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Fun things to do with kids in South Kensington

Looking for family-friendly activities in South Kensington? Dive into a world of exploration and experimentation with interactive experiences tailored for families. From music and science to arts, performance, film, parks, playgrounds, immersive galleries, and beyond, there's plenty of inspiring fun for your kids to discover!

Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre

24th May - 5th Jan
10am - 5.50pm
Natural History Museum
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Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre explores the world of birds like never before. From surviving the mass extinction that wiped out all the other dinosaurs to their remarkable evolution into more than 11,000 species.

Discovery Days: Time Travellers

28th - 30th May
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Join Royal Parks for another series of free Discovery Days and travel back in time through the Royal Park's history!

T. Rex Show with Teach Rex

30th July - 29th August
Various Times
Natural History Museum
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Teach Rex use life-like dinosaurs to perform their show about the anatomy and life of Tyrannosaurus rex, one the most amazing creatures to have ever roamed our planet.

Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery

Daily
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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Discover how the world can generate and use energy more sustainably to limit climate change in the Science Museum’s new, free gallery. Energy Revolution looks at the past, present and future of sustainable energy and how we can achieve a low carbon world.

May Half Term Family Fun

28th May - 2nd June
All Day
Royal College of Music
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Enjoy a variety of family friendly activities in the Royal College of Music Museum this half term. Discover and engage with our amazing collections through music, stories and crafts!

Mini Music Makers

28th May
10.30am
Royal College of Music
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Discover the wonderful world of musical instruments in this fun exploratory session in the Royal College of Music Museum. Explore music on a new instrument or instrument family and enjoy making some noise!

Digital Kids: Crafty Cameras!

29th - 31st May
11am - 4.30pm
V&A South Kensington
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Turn your world upside down by building a paper camera inspired by early photography. View your creation through an augmented reality filter to see it in action, then capture a unique view of the world with your very own pop-up camera obscura.

Discovery Days: Time Travellers

28th - 30th May
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Another series of Discovery Days, this May half term travel back in time through The Royal Park’s history! With a variety of activities such as, making a plant print, designing a park and calligraphy...

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

15th - 16th June
Great Exhibition Road Festival
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With less than a month to go before the festival, register now and explore extraordinary events in South Kensington (many of which are free)!

BBC Proms 2024

19 July - 14 Sept
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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Tickets are selling fast for this years BBC Proms! See your favourite classical standards, a wealth of special guests, contemporary concerts including Florence and the Machine, Sam Smith, and the return of the CBeebies Prom, and much more this summer.

Careers Live

28th - 29th May
All Day
Science Museum
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Visit the Science Museum in May half-term for an opportunity to meet fragrance experts who work alongside the Fragrance Foundation UK in our free interactive family-friendly workshops.

Natural History Museum Gardens Opening Soon!

Daily
10am - 5.50pm
Natural History Museum
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It's official on July 18th will unveil its new gardens! Discover a haven for wildlife sights and sounds this summer season.

May half term Design Camps

28th - 30th May
Various Times
Design Museum
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Fun and engaging in-person creative workshops suitable for children aged 8 – 11 and young people aged 11 – 14. Designed for young people to get creative.

My Father's Glory

25th May
1.45pm
Institut français
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Young Marcel, the son of a seamstress and a school teacher, he grows up during the turn of the century in awe of his rationalist dad. When the family takes a summer vacation in the countryside, Marcel becomes friends with Lili , who teaches him about rural life. But, as the holiday comes to an end, Marcel must leave both his newfound friend and the wildlife he became so fond of.

Kung Fu Panda 4

26th - 30th May
Various Times
Institut français
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After three death-defying adventures defeating world-class villains with his unmatched courage and mad martial arts skills, Po, the Dragon Warrior, is called upon by destiny to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace.

Shorts – Feathered Girls

27th - 31st May
Various Times
Institut français
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This programme of three short animated films celebrates adventures through the stories of Louise, Vanille and Elie, who allow their passion for feathered animals and wild imagination to take the lead.

Drop in Design: Experiments with Photography

29th May - 31st May
11am - 4pm
V&A South Kensington
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Join artists Chahine Fellahi and Kaïs Aïouch from Kimiā Collective to play with creating images using materials, tools and skills from early photography to the modern day.

Pop up Performance: I am the Camera

29th - 31st May
11am - 4pm
V&A South Kensington
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Join artist Sian Fan to explore expressing yourself though movement. Create an outfit that is part sculpture and part costume inspired by Sian’s work and the V&A’s photography collection.

Make it: Photography

1st June
10.30am - 4.30pm
V&A South Kensington
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You don’t need a camera to create a great photo! Take part in this Make it workshop and make your own Sun print.

Young People: Portrait Photography with Smartphones

8th June & 27th July
2pm - 4pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Learn from the original selfie king, Linley Sambourne, and discover the skills to take your own high quality portraits, inspired by Sambourne's street photography showcased in their exhibition Out in Paris (as part of Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1910).

Serpentine Pavilion 2024 Archipelagic Void by Minsuk Cho, Mass Studies

7th June - 27th Oct
Serpentine
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Opening soon! The 23rd Serpentine Pavilion envisions a unique void characterised by a constellation of smaller, adaptable structures strategically positioned at the periphery of the lawn, intertwining with its natural ecology and temporal conditions.

BST Hyde Park Open House presents All Things Orchestral

28th June, 1st July to 3rd July and 8th July to 11th July.
Open Daily
Hyde Park
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American Express presents BST Hyde Park will host the popular summer event Open House. 2024's edition will begin by hosting a very special classical music live experience - All Things Orchestral. Presented by Myleene Klass.

BST Hyde Park Open House presents All Things Orchestral

28th June
All Day
Hyde Park
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American Express presents BST Hyde Park will host the hugely popular summer event Open House. This year's edition will begin by hosting a very special classical music live experience - All Things Orchestral. Presented by Myleene Klass.