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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

1

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, Olympic Park Until Monday August 31 2015
2

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, West Hampstead Until Monday August 31 2015
3

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, Holland Park Until Friday August 28 2015
4

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, Knightsbridge Monday August 10 2015 - Monday August 17 2015
5

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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6

RideLondon

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 London locations, London Until Sun Aug 2
7

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, Southbank Until Monday August 31 2015
8

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, London Saturday August 8 2015 - Sunday August 9 2015
9

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, Tower Bridge Until Sunday August 30 2015
10

Teddy Bears Picnic

Pack a picnic and make sure the little ones have their favourite teddy in tow for an afternoon of storytelling in the grounds of Strawberry Hill. The event is suitable for children 3+ and the £2 fee per child can be paid on the day.

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Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, Middx Saturday August 22 2015
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Mik C
Mik C

Sutcliffe Park Athletics Track.. Summer drop in sessions this week, Tues, 4th 2-4pm Wed,5th Aug 2-4pm Thurs, 6th Aug 2-4pm  Run jump throw like a champ !  Great Coaches and lots of fun  7-12 yrs of age  ( 5-7 adult must stay on site) tel 0208-294-0701 for info £6.50 per day