Family fun

There are only a few weeks left to visit Hayward Gallery's five-star Bridget Riley exhibition, filled with patterns and colours that appear to jump off the canvas – and under-12s go free!

The countdown is on for the return of Imagine Children's Festival – 12 days jam-packed with all kinds of fun for kids and their grown-ups. Meet prehistoric pals and an unstoppable caterpillar, and see old tales with fresh eyes. 

Make your mark on our Giant Chalkboard and get in tune at Big Songs for Little Singers – these and many more free events are taking place throughout the festival.

Plus, Soundpit gives kids big and small the chance to create music through movement in a giant sandpit installation illuminated by beautiful graphics, created by artist Di Mainstone.

Look ahead to an egg-cellent Easter, with events including Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's tales brought to life at Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, and the side-splitting Comedy Club 4 Kids.

see upcoming family events

Keep in touch

Find out first about our events and activities for families through our mailing list.

sign up to our families mailing list

all events

From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
Various times
11 Jan 2020 - 21 Mar 2020
Various times | 11 Jan 2020 - 21 Mar 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Various times
4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Children at poetry workshop

Free

Free

Various times
17 Jan 2020 - 10 Jul 2020
Various times | 17 Jan 2020 - 10 Jul 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Find your spot on the poem rug for a short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s
Find your spot on the poem rug for a short session of nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s
Founders of Food & Lycra

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 30 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Thu 30 Jan 2020
talks & debates
family & young people
Our forum for young people hosts a dynamic conversation on making space for minority groups in wellness
Our forum for young people hosts a dynamic conversation on making space for minority groups in...
Various times
23 Nov 2019 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 23 Nov 2019 - 23 Feb 2020
art & exhibitions
family & young people
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
Various times
7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 7 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Join this relaxing music workshop aimed at new parents, carers and non-crawling babies
Child and adult at Southbank Centre during Imagine Children's Festival

Free

Free

Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
Step this way for stories and games to spark your imagination
Step this way for stories and games to spark your imagination
The set of The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Various times
12 Feb 2020 - 14 Feb 2020
Various times | 12 Feb 2020 - 14 Feb 2020
family & young people
under 5s
The caterpillar who munched its way into our hearts comes to life in a show featuring 75 colourful puppets
The caterpillar who munched its way into our hearts comes to life in a show featuring 75 colourful...
Baby in multi-sensory tent
Various times
12 Feb 2020 - 14 Feb 2020
Various times | 12 Feb 2020 - 14 Feb 2020
family & young people
Wonder at the world in a multi-sensory experience for pre-walking babies and their grown-ups
Wonder at the world in a multi-sensory experience for pre-walking babies and their grown-ups
Sold out
Sonic Cradle at Southbank Centre
Various times
Wed 12 Feb 2020
Various times | Wed 12 Feb 2020
family & young people
under 5s
Night time sounds, music from India and dancing visuals create a tranquil and immersive musical experience
Night time sounds, music from India and dancing visuals create a tranquil and immersive musical...
Child drawing on a giant chalkboard at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
See where your imagination takes you, and watch how the picture grows and changes throughout the day
See where your imagination takes you, and watch how the picture grows and changes throughout the day
Girl and adult playing on Festival Terrace at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
13 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 13 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
Hop, jump, skip and run off some steam on our Riverside Terrace
Hop, jump, skip and run off some steam on our Riverside Terrace
Child enjoying Rug Rhymes at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 14 Feb 2020
Various times | Fri 14 Feb 2020
family & young people
The focus is on the grown-ups with hand massages and self-care tips
The focus is on the grown-ups with hand massages and self-care tips
Illustration of Mmm Ahh Whoosh with Mellow Baku

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 14 Feb 2020
Various times | Fri 14 Feb 2020
family & young people
Sing along with songs for under-fives from a jazz and soul singer
Sing along with songs for under-fives from a jazz and soul singer
Children with facepaint

