Fun February Half-term inspiration!

We know it’s February and it’s freezing, but half term is going to roll around nonetheless and you certainly don’t want to be stuck inside all week. Lucky for you, London is host to a kaleidoscopic range of fun-fuelled and fascinating activities to keep you on your toes for the week! Check out our top picks below…

Musical magic…

Disney’s Aladdin

From award-winning Disney movie to smash hit musical comedy, Aladdin is an exuberant West End spectacular, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the much-loved Disney film, such as ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Friend Like Me’, as well as some brand new musical numbers for you and the kids to fall in love with. Book tickets for half-term now from £29.75.

Disney’s The Lion King

Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

So we have a bit of a Disney theme going on right now, but we can’t help but spread the magic! What could be more special this half-term than seeing Disney’s longest running musical? Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, this multi Tony and Olivier award-winning musical will redefine your expectations of theatre. Book your tickets to experience the magic now.

Matilda The Musical

Hailed as a musical triumph and recipient of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, this fantastic piece of theatre continues to delight audiences. Matilda doesn’t just copy Roald Dahls’ classic tale, it adds new depth and is the perfect half-term treat for children of all ages and adults alike. Book tickets now from £23 and prepare to be blown away.

Exciting discoveries…

Body Worlds

Half-term is jam-packed with interactive activities across education, science, fun, health and wellbeing. Body Worlds have also partnered with The British Red Cross to offer guests CPR interactive workshops! There will be Medical Guides throughout half-term (12pm to 4pm) to answer questions on Mind, Body and Soul. Kids are also welcome to pick up and follow the brand-new Family Trail – all at no additional cost! Book tickets for a family-fun and fascinating day out now.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery


Take a trip to London’s Science Museum and explore the incredible wonder of Wonderlab. Kids can become scientists, fuel their imagination and immerse themselves in a world of wonder at this one-of-a-kind interactive gallery. A wonderful exhibition with several daily 20 min shows, this is a great experience for the whole family! Book tickets now.

Plays galore…

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

A perfect theatre trip for older children (recommended age is 11+), this story of discovery is funny, heart-warming and features an adorable treat at the end! Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards® including ‘Best Play’, don’t miss out on this unique play before it leaves the West End in April. Book selected tickets now with no fees.

The Wider Earth

The Wider Earth

Join a 22-year-old Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle’s daring voyage to the far side of the world, and discover the gripping story behind one of the most important discoveries in history. A perfect theatre trip for families this half-term, book tickets now from £23.50.

Opening soon…

February half-term may be just around the corner, but it’s never too early to start planning family activities! Read on for our top upcoming family shows!

The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice

Back on the Disney theme, but now with the added incredible element of ice-skating! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on an inspiring walk down memory lane in celebration of magic and family fun. With a national tour, this is the perfect trip for all the family! Book tickets now for a venue near you.

Where is Peter Rabbit?

Hop onto your seats and immerse yourself in the magical world of Beatrix Potter. Watch with delight as your favourite stories and most beloved characters are brought to life in this theatrical spectacular, with beautifully handcrafted puppets, enchanting original songs and a sprinkle of magic. Save up to 30% when booking for a family of four!

Beasts of London

Opening in April, Beasts of London explores the fascinating role animals have played in shaping the capital. Be guided through time, from the Roman era through Medieval London and right up to present day, narrated by the beasts themselves. Discover how animals – from lions and elephants, to horses, rats and pigeons – have shaped the city and its beastly history. Tickets start from just £8.80 – book now!

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO is coming to London! Here is all you need to know: Dates, tickets and what it’s about

What Is Cirque du Soleil: OVO about?

After the record-breaking success of Amaluna earlier this year, Cirque du Soleil returns to London’s Royal Albert Hall in January 2018 with its never seen before in the UK show, OVO.

OVO (meaning ‘egg’ in Portuguese), is a celebration of nature and co-existence, where insects work, eat, play, fight and search for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.

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After a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects become intensely curious as they work to uncover what this iconic object represents. When a quirky insect arrives in the bustling community, a fabulous ladybird catches his eye and it is love at first sight.
Since premiering in Montreal in 2009, OVO has thrilled more than 5 million people worldwide, and is sure to have the same effect in London in 2018.

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Who’s Performing In Cirque du Soleil: OVO?

50 performing artists from 17 countries, each specialising in various acrobatic acts, make up the cast of OVO. Amongst the artists is Alanna Baker, a gymnast from Greater London, who plays the Black Spider and has travelled to countries as far-reaching as Australia and Japan with the show. Having trained since the early age of five, she was crowned Gymnastics European Champion in 2011, and won Bronze in the World Championships in 2012.

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When Is Cirque du Soleil: OVO Playing in London?

Having toured North America and set to make its European debut in Zurich in October 2017, Cirque du Soleil will be performing OVO at London’s Royal Albert Hall for a five-week run from Sunday 7 January 2018 until Sunday 11th February 2018.

