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KIDS WEEK: Kids go free in the West End this August

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Throughout the whole month of August (no, despite the name it’s not just a week) you can get free children’s tickets to a West End show. Whether it’s Strictly Ballroom or Swan Lake, Mamma Mia or Motown, give your family a theatrical treat to remember!

What is Kids Week?

Throughout August, a child aged 16 or under can get FREE theatre tickets to selected performances when they’re accompanied by a full-paying adult.

Tell me more!

In addition to the choice of over 30 shows there is also a programme of talks, workshops and special events related to theatre for all ages to enjoy.

Can I bring more than one child?

Adults can buy up to two extra kids’ tickets at half price, and there are no booking or postage fees! You can book up to 8 tickets for each show and everyone should receive an Activity Sheet with their booking.

Which shows are taking part?

The Kids Week deal is valid for selected performances, on participating shows, between 1- 31 August 2018. For a full list, take a look at the Kids Week website.

How do I book?

You have to book through the dedicated Kids Week website or phone 0844 995 9662 (calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge). There are a limited number of Kids Week tickets for each performance and tickets may not be on sale for all performances. There are no fees on Kids Week bookings at all.

What can I take babies and kids under 5’s to?

Baby Broadway! We are participating in Kids Week for our Covent Garden show at the Ambassador’s Theatre on 15th August and we also have an additional concert at The Other Palace as part of their additional activities.

Other offerings for pre-schoolers include Paw Patrol Live, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (just select ‘Under 5s’ when searching for shows) and Bach to Baby classical concerts.

Can I take a child under 5 to a West End show?

It depends on the show. Some theatres and shows have strict age policies and don’t admit young children so please check the show’s website for details before you book.

What are the Show & Activity Packages?

Many of the shows participating in Kids Week offer a free activity. Activities are usually before or after a show and might be a workshop or a Q&A. They are only available on selected dates and must be booked as part of a Show & Activity package.

What free activities are there for children interested in dance?

  • For 13-16 year olds, try the Latin Dance workshop from Strictly Ballroom, the musical adapted from Baz Luhrmann’s beloved and award-winning film. Learn the ‘non-federation steps’ from two of the show’s Dance Captains. Activity time: 3.45pm Show time: 7.30pm
  • For 8 – 12 year olds, the team from Motown the musical will be teaching the song and dance to iconic Motown anthem Dancing in the Streets. Activity time: 2pm Show time: 7.30pm
  • For 8 – 16 year olds who want to dance on the world Theatre Royal Drury Lane Stage, sign up for the Lullaby of Broadway Dance Class with the team from 42nd Street before the show starts. Activity time: 6.15pm Show time: 7.30pm

Still not sure which show to choose?

Seen Wicked, Matilda, School of Rock etc and know you would like something similar? This guide is super helpful in what to check out next with the kids!

https://officiallondontheatre.com/news/what-to-see-during-kids-week/