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London theatre for toddlers and young children

Let a trained professional do the entertaining at these theatre shows for toddlers and little ones

Dog Don't Do Ballet, Little Angel Theatre
There's no way they can sit still for two hours, but that doesn't mean we can't treat them to a trip to the theatre. Here are London's best shows for the very young ones. If you're planning ahead for the school holidays, you can also check out top 10 children's theatre shows this half-term and our 101 things to do in London with kids

Theatre for young children

How To Hide A Lion

Iris has a brand new friend, but she knows her family and friends won't love him quite as much as she does. This story of a girl trying to hide a lion in all sorts of devious ways is adapted by Peter Glanville from Helen Stephen's children's story, and will feature songs by singer-songwriter Barb Jungr. There are two versions: one for todders ages 1-2, and another for kids ages 3-6. Check the Polka Theatre website for full details. 

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Wednesday February 22 2017 - Sunday March 19 2017

The Giant Jam Sandwich

There's a wasp on the loose, and the inhabitants of Itching Down have come up with a seriously sticky way to trap it. This kids' show form New Perspectives brings the beloved picture book to life. Ages three to seven.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Thursday February 23 2017 - Sunday February 26 2017


Whether it's a sponge cake, a Yorkshire pudding, or a naan bread, we all love a bit of dough. This kids' show by Olivia Furber's uses the sights, smells and sounds of baking to explore what communities have in common. Ages three-plus.

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Albany Theatre , New Cross Saturday April 15 2017

The Homeless Panda

Journey through China's Min Mountains in this puppet-filled family show from HodgePodge Theatre. It's the story of a homeless panda who has to go in search of love - and bamboo - and meets a host of animals along the way. Ages three-plus.

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Sunday April 9 2017 - Monday April 10 2017

Sarah And Duck's Big Top Birthday

CBeebies stars 'Sarah & Duck' hit the stage for the first time at Wimbledon's Polka Theatre. They're holding a big top birthday party for the scarf lady who lives in the garden, in a giggle-worthy adventure with puppets, stories and songs. Aimed at ages three to six, all ages welcome.

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Polka Theatre , South Wimbledon Thursday April 6 2017 - Sunday May 14 2017
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Russell M
Russell M

'The English National Ballet School's attempting to get the kids into ballet with this production of 'Swan Lake' - and failing by the looks of it. Having just left my wife and 3 year old son, who travelled 2 hours across London standing at the door having been told the shows cancelled, no email notice, no extra performance being put on, and him asking 'why wont that man let us see the show?'.

A refund has been offered but it's not about the money. As an entry level experience to the ballet for my son this has left a bitter taste for him, and they wonder why kids would rather sit on an xbox or read about Kim Kardashian's hair colour. 

Very very disappointing.