Another glorious weekend lies ahead and if you’re looking for things to do in London with kids over the next few days we’ve got you covered!
Thu-Sun: Feast at Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF (Tower Hill tube/Shadwell DLR & overground/Wapping overground)
You know we love our street food. Feast offers a chance to sample the best of UK street food and also delicious treats from some of the most exciting restaurants in town. There are also cocktail masterclasses, wine and perfume pairing, tea ceremonies, live music, family activities and more. Come on Feast Family Friday (11am-4pm) for face painting, kids’ disco, treasure hunt and more! 6pm-11pm (Thu), 11am-4pm & 5pm-12am (Fri), 11am-4pm & 5pm-10pm (Sat) & 11am-4pm (Sun); adult £10 adv/£12 door/£25 unlimited entry; child under 14 FREE entry (Jul 31-Aug 3)
Thu-Sun: The Merry Wives of Windsor at Coram’s Fields, Guilford St, WC1N 1DN (Russell Square tube).
It’s a family friendly production of one of Shakespeare’s most loveable comedies, featuring colourful rogue Sir John Falstaff and lots of crazy, mixed up action. Come early and let the younger ones have some playtime. 7.45pm (Thu-Sun), adults £16/child under 16 + concs. £13/family of 4 £50 (Jul 17-Aug 3)
Fri: Aliens Love Underpants at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX (Leicester Square tube)
The aliens have landed… hold onto your knickers! This dazzling stage show follows the strange travels of creatures from outer space on their quest for their favourite find: undies. Based on the popular book, this show blends madcap action, original music and stunning effects and promises you’ll laugh your pants off. For ages 3+. 11am (Fri), 10.15am, 12pm & 2pm (Sat & Sun); £10-£21 (until Aug 31)
Fri-Sat: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Opera Holland Park, 37 Pembroke Rd, W8 6PW (Holland Park tube)
Take a trip into the magical world of Alice in the middle of Holland Park. Follow the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit on a familiar journey told through dazzling operatic performances. 3pm, adult £8/child £3.50/generous donations to partner organisation RNIB warmly appreciated (Jul 25-Aug 2)
Sat: Africa Centre Summer Festival, between the East and West Piazza, Covent Garden Market, WC2 (Covent Garden tube)
We’re a little bummed out to be missing this (but hey, we’ll be at Camp Bestival!) as it sounds like a fabulous family day out in Covent Garden. Experience the rich tastes, textures and cultures of Africa with live music and drumming, African mask and face painting, gorgeous fabrics, delicious food and children’s activities. All ages. 12pm-10pm, FREE (Aug 2)
Sat-Sun: What the Ladybird Heard at Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ (Sloane Square tube)
Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird and a whole farmyard of fun. Julia Donaldson’s lively picture book is brought to the stage in an engaging performance with puppets, music and lots of audience interaction. For ages 2+. 11am (Sat), 11am & 2pm (Sun); £14.50-£16.50/family £62 (until Aug 10)
Sat-Sun: Strange Ships and Fantastic Adventures on Cutty Sark, King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT (Cutty Sark DLR/Greenwich rail)
Embark on a fantastic voyage with the Cutty Sark at their Family Fun Weekend where you can imagine ships flying or travelling in time. Learn sailor skills, go on a family trail and create a comic strip adventure using simple storyboarding techniques. 11am-1.30pm & 2-4pm, FREE with Cutty Sark entry adult £13.50/child £7/family of 4 £35/under 5s FREE (Aug 2-3)
Sat-Sun: Camden Beach opens again at the Roundhouse, NW1 (Chalk Farm tube)
Beach huts, ping pong, cocktails, deckchairs, live music and 150 tonnes of sand to sink your toes into. Plan to go early with the kids as it does get crowded later (and full) and don’t forget your bucket and spade! 12-11pm (Tue-Sat), 5-11pm (Mon); FREE entry (Jul 26-Aug 23)
Sat-Sun: Royal Childhood at Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA (Victoria tube).
Go behind the scenes of princes and princesses through treasured toys, childhood clothing and previously unseen photos and film footage. 9.30am-7.30pm (July-Aug) & 9.30am-6.30pm (Sep); adult £19.75, child under 17 £11.75/under 5s FREE (Jul 26-Sep 28)
Sat: Screen on the Green Kids Club: The Never Ending Story (U), 83 Upper St, N1 0NP (Angel tube)
One of my favourite books as a child is also a fantastic movie telling the story of Bastian, a bookish little lad who wanders into the kingdom of Fantasia where he must battle strange creatures and find his inner hero. This is a super comfy cinema with plush chairs, open bar and tea and popcorn served. 10am, £5 (Aug 2)
We also like
George Irving’s Funfair rolls into Shepherd’s Bush (Thu-Sun); enjoy a Great Day Out in Victoria Park at their family fun day with donkey rides, beach, kids activities and more (Sat, 11am-5pm); celebrate Eid in Trafalgar Square with live music, face painting and sport (Sat); go south for family, food and fun at the annual Brixton Splash (Sun)
Want more? Take a look at our 31 Coolest Things to Do with Kids in London this Summer!