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London's BEST Family Events this June 2024
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Put down the emergency ice lollies, because we’ve got more June kids’ events than you can shake a (lolly) stick at, and loads of them are FREE.

With the reclusive sun promising to be a bit more sociable, London becomes an entirely new playground, with free festivals featuring robots, jousting and music; rooftop movies; free West End outdoor shows; plus Arctic expeditions, an extraordinary bird exhibition; the ultimate dolly event in an iconic building and the unmissable, immersive Paddington experience.

There's something to entertain every age and flavour of child, so pack the Factor 50 and start planning your summer fun.


great exhibition road festival
The Great Exhibition Road Festival

South Kensington’s FREE, annual celebration of science and the arts returns on 15 - 16 June, with a gaggle of amazing events for all ages, from street art, to AI Silent Discos, hands-on workshops, and performances on the Main Stage.

The Family Fun Zone features music, model and art making, working with scientists and engineers on experiments, shows on the Family Stage and fitness, dance and meditation sessions.

There’s an explosive space show, ping pong comets to make and a Mars rover to code in the Science Zone.

Meet every kind of robot in the RoboRoom and make your own MiniBots and SoftBots from robot kits.

Play scientific games in the arcade, interact with a fully functioning model town, build clay spines and look inside your body in the Brilliant Bodies Zone and let chefs and scientists whip you up futuristic food. The event is led by cultural titans, Imperial College London.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival. Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London, SW7 2AZ and in surrounding venues. 15 and 16 June. 12-6pm. FREE

West End Live
West End Live

Take the family for a weekend of FREE performances from the West End’s top musicals.

The live shows takes place in Trafalgar Square, with some of the Theatre Land's biggest stars performing hits from West End’s leading musicals and must-see, new shows. There will also be viewing areas just outside the square, for those not comfortable in crowds. The free, unticketed and popular annual event will release details of the 2024 line up soon.

West End Live, Trafalgar Sq, London WC2N 5DS. 22-23 June 2024. FREE

Lambeth Country show
Lambeth Country Show’s 50th Anniversary

It’s the golden anniversary of this Brixton stalwart, which welcomes families to its FREE festival, to watch sheep shearing and owl displays, horse jousting and stunt shows, with an on-site farm and diggerland. Visitors can also learn about the latest research and technologies in science, space travel and virtual reality, as well as getting involved in activities based around the environment and sustainability.

There’s also an eclectic line up of music, from folk, soul, funk and pop, as well as steel orchestras, samba bands, school groups and choirs. The Main Stage will also host disco, ska, dub and reggae acts at the event, with a proudly urban, South London vibe.

Lambeth Country Show, Brockwell Park, Brixton, London. 8-9 June. FREE

Paddington Bear Experience
Paddington Bear Immersive Experience

Everybody’s favourite, Peruvian bear is getting the immersive treatment, with The Paddington Bear™ Experience.

The marmalade-addled, interactive adventure across more than 26,000 square feet of Southbank’s London County Hall will invite guests into a series of themed rooms, inspired by iconic locations from the Paddington stories.

Fittingly, it kicks off at Paddington Station, where guests will be greeted by a friendly Station Master and taken on a colourful train journey through London’s most famous landmarks, to the Browns’ charming, No. 32 Windsor Gardens home.

Once inside the famous, tree-adorned hallway, guests will embark on a multi-sensory adventure to help the Brown family and Paddington prepare for the all-important Marmalade Day Festival.

The Paddington Bear™ Experience, London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB. From 31 May. Adult tickets £34pp. Children (2-15) £24. Under 2s go FREE

Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre
Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre

Natural History Museum’s new show will be a real tweet for the whole family, inviting us to experience birds in a whole new way.

Swirl around with a murmuration, chirp along with the dawn chorus and see if you have the stomach to sniff a stinky seabird egg. From feeling their heartbeats to seeing through their eyes, get to know our feathered friends better.

