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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! 

During the current COVID-19 situation we are still up and running and busier than ever!  We’ve got a packed What’s On(line) page and we’re updating listings as businesses diversify and new services pop-up.  Browse our activities, health, education and parties categories to see the new “online” sections we’ve added, and our takeaways and food delivery section will make sure you can recreate that restaurant experience at home.  Also scroll down for all the latest Harpenden community news.

Get in touch if you would like to list your business, or add your event to the What’s On page.

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What's On This Week

23rd March 2020-03-23 2020-03-31 - 31st March
On Facebook, Harpenden

24th March 2020-03-24 2020-04-21 - 21st April
Online, Harpenden

24th March 2020-03-24 2020-04-30 - 30th April
On Facebook, Harpenden

27th March 2020-03-27 2020-04-30 - 30th April
On Facebook, Harpenden

28th March 2020-03-28 2020-03-28
On Facebook, Harpenden

28th March 2020-03-28 2020-03-28
On Facebook, Harpenden

28th March 2020-03-28 2020-03-28
via Zoom, Harpenden

28th March 2020-03-28 2020-03-28
On Facebook, Harpenden

28th March 2020-03-28 2020-03-28
On Facebook, Harpenden

28th March 2020-03-28 2020-04-30 - 30th April
On YouTube, Facebook & Instagram, Harpenden

28th March 2020-03-28 2020-03-29 - 29th March
On YouTube, Facebook & Instagram, Harpenden

28th March 2020-03-28 2020-03-28
Online via Zoom, Harpenden

29th March 2020-03-29 2020-03-29
On Facebook, Harpenden

29th March 2020-03-29 2020-03-29
Your home, Harpenden

30th March 2020-03-30 2020-03-30
On Facebook and Instagram, Harpenden

30th March 2020-03-30 2020-04-27 - 27th April
On YouTube, Harpenden

30th March 2020-03-30 2020-04-03 - 3rd April
On YouTube, Harpenden

30th March 2020-03-30 2020-03-30
Your home, Harpenden

30th March 2020-03-30 2020-03-30
Your home, Harpenden

30th March 2020-03-30 2020-04-03 - 3rd April
Online in your own home, Harpenden

30th March 2020-03-30 2020-03-30
Your home, Harpenden

1st April 2020-04-01 2020-04-01
On YouTube & Facebook, Harpenden

1st April 2020-04-01 2020-04-29 - 29th April
On YouTube, Harpenden

1st April 2020-04-01 2020-04-01
On YouTube, Harpenden

1st April 2020-04-01 2020-04-01
Your home, Harpenden

1st April 2020-04-01 2020-04-01
On Facebook, Harpenden

2nd April 2020-04-02 2020-04-02
Your home, Harpenden

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Under 5s drop-in groups

If you are running a local event for families or children you can add the details to our site for free.



Activities to keep kids busy

We find ourselves in unprecedented times this Spring, unable to get out and about and socialise in the way we normally would. Looking positively, this could have a silver lining as we will have time to do activities that our digital generation have maybe never tried. We’ve put our heads together to come up with a list of ideas of things to do at home to keep everyone busy and entertained using resources you will hopefully have at home or may be able to acquire easily.  We’ve assumed that where possible if schools are forced to close, they will do their best to provide relevant educational resources and lessons, so we’ve concentrated on ideas to fill the rest of the time!

These ideas vary in age range so some will be suitable for younger children and some for older and some can probably be adapted to suit everyone.  If you have both older and younger children get the older ones involved in help with organising, setup and clearing up, where required! 

We continue to add ideas so keep checking back!

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An appeal from the Human Milk Foundation

The Human Milk Foundation urgently needs to raise awareness so we can protect our most vulnerable premature babies.

During the COVID-19 crisis, we are having to scale up milk bank operations as hospital neonatal intensive care units are requiring more donor milk. We have to raise vital funds to be able to recruit more milk donors, increase the lab team hours to pasteurise more donor milk, and order more equipment to meet this new capacity.


Please Remember The Foodbank and The Hygiene Bank

In these uncertain and difficult times, if you are able to spare something for the St Albans and District Foodbank and the The Hygiene Bank Harpenden & St Albans, they and the families they help would be hugely grateful.

You can donate to the Foodbank at boxes in Sainsburys and Waitrose.

Donation boxes for the Hygiene Bank can be found at Manor Pharmacy (Southdown and Leyton Road), High Street Methodist Church Hall and The Little Gym at Rothamsted Research.


Harpenden Town Council is supporting a new initiative called Harpenden Cares. Harpenden Cares is a community-led response to the coronavirus, which involves lots of Harpenden’s brilliant voluntary sector groups. The initiative aims to support local people at risk, help keep key services running, and to be a trusted source of information. 

