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Discover, touch, play and learn in our reopened Squish Space. 

Squish Space, our sensory play space for children under 5 and their families, is back.

The space brings people together to learn through interaction, collaboration and play. Using a variety of materials and tactile objects, it’s a place to spin jump, hide, touch and explore.

Squish Space is produced by artists India Harvey and Lisa Marie Bengtsson in collaboration with Creative Learning.

We advise booking in advance. However, we do keep spaces available on the day for walk-up. 

Squish Space has a limited capacity of 16 people (including children) and advance online booking is essential.

The space will be cleaned and all objects sanitised every day from 1pm – 2pm. All staff will be wearing masks (unless exempt) though masks are optional for attendees. We are encouraging social distancing where possible by limiting capacity.

Please note we do keep spaces for walk-ups on the day, even for 'sold out' slots. 

Families at the Barbican

Accessible, fun and inspiring activities for the whole family to enjoy across the Barbican

Booking information

We advise booking in advance, however, we do keep spaces available on the day for walk-up. You can book onto hourly slots throughout the day, please purchase a ticket for each member of your party attending (parent/ guardian & children). Tickets are free but please consider making a donation when you book to ensure we can keep it accessible to everyone.

All spaces are subject to availability and you will be notified of any dates that are cancelled.

Tickets are released one week in advance online on Wednesdays at 10am.

If you're unable to attend, please contact [email protected] to return your free tickets. We will release any tickets that are not collected 15 minutes after the booking time to the public for walk-up spaces. 

Opening hours


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Future dates to be confirmed, please check back here for more details.


10am – 11am

11am – 12noon

12noon – 1pm

1pm – 2pm space closed

2pm – 3pm

3pm - 4pm


Donate today

Squish Space is free. Please help us keep our programme and learning activities accessible to everyone by making a donation today.

Inspired by Noguchi

Our latest exhibition, Noguchi celebrates the work of Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Taking inspiration from Noguchi’s passion for play, why not visit Squish Space with your little one after seeing the exhibition?

Visit the Noguchi page to book your tickets to the exhibition. 

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