From free drop-in workshops to our fun and engaging Art Detective trails, and galleries full of colourful paintings and sculptures to explore, families are welcome at the RA – and kids under 16 go free to all our exhibitions.
Exploring art and artists
A place for families
At the RA, we offer a warm, welcoming environment for families.
Through free monthly Family Studios and practical workshops based around the exhibitions on display in our galleries, we encourage children and adults to learn together.
At our events, families can explore art materials and creative techniques in projects they can work on by themselves or together, to build a shared interest in art. We welcome all families to our Family Studios and some of our workshops are particularly tailored for families with children with special educational needs.
To book workshop places, call the Learning team on 020 7300 5995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Studios are free and you can just drop in – there's no need to book.
Brilliantly organised workshop (as always), lots of space and time to be creative - and not just for the children, but the parents as well. We feel absolutely welcome and enjoy our time here a lot.
Visiting as a family
Family studio - From the Ground Up.
Photograph Richard Eaton.
Visiting as a family
Did you know that kids under 16 can visit all the Royal Academy's exhibitions for free?
Take a look at our current exhibitions, or the range of family events that we offer.
London Festival of Architecture family workshop.
Photograph by Richard Eaton.
If you are visiting with babies or young children, we offer a changing facility inside the accessible toilet which can be found to the right of the staircase in the Front Hall of Burlington House.
Highchairs are available in our restaurants and cafés. If you would like to breast-feed, the most comfortable area may be the leather seats by the entrance to the RA restaurant in Burlington House.
Pushchairs and buggies are welcomed in our galleries and can be stored in the cloakroom.
Atelier Café 8.
Eating and drinking
We offer a range of family-friendly eating and drinking opportunities. The Restaurant at the RA is open Saturday to Thursday 10am to 5.30pm, and Friday from 10am to 9.30pm. We welcome families and children. To book your table, please call 020 7300 5608.
Alternatively, the Gallery Café in Burlington House and Atelier Café in Burlington Gardens offer ideal places to visit for a light snack and a drink.
Art Detectives family trails
A great way to engage children with the artworks, these fun and creative worksheets are for younger visitors to enjoy. Pick one up for free from our Reception Desk, or download them before your visit here. Each guide includes drawing activities and encourages families to explore exhibitions together. Art Detectives are sponsored by the Flow Foundation.
Be Creative at Home
Our worksheets offer inspiration for follow-up activities after your visit. You can download our special worksheets with detailed instructions for activities you can try at home, inspired by some of our recent 'Family Studio' drop-in workshops.
Download the worksheets
Available throughout the summer at the RA, these free activity trays are designed to bring out the artist in everyone!
Younger visitors and their families can use these in the galleries to create works of art inspired by the Summer Exhibition. The trays contain free sketchbooks and pencils to take home.