Latest kids reviews

Messing about in boats: the Wind in the Willows at the Duchess

Acclaimed choreographer Will Tuckett's version of children's classic The Wind in the Willows is a slice of theatrical magic. Marianka Swain reviews at the Duchess Theatre

Tuesday 17th December 2013 Read more...
Beyond happy!: Told by an Idiot's Get Happy at the Barbican

Our reviewer Josey takes eight-year-old Henry to Told By An Idiot's latest production, a collaboratove adventure-cum-panto-cum-circus show, with a giant egg sandwich thrown in. At the Barbican Centre.

Tuesday 17th December 2013 Read more...
A December Trip to the Seaside: Mr and Mrs Moon at Stratford Circus

This gentle interactive show for young children creates a theatre of the senses with imaginative depth – and a huge balloon. At Stratford Circus.

Thursday 12th December 2013 Read more...
All great expectations and no hard times: Dickens Abridged at the Arts Theatre

This latest venture from the founder of the Reduced Shakespeare Company tells the life story of Charles Dickens through his greatest works, in an evening of song, dance and some colourful characters. At the Arts Theatre.

Thursday 12th December 2013 Read more...
The Snowman flies again!

Jaime Robles and children in the audience review Birmingham Repertory Theatre's The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre.

Friday 6th December 2013 Read more...
Homage to Hackneyonia: Puss In Boots at Hackney Empire

The Hackney Empire's pantomimes have a mighty reputation. And if this year's doesn't quite add up to a classic, it's still another solidly entertaining Christmas offering from the venue, helped along by two terrific villainesses. Head to Hackneyonia, boys and girls!

Friday 6th December 2013 Read more...
Rudolf Visits Hemel Hempstead: The Night Before Christmas at the Little Angel Theatre

A lively mix of characterful puppets and traditional festive spirit. This musical children's show brings the old rhyme to life with kids who argue and a Father Christmas who's not always so jolly. At the Little Angel Theatre. 

Wednesday 27th November 2013 Read more...
A Walk in the Woods on Shaftesbury Avenue: The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre

Julia Donaldson's story about a little mouse on an epic journey returns to the West End stage, with lively performances all round. Eight-year-old Henry helps our reviewer dish out the stars for this recommended Christmas treat for young families. At the Lyric Theatre.

Tuesday 26th November 2013 Read more...
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 at the Natural History Museum

A polar bear lurks just beneath the glassy surface of Canada's icy Hudson Bay; a Brazilian jaguar swipes viciously at her mate with razor sharp claws; a 3,200 year old giant sequoia towers magestically amid a Narnian snowscape – see the wonders of the world from the comforts of the Natural History Museum's exhibition galleries.

Wednesday 23rd October 2013 Read more...
How Henry laughed! Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain II at the Garrick Theatre

Eight-year-old Henry takes our reviewer on a truth-seeking historical adventure. Birmingham Stage Company’s sensationally-scripted Barmy Britain II proves that satire for kids is in fine shape. At the Garrick Theatre.

Tuesday 15th October 2013 Read more...
Prom 66: The Bear Hunt Prom a great family adventure

The BBC Proms Family Matinee featured former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and illustrator Tony Ross in a spirited, full-length concert based around Rosen's book We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

Monday 2nd September 2013 Read more...
BOOM: The Energy Show at the Science Museum

The Science Museum's latest event show transforms their IMAX cinema into a theatre space as two scientists try and explain the different forms of energy – with many an explosion and plenty of silliness! A delightful family show, this has fun for everyone, although its balance between teaching and fun isn't perfect.

Tuesday 13th August 2013 Read more...
The kids aren't alright: Superhero Snail Boy at Mimetic 2013

Electro-funk and superpowers can't save Vertical Line's kids show at Mimetic 2013 misjudging the right level to play at for the little 'uns, although some clever set and costume design does make for a bouncy hour.

Wednesday 31st July 2013 Read more...
For a horribly brilliant time, head to Horrible Histories: Spies at the Imperial War Museum London

Horrible Histories: Spies at the newly-reopened Imperial War Museum is my top recommendation for a family summer activity. The exhibition combines learning and fun effortlessly and is enjoyable for both children and the adults with them. The style is instantly recognisable, fresh and engaging. Not to be missed.

Friday 26th July 2013 Read more...
A Mess-terpiece! at Mimetic 2013

If there is one thing guaranteed to make the Troll Queen shriek, its is even the mere mention of mess! Unluckily her Troll son, Prince Tarquin, is rather fond of making as much mess as possible! When ordered to tidy his room he decides to set out on a mission to find the Tidy Up Troll who will do all the hard work for him. This is a great show from an exciting company with a wonderful life ahead of it. At Mimetic 2013.

Monday 22nd July 2013 Read more...
A view of The Bridge at Mimetic 2013

Page One Theatre's The Bridge is an enchanting tale. It tells of Lucienne, a rat who dreams of flying and and sets out on a mission to find a beautiful pigeon. Told by a very strong ensemble who physically embody London with true flare – bringing it to life from the hands of Big Ben, to the rush hour traffic, to a crowded bus, the intended audience of kids loved every minute of the show and followed Lucienne's trials with wonder.

Wednesday 17th July 2013 Read more...
Stunning: Bank On It at the Rose Lipman Building

Through the method of promenade theatre, Bank On It takes place both inside and outside of a bank. Within each room, we come one step closer to finding out why the bank has been closed. Commissioned by the Barbican and performed at the Rose Lipman Building, Bank On It is as engaging and entertaining as promenade theatre comes.

Tuesday 2nd July 2013 Read more...
A bittersweet experience: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Sam Mendes' musical interpretation of Roald Dahl's classic Charlie in the Chocolate Factory received a large amount of press coverage in the months leading up to its release. Perhaps the media hype is what lead to the strong actors and impressive production values being sadly dampened by a lack of heart. At the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Monday 1st July 2013 Read more...
The morality of toy soldiers: War Games at the V&A Museum of Childhood

The role of war toys and weapons is debated in this atmospheric exhibition. The sights and sounds of military life complement the exhibits from the Crimean War to modern-day battle. From toy soldiers to superhero action figures – what are the underlying messages and moralities of playing war games? At the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Sunday 26th May 2013 Read more...
Nostalgic fun: We're Going on a Bear Hunt at Little Angel Theatre

We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a wonderful piece of children's theatre that even gives adults the chance to reminisce about their childhood adventures. Little Angel Theatre has adapted Michael Rosen's classic children’s story with a range of supremely talented designers, directors, performers (and some beautiful puppets) to create something that is near perfection.

Monday 20th May 2013 Read more...
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