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
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more