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 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. But, 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. Don’t feel limited to just taking your kids to see a West End show in the evening.
West End shows for young children this half term
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.
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.
Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp star in the West End revival of Mary Poppins, which returns to the Prince Edward Theatre. See the well-known story of this lovable nanny come to life, as she looks after the Banks children on the adventure of a lifetime, accompanied by the trusty chimneysweep Bert. With plenty of recognisable tunes by the Sherman Brothers and new songs by Stiles and Drewe, witness this marvellous, magical musical with young children this half term.
London attractions for young children this half term
Merlin’s Magical London
Get the very best of what London has to offer this half term 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 LastMinute.com 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.
Allow young children to explore a world of limitless possibilities this half term at KidZania. Built just for kids aged 4-14, it’s an indoor city where children can try out all sorts of careers from firefighting, pilot training or the next leading veterinarian. For a limited time only, children can learn how to conserve fuel and become an energy champion at the Shell Forecourt and Energy Lab, or become a rocking musician at the Rock and Roland music studio. Let your kids imaginations run wild at KidZania this half term!