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Top ten 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

© Chris Marchant

This year's August bank holiday takes place over the last weekend of the month (Saturday 27 August–Monday 29 August 2016) and, as always, we've got some fail-safe family-friendly ideas to keep the kids happy over the long weekend.

RECOMMENDED: Read our full guide to the bank holiday in London

August bank holiday events for kids


Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids

Guinness World Record-winning human beatboxer Shlomo clearly isn't shy of a challenge. He's set to face an audience of critical kids as he presents a show filled with surely crowd-pleasing comedy sound effects, odd noises and voicebox music.

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London Wonderground , South Bank Monday August 29 2016

Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

Encourage little ones to fall in love with characters from your own childhood. See the paper pieces that became Noggin the Nog, find out which '60s model was the fashion inspiration for the Clangers, learn how Bagpuss ended up pink and make your very own stop-frame animation starring Ivor the Engine.

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V&A Museum of Childhood , Bethnal Green Until Sunday October 9 2016

Dinosaurs: Monster Families

Expect to see life-size models, interactive exhibits and authentic specimens at this family-friendly exhibition exploring dinosaurs and prehistoric approaches to parenting. Little ones can get hands on by digging in the discovery pit and touching a real dino leg bone, before coming face-to-face with a Tarbosaurus skeleton cast.

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Horniman Museum , Forest Hill Until Sunday October 30 2016

Beach East

Life's a beach once again at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with over 2,200 square metres of sand deposited at the site for endless sandcastle competitions and balmy evening walks. A gigantic paddling pool and funfair rides will entertain the kids, and two beach bars will keep the adults suitably refreshed.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park , Stratford Until Sunday September 4 2016

Mr Men and Little Miss Mini Museum

The colourful children's characters celebrate their 45th birthday this year, and to mark the occasion, hundreds of Mr Men and Little Miss pieces of memorabilia will be on display at the exhibition designed at a child's scale. Visitors can add their own stamp by uploading an image of their own memorabilia.

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Gallery@oxo , South Bank Until Monday August 29 2016

The Fantastic World of Dr Seuss

Explore the imaginative world of Dr Seuss and his fantastical stories including 'Green Eggs and Ham', 'The Lorax' and 'Oh The Places You Will Go' at this family-friendly exhibition. Little ones can take part in dressing up sessions, play music with the Boom Band and meet characters such as Sam I Am! and The Cat in The Hat.

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Discover Children's Story Centre , Stratford Until Friday June 30 2017

Land of the Lions

Visitors can get up close to a pride of endangered Asiatic lions thanks to newly installed 'windowless-views' created using fine wires, and explore the park filled with rickshaws, rangers' huts and even a life-size truck inspired by the designers' trip to the Gujarat state in India where the majestic animals hail from. Interactive elements also feature helping forest rangers with 'lion emergencies' and the chance to test your pedal power against the speed of an imaginary Asiatic lion.

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Until Sat Dec 31

The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films

No tickets to The Cursed Child? No problem. See sketches by graphic designers MinaLima who've helped produce graphic props for J K Rowling's upcoming feature film - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. From The Marauder's Map to Harry's Acceptance Letter to The Daily Prophet, see fantastical bits from Rowling's creations in this Soho pop-up.

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House of Minalima , Soho Until Wednesday February 1 2017

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 Things To Do



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