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Great things to do in London for kids, teens and families

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The 100 best children's books

Rummage through our selection of the best children's books and novels for babies, children and teenagers

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The latest kids' events in London

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Imagine Children's Festival

The kids are in charge at the Southbank Centre once more in February as their two-week children's festival returns. The theme for 2016 is Roald Dahl, and you can expect a wide range of captivating theatre, dance, music, film and comedy plus readings from some of the UK's favourite authors, with free and ticketed events for young people of all ages. The bill includes David Baddiel, Judith Kerr, Rastamouse, Cressida Cowell, Mary Hoffman, Laura Dockrill, Cerrie Burnell, Ben Bailey Smith, the world premiere of interactive experience ‘The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl’ and other events celebrating author’s centenary. Highlights include the chance to hop on to The Giant Storytelling Bed; a host of workshops to get stuck into, from clay sculpture to sign language; the opportunity to hear the entirety of Dahl's 'Matilda' on the Clore Ballroom stage (Feb 18); a live illustration of the epic story from Dahl's final book, 'The Minpins' set to the music of Sibelius played by London Schools Symphony Orchestra (Feb 15); hip hop posturing in the Rap Factor battles; Cressida Cowell presenting the final book in her 'How to Train Your Dragon' series; and Holly Smale discussing the latest 'Geek Girl' book. Events tend to sell out well in advance so do get booking if there's something your little bookworm is interested in.  Check the Imagine Festival webpage for details of dates, prices and times. Recommended: read our countdown of the 100 best children's books 

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Stuff and Nonsense theatre company stage this show over half-term for ages 3-plus. It's about the naughty Goldilocks who messes up the bears' house and eats Baby's porridge. Ages 3-plus.

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I Can Make Dolls’ Clothes

Sign-up your fashion-forward nippers for this workshop led by design duo Louise Scott-Smith and Georgia Vaux. The pair recently launched their new book 'I Can Make Dolls' Clothes' and these half term sessions of the same name will give little ones extra insight into sewing and pattern cutting, with each participant creating a show-stopping new outfit for their doll. Classes are suitable for children between 7-12 years old and should be booked in advance via the Tea & Crafting website.

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Theatre

Puzzle

The team of Lithuanian choreographers and dancers behind this innovative dance piece are fascinated with how babies see the world. Dressed in brightly coloured padded costumes that they assemble and reassemble to make abstract forms or familiar fruits and vegetables, they play and dance to a soundtrack specially designed for tiny ears. Ages 0-3.

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FIND THINGS TO DO IN LONDON FOR ALL AGES

Days out for kids in London

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101 things to do in London with kids

Inspiring ideas for all ages

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Unmissable London attractions

Treat to the little ones to a day at one of London's best attractions

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Harry Potter experiences in London

Here's how to go from muggle to wizard in a day

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London's best parks

Let them run riot in acres of London's finest green space

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Indoor fun for children

Theatre

Children's theatre in London

Performances that will suit the whole family

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Indoor play centres in London

Let them conquer climbing frames, slides and bouncy castles

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Explore London's museums

Challenge kids to find the seven best things inside these London's museums

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