13 – 24 FEB 2019

Southbank Centre's Imagine Children's Festival returns in 2019 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.

Draw, write, read, play, sing, dance and create with us. With over 50% of the programme free and loads to do for ages 0 – 12, we have your half term sorted.

 

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Child enjoying Soundpit at Southbank Centre
Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 15 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...
Performer and Children on stage

Free

Free

Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 15 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
A Girl with glitter Face Paint

Free

Free

Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 15 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Pay on the door. Entry is £5 cash, per person
Pay on the door. Entry is £5 cash, per person
Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 15 Jul 2019
Various times | 15 Feb 2019 - 15 Jul 2019
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
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
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Photo of the Time for Bed event at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 15 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
Captain Flinn:The Magic Cutlass
Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019
Various times | 15 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
Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 27 Jul 2019
Various times | 15 Feb 2019 - 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
The Singing Mermaid, drawing of  a mermaid
Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Various times | 15 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

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The eighth episode of our regular podcast looks at the lack of diversity in children’s literature
Get a flavour of this year’s jam-packed programme
Discover the performances that will get you giggling at our brilliant children's festival
Children's television presenter Lauren Layfield on what you ought to know about being a girl today
Watch the trailer for Michael Morpurgo's Why The Whales Came
Are the Nordic countries the best places to bring up healthy, happy children?
John Hegley reads his favourite childhood poem, Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc
Laura Dockrill, reads her favourite childhood poem Roald Dahl's The Pig
Cargoes by John Masefield read by Francesca Beard
The children from Imagine Children's Festival interviewed Wayne Hemingway about housing
For Imagine Children's Festival 2013 the kids are taking over!
The children at Imagine Festival interview writer Frank Cottrell Boyce
Michael Rosen talks about the importance of funny books for kids

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24 Feb
Classical music
Orchestra
Sound off at an interactive concert for children with Orion Orchestra
19 Feb - 23 Feb
Performance & Dance
All aboard for a theatrical pirate adventure with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs
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