Family fun

Explore what’s on for families at Southbank Centre. Whether you are looking for fun activities, spaces to play or just somewhere to have a bite to eat, there’s plenty to enjoy. 

This October half-term coincides with our London Literature Festival and throughout the week we’ve got a great range of family-friendly events and activities from poetry to puppetry, songs to stories.

Approaching the festive months, we have the laugh-out-loud musical spectacular Rumpelstiltskin, as well as jaw-dropping acrobatics and animal puppetry at Circus 1903. You can also enjoy free performances, workshops, family activities and late night fun in December as part of our Winter Weekends.

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THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016
Various times
18 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
Various times | 18 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
Enjoy a fun session with your little ones led by storytellers as part of London Literature Festival
Enjoy a fun session with your little ones led by storytellers as part of London Literature Festival

Free

Free

Various times
20 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
Various times | 20 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
Art
Get to grips with warp and weft and learn about a resourceful character from The Odyssey
Get to grips with warp and weft and learn about a resourceful character from The Odyssey
Various times
until 27 Jul 2019
Various times | until 27 Jul 2019
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra

Free

Free

Various times
20 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
Various times | 20 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Come on a journey with Wendy Shearer in an interactive live storytelling performance
Come on a journey with Wendy Shearer in an interactive live storytelling performance
Child in audience

Free

Free

Various times
22 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
Various times | 22 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Wake up your body, mind and mouths with a wordy warm-up led by performer and writer Maria Ferguson
Wake up your body, mind and mouths with a wordy warm-up led by performer and writer Maria Ferguson
Dead Reckoning, miniature boats on the floor

Free

Free

11:00 am
Mon 22 Oct 2018
11:00 am | Mon 22 Oct 2018
Art
Commemorate the people behind migration statistics by helping to sew an ambitious temporary artwork
Commemorate the people behind migration statistics by helping to sew an ambitious temporary artwork
The Bolds with Julian Clary & David Roberts
2:00 pm
Mon 22 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Mon 22 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join writer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts with another hilarious tale from The Bolds
Join writer Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts with another hilarious tale from The Bolds

Free

Free

Various times
22 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
Various times | 22 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Unwind with a story at London Literature Festival
Unwind with a story at London Literature Festival
Nadia Shireen, author and illustrator
2:00 pm
Tue 23 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Tue 23 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Bring the kids and draw up a storm with the bestselling author and illustrator of children's books
Bring the kids and draw up a storm with the bestselling author and illustrator of children's...

Free

Free

Various times
Tue 23 Oct 2018
Various times | Tue 23 Oct 2018
Gigs
Folk & World
Sail off into the blue with storytellers and musicians who riff on the power of the sea
Sail off into the blue with storytellers and musicians who riff on the power of the sea

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Circus 1903

Image Credit 
Alvin Tam
Circus 1903
19 Dec - 5 Jan
Performance & Dance
Circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
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stories

story
Yep, it's that time already. Discover ways to keep your little ones entertained, with us
video
The creative producer and director of Circus 1903 explain the show’s origins in this video trailer

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