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Sky Studios at The O2 launches the Challenge Zone

Sky Studios at The O2 is giving visitors the opportunity to get closer to the sport they love and test their sporting skills with fun, free sports challenges the whole family can enjoy.  This event runs from 1st August to 28th September.

Visitors to the Sky Studios Challenge Zone can drive iconic Formula 1®  circuits in a Sky Sports F1®  simulator, take on the Par 3 17th hole at Gleneagles on the Sky Sports Shot Centre ahead of September’s Ryder Cup, and sprint for the finish in the Team Sky Time Trial.

Other activities in the Challenge Zone include: 

•         Challenge friends and family on a replica of the Soccer AM Car Park Game

•         Master basketball skills in the Game Changers ‘Change Your Aim’ hoop challenge

•         Test reaction speeds in the 60-second Sky Sports Batak challenge

•         Join the Monday Night Football line up

•         Have a photo taken with top sport stars in the Sky Studios green screen booth

Sky Studios also gives visitors the chance to present the latest sporting headlines and take away a digital recording of their moment behind the newsdesk. In the replica Sky Sports News HQ Studio, visitors can be filmed filling the roles of Sky Sports presenters such as Jim White and Kirsty Gallacher as they inform the nation of important sporting news.

FRAMING HOPE: Celebrating 25 Years of Poverty Eradication

FXB International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to lifting people out of extreme poverty, today announces the launch of a new photography exhibition - FRAMING HOPE: Celebrating 25 Years of Poverty Eradication with FXB International - by world-renowned photographer Jillian Edelstein.

Opening at London’s gallery@oxo on 14th August 2014 until 31st August. The exhibition features 25 inspiring images shot by Jillian Edelstein, capturing the stories of hope and success of families in Burundi, China, Uganda, Colombia, India and Rwanda who joined the ground-breaking FXBVillage programme – a pioneering, three-year holistic programme to bring about long-term poverty eradication.

In the last 25 years, through numerous projects including the FXBVillages, sustainable community development, infrastructure rehabilitation, education, prevention, awareness and access to water and sanitation programmes, 17 million adults and children across 20 countries have benefited from the presence of FXB International in their communities.

The exhibition will also feature the winning photograph from FXB’s Global Photography Competition. The competition asks amateur photographers across the world to submit a single photograph that best conveys the theme "Framing Hope". As well as having their work exhibited at gallery@oxo, the winner will also win a masterclass with Jillian Edelstein.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party 30th August is a storytelling tea party taking place in Nunhead, South East London.  Which features some much-loved characters from Wonderland. You and your family will be able to enjoy an array of delicious cakes and treats whilst dining with a couple of colourful characters!

Brought to you by Fantasy High Street in partnership with Ayres Bakery, this event is ideal for young children who want to enjoy a culinary adventure! So come and join us in Nunhead for an interactive performance you won’t forget!

From 11.00- 11.45 we will also be holding a special ‘Creative Cupcakes’ workshop. Let your children get creative by painting and decorating cupcakes with some of their favourite characters. All cakes and materials will be provided for an animated, mouth-watering morning of play and fun. Limited tickets available, book in advance to avoid disappointment.  Location: Barset Road, Nunhead, SE15 11am to 5pm.

Free family activity day at Guildford Cathedral

Saturday 30th August: 11:00am – 3:00pm at Guildford Cathedral a FREE Family Activity Day.  This exciting event will include a range of family friendly activities including Crafting, Special Trails, Competitions and Prize Draws.

Summer holiday craft activities

Over the summer holidays we are offering a range of drop in soft play sessions alongside a programme of art and craft workshop activities. Open 9.00-5.00 Tuesday - Friday, and 9.0-11.30 on Saturday mornings, please check our website for specific details of workshops. Mornings are pre-school sessions, and afternoons are available for older art workshops alongside the soft play.

We also have good coffee and free wifi to keep parents happy and entertained too!  Dates: This event runs until 5th September.    Admission costs per child varies from £2.50 to £15.00.

Location: CraftedLondon, Brathway Hall, Brathway Road, London, SW18 4BE

Free family fun day at the Oval Saturday 13th September

As a result of the Oval's and Surrey County Cricket Club’s support of Evelina London, we’re thrilled to announce we’ll be hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday 13 September at the Oval. 

Bring the whole family, as there will be plenty to entertain everyone including a ‘scootathon’ for the kids, farmers and arts and craft market stalls, vintage fundraising stalls, net sessions, tours of the ground, arts and crafts competitions, construction games, live music, farm animals, bouncy castles, face painters, balloon artists and much more!

Secret Agents - spy academy - ends 31st August

free storytelling activity for kidsOpening Hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday to Sunday 11am - 5pm.  Discover Children’s Story Centre is located at 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London.  E15 4QZ.  Entry prices are £5 per adult and child.   £18 for a family of 4, under 2’s are free.

You have been selected to join our Secret Agents Spy Academy. Your mission is to stop the devious Dr. Iscove from stealing the world’s pocket money.  Unlock codes, master surveillance techniques, dodge laser beams, learn how to make yourself invisible and gain all the special skills to complete your mission.  Be warned - time is running out!

Weekends and school holidays: 10.40, 11.30am, 1.10, 2.00 and 3.40pm (session for 6+s) 12.20 and 2.50pm (session for 3-6s) 

Until Sun 31 August.  Top Secret!  Every day, ask reception for details.  Ages 4 - 6

‘a delicious headphones trail full of red herrings for four-to-six-year-olds at the Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford’ The Guardian.  Go undercover at Discover on a super-secret special mission. Pick up your spy kit, put on your headphones and follow the hidden clues around the Story Trail. Ssshhh, no-one must know you’re here…

Summer Holidays at Discover Mon 21 July - Sun 7 September

Every day in the garden.  1.30pm.  Garden Games.  Ages 3 – 6.  Join our Story Builder for 20 minutes of exciting games outside in our garden (weather permitting). Play Follow My Leader, What’s the Time Mr Wolf, Simon Says and many more fun activities to get you moving around our incredible garden. Whilst you’re out there, sail the seas on the pirate ship, whoosh up to space on the spaceship, drive a taxi, make a den in the play house and find your way through the wiggly winding paths. 

Every day.  All day drop-in activities.  Stratford on Sea.  Ages 0 – 6.  We’re all going on a summer holiday! Relax in a deckchair, sing along to sea shanties with Captain Sam, listen to brilliant seaside stories on our beach and make a beautiful sparkly fish or boat to add to our fishing net. Babies can enjoy playing with beachside objects and watch our fishes in our virtual aquarium. 

Week 6 Mon 25 - Sun 31 Aug.  12.30 & 2.30pm.  Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.  Ages 3 - 6. These pirates SO love underpants, they’re on a special quest, to find the fabled Pants of Gold, for the Captain’s treasure chest. Join the pirates as they battle sharks, crocodiles and rival pirates to grab the ultimate prize. 

Sat 30 Aug.  Secret Agents Party - Mission Accomplished Celebration.  2.30 – 4.00pm.  Age 6+.  Do you know the secret handshake? Can you find your way to the highly hush hush party taking place in Dr. Iscove’s lair? Dress up in your best Secret Agent disguise and join us to celebrate the end of the Secret Agents exhibition.

Week 7 Mon 1 - Sun 7 Sept.  12.30 & 2.30pm.  The Fish Who Could Wish by John Bush and Korky Paul.  Ages 3 - 6. Deep in the ocean lives a fish whose wishes come true! But he is a rather silly fish and one day he makes a wish that he wishes he could un-wish!


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