Welcome to Kington upon Thames

Thumbs Up It's Thursday

Kingstonfirst is offering a range of FREE summer holiday activities for children aged 2 to 11 years in the town centre

from 24th July - 28 August 2014

thanks to its ‘Thumbs Up It’s Thursday’ programme.

Come and join in the fun!


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Eden Walk

Eden Walk Shopping Centre

Thursday 24th July      

Puppet Mania Art & Craft Workshop (12noon – 4pm)

Make and colour finger puppets & stick puppets              

Free Face Painting / Balloon Modelling                            

Thursday 31st July

Jungle Fun Art & Craft Workshop (12noon – 4pm)

Make and colour spiral snake mobiles and animal masks.  

Free Face Painting / Balloon Modelling                          

Thursday 7th August

Under the Sea Art & Craft Workshop (12noon – 4pm)

Make and colour fish on a line & shell painting               

Free Face Painting / Balloon Modelling                            

Thursday 14th August

Jungle Fortress Animal Sanctuary (12noon – 4pm)      

If you’re looking for something that is Educational, Entertaining and really Exciting pop down to Eden Walk this summer. We have a range of Insects & Reptiles from the Animal Sanctuary on display including giant snails, tarantulas, desert locusts, tortoises, bearded dragons, corn Snakes, crickets, giant meal worms and lots more creepy crawlies . Free Face Painting (12noon – 4pm)

Thursday 21st 

August Dinosaur Art & Craft Workshop (12noon – 4pm)

Make and colour dinosaur shapes and masks. Free Face Painting 

Thursday 28th August

Magical Moments 

Magician 12.15 – 1.15pm                           

Interactive Storytelling 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm            

Free Face Painting 12noon – 4pm

john lewis

John Lewis

1pm, 2pm, 3pm.

3rd Floor 

On the hour for 20 minutes. 

Traditional and new exciting Story telling each week.

Plus in Haberdashery department, 1st Floor 2pm - 4pm 

For over sevens, Arts & Crafts

Rose Theatre

The Rose Theatre

Thursday 24 July

Singing Hands Signing Workshop

2pm – 2.45pm Pre-school – 5 years

Introduction to the amazing world of signs through song, rhymes, stories and games. Booking is essential through Rose Theatre Kingston website.

Thursday 31 July

Fun, Feathers and Foundlings

Activity description: Roll up and experience life as a foundling in Victorian London. A drama led workshop full of fun and feathers.

Hetty Feather in the West End from 5 Aug-6 Sept hettyfeatherlive.com

Age 7 – 11

Thursday 7 Aug

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs Adventurous Workshop

Times TBC3+
Based on the award winning book and live stage show, Les Petits Theatre Company present this exciting workshop. Booking is essential through Rose Theatre Kingston website.

Thursday 14 Aug
A Taste of YMT’s Soul Music1pm, 2pm, 3pm (half hour workshops)5 – 11

Thursday 21 Aug

Act! Sing! Dance! Explore! Join YMT’s musical mayhem

Pirate & Dinosaur face painting11am – 1pm4+
Drop in to the Rose to get your face painted as a dinosaur or pirate! Arrr!

Thursday 28 Aug

Escape to Narnia

11am – 1pm4+

Join the Rose to celebrate The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with this Narnia activity workshop. essential through Rose Theatre Kingston website

Bentall Centre

The Bentall Centre

31st July

Best of British

Pick from a selection of beach themed paper mache models to decorate and take home.

7th August

Afternoon Tea

Head to the Bentall Centre and decorate your own cupcake using icing, edible glitter, sweets and dried fruit.

14th August

English Farmyard

Choose from a selection of paper mache animals to decorate with paints, stickers and gems ready to take home. 

21st August

English Garden

Using plasticine create your very own allotment to take home! 

28th August

Royal Family

Feeling Royal? Come and create your own crown using pens, stickers, gems sequins, pom poms & more!



