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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


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 Saturday April 2 2016 - Tuesday September 13 2016

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

The Railway Children

Mike Kenny’s hit stage adaptation chugs into a new station at King’s Cross with all its charm and energy intact. E Nesbit’s book-turned-cult movie about three exceptionally well-mannered Edwardian children is essentially ‘Brief Encounter’ for families. But this lively live version is more than just a ticket for the nostalgia express.

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King's Cross Theatre , King's Cross Until Sunday April 10 2016

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



Basement of the science museum is best for under fives.


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