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Summer holidays: 8 things to do with children when it's raining

Want to have fun this summer, but rainy weather keeping you inside? We have loads of fun ideas for things to do indoors!

(Image: The Natural History Museum)

The summer holidays are well and truly under way, with schools all over west London breaking up for the year... But unfortunately the weather doesn't seem to be cooperating!

With a summer wash-out of rain set to hit the capital before the August heat-wave, we've compiled a list of fun activities to do in London indoors. There's no need to be bored when the sun's gone in!

Here are eight fun things to do with children when it's pouring outside:

Go to the theatre

The Lyric Theatre has announced a Little Lyric theatre season, specifically for children to enjoy. Performances include children's classics such as Pinocchio, Puss in Boots and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Take your children to see a theatre production they will never forget!

The Lyric Theatre, King Street, Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0QL - 020 8741 6850

Go trampolining

London's first ever trampoline park opened on July 20 and looks to be loads of fun!

Oxygen is 27,000sq-ft and offers hour-long freejumping sessions with access to dodgeball courts, air bags, 'walk the wall trampolines' and an obstacle course.

Oxygen also offers family bounce sessions, fitness classes, a professional trampolining academy for aspiring gymnasts, parkour classes, and Teen Takeovers which include two hours of strobe-lit bouncing with a live DJ.

Private rooms for children's parties and PE lessons for schools, and a café area with homemade pizza, make the centre a perfect day out for the whole family.

Oxygen Freejumping, Unit 15, Vision Industrial Park, Kendal Avenue, Acton, W3 0AF - 0203 143 3943

Visit a museum

There are plenty of amazing museums in west London, including the world-famous Natural History Museum and Science Museum, both in South Kensington.

The Natural History Museum currently holds a "spectacular butterflies" special exhibition, so get there soon and have a brilliant day learning about fascinating insects, all under cover of the beautiful building.

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD - 020 7942 5000

Go to an art gallery

Art can be found in every corner of west London, from exhibitions in coffee shops, to world-famous galleries such as The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.

Treat the kids to some amazing culture this summer, and visit one of the art galleries that west London has to offer... After all, most of them are free to enter!

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN - 020 7747 2885

Head to the cinema

With so many incredible films on offer at the moment, what better to do on a rainy day than to catch a flick?

Below are the listings for every Vue cinema in west London... Find one near you and catch a movie:

Acton: Vue Acton, Royale Leisure Park, Western Avenue, Park Royal South, Acton, W3 0PA - 08712 240 240

Fulham: Vue Fulham Broadway, Fulham Broadway Retail Centre, Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 1BW - 08712 240 240

Harrow: Vue Harrow, St George's Shopping and Leisure Centre, St Anne's Road, Harrow, HA1 1HS - 08712 240 240

Shepherd's Bush: Vue Shepherds Bush, West 12 Shopping and Leisure Centre, Shepherds Bush Green, Shepherd's Bush, W12 8PP - 08712 240 240

Westfield: Vue Westfield London, Westfield Shopping Town, White City, W12 7GF - 08712 240 240

Go to a ceramic café

Joanna Wronka, store manager at Ceramics Café(Image: TMS)

Visit a brilliant ceramic café like Ceramics Café in West Ealing and make a masterpiece out of clay. Spend the day painting with a cup of tea, then enjoy your treasure for years to come.

The perfect activity for a rainy day!

Ceramics Café, 6 Argyle Road, West Ealing, W13 8AB - 020 8810 4422

Tour around central London on a bus

Take shelter from the rain and still get a glimpse of all the best parts of central and west London in a double-decker bus tour! Companies such as The Original Tour offer a trip around the best tourist destinations and landmarks, with no need to get wet.

Explore London in the rain this summer!

The Original Tour, London. To book a tour, visit www.theoriginaltour.com

Visit the amazing world of Harry Potter

If your child is mad about all things Harry Potter, take them on a tour of the brilliant Warner Bros. Studio this summer! A short drive away from most areas of west London, in Hertfordshire, this Harry Potter wonderland is a must-see for when it's raining outside.

Remember your best spells and head to the Warner Bros. Studio for a tour of epic proportions!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LR - 0845 084 0900

And if the weather does hold up, here are some brilliant campsites you can visit within a two-hour drive of London.

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