IMAGINE CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL 2019
Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival turns eighteen in 2019 – but it’s nowhere near growing up! The annual festival returns 13-24 February 2019 for a half-term week of the best in children’s theatre, comedy, family parties, hands-on activities, DJs, dance, immersive experiences and full-on fun for children and their grownups.
With more than 180 events jam-packed into twelve days and fifty percent of the festival completely free, Imagine is the biggest festival of its kind in London. It is dedicated to families experiencing and enjoying all kinds of art and culture together.
FREE ACTIVITY GIANT CHALKBOARD
13-24 February 2019, 10.30-4pm, Southbank Centre’s Level 1 Cloakroom Foyer, free, all ages
Visitors can see where their imagination takes them as they add to the giant chalkboard and watch how the picture grows and changes throughout the day!
FREE ACTIVITY OUTDOOR GAMES
16-24 February 2019, 10.30am-4pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall Riverside Terrace, free, all ages
Children can hop, jump, skip, and run off some steam on the Riverside Terrace, transformed into a playground by Anna Bruder’s illustrative designs.
13-24 February 2019 then weekends and holidays until 2 June 2019, entry every hour from 10.15am-5.15pm, Southbank Centre’s Spirit Level Exhibition Space, Ticketed, £8, all ages
Visitors will feel in a whole new way by playing an immersive musical instrument that links the senses, created by artist Di Maidstone. Using sand, graphics, music and motion-capture technology, Soundpit echoes synaesthesia, a phenomenon where a sense in one part of the body stimulates another sense at the same time, such as ‘hearing colour’.
RELAXED ACTIVITY HIPPITY HOP
13-17 February 2019, 10.30am, 2.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Blue Room, Spirit Level, Ticketed, £9 / £12, ages 2-5
With graffiti-based designs, hip-hop flavoured beats and the twinkling lights of the city, Hippity Hop is a multi-sensory musical starring the Hippity Hoppity baby – it’s a hip-hopera! After its sell-out success over a decade ago, Hippity Hop is back to meet a new generation of hip young things. There will be a Relaxed Performance on Friday 15 February at 2.30pm.
BSL STORYTELLING TIME FOR BED
13-24 February 2019, 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, Southbank Centre’s Sunley Pavilion, Ticketed, various ages
Children are welcome to snuggle up and rediscover the joy of bedtime stories in a magical environment created to inspire and capture the imaginations of children and adults alike. BSL interpreted on 16th and 22nd. Performances 13-15 February are recommended for under 5s, from 16-24 February at 11am for ages 0-5 years, 12.30pm for ages 5+ and 2pm for ages 7+.
ACCESSIBLE FREE ACTIVITY THE RIG PLAY ZONE
14 February 2019, 10.30-3.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, ages 0-6
The Rig is a musical playground for all the family. Built from up-cycled and recycled objects turned into instruments and sound experiments, kids can really get creative with music. Everyone can play, regardless of musical ability. The Rig has been designed so that the instruments are accessible to all.
COMEDY SCREAMING WITH LAUGHTER
14 February 2019, 11am (60 minutes), Southbank Centre’s Level 5 Function Room, Ticketed £10, each ticket admits one adult and one babe in arms under 12 months.
Parents, carers or guardians with infants under a year old are welcome to have grown-up giggles without having to book a babysitter at this afternoon comedy club. Created and hosted by Hatty Ashdown, co-writer of the Comedy Central sitcom Give Out Girls and starring Jessica Fosterkew co-host of The Guilty Feminist podcast and regular host of The Comedy Club on BBC R4 Extra, it promises adult stand-up where the acts won’t make fun of the audience for moving around, feeding and changing, or if their babies are having a screaming match.
PERFORMANCE PEPPA PIG: MY FIRST CONCERT
15-17 February 2019 (15 February: 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 16 & 17 February: 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm), Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed £16 (adult) £12 (child), ages 18 months+
Peppa Pig, along with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and George, comes to the Queen Elizabeth Hall for Peppa Pig: My First Concert, a fun, interactive introduction to a live orchestra for ages 18 months and older. Peppa and George learn all about the different sounds that instruments make together, and enjoy some of their favourite music from the show played by an orchestra as well as discovering some other exciting orchestral pieces, perfect for children. Little piggies can join in with Peppa and her family, and make music of their own!
