Before 5pm, Kids

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Meet the Gruffalo

Follow the Gruffalo's tracks into the deep dark wood … where there are activities and fun for kids!

National Trust: Wallington House And Grounds, Morpeth

Sun 24 Aug

Free, plus admission £11, child £5.50, family £27.50 / 01670 773600

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Mon 25 Aug

Free, plus admission £11, child £5.50, family £27.50 / 01670 773600

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Waterstones, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Jul

Free / 0131 554 7732

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

There's a whole summer of family-friendly activities at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Jul

Included in admission / 0131 524 5100

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Mon 28 Jul

Included in admission / 0131 524 5100

  • 09:30 – 16:30

Tue 29 Jul

Included in admission / 0131 524 5100

  • 09:30 – 16:30
…and 33 more dates until 31 Aug

Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaurs aren't extinct! They're just hiding out on the other side of the world. Erth's Dinosaur Zoo brings its Jurassic creations to Scotland with an opportunity for children to get right up close.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Tue 18 Nov

£12.50–£15 ( £10) / 01892 530613

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Wed 19 Nov

£12.50–£15 ( £10) / 01892 530613

  • 10:30
  • 16:30

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Wed 12 Nov

£13–£15.50 / 01792 475715

  • 13:30
  • 16:30

Thu 13 Nov

£13–£15.50 / 01792 475715

  • 10:30
  • 16:30

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Fri 21 Nov

Phone for prices / 023 8071 1811

  • 13:30

Sat 22 Nov

Phone for prices / 023 8071 1811

  • 10:00
  • 12:00

Sun 23 Nov

Phone for prices / 023 8071 1811

  • 11:00
  • 13:00

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Pollok Family Day and Highland Cattle Show

A chance for the whole family to enjoy entertainment and activities to get closer to nature.

Pollok Country Park, Glasgow

Sun 24 Aug

Free / 0141 276 0924

Part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 & Glasgow City of Science.

  • 10:30 – 16:30

Boxsmall and Airpuddle

Taste, discover, bounce! A revolutionary, interactive play experience for children has bounced into Edinburgh! This magical giant airshell is a main feature at BOXSMALL, an innovative architecturally designed family market and street food destination at Festival Square this summer. The market aims to showcase the very…

Festival Square, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Jul

Square

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 29 Jul

Square

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 30 Jul

Square

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

A deep sea adventure with Captain Barnacles, Kwazii and Peso, in this brand new live stage show.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Wed 4 Feb 2015

£13.50–£15.50 (Children £11.50–£13.50; £54) / 01892 530613

  • 13:00
  • 16:00

Thu 5 Feb 2015

£13.50–£15.50 (Children £11.50–£13.50; £54) / 01892 530613

  • 13:00
  • 16:00

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Sat 24 Jan 2015

£14.50–£16.50 (Children £12.50–£14.50 under 16s; £58) / 020 8561 8371

  • 10:00
  • 13:00
  • 16:00

Sun 25 Jan 2015

£14.50–£16.50 (Children £12.50–£14.50 under 16s; £58) / 020 8561 8371

  • 10:00
  • 13:00
  • 16:00

Bristol Hippodrome

Sat 25 Apr 2015

£16.50 / 0844 847 2325

Sun 26 Apr 2015

£16.50 / 0844 847 2325

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…and at 16 other places

The Cat in the Hat

Cat In The Hat UK Ltd From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Pleasance One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

Pleasance One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

Pleasance One

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

The Gruffalo's Birthday

Come and meet the Gruffalo at his 15th birthday party where there's lots of activities for little ones.

Waterstones, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Jul

Free / 0131 554 7732

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Peppa Pig's Big Splash

All singing, all dancing puppet show with wee Peppa Pig and pals as they enjoy the rain and muddy puddles and try to fix the leaking nursery roof.

Bristol Hippodrome

Tue 7 Oct

£14.50–£21 / 0844 847 2325

Wed 8 Oct

£14.50–£21 / 0844 847 2325

Buxton Opera House

Sat 13 Sep

£16.50 / 0845 127 2190

Sun 14 Sep

£16.50 / 0845 127 2190

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Wed 3 Sep

£14.50–£16.50 / 08441 717620

Thu 4 Sep

£14.50–£16.50 / 08441 717620

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…and at 11 other places

Earls Barton Car Boot

Grab a bargain and find some hidden gems at this car boot sale.

Whites Nurseries, Northampton

Sun 27 Jul

£0.50 / 01604 812 173

  • 07:00 – 13:00

Sun 10 Aug

£0.50 / 01604 812 173

  • 07:00 – 13:00

Sun 31 Aug

£0.50 / 01604 812 173

  • 07:00 – 13:00

Sun 14 Sep

£0.50 / 01604 812 173

  • 07:00 – 13:00
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The Generator

An art lab for kids aged 4+. Feel free to explore and imagine the art of the future.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Sun 27 Jul

Clore Education Centre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Mon 28 Jul

Clore Education Centre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:30

Tue 29 Jul

Clore Education Centre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 14:00 – 16:30
…and 19 more dates until 17 Aug

The Singing Kettle: Fantastic Funfair

Thrills and spills as the Kettle gang take on the helter skelters and merry-go-rounds of the funfair! With old songs including 'Apples and Bananas' and 'My Aunt Came Back' as well as some brand new ditties, plus the all-important chance for kids to join the team onstage.

Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Sat 3 Jan 2015

£13.50 / 01383 740384

Arainn Fhinn, Portree

Sat 20 Sep

£12 / 01478 613649

Assembly Rooms, Wick

Sat 18 Oct

£9 / 01955 602584

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Billy Smart's Circus

This all human performance includes a trapeze act, acrobats, jugglers, aerialists and a fire tricks, all soundtracked by a live band.

