Top family friendly exhibitions to visit this autumn

Autumn is finally here and to get you started on some art adventures with the family we’ve compiled some of our top picks. Want more – follow us on Instagram for last minute exhibitions, shows and experiences for young Londoners.

Hyundai Commission : Cecilia Vicuna

When: 11 October 2022– 16 April 2023
Where: Tate Modern
How much: free more info here.


Discover bold new artistic and horticultural installations across the Temperate House by renowned Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero, designer Fernando Laposse and UK award winning garden designer Jon Wheatley. The works each reflect the beauty and colour of Mexican culture and its deep connection with plants and the natural world. There is also a family friendly day of the dead celebration during half-term from 22-32 October 2022.
When: 1 – 31st October 2022
Where: Kew Gardens
How much: £15 for adults and £5 for children with concessions available. More info and bookings here.

Frieze Sculpture

One of London’s prettiest parks is transformed into an outdoor art gallery. Take in the autumnal colours alongside some art from the biggest names such as the Ugo Rondinone and John Wood and Paul Harrison. The pieces are joyful, colourful and playful.
When: on until 12 November 2022
Where: Regent’s Park
How much: free

Jurassic World Exhibiton

Immerse yourself (and your dino loving kids) in scenes inspired by the world famous films. It promises to be lots of fun and unique and bound to entertain the little folks and the film fanatics.
When: until 15 January 2022
Where: London’s Excell Centre
How much: £26 for adults and £18.50 for concessions and kids. More info and bookings here.

Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art

The artworks on show encompass fantastical creatures and uncanny representations of the everyday, as well as ranging from small abstract works to large-scale installations that take the medium beyond the kiln.
When: 26 October – 8 January 2022
Where: Hayward Gallery
How much: £15 more info here.

William Kentridge

A major retrospective of South African artist William Kentridge with several large scale intallations, etchings, drawings, collages, films and sculptures as well as tapestry, theatre, opera, dance and music. 
When: ongoing until 11 December 2022
Where: Royal Academy of Arts
How much: £24.50 more info and bookings here.

Lu Yang: LuYang NetiNeti

Enter the disorientating and darkly humorous worlds created by multimedia artist LuYang (b. 1984, Shanghai) for their first UK solo exhibition. Immersed in the cultures of anime, videogames and sci-fi, LuYang combines Buddhism, neuroscience and digital technology to investigate the mysteries and mechanics of the human body and mind. There is a Families Create workshop on the 1st of October.
When: on until 17 February 2022
Where: Zabludowicz Collection
How much: free more info here.

State of Play

State of Play, an exhibition of contemporary sculpture which reconnects us with a foundational characteristic of humanity, and the starting place for all artists. To play; for pleasure, for curiosity, for community, for the pure delight in doing. From theatre to sports, and primary schools to art schools, play is the overlooked epicentre of the human experience. It’s how we learn and how we evolve, adapt and create.
When: ongoing until 11 November
Where: Canary Wharf
How much: free more info here.

Science Fiction: Voyage To The Edge Of Imagination

In this immersive genre-defying exhibition you will embark on a once in a lifetime adventure through the cosmos to explore visions of the future through the science of today.  Guided by an artificial intelligence of alien origin, you will be placed at the heart of an exciting science fiction adventure. Board and explore a unique spaceship, scout an unknown planet, and investigate how scientists and science fiction creators have imagined and built new worlds to better understand our own. 
When: 6 October 2022 – 4 May 2023
Where: Science Museum
How much: £20 more info and bookings here.

Tiny Traces: African & Asian Children at London’s Foundling Hospital

Tiny Traces presents a rich history of London life from 1739-1820, a key period in Britain’s colonial past. Follow the stories of more than a dozen children from the African and Asian diasporas through personal items, physical artefacts, works of art and archival documents. Visitors can also explore the circumstances surrounding their admission to the Hospital, including the parents’ lives, the Hospital’s ties to Empire and the wider picture of colonial Britain.
When: 30 September – 19 Feb 2023
Where: Foundling Museum
How much: £10.50 for adults and free for 21 and under. More info and bookings here.

When Flowers Dream

When Flowers Dream showcases an eclectic mix of vibrant artworks made from everyday materials such as sugar, candy, and assorted craft materials including a bespoke installation for Kew; an imaginary landscape filled with foods of the future, created in collaboration with Kew scientists.
When: ongoing until 5 March 2023
Where: The Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens
How much: free with entry to Kew Gardens which is £15 for adults and £5 for children with concessions available. More info here.

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