FREE PERFORMANCE EXCELLENT SONGS FOR CHILDREN – WITH AL START
15 February 2019, 11am, 1pm (60 minutes), Southbank Centre’s Central Bar Foyer, free, ages 3-8
Visitors are invited to join children’s songwriter Al Start for an hour of original songs about cakes, castles, gloop and slime, bears in wardrobes and aliens on roofs. Featuring loads of sing-along favourites perfect for primary school age children and their families; visitors will be humming for days.
FREE PERFORMANCE ACTIVITY MORNING MUSIC TIME
16-24 February 2019, 10.30-11am, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, all ages
Families are welcome to warm up their body and mind with a musical morning boost at the start of every day throughout Imagine Children’s Festival by watching a performance, meeting an instrument or having a sing.
ACTIVITY FACE PAINTING WITH GLITTERBOX
16-24 February 2019, 10.30am-4pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall Level 2 Green side,Ticketed £5, ages 2+
Visitors will add colour, magic and sparkle to their day with the talented team of Glitterbox face painters. Kids are welcome to take inspiration from the festival’s themes and activities, or conjure up their own ideas.
PERFORMANCE THE SINGING MERMAID
16-20 February 2019 (16 & 17 February: 11am, 3pm; 18 & 20 February: 11am, 1pm, 3.15pm; 19 February: 11am, 3.15pm), Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £16 / £12, ages 3-8
Escape to the seaside with a musical story based on the popular children’s book The Singing Mermaid, written by Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo) and illustrated by Lydia Monks (What The Ladybird Heard). Tricked away from her sea-dwelling friends by a wicked circus master, find out if the musical Mermaid will ever make it home. Presented through magical puppetry by Little Angel Theatre with Royal & Derngate, and featuring music by Barb Jungr (We’re Going On A Bear Hunt).
STORYTELLING KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE: THE WAY PAST WINTER
16 February 2019, 11am-12pm, Southbank Centre’s Level 5 Function Room, Ticketed, ages 8-11
Cross frozen wild-lands with Mila and her sisters at a reading from children’s author Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s latest book, The Way Past Winter.
BSL PANEL JACQUELINE WILSON, MALORIE BLACKMAN, CHRIS RIDDELL
16 February 2019, 11am-12pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed, £14 / £10.50, ages 8-12
Visitors are invited to join former Children’s Laureates Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell for a glimpse behind the scenes of the League of Laureates, and a journey into some of their most loved stories and characters. The event launches BookTrust’s national tour to celebrate 20 years of the Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate in 2019, and will be live-streamed to Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, in Newcastle.
STORYTELLING WORKSHOP STORIES OF SYRIA WITH NADINE KAADAN
16 February 2019, 11am, 1.30pm (60 minutes), Southbank Centre’s Foyle Pavilion, Ticketed, ages 4-7
Through her beautifully illustrated storybooks, award-winning Syrian author and illustrator Nadine Kaadan helps children understand war. In an interactive storytelling and art workshop she introduces her story Tomorrow, about the strength of family love, the rich culture and proud history of Damascus, and a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict
FREE ACTIVITY BIG MOVES FOR LITTLE GROOVERS
16 February 2019, 11.15am-12.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, ages 5+
Imagine Children’s Festival is calling all budding B-girls and B-boys, throw down some shapes and perfect the best moves in a Hip-Hop dance workshop for kids (big kids encouraged to join in too!).
FREE ACTIVITY FUN DMC
16 February 2019, 1pm-3.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, all ages
Families can party down to the highest quality child-friendly hip-hop, funk and disco anthems, at FUNDMC. Children are at the heart of this block party, hosted by Spin Doctor of The Doctor’s Orders promoters of some of the world’s best DJs and MCs.
STORYTELLING ACTIVITY THE SKIES ABOVE MY EYES
16 February 2019, 2-3pm, Southbank Centre’s Level 5 Function Room, Ticketed, ages 5+
Voyage to the stars with the author and illustrator of children’s book The Skies Above My Eyes at an event featuring fun facts and intergalactic drawing.
BSL FREE STORYTELLING BEDTIME STORIES
16-24 February 2019, 3.45-4pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, all ages
The whole family are invited to unwind with a story every afternoon of Imagine Children’s Festival. Special guests choose and read one of their own favourite children’s stories every day at this free event. The sessions will be BSL interpreted on 16, 20 and 23 February.
