Imagine Children's Festival at the Southbank Centre

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The Great Escape at the Imagine Children's Festival. Image courtesy of Belinda Lawley
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It’s time for the children to start running the show as the Southbank Centre is taken over for the Imagine Children’s Festival.

Transformed by children for children, this jamboree features activities from dance and theatre to books and art.

Take part in the Great Escape (pictured above), an intriguing mission as part of a secret agency to uncover evidence for the existence of Borrowers (the small people who live under the floorboards)

Listen to talks from classic children's authors and illustrators such as Sir Quentin Blake and Jacqueline Wilson.

Learn about classical music with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Discover exciting insights into science at One Giant Leap.

Join Polarbear as he weaves made-up stories, jokes and adventures in Mouth Open Story Jump Out.

Rock out at the Battle of the Bands as musicians aged 12 and below show off inner Jimi Hendrix skills.

Play along with Oily Cart as she welcomes children aged six months to two years into the interactive, tactile world of Tube, where sound, colour and texture rule.

Get digging too because the festival is the best time to start rummaging around in your dress up box, with different themed days planned throughout: 15 Feb is Topsy-Turvy Day when children will be wearing their clothes upside down and inside out; 19 Feb is Call of the Wild Day when you can come as your favourite plant or wild animal; and 22 Feb is The Great Enormo Theme Park Day, when cowboys, astronauts, pirates and sailors take over the Southbank Centre.

Raucous, entertaining and informative, there’s guaranteed to be something at the Imagine Children’s Festival to keep the most restless of youngsters happily occupied.

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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

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Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road
0844 847 9910
Public transport:
Underground and Rail Stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, Waterloo East. Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, on York Road, on Belvedere Road and on Stamford Street.

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