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At Tate Modern visit the UBS Openings Family Zone where you can browse books or pick up one of their fun Tate Teasers at any time and get ready to look, listen and draw whilst exploring the galleries. There is also new play space for under-5s and their families. The Under 5s Zone invites children on a creative, physical and sensory exploration of themes inspired by Cubist artworks.

Otherwise join the drop in ‘Start Weekend Sessions’ - a selection of challenging but fun object- and paper-based games to be played in the gallery and look out for the ticketed special activities for weekends and school holidays. You can also pick up a fun and interactive multimedia Guide to Tate Modern.

Shakespeare’s Globe is the ideal place in which to introduce children to Shakespeare. The exhibition includes interactive displays and during school holidays and at weekends, Shakespeare's Globe host costume dressings, sword-fighting displays and performances from The Shakespeare's Globe musicians.

Take the kids to find out what it meant to be a prison inmate in Elizabethan London at The Clink Prison Museum. Here children have the chance to touch and handle original artifacts including torture devices and items of punishment. They will never misbehave again!

Have you wondered what it’s like to sail aboard a Tudor galleon? A storytelling session on board the Golden Hinde with costumed actors brings the wonderful story of the voyage of Sir Francis Drake alive.

Older children and teenagers will love to be scared at The London Tombs, part of The London Bridge Experience.

Family Dining

For a bite to eat at lunch time, the choice of restaurants and cafés near the Clink Prison Museum and Golden Hinde is overwhelming:

  • Amanos for healthy snacks
  • Nandos offers extra mild meals for children and keeps them entertained with fun packs
  • Wagamamas for a kids menu with a difference and
  • The Anchor Public House for a traditional pub lunch

A little further west along the Bankside riverside walkway, you will find

  • Café 2 @ Tate Modern (Time Out's Best Family Restaurant 2007), where the kids' menu is handed out with a pot of wax crayons and art and literacy activities or they can order half-price mains from the adult menu.
  • Pizza Express with its menu for 'piccoli' and
  • EAT for a wide range of sandwiches