WHAT’S ON

KIDS WEEK
1 to 31 AUGUST
KIDS WEEK

Theatres across London – www.kidsweek.co.uk
The annual “kids go free” theatre promotion returns with deals on loads of top shows, as well as special backstage workshops.

SOUNDS & SORCERY CELEBRATING DISNEY FANTASIA
NOW
SOUNDS & SORCERY CELEBRATING DISNEY FANTASIA

The Vaults, Waterloo – www.soundsandsorcery.com
Inspired by the classic Disney film, unique installations will bring some of the world’s most iconic classical music to life. Until 30 Sept.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
FROM 3 AUGUST
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – www.openairtheatre.com
One for older kids to enjoy sitting amid the greenery to enjoy this musical tale of a mysterious killer plant. From 3 August to 5 September.

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA
NOW
THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

Piccadilly Theatre – www.tigerstealive.com
This famous adaptation returns to the West End for a very special season celebrating its 10th anniversary on stage and 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book. Until 9 September.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE SUMMER OPENING
NOW
BUCKINGHAM PALACE SUMMER OPENING

Buckingham Palace – www.royalcollection.org.uk
Take the kids to see behind the scenes at the world’s most famous royal household. But will they be home? Until 30 September.

GO MEDIEVAL AT THE TOWER
4 to 6 AUGUST
GO MEDIEVAL AT THE TOWER

Tower of London – www.hrp.org.uk
Step into the medieval festivities. Practice pastry jumbles, feel the weight of a real knight’s sword and fire a crossbow.

PLAY IN A DAY: DOUBLE ACT
UNTIL 5 AUGUST
PLAY IN A DAY: DOUBLE ACT

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
Kids are invited to create their own play inspired by Jacqueline Wilson’s Double Act, now showing at Polka. From 15 June.

MR STINK
UNTIL 5 AUGUST
MR STINK

Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate N14 – www.chickenshed.org.uk
David Walliams’ blockbuster book comes to life at north London’s wonderful Chickenshed Theatre this summer. Not to be missed. From 18 July.

NIGHT SAFARIS
3/ 10/ 17 & 24 AUGUST
NIGHT SAFARIS

London Wetland Centre, Barnes – www.wwt.org.uk
Explore uncharted territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing dinosaurs in this new interactive family show. Fridays only.

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE
From 14 AUGUST
DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – www.openairtheatre.com
Explore uncharted territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing dinosaurs in this new interactive family show. Until 9 Sept.

CHOCOLATE TUESDAY
21 AUGUST
CHOCOLATE TUESDAY

Chelsea Physic Garden – www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
Celebrate everyone’s favourite treat with a day dedicated to the dark stuff. Activities include tastings and a garden tour.

OUTDOOR SCREENING THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
22 AUGUST
OUTDOOR SCREENING THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster – www.thelunacinema.com
Bring a picnic and watch this blockbuster musical in the fabulous surroundings of Victoria Tower Gardens, thanks to Luna Cinema.

HAMPTON COURT PALACE FOOD FESTIVAL
25 TO 27 AUGUST
HAMPTON COURT PALACE FOOD FESTIVAL

Hampton Court Palace – www.hrp.org.uk
There’s plenty for kids to do at this weekend food festival including Tudor cookery, sports, face painting and Shire horses.

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL FAMILY DAY
26 AUGUST
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL FAMILY DAY

Notting Hill – www.thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com
Eat, sing, dance and have fun at the popular family day of London’s world-famous carnival. Follow the children’s parade to the rhythms of steel bands.

SOUNDS & SORCERY CELEBRATING DISNEY FANTASIA
NOW
SOUNDS & SORCERY CELEBRATING DISNEY FANTASIA

The Vaults, Waterloo – www.soundsandsorcery.com
Inspired by the classic Disney film, unique installations will bring some of the world’s most iconic classical music to life. Until 30 Sept.

DC EXHIBITION: DAWN OF SUPER HEROE
NOW
DC EXHIBITION: DAWN OF SUPER HEROE

The O2 London – www.dcexhibition.co.uk
This exhibition, celebrating the likes of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, features original comics, costumes, models and props. Until 9 September.

