Stuck for ideas of what to do with the kids this half-term? Hit the theatre! London has tons of great children's theatre during the May half-term (Monday May 29 – Sunday June 4 2017), so treat the gang to some culture and keep them entertained.
And remember you're allowed to treat yourself too, so why not check our critics' round-up of the best new theatre openings.
RECOMMENDED: explore the full guide to half-term in London.
The best children's theatre for May half-term 2017
This puppet show has solid toddler appeal, from its adorable cast of wooden marionettes right down to its repertoire of zany sound effects. A lumpen mutt decides he's a born ballerina, but the rest of the class think his moves are anything but en pointe. Ages two to seven.
School's out but there's still time for a history lesson courtesy of this riotous outdoor show. As fans of the telly show will know, there are songs, (mercifully fake) dead rats and gore galore. Will kids actually learn anything? Who cares when they're having this much fun. Ages six-plus.
This likeable new show at Islington’s backstreet puppet theatre the Little Angel offers a new spin on the classic fairytale. A young girl, Robyn (Charlotte Croft), who reimagines the story for us in the confines of her room one night before bedtime, using whatever’s at hand – toys, pillows, stuffed animals – to tell the tale while her offstage mother wishes that she would just go to sleep. Ages five-plus.