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Top ten children's theatre shows this half-term

Our critics' guide to the best shows to take the kids to this school holiday

Not sure what to do with the kids this half-term? Never fear, as we round up all the best children's theatre in London during the next break (Monday May 30 - Friday Jun 3 2016). From puppet shows to child-friendly London musicals, we've got the kids' entertainment sorted.


Septimus Bean And His Amazing Machine

Janet Quin-Harkin's well-loved tale of a quirky professor gets a colourful stage adaptation from Adam Peck. Septimus Bean has built a marvellous machine - but no one, including the king and court, can work out what it's for. The book's rhyming couplets come to life in a rhythmical performance that's perfect for little inventors aged four and up.

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Until Sunday June 26 2016

Running Wild

This elephant tale from beloved kids' author Michael Morpurgo is a crowdpleaser thanks to its menagerie of amazing puppet animals: an elephant, a tiger and a whole buffoonery of orangutangs (that’s their official collective noun and they live up to it).

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Until Sunday June 12 2016

Grandad And Me

This gorgeous living storybook from Scottish company Letter J uses clever, stylish visual theatre to tell the story of a young girl who misses her Grandad. She follows in his footsteps on a magical journey that helps children explore themes of loss and memory.

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Battersea Arts Centre , Battersea Saturday June 4 2016 - Sunday June 5 2016

Goosebumps Kids

In the damp, spooky tunnels under Waterloo station, a new immersive experience brings RL Stine's spine-tingling stories to life. A trail takes kids on an eerie adventure through specially decorated corridors, where they'll encounter stories such as 'The Blob That Ate Everyone' and 'One Day In Horrorland' in the flesh. Ages five to 11.

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The Vaults , Waterloo Saturday May 28 2016 - Sunday June 5 2016

I Pack My Bag

This playful show for small children by German company Theatre Nuu is based on a favourite memory game. Sa and La are filling a huge suitcase - and they can pack anything they like, whether it's a huge elephant or the indescribable feeling of laughter. Ages two-plus.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Wednesday June 1 2016
Pamela Raith

A Boy And A Bear In A Boat

Set sail for a maritime adventure this half term, joining two mariners stuck with just a suitcase, a teapot, and a ukelele to help them. There's plenty of ukelele-strumming fun in store at this joyful kids show, adapted from Dave Shelton's popular story. Ages five-plus.

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Artsdepot , North Finchley Sunday June 5 2016

Morgan & West's Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids & Childish Grown Ups

Morgan & West are a very silly pair of time-travelling magicians, ready to astound kids with bafflement and illusion. Close-up tricks, jokes, and plenty of audience involvement make this a bamboozling show to remember.

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London Wonderground , South Bank Tuesday May 31 2016 - Sunday June 5 2016

The Little Gardener

A large glass box outside the Lyric Hammersmith contains a garden that needs looking after. This imaginative adaptation of Emily Hughes's children's book invites kids to set their green fingers to work on real plants in a magical interactive adventure.

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Tuesday June 7 2016 - Wednesday June 8 2016

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl's sweet and juicy story gets a laughter-filled stage adaptation from Polka Theatre. James grows a giant peach from some magic, glowing seeds - then moves in with his new insect friends. Aimed at children aged five to 11.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Friday May 27 2016 - Sunday August 14 2016

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Critics' choice

Michael Rosen’s rhythmic tale about a family which goes looking for bears is addictively popular with tots. This sweet puppet adaptation from the Little Angel is an evergreen hit, soundtracking the forest story with folk songs. Ages two to seven.

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Until Sunday June 26 2016

Looking for more ideas for half-term?

Half-term in London

London has enough fun lined up this half-term to have the family raring to leave the house

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By: Time Out London Things To Do


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