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.

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.

Kids Tales 3-6

22nd Sep, 20th Oct, 10th Nov
11am
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These interactive Kids sessions will bring a touch of magic to your Saturday mornings. Fun, educational and exciting discoveries in easy French.

T(h)inker Club 9-12

22nd Sep, 6th Oct, 17th Nov
2.30pm
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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.

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.

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.

Free

Let's Play! 5-12

Tuesdays
4pm
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There’s a time to work and there’s a time to play! Discover board and role-playing games, from the good old classics to the newest creations. Bilingual and easy French

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,

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

Kids French Lab

29th Sep, 13th Oct, 17th 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.

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!

Robotics, Coding & Engineering Workshop

Various
11-4pm
Imperial College London
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These immersive workshops for 7-12 year olds, develop your child’s coding skills while embarking on a mission to Mars! Through a mixture of coding and robotics, games and art the workshop is creative, collaborative and educational. Children work at their own pace, while supported by expert leaders.

Science Nights

Various dates
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, and a sleepover at the Science Museum among the amazing exhibits—all followed by a tasty breakfast and a breathtaking film in our IMAX theatre.

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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.

The Snowman and Paddington Bear

20th Dec
2.15pm, 5.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Delight your family with a double-bill of classic musical stories for children at the Royal Albert Hall, with the charming Paddington Bear’s First Concert and seasonal favourite The Snowman™. The score is performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Home Alone in Concert

22nd Dec 2018
7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture by the Cinematic Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus, conducted by Ben Palmer.

The Nutcracker

28th - 31st Dec
12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 4pm, 5.30pm, 7pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Birmingham Royal Ballet brings its especially-created version of this Christmas ballet back to the Hall. This enchanting production wowed audiences with its spectacular setting, grand ensemble pieces and ravishing Tchaikovsky score – it is without a doubt the quintessential Christmas treat for all the family.

Dino Snores for Kids

3rd Aug, 7th Sept, 13th Oct, 10th Nov
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.

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.

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.

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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.

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 Equinor 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.

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.

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.

Digital Missions

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Download the free Time Explorers app and try the new Digital Mission at Kensington Palace for children and their families.

Free

Drop-in Design: Festive Weekends 2018

2nd December-23rd December
10:30-5pm
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Celebrate the festive season and design your own sensory Christmas tree decoration inspired by architecture. Led by Drop-in Design team.

Free

Pop-up Performance: Festive Weekends 2018

1 December-22 December
11am; 1pm; 3pm
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You are warmly invited to a Victorian Christmas party exploring all things festive, from Christmas cards to trees. Find out how Victorian children entertained themselves on Christmas Day.

Lauren Child in Conversation

10th November
2pm-3:45pm
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Bestselling writer, artist and current Children’s Laureate Lauren Child talks about her newest works and a life in books. From Charlie and Lola to Clarice Bean, Lauren Child has created some of children’s books’ best-loved characters. This event sees Lauren introducing her two latest creations; Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent - the star of a hilarious new series - and Mary Poppins, back to charm a whole new generation in a retelling of this much-loved classic.

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Pop-up Performances October Half Term

22nd October-26th October
11.00am; 1pm; 3pm
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Join us for a bi-lingual, fully inclusive signed performance for families that will take you on a playful and interactive journey through the life and work of Frida Kahlo. Chickenshed, Handprint Theatre Company and Sophie Sparham come together in a multi dimension collaboration inspired by the lifetime and work of Frida Kahlo.

Free

The Imagination Station: October Half-Term 2018

22nd October-26th October
10am-5:30pm
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Learn about the story of Frida Kahlo and explore your own identity through fashion and portraiture. Create symbolic and colourful flowers and add them to the Mexican garden setting in the gallery. Draw your own portrait or on your body lying down and display your work inside our own blue house.

October Half-Term Make-it: Portraits

22nd October-26th October
10:30am-12:30pm; 2:30pm-4:30pm
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Led by photographer Javier Hirschfeld, work with your family to explore identity and create your own portraits. Bring your favourite family portrait or piece of clothing to inspire you in this workshop. For 5-12 year olds.

