With the summer holidays fast approaching I decided to see what we could get up to for a day that was unique and fun for everyone. After a bit of searching I found some fantastic family theatre that’s going on in London over July, the trouble is I can’t pick a favourite!
As theatre is something that I know both of mine absolutely love, especially if it’s as interactive as a lot of these shows look, I thought I’d make a list of the four shows that caught my eye the most – maybe you can help me decide which one to pick! So without further ado here’s my list of four theatrical events that I’m really keen to check out.
Children Are Stinky
First up is Children are Stinky (suitable for ages 3+), which had a sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and earned them the Children’s Choice Award 2016.
The show is meant to operate around a pretty sneaky reverse psychology experiment where the pair attempts to prove that kids are stinky, but end up in messy and ridiculous twists that only go to prove that kids are awesome. It looks like a lot of mischievous fun mixed with circus, stunts, acrobatics and even hula hooping!
Underbelly Festival Southbank from 22 – 27 July 2017. Tickets start at £10.25 and can be purchased here.
Family Dance Day
London’s home of contemporary dance, The Place, will be totally given over to activities for children aged 2-8 and their families for Family Dance Day (suitable for ages 2-8 and their families). The day offers a mixture of shows to watch (We are Monsters and Anyday – £8 or £12 for both shows) and workshops (£3 each) to get little ones moving in a range of dance styles including Indian rhythms and B-Boying.
I know Jay would love this – the only thing she enjoys more than busting a move is learning new ones!
The Place, Saturday 22 July. Tickets for the individual events can be purchased here, but there are lots of free activities on the day.
Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall
Also performing at Underbelly Festival Southbank is Monski Mouse a London-based DJ, producer and mum who will be returning to the Southbank with her dancers for a whole summer of fun with the Baby Disco Dance Hall (suitable for under 5s and their families).
The event is set up as a super friendly disco where parents and under-fives can boogie on dance floor together. Monski Mouse designed the Baby Disco Dance Hall as a “super-fun session of dancing and play with your small person”.
Both of mine are a little to old for this now, but I had to include it in the list as it looks like such fun if your kids are in the right age range.
Underbelly Festival Southbank from 7 May – 24 September. Tickets start at £8.50 and can be purchased here.
Magic shows are always a winner with kids, but when they see a really great magician doing amazing, original tricks? That’s something else.! The Card Ninja must be pretty great at his craft if a standing room only season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK tour and a sell out show at Underbelly Southbank last year are anything to go by.
The Card Ninja (Javier Jarquin) promises a show where you’ll get to see him ‘use ordinary playing cards as weapons, with unfathomable precision, speed and power, in a unique, hilarious performance that you’ll never forget’.
Mixing comedy, stunts and audience interaction I expect any kid would be wondering how they can train to be just like the Card Ninja after the show.
Card Ninja is on until 15 July. Tickets start at £11.50 and can be purchased here.
So those are my hot tips for theatre events in London, do you have any suggestions of your own for fun days out this summer holiday?