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.

Boating in Hyde Park

April-31st Oct
10am til sundown
Hyde Park
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Hyde Park has a fleet of rowing and pedal boats on the Serpentine and the UK's first Solarshuttle, a magnificent vessel which glides across the lake powered only by the sun. The Solarshuttle carries up to 40 passengers and the pedal and row boats hold up to 6 persons each.

Our Lives in Data

On until 1st Sep
Science Museum
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Visit Our Lives in Data to uncover some of the diverse ways our data is being collected, analysed and used - discover new tools to protect your data.

Sensational Butterflies

31st March - 17th Sept
Natural History Museum
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Follow the trail in the tropical butterfly house through a tropical habitat of flowers, vines and foliage. As butterflies fly overhead, you'll pass chomping caterpillars, glistening chrysalises and busy feeding stations.

Bibliothèque Quentin Blake

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

Live Science

On til 2nd July except Tue & Weds
11-1pm, 2-5.30pm
Science Museum
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Are there differences between people’s facial expressions? How can we measure these small variations? Come and help researchers from Imperial College London learn more about how we can record and measure the small differences in everyone’s facial expressions. Age 5+

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Digital club 5+

Various
Institut français
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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.

Ciné Kids

Various
Institut français
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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 Ballerina, BFG and more.

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.

Science Night

3rd June
6.45pm-10am
Science Museum
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Science Night is a special overnight event for 7-11 year olds featuring exciting hands-on workshops, science shows, a sleepover at the Science Museum among the amazing exhibits, followed by a tasty breakfast and a breathtaking film in the IMAX Theatre.

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Babies Corner

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!

Beauty and the Beast

10th, 11th, 17th & 18th June
11am, 2pm
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An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love against all odds, and thus break a terrible curse.. In English or French

Kids Tales

29th Apr, 20th May, 17th June
11am
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These interactive Kids sessions will bring a touch of magic to your Saturday mornings. Fun, educational and exciting discoveries ahead.

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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.

Art Club

16th May, 20th June
4pm
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Explore art history and sharpen your pencils with these hands-on workshops. Master Chinese arts or paint like Matisse.

Surprise!

Last Tue of the month
4pm
Institut français
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From board games to poetry writing, short screenings or origami, discover every month what surprise Institut francais have prepared for you!

V&A REVEAL Festival

30th June - 7th July
V&A
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Explore the beautiful new public areas and gallery spaces of the new V&A Exhibition Road entrance, with a week-long festival celebrating the Museum's architecture, heritage and history.

Dino Snores for Kids

25th Feb, 11th Mar, 8th Apr
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.

Get into Design Family Workshop

25th June
1-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this fun-packed, three hour workshop session to design and make your own board game to take home. Children will be guided through the processes of collage, illustration, graphic design, typography and layout to produce a beautiful finished product to take home.

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My Orchestral Adventure

25th Oct
1pm, 4.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Help us navigate stormy seas and survive a shipwreck in this magical, musical journey for all the family! There will be singing, dancing and best of all, a full symphony orchestra will bring the adventure to life.

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
V&A
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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
Science Museum
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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

Natural History Museum
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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
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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.

Robots 3D film

Science Museum
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Robots 3D showcases the latest developments – both successes and failures – of robotics around the world. and failures – of robotics around the world. 39 minute film.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

From 24th March 2017
Science Museum
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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.