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Dinosaur Zoo

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

The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare

Thu 30 Apr

£12.50–£15 / 01934 645544

Theatre Royal, Brighton

Sat 10 Oct

£13.50–£16 / 0870 060 6650

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Sat 2 May

£7–£13 ( £36–£48) / 01752 267222

Sun 3 May

£7–£13 ( £36–£48) / 01752 267222

Stick Man

  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • Written by: Benji Bower (music)

Scamp Theatre bring Julia Donaldson’s popular picture book to life in this engaging family show.

Curve Theatre, Leicester

Tue 19 May

£10–£14 (Children £10–£14 under 6s) / 0116 242 3595

Wed 20 May

£10–£14 (Children £10–£14 under 6s) / 0116 242 3595

Thu 21 May

£10–£14 (Children £10–£14 under 6s) / 0116 242 3595

Hertford Theatre

Sun 21 Jun

Phone for prices / 01992 531500

The Lowry, Salford

Thu 28 May

Quays

£13.50 / 08432 086000

Sat 30 May

Quays

£13.50 / 08432 086000

Sun 31 May

Quays

£13.50 / 08432 086000

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The Netherlands National Circus

An award-winning circus spectacular blending together aerial feats, acrobatics, comedy, dance and theatre.

Bass Recreation Ground, Derby

Sun 14 Jun

£12–£26

Lillie Road Recreational Ground, London SW6

Sun 7 Jun

£12–£26

Wanstead Flats, London E7

Sun 3 May

£7–£26

Mon 4 May

£7–£26

Shrek the Musical

  • Directed by: Nigel Harman
  • Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire (lyrics)

Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek the Musical comes direct from London, where it was seen live on stage by nearly a million people. This production is directed by Nigel Harman, who starred as Lord Farquaad in the West End show and won the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a…

Liverpool Empire Theatre

Sun 6 Dec

£10–£49.50 / 0870 606 3536

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Sun 4 Oct

£16.50–£44.50 / 01902 429212

Sun 11 Oct

£16.50–£44.50 / 01902 429212

The Edibles

A multi-sensory show full of magical ingredients. Three bakers are creating a specially ordered cake when a hungry mouse sneaks in and causes havoc. Ages 3–7.

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Fri 22 May

Sold out / 01592 583302

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Thu 21 May

£6.50 (£4.50; Children £4.50) / 01383 602302

Cumbernauld Theatre

Sat 23 May

£5 / 01236 732887

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Magic School

Kids magic workshops led by magician Gary James, who even once managed to make JK Rowling vanish (and then reappear, thankfully). Book in for five days and emerge the other side a fully fledged magician. Choose either a morning or afternoon slot. Booking is essential.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 29 Jun

£90 / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Tue 30 Jun

£90 / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Wed 1 Jul

£90 / 0131 560 1581

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

…and 2 more dates until 3 Jul

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

What are you going to do when a tiger pulls up a chair and wants fed? This play, based on Judith Kerr's charming children's book, tells the delightful tale.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Mon 4 May

£11 / 01892 530613

The Corn Exchange, Newbury

Sat 20 Jun

£11 / 0845 5218 218

Sun 21 Jun

£11 / 0845 5218 218

Key Theatre, Peterborough

Tue 30 Jun

£13 ( £10) / 01733 207239

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Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom

  • Directed by: Richard Lewis
  • Written by: Mani Svavarsson (music)

Richard Lewis' adaptation of the award-winning television animation set in a miniature world of fairies, elves and insects. The production features original music by Mani Svavarsson, with original lyrics by Matt Lewis.

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Sat 6 Jun

£16.50 / 020 8561 8371

Sun 7 Jun

£16.50 / 020 8561 8371

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Sun 28 Jun

£15.50 / 01223 357851

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Sun 26 Jul

£14.50–£16.50 / 08441 717620

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Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

  • Written by: Nicole Lewis

Les Petits Theatre Company and Greenwich Theatre present the tale of young Flinn who finds a pirate in his cupboard – and embarks on a swashbuckling adventure!

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Tue 26 May

Marlowe Studio

£7.50 / 01227 787787

The Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead

Sat 16 May

£5.50 / 01442 228 091

Rites

A co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland and Manchester Contact Theatre, supported by the Scottish Refugee Council and Dignity Alert Research Forum Rites is a powerful and provocative new production exploring the deep-rooted cultural practice of Female Genital Mutilation. This ritual of enforced cutting…

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Fri 8 May

£8–£16 / 0141 552 4267

Tree Fu Tom

An adventure through the magical world of Treetopolis with the Beebies star.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

Sat 23 May

Free / 01582 872171

  • 10:00 – 16:00 Tree Fu Tom ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

Sun 24 May

Free / 01582 872171

  • 10:00 – 16:00 Tree Fu Tom ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

Mon 25 May

Free / 01582 872171

  • 10:00 – 16:00 Tree Fu Tom ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable

Who Stole My Sausage?

