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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


Notting Hill Carnival

If you're thinking of taking the kids to Notting Hill Carnival this year, be sure to check out our carnival information guide - scroll down to 'Should I take my children?'

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By: Michael Curle

Unicorn Theatre August Bank Holiday Celebrations

The Unicorn, Bankside's dedicated children's theatre, celebrates its tenth birthday this year, and it's throwing a weekend party with tons of free workshops for families with kids aged 2+. Get moving at dance class teaching moves from beloved musicals, watch a performance of Arctic adventure 'Breaking the Ice' then get involved, or see fairytales turned on their head through drama games and storytelling. Some events have limited availablity so booking is advised via the box office on 020 7645 0560.

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Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge Saturday August 29 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015

Big Bang Bank Holiday Weekend

Have an explosive outing this August bank holiday with a trip to Royal Gunpowder Mills for mad experiments, rocket launches and plenty of big bangs. Should be a blast.

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Royal Gunpowder Mills, London Saturday August 29 2015 - Monday August 31 2015

Bedbugs Sleepovers

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.

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London Zoo, Regent's Park Saturday August 29 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015

Captain Showoff!

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.

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The Scoop, London Bridge Until Sunday August 30 2015

Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted

Critics' choice

Avast! It's your last chance to catch the latest show from immersive theatre gurus Punchdrunk. It's an adventure that’s two parts ‘Crystal Maze’ to one part ‘adult’ Punchdrunk, with a delicious sprinkling of ‘Doctor Who’-ish brio. Ages 6-12.

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National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Until Monday August 31 2015

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 August 30 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 August 30 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015

The Giant Story Telling Snail

Step inside the shell to find a space for storytelling and activities themed around home and belonging, aimed at ages 4-11.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford Saturday August 29 2015 - Sunday August 30 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



Basement of the science museum is best for under fives.


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