Meet the wonderchicken - the world’s oldest bird - find out what a pigeon has in common with a ferocious T. Rex and discover how these winged wonders managed to survive the mass extinction that wiped out all the other dinosaurs.

Today there’s more than 11,000 species. From pigeons to penguins, ostriches to ospreys, birds live on every single continent on Earth, so what’s the secret to their success? From sucking blood to bathing in acid, our winged wonders have found surprising, clever and downright freaky ways to survive.

Natural History Museum, Waterhouse Gallery, Kensington, London. Adults £16.50pp. Children (4-16) £9.95pp

Decora girlz
Decora Girlz Doll Pop-Up at Oxo Tower

From 14-16 June, little ones can head to the Southbank’s iconic Oxo Tower to for the ultimate dolly event.

Children can customise and accessorize their own Decora Girlz, explore the vibrant, Japanese Decora Kei fashion with hands on art workshops, a chance to dress themselves up in the style to strut down the Decora Girlz catwalk, enjoy the free play area, photo opps, artwork, plus Japanese style Pick ’N’ Mix.

On Saturday, TikTok toy infleuncer Rhia Official will also be there to meet little guests.

Decora Girlz Pop-Up, gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH. FREE entry. 14 June, 11-6pm. 15 June 2pm-6pm. 16 June 11-4pm 

Science Museum Astronights Sleepover 

Budding scientists (aged 7-11) can spend the night at The Science Museum, exploring the museum out-of-hours, sleeping among space rockets, a Moon rock or in the world’s largest medical galleries. Young campers will experience the ultimate sleepover, with an evening full of activities, including science shows and interactive workshops. 

This year’s Astronights programme is supported by official sponsor TEMPUR®, who will gift all campers a travel pillow to help budding scientists get some rest during this exciting night.The following morning, campers can refuel at breakfast, before exploring Wonderlab, their interactive gallery, with hands-on exhibits and immersive experiences, and catch a 3D documentary on their giant IMAX screen.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD. Dates vary, £70pp standard, £100 VIP

rooftop film club
Rooftop Film Club

Head to the Bussey Building for some family-friendly, daytime rooftop cinema screenings of kiddie classics, from Wonka to Elemental, plus gorgeous views across London’s skyline.

Everybody gets comfy headphones and deckchairs and you can order pizza, snacks and drinks to your seats.

Dogs are also welcome, so the whole family can enjoy the Big Screen in the sunshine together.

Rooftop Film Club, Roof A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST. Children welcome to family film showings before 5pm. 

Navrtar VR Arctic Expedition

Take the family on an Arctic expedition, without leaving London. They’ll learn about global warming in a whole, new way during the 60-minute experience, exploring the abyss of the Arctic; its icy tundras, hidden caverns and unique wildlife hidden in an extraordinary, underwater world. Guests in teams of six can teleport 100 years into the future to compare the effects of global warming. The sessions begin with a range of multi-player mini games to enhance the senses and test skills, before embarking on the Arctic expedition, exploring marine life and shipwrecks.

Navrtar, Dickens Yard, Longfield Ave W5 2UQ. Prices from £32pp.

enormous crocodile
The Enormous Crocodile at Regents Open Air Theatre

The Enormous Crocodile is weaving his way through the jungle in search of delicious little fingers and squidgy, podgy knees at this gorgeous, outdoor theatre.

Only the other jungle creatures can foil his secret plans with clever tricks. This new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s picture book has tunes by Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab and features a menagerie of mischievous puppets by co-director and puppetry designer, Toby Olié. 

Regents Park Open Air TheatreThe Regent's Park, Inner Cir, London NW1 4NU. 18 May - 8 June 2024. Tickets from £17.85 pp

Howletts Wild Animal Park
Kids Go For £10 this June at Howletts Wild Animal Park 

Howletts, Kent’s original wildlife park, is just one hour from London and is home to some of the world’s most endangered and rare animals. With more than 390 animals, including Kent’s only giant anteaters, the largest herd of African elephants in the UK, more gorillas than any other zoo in the country, and the recent introduction of the lion cubs, Zemo and Zala.

