Days Out: Top 9 Theatre Shows to see with the family this summer

Looking to become a culture vulture this summer with the kids? There’s so much going on in theatres across London from now until September and even until the end of the year.

Here are the top 9 theatre shows that have caught my eye… best of all they are suitable for the whole family – big and small 🙂

1. Alien Loves Underpants at The Belly Theatre

As part of this year’s Underbelly Festival, this adaptation from the popular children’s will leave both parents and children in stitches of laughter and fun, you’ll all be laughing your pants off!

Tickets from £11.50 / find out more

2. Rufus Longbottom & The Space Rabbit at Greenwich Theatre

Rufus Longbottom is a grouchy old man who lives in a care home and despises contact with other people. He loves watching his telly and does nothing else until one day he comes across a big yellow rabbit from outer space. A show filled with marvellous adventures, song, dance and interaction with the audience. I’m a big fan of small productions that are interactive and immersive. You’ll not be disappointed!

Tickets from £8.50 / find out more / other tour dates

3. The Elves and the Shoemaker at Greenwich Theatre

You’ll meet Mr Cobbler and his wife, who are struggling to afford the leather for him to make any shoes to sell. But could their fortune change? A beautiful retelling of a classical children’s fairytale featuring all of the original songs from the story.

Tickets from £5 / find out more

4. Not Now, Bernard at Unicorn Theatre

David McKee’s iconic picture book, “Not now, Bernard” is a story that’s been loved by many children and adults for the last thirty years. The show will be vividly brought to life in this brand new adaptation.

Tickets from £6 / find out more

5. The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Piccadilly Theatre

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood. Based on the book by Judith Kerr, this classic children’s book comes to life. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Tickets from £12 / find out more

6. The Everywhere Bear at Polka Theatre

This captivating and beautiful new story from best-selling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Rebecca Cobb springs to life with rhyme, original music and delightfully expressive puppets in Polka’s fun and exciting stage adaptation.

Tickets from £9 / find out more

7. Jack and The Beanstalk at Polka Theatre

Expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for five magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show with something for everyone.

Tickets from £10 / find out more

8. The Jungle Book at Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre proudly presents this dynamic adaptation of “The Jungle Book”, bringing Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale to the stage with thrilling percussion, vibrant puppetry and Kipling’s unforgettable, larger-than-life characters.

Tickets from £9.75 / find out more

9. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at Lyric Theatre

Join in this adaptation from Michael Rosen’s fantastic book, “We’re going on a bear hunt” and follow the family’s adventures with their musical dog on a quest to find a bear. As they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure!

Tickets from £17.25 / find out more

So much choice!

I hope these top nine have sparked your interest and you’ll find something great to watch. We’ll also be attending a few more shows so will try to review them as soon as I can!

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BFLF Family Rave

I came across the Imagine Childrens Festival on Time Out’s website as a last-minute option for things to do with LO. It was being held at London Southbank over the children’s half term period and Sunday was the last day of the festival.

The main event was the Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave – I couldn’t believe what I was reading!  There was to be a DJ playing acid house, drum and bass and club classics and the children could party with their parents, make party hats, and decorate a special murual made from kids’ drawings. The ideal age for the event was children from 0-8 years old… Amazing! So I invited one of my mummy friends and she was just as excited as I was to go (possibly even more so). Who could say no to a rave?!

On the day, we had put our little ones down for an early nap to avoid any nasty toddler tantrums. We got to Southbank and the place was brimming with people. Upon arrival it turns out that my friend and I actually got in without having to queue as we had unknowingly entered via the side entrance which happened to be unsupervised at the time – wicked!

We were destined to be there. Music was pumping, colourful disco lights were glowing in the background and the hall was ram-packed with babies, toddlers , bigger children and parents having a good-old boogie. It was a surreal feeling to be partying with the LO but so worthwhile! The rave started at 2PM and was finished by 4:30PM which was more than enough. Most people had left by 3:30PM to get home and we left not long after.

This family rave is not the first of its kind and certainly not the last! The company, Big Fish Little Fish Events are still doing more of these family rave about London so if you can make it along to one near you I highly recommend it! At Southbank it was free due to it being a part of the festival – you will need to look on their website for ticket prices at the other locations (I think it was £8 per adult and £4 per child).

It was an unforgettable day out for sure!

Click for upcoming Big Fish Little Fish Events around London