And so the UK’s longstanding relationship with Cirque du Soleil continues; this is the eighth time the group has debuted a show at the Royal Albert Hall since it was founded 22 years ago.

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Where Can I Buy Tickets for Cirque du Soleil: OVO?

Tickets are now available at www.fromtheboxoffice.com/OVO from £44.

View the trailer:

Christmas Crackers: Nudity, Burlesque and Potted Dick

Thrills, stockings, drag queens and swingers – Christmas in London never disappoints and this year along with the traditional treats, there are some real crackers to chase the winter blues away.

So while the wine is mulling, the goose is getting fat and the halls are decked with boughs of holly, it’s high time y’all get yourselves into the wonderful West End – here are our top tinselly tips for a Rocking Yule and an unforgettable Xmas! Read more

How to choose the Perfect Show for Kids (by Age)

Does the thought of tantrums, tears and ticket prices put you off taking kids to the theatre? Wondering which shows will suit different ages? We’ve put together a handy guide to theatre-going for kids from 0-99, as well as a few top tips to help you get the most out of a family trip to the West End.

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  • Be in control
    Gauge how much your child can handle – some shows can be a bit scary for very young children. Bear in mind that many West End (and regional) shows have a minimum age limit, but don’t be put off – there are plenty of great shows even for the very youngest theatre-goer.
  • Babes in arms
    Occasionally a theatre many adopt a “babes in arms” policy, where a very young child/baby may be able to share your seat. The norm is that everyone needs their own ticket, and only shows specifically aimed at very young children will admit babes in arms – we definitely advise that you check before you book.
  • Getting there
    Plan your journey. It’s a great idea to allow children to help with this, tell them what transport you’ll use, how many stops etc so that it’s all part of the day out.
  • Before the show starts
    With their full attention (I know, as if!) explain that everyone will be sitting still for a long time and that they will need to use the toilet before the show can start…even if they are adamant they don’t need to go!
  • Setting the scene
    Discuss what might happen in the auditorium. Explain that some of the characters may do funny or scary things, and there might be bright lights or music or loud noise but it’s okay because you are with them.
  • Don’t fall foul of merchandising!
    Decide what you can afford before you go. If you have bottomless pockets that’s great, but many theatres will allow you to take in your own sweets/drinks if you’re discrete and you’ll save a small fortune in the process. If you’re going to a panto, the pressure to buy show merchandise can be overwhelming. Be smart and buy your glow-sticks from Amazon!
  • Booster Seats
    These are brilliant if you have very small children. Many theatres will have these but often run out, so get there at least 30 minutes before curtain up and ask the Front of House staff. You may be asked to pay a small fee in some theatres.

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Choosing what to see!
Here are some suggestions of the great shows coming up:

5-year-olds

Ages 3-5
Peppa Pig’s Adventure 
– Ages 3+
Room On The Broom – Ages 3+
Stickman 3+ but all ages welcome
The Snowman – Suitable for all ages
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Ages 5-12
Disney’s Aladdin The Musical – Advise 6+. Be aware that very young children may not admitted
The Wider Earth – Advise 10+ as the scientific terminology may be harder for younger audiences to understand, but the puppetry is still amazing for younger children!
Peter Pan – Ages 5+
Operation Ouch – Ages 5-12
Snow White (The Pantomime) – Ages 5+
Disney’s The Lion King – Advises 6+ but will admit from 3 years old with tickets
The Play The Goes Wrong – Ages 8+
Matilda The Musical – Advise 6+ with some scary moments
School of Rock The Musical – Advise 8+ with under 4s not admitted
Thriller Live! – Advise 5+ but young children may find certain moments frightening
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Ages 13+

(PG) = Parental Guidance advised, show may contain strong language or adult themes

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – Recommend 11+ some adult themes
Dreamgirls (PG)
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – (PG)
Les Miserables (PG)
Mamma Mia! (PG)
Motown The Musical (PG) Some strong language and adult themes
The Mousetrap (PG)
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – Suitable for all but may contain PG moments
The Woman In Black – Suitable for all ages, although it is very scary!
Wicked (PG)

Rules and regulations
Generally, children under 16 are not permitted to attend the theatre unaccompanied and all children require their own ticket unless specifically stated (eg babes in arms). Most West End Theatres will not admit children under 5 unless specifically stated. Age suitability is only given as a guide.

Young adults
Tell your young friends and family about Mousetrap Theatre – this terrific organisation exists specifically to help young theatregoers enjoy West End shows at a fraction of the price.

Relaxed Performances
These are usually geared to children who may have additional needs or for whom theatre-going may otherwise be daunting. For details, always call or email the venue before you book to find out when and if those performances are available.

Theatre shows as a whole provide a great experience for the whole family, so find a show within your budget and ensure you take your peeps to this wonderful experience – they’ll remember it forever!