If you've exhausted the usual child-friendly parks, museums and attractions to occupy little ones this summer, then look to our edit of the best family-friendly theatre productions instead.
From educational shows to edge-of-your seat adventures, these are sure to keep even the most rambunctious of little rascals entertained.
Against Captain’s Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted
Take children on an HMS adventure at the National Maritime Museum. The team have partnered up with Punchdrunk Enrichment to present a new performance show for 6 to 12-year-old crew members, which will allow them to explore the museum’s maritime history through the art of storytelling. All aboard!
Aliens Love Underpants
This zany play is based on the best-selling children’s book written by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort and has been adapted for the stage for the first time. Expect stunning special effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of aliens) in this fresh and funny production, sure to keep both big kids and adults entertained.
Fans of Jacqueline Wilson will enjoy this tale of plucky Hetty Feather - brought to life by award-winning script writer Emma Reeves (who works on CBBC's The Story of Tracy Beaker) and the Olivier Award-nominated director Sally Cookson, whose many five-star productions include Peter Pan, We're Going on a Bearhunt and Stick Man. Amusing and gripping in equal measure, kids will love the circus skills put on display, as well as the heartfelt story.
Horrible Histories Barmy Britain
A fun piece of educational theatre, Horrible Histories brings to life a selection of Terry Deary’s slapstick, gory and factually bang-on books: Rotten Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians. Kids can expect plenty of giggles and come away with some new expert knowledge, some of which even the adults might not know…