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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Kids Week 2021
Kids Week allows families to enjoy half-price tickets to many London theatre performances throughout August. From iconic West End shows and movie-turned musicals to classic books brought to life on stage, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This popular event is a great opportunity to treat your teens to a day trip to London or introduce your little ones to the wonders of live entertainment.
When: throughout August 2021
Where: Various theatres throughout London
How much: Prices, full list of shows and to book tickets please visit Kids Week 2021 website.
The Wind in the Willows
Chelsea Physic Garden presents a theatrical experience of ‘The Wind in the Willows’ this Summer. This immersive experience, produced entirely from recycled, reclaimed, and repurposed materials is a beautiful blend of theatre, storytelling, audience interaction, and even some creative activity along the way.
When: Monday 16 August – Thursday 26 August (Monday to Thursday)
Where: Chelsea Physic Garden
How much: £22. Book your tickets here.
What the Ladybird Heard
Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of childhood favourite The Gruffalo has teamed up with award-winning illustrator Lydia Monks and brought their much loved picture book What the Ladybird Heard to the West End stage for summer 2021. Suitable for children age 3 and above, the show packs in a lot of fun with original music, songs, imaginative puppetry and captivating actors. What the Ladybird Heard is on at The Palace Theatre until 29th August and tickets during Kids Week can be purchased for £12.50 for an adult and child here.
Festival of Fairytales
The Festival of Fairytales is a new event for children aged 4 – 10, set against the backdrop of the Garden Museum’s home of a medieval church. For one day only, children could dress as a Woodland Creature and spend a day exploring and discovering pop-up performers, craft workshops, storytelling, music and circus performances. Full list of performances and activities on offer is available on the event website.
When: 15 August 2021
Where: Garden Museum
How much: £15 per person.
Al Fresco Film Screenings
The summer-long series of pop up screenings at locations across London has a wide range of movies suitable for all ages.
When: 9 July – 19 September 2021
Where: Various locations in London
How much: From £9. Book your tickets 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
Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy
Now in its third year, the show brings together work by primary and secondary level students from across the UK and beyond.
When: until 8August
Where: The Royal Academy
How much: Free and you can visit in a group of up to six people but you must book here
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
50 years on from its release as a concept album, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will have us all dreaming again at the London Palladium in summer 2021. The beloved smash-hit production Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is included in the Kids Week promotion running throughout August, so why not treat the family to discounted tickets from just £45 for you and your child.