This year's August bank holiday takes place on Mon Aug 31 2015 and, as always, we've got some fail-safe family-friendly ideas to keep the kids happy over the long weekend.
August bank holiday events for kids
The more family-friendly Sunday is the best day to take children to the Carnival. Since Notting Hill Carnival debuted in 1964, the event has undoubtedly 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
Want to sleep with the fishes? Not a threat – just London Zoo’s invitation to a slumber party at the BUGS exhibit! Held on just a few weekend nights over the summer hols, these sleepovers are for kids accompanied by adults prepared to doss down on the floor with black widows and jewel wasps for neighbours.Read more
Free theatre down at the Scoop theatre for the More London Free Festival. 'Captain Showoff!' is a family adaptation of the Roman comedies of Plautus. If it's anything like last year's shows, it should be epic, well adapted and very atmospheric. Don't forget to bring layers, and picnics are very much encouraged.Read more
'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' has been delighting families since it was published in 1968 and many young readers will be fond of her 'Mog' series. Visitors can have tea with a life-size tiger or curl up with a book in Mog's basket. Storytelling will take place daily at 10.30am.Read more
Punchdrunk's production for kids is gently subversive, but defined by its unironic and wholehearted love of the idea of Going On An Adventure. It’d be rather spoilery to say what type of adventure. It's two parts ‘Crystal Maze’ to one part ‘adult’ Punchdrunk, with a delicious sprinkling of ‘Doctor Who’-ish brio.
The Southbank Centre's having quite the love-in this summer with the return of their Festival of Love – two months' worth of installations, activities, pop-ups and performances. Look out for the play fountain installation Appearing Rooms. An urban beach has been built beside the river for anybody inspired to build a sandcastle.Read more
Gorilla Circus take kids and adults through the basics of aerial circus skills. The open-air trapeze contraption consists of two swings 25ft up. Adults and children alike gather for the two hour session – which sees you progress from hooking your legs over your head and hanging upside down to getting caught by an acrobat.Read more