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.
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: until 5 January 2020
Where: National Maritime Museum
Tickets: Adult £10.00 | Child £6.50 | Concession £6.65
Antony Gormley exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts
This immersive sculpture exhibition at the Royal Academy is a perfect day out for the whole family and we have five reasons why you should visit with the kids.
When: Until 3rd December 2019
Where: Royal Academy
How much: Tickets to the exhibition start at £18, 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.
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
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