Kids go FREE
to top London shows this August!
Kids go FREE
to top London shows this August!

Events

As well as fantastic shows and activities, Kids Week also offers a series of extra events which give children the chance to explore the exciting world of theatre, still with our Kids go free offer. These events do not require you to purchase a show ticket to attend.

 

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1 - 5 Aug | 13 - 20 Aug | 22 - 31 Aug

Shakespeare's Globe: Kids Week Theatre Tour

Shakespeare's Globe: Kids Week Theatre Tour

Time: Times vary
Ages: 5 - 15 yrs
Places: 35 places per tour
Location: Shakespeare’s Globe

Discover Shakespeare's iconic theatre. Our Guides bring this extraordinary space to life in a half-hour tour of the auditorium, with colourful stories of the 1599 Globe, the reconstruction process and how the building works today. Ticket includes entry to the Globe Exhibition, with swordfighting, costume dressing and printing press demonstrations when available.

Tours available at:

1 - 5 August 10.45am & 11.30am
13 August 10.45am
14 August 10.45am, 11.30am & 2.00pm
15 - 19 August 10.45am & 11.30am
20 August 10.45am
22 - 26 August 10.45am & 11.30am
27 August 10.45am
28 August 10.45am, 11.30am & 2.00pm
29 - 31 August 10.45am & 11.30am

£16 per adult. One child goes free with each adult ticket, additional children £4.50.

Book your tickets here.

FEATURED: Thursday 17 August

Five Guys Named Moe: Singing Workshop with Associate Musical Director

Five Guys Named Moe: Singing Workshop with Associate Musical Director

Time: 1.15pm - 2pm
Ages: 8-16
Places: 40
Location: Marble Arch Theatre

Learn a song from the show, Five Guys Named Moe, and perform on stage at the new Marble Arch Theatre.

The workshop is recommended for those who have a ticket to one of the Kids Week performances from Tue 29 - Thu 31 August.

Click here to book by email.

Friday 4, 11, 18 and 25 August

National Theatre Tours

National Theatre Tours

Time: 11am - 12pm
Ages: All ages
Places: 20
Location: National Theatre

See behind the scenes - props, sets and costumes are all made under one roof: find out what's happening today!

Up to three kids go free with each adult paying £10. Click here to book by email.

Friday 4 August

Young Writers Workshop

Young Writers Workshop

Time: 2pm - 3.30pm
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs (Children Only)
Places: 25
Location: Royal Court Theatre

Join the Young Court team at the Royal Court for a free writing workshop.

This workshop is now sold out. 

Saturday 5 and 26 August

Storytelling Tours of the Park (Coronation Gardens)

Storytelling Tours of the Park (Coronation Gardens)

Time: 10am - 11am
Ages: All ages
Places: All welcome
Location: Coronation Gardens, Leyton

Led by Nick Cassenbaum of Slap Haddock Theatre. Join a free unique family-friendly storytelling tour which takes you on a fun and creative journey through Coronation Gardens, Leyton. Made bespoke for the park, meet your host theatre artist at the park gates on a Saturday morning and see your local park like you have never seen it before.

Click here for further information, and drop in for free.

Part of Soho Theatre's Waltham Forest Parks Festival.

Saturday 5 August

Storytelling Tours of the Park (Ridgeway Park)

Storytelling Tours of the Park (Ridgeway Park)

Time: 10am - 11am
Ages: All ages
Places: All welcome
Location: Ridgeway Park, Old Church Road, Chingford, E4 6RS

Led by James Blakey. Join a free unique family-friendly storytelling tour which takes you on a fun and creative journey through Ridgeway Park, Chingford. Made bespoke for the park, meet your host theatre artist at the park gates on a Saturday morning and see your local park like you have never seen it before.

Click here for further information, and drop in for free.

Part of Soho Theatre's Waltham Forest Parks Festival.

Saturday 5 August

Pop up Performance: Music Hall Marvels

Pop up Performance: Music Hall Marvels

Time: 11am | 1pm | 3pm (running time 25 minutes)
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs
Places: All welcome
Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, Room 105, Theatre & Performance, Level 3

Take part in fun and interactive performances for all the family. All together now! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, give a cheer for the delights of the marvellous music hall - from sing-a-longs to comedy capers.

