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...
Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.
From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.
Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. It will offer a unique insight into the director's vast archive through original props and costumes, set models and rare photographs, while tracing the design story behind Kubrick’s body of work.
Luchita Hurtado (b. 1920 Caravas, Venezuela) is an artist whose approach over the course of a long career is characterised by continuous experimentation, with her paintings and drawings united by a compelling sense of colour, light and movement. The Serpentine exhibition will be her first in an institution.
Working prolifically since the early 1960s, Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, Harlem, New York) is recognised for her politically charged paintings, story quilts, prints, children’s books, soft sculptures, masks and performances which consistently challenge the perceptions of American identity and gender inequality.
From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.
This display highlights Prince Albert’s relationship with the V&A library. The selection of books he chose to make accessible to the public demonstrates his desire to promote knowledge and learning in science and the arts.
This display traces the crucial role that the royal couple played in the formation of the V&A and its collection, with the Great Exhibition as a starting point. The display showcases objects that were bought, lent and presented to the museum up until the death of Prince Albert in 1861.
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.
Join interactive theatre-makers Coney in an experience where you can join in or observe as multiple art forms combine. The performances are inspired by artist Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon artwork and conversations with Museum scientists. Performance lasts 15 mins.
For decades, autonomous vehicles have been heralded as a new technology that could change the way we live our lives. Driverless: Who is in control? opening on 12 June 2019 at the Science Museum will explore how close we are to living in a world driven by thinking machines.
Join this architectural tour by one the V&A's fantasticeVolunteer Guides, who will take you through the history of the building, in a tour that focuses on the setting for the collections, rather than the collections themselves.
The Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena, has been selected to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2019.
Choose your side as three DJs do battle over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics. Don a headset and carry on the party into the night in the spectacular Hintze Hall.
Explore some of the secrets and surprises of the museum’s story with Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Jim the Dog. Meet Queen Victoria, Prince Albert or Jim the Dog. Journey around to dig up some secrets and surprises of the museum and life in Victorian times.
The work of the Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad, Seeing Through Babel uses the artist’s trademark techniques – monotypes and drawing onto the surface of the work – and is designed to allow visitors to walk in and around it, Drop-in and see him at work from .21 — 30 June , 11am–6pm
The Royal Parks have partnered up with Avni Dhanani, a qualified yoga practitioner specialising in Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to bring you a series of fortnightly yoga sessions held at The LookOut, our very own idyllic haven in the heart of Hyde Park. No previous experience is required.
COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019, the Serpentine Galleries’ annual series of experimental, interdisciplinary commissions in the Serpentine Pavilion, will present eight new works by international practitioners in the fields of art, music, poetry, theatre, augmented reality and fashion.
Discover the remarkable world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications in our upcoming must-see, free exhibition. Explore over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts.
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.
Join architecture collective Something & Son and invited guest speakers for a series of walks around kensington and Chelsea that explore how our every-day actions can benefit nature, rather than destroy it.
The Luna Cinema returns to Kensington Palace with three of the hottest smash hit movies, The Favourite, A Star is Born and Mary Poppins Returns alongside the 2009 film Young Victoria.
Drop your young explorer off during the summer holiday to spend the day exploring Hyde Park's waterways. This day long session for 8-11 year olds brings together like-minded children to enjoy nature and grow their sense of adventure.
Visit the Park's invertebrate bugmobile where you'll learn about mini critter crafts, planting for pollinators and hunting for bugs in our local habitats, and hear bug-inspired stories,
Our family-friendly inflatable planetarium will transport you and young explorers across the cosmos. Using footage from the Royal Observatory Greenwich and vibrant space-inspired imagery, this unique experience will stimulate children's senses and ignite their curiosity about outer space. Runs 20 mins
Take a closer look at the incredible variety of life in the Royal Parks' water bodies. Activities for your little ones include pond dipping, creating a water creature and trying their artistic hand with a massive pond mural.
Always wanted to dash like a dinosaur or gallop like a gazelle?Take part in a 5k or a 10k run in a special habitat: beautiful Hyde Park. Race for Nature and raise money for the Museum's vital work in tackling our world's biggest environmental challenges.
This exhibition explores the work of Anno Mitsumasa, one of Japan’s greatest children’s book illustrators and authors, who is best known for his picture books, with few or no words, published from the late 1960s onwards. The display illustrates the story of Anno Mitsumasa’s life and creative journey.
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.
See DJ Yoda and House Gospel Choir Soundsystem perform in Hintze Hall. Kicking off with the Choir, outstanding singers and festival-circuit favourites bringing together gospel and house music. Then the multi-award-winning hip-hop producer DJ Yoda will bring his fresh beats centre stage.
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.
Join expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.
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.
Explore and adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.
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!
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 is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.
A unique fountain memorial to Princess Diana designed to reflect her spirit of life and love of children.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Italian Gardens is a 150-year-old ornamental water garden located on the north side of Kensington Gardens near Lancaster Gate. It is believed to have been created as a gift from Prince Albert to his beloved Queen Victoria.
The beautiful Sunken Garden was planted in 1908, transforming part of the gardens previously occupied by potting sheds into a tranquil ornamental garden. Today, the garden continues the tradition of rotational flower displays in the spring and summer.
Cool off at the ice-cream and milkshake bar. Indulge your sweet tooth with sundaes and milkshakes or design your own ice cream tubs. Find the Shake Bar right outside Wonderlab.
Come face-to-face with a full-size engineering model of BepiColombo, the European Space Agency’s first ever spacecraft to explore Mercury. 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.
Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace. This new permanent exhibition will explore how an indulged young princess blossomed into the independent and iconic monarch we remember.
Explore Queen Victoria’s private life behind her carefully-managed public image in Victoria: Woman and Crown. The new display, created to mark the 200th anniversary of Victoria's birth, will re-examine how she balanced her role as a wife and mother with that of Queen of an expanding empire.
The Library at Japan House offers a new approach to appreciate and engage with books, by displaying books in a particular way, and through bookshelf exhibitions curated by HABA Yoshitaka of BACH, a book specialist in Japan.
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.
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.
Blast off into space for a night that's out of this world at Lates. Celebrate 50 years since humans set foot on the Moon. Hold 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites, take a virtual tour of the volcanoes and canyons on the surface of Mars, get up-close to a beautiful replica of Neil Armstrong's iconic Apollo spacesuit.