Imagine Children’s festival promises to be a half-term treat


The kids will be taking over London's world-famous Southbank Centre this half-term for the annual Imagine Children's festival, which returns this year for two weeks of great family entertainment.

The festival is devised by kids, and is aimed at kids, with a panel of children even lending a hand to compile the huge programme of events.

In fact, children will be working on almost every level of the festival, which will last two weeks in one of London's most famous arts centres, with youngsters taking on roles such as selling programmes, showing visitors to seats, and obviously participating in the events themselves.

This year's programme of events is jam-packed with highlights such as Mouth Open, Story Jump Out; an interactive storytelling session that covers the story of Polarbear a young boy with a massive imagination.

Mouth Open, Story Jump Out will take place in the Southbank Centre's foyer between the 11th and 13th February.

Theatre will also play a huge part in the programme of events, with Prime, a play for 11-year-olds, taking to the stage of the Purcell room on the February 11th. The performance follows the story of Tina, who sees her life change forever after a house party goes spectacularly wrong. Think Lord of the Flies, think Mike Leigh, think The Hunger Games, with a backdrop of 80s hits that parents will remember fondly.

Theatre will continue to play a huge role throughout the festival. Between the 12th  and 14th February, Schools Take To The Stage will showcase the acting talents of local primary school children in the Clore Ballroom.

And between the 18th and 22nd February there will be a special stage adaptation of Nicholas Allen's popular children's book, The Queen's Knickers, a hilariously chaotic story that follows Dilys, the Queen's maid entrusted to look after the royal undergarments. When the Queen's knickers go missing though, society is brought to the brink of collapse.

There are many other events during the festival to enjoy. To view the full schedule visit