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WELCOME TO MUM'S GUIDE TO HARPENDEN!

From bumps to teens, we have it covered!  This is your one-stop site for everything you need to know about living in Harpenden with children. We're number one for information about what's on, things to do and children's activities locally! 

Scroll down to find out what's happening this week and to read our pick of what's on this month.

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Feature

We would like to welcome you to our part-time stage school including singing, dancing and acting for children aged 5-18.

Harpenden Performing Arts Academy at Harpenden Sports Centre will offer your children tuition across all performing platforms and the chance to build self-confidence and new friendships.

Singing
As well as being a lot of fun and a valuable skill to learn for anyone wishing to perform in theatre, scientific studies suggest that singing can have many positive effects on health. Some benefits can include increased lung capacity, improved mood and stress reduction, as well as perceived social and spiritual benefits.  Harpenden performing arts will teach all kinds of different styles of singing from rock and pop to musical theatre and maybe even rap!

Dancing
Dancing carries huge health and fitness benefits and is really fun way to engage in group work with your peers, enjoying all different types of music and movement.  Harpenden performing arts aims to provide training in many different styles of dance to suit all ages and abilities.  These will include street dance, contemporary, jazz, modern, ballet, ballroom and disco.

Acting
Harpenden performing arts students will learn many different acting techniques such as improvisation, role-play, script work, mime, voice and speech, character development and props. These skills stimulate the imagination and allow the students to express themselves physically and emotionally through storytelling and interaction. This is also an excellent way to build social and confidence skills for life.

To book on the course or join us for a free taster session call 01582 767722 or contact us on SDMHarpenden@1lfe.co.uk.

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WIN Four Free Jump Sessions at Gravity Force St Albans

Mum’s Guide to Harpenden has teamed up with Gravity Force to give you the chance to win FOUR free jump sessions at the brand new St Albans trampoline park!

  • Gravity Force is the leading provider of trampoline parks in the UK
  • St Albans park opens 17th August
  • Pre bookings available now

Gravity Force is the ultimate UK trampoline park. Whether you’re a freestyle pro looking to showcase an insane routine on the Tumble Tracks or an average Joe looking to get stuck into a game of trampoline dodgeball there really is something for everyone. "Gravity Jump" is the core session and gives you access to all the park’s facilities. "Gravity Tots" kids’ class is suitable for toddlers from walking age up to five-years-old, along with any parents or guardians. "Gravity Fit" provides a high intensity, low impact structured fitness class that burns fat whilst building, toning and defining muscle. Children can also host their birthday parties at the trampoline park.

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-BOOKINGS NOW

If you book before Sunday 24th July you can get 50% off selected sessions including Gravity Jump, Gravity Fit, Gravity Tots and parties, reducing to 25% off until 16th August.  To book and receive your promotional codes visit www.gravityforce.co.uk/st-albans or call 0845 498 9049.

WIN FOUR FREE JUMP SESSIONS!

For your chance to win 4 FREE SESSIONS simply email your name and contact number to gravityforce@mumsguideto.co.uk.  Entrants must be aged 18 or over at the time of entry and the competition closes at 5pm BST on 16th August. Full Terms & Conditions apply.

For latest news, offers and information you can follow Gravity Force on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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MGTH Awards

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Read the full ist of winners and runners-up

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Monthly Picks

With the arrival of August we're most definitely in summer holiday mode and as our bursting-at-the-seams events page shows there is plenty going on to keep everyone entertained, whatever the weather.  

If you are looking for something to keep the kids active then Play in the Parks (FREE) is back and running at 15 parks across this district all summer, and Roundwood Park Sports Centre is running a Pay & Play scheme costing just £1 per person per hour and offering a range of sports and activities.

If your children love animals of all shapes and sizes then a number of events caught our eye this month... Whipsnade Zoo will be home to giant animatronic dinosaurs as part of an exhibition running until 4th September and alongside they will be running a number of dinosaur-themed activities as part of 'Zoorasic Park'.  From 8th August to 3rd September Woburn Safari Park are offering children and teenagers a hands-on experience and behind the scenes view in their Summer Holiday Workshops, including one for teenagers thinking of entering a career with animals. The Birds of Prey Centre are holding Junior Animal Keeper Days where the children will have a chance to meet and groom the animals.  And if something a bit smaller is preferred then Herts Wildfife Trust are holding some Minibeast events on the Common.

For something a bit more relaxing how about enjoying some open-air theatre?  Knebworth House are hosting a new adaptation of Peter Pan with original music and songs on Thursday 18th August.  

You can find lots more places to go in our Things To Do section and organised activities on our Events page.  Whatever you do, have fun!

 

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What's On This Week

23rd July - 4th September
Willows Farm Summer Spectacular Read more...

23rd July - 4th September
Zoorassic Park Read more...

24th July - 1st August
Live like a Celt Read more...

25th July - 29th July
Donkey Riding Read more...

25th July - 29th July
Victorian Explorers Read more...

25th July - 28th July
Drop-in Crafting Sessions Read more...

26th July - 28th July
X Marks the Spot Read more...

26th July - 28th July
Carnival-themed Activities Read more...

27th July - 29th August
Mimi's European Adventure Read more...

28th July - 29th July
The Snail and the Whale Read more...

28th July *FREE*
Tribal Den Building Read more...

28th July *FREE*
Play in the Parks Read more...

29th July - 30th July
The Little Gardener - Based on the book by Emily Hughes Read more...

29th July
Music Box Read more...

29th July *FREE*
Safari on the Common Read more...

30th July - 31st July *FREE*
Kite Festival Read more...

30th July - 29th August
Hertfordshire's Hidden Heroines Exhibition Read more...

30th July - 31st July
Medieval Warfare Read more...

30th July
Baby & Toddler Market Read more...

30th July - 31st July
Hatfield House Food Festival Read more...

30th July
Spring into Summer Trail Read more...

30th July - 31st July
The Festival of Wildlife Read more...

31st July
Storytime for under 7s Read more...

31st July
Explore and Art Read more...

31st July
Pond dipping (self led) Read more...

1st August - 5th August
K9 Dog and Duck Show Read more...

1st August
Lego Workshop Read more...

1st August
Children's Theatre on the Farm - The Wizard of Oz Read more...

1st August - 5th August
Ugly Bug Safari Read more...

1st August
Marvellous Owl Masks Read more...

1st August
Beginners Biking and Fun Skills Course Read more...

1st August - 4th August
Drop-in Crafting Sessions Read more...

1st August - 7th August
SEND Activity: Water Play Extravaganza Read more...

1st August
Minibeast Mondays Read more...

2nd August
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Workshop Read more...

2nd August
We're going on a Bear Hunt Workshop Read more...

2nd August - 4th August
The Gruffalo's Child Read more...

2nd August - 4th August
Amazing Archaelogy Read more...

2nd August
Terrific Tuesday: Ruby Tuesday Read more...

2nd August - 4th August
Animal Pendants Read more...

2nd August - 4th August
Summer-themed Activities Read more...

2nd August *FREE*
Play in the Parks Read more...

2nd August *FREE*
Play in the Parks Read more...

2nd August
Family Bird Safari Read more...

3rd August - 4th August
Lego Workshop Read more...

3rd August *FREE*
Working Wednesdays Read more...

3rd August
Drama Workshop for 7-12 year olds Read more...

3rd August
Children's Aviary Tour Read more...

3rd August
Think, Make, Do... Codes Read more...

3rd August *FREE*
Play in the Parks Read more...

3rd August
Glaze Time Summer Holiday Pottery Painting Read more...

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