This May half term and throughout June, kids can experience all of this for a tenner.

You can even book a close encounter with your favourite animal, from elephant feeding, going behind the scenes with gorillas, meeting black rhinos, red river hogs or even hand-feeding anteaters - animal encounter prices start from £15. 

Howlett's Wild Animal Park, Bekesbourne Ln, Bekesbourne, Littlebourne, Canterbury CT4 5EL. Tickets can be booked in advance online and cost £25 for an adult, £10 for children aged 0-15 from 8 May - 30 June

Chelsea physic garden
Chelsea Physic Garden Kids' Workshops

This glorious botanical garden never disappoints, and this month, their childrens’ workshops include meet and greets with friendly insects in different micro-habitats and making dyes, paints and pigments from plants to use in your own, artistic masterpieces.

Chelsea Physic Gardens66 Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4HS

myths to manga
Japan: Myths to Manga at Young V&A

Take a trip through Japan and explore how landscape and folklore have influenced Japanese art, technology and design, featuring a seal shaped robotic comforter, Hello Kitty paraphrenalia, draw your own Manga characters and learn nifty facts about Sylvanian Families toys being born out of hundreds-of-years old netsuke animal sculptures.

Young V&A Museum, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA. General Museum access, free.

princess and the pea
The Princess and the Pea

Unicorn Theatre has teamed up with New Vic Theatre and leading contemporary circus company Upswing for a show which bulges with breathtaking acrobatics, clowning, and fairytale adventure.

This funny and playful remix of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tells the story of a pampered Princess who has everything her heart desires. But one dark and stormy night, she ventures beyond her palace walls and everything changes.

Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley St, London SE1 2HZ. 17 May - 16 June. Under 18s £7 - £18.50 / Adults £10.50 - £26.50

suitcase circus
Suitcase Circus at Puppet Barge Theatre

Little Venice’s magical, floating theatre brings this glorious tale about Wobulous Discombobulous, the anarchic sock, who presents a line up of extraordinarily talented performing objects, all with their own unique and captivating storylines.  

Suitcase Circus features the most unlikely of performers, including the world's only acrobatic potato sack, a daredevil ski glove, an incredible dancing milkshake straw, the hypnotic tie snake Windsor Knot, and the lovable yet bizarre magical Mexican hat, Timrek.

Puppet Barge Theatre,  opposite, 35 Blomfield Rd, London W9 2PF. 4 May-3 June 2024. Adults £14. Children £10. Ages 5+.

lego dinosaur
Immersive Lego Exhibition

Aptly on Brick Lane, The Art of Brick brings its Lego masterpieces to London, following tours of more than 100 cities in 24 countries.

The exhibition features artist Nathan Sawaya's Lego recreations of some of the world’s most famous artworks, from Michelangelo’s David to Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Among the wonders, visitors will also find a 6-metre-long reproduction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton

Kids (and big kids) can also make their own masterpieces at the play and build area.

The Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU. Until 14 July

tom hanks with space ship
The Moonwalkers: A Journey with Tom Hanks

Lightroom leapt inside David Hockney’s art for his jugggernaut of retrospective and now turns its immersive technology to space, with added Tom Hanks.

The Apollo 13 star narrates the audio-visual experience, which offers a unique new perspective on humankind’s past and future voyages to the moon.

Telling the stories of the Apollo missions in intimate detail, The Moonwalkers also provides an insight into the impending return of crewed surface missions by going behind-the-scenes of the Artemis programme, including interviews between Hanks and Artemis astronauts.

If your own trip to the moon is unlikely, the immersive gallery promises the next big thing, with its tech-wizardy taking visitors on a voyage to our closest celestial neighbour.