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Digital Kids October Half Term

22nd October-26th October
10:30-5pm
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Be inspired by self-portraiture and create your own digital portrait in this drop-in workshop. Recommended for ages 5+

Free

Drop-in Design Autumn 2018

7th October-25th November
10:30-5pm
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Learn about the medium of photography and the newly opened Photography Wing in Project Photo, celebrate Diwali by making sensory lamps and discover stories from our collection in Weaving Stories, devised by the Jameel Prize 5 artist, Hala Kaiksow.

Free

Autumn Pop-up Performances

Every Saturday from 25 Oct
11am; 1pm; 3pm
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A wonderful interactive performance by Sadler's Wells Youth Dance Company Alumni and Company of Elders. Celebrate Diwali through playful, light-hearted, theatrical tales and jump on a magical carpet and be enchanted by stories from the Middle East.

Free

Hands-on Discovery Areas

Until 31 March 2019
All day
V&A
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Dance with a Venetian Harlequin in the ballrooms of Europe, draw and decorate your own silver trophy, try on a medieval gauntlet or fabulous corset, or challenge yourself to become a master of your craft.

Free

Family Games

25 Sept - 31 March 2019
10am-5:45pm
V&A
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Play the Museum with our digital games. Go online to seek out the V&A’s secrets, get creative and take the apprentice challenge.

Fly 360°

Open Daily
10am - 5pm
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Have you ever wanted to fly your own jet? Come and take the controls on Fly 360°, the hands-on flight simulator. Get your adrenaline flowing by performing your very own aerobatic displays, barrel rolls and loop-the-loops, all as if you were really flying!

Free

Festive Play Session for Under Fives: December 2018

5th December-21st December
11:30-12:00; 12:30-1pm
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ake part in a multi-sensory play session especially for the under 5s and their families, inspired by The 12 Days of Christmas. These sessions are led by our very own Visitor Experience Gallery Assistants.

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Big Draw 2018 - Feel the Force

22nd & 23rd October
11am - 1pm & 2 - 4pm on both days
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Build, balance and create your own colourful sculptures using magnets and cardboard in this free family workshop.

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Big Draw 2018 - Wildlife Drawing

24th October
11am-1pm & 2am-4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Meet playful creatures such as hedgehogs, opossums, rabbits and prairie dogs and sketch them as they exhibit play in different ways. Suitable for ages 8+.

Winter Wonderland 2018

23rd Nov - 6th Jan 2019
10am - 10pm
Hyde Park
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This year will see new and exciting attractions as well as the return of the Magical Ice Kingdom, the UK's largest outdoor Ice Rink, the iconic Giant Observation Wheel and shows from Zippos Circus in the Big Top plus a huge selection of food and drink stalls and more!

October Half Term - Palace Princesses

21st - 26th Oct
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Kensington Palace
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Come and explore the home of famous princesses and see an exhibition of beautiful tiaras and and find out what it is like to be a princess by taking part in these fabulous family activities including storytelling and make your own royal headdress.

Jazz for Kids

27th Oct
11am, 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Introducing little ears to the world of jazz music these Jazz for Kids concerts are aimed at children of all ages and their families to enjoy. As part of our Festival of Film, join the jazziest members of Albert’s Band as they explore the amazing array of jazz music that has featured on the big screen!

Albert's Band Presents Showtime

26th Oct
12pm , 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Perfect for the whole family, this fun-packed hour will feature famous tunes from some of the world’s greatest big-screen musicals including West Side Story, The Jungle Book and The Wizard of Oz. Buggies, babies and budding musicians all welcome!

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RCM Sparks Ignite & Explorers: Maestri in the Making

2 December
2:30pm
Royal College of Music
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Join RCM conductors and musicians for a creative musical journey involving an ox on the roof, a double wedding, and a train ride to the North Pole. Following the workshop, we'll learn what makes a maestro and explore engaging musical extracts with guaranteed audience participation! Bring your baton – a chopstick will do!

