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.

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Dino Snores for Kids

7th Dec, 11th Jan, 22nd & 29th Feb, 14th Mar
6:45pm-10:00am
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.

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.

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.

T(h)inker Club 9-12

12th Oct & 16th 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.

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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.

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,

Storytastic Sundays

Last Sunday of every month
Event times vary
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!

Babies Corner 0-4

19th Oct, 6th & 16th Nov
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!

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Art Club

Thursdays
4pm
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Explore art history and get your paint brushes ready with these hands-on workshops. We recommend booking the whole semester in advance to ensure participants can learn, enjoy and create in the best conditions.

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.

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!

Under the sea 3D (U)

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Science Museum
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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.

Up, Up and Away Storytelling

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Science Museum
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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.

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

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

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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.

Explore the Galleries

Natural History Museum
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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Typhoon Force

Daily
Science Museum
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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.

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.

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Discovery Day - Victoria and Albert's Birthday Bash

29 May
11am-3pm
Hyde Park
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Victoria and Albert are turning 200! Help celebrate the bicentenary of their birth at The LookOut, Hyde Park. Come dressed up in your Victorian best and learn how they influenced both Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

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Investigate for Families

Til 14th Feb 2020
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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.

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Deep Sea 3D (PG)

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Natural History Museum
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Swim alongside some of the most exotic creatures on the planet, from the bizarre Rainbow Nudibranch to the Giant Pacific Octopus. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Deep Sea 3D transports you below the ocean surface on a unique underwater adventure.

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Designer Maker User

Open daily
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Designer Maker User, the Design Museum's only permanent exhibition, features almost 1000 items of twentieth and twenty-first century design viewed through the angles of the designer, manufacturer and user, including a crowdsourced wall.

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Cirque du Soleil - LUZIA

12 Jan-1 March 2020
Royal Albert Hall
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Cirque du Soleil returns with a new spectacular extravangza, LUZIA, which takes you to an imaginary Mexico, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.

Free
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Hyde Park Self Guided Walks

All Year Round
Hyde Park
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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.

Family Fun at Leighton House Museum

7th Sept, 19th Oct, 23rd Nov
2pm
Leighton House Museum
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Join our family programme and special events for children at Leighton House Museum, a unique and opulent Victorian palace of art. Including an embroidery workshop (Sept), calligraphy workshop (Oct) and a textiles map making workshop. Age 7-11.

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Dino Snores for Kids Christmas Special

7th Dec
6.45pm - 10am
Natural History Museum
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A night at the Museum with a festive twist is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season. This sleepover is an opportunity for kids aged seven to 11 to explore the Museum after dark. Take part in fun, educational activities with a seasonal touch - and watch out for the T. rex hidden in the shadows!

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

19th Oct - 12th Jan 2020
10am - 9pm
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Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Experience the thrill of skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air.

Make-it: October Half Term

21st-25th Oct
10.30-4.30pm
V&A
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Monday to Wednesday, work with textile designer Yemi Awosile and learn about patterns and printmaking. Thursday to Friday, join visual designer Bethan Durie and create your own illustrated textile panel.

Pop-Up Performance: Autumn 2019

Every Saturday til 23rd Nov
11am - 3.30pm
V&A
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Celebrate Diwali with lively storytelling. Step back in time to the workshop of the famous designer, William Morris. Dress up and dance 1980s style.

Drop-in Design: Autumn 2019

Every Sunday til 24th Nov
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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On Sundays, pick up a design brief and bring your creative ideas to life with the Drop-in Design team.

Chill & Play Rug: October Half Term

20th - 25th Oct, 27th Oct
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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Join the green rug area and play with shapes, patterns and textures or enjoy reading time with your family and friends. Recommended for families with younger children or those who need quiet time. Inspired by the Marry Quant exhibition.

The Imagination Station

20th - 25th Oct, 27th Oct
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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Pick up a trail from The Imagination Station and hunt for shapes and patterns across the museum. Developed in collaboration with a visual designer Bethan Durie. Inspired by the Mary Quant exhibition.

Pop-up Performance: October Half Term

21st - 25th Oct
11am - 3.30pm
V&A
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Enter the wonderful world of Wendy and the Wallpaper Cat, with playful puppets and marvellous music. Created and performed by Lisa O’Hanlon and Dan Willis & inspired by the V&A book.

Albert's Band Presents: Our 10th Birthday Party

21st Oct
12pm, 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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To celebrate a decade of Albert’s Band running family concerts at the Hall, join our colourful troupe of musicians for a relaxed family-friendly birthday party in the Elgar Room. The orchestra will be playing all of their favourite interactive tunes and having a jolly good time.

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids

23rd Oct
11am & 2pm
Royal Albert Hall
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SK Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and a mic. Join this sonic superhero and become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged 1 or 101!

Classical for Kids -Heroic Horn

26th Oct
11am & 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Introducing little ears to the world of classical music, Classical for Kids offers the opportunity for families to attend a chamber concert performed by the professional musicians from Albert’s Band.

Jazz for Kids: East Coast Jazz

16th Nov
11am & 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Jazz for Kids concerts aim to introduce little ears to the wonderful world of jazz music through relaxed concerts for families, performed by professional musicians from Albert’s Band. Join the jazziest members of Albert’s Band as they explore a variety of greatest hits from the New York jazz scene.

