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101 things to do in London with kids: film, theatre and music

Get them into the arts at an early age at these top-notch venues and kid-focused events

By Laura Lee Davies

One of the best things about London is its age-inclusiveness when it comes to the arts. There’s always something on to engage and entertain the littlest culture vultures, from mesmerising theatre shows to family-friendly movie screenings.

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Film, theatre and music for kids in London

Watch the latest releases with babes in arms at Rich Mix

Cinemas Independent Shoreditch

One of the many arts offerings at east London’s Rich Mix is the cinema, with Kids’ Cine Time sessions and family ticket offers. Every Monday there are parent and baby screenings of the latest releases, shown at lower volume and in more light than usual, which gives mums and dads some cinema time but also offers a calming environment for tots.

£6, £4.50 concs

Ages 0-12 months

Be a groundling at Shakespeare's Globe

Theatre Shakespeare South Bank

Recreated in the style of a theatre from 400 years ago, the Globe’s seating includes ‘groundling’ tickets where the audience stands. Its outdoor setting can be a dynamic way to engage young people in classic theatre. Children and families are welcome to performances, but the tour and exhibition are the best way to introduce kids to Shakespeare, along with the popular modern-day plays designed for young audiences – ‘Shakespeare Untold’.

Prices vary

Age 3+


Watch magical puppetry at the Little Angel Theatre

Theatre Puppetry Islington

This is a fabulous place to take children for some of the best puppet shows you’re likely to see. They offer a busy programme of productions throughout the year, and at weekends and during school holidays there are activities in the new Studios Space. Here the company offers workshops and courses for all ages and stages, looking at the craft of puppet theatre.

Prices vary

Ages 2+

Belt out an aria at the Royal Opera House

Music Classical and opera Covent Garden

Children love ballet lessons, but the idea of actually going to see opera or ballet must seem terribly grown-up, which is why the family events here are a special treat. Welcome Performances are introductory events offered to families at a reduced price, and regular Family Sundays include singing and dancing activities, informal performances from artists currently working at the ROH, costume dressing-up and backstage insights. Booking essential.

£5 Family Sundays, £3 children, £5-£20 Welcome Performances

Ages 6+


Watch a movie on the UK's biggest screen at the BFI Imax

Cinemas IMAX Waterloo

With digital surround sound and a screen almost as high as five double-decker buses, this is a thrilling cinema experience for older kids and teens, especially when there’s a showing of a new Hollywood movie created with the latest Imax 3D technology. Screenings also include all-action short films about nature and space. Put your 3D specs on and get ready to duck.

From £9.25, £6.90 senior, £6.70 student, £5.90 under-15s, from £18.50 family

Age 3+

© Comedy Club 4 Kids

Get the giggles at Comedy Club 4 Kids

Want to take your kids to live stand-up comedy free of swear words and inappropriate jokes? Then Comedy Club 4 Kids shows in London and around the UK are ideal for you. Established comedy favourites perform daytime shows aimed at children aged 6+. Kids aged 7+ can also have a go at stand-up themselves at regularly held workshops.

Prices vary

Ages 6+

Various London venues


Throw some shapes with Big Fish Little Fish

This family-friendly disco crew references the rave culture of the early ’90s, but happily their events around London and at festivals are thoroughly wholesome affairs. Suitable for babies and children of all ages, Big Fish Little Fish daytime gigs give parents a chance to enjoy good music in a setting that the whole family can enjoy, complete with activities like synthesizer workshops and hulahoop demonstrations. Check their website for upcoming dates.

Prices vary

All ages

Various London venues

101 things to do in London with kids - Bach to Baby Family Christmas Concert
© Alejandro Tamagno

Nurture a mini maestro at Bach to Baby

Not all children’s entertainment has to be corny and colourful, as Bach to Baby proves. Trained musicians perform child-friendly classical concerts in spaces all over London. Toddlers are free to get and up move about and babies are contented to sit on laps as the classical music floats around them. There are shows every week and sessions include a pre-concert Monmouth Coffee Mingle.

£10, free for children

Ages 0-4

Various London locations


Watch a girl swung around by her pigtails at Matilda

In the RSC’s hugely successful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantasy, a fine cast of young actors bring Tim Minchin’s smart, funny songs to life, as a little girl with supernatural powers shows us how bright children can survive stupid adults. Dahl’s gruesome humour is reflected in cartoon violence that is here magically recreated in a dynamic and colourful style. Happily, without harm to a single real pigtail…

From £24

Ages 6+

Cambridge Theatre, Leicester Square

101 things to do in london with kids, teens, Roundhouse Young Creatives
© Roundhouse

Learn the media ropes at The Roundhouse's Young Creatives

Music Music venues Chalk Farm

Let your kids turn a passion into a potential profession with the Roundhouse creative sessions for ages 11 to 25. For free (in some cases a very small fee), the workshops and courses offer expert advice and hands-on experience for all abilities. Sessions include drop-in street-circus skills, learning how to DJ, radio and music producing workshops and more in-depth courses using the excellent studio facilities.


Ages 11-25

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