Festivals

- Standon Calling

Standon, July 25-28

A music festival with a big focus on families, Standon Calling manages to pull off the difficult trick of being credible to all ages. It's known for attracting top name headliners and also giving up-and-coming acts a platform, but aside from the music there's top comedy, a fun fair, swimming pool, children's shows and kids' workshops from puppetry to graffiti. You can unwind too with yoga, hot tubs and accommodation ranging from tipis to deluxe suites. There's a family camping area or park up a campervan. There's even babysitting available.

- The Game Fair

Hatfield House, July 26-28

Flamstead, August 9-11

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Spot the funny and sometimes just bonkers scarecrows (about 100 of them!) around the village of Flamstead during its annual scarecrow festival to raise money for charity. It's a family day out with cream teas and cakes, dancing groups, live music and stalls. There's a barbecue and the three pubs in the village do a roaring trade. Don't forget to vote for your favourite scarecrow.

- Beach Week

Hitchin, August 13-18

- Hertford Tween Fest

Hertford, August 21

Hertford Town Council promises 'on-trend activities' throughout Hertford Tween Fest. Held in the town centre, it's aimed at those aged eight to 12. The wide range of events includes technology and science-related activities, pamper treatments, arts and crafts, cookery classes and information on healthy eating and mental health awareness.

- Meraki Festival

Redbourn, August 23-25

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Wild days out

- Animal Crackers

Stevenage, July 27

The animals are coming to Stevenage Town Square on July 27 with everything from donkey rides to exotic creatures. There's free face painting, sand art and a life-size Lego leopard too.

- Paradise Wildlife Park

Broxbourne, all summer

Letchworth, July 29-August 30

In addition to the usual family fun at Standalone Farm, there's a programme of summer events included in the standard ticket price. There will be donkey rides from July 29 to August 2, sheepdog displays from August 5 to 9, while visitors can watch falconry displays from August 12 to 16. There's even a chance to meet baby dinosaurs down at the farm from August 19 to 23, and magician Mel will be performing from August 19 to 23. The fun will be rounded off with activities inspired by Wind in the Willows from August 26 to 30.

- Willows Activity Farm Summer Spectacular

London Colney, until September 1

Ashridge Estate, July 30-August 29

The activities and crafts geared to families with children aged four to 10 offer a great opportunity to learn more about the plants and animals that live on the National Trust Ashridge Estate. From pond dipping and minibeast hunts to den building and orienteering, these Tuesday and Thursday sessions are a great way to get the whole family learning outdoors. Booking essential.

- British Dinosaurs: From fossils to feathers

Natural History Museum Tring, until October 11

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Theatre and film

- Aliens Love Underpants & The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Hertford Theatre, July 26-27 & August 30-September 1

Hertford Theatre is a great option for family fun, particularly if the weather is inclement. Aliens Love Underpants, a stage production aimed at children aged three to eight, is a zany and hilarious tale based on the best-selling children's book. The Tiger Who Came to Tea is a musical adapted from the much-loved book by Judith Kerr. Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful show, packed with oodles of magic, sing-alongs and clumsy chaos.

- Luna Kids' Cinema

Knebworth House, July 31-August 4

Hatfield House, August 21

Enjoy the magical world of Alice in Wonderland in the stunning grounds of Hatfield House. Immersion Theatre brings its trademark energy to its most spectacularly bonkers show to date, as children and adults are invited to join in this classic story before meeting the characters after the show. Why not all dress up as your favourites?

- Warner Bros Studio Tour

Leavesden, all summer

Welwyn GC, all summer

At Campus West there's plenty to keep the little darlings entertained and it's all under one roof. Let them burn off energy at Roller City, Herts' only purpose-built roller skating rink, or head to Soft Play City where there are three dedicated zones - baby, toddler and junior. The cinema will be screening The Lion King and Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans, including special screenings that are autism- friendly, for parent and baby, and for the hard of hearing.

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Arts and crafts

- St Albans Museums

St Albans, all summer

There are a whole host of children's craft activities at Verulamium Museum and St Albans Museum + Gallery this summer, from making mosaics to creating a giant junk sculpture or a mini one out of a bar of soap! There's also the chance to be a Roman code breaker - can you crack it and solve the mystery?

- Family Arts Studio

Letchworth Broadway, August 11

Letchworth's Broadway Studio & Gallery is hosting a free Family Arts Studio event where participants get the chance to be creative with clay. Join artist Chantelle Stephenson for the hands-on activity - just check-in at the gallery information desk when you arrive and you will be given a timed ticket. Family Arts Studio activities are open to all but primarily aimed at accompanied children aged three and up.

- Art Workshop Wednesdays

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green, August 14 & 21

The team at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens is taking inspiration from Moore's drawing techniques to host family-friendly workshops where participants can discover how wax crayons and colour wash can be used to great effective or let the shape of a pebble inspire a mini sculpture. With Workshop Wednesdays included in the general admission price, feel free to explore the 70 acre sculpture gardens and the Henry Moore Drawings exhibition.