Top 10 events for kids this autumn

Crisp leaves, deep puddles and pumpkins mean a whole new variety of fun for the little ones

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The leaves, the conkers and the rain are falling; our picnic days are over. Bring on autumn's best kids events, where the whole family can rejoice in the autumn surroundings, even if it is a bit chilly...

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Celebrating its fiftieth year, the renowned competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet captured by professional and amateur photographers. Attracting record number visitors each year and over 40,000 entries you can preview the talent on show and even have your say with the People’s Choice Award that includes stunning under water views of Australian sea lion pups playing to the unlikely vision of a texting monkey.

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Natural History Museum Until Sunday August 30 2015
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Once There Was... The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers

Artist, author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers' has won over many imaginations with his charming 'the boy' books. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of his first, 'How to Catch a Star', Discover Children's Story Centre are launching an interactive exhibition that allows families to explore environments inspired by Jeffers' books. Penguins, aliens, a beach, a full-size rowing boat and a rocket can all be found in the bedroom of 'the boy', and live storytelling will accompany the exhibition so that visitors can enjoy the stories in their original form.

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Discover Children's Story Centre Until Sunday August 30 2015
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It's My Party

Wilfred is a shy boy. He lives at the Museum of Childhood and it's his birthday, except he doesn't want to celebrate. At least he didn't think so until he saw all the ways there are to enjoy your birthday – with close friends, with a huge party or even on your own. The MOC have pulled together a variety of birthday experiences for their new exhibition, 'It's My Party', including interviews with children and their parents about what have been their preferred ways to celebrate. There's also a special 'Wilfred's Party' installation to show the unique surprises he received from his friends – all of whom have been conjured via artists' interpretations of characters in the MOC's collections.

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V&A Museum of Childhood Until Sunday July 5 2015 Free
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The Art of the Brick

Former corporate lawyer turned master of tiny bricks, Nathan Sawaya never stopped. His touring show 'The Art of the Brick' has visited Asia, America and Australia and is now making its way to Brick Lane (where else?) for its UK debut at the Old Truman Brewery. Collectively the artworks, which are all made of Lego, took a painstaking 4,188 hours to build. Sawaya's colourful large-scale sculptures include recreations of famous artworks such as Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo as well as many original pieces including a six-metre long T-Rex skeleton constructed from over 80,000 bricks.

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Old Truman Brewery Until Sunday April 12 2015

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