Thursday 24 July

Meet Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

Story times at 1pm, 2pm and 3pmPlus enter the colouring in competition. Ends 31 August. 

Thursday 31 July

Meet live animals in store!

1-4pm in Toys, Third Floor  

Thursday 7 August

Kids’ Cookery – workshops

Thursday 14 August

Drama Workshops with Everyone’s Theatre Company

1pm and 3pmBooking essential at Bentalls.co.uk  

Thursday 21 August

Hetty Feather inspired Dance Workshops

1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm & 3.15pm. Booking essential at Bentalls.co.uk 

Thursday 28 August

Join in with the circus fun and magical tricks! 1-4pm in Toys, Third Floor


The Rotunda

24th July 

Off to the seaside this summer? Make sure you visit our brilliant beach workshop to decorate your very own bucket and spade before you go! 11am-3pm.

31st July 

Grab a taste of the USA this summer with our fantastic Foam Finger workshop 11am-3pm. Stars and stripes face painting also available 12pm-2pm.

7th August 

Enjoy a Burger Making Workshop in Frangos 12pm-3pm, the first 30 participants will receive a FREE Disney Planes Poster!

7th August 

To celebrate the release of Disney’s Planes Fire & Rescue create your own Plane inspired bunting for the chance to win goodies from the film. 11am-3pm. 

14th August 

Up to 4 children can enjoy free bowling at Tenpin today when playing with a paying adult. 9am-12pm. 

21st August

Join the Jellybugs Play Café to create your own adorable pom pom bugs. Activities will run 10am-12pm & 3pm-5pm.  

28th August

See the summer out with Italian flare at our Pizza Cookie workshop 11am-3pm.

Park Sports

Fairfield Recreation Ground

Thursday 24 July – Friday 29 August (excluding weekends)

Park Sport Programme at Fairfield Recreation Ground offering multi sports coaching and parents 'drop and shop' during the schools’ six weeks summer holidays (see flyer for more info).

Fairfield Recreation Ground, Kingston, KT1 2PY

10:00 – 12:00 (4 -6 year olds)

13:00 – 15:00 (7-10 year olds) 

children's library

Kingston Children's Library

Thursday  24thJuly          

10.15 to 11.15am              

Dragon Stories and Craft              

Stories of dragons followed by simple craft to take home. Age 3 - 8. Tickets £1.50 on sale a week in advance.

Thursday 31st July             

10.15 to 11.15am              

Unicorn Stories and Craft             

Stories of unicorns followed by simple craft to take home. Age 3 - 8. Tickets £1.50 on sale a week in advance.

Thursday 7th August               

10.15 to 11.15am              

Knights & Princesses Stories and  Craft

Stories of knights and princesses followed by simple craft to take home. Age 3 - 8. Tickets £1.50 on sale a week in advance.

Thursday 14th August             

10.15 to 11.15am              

Mermaid & Dolphin Stories & Craft          

Stories of mermaids and dolphins with simple craft to take home. Age 3 -8. Tickets £1.50 on sale a week in advance.

Thursday 21st August     

10.15 to 11.15am              

Fairies & Wizards 

Stories  & Craft  Stories of fairies and wizards with simple craft to take home. Age 3 - 8. Tickets £1.50 on sale a week in advance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Thursday 28th August           

10.15 to 11.15am              

Monster Stories and Craft            

Stories of monsters with simple craft to take home. Age 3 -8         Tickets £1.50 on sale a week in advance.

Kingston Museum

Kingston Museum

Potty Prehistoric Kingston

The museum is going potty for prehistory this summer! Journey back millennia into Kingston’s past and learn to make pottery the caveman way. Try your hand at creating cave paintings and search the museum for the remains of a woolly mammoth. Who knows what you might discover along the way?

Thursday 24th July 2014

1:30pm – 4:30pm (All ages welcome)

Pirates of the Past

Over a thousand years ago, Vikings ruled the seas... and half of Britain too. Kingston was kept safe by its Anglo Saxon rulers but the marauding, bloodthirsty Vikings were never too far away and they managed to make their mark on the Town of Kings from afar. Learn about the Vikings’ obsession with treasure and make your own hoard of valuables to raid and take home with you.

