Theatre and London go hand and in hand like pies with peas. Or chips with curry sauce. There is nothing better on a Friday night than to head to West End and take in some incredible theatre. But not all theatre is strictly for adults! Kids can enjoy it too.
London Mums Group have shared their favourite places for kid friendly theatre. Here are some of the most popular places for you to try.
Chickenshed is a theatre that brings people of all ages and backgrounds together. They regularly present original and entertaining productions for young children and families. They also run theatre groups where your kids can become part of the performance, starting as young as aged 5. To find out What’s On, check out the website here
Locations: Chickenshed Theatre, Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE
The Wharf Rooms, Imperial Road, SW6 2EP
The most popular choice amongst the London Mums group. However they are closed for renovations until Summer 2020. So watch this space.
The Polka Theatre is dedicated exclusively to children so is the perfect place for your little one to experience theatre and performing arts. Their mission is to spark the imagination, stir the emotions and fuel a sense of discovery in children. Children can both learn and participate. And you don't even have to be going to the theatre to drop by the Polka Cafe. Kids can enjoy the toys, a book corner, a charming garden and a playground.
Arts Depot is an arts centre with a programme designed for all ages to be inspired. They provide both visual and performance arts and have lots on that is perfect for kids. This includes kids comedy, dance workshops and shows to both watch and get involved in. Upcoming shows include ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘The Tiger who came to tea’. You can find out What’s on here.
Location: 5 Nether Street Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA
Little Angel is an incredible children’s theatre that is a home for puppetry. It is considered an icon of North London childhood theatre. They have an imaginative education programme for children and run participation activities such as our Saturday Puppet Club, Crafty Kids Club and Youth Theatre, and regular Kids Fun Days and holiday clubs. They have amazing shows to see for kids of all ages.
Location: 14 Dagmar Passage, Off Cross Street, Islington, N1 2DN
Unicorn Theatre is family friendly theatre at its finest. As soon as you arrive, you can make yourself at home in the first floor living room with toys, activities and books for all ages. They run shows for all age groups, even as young as 2 years old, and children under 18 months are free to bring to shows. They also have baby changing facilities, high chairs at their on site cafe and bottle warming facilities. Unicorn also runs free family friendly events. For a list of What’s on, see here
Colour House is famous for its weekend musical adaptations of famous fairy tales. They have done over 100 shows and shows take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm and 4pm. Performances are an hour long so the perfect amount of time for children. You can find out what shows are being performed here.
Half Moon Theatre is centred around bringing theatre to children and young people. They also run creative learning programs for children aged 0-18, giving them a chance to participate in drama and theatre activities. They run shows that are really affordable as well, some as little as 3! It is the perfect place to start your little ones in some true London theatre.
Greenwich Theatre has a family theatre program with shows being performed that are wonderful for children to see. Upcoming shows include Hansel and Gretel and The Tiger that Came to Tea. They are a premiere Off-West End theatre, presenting a year round programme of drama, music theatre, family shows and pantomime.
Location: Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ESL
Do you know of any other great places to take your kids to a show in London? Please let us know in the comments below! We would love to hear from you.