Summer Holidays: Things To Do In London: 11-17 August

Learn about butterflies at the Natural History Museum.

Learn about butterflies at the Natural History Museum.

Get Your Folk On

Cecil Sharp House in Camden is offering budding musicians aged 9-12 a chance to spend a week playing, singing, dancing and creating folk music. No experience of the genre is necessary for this week-long course.

£40/£32, prebook, 11-15 August

Be Safe

This week’s holiday activities at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden focus on staying safe on public transport. The circuit of activities consists of different scenarios involving public safety, where children need to solve clues, help the police gather evidence and become experts in bike safety. Every child who completes the activities will be entered into a prize draw.

Included in museum admission, just turn up, 11-15 August

Butterflies up Close

If you’re a fan of the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at Natural History Museum, head back to South Kensington for a talk by butterfly expert Luke Brown. Find out how caterpillars turn into butterflies, and even discover what they like to eat for dinner. Then go and see the exhibition again.

Exhibition £5.50, talk included. 16 August, 12.30pm/2.30pm

Hetty Feather at the Theatre

Hetty Feather Live at Vaudeville Theatre is an adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s famous book. Follow the life of Hetty Feather, abandoned at the Foundling Hospital as a newborn baby, and her adventures trying to live a better life.

£15, prebook, until 6 September

Dungeon Carnivale

It’s a summer of fun at the London Dungeon as the Carnivale rolls into town. As well as the usual grizzly and gruesome details of London’s past, visitors to the attraction on Southbank this summer can expect to be subjected to all sorts of showmanship, from fortune tellers to knife throwing torturers.

Included in ticket price, prebooking recommended to avoid queues, until 31 August

Ongoing family exhibitions

Great Animal Orchestra at Horniman Museum (until 31 August)

Mammoths at Natural History Museum (until 7 September)

Sensational Butterflies at National History Museum (until 14 September)

The Story of Jacqueline Wilson at Museum of Childhood (until 2 November)

Extremes at Horniman Museum (until 2 November - Extremes Garden until 1 September)

Toy Stories at Museum of Childhood (until 14 December)

See more family-friendly events on our weekend page or take a look at our Free London page.

Peckish? Have a look at our list of child-friendly restaurants in London.

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