Family fun

See what’s on for families at Southbank Centre. Whether you are looking for fun activities, space to play or a bite to eat, there’s plenty to enjoy.

Make this the summer that counts. Fill your weeks with free live performances, hands-on workshops and long summer evenings enjoying comedy classics under the stars. Families can play in the sand at our riverside beach, dodge the jets of Jeppe Hein’s Appearing Rooms fountain or take in the views from Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden. We also have some unmissable family shows this summer, from the musical mayhem of Monstersaurus! to the heart-warming puppetry of How to Catch a Star.

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Nelson Mandela visits Hlengiwe

Free

Free

Various times
until 19 Aug 2018
Various times | until 19 Aug 2018
Art
Talks & Topics
Mark 100 years since the iconic leader’s birth, in this exhibition about his fight for equality
Mark 100 years since the iconic leader’s birth, in this exhibition about his fight for equality
Circus 250 Weekend: The Bazazi Brothers

Free

Free

Various times
17 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Various times | 17 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Stop clowning around – it’s time to take showbiz seriously at the 250th anniversary of circus
Stop clowning around – it’s time to take showbiz seriously at the 250th anniversary of circus
Various times
23 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Various times | 23 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Oliver Jeffers' magical story of friendship is brought to life through puppetry and music
Oliver Jeffers' magical story of friendship is brought to life through puppetry and music
Rinse Bloc Party on the Royal festival Hall Terrace

Free

Free

Various times
24 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Various times | 24 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
Gigs
Urban
See the summer out in style with four days of music, performance and dance
See the summer out in style with four days of music, performance and dance
Children participating in a performance

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 08 Sep 2018
Various times | Sat 08 Sep 2018
Performance & Dance
Physical Theatre & Mime
Come out of your shell on an interactive adventure with Snigel the snail
Come out of your shell on an interactive adventure with Snigel the snail
Painted puppets

Free

Free

Various times
14 Sep 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
Various times | 14 Sep 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
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
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 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
Cloud Family Workshops, model

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sun 07 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Sun 07 Oct 2018
Art
Learn more about upcycling to create new fashion in events inspired by Tim Yip's eco-friendly design
Learn more about upcycling to create new fashion in events inspired by Tim Yip's eco-friendly...

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

12:00 pm
Sun 14 Oct 2018
12:00 pm | Sun 14 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Take your seat for Julia Donaldson's The Highway Rat, screened with live music from the LPO
Take your seat for Julia Donaldson's The Highway Rat, screened with live music from the LPO
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
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
Knights and Bikes, action adventure game
2:00 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Literature
Gabrielle Kent, author of the Alfie Bloom series, introduces her new mystery novel for ages 8+
Gabrielle Kent, author of the Alfie Bloom series, introduces her new mystery novel for ages 8+
Liz Pichon, British illustrator
2:00 pm
Fri 26 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Fri 26 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Superb stories, oodles of doodles and masses of monsters from the author of the Tom Gates books
Superb stories, oodles of doodles and masses of monsters from the author of the Tom Gates books
11:30 am
Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:30 am | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Join Southbank Sinfonia's intrepid musicians for a family concert
Join Southbank Sinfonia's intrepid musicians for a family concert
Various times
13 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
Various times | 13 Dec 2018 - 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
Circus 1903
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

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

12:00 pm
Sat 30 Mar 2019
12:00 pm | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
The LPO musical laboratory opens its doors once more for children aged six and over
The LPO musical laboratory opens its doors once more for children aged six and over

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