February sees the annual arrival of Imagine at London’s Southbank Centre (11th – 26th February 2012)
Imagine Children’s Festival has something for everyone from Shakespeare to Samurai, your child’s imagination cannot fail to be inspired.
With popular authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, Jeremy Strong and Cressida Cowell, one-off events, comedy, poetry and music for children from the Philharmonia Orchestra, this promises to be an experience you won’t want to miss. And if this year it seems like the staff have got a little smaller it's because the children are going to be waiting to welcome you. As well as performing, children will be running the festival as part of the Kids Takeover programme. For those of you who are not familiar with the explosion of activity for the whole family that is Imagine, you are really missing out. Imagine is a festival of literature, music, comedy and performance for the young!
One of the highlights will be the star-studded afternoon with some of our favourite writers at the Red House Children’s Book Award. This is an extremely special award as it is the only one voted for by the people who count, our children!
There is literally just too much on the busy programme for us to list everything here, but here are some of our favourites!
Free Activities at Imagine Festival:
Imagine Craft Pavilion | Sat 11 February 2012 – Sunday 19 February 2012 | 10.30am – 4.00pm| Ages 5-12
Remember to bring some messy clothes to join in with the creative fun as different publishers introduce their favourite children’s characters and stories.
Imagine Children's Funfair Friday | 10 February 2012 – Sunday 26 February 2012 | 11am – 8pm
All the fun of the fair with a traditional carousel and vintage fairground activities, including an Austin J40 kiddies' ride and original 1950s helter skelter and hoopla stalls.
Carnival of the Animals | Saturday 11 February 2012 | Suitable for all ages
Roll up for a musical tour of the animal kingdom. Dive into an aquarium, fly through an aviary, ride an elephant and bounce along with kangaroos. Join a team of actors and Britain's best young musicians from the National Youth Orchestra, as they lead you on a whirlwind adventure.