Click here for further information about these free, drop in performances.

Saturday 5 August

The Mousetrap (Audio-Described Performance)

The Mousetrap (Audio-Described Performance)

Time: 4pm (Duration 2h20)
Ages: Recommended for ages 8+
Places: Please call box office
Location: St Martin's Theatre

See the world’s longest running stage production, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, now in its 65th year, in this Audio-Described Performance (by VocalEyes).

Please note: you must purchase a ticket to attend this performance.

4 - 6 August

National Theatre River Stage Weekend take over - HOME

National Theatre River Stage Weekend take over - HOME

Time: See Full Programme
Ages: All Ages
Places: All Welcome
Location: National Theatre River Stage

Five free weekends of the best and brightest entertainment from some of the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations will once again arrive at London’s South Bank this summer.

 HOME, Manchester’s centre for international contemporary theatre, art, film and music bring their eclectic line-up of performances, dance and special guest DJs to our outdoor stage.

 

The full programme up is here - and places are free so just turn up and enjoy!

 

Monday 7 August

Tours of the Royal Opera House

Tours of the Royal Opera House

Time: 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Ages: For ages 8 years and above, accompanied by an adult.
Places: First come first served
Location: Royal Opera House

Visit the Backstage and the Front of House areas of one of the world's leading theatres as it prepares to open its doors for the evening performance.

Booking via phone only: 0207 304 4000 and quote ‘kids week’.

Telephone opening hours (Monday - Saturday: 10am - 8pm).

Wednesday 9 and Saturday 26 August

Outlandish Outfits & Fantastic Frocks with National Theatre

Outlandish Outfits & Fantastic Frocks with National Theatre

Time: 11am - 4pm
Ages: 6-12 year olds and their parents
Places: Places are booked on a first come first served basis
Location: National Theatre, Clore Learning Centre

Which curious character might wear trousers made of balloons? Or a hat made of spoons? Join theatre designer Lucy Sierra to design and create imaginative life size costumes for a character of your making. Using a variety of unusual materials this workshop will explore form, shape and visual storytelling.

This event is for 6-12 year olds and their parents 

Enter Promo code 12NTFamilies to pay £8 for 1 adult and 1 child (please note you will need to select one adult ticket and one free child ticket when booking). Normally Adults £8, Children £5.

Book your place HERE

Friday 11 August

Young Writers Workshop

Young Writers Workshop

Time: 11am - 1.30pm
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs (Children Only)
Places: 25
Location: Royal Court Theatre

Join the Young Court team at the Royal Court for a free writing workshop.

Click here to book by email. Places are free allocated on a first come first served basis.

11 - 13 August

National Theatre River Stage Weekend take over - WOMAD

National Theatre River Stage Weekend take over - WOMAD

Time: See Full Programme
Ages: All Ages
Places: All Welcome
Location: National Theatre River Stages

Five free weekends of the best and brightest entertainment from some of the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations will once again arrive at London’s South Bank this summer.

The World’s Festival descends upon the River Stage with a diverse programme celebrating the best music you’ve never heard, from around the globe.

 

Full programme here - and places are free so just turn up and enjoy! 

Saturday 12 August

Storytelling Tours of the Park (Langthorne Park)

Storytelling Tours of the Park (Langthorne Park)

Time: 10am - 11am
Ages: All ages
Places: All welcome
Location: Langthorne Park, Leytonstone

Led by actress and theatre maker Danusia Samal. Join a free unique family-friendly storytelling tour which takes you on a fun and creative journey through Langthorne Park, Leytonstone. Made bespoke for the park, meet your host theatre artist at the park gates on a Saturday morning and see your local park like you have never seen it before.

Click here for further information, and drop in for free.

Part of Soho Theatre's Waltham Forest Parks Festival.

Saturday 12 and 19 August

Pop up Performance: The King’s Decorator

Pop up Performance: The King’s Decorator

Time: 11am | 1pm | 3pm (running time 25 minutes)
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs
Places: All welcome
Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, The John Madejski Garden, Level 1

Take part in fun and interactive performances for all the family. Meet William Kent – a famous 18th century designer of houses and gardens and lover of good food. This is a promenade performance which moves from the John Madejski Garden to Fashion, Room 40.