Astronights

18th Jan, 8th Mar, 5th April 2019
6.45pm - 9.30am
Science Museum
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Join us for Astronights and spend a night at the Science Museum with exclusive access to galleries after hours and the chance to sleep among our incredible objects.

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South Ken Kids Festival

19th - 25th Nov
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Prepare yourself for a brilliant selection of children’s writers and illustrators coming from both sides of the Channel to the Institut français, under the patronage of the marvellous Quentin Blake. The festival celebrates children’s writing, illustration, translation, and children’s books in all their glory.

Free

Big Draw Festival 2018-Sticky-Note Sculptures

27th October
12-8pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Fold, stick and balance to create an expanding sculpture in the gallery using only the magic of post-its.

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Big Draw Festival 2018 - Drawing in Three Dimensions

25th October
7-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Join designer Grace du Prez and learn how to use a 3D printing pen to draw sculptures in mid-air! Suitable for 16+

Family Festival: Explorers and Discoveries

23rd - 25th Oct
11 - 4.40pm
Natural History Museum
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Join a free family festival to make your own incredible discoveries. Make your way around the Orange Zone and drop-in on games, shows and events that inspire and entertain. Kids can build giant skeletons, get hands-on with real ocean specimens or become wildlife detectives.

Under the sea 3D (U)

Dates & Times vary
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Narrated by Jim Carrey and using incredible 3D technology, Under the Sea will leap off the screen and take you on a fascinating journey to discover the mysteries of the ocean floor.

The Sun: Living With Our Star Family Festivals

3rd & 4th Nov, 2nd & 3rd March
11am - 5pm
Science Museum
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Join the museum as they delve into the science and history behind our nearest star as they celebrate the exhibition The Sun: Living With Our Star. There will be pop-up workshops exploring the science behind the Sun and hands-on interactive activities designed to delight and inspire the whole family.

The Wider Earth

2nd Oct - 30th Dec
2.30pm, 7.30pm
Natural History Museum
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A new theatre in the Jerwood Gallery will be unveiled for the premiere of award-winning drama The Wider Earth. The play, about the story of a young Charles Darwin, features a cast of seven, remarkable puppetry, an original score and cinematic animations to bring to life uncharted landscapes.

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The Imagination Station: October Half Term

22nd - 26th Oct
10.30-5pm
V&A
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Learn about the story of Frida Kahlo and explore your own identity through fashion and portraiture. Create symbolic and colourful flowers and draw your own portrait on your body or lying down.

Festival of Film

29th Sep - 2nd Nov
Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film returns, celebrating the magic of the movies, while shining a spotlight on cinema’s best scores. The programme is packed with immersive movie and music experiences, including a host of screenings, concerts with a film flavour, exhibitions, talks and tours.

Free

Backpacks

Until 31st March 2019
10am - 5pm
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Available to borrow from Level 1, Sackler Centre, the V&A's award-winning backpacks are recommended for 5-12 years, whilst under 5s can explore sounds and textures with the Agent Animal bag. Discover curious ceramic objects, architectural inventions and incredible interiors.

Free

Mission to Mercury:Bepi Colombo

Daily
Science Museum
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Standing over six metres tall, this Structural Thermal Model (STM) of the spacecraft was used to test BepiColombo’s resilience during its seven-year journey to Mercury—one of the most challenging planetary missions ever launched.

Naturenauts

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A new app from the Museum which encourages kids and their favourite grown-ups to head outdoors and learn fun facts about UK wildlife. Grab your phone or tablet to explore the nature on your doorstep.

Discovery Days

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11am - 3pm drop in
Hyde Park
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Hyde Park's expert education team run a range of free and exciting nature-inspired activities for families. You could be pond dipping, helping your children discover an underwater world, sweep netting in the meadow or bug hunting at the minibeast hotel.

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Destination Space Family Show

Dates and times vary
Science Museum
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Help to explode some rocket-fuelled bubbles, melt some marshmallows, and learn all about the challenges of space in this free interactive family show. This show is suitable for children aged 5 and above.

