Children oversee Southbank festival

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For a fortnight London's Southbank Centre will become a place for children to enjoy a varied programme of arts.

The annual Imagine Children's Festival will take place in February and has been organised by young people to encourage more kids to enjoy theatre, music, dance and literature.

All of the events included on the festival calendar were decided by a panel of youngsters and the children themselves will be on hand to show visitors to their seats and sell programmes.

There are numerous events that will appeal to families staying in central London hotels over the half-term period including interactive storytelling session about a boy with a very vivid imagination and a stage version of the popular children's book,The Queen's Knickers.

Local primary school will also be showcasing their talents from February 12th to 14th at the Clore Ballroom event entitled Schools Take to The Stage.

There will also be a whole host of special guest appearances by people such as Cathy Cassidy, David Walliams, James Campbell, Sarah McIntyre and Judith Kerr, the creator of The Tiger who Came to Tea and the popular Mog book series.

Children will also be able to visit the Dinosaur Petting Zoo at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and take part in a Where's Wally hunt to win various prizes.

Located close to Waterloo overland and London Underground stations, the Southbank is perfect for tourists as it is home to a number of key attractions ranging from the EDF Energy London Eye to the SeaLife Aquarium.