Ever wondered what sound feels like? Di Mainstone’s interactive installation allows you to find out as you run your hands through the sand, or even walk across it to create music with your own movements
Morning Music Time
Get your little ones up and running with some interactive music; take in a free performance and have a sing, or try your hand at the trumpet with Rebecca Baxter and Andrew McCaldon respectively.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave: The Way Past Winter
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters as children’s author Kiran Millwood Hargrave weaves an enchanting story to read from her latest book, The Way Past Winter, and tell of her own journey to becoming a children’s author.
Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, Chris Riddell
Hear the stories behind the incredible authors who have ignited children's imaginations for over 20 years of Waterstones Children’s Laureates. Join Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell for a journey into some of their most loved stories and characters.
Nadine Kaadan: Stories of Syria
Hear about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict in a storytelling and art workshop with children’s author and illustrator Nadine Kaadan, as she introduces her uplifting story, Tomorrow.
Big Moves for Little Groovers
Calling all budding b-girls and b-boys: throw down some shapes and perfect your best moves in a hip-hop dance workshop led by The Movement Factory, an award-winning community dance empire.
The Skies Above My Eyes
Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zomme, the author and illustrator of children’s book The Skies Above My Eyes, encourage children to voyage to the skies to see what they can see at this out of this world event featuring fun facts and intergalactic drawing.
Peppa Pig: My First Concert
Give your children an interactive introduction to a live orchestra courtesy of some of their favourite cartoon characters. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig wield the baton, whilst Peppa and George learn all about the instruments.
The Singing Mermaid
Escape to the seaside with a musical story based on the hugely children’s book The Singing Mermaid, told through puppetry and performance, and featuring music by Barb Jungr.
Are you sitting comfortably? Bring the whole family to unwind with a free story every afternoon of Imagine Children's Festival as special guests choose their own favourite children’s stories to read.
Create your own music and reinterpret the sounds of the orchestra through dance, art and storytelling at a day of music-making with Chineke! Juniors, a youth orchestra of black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians, aged 11 – 18.
Andrea Pippins: Step into Your Power
Illustrator of Step into Your Power Andrea Pippins and former deputy young mayor of Lewisham and grime MC Novelist share their own journeys as they show your children how to harness their power and use it to emulate their heroes and live their best life.
David McKee: Elmer, Mr Benn and Other Colourful Stories
In a special event celebrating the 30th birthday year of his character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, Dave McKee, creator of Elmer and Mr Benn, joins us to reflect on his career in writing, illustration and animation.
A Monday at the Musicals
Got a budding Jersey Boy or Dreamgirl in your offspring, well the Monday of half-term is made for them, with a day of free workshops and performances to help them hone their skills, led by real West End performers.
Woof Woof Wag Wag Puppy Poems
Perfect for dog loving children aged 5 – 7. Come and paws for a while as poets Brian Moses and Roger Stevens read from their joint collection The Waggiest Tails: Poems Written by Dogs, and Victoria Adukwei Bulley reads from Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Film Live in Concert
Go on an intrepid adventure at this screening of the animated film adaptation of the popular children’s book, accompanied live by the City of London Sinfonia. The event includes a lively introduction to the musical world of the film and fun sing-alongs of the closing credits song, Me & You by George Ezra.
Cosmic Currents with Figs in Wigs and Friends
Put on your space suit and join dancing troupe Figs in Wigs and their friends Steve Nice and ShayShay for a day of intergalactic workshops, performance and storytelling for all the family.
Jeremy Strong: Laugh Your Socks Off
Laugh your socks off with King of Comedy and author of the My Brother’s Famous Bottom and The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog series, Jeremy Strong as he shares the giggles and fun from his latest children's story.
Captain Flinn & The Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass
All aboard, me hearties, for this non-stop, action-packed theatrical pirate adventure, with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs. Catch morning or afternoon performances of this children’s favourite.
The Day I Fell Into a Book
Find yourself in a magical world of imagination as The Day I Fell Into a Book uses binaural sound recordings, intricate lighting technology and projection to take the audience into a lost world of classic myths and legends.
If you’re little ones are fans of Strictly Come Dancing, then this is perfect for them. Get them up on their feet with a fun day of dancing, including the chance to learn their favourite dance styles from leading child ballroom dancers.
Lauren Child in Conversation
The current Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, the writer behind beloved children’s book characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola, talks about her best-loved characters and inspirations.
Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids
The remarkable and world-record-breaking beatboxer Shlomo is back in town, using his mouth and a mic to make all kinds of remarkable music. Will your little ones become one of his superhero sidekicks in a world of funny sounds and cool music?
I Wish I Was a Mountain
Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Join Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Toby Thompson for this special retelling of a fairy tale with live music and rhyme.
Book in a Day: How to Train Your Dragon
Join is for a dangerous jaunt on the Isle of Berk as special guests and live performances bring to life Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon for one whole heroic day.
Ade Adepitan: Battle of the Cyborg Cat
Join Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan as he brings us the story of the ups and downs of Ade, a young boy adjusting to life in east London, in his first book for children, Ade's Amazing Ade-ventures: Battle of the Cyborg Cat.
Fold Your City
Come and join us for a day of creative and interactive crafting as we build a model city inspired by the ever-evolving London skyline that surrounds the River Thames. Draw, colour, decorate and be part of this origami installation.
Give your little ones a unique interactive introduction to the orchestra as presenter Sue Perkins leads the Orion Orchestra in a concert of old favourites and familiar tunes for all ages.
Incredibly, this isn’t everything we’ve got going on at half-term. There are a whole host of other fun, interactive events for children of all ages – including many free activities – taking place every day across our Thames-side venues.