Take your literary darling to Bookworm Babies next week at Royal Festival Hall in the Southbank Centre. At this free event, budding bards get to explore rhymes and stories in the Clore Ballroom.
Bookworm Babies is part of Imagine 2010, the kids’ literary festival running throughout the month at the Southbank Centre. This annual fest features leading children’s writers and storytellers as well as comedy, visual arts and other live performances. Many of the events are free and suitable for kids of all ages.
Bookworm Babies is a morning show but there’s loads of other stuff to do at the Southbank. The Clore Ballroom is also the setting for the Bibliomancer’s Dream, a magical library of books that purport to reveal your destiny.
If you’ve got older ones along, check out Colin Currie’s beats extravaganza The Big Bash (Mon 15), or Poetry Hopscotch (Wed 17 from 12pm) where kids get to write poems in chalk, play hopscotch and share their words on a giant megaphone.
In the afternoon, have a meal at top family restaurant Giraffe or one of the less crowded cafes and restaurants. Or else enjoy a packed lunch on the Festival Terrace while overlooking the river.
We love hanging out in this area since there’s so much to do in and around the centre. My eldest gets a kick out of pointing out monuments like the London Eye close by or the National Theatre that lights up blue at night.
Before I had kids, I spent many happy hours in the Poetry Library at the South Bank (a bit of a word nerd here). So I’ll definitely take my hungry caterpillars along to what sounds like a feast for the imagination.
Bookworm Babies is at the Clore Ballroom at 10.30 am from Monday Feb 15 to Wednesday Feb 17.
Visit the Southbank Centre web site for details.