Welcome to Kington upon Thames

Thumbs Up It's Thursday

Looking for fun and educational activity for your kids this summer?

Every Thursday from 23 July to 27 August join us for our ‘Thumbs Up It’s Thursday’ activities.

Come along and enjoy host of great activities from free river cruises, to storytelling sessions, arts, craft and dance workshops, giant games and much more at 16 venues across the town!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @Kingstonfirst for the latest updates and tweet us your pictures using hashtag #TUIT

To see the full programme of activity - download our event timetable or view online here 

More activities are being added all the time - scroll down for the latest additions ......

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All Saints Church

All Saints Church

30 July

Fire! Fire! 11am – 2pm
Come along and discover All Saints fiery history!Hands on demonstrations by London Fire Brigade, Fire safety quizzes, Discover the role All Saints played in the history of Kingston Fire Brigade, Explore the church with our family trail.

6 August

Medieval Madness 11am-2pm
Stained glass painting, Medieval tile decoration, Medieval top trumps, Spectacular stained glass trail, Traditional medieval games, Family trail.

13 August

River Thames 11am-2pm
Discover the watery history of Kingston and the River Thames!Hands on craft activities and demonstrations, Family trails.

20 August

Allsorts!  11am-2pm
Fantastic family fun at All Saints Church in Kingston, Hands on arts and craft activities and games, Family trails.

Riverside Walk TUIT

Riverside Walk

Every Tuesday, 28 July - 25 August, 11.30am - 1.30pm

Free Children's Workshops

Can't make it for TUIT? Why not enjoy a variety of workshops every Tuesday from biscuit decorating and creating decoupage 3D flowers to spin art and bowl painting? What's more, there will be entertainment from plate spinners, jugglers and more. There's no need to book! www.riversidewalkkingston.co.uk/events

Mr Simms Sweet Olde Shoppe

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe

13 August

Make It A Sweet Summer

Help us make our chocolate covered strawberries using our magical chocolate fountain! Win prizes in our ‘Guess The Sweet’ taste challenge. 

Metro bank Kingston

Metro Bank

27 August

Coffee Morning

Parents with children will be given colouring books and pencils - Metro Man will be making an appearance to welcome everyone!

Comptoir Libanais

Comptoir Libanais

23, 30 July & 6, 13, 20 , 27 August

Kids eat FREE – 1 child eats for free with every adult main menu purchased until 6pm.

Boat trip

Turk Launches

23, 30 July & 6, 13, 20, 27 August

FREE travel for children aged 3 – 11 yrs on the 10.30am and 11.15am round trip river cruise from Kingston to Hampton Court Palace.

Depart: Turk’s Pier, Thames Side, KT1 1PX at Kingston Bridge, behind John Lewis. Please note that pick up for the free trip is from Kingston only, NOT Hampton Court. To: Turk’s Pier, Hampton Court, next to the Palace gates. Please note that the free trip is for a round trip or one-way only – if you want to get off and explore Hampton Court Palace, you will need to buy a ticket for the return trip.

Face painting

Kingston Children's Library

23 July

Where in the World?

Join us for stories, facts and craft about famous places. 10.00am – 11.00am

For children 6yrs+, £1.50 per child.

30 July

Is a Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?

Join us for stories, facts and craft about life in sea. 10.00am – 11.00am

For children 4yrs+, £1.50 per child.

6 August

Korean Tales

Join us for traditional tales with a short craft activity afterwards. 10.00am – 11.00am

For children 6yrs+, £1.50 per child.

13 August 

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Join us for stories, facts and craft about unusual animals. 10.00am – 11.00am

For children 4yrs+, £1.50 per child.

20 August

My Place in Space

Join us for stories, facts and craft about space travel and the galaxy. 10.00am– 11.00am

For children 6yrs+, £1.50 per child.

27 August

Stomp, Roar, Dinosaur!

Joins us for stories, facts and craft about prehistoric animals. 10.00am – 11.00am

For children 4yrs+, £1.50 per child.

Jellybugs Kingston

Jellybugs

23 July

Crafty Bugs Sessions!
Join in with some Jellybugs crafts. Be creative, crafty and win prizes! Pop in or check our Facebook page for more info.

30 July

Crafty Bugs Sessions!
Join in with some Jellybugs crafts. Be creative, crafty and win prizes! Pop in or check our Facebook page for more info.

6 August

Crafty Bugs Sessions!
Join in with some Jellybugs crafts. Be creative, crafty and win prizes! Pop in or check our Facebook page for more info.

13 August

Crafty Bugs Sessions!
Join in with some Jellybugs crafts. Be creative, crafty and win prizes! Pop in or check our Facebook page for more info.

20 August

Crafty Bugs Sessions!
Join in with some Jellybugs crafts. Be creative, crafty and win prizes! Pop in or check our Facebook page for more info.

