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.

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!

1

The Idol

Unpredictable British artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd's latest work is a very hands-on sort of creation. 'The Idol' is a 21,000-square-metre soft play centre – a permanent installation in Abbey Leisure Centre. It opens permanently on March 20 and will remain free to use.

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Abbey Leisure Centre Until Fri Mar 20 Free
2

Lambeth Music Festival

This week of concerts at the Southbank Centre celebrates the thousands of musical youngsters living in Lambeth, the centre's home borough. Children aged 5-18 form more than 50 schools will be performing, and all the concerts are free to attend (though guests should book tickets in advance online).

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Southbank Centre Until Friday March 27 2015
3

It's All About Piano!

Critics' choice

Three days packed full of music, films, workshops, masterclasses and events for children.

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Institut Français Friday March 27 2015 - Sunday March 29 2015
4

Explosive Easter at Royal Gunpowder Mills

This unusual activity centre set in 170 acres of natural parkland is hosting some scientific silliness this Easter to entertain all ages. Join Professor Nitrate for some seriously exciting science in his MadLab and join in with rocket launching and air soft rifle firing on the Test Range.

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Royal Gunpowder Mills Saturday March 28 2015 - Sunday April 12 2015
5

Shaun the Sheep at Kew

There's an Easter egg hunt on April 5, and tons of baa-rilliant fun in the Madcap Meadow, from wellie-wanging at scarecrows to a space hopper maze.

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Kew Gardens Saturday March 28 2015 - Sunday April 12 2015
6

King's Cross Fête

Get a big breath of fresh spring air at this event in the newly opened Lewis Cubitt Square in King's Cross. The fun-focused selection of activities includes croquet, lawn games, children's art activities and a pop-up photo parlour.

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Cubitt Square Saturday March 28 2015
7

Eggsplorers Easter Egg Trail

As if the fact that spring's finally sprung wasn't excuse enough, The National Trust are encouraging families to explore their London properties this Easter weekend with specially designed Cadbury's egg trails. Each hunt's clues will lead you through the building (or garden), and explorers who manage to answer all the questions will be rewarded with a chocolatey prize.

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Sutton House Saturday March 28 2015 - Sunday April 12 2015
8

Manic Mechanics and River Tinkers

This free activity day will see families learn all about River Tinkers – curious characters who live on narrow boats and spend their days doing odd jobs and a little fishing. 

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Sutton House Sunday March 29 2015 Free
9

Giant Easter Duck Hunt

Some of the ducklings at the Wetland Centre have gone walkabout and need help finding their way home. Enlist your mini explorers to search them out, and they'll get a prize if they find them all.

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London Wetland Centre Saturday March 28 2015 - Sunday April 12 2015
10

In with the Lemurs

London Zoo will soon be home to a troop of 16 handsome furry fellas thanks to their new enclosure. Visitors can walk through the exhibit in order to get right up close to the monochrome critters.

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London Zoo Saturday March 28 2015
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