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.
Yep, the remarkable installation from artist Di Mainstone is back at Southbank Centre for a second spell. After a hugely popular run in Spring 2019, families now have a second chance to visit this unique sensory experience. Suitable for all ages and abilities, Soundpit enables you to compose music whilst also testing the boundaries of your perceived senses. Can you feel sound? Can you hear colour?
When: 23 November 2019 til 23 Feb 2020
Where: Southbank Centre
How much: £8 per person. More info and booking here.
The Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
A new and unique way for families to explore the palace’s past with each area representing myths, legends, stories and even real objects that can be found at Hampton Court. Once you have ticked everything off in the garden, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover those real objects in and around the palace. This amazing garden can get busy so we recommend you plan your visit in advance.
Where: Hampton Court Palace
Tickets: Adult £8, Children £6 (under 3 go free and family deals are available. Book here.
Keeper for a day at ZSL London Zoo
This unique experience is a special gift for a special day! Step into the shoes of the zoo staff for the day to gain a unique insight into the role of a keeper, by taking on the responsibility of mucking out enclosures and preparing food. Get up close and personal with the zoo’s residents, including a sociable community of meerkats, a towering family of giraffes and the resident geriatrics – the Galapagos tortoises. Read about our young Londoners’ zoo adventures here.
When: all year round on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Where: ZSL London Zoo
Tickets: £28 for one person for a full day. Book here.
Family Fridays at Sadler’s Wells
This weekly workshop that encourages young children aged 2-4 and their carers to dance together and have fun at Sadler’s Wells.
Where: Sadler’s Wells
How much: Suitable for all abilities, sessions start at 2pm and cost £2 per child and £4 per adult 2pm – book here to avoid disappointment.
Play Well exhibition
Explore how play transforms both childhood and society. Using toys, games, artworks and design, this exhibition will investigate how we played as children and how we play now we’re grown up: developing social bonds, emotional resilience and physical wellbeing. By featuring video games, playing blocks, comic strips and images of people at play everywhere from playgrounds to refugee camps, as well as a newly commissioned play space by artist Adam James, we invite you to consider the impact of play in our lives. More info here.
When: 24th October til March 2020
Where: Wellcome Collection
How much: free
Monster Soup Puppets
The Thames was once so foul and full of yucky bacteria that an artist called William Heath named the water ‘monster soup’. Join Moth Physical Theatre to make your own bacteria-inspired monster soup sock puppet. Then discover tricks and tips to perform with it.
When: Sun 16 & Mon 17 Feb 10.30am – 12.30pm and 13.30pm – 3.30pm
Where: Museum of London
How much: free. Recommended for ages 3 and above.
Imperial College presents: The Science of the Thames!
Join students from Imperial College London as they take over the museum to explore the amazing world of science and technology in the River Thames! Be intrigued and inspired as you investigate your way round the galleries at various stalls run by the students. This event is drop in between 11am-4pm, but some stalls will have specific timings (see programme of events on the day). Recommended age: 6+
When: Thursday 20 Feb 11am -4pm
Where: Museum of London
How much: free