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Splendid summer shopping centre activities

Stay cool this summer with our pick of the best shopping centre activities

Posted: 18 July 2011
by Fiona McKim

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45 Days Of Fun
Open Now–August 14
There will be no excuse to stay indoors this summer with The Gyle, Edinburgh organising 45 days of free summer activities from 1st July. Children of all ages can get involved with activities ranging from free pop recording sessions to cookie icing workshops and phoenix falconry displays.

Trunki Races
July 23-24
Celebrate the fifth birthday of iconic children’s luggage brand Trunki at Selfridges Birmingham with suitcase race events as well as a special Trunki customisation service. The Junior design awards 2011 named the Trunki BoostApak best travel product as well as shortlisting the Trunki ToyBox for best 3-5 years toy design.

Summer In The City
July 23-24
Budding urban artists can make their mark on a giant graffiti mural at Cabot Circus shopping centre in Bristol, home town of elusive graffiti artist Banksy. If the weather is fine, while away the afternoon in a special outdoor garden area complete with deckchairs, giant Jenga and hoopla.

Sizzling summer
July 23–August 30
Westfield in London are providing a family friendly spin on the classic dinner and a show date formula for summer 2011. Alongside live appearances of popular characters including Ben 10, TingaTinga Tales and Thomas the Tank Engine, children can eat for free in several delectable on-site eateries.

Summer Takeover
July 23–August 29
It’s a case of power to the (little) people at Meadowhall in Sheffield as the powers that be have handed control of the summer events calendar to the children themselves. This has resulted in varied schedule including Wild West fun, a car show and street dancing classes, although reports of a giant chocolate-filled swimming pool are as yet unconfirmed.

Thumbs Up Thursdays
July 25–September 9
Fight the midweek school holiday slump at the Bentall Centre in Kingston with free entertainment for children every Wednesday and Thursday including bear building workshops, hula-hooping, juggling lessons and fairytale craft workshop.

Hogwarts At Cannon Park
July 30
Discover if your child is destined for gregarious Gryffindor or sneaky Slytherin and improve their Expelliarmus with a magical Harry Potter themed day out at Cannon Park in Canley. The free event will include birds of prey, a flying Ford Anglia and the chance to pose with well-loved characters throughout the day.

The Metrognomes
August 1–29
Head to the Metrocentre in Newcastle and join a friendly gnome family in their live stage show, The Metrognomes, as they encounter mysterious adversaries and try to discover ‘what’s in the bag’.

Summer Fun
August 3–September 2
Homing in on the trend for all things vintage, the Trafford Centre in  Manchester are laying on a delightfully nostalgic  range of summer activities including a Victorian carousel, circus skills workshop and crafty fabric bag making classes.

Camp Rock!
August 7
Budding rock and roll royalty can strut their stuff in the Guitar Hero challenge at Whiteleys in London, with the first 100 children receiving a free musical gift.

Join Little Charley Bear
August 11
Children up to four years old will love meeting Little Charlie Bear at Westfield Broadmarsh this summer for an interactive imaginative adventure starting in Charley’s bedroom and ending up in outer space.

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