Imagine Children’s Festival
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How cool that one of London’s greatest annual arts festivals is for an audience half of which are scarcely out of training pants
Bringing much-needed pizzazz to an otherwise dreary February half term holiday, Imagine is a mix of family-oriented shows and workshops, play experiences and exhibitions, music, art and literature. With events for all ages (from babies to teens) and lots of options which are free and drop-in, Imagine is the perfect way to fire young minds and allow the kids to let off steam when the weather is usually foul and parks are knee-deep in mud. The festival takes place at Southbank Centre, February 12-23.
On any day during half term you can swing by the Royal Festival Hall and join colourful, weird and wonderful family events. Some of them are free; just turn up and enjoy the eco-inspired games of 'Earth Activity Trail', scrawl your designs on the fest's 'Giant Chalkboard', drop into the buzzing line-up kid-friendly music performances in the venue's Clore Ballroom or, if you're a worn-out grown-up, get a luxurious hand massage at the 'Imagine Wellbeing Zone'.
Alternatively, book in advance for special events targeted at kids of all ages. Imagine started life as a literature festival for children and there is still a strong showing of authors and illustrators – this year, Michael Rosen, Dermot O’Leary, Cressida Cowell and Konnie Huq will all be running kid-oriented storytelling and poetry sessions. Many of these sell-out before the festival starts so it’s worth checking the website now.
There's also a pretty hefty array of theatre shows to pick from. 'Erth's Dinosaur Zoo' (February 15-21) will thrill Jurassic-obsessed kids with its strokable display of puppet lizards. There's also 'Slime', a slug-inspired movement piece for toddlers (February 15-16); hip hop and classical Indian dance storytelling in 'Same Same... But Different' (February 23); and a chance to meet a pigtailed literary icon in 'Meet Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking' (February 23).
You’ll find the full schedule on the Southbank Centre website.
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