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ
1 & 2 SEPTEMBER
THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

The Scoop, SE1 – www.freeopenairtheatre.org
Follow the yellow brick road to see this much-loved tale come to life amidst iconic buildings beside the Thames.

TOTALLY THAMES 2018
1 TO 30 SEPTEMBER
TOTALLY THAMES 2018

The banks of the Thames in central London – www.totallythames.org
London’s annual month-long celebration of its fantastic river is back and more exciting than ever with more than 100 events.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
NOW
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – www.openairtheatre.com
One for older kids to enjoy sitting amid the greenery to enjoy this musical tale of a mysterious killer plant. From 3 August to 5 September.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE SUMMER OPENING
NOW
BUCKINGHAM PALACE SUMMER OPENING

Buckingham Palace – www.royalcollection.org.uk
Take the kids to see behind the scenes at the world’s most famous royal household. But will they be home? Until 30 September.

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE
UNTIL 9 SEPTEMBER
DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – www.openairtheatre.com
Explore uncharted territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing dinosaurs in this new interactive family show.

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA
UNTIL 9 SEPTEMBER
THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

Piccadilly Theatre – www.tigerstealive.com
This famous adaptation returns to the West End for a very special season celebrating its 10th anniversary on stage and 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book.

COOKBOOK FESTIVAL
12 TO 16 SEPTEMBER
COOKBOOK FESTIVAL

Chiswick – www.cookbookfestival.org
Meet and learn from the best chefs and cooks in the land including John Torode, Deliciously Ella, Melissa Hemsley and Jo Pratt.

FESTIVAL OF TREASURES FAMILY DAY
22 SEPTEMBER
FESTIVAL OF TREASURES FAMILY DAY

The British Library, King’s Cross – www.bl.uk
Take part in a fun and creative family day inspired by the British Library Treasures Gallery. One of London’s secret gems.

CHISWICK HOUSE DOG SHOW
23 SEPTEMBER
CHISWICK HOUSE DOG SHOW

Chiswick House & Gardens – www.chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk
Brings kids and pooches along to this lovely celebration of all things canine at this scenic west London destination.

HARVEST STOMP 2018
23 SEPTEMBER
HARVEST STOMP 2018

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford – www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk
Welcome the autumn with a fun-filled day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Expect plenty of music, stalls and more.

BIG BUGS ON TOUR
UNTIL 27 SEPTEMBER
BIG BUGS ON TOUR

intu Uxbridge – www.intu.co.uk
Get up close and personal with a host of giant bugs at this travelling exhibition staged by BBC’s Chris Packham. 30 August to 27 September.

MUM’S ENTERPRISE ROADSHOW
28 & 29 SEPTEMBER
MUM’S ENTERPRISE ROADSHOW

Olympia – www.mumsenterprise.events
Sign up for workshop and take advantage of networking opportunities at this new London event for mothers who are looking to build their career and balance their family life too.

BALLET DOTS
1 & 29 OCTOBER
BALLET DOTS

Royal Opera House – www.roh.org.uk
Part of the Royal Opera House ‘Open Up’ project children learn and discover ballet and opera through sensory dance, singing, music and stories.

APPLE DAY CELEBRATION
7 OCTOBER
APPLE DAY CELEBRATION

Fulham Palace – www.fulhampalace.org
The hit production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular book is back for another year – and it’s staying until 2019! From 20 October to 6 January.

GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU
9 & 10 OCTOBER
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU

Richmond Theatre – www.atgtickets.com
Watch Little & Big Nutbrown Hare settle after a bedtime story and re-awaken to discover each season in this timeless tale.

THE HIGHWAY RAT BY FUNHARMONICS
14 OCTOBER
THE HIGHWAY RAT BY FUNHARMONICS

Southbank Centre – www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Watch the animated film projected on the big screen accompanied by live music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

BRICK OR TREAT AT LEGOLAND
FROM 18 OCTOBER
BRICK OR TREAT AT LEGOLAND

Legoland, Windsor – www.legoland.co.uk
Little ones can enjoy a range of spooky activities throughout the Brick or Treat season, including October half term dates. From 18 October to 1 November.

