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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! 

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Lockers Park School
Pre-Prep Open Morning

Saturday 16th March 2019


Lockers Park is a high-achieving and happy school with a Pre-Prep (boys and girls, 4-7 years) and Preparatory School (boys-only,   7-13 years). Situated on the outskirts of Hemel Hempstead, the school holds an excellent academic reputation, preparing pupils for the country’s top public and independent senior schools. 

The Pre-Prep is spacious and welcoming, filled with experienced teachers ready to give each child the best possible start. Small class sizes ensure pupils receive the attention they need, allowing each to develop at a speed and level that suits them. Learning does not stop at the classroom door, but extends into the 23-acre grounds where children are encouraged to create, explore and observe. Pre-Prep pupils also have regular access to the Prep School’s excellent facilities and specialist teachers.

Busy parents find the Pre-Prep’s wraparound care programme (7.30am-6.00pm and all included within termly fees) hugely helpful. Children can arrive for breakfast and stay for supper, taking the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities in a homely environment.

Book into the March Open Morning by calling 01442 251712, emailing [email protected] or visiting www.lockerspark.herts.sch.uk.

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What's On This Week

21st January 2019-01-21 2019-03-17 - 17th March
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

9th February 2019-02-09 2019-02-24 - 24th February
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

9th February 2019-02-09 2019-02-24 - 24th February
Mead Open Farm, Billington

11th February 2019-02-11 2019-02-22 - 22nd February
Milton Keynes Museum, Wolverton, Milton Keynes

16th February 2019-02-16 2019-02-24 - 24th February
Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell

16th February 2019-02-16 2019-02-24 - 24th February
Willows Activity Farm, London Colney

16th February 2019-02-16 2019-02-24 - 24th February
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey

16th February 2019-02-16 2019-02-24 - 24th February
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

18th February 2019-02-18 2019-02-22 - 22nd February
Aylett Nurseries, St Albans

18th February 2019-02-18 2019-02-22 - 22nd February
Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, Nr Berkhamsted

20th February 2019-02-20 2019-02-22 - 22nd February
RAF Museum London, Hendon

21st February 2019-02-21 2019-03-21 - 21st March
British Schools Museum, Hitchin

21st February 2019-02-21 2019-02-22 - 22nd February
Foxholes Farm Shop Butchery and Tea Room, London Road

22nd February 2019-02-22 2019-02-22
St Albans Museum & Gallery, St Albans

22nd February 2019-02-22 2019-02-22
Burston Garden Centre, St Albans

23rd February 2019-02-23 2019-02-23
The Radlett Centre, Radlett

23rd February 2019-02-23 2019-02-23
Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

24th February 2019-02-24 2019-02-24
Wardown House, Museum and Gallery, Luton

24th February 2019-02-24 2019-02-24
Lower High Street, Harpenden

26th February 2019-02-26 2019-02-27 - 27th February
Luton Library Theatre, Luton

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News & Notices

Explore, discover and learn at St Dominic Nursery

St Dominic Catholic Primary School offers Nursery provision in a happy, secure and caring setting. We aim to create a stimulating environment where all children are encouraged and motivated to explore, discover and learn.

“My 4 year old son attends Nursery at St Dominic and absolutely loves it. He rushes in every morning and is full of smiles and chatter when I pick him up from school. The teaching staff are really caring, warm and do a great job in creating a stimulating environment where the children get to enjoy themselves inside, as well as outside in their wonderful outside play area.” ... Read more

New Zog Activity Trail at Forestry Commission Sites

The Forestry Commission has a brand new Activity trail just launched at their sites across the country based on the popular Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler book character Zog. 

The nearest one to Harpenden can be found at Wendover Woods. Cost is £3 per trail. Perfect for a weekend activity, or something to do in half-term!

Timeline for Nursery Applications 2019/20

The timeline for Nursery Applications for places at Harpenden Primary Schools with Nursery provision has been published.  

Monday 4th February 2019: Applications for September 2019 Nursery places open
Monday 4th March 2019: Applications for September 2019 Nursery places close
Monday 18th March 2019: Schools will write to parents offering a place
Monday 25th March 2019: Parents must accept or decline a place by this date

Parents must apply to each school individually.  You can find dates of tours for prospective parents on our School & Nursery Open Days page.

Monthly Picks

After all the end-of-year excitement with Halloween, Bonfire Night and then Christmas, January is always a quiet month for events.  But with half-term coming up February picks up again, which is just as well because the weather is not always great that week so it's good to have some plans up your sleeve!

Luton Culture and Full House Theatre group have their annual Feb Fest arts festival for young people running 18-21 February.  It includes workshops and shows featuring dance, singing, performing, puppets, art and more. 

Two special half-term events here in Harpenden are a charity screening of The Incredibles 2 (PG) in Harpenden Public Halls and a Family Conservation Day on Harpenden Common both on Saturday 16 February.

Further afield the popular Spring Circus is back at Van Hage Garden Centre in Great Amwell.  There's live lambing at the February Frolics event at Willows Activity Farm or may also see some at Mead Open Farm. Enjoy Mayhem in the Mad Lab at the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey, which includes hands-on science experiments, making slime and modelling dough - I always like it when the mess is left for someone else to clear up!  There is of course the usual mix of children's shows, arts & crafts, outdoor trails and other hand-on half-term activities taking place at theatres, museums, parks and other venues in the area, so take a look at our What's On page for a full list.

Outside of half-term there's still plenty of fun to be had.  It's Harry Potter Book Night at Harpenden Library on 8 February.  Book a place for your little fan to join in some wizarding fun!

For little ones several of their favourite characters will be taking to the stage in our local theatres including: BING! at Watford Colosseum, Sooty and friends at The Radlett Centre and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant at Hertford Theatre.

For older children how about Hertford Symphony Orchestra's concert for children at Hertford Theatre, entitled Machines!  Children are invited to come in machine-related fancy dress and bring their instruments for lots of audience participation!

With half-term fast approaching don't forget to check out our Holiday Clubs and Classes section for more great activities for the kids!


Explosive Fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills

I had been intrigued to visit the Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey since we added it to our Things To Do section last year.  Their science-based special events that we include in our What's On page every holiday period looked like really good fun. So when I saw that this half-term the activities included making your own slime (something my daughter is very keen on, judging by the number of Youtube videos she watched on the subject ) I knew I could persuade the children that this would be a fun day out and they would agree to it without too much fuss.  And I'm glad to say I was right!

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