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The Time Out London Kids hot list

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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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+.

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

Sensational Sounds Family Festival

Helping families to make the most of the National Gallery's current exhibition, Soundscapes, this one-day festival is packed with sound-related workshops for little people.

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National Gallery, Trafalgar Square Saturday August 29 2015

Notting Hill Carnival

Thinking of taking kids to the Notting Hill Carnival? Here's all the info you need (scroll down to 'Should I take my children' for kid-specific info).

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By: Michael Curle

Big Bang Bank Holiday Weekend

Have an explosive outing this August bank holiday with a trip to Royal Gunpowder Mills. They're putting on mad experiments, rocket launches and plenty of big bangs to make the 170-acre site especially exciting.

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

Glorious Georgians with Terry Deary

The accomplished singers and instrumentalists of Eboracum Baroque join 'Horrible Histories' author Terry Deary to introduce the family to what real life would have been like in 18th-century London.

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Handel House Museum, Mayfair Sunday August 30 2015

What Do I Need To Do To Make It Okay? Workshops

These artist-led workshops will occur daily throughout the run of the Pump House Gallery’s summer exhibition about damage and repair. An artist-led family workshop will also take place every other Sunday with even more opportunities to make, mend, repair and explore textiles.

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Pump House Gallery, Battersea Until Sunday November 1 2015

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Children can take their favourite teddies on this day out in Abbey Woods on the outskirts of Greenwich. Playground megastars Peppa Pig and Olaf the snowman will be attendance along with lots of cuddly bears.

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Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, Abbey Wood Saturday August 29 2015

Animal Tales

Look out for family storytelling workshops for ages 5+ (drop in on Aug 30, 10.30am-noon & 1pm-2.30pm) at this British Library exhibition looking at animals in storytelling, from ancient cave paintings to cat memes. A family trail and children's reading area will keep younger visitors busy.

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British Library, Euston Until Sunday November 1 2015

Lego Imagination Factory

Let your mind run wild and then build whatever popped into it at the Lego Imagination Factory, which is fuelled by the creative building skills of its visitors. Young builders can turn their ideas into colourful, brick-based artworks.

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Westfield London, Shepherd's Bush Until Monday August 31 2015

Night Safaris at London Wetland Centre

Get an especially wild look at the London Wetland Centre at these late openings which are your chance to see bats and other nocturnal animals come out for the night.

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London Wetland Centre, Barnes Friday August 28 2015

The Giant Story Telling Snail

There's a gentle intruder in the Olympic Park – a 2.5-metre high wooden snail. Step inside the shell to find a space for storytelling and activities themed around home and belonging.

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

Kids’ Sushi Classes

Budding nigiri ninjas aged 7-16 can make ten pieces of maki to take home (or scoff straight away) at Inamo St James.

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Inamo St James, St James' Saturday August 29 2015

LRB Screen Kids

A series of Sunday morning film screenings at LRB's recently refurbished basement cinema, including charming Ghibli creation ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’.

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London Review Bookshop, Bloomsbury Sunday September 13 2015 - Sunday November 8 2015

Workshops at The National Theatre

The National Theatre's Clore Learning Centre has designed a series of workshops for children aged six to 12 and adults to enjoy together, including stage fighting, costume making and 'War Horse' puppetry.

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National Theatre, South Bank Until Thursday November 26 2015
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