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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The pretty waterways of Little Venice will be even more colourful than usual for the bank holiday weekend at this gathering of canal boats. Expect plenty of very British fun including morris dancers and a real ale tent. There'll also be trade stalls, live music, children's activities and refreshments.Read more
Head to Morden Hall Park over the bank holiday weekend for the Country Fayre which will see heaps of family-friendly activities take place in the beautiful grounds of the National Trust property. Expect jolly events that include a Morris dancing showcase, goat show, historical re-enactments, basket weaving and even a ferret race.Read more
This Bank Holiday weekend is dedicated to everyone's favourite waddlers: penguins. You'll be able to listen to a penguin story (Sat May 2-Mon May 4, 12.30pm), make your own mini penguin, dress up as a penguin and even join the penguin parade (Sat May 2-Mon May 4, 3.30pm). There are also 'Star Wars' goody bags, readings and a quiz in the 'Stars Wars May the Fourth Be With You' event (May 4, 2.30pm, ages 6+).Read more
Transport yourself back to 1885 and be seated for an authentic Victorian lesson, delivered by a rather strict teacher who'll make sure your manners are nothing short of perfection. These open days on the first Sunday of every month give visitors an idea of what it would have been like to be a student at the time using the museum's replica classroom and Victorian kitchen as a backdrop.Read more
Led by a team of astronomers from the Observatory, these monthly sessions are aimed at families wanting to find out more about the shimmering skies above us. Little ones can make star finders and learn how to identify stars and constellations at night during the workshops which are suitable for children five and over.Read more
Gorilla Circus take kids and adults through the basics of aerial circus skills. The open-air trapeze contraption consists of two swings 25ft up. Adults and children alike gather for the two hour session – which sees you progress from hooking your legs over your head and hanging upside down to getting caught by an acrobat.Read more
Deptford is going traditional this May bank holiday weekend with more than 100 events planned for this community festival. Lights and bunting will bring colour to the High Street, as will a range of musical performances, board games and workshops. On Monday the foreshore will host a huge street party.Read more
A relaxing afternoon that's just as fun for grown-ups as it is for little ones. Kids aged 3-11 will get creative making felt and bead flower bouquets while parents enjoy a drink or tuck into a pub lunch. Three 45-minute craft sessions will take place at noon, 1pm and 2pm. Places can be booked online in advance.Read more
Progress from a waddling duck to a pouncing tiger… on wheels. These regular weekend skating sessions for kids aim to build up skating techniques like heel breaking, spin stops and going backwards using a step-by-step method. Sessions take place in Chiswick on Saturdays and Victoria on Sundays.Read more