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St George’s in Harrow reintroduces free kids’ club for summer holidays

St George’s Shopping Centre in Harrow Town Centre is bringing back its free kids’ club for the summer school holidays. Initially launched in summer 2023 with superhero-themed events, the club returns this year to coincide with new movie releases at the centre’s Vue cinema.

On Thursday, July 25th, the centre is hosting a “secret agent training day” to celebrate the release of Despicable Me 4 at Vue Cinema. Activities include learning how to hide, act like a movie spy, and pretend to parachute. Spaces are limited, and sign-up is required via Eventbrite.

On Thursday, August 15th, a script-writing workshop aims to inspire budding movie makers in Harrow. This free workshop will teach the basics of creating characters and storytelling, with participants producing a short script by the end of the session.

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Image: St George’s Shopping Centre

The Centre Manager at St. George’s Shopping Centre said, “We at St George’s are proud to offer creative and fun events for our local community, working with our community. There has never been a more important time to help families looking for cheap days out during the summer holidays, and we hope that our events provide much-needed and wanted joy.”

Harrow libraries have also launched the Marvellous Makers Summer Reading Challenge, featuring model making and stop-frame animation workshops from Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace and Gromit. Participants in the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a limited-edition Gromit Reader’s card, available only in Harrow. Those who complete the challenge can enter a prize draw to win one of 20 family tickets for a tour of Wembley Stadium.

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Harrow Libraries said, “We’re delighted to be supporting our local community through St George’s Honesty Library, with bilingual versions of classic children’s books including ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle in Gujarati and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury in Tamil. Residents can also discover new stories such as ‘Let’s Go to the High Street’ by Kate Clynes and Chantal Kees in Urdu and well-known Nursery Rhymes and songs like ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ in Arabic.”

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Image; St George’s Shopping Centre,

“We hope the Honesty Library project at St George’s will help introduce children across the Borough to the joy of reading for pleasure. Membership of Harrow libraries is free to all residents and when families visit our branches and sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, children will be issued with an exclusive Gromit Library Card.”

St George’s is supporting the challenge by reintroducing their Honesty Library, a free book-borrowing station. Harrow Libraries are donating books to the launch, including bilingual options. Vue is also offering a chance to win free cinema tickets by taking a photo of the Honesty Library and tagging St. George’s and Harrow Libraries/Greenhill Library on social media.

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More details are available on the St George’s website: https://www.stgeorgesshopping.co.uk.

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