Events

Things to do, places to visit in London, activities for children, their families and their friends.

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.

Kew Science Festival
Grab your goggles, slip on a lab coat and get stuck in to the Kew Science Festival. A weekend of wild workshops, hands-on experiments, shows and behind the scenes tours give you the opportunity to meet Kew’s scientists and find out what they’re doing to protect rare and threatened plants and fungi.

Unleash your inner scientist as you carry out your very own experiments. Size up a tree, peer down a microscope, hold the world’s largest seed and taste the smallest. Chat to a giant, glowing fungus, and experience the best tasting chemistry lesson ever.
When: 20-21 July
Where: Kew Gardens
Tickets: Price for this event is included with ticket to the Gardens.

The unicorns are coming to London!
Great opportunity to meet unicorns and the team of fairies who look after them, groom them and ride them and get the little ones engaged in loads of other activities happening on the day. There will be a unicorn theatre show, a big unicorn quiz, a unicorn bouncy castle and a unicorn face painting.
When: various dates in June, July, August 2019
Where: Unicorn Experience London
Tickets: Unicorn Dream packages from £49/child (accompanying parent/carer goes free).

The Moon
To celebrate 50 years since NASA’s Apollo 11 mission landed the first humans on the Moon, the National Maritime Museum stages The Moon, the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to Earth’s nearest celestial neighbour. Featuring over 180 objects – including real lunar samples and objects that have travelled to the Moon and back – the exhibition presents a cultural and scientific story of our relationship with the Moon over time and across civilisations. Visitors will explore how humans have used, understood and observed the Moon from Earth, before reliving the momentous events of the Space Race and the Moon landings, as well as the motivations behind 21st century lunar missions. Through artefacts, artworks and interactive moments, the exhibition will enable visitors to reconnect with the wonders of the Moon and discover how it has captivated and inspired us over time.
When: From 19 July 2019 – 5 January 2020
Where: National Maritime Museum
Tickets: Adult £10.00 | Child £6.50 | Concession £6.65

Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic
This exhibition brings together the worlds of psychology and entertainment in search of the truth about deception. Explore how our biases affect our perception and whether our senses can be hacked. Discover spirit photography, magic props and psychology experiments to see how magic works on – and in – the mind of the spectator. This event also comes with a suite of live performances exploring perception, deception and the ‘supernatural’.
When: until 15 September 2019
Where: Welcome Collection
Tickets: Free but booking may be needed for some live performances.

Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic
This exhibition brings together the worlds of psychology and entertainment in search of the truth about deception. Explore how our biases affect our perception and whether our senses can be hacked. Discover spirit photography, magic props and psychology experiments to see how magic works on – and in – the mind of the spectator. This event also comes with a suite of live performances exploring perception, deception and the ‘supernatural’.
When: until 15 September 2019
Where: Welcome Collection
Tickets: Free but booking may be needed for some live performances.

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.
When: ongoing
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.

Brick Wonders exhibition at Horniman Museum

Brick Wonders
From an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge, and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station, travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO® bricks. Booking recommended as it is very popular.
When: until 27 October
Where: Horniman Museum
Tickets: Family ticket is £18, book here

Discover Sundays
Be inspired by our maritime past and explore our personal connections with the sea through various sea related activities at the National Maritime Museum. Ask staff where the activity is on the day.
When: every Sunday during term-time
Where: Maritime Museum
Tickets & times: Free 11.30-13.30 | 14.00-16.00

The Showstoppers’ kids show
The Showstoppers take your kids’ ideas and transform them on the spot into interactive musical adventures. Harry Potter in space? Done! Dora meets dinosaurs under the sea? No worries! Kids (and only kids) can decide who to meet and where to go to create a show tailor made to their imaginations.
When: 16 June, 7 July 8 September, 29 September at 3pm
Where: Underbelly Festival at Southbank
Tickets: From £15

Beasts of London
A state of the art, immersive and digital experience that takes visitors on a journey through time, from before London was created through to the present day.
Inspired by objects drawn from the museum’s world class collection and working in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, this family-friendly show brings you face to face with  the beasts both large and small who helped shape the city we know today.
When: until 5 January 2020
Where: Museum of London
Tickets & times: £20 book here

Shakespearience
Join Shakespeare’s men as they fly through Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night in a whirlwind hour of mischievous storytelling. With lots of audience participation and a dash of mayhem this show promises to be a great treat for all the family. When: 14 July 1pm
Where: Underbelly Festival at Southbank
Tickets & times: £12 book here

The Monster
The world’s biggest bouncy castle experience is at Alexandra Palace over the August bank holiday, with tickets on sale now. At nearly 300 metres long, The Monster is one of the world’s largest inflatable obstacle courses and hands down the craziest bouncy castle experience for adults and teenagers alike. Londoners can join the fun in a setup that will also include a wide range of mouth-watering street food pop-ups, live DJ’s and other crazy activities available throughout the event. Make sure you plan for the children, teenage friendly sessions in the morning. Adult sessions will run from 23rd – 26th August, Kids sessions will run on 27th and 28th August.

When: 23 – 28 August 2019
Where: Alexandra Palace
Tickets & times: £25 Adults, £20 Children and £5 for Spectators (check website for timings)

Young Astronomers Workshops
These short drop-in family workshops are taking place during Spring weekends and are themed around space science and exploration, from the most recent discoveries about the Solar System to our latest understanding of the wider universe. The team of Observatory Explainers include those who are studying astronomy at degree or postgraduate level and can answer your burning space questions such as: how big is the Universe and why is Pluto not a planet anymore?

When: Weekends until 30 June
Where: Astronomy Centre in Greenwich Royal Observatory
Tickets & times: Free

Dino Snores
A very popular event, this unique sleepover at the Natural History Museum is giving kids from ages 7 to 11 the opportunity explore the museum after hours whilst having fun and learning about the exhibits. T-Rex anyone? This event is not for the fainthearted but is very popular so book quickly. When: earlier events sold out, next available date is: 16 August 2019
Where: Natural History Museum
Tickets & times: £60 (includes breakfast)