Learning and activities for children and young people

Learning and activities for children and young people

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There’s plenty to keep young people, from tots to teens, entertained this summer. From storytelling to documentary making, finger painting to photography, cooking to sculpture, you’ll find activities and courses to have fun and make new friends! See our guide of activities.

Hdayet, year 11 pupil

Hdayet, a year 11 pupil from Regent High School, attended Camden Summer University last year. He enjoyed the experience so much that he is back again this summer, but this time as a volunteer supporting young people and course leaders.

“Last summer I chose a variety of courses – seven in total; construction, welding, football, athletics, basketball, canoeing and kayaking and first aid.

“All the courses were so much fun, especially the sports courses. You learn from professional instructors, which makes a real difference to your technique, and you get the chance to use a range of equipment,” Hdayet explains.

“I learnt skills that I could use in my personal life and gained accreditations.”

Camden Summer University also offers the opportunity to gain valuable accreditations to put on your CV for work, an apprenticeship, college or university.

Hdayet added: “I learnt skills that I could use in my personal life and gained accreditations. For example, in the first aid course we were taught how to do CPR to help save someone’s life, which I thought would be very challenging, however the first aid responder really simplified the technique making it easy to understand.

“This summer, I’ve volunteered to work at Camden Summer University for three weeks, which will also be accredited. I will be supporting young people on different courses, including those with special needs. I will also be supporting the course leaders and helping them set up the equipment and providing general assistance.

“As a volunteer I get to contribute my ideas on the courses available, making sure we have on offer what young people really want to get involved in. As a result, this year for the first time we have zoology and bubble tea making!”

Collage of images of young people

We have a range of courses and activities for children and young people to take part in and get involved in this summer.

Summer in Camden

A programme full of activities for children and young people, from 0 to 19 years old. Whether you are looking for swimming lessons, creative writing courses or museum exhibitions, Summer In Camden will help you find it.

Day: Monday 25 July to Friday 2 September
Location: Across Camden
Cost: Free and low-cost activities
More info: summerincamden.co.uk 

Camden Summer University

For 13 to-19 year olds, who live or study in Camden. Choose from more than 70 free courses from creative arts, outdoor adventure to cooking.

Day: Monday 25 July to Friday 26 August
Location: In various locations across Camden
Cost: Free
More info: Visit cmdn.co.uk or call 020 7974 6543

In the video below, Camden Summer University students tackle the issue of fast fashion and how they can make a difference in their documentary film. Supported by filmmaker and educator Suzanne Cohen.

NW5 Project – Summer Programme

A summer programme offering a range of play and youth opportunities. There’s a play scheme for 4 to 13-year-olds and a summer youth provision for ages 11+. Activities include arts, crafts, sports, games, offsite trips and workshops.

Day: Monday 25 July to Friday 2 September
Location: NW5 Community Play Project, The Play Hut, Islip Street, NW5 2TU
Cost: Free
More info: Visit nw5project.com or call 020 7485 8165

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme

The Camden Holiday Activities and Food Programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) provides free engaging activities and a healthy meal in a safe environment. The scheme is for children aged 5 to 16 who are eligible for free school meals.

Day: Monday 25 July to Wednesday 31 August
Location: Various hubs across Camden
Cost: Free
More info: haf.youngcamdenfoundation.org.uk

Holiday play schemes

4 to 12-year-olds can get involved in a range of activities this summer, including arts and crafts, sports, day trips, gardening and much more!

Day: Monday 25 July to Wednesday 31 August
Location: Activities take place in 10 locations across the borough
Cost: Costs vary
More info: camden.gov.uk/play

HVH Arts

HVH Arts is a registered charity offering young people the chance to develop a passion for art, often inspiring children who have fallen behind or who might be going through a tough time.

Five to 18-year-olds can take part in a wide range of courses in the arts – from oil painting to music performance and from sculpture to photography.

Day: Monday 25 July to Saturday 27 August, 11am to 3pm
Location: Media projects are held at HVH Arts Studios at LSOM, 181 Mansfield Road, NW3 2HP. Art projects are held at HVH Arts Gallery, 44 Ashdown Crescent, NW5 4QE
Cost: Free
More info: Visit hvharts.org/courses or call 07792 951104

Summer Reading Challenge 2022

This year’s challenge is all about inspirational tales of creativity and invention, with picture books for early grade readers and middle grade books for more accomplished readers.

You’ll find mind-boggling and brilliant facts with these fun science and innovation themed recommendations. Children can also join in the fun online, on the Challenge website at summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

Everyone aged 4 to 11-years-old can join in. The challenge is to read 6 books over the summer holidays. To take part, you can visit your local library – they will get you signed up for Gadgeteers, help you find books to borrow and provide you with fun reading activities to get you started! Once registered at one of our libraries, you’ll receive a Gadgeteers collector poster and stickers for every book you read.

Day: Saturday 16 July to Saturday 4 September
Location: All Camden libraires
Cost: Free
More info: camden.gov.uk/libraries

Storytelling sessions

If you have a child under 10, come along to free storytelling sessions in Somers Town run by Salina, a local teacher, parent and founder of Read and Play. Read more about Salina.

Read and Play sessions for children aged 4 to 10 take place every Wednesday, 4pm to 5pm, at Story Garden on Ossulston Street, NW1 1DF.

Stay and Play sessions for children under 4 take place every Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 12pm, at The Living Centre, 2 Ossulston St, London NW1 1DF.

Storytelling and Craft sessions for children aged 4 to 10 take place every Wednesday, 4pm to 5pm, at Story Garden on Ossulston Street, NW1 1DF.

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