Free things to do this Easter for children at London’s Southbank Centre

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 08:22

It won’t have escaped your notice that Easter is a little later in the calendar this year. Especially if you have young children. But fear not, we’re here to make it worth your wait – and reward your patience – with a fantastic range of free musical events in our Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer and Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom throughout the holidays. Whether your kids like to rock out or dance ‘til they drop, we’ve an event for them and it won’t cost you a penny.

Anna Greenwood, DJ
10.30am, Sunday 7 April - Saturday 13 April (no show on Tuesday 9 April)

Family Rise and Rave

Join us bright and (relatively) early each morning of the holidays in Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer for an all-singing all-dancing party for the whole family. DJ Anna Greenwood will get you up and raving with a combination of brilliant beats, sequins and sparkle for a decidedly up tempo start to your day.

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Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace
1pm, Friday 12 April

Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace

For a special Friday Lunch we welcome this travelling band of space aliens, who crash-landed in Sheffield with just a broken-down spacecraft, a handful of drums and guitars and a celestial saxophone. They’ll be hoping to bring intergalactic peace through an interactive performance of Cosmic Afrobeat, Space Shanties and Mutant Disco, apparently.

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Dizney Rascal, ska cover band
1pm, Saturday 13 April

Dizney Rascal

What do you get when you mix a stack of everyone’s favourite classic Disney songs with ska, punk and reggae? You get the excellently named Dizney Rascal, that’s what. Join them in Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer for a new take on old songs, and versions you actually wouldn’t mind hearing on repeat for the entirety of a three-hour car journey.

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Photograph of a child dancing while a crowd and an MC cheer her on
1 - 4pm, Sunday 14 April

Afro Dance Party with HomeBros

Learn all the best moves from UK Afrobeat pioneers and hip-hop dance pros HomeBros. Dancers and choreographers Unkle TC and Kurtyswift will take lead you and your children through an afternoon workshop, before giving you the chance to show-off your moves at an Afro Dance Party, all in Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer.

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Bring Your Own Brass
2pm, Saturday 20 April


Young or slightly older, tear up The Clore Ballroom dancefloor to the 11-piece brass band Bring Your Own Brass’ trademark mix of hip-hop beats, heavy riffs and irresistible grooves. The ensemble have been whipping up a storm at festivals and venues across the UK and Ireland, including Bommtown, Lovebox and Glastonbury.

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Folk Dance Remixed
1.30pm, Sunday 21 April

Family Ceilidh Jam with Folk Dance Remixed

Get on the dancefloor for a funked-up folky dance party for all, from babes in slings to grandparents with a swing in their step. Folk Dance Remixed create a foot-stomping, beat-boxing big sound – a fabulous chance for families to get down and dance together in The Clore Ballroom.

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1.30pm, Monday 22 April


Join us in The Clore Ballroom to get partying with child-friendly hip-hop, funk and disco anthems, hosted by Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders). Whether you’re the proud parent of a Lil Wayne, a Lil Kim, or whole crew of Beastie Boys and Wee Papa Girls Rappers, this is the jam for you and yours.

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And there's more

As well as our fantastic free programme of events and activities, we also have a host of other family-friendly activities at Southbank Centre throughout the Easter holidays. See the much-loved children's book Tabby McTat brought to life on stage; play around with your senses in the sand of Soundpit, or stimulate little minds with Kaleidoscope's world of colour.

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