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.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Wednesday–Sunday
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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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

Daily
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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

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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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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.

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature

17 May - 3 January
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm
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Discover where the real and wizarding worlds intertwine, and how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations. 

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If you would like to keep up to-date with everything that is happening at our amazing science and arts institutions in South Ken, why not sign-up to our weekly newsletter. Bursting with great content, you'll be spoilt for choice. Every fortnight, there's something different to see and do, from fantastic new exhibitions and wonderous collections to unique, one-off events to tantalise and excite.

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Go back in time with My Dino Mission AR

Free downloadable app
Natural History Museum
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My Dino Mission AR is aimed at 7-10 year olds and enables budding young palaeontologists to help a stranded dinosaur get back to its own time period many millions of years ago. Combining the latest augmented reality technology with STEM skills, children can recognise a dinosaurs’ species, what it eats, likes and needs to survive. Young explorers can care for and capture fun photos of themselves interacting with their new dinosaur friend in the backdrop of their home or back garden

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Wildlife Garden Explorers

31 Oct 11am-5pm
1 Nov - 31 March 11am-3:30pm
Natural History Museum
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Go on a small safari with a handy guide to the minibeasts that live in the Wildlife Garden and their habitats. Then, complete the NHM's leaf bingo by spotting fabulous foliage in the Museum's outdoor space. There's an incredible variety and volume of life in the garden just waiting to be discovered.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

17 May - 1 August 2021
Monday-Sunday 10am-5:50pm
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Explore some of the world's richest habitats, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know some extraordinary species. Go deeper and discover the surprising - and often challenging - stories behind the images during a time of environmental crisis.

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Storytelling and Music Sessions for Youngsters

Wed 9 - Wed 30 June 2021
10am; 11:30am
Royal Albert Hall
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Seasoned storytellers Paul Rubinstein and Samantha Sutherland deliver a series of socially distanced sessions from the Hall’s Elgar Room for babies and toddlers, ages 0 - 4 years old, aiming to engage and encourage interaction between parents/carers and their little ones using singing, movement and stories.

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Imax: The Ronson Theatre

Wednesday - Sunday
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Following a major revamp, the Science Museum's popular IMAX cinema has now re-opened. Enjoy heart-pounding audio, awe-inspiring images and immersive 3D shots on a screen the size of four double decker buses.

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Burnley Mill Engine in Action

Wed-Sun
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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For over 300 years, steam has been the driving force behind the working factories, shipping and railways that are essential for trade. Even now, steam turbines generate the majority of the electricity we use every day, both at home and at work. See the huge, red Burnley Mill engine in action.

Come and think like a scientist at Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Wednesday-Sunday
10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
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Discover mind-blowing exhibits and demonstrations that fuel your imagination and immerse yourself in a world of wonder.

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V&A trail: Explore as a family

Online
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Are you ready to go on an adventure? This trail takes you on a journey through V&A galleries, exploring some of the incredible cultures and traditions you can see. You will discover objects that are hundreds of years old, uncover secret meanings behind animals and colour in art, and learn about some of the wonders of the museum, from an emperor's throne to dragons, from plaster casts to wigs!

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Hyde Park Self Guided Walks

All Year Round
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Discover the magic of Hyde Park in the palm of your hand! A free scavenger hunt game using mobile phones that takes you on an adventure through one of London's most popular parks.

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Energy Hall

Wednesday–Sunday:
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Trace the remarkable story of steam and how it shaped the world we live in today. Steam has been the driving force behind British industry for 300 years. Without it, the Industrial Revolution could never have happened. Even now, steam provides 75% of the electricity we use every day.

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Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

Daily
10-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Showcasing extraordinary medical artefacts including the world’s first MRI scanner, Fleming’s penicillin mould, a professional pianist’s prosthetic arm and even robotic surgery equipment.

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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

Wednesday–Sunday:
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Mathematics is too often perceived as dry and complex, but this new gallery will tell stories that place the subject at the heart of our lives, exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.

Dippy's Naturenauts

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Welcome, naturenauts! Are you ready for an adventure? Grab your phone or tablet to explore the nature on your doorstep.

Great Films from Ciné Lumière

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Ciné Lumière reopens on 26th August with some fantastic films in their programme of events. For our youngest audience there's The Lost Prince, a father's world of magic begins to disappear as his daughter grows up, the classic and memorable Les Misérables, the award-winning comedy of manners Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie, and more!

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Family Favourites

Wed-Sun & Mon 31 August
11am-5:30pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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Get up close with nature, discover fascinating creatures and intriguing science with these top tips for family visits and a self-guided tour. Can't make it to the Museum? There are still plenty of ways to get involved online with live talks, dinosaur crafts and ways to explore nature in your local area

The Royal Parks Self-Guided Walks

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The Royal Parks popular guided tours may be temporarily on hold but there is a lot you can discover by yourself! Covering over 253 hectares, explore the park and learn all about the environments, wildlife and heritage that surrounds you.