Lightroom, 12, Lewis Cubitt Square, London N1C 4DY. Until 13 October 2024. Tickets from £25

Dinosaur revolution
Dinosaur rEvolution

South East London’s hidden gem, The Horniman Museum launches its roarsome new dinosaur exhibition for February half-term. The show invites us to rethink everything we thought we knew about dinosaurs, exploring the relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

It includes five large, animatronic models, a gaggle of fossil skeletons and skull casts, as well as touchable, detailed graphics by the acclaimed artist Luis V Rey, dress up, games, and more.

It will also be your last chance to see its beloved, overstuffed, taxidermy walrus until 2026, when the Natural History Gallery will reopen after a two-year refurbishment.

Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ. until 3 November. Tickets from £9 per adult and £7 per child.

Child Indoor Skydiving
iFly Childrens’ Skydive

Anybody from the age of 3 to 103 can experience the superpower of flight at iFly, as long as they can comfortably wear a helmet.

The instructors allow children to safely feel the sensation of an exhilarating, 12,000 ft free-fall and flight, without jumping out of a plane.

Along with watching the instructor perform a mesmerising dance on air inside the vertical wind tunnel, your family can enjoy the extraordinary sensation of weightlessness, soaring around the glass tube and unlocking a core memory of their newfound super powers.

iFLY London at The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX. Tickets and vouchers to fly can be purchased by clicking here and are available from £69.99 per person

Unicorn Cocktail
Wizard Exploratorium

Soho's magic-themed Wizard Exploratorium is a five-storey, geek wonderland, offering a 4D wand-making workshop, immersive trick shop and suitably magical afternoon tea encompassing tea brewing, molecular gastronomy, and technology.

Wizard Exploratorium, 26 Greek St, London W1D 5DE

Slime party
Slimy Gootopia Sessions

Slime is a gloopy rite of passage for every child - parents quickly learn the art of removing it from hair and unwitting pets and it’s up there with ice cream in the kiddie delight department. Enter stage left: Gootopia, which brings its gloopy joy to Brixton and Lewisham. The venues have shelves of ready-made slime, slime ingredients, activator, and their ‘goo-to-go’ slime vending machine. They also offer a range of activities and experiences for kids of all ages, including slime workshops, birthday parties, school science workshops, drop-in slime-making sessions and live slime-making demonstrations by goo alchemists

Gootopia. Brixton and Lewisham locations.

Child pampering
Pampering for all the family at Pan Pacific London

Family activities that involve lying down and being pampered? Count us massively IN.Pan Pacific London has partnered with luxury children’s brand Bonpoint, to create a unique offering for the hotel’s dedicated Wellbeing Floor. The first partnership of its kind in the UK, the duo have created a range of unisex skincare treatments and packages for children aged 6 – 16 years old, that provide an opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their children and teens and enjoy a spot of pampering.Pan Pacific Family Pampering, 80 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AB. Treatments start from £100.

Science Museum
Power Up at the Science Museum

Following five successful runs, Power Up will make its permanent home at the Science Museum from July, allowing visitors to try over 160 consoles and hundreds of the very best video games, all year long. With the new Power Up annual passes, visitors can return whenever they fancy, to journey through the world of gaming. Experience the evolution of gaming – from classics such as Pong and Street Fighter to the latest PlayStation and Xbox – while discovering the science and history behind gaming’s most iconic developments.

Power Up Ticketed, daily passes: £10, annual passes: £15   . Age: 5+. Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

The Young V&A
The Young V&A

The former Museum of Childhood has had a three-year transformation - the biggest in its 150-year history - into the UK’s first museum designed by and for 0-14 year olds.

The Bethnal Green cultural destination is FREE (woo) and packed with interactive and hands-on activities for kids and families.

Highlights of the £13m revamp will include colourful, sensory playscapes, including a finger skateboard park, an ‘Imagination Playground’ construction zone, a performance and storytelling stage and sandpit.

The museum has been shaped around childrens' interests to encourage playful learning and spark their imaginations. Three galleries, Play, Imagine and Design, will help children build the skills and creative confidence they need to thrive.

