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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.

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Kids Week

This annual event promoting West End theatre for children returns – though don't be confused by the title - it's running for a whole month (August 1-31). Part of the month sees participating shows offer one child (aged 16 and under) per adult to see the performance for free, and up to two extra children can go for half price with no booking fees.

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Various West End venues Saturday August 1 2015 - Monday August 31 2015


A weekend-long feast of cycling sport and leisure that sees an eight mile loop of roads around central London closed to regular traffic so that bike-enthusiasts can get a clear run at it. The Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle takes place on August 1 and enables cyclists of all ages and abilities to take a safe spin around town. 

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Various Venues Saturday August 1 2015 - Sunday August 2 2015 Free

Nofit State Circus

Let the circus run away with you at these free workshops in tightwire, trapeze, aerial hoop, acrobatics and plenty more. There'll also be arts and crafts fun with Scribble and Smudge, a family disco area, a bouncy castle and food and drink stalls.

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Rivergate Centre Saturday August 1 2015 - Sunday August 2 2015 Free

Royal Institution Summer Schools

Kids aged seven and over can get stuck into science workshops designed especially for their age group at the Royal Institution this summer, covering rocket science, forensics, earthquakes and even underwater robots.

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Royal Institution of Great Britain Until Friday August 28 2015

Bees in the City

Teach the little ones the importance of having bees buzzing in the city and their role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem at one of these family friendly workshops from the Museum of Architecture.

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Culpeper Community Garden Thursday July 30 2015

Cutty Sark Family Fun Weekend

Pirates are taking over the Cutty Sark for the weekend, and you and your family are invited to join the peg-legged, eye-patched adventure. 

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Cutty Sark Saturday August 1 2015 - Sunday August 2 2015

The Groove Baby Organ Trio

Parents and carers can bring their little ones to grove along to some funky '70s sounds. Little ones can sing, dance and play along while parents enjoy funk, hip hop and soul influenced by artists from Grant Green to J-Dilla.

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St Giles Cripplegate Friday July 31 2015 - Wednesday August 26 2015

Nimble Tots Discos

Nimble Tots run regular discos for parents and under-fives who would rather dance to The Velvet Underground than One Direction. 

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The Nines Sunday August 2 2015

Plaza Latina

Forget you're in a park in Walworth and let the Plaza Latina festival whisk you away to warmer climates with traditional music, food, dance and craft inspired by Latin America.

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Nursery Row Park Saturday August 1 2015 - Saturday August 15 2015 Free

Children’s Summer Fete

This annual fete takes place in the gardens of the Leighton House Museum and celebrates Benjamin Franklin's contribution to printing. Hands-on workshops are the main attraction, showing families how to create their own prints using everyday objects.

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Leighton House Museum Saturday August 1 2015 Free

Snot, Sick and Scabs

If you have ever caught yourself admiring the contents of your hanky this talk on the more stomach-turning creations of the human body will provide fascinating insight into how they come about (and will give you the excuse to look at your nose's blows more carefully). 

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Centre of the Cell Monday August 10 2015

Give Us 5

Grab a spare set of clothes for this chance to try out five different watersports – rowing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and bell boating – at London Water Sports Centre. Ages 11+.

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Royal Victoria Dock Until Friday August 14 2015

Roald Dahl and Rococo Chocolates Events

The cocoa experts at classy chocolatier Rococo are putting on a series of tastings and workshops accompanied by readings from Roald Dahl books. 

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Rococo Wednesday August 5 2015 - Wednesday August 19 2015

The Making of Harry Potter: Sweets and Treats

Sweet-toothed fans of the boy who lived are in for a treat this summer as The Warner Bros Studio Tour presents a showcase of the culinary delights rustled up for the silver screen. 

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Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter Until Sunday September 6 2015
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