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 February, Southbank Centre's Imagine Children's Festival returns for 12 jam-packed days of fun. Dive into the best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free events for everyone.

Looking onward to Easter, we have even more exciting shows including Tabby McTat, a musical tale of friendship based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's beloved book.

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Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 31 Jan 2019
5:00 pm | Thu 31 Jan 2019
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
Schoolchildren holding ukuleles

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Tue 05 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Tue 05 Feb 2019
Good things come in small packages at a concert of primary school student ukulele players
Good things come in small packages at a concert of primary school student ukulele players

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 if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and...
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
Classical music
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...
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
Performer and Children on stage

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
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
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

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
The Singing Mermaid, drawing of  a mermaid
Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Ready Steady Lift Off astronaut programme
Various times
Sat 16 Feb 2019
Various times | Sat 16 Feb 2019
Welcome to our space station: train to be an astronaut, make your own rocket and lift off!
Welcome to our space station: train to be an astronaut, make your own rocket and lift off!
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THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Bring the whole family to unwind with a story every afternoon of Imagine Children's Festival
Bring the whole family to unwind with a story every afternoon of Imagine Children's Festival
Photo portrait of the author Philip Ardagh, who appears at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
11:00 am
Sun 17 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Join Kitty Cask for deeds of derring-do at an interactive storytelling session for ages 7 - 10
Join Kitty Cask for deeds of derring-do at an interactive storytelling session for ages 7 - 10

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 17 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Orchestra
Classical music
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians
Get in tune at a day of music-making with the talented young musicians
Child in audience
1:00 pm
Sun 17 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Sun 17 Feb 2019
You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself?
You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself?
Alex Milway in costumes
2:00 pm
Sun 17 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 17 Feb 2019
Check in at the funniest and sunniest hotel in town for musical sing-alongs and live illustration
Check in at the funniest and sunniest hotel in town for musical sing-alongs and live illustration
Child enjoying Rug Rhymes at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

10:30 am
Mon 18 Feb 2019
10:30 am | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
A short session of nursery rhymes, poems and stories for under-5s and their carers
A short session of nursery rhymes, poems and stories for under-5s and their carers
Photo of the illustrator David McKee sitting at a table drawing
11:00 am
Mon 18 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
It’s Elmer’s birthday! Celebrate 30 years of the patchwork elephant at a talk by his creator
It’s Elmer’s birthday! Celebrate 30 years of the patchwork elephant at a talk by his creator
Photo of a girl holding up a drawing she has done at a Southbank Centre poetry workshop
11:30 am
Mon 18 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
Create cosmic illustrations that take poems to a different dimension at a children’s workshop with Ed Boxall
Create cosmic illustrations that take poems to a different dimension at a children’s workshop with...
Photo of a performer surrounded by small children as part of the show Far, Far Away
Various times
18 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
Various times | 18 Feb 2019 - 19 Feb 2019
Under-5s encounter the playful genius of Schumann and the exploits of Pepper the monkey
Under-5s encounter the playful genius of Schumann and the exploits of Pepper the monkey
Various times
Mon 18 Feb 2019
Various times | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Feel the wonder of books at a storytelling session for blind and partially sighted children
Feel the wonder of books at a storytelling session for blind and partially sighted children
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
2:00 pm
Mon 18 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Go on an intrepid adventure at a screening of the animated film adaptation of the children's book
Go on an intrepid adventure at a screening of the animated film adaptation of the children's...
Photo of an audience of children and adults at the National Poetry Library at Southbank Centre
3:00 pm
Mon 18 Feb 2019
3:00 pm | Mon 18 Feb 2019
Literature
Poetry
In the mood for some powerfully persuasive poetry? Pile in to a poetry reading for ages 8 - 11
In the mood for some powerfully persuasive poetry? Pile in to a poetry reading for ages 8 - 11
Cosmic Currents with Figs in Wigs and Friends

Free

Free

11:00 am
Tue 19 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Tue 19 Feb 2019
Put on your space suit for a day of intergalactic workshops, dance, performance and storytelling
Put on your space suit for a day of intergalactic workshops, dance, performance and storytelling
Jeremy Strong, writer
1:00 pm
Tue 19 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Tue 19 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Laugh your socks off with Jeremy Strong as he shares the giggles from his latest children's story
Laugh your socks off with Jeremy Strong as he shares the giggles from his latest children's...
A toddler holding up a children book
Various times
Tue 19 Feb 2019
Various times | Tue 19 Feb 2019
Dive under the sea with writer Candy Gourlay in a children's show about the mysterious dugong
Dive under the sea with writer Candy Gourlay in a children's show about the mysterious dugong
Captain Flinn:The Magic Cutlass
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
All aboard for a theatrical pirate adventure with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs
All aboard for a theatrical pirate adventure with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs
book cover for The Day I Fell into a Book
Various times
19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 19 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Find yourself in a magical world of imagination at an immersive storytelling adventure
Find yourself in a magical world of imagination at an immersive storytelling adventure
Heart N Soul, creative arts company

Free

Free

11:30 am
Wed 20 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Wed 20 Feb 2019
Get involved in a creative project for children and young people with learning disabilities
Get involved in a creative project for children and young people with learning disabilities
Illustration for the event This is the Drum, showing children in bright clothes dancing in the sand while a boy plays a kettle drum
Various times
Wed 20 Feb 2019
Various times | Wed 20 Feb 2019
Come and step to the beat with the award-winning picture book author
Come and step to the beat with the award-winning picture book author
Bad Nana illustration
11:00 am
Thu 21 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Find out what Nana does next at a rib-tickling reading from the author of Where Bear?
Find out what Nana does next at a rib-tickling reading from the author of Where Bear?

