We love the Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre. It takes place in mid February, during what is otherwise quite a tricky half term, weather-wise. It’s cheap (with plenty of free events), suits all ages from about three years up, and most importantly, it’s really, really good. Whatever your kids’ bent, there is something – probably lots of things – in the programme they will enjoy. There are talks from authors (including Judith Kerr, Anthony Horowitz, James Patterson & David Walliams), live music, theatre, comedy, discussions, all kinds of workshops, a kid’s cafe, and loads of other stuff. We are desperate to go to the Dinosaur Petting Zoo – a huge hit in Australia (one look at the trailer, below, and you can see why), and we definitely want to introduce our kids to Chopin, via The Magic Piano, when the composer’s music is played live by young pianists to accompany short animated films. But there is so much more to do and see, from helping to make a giant lego book, or watching a comedy about what happens when the Queen’s knickers go missing, to taking part in craft workshops or performing on a special kids stage, so our advice is to go through the programme and book early for anything you particularly want to see. A lot of the events sell out quickly, and many of the free workshops and events require you to book a slot to insure you get a space.