Searching for things to do with the family this Easter holidays? Come and join us in the cultural heart of London for a fantastic two weeks packed with enjoyable experiences for you and your children. See the beloved children’s book Tabby McTat brought to life on stage; rethink your senses with a special interactive installation, or be enchanted by a kaleidoscopic world of colour. And enjoy free daily musical fun.
Find out about all of these, and more, below.
6 - 22 April | various times | Royal Festival Hall Exhibition Space
Ever wondered what sound feels like? Or what music looks like? Soundpit is a remarkable fun installation by artist Di Mainstone that invites adults and children alike to rethink their senses of sight, sound and touch. Create your own musical masterpiece with your fingers or your feet by playing in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics. Soundpit offers a unique immersive creative play experience, whatever your age.
And if you can’t make it to Soundpit during Easter don’t worry, the installation is open on weekends until 2 June. The perfect reason to come back and see us again.
19 and 20 April | 1pm and 2pm | The Clore Ballroom
On Easter weekend we host a couple of brilliant live music events in The Clore Ballroom in Royal Festival Hall, and what's more they're completely free. On Friday 19 April, James Lavelle Selects a free programme of live music from up-and-coming music acts hand-picked by the trip-hop pioneer and of his UNKLE headline show later that evening.
On Saturday 20 April, you get the opportunity to tear up The Clore Ballroom dancefloor to the sound of 11-piece brass band Bring Your Own Brass’ trademark mix of hip-hop beats, heavy riffs and irresistible grooves. Forged in Dalston's infamous Passing Clouds venue, BYOB have gone on to be a festival staple appearing at Boomtown, Lovebox and headlining Glastonbury's Shangri-la.
9 - 11 April | various times each day | Purcell Room
Inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops, Kaleidoscope is a perfect introduction to the world of theatre for your little ones. This gentle immersive experience is filled with bold bright colours and shapes, twinkling lights and mirrors, bringing a magical kaleidoscopic world to life for you and your baby.
This event is currently sold out, but do check back as more tickets may become available.
6 - 13, and 17 - 22 April | 10.30am and 1pm | Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer
Throughout the Easter holidays our Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer is the place to be for a feast of free activities, including music and performances for children and families. At 10.30am DJ Anna Greenwood hits the decks to get you up and moving with brilliant beats and a special sparkle in her Family Rise and Rave.
And the fun doesn’t stop there; each afternoon at 1pm we invite a different act to our stage for a special family-friendly live music performance. From folk to rock, dance to disco – even ska twists on Disney classics – we’ve got performances that your children, and you, will love. And on Sunday 13 April, the guys from HomeBros join us for a special Afro Dance workshop and performance, promising big fun for those with tiny feet, and even those with two left feet.
Across Southbank Centre you’ll find a range of food and drink options to keep everyone happy during your visit. We’ve cafes in each of our venues serving a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks for appetites of any size, plus family favourite restaurants, including Giraffe, Wagamama, Strada and Las Iguanas.
From Friday to Sunday each week you’ll find a world of delicious street food at our Southbank Centre Square food market. Look out for a special market takeover from street food aficionados KERB on the Easter bank holiday weekend, which promises fresh new takes on some of your favourite dishes.
6 - 13 April | 11.30am and 2.30pm | Queen Elizabeth Hall
Written and illustrated by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the award-winning duo behind The Gruffalo, Tabby McTat has been a hugely popular children’s story since it first hit the shelves a decade ago. Now, this purr-fectly crafted, heart-warming story has been brought to life on the stage, courtesy of Freckle Productions.
Tabby McTat is a cat with the loudest of meee-ews and a best friend with a guitar. Together they sing songs and delight crowds until one day the guitar-playing Fred disappears. With a sprinkling of magic, and catchy original songs, follow Tabby as he finds a new home, before setting out to find his lost friend.