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Top 10 events for kids this autumn

Autumn in London means crisp leaves, deep puddles, pumpkins and a whole new variety of fun for kids

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The leaves, the conkers and the rain are falling; our picnic days are over. Never fear, there's still plenty of family fun to be had in the capital. Whether it's making your way around London's top 10 museums for kids, seeing some brilliant kids' theatre, or staying in with our pick of the greatest movies for kids, bring on these autumn events that the whole family can enjoy, even if it is a bit chilly.

Top things to do with kids this autumn


The Great River Race

London's annual river marathon sees 300 crews try to become the UK's Traditional Boat Champions. 

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Millwall Dock, Canary Wharf Saturday September 12 2015

London's Night Owls Sleepover

Explore the Museum of London by torchlight at these special after-hours events for ages seven to 11. 

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Museum of London, St Pauls Saturday September 19 2015 - Sunday October 25 2015

Pillows and Paintbrushes

Kids aged seven to 13 can embark on a very arty overnight at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on its first ever sleepover.

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Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Village Saturday October 3 2015 - Sunday October 4 2015

Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things

Much-loved children's author Michael Rosen is behind this interactive family exhibition which reveals the inspiration behind his writing. Younger children will explore a Bear Hunt trail, while older kids can go on a mission to find facts which they can use for inspiration to write their very own poem to take home.

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Discover Children's Story Centre, Stratford Friday October 16 2015 - Sunday April 10 2016

Free Range Urban Kids

Children aged three to five can be dropped off for a forest adventure that might include den building, mini-beast-hunting, foraging, wildlife spotting, singing and free play (tots aged two to three can attend with a parent).

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Millfields Park, Lea Bridge Thursday September 3 2015 - Friday December 18 2015

The Comedy of Errors

'The Comedy of Errors' returns to the National Theatre, this time in a new production for ages 8-12 by Ben Power. It should be a short, sweet and fun version of the tale of two sets of identical twins that get separated and then reunited.

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National Theatre, South Bank Wednesday October 21 2015 - Friday November 6 2015

Ratatouille Live in Concert

Enjoy some sensational live music, keep the kids happy and introduce them to their first orchestra at this screening of Pixar's Ratatouille.

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Royal Albert Hall, Knightsbridge Wednesday October 28 2015

Tintin: Hergé's Masterpiece

Everybody's favourite Belgian reporter, the bequiffed Tintin, first tasted adventure in a Brussels newspaper comic strip in 1929. This free exhibition will use artefacts from the Hergé Museum in Brussels to explore both the character and his creator.

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Somerset House, Temple Thursday November 12 2015 - Sunday January 31 2016

Lord Mayor's Show and Fireworks

Critics' choice

When it comes to London’s traditional events, this is one of the biggies. Given that in 2015 it will celebrate its 800th year, you can be sure we're in for something even more spectacular than usual.

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Various London locations, London Saturday November 14 2015

Takeover Day

Children get the chance to take charge of many of the UK's museums, galleries and historic sites for this annual event, which is run by the charity Kids in Museums. Young people are given responsibility and real roles to take on for the day such as being a guide, curator or archivist. 

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Various London venues, London Friday November 20 2015
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Keep kids entertained all year round

101 things to do in London with kids

There need never be a dull moment in this city – London is jam packed with fantastic experiences and days out for families and kids. Here are 101 of the best things to do with children in London.

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By: LauraLee Davies