20 Things To Do In July

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Mog, summer games and village fêtes!

The summer holidays are approaching at fearsome speed, but London more than delivers. Here is our top 20 pick of things to do in July.


Get ready to spark your creativity at Young V&A, formerly the Museum of Childhood, which opens this summer after a £13m redevelopment. (From 1)


Move and groove with the coolest dance crew in town and learn to Street Dance with Pineapple Dance Studios. (July 15)


Experience full-throttle family fun when Marvel monster trucks join in Monster Jam at London Stadium. (July 15)


Museum of the Home’s Summer Party is inspired by the classic village fêtes of old with giant board games, children’s entertainers, a bouncy castle and a family rave.  (July 1)


Journey through one year in the life of Mog, a very remarkable but forgetful cat. Based on Judith Kerr’s bestselling picture books, Mog the Forgetful Cat is heading on a UK theatre tour making a July stop in London. (July 11 to 29)


Help Zog win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school in the smash-hit stage Rose Theatre show. (July 12 to 16)


There will be children’s games and crafts aplenty at Westminster Abbey’s  annual Choir School Summer Fete (July 8)


Drop in to RIBA for a morning of blocks, bubbles and emboldening babies through play and exploration. (July 11)


See Canary Wharf burst to life with a packed programme of music, theatre, dance, comedy and children’s activities at Festival14. (July 26 to 30)


The Battersea Games is taking over Battersea Power Station and will feature an exciting array of free and ticketed sports and games activities. (From July 1)


Introduce little ears to jazz music through a relaxed Royal Albert Hall concert for families, performed by professional musicians from Albert’s Band, at Jazz for Kids. (July 29)


Explore the themes of the V&A’s Hallyu exhibition with your baby at multi-sensory play session Design Baby. (July 5)


Travel into outer space for a tale of star-crossed aliens, as The Smeds and the Smoos touring stage show makes a stop at the Lyric Theatre. (From July 20)


Dive into family fun as Royal Docks Summer Splash returns for dock swimming, deckchair chilling, super sandpits and much more. (From July 31)


Enter the wonderful world of Shakespeare at Olivier Award-nominated Midsummer Mechanicals. (From July 22)


Mini chefs can hone their sushi-making skills at a Sticks’n’Sushi Kids Masterclass, while learning all about the history of the Japanese dish. (July 15 & 22)


Gamers of all ages will love the Science Museum’s interactive gaming event Power UP, which features the best video games and consoles from the past five decades. (From July 27)


Follow Morph’s Epic Art Adventure trail, which features over 70 super-sized sculptures of TV character Morph, and unlock rewards and fun facts along the way. (all month)


Blenheim Palace celebrates its centuries-old relationship with the monarchy at Royal Connections Crowns and Coronets, featuring previously unseen artefacts, photo albums, robes and crowns. (To July 30)


Explore the world of colours with a curious little owl at the Little Angel Theatre’s WOW! Said the Owl. (To July 30)

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