STORYTELLING ACTIVITY PHILIP ARDAGH AND KITTY CASK THE SMUGGLER’S DAUGHTER
17 February 2019, 11am-12pm, Southbank Centre’s Level Five Function Room, Ticketed, £8 / £6, ages 7-10
Children are invited to join Kitty Cask for deeds of derring-do, get dressed up and act out scenes from the book at an interactive storytelling session led by author Philip Ardagh.
FREE ACTIVITY CHINEKE! JUNIORS
17 February 2019, 11am-3.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, ages 6+
Chineke! Juniors present a whole day of music making totally free, where budding musicians can explore creating music in an ensemble, and reinterpret the sounds of the orchestra through dance, art and storytelling. Chineke! Juniors is a youth orchestra of black and minority ethnic musicians aged 11-18, and the sister ensemble to the professional Chineke! Orchestra, the first black and minority ethnic orchestra in Europe.
PANEL ANDREA PIPPINS: STEP INTO YOUR POWER
17 February 2019, 1-2pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, ages 8-12
The illustrator of Step into Your Power Andrea Pippins is joined by special guests to mentor children in how to make their big dreams a big reality by harnessing their power and using it.
ACTIVITY ALEX MILWAY: HOTEL FLAMINGO
17 February 2019, 2-3pm, Southbank Centre’s Level 5 Function Room, Ticketed, ages 5-7
Children will check in at Hotel Flamingo, the funniest and sunniest hotel in town, for musical sing-alongs and live illustration with author-illustrator Alex Milway. They will find out hilarious behind-the-scenes secrets and tips and tricks for catering for all the hotel’s very different animal guests and even learn how to draw the characters along the way!
STORYTELLING PERFORMANCE SCHUMANN AND PEPPER THE MONKEY
18 & 19 February 2019, 10am, 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm , Southbank Centre’s Level Five Function Room, £9 ages 0 – 5
This immersive storytelling concert features new chamber arrangements of Schumann’s music and an original story from Kate Wakeling a critically acclaimed poet who is Aurora Orchestra’s writer-in-residence. The audience are invited to listen, sing, dance and enter a magical world of music, discovery and play.
FREE STORYTELLING RUG RHYMES
18 February 2019, 10.30am, Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library Reading Den, free, ages 0-5.
Visitors are invited to join the National Poetry Library puppets, Federico and Firebird, on their poem rug. In this Imagine Children’s Festival session, find out all about one of their favourite picture books, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.
STORYTELLING THE DAY I FELL INTO A BOOK
19-23 February 2019, (19, 21, 23 February: 10.30am, 3.30pm; 20, 22 February: 10.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm) Southbank Centre’s Blue Room, Spirit Level, Ticketed, £12 / £9, ages 8-12
Find yourself in a magical world of imagination at an immersive storytelling adventure for families and school groups, featuring 3D sound and theatre. The Day I Fell Into A Book uses binaural sound recordings, intricate lighting technology and projection to take the audience into a lost world of classic myths and legends: A 3-dimensional sound and theatre experience for everyone who loves myths, legends and reading. Produced by Fuel Theatre.
STORYTELLING DAVID MCKEE: A LIFE IN COLOUR
18 February 2019, 11am-12pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed £12 / £9, ages 8-12
The creator of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, Mr Benn and Not Now Bernard reflects on a career of writing and illustrating beloved children’s books. In an event celebrating the 30th birthday year of Elmer, David McKee gives an insight into the process behind his creations. Elmer remains one of the most iconic and widely read children’s book series of all time, selling over 10 million copies worldwide in more than 50 languages.
STORYTELLING LIVING PAINTINGS
18 February 2019, 11am-12pm & 1.30pm-2.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Foyle Pavilion, Ticketed £8 one adult one child, ages 5-8
Living Paintings are the only charity in the UK who design, create and publish tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people. This session is designed specifically for children aged 5-8 with visual impairments to introduce Touch to See books, re-telling some of the best loved children’s books in braille or tactile painted pictures, and inspire a love of reading in all.
FREE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP A MONDAY AT THE MUSICALS
18 February 2019, 11am-3.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, recommended ages 5+
Visitors will feel the thrill of the limelight in a day celebrating all things musical theatre by taking part in workshops and watching performances by real West End performers, including a performance by the world-class musical theatre, song and dance troupe from Central London, West End Kids.
