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The biggest and best things to do with kids in London this week

Nobody (bar Mary Poppins) can pluck fun out of thin air, so there's no harm in looking for a little help when it comes to entertaining your family. We've gathered the best activities for children in London to make sure your little ones are kept captivated all week long.

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Ulla's Odyssey

OperaUpClose give Homer's 'Odyssey' a modern spin with this retelling for families wanting to introduce operatic music to their offspring from a young age. A special ticket offers drawing workshops at the neighbouring House of Illustration, plus lunch and entry to the matinee performance. Ages 7+.

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Kings Place , King's Cross Sunday October 11 2015 - Sunday November 22 2015

Mud Larking by the Thames

Dig around for ancient treasures on this muddy outing to the banks of the river. An archeaologist will tell stories of the area's previous inhabitants and help identify any mysterious goods that get pulled out from the depths. Once they're all trawled out children will be given hot chocolate and mud pies to warm up with. The event is free but places must be reserved by contacting natasha.ascott@muddypuddles.com.

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Millennium Bridge , South Bank Sunday November 1 2015

Toddler Jam

Tots get to strut their stuff at this dance and movement event which features child-friendly reggae, folk, pop and rock ’n’ roll tunes, played by Nori on the acoustic guitar. For ages three months to five years.

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Stratford Circus , Stratford Wednesday October 14 2015 - Wednesday December 9 2015

LRB Screen Kids

Gareth Evans, film curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, is working with London Review Bookshop to launch a series of Sunday morning film screenings at LRB's recently refurbished basement cinema. This week it's 'Coraline'.

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London Review Bookshop , Bloomsbury Sunday October 11 2015 - Sunday November 8 2015

Family Barn Dance

Children of all ages and their parents can join in with dances accompanied by live music and led by expert callers. Groups should include a minimum of one adult to every four kids. Children under 5 may need to be guided or carried through some of the moves.

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Cecil Sharp House , Primrose Hill Sunday October 11 2015 - Sunday December 6 2015

Africa on the Square

Trafalgar Square turns into a celebration of Africa featuring live music, traditional dance, fashion, food and crafts to enjoy. Children can try hair-braiding, batik and mosaic-making in free workshops.

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Trafalgar Square , Trafalgar Square Saturday October 10 2015

Diwali on the Square

This annual celebration in Trafalgar Square marks the the Festival of Lights with heaps of food, music, activities and fun. The children's parade will this year re-enact the end of the Diwali story – Lord Rama's victorious return to his kingdom. 

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Trafalgar Square , Trafalgar Square Sunday October 11 2015

Do-Re-Mi Babies

These classical concerts are designed especially for parents with babies and toddlers. Little ones can get a taste of the great composers at the short, informal performances. Ages 0-5.

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St Luke's Chelsea , Chelsea Tuesday October 13 2015 - Wednesday December 16 2015

Book It!

If you fancy a family trip out of town, the children's strand of the massive Cheltenham Literature Festival has an embarrassment of riches for bookish families. Big-name authors on the bill include Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo, Lauren Child, Francesca Simon, Julia Donaldson, Anthony Browne, Judith Kerr and Melvin Burgess.

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Various Cheltenham venues , London Until Sunday October 11 2015
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