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Awesome things for kids to do this summer

Head over to London’s newest park – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to splash about in the interactive fountains and then make a beeline for the Tumbling Bay adventure playground complete with rock pools. Also check out ‘Extreme Splash Sessions’ at the Aquatics Centre for those who are 8 and over (you must be able to swim 100 metres too) and take part in the floating obstacle course. queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk

The Southbank Centre Fountains and pop up beach are a summer fixture – the ‘Appearing Rooms’ are designed to be interactive, curtains of water rise and fall inviting kids to dodge and dance in and out of them without getting drenched, generally unsuccessfully. The beach is just by the river to build sandcastles and to dry off. southbankcentre.co.uk

The classic children’s story by Judith Kerr The Tiger Who Came to Tea has been brought to life as a musical this summer at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue. Suitable for ages 3+. thetigerwhocametotealive.com

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Two sails into the Garrick Theatre this summer. An hilarious romp through British history guaranteed to have you in stitches. Featuring the original champion of Girl Power, Queen Elizabeth I who wins comedy catchphrase of the summer: ‘Armada than you’. barmybritainlive.com

Bludgers and Broomsticks is a new interactive show at the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. ‘The Making of Harry Potter’ is a special summer exhibition offering a chance to see how the Quidditch scenes were filmed and to try ‘flying’ with the green screen tech they used to make the films. wbstudiotour.co.uk

The newly reopened Imperial War Museum has been working with the Horrible Histories team and has put together a great exhibition on ‘Spies’ for kids this summer. iwm.org.uk

The Energy Show is an all new Science Museum production featuring fireballs, explosions and rockets. Annabella and Phil have to prove they’re real scientists with the help of their assistant i-nstein. The audience is sometime advised to put their hands over their ears! sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/plan_your_visit/theatre_shows/the_energy_show.aspx

Kids go free at the London Transport Museum this summer and they have a whole host of interactive activities planned involving all of London’s most beloved modes of transport. ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/events-calendar/family-activities


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