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Top 10 things to do with the kids this bank holiday

Stuck for things to do with the kids this August bank holiday? We've got plenty to keep them entertained

Beach East at the Olympic Park

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


Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective

'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.

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Jewish Museum, Camden Town Until Wednesday October 14 2015

Family Sundays at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Arts, crafts and stories: the Sunday afternoon trifecta for families in need of activities, is available on the first and last Sunday of each month.

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Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich Village Sunday September 6 2015 - Sunday December 6 2015

Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall

DJ Monski Mouse gets the under-fives crowd jumping at her family disco. Parents are welcome to rave along with the kids to her mega mix of nursery rhymes, pop classics and retro dance numbers.

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London Wonderground, South Bank Sunday September 6 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

Sensational Butterflies

The Natural History Museum's butterfly house returns for a seventh year in 2015 to a specially constructed tropical enclosure on the Museum's east lawn. Visitors can come face-to-face with tropical butterflies, including the swallowtail, blue morpho, the moon moth and many others originating from Africa, Southeast Asia and North and South America, and take part in games, activities and challenges that teach more about the sensory world of the fluttering creatures.

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Natural History Museum, Brompton Until Tuesday September 13 2016

Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze Classes

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.

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Regents Park, Regent's Park Until Sunday September 6 2015

Ladybird by Design

More than 120 colourful illustrations from classic Ladybird titles will be on display in celebration of the centenary. There's lots for families to do, too, including making cotton-spool snakes and balloons with feet in the Things to Make series (July 21-August 28, Tue-Sun 10am-6pm).

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House of Illustration, King's Cross Until Sunday September 27 2015

Bold Kids & Co

Go on a family outing to the top of Bold Tendencies' Peckham car park any Sunday this summer and you'll be rewarded with free storytelling, crafts, drumming, film screenings and yoga sessions. Each week features a different line-up of creative activities, always starting with yoga for children and parents (1pm-2pm) and finishing with a classic family film (screenings end at 5.30pm). And in between you'll discover Vanessa Woolf and her magical stories, artistic treats in the Cass Creative Corner, Multi-Story workshops and plenty more. All events are free but some require booking – check this week's schedule on the Bold Tendencies website. Donations welcome.

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Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, Peckham Sunday September 6 2015

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds

Star Wars fans rejoice! This major new attraction at Madame Tussauds boasts 16 life-like characters and 11 expertly finished sets from the iconic films. The experience takes over two new floors at the Baker Street site and visitors can immerse themselves within sets that range from Yoda's swamp, to the red-hot lava spewing Mustafar where Anakin turns to the dark side. Life-like wax characters on display include armoured Stormtroppers, Luke Skywalker as he battles Darth Vader on the Death Star, Obi-Wan Kenobi, a captive Princess Leia and Jabba the Hutt in his Throne Room plus many more.

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Madame Tussauds, Regent's Park Until Thursday December 31 2015

Meet the Neighbours

The planets next door may not be home to intelligent life (that we know of) but there's still plenty of interesting things to learn about them. The live planetarium show is interactive, with audience members deciding which planets they'd like to visit.

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Royal Observatory, Greenwich Until Wednesday December 23 2015

Looking for more bank holiday ideas?

Bank holiday in London

If laying in bed with a boxset was your initial bank holiday plan, scrap it – there's too much going on to stay indoors.

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By: Time Out London editors



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