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 this holiday, from puppet shows to kid-friendly musicals.
As always fabulous children's theatre the Unicorn manage to find a unique way into an important bit of history. To commemorate the centenary of WWI, they stage this play about Vesta Tilley, the remarkable male impersonator from the music halls of the early 20th century who recruited young men to fight. Who says learning stops when school does? Ages 8-plus.Read more
As always, the Southbank Centre maintain their status as one of the best cultural hubs to hang out in over half term with this festival for kids. There's a huge amount on, from dance and music to film and comedy. But the theatre offerings are particularly exciting. A highlight is 'Alice's House of Cards' (14-22 Feb) taking place over half term, which chimes with the Southbank Centre's celebration of the 150th anniversary of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Led by two actors, children are encouraged to respond to the piece which is a kind of installation and a play all in one. Plus there's classic kids theatre from 'Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play' (16-20 Feb) and a new, fantastical retelling 'The Princess and the Pea' by Mike Kenny (18-19 Feb).
Despite the title, parents need not be wary of this show from German theatre company Fundus. Or not too wary... It's a cheeky, mischievous show that offers up young audiences the chance to try things they thought were banned. Like cooking a meal in a dishwasher. Ages 3-10Read more
Keep up the lessons over half term surreptitiously with this festival from SmashfestUK who want to keep kids interested in science, technology, engineering and maths. It's a week long series of events all themed around an asteroid hurtling towards planet earth. Information about the line-up is scarce, but promised is theatre, workshops, music and more. Visit the SmashfestUK website to see the full list of events.Read more
The brilliant puppet theatre the Little Angel head out on tour over half-term and beyond with this vibrant puppet and singing tale about a girl on a journey to Kenya with a basket of fruit for her friends. It's based on Eileen Browne's colourful 1995 picturebook. Ages 2-5.Read more