A more relaxed, east London alternative to Carnival, the Spa Fields festival is a great chance for nippers (and their parents) to catch a few bands, browse a super-cool jumble sale, coo over the dog show, browse a kid-run market, go on a historical walk of the area, dance to the tunes of The Parkinsons, Oh!Gunquit, The Bad Breed, The Action Men, Electrophonic Tonic and the excellent, and very child-friendly DJ Wheelie Bag, and explore this sweet little park (with an excellent playground). We’ve been for the last few years, and love this sweet little rock and roll festival. EC1. Free. Sunday 1pm–6.30pm More here
We’ve been out foraging for blackberries already – it doesn’t get better than fresh-from-the-bramble fruit. This smoothie recipe suits warm days.
Super-fresh figs are in the shop right now (or, if you’re really lucky, you may have a tree in your garden). Make the most of the short season with these recipes from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (our kids go nuts for the roasted figs with honey and ricotta).
Still hanging on by your fingernails to the last of the holidays? Keep that summer feeling going by making your own miniature campsite – this tiny, tented utopia comes with no noisy neighbours, sausage-stealing dogs or stinky toilets. More here
Make going back to school a little less painful and a lot more organised with this desk-brightening homework caddy. How-to
Watch water-themed films bobbing gently on a platform in St Katharine’s Docks. Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean on Saturday 27, The Little Mermaid and Life of Pi on Saturday 28. Book early! More here
Somerset House’s workshops are always fantastic (and jam-packed), so book early for this free, super-special, all-day event on September 10. London Design Biennale and Kidesign present a day of digital design, where young architects aged 8–14 are invited to create pavilions of the future through drawing, making and 3D printing. Details here
Sharpen up your pencils and raise your erasers, it’s time for the Wallace Collection’s Little Draw workshop. Led by artist Luisa Rivera, the collections new Little Draw artist, this class will explore our relationship with nature, and uncover symbolism in flora and fauna. Be sure to try on the armour in the Conservation Gallery while you’re there! W1. Free. Sunday 4 1.30pm – 4.30pm (drop-in). More here