STICK MAN
FROM 20 OCTOBER
STICK MAN

Leicester Square Theatre – www.leicestersquaretheatre.com
The hit production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular book is back for another year – and it’s staying until 2019! From 20 October to 6 January.

A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME
FROM 20 OCTOBER
A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME

V&A Museum of Childhood – www.vam.ac.uk/
Fictional pirates from Victorian Britain to present day come to life through an immersive, multi-sensory exhibition, developed in collaboration with children.

KIDTROPOLIS
20 TO 22 OCTOBER
KIDTROPOLIS

ExCel London – www.kidtropolis.co.uk
Kidtropolis promises to be an unmissable event, with a host of popular characters, activities and fun all under one roof.

BEAST QUEST
20 TO 28 OCTOBER
BEAST QUEST

Hampton Court Palace – www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/
Stories and magic of the palace are brought to life with mythical beasts, as Beast Quest arrives at Hampton Court.

WALTER RALEIGH BEAT THE BLOCK
20 TO 28 OCTOBER
WALTER RALEIGH BEAT THE BLOCK

Tower of London – www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/
Sir Walter Raleigh is one of the Tower’s most famous prisoners. Retrace his life to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his execution.

PIRATE PEARL AND THE BIG BLUE MONSTER
23 TO 27 OCTOBER
PIRATE PEARL AND THE BIG BLUE MONSTER

Lyric Hammersmith – www.lyric.co.uk
Pirate Pearl lives on the good ship Mirabel with Grandpa Bert. One day, she finds a stowaway blue monster onboard.

STORM IN A TEACUP
24 OCTOBER
STORM IN A TEACUP

Chelsea Physic Garden – www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
Kids will discover the chemistry behind the perfet cuppa on this day long workshop through storytelling, drama and botany.

STICK MAN
NOW
STICK MAN

Leicester Square Theatre – www.leicestersquaretheatre.com
The hit production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular book is back for another year – and it’s staying until 2019! From 20 October to 6 January.

BEDBUGS SLEEPOVER
9 NOVEMBER
BEDBUGS SLEEPOVER

ZSL London Zoo – www.zsl.org
Stay overnight in the BUG house at ZSL London Zoo, have a torchlight tour and be woken by the residents! Other dates available. Check out the website.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
FROM 9 NOVEMBER
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
This delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and bravery will take you on a journey through the seasons. Until 17 February.

EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL
16 TO 25 NOVEMBER
EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

Venues across London – www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk
Whether you and your family are jazz fans or novices, this festival offers something for music-lovers of all ages.

STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE IN CONCERT
16 TO 18 NOVEMBER
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE IN CONCERT

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington – ww.royalalberthall.com
Feel the force this November at the Royal Albert Hall, as Star Wars: A New Hope is presented live in concert for the first time in the UK.

PHILIP PULLMAN’S GRIMM TALES
FROM 13 NOVEMBER
PHILIP PULLMAN’S GRIMM TALES

Unicorn Theatre – www.unicorntheatre.com
Philip Pullman’s favourite fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, re-told and re-worked for the winter and festive season.

THE LORD MAYOR’S SHOW
10 NOVEMBER
THE LORD MAYOR’S SHOW

The City of London, starting out from Mansion House – www.lordmayorsshow.london
Bring on the pomp and ceremony for this annual parade through the City of London, as the new Lord Mayor travels in a glittering coach.

WINTER WONDERLAND
FROM 22 NOVEMBER
WINTER WONDERLAND

Hyde Park – www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
The nights are drawing in and temperatures are falling… so better get into the festive spirit with Winter Wonderland!

HARRY HILL'S KIDZ SHOW
24 NOVEMBER
HARRY HILL’S KIDZ SHOW

Rose Theatre, Kingston – www.rosetheatrekingston.org
Harry Hill’s tips on how to do stand up, plus a chance to have a go so bring your best jokes!