Young V&A. Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA. General Museum Access: FREE

Climbing wall
Get the Kids Climbing the Walls

Get the kids climbing the walls at London’s Parthian Climbing centre in Wandsworth.

The 25,000 square foot beast combines climbing with lifestyle, thanks to its café, bar, gym, retail and co-working space. And it is the first indoor climbing facility in the UK to feature an exact replica of The Titan Olympic bouldering wall, which will be used at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

They offer a range of kids’ sessions and courses for ages 3 and up. There are instructors for little ones taking on their first climbing experience, as well as the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) for a progressive syllabus. They also host kids’ parties, for 1.5 hours of climbing activities and games which are the perfect antidote to ‘Fun Freddie’ wrestling a balloon into a drooping sausage dog.

Parthian Climbing Centre, 52 - 58 Garratt Ln, Wandsworth, London SW18 4TF

Avora Family Experience

Up an unassuming, Shoreditch street is a secret portal to another planet. And on school holidays and Sundays, you can take your kids for a well-deserved break from Earth, on planet Avora.

Head here for our full review of this worthy and otherworldly adventure, encountering scientists, mocktails, aliens, army villains and closing with a child-pleasing, farty finale.

Avora: Family Immersive Adventure 5C, 127 Hackney Road, London, E2 8GY. Sundays, 12pm – 3:30pm. School Holiday weekdays. £24.50 per child (6-13) £29.50 per adult.

Gunpowder plot
The Gunpowder Plot at Tower of London Vaults

Older children (12+) will be catapulted into the most exciting history lesson of their lives, in this explosive new, immersive experience, starring Harry Potter’s Tom Felton. Your mission is to go undercover and unmask the mysterious figures behind history’s most infamous plot. But when you’re surrounded by traitors, who can you trust? With surprises around every turn, descend into the vaults and experience a combination of live and digital actors, virtual reality and fancy pants technology like motion simulators and special effects, transporting you back to London 1605 in the heart of the Gunpowder plot.

The Gunpowder Plot, 8-12 Tower Hill Vaults, London, EC3N 4EE

GoBoat river cruise
Play Captain on a GoBoat River Picnic

If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a genuinely relaxing few hours for parents and children (plus dogs, if you have one) we recommend a GoBoat trip.

You can enjoy a picnic as captain of your own, electric boat through Canary Wharf, Paddington, Kingston, Thames Ditton or Birmingham.

GoBoat UK, Open 7 days a week from 9am - dusk. Prices start from £85 for 1 hour and £125 for two hours on the 8-person boats. GoBoat Canary Wharf, 22 Churchill Place, London, E14 5RE

Paddington Bear Bus
Paddington Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Brigit's Bakery launched the first, official Paddington Bear afternoon tea bus tour, celebrating the capital.The double-decker has built-in screens, so that Paddington and Mrs Bird can provide an animated guide to the tour, which includes some of Paddington's favourite landmarks, like Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, Nelson’s Column, Downing Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, Borough Market, Green Park and Piccadilly Circus. The tour takes just under two hours, while you scoff treats including glittering shortbreads, designed to look like nibbled marmalade sandwiches, mini pizzas, smoked salmon and cucumber pretzels, turkey ham and cheddar or cream cheese and cucumber finger sandwiches and naturally, marmalade sandwiches. And for those who share the bear’s sweet tooth, the homemade sweet treats included a rice pudding studded with chocolate honeycomb, chocolate cupcakes crowned with Paddington’s chocolate paws, lemon meringue tarts, chocolate macarons and freshly baked scones with cream and jam. Brigit’s Bakery also provide vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and halal afternoon teas.

Paddington Afternoon Tea Bus tour Departs from Trafalgar Square, Wednesdays to Sundays. Prices from £45 adult, £35 child.

