20 Things To Do In August

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Dinosaurs, Peter Pan and cooking are just some of the highlights in our 20 Things August

As August approaches, you may be feeling the pressure to keep the little ones entertained for the rest of the summer holiday. Let us offer a helping hand with our top 20 things to do in August, in and around London.


Car-loving kids can revel at the Supercars on display at Hever Castle – from Lamborghinis to McLarens, with a chance to get up close to a F1 racing car. (6)


Learn all about Christopher Wren at the Old Royal Naval College and take part in outdoor building session Build with Wren. (2, 9, 16, 23, 30)


Be inspired by the architecture of Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor at a Family Workshop with artist Lucia Ferguson. (11)


Uncover the treasure in the centre of Hyde Park with a variety of Peter Pan themed activities and storytelling sessions.(15 to 17)


Head to the Natural History Museum for some Jurassic Encounters and meet the modern-day relatives of animals that lived alongside dinosaurs. (2, 9, 16, 22, 30)


The Little Angel Theatre’s Puppet Festival will feature family workshops and community events as well as a broad range of puppetry. (From 6)


Sing and dance along to all the musical hits at Baby Broadway Family Concert while enjoying bubbles, puppets and lots of live action. (15)


Budding chefs can learn about why we should be eating good microbes, before cooking a meal using microbe-rich yoghurt at the Garden Museum’s Cookery Workshop. (15)


Venture back to the gory world of Crimean War medical care in the National Army Museum’s workshop Field Hospital. (1-4)


Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactive family show. (From 11)


Play in a space built entirely out of waste materials repurposed for fun at Southbank’s REPLAY adventure playground. (all month)


Young film fans will love Canary Wharf’s Family Film Club, featuring free outdoor screenings of hit movies. (5, 12, 19)


At Ministry of Science Live, you can dive into the world of science and enjoy a few loud bangs along the way. (From 15)


Young thrill seekers can charge into a 1000ft long inflatable obstacle course at The Labyrinth Challenge (17 to 20)


Jump into the lido, play in the sandpit or join in with free summer activities at the Royal Docks Summer Splash, complete with a shallow pool for younger children. (Until 20)


Watch the magic of the circus and meet your favourite Pontypandy friends at Fireman Sam Saves the Circus, showing at Rose Theatre. (21 to 28)


Expect live music, talks and performances at the Queer Family Picnic at Somerset House – a gathering for queer families in all forms and all those who support them. (11)


Take part in artist Rasheed Araeen’s endlessly changing sculpture at Uniqlo Tate Play where, instead of looking at his art,  you to take it apart and make something new. (Until 27)


Meet armed police, emergency services and police horses and dogs at Met in the Park. (21)


The Greenwich + Docklands International Festival showcases a programme of ground-breaking outdoor theatre, performance, art, dance and circus in iconic public spaces. (From 25)

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