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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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Canalway Cavalcade

Critics' choice

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.

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Little Venice Saturday May 2 2015 - Monday May 4 2015 Free

Country May Fayre

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.

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Morden Hall Park Saturday May 2 2015 - Monday May 4 2015

Early May Bank Holiday at Discover

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+).

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Discover Children's Story Centre Saturday May 2 2015 - Monday May 4 2015

Sunday Open House

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.

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Ragged School Museum Sunday May 3 2015 - Sunday August 2 2015 Free

Sunday Space Explorers

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.

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Royal Observatory Sunday May 3 2015 - Sunday June 7 2015

Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze Classes

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. 

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Regents Park Saturday May 2 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

Deptford Heritage Festival

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.

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Deptford High Street Friday May 1 2015 - Monday May 4 2015 Free

The Crafty Bunch Lunch

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.

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Gorringe Park Sunday May 3 2015

Earn Your Stripes

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.

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Chiswick Community Sports Hall Saturday May 2 2015 - Sunday June 28 2015

Storytelling and Music Sessions

Fuel your little ones' musical talents good and early at the Roayl Albert Hall's storytelling sessions for babies and toddlers which encourage interaction between children and their parents or carers through playing music, singing, movement and stories.

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Royal Albert Hall Wednesday May 6 2015 - Wednesday July 15 2015
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