sun 24 Jul 2016, 14:00
VENUE: Ultrakids Club – Mind Body and Soul, 25 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PB
AGES: 6+

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