The Dinosaurs are coming

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 16:11

Back in February we welcomed the weird and wonderful dinosaurs of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo here at Southbank Centre as part of our Imagine Children’s Festival. Inspired by this we’ve pulled together some of the most roarsome dinosaur themed creative activities and art, for children and families, that you can enjoy at home.

The Dinosaur Project

(recommended for ages 3-7)

The Herd Theatre have got a great idea for their next show. It's a story about a Dinosaur, but they need your help to make it... 

​Each Monday until 18 May, The Herd Theatre will be releasing dinosaur themed activity packs for children created by artist Dom Heffer to spark imaginations, get you creating and celebrate your dinosaur expertise. 

All of the pack are free to download and contain fun crafty tasks you can easily do in your home. Once you’ve done the pack The Herd are asking you to take a photo of what you create and share it with them to help make their next show! The first pack is online now.

The Herd Theatre Dinosaur Project


#DrawWithRob Gregosaurus

(recommended for ages 4+)

#DrawWithRob 1 Gregosaurus

Rob Biddulph is a bestselling and multi award-winning author and illustrator. To help you and your little ones pass the time during lockdown, he’s created a series of video tutorials guiding you through the steps to draw some of the characters from his books. The first of which is his loveable dinosaur creation Gregosaurus. 

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Hevisaurus Imagine 2017 4

Four insanely popular Finnish dinosaurs (and a dragon), Hevisaurus play power metal for children around the world. 

The story goes that in 2009 Herra Hevisaurus, Milli Pilli, Komppi Momppi, Riffi Raffi and Muffi Puffi hatched from 65-million-year-old metal eggs which were unearthed on a mountain by lightning bolts and a witch’s spell. They subsequently grew into bloodthirsty warrior beasts, albeit ones that drink milk, eat cookies, and stay in school.

Since their formation they’ve sold over 170,000 albums in their home country, and spawned tribute versions internationally. They made their London debut here at the Southbank Centre in 2017 as part of Imagine Children’s Festival. There’s a whole host of music videos on their YouTube channel for you to rock along to at home, and they can also be found on Spotify.

Fun for the whole family!

Hevisaurus on YouTube


Storytime: Dinosaurs in the Supermarket

Dinosaurs in the Supermarket

And lastly, watch out, there are dinosaurs in the supermarket! But the grown-ups just don't seem to notice them. Only one little boy is able to spot them. Unless you can too? Take five minutes to enjoy author Timothy Knapman reading his book Dinosaurs in the Supermarket, with illustrations by Sarah Warburton.



The show must go on(line)

Sadly, for everyone’s safety, our venues are currently closed. But you can still get your Southbank Centre fix online. We will continue to share inspiring and thought-provoking arts stories through our website and social channels.

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