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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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
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016
Various times
until 25 Oct 2018
Various times | until 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
Sold out
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

Free

Free

11:00 am
Wed 24 Oct 2018
11:00 am | Wed 24 Oct 2018
Art
Literature
Cast a long shadow with puppets inspired by the gods and monsters in The Odyssey
Cast a long shadow with puppets inspired by the gods and monsters in The Odyssey
Laura Dockrill, poet, illustrator, and writer
2:00 pm
Wed 24 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Wed 24 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Turn that frown upside with the children’s author whose new book helps little ones cope with anger
Turn that frown upside with the children’s author whose new book helps little ones cope with anger
A Great Big Poetry Workshop, child writing poetry

Free

Free

11:00 am
Thu 25 Oct 2018
11:00 am | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Literature
Poetry
Express yourself in metre and rhyme at a workshop led by an inspirational poet
Express yourself in metre and rhyme at a workshop led by an inspirational poet
Young audience member

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
2:00 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Literature
Poetry
Take your turn at the mic with some of the best children's poets in the game
Take your turn at the mic with some of the best children's poets in the game
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+
Breis, rap artist

Free

Free

11:00 am
Fri 26 Oct 2018
11:00 am | Fri 26 Oct 2018
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Spit rhymes in a group to create an original rap in an introductory workshop
Spit rhymes in a group to create an original rap in an introductory workshop
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

Free

Free

2:30 pm
Fri 26 Oct 2018
2:30 pm | Fri 26 Oct 2018
Literature
Strike a new note on your vocal cords at this introductory workshop
Strike a new note on your vocal cords at this introductory workshop
Families watching a performance

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:00 am | Sat 27 Oct 2018
Explore tales of travel and migration, journeys and home with poetry, music and workshops
Explore tales of travel and migration, journeys and home with poetry, music and workshops
Southbank Sinfonia musicians
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
Groove Baby Groove Under the Sea, illustration of submarine
10:30 am
Sun 18 Nov 2018
10:30 am | Sun 18 Nov 2018
Dive into a jazz- and funk-fuelled family adventure under the sea in an interactive children's show
Dive into a jazz- and funk-fuelled family adventure under the sea in an interactive children's...
Turning of the Year, schoolchildren in a choir

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Wed 12 Dec 2018
6:00 pm | Wed 12 Dec 2018
Classical music
Choral
Hear the merry voices of Lewisham schoolchildren at a festive gathering of local choirs
Hear the merry voices of Lewisham schoolchildren at a festive gathering of local choirs
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
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

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
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
Performer and Children on stage

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
Winter Knees Up, Woman knitting at Southbank Centre event

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 at this countdown party for kids
Start your family’s New Year revels early at this countdown party for kids

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
Various times
Sat 30 Mar 2019
Various times | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five

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Circus 1903

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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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