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


Peter Pan

Critics' choice

JM Barrie's original play is revived by Regent's Park artistic director Timothy Sheader to open the open air theatre's 2015 season. 'Peter Pan' is Barrie's well-known tribute to youth which tells of the Lost Boys, their leader Peter Pan and their lives in Never Land.

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Until Sunday June 14 2015

Trooping the Colour: The Queen's Birthday Parade

Although Trooping the Colour is also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade, this prime piece of pageantry doesn't take place on Her Maj’s actual birthday (that's on April 21) but on her official birthday, a Saturday in June being more likely to provide decent weather for the proceedings.

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Horse Guards Parade Saturday June 13 2015 Free

British Summer Time Family Day

Kids of London are likely to get pretty darn excited on June 28 as Hyde Park hosts the biggest names in under-18 entertainment. Characters such as Shaun the Sheep, Peppa Pig, Bart and Homer Simpson and Spongebob Squarepants will all be on site to meet their fans, Horrible Histories, Brainiac Live! and Mr Tumble will all entertain the crowds and music comes courtesy of 'Britain's Got Talent' winners Collabro and 'X Factor's Union J. 

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Hyde Park Sunday June 28 2015

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 Sunday July 5 2015 - Monday August 31 2015 Free


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

A Walk in the Park – Peter Pan

London's Royal Parks provided a good chunk of the inspiration for J M Barrie's 'Peter Pan'; discover where the magical stories originated on this interactive walk through Hyde Park. Walkers of all ages are welcome to dress up, and there'll be fun activities and surprises along the route.

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Hyde Park Friday August 7 2015 - Friday August 14 2015

London Dragon Boat Festival

This event features 40 teams of people racing dragons down a river. Actually, they're not real dragons. But, once you're caught up in the thrill of the competition, the contest does have a certain magic. Keeping the crowds entertained between races will be martial arts displays, live music and traditional Chinese lion dancing, while a food festival will be serving up the flavours of South East Asia.

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London Regatta Centre Sunday June 28 2015 Free

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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Chelsea Physic Garden: Sunday Sessions

Between April and October, visitors to the Chelsea Physic Garden can join free drop-in sessions, themed each month to reflect the change in the seasons. The Sunday Fun-days promise a variety of hands-on activities and are suitable for the whole family.

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Chelsea Physic Garden Sunday June 14 2015 - Sunday October 11 2015

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
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