Family fun

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.

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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
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
Various times
23 Nov 2019 - 19 Apr 2020
Various times | 23 Nov 2019 - 19 Apr 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
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
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

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Wed 04 Mar 2020
1:00 pm | Wed 04 Mar 2020
family & young people
Small is beautiful at a concert of primary school student ukulele players
Small is beautiful at a concert of primary school student ukulele players
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...
Child writing at workshop at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
4 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
Various times | 4 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
art & exhibitions
family & young people
Pick up your activity sheet from Hayward Gallery and set off on a leafy adventure
Pick up your activity sheet from Hayward Gallery and set off on a leafy adventure
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
Sold out
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
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
Dorothy Koomson, writer

Free

Free

7:00 pm
Thu 26 Mar 2020
7:00 pm | Thu 26 Mar 2020
talks & debates
family & young people
Wrap up International Women's Month with an examination of storytelling by and for black women
Wrap up International Women's Month with an examination of storytelling by and for black women
Bird College Festival of Music Concert in Royal Festival Hall
6:30 pm
Tue 31 Mar 2020
6:30 pm | Tue 31 Mar 2020
classical music
performance & dance
At a triumphant evening of classics, hear Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Brahms alongside jazz standards
At a triumphant evening of classics, hear Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Brahms alongside jazz standards
Two children making crafts at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
4 Apr 2020 - 7 Apr 2020
Various times | 4 Apr 2020 - 7 Apr 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Make a marigold for our archive display to celebrate Ravi Shankar's birthday
Make a marigold for our archive display to celebrate Ravi Shankar's birthday
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!
An image of sand on the floor in a rangoli pattern

Free

Free

12:00 pm
Tue 07 Apr 2020
12:00 pm | Tue 07 Apr 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Try your hand at the art form of rangoli in this free drop-in workshop open to all
Try your hand at the art form of rangoli in this free drop-in workshop open to all
Dancers in a studio

Free

Free

1:30 pm
Tue 07 Apr 2020
1:30 pm | Tue 07 Apr 2020
performance & dance
dance
Remember the maestro and dance enthusiast in this workshop based on Indian folk and Kathak movement
Remember the maestro and dance enthusiast in this workshop based on Indian folk and Kathak movement
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 & dance
performance & theatre
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...
Sitar players

Free

Free

3:00 pm
Tue 07 Apr 2020
3:00 pm | Tue 07 Apr 2020
classical music
gigs
Join a mass public sitar workshop celebrating the life and influence of Ravi Shankar
Join a mass public sitar workshop celebrating the life and influence of Ravi Shankar
Mangalam in The Clore Ballroom

Free

Free

6:30 pm
Tue 07 Apr 2020
6:30 pm | Tue 07 Apr 2020
performance & dance
dance
Watch dancers of all ages perform work choreographed to Ravi Shankar’s compositions
Watch dancers of all ages perform work choreographed to Ravi Shankar’s compositions
Audience members at Imagine festival

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Wed 08 Apr 2020
1:00 pm | Wed 08 Apr 2020
gigs
folk & world
Perfect for beside the campfire or car rides, these classic folk tunes are gentle fun for the whole family
Perfect for beside the campfire or car rides, these classic folk tunes are gentle fun for the whole...

Free

Free

Various times
8 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
Various times | 8 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
family & young people
Turn your thumbs green at a gardening workshop for the whole family
Turn your thumbs green at a gardening workshop for the whole family
Band performing on stage

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Thu 09 Apr 2020
1:00 pm | Thu 09 Apr 2020
gigs
folk & world
Jig along to a free performance of toe-tapping folk
Jig along to a free performance of toe-tapping folk
Child on Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

Free

Free

Various times
9 Apr 2020 - 16 Apr 2020
Various times | 9 Apr 2020 - 16 Apr 2020
family & young people
Seashells, stones, flotsam and jetsam: objects from the beach make a jingly-jangly mobile in our workshop
Seashells, stones, flotsam and jetsam: objects from the beach make a jingly-jangly mobile in our...
Children on Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden

Free

Free

Various times
10 Apr 2020 - 15 Apr 2020
Various times | 10 Apr 2020 - 15 Apr 2020
family & young people
Make, shape, design and create your own plant pot out of clay in in a free family workshop
Make, shape, design and create your own plant pot out of clay in in a free family workshop
Children at Imagine Children's Festival

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Sat 11 Apr 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 11 Apr 2020
gigs
folk & world
Take in the finest folk music in this family folk club hosted by The Nest Collective
Take in the finest folk music in this family folk club hosted by The Nest Collective

Free

Free

Various times
11 Apr 2020 - 14 Apr 2020
Various times | 11 Apr 2020 - 14 Apr 2020
family & young people
Light up your life at a colourful lantern-making workshop for ages five and over
Light up your life at a colourful lantern-making workshop for ages five and over
Two people on bikes outside

Free

Free

Various times
Mon 13 Apr 2020
Various times | Mon 13 Apr 2020
family & young people
Get the party rocking with our bicycle-powered disco – the fun can’t go on without you!
Get the party rocking with our bicycle-powered disco – the fun can’t go on without you!
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?
Photo of children and adults joining in a dance workshop together at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Thu 16 Apr 2020
1:00 pm | Thu 16 Apr 2020
gigs
folk & world
All jolly fellows come along for a free lunchtime performance of fantastic folk music
All jolly fellows come along for a free lunchtime performance of fantastic folk music
intotheclouds, theatre experience for young children
Various times
16 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
Various times | 16 Apr 2020 - 17 Apr 2020
performance & dance
dance
Fluffy and soft and bright: welcome to the Cloud Factory
Fluffy and soft and bright: welcome to the Cloud Factory
Young People at a Workshop

Free

Free

Various times
16 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
Various times | 16 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
classical music
family & young people
Spread happiness by sharing the small actions you take to bring joy to yourself and others
Spread happiness by sharing the small actions you take to bring joy to yourself and others
Musician playing the cello

Free

Free

5:00 pm
Thu 16 Apr 2020
5:00 pm | Thu 16 Apr 2020
classical music
family & young people
For a fresh look at Beethoven’s Ninth, members of the orchestra perform ensemble works inspired by joy
For a fresh look at Beethoven’s Ninth, members of the orchestra perform ensemble works inspired by...

