Creative, inclusive, educational and most of all fun: there's nothing quite like a trip to the London theatre.
Browse current children's shows in London and visit one of the top family-friendly London theatres below, all of which have excellent programmes for kids.
The Albany in Deptford is a great place to entertain the kids with plays, dance, spoken word events and more. You'll also find a range of family-friendly shows and creative arts courses for children over the summer months.
From performances and workshops, to courses and talks, artsdepot boasts a regular programme of children's events. There is also a soft play area for little ones to enjoy during your visit to the award-winning arts venue.
Chickenshed is an inclusive theatre company based in Cockfosters that brings people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities together. From interactive workshops to family-friendly shows, there is an excellent