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Family Summer Activities 2015

There's no need compromise your own day out just to keep the little ones entertained. Grown-ups, siblings and grandparents alike will love these fun-filled activities which offer something for all ages.

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Race a car on the Alexandra Palace Boating Lake

The boating lake and playground at Ally Pally are located behind the main building on the ice-rink side of the park. The boating lake has been spruced up in recent years and as well as the traditional swan-shaped pedalo vessels, you can rent pedal boats in the shape of a VW car or a dragon, too. Expect to queue on sunny days when school's out.

Cycle between the trees in Epping Forest

The largest green space within the M25, Epping Forest is as breathtaking an escape today as it was when it served as a royal hunting ground in Tudor times. The City of London website has a brilliant cycling map with nine wooded and waymarked trails. For easier rides head towards Leyton and for Wanstead Flats, for steeper, denser challenges get yourself to High Beach and Loughton.

Watch a girl swung around by her pigtails at Matilda

In the RSC's hugely successful adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy, a fine cast of young actors bring Tim Minchin's smart, funny songs to life, as a little girl with supernatural powers shows us how bright children can survive stupid adults. Dahl's gruesome humour is reflected in cartoon violence that is here magically recreated in a dynamic and colourful style. Happily, without harm to a single real pigtail...

Cambridge Theatre, Leicester Square

Board the Hogwarts Express at Warner Bros Studio

This studio complex near Watford was the location for a lot of the filming and production for the Harry Potter movies. Happily some of the sets remain and are open to the public. The 'Making of Harry Potter' exhibition doesn't disappoint, and it offers insights into the creative process of filmmaking. Permanent displays include a painstakingly recreated Platform 9¾, and the magnificent Hogwarts Express steam engine.

Get a bird's eye view of the birds at the London Wetland Centre

This splendid wildlife reserve in south-west London has plenty of ways to delight, including a purpose built observatory in the courtyard that offers stunning views of the whole wetland. There are family trails and children's activity opportunities to get up close with the birds and beasts, including the interactive indoor Discovery Centre and the nature-themed adventure playground.

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