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What's Happening in Hemel Hempstead & Surrounding Areas #1
Hello everyone! My name is Vicky and I live in Hemel Hempstead with my husband and two children. I am a new Hub Leader for KalliKids and will be writing a fortnightly blog detailing what exciting things are happening in and around Hemel for you and your family to enjoy.
You can also keep in touch with the local Facebook page for more information and pictures.
We have been getting used to being a family of four since recently having our daughter Harper, who is nearly 2 months old. Along with my son Blake, aged 1 year old, we have been spending lots of time in our garden and at the local parks enjoying some fresh air.
We recently visited Leverstock Green Park which is behind the library and is a great park for the little ones since recent renovations.
Hope you enjoy Half Term!
The weather over the next few days is expected to be cloudy but mostly dry so put on an extra layer and enjoy some of the local events mentioned below!
Hemel Hempstead library has moved to The Forum and is a fantastic space in the new building. Pop along to take a look around and use the facilities. They run free events including Baby Rhyme Time on Wednesdays, Something Loud on Thursdays and Toddler Tales on Fridays. Also, every first Saturday of the month at 11am the library runs Weekend Stories.
On Wednesday 31st May, Hemel Hempstead library is running a ‘Self-published Authors Day’ between midday and 4pm. The event is free and there will be a variety of genres from adult to children’s books.
Watford Central library is running a Family Fun Day on Tuesday 30th May from 10am – 1pm. Entry is a £1 donation per family and activities include 3D printing, coding, colouring and more in the Creator Space.
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km park runs for both adults and children of all abilities. Children must be aged 4 and over to register and must run with a parent or guardian.
Events are held on Saturdays at 9am at many local parks including Gadebridge, St Albans and Cassiobury.
Search for mini-beasts on the Village green in Highfield Park. Consult an expert on what you’ve found and have a look at them in detail.
Sunday 21st May 10am-2pm
Child Ticket £3, adults go free
The Splash Park, St Albans
Open 7 days a week until Sunday 3rd September 2017.
10am to 6pm every day including Sundays.
The Splash Park is made up of approximately 12 high and low water features inserted into the surface and surrounded by a perimeter fence, to provide a safe and fun activity for children 12 years and under. All children under 8 years old should be accompanied by an adult and all users require parent/guardian supervision.
Ice cream and cold drinks are available at the Splash Park for your convenience.
For everyone's enjoyment, we do ask that all children under 3 years old wear swimming nappies and all users are required to wear swimming garments. The facility is cleaned and maintained during opening hours, with water tests being taken every 2 hours.
Sunday 28th May 2pm – 5.30pm
Come and join us at the bandstand for an afternoon of music. Bring a chair/blanket and come and have a picnic as you listen to swinging retro 60's music and a Michael Jackson tribute artist.
There is no charge to attend this charity event but donations for Peace Hospice Care and Watford Renal Unit will be gratefully received.
2 to 2.30pm - After Midnight Duo
2.30 to 3.15pm - Swinging 60's Retro
3.15 to 4pm - Michael Jackson tribute
4 to 4.45pm - Swinging 60's Retro
4.45 to 5.30pm - Michael Jackson tribute
Old MacDonald and the Three Pigs is on at the Sandpit Theatre in St Albans.
Saturday 27th May at 2pm
Adult Ticket £6 Child Ticket £4
Booster Cushion Theatre present a comical version of the three pigs tale. With the help of a farmer, the audience, mime, a wild bunch of animals, squeaking and a large concertina book, this fun story comes to life!
The Three Pigs are fed up with singing “Eee aye eee aye oh!” every day and bravely decide to move away from Old McDonald’s farm. Join the kind farmer and all of their animal friends in helping the little pigs build homes of their own, but beware, the big bad Wolf is on the prowl.
Can you help save the day and stop the wolf blowing all the pigs’ hard work away?
A colourful and fun interactive show featuring a 5m wide book, lots of silly props, pop-ups and audience participation! The children help identify farm produce, sing and take part as the animals on the farm.
The Tap Dancing Mermaid is on at The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead
Saturday 3rd June at 2pm and 4.30pm
Tickets £6.50 Dacorum Card £5
Gather round, gather round for the Moon’s magical, mystical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer who he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out of her house every night to shuffle and stomp on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea.