Storytastic Sundays

Last Sunday of every month
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Kensington Palace
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There is something for everyone on a Storytastic Sunday. Explore the palace with activity bags, listen to Story Time or get creative in Make History workshops. Head along to Kensington Palace on the last Sunday every month to join in!

Discovery Day - Hair Raising Halloween

25th Oct
11am -3pm
Hyde Park
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Drop in any time between 11am and 3pm to take part in a host of free and exciting Halloween themed activities, exploring a hair-raising nature trail, creating a magical potion using herbs and plants from the garden and making your own bat mask or drawing your very own mini monster

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Half Term Events at the Royal Albert Hall

22nd October-27th October
Royal Albert Hall
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Discover our wide range of events to bring the family to during school half terms.

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Thrills, Chills and Trills: Family Concert

27th October
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Join us at the Royal College of Music for a fun family concert exploring Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. Introduce your family to the full sound of an orchestra as dynamic presenter Fraser Trainer and the RCM Philharmonic take audiences on a spooky musical journey involving a love story, a spinning ballroom, a day in the countryside, a nightmare and a Witches' Sabbath.Suitable for ages 4+

We are Engineers Family Festival

20-28 October
11am-5pm
Science Museum
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Join us for a free family festival celebrating the exciting and diverse ways in which engineers change the world. Engineering is about more than just bridges and railway tracks. From buildings to body armour, engineers create amazing inventions to solve puzzling problems.

Up, Up and Away Storytelling

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Hot air balloons, gliders and flying suits will be brought to life in this fun, interactive storytelling session. Join us on a high-flying adventure through the clouds—then build your own beautiful flying machine.

Catapult Challenge Workshop

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Ever wanted to launch things across the museum? This is your chance! See how far you can launch your pompom in our catapult challenge. Put your skills to the test and you’ll be invading castles in no time!

Space Descent Virtual Reality with Tim Peake

Daily
4:20; 4:40; 5:00
Science Museum
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Tim Peake is your guide for an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule. As the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station.

Typhoon Force

Daily
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Fuel your adrenaline and feel what it's like to fly a low level mission in the RAF's latest Typhoon jet. Our new simulator takes you on an action-packed flight, demonstrating the aircraft's manoeuvrability through the beautiful landscapes of North Wales and the Lake District.

Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

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Based on the Apollo lunar landings, this film's exceptional 3D computer animation will fly you to the moon, where you can experience the sights and sounds of an Apollo expedition.

The Sun: Living with our Star

6th Oct - 6th May 2019
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The awesome power, beauty and dark side of the sun is revealed in a major new exhibition this Autumn. Spectacular interactive experiences, unique artefacts, and stunning imagery shed fresh light on our evolving relationship with our closest star.

Adventure to the Deep

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Natural History Museum
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Dive down on an adventure thousands of metres below the waves to help our scientist explore life in the oceans. Kids will dive through a reef, come face-to-face with a giant squid and see if they have what it takes to survive 3,000 metres below the surface.

Explore the Galleries

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From dinosaurs to mammals, explore the amazing diversity of life on Earth. Follow our planet's evolution and walk beneath a 25.2-metre blue whale skeleton. Take a journey through our spectacular Earth sculpture and find out about the tremendous forces that shape our planet. See scientists at work in the Darwin Centre and enjoy the tranquil habitats of our Wildlife Garden.

Cirque du Soleil - Totem

12th Jan - 9th Feb 2019
3pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm, 8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Totem takes you on a stunning journey into the Evolution of Mankind – from our original amphibian state to our ultimate quest for flight. Featuring Cirque du Soleil’s mind-blowing signature acts, Totem is an unforgettable spectacle for all ages.

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

8th Sep - 24th Feb 2019
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This exhibition will explore the design and culture of videogames since the mid-2000s, investigating ground-breaking contemporary design work, creative and rebellious player communities and the political conversations that define this movement.

Family Trails

Available every day
Kensington Palace
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Pick up a family trail activity from the trail stand in White Court for a fun way to spend the day at Kensington Palace with children aged 5-11 years.