Free

Free

Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
Get glitzy, colourful, and creative with face painting by The Glitterbox
Get glitzy, colourful, and creative with face painting by The Glitterbox
Friday Lunch: Harmonise, children and young people on stage singing

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 15 Feb 2020
Various times | Sat 15 Feb 2020
family & young people
under 5s
All together now: join us for a day of belting tunes for kids
All together now: join us for a day of belting tunes for kids
Illustration of The Little Island
Various times
Sat 15 Feb 2020
Various times | Sat 15 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
A fable for our times about coming together, and the power of friendship, tolerance and cooperation
A fable for our times about coming together, and the power of friendship, tolerance and cooperation
Illustrations of a child and a cat running
2:00 pm
Sat 15 Feb 2020
2:00 pm | Sat 15 Feb 2020
talks & debates
family & young people
Meet Rocket - she's going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space-traveller that has ever lived!
Meet Rocket - she's going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space-traveller that has...
Various times
14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
Various times | 14 Sep 2019 - 25 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & 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
Slug and Caterpillar from SLIME
Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 16 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 16 Feb 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Being a slug is hard. Everyone thinks you’re disgusting
Being a slug is hard. Everyone thinks you’re disgusting
Zookeeper hodling a dinosaur
Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 21 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 21 Feb 2020
family & young people
accessible events
Have you ever met a dinosaur? Now’s your chance!
Have you ever met a dinosaur? Now’s your chance!
Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 18 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 18 Feb 2020
family & young people
british sign language
Family-friendly glamour and glitz abound in a classic tale of identity and belonging
Family-friendly glamour and glitz abound in a classic tale of identity and belonging

Free

Free

Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
under 5s
Find out about courageous children who tried to make the world a better place
Find out about courageous children who tried to make the world a better place
Child playing the trumpet at a workshop

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

12:00 pm
Sun 16 Feb 2020
12:00 pm | Sun 16 Feb 2020
classical music
family & young people
Bring your family to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bring your family to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
OAE Tots: Funharmonics at a school
Various times
Sun 16 Feb 2020
Various times | Sun 16 Feb 2020
classical music
family & young people
An interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
An interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Sun 16 Feb 2020
1:30 pm | Sun 16 Feb 2020
family & young people
Shout 'Arrr' at our rollicking pirate-themed party
Shout 'Arrr' at our rollicking pirate-themed party
Rug Rhymes at National Poetry Library

Free

Free

10:30 am
Mon 17 Feb 2020
10:30 am | Mon 17 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
A short session of green nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s and their carers
A short session of green nursery rhymes and poems for under-5s and their carers
Cressida Cowell, author
10:45 am
Mon 17 Feb 2020
10:45 am | Mon 17 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Calling creators of the future – hear from the pros on how to grow your own magical ideas
Calling creators of the future – hear from the pros on how to grow your own magical ideas
Timberlina sitting on chair outside with arms outstretched

Free

Free

Various times
Mon 17 Feb 2020
Various times | Mon 17 Feb 2020
performance & dance
family & young people
How do you stick up for planet Earth?
How do you stick up for planet Earth?
Polar bear sitting on arctic ice
1:30 pm
Mon 17 Feb 2020
1:30 pm | Mon 17 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Poets share planet-friendly poems on disappearing tigers, talking rubbish and ‘poo power’
Poets share planet-friendly poems on disappearing tigers, talking rubbish and ‘poo power’
Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger
2:00 pm
Mon 17 Feb 2020
2:00 pm | Mon 17 Feb 2020
family & young people
literature & poetry
Still waiting for your letter from Hogwarts?
Still waiting for your letter from Hogwarts?
Josephine Bean looking at a scrapbook
Various times
17 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
Various times | 17 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
family & young people
Slowly, page-by-page, a scrapbook becomes a window into a secret world in a show for ages 7+
Slowly, page-by-page, a scrapbook becomes a window into a secret world in a show for ages 7+
An illustration of earth surrounded by nature and animals
3:00 pm
Mon 17 Feb 2020
3:00 pm | Mon 17 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Adventure into snowy mountains and deep blue oceans with poems celebrating the world you live in
Adventure into snowy mountains and deep blue oceans with poems celebrating the world you live in
Kate Pankhurst, writer
3:15 pm
Mon 17 Feb 2020
3:15 pm | Mon 17 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Spark ideas on how to make an impact with illustrator, author and suffragette descendant Kate Pankhurst
Spark ideas on how to make an impact with illustrator, author and suffragette descendant Kate...
Annet Schaap, illustrator
Various times
18 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
Various times | 18 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
family & young people
Dive into the stormy waves of Lampie and the Children of the Sea with art and a reading for ages 8+
Dive into the stormy waves of Lampie and the Children of the Sea with art and a reading for ages 8+
Picture It! Print It! at Imagine Children's Festival

