Check out Vibe's summer holiday activities listings for north Kent and south east London

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VIBE has pulled together a load of summer holiday activities to keep your little ones busy over the six-week break. Check out more, or add your own to our What's On calendar at newsshopper.co.uk/leisure

WHITE Oak Leisure Centre in Swanley has a full line-up of summer holiday activities in its NR-Gize programme for pre-schoolers to early teens from July 25 to September 1. Full and half day camps feature swimming, fitness, trampolining, team games, sports, arts and crafts. The new Zumbatomic Big Starz – a high energy fitness party – is sure to prove popular, as a the fairy school and pirate school. Go to sencio.org.uk

 

SAY goodbye to dull summer days with Trust Thamesmead’s Boredom Busters programme, which includes bat hunts, bug hunts, bird watching and courses in football, netball, cricket, tennis, golf, cookery, climbing, archery, dance and photography. To book, go to The Link Thamesmead in Belvedere Road or call 020 8320 4499. Go to trust-thamesmead.co.uk for information.

WHILE adults take a guided walk of Crofton Roman Villa, children can enjoy an activity session with Roman artefacts and dress up as Romans before everyone does the villa quiz to win badges from 10am to 4.40pm on Sunday (July 21). You can also make a Roman mosaic, dig the excavation sand tray and take home a picture of a Roman soldier brass rubbing. It costs £1.50 for adults, £1 concessions and £4 for a family of four.

GET hands on with history at Bromley Museum from August 19 to 22 where you can handle artefacts, design and make your own reconstructions and artwork based on designs dating from at least 4,000 years ago.

CELEBRATING 17 years of Lark in the Park, this event is back in Sidcup this summer. The community event offers activities for all the family, as last year saw music, entertainment, youth zones, face painting and the Lark in the Park tug of war. This is all held in Sidcup Place, Chislehurst Rd between July 27 and August 11.

A SUMMER fete is being held at the parish church on Church Road in Bromley on August 31. There’s promise of fun for all the family with games for the children, a raffle and things to buy at the event organised by The Rotary Club of Bromley. All money raised will be going to charities supported by the Rotary club. The fete is from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

THE Maple Road Market will be back for three days in Penge over summer. On the existing market site, there will be stalls selling food, crafts, and fashion items, amongst others. The market is back on July 27, August 24 and September 21.

HAVE a go at performing at the Children’s Summer Holiday Programme at Lewisham College this summer holiday. There are eight courses over a four week period with theatre schools for three to five year olds (£60) and five to fourteen year olds (£130 or £75 concessions). Go to montagetheatre.com

SWAN Valley Community School in Swanscombe is holding coaching for budding gym-goers, cheerleaders and trampoline enthusiasts from 9am to 1pm on Thursdays, August 8, 15 and 22. The coaching is available to 4-12 year olds and costs £12 per day and £33 for all three days. Go to dljsportscoaching.com

THE Ultimate Soccer Summer Camp will be held at Merdian, Charlton, from 9am to 4pm from Monday July 22 to Friday, July 26. It costs £175 for the week aimed at 7 to 15-year-olds learning the almost unbeatable Spanish footballing formula, the Tika Taka. There will also be a Charlton scout there on the lookout for any players with potential. Call 07917357519 or e-mail neil@doitmobile.co.uk

BETH’S Charity Dog Show & Fun day takes place at 3 August from 10am to 5pm at Greenways field, London Road, West Malling. Entry is open to all dogs for £1 a class with money raised going to Sarah Kitchener Perrow Fund (Brain tumour trust) and PDSA. Go to bethsdogshow.co.uk

TRY your hand at sewing for 10 to 16-year-olds, and keen parents, at Bromley Museum at a two day workshop on August 15 and 16. The course costs £50 and you’ll learn to thread a needle, sew on buttons, hem and create a basic patchwork. E-mail  bromley.museum@bromley.gov.uk

FOAL Farm Animal Rescue Centre’s family fun day on Sunday (July 21) includes live music and entertainment, children's rides and games, food, a farmers’ market, dog show and beer tent. Entry to the Biggin Hill event is £5 per vehicle, £1 on foot.

STAY cool at the Fan Museum’s community open day on Saturday, July 21. Entry will be free for Lewisham and Greenwich residents to see more than 4,000 fans from around the world. There will be mini tours and fan making demonstrations. Go to thefanmuseum.org.uk

GRAVESEND Railway Enthusiasts Society’s Model Railway Show is at the Old Town Hall this weekend (July 20 and 21) from 11am to 5pm. It will feature various train layouts and model trains for smaller children to drive.