WORKSHOP PICTURE A POEM ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP
18 February 2019, 11.30am, Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library, Ticketed, £8, ages 6-10
Children are invited to create cosmic illustrations that take poems to a different dimension at a workshop for ages 6-10 with children’s illustrator and poet Ed Boxall. They will have fun drawing poems, and trying out collage, printing and rubber stamps, too.
STORYTELLING WOOF WOOF WAG WAG PUPPY POEMS
18 February 2019, 1.30pm, Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library, Ticketed, £6 / £4.50, ages 5-7
Visitors can pad along to hear poems about their waggiest friends at this poetry reading for dog-loving children aged 5-7 and their families. The reading features poets Brian Moses and Roger Stevens reading from their joint collection The Waggiest Tails: Poems Written by Dogs and Victoria Adukwei Bulley reading from Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield.
PERFORMANCE WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT
18 February 2019, 2pm (60 minutes), Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ticketed £18 / £13.50, ages 3+
Visitors will go on an intrepid adventure at a screening of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, based on the bestselling bedtime book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. The 24-minute film follows the escapades of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, baby Max and Rufus the dog, who set off on an expedition in search of bears, determined to ‘catch a big one’, with a live orchestral soundtrack, composed and conducted by Stuart Hancock and performed by City of London Sinfonia, and a fun sing-along of the closing credits song, ‘Me & You’ by George Ezra.
STORYTELLING POWERFULLY PERSUASIVE POEMS
18 February 2019, 3pm, Southbank Centre’s National Poetry Library, Ticketed, £6 / £4.50, ages 8-11
For those in the mood for some powerfully persuasive poetry, this event features hip-hop poet and MC Simon Mole along with Karl Nova, whose book Rhythm and Poetry won the 2018 CLiPPA children’s poetry award, and Rachel Rooney, 2012 Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award (CLiPPA) winner who reads from her new book all about school, A Kid in My Class.
STORYTELLING CANDY GOURLAY: IS IT A MERMAID?
19 February 2019, 11am, 1.30pm (60 minutes), Southbank Centre’s Foyle Pavilion, Ticketed, £8 one adult one child, ages 3-7
Dive under the sea with writer Candy Gourlay to find out about the mysterious dugong – a creature who thinks she’s a mermaid. When Benji and Bel find a strange creature on a tropical beach they know it’s a dugong. But the dugong insists she is a beautiful mermaid, and to prove it, she shows them her mermaid’s tail and sings them a mermaid song. Is it a Mermaid? is a warm-hearted story about friendship – and mermaids! Written by Candy Gourlay, illustrated by Francesca Chessa and published by Otter-Barry Books.
BSL PERFORMANCE CAPTAIN FLINN & THE MAGIC CUTLASS
19-23 February 2019, 11am, 3pm (50 minutes), Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed, £16 / £12, ages 3+
All aboard for a non-stop, action-packed theatrical pirate adventure, with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs. When Flinn, Pearl and Tom are in the middle of their school play, their old nemesis, Mr T the T-Rex, appears and kidnaps the children forcing them to hunt for the secretive Magic Cutlass – a sword that grants the holder any wish! The children are whisked away for another fantastic adventure to a world of devious dinosaurs, deep sea dangers and smelly sausages.
The show at 11am on 20th February will be BSL interpreted.
PERFORMANCE FREE COSMIC CURRENTS WITH FIGS IN WIGS AND FRIENDS
19 February 2019, 11am-3.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, recommended ages 5+
Dead-pan comedy performance troupe Figs in Wigs are joined by their cabaret friends, professional show-off Steve Nice, and ShayShay, one of the best known figures on London’s alternative drag scene, for a whole day on Planet Fig. Families will encounter strange aliens, explore how earthlings live and dance with mysterious ocean creatures. Presented in association with The Raze Collective, supporting and developing LGBTQI performance.
COMEDY JEREMY STRONG: LAUGH YOUR SOCKS OFF
19 February 2019, 1-2pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £10 / £7.50, 7+
Children will laugh their socks off with the King of Comedy, Jeremy Strong, as he shares the giggles and fun from the latest story in the My Brother’s Famous Bottom and 100MPH Dog series.
