Fun things to do with kids in South Kensington

Looking for fun things to do with the kids in London? Explore and experiment - interactive activities for families - music, science, arts, performance, film, parks, playgrounds, simulators and so much more.

Bibliothèque Quentin Blake

10am-9.30pm
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The children's library has reopened providing children with easy access to a wide range of interactive resources.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Open til 7th Jan 2018
11-9pm (times vary)
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Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Enjoy skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air or soak up the atmosphere from the Café Bar and balcony.

Art Club

Thursdays
4pm
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Explore art history and sharpen your pencils with these hands-on workshops. Recommended to book 3 sessions in a row to insure participants can learn, enjoy and create in the best conditions.

Dino Snores for Kids

9 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 18 Nov, 20 Jan
Natural History Museum
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Ever wondered what goes on at the Museum when everyone has gone home? Find out on a sleepover for kids.

Ciné Kids

Various
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Ciné Kids screenings cater to children aged 4 and over – and their families – so they can discover the best animated films. In English, French or French with subtitles. Including Despicable Me and Paddington.

Saturday classes for Kids at Imperial

Saturdays
Imperial College London
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Based at Imperial College London, a unique Saturday science tuition featuring specialists in science education and highly qualified scientists.

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Create and Make

Last Sunday of every month
11-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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A drop-in workshop for families inspired by the museum and the exhibitions. Free but bookable, these informal sessions focus on design and making activities for children aged 5–11. Last Sunday of every month.

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Digital Kids: Musical Christmas

9th, 10th, 16th, 17th Dec
10.30-5pm
V&A
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Design your own interactive musical decoration for our Christmas tree or for you to take home.

Tuesday Fun Day

Every Tuesday
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A new series of activities for kids on Tuesdays including book clubs, board games and workshops

Babies Corner

Wednesday & Saturday
11am
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Read, play, sing, grow! Whether you love drawing, reading, clapping or dancing there will be something to enjoy on Wednesdays & Saturdays!

Free

Games Lab: Video Games & Apps

Various Saturdays
2.30pm
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Discover a series of playful, recreational & instructional digital sessions, where we explore the potential that video games and apps may hold. In french, ages 6-12

Family Fun - Last Saturday of the month

Last Sat of the month
10-4pm
Kensington Palace
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Enjoy activities for all the family and discover the stories of Kensington Palace. Time Explorers Station - activity bags for all ages from babies to 13 years & trails. Or Story Time - enjoy a well known story in the comfort of the palace and join in with themed toys. Aimed at 3 - 7 years olds,

Pop Up Performance Festive Weekends

2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd Dec
11-3.30pm
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Experience the spirit of Christmas at the V&A with making and performance activities for all the family. Join students from the Royal College of Music as they play festive music for all to enjoy.

Dino Snores for Kids - Christmas Special

9th Dec
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This sleepover is an excellent opportunity for kids aged seven to 11 to explore the Museum after dark in a special Christmas setting. They'll take part in fun, educational activities with a Christmas touch and discover our T. rex hidden in shadows.

Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic

9th Dec 2017 - 8th April 2018
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This multi-sensory and playful exhibition explores the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh - one of the most adored fictional characters of all time. Includes sketches, proofs, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

Free

The Imagination Station: Christmas & New Year

28th Dec - 2nd Jan
10.30 - 5pm
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Experience the spirit of Christmas at the V&A with making and performance activities for all the family. (Starts at noon on New Year's Day)

Free

Pop up Performance

28th Dec - 2nd Jan
11 - 3.30pm
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Sing-along to Christmas classics from around the world with Captain Christmas and his musical elves from Chickenshed and create new festive jingles for everyone to enjoy.

Festive Family Rave

30th Dec
2-4pm
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Wear your festive best for a fun family get together with rave music, crafts and merry-making with award winning Big Fish Little Fish.