MULTI Award-winning TV show Brainiac is coming to Bluewater from July 30 to August 1 as part of Summer Live at Bluewater’s Glow venue. Tickets cost £7.50 to £12.50. Go to ticketmaster.co.uk/glowbluewater

CBEEBIES star Justin Fletcher MBE will perform at Glow in Bluewater on Sunday, July 28, as part of the Summer Live series at the centre. Tickets cost between £10 and £15. Go to ticketmaster.co.uk/glowbluewater

A CHARTER for Growth at Dartford Museum looks back at the town’s award of borough status 80 years ago in 1933 and the development of Dartford in the 1930s. The exhibition is open from 12.30pm to 5.30pm weekdays except Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm until September 21. Entry is free.

GET hands on with history with four days of fun at Bromley Museum from 10am to 3pm from August 19 to 22. Aimed at anyone over eight, the £200 Hands on History course lets you handle real archaeology, design and make your own artwork based on 4,000-year-old designs, and male reconstructions. Call 01689 873826.

 

BLOOMING Kidz in Catford has a holiday scheme for youngsters aged three to eleven, which includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea from July 22 to August 23. Contact Anne-Marie Powell for information 020 8695 9959.

THE Play Rooms in White Horse Hill, Chislehurst, has a line-up of summer holiday activities for under eights until August 2, including princess and pirate treasure hunts, a football academy, arts and crafts and a ballerina day. Go to facebook.com/theplayrooms or theplayrooms.co.uk for information.

KIDS can dance to the hottest music at hour-long Junior Jazzercise sessions at Hall Place Sports
Pavilion in Bexley on August 2, 9, 16 and 30. The sessions for four to 11-year-olds cost £5, which includes a hot drink for parents and carers. Summer sessions include a health and fitness quiz, a warm up, aerobic and dance technique, games and a performance at the end. Call 07717 155074 or e-mail jazzerciseworkout@gmail.com

FIND your way to The Woodlands Farm Trust in Shooters Hill between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday, August 21, and have a go at the orienteering course for £1 a child. Call 020 8319 8900, e-mail education@thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org or go to  thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org

SKY Ride local rides are guided by very friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic planned
routes. Rides are free and are grouped in levels to suit everyone from beginners to experienced cyclists. In Gravesham there are four planned rides. For more info, bookings and details of other rides around Kent go to skyride.com 

SEVEN to 13-year-olds can have Art Adventures at the Gerald Moore Gallery at Eltham College from 10am to 12.30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays from August 5 to 20. The morning art club includes photography, printing and sculpture and costs £20 per session. Pre-booking is essential. E-mail info@geraldmooregallery.org, call 020 8857 0448 or go to geraldmooregallery.org.

PARENT and Toddler art sessions at the Gerald Moore Gallery at Eltham College on Thursday fro August 8 to 29 are free for SE9 residents and a £2 donation for others. E-mail info@geraldmooregallery.org, call 020 8857 0448 or go to geraldmooregallery.org.

CYCLING is celebrated at new exhibition at the Museum of London. The London Cycles exhibition looks at how we have used bikes to get around different cities and included bikes from the 1880s to a modern Boris Bike, newly-commissioned artwork by Ugo Gattoni, and headcam footage from people’s cycles through the city.

HORRIBLE Histories author Terry Deary and animator Martin Brown will sign copies of their work at Waterstones in Bluewater from 3pm on Saturday (July 27) to celebrate the series of books’ 20th birthday.

MAKE your own tote bag, learn to use a 3D printer and discuss the future of design at the Design Museum’s annual late night opening from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday (July 26). There will be talks and music and the opportunity to learn lots about design at the One Off-themed evening. Entry is £8 for adults, £7 concessions and £5 students. E-mail tickets@designmuseum.org or call 020 7940 8783.

PICK up some hidden gems at the charity jumble sale at Yash Charity Shop in Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley, from noon to 2pm on Saturday (July 27). Items, including shoes, handbags, toys and games cost as little as £1. Entry 50p.

GET the whole family together for an eight-mile, traffic free ride in central London on Saturday, August 3. More than 50,000 riders are expected at the Prudential FreeCycle, which weaves around Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and St Pauls. If you are nervous about getting there, Greenwich cyclists will lead youfor free from 9am from Woolwich Firepower Museum or 10am from Cutty Sark Gardens.  Call 07919 447 316 or e-mail Teresa.griffith@btinternet.com

HAVE a swing at softball and cricket at a fast, furious and fun day at Langley Park Sports Centre on Thursday, August 1. The coaches are ECB qualified and CRB checked and players don’t need any special equipment, just clothes suitable for running around, drinks and a packed lunch. The indoor session costs £20 per child, book at bromleydcc.com, call 07872 109834 or e-mail admin@bromleydcc.com

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