ACTIVITY THIS IS THE DRUM WITH KEN WILSON-MAX
20 February 2019, 11am, 1.30pm (60 minutes), Southbank Centre’s Foyle Pavilion, Ticketed, £8, ages 3-6
Come and step to the beat with award-winning picture book author Ken Wilson-Max at an all-singing, all-dancing event with the drum at its heart. Discover different drums from around the world and how they make you feel and move. Participants will learn to play a simple rhythm and create their own drum to take home.
FREE BSL ACCESSIBLE ACTIVITY DO YOUR OWN THING WITH HEART N SOUL
20 February 2019, 11am-3.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, recommended ages 5+
Visitors are invited to get involved in Do Your Own Thing, Heart n Soul’s creative taking part project for children and young people with learning disabilities. Participants will dive into the mind of young participant Reuben, as they explore the day seeing the world through his eyes, partying with DJs and enjoying live music and radio.
STORYTELLING SOPHY HENN: BAD NANA
21 February 2019, 11am-12pm, Southbank Centre’s Level 5 Function Room, Ticketed £8 / £6, ages 5-8
Nana’s up to no good: children can find out what she does next at a rib-tickling reading from the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author.
STORYTELLING WORKSHOP SMRITI PRASADAM-HALLS: YOU MAKE ME HAPPY
21 February 2019, 11am, 1.30pm (60 minutes), Southbank Centre’s Foyle Pavilion, Ticketed £8 includes one adult and one child, ages 3-6
Children are invited to find their happy at an interactive craft and storytelling workshop full of feel-good fun with picture book author Smriti Prasadam-Halls. Participants will celebrate the whoever, the whatever and the however that makes them happy as Prasadam-Halls introduces her new book, You Make Me Happy.
FREE ACTIVITY STRICTLY KIDS
21 February 2019, 11.30-3.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, all ages, recommended 7-11
The audience is welcome to come along and learn the moves to favourite dance styles featured on Strictly, with demos from leading child ballroom dancers, great music and lots of fun for all.
TALK LAUREN CHILD IN CONVERSATION
21 February 2019, 1-2pm, Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £10 / £7.50, ages 8-12
At this talk, children will hear from Lauren Child, the mind behind beloved children’s book characters Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. Child, the current Waterstones Children’s Laureate, is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist whose books are known and loved the world over.
PERFORMANCE SHLOMO’S BEATBOX ADVENTURE FOR KIDS!
21 February 2019, 11am, 3.30pm (45 minutes), Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed £12, £9, all ages
Visitors can become one of sonic superhero Shlomo’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether aged 1 or 101. Shlomo is a world-record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and a mic.
STORYTELLING RICHARD O’NEILL: ROMANI TALES
21 February 2019, 2-3pm, Southbank Centre’s Level 5 Function Room, Ticketed £8 / £6, ages 6-10
Children can hear the enchanting tales of Yokki and the Parno Gry and Polonius the Pit Pony from acclaimed Romani storyteller Richard O’Neill. Born and brought up in a large, traditional nomadic Romani Gypsy family, travelling throughout the North of England and Scotland, O’Neill’s captivating stories reflect the oral storytelling tradition of his background.
ACTIVITY BE A POLAR EXPLORER WITH ALEX BELL
22 February 2019, 11am-12pm & 1:30-2:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Foyle Pavilion, Ticketed £8 includes one adult and one child, ages 8-12
Visitors are invited to hear about the Polar Bear Explorers and plan their own trip at this writing adventure.
BSL FREE WORKSHOP MOLLY SPOON WORKSHOP AND PARADE
22 February 2019, 11am-12.30pm & 2pm-3.30pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, ages 3+
Visitors will join Timberlina, the world’s premier ecologically minded bearded drag queen, to explore the history behind Molly Spoons, an early incarnation of what might be referred to now as a drag queen or alter-ego in Victorian London.
BSL STORYTELLING I WISH I WAS A MOUNTAIN
22-23 February 2019, 12pm, 3.15pm (60 minutes), Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed, £12 / £9, ages 6+
Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Consider big questions at Toby Thompson’s retelling of a fairy tale. Written and performed by the former Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Thompson, I Wish I Was a Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly reimagine Herman Hesse’s Faldum for ages 6+.
The show will be BSL interpreted on 22 February, 3.15pm.
