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.

Throughout the year, we have events and activities for all the family, including Rug Rhymes, gamelan sessions, Pram Jam singing and dancing workshops, free social dances, family-friendly shows and and on most Fridays, you can enjoy free music at lunchtime in Royal Festival Hall, plus much more.  

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Free

Free

Various times
until 1 Jul 2018
Various times | until 1 Jul 2018
Art
Explore this new display on brutalist architecture, for both children and adults
Explore this new display on brutalist architecture, for both children and adults
Various times
until 29 Jul 2018
Various times | until 29 Jul 2018
Art
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Join our musical tour with pop sensation ABBA in a one-of-kind exhibition, narrated by Jarvis Cocker
Free Gamelan and Poetry workshop for Lambeth Schools
Various times
until 19 Jul 2018
Various times | until 19 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan
Get a group together to have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan

Free

Free

Various times
until 13 Jul 2018
Various times | until 13 Jul 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
Dragon Babies - Gamelan for 3-5 year olds, Gamelan Room
Various times
until 16 Jul 2018
Various times | until 16 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Sold out

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Wed 27 Jun 2018
1:00 pm | Wed 27 Jun 2018
Be uplifted by music celebrating refugees at a performance by London schoolchildren
Be uplifted by music celebrating refugees at a performance by London schoolchildren
Various times
Sat 30 Jun 2018
Various times | Sat 30 Jun 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Introduce children to the wonder of the orchestra
Introduce children to the wonder of the orchestra
Various times
until 2 Jul 2018
Various times | until 2 Jul 2018
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at parents, carers and babies
Sold out
Various times
until 7 Jul 2018
Various times | until 7 Jul 2018
Children & Young people
Talks & Topics
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
11 July 2018
Art
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA with these specially adapted tours
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA with these specially adapted tours
Nelson Mandela visits Hlengiwe

Free

Free

Various times
17 Jul 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
Various times | 17 Jul 2018 - 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
Photograph of a dancer performing with a long yellow headscarf swirling around her, to promote the Head Wrap Bar at Southbank Centre's Africa Utopia festival

Free

Free

11:30 am
Sat 21 Jul 2018
11:30 am | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Wrap your head around hair at an event exploring hair in practice, performance and poetry
Wrap your head around hair at an event exploring hair in practice, performance and poetry

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Sat 21 Jul 2018
12:00 pm | Sat 21 Jul 2018
Make your story history by adding your own snapshots to a digital archive of black British life
Make your story history by adding your own snapshots to a digital archive of black British life
Photo showing two women posing in a headscarf and a neck scarf

Free

Free

Various times
21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Various times | 21 Jul 2018 - 22 Jul 2018
Art
Get crafty and colourful with African fabrics at a textiles workshop open to all levels
Get crafty and colourful with African fabrics at a textiles workshop open to all levels
11:30 am
Sun 22 Jul 2018
11:30 am | Sun 22 Jul 2018
The ever-popular Pram Jam returns for a session influenced by African music and dance
The ever-popular Pram Jam returns for a session influenced by African music and dance

Free

Free

12:45 pm
Sun 22 Jul 2018
12:45 pm | Sun 22 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Contemporary Dance
Spirited solo excerpt from one half of the dance company’s latest show, A Night’s Game
Spirited solo excerpt from one half of the dance company’s latest show, A Night’s Game
 ZooNation Presents The Next Generation 2018
7:30 pm
Sat 28 Jul 2018
7:30 pm | Sat 28 Jul 2018
Performance & Dance
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people
Don’t miss a spectacular show of dance and musical talent created for and by young people
Image of a boy in front of building blocks, CRXSS PLATFXRM 2018

Free

Free

Various times
3 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
Various times | 3 Aug 2018 - 5 Aug 2018
Uncover the new wave of multi-disciplinary UK street artists with a Peckham-founded showcase
Uncover the new wave of multi-disciplinary UK street artists with a Peckham-founded showcase
Various times
7 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Various times | 7 Aug 2018 - 12 Aug 2018
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Follow young inventor Monty as he creates a world of wacky inventions and incredible monsters
Follow young inventor Monty as he creates a world of wacky inventions and incredible monsters
A woman hoola hooping

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
Storytelling, puppetry and a magical original score combine in this show about following your dreams
Storytelling, puppetry and a magical original score combine in this show about following your dreams
Children participating in a performance

Free

Free

10:00 am
Sat 08 Sep 2018
10:00 am | 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
Various times
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 29 Sep 2018 - 27 Jul 2019
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Bring your family and friends to play our Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra
Various times
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 1 Oct 2018 - 15 Jul 2019
Talks & Topics
Children & Young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones

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
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 fairytale that will delight the whole family
Watch this new spin on the classic fairytale that will delight the whole family
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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Performance & Dance
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Follow young inventor Monty as he creates a world of wacky inventions and incredible monsters
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Storytelling, puppetry and a magical original score combine in this show about following your dreams
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