Family fun

The countdown is on for the return of Imagine Children's Festival – 12 days jam-packed with all kinds of fun for kids and their grown-ups. Meet prehistoric pals and an unstoppable caterpillar, and see old tales with fresh eyes. 

Make your mark on our Giant Chalkboard and get in tune at Big Songs for Little Singers – these and many more free events are taking place throughout the festival.

Plus, Soundpit gives kids big and small the chance to create music through movement in a giant sandpit installation illuminated by beautiful graphics, created by artist Di Mainstone.

Look ahead to an egg-cellent Easter, with events including Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's tales brought to life at Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales, and the side-splitting Comedy Club 4 Kids.

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Child drawing on a giant chalkboard at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
See where your imagination takes you, and watch how the picture grows and changes throughout the day
See where your imagination takes you, and watch how the picture grows and changes throughout the day
Child and adult at Southbank Centre during Imagine Children's Festival

Free

Free

Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
Step this way for stories and games to spark your imagination
Step this way for stories and games to spark your imagination
Girl and adult playing on Festival Terrace at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
Hop, jump, skip and run off some steam on our Riverside Terrace
Hop, jump, skip and run off some steam on our Riverside Terrace
Various times
23 Nov 2019 - 19 Apr 2020
Various times | 23 Nov 2019 - 19 Apr 2020
art & exhibitions
family & young people
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
Play in giant sandpits illuminated by beautiful graphics, creating music with your own movements
Children with facepaint
Various times
15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
Various times | 15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020
family & young people
Get glitzy, colourful, and creative with face painting by The Glitterbox
Get glitzy, colourful, and creative with face painting by The Glitterbox
Picture It! Print It! at Imagine Children's Festival

Free

Free

Various times
18 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
Various times | 18 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Scribble and sketch your own cover design for your favourite book
Scribble and sketch your own cover design for your favourite book
Various times
4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
Various times | 4 Oct 2019 - 17 Jul 2020
courses & workshops
family & young people
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Shake, rattle and gong with your little ones
Annet Schaap, illustrator
Various times
18 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
Various times | 18 Feb 2020 - 19 Feb 2020
family & young people
Dive into the stormy waves of Lampie and the Children of the Sea with art and a reading for ages 8+
Dive into the stormy waves of Lampie and the Children of the Sea with art and a reading for ages 8+
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Free

Free

Various times
Wed 19 Feb 2020
Various times | Wed 19 Feb 2020
family & young people
accessible events
Draw your way through fantastical lands and tongue-twisting characters
Draw your way through fantastical lands and tongue-twisting characters
Children enjoying concert
Various times
19 Feb 2020 - 20 Feb 2020
Various times | 19 Feb 2020 - 20 Feb 2020
classical music
family & young people
Listen, sing, dance and play at a storytelling concert for under-fives
Listen, sing, dance and play at a storytelling concert for under-fives

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