FREE PERFORMANCE FRIDAY LUNCH: THE BURNING GLASS
22 February 2019, 1-2pm, Southbank Centre’s Central Bar Foyer, free, all ages.
Visitors will feel the fierce energy, lilting layers of vocals and sparks of lyrical wit from four-piece band The Burning Glass, who share true stories through music.The band is made up of guitar, double bass, tuned percussion ukulele and drums. Cousins and band founders Edwin and Kizzy Brooks are joined by acclaimed vocalist and double bassist Nina Harries and Joseph Trudgeon, a rapidly emerging talent in the UK jazz and swing scene.
STORYTELLING ACTIVITY MARY HOFFMAN AND ROS ASQUITH: BEING GREEN
23 February 2019, 11am-12pm, Southbank Centre’s Level 5 Function Room, Ticketed, ages 6-10
Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith, author and illustrator of the bestselling Great Big Book series, share their Great Big Green Book, which approaches the deeply serious subject of caring for our planet in an accessible and light-hearted way. After the reading, questions and discussions, children can contribute to a Tree of Hope by decorating a paper leaf with their drawn or written feelings about climate change, animals, trees, the ocean, saving energy or creating a happier, more peaceful future.
BSL FREE STORYTELLING PERFORMANCE BOOK IN A DAY: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
23 February 2019, 11am-4pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, all ages
Visitors are invited on a delightfully dangerous jaunt to the Isle of Berk as Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon is read for one whole heroic day. The adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, now known for their award-winning franchise and big-screen adaptation, are brought to life with readings from special guests and live performances.
FREE BOOK SIGNING WITH CRESSIDA COWELL
23 February 2019, 4.15-4.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Level 4 Blue Room, Spirit Level, free but ticketed, ages 5+
Parents are invited to bring their little dragons for a book signing with Cressida Cowell, author of the fire-breathingly fabulous children’s book series How to Train Your Dragon.
STORYTELLING ADE ADEPITAN: BATTLE OF THE CYBORG CAT
23 February 2019, 2-3pm, Southbank Centre’s Level 5 Function Room, Ticketed, ages 8-11
Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan shares his new story of the ups and downs of Ade, a young boy adjusting to life in east London. When Ade moves to London from Nigeria, he doesn’t always feel welcome in his new community; fitting in is hard, especially as he looks different to everyone else. But Ade is brave and takes on the school bullies, surprising himself and the kids on his new street, and earns the name the Cyborg Cat.
PERFORMANCE OAE TOTS: A WORLD OF CELEBRATION
24 February 2019, 10.30am, 12pm (45 minutes) Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, Ticketed £9 adults, £1 tots, free for under 2s, ages 2-5
Young ones can enjoy the best introduction to classical music available,with OAE Tots, presented by Southbank Centre resident Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment. This 45-minute concert of Handel’s Water Music, which was written for a festival on the Thames includes lots of action and activity introducing children aged 2 to 5 to the magic of classical music, including a chance to meet the players and their instruments after the performance
STORYTELLING TALES OF NATURE WITH CHITRA SOUNDAR
24 February 2019, 11am-12noon, Southbank Centre’s Level Five Function Room, Ticketed £8, ages 4-7
Families can learn about nature, nurture and what each one of us can do to protect our planet with Chitra Soundar (author of the popularly acclaimed You’re Safe With Me). Journey to a land of ice and snow as Chitrar shares her beautifully illustrated new story You’re Snug With Me, set in the endangered home of a mother polar bear and her two newborn cubs.
STORYTELLING JASBINDER BILAN: ASHA & THE SPIRIT BIRD
24 February 2019, 11am, 1.30pm (60 minutes), Southbank Centre’s Foyle Pavilion, Ticketed, ages 8-11
Author Jasbinder Bilan leads a magic-realist adventure workshop as the audience join Asha and her spirit bird on an adventure across the Himalayas.
FREE ACTIVITY FOLD YOUR CITY
24 February 2019, 11am-3.45pm, Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, free, ages 3+
Children and adults learn to build a model city inspired by the ever-evolving London skyline that surrounds the River Thames in this free origami workshop.
PERFORMANCE NOISY NOTES
24 February 2019, 2-3pm, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ticketed, £12 / £10. ages 3+
Sound off at Noisy Notes, an interactive concert for children with Orion Orchestra. Led by special guest conductor and presenter Sue Perkins, the concert brings old favourites and familiar tunes to life with a full symphony orchestra experience for all ages.