Summer in South Kensington

This summer there are lots of things to do with kids in South Kensington or even if you are looking for a great day out - from boating on the Serpentine, learning to trapeze, exploring the Serpentine Pavilion, visiting a great exhibition or more...

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and the Mastaba

19th June - 9th Sept
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Christo and Jeanne-Claude are celebrated for their ambitious sculptural works that intervene in urban and natural landscapes and temporarily alter both the physical form and visual appearances of sites. This summer, Christo will present The Mastaba, a temporary floating sculpture on The Serpentine lake.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

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Kensington Palace
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Trace the evolution of Diana, Princess of Wales' style, from the demure, romantic dresses and other outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Recently re-opened with a selection of new outfits.

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

16th Jun - 4th Nov
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This exhibition will present an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.

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Jameel Prize 5

28th June - 25th Nov
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Experience eight exceptional contemporary artists and designers working in fields as diverse as fashion, multi-media installation, and painting in the Jameel Prize 5 showcase.

Sensational Butterflies

29th March - 16th Sep
All Day
Natural History Museum
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See hundreds of live butterflies and moths up-close in the tropical butterfly house. This technicolour exhibition features a huge variety of these beautiful insects, ethically sourced from Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Wildlife Garden

1st April - early Nov
10am - 5pm
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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.

The Future Starts Here

12th May - 4th Nov 2018
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Exploring the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow. From smart appliances to satellites, artificial intelligence to internet culture, this exhibition will bring together more than 100 objects as a landscape of possibilities for the near future.

The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake)

19th June - 23rd Sept
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Artist Christo has created a temporary sculpture in Hyde Park, titled The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake), which will float on the Serpentine Lake this summer. It is an opportunity for visitors to experience the work of one of the most pioneering artists working today.

Tomma Abts

7th June - 9th Sept
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Tomma Abts first solo exhibition in a UK public institution. One of the most significant artists of her generation and the winner of the 2006 Turner Prize, Abts is known for her acrylic and oil paintings whose extraordinary magnetism belies their modest scale.

Fashioned from Nature

On til 27th Jan 2019
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This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

Wildlife Garden

1st April - early Nov
10am - 5pm
Natural History Museum
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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.

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Serpentine Pavilion 2018 Designed by Frida Escobedo

Opens 15th June
10am - 6pm
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Architect Frida Escobedo, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Harnessing a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, her atmospheric courtyard-based design draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history.

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IVF 6 Million Babies Later

5th July - Nov
Science Museum
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Explore the remarkable story of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) from the opposition and immense challenges faced by early pioneers to the latest research today. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 'miraculous' birth of Louise Brown on 25 July 1978.

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Drop-in Design: Design a Magical Hat

Every Sunday
10.30-5pm
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Throughout July on Sundays, design a magical hat inspired by Clara Button and the Fashioned from Nature exhibition using reusable materials.

Life in the Dark

13th July - 31st Jan 2019
Natural History Museum
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Meet creatures that thrive at night, in the total darkness of caves and deep in the ocean. Get up-close to specimens with fascinating adaptations and find out how they navigate their environment, hunt, mate and evade predators. Discover nocturnal animals through sight, sound, touch and smell.

Park Nights

13th July - 21st Sept
8-10pm
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Park Nights, the Serpentine's annual series of experimental and interdisciplinary encounters, returns this summer to present eight international artists each responding to the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion designed by the award-winning architect Frida Escobedo.​

BBC Proms 2018

13th July - 8th Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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See the full line up of events for this year's 124th BBC Proms. Tickets are now on sale.

Crime Scene Live

20th July, 21st Sept, 1st Oct
6.30-10.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Become a crime scene investigator for the night and work with the Natural History Museum's scientists to solve a murder mystery. This thrilling interactive experience combines real science with crime fiction for an unforgettable night out in London.

Luna Cinema

7-9th Aug
8.30pm
Kensington Palace
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Join The Luna Cinema in the formal gardens for a night of cinema under the stars and enjoy three nights of fantastic films with Kensington palace and its grounds providing a stunning backdrop. Films include Romeo & Juliet, The Greatest Showman and Victoria and Abdul

Hop on a Santander bike

Why not hop on a Santander bike and explore South Kensington - take a ride through the Parks, pass Kensington Palace, around the Serpentine and arrive at the Museums.

Investigate for Families

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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.

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

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Natural History Museum
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Join expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

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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.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

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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.

Kensington Palace - family activities

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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!

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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boating in Hyde Park

April-31st Oct
10am til sundown
Hyde Park
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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.

Antarctica Live

13th Aug - 2nd Sept
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Antarctica Live is a free dance and science festival that celebrates the coldest, windiest and driest place on Earth. You can join in a dance workshop, chat to Antarctic researchers and take part in other activities from interactive tours to drop-in science experiments.

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The Lego and the Natural History Museum: Exploring Nature through Play

3rd- 5th Aug
Natural History Museum
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LEGO Build: Create Sustainable Superheroes and their Habitat with Plantus MaximusThrough the play sessions, kids and families will learn about how the new LEGO botanical elements - including trees, leaves and bushes - are made from a plastic produced using sustainably sourced sugarcane.​

Make-it: Clay

15th & 22nd Aug
10.30-4.30pm
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Work with artist-duo Kaleidoworks to create your own ceramic object in this two-hour workshop. You will explore drawing and create an architectural structure from geometric shapes; experiment with surface textures and make animated gifs from clay building blocks at the Animation Station table.

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Summer Exhibition

23rd July - 16th Sept
11am-5pm (1-5pm on Saturdays)
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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A summer exhibition of members' work has been curated by Jo Baring, Director of the Ingram Collection of British Modern Art. The show features 2D and 3D work by 23 of the Society's members. All work is for sale..

Pop-up Performance Summer 2018

Every Saturday until 29th Sept
11am, 1pm, 3pm
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Over the summer holidays, laugh out loud and be silly in the Museum. In September become designers and vote for change in Victorian England and head up to level 6 and meet Mr Polito and some amazing ceramic animals. Performances last approximately 30 - 40 minutes

Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend

27th-29th July
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A new event this summer will celebrate creativity within Kensington & Chelsea. Kensington & Chelsea Art Weekend will open doors to local creative spaces along with leading organisations in the area encouraging people to discover artists and galleries across the Borough - there will also be a hop on Red Bus and walking tours..

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Mission to Mercury:Bepi Colombo

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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.

Joe Stilgoe & Philip Ball on the Science of Music

25th July
8.30-9.30pm
Science Museum
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Join Joe Stilgoe and Philip Ball for an inspirational evening of music, improvisation, science and audience participation.

Drop-in Digital Design

21st July & 25th Aug
1-4pm
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Drop-in and meet digital artists and designers who explore the crossover of art, design, craft and technology. See ‘show and tell’ presentations of new cutting-edge projects and chat with them about their work.

Radical Kitchen 2018

Every Thursday until 27th Sept
1pm
Serpentine Galleries
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Building on the Radical Kitchen: Recipes for Building Community and Creating Change programme launched in 2017, the Serpentine is hosting a second season of its lunchtime gatherings in the Serpentine Pavilion, this year designed by the award-winning architect Frida Escobedo.

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Family Weekend

11th & 12th Aug
1-5pm
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Artists Harold Offeh and Veronica Cordova de la Rosa invite children and their families to create costumes inspired by Chac Mool, a reclining sculpture found on the top of Mexican temples and pyramids.