Harpenden Cares will: 

• Offer a befriending service for local vulnerable and/or isolated people

• Help deliver essential supplies and medication to vulnerable and/or isolated people

• Offer street-level support to engage vulnerable and/or isolated people

• Act as a general trusted source of information

We will be providing updates on the Harpenden Cares Facebook page


Tour the world from your sofa

Unless you have a boundless imagination it is tricky to think of 'new' places to explore to keep the children entertained whilst stuck at home. But just because you can't get on a plane doesn't mean you can't visit some extraordinary venues and see some other-worldly places! We have gathered some virtual tours to take you from your sofa to amazing places around the world at the click of a button! 

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Drama Llamas

News & Notices

Family Centre Service Remote Support Only

The St Albans Family Centre Service has temporarily closed all its buildings and will only be providing support remotely via phone, social media and their website at this time.

Phone: 0300 123 7572

Website: www.hertsfamilycentres.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/StAlbansFCS/

Shopping Hours in Harpenden for the Elderly, Vulnerable and NHS Workers

This is a list of the special opening hours offered by supermarkets in Harpenden.  These are based on the information published by each Supermarket (click the links for full details) and the published opening hours for each store.  However this is only a guide.  At this point things are still fast-changing and we urge you to use the links below to double-check the opening times before you set off.... Read more

Change to Sainsbury’s Opening Hours

From Monday 23rd March, all Sainsbury’s  supermarkets will be open from 8am to 8pmMonday-Saturday, including those with an Argos store. Sunday opening, Sainsbury’s Local and petrol station opening times will stay the same.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all our supermarkets will dedicate 8am - 9am to serving elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers.

The store will be open to NHS workers for half an hour before usual opening (7.30 - 8am) from Monday to Saturday. They will just need to show their NHS ID when they visit.

Harpenden Library Online Access

All Hertfordshire Libraries are now closed (don’t worry, loans have been extended!)

But the good news is that you don’t need to go to the library to enjoy books for free.  Download the BorrowBox app to access hundreds of eBooks and audio books, or for magazines and newspapers try RBDigital and PressReader.  All you need is your library card.


Here's the latest recommendations from our visitors and followers. If you'd like to add a recommendation for a business or organisation search for their listing here on the site and click on the Recommend This button.

GCSE and A Level Private Tutor for Psychology and Sociology
"My daughter studied with Laura for her psychology A’level she needed certain grades to be offered a place on an Adult Nursing degree. Which she achieved. Laura was flexible and focused on the areas that my daughter felt she needed, she enjoyed the sessions with Laura and felt she benefited from the extra help and of course was over the moon when she got the grades needed and is due to qualify shortly. I would recommend Laura."

GCSE and A Level Private Tutor for Psychology and Sociology
"I can not recommend Laura more highly. An excellent tutor, was a great help to my daughter who looked forward and enjoyed her time with Laura. Laura is patient and diligent with her pupils and sets a realistic timetable for her students. My daughter’s grades surpassed her school’s expectations and she got her first choice university . Thank you Laura "

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Under 5 Drop Ins


Why not browse through some of the listings we have recently added to the site...

Activities, clubs & classes

Active Creative @ Home
St Albans School of Acting - Online
Best Theatre Arts Online
Hartbeeps @ Home
Baby College At Home
Sunny Kids Shine Online
Lindy Lou's Adventures in Music Live
Speaking Works
Speaking Works
Music and Drama Tuition
Hometime Circus
Phonics with Robot Reg St Albans & Harpenden
Kids Cook With Theo
Jump n Juice; The Online Fitness Club
Moo Music - Online
Artskool Academy Online
NextThing Tech Club - Online
Lego Club at The Salvation Army
Smartphone Safaris
Stephanie Belton - photography courses

Education & childcare

Open University Short Courses
Herts Tuition
GCSE and A Level Private Tutor for Psychology and Sociology
Speaking Works
Twinkl Home Learning Packs
Private tuition for GCSE English

More businesses

Bangkok Lounge
Sarakh - The Roadside Indian
Spice Rack
Cafe Jeera
Jelley's Meats
Sparshotts St Albans
Garrity's Fruit & Veg
Emilio's Street Food - Delivery
The Old Cock Inn - Temporarily Closed
Lussmanns To Go
Let's Dance Dancewear & Dance Shoes
Toddler Cafe at The Salvation Army - CANCELLED

Health & Wellbeing

Active Creative @ Home
Zing Wellness Online
Camp Green Online
Emma Hunt Personal Training
Nicole Rose Yoga - Live online Yoga classes
Your Virtual Village with St Albans Doulas
Harpenden Twins Group

Holiday clubs & classes

Fingertips Woodland Nursery for Keyworkers
Adventure Kids Holiday Club for Key Workers
Brilliant Theatre Arts
Markyate Holiday Football Camp

Parties & Celebrations

Bella Parties - Virtual Parties
Wisteria Lane Baking Co.
Simon Says Magic
Black Bear Ceramics

Things to do

Rothamsted Science Walking Trail

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