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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.  And if you're a new or expectant parent, or new to the area check our essential guide!

Harpenden Smiles
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When should I bring my baby into the dentist?

Ensure your child develops optimum oral health by taking them to see the dentist as soon as their baby teeth start to peep through. This will help them get used to visiting a dental practice and ensure any problems are picked up swiftly. Harpenden Smiles will see your child for free if you have had an examination at the practice within the last 12 months.

You can also look after your child’s teeth at home and help them develop effective teeth cleaning skills. As soon as their first teeth appear, rub gently with a fluoride toothpaste to help prevent decay. When they are under three, just use a smear and when aged 3-6, a pea-sized amount. Supervise tooth cleaning until they are seven or eight, or older if possible, to make sure they are brushing properly.

Here are a few tips that will help your children get into the brushing habit:

  • Introduce teeth cleaning into your child’s routine so it becomes a normal part of their day.
  • Children love mimicking grown-ups, so let them see you cleaning your teeth regularly.
  • Give your child a fun flavoured toothpaste.  
  • Create a reward chart and add a sticker every time they clean their teeth properly.
  • Invest in a child-friendly timer to make sure teeth are brushed for two minutes twice a day.
  • Download one of the many apps that are designed to encourage brushing.

If you make teeth cleaning an enjoyable activity your youngsters will be far more likely to stick with it and grow up with shiny, decay-free teeth.

Lavender & Stone
Kiddie Fit UK
News & Notices

Starlight Kids Musical Theatre now booking their 2nd term!

Fun classes for boys and girls age 4 – 12.
Singing, dancing and acting combine in workshops based on favourite West End songs, led by West End lead actress Helen Morfitt.

MONDAY - BATFORD MEMORIAL HALL
FRIDAY - BATFORD METHODIST CHURCH

4.30-5pm:  age 4 - 5
5-6pm: age 6 - 8
6-7pm: age 9 – 12

Email helenmorfitt@hotmail.co.uk to book - Sibling discounts and free trials also available.


Latest plans for Harpenden Leisure & Cultural Centre available to view

The latest versions of the plans for the new Harpenden Leisure & Cultural centres, incorporating feedback from the initial consultation, will be available to view in person and online in August.

The new designs will go on display at Park Hall, Harpenden on Tuesday 15 August, from 4pm to 8pm. The architects and members of the Council’s project team will be available to discuss the plans.... Read more


Summer Reading Challenge 2017

The Summer Reading Challenges launches Saturday 15th July at libraries across Hertfordshire, including Harpenden library.

This year's theme is "Animal Agents" and children are challenged to read six library books over the summer and return to the library to tell the staff about them. Children can read anything they wish, including story books, fact books, talking books, and even e-books (available to download for free from our e-library).... Read more


What's On This Week

22nd July - 3rd September
LEGO® Brick Wonders
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

22nd July - 3rd September
Willows Summer Spectacular
Willows Activity Farm, St Albans

29th July - 3rd September
Bear Grylls Wild Survival Academy
Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

16th August - 20th August
Mimi's European Adventure
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

19th August - 28th August
Summer Circus comes to Van Hage
Van Hage, Great Amwell

19th August
Wildlife Explorer's Club
RSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts

19th August *FREE*
Celtic Harmony Family Volunteer Day
Celtic Harmony Camp, Brickendon near Hertford

19th August
Living the Dream Summer Showcase 2017
Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar

19th August
Saturday Sightseeing
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

19th August - 20th August
Tudor Courtroom
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles

19th August
Pottery Painting with Glaze Time
The George, Harpenden

19th August *FREE*
360 degree Traverse Climbing Wall
Christoher Place Shopping Centre, St Albans

20th August
CJ Birds of Prey
Hatfield Park Farm, Hatfield

21st August
Minibeast Monday
RSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts

21st August
Ashridge Adventurers
Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, Nr Berkhamsted

21st August
Crafts in the Colonnade - drop-in activity
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

21st August - 25th August
Victorian's Worst Jobs
Wrest Park, Luton

21st August
Clay Play: Ancient Pots
Welwyn Roman Baths, Welwyn Bypass

22nd August
Theatre in the Museums: The Curator
Wardown House, Museum and Gallery, Luton

22nd August
Family Bird Safari
RSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts

22nd August *FREE*
Crack the Code Museum Trail
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

22nd August
Terrific Tuesdays
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles

22nd August *FREE*
Wild Woods Day
Harpenden Common, Harpenden

22nd August *FREE*
Play in the Parks
Redbourn Leisure Centre, Redbourn

22nd August *FREE*
Play in the Parks
Rothamsted Park, by the Rose Gardens, Harpenden

