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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.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Sat 19 Sep

£13.50 / 0131 529 6000

Kings Cross Theatre, London

Sat 18 Jul

£14.50–£24.50

Sun 19 Jul

£14.50–£24.50

Mon 20 Jul

£14.50–£24.50

…and 35 more dates until 30 Aug

Perth Concert Hall

Tue 15 Sep

£12.50 / 01738 621031

Wed 16 Sep

£12.50 / 01738 621031

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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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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

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.

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

Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Sat 23 May

£13 / 01392 493493

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T-his/T-hat

Interactive dance performance with plenty of involvement for kids. Ages 2–7.

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Sat 23 May

Children £5 / 0131 623 3030

Sun 24 May

Children £5 / 0131 623 3030

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The Ugly Duckling

Musical version of the well-known classic.

National Trust: Speke Hall, Liverpool

Sun 24 May

£2–£5 £5 tickets and £2 unders 2's / 0151 427 7231

Mon 25 May

£2–£5 see above / 0151 427 7231

Tree Fu Tom

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

Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford

Sat 22 Aug

£13 (Children £11; £11; £11) / 01785 254653

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

Aliens Love Underpants

  • Directed by: Adam Bampton-Smith
  • Written by: Claire Freedman

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

Artsdepot, London N12

Sat 20 Jun

£8–£12.50 / 020 8369 5454

Sun 21 Jun

£8–£12.50 / 020 8369 5454

Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sat 11 Jul

£12.50 / 01892 530613

Birmingham Town Hall

Mon 26 Oct

£12.50 / 0121 345 0600

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The Cat In The Hat

If you like theatre fun and your kids are like-minded, The Cat in the Hat might be where you could find it. The book by Doc Seuss is notoriously groovy and completely unlike the duff Mike Myers movie; those who have troubled to look through its pages can tell you right off that it's good for all ages. Well, ages 3+ anyway.

Artrix, Bromsgrove

Tue 28 Jul

£12 (Children £8 under 16s) / 01527 577330

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Wed 22 Jul

£11 (Children £10 under 14s; £40) / 020 8561 8371

Darlington Civic Theatre

Thu 30 Jul

£12 (Children £8; £31) / 01325 486555

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Scottish Opera Theatre On Wheels

An introduction to opera for little ears featuring stories and music.

Annan Academy

Sat 23 May

£3.45–£5.95 / 01461 202954

Threave Garden & Estate, Castle Douglas

Sun 24 May

£3.45–£5.95 / 0844 493 2245

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First Street’s First Street Party

First Street's first street party: a family-friendly day of art, music, food and theatre to celebrate Manchester's newest neighbourhood.

Home, Manchester

Sun 24 May

Free / 0161 200 1500

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 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.

Cumbernauld Theatre

Sat 23 May

£5 / 01236 732887

East Kilbride Arts Centre

Fri 19 Jun

£5 / 01355 261000

  • 10:30 – 11:30 The Edibles East Kilbride Arts Centre

Falkirk Town Hall

Fri 12 Jun

£5.50–£6.50 / 01324 506850

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Fowl Play

carved marionettes and shadow puppets tell the story of a new birth on the farm.

The Puppet Theatre Barge: Little Venice, London W9

Sat 23 May

£12 (£10; Children £8.50) / 020 7249 6876

  • 11:00 – 12:30 Fowl Play The Puppet Theatre Barge: Little Venice, London

Sat 30 May

£12 (£10; Children £8.50) / 020 7249 6876

  • 11:00 – 12:30 Fowl Play The Puppet Theatre Barge: Little Venice, London

Sat 6 Jun

£12 (£10; Children £8.50) / 020 7249 6876

  • 11:00 – 12:30 Fowl Play The Puppet Theatre Barge: Little Venice, London
…and 5 more dates until 11 Jul

Loopy Lou's Pop-up Theatre Garden

Interactive theatre for children from the people behind the Think:Light platform, followed by a wonderworms workshop where wee ones can get messy in homemade mud, a compost ball and bucket game and more.

Applegarth Park, Northallerton

Sun 28 Jun

Prices to be confirmed

Part of Homegrown Food Festival.

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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

Udderbelly Festival

A massive multi-arts festival takes over the Southbank for the best part of a raucous three months, with music, comedy, theatre and family-friendly shows aplenty. The 2015 programme includes stand up from Katherine Ryan, James Acaster and Richard Herring; bubble fun for kids with The Amazing Bubble Man; and circus…

Udderbelly At Southbank Centre, London SE1

Sat 11 Jul

£10

The King of Tiny Things

Sun 12 Jul

£10

The King of Tiny Things

The Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is one of the world’s best-known tales, loved by children and adults alike and immortilized on film by MGM in the wonderful 1939 technicolour film version starring Judy Garland.

Luton Library Theatre

Sat 6 Jun

£8–£12 / 01582 547474

The Alternative and Burlesque Fair

Clothing, accessories and jewellery for all your alt, fetish, goth, steampunk and burlesque needs. There's over 50 vendors, plus burlesque, aerial and cabaret shows on the day.

The Institute, Birmingham

Sat 6 Jun

prices vary / 0844 844 0444

Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow

Sat 8 Aug

£5 in advance; £6 on the day / 0141 339 9784

The Ritz, Manchester

Sat 11 Jul

£6 / 0161 236 3234

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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

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Brockley Max - South East London's Biggest Community Arts Festival

Nine days of entertainment at Brockley Max in and around SE4. This fun-filled festival is packed with events including gigs, comedy, film, art, cabaret and kids activities, quizzes, walks and workshops. Most events are free.

Brockley Jack Station Garden, London SE4

Fri 29 May

Free / 07971 082224

Sat 30 May

Free / 07971 082224

Sun 31 May

Free / 07971 082224

…and 6 more dates until 6 Jun

Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure

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

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Thu 28 May

£16.50 / 01702 351135

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn

Sun 14 Jun

£15.50 / 01553 764864

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Sun 5 Jul

£17 / 01253 290190

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Shakespeare's Yorkshire

An hour-long guided trail of Shakespearean scenes, sonnets, and songs.

Jervaulx Abbey & Tea Rooms, Ripon

Sat 25 Jul

£11 / 07481 305496

Sun 26 Jul

£11 / 07481 305496

Show Me: Chris and Pui

CBeebies favourites Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee present 'Show Me', a show packed with songs, games and fun, for the smallest members of the family.

The Courtyard, Hereford

Fri 29 May

£12 (£11) / 01432 340555

Sat 30 May

£12 (£11) / 01432 340555

Harlow Playhouse

Sat 23 May

£13 / 01279 431945

The Leatherhead Theatre

Sat 19 Sep

£12 (Children £10; Family £40) / 01372 365141

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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

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