Free

Free

Various times
16 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
Various times | 16 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020
classical music
family & young people
Follow local pupils on an exploration of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at a free screening of a short film
Follow local pupils on an exploration of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at a free screening of a short...
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...
Family Folk Club: Don Kipper, musicians

Free

Free

1:00 pm
Fri 17 Apr 2020
1:00 pm | Fri 17 Apr 2020
gigs
folk & world
Move to the beat of the Balkans and Mediterranean via north London with this electrifying folk ensemble
Move to the beat of the Balkans and Mediterranean via north London with this electrifying folk...
Young musicians in an orchestra

Free

Free

11:30 am
Sat 18 Apr 2020
11:30 am | Sat 18 Apr 2020
classical music
family & young people
Bring an instrument and get to know the Ninth Symphony at a workshop with the National Youth Orchestra
Bring an instrument and get to know the Ninth Symphony at a workshop with the National Youth...
Only Boys Aloud, choir

Free

Free

2:00 pm
Sat 18 Apr 2020
2:00 pm | Sat 18 Apr 2020
classical music
family & young people
Always wanted to sing in a choir? Now’s your chance to have a go
Always wanted to sing in a choir? Now’s your chance to have a go
Trumpet player in an orchestra

Free

Free

2:45 pm
Sat 18 Apr 2020
2:45 pm | Sat 18 Apr 2020
classical music
family & young people
Find joy in unexpected places in a musical expedition inspired by Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’
Find joy in unexpected places in a musical expedition inspired by Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’

Free

Free

4:30 pm
Sat 18 Apr 2020
4:30 pm | Sat 18 Apr 2020
classical music
family & young people
Take part in a mass chorus singing and signing ‘A New Ode to Joy’, written by poet Anthony Anaxagorou
Take part in a mass chorus singing and signing ‘A New Ode to Joy’, written by poet Anthony...

Free

Free

6:00 pm
Sat 18 Apr 2020
6:00 pm | Sat 18 Apr 2020
classical music
family & young people
Why does Beethoven’s music still have an impact today? Our panel explores the composer's legacy
Why does Beethoven’s music still have an impact today? Our panel explores the composer's...
Akala, rapper and activist
7:45 pm
Sun 19 Apr 2020
7:45 pm | Sun 19 Apr 2020
literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature
Be transported to Elizabethan London by the brilliant and brutal debut young adult novel from Akala
Be transported to Elizabethan London by the brilliant and brutal debut young adult novel from Akala
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
The Dark, performance
Various times
25 May 2020 - 27 May 2020
Various times | 25 May 2020 - 27 May 2020
performance & dance
family & young people
A brave young boy befriends the darkness in a captivating and accessible story for the whole family
A brave young boy befriends the darkness in a captivating and accessible story for the whole family
Artist Performance in an Interactive Space
Various times
27 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
Various times | 27 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
performance & dance
performance & theatre
Welcome to our interactive art gallery, where each painting is a world waiting to be explored
Welcome to our interactive art gallery, where each painting is a world waiting to be explored
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
Child playing the violin in a workshop

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

12:00 pm
Sun 04 Oct 2020
12:00 pm | Sun 04 Oct 2020
family & young people
Witches and wizards aged six and above are invited to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Witches and wizards aged six and above are invited to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra
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A Young Girl Taught to play a Trumpet at a Workshop
11:30 am
Sat 31 Oct 2020
11:30 am | Sat 31 Oct 2020
family & young people
Brave kids aged five to 11 are invited to explore the spooky side of an orchestra
Brave kids aged five to 11 are invited to explore the spooky side of an orchestra
On sale soon
Child playing the ukulele in Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer
2:00 pm
Sun 21 Feb 2021
2:00 pm | Sun 21 Feb 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Set sail for music full of excitement and adventure, conjuring up sea voyages and dragons
Set sail for music full of excitement and adventure, conjuring up sea voyages and dragons
On sale soon
Illustration of a fair

Multi-buy discount

Multi-buy discount

12:00 pm
Sun 14 Mar 2021
12:00 pm | Sun 14 Mar 2021
classical music
family & young people
Where has the London Philharmonic Orchestra gone?
Where has the London Philharmonic Orchestra gone?
On sale soon
Illustration of children dancing in a long line

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Multi-buy discount

12:00 pm
Sat 08 May 2021
12:00 pm | Sat 08 May 2021
classical music
family & young people
Kids aged seven and up are invited to a fairy tale concert from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Kids aged seven and up are invited to a fairy tale concert from the London Philharmonic Orchestra
On sale soon
A Young Boy Taught to Play French Horn at a workshop
11:30 am
Sun 06 Jun 2021
11:30 am | Sun 06 Jun 2021
classical music
family & young people
What better way to start your Saturday than by diving in to the world of the orchestra?
What better way to start your Saturday than by diving in to the world of the orchestra?
On sale soon

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