Free

Free

Various times
18 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
Various times | 18 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Scribble and sketch your own cover design for your favourite book
Scribble and sketch your own cover design for your favourite book
Edward van de Vendel, writer
Various times
18 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
Various times | 18 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
family & young people
Go around and around, climb and sliiide through playful poems by Edward van de Vendel
Go around and around, climb and sliiide through playful poems by Edward van de Vendel
Children Craft Workshop

Free

Free

Various times
Tue 18 Feb 2020
Various times | Tue 18 Feb 2020
family & young people
Get an appetite for adventure at a workshop inspired by the story of Pippi Longstocking
Get an appetite for adventure at a workshop inspired by the story of Pippi Longstocking
Sita Brahmachari, author
Various times
Tue 18 Feb 2020
Various times | Tue 18 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Create your own environmental pledge with the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning author
Create your own environmental pledge with the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning author

Free

Free

Various times
Wed 19 Feb 2020
Various times | Wed 19 Feb 2020
family & young people
accessible events
Draw your way through fantastical lands and tongue-twisting characters
Draw your way through fantastical lands and tongue-twisting characters
Children enjoying concert
Various times
19 Feb 2020 - 20 Feb 2020
Various times | 19 Feb 2020 - 20 Feb 2020
classical music
family & young people
Listen, sing, dance and play at a storytelling concert for under-fives
Listen, sing, dance and play at a storytelling concert for under-fives
Stella being performed live on stage
Various times
19 Feb 2020 - 20 Feb 2020
Various times | 19 Feb 2020 - 20 Feb 2020
performance & dance
family & young people
What if it wasn’t an old man all the way up there in the moon, but a young woman?
What if it wasn’t an old man all the way up there in the moon, but a young woman?
Dermot O'Leary and Toto the Ninja Cat
12:30 pm
Thu 20 Feb 2020
12:30 pm | Thu 20 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Toto the Ninja Cat is going on a well-earned holiday to the world's most famous music festival - Catstonbury!
Toto the Ninja Cat is going on a well-earned holiday to the world's most famous music festival...
Hannah Lee illustration
1:00 pm
Thu 20 Feb 2020
1:00 pm | Thu 20 Feb 2020
family & young people
Dreads, twist out or braids – a girl chooses a birthday style in a picture book read by the author
Dreads, twist out or braids – a girl chooses a birthday style in a picture book read by the author
ShayShay, Sophie Brain and Mahatma Khandi

Free

Free

Various times
Thu 20 Feb 2020
Various times | Thu 20 Feb 2020
family & young people
Set sail for adventure with ShayShay, Sophie Brain and Mahatma Khandi in search of the greatest treasure in the world
Set sail for adventure with ShayShay, Sophie Brain and Mahatma Khandi in search of the greatest...
The Mighty Kids
Various times
Fri 21 Feb 2020
Various times | Fri 21 Feb 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Calling kids aged 5 to 100: join our mighty gang for an electrifying interactive show
Calling kids aged 5 to 100: join our mighty gang for an electrifying interactive show
Illustration of groovy animals in a forest playing musical instruments

