08 July 2024

5 Must See Kids Shows This Summer

The summer holidays are a great opportunity to spend time with your kids and do things you might not have done before. A trip to the theatre, for example, will introduce your children to the wonders of the big stage and allow them to meet a host of memorable characters. You never know what might inspire them as they grow up. So, here are five unmissable productions to enjoy throughout the summer months. 

1. The Tiger Who Came To Tea

If you’re looking for things to do with kids that’ll get them out of the house and are not weather dependent, don’t miss The Tiger Who Came To Tea showing at the historic Theatre Royal Haymarket. Based on the popular children’s book by Judith Kerr, this production is packed with clumsy chaos, singalong songs and interactive fun. It’s suitable for children aged three and above and runs for 55 minutes with no interval.

2. Shrek The Musical 

Meet your favourite green ogre and an array of  fairy-tale creatures at Shrek The Musical, playing at the Eventim Apollo from 19 July until the end of August. Inspired by the award-winning Dreamworks animation and featuring everyone from Donkey to the Gingerbread Man, this heartwarming show is sure to light up the faces of your little ones. Described as ‘the magical event of the summer,’ this is one you can’t miss. 

3. Brainiac Live!

Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls, Brainiac Live! is back. Playing for a limited four week run at London’s Marylebone Theatre this show is set to be more volatile and mischievous than ever before. Delve into the mysteries of science and enjoy a wide range of experiments and demonstrations from the Brainiacs team. It’s sure to be messy, loud and completely live, so book your tickets and join in the fun.

4. Starlight Express 

Whether you’re an Andrew Lloyd Webber fan or are new to his productions, Starlight Express is one to watch with the kids. It’s fun, uplifting and has a feel good ‘underdog’ message - what more could you want? The whole cast performs on roller skates and the soundtrack is as epic as you’d expect from theatreland’s most celebrated maestro. This show is now playing at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. 

5. Terrible Thames

Now this isn’t your everyday show, but if you’re looking for ‘things to do with kids near me’ and have school-age children, they’ll love this educational boat tour. Terrible Thames is a river cruise that fills in all the most horrible bits that school history class left out. Taking you past some of London’s most iconic landmarks, it delves into the stories of kings, pirates and serial killers. Join boisterous student Billy and his Teacher as they explore the capital’s colourful past. 

When looking for ‘kidsactivities near me’ be sure to check out the theatre. A wide range of tickets are on sale now at KX Tickets, so gather the family and join in the fun.