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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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
A Girl with glitter Face Paint

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 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
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
Molly Spoons

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
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
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...
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
Fold Out City with instructions

Free

Free

11:00 am
Sun 24 Feb 2019
11:00 am | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Build a model city inspired by the ever-evolving London skyline in an origami workshop
Build a model city inspired by the ever-evolving London skyline in an origami workshop
The ninth 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

don't miss

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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The ninth episode of our regular podcast looks at the lack of diversity in children’s literature

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