Thursday 31st July 2014

1:30pm – 4:30pm (All ages welcome)

Medieval Manuscript Mayhem

In 1200 AD, Kingston was granted a charter by the medieval King John, but documents and writing were the domain of the rich, the powerful and the lowly monks who spent their lives copying out texts. Come and learn why such painstaking time and effort was taken over the presentation of manuscripts, how creating them could break the bank and what they were used for. Design your own illuminated letters and use tools of the trade to bring them into glorious, colourful focus.

Thursday 7th August 2014

1:30pm – 4:30pm (All ages welcome)

Send My Love Back Home 

Life in the trenches of the First World War was tough, but not as tough as being away from friends and family. In the last week of Kingston Musuem’s exhibition ‘1914: Remembering Kingston at War’ you can see what a real trench was like, get up close to real WWI objects and make your own mementos to send your love back home. 

Thursday 14th August 2014

1:30pm – 4:30pm (All ages welcome)

Make Do and Mend

People in the Second World War didn’t waste anything; they recycled and made do with what they had. This went for clothes, shoes and even things for around the house. At Kingston Museum, you can learn how to make something great for your bedroom, 1940s style, and become the envy of all your friends with your fully personalised decoration. 

Thursday 21st August 20141:30pm – 4:30pm (All ages welcome)

A Very Sixties Summer Holiday

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside, especially in the summer holidays! Come and learn about the heyday of Britain’s seaside resorts and make something snazzy and summery to carry you through your September blues. Will you side with the Mods or the Rockers in our epic ‘Summer of ‘64’ game, or would you rather laze on a sunny afternoon with the sounds of the sixties? It’s up to you. After all, it’s summer! You can do whatever you want! 

Thursday 28th August 2014

1:30pm – 4:30pm (All ages welcome)

Boat trip

Turk Launches


Free boat trips for children 

On Thumbs Up It’s Thursday valid for 10.30 am or 11.15 departure from Kingston to Hampton Court – ROUND TRIP only. Adult tickets are payable @ £7.50. Free for children up to 16 years.

Face painting

McDonald's Eden Street

FREE Face painting in store.

Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston

Headdress Workshop
11am - 12pm

Every Thursday

Our Headdress workshop engages children in making headbands and headdresses that they can take home with them. The headdresses use Cath Kidston fabrics and are designed to suit both boys and girls. Smaller children can work with pre-cut shapes while an older child can work on a more complicated embellishment.

Make sure you’re on time at 11am to get the most out of the workshop. We’re looking forward to it, hope you are too!

frankie and bennys

Frankie & Benny's

Frankie & Benny’s are putting their Thumbs Up every Thursday in August by offering Kids Eat £1 when an adult main meal is purchased from the Main Menu.

There will also be F&Bulous fun happening on their pop-up stall at the Ancient Market Place including a children’s activity table and meeting their mascot Sketch!

Cass art

Cass Art

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 unless stated otherwise. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 4+ 

Cass Art Kingston

103 Clarence Street, KT1 1QY

24th July – 28th August 



Thursday 24th July 

Matisse Collage

Be inspired by Matisse to create your very own brightly coloured collages.

Thursday 31st July 

Paper Jewellery

Make paper beads and gems to create necklaces and bracelets.

Thursday 7th August

Decopatch Animals

Decorate a small paper maché animal in brightly patterned papers. 

Decopatch logo

Thursday 14th August 

Super Hero Mask Making

Design and make your very own mask and turn yourself into a superhero or master villain.

Thursday 21st August

Plasticine Martians and Monsters 

Invent some scary monsters and weird aliens using colourful plasticine.

Thursday 28th August 

Inktense Printing

Design and make your own prints using foam and Inktense blocks.

Please note Inktense block colours are permanent so come in old clothes!