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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


Your River Family Festival

Enjoy and discover the sights, sounds and stories of London's magnificent river in this afternoon of family activities. Ages 5+.

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Museum of London Saturday September 26 2015 Free

Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave

These afternoon dance parties playing acid house classics allow the post-rave generation of parents to share the old-school dancefloor euphoria with their kids – and still be home by bedtime. With bubbles, confetti, glitterballs and manic movement, the energy of families cutting loose in the early afternoon isn't far from the primal delirium of a club in the early hours. There's a baby chillout area with mats and a ball pool for those too little to dance, plus a crafts area and a parachute finale. Ages 0-8.

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Amersham Arms Sunday September 20 2015 - Sunday September 27 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. Power scored a hit with his production of 'Romeo and Juliet' for the same age group last year and Bijan Shibani, the director of that love story, returns to direct this farce. 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 Wednesday October 21 2015 - Friday November 6 2015

Mud Larking by the Thames

Dig around for ancient treasures on this muddy outing to the banks of the river Thames. An archeaologist will tell stories of the area's previous inhabitants and help identify any mysterious goods that get pulled out from the depths. Once they're all trawled out children will be given hot chocolate and mud pies to warm up with.

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Millennium Bridge Sunday October 11 2015

Mum2Mum Market

An indoor market with sellers offering nearly new clothing, books, pushchairs, toys and children's equipment for babies and children aged 0-6.

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Ricards Lodge High School Saturday September 12 2015 - Saturday November 21 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. A list of participating venues will be released nearer the time on the Kids in Museums website.

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Various London venues Friday November 20 2015 Free

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, Pillows and Paintbrushes. The event will be themed around American children's classic 'The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler', with stories, trails and creative activities in the gallery before lights out. A film adaption of the book will be screened in the morning, and a healthy breakfast will be served. Tickets go on sale on the Dulwich Picture Gallery website on August 3.

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Dulwich Picture Gallery 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 Friday October 16 2015 - Sunday February 28 2016

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

Put on your scariest costume and try to freak out Eltham Palace's fearless staff at this week of spooky half-term fun. There'll be some terrifying storytelling, craft activities which will creep you out and traditional pumpkin carving. Go ahead and create a monster.

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Eltham Palace Monday October 26 2015 - Saturday October 31 2015

I Want My Hat Back

A Christmas kids adventure over at the Temporary Theatre at the National is taking place with this adaptation of Jon Klassen's 'I Want My Hat Back'. Joel Horwood writes the book and lyrics for the show, while 'Doctor Who's Arthur Darvill pens the songs for the tale of Bear, whose hat has gone and who goes on a mission through the forest to find it. Ages 3-plus.

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National Theatre Thursday November 12 2015 - Saturday January 2 2016

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