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Top 10 outdoor activities for kids this summer

Suncream at the ready – there are tons of great outdoor activities in London to amuse the kids all summer long

It's time to switch off the telly, put down the games console and relocate outdoors. This summer is jam-packed with fantastic family-friendly outdoor events taking place in the capital, so there's no excuse to stay inside.

Ten great outdoor activities for kids


Beach East

Life's a beach at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer, with over 2,200 square metres of sand deposited at the site. A gigantic paddling pool and funfair rides will entertain the kids.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Until Monday August 31 2015 Free

The Beach at JW3

Those who like to be beside the seaside can feel the sand between their toes in JW3's piazza this summer. The area will become a mecca for all the best bits of summer – deckchairs, paddling pools, mojitos, barbecued food and plenty of sand to play in. There'll be fun and games for all ages.

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JW3 Until Monday August 31 2015 Free

Free Range Urban Kids Forest School Holiday Club

Drop off your three to eight-year-olds for an outdoor adventure. Activities could include building dens or a bug hotel, going on a mini-beast hunt, climbing trees, making musical instruments and opportunities for child-led free play.

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Millfields Park Until Friday July 31 2015

Holland Park Summer Holiday Activities

A variety of environmentally-themed, two-hour or four-hour workshops which have previously focussed on dragonflies, mammals, spiders, grasses and trees for ages 5-10.

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Holland Park Ecology Centre Until Friday August 28 2015

Wheel Excitement Summer Camp

These summertime sessions combine inline skating and skateboarding classes to keep the kids entertained and active during the holidays.

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Albert Memorial Monday August 3 2015 - Monday August 17 2015

Notting Hill Carnival family day

The more family-friendly Sunday (August 30 this year) is the best day to take children to Notting Hill Carnival. Since it debuted in 1964, the event has grown and morphed, attracting ever more revellers with its spectacle of floats featuring calypso, mas and pan bands as well as a series of soundsystems for alfresco dancing. You can be sure of dense crowds and a vibrant celebration of music, movement and masquerade together with Caribbean food stalls serving up jerk chicken and fried plantain.

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A weekend-long feast of cycling sport and leisure that sees an eight mile loop of roads around central London closed to regular traffic so that bike-enthusiasts can get a clear run at it. The family-friendly RideLondon FreeCycle takes place on August 1 and enables cyclists of all ages and abilities to take a safe spin around town. It costs nothing to join in, but register in advance on the RideLondon website.

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Various Venues Saturday August 1 2015 - Sunday August 2 2015 Free

Appearing Rooms

Jeppe Hein's interactive fountain is a refreshing addition to summer at Southbank Centre. The installation is part of the Festival of Love, which also features many family-friendly activities including an urban beach.

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Southbank Centre Until Monday August 31 2015 Free

Children's Aquathlon at London Triathlon

Energetic children can take part in an aquathlon (a swim followed by a run) or duathlon (run-bike-run) with distances tailored to three different age categories. The event takes place at the site of the 2012 Olympics which is sure to have everyone feeling like a champion, even if you're up against 13,000 other people.

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ExCeL Centre Saturday August 8 2015 - Sunday August 9 2015

Captain Showoff!

This year's annual free theatre stint down at The Scoop. 'Captain Showoff!' is a family show set in a Roman town that's anticipating the return from war of soldier Milos Colossus. Don't forget to bring layers, and picnics are very much encouraged.

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The Scoop Wednesday August 5 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015 Free
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