Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 July

– Our Summer Calendar of Family-Friendly Fetes, Fairs and Fun for July 2009 in London with Babies and Toddlers (and even older Kids)

If you’re looking for a family day out, or a fun summery fete, fair or fun day, this is the place to look.

Something missing? Send us an e-mail at info [at] mini-et-moi [dot] com and we’ll add your event. (It’s free to list. We do reserve the right to some editorial control!)

We’ll update the calendar regularly so check back for more fun and frivolity!

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 July

Summer Holidays: Friday Fringe at the V&A Museum of Childhood  

  • Fridays 24 July, 31 July, 7 August, 14 August, 21 August and 28 August, throughout the afternoon.
  • All the Museum’s a stage this summer! Presenting Friday Fringe – a show-stopping run of events and activities devoted to the art of performance.
  • V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
  • Details included below.

BBC Proms Family Music Intro – An Event for All the Family

  • Saturday 25 July at 17:45 (before Prom 12)
  • A family-friendly series taking place before seven specially selected Proms to introduce the concert’s music in an interactive and fun way. Bring along an instrument if you want to play along with the workshop musicians, or just sit back and watch! You’ll get a taster of the music you’ll hear later on in the main concert by playing or hearing some of the tunes.
  • This concert celebrates some of England’s great composers, Works by Elgar, Delius and Holst take you on a journey through Edwardian London, The High Hills of England all the way to outer space in The Planets.
  • Workshops are specially designed for children aged 7-plus and their families
  • All Family Music Intro events take place at the Royal College of Music.
  • The events are free, subject to capacity – arrive early to secure your spot!

Hands on Puppets – Family Workshops at the Horniman Museum, SE23

  • Saturday 25 July 11 – 11.45 and 12.15 – 13:00
  • You can touch real museum objects from all over the world in these family sessions. Explore animals, toys, puppets, music, costume and much more in themed workshops using our amazing handling collection.
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
  • Call 020 8699 1872 for further details.
  • Saturday 25  and Sunday 26 July 2009
  • We celebrate the launch of the summer holidays weekend with some special holiday workshops that ask you to make, create and join the fun!
  • Free family activities.
  • Children aged 6 to 12 years and their families are warmly welcomed at our free Saturday workshops. Workshops begin at 14.00 and it takes an hour and a half to complete the activity.
  • Collect your free ticket at 13.00 on the day from the information desk in the Seamen’s Hall. Spaces are limited, so tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis.
  • In the Learning Centre , Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
  • Call 020 7845 4600 or e-mail info@somersethouse.org.uk

Design and make it! – Holiday Drop in at Somerset House 

Hands on Masks – Family Workshops at the Horniman Museum, SE23

  • Sunday 26 July at 14 – 14.45 and 15:15 – 16
  • You can touch real museum objects from all over the world in these family sessions. Explore animals, toys, puppets, music, costume and much more in themed workshops using our amazing handling collection.
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
  • Call 020 8699 1872 for further details.

Super Contemporary – Celebrate Your City! at the Design Museum

  • Sunday 26 July 2 – 5pm. Workshops start promptly at 2pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to avoid delays at the Admissions desk
  • What would you build to celebrate your capital city? Inspired by Super Contemporary, the museum’s celebration of London’s dynamic design story, here’s your chance to create mini 3D designs for London, from pioneering parks and playgrounds to beautiful bridges and buildings.
  • A programme of fun and creative family workshops for children 5 – 11 on Sunday afternoons 2 – 5pm.
  • All creativity workshops are suitable for children aged from 5 to 11
  • Workshops cost £4 per child and they must be accompanied at all children’s workshops by a paying adult (£8.50).
  • Booking is essential on 020 7940 8783 or tickets@designmuseum.org and payment is made in advance and is non-refundable.

BBC Proms Family Music Intro – An Event for All the Family

  • Monday 27 July, 5.45pmbefore Prom 15
  • A family-friendly series taking place before seven specially selected Proms to introduce the concert’s music in an interactive and fun way. Bring along an instrument if you want to play along with the workshop musicians, or just sit back and watch! You’ll get a taster of the music you’ll hear later on in the main concert by playing or hearing some of the tunes.
  • Join the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Czech, Russian and Hungarian music. Dance is a special theme in tonight’s event with Bartok’s Dance Suite and Stravinsky’s ballet music depicting the fairy tale of the puppet Petrushka. Bring your instrument or your dancing shoes to the workshop and join in.
  • Workshops are specially designed for children aged 7-plus and their families
  • All Family Music Intro events take place at the Royal College of Music.
  • The events are free, subject to capacity – arrive early to secure your spot!