She can’t tap dance at home anymore since her evil, tractor-sized Aunty banned it, threatening to feed Marina’s dinners to the dog! But then, one moonlit night, Marina meets a mysterious, watery boy swimming in the sea and her life is never the same again!
Following extraordinary success and multiple sell-out shows, The Tap Dancing Mermaid is now touring the UK and internationally. With stunning puppets, original live music to sing along to and tap dancing that will make you want to stick 50ps to your shoes and join in.
Cineworld Hemel Hempstead (cinema listings are released every Tuesday)
An enterprising koala puts on the world’s greatest singing show in this hilarious animated comedy.
Buster Moon is a koala whose pride and joy is his theatre. But the once grand building has fallen on hard times and looks set to close its doors forever unless Buster can find a way to revive its fortunes.
The one idea he has is to put on the world’s greatest singing competition – but will he find the next Leona Lewis or the next Honey G?
From acclaimed director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Son of Rambow) comes this charming and hilariously funny animated comedy featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly and Taron Egerton.
Sunday 21st May 10.10am
Join Peppa in this exciting new preschool cinema experience, with plenty of snorts, giggles and jumping up and down in muddy puddles!
Leading with ‘Peppa Visits London’, the first of the never-before-seen episodes, Peppa and her friends hop on board a double-decker red bus as the Queen takes them on an unforgettable tour of iconic London landmarks including Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square.
The other new ‘oink-tastic’ episodes include ‘The Police, ‘Canal Boat’, ‘The Zoo’, ‘Move to the Music’ and a four-part story in which viewers will join Peppa on an Australian holiday to visit her old friend, Kylie Kangaroo.
Each of the nine brand-new episodes will be connected with never-before-seen interactive entertainment featuring live action Peppa and George characters and their friend Daisy, in her colourful new world.
Little ones (and parents too!) can join in with games as well as singing and dancing along to new versions of their favourite nursery rhymes, including The Wheels on the Bus and Row Row Your Boat in this unique new offering for preschoolers.
Sunday 21st May – Tuesday 23rd May at 11.10am
Tickets Adult £9.40 Child £7.40
Family Fun Day at Oaklands College
Sunday 21st May 11am to 4pm
A free event for all the family
Inflatables, face painting, animal corner, wooden games and much more!
The event is a fundraiser for a 10-year-old boy named Shay Murray, whose family want to convert their downstairs into a palliative care suite.
Make a Move Dance Academy’s Fundraiser Funday
Monday 29th May 1pm-4pm
Grovehill and Woodhall Farm Adventure Playground
50p entry per person
The event is raising money to continue the running of dance classes for children in low-income and deprived areas.
It’s playtime this Half Term at intu Watford
Free events - Tuesday 30th May – Friday 2nd June
11am – 4pm
Tuesday - Code a robot
Use iPads to learn how to code a robot and make it dance! Then head to the Robot School of Dance and learn from funky and futuristic dance moves.
Wednesday - Robot glider
Make your own gliding robot using card and a variety of craft materials. Once you're finished creating your masterpiece, don't forget to take our robot quiz.
Thursday - Design your own robot
Join Rowena Robot to make your own robot designs! Chose your favourite colour, add faces, nuts, bolts and more - the only limit is your imagination. Then pop over to the robot maze to help free the robots. Teamwork is required here and if you make it through the maze you'll win a sweet treat.
Friday - Giant robot art
Help us by adding to our giant community robot piece of art - we'll be using Lego bricks to try and make the tallest robot! After all that hard work, relax with Rowena Robot as she reads you some futuristic stories...make sure you bring along your best robot moves.
Our accredited KalliKids providers have regular activities for your families. Keep in touch with them:
Water Babies run Award winning swimming lessons for babies from birth. Having completed Chapters 1-3 with my son, I can definitely recommend!
Barracudas offer summer and Easter activity day camps for children aged between 4 and a half to 14 years old.
Tennis Tots offers fun and professional tennis lessons for children aged 2 to 6 in St Albans, Watford, Shenley and Rickmansworth.
Tiny Acorns Baby and Toddler Classes offer music, dance, drama and movement classes in Hemel Hempstead.
The government has launched a new website, Childcare Choices, with details about government funded hours for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds, as well as childcare vouchers and tax-free childcare. Worth a look as every penny helps!
Also, did you know that if a grandparent cares for a child whilst their parent is at work then the grandparent may be entitled to National Insurance credits?
For more information: Specified Adult Childcare credits: fact sheet