The Imagine Children's Festival, which has something to inspire kids of all ages, is back again this year - its 19th! - to celebrate the power of storytelling. Kids from all over London will be congregating in the Southbank Centre in this festival that is truly by kids, and for kids.
With so many different activities on offer, it's worth scanning the website to see which events most tickle your fancy. But for those looking for a handy guide, here are some of the highlights at Imagine Children's Festival 2020. The full schedule isn't up yet, so watch this space for updates.
Royal Festival Hall, on through 17 July 2020
One for the tiny-tot set, this music workshop allows you and baby to immerse yourselves in the captivating sounds of the gamelan - a Javanese percussion orchestra - as well as giving you an opportunity to socialise with other new parents. Booking is £5.
Royal Festival Hall, on through 23 February 2020
credit: Pete Woodhead
We think Soundpit is completely brilliant - and we're not alone, considering the Southbank Centre has brought it back for its second year running. Think sandpits - but clean, non-sticky ones - plus an immersive sound and light experience that's fun for all ages. You can either play with your hands, your feet, or both. Booking is £8.
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo
Queen Elizabeth Hall, from 15 February, 2020 - 21 February 2020
This dinosaur show aimed at budding paleontologists 5 and up is sure to be a hit this February half-term, and kids can get up close and personal with live, moving dinosaurs, from sweet babies to enormous carnivores and herbivores. It's a chance to learn plenty too, like how to feed the dinosaurs and what the heck an Australovenator is (it's the most complete meat-eating skeleton ever found in Australia, guys!). Booking for adults is £16; £12 for kids.
Purcell Room, from 15 February, 2020 - 18 February 2020
A reworking of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Ducking for the modern era, Duckie stars acclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat in his first children's work, which champions our differences as strengths in a message that resonates with children - and parents - everywhere. Tickets are £14 for an adult, £10.50 for a child.
Queen Elizabeth Hall, 22 February 2020
Looking for a clever lesson in music history for your 6+ kid? Then you've come to the right place. Featuring performances from the BBC Concert Orchestra and Anna-Maria Helsing, children will learn about the history of famous composers and listen to works like Vivaldi's 'Spring', Shostakovich's 'Little Polka' (Scherzo), and Quincy Jones' 'Soul Bossa Nova'. Booking ranges from £10 - £16 per adult and £5 per child.
|What||Imagine Children's Festival, Southbank Centre|
|Where||Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
12 Feb 20 – 23 Feb 20, various
|Website||Click here to book events via the Southbank Centre website|