Discover children's story centre
Discover Children’s Story Centre

Stratford's immersive, sprog-storytelling Mecca is brimming with entertainment across three floors, plus a wonderfully imaginative Story Garden. Creep through caves, find fairy worlds within magical trees, explore hidden ships, perform in a puppet castle, leap over alligators and man your own spaceships and rockets across two floors, which also host art and craft stations, beautiful reading corners, storytelling sessions, immersive events and installations. Or head outside to the magical new play area to discover Baba Yaga’s hut held up by chicken legs, climb Hootah’s castle and slide out of the Stratford Sputnik. Check out our review here

Discover Children's Story Centre 383-387 High St, London E15 4QZ

ArcelorMittal Orbit
Whizz Down The ArcelorMittal Orbit

How about hurling your children down the world’s tallest slide? The 178m long ArcelorMittal Orbit was the iconic landmark of the 2012 London Olympics and is now an attraction with three adventure experiences. Families can speed down the winding slide, abseil, or walk around the glass orbit at the top. You can also pretend it's a high-brow, cultural experience, because the orbit is also a sculpture by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond. And it beats the usual views of grubby swings and bins, because here you can check out the stunning views of Queen Elizabeth Park. To ride the slide, children must be at least eight years old and over 1.3m.

ArcelorMittal Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 5 Thornton St, London E20 2AD. From £10.75.

Cutty Sark Rig Climb
Cutty Sark Rig Climb Experience

Originally climbed when the ship first arrived to Greenwich in 1954, visitors can now recreate this, by clambering up the famous masts of the Cutty Sark.The Rig Climb Experience invites kids and brave parents to step up from the main deck onto the ship’s ratlines and climb up its top mast, as hundreds of sailors did during the Cutty Sark’s heyday. Once at the top, climbers will experience a controlled descent from the rigging. Participants will be rewarded with some of the best views in London, overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, The Shard and Tower Bridge.

Cutty Sark King William Walk, London SE10 9H

centre of the cell
Snot, Sick and Scabs at the Centre of the Cell

Deliciously disgusting and sneakily educational centre in a futuristic, light-studded pod suspended above the laboratories of the Blizard Institute in Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Children can learn about the heart, teeth or senses, see scientists at work and enjoy their delightfully vile ‘Snot, Sick and Scabs’ session.Centre of the Cell, 4 Newark St, London E1 2AT

the British Museum
Out-of-Hours at the British Museum

Your little ones can walk in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks, Pharoahs or journey through the cultures of China at The British Museum's family-friendly, out-of-hours tours. Taking place between 8.50 – 10am, before the galleries are open to the public, you can beat the unsavoury crowds. And from 4 - 25 March, children can explore Roman history through Minecraft, create a Japan-themed family photo (11 March) and make mosaic masks inspired by the Aztec gods on 18 March.The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG. Under fives go free. £16.50 for 5-15 year olds. £33 Adults

Monopoly Lifesized
Monopoly Lifesized

Go big or go home… or straight to jail at Monopoly Lifesized, an immersive, on-your-feet version of the classic, family game, played on a 15m x 15m lifesized Monopoly board. Enter the 4D experience and compete in challenges for your chance to buy properties. Stage a heist in Mayfair, compete against a clock to build some of London’s iconic buildings, solve a baffling murder mystery or step into the world of codebreakers. The 80-minute experience is suitable for kids from 9 and older and is open every day except Mondays.

Monopoly Lifesized, 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7PS. Tickets £49 pp

Crystal Maze Live
Crystal Maze LIVE Experience

Older children (from 8 onwards) can take on this immersive adventure, which brings the hit 90s TV show to life.Run around like mentalists, yell, complete a host of difficult challenges and end the game in a fetching, satin bomber jacket. Crystal Maze Live Experience, 22 - 32 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7EU

planetarium show
Holiday to Space at Royal Observatory Greenwich

Join Ted and Plant as they explore the Solar System in search of the best place to take a holiday in an intergalactic morning adventure, including a planetarium show and interactive workshop. Recommended Age: 3 - 6 yrs. Open 10am-5pm daily

Royal Observatory Greenwich Park, Blackheath Avenue SE10 8XJ

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