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.
London ice-skating rinks open for winter 2021
It is that time of year again when all the festive ice rinks throughout London open. To make life easy we’ve compiled all the ice-rinks throughout London where you can glide, slip and slide with the kids. So get your skates on, grab the kids and have a go!
When: Winter 2021
Where: Throughout London
How much: Various prices; booking is required.
Times Out London
From silent disco, classical music and portrait drawing classes to fine dining experiences or luxury spa days, there is always something amazing and exclusive on the Times Out London Menu.
When: Throughout this month
How much: Starting from £5. 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.
Samsung KX to transform into a ‘Hub of Halloween fun for October half-term
If you’re looking for inspiration on how to keep the kids entertained this October half-term, head to Samsung KX in Coal Drops Yard for a Hub of Halloween fun. With the half-term holidays often proving tricky to keep little ones busy – especially during wet and windy October – Samsung KX will transform into a Hub of spooky festivities for all ages to enjoy.
When: October half term 2021
Where: Samsung KX in Coal Drops Yard
How much: Mostly free but some charges may apply. Full details on their website.
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.
Santa sleepovers at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
Create memories that last a lifetime at Legoland Windsor Resort this winter. ‘Santa’s Sleepover’ in one of the resorts’ fully themed hotels comes with with special activities for kids young and old to enjoy.
When: offer available until 23 December 2021
Where: Legoland Windsor Resort
How much: From £179 per family! Full details and prices available here.
A new, site-specific installation by artist duo A.A. Murakami—the artists behind Studio Swine—is coming to Burlington Gardens. It is ispired by their seminal artwork New Spring and you and your little Londoners can experience something very special in Silent Fall, a grove of tree-like automata releasing ephemeral scented bubbles that can be handled – yes HANDLED.
When: 12 October 2021 – 9 Jan 2022
Where: 6 Burlington Gardens
How much: Adults from £9 check website for all the low down on prices and bookings here.
Featuring 13 large-scale installations, LUX brings together 12 of the world’s most celebrated media artists and collectives, creatives working with the latest audio-visual technologies to expand the boundaries of interactive, immersive art, blurring the lines between the physical and virtual worlds.
When: 13 October – 18 December 2021
Where: 180 The Strand
How much: Check the website here.
Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules
Your favourite Beano characters are coming to Somerset House for a major new exhibition this autumn. Step into the pages of the comic and take a trip into Beanotown to explore how this beloved icon of British comics has fired up successive generations to break the rules, while discovering artists who push boundaries in their own original and wonderful ways.
When: 21 October 2021 – 6 March 2022
Where: Somerset House
How much: £16 or £12.50 for concessions with under 6s going free. More info and booking 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
Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum
Get your skates on for a twirl (or a trip) for the last time in front of the magnificent Victorian building that is the Natural history Museum. There are plans to turn the space into a new year-round wildlife garden. Penguins are provided for children and last-minute booking accepted.
When: opens on 22 October until 16 January 2022
Where: Natural History Museum
How much: from £8 book via Ticketmaster.