Free

Free

11:30 am
Thu 21 Feb 2019
11:30 am | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Jive, charleston and waltz around the floor with a day of dancing for kids
Jive, charleston and waltz around the floor with a day of dancing for kids
Under embargo until 13:45 7th June...Pictured at Hull City Hall is the presentation of the new Tenth Waterstones Children's Laureate. Shown is Lauren Child, the new laureate and the medal she has been awarded. Pictures copyright Darren Casey / DCimaging
1:00 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
The mind behind beloved children’s book characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola
The mind behind beloved children’s book characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola
Audience members at Imagine festival
Various times
Thu 21 Feb 2019
Various times | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Find your happy at an interactive craft and storytelling workshop full of feel-good fun
Find your happy at an interactive craft and storytelling workshop full of feel-good fun
Photo of storyteller Richard O'Neill sitting inside a traditional Romany caravan
2:00 pm
Thu 21 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Fly away on a magical white horse as the Romani storyteller weaves tales for ages 6 - 10
Fly away on a magical white horse as the Romani storyteller weaves tales for ages 6 - 10
Photo of beatboxer Shlomo in action. He brings his Beatbox Adventure for Kids to Southbank Centre's Imagine festival in 2019
Various times
Thu 21 Feb 2019
Various times | Thu 21 Feb 2019
Become one of sonic superhero Shlomo’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds for all the family
Become one of sonic superhero Shlomo’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds for all the family
The Burning Glass, acoustic band

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 22 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Feel the fierce energy, lilting layers of vocals and sparks of lyrical wit from this four-piece band
Feel the fierce energy, lilting layers of vocals and sparks of lyrical wit from this four-piece band
Photo portrait of author Alex Bell
Various times
Fri 22 Feb 2019
Various times | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Write your way to the land of ice and snow with the author of The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club
Write your way to the land of ice and snow with the author of The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club
Timberlina, drag queen

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 22 Feb 2019
Various times | Fri 22 Feb 2019
Craft a spoon doll of your extraordinary alter ego and share it in this workshop and parade
Craft a spoon doll of your extraordinary alter ego and share it in this workshop and parade
A boy playing a piano
Various times
22 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 22 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Consider big questions at a show using rhyme and music
What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Consider big questions at a show using rhyme and music
Being Green illustration from The Great Big Green Book
11:00 am
Sat 23 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Make eco-warriors of your little ones at a reading from The Great Big Green Book
Make eco-warriors of your little ones at a reading from The Great Big Green Book
How to Train Your Dragon illustration

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sat 23 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Come for a delightfully dangerous jaunt on the Isle of Berk at a day reading Cressida Cowell's book
Come for a delightfully dangerous jaunt on the Isle of Berk at a day reading Cressida Cowell's...
Ade Adepitan
2:00 pm
Sat 23 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Hear the story of Ade, a young boy who defies his bullies and earns himself a super cool nickname
Hear the story of Ade, a young boy who defies his bullies and earns himself a super cool nickname
Cressida Cowell, author

Free

Free

4:15 pm
Sat 23 Feb 2019
4:15 pm | Sat 23 Feb 2019
Bring your little dragons for a book signing with the children’s author
Bring your little dragons for a book signing with the children’s author
Chitra Soundar, author
11:00 am
Sun 24 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Journey to a land of ice and snow with a children’s tale set in the home of the polar bears
Journey to a land of ice and snow with a children’s tale set in the home of the polar bears
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016
Various times
Sun 24 Feb 2019
Various times | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Classical music
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
 Jasbinder Bilan, author
Various times
Sun 24 Feb 2019
Various times | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Author Jasbinder Bilan leads a magic-realist adventure workshop as we join Asha and her spirit bird
Author Jasbinder Bilan leads a magic-realist adventure workshop as we join Asha and her spirit bird
Noisy Notes - Sue Perkins
2:00 pm
Sun 24 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Sound off at an interactive concert for children with Orion Orchestra
Sound off at an interactive concert for children with Orion Orchestra

Free

Free

10:00 am
Mon 25 Feb 2019
10:00 am | Mon 25 Feb 2019
Classical music
Hear a showcase of talented young musicians as part of Music for Youth's Regional Festival Series
Hear a showcase of talented young musicians as part of Music for Youth's Regional Festival...

Free

Free

10:30 am
Wed 27 Feb 2019
10:30 am | Wed 27 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Let's hear it for love at a day of tea-dancing demonstrations, workshops and performances
Let's hear it for love at a day of tea-dancing demonstrations, workshops and performances

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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