Free

Free

Various times
Fri 21 Feb 2020
Various times | Fri 21 Feb 2020
family & young people
Venture into the deep dark woods on a jazz- and funk-fuelled family adventure for ages 3 – 7
Venture into the deep dark woods on a jazz- and funk-fuelled family adventure for ages 3 – 7
Illustration of a bird escaping arrows in the sky
Various times
Fri 21 Feb 2020
Various times | Fri 21 Feb 2020
family & young people
under 5s
Take flight at a colourful workshop on making your own paper bird with collaged feathers
Take flight at a colourful workshop on making your own paper bird with collaged feathers
Atinuke, author
2:00 pm
Fri 21 Feb 2020
2:00 pm | Fri 21 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Did you know that the first human beings to walk this earth were African?
Did you know that the first human beings to walk this earth were African?
YolanDA's Band Jam performed on stage
2:00 pm
Fri 21 Feb 2020
2:00 pm | Fri 21 Feb 2020
family & young people
Boogie along at a performance of crowd-pleasing songs for children
Boogie along at a performance of crowd-pleasing songs for children
Cerrie Burnell, author
3:15 pm
Fri 21 Feb 2020
3:15 pm | Fri 21 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Children’s authors explain the wonderful things that can happen when you find yourself in the story
Children’s authors explain the wonderful things that can happen when you find yourself in the...
Musical Roots
11:30 am
Sat 22 Feb 2020
11:30 am | Sat 22 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Calling all detectives! Help the BBC Concert Orchestra solve the mysteries in their musical family tree
Calling all detectives! Help the BBC Concert Orchestra solve the mysteries in their musical family...
Photograph of a child dancing while a crowd and an MC cheer her on

Free

Free

Various times
Sat 22 Feb 2020
Various times | Sat 22 Feb 2020
performance & dance
family & young people
See dancers slide and groove through a story of the first day of school, and learn some new moves
See dancers slide and groove through a story of the first day of school, and learn some new moves
Konnie Huq, presenter
3:00 pm
Sat 22 Feb 2020
3:00 pm | Sat 22 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
poetry
Meet Cookie – funny, science-obsessed and ready to take on the world!
Meet Cookie – funny, science-obsessed and ready to take on the world!
Sam and Mark, kids' TV presenters
3:15 pm
Sat 22 Feb 2020
3:15 pm | Sat 22 Feb 2020
family & young people
Rib-tickling fun for the whole family awaits at Sam and Mark’s live show
Rib-tickling fun for the whole family awaits at Sam and Mark’s live show
A collage of old photographs and envelopes
11:00 am
Sun 23 Feb 2020
11:00 am | Sun 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
spoken word & live literature
A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust told by a beloved children's author
A personal, powerful and resonant account of the Holocaust told by a beloved children's author

