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.
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.
Land of the Lions
Construction of this vast new exhibit began back in 2014. Two years on, the zoo is ready to rehome its pride of endangered Asiatic lions in this enclosure which is styled on the ruins of an amphitheatre-like lion temple. Visitors can get up close to the beautiful big cats thanks to newly installed 'windowless-views' created using fine wires, and explore the park filled with rickshaws, rangers' huts and even a life-size truck inspired by the designers' trip to the Gujarat state in India where the majestic animals hail from. Interactive elements also feature including tasks to help forest rangers with 'lion emergencies' and the chance to test your pedal power against the speed of an imaginary Asiatic lion. Buy tickets to an exclusive preview session and see the lions in their new home before anyone else
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 kids' theatre shows this summer
Sick of kids squirming for two full acts? Try one of these energetic theatre shows
Top ten films for kids this summer
A rainy day is the perfect excuse to have a popcorn party instead
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