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.

London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails: Creative Quarter

Get out and about this summer with the Mayor’s new London Curriculum Family Explorer Trails which includes the 'Creative Quarter' in South Kensington. Taking you on a circular trail starting at the V&A, up Exhibition Road and through the Royal Parks.

Dream Big 3D Film

On til 13th Nov
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From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big: Engineering Our World celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small.

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.

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

Science Night

8th Jul, 16 Sep, 7 Oct, 11 Nov, 9th Dec
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.

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.

T(h)inker Club

16th Sep, 14th Oct, 11th Nov
2.30pm
Kensington Gardens
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Create your own design and devise your own machine by using soft circuits (electronics and paper), e-textile and recycled materials. This is the perfect workshop for little inventors to experiment with sciences, technology, design, arts & crafts.

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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.

Drop-in: Design Summer

16th July - 24th Sept
Sundays, 10.30- 5pm
V&A
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On Sundays, pick up a design brief and bring your creative ideas to life. Create your own design using a wide range of materials inspired by the Museum’s collection. Recommended for ages 3+

Kids French Lab

23rd Sep, 28th Oct, 11th Nov
11am
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Kids French Lab now offers a fun-filled approach to learning French for kids, through songs, games and storytelling.

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,

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.

Power Up: The Ultimate Gaming Experience

20th - 31st Oct
Science Museum
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This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event will feature the best video games and consoles from the past 40 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone—whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to get competitive with your family.

Despicable Me

22nd Oct
11am
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Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his impenetrable arsenal of weapons, super-villain Gru hatches a plan to steal the moon and is ready to vanquish all who stand in his way.

Film Quiz for Kids:

24th Oct
10.30am, 2pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A runaway hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this brand new family fun quiz is unlike anything you have seen before. Hosted by one of the UK’s favourite stand-ups, Patrick Monahan, this quiz goes where no quiz has gone before.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

26th Oct - 7th Jan
11-9pm (times vary)
Natural History Museum
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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.

Fun DMC Film Special

26th Oct
10am & 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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The daytime hip hop party for kids and parents is back for a cinematic special as part of the Hall’s Festival of Film. Featuring a screen showing (clean!) video clips from famous hip hop videos and films alongside classic tracks from the movies.

Albert's Band Presents: Heroes and Heroines

27th Oct
12pm & 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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As part of our Festival of Film, join the Royal Albert Hall’s resident Education & Outreach orchestra, Albert’s Band, as they perform a concert of music which celebrates some famous heroes and heroines from stage and screen.

Despicable Me 2

28th Oct
2pm
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The second comedy adventure of former super-villain Gru, his adorable girls, and the unpredictably hilarious Minions.

Despicable Me 3

29th Oct
11am
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In the latest sequel of the series, Gru, his teammates Lucy, Margo, Edith and Agnes – and the Minions of course – set out for new adventures involving Gru’s long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother, Dru.

Paddington

4th & 5th Nov
11am, 2pm
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A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not at all what he had imagined…(In French)

Dino Snores for Kids - Christmas Special

9th Dec
Natural History Museum
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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.

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.

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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!

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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
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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

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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

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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
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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.