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Top 10 children's theatre shows this half-term

Our critics' guide to the best shows to take this 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 this October half-term, from puppet shows to kid-friendly musicals.

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Bedtime Stories

Circus company Upswing stage this lovely-sounding show for children and families which tucks up audiences into beds around the stage. The piece uses 3D animation, music and circus to tell the tale of the little girl whose bedtime story is interrupted by her mum's work. The little girl and her imaginary friend Three embark upon a journey to bring her back. Ages 5-plus.

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Albany Theatre , New Cross Thursday October 29 2015 - Friday October 30 2015

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Stuff and Nonsense theatre company stage this show over half-term for ages 2-plus. It's about the naughty Goldilocks who messes up the bears' house and eats Baby's porridge. Part of the Lyric Hammersmith's kids theatre season. Ages 2-plus.

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Tuesday October 27 2015 - Saturday October 31 2015

Olive and the Dream Train

Daydreaming Olive steps on a train that can take her anywhere she can imagine, in this quirky new tale from Theatre Alibi. This latest instalment in Lyric Hammersmith's children's season promises mind-boggling mystery and creative fun for kids aged 5-11.

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Lyric Hammersmith , Hammersmith Saturday October 24 2015

A Mano (By Hand)

Tiny plasticine fanatics will be rapt watching two Spanish performers and master sculptors take things to the next level. This small story at dedicated children's theatre The Unicorn is told using clay figures that are created live on stage. Ages 4+.

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Unicorn Theatre , London Bridge Thursday October 29 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

The Bear

A polar bear leads Tilly on a snowy adventure adapted from a book by Raymond Briggs, author of The Snowman. Following a hugely successful interpretation of Briggs' Father Christmas, Pins and Needles take on this bear tale with a blend of music and puppetry aimed at kids aged 6 and under.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Friday October 23 2015 - Sunday November 8 2015

Handa's Surprise

Vibrant physical storytelling, puppetry and singing and stomping to Swahili rhythms combine in this animal-packed tale of a girl journeying to Kenya with a basket of fruit for her friend. A Little Angel Theatre production based on Eileen Browne's colourful 1995 picturebook. Ages 2-5.

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Jacksons Lane , Highgate Monday October 26 2015 - Friday October 30 2015

Beasty Baby

Acclaimed children's theatre company Theatre-rites's mischievous exploration of family life blends puppetry and music to capture the imaginations of kids aged 3-6. A trio of performers are on a yucky mission to raise one naughty child.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Wednesday October 14 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

The Comedy of Errors

The National Theatre proves that it's never too soon to brush up your Shakespeare with this comic adaptation from Ben Power. He's teaming up with director Bijan Shibani, who also worked on his barnstorming kids' version of 'Romeo and Juliet', to bring this hilariously complicated farce to an audience aged 8-12.

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National Theatre , South Bank Wednesday October 21 2015 - Friday November 6 2015
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The Journey Home

New: Inspire a new generation of tiny eco-warriors with this tale of a polar bear who sets off in search of a new home. Little Angel Theatre company has created a whole raft of animal puppet friends to fill this heartwarming conservation fable. Ages 3-7.

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Until Wednesday October 28 2015

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By: Time Out London Things To Do