Six weeks is a long time to keep anyone entertained, let alone your toughest critics. Don't panic though, we've got this year's school summer holidays totally sorted. Let the younger ones go wild at a city farm, send your teens to swot up at one of London's top museums, or take your pick of our favourite family-friendly events going on in the capital from July 19 - August 31 2016. For more inspiration, check out our bumper collection of 101 things to do in London with kids and keep them busy all year round.
Our summer holiday London highlights
Let your kids run riot in the Square Mile at a festival that hopes to turn five-to-eleven-year olds into 'architectives'. Some of the City's most iconic buildings are opening to families once again in 2016 for workshops and activities that will help children explore aspects of design and construction. This year's free programme will be announced soon. Check the Archikids website for updates.
Come face to face with a life-size dinosaurs as they're resurrected for six weeks only at Whipsnade Zoo. Families can meet the dino keepers and learn more about the t-rexs, and brachiosaurus that roamed the planet 65 million years ago. There will also be plenty of fun dino-themed activities for little ones to get stuck into.
ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide
Belgian artist Carsten Höller (who set up a pair of spiral slides outside the Hayward Gallery as part of his 2015 exhibition) has designed this new addition to the Olympic Park's sculpture-cum-attraction. Guests will be able to fly down the world's longest and tallest slide as part of their visit from Friday June 24 2016. Visit the ArcelorMittal website for advance booking.
Alexandra Palace Summer Festival
After its successful launch last year, the Palace's summer festival returns with DJ Yoda and a 100m waterslide. The day-long festival also offers a silent disco in the woods, family raving, and an outdoor screening of ET. Tickets are free (booking recommended; some activities extra)
Beatrix Potter's London
2016 marks the 150th anniversary of celebrated children's author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter who was a frequent visitor to the museum where she would often sit and sketch. This exhibition celebrates the date with artworks, original sketches and her earliest published works on show.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The biggest stage event of 2016 – and conceivably of all time – is coming. Officially confirmed as the eigth Harry Potter adventure, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' picks up immediately after 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' left off (ie, 19 years after the end of the main story), this epic two-part stage play by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany is the eighth official Harry Potter adventure, and follows the adventures of both a middle-aged Harry and his son Albus as starts life at Hogwarts. Tiffany and Thorne are the team behind the dazzling stage adaptation of 'Let the Right One In', so expect something suitably magical and swoonsome. Initial casting has been announced for the 'big three' roles: Jamie Parker will play Harry, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and Paul Thornley as Ron.Set up to be viewed in two parts, with a four-month initial booking period, tickets are going to be like gold dust for the initial run. But don't despair if you don't bag any: clearly the run will be vastly extended at some point, plus there will be a daily ticket lottery to get day seats to both parts (£40 for both), plus fresh tickets will go on sale at 1pm each Friday of the run, selling 20 tickets to each of the following week's performances (also £40 for both parts). Though the initial booking period is almost all sold out, advance tickets are ony available from the official website harrypottertheplay.com. RECOMMENDED: All the latest 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' news and
Outdoor fun for kids this summer
Lidos and outdoor swimming pools
Escape the summer heat with the dip in the open air
Major parks to explore in London
Take the little ones for a picnic in one of London's green spots
City farms in London
It's baby animal season!
Outdoor activities for kids
From adventure playgrounds to bouncy boat trips
Indoor fun for kids this summer
Top ten films for kids this summer
A rainy day is the perfect excuse to have a popcorn party instead
The best kids' theatre in London
Sick of kids squirming for two full acts? Try one of these energetic theatre shows
Indoor play centres in London
Let the kids loose in the city's best indoor play areas
Top ten museums for kids
London's museums put loads of effort into making their exhibits accessible to children