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What to do in London this weekend with kids: 11-12 October

Are you looking for things to do in London with the kids this weekend? From a full moon street party in Bloomsbury to a chance to act like a wildlife TV host on Autumnwatch threre’s loads of fall family fun.

 

BBC Autumnwatch Experience at WWT London Wetland Centre

Have you ever wanted to be a wildlife presenter? Do you want to share your love of wildlife with the world? Now’s the time to find out, at the BBC Autumnwatch Experience at WWT London Wetland Centre. Take on the role of a wildlife researcher and set off into the wild exploring the nature reserve. Discover fascinating wetland wildlife using a specially created logbook to guide you to seasonal wildlife highlights. Join in bird watching or pond dipping sessions with an expert guide, then take your new-found wildlife expertise back to the Autumnwatch set where you can present your findings.

When: Opens 12 October; daily
Where: WWT London, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT
Ages: all
Cost: included in admission cost
More info: Website 

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Chelsea History Festival

Calling all history buffs, of all ages. This festival is right up your cobbled street. In addition to loads of history walks and talks (may be ideal for older kids who are keen) there are activities for all kids like a Hidden History Hunt, Medicine Through Time activity, learn marching drills, giant games to play and a chance to learn about Elizabethan costumes. Also, the Chelsea Physic Garden will be open for free all day on Saturday, great for an explore.

When: 9-13 October
Where: Various locations, see event website
Ages: all
Cost: varies by activity but there are some free family activities
More info: Website

 

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Serpentine Galleries’ Family Weekend

Children and their families are invited to join Family Artists-in-Residence One of My Kind (OOMK) and form a collective based on shared beliefs, hobbies and causes. Through the workshop families can design a manifesto, create membership stickers and distribute their materials to prospective members.

When: 12 and 13 October; 1pm-5pm each day
Where: Serpentine Gallery
Ages: all
Cost: free, drop in
More info: Website

 

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Bloomsbury Festival

Bloomsbury Festival is annual celebration of the area’s pioneering creativity, presenting an inspiring programme of arts, science, literature, performance, discussion and reflection. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s lunar landing, the 2019 festival theme is ‘Small steps and giant leaps’. Family-friendly activities include a creative family street party to welcome the full moon rise; UCL family museum trail; moon themed poetry readings and meet-the-scientist sessions.

When: 11-20 October
Where: Locations around Bloomsbury, see event website
Ages: all
Cost: free
More info: Website

 

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Diwali Mela celebration

An annual family event showcasing and celebrating all things Indian. This is a great opportunity to partake in and experience the Indian Festival of Lights – Diwali. There will be Indian food stalls, kids activities (face painting, henna, bracelet making, rangoli, lantern making, and more) and a shopping bazaar.

When: 12 October; 12pm-4pm
Where: Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon
Ages: all
Cost: tickets £5, under 16s are free
More info: Website 

 

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