Family Days Out: West End Shows for Kids

Thursday 24 March 2016

Summer in London is a great time for kids and families, with plenty going on across the capital’s museums, galleries, attractions and sights.

One place in particular that is guaranteed to entertain every member of the family is the West End theatre district, with a host of venues opening up during the day for special shows and events designed with families in mind.

With the help of Paul Raven, editor of, here’s our round-up of what’s happening in the West End for children this summer.

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Following an acclaimed season at the National Theatre, The Elephantom – based on Ross Collins’ much-loved books – charges its way into the New London Theatre for a series of daytime performances throughout the summer.

Age: Recommended for 3 Years +

Location: New London Theatre until 6 September 2014

SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to 30% until 25 July


The team behind the BBC show Horrible Histories bring their Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain Part 2 back to the West End’s Garrick Theatre this summer. Don’t miss this hilarious second part of the history of Britain – with all of the nasty bits left in!

Age: Recommended for 6 Years +

Location: Garrick Theatre, 3 – 31 August 2014

SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to 40% on tickets


Based on the picture book by Judith Kerr, and adapted for the stage with songs and lyrics by the UK’s leading children’s theatre writer David Wood OBE, enjoy this smash hit family show about a tea-guzzling tiger.

Age: Recommended for 3 Years +

Location: Lyric Theatre until 2 September 2014

SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to 29% on tickets


Best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) sees his treasured story brought to life in this enchanting and interactive show.

Age: Recommended for 5 Years +

Location: Vaudeville Theatre, 8 – 31 August 2014

SPECIAL OFFER: Save up to 47% on tickets


Also don’t forget about some of the great long-running West End shows suitable for children.

STOMP at the Ambassadors Theatre (Age: 5 Years +) SPECIAL OFFERS AVAILABLE

The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre (Age: 5 Years +) SPECIAL OFFERS AVAILABLE

Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace (Age: 7 Years +)

Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge (Age: 6 Years +)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane  (Age: 6 Years +)

War Horse at the New London Theatre (Age: 10 Years +)

A trip to the theatre is a perfect way to capture the imagination of a slightly older child, engaging and entertaining them through the arts from an early age.

Should you wish to take your family to the theatre in the West End this summer, why not take advantage of the exclusive offers, available through the NFA. To book tickets visit