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STICK MAN

STICK MAN
UNTIL 6 JANUARY
STICK MAN

Leicester Square Theatre – www.leicestersquaretheatre.com
The hit production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular book is back for another year – and it’s staying until 2019! From 20 October to 6 January.

VENOM KILLER & CURE

VENOM KILLER & CURE
NOW
VENOM KILLER & CURE

National History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
Encounter some of the world’s most venomous creatures and discover their surprising connection to human health. Specimens include snakes, centipedes, snails, scorpions and the unassuming platypus. From 10 Nov till 13 May.

VENOM KILLER & CURE

VENOM KILLER & CURE
NOW
VENOM KILLER & CURE

National History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk
Encounter some of the world’s most venomous creatures and discover their surprising connection to human health. Specimens include snakes, centipedes, snails, scorpions and the unassuming platypus. From 10 Nov till 13 May.

STICK MAN

STICK MAN
NOW
STICK MAN

Leicester Square Theatre – www.leicestersquaretheatre.com
The hit production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular book is back for another year – and it’s staying until 2019! From 20 October to 6 January.

STICK MAN

STICK MAN
NOW
STICK MAN

Leicester Square Theatre – www.leicestersquaretheatre.com
The hit production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular book is back for another year – and it’s staying until 2019! From 20 October to 6 January.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
UNTIL 17 FEBRUARY
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
This delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and bravery will take you on a journey through the seasons.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
NOW
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
This delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and bravery will take you on a journey through the seasons. Until 17 February.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
NOW
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
This delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and bravery will take you on a journey through the seasons. Until 17 February.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
FROM 9 NOVEMBER
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

Polka Theatre, Wimbledon – www.polkatheatre.com
This delightful adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of friendship and bravery will take you on a journey through the seasons. Until 17 February.

BEDBUGS SLEEPOVER

BEDBUGS SLEEPOVER
9 NOVEMBER
BEDBUGS SLEEPOVER

ZSL London Zoo – www.zsl.org
Stay overnight in the BUG house at ZSL London Zoo, have a torchlight tour and be woken by the residents! Other dates available. Check out the website.

THE LORD MAYOR’S SHOW

THE LORD MAYOR’S SHOW
10 NOVEMBER
THE LORD MAYOR’S SHOW

The City of London, starting out from Mansion House – www.lordmayorsshow.london
Bring on the pomp and ceremony for this annual parade through the City of London, as the new Lord Mayor travels in a glittering coach.

BALLET DOTS

BALLET DOTS
1 & 29 OCTOBER
BALLET DOTS

Royal Opera House – www.roh.org.uk
Part of the Royal Opera House ‘Open Up’ project children learn and discover ballet and opera through sensory dance, singing, music and stories.

APPLE DAY CELEBRATION

APPLE DAY CELEBRATION
7 OCTOBER
APPLE DAY CELEBRATION

Fulham Palace – www.fulhampalace.org
The hit production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular book is back for another year – and it’s staying until 2019! From 20 October to 6 January.

BRICK OR TREAT AT LEGOLAND

BRICK OR TREAT AT LEGOLAND
FROM 18 OCTOBER
BRICK OR TREAT AT LEGOLAND

Legoland, Windsor – www.legoland.co.uk
Little ones can enjoy a range of spooky activities throughout the Brick or Treat season, including October half term dates. From 18 October to 1 November.

STICK MAN

STICK MAN
FROM 20 OCTOBER
STICK MAN

Leicester Square Theatre – www.leicestersquaretheatre.com
The hit production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular book is back for another year – and it’s staying until 2019! From 20 October to 6 January.

A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME

A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME
FROM 20 OCTOBER
A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME

V&A Museum of Childhood – www.vam.ac.uk/
Fictional pirates from Victorian Britain to present day come to life through an immersive, multi-sensory exhibition, developed in collaboration with children.

KIDTROPOLIS

KIDTROPOLIS
20 TO 22 OCTOBER
KIDTROPOLIS

ExCel London – www.kidtropolis.co.uk
Kidtropolis promises to be an unmissable event, with a host of popular characters, activities and fun all under one roof.

