Browse our hand picked activities and events all around London that are suitable for young people and their families. For our selection of London theatre and shows for children and families please visit our shows page.
Carnival of Play by Natalie Zervou – Kerruish
Artist Natalie Zervou-Kerruish has designed six movable structures which families are invited to transform into their own unique carnival floats. Use bells, balls, sticks, paper, foil, ribbon and tape to build and decorate your float in a way that symbolises your family or community. The session will end in a procession, with families leading their floats through the studio and out into the Orozco Garden!
When: Every Sunday in August
Where: South London Gallery
How much: free but booking required here.
Kensington & Chelsea Festival
Kensington and Chelsea comes alive this summer with world class public art, music, and live performances as it is transformed with an incredible free festival celebrating local imagination, innovation, and culture. The Festival champions creativity in every form across performance and visual arts, including circus, opera, dance, music, spoken word, young people’s take-over stages, talks and workshops.
When: until 31 August 2021
Where: Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
How much: Various. Please check the website for full list of events.
Yoko Ono: MEND PIECE for London
Take the kids to this hands-on interactive installation by world famous artist, activist and musician Yoko Ono. Broken fragments of pottery are presented on two plain white tables, along with simple materials for repair – glue, twine, scissors and tape. On entering the space participants are prompted by a set of simple instructions provided by the artist: ‘Mend carefully. / Think of mending the world at the same time.’ Once finished, the ‘mended’ objects are displayed on adjacent shelves.
When: 25 August – 2 January 22
Where: Whitechapel Art Gallery
How much: free more information here.
Wellcome Collection launches On Happiness, a season of free events, activities and two exhibitions – Joy and Tranquillity – which bring together voices from across the cultural, scientific and spiritual fields to reflect on the elusive subject of happiness.
When: until 27 February 2022
Where: Wellcome Collection
How much: Free.
Mr Men Little Miss
Museum of Brands invites us all to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves this summer. Until the end of the school summer holidays children of all ages can spot the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters the museum displays and admire original sketches by Adam Hargreaves. You and your little ones can have a go at making your very own Mr. Bump paper hat to take home and colour your favourite Mr. Men and Little Miss characters. And there is plenty more you can take home from the wide range of exclusive Mr. Men products available in the museum shop. Visit the museum website to learn more and to book tickets.
When: Until 15 September 2021
Where: Museum of Brands
How much: £5 (child 7-16 year olds), £9 (adults)
Sorted! The Postal Playspace
The Postal Museum’s children’s playspace is reopening to the public. Young Londoners can discover a miniature mail-themed world with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes and take on the job of postal workers to collect, sort, and deliver letters and parcels. That’s your summer plans sorted!
Where: Postal Museum
How much: £4 per child more info and booking here.
Dodge at Sommerset House
The new thrilling new open-air experience in Somerset House’s spectacular courtyard features dodgems with a difference, bold installations from acclaimed artists and a delicious selection of food and drinks, Dodge is the perfect setting to celebrate quality time with family and friends once more. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 12.00 and 15.00 those aged 12 and under can ride on the dodgems for free with a full paying adult!
When: 15 July – 22 August 2021
Where: Somerset House (Courtyard)
How much: Various prices. Full event information, ticket booking and answers to all questions available here.
Museum of the Moon
An incredible lunar installation will be unveiled as part of the Kensington + Chelsea Festival this month. Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface
When: 17 – 30th August indoors
Where: Kensington Town Square
How much: free
Bubble and Bop Children’s Festival
This is a fabulous day out. There’s animals to feed and play with, mini golf, inflatable bouncy castles, a swimming pool, foam machines, socially distanced discos, ride on tractors, a not so easter egg hunt a massive sandpit and two great play spaces for children of all ages (a heads up that one at the back is the better and newer of the two).
When: Until 3 September 2021
Where: Marsh Farm, Essex
How much: £16.99 for over 2 year olds (members and under 2 year olds go free). More info and booking here.
Underbelly Festival returns this summer with a brand new home in Cavendish Square in the heart of Central London’s Oxford Street District. This is one of the UK’s top summer festivals and aLondon cultural event for over a decade. This year the festival includes a great number of top live family events and family entertainment, atmospheric outdoor bars and premium street food and drink. Baby Loves Disco, The Comedy Club 4Kids and Fun Kids Science Weekly Live are just few that caught our eye. Check out the full list of family friendly events on the festival’s website.
When: until 26 September 2021
Where: Cavendish Square
How much: prices vary depending on the event. Full details here
Paddington: The Story of a Bear
Paddington: The Story of a Bear is a new, family-friendly exhibition celebrating one of the world’s most beloved fictional bears over 60 years on from when he was first published. Featuring over 50 books, documents, film clips and original artworks, the exhibition explores Michael Bond’s creation of Paddington, from his arrival in the UK from Peru, to finding a new home, and his exciting adventures in London and beyond. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events, workshops and online activities for schools and families.
When: 9 July – 31 October 2021
Where:The British Library
How much: £8
Summer Lights is an outdoor exhibition within the Canary Wharf estate and features eleven exciting new artworks that shimmer and shine in natural light. This unique exhibition launched on Midsummer, with a selection of stunning artworks that all are enhanced by the sun’s rays. Unlike the always popular Winter Lights, this exhibition is designed to be enjoyed during the day.
When: ongoing until 21st August
Where: Canary Wharf
How much: free more info and map via website.