Whether it’s reliving the magic of Harry Potter, learning to make music with an award-winning beatboxer, or sleeping over at the Natural History Museum, this is the ultimate guide to keeping toddlers, children, teens and the big kid in you happy.
You’ll never have to hear that the kids are bored again with our ultimate survival guide for toddlers, children, teens and the big kid in you, say Lois Bryson-Edmett, Kohinoor Sahota and David G. Taylor.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
The Natural History Museum’s Sensational Butterflies offers you the extraordinary chance to stand inside a butterfly house, which is filled with hundreds of free-flying creatures. There are also plenty of treats for young explorers, from stepping foot inside the Earthquake Room to gawping at the reconstructed dinosaurs (above).
Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD.
NATIONAL GALLERY ART WORKSHOP
Take home a unique souvenir from the National Gallery’s workshop. Each Sunday at 11am and 2pm, the gallery encourages children to create their own masterpiece. Kids can gain inspiration from the worldclass artists on the walls, including Rubens and Van Gogh, and get a lesson from artists who drop in on the day.
Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN.
MOOMINSUMMER MADNESS & ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS
Forget about theatre being just for adults, because London is packed with shows for kids. Beam yourself up to Leicester Square Theatre for AliensLoveUnderpants. The madcap play tells the story of an alien’s plot to steal underpants from humans. The Moomins have been entertaining the world for more than 60 years, and at MoominsummerMadness at the Polka Theatre (right), playful puppetry is used. And, as this year is the 100th anniversary of the illustrator Tove Jansson’s birth, it’s the ideal time to join in the Moomin fun. Aliens Love Underpants, Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Pl, WC2H 7BX. Moominsummer Madness, Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB.
LOLLIBOP & BOUNCE FESTIVAL
Festivals are a staple of the summer, and toddlers shouldn’t have to miss out. Dubbed ‘the big bash for little people’, LolliBop is taking place in the grand surroundings of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire (15-17 Aug). For the first time ever, there are two stages hosting live performances. The festival is aimed at the under 10s, and includes a special 3ft And Under zone, which offers baby massages, discos, storytelling and tailored games to keep them busy. As for the Bounce Festival in Richmond (16-17 Aug), there is an area especially created for children under four. LolliBop Festival, Great North Rd, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ. Bounce Festival, Twickenham Rd, TW9 2SL.