October Half Term Events

19th Oct - 27th Oct
Kensington Palace
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Join Queen Victoria this half term and express yourself through photography, music and fashion. Meet Queen Victoria and her daughter Princess Louise or follow Victoria's story trail.

South Ken Kids Festival

18th - 24th Nov
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Welcoming some of the most talented children’s writers and illustrators from both sides of the Channel and beyond: Axel Scheffler, Magali Le Huche, Colas Gutman, Sophy Henn, Emily Rand, Joe Todd-Stanton, and many more! Workshops, talks with authors, film screenings and theatre in French, English.

The Big Draw Festival Pop-Up Tent

21st - 23rd Oct
10am - 4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Spot the fabulous pop-up creative space which will be appearing at different locations along Exhibition Road, as part of The 2019 Big Draw Festival. All ages are invited to join us and Art UK for fun drawing and sculpture activities!

The Big Draw Festiva - Drop-in drawing

21st - 25th Oct
11am - 5pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Drop-in during Big Draw week and create your own drawings inspired by their current exhibition, Inside/Out: Jiro Takamatsu and Keiji Uematsu in conversation. Make use of the materials provided to draw and sketch freely for as long as you want! All materials will be provided. Suitable for all ages.

The Big Draw Festival - Experimental drop-in drawing workshops

24th-25th Oct
11am - 1pm & 2 - 4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Have a go at a variety of experimental drawing styles and techniques. This is a family-friendly drop-in workshop suitable for all ages. No booking required and all materials provided.

The Big Draw - Digital Graffiti Wall

26th Oct
12-8pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Unleash your inner street artist with an interactive digital graffiti wall! Experiment with a number of engaging and interactive artistic features such as stencils, different paint effects, animated images and creative shapes to produce unique and exciting pieces of artwork.. Suitable for all ages. Drop-in event,

Discovery Day - Hair-Raising Halloween

23rd Oct
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Drop in and take part in a host of free creepy crawly Halloween themed activities including Dare to investigate ‘feely boxes’ in the Witches' Den, explore hair-raising nature trail, discovering fascinating facts along the way, create a potion using herbs and plants from the garden, build a bat box to take home

Discovery Day - Hair-Raising Halloween 2

24th Oct
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Drop in and take part in a host of free creepy crawly Halloween themed activities including Dare to investigate ‘feely boxes’ in the Witches' Den, explore hair-raising nature trail, discovering fascinating facts along the way, create a potion using herbs and plants from the garden, build a bat box to take home

Orbit: A Journey Around Earth in Real Time

21st Oct - 5 Jan 2020
Natural History Museum
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Embark on a journey around Earth as seen by astronauts on board the International Space Station, in a real-time Ultra High Definition video reconstructed from time-lapse photography sourced from NASA archives. Drop-in.

Designing Hey Duggee

25th - 28th Oct
Design Museum Kensington
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Dive into the design process behind this colourful CBeebies animated series through a friendly and accessible display .Explore the eye-catching graphics, bright colours, composition and typography.

The Spy -ence Show

19th Oct - 3rd Nov
1.30pm & 3pm
Science Museum
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Join in this interactive science show where you will explore the wonders of sending messages, breaking codes and keeping secrets. Suitable for 6+

Secrets Unravelled

12th Oct - 10th Nov
12.30pm & 3.30pm
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In this hands-on workshop, you’ll get to create your very own scytale cypher and put your codebreaking skills to the test.

The Case of the Missing Parrot

12th Oct - 3rd Nov
11.15am
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Solve clues as you travel across the lands and sail the seas in this fun, interactive, storytelling. Help bring Penny the Parrot back to safety! Ages 6 and under.

Ignite and Explore Workshop: Elgar Enigma Variations

21st Oct
9.30am
Royal College of Music
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Kick off half-term with a fun, practical workshop exploring Elgar’s famous Enigma Variations. With plenty of opportunities to play instruments, sing and get creative, this is a great opportunity to get familiar with the music before the RCM Sparks Family Concert on 26 October. Ages 7-11

Family Create

26th Oct
11.30am
Royal College of Music
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Suitable for all the family. Drop-in events will take place one hour before the concert, including arts and crafts, try-out-an-instrument sessions, compose your own musical portrait, take a selfie with Elgar's bust from the RCM Museum, and even meet Elgar himself!

RCM Sparks Family Concert: Elgar's Variation

26th Oct
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Join presenter Rachel Leach and the RCM Philharmonic as they perform Elgar's Enigma Variations. Meet Elgar's friends, explore instruments, themes and engaging musical extracts with guaranteed audience participation. Can you solve the Enigma? Age 4+

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

22nd Nov - 5th Jan 2020
10am - 10pm
Hyde Park
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Embrace the Christmas spirit as Winter Wonderland returns to London's Hyde Park. This free-to-enter family event is one of the best things to do in London at Christmas. Featuring a huge selection of festive entertainment and activities, from ice skating and circus shows to a Christmas market and live music.

Sparks Fly Circus and Science Festival

22nd - 27th Oct
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RBKC are presenting science engagement activities & circus shows outside on Kensington Town Square. Includes shows, workshops and circus skills. Free, drop-in and for all ages.