Thai Festival – Battersea Park

  • Sunday 27 July 10 – 19:00
  • A celebration of Thai culture and lifestyle will include authentic Thai foods, craft, handmade items, and entertainment.
  • The Thai Food Festival will run at the British Genius site.
  • Entrance is £3 with kids under 120cm free.

Family Summer Fun at the RAF Museum NW9

  • 27 July – 30 August
  • A month of activities exploring the fun side of flight. Each day we will be running a craft activity in our Aeronauts Gallery. A nominal charge will be made to cover materials.
  • Session times are 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00.
  • For further information please telephone 020 8358 4896.
  • RAF Museum Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

Outdoor Discovery Fun at the Horniman Museum (SE23)

  • Tuesday 28 July at 11.30am – 12.30pm, 1.15 – 2.15pm and 3 – 4pm
  • Get hands on with nature on your doorstep. Different activities each week including visits to the Wildlife Garden, bug hunts, pond dipping, outdoor play and more!
  • For families with children aged 3+.
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
  • Call 020 8699 1872 for further details.

Mouse Activity Day at the Battersea Children’s Zoo

  • Tuesday 28 July
  • Mouse themed colouring in, stories & mask making fun! (Mask making costs £1)
  • Activity is free. Usual entrance fee applies. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ (Tel:  020 7924 5826)
  •  
    • Drop in sessions: 10.30-12.30 & 1.30-3.30.
    • Story Time: 11am & 2.30pm

 

Animal Mask & Clay Model Making Activity at Battersea Park Zoo

  • Wednesday 29 July Drop in sessions: 10.30-12.30 & 1.30-3.30.
  • Come make a mask or model of your favourite native British mammal…
  • Activity is free. Usual entrance fee applies. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ (Tel:  020 7924 5826)

Big Batty Walk & Late Night Opening at the WWT London Wetland Centre, SW13

  • 30 July 2009
  • The WWT London Wetland Centre is an excellent site for bat watching, with nine species recorded on the reserve. Our Bat Walks consist of a talk by one of our bat experts before heading out to the wild reserve, complete with bat detector, to see and hear which species are swooping around. Times vary with sunset.
  • Adults and children over 8 years. Children should be accompanied by an adult. £10- booking is essential. Ticket price includes admission to the centre from 5pm.
  • Late night Thursday – Discover the site as the sun starts to set and watch the summer birds’ behaviour at this time of day. Half price entry to the centre from 6pm. (Closes at 9pm)
  • To book an event please phone 020 8409 4400.
  • Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT

Mouse Activity Day at Battersea Park Zoo

  • Thursday 30 July
  • Mouse themed colouring in, stories & mask making fun! (Mask making costs £1)
  • Activity is free. Usual entrance fee applies. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ (Tel:  020 7924 5826)
  •  
    • Drop in sessions: 10.30-12.30 & 1.30-3.30.
    • Story Time: 11am & 2.30pm

Flowers, Flight and Food at the Horniman Museum, SE23

  • Thursday 30 July at 11.30am – 12.30pm, 1.15 – 2.15pm and 3 – 4pm
  • Investigate how fruits and seeds are made, then explore the gardens in search of flowers and bees.
  • For families with children aged 3+.
  • Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
  • Call 020 8699 1872 for further details.

 Puppet Playtime at the V&A Museum of Childhood

  • Friday 31 July, 12.30-16.00
  • An afternoon of workshops and arts and crafts activities looking at puppetry.
  • V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

 A right Tudor Knees up at Sutton House (E9)

  • Party like it’s 1509! Music, moves, costumes and creativity to celebrate 500 years since Henry VII became king!
  • Sutton House 2 & 4 Homerton High Street Hackney London E9 6JQ
  • Sunday 26 July 12.30 16:00.
  • For more information, call 020 8525 9057 
  • Free Family Day.

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