27 August

Crafty Bugs Sessions!
Join in with some Jellybugs crafts. Be creative, crafty and win prizes! Pop in or check our Facebook page for more info.

Kingston Museum

Kingston Museum

23 July

Colourful Corals

Come to Kingston Museum and use colourful paint to print plants and corals from the underwater world. Take your artwork home or put it on display in our sea inspired exhibition!

Free, drop in. 1pm - 4pm

30 July

Crazy Creatures

Join us to make bold and crazy creatures of the sea with a range of craft materials, then put your creations on display in the kids’ exhibition corner or take them home!

Free, drop in. 1pm - 4pm

6 August

Keep The Sea Clean!

Can you make a jellyfish with bubble wrap? Come along to the museum to make wonderful marine creations out of recycled card and plastic and learn how to help keeping the sea clean!

Free, drop in. 1pm - 4pm

13 August

Marine Costumes

Join us to create crazy, extravagant and wonderful marine-inspired fashion accessories. Take a photo of your creation and send it to us to have a chance to win our sea-fashion competition!

Free, drop in. 1pm - 4pm

20 August

Pop-up Stories From The Sea

Storytellers ahoy! Come along to create a magnificent pop up illustration to decorate your favourite story from the sea.

Free, drop in. 1pm - 4pm

27 August

Seascapes

Make an enchanting seascape using the collage technique and become an acclaimed artist at Kingston Museum!

Free, drop in. 1pm - 4pm

The Rose Theatre Kingston

The Rose Theatre

13 August

Hetty Feather Workshop

Discover one of Jacqueline Wilson’s most popular heroines as she embarks on adventures across Victorian England. This is a fun, interactive, storytelling workshop for children 7-9yrs.

Sessions at 11am, 12pm and 2pm.

Places must be booked in advance by emailing annat@rosetheatrekingston.org 

20 August

Theatrical Fairy Tales

Fill your day with magic and come along to one of our enchanting fairy tale sessions.

11am: Join us for a captivating storytelling workshop for children under 4yrs.

12pm & 2pm: Become a prince, princess, wizard or witch in our engaging fairy tale drama workshop for children 8-11yrs.

Places must be booked in advance by emailing annat@rosetheatrekingston.org 

27 August

Learn and Perform a Dance

Learn some funky new moves in this dance workshop. Our dance teacher will teach you some steps that are sure to impress.

11am: children 4-6yrs

12pm: children 7-9yrs

2pm: children 10-11yrs

Places must be booked in advance by emailing annat@rosetheatrekingston.org



Cass Art

Cass Art

23 July

Cass Art Kids’ Workshops

This summer, drop in and join our fun, creative activities designed to inspire and ignite children’s imaginations. Run by our experienced staff, all activities are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For children 4yrs+ 10am-12noon. Materials provided.

www.cassart.co.uk/workshops

30 July

Cass Art Kids’ Workshops

This summer, drop in and join our fun, creative activities designed to inspire and ignite children’s imaginations. Run by our experienced staff, all activities are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For children 4yrs+ 10am-12noon. Materials provided.

www.cassart.co.uk/workshops 

6 August

Cass Art Kids’ Workshops

This summer, drop in and join our fun, creative activities designed to inspire and ignite children’s imaginations. Run by our experienced staff, all activities are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For children 4yrs+ 10am-12noon. Materials provided.

www.cassart.co.uk/workshops 

13 August

Cass Art Kids’ Workshops

This summer, drop in and join our fun, creative activities designed to inspire and ignite children’s imaginations. Run by our experienced staff, all activities are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For children 4yrs+ 10am-12noon. Materials provided.

www.cassart.co.uk/workshops 

20 August

Cass Art Kids’ Workshops

This summer, drop in and join our fun, creative activities designed to inspire and ignite children’s imaginations. Run by our experienced staff, all activities are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For children 4yrs+ 10am-12noon. Materials provided.

www.cassart.co.uk/workshops 

27 August

Cass Art Kids’ Workshops

This summer, drop in and join our fun, creative activities designed to inspire and ignite children’s imaginations. Run by our experienced staff, all activities are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For children 4yrs+ 10am-12noon. Materials provided.

www.cassart.co.uk/workshops 

bentalls

Bentalls

23 July

Mosaic Workshop Kingston with Karen Parry

Workshops at 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.

Learn a new skill and take home your artwork!

Suitable for children 7yrs+. £15 per child.

Booking essential at www.bentalls.co.uk

30 July

T-Shirt Design with Painted By Me

Paint, embellish and decorate your very own t-shirt.

Workshops at 10am -11.30am, 12pm -1.30pm and 3pm - 4.30pm.

Suitable for children 6yrs+. £15 per child.

Booking essential at www.bentalls.co.uk

6 August

Kids’ Cookery Workshops with Malcolm Harradine in the Living Kitchen

10am -11.15am, for 5-7yrs, £10 per child.

12pm -2pm, for 8yrs+, £15 per place.

