CHILD’S PLAY

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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.

TOD­DLERS

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