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Outdoors

Get active: Take a stroll around 'Albertopolis'

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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Crisp autumn days are wonderful for walking, and it’s a great way to explore this cultural district. Discover the history of the area with this free walking tour from Go Jauntly, curated by the Royal Geographical Society as part of the programme for Kensington + Chelsea Art Week.

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Investigate for Families

Daily
Mon-Fri 4pm-5:15pm; School hols 10:30-4:30pm
Natural History Museum
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Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence museum scientists use in their daily work.

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. -

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.

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Princess Diana Memorial Playground

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

Wildlife Garden

11am - 5pm (Apr-Oct); 11-3.30pm (Nov-Mar)
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Explore nature in the flourishing Wildlife Garden, a tranquil haven for plants and animals in the heart of the city. The garden is home to thousands of British flora and fauna.

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.

'The Muppet Christmas Carol' in Concert

Saturday 11 December 2021
2:30pm; 7:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Family favourite The Muppet Christmas Carol will be screened with live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall as part of our 2021 Christmas season. This show will take you on a magical journey through the classic Charles Dickens story performed by the Muppets.

My Christmas Orchestral Adventure

Sunday 12 December 2021
1:00pm; 4:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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My Christmas Orchestral Adventure returns in 2021 and Albert’s Orchestra is poised and ready for a magical journey through classical music. Oh no! Father Christmas has lost his map on a practice run of his delivery route! Thankfully Albert's trusty ensemble has found it but they need your help to return it to him ahead of the big day!

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.

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Who Am I?

Open Daily
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Explore the science of who you are through intriguing objects, provocative artworks and hands-on exhibits. Discover what your voice sounds like as a member of the opposite sex, morph your face to see what you’ll look like as you age, or collect DNA to catch a criminal.

Royal Albert Hall Celebrates 150 years!

From March 2021
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March 2021 marks the Royal Albert Hall's 150th year and they would love you to join them in the celebrations, with major commissions from British artists, headline performances from musical legends, and a series of showcases promoting the next generation of talent.

Institut français' Click & Collect library is back!

Wednesday & Saturday
1:30pm-6pm
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The Institut français' Click & Collect is back. Simple, safe and free to use, all you have to do is order on line, wait for confirmation and go along and pick-up.

A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

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Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe. See fantastic images of the Earth from the Space Station and gain a new understanding of how wonderful and unique our planet is.

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Curious Cures

Saturday & Sunday
1:30pm-4pm; 3pm-3:30pm
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Discover more about some of the curious and creepy cures used to keep us healthy in days gone by. This interactive science show will delight and disgust the whole family!

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Making the Modern World

Wednesday-Sunday
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Chart 250 years of science and technology and discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society. The Making the Modern World gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects.

Dinosaurs

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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.

Cocoon

Daily
Monday-Sunday 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
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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.

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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

Daily
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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.

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.

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Destination Space Family Show

Dates and times vary
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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.

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Fly Kids

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Fly Kids is a pay-as-you-go flight simulator that lets your child experience the sights and sounds of flying with the Red Arrows during one of their aerobatic displays.

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Heartbeat Heroes

Saturday & Sunday
11:15-11:45am
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Listen up and hear the beat! Time to take a closer look at this hidden hardworking hero… your heart. Get your blood pumping in this fun, family-friendly workshop where you can make your very own working stethoscope and put it to the test.

Book Your Free Entrance Ticket to the Natural History Museum

Mon-Sun
10am–5:50pm
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Book your free timed entry ticket to the Natural History Museum and explore the nation’s finest collection of natural history specimens.

Book Your Free Entry Ticket to the V&A

Book your free timed entry ticket to the V&A and spend your day exploring their miles of galleries or dip into the exciting array of exhibitions and displays. Their café and shops are also open.

Book your Free Entrance Ticket to the Design Museum

Design Museum Kensington
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Don't forget to pre-book for your free entrance ticket to access both free displays and paid exhibitions.

Book your free entrance ticket to the Science Museum

Wednesday-Sunday
10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
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Head to the Science Museum website to book your free admission tickets and explore their incredible galleries and exhibitions this summer.

Coderdojo

12 Jun, 10 Jul, 14 Aug, 11 Sep, 9 Oct, 13 Nov, 11 Dec
11am & 2pm
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A free coding session. You and your family can choose what you want to create, go at your own pace, and decide how you like to work—on your own or teamed up. From total beginners to programming experts, everyone is welcome.

Astronights

17th Jul, 25 Sep, 15 Oct, 13 Nov, 4 Dec
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If your child has ever wanted to explore the museum after dark, or if the idea of spending the night in one of our iconic galleries fills them with excitement, then they’ll love Astronights, a sleepover for children. With workshops, shows and activities—and breakfast and an interactive science show to boost your morning energy—it will be a night they never forget.

Antarctica 3D (U)

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With never-before-seen footage and the latest underwater filming techniques, this epic documentary transports you to the farthest reaches of this majestic land and reveals that what happens there affects every single one of us.

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Boating in Hyde Park

April-31st Oct
10:30am-6pm
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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.