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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Here's a whole busload of fun for transport enthusiasts. The London Transport museum is throwing open the doors of its Depot for a weekend of travel-themed activities. Visitors will be able to watch live demonstrations of how the Emergency Response Team deals with incidents on the transport system, hear about secret tunnels and disused stations on the Underground and watch rare films from the museum's archives. Other events taking place over the weekend include rides on the Acton Miniature Railway, model layouts showing London's transport in miniature, talks, film screenings and activities for kids aged three to 12 such as building spaghetti bridges and sand tunnels.Read more
New skyscrapers, bridges and residential blocks mean the London landscape is constantly changing but it's not often the capital gets to celebrate a new nature reserve. However, on Saturday April 25, from 2pm, Clapham Common's Wetland Creation Project is inviting locals to help finish the final stages by planting up the area surrounding Eagle Pond. Wear your wellies and bring a pair of gloves; tools will be provided for those who want to get stuck in. Younger green-fingered nature enthusiasts can help out by lobbing aquatic plants into the middle of the pond. At 3pm Jane Edbrooke, Lambeth's council member for Neighbourhoods, will officially open the wetlands and a new interpretation board, which will provide information about the site as well as plant, insect and other pond life in this new habitat. The pond is located on Clapham Common Southside about 100m south of the Windmill Pub, towards Clapham South tube station.Read more
The South Bank will come over all southern hemisphere next week as replicas of Sydney's two biggest landmarks will pop up in Bernie Spain Gardens. Better versions, in fact, because these are inflatable! Visitors will be able to bounce along the world's largest blow-up bridge, tackling its assault course components before flinging themselves into a ball pit. The Sydney Bridge will be neighboured by the Sydney Opera House, whose pumped up arches will shade a digital hub full of assault course results and photographs, plus beanbags to recover on. And as the whole thing is a publicity stunt for Australian breakfast drink Up&Go you can be sure there'll be some of that on offer, too.Read more
The Foundling Hospital's Boys' Band was established back in 1847, with many of its members going on to join military bands and taking park in military conflicts all over the world. This event will bring its stories to life with family-friendly instrument-making workshops, talks on the band's history and live music from the Camden Concert Band. The 'Foundlings at War: The Boys Band' display runs until May 10.Read more
The Mayor of London's throwing a party in honour of England's own doughty knight, St George. This Trafalgar Square takeover takes places two days after his official feast day, but will involve more than enough traditional fun to make up for it. St George's Day started out in the thirteenth century as a national day of feasting, so look out for the live demos from leading London chefs as well as an English farmer's market and banqueting area. Family games, brass bands, a medieval jousting tiltyard and plenty more silliness will keep you entertained once you've feasted fit to burst.Read more
Enjoy a variety of traditional English performances and activities at this celebration of our patron saint. Music comes courtesy of the Becontree Brass Band and Cecil Sharpe House Choir among others, and there'll be folk dancing and arts and crafts activities to join in with.Read more
Watch the magic of Disney unfold before your very eyes at this icy show starring all your favourite characters. As well as telling the stories of princesses Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel the performance will feature the newest additions to the Disney canon - Anna, Elsa and more charming characters from the Academy Award-winning film 'Frozen', who presumably won't have had to practice their ice skating at all. Classic characters including Mickey and Minnie Mouse will entertain audiences with sillier segments between all the fairytales.Read more
This is the perfect workshop for young explorers who want a taste of the great outdoors. Children between 5-15 years old can learn bushcraft skills including den building, trapping, fire-lighting, and the correct and responsible way to use knives. The session will be followed by a tour of the Deer Sanctuary. Meet at the Genesis Slade Car Park.Read more
You don't need to be a boy racer to take part in this five-mile fundraising bike ride. So long as you can get the wheels turning you can take part. Kids can get involved too (under-fives are encouraged to take it easy in child seats) and for those who don't cycle there’s an afternoon of live performances, craft workshops and refreshments in Holland Park as well. Places need to be registered in advance online and proceeds raised will go towards local mental health charities and wellbeing services.Read more