TOTALLY THAMES 2018

TOTALLY THAMES 2018
1 TO 30 SEPTEMBER
TOTALLY THAMES 2018

The banks of the Thames in central London – www.totallythames.org
London’s annual month-long celebration of its fantastic river is back and more exciting than ever with more than 100 events.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
NOW
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – www.openairtheatre.com
One for older kids to enjoy sitting amid the greenery to enjoy this musical tale of a mysterious killer plant. From 3 August to 5 September.

GERONIMO FESTIVAL

GERONIMO FESTIVAL
30 JUNE & 1 JULY
GERONIMO FESTIVAL

Knebworth House – www.geronimofest.com
Geronimo has kids at the heart of the festival. Acts include Mr Bloom, Justin Fletcher and Andy & The Oddsocks as well as various workshops and activities.

KIDS WEEK

KIDS WEEK
1 to 31 AUGUST
KIDS WEEK

Theatres across London – www.kidsweek.co.uk
The annual “kids go free” theatre promotion returns with deals on loads of top shows, as well as special backstage workshops.

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE
UNTIL 9 SEPTEMBER
DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – www.openairtheatre.com
Explore uncharted territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing dinosaurs in this new interactive family show.

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA
UNTIL 9 SEPTEMBER
THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

Piccadilly Theatre – www.tigerstealive.com
This famous adaptation returns to the West End for a very special season celebrating its 10th anniversary on stage and 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
FROM 3 AUGUST
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – www.openairtheatre.com
One for older kids to enjoy sitting amid the greenery to enjoy this musical tale of a mysterious killer plant. From 3 August to 5 September.

FESTIVAL OF TREASURES FAMILY DAY

FESTIVAL OF TREASURES FAMILY DAY
22 SEPTEMBER
FESTIVAL OF TREASURES FAMILY DAY

The British Library, King’s Cross – www.bl.uk
Take part in a fun and creative family day inspired by the British Library Treasures Gallery. One of London’s secret gems.

BIG BUGS ON TOUR

BIG BUGS ON TOUR
UNTIL 27 SEPTEMBER
BIG BUGS ON TOUR

intu Uxbridge – www.intu.co.uk
Get up close and personal with a host of giant bugs at this travelling exhibition staged by BBC’s Chris Packham. 30 August to 27 September.

GIFFORDS CIRCUS

GIFFORDS CIRCUS
UNTIL 9 JULY
GIFFORDS CIRCUS

Chiswick House & Gardens, Chiswick – www.giffordscircus.com
This year Giffords Circus, the traditional vintage company, celebrates the birth of the art form. Be sure to book. From 28 June.

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA
NOW
THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

Piccadilly Theatre – www.tigerstealive.com
This famous adaptation returns to the West End for a very special season celebrating its 10th anniversary on stage and 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book. Until 9 September.

GO MEDIEVAL AT THE TOWER

GO MEDIEVAL AT THE TOWER
4 to 6 AUGUST
GO MEDIEVAL AT THE TOWER

Tower of London – www.hrp.org.uk
Step into the medieval festivities. Practice pastry jumbles, feel the weight of a real knight’s sword and fire a crossbow.

MR STINK

MR STINK
UNTIL 5 AUGUST
MR STINK

Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate N14 – www.chickenshed.org.uk
David Walliams’ blockbuster book comes to life at north London’s wonderful Chickenshed Theatre this summer. Not to be missed. From 18 July.

NIGHT SAFARIS

NIGHT SAFARIS
3/ 10/ 17 & 24 AUGUST
NIGHT SAFARIS

London Wetland Centre, Barnes – www.wwt.org.uk
Explore uncharted territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing dinosaurs in this new interactive family show. Fridays only.

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE
From 14 AUGUST
DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – www.openairtheatre.com
Explore uncharted territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing dinosaurs in this new interactive family show. Until 9 Sept.

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA
NOW
THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

Piccadilly Theatre – www.tigerstealive.com
This famous adaptation returns to the West End for a very special season celebrating its 10th anniversary on stage and 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book. Until 9 September.

