Best kids events in London to book for 2018
Busy parents, bookmark this page: we've rounded up everything you need to keep the kids engaged and entertained with the best family experiences in London throughout 2018.
Explore the art history behind your favourite DC superheroes with an exhaustive retrospective spanning from Arkham Asylum to Amazonian island, Themiscyra. Following a successful run in Paris, the DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes will open at The O2 in London this February.Read more ...
Bunny burglar Peter Rabbit has set his sights on a brand new botanical heist – the notorious produce pilferer plans to infiltrate the illustrious Kew Gardens this spring for their Easter Festival.
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Get hygge with it: explore the Nordic designs that changed childhoods with this new exhibition. The V&A Museum of Childhood has amassed a collection of everything from the Moomins to LEGO for Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today.Read more ...
Stemming from Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli, Studio Ponoc is set to release their first-ever feature film in April 2018. Based on a children's fantasy novel, Mary and the Witch's Flower tells the story story of a young girl who discovers a mysterious flower and, subsequently, magic powers. With an all-star cast (think Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent), this is one film families won't want to miss.
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Archbishop Justin Welby allows public access to his private green space – the oldest continuously cultivated garden in London – starting in April. Don't believe us? Find out by touring their adjoining garden museum.
Click here to read our list of the best outdoor activities for kids in London
Cultivate an appreciation for music through the medium of film, thanks to the Royal Albert Hall. There will be screenings of classics like Harry Potter and Star Trek, accompanied by a live orchestra performing the score – one of the best family experiences in London.Read more ...
Prepare to be amazed by an operatic escargatoire: a choir of 176 snails will serenade audience members in an art exhibition known as Slow Pixel. Grab a ticket to Sonica, a weekend festival of sound art, to see (and hear) the groovy gastropods before enjoying the rest of the audio installations.
Calling all aspiring astronauts and astrophysicists: you're invited to venture into deep space at the Royal Albert Hall for their first-ever science festival. Presented in collaboration with the UK Space Agency, the festival has planned some stellar events sure to delight stargazers of all ages, from film screenings to musical events.
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Every year, kids from all over London participate in a vast array of artistic workshops known as Children's Art Week. The festival will return from 9 – 17 June 2018. Although little is known about the lineup of events, we can guarantee Children's Art Week will inspire budding artists of all ages.
Founded 20 years ago by ex-teacher Peter Higgin, theatre company Punchdrunk has pioneered immersive theatre as we know it. Small Wonders, their brand new show, has been designed specially for families. Venture inside Nanny Lacey's flat to explore the wonders of her world: her homemade collection of miniatures. Each touching, tiny tableau depicts a memory she shares with her daughter, Bella. The flat unfolds like a beautiful, 3-D photo album, curated around stories and treasured moments in time.
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Kids Week – actually a month – runs for the entirety of August, a period when under-16s go free to a host of London's best shows when accompanied by an adult paying full price. Families can also pick up two additional children's tickets for half price with every transaction during this phenomenal family event.Read more ...
Little ones are invited to go behind the scenes of London's most recognisable landmarks at Open House Junior. Open-city – the team behind the summer's architecturally inspired Archikids Festival – offers a jam-packed programme of events aimed at helping children explore the city and master their creative talents.Read more ...
Creep on: Halloween means costumes, candy, and scary stories. London is always full of suitably eerie events for the occasion, with everything from monster supplies to pumpkin carving to keep the kids occupied.
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War Horse returns to where it began – the National's Lyttelton stage – for a limited run to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Whether or not you're familiar with the book or film version of Michael Morpurgo's story, War Horse is something else altogether on stage.Read more ...
Get the kids out and about with one of London's most popular (and Instagrammable) winter activities: ice skating. With fantastic rinks from Canary Wharf to Somerset House open well into January, there's no excuse to stay locked inside next holiday season.
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