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Here’s our guide to the best children’s events in London. The most popular kid’s attractions include the London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium and London Zoo, plus Madame Tussauds, Shrek’s Adventure, Warner Bros. Studios (for Harry Potter) and two museums: the Natural History Museum and Science Museum.
Children’s events in October
Here are some great family days out in October for children of all ages
to • Lyceum Theatre Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie, "The Lion King" tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle.
to • Cambridge Theatre Roald Dahl's "Matilda" tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers.
to • London Film Museum "Bond in Motion" is a huge collection of original cars, bikes and boats used during filming in the 007 James Bond movies.
• The Shard Enjoy the stunning views from the top of The Shard -- London's tallest skyscraper -- more than 1000-feet above the city.
to • Prince Edward Theatre Disney's "Aladdin" has been turned into a West End musical, and will be showing at the Prince Edward Theatre.
to • Palace Theatre Palace Theatre has snapped up the rights to "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" -- a brand-new story by JK Rowling.
• Madame Tussauds Rub shoulders with the stars at Madame Tussauds, where you'll meet Royalty and have your photo taken with the Queen.
• Harry Potter Studio Tour Explore the magical world of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studios, and see some of the props and sets from the movies.
• BFI IMAX Cinema Go and watch a 3D-movie at the BFI IMAX with state-of-the-art surround sound, and the largest cinema screen in the UK.
• The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car) This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from The O2 to the ExCel Centre in five minutes.
• London Eye Every tourist should spend an hour riding the London Eye at the start of their break, as it gives a great overview of the city.
• Namco Funscape The Namco Centre has has three floors of arcade games, bowling lanes, bumper-cars, pool tables, sports TV and a bar.
• Wembley Stadium Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms, the pitch, and climb up to the Royal Box and lift the FA Cup.
• Battersea Park Children’s Zoo Battersea Park Children's Zoo is a good place to visit for families with young kids, with plenty of small animals and birds.
• Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a guided tour of the Emirates Stadium, the pitch, and the Arsenal Museum.
• Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge Walk in the footballing footsteps of your Chelsea heroes on a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum.
• Royal Observatory The Royal Observatory's daily "Sky Tonight" show at the Planetarium will show you what will be visible in the sky tonight.
• London Zoo Get closer to the animals at London Zoo, and help to feed and muck them out, by becoming a London Zoo keeper for a day.
• Medieval Banquet Come and enjoy a medieval banquet alongside English knights, singing minstrels, and the great King Henry VIII himself.
• Hackney Marshes Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football, with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams.
to • Serpentine Spend a pleasant afternoon pedalling around in a little hire boat on the Serpentine, or catch the sun-powered SolarShuttle.
to • Piccadilly Theatre One of the world's favourite family musicals, Annie, is back in the West End for a run at the Piccadilly Theatre.
to • Golden Hinde Become part of Sir Francis Drake's pirate crew and spend a night sleeping on the gun deck of the Golden Hinde.
to • Natural History Museum Re-live the movie 'Night At The Museum' by spending a whole night inside the Natural History Museum!
to • Old Vic Help Dr Seuss's Lorax save the world from a greedy, tree-chopping businessman called The Once-ler, at the Old Vic Theatre.
• Twickenham Stadium The third NFL regular season game to be held in the UK this year will see the Arizona Cardinals take on the Los Angeles Rams.
• Royal Albert Hall Enjoy the best bits from Walt Disney's 'Fantasia' and 'Fantasia 2000', alongside a live performance of the score.
• Benjamin Franklin House The Benjamin Franklin House will be laying on some free activities for kids this Halloween, with some spooky stories and games.
• Royal Albert Hall 'My Great Orchestral Adventure' is a fun way to introduce to kids to classical music, using music to tell the story of a shipwreck.
• Prince Charles Cinema Disney's animated classic 'Frozen' is coming to the Prince Charles Cinema, in a special sing-a-long version for kids.
• Twickenham Stadium The fourth and final NFL regular season game to be held in the UK this year will be the Minnesota Vikings v Cleveland Browns.
Children’s events in November
Here are some ideas if you’re planning to take your kids to London this November
• SSE Arena Wembley American wrestling is coming to London when all the big WWE stars fight it out at the SSE Wembley Arena.
to • Hackney Empire Enjoy a traditional Christmas panto at the Hackney Empire, and see if Cinderella can find her Prince Charming.
to • Lyric Hammersmith You'll find Jack and his magic beans at the Lyric Hammersmith, climbing up his beanstalk into the clouds where the giant lives.
to • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Garden's Christmas trail includes a fairground, a tunnel of lights, scented fire garden and a million sparkling lights.
to • Peacock Theatre Fly through the sky with the magical snowman, as the much-loved children's book "The Snowman" comes to the Peacock.
Children’s events in December
These December events might make a fun day out if you’re coming to London with kids
to • Prince Charles Cinema Disney's animated classic 'Frozen' is coming to the Prince Charles Cinema, in a special sing-a-long version for kids.
to • London Palladium The London Palladium's Christmas panto is 'Dick Whittington', starring Charlie Stemp, Julian Clary, Elaine Paige and Diversity.
to • Shaw Theatre Jack and his magic beans are coming to the Shaw Theatre this year, to put on a traditional Christmas panto.
• Benjamin Franklin House The Benjamin Franklin House will be throwing a Christmas party especially for kids, with carols, crafts and mince pies.
to • Eventim Apollo The smash-hit 'Nativity' movies have now been turned into a comedy musical, fun for all the family this Christmas.
• Cadogan Hall Enjoy 'The Snowman' with a live musical accompaniment, plus a family-friendly performance of Saint-Saens 'Carnival of the Animals'.
to • O2 Arena The Disney on Ice Passport To Adventure will re-live all your favourite scenes from all your favourite Disney movies.
to • Eventim Apollo Tom Fletcher's children's book 'The Christmasaurus' has been turned into a fun musical show, starring Santa Claus himself!
• Cadogan Hall Watch Raymond Briggs 'Father Christmas' on a big screen, and listen to a kid-friendly version of Prokofiev's 'Peter And The Wolf'.
to • SSE Arena Wembley Bradley Walsh and Martin Kemp will be starring in Peter Pan alongside Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and Captain Hook.
Children’s events in February 2018
Here are a few fun ideas if you’re trying to entertain some children in February
• SSE Arena Wembley Arenacross combines indoor motocross racing and freestyle motocross for a fast and furious night of family entertainment.
to • Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall will be screening 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' alongside a live performance of the score.
• SSE Arena Wembley The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are back in London to show off their basketball skills at the SSE Arena.