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Power Up

Billed as a fun way of introducing sullen teens to the joys of Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths), this new exhibition features 160 playable consoles spanning 40 years of gaming history, from Pong and Pac-Man on venerable Ataris all the way to the latest Oculus Rift VR headsets. 

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Beach East

Life's a beach once again at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with over 2,200 square metres of sand deposited at the site for endless sandcastle competitions and balmy evening walks. This year's tropical offering will have a Rio theme in celebration of the Olympics and there will be big screens to watch it on from Aug 6-21. A gigantic paddling pool and funfair rides will entertain the kids, and two beach bars will keep the adults suitably refreshed. 

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Sensational Butterflies

The Natural History Museum's butterfly house returns for an eighth year in 2016 to a specially constructed tropical enclosure on the Museum's east lawn. Visitors can come face-to-face with tropical butterflies, including the swallowtail, blue morpho, the moon moth and many others originating from Africa, Southeast Asia and North and South America, and take part in games, activities and challenges that teach more about the sensory world of the fluttering creatures. Most of the creatures in the Natural History Museum have been dead for a very, very long time. But here, in this humid tent on its lawn, you can see the most beautiful birth sequence in the natural world: a butterfly wriggling out of its chrysalis, pumping up its damp wings then taking flight and landing – if you're lucky – on you, instead of a flower. Each year, hundreds of tropical chrysalises arrive at Heathrow from all over the world, destined for the tender care of the Museum’s expert lepidopterist Luke Brown – also a skilled butterfly midwife, who watches lovingly over their metamorphoses, and steps in with a pin to help the little insects free of their leaf-shaped pods if they’re struggling. In the wild, only 10 to 15 percent of them will make this extraordinary transformation from hairy caterpillar to nectar-sipping glider: here, the success rate is more like 85 percent.  Even if you don’t catch one in the act of emerging, this is a truly sensational environment: the damp, hot air is thick with colourful

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Brixton Windmill Open Days

On open days there are short tours of the building, which don't require booking (but you may have to queue), and longer tours with access to the upper floors, which must be booked in advance (booking@brixtonwindmill.org.uk).

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