Kingsmead Leisure Centre, Canterbury

Sun 27 Jul

£8 / 0844 4155 228

Radnor Park, Folkestone

Tue 29 Jul

£8 / 0844 4155 228

Wed 30 Jul

£8 / 0844 4155 228

Thu 31 Jul

£8 / 0844 4155 228

…and 3 more dates until 3 Aug

Jack and Jill Market

An opportunity for mums and dads to buy and sell nearly-new baby and kids' (ages 0–9) items of good quality. Book a stall to sell or turn up on the day to grab a bargain.

Bellahouston Leisure Centre, Glasgow

Sat 16 Aug

£1.50 (Children free) / 07817 741377

  • 10:30 – 13:00

Bells Sports Centre, Perth

Sat 16 Aug

£1.50 / 07817 741377

  • 10:30 – 13:30

Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

£1.50 (Children free) / 07817 741377

  • 10:30 – 13:00

Jack and The Beanstalk

Children's show adapted from the much-loved fairy tale.

Theatre Royal, St Helens

Sat 6 Dec

£14 (£13; Children £12; Family £49) / 01744 756000

  • 10:00

£14 (£13; Students £12; Family £49) / 01744 756000

  • 14:00

Sun 7 Dec

£14 (£13; Children £12; Family £49) / 01744 756000

  • 10:00
  • 14:00

Mon 8 Dec

£12 (£11; Children £10; Family £42) / 01744 756000

  • 10:00
  • 13:00
…and 23 more dates until 11 Jan 2015 back to top

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery of the Pyramid

Live stage show featuring the classic duo. Ages 2+.

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sun 27 Jul

£19.50 ( £61; Children £14.50 under 16s) / 01256 844244

  • 14:30

Bristol Hippodrome

Sun 17 Aug

£19.50 / 0844 847 2325

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Fri 22 Aug

£19.50 (Children £14.50; £58) / 01792 475715

  • 14:30

Sat 23 Aug

£19.50 (Children £14.50; £58) / 01792 475715

  • 14:30

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Suffragettes: Deeds Not Words

This display includes photographs of Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Richardson, notorious for attacking the 'Rokeby Venus' by Diego Velasquez at the National Gallery. It also includes original documents from the Gallery's archive, and surveillance photographs showing a number of Suffragettes which were issued to the Gallery…

National Portrait Gallery, London WC2H

Sun 27 Jul

Room 31

Free / 020 7312 2463

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Mon 28 Jul

Room 31

Free / 020 7312 2463

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Tue 29 Jul

Room 31

Free / 020 7312 2463

  • 10:00 – 18:00
…and 246 more dates until 1 Apr 2015

The Big Bite-Size Plays Factory Goes Down the Toilet

White Room Theatre We can't promise you won't get wet! Super silliness, ridiculously funny, become a sustainability secret agent and help save the planet! 2013 Latest Award winners Best Theatre Performance return with their five-star team and more award-winning plays for younger people. Find out first-hand about…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

The Cellar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

The Cellar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

The Cellar

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

National Trust: Kedleston Hall, Derby

Sun 27 Jul

£7.60 plus admission £9.23, child £4.59, family £23.04 / 01332 842191

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Edinburgh's Playday

Fun, family-friendly community event helping parents and kids to learn the benefits of playing together. There's a giant sand pit, a mud kitchen, yarn bombing, parachute games, special games for babies and much more for the whole family to enjoy. All children should be accompanied.

Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

Free / 0131 529 2103

  • 12:30 – 16:00
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Hare and Tortoise

Aesop's tale of the race is given a new and exciting treatment by Licketyspit, with bun baking, rapid rivers and frightening forests along the way. Developed for 3-7 year olds, this show will nevertheless appeal to all children under 12 and their families, and there is ample opportunity for audience participation, too.

Glasgow Green

Mon 28 Jul

Free

  • 12:00 – 13:00
  • 16:00 – 17:00

Tue 29 Jul

Free

  • 12:00 – 13:00
  • 16:00 – 17:00

Wed 30 Jul

Free

  • 12:00 – 13:00
  • 16:00 – 17:00

Thu 31 Jul

Free

  • 12:00 – 13:00
  • 16:00 – 17:00

Miss Mandas Vintage and Craft Fair

More than 30 stalls offering upcycled furniture, clothing, artisan crafts, homeware and much more.

Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Sat 30 Aug

£1 Under 12 s free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sunderland Minster

Sat 11 Oct

£1 Under 12s free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Sat 13 Dec

£1 Under 12s free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Parkour Intermediate: Workshop (Ages 10-15)

Join this class to further develop your technique.

Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth

Sat 2 Aug

Seafront Studio

£5 / 01202 203630

  • 13:45 – 15:15

Sat 9 Aug

Seafront Studio

£5 / 01202 203630

  • 13:45 – 15:15

Sat 16 Aug

Seafront Studio

£5 / 01202 203630

  • 13:45 – 15:15
…and 6 more dates until 27 Sep

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Scamp Theatre Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, award-winning author of War Horse. Private Peaceful relives the life a young WW1 soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night, he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up…

Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Jul

McEwan Hall

£7 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 31 Jul

McEwan Hall

£7 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 1 Aug

McEwan Hall

£7 / 08445 458252

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 25 Aug

Scotch Hoppers

An outdoor play area inspired by traditional street games that's designed to help little kids and big kids re-discovery what it's like to play in the city, in the summer.

Parnie Street, Glasgow

Sun 27 Jul

Free

Part of Culture 2014.

  • 12:00
  • 13:00
  • 14:00

Mon 28 Jul

Free

Part of Culture 2014.

  • 14:00 – 17:00

Tue 29 Jul

Free

Part of Culture 2014.

  • 14:00 – 17:00
…and 5 more dates until 3 Aug back to top