22nd August
Summer Holiday Family Workshop
Bletchley Park, Bletchley

22nd August - 24th August
Magnify Minibeasts
Tring Natural History Museum, Tring

22nd August
Under the Sea Hat
Mill Green Museum, Mill Green, Hatfield

22nd August - 24th August
Extinct Explorers
Hertford Museum, Hertford

23rd August *FREE*
Working Wednesdays
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton

23rd August
Hertfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra
UHArts, The Weston Auditorium, Hatfield

23rd August
Nature Story Explorers
RSPB Rye Meads, Stansted Abbotts

23rd August
Ashridge Adventurers
Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, Nr Berkhamsted

23rd August *FREE*
Show & Tell
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

23rd August - 28th August
Mimi's European Adventure
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

23rd August *FREE*
Play in the Parks
Marford Road Playing Fields, Wheathampstead

23rd August
Midnight feasts and mischief
British Schools Museum, Hitchin

23rd August
Pottery Painting with Glaze Time
The George, Harpenden

23rd August
Family Netball Session
Harpenden Sports Centre , Harpenden

23rd August
Water Day
Mill Green Museum, Mill Green, Hatfield

24th August *FREE*
Family Discovery Morning – Gulliver’s Travels
St Albans Cathedral, St Albans

24th August
The Wind in the Willows
Hatfield Park Farm, Hatfield

24th August
Animal felting - Creative art workshops
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

24th August
Oglee Poglee - Creative Workshops for Kids
Kinsbourne Common Hall, Harpenden

24th August *FREE*
Play in the Parks
Marquis Lane Open Space, Harpenden

24th August
Summer Holiday Family Workshop
Bletchley Park, Bletchley

24th August
Clay all Day
Mill Green Museum, Mill Green, Hatfield

24th August
Detective Adventure
British Schools Museum, Hitchin

25th August
Slient Cinema: Jumanji
Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable Road

25th August
Family Fridays
Verulamium Museum, St Albans

25th August
Creative Paper Crafting
Frogmore Paper Mill , Hemel Hempstead

25th August
Dinosaur Detectives!
Hertford Museum, Hertford

25th August - 28th August
Summer Funfair
Harpenden Common, Harpenden

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Monthly Picks

With the summer holidays in full swing we're not short of things to do this August and both our What's On page and Holiday Clubs and Classes section are bursting. It seems that everyone wants to help you entertain your children, so here's our pick of some of the more interesting events and activities on offer this month...

If fun in the water is your cup of tea then Stanborough Lakes are running Fun Inflatable Sessions on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons throughout the summer for ages 8-14. Check the website for exact times and how to book.  Or a bit further afield there is a new Beach & Play Park at Lee Valley White Water Centre. Enjoy the beach, the inflatables or both for a half day or a full day.

If your children prefer to stay on dry land, then perhaps they can discover their greenfingers at Luton Hoo Estate's Summer Gardening Workshops. Topics include Herbs, Seeds, Flowers and Vegtables.  Workshops are suitable for ages 4-10.

For younger children Willows Activity Farm will once again have its A-maizing Maze as part of its Summer Spectacular.  There's also, of course, all the fun of the farm and the Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground, plus a packed programme of daily activities.

If adventure is what you are after this summer then Whipsnade Zoo is exclusively hosting the Bear Grylls Survival Academy.  Included in the entrance price to the zoo, the children can bcome wildlife explorers and put their survival skills to the test in a series of challenges, and enjoy live shows demonstrating animal and human survival.

And if you need to calm down after all that excitement, how about enjoying an outdoor cinema experience?  Whipsnade Zoo are hosting Silent Cinema for two evenings on 25th & 26th August, showing two classic family films: Jumanji and The Lion King.  And Sundown Cinema have a series of afternoon open-air family film showings at Oaklands College and Putteridge Bury in Luton including, Trolls, Frozen, Secret Life of Pets, and for older children, Pitch Perfect.

Books also feature this month with both St Albans Cathedral and the British Schools Museum theming their summer activities around classic children's books such as Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and Gulliver's Travels. St Albans Cathedral Family Discovery Mornings run every Thursday in August.  These are free, and there is no need to book. The British Schools Museum in Hitchin are running their sessions on Wednesday and Thursday mornings during August. There is a charge and booking is recommended as space is limited. And of course, don't forget that the Summer Reading Challenge is taking place throughout the summer at libraries across Hertfordshire.

However you spend your summer, have fun!

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