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Family fun in London this summer

School's (nearly) out, so what better way to keep the kid's entertained, by heading to the capital this summer holidays. There are plenty of exciting new things to explore for kids and adults of ages across capital.

Soldiers, Astronauts and Gladiators …
Take the family into space at the Science Museum, and get a passport to follow the space trail, discovering rockets and satellites, marvel at the original Apollo 10 Command Module, and be part of the Apollo moon landings. London is full of stars, and at the Peter Harrison Planetarium this August, you can discover what the UK night sky has to offer, led by a Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomer. For younger children, the Kid's Zone soft play at the National Army Museum is new this summer, or why not become Gladiators at the Museum of London, where you can experience old Londinum, and witness an epic clash of the titans in Guildhall Yard, the site of London's only Roman amphitheatre.


Stars of stage and screen…
Kids who love the theatre will really enjoy the new interactive Mr Stink! A scratch 'n' sniff adaptation of the hilarious children's novel by David Walliams at the Rose Theatre July 26 -31.

Families shouldn’t miss Kids Week in the West End – from 12-26 August, giving 5-16 year olds the chance to see some of London's best shows for free. One child can go free to any participating show when accompanied by a full paying adult, and another two children can go for half price – also a range of free workshops, backstage tours and a meet the cast session.

The LolliBop Festival for Kids in Regent's Park will be held from 5-7 August - this year Rastamouse, Charlie & Lola and Zingzillas will all be appearing to entertain the little ones. Lots of festivals have a kids' area but LolliBop is designed entirely for children under 10 and their families.

Too cool for school...

For older kids, why not head down to the Vans Downtown Showdown, where 12 of the best skateboarding teams from Europe will head to Old Spitalfields Market, on special customised ramps on 20 August.

A great activity for all the family to enjoy together is the Yonex Bwf Badminton World Championships.  It's the chance to see a world-class event in the next Olympic city, before the Games next year, with tickets from just £10.  

For further details of these ideas and lots more, including lots of free and budget ideas please see www.visitlondon.com/family.

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