There are lots of free and cheap children's activities to do in Watford this summer holiday. From Big Events like outdoor cinema and bringing the beach to Watford, to nature and craft activities and plenty of sports sessions, there'll be something for everyone.
25 July - 2 August
Can't make it to the beach? Don't worry, Watford's Big Events are bringing it to you! There's full timetable here but here are some highlights from the kids programme:
Sunday 26 July
Fizz Kids presents: Pirate Party on the Beach
A fabulous pirate themed kids party. Dress up as a pirate for our Pirate Fancy Dress Competition, join in fun and games and the limbo, and dance along to pop classics. A pirate themed magic show will take place at 2.30pm
Monday 27 July
Sea Creature Art Workshop
Come along and make your own creature from the deep! 11am to 3pm
Tuesday 28 July
WBC's Play Team will lead activities and bring down some giant board games including snakes & ladders, noughts and crosses and other activities. 2pm to 5pm
Friday 31 July
Brighton Punch and Judy
12noon and 2pm - shows last 45 minutes
Sunday 2 August
Try your luck with a surfboard simulator, listen to music and enjoy the last day of the beach. 12noon to 5pm
Monday 20 July - Monday 31 August
Free Gym and Swim Sessions for Under 19s
After you've registered for a free Everyone Active Card, Under 19s can get active with free gym and swim sessions. Please contact your local centre for availability. (Watford Central: 01923 296750, Watford Woodside: 01923 892710)
Central Free Swim Tues & Thurs
Central Free Gym Mon & Weds 2pm to 4pm
Woodside Free Swim Mon & Weds
Woodside Free Gym Mon & Weds 2pm to 4pm
These sessions are available to Watford residents. To attend the free gym sessions you must have attended a gym induction.
Enjoy the park, the playgrounds, and paddling pools as a family, or join in one of the special activities on offer
Making Wildlife Habitats at Cassiobury Park
Create butterfly feeders and other things to help Cassiobury park wildlife, from 11am and noon on Wednesday 29 July 2015. Booking essential with Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5, 12, 19, 26 August
Woodland Skills in Cassiobury Park
Every Wednesday in August, from 11am to 1pm. Children's activity (age 10+), learning natural skills in the woods. Free of charge, but booking essential with Debbie Brady on 01923 278972 or email: email@example.com
Picnic in Cassiobury Park
Bring your teddy and come on a bear hunt, make some bear food and stay for a picnic after the event. Families of all ages are welcome but it will be especially fun for younger bears. Follow the bear prints from the Gade Avenue car park and drop in between 11am and 12 noon, no need to book.
6, 13, 19, 26 August
10.30am to 12.30pm
£1 per person. Join us every Thursday in August for some creative, arty sessions at the museum. Learn how to make a puppet, have a go at printing, design a colourful creature and much, much more. Drop in, no booking necessary.
Watford Fire Museum Open Day
Open from 1pm to 4pm. Try on a fireman's helmut for size, or perhaps event sit in a fire engine!
More details at: http://fire.watfordmuseum.org.uk
Museum Explorer Passport
Look out for your 'Museum Explorer Passport' this summer. The passport allows people to visit museums across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex throughout the summer and pick up a stamp for each one they visit. Each museum has different workshops and activities going on, from crafts to trails, so there is something for everyone! There are also special challenges visitors can complete, with a certificate to receive if they complete each task. The passports are available to collect from the Museum.
Visit: www.museumexplorerpassport.com for more information.
The Big Screen
Back by popular demand, this summer's big screen will be showing a variety of big hits with some classic cinema treats on the side. Pass the popcorn!
Friday 21 August, 5.30pm, The Goonies (PG)
Saturday 22 August, 3pm, Shaun the Sheep(U)
More details here
Watford's Play Rangers will at a park near you throughout the summer. They run football and cricket tournaments as well as bubbles sessions, nurf gun challenges and tug of war competitions. You can find out more here
Watford's Adventure Playgrounds provide free fun and challenging environments for all children and young people to play and socialise together. They'll be open all day during the school holidays, from 10am-5pm on weekdays and 11am to 4pm or 5pm at weekends. (Harwoods Adventure Playground is closed on Wednesdays and Harebreaks Adventure Playground is closed on Tuesdays.)
You can download the programme and a registration form for your children here
And there's more...
Watford Libraries are taking part in The Summer Reading Challenge; The Palace Theatre is running two week-long summer schools; Watford Colosseum are hosting a Frozen Princess Party; and of course Watford's parks and playgrounds, including Cheslyn House and Gardens will be open throughout the summer.