Summer Events for Kids
Top 10 Summer Events for Kids in London. London is a great city to be in over August. With a multitude of events designed to keep the children happy, you’ll have no trouble keeping them occupied during the long school break – whatever the weather….
The Geffrye Museum – free
Until August 15th
A variety of free, daily workshops for kids of all ages including making bird baths, origami ornaments and bunting. Places are allocated from 30 minutes before the event. For a detailed line-up, see the museum website.
The Canal Museum
Children’s activity days, guided towpath walks and tunnel boat trips are all part of the summer holiday calendar. Visit the website for specific listings and times. Be aware that some events require advance booking.
‘Groove On Down The Road’ at Southbank Centre
Taking place at Queen Elizabeth Hall this energetic, family dance adventure is a spin off The Wizard of Oz. Described as a “visually spectacular” and heart-warming production, this is recommended for children aged 5+. Visit the website to purchase tickets.
Muse of Fire at Shakespeare’s Globe
This story-based treasure hunt teaches children and parents alike about the Globe’s exciting history. Expect the unexpected as you explore the fascinating nooks and crannies of the riverside theatre. Aimed at children aged 6-11. Book well in advance.
Free Family Events at Westminster Abbey – free
Until 19th August
Returning for another year of its popular summer holiday events located in the College Garden. Workshops include crown making, dancing for the Queen and learning to be a knight to mention a few. Suitable for children aged 5+. Each date has three sessions and booking is recommended.
Free Theatre at The Scoop – free
As part of the More London Free Festival you can enjoy free theatre for both children and adults at The Scoop. The amphitheatre is located on the riverfront close to Tower Bridge and has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, proving to be a brilliant setting for all ages! Visit the ‘What’s on’ section of the website for more information.
Source Show at the Arts Depot – free
Based on the secret mission to find and save the sources of London’s rivers before the sewers and underground system were created, Cirque Bijou and Nutkhut put on a display of song, dance and acrobatics in a free, outdoor show for all the family. Join them as they seek to find the Source.
Plantasia Summer Festival at Kew Gardens
Until 7th September
Discover a fantastical world full of sensory experiences from the Barefoot Walk and Tai Chi sessions to Plant Family Croquet. Plus, under 16’s enter free! Tickets available online.
Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum
Until 14th September
The butterfly house returns for a sixth year where visitors can get close up to tropical butterflies, and take part in games, activities and challenges that teach more about the amazing, fluttering creatures.
Horrible Histories: Spies at Imperial War Museum
Until 4th January
This interactive family exhibition allows visitors to test their code-cracking and undercover skills, taking part in a secret mission where all things are camouflage! This exhibition makes an excellent value day out.