7 London shows and attractions for young children this half term
Treat your children this upcoming half term with a trip to the West End. If you’re trying to find the perfect West End attraction for your little ones or you’re wanting to make sure that a show is deemed age appropriate, we’ve put a list together of London shows and attractions that are guaranteed to wow young children as well as adults too. Take away the stress of selecting the right show and just wait in anticipation at your kids’ face lighting up with wonder on a walk through Theatreland.
If you’re taking children to the theatre for the first time, we’ve put a guide together that’s full of information on what to do to make for an enjoyable day for all.
West End shows and events for young children
Matilda The Musical
Stories penned by Roald Dahl have captured the imagination of young children for generations, with his books becoming the must-read stories for young children. Bringing the zaniness of Roald Dahl to the West End, Matilda the Musical continues to dazzle audiences with its beautiful storytelling, as audiences follow the David versus Goliath-like tale of Matilda Wormwood, a young girl with a powerful psychokinetic ability. Faced with headmaster Miss Trunchbull, Matilda stages a kid revolution with her classmate to defeat evil, even if she has to be a “little bit naughty”. With songs including “Revolting Children” and “When I Grow Up”, your kids will be betwixt at this production and fall in love with the magic of theatre and storytelling.
Disney’s The Lion King
Entertaining generations of theatregoers, your children fall in love with the theatre at The Lion King, as puppets circling around the auditorium bring the Serengeti to life. Watch Simba transform from a young cub to King of the Pride Lands in a continental adventure, risking his life for others in a musical featuring some of the greatest Disney songs including “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata”. Take away your half term worries for the rest of your days with tickets to The Lion King, a Disney spectacular that will leave you wishing you could visit the animal kingdom.
Every so often, there’s a Disney film released that transcends generations, with all ages enjoying the story and songs. Aladdin first entertained cinemagoers in 1992, with audiences falling in love with the entire film, so much so that it was brought to the stage. Opening at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2016, Aladdin has sent audiences to the world of Agrabah to meet the title character, a street orphan who is down on his luck after being caught by guards. Presented with an opportunity to retrieve a lamp from a cave, he takes it. When rubbing the lamp, he is joined by the effervescent Genie and is granted three wishes to make his dreams come true. With stunning choreography, jaw-dropping scenery and songs fit for all generations including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me”, get “One Jump Ahead” this half term and book your tickets now for Aladdin.
School Of Rock
Even if you’re visiting the West End during the half term, you can still take the children back to school with School of Rock. When bandmember reject Dewey Finn stumbles upon a substitute teacher job in a private school, he initially finds it tough to connect with the kids. Once he sees the children in a music lesson, he taps into the musical potential of the class to create a powerful rock band. Working towards Battle of the Bands, the kids transform into musical maestros until another teacher catches on to the plan. Hear the coolest rock music that the West End has to offer alongside incredible performances from the children in the band and you’ll be playing air drums and air guitars with your kids all the way home!
Generations of viewers have watched The Wizard of Oz, the 1939 blockbuster with a young Judy Garland leading the cast. Wanting to know more, Wicked was brought to the stage; a prequel to allow people to find out how Elphaba and Glinda gained their bewitching titles. Having sent West End audiences into a state of bewilderment since its 2006 opening, the show has gone on to become a West End must see. See how Elphaba and Glinda found themselves through each other at Shiz University, alongside Fiyero, Doctor Dillamond and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz himself. With songs including “Defying Gravity” and “As Long As You’re Mine”, make sure you’ve got tickets for you and your children to see Wicked, one of the most “Popular” shows in town!
The Play That Goes Wrong
Hear your young ones laugh louder than ever before at The Play That Goes Wrong, a comedic production that’s packed a hilarious punch to the West End since it first opened in 2014. Ever since, audiences have fallen in love with the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, as they try to put on their annual production amidst plenty of things falling around them. From crumbling sets to missing props and actors going awry, it’s up to you to see if the drama society will put on the “Murder at Haversham Manor”. Don’t let the show remain a mystery any longer, book your tickets now for The Play That Goes Wrong.
Merlin’s Magical London
Get the very best of what London has to offer with tickets for Merlin’s Magical London, combining an unbelievable five of London’s attractions in one ticket. With these passes, you’ll be able to venture to a land “Far Far Away” at Shrek’s Adventure! London and stand by your favourite celebrities as waxworks at Madame Tussauds. Get close to the aquatic wildlife at the Sealife London Aquarium and find out more about the past at the London Dungeon, before a ride on the London Eye that offers 360-degree views of the capital. Don’t miss out on your chance to see London like never before with a pass for Merlin’s Magical London.
Don’t feel limited to just taking your kids to see a West End show in the evening. During the week, there will be afternoon performances across lots of West End productions. Find out when every West End matinee is happening here.