1. Enjoy the summer sun at Tate Britain

Ice creams, space hoppers, deck chairs and ping pong tables. Bring the whole family to browse the free collection displays, then grab some kids lunchboxes and hang out on the lawn. There will also be easels and materials for you to show off your art skills. 

On weekends and in school holidays, look out for our Family Hosts (they’ll be wearing yellow T-shirts) to find out what else is on offer. Feel free to bring a picnic along with you and make yourself at home in any of the open spaces or in the Clore Centre.

Late at Tate Rang Baranga Dan Weill Photography
Late at Tate, Rang Baranga. Photo credit: Dan Weill Photography © Tate

2. Take your place on the dancefloor 

Experiment with movement in an immersive, multi-sensory space Feels and Flows, responding to the Queer British Art exhibition at Tate Britain. 

Tate Photography, Oli Cowling, 2016
Tate Photography, Oli Cowling, 2016

3. Explore the collection with an artist

Bring your under 5s to explore the gallery for an artist-led journey connecting your everyday life to collection artwork through different materials and processes. If you can’t make these events, pick up a Swatch activity from the Information desk any day of the week and use it to discover the architecture of Tate Britain in different ways.

Recommended for children age 0–5.

Family in gallery © Tate

4. Think about childhood, and your hopes and dreams for the future

Use your mobile device to listen to our latest Sonic Trail in response to William Stott’s Le Passeur. Click play for an alternative experience of this painting that will stay with you long after your visit. 

Girls listening to Sonic trail © Tate

5. Title a Tate artwork

If you were an artwork what would you be called? Pick-up up a copy of our latest Family Activity from one of the Information Desks and get thinking about the ways artists title their artworks.

Title pick up activity by Abigail Hunt and Tate’s Early Years and Families team.
Title pick up activity by Abigail Hunt and Tate’s Early Years and Families team.

6. Free exhibitions

Kids get open access to some of the greatest and freshest art there is. The collection displays are free for everyone and you can also visit an exhibition as under 12’s go free!

Derek Boshier, 'The Identi-Kit Man' 1962
Derek Boshier
The Identi-Kit Man 1962
Oil on canvas
support: 1830 x 1832 mm
Purchased 1971© Derek Boshier


7. Change your perspective

Crane your neck to see through, under and over Henry Moore’s sculptures. Or peer in at his tiny working models for the huge finished pieces.

Henry Moore, Recumbent Figure, 1938, Tate learning resource

8. Pick a card

Choose a family Welcome Card (or two) from the information desks. They’ll point you to a room to visit and suggest some ways to explore the art together.

Photograph of three family resources

9.     Shiver, sunbathe and shelter from the wind

Visit the Turner collection and see all kinds of weather swirling round his paintings.

J.M.W. Turner The Opening of the Wallhalla, 1842 exhibited 1843 after cleaning
Fig.6 J.M.W. Turner The Opening of the Wallhalla, 1842 exhibited 1843 after cleaning

10. The Inspector Brunswick Art Hunt

Pick up a postcard from the Millbank shop counter and become a detective!  Inspector Brunswick needs your help to find the missing artwork hidden around the Millbank shop. Not so hard you may think? Well the lost artwork is very, very tiny and will require quick-thinking minds and sharp eyes. Get involved and you’ll be in with a chance to win a signed copy of Inspector Brunswick: The Case of the Missing Eyebrow.

When: Saturday 22 July – Sunday 3 September 2017 

Inspector Brunswick. Illustrations © Angela Keoghan, 2017
Image credit info: Illustrations © Angela Keoghan, 2017


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