MOANA FAMILY SINGALONG

MOANA FAMILY SINGALONG
2 JUNE
MOANA FAMILY SING-ALONG

The British Library, King’s Cross – www.bl.uk
Forget quiet at the library and make some noise at this special screening of the Disney hit set in Ancient Polynesia.

HYPER JAPAN

HYPER JAPAN
13 to 15 JULY
HYPER JAPAN

Olympia – www.hyperjapan.co.uk
Kids can get involved in calligraphy workshops, origami tables, and video games, as well as meet lovable characters.

MR STINK

MR STINK
FROM 18 JULY
MR STINK

Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate N14 – www.chickenshed.org.uk
David Walliams’ blockbuster book comes to life at north London’s wonderful Chickenshed Theatre this summer. Not to be missed. Until 5 August.

THE GINGERBREAD MAN

THE GINGERBREAD MAN
UNTIL 2 JUNE
THE GINGERBREAD MAN

Lyric Hammersmith – www.lyric.co.uk
A brilliant mix of puppetry, live action, great music, humour and a stunning staging of this well-loved classic tale.

BIOBLITZ

BIOBLITZ
2 & 3 JUNE
BIOBLITZ

Mordern Hall Park – www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Fancy volunteering? The National Trust needs help to identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties this weekend.

SUPERHEROES & VILLAINS

SUPERHEROES & VILLAINS
UNTIL 3 JUNE
SUPERHEROES & VILLAINS

London Zoo – www.zsl.org
Head over to Superhero HQ to join in with our vets as they tackle plastic pollution, work with our keepers to help customs thwart the illegal wildlife trade, and become a ZSL scientist helping to monitor the effects of climate change.

FAMILY GARDENING FESTIVAL

FAMILY GARDENING FESTIVAL
Until 3 JUNE
FAMILY GARDENING FESTIVAL

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking – www.rhs.org.uk
Come prepared for planting, potato and spoon races, face painting, seed jars, craft activities and more at this unique festival.

BALHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL

BALHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL
UNTIL 29 JUNE
BALHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL

Various locations – www.balhamliteraryfestival.co.uk
A mix of adult and kids workshops and authors including Simon Hooper (Father of Daughters), Natasha Farrant and Melissa Hemsley. Held throughout June, the main weekend of 8-10th June sees a full programme of events.

NOT NOW BERNARD

NOT NOW BERNARD
NOW
NOT NOW BERNARD

Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street – www.unicorntheatre.com
David McKee’s iconic picture book will be vividly brought to life in a brand new version at the Unicorn Theatre. Until 1 July.

OPEN HOUSE FAMILIES

OPEN HOUSE FAMILIES
9 & 10 JUNE
OPEN HOUSE FAMILIES

Venues across the capital – www.open-city.org.uk
Archikids has had a rebrand and promises to be bigger and better. Featuring craft activities, engineering experiments, tours and more.

PETER PAN

PETER PAN
NOW UNTIL 15 JUNE
PETER PAN

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – www.openairtheatre.com
The spellbinding reinvention of Peter Pan is back in these magical surroundings. Just remember to pack a brolly!

PETER PAN

PETER PAN
FROM 17 MAY
PETER PAN

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – www.openairtheatre.com
The spellbinding reinvention of Peter Pan is back in these magical surroundings. Just remember to pack a brolly! Until 15 June.

SPECIAL CHILDREN’S DAY

SPECIAL CHILDREN’S DAY
19 & 20 MAY
SPECIAL CHILDREN’S DAY

London Zoo, Regent’s Park – www.zsl.org
ZSL London Zoo welcomes children with special needs and their families and friends for this unique annual event.

THE GINGERBREAD MAN

THE GINGERBREAD MAN
29 MAY TO 2 JUNE
THE GINGERBREAD MAN

Lyric Hammersmith – www.lyric.co.uk
A brilliant mix of puppetry, live action, great music, humour and a stunning staging of this well-loved classic tale.

WEST END LIVE

WEST END LIVE
16 & 17 JUNE
WEST END LIVE

Trafalgar Square – www.westendlive.co.uk
An all-singing, all-dancing free celebration of the best of London’s theatre. Excerpts from top shows and loads of family fun.