What to do with the kids this Half term



UK Theatre Activities For Your Kids This Half Term!

The weather may be cold and uninviting this February, making outdoor activities a no-go. But there is still plenty on offer across the country this half term in the theatre world! Whatever your budget, there is something for kids of all ages. Have a look at our quick guide below and see what’s happening near you. Happy half term!

LONDON

Jacksons Lane in Highgate, North London has a wonderful programme of shows, activities and classes on year round.  With a cosy family-friendly café, community feel, and only a stone’s throw from Highgate station, it’s the perfect place to relax with your kids this half term. Have a look at our kid-friendly show recommendation happening there this week: 

The Polar Bears Go Up (Age 2 – 5) 

Penguins

“It’s time to get up, step up, climb up, jump up. One thing’s for sure, the only way is up!

These lovable Polar Bears are intrepid explorers, famous for their wild expeditions. This time they’ll be climbing trees, jumping on clouds and reaching for the stars as they race up to space. Of course, they’ll stop for sandwiches on the way!”

The Polar Bears Go Up is non-verbal and deaf-friendly.

Running time: 45 minutes

Dates: 13th – 17th February

Tickets and more details can be found here:

https://www.jacksonslane.org.uk/whats-on/the-polar-bears-go-up

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The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, South London, really is a go-to for kids theatre.

“There’s always space at Polka to play, laugh, discover and create. Our welcoming venue is home to a friendly cafe, a garden, playground and a fun-filled foyer with toys, books, dressing up and colouring in.  With something for children all ages it’s a unique place where you can share magical moment with your children.”

Our top pick happening at Polka this half term:

I Believe in Unicorns (Age 6-12)

I do believe in Unicorns

“An enchanting tale about the power of books and one boy’s bravery.

Tomas hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library, a place where the books hold more than stories within their pages…

We challenge you not to believe in unicorns as we join Tomas’ interactive spellbinding journey.”

Running time: 60 minutes

Dates: 14th – 18th February

Tickets and more details can be found here:

https://polkatheatre.com/event/i-believe-unicorns/

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Unicorn theatre

The Unicorn Theatre in London Bridge, Central London hosts an impressive selection of children’s workshops, shows, and activities - a lot of which are free! They have an excellent half term schedule this year, which you can take a look at here:

https://www.unicorntheatre.com/FebHalfTerm18

For those of you looking for something for slightly older children our top recommendation at Unicorn this half term would be to catch ‘Othello’ –

Othello

“Ian Nicholson directs an all-black cast in this cleverly distilled production inspired by Shakespeare’s great tragedy that explores love, power and prejudice. A modern, fast-paced and funny play especially written for young audiences.”

Dates: 3rd February – 3rd March

Tickets and more info: https://www.unicorntheatre.com/Othello

BIRMINGHAM

If you are looking for something in Birmingham this half term why not take your children along to see a show at The Birmingham Rep?

Penguins

Penguins Birmingham Rep

“Penguins is a unique and engaging show for children about friendship, fun, identity and the ever-changing meaning of family. This delightful new theatre and dance production is inspired by a true story reported in the New York Times that touched hearts worldwide.”

Dates: 1st – 10th February

Tickets and more details can be found here:

https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/penguins.html

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Bristol & Bath

Bristol and Bath both offer a huge array of theatre options, both child and adult friendly, and this half term is no exception. Why not pop in to one of the following?

The Bristol Old Vic

Tiddler and other Terrific Tales (Age 3-100!)

Tidddler

“Four terrific tales - one superb show!

Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed!”

Running time: 1 hour

Dates: 15th – 18th February

Tickets and more details can be found here:

http://www.bristololdvic.org.uk/tiddler-and-other-terrific-tales.html

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The Egg, Bath

There are simply too many options to choose from at The Egg this half term! A beautiful little theatre created especially for the purpose of bringing live theatre to children, The Egg offers something for every age bracket. Along with a family friendly café and beautiful surroundings, it’s a perfect place to visit.

Shows on at The Egg this half term include:

Curious Tales

Curious Tales

“Join our curious storytellers as they open their book of tall tales for a short performance followed by a friendly facilitated play session.

Go on an incredible journey into a special world full of funky folk tales and crafty crafts.”

Running time: 40 minutes

Dates: 12th February

Little Red and The Big Bad Wolf

 Little Red

“Join us for a bold and highly theatrical re-telling of the well-known classic tale packed with music, dance and song. The production explores the thrill of adventure and unknown versus the safety and familiarity of the path and how irresistible straying can be, as well as the tension between mankind and nature. Are the wolves really the villains in a world where the woodcutter is destroying the forest? And is Grandma the trophy hunter really sick?”

Running Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Dates: 15th – 18th February

All tickets and information for The Egg can be found here:

https://www.theatreroyal.org.uk/whats-on/

Manchester

Manchester z arts

If you’re based in Manchester, or are in Manchester for half term – you have Z Arts.

Z arts hosts an enormous amount of workshops, classes and shows for young people of all ages –

“Z-arts is Manchester’s dedicated venue for children, families and friends and our mission is to inspire and enable generations of young people from across Manchester and beyond to utilise their creativity to maximise their potential.

We run 18 different weekly participatory classes in all art forms for children aged 0-13 in our artistic hub which houses a 230 seat theatre, gallery, music room, dance studio and various activity rooms as well as a bustling café.  Our core values are to be welcoming; vibrant; engaging, inclusive and forward thinking and this runs through our programme and all communications channels.”

Over half term they are offering the following and more:

Dance classes, movement workshops, Singing classes, craft days.

Have a look at their website for more information:

https://www.z-arts.org/

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Whatever you find yourself doing next week, have a great half term!

 




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