With over 42 days to fill with fun, we’ve put together some ideas for school holiday activities for children over 7 years old at Seven Stories this summer. If you have younger children, check out our blogs for 5-7 year olds and under 5s.

Start the day right with a lazy brunch in the newly renovated Riverside Cafe on Level 2. Fuel up for a day of fun at Seven Stories with a full English whilst you people-watch across the River Ouse.

Visiting on a Wednesday? Start your day with an illustration workshop with a difference. Fantastic Beasts and How to Draw Them runs every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays for older children and their grown-ups. Find out about the creatures of folklore and mythology, their origins and habitats and how they have inspired authors and illustrators like J.K. Rowling and Jackie Morris. You’ll use a variety of art materials and of course your imagination to create your very own magical beast to take home.

This illustration workshop is inspired by our new exhibition Once There Was Magic - so that’s a great place to head to next! Book your time slot via the website or at Reception and arrive a few minutes before your booked time. Wait for the three knocks and the enter though the fiery portal…to the Wildwoods. In this magical hour-long experience, you will be guided by a wise wizard, and encounter amazing special effects, stunning original artwork, and fiendish challenges that will take all your ingenuity and teamwork to solve. Think crystal maze for kids, in a magical wood!

If your family or bubble are big magic fans, you don’t want to miss the Wizards vs Warriors “competitions” held on Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer. Our Seven Stories Sprite will lead this interactive story time experience inspired by Cressida Cowell's novel, Wizards of Once. And if you like cake with your wizarding world experiences, check out the Villainous Wizards Afternoon Tea. Test your family’s knowledge in our Magic Potter quiz, join in with themed activities and tuck into a delicious feast. But, this is a villainous afternoon tea and the school Professor may not be all they seem…

Visiting on a Friday? You can't miss Shifter of Shapes followed by a trip to the Eggs, Nests & Calls workshop at 11am or 2pm (every Friday in the summer holidays). A the heart of the Shifter of Shapes exhibition is Red Fox – see Jackie Morris' original paintings of him, and recite Robert Macfarlane’s poems to bring Fox and his fellow creatures to life on the pages of our magical living book. With a beautiful sountrack and word games to enjoy as a family, this is an exhibition for all ages. After working on your bird calls and nests with our Story Catchers in Eggs, Nests & Calls, head to the cafe for a well-earned cake and drink and a browse in the bookshop.

We have something on every day of the summer holidays so head to our What's On page to see everything on offer and to book your tickets.