Best family events at Lakeside this summer!

We love Lakeside – our answer to retail paradise. We can eat, shop and play in some of Essex’s top stores. Beautifully located, visitors can take a break and relax with a stunning view of Alexandra lake. With a new theme park on the way, there is plenty to be excited about.

The shopping centre is running several exciting events this summer, so get your diaries and a pen. Here we go…

A superhero summer

On 14th August 2018, the superheroes from PJ Masks land in Essex! Catboy, Owlette and Gekko are swooping in to meet and greet their biggest fans. The famous trio is recruiting and will be providing a special training session, teaching the kids some cool combat moves and learn what it takes to be an awesome superhero. Fans are invited to take pictures with Catboy, Owlette and Gekko in a day that they will never forget…

Do not miss out on other superhero action at intu Lakeside! Every Wednesday-Sunday (12-4), Hamleys host free-themed parties allowing one and all to meet Hamley the Bear and the chance to win some very special prizes!

The DC exhibition is a must-see for all superhero fans! At the o2, fans will get to see memorabilia, costumes and props from the DC universe.

Saturday storytime

School’s out for summer! However, it is still important that children maintain their reading throughout the summer - with some added fun! In the month of August, Waterstones are welcoming groups of young children every Saturday to take part in a variety of activities. Children will participate in a reading session featuring their favourite authors and stories. Other activities include cake decorating, slime-making and treasure hunts. Saturday storytime is the perfect opportunity for families to spend quality time with each other.

While learning your own language is important, the modern world is becoming incredibly diverse so it is important to read and write in other languages too. Click to find out why learning a language is important for children.

Nintendo switch

Calling on all video game and gadget-lovers, the Nintendo Switch is coming to Lakeside early this summer. Taking place from 21st August 2018 to 26th August 2018, intu Lakeside invites one and all to test-drive Nintendo’s latest console. Various games will be provided and visitors can enter a competition to win a Nintendo Switch - for free.

If you are love using Nintendo, then you will be interested to know about their latest partnership with KidZania. The two companies have combined in an effort to introduce educational fun this summer! Find out more here.

Slime time

Who wants to get their hands messy this summer?

Every Saturday (1pm-2pm), at WHSmith, families are invited to attend a Slime Masterclass demo.  A light, fun-filled activity, children will be able to learn how to make their own slime.

Looking for more children’s activity classes in Essex? Click here for more information.

Exclusive family offers with intu family club

If you and your family are planning on visiting Lakeside frequently this summer, we suggest that you join the intu Lakeside family club. It is free to join and will entitle you to fantastic discounts and exclusive offers around Lakeside and other stores in the UK.

Do you or your child love the Incredibles?

Join the family club before the 17th August 2018 and you will be automatically entered into a draw for an Incredibles collection!

Click here for terms and conditions.

Hamleys to host exclusive Superheroes party

Hamleys is hosting an exclusive superhero party at it’s INTU Lakeside store on Sunday 16th July. The party will be hosted by Hamley Bear, Hamleys’ official mascot and will offer face painting, arts and crafts and other fun, superhero-themed activities. It’s an exclusive event, open to ticket holders only, who will enjoy exclusive use of the store which will be closed to the general public while the party is being thrown. Party-goers will be taken on an adventure by the Hamleys Superheroes and will also have the opportunity to take a selfie with Hamley Bear. The party culminates with the kids being given free reign over the Pick ‘n’ Mix, as well as an exclusive gift to take home at the end! Hamleys opened its INTU Lakeside store back in Spring of 2015 and has enjoyed great success, quickly becoming one of the most popular and successful shops within the centre. Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop on the planet, with the original store being founded over 250 years ago. The brand has ten other flagship stores in the UK and more than 60 franchises worldwide in countries as far flung as Mexico and Abu Dhabi. As well as getting involved in the exclusive superhero party, you’ll be able to shop for superhero treats, with Hamleys stocking toys from Marvel, DC, Lego and Power Rangers. To book your little superheroes their places at the party, head over to the Hamleys site for more information. Tickets cost £35 per child and must be booked in advance.

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