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Half-term fun in South Kensington!

This half term we have a fantastic line-up of fun family events for all ages, from animated films, great exhibitions, family workshops & camps, discovery days in the Parks, musical performances and a chance to meet scientists, join talks and tours at the Natural History Museum’s Explorers Family Festival! 

There are also lots of great free things to do in South Kensington and we have put together some highlights to help you plan your day out.

If you are planning a stop to recharge and refuel, take a look at our list of places to eat and drink. Don’t forget that if you are coming to the Science Museum there is a dedicated picnic area on Level 3 where you can bring your own food and drink. Similarly, the Natural History Museum has a picnic area open on the lower ground floor in the Green Zone.

Whilst the Museum’s are free to visit, don’t forget to pre-book your entry tickets to the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum to avoid disappointment!

 
 
  What's on  
 
 
 
October Half Term
 
Discover South Kensington
22nd - 30th October Varies
 
Half term in South Kensington is packed with plenty of great events, exhibitions, performances and films to keep the kids entertained - from music, films, drop-in workshops, discovery days and activities at the museums, and so much more!
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Re:Imagining Musicals
 
V&A
On til 27th Nov 2023 10am-5:45pm
 
This display celebrates the glittering world of musical theatre, exploring the evolution and craftmanship of iconic musicals, from Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady to modern classics SIX the Musical, and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
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Friday Late x Tyler Mitchell: Indelible Images
 
V&A
28th Oct 6:30pm-10:30pm
 
Curated by photographer Tyler Mitchell, this month's Friday Late is a continuation of his fascination with the power of images - new and old - in contemporary culture. The event is the latest iteration of Night at the Cinema, a 24-hour online film festival, initiated by Tyler during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Science Fiction Lates
 
Science Museum
26th Oct 6.30 - 10pm
 
Celebrate the opening of the Science Museum's blockbuster exhibition, Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination. Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through the cosmos, with mind-expanding talks, illuminating tours, and much more! Plus, all the regular Lates highlights.
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Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
 
V&A
On til 8 Jan 2023 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
 
Book ahead to see the life and work of one of the best-loved children's authors of the 20th century. Featuring original drawings, watercolours, and manuscripts that inspired some of Potter's most beloved characters. Kids go free.
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Explorers Family Festival: The Nature of the Caribbean Islands
 
Natural History Museum
23rd Oct 12pm-6pm
 
Meet artists, anthropologists, and scientists from Caribbean backgrounds as they share how the nature of the islands has inspired their work. Bring your friends and family for a day packed with fun activities, talks and tours.
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Orchestral Masterworks: Hollywood Then and Now
 
Royal College of Music
3rd Nov 6pm
 
Experience the music of Hollywood's most memorable movies in this captivating concert. The RCM Philharmonic takes you on a journey to outer space with the iconic Star Wars and Star Trek themes and sends chills with music from Jaws.
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Dippy Returns to South Ken
 
Natural History Museum
Until 2 Jan 2023 10am-5:45pm
 
Last chance to see Dippy, the first Diplodocus to go on display anywhere in the world, when it returns to the Museum for a short visit. Now you can see Dippy's memories of UK landscapes and hear how nature inspires different communities.
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Onsite Talk: The Crown in Vogue
 
V&A
3rd Nov 7pm-8pm
 
British Vogue has borne witness to a century of royal history. Join authors Robin Muir and Josephine Ross online for an exploration of the modern age of royalty, as seen through the pages of British Vogue, including never-before-seen portraits from the Vogue archives.
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Ai Weiwei: Making Sense
 
Design Museum Kensington
7th April- 30th July 2023 10am-6pm
 
Tickets are now on sale for globally renowned artist Ai Weiwei who will present his work as a commentary on design and what it reveals about our changing values, in a major new show from April 2023.
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Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear
 
V&A
Til Sun 6 November 2022 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
 
Last chance to see this exhibition which explores how designers, tailors and artists – and their clients and sitters – have constructed and performed masculinity, and unpicked it at the seams.
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The Planets at the Royal Albert Hall
 
Royal Albert Hall
30th Oct 3:00pm
 
Take a musical journey across the galaxy with Holst’s mesmerizing masterwork which crowns an evening of sublime music performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery
 
Science Museum
Daily 10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
 
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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French Film Festival UK 2022
 
Institut français
2nd-13th Nov Times vary
 
If you want to see the greatest and newest of French and Francophone cinema, look no further! Discover Institut Francais's sur-mesure programme featuring a stellar line-up of premieres at Ciné Lumière.
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Opera For Kids- Magic in Music
 
Royal Albert Hall
29th October 11am-1:30pm
 
The perfect setting for families to enjoy an operatic performance in a relaxed environment. Featuring a carefully selected classical repertoire but presented in a relaxed environment with no expectation to stay still or be quiet. Ages 4-11 but all ages are welcome!
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Barbara Chase-Riboud: Infinite Folds
 
Serpentine
11th Oct-29th Jan 2023 10am-5:30pm
 
The Serpentine presents Infinite Folds, an exhibition featuring over 30 works by visual artist, sculptor, novelist and poet Barbara Chase-Riboud. By combining materials with different qualities, such as hard versus soft, light against heavy, and tactile versus rigid, Chase-Riboud’s works speak to the artist’s interest in creating forms that unify opposing forces.
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Discovery Day: Hair-Raising Halloween
 
Hyde Park
25th Oct- 27th Oct 11am-3pm
 
Celebrate Halloween with the little ones and take part in a host of free creepy crawly activities including guessing the gruesome contents of the feely boxes, exploring the eerie nature trail and learning about the brilliant bats in the Royal Parks.
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Family Workshop and Concert at The Royal College of Music
 
Royal College of Music
27th Oct 2:00pm
 
Explore music and sound like never before in this interactive workshop and concert brought to you by the School of Noise and the Royal College of Music Museum. Appropriate for families with children aged 7-12.
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CinéFamilies at the Institut français
 
Institut français
Dates and times vary
 
The much acclaimed Ciné Lumière offers a wonderful choice of movies for the whole family to enjoy together, from Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, Asterix, Tad the Lost Explorer & The Curse of the Mummy and so many more. There is something for everyone!
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African Drumming
 
Natural History Museum
24th & 27th Oct 10.30 am, 11.15 am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3pm
 
Join a free drumming session at the Musuem. Families will explore African drumming in an immersive experience based on African nature, energy and rhythm. Spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Drop-in Design: Build a Prop!
 
V&A
26th Oct-28th Oct 11am-4pm
 
Take part in this drop-in workshop for families and create your own giant cardboard prop. Design and create your own giant cardboard prop to add to a large-scale stage designed by prop maker Isobel Irwin. Think like a designer and transform ordinary material into a magical setting for your story.
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Design Camp: Autumn Robot Olympics
 
Design Museum Kensington
25th Oct 10am - 4pm
 
Learn how to create robots to compete in various games of the Design Museum’s Olympics using the BBC Micro:Bit in this hands-on workshop. Suitable for young people at secondary school, aged 11-14.
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  And from our friends  
 
 
Image credit: © Nick Van Tiem  
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022
 
Cromwell Place
27th Oct - 18th Dec 10am - 5pm
 
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2022 is the leading international competition, celebrating the very best in contemporary photography. For the second year, the exhibition will take place at Cromwell Place, while the National Portrait Gallery building is closed for major redevelopment works.
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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

Our partners include:
 
The Design Museum
Goethe-Institut
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Cromwell Place
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
 
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