National Children's Hour launches at House of Vans London

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House Of Vans

Wed 26th Oct

With the nation having an extra hour as the clocks go back this Sunday, Action for Children is launching ‘National Children’s Hour’ to encourage adults to spend the extra time with the children in their life.

Families are invited to come along to the first ever National Children’s Hour event at the House of Vans in London.

The event is free of charge and allows children - and adults - to get creative with making magic potions and junk modeling, becoming scientists with baking soda volcanoes or even getting musical with the making and playing of instruments. A light-hearted indoor ‘sports day’ gives children and families the opportunity to compete against each other and also take part in free skateboarding lessons (please follow the link). 

The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussycat, the new book from esteemed children’s author Julia Donaldson, will be brought to life in the tunnels with live readings. As a supporter of the initiative and one of the UK’s leading children’s authors, Julia Donaldson has fond memories of being read to as a child; “I used to ‘Listen With Mother’ every day to a radio program with that name. Another early memory is of being joggled about on an auntie’s knee and joining in her chant about how the characters rode, building up from a sedate walk to a wild gallop.”

Action for Children was founded under the bridges of Waterloo station where the House of Vans is sited today.

The charity has been listening to the needs of children in the UK for over 145 years and with National Children’s Hour it aims to continue reaching out to each and every child.

Sir Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of Action for Children, said: “We are asking everyone to come along to the House of Vans and make the most of the extra hour - National Children’s Hour is a celebration of everything that is great about childhood and aims to help every child grow into a happy adult. All you need to do is ask children what they want to do with their time and embrace their lovely - and probably quite amusing - ideas.”

If you aren’t able to attend the launch event, Action for Children is also offering a free-to-download activity pack with fun ideas for families. Go to to download the pack or join in the conversation on social media by searching for #NCH. 


Sunday 26th October 2014

10:00 AM – 12:00PM

Free Event

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