Family fun

Explore what’s on for families at Southbank Centre. Whether you are looking for fun activities, spaces to play or just somewhere to have a bite to eat, there’s plenty to enjoy. 

This February, Southbank Centre's Imagine Children's Festival returns for 12 jam-packed days of fun. Dive into the best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free events for everyone.

Looking onward to Easter, we have even more exciting shows including Tabby McTat, a musical tale of friendship based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's beloved book.

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Free

Free

5:00 pm
31 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
5:00 pm | 31 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
Groove to the beat of high-energy Latin and African percussion rhythms from 200 young musicians
Groove to the beat of high-energy Latin and African percussion rhythms from 200 young musicians
Schoolchildren holding ukuleles

Free

Free

1:00 pm
5 Feb 2019 - 5 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | 5 Feb 2019 - 5 Feb 2019
Good things come in small packages at a concert of primary school student ukulele players
Good things come in small packages at a concert of primary school student ukulele players

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Hop, jump and skip on our Riverside Terrace
Hop, jump and skip on our Riverside Terrace
Hands underneath a red light projector showing images of symbols
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 2 Jun 2019
Art
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and designs through movement
What if you could hear colour and feel sound? Come and play in giant sandpits, creating music and...
Giant Chalkboard at Southbank Centre

Free

Free

Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
What can you add to this enormous chalkboard drawing of outer space?
What can you add to this enormous chalkboard drawing of outer space?
Photo of the Time for Bed event at Southbank Centre's Imagine festival
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Enter a starlit world of lullabies, nursery rhymes, fairy tales and bedtime stories
Illustration children dancing in the evening light and birds on buildings
Various times
13 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Various times | 13 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Introduce your little ones to theatre at an interactive hip-hop show
Introduce your little ones to theatre at an interactive hip-hop show
The Rig Play Zone

Free

Free

10:30 am
14 Feb 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
10:30 am | 14 Feb 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
Bang, jingle and explore your own sound-world on The Rig, a musical playground for all the family
Bang, jingle and explore your own sound-world on The Rig, a musical playground for all the family
Photo of the children's singer-songwriter Al Start playing guitar

Free

Free

Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 15 Feb 2019
Various times | 15 Feb 2019 - 15 Feb 2019
Sing about cakes, castles, gloop and slime, bears in wardrobes and aliens on your roof
Sing about cakes, castles, gloop and slime, bears in wardrobes and aliens on your roof
Peppa Pig and family performing on stage
Various times
15 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Various times | 15 Feb 2019 - 17 Feb 2019
Classical music
Everyone’s favourite Pig family leads an interactive introduction to live orchestra for little ones
Everyone’s favourite Pig family leads an interactive introduction to live orchestra for little...
Performer and Children on stage

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Bring your little ones to start the day in a musical way
Bring your little ones to start the day in a musical way
A Girl with glitter Face Paint

Free

Free

Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 24 Feb 2019
Add colour, magic and sparkle to your day with the Glitterbox face painters
Add colour, magic and sparkle to your day with the Glitterbox face painters
Cover of The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
11:00 am
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
11:00 am | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters at a reading from author Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters at a reading from author Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Malorie Blackman, writer
11:00 am
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
11:00 am | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Literature
Spoken word & Live literature
Hear the stories behind the incredible authors who ignite children's imaginations
Hear the stories behind the incredible authors who ignite children's imaginations

Free

Free

11:15 am
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
11:15 am | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Throw down some shapes and perfect your best moves in this hip-hop dance workshop for kids
Throw down some shapes and perfect your best moves in this hip-hop dance workshop for kids

Free

Free

1:00 pm
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
1:00 pm | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Get partying with child-friendly hip-hop, funk and disco anthems
Get partying with child-friendly hip-hop, funk and disco anthems
Nadine Kaadan, Illustrator
Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Hear about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict from the children’s author
Hear about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict from the children’s author
The Skies Above My Eyes, Illustration of a young girl
2:00 pm
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
2:00 pm | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Voyage to the stars at a storytelling and drawing session with Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer
Voyage to the stars at a storytelling and drawing session with Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer
The Singing Mermaid, drawing of  a mermaid
Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 20 Feb 2019
Performance & Dance
Theatre
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Escape to the seaside with The Singing Mermaid, told through song, puppetry and performance
Ready Steady Lift Off astronaut programme
Various times
16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Various times | 16 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019
Welcome to our space station: train to be an astronaut, make your own rocket and lift off!
Welcome to our space station: train to be an astronaut, make your own rocket and lift off!
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15 Feb - 17 Feb
Classical music
Everyone’s favourite Pig family leads an interactive introduction to live orchestra for little ones
18 Feb
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