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. 

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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Photo of children and adults joining in a dance workshop together at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 15 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 15 Dec 2018
Warm up with traditional and festive Caribbean music, stories and performances
Warm up with traditional and festive Caribbean music, stories and performances
Carnival at the Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 15 Dec 2018
Various times | Sat 15 Dec 2018
Party like they do on the islands at an afternoon of traditional festive Caribbean music
Party like they do on the islands at an afternoon of traditional festive Caribbean music
Rumpelstiltskin surrounded by glowing sowing paraphernalia from buttons to thread.
Various times
until 6 Jan 2019
Various times | until 6 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Watch this new spin on the classic fairy tale that will delight the whole family
Watch this new spin on the classic fairy tale that will delight the whole family

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 16 Dec 2018
Various times | Sun 16 Dec 2018
Gather together for a day of activities to celebrate the family we choose for ourselves
Gather together for a day of activities to celebrate the family we choose for ourselves
Musicians playing in an orchestra

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Sun 16 Dec 2018
3:00 pm | Sun 16 Dec 2018
Gigs
Jazz & Blues
Kick start your festive celebrations with the extraordinary young musical talent of Tomorrow's Warriors
Kick start your festive celebrations with the extraordinary young musical talent of Tomorrow's...

Free

Free

Various times
until 23 Dec 2018
Various times | until 23 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
No silent nights at our festive season of free choir performances
No silent nights at our festive season of free choir performances
Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre
Various times
19 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
Various times | 19 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
Performance & Dance
Circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
Snow Ball at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 22 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 22 Dec 2018
Show off your best fancy dress and learn dance moves to festive hits at this winter ball
Show off your best fancy dress and learn dance moves to festive hits at this winter ball

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sun 23 Dec 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 23 Dec 2018
Join us for an inclusive day of music, storytelling and performances celebrating the generations
Join us for an inclusive day of music, storytelling and performances celebrating the generations
Kids Count Down, two girls in purple light

Free

Free

Various times
Mon 31 Dec 2018
Various times | Mon 31 Dec 2018
Start your family’s New Year revels early with ex-music hall singer turned hip-hop goddess Ida Barr
Start your family’s New Year revels early with ex-music hall singer turned hip-hop goddess Ida...
Illustration for The World Around Us at Southbank Centre
10:30 am
Sun 13 Jan 2019
10:30 am | Sun 13 Jan 2019
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Marvel at Bach’s wondrous music and join the Orchestra on a whirlwind voyage through our universe
Marvel at Bach’s wondrous music and join the Orchestra on a whirlwind voyage through our universe
Finchley Children's Music Group choir performing
7:30 pm
Sun 13 Jan 2019
7:30 pm | Sun 13 Jan 2019
Classical music
Choral
The choir and its alumni sing new commissions and favourites by Britten, Holst and Tippett
The choir and its alumni sing new commissions and favourites by Britten, Holst and Tippett
Painted puppet for Rug Rhymes

Free

Free

Various times
18 Jan 2019 - 5 Apr 2019
Various times | 18 Jan 2019 - 5 Apr 2019
Literature
Poetry
A short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s and their carers
A short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s and their carers

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 31 Jan 2019
5:00 pm | Thu 31 Jan 2019
Folk & World
Gigs
Groove to the beat of high-energy Latin and African percussion rhythms from 200 young musicians
Groove to the beat of high-energy Latin and African percussion rhythms from 200 young musicians

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Hop, jump and skip on our Riverside Terrace
Hop, jump and skip on our Riverside Terrace
Hands underneath a red light projector showing images of symbols
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Art
What colour does music make? Uncover synaesthesia in an immersive session on a sensory instrument
What colour does music make? Uncover synaesthesia in an immersive session on a sensory instrument
Giant Chalkboard at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
What can you add to this enormous chalkboard drawing of outer space?
What can you add to this enormous chalkboard drawing of outer space?
Photo of the Time for Bed event at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Illustration children dancing in the evening light and birds on buildings
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Introduce your little ones to theatre at an interactive hip-hop show
Introduce your little ones to theatre at an interactive hip-hop show
The Rig Play Zone

Free

Free

10:30 am
Thu 14 Feb 2019
10:30 am | Thu 14 Feb 2019
Bang, jingle and explore your own sound-world on The Rig, a musical playground for all the family
Bang, jingle and explore your own sound-world on The Rig, a musical playground for all the family
Photo of the children's singer-songwriter Al Start playing guitar

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 15 Feb 2019
Various times | Fri 15 Feb 2019
Sing about cakes, castles, gloop and slime, bears in wardrobes and aliens on your roof
Sing about cakes, castles, gloop and slime, bears in wardrobes and aliens on your roof
Peppa Pig and family performing on stage
Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Various times | 15 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Everyone’s favourite Pig family leads an interactive introduction to live orchestra for little ones
Everyone’s favourite Pig family leads an interactive introduction to live orchestra for little...
Musician playing the cello

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Bring your little ones to start the day in a musical way
Bring your little ones to start the day in a musical way
A Girl with glitter Face Paint

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Add colour, magic and sparkle to your day with the Glitterbox face painters
Add colour, magic and sparkle to your day with the Glitterbox face painters
Malorie Blackman, writer
11:00 am
Sat 16 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Hear the stories behind the incredible authors who ignite children's imaginations
Hear the stories behind the incredible authors who ignite children's imaginations
Cover of The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
11:00 am
Sat 16 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters at a reading from author Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters at a reading from author Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Free

Free

11:15 am
Sat 16 Feb 2019
11:15 am | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Throw down some shapes and perfect your best moves in this hip-hop dance workshop for kids
Throw down some shapes and perfect your best moves in this hip-hop dance workshop for kids

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 16 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Get partying with child-friendly hip-hop, funk and disco anthems
Get partying with child-friendly hip-hop, funk and disco anthems
Nadine Kaadan, Illustrator
Various times
Sat 16 Feb 2019
Various times | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Hear about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict from the children’s author
Hear about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict from the children’s author
The Skies Above My Eyes, Illustration of a young girl
2:00 pm
Sat 16 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Voyage to the stars at a storytelling and drawing session with Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer
Voyage to the stars at a storytelling and drawing session with Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer

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Roll up, roll up for the daredevil entertainment and sensational animal puppetry of this circus
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Watch this new spin on the classic fairy tale that will delight the whole family
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