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 July and August 2019
Where: Unicorn Experience London
Tickets: Unicorn Dream packages from £49/child (accompanying parent/carer goes free).
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
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 Family Day
The popular Notting Hill Carnival is the biggest street carnival in Europe and has been taking place since 1966. At the carnival’s family friendly day, the children are encouraged to have fun and enjoy the beat of live reggae, dub and salsa music, delicious Carribbean food and admire the colourful parade.
This year the organisers made additional effort to make this event family-friendly with age appropriate music for little ones to enjoy in relative safety. The main parade begins on Great Western Road, moving its way along Chepstow Road, before leading on to Westbourne Grove.
When: Sunday 25 August 2019
Where: Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park.
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.
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.
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
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: 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
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)
Family Yoga Classes under the Moon
Hosted in collaboration with East of Eden, these family friendly yoga classes are a perfect way for children and adults to explore gentle yoga through stories, easy breathing and meditation. Afterwards participants can enjoy exclusive access to part of the Museum before the summer crowds enter. This event is for visitors with children aged 5-11 and adults must purchase tickets and accompany children in the class.
When: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August 2019
Where: Natural History Museum
Tickets & times: £14 (bring your own yoga mat)
Boomtown is an epic festival – a whole city dedicated to partying in Hampshire with an epic line-up (Black Sun Empire, Boys Noize, Lauryn Hill, The Streets, Groove Armada and loads more) plus there’s heaps of entertainment and fun zones for the whole family. Rave with your offspring to Big Fish Little Fish, Junior Jungle and Fun DMC to whatever your music fix may be from ragga-jungle to hip-hop and club classics. The Kid’s field is a must for families as during the day interactive stories transport you to Boomtown’s version of Narnia. There’s treasure hunts and baby yurts (where you can chill out with the youngest festival goers), science tent to get your education dose or if you prefer to catch a show there’s theatre and performances for toddlers and adults alike, circus acts and loads of crafts and arts.
When: 7 – 12 August 2019
How much: Standard weekend adult tickets £245 and under 12s go free more info here.