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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.

Cocoon

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

Destination Space Family Show

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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.

Fly Kids

Daily
Science Museum
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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.

Outdoor Activities for Kids

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Natural History Museum
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Fun, free things to do in a park, on the street, or anywhere outdoors.

The Polar Silk Road

From 26th May 2023
10am-6pm
Natural History Museum
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Discover the Arctic through the photography of Gregor Sailer and explore the existing, potential, and unexpected impact that warming temperatures will have in this once pristine region.

Power Up

Opens 27th July
10am-5:30pm
Science Museum
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Immerse yourself in this hands-on gaming zone, featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past 50 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 beat your family at Mario Kart.

Crochet at the Museum with TOFT

26th May, 28th July, 29th Sept, 24th Nov
7pm-9:30pm
Natural History Museum
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Crochet a special edition Natural History Museum creation at our TOFT crochet workshop.

Turn it Up: The Power of Music

16th Oct-6th May 2024
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Explore how music shapes our lives in this landmark interactive exhibition.

Engineers

From 23rd June
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Engineers shape the world that we live in, creating bold, ground-breaking innovations that respond to global challenges and improve billions of lives. But how much do we know about the people behind these innovations?

WAVE: Currents in Japanese Graphic Arts

6th July- 22nd October
10am-8pm
Japan House London
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Explore the vibrant diversity of Japanese graphic arts in this bold exhibition which bridges the worlds of fine art, commercial illustration and counterculture.

Image credit: Naoya Hatakeyama, ‘Blast #5707’, 1998. © Naoya Hatakeyama

Photography Centre

Opens 25th May
V&A
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The Photography Centre is the UK’s largest space dedicated to a permanent photography collection. The newly reopened galleries will showcase the museum’s world-leading holdings and enable visitors to experience photography and its diverse histories in new ways.

How Not to Photograph a Bulldog

25th May- 20th April 2024
10am-5:30pm
V&A
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This book display reveals how dogs have been used to teach photography, and how dog photography has developed as a discipline in its own right.

Ciné Lumière

Various
Institut français
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Showcasing the best of foreign film - it screens a mix of French, European and Global films - with subtitles.

Young V&A

Opens 1st July
10am-5:30pm
V&A
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Get ready to spark your creativity at Young V&A – the museum where children, young people and families can imagine, play and design. From 1 July 2023, be inspired by spaces, explore our collection and get creative. Right now, keep in touch on social.

Open Water Swimming at the Serpentine Lide

Until September
10am-6pm
Hyde Park
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The Serpentine Lido is, arguably, London's most iconic 'open water' swimming location. In 2023, it will be open to the public until early September. Alongside the Serpentine Lido is the Lido Cafe Bar which has waterside tables and is the ideal place to enjoy a snack, meal or a glass of wine.

Titano-Tales

Various dates
8:30-9:30am
Natural History Museum
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Discover titanosaur’s secrets during our special storytelling event, plus enjoy priority entry to our new exhibition Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur. Tickets coming soon.

Oppenheimer

From 21st July
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Discover the story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his race to save the world in this pulse-pounding IMAX® 70mm immersive experience.

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

7th Oct
2:30pm & 7:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience Tim Burton’s original sketches, drawings and storyboards on the big screen whilst Danny Elfman’s famous film scores are performed live by the BBC Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus, conducted by John Mauceri.

Cirque du Soleil- Alegria: In a New Light

11th Jan-11th Feb 2024
Times vary
Royal Albert Hall
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Tickets are now on sale for Cirque du Soleil’s most iconic production Alegria: In a New Light. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this all-time classic will whisk audiences away to a mystical world sprinkled with visual poetry & acrobatic extravagance.

How to Build a Low-Carbon Home

Until March 2024
10am-6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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How can we design our homes to respond to the climate emergency? Discover how architects are reimagining wood, stone and straw to design homes fit for the future in this free display.

Family Trails at the Science Museum

Science Museum
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Go on a journey of discovery and exploration around the Science Museum.

The Puddle at the End of the World

24th Oct
11:00am & 1:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Jamie and her Nanna’s home has disappeared under rising sea levels – join them on an exhilarating adventure to rebuild their lives and stop climate change in its tracks.

Design Camp: Heat-transfer printing for 11 to 14 year olds

24th Oct
10:15am-4:15pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join this creative workshop with NEWGEN designer Sadie Williams to experiment with heat-transfer printing techniques and translate your hand-crafted designs using a heat press to create sparkling accessories using upcycled fabrics.