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Imagine Children's Festival

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If you have children, or know someone with children, then you'll be interested to know of a fabulous festival happening in February from the 11th to the 26th.

Called the Imagine Children's Festival, it takes place at the Southbank Centre and comprises a huge number of wonderfully creative events involving art, music, poetry, comedy and lots more besides.

Though some of the 50 or so events require tickets, there are plenty of free events at the festival too. Just check out the festival programme to find out exactly what's taking place.

To give you a taste of what to expect, read on.

Imagine Children's Funfair - running right the way through the festival, the free funfair will be a massive hit with the little ones. Includes traditional fairground activities alongside an original 1950s helter-skelter.

Imagine Craft Pavilion - taking place between the 11th and 19th of February, this free event invites kids aged between 5 and 12 to go along and get creative (remember to wear clothes to get messy in!).

Cressida Cowell - this ticketed event, featuring the author of the popular How To Train Your Dragon series, takes place on the 14th of February at 4pm. Cressida will introduce her latest book, How to Steal a Dragon's Sword.

Jeremy Strong - another ticketed event, Strong will be entertaining the kids with a fun mix of stories and jokes. He'll be reading from the latest in the Cartoon Kid series, answering questions from the audience and also be signing copies of his book at the end. It takes place on the 14th of February.

Oxford Word Wizards - where would we be without words? Still living in caves, probably. This ticketed event, set for the 16th of February, promises to knock your vocabulary into shape and give tips on how to stuff your brain with lots of new words to make you the cleverest and most articulate kid in town.

Other events at the Imagine Children's Festival include the intriguingly titled Trial of Dennis the Menace, Close up with Charles Hazlewood and The Philharmonia Orchestra, the Mini Ninja Sushi School, the London Children's Book Swap and the The Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

The Imagine Children's Festival is a unique event that looks set to stimulate, educate and above all entertain all who attend.
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Why? If you have kids, they'll thank you for taking them.
When: 11th - 26th February, 2012.
Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Cost: Ticket prices depend on the event (many are free).
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