HOOP’s top 10 summer picks

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This year, Islington Council has partnered with HOOP, the family activities mobile app, to promote its Heatwave activities and events for children aged 0-11 years. The app is available for free on iPhone and Android at www.hoop.co.uk.

To celebrate, HOOP co-founder Max Jennings has picked his top 10 fun activities happening in Islington this summer exclusively for IslingtonLife. Read more below and check out the full Heatwave listings here.

Safari Pete’s Live Animal Show
Islington libraries, various dates and times
Animals & Nature for 3 – 12 years

The ever-popular Safari Pete is back with his wonderful range of animals. A fun way to learn about the importance of respecting wildlife. Want to meet an owl? How about stroking a snake? Fancy saying hello to a meerkat? Or a millipede? Safari Pete has lots of fascinating, feathery, furry, scaly, scary and cute animals for you to meet up close.

Summerversity – Mountain Biking
Monday 3 July to Friday 4 August and Monday 21 to Friday 25 August, 9am to 11am
Islington Boat Club
Sports Club for 9yrs+

Try new sports, learn skills and have fun in the sun at the Islington Boat Club with free week-long courses in Mountain Biking.

Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground Family Days
Saturday 15 & 22 July, 12pm to 5pm
Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground
Outdoor Play for All Ages

Crumbles Castle is an exciting space in the grounds of a real castle. It’s a beautiful green space under trees with nature & places to play. Discover and explore a unique adventure play space just for families.

Angel Shed Theatre Summer Holiday Project
Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 August and Tuesday 8 to Thursday 10 August, 10am to 3pm
City and Islington College
£60 – some free places available for local children
Drama for 10–13 yrs

This summer workshop will develop skills in drama, acting, singing, movement and dance with experienced professionals, as well as devise a new piece of theatre to be performed at the end of the project.

Family Dance Day
Saturday 22 July, 11am to 4pm.
The Place
£3 for workshop, £8 for a show
Dance for 2–8 yrs

For one day only, the whole building is completely taken over by an explosion of dance for children aged 2 to 8 and their families. Spellbinding shows, wicked workshops, adventurous promenade performances and loads of fun surprises will entertain, delight and inspire all.

Prints and Protests: Storytelling & Printing Workshop
Tuesday 22nd August, 10am to 2pm.
Islington Museum
£3 per family
Arts & Crafts for 1 – 10 yrs

Take part in sensory storytelling and get messy making printing tiles to decorate your own family banners. A morning of sensory storytelling inspired by our protest banners followed by messy experimenting with different mono printing techniques to decorate your own family banners.

Comedy Impro! Theatre Sports for Juniors
Monday 24 to Friday 28 July.
Young Actors Theatre
£99 per course, £79 concession
Comedy for 6 – 11 yrs

A new course for juniors this year based around theatre sports aka comedy improv. Learn all about quick thinking, high speed, over the top games and exercises that will delight an audience of family and friends at the end of the week.

Marvellous Medicine Making and Storytelling
Wednesday 26 July, 12.30pm.
Museum of the Order of St John
Arts & Crafts for 3 – 8yrs

Take inspiration from the Order of St John’s healing herbs and have a go at creating your own marvellous medicine.

Baby Broadway Family Concert
Saturday 19 August, 11am.
St James’ Church Hall
£10.75 per adult, children go free
Concert for Up to 10 yrs

Family concert of show tunes with West End singers, suitable for all ages to enjoy. Baby Broadway brings West End musicals to your doorstep so the whole family can sing and dance along to well-known songs from hit shows such as The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Grease, Frozen and many more!

Make a Play in a Week
Monday 24 to Friday 28 July, 10am to 4pm.
Little Angel Theatre
£165 for course, £110 concession
Drama for 7 yrs+

A week-long camp combining drama, puppet making, spoken word and storytelling to make a play – with a difference! Kids can design and make puppets, explore and rehearse performing, and get involved in all aspects of making a piece of puppet theatre.

See full Heatwave listings here

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