Circque du Soleil - Ovo

7 Jan - 11 Feb
3pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm, 8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Cirque du Soleil returns to the iconic Royal Albert Hall in 2018 with its never before seen in the UK show, OVO! A colourful carnival of crazy crickets, amazing ants and flexible fleas, Rush headlong into an ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and love.

Free

Imperial Festival 2018

28th-29th April
12pm - 5pm
Imperial College London
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Make a date with discovery at Imperial Festival - a free weekend of exciting science, new technology, live music, fascinating talks, creative workshops and tasty freshly cooked grub!

Festival of Science: Space

2nd May - 28th June 2018
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s inaugural Festival of Science, explore Space through a series of concerts, talks. screenings and comedy events for space and sci-fi fans young and old.

Dinosaurs

Natural History Museum
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Explore the different time periods dinosaurs lived, sort the facts from the myths about why they died out, and find out what our scientific research has taught us about these prehistoric giants.

3D Red Arrows

Daily
Science Museum
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With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit of a Red Arrow.

Kensington Palace - family activities

Daily
Kensington Palace
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There's lots for families to see and do especially in the holidays, as well as enjoying a family-friendly café and shop. Kids go free!

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

Daily
Hyde Park
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A unique fountain memorial to Princess Diana designed to reflect her spirit of life and love of children.

Mammals

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Explore the rich diversity of mammals, from polar bears to pygmy shrews in the Mammals gallery. -

Cocoon

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Inside the Cocoon see hundreds of Museum specimens. Marvel at beetles and butterflies, metre-high plants, huge tarantulas and historic herbaria.

V&A Back packs

Daily
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Borrow a V&A back-pack and embark on an adventure across the Museum. Back-packs are free to borrow and do not need to be booked.

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live.

Pattern Pod

Daily
Science Museum
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Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.

The Garden

Open from 11.15 am
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The Garden is an exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers in the basement of the Museum.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

Exploring space

Daily
Science Museum
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Explore how we’ve sent spacecraft to other planets, walked on the Moon and peered into the heart of our galaxy and beyond.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

Daily
Science Museum
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

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Dinosaur Trail

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Are you big on museums, but short on time? NHM's knowledgeable visitor assistants have designed just the dinosaurs tour for you. It will introduce you to some of the Museum's most famous and imposing specimens. One hour

RCM Sparks

Various
Royal College of Music
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From babies to teens, RCM Sparks run a variety of inspiring events for a range of abilities, including family workshops, concerts and courses

Self-Led
Free

Explorer Trail

Daily
Design Museum Kensington
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The trail will include creative looking, thinking and drawing activities as you explore the museum and exhibitions. The trail asks the user to consider what it's like to be a designer, maker and user of some of the wonderful objects in the collection. Takes 30 - 40 minutes.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

From 24th March 2017
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As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station. Using VR technology, get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and retrace Tim's 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS.

Gorilla Circus Flying Trapeze

On until 3rd Sep 2017
Kensington Gardens
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Gorilla Circus flying Trapeze School returns for a summer of Flying Trapeze in Kensington Gardens. Anyone can come and learn to fly in one of our two hour drop-in classes or courses, our youngest students are 8, our oldest (so far) 78!

V&A Secret Seekers

V&A Secret Seekers is a new mobile game for families, launched to coincide with the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter. Let eight characters from the V&A's history guide you on an exciting treasure hunt to uncover some of the secrets of the Museum.

Free

Festive Physics

9th - 1st Jan
Times vary
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Find out how reindeer can fly, why you might not like Brussels sprouts and what makes crackers crack. This funny and exciting Christmas show will make you go 'Ho, ho, ho'!

Free

Snow and Tell

9th Dec - 2nd Jan
11.30am, 3.30pm
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It's snowing in the museum: come along and help build a blizzard at our snowflake-making workshop. Use your cutting skills to make a unique snowflake to take away with you. Ages 5+

Film

Paddington 2

26th Nov, 3rd & 9th Dec
11am (2pm on 9th Dec)
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Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.