They've got their own toys, food, beds, holidays and therapy. Now they've got their own play. Special sensory experience for our canine chums. All dogs must be accompanied by their human (max three per dug).

The Bungo Bar & Kitchen, Glasgow

Sat 23 May

£7 (£2) / 0141 423 0023

The Basil Brush Show

Basil Brush and his human chum Mr Stephen (aka Chris Pizzey) present to you a show jam packed with fun, storytelling and song.

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sun 5 Jul

£14 (Children £12) / 01892 530613

Capitol, Horsham

Sat 2 May

£14 / 01403 750 220

Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Fri 21 Aug

£15 / 01903 206206

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…and at 2 other places

Mark Elsdon: 10

Ten is the magic number. Elsdon performs ten magic tricks, in ten minutes, for ten people at a time with just ten words per trick.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 27 Jun

Over-13s only

£5 / 0131 560 1581

Blocks of 10 shows over two hours and 30 mins starting every 15 mins around Summerhall. Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Sun 28 Jun

Over-13s only

£5 / 0131 560 1581

Blocks of 10 shows over two hours and 30 mins starting every 15 mins around Summerhall. Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

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Peter Pan

Hook up this Christmas with Peter and his friends on their fabulous flight of fantasy at Carnegie Hall! From the team behind the hugely popular Pinocchio and Snow White comes a new magical, musical version of this classic tale. “Carnegie Hall's adaptation of Snow White is the perfect family Christmas show, sure to…

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

Thu 3 Dec

£14.50 (£12; Children £12; Family £12) / 01383 602302

Fri 4 Dec

£14.50 (£12; Children £12; Family £12) / 01383 602302

Wed 9 Dec

£14.50 (£12; Children £12; Family £12) / 01383 602302

…and 5 more dates until 20 Dec

Pirates And Princesses

Fans of the Singing Kettle rejoice! Three members of the gang are back, along with Bonzo the Dog and a collection of new characters. They've a whole new show of sing-a-longs but this time they're opening boxes as opposed to kettles.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Sat 22 Aug

£12.50 / 01463 234234

Sun 23 Aug

£12.50 / 01463 234234

macrobert, Stirling

Sat 2 May

£12.50 / 01786 466666

Sun 3 May

£12.50 / 01786 466666

The Spalding Suite

  • Directed by: Benji Reid

Dance theatre show inspired by the UK's basketball subculture; mixing poetry, spoken word, storytelling and live music with elements of hip-hop and choreography influenced by the game. Directed by Benji Reid.

Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth

Sat 9 May

£12 (£10)

What Not to Eat at Sea (Work in Progress)

Sarah Weldon discusses her attempt, later this year, to become the first person to row solo around Great Britain. Work in progress. Booking is essential.

Royal Northern College Of Music, Manchester

Fri 1 May

£3–£6 / 0161 907 5555

Southbank Centre, London SE1

Sun 3 May

£3–£7 / 0844 875 0073

Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

Sat 18 Jul

£12 (£10) / 01235 515144

Sun 19 Jul

£12 (£10) / 01235 515144

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Annie Jnr: Act Now Entertainment

  • Written by: THOMAS MEEHAN

Musical telling the story of a plucky little New York orphan and her battles with the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. Songs include It's A Hard-Knock Life, I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here and Tomorrow.

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Sun 24 May

£15 (Children £14; £54) / 020 8561 8371

Art on the Exchange

Artists and performers – including in visual art, street theatre and music – show off their talent in Royal Exchange Square. Presented by Art on Scotland.

Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow

Sat 2 May

Free / 07889 797022

Sun 3 May

Free / 07889 797022

Sat 6 Jun

Free / 07889 797022

…and 15 more dates until 5 Dec

Bedtime Stories by Upswing

Bedtime tales with circus company Upswing – slightly paradoxical in that you will still have to take the kids home to their actual beds at some point. Ages 5+.

Stratford Circus, London E15

Sat 30 May

£10 (£8; Family £30) / 0844 357 2625

Bounce

Lou Brodie and Platform present a non stop physical performance inside a bespoke bouncy inflatable. Suitable for ages 5–8.

Southside Community Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 14 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Fri 15 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sat 16 May

£12.01 (£8.21) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sun 17 May

£12.01 (£8.21) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Circus Zyair

A magical circus experience for all the family, including jugglers, acrobats, magic, high wire, the wheel of death and a whole bunch more colourful acts.

Carmarthen Park

Sat 27 Jun

£5

Sun 28 Jun

£5

Hudson's Field, Salisbury

Sat 16 May

£7.99

Sun 17 May

£6–£18

The Oval, Hastings

Sun 3 May

£6–£18

Mon 4 May

£6–£18

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