Click here for further information about these free, drop in performances.

Saturday 12 August

Play In A Day: Tall Tales with the National Theatre

Play In A Day: Tall Tales with the National Theatre

Time: 9.45am - 4pm
Ages: 6-12 year olds and their parents
Places: Places are booked on a first come first served basis
Location: National Theatre, Clore Learning Centre

Become a playmaker for the day in this creative adventure for all the family. Discover hidden stories, bring a magical world to life through performance and design and share your tall tales in a performance at the end of the day.

 

This event is for 6-12 year olds and their parents 

Enter Promo code 12NTFamilies to pay £12 for 1 adult and 1 child (please note you will need to select one adult ticket and one free child ticket when booking). Normally Adults £12, children £8

Book your place HERE

 

Monday 14 and 21 August

Theatre and Performance Tour

Theatre and Performance Tour

Time: 2pm - 3pm
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs
Places: All welcome
Location: Victoria and Albert Museum

Join this daily tour which introduces the V&A’s Theatre and Performance Galleries, including drama, dance, opera, comedy, set and costume design, popular music and much more.

Meet at the Meeting Point, Grand Entrance. Click here for further information.

Friday 18 August

Baby Broadway

Baby Broadway

Time: 11am - 11.45am
Ages: Parents, babies and children
Places: Tickets allocated on a first come first served basis
Location: St Paul's Church, Covent Garden

Baby Broadway brings West End musicals to your doorstep. The whole family can sing and dance along to well-known songs from hit shows such as Mary Poppins, Singin in the Rain, Mamma Mia, Frozen and many more performed by West End singers.

Open to all ages from newborns to school age to grandparents, tickets are £10 per adult and children go FREE! Concert lasts approximately 45 minutes, doors open 15 minutes before start time.

Click here for more information and to book.

18 - 20 August

National Theatre River Stage Weekend take over - RAMBERT

National Theatre River Stage Weekend take over - RAMBERT

Time: See full programme
Ages: All Ages
Places: All Welcome
Location: National Theatre River Stage

Five free weekends of the best and brightest entertainment from some of the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations will once again arrive at London’s South Bank this summer.

Internationally renowned dance company Rambert fills the stage with various solo and group pieces from their stunning repertoire.

The full programme is here - and places are free so just turn up and enjoy!

Saturday 19 August

Storytelling Tours of the Park (Lloyd Park)

Storytelling Tours of the Park (Lloyd Park)

Time: 10am - 11am
Ages: All ages
Places: All welcome
Location: Lloyd Park, Walthamstow

Led by Amy Mason, previous writer in residence Walthamstow Library. Join a free unique family-friendly storytelling tour which takes you on a fun and creative journey through Lloyd Park, Walthamstow. Made bespoke for the park, meet your host theatre artist at the park gates on a Saturday morning and see your local park like you have never seen it before.

Click here for further information, and drop in for free.

Part of Soho Theatre's Waltham Forest Parks Festival.

Saturday 19 August

Musical In A Day with the National Theatre

Musical In A Day with the National Theatre

Time: 9.45am - 4pm
Ages: 6-12 year olds and their parents
Places: Places are booked on a first come first served basis
Location: National Theatre, Clore Learning Centre

Become a musical-maker for the day in this creative adventure for all the family. Discover fantastical stories, bring a magical world to life through performance and design and share your songs and stories in a performance at the end of the day.

 

This event is for 6-12 year olds and their parents. 

Enter Promo code 12NTFamilies to pay £12 for 1 adult and 1 child (please note you will need to select one adult ticket and one free child ticket when booking). Usually Adults £12, children £8

Book your place HERE

 

Wednesday 23 August

Peter and the Wolf: Music and Puppetry with the National Theatre

Peter and the Wolf: Music and Puppetry with the National Theatre

Time: 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
Ages: 6-12 year olds and their parents
Places: Places are booked on a first come first served basis
Location: National Theatre, Clore Learning Centre

We can’t make music with a carrot or transform camping equipment into curious characters or can we? Explore the creative challenges of making music and puppets with everyday objects to explore the adventures of Peter and the Wolf.

