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Lab Live: Why oh Why with OKIDO

September 29, 10:00 am - September 30, 5:00 pm

Free - £12.00


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You’re invited to…Lab Live: Why oh Why with OKIDO

We’ve teamed up with OKIDO, the independent arts and science magazine for young children and their families, for an extra special Lab Live. Instead of one day, we’re running Lab Live over two days – so you’ve got double the chance to come and join us and OKIDO for all the tinkering and experimenting you can handle!

At Lab Live: Why oh Why, we’ll be asking the MOST important questions, for young inventors and explorers to come up with the answers.

What can I expect at Lab Live?

This Lab Live aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, makers and inventors by asking questions and providing hands-on activities to come up with the answers! Through posing some simple questions about everyday science, each activity will give children the chance to experiment, build, create, invent or explore different outcomes.

The event is all about STEAM and how combining STEAM subjects can help children to use and stretch their imaginations for creative and inventive outcomes.

What can I explore:

Science – play with experiments and reactions

Technology – get hands-on with technology like coding and electronics

Engineering – design and build, think about movement and mechanics

Arts – get creative and mix up materials, movement, sounds and crafts

Maths – numbers can be fun! Find out how to use simple maths in creative thinking

You will be able to explore over 15 activity stations, which will use different ‘science questions’ to generate experiments and activities. Each activity will use a different STEAM subject at its heart, but get children thinking about and combining lots of skills and approaches.

We’ll be annoucing the activities and partners soon!

When is Lab Live?

Lab Live: Why oh Why takes place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September. There are morning (10:00am-1:00pm), afternoon (2-5:00pm) and all day tickets available on each day. You can attend on either day, the same (or very similar) activities will run on both days.

There will be an hour break between 1-2:00pm between the morning and afternoon sessions. Those with morning only tickets are welcome to stay for lunch, but will need to leave the Lab by 2:00pm. Those with afternoon tickets are welcome to arrive at 1:00pm for lunch, but activities will not begin until 2:00pm.

Who is Lab Live: Why oh Why?

This event is ideal for children aged between 3-10 years old and their families, friends and carers. Please note, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children under 3 are welcome to attend and you need to register them for an ‘under 3’ ticket, which is free of charge. Please note, activities are aimed at children 3+ so there will be limited activities for very young children to take part in.

Tickets cost £7 for a half day and £12 for a full day. All activities can be enjoyed as part of the ticket price, but some stalls and activities include an enhanced or take-home option, which is paid.

If you’re a Lambeth resident, you’re eligible for free tickets on a first come first served basis. You can receive notifications about when free ticket codes are released by signing up here or you can email us at hello@ioi.london to request the code.

Do you take cash or card?

We prefer payments by card for food, drinks and at the Imagination Store and the OKIDO Store. We are able to take cash, but have limited change available.

Is there food and drink at Lab Live?

There will be hot drinks available to purchase throughout the day and a lunch break between 1-2:00pm, where a street market vendor will be on site selling food. Those with morning only tickets are welcome to stay for lunch, but will need to leave the Lab by 2:00pm. Those with afternoon tickets are welcome to arrive at 1:00pm for lunch, but activities will not begin until 2:00pm. As always, we welcome you to bring your own food, which can be eaten in the Lab.

Can’t see the information you need here? Take a look at our frequently asked questions.


OKIDO’s mission is to create the next generation of scientists. That’s why they put STEAM learning at the heart of everything they do, combining art and science to ignite curiosity and creativity in young children. OKIDO is also the creator of hit adventure-comedy Messy Goes to OKIDO on Cbeebies.

OKIDO Magazine is an independent arts and science magazine for young children and their families. It was started by parents on a kitchen table in Brixton in 2007, designed to fire up imagination and understanding of art and science. Founders, scientist Dr Sophie Dauvois (PhD BSc PG Dip.) and artist Rachel Ortas are passionate about engaging young kids in the scientific world around them through play, art and fun.

OKIDO magazine’s content is heavily focused around child development. Play is crucial to how children develop and learn about the world around them and OKIDO encourages this through thoughtful ‘hidden-learning’ and ‘learning-through-play’ strategies. OKIDO has activities for all stages of development to support a child’s education. All our activities are generated by scientists, reinforced by educators and closely aligned with EYFS and KS1, OKIDO’s topics introduce children to the wonder of science whilst also supporting literacy and numeracy. Find out more about OKIDO.


September 29, 10:00 am
September 30, 5:00 pm
Free - £12.00
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