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 February half-term (Monday February 13 – Sunday February 19 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 February half-term 2017
Iris has a brand new friend, but she knows her family and friends won't love him quite as much as she does... This roar-some lion story for younger children is based on Helen Stephen's popular picture book, and is full of jazzy songs and colourful wooden puppets. Ages one to six.
Once upon a time, a prince and a cleaner got married. But did they really live happily ever after? Unicorn Theatre's artistic director Purni Morell is at the helm of this twisted love story, which she's translated from Belgian playwright Ignace Cornelissen's original. Aimed at tweens and teenagers aged 11-plus, 'The Hunting Lodge' is a playful riff on ideas of celebrity and romance.
They may share a name, but Ted Hughes’s Iron Man is about as far from Marvel’s as you can get. Whereas Tony Stark is all about money and snide humour, Hughes’s 1968 story veils its anti-war message behind the story of a scrap metal-eating robot and a boy whom he befriends. In his stage adaptation, using a mixture of puppetry, silhouette and animation, Matthew Robins finds the story’s playful heart. Ages eight-plus.
You're never alone with a puffin - or at least, that's what the lonely fisherman in this story discovers. It's a tale of stormy seas, friendship, and discovering the unknown, told by Open Attic Theatre using ingenious design and a very feathery puppet. Ages four-plus.
This dazzling musical has it all: witches, flying monkeys, and gravity-defying high notes. A retelling of 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Wicked' has enough magic to enthrall the little ones, and enough wickedly sharp jokes to keep the adults interested. Plus some seriously covetable pointy hats...