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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.

Flick through our favourite London kids events this week in the gallery below. Do you know of an event that's a family favourite but isn't listed? Tweet us your suggestion so that we can share the love!

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The best things to do with kids this week

  • © Tom Parker

    Fun Palaces Pop-Ups

    During the first weekend of October, people all over the country are getting together in the name of art and science and setting up temporary Fun Palaces. The campaign is based on an idea conceived by the late theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price in 1961 to create a 'labratory of fun' for children and adults alike; a place where people could get creative, learn to do something or watch someone else doing it. Now, in 2014, author Stella Duffy is rekindling the Fun Palace flame and encouraging members of the public to take part. Already 40 have been planned to pop up across London, including at Brockwell Lido where visitors will be able to kayak in the pool and discover the physics behind swimming. Have a go at creating your own mini Fun Palace at the Southbank Centre (materials provided) or help curate a dance routine at Ovalhouse. There's no end the to skills to be learnt and fun to be had; to search for the Fun Palaces near you, visit funpalaces.co.uk/discover.

    Sat Oct 4 - Sun Oct 5

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  • The Family Festival of Style

    Since happy kids inevitably means happy parents, this monthly festival for families who like to have a good time brings together a whole load of fun activities and entertainers to make the afternoon fly by. Scooter art, sweetie necklace making workshops, mini manicures, giant balloons and all sorts of silliness from children's party legends Sharky and George. While little ones are concentrating on whichever session they like best, parents can sip mulled wine and local beers, tuck into street food or shop for treats at the farmers' market.

    Sat Oct 4

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    First Family Sundays at Kenwood House

    Monthly creative family workshops run by artists bringing Kenwood's paintings to life. Families can try different arts and crafts whilst exploring the house and finding out more about its collections. Drop in any time to these free activities.

    Sun Oct 5

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  • © Rich Wilmott

    Crafty Kids

    An eight-week club for kids (accompanied by an adult) inspired by 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', a book by the entertaining author and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen. The course kicks off on October 1 with a live performance of Rosen's story and continues until November 26 with craft activities, songs and games. The entry fee includes both child and adult, as well as a ticket to 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. Suitable for ages 2-4.

    Wed Oct 1

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  • Kids' Food Factory

    Clapton’s Nana is a comfort food café hosted by older ladies who fancied doing something productive with their daytimes. Kids (and their parents) are invited along to these delightful-sounding sessions to learn how to whip up a meal from a pile of ingredients. The workshops are free and the food is provided – just turn up.

    Wed Oct 1

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  • Mucky Pup

    A tidy boy and a scruffy dog have a very special friendship in this kids show from Theatre Alibi. Part of the Lyric Hammersmith's season of theatre for children. Ages 5-11.

    Fri Oct 3 - Sat Oct 4

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  • © Merrick Morton

    Fulham Festival of Food and Farming

    Two sessions of food-focused fun will take place at New Kings School in Fulham this October, with entertainment, fresh UK produce and heaps of tempting treats to scoff. Saturday night's event is for adults only and includes a free outdoor screening of Jon Favreau's mouth-watering film 'Chef' at 8pm, as well as cocktails, Somerset cider and hot food. Sunday will feature games for younger visitors, a 30-stall-strong farmers' market, a butchery demo and loads of options for Sunday lunch. The event is free, but places for the film screening can be reserved in advance on Eventbrite.

    Sat Oct 4 - Sun Oct 5

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    Tiny Explorers

    Let your little ones explore some big places with these creative play sessions at Kensington Palace. Each event lasts 45-60 minutes and is led by an artist who will take visitors from room to room, singing and playing as they go. History lessons about royal palace residents including Queen Victoria will go down with a spoonful of sugar in storytelling or messy play. Age 0-4. Note that tickets do not include full palace entry.

    Wed Oct 1

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  • © Giasone U. Salati

    Take a Deep Breath Pop-Up Café

    A refuge for those looking after kids aged three-and-under who would like nothing more than a cup of tea in a place that's comfortable and friendly for both them and the little one. These two-hour sessions offer the grown-ups tea, scones and a chat while their wards play with interesting toys, take part in music classes and make new friends. Healthy finger food is on hand for when the playing gets too exhausting, and nappies, cream, high chairs and breastfeeding pillows are available. Book in advance.

    Wed Oct 1

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  • Wimbledon Bookfest

    Located in a big tent on Wimbledon Common, the brilliant annual Bookfest features an array of literary figures and personalities including Juliet Stevenson, Ian McEwan, Paul Merton, Josh Widdicombe and Jacqueline Wilson. There's also a children's programme featuring, among others, the common's most famous residents, the Wombles, as well as CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell who reads from her book, 'Snowflakes', (Sat Oct 4, 11.45am; age 4+). Highlights include internationally lauded Alexander McCall Smith discussing his new reimagining of Jane Austen's 'Emma' (Fri Oct 3, 7pm, £20) and the William Morris evening with children's author and poet Michael Rosen, who penned the foreword in the new edition of 'Poems of Protest' by Morris (Thu Oct 9, 5pm, £10). See the event website for individual times and prices.

    Fri Oct 3 - Sun Oct 12

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© Tom Parker

Fun Palaces Pop-Ups

During the first weekend of October, people all over the country are getting together in the name of art and science and setting up temporary Fun Palaces. The campaign is based on an idea conceived by the late theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price in 1961 to create a 'labratory of fun' for children and adults alike; a place where people could get creative, learn to do something or watch someone else doing it. Now, in 2014, author Stella Duffy is rekindling the Fun Palace flame and encouraging members of the public to take part. Already 40 have been planned to pop up across London, including at Brockwell Lido where visitors will be able to kayak in the pool and discover the physics behind swimming. Have a go at creating your own mini Fun Palace at the Southbank Centre (materials provided) or help curate a dance routine at Ovalhouse. There's no end the to skills to be learnt and fun to be had; to search for the Fun Palaces near you, visit funpalaces.co.uk/discover.

Sat Oct 4 - Sun Oct 5

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