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September Family Days Out

September 7th, 2017 | by Jennifer Edwards

September Family Days Out

For parents of small – or even medium-sized – children, family outings might seem more bother than they’re worth. The prospect of lugging the buggy up flights of stairs, searching frantically for toilets or changing facilities, and finding suitable restaurants for fussy eaters is enough to make frazzled parents stick with the comforts of home. But here on London’s South Bank you’ll find no excuses! With easy step-free access from Waterloo Station, family-friendly eateries and picnic spots, and of course, a wealth of attractions and activities to suit every budget, this is the perfect destination for a hassle-free day out!

  • September Fun at Southbank Centre

    The fully accessible South Bank Centre offers an exciting programme with the youngsters firmly in mind. Kids can expect a musical month ahead, choc a block with exciting activities such as the multiple Gamelan Group Workshops where kids can have a go at playing the Javanese gamelan (percussion orchestra from Indonesia). Even the little ones can get involved with Dragon Babies, Gamelan for 3-5 year olds. For music from a completely different area of the globe, head to Royal Festival Hall for the Music Maze for Children, part of Nordic Music Days. Here, children aged 8 – 11 can bring an instrument and learn to make their own piece of contemporary music, then perform what they’ve created. Also part of Nordic Matters is Big Joik Sing, where you can learn the art of traditional joik singing in a workshop for all ages and abilities, led by joik singers Jörgen Stenberg and Cecilia Persson. Lastly, pre-schoolers will love Rug Rhymes – short sessions of nursery rhymes, poems and rhyming stories at the National Poetry Library with puppets Federico and Firebird.

    For more information on Southbank Centre click HERE.

    Southbank Centre
  • Family Favourites at BFI Southbank

    From all-new blockbusters to digitally remastered classics, there’s something for everyone on the big screen at the BFI this season. Screenings include Willow, My Life as a Courgette and The Red Balloon, plus there’s a series of workshops, fun days and film schools throughout the year. Head to BFI Southbank for Saturday Film Clubs for Children- an exciting programme for children and families at BFI Southbank. There are free screenings and creative workshops – from Film Fundays to activity days and film clubs held after school.

    Tickets for under 16s are just £4, buggy-parking is provided for some events, and kids eat free at Riverfront Bar & Kitchen – a perfect day out for youthful film buffs on a budget!

    For more information on BFI Southbank click HERE.

    BFI Southbank
  • National Theatre

    Young theatre-lovers can bring their imaginations (and their parents) to the Clore Learning Centre to discover the secrets behind the National Theatre’s productions. Family Days offer adults and children the chance to learn about costume design, turn their hands to stage fighting or compose new music, and meet the team who bring NT shows to life on stage. Upcoming workshops include a stage design workshop for the NT’s upcoming play Saint George and the Dragon (16 – 21-year-olds) or Alternative Musicals- where young adults can reinvent the NT’s latest musical Follies using grime flows, movement and music production.

    And while you’re out there, why not make the most of the NT’s Summer Pop-Ups? They’ll remain open throughout September – and we’re sure there’ll be lots of warm September days up ahead!

    For more information on the National Theatre, click HERE.  

    National Theatre
  • House of Vans London

    Escape the hustle and bustle and dive into the (literally and metaphorically) cool tunnels of skateboarding mecca, the House of Vans, which has free screenings of kids’ movies every Saturday and Sunday morning. Little rippers can attend book free skate or BMX sessions in the UK’s only indoor skate park, before lounging on a beanbag in the 100-seat cinema to watch films like Storks and the Emperor’s New Groove and The Monster Squad. Once the screening’s over, head to the New York diner-style café The Wall SE1 to satisfy those rumbling tummies with a delicious all-day brunch!

    For more information on House of Vans click HERE.

    House Of Vans
  • IWM London

    The Imperial War Museum is free, fully accessible and educational – guaranteed to tick all the boxes for kids and their parents! Permanent collections include Witnesses to War which features a Harrier Jet and a Spitfire suspended above a V2 rocket in the museum’s stunning central atrium, as well as personal experiences of conflict in A Family in Wartime. Wannabe spies can go undercover at Secret War to explore the world of espionage, covert operations and the work of Britain’s Special Forces through a collection of previously unseen, once highly classified, objects. The IWM also provides buggy-storage, and it has an onsite Picnic Room, so you can bring your own lunch and enjoy a fascinating family-friendly day out without spending a penny!

    For more information on IWM London, click HERE.

    IWM London
  • Coin Street Community Builders

    Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre’s mission is to encourage people of all ages to engage in education, plays, sports, health, arts and the community. Their programme of free (or affordable) activities includes a Soccer Skills Academy and Stay & Play sessions. Also, this September is Totally Thames Festival, and Coin Street have gotten involved with A River Runs through it - an exhibition of original art inspired by London and its ever-changing landscape at gallery@oxo. There’s also the Open City Documentary Festival being held at Bargehouse from 6 – 10 September, which creates an open space in London to nurture and champion the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers. September means the return of the ever popular Youth Club – a programme of youth-led activities for 8-12-year-olds, including arts and crafts, cooking, games and trips. There are also lots of workshops on cooking, nutrition, breastfeeding and mental well-being.

    For more information on Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre click HERE.

    Oxo Tower Wharf
  • Eating & Drinking

    There are family-friendly restaurants galore on London’s South Bank with high street favourites including Giraffe and Wagamama nestled on the riverside beneath the South Bank Centre. If you can’t agree where to dine, why not head to the Food Market, which has a huge selection of stalls serving up mouthwatering street food from around the globe? With so much choice, it matters not a jot if the kids want pizza, Dad prefers falafel, and Mum has her sights set on a gourmet burger! If your offspring have sophisticated tastes and prefer something a little more luxurious, splash out on Children’s Afternoon Tea at OXO Tower:  finger sandwiches, scones, eclairs and popcorn, all washed down with banana milkshake or a babyccino. Junior masterchefs can roll up their sleeves and prepare their own meal at L’Italiano at Park Plaza, where pizza-making classes are on the menu most Saturday afternoons. And finally, our pick of the restaurants offering free meals for kids? Ultra-stylish Sea Containers at Mondrian has a children’s menu which is completely gratis from 12-5pm on Saturday and Sunday (when eating with full-price paying adults). Bon Appetit!

Find The Venues

  • 1 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 2 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 3 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 4 - House Of Vans

    Main entrance
    Arches 228 – 232
    Station Approach Road
    SE1 8SW 

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  • 5 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road
    London SE1 6HZ 

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  • 6 - Oxo Tower Wharf

    The Oxo Tower
    Bargehouse Street
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PH 

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