 This event is for 6-12 year olds and their parents

Enter Promo code NTSummer8 to pay £5 for 1 adult and 1 child (please note you will need to select one adult ticket and one free child ticket when booking)

Book your place HERE

25 - 28 August

National Theatre River Stage Weekend take over - NATIONAL THEATRE

National Theatre River Stage Weekend take over - NATIONAL THEATRE

Time: See Full Line Up
Ages: All Ages
Places: All Welcome
Location: National Theatre River Stage

Five free weekends of the best and brightest entertainment from some of the UK’s leading arts and culture organisations will once again arrive at London’s South Bank this summer.

A bank holiday weekend mix of live music, DJs, tea dance and family theatre, as well as an outdoor cinema screening.

Full line up is here - and places are free so just turn up and enjoy!

Monday 28 August

Art In Your Parks - Lloyd Park Community Play

Art In Your Parks - Lloyd Park Community Play

Time: 7pm
Ages: 8 - 16 yrs
Places: All Welcome
Location: Lloyd Park, Walthamstow

As part of the Waltham Forest Parks Festival, Soho Theatre are creating a free epic outdoor community play. Come and see this new interactive show created and performed over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Click here for further information.

Part of Soho Theatre's Waltham Forest Parks Festival.

Monday 28 August

Kids Week Choir

Kids Week Choir

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs
Places: 50
Location: Pineapple Dance Studios, 7 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JA

Learn a medley of songs from hit musicals under the expert instruction of Starling Arts.

This event is sold out. 

Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 August

Join The Circus! With Albert & Friends

Join The Circus! With Albert & Friends

Time: 10am - 10.45am, 12pm - 12.45pm and 2.45pm - 3.30pm
Ages: Ages 6+
Places: Places are booked on a first come first served basis
Location: Weston Theatre, Unicorn Theatre

No need to run away to join the circus. Our pals at Albert & friends have a wonderful way for parents and children to have lots of fun learning exciting circus skills together! Balancing on a tightrope, dancing on stilts or wiggling a hula hoop!

Part of the Unicorn Theatre's 70th Anniversary Celebrations.

Exclusive booking for Kids Week until Friday 16th June by calling the box office on: 0207 645 0560

Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 August

Puppet Soup

Puppet Soup

Time: 10.45am - 11.45am and 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Ages: 7 - 11 yrs
Places: Places are booked on a first come first served basis
Location: Judi Dench Studio, Unicorn Theatre

An hour of glove puppet magic with our friends from Puppet Soup. Create a puppet pal and give him a story to tell. You'll be wowing the family all the way home.

Part of the Unicorn Theatre's 70th Anniversary Celebrations.

Exclusive booking for Kids Week until Friday 16th June by calling the box office on: 0207 645 0560

 

 

Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 August

Paper Unicorns

Paper Unicorns

Time: 11am - 12pm and 12.15pm - 1.15pm
Ages: All ages
Places: Places are booked on a first come first served basis
Location: John Lyons Room, Unicorn Theatre

Lots of scissor action needed for these paper craft sessions. From finger puppets to hug-o-grams, everyone will make something to show off to the neighbours.

Part of the Unicorn Theatre's 70th Anniversary Celebrations.

Exclusive booking for Kids Week until Friday 16th June by calling the box office on: 0207 645 0560.

Wednesday 30 August

Clay Creations

Clay Creations

Time: 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Ages: Ages 4+
Places: Places are booked on a first come first served basis
Location: John Lyons Room, Unicorn Theatre

We're getting hands on with these keepsakes of our handprint made from air drying clay. Decorate yours with you favourite colours! These make great gifts for grandparents and pals.

Part of the Unicorn Theatre's 70th Anniversary Celebrations.

Exclusive booking for Kids Week until Friday 16th June by calling the box office on: 0207 645 0560

Wednesday 30 & Thursday 31 August

All Day Art!

All Day Art!

Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Ages: All welcome
Places: Drop-in event
Location: Unicorn Theatre Foyer

We're bringing the Laika world to life. Join us for space and dog themed arts & crafts. You don't need a ticket - just pop in and say hello!

Part of the Unicorn Theatre's 70th Anniversary Celebrations.

Exclusive booking for Kids Week until Friday 16th June by calling the box office on: 0207 645 0560