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Kick Off the Summer Holidays With These Fantastic Family Activities in London

5 July 2019 | Billie Manning

School’s out for summer! Celebrate with these fantastic family events, sure to get your holiday off to a cracking start.

Kew Science Festival
Grab your goggles, slip on a lab coat and get stuck into the fourth annual Kew Science Festival. Kew is a great place to whisk the family away to for a day on any day of the summer break but the science festival means more fun educational activities than you can shake a stick at, with workshops, hands-on experiments, shows and behind-the-scenes tours that will captivate children and adults alike. See cryogenic science in action in the ‘Cryo Corner’ or discover the wonderful world of mushrooms on the ‘Fungi Quest’ trail.

Saturday 20 July – Sunday 21 July
 
The Falcon’s Malteser at the Vaults
If there are any young Anthony Horowitz fans in your crew, this play adapted from his novel of the same name is sure to be a hit. Tim is the world’s worst private investigator, so can the help of his clever younger brother Nick be enough to crack their toughest case yet? A solitary box of Maltesers is delivered by a miniature Mexican, but what’s so special about these chocolates that half of London's criminal underworld are willing to kill for them? Expect slapstick, comedy songs, a cast for four playing dozens of characters and a fully-realised car chase on stage.

17 July – 25 August
Age 8+

 
Young Astronomers Workshop at the Royal Observatory
Things are looking up for young stargazers with these short drop-in family workshops themed around space, science and exploration, from the most recent discoveries about the Solar System to our latest understanding of the wider universe. The Royal Observatory’s team of Observatory Explainers can answer any burning space questions, like how big is the Universe and why is Pluto not a planet anymore? And if you've always wondered what it takes to become an astronomer – they’re the people to ask!
 
Weekends and holidays throughout July 2019
Age 7+

 
The Worst Witch at Vaudeville Theatre
Calling all witches and wizards - The Worst Witch is flying into the West End this summer holiday. Filled with original songs, music and magic to charm family audiences over the summer holidays, The Worst Witch (based on Jill Murphy’s bestselling books) tells the stories of the action-packed adventures of accident-prone Mildred Hubble and her fellow pupils at Miss Cackle’s Academy.
 
24 July – 8 September
 
ONBlackheath
Head over to Blackheath Common to celebrate the end of the school year with music, dancing and fun-filled activities for the whole family. Featuring live performances from Jamiroquai, Grace Jones, Rag’n’Bone Man and more, plus a mouth-watering food line-up curated by Street Feast, and a Family Playground starring Andy & the Odd Socks, this is sure to start your holiday off with a bang.
 
13-14 July 2019
 
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