One of London’s best attractions for families is the wide choice of theatre, festivals and art shows on offer. Whether your young one is a regular theatre goer or you may want to introduce them to the magical world of performing arts, you should be able to find the perfect show to wow and entertain them. From musicals and puppetry to art galleries and circus through to live music or ballet – we have compiled the best family friendly shows London has to offer.
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Cirque Du Soleil – Luzia
LUZIA takes you on a journey through an imaginary Mexico. LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people. Expect great music, high flying acrobatics, and never-seen-before artists spinning and rolling under the rain whilst an aerialist suspended from a Trapeze flies through pouring showers. Wow!
When: until 27 February 2022
Where: Royal Albert Hall
How much: from £73 more info and bookings here.
World Book Day Live with Matilda and friends
The Cambridge Theatre London, home of Matilda The Musical, will host World Book Day Live with Matilda and friends a special livestreamed event to celebrate World Book Day’s 25th birthday. Long-term partners Roald Dahl Story Company, Royal Shakespeare Company and Puffin are working together to ensure children everywhere can join in the fun. Classrooms and homes across the UK will be able to access the livestream from 11am via WorldBookDay.com.
When: 28 February 2022
It’s Show Time
OfficialLondonTheatre.com has extended their popular family tickets offer to bring the magic of London theatre for the whole family. There is a whole list of amazing performances on offer and your theatre ticket comes with great offers on restaurants, shops and hotels as well!
When: until 31 March 2022
Where: Various locations in London
How much: Discounted prices between £10 to £50. Info and bookings here.
A Monster Calls
Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved. But now his mum is sick and not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. From the critically acclaimed bestseller, A Monster Calls offers a dazzling insight into love, life and healing.
When: 24 March – 9April 2022
Where: Rose Theatre
How much: From £17.80 more info and bookings here.
The Dinousaurs are Back!
The popular Jurassic Encounter event will see 50+ animatronic creatures from the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods featuring two life-sized T-Rex beasts, which roar and snarl at passers by. The exhibits are more interactive this year with information panels showing interesting facts about each dinosaur, a VR experience and an education cinema. An excavation sand pit will allow children to dig for their dinosaur skeletons and fossils, and learn how archaeologists discovered the extinct species of past eras.
When: 2 – 18 April 2022
Where: Cassiobury Park, Watford
How much: From £11.50 (early bird tickets are now available at 20% discount). More info and bookings here.
Handa’s Surprise – Little Angel Studios
Inspired by Eileen Browne’s famous book you can follow Handa on her journey through her home village as she aims to bring some fruit back to her friend Akeyo. Expect plenty of audience participation, puppetry and live music in this performance suitable for ages 2-5.
When: 9 – 16 April 2022
Where: Little Angel Studios, London N1 2EH
Price: Adults £13.50 and Children (ages 1-17): £11.50. More info and booking here.
West End Family Friendly Musicals
London’s West End Musicals’ season opens in July with much popular shows like Wonderville Magic and Illusion and Horrible Stories Barmy Britain Part 5. We partnered with Theatre Tickets Direct to offer best price tickets to all London’s West End Musicals.
When: Throughout the summer.
Where: Various London theatre venues
How much: check the best ticket price offers here