Lots of things to see and do


You can spend the whole day at Southbank Centre during Imagine children’s festival. We have plenty of free activities to entertain children of all ages.

Help us build a giant LEGO® book. Find the huge sculptures hidden around the site. Perform on our kids' stage.

Eat in our kids' cafe or bring your own lunch to our special picnic area.

Here are more details of what’s on offer:


Find our enormous sculptures, including a giant elephant.  Enjoy drawing and add your pictures to the sculptures.

Help us build a huge, eight-feet-high book made out of LEGO® bricks on Saturday 16 February. There’s more information about this here.

Can you find Wally? Search all over Southbank Centre for Wally on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February, with prizes for anyone who comes dressed up as the man himself. There’s more information about times for Where’s Wally? here.

Watch out for Beastie wandering around the site – if you come face to face with Beastie, what will you do?!


Hop onto our children’s stage and practise your performance skills at Royal Festival Hall.

Visit The Clore Ballroom Stage at Royal Festival Hall, hosted by Madame Lark. She’s known for her bird-calls and surprising performances!


Be dazzled by Hayward Gallery’s Light Show exhibition – children get in for free outside school hours. You can even take a child-led tour around the exhibition on 19 or 21 February (sign up on the day at Hayward Gallery, subject to availability). There’s more information about Light Show here.

Join us to create an underwater world in our Ultra Violet Reef. Created by artist Sheridan Quigley, let your imagination fly as you create your very own creatures from the deep and add to our ultra violet underwater world!

Find out all about how our Imagine Team of monsters were made. Illustrator Jon Bergerman used the brilliant drawings of the Festival Ideas Cloud, made up of 32 children from local schools, to create the Team you’ll see all around Southbank Centre. You can see how they evolved at our exhibition in the Front Room of Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Meet Tink and Clott from the exciting online world for kids, Bin Weevils, on Sunday 17 February.

Visit the Imagine Library, put together by children from Telferscot Primary School, in the Royal Festival Hall foyer. Read books and share stories.

Visit Flourish, a small, free exhibition created by care-experienced young people in Spirit Level at Royal Festival Hall.

Eat and drink

Come to our Kids’ Cafe at Royal Festival Hall. There are child-sized portions and delicious food and drink for all the family. Plus there’s a special food stand just for kids, the Smiley McSmiles Snack Stand!

Bring your own packed lunch and munch for free in our special picnic area on level 3 at Royal Festival Hall.

The Real Food Market will be here on Southbank Centre Square throughout the festival (15 – 24 February) with the same delicious street food, sweet treats and fresh produce, but with a little extra for the kids, including child-size portions.

And that’s all before you’ve even gone into one of our auditoriums to see a show…! Find out more about all Imagine events here.


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