Free

Free

Various times
Sun 23 Feb 2020
Various times | Sun 23 Feb 2020
classical music
family & young people
Scale the heights of a musical adventure with the junior orchestra
Scale the heights of a musical adventure with the junior orchestra
Pippi Longstocking holding a horse
2:00 pm
Sun 23 Feb 2020
2:00 pm | Sun 23 Feb 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
A playful performance celebrates the 75th birthday of 'the strongest girl in the world'
A playful performance celebrates the 75th birthday of 'the strongest girl in the world'
Same Same... But Different being performed on stage
Various times
Sun 23 Feb 2020
Various times | Sun 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
accessible events
Colour, dance, music and storytelling combine in a family show exploring difference and belonging
Colour, dance, music and storytelling combine in a family show exploring difference and belonging
Repeating Patterns at Imagine Children's Festival
3:00 pm
Sun 23 Feb 2020
3:00 pm | Sun 23 Feb 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Get into the rhythm with the London Sinfonietta at an interactive event for budding composers
Get into the rhythm with the London Sinfonietta at an interactive event for budding composers
Laura Ellen Anderson, illustrator
10:00 am
Sat 07 Mar 2020
10:00 am | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Go on a fantastic adventure with the author and illustrator of the wickedly funny series for children
Go on a fantastic adventure with the author and illustrator of the wickedly funny series for...
3:00 pm
Sat 07 Mar 2020
3:00 pm | Sat 07 Mar 2020
talks & debates
courses & workshops
If you’re a gender equality champion aged 8 - 10, this workshop is perfect for you
If you’re a gender equality champion aged 8 - 10, this workshop is perfect for you
Various times
Sat 07 Mar 2020
Various times | Sat 07 Mar 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Are you a budding young gender equality champion? Explore what being a girl means in a workshop
Are you a budding young gender equality champion? Explore what being a girl means in a workshop
Sold out
Performer and kids on stage
Various times
4 Apr 2020 - 5 Apr 2020
Various times | 4 Apr 2020 - 5 Apr 2020
performance & dance
comedy & cabaret
The best stand-ups around do their thing for a family audience – without the rude bits!
The best stand-ups around do their thing for a family audience – without the rude bits!
Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales performance on stage
Various times
7 Apr 2020 - 11 Apr 2020
Various times | 7 Apr 2020 - 11 Apr 2020
performance & theatre
family & young people
Under the sea, on the farm and in the jungle: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's tales come to life
Under the sea, on the farm and in the jungle: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's tales come...
Peppa Pig and family performing on stage
Various times
14 Apr 2020 - 31 May 2020
Various times | 14 Apr 2020 - 31 May 2020
family & young people
under 5s
Sing along with everyone’s favourite Pig family in an interactive introduction to live orchestra
Sing along with everyone’s favourite Pig family in an interactive introduction to live orchestra
Big Up production shot
Various times
15 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
Various times | 15 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
What happens when a beatboxer, a singer and a puppeteer arrive on stage but nothing is ready?
What happens when a beatboxer, a singer and a puppeteer arrive on stage but nothing is ready?
Into the Clouds
Various times
16 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
Various times | 16 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
performance & theatre
family & young people
Fluffy and soft and bright: welcome to the Cloud Factory
Fluffy and soft and bright: welcome to the Cloud Factory
Dara McAnulty
7:00 pm
Thu 16 Apr 2020
7:00 pm | Thu 16 Apr 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
What does the future of the planet look like? Hear from leading young voices on the climate emergency
What does the future of the planet look like? Hear from leading young voices on the climate...
From Festival of Love Gamelan Showcase, 9 July 2016.
Various times
25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
Various times | 25 Apr 2020 - 11 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Aged 11 to 18? Come explore ensemble music-making on our Javanese gamelan
Before the Firebird at Southbank Centre

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

12:00 pm
Sun 03 May 2020
12:00 pm | Sun 03 May 2020
classical music
family & young people
Take part in a musical fairytale for all the family with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Take part in a musical fairytale for all the family with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
OAE Tots: Funharmonics at Southbank Centre
Various times
Sun 03 May 2020
Various times | Sun 03 May 2020
classical music
family & young people
An interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
An interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
Southbank Sinfonia
11:30 am
Sat 09 May 2020
11:30 am | Sat 09 May 2020
classical music
family & young people
Unleash musical imaginations with a chance for children aged five to 11 to explore the orchestra
Unleash musical imaginations with a chance for children aged five to 11 to explore the orchestra
OAE Tots at Southbank Centre
Various times
Sun 31 May 2020
Various times | Sun 31 May 2020
classical music
family & young people
Beethoven hid some animals in his Pastoral Symphony: can you find them?
Beethoven hid some animals in his Pastoral Symphony: can you find them?
The Moon Hares illustration
7:00 pm
Wed 01 Jul 2020
7:00 pm | Wed 01 Jul 2020
classical music
family & young people
Be bewitched by a magical family opera from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Be bewitched by a magical family opera from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Pages

don't miss

highlights

family-friendly eateries