2.30pm-4.30pm, for 8yrs+. £15 per place.

Booking essential at www.bentalls.co.uk 

13 August

Colouring and Fun with Joules

Enter the Joules colouring competition and have a turn on Tom’s Tombola and win an instant prize or a Joules voucher!

20 August

Facepainting 

10am - 4.30pm

Suitable for children of any age.

No booking necessary!



27 August

‘Happy’ Dance Workshops

Learn a routine to one of the most loved Pharrell songs - Happy!

Free workshops at 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm & 3.15pm.

Booking essential at www.bentalls.co.uk

Eden Walk

Eden Walk Shopping Centre

23 July

Giant Games

12pm – 4pm. Play ‘Giant’ versions of children’s classic games Operation, Jenga, Kerplunk and Buzzwire. Free Face Painting

30 July

Beetle Drive Game Workshop

12pm – 4pm. Make your own mini craft version of the classic Beetle Drive Game. Free Face Painting

6 August

Giant Games

12pm – 4pm. Play ‘Giant’ versions of children’s classic games Operation, Jenga, Kerplunk and Buzzwire. Free Face Painting



13 August
Pin The Tail On The Donkey Workshop
12pm – 4pm. Make your own mini craft version of the classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey game. Free Face Painting

20 August

Giant Games

12pm – 4pm. Play ‘Giant’ versions of children’s classic games Operation, Jenga, Kerplunk and Buzzwire. Free Face Painting

27 August

Racing Frog Workshop

12pm – 4pm. Make your own mini craft version of the classic Racing Frog game. Free Face Painting

john lewis

John Lewis

23 July

Make Your Own Loom Bands

Get creative in the haberdashery department! For children 7yrs+. 2pm-4pm. Plus story telling on the 3rd floor at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Each session 20 minutes.

30 July

Make Your Own Sea Creatures

Get creative in the haberdashery department! For children 7yrs+. 2pm-4pm. Plus story telling on the 3rd floor at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Each session 20 minutes.

6 August

Make Your Own Finger Puppets

Get creative in the haberdashery department! For children 7yrs+. 2pm-4pm. Plus story telling on the 3rd floor at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Each session 20 minutes.

13 August

Make Your Own Loom Bands

Get creative in the haberdashery department! For children 7yrs+. 2pm-4pm. Plus story telling on the 3rd floor at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Each session 20 minutes.



20 August
Make Your Own Masks
Get creative in the haberdashery department! For children 7yrs+. 2pm-4pm. Plus story telling on the 3rd floor at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Each session 20 minutes.

27 August
Make Your Own Origami
Get creative in the haberdashery department! For children 7yrs+. 2pm-4pm. Plus story telling on the 3rd floor at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Each session 20 minutes.

Rotunda

The Rotunda

23 July

Movie Magic – Shaun the Sheep

Don’t be sheepish, come and create your very own plasticine Shaun the Sheep in our Movie Magic workshops.

For more information, please visit www.rotundakingston.co.uk 

30 July

Movie Magic – Alice in Wonderland

Fall down the rabbit hole and create some free Cheshire Cat cakes to enjoy or take home.

For more information, please visit www.rotundakingston.co.uk 

6 August

Movie Magic – Peter Pan

Never grow up with our pirate flag and fairy wand workshop!

For more information, please visit www.rotundakingston.co.uk 

13 August

Movie Magic – Harry Potter

Cast a spell and create a unique magic potion in true Harry Potter style.

For more information, please visit www.rotundakingston.co.uk 

20 August

Movie Magic – Home

Be the coolest kid in the galaxy and design your own alien bopper.

For more information, please visit www.rotundakingston.co.uk 

27 August

Movie Magic – Minions

Who doesn’t want to be a Minion? Turn your family into Minions with our very special colouring competition

For more information, please visit www.rotundakingston.co.uk

Bentall Centre

The Bentall Centre

23 July

Cycle to create your very own healthy juice with our Smoothie Bike

30 July

Cupcake Decorating

6 August

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

13 August

Punch & Judy



20 August

Up-cycle Workshop

27 August

Alternative Yoga classes

White Stuff

White Stuff

23, 30 July & 6, 13, 20, 27 August

Join Our Scavenger Hunt

Find the hidden symbols around the store to win prizes and goodies.

La Tasca

La Tasca

23, 30 July & 6, 13, 20, 27 August

KIDS EAT FREE

When 2 adults eat in. Plus how to make paella activity, workshops for kids. Photo opportunity with our resident bull, non alcoholic cocktail master class, T-shirt colouring competition. 

Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas

23, 30 July & 6, 13, 20, 27 August

Kids Eat Free

When an adult main is purchased. Not in conjunction with any other offer, discount or voucher. A free meal from the set Kids’ Menu is available for each child accompanied by a separate adult buying a main course from the a la carte menu. Does not apply to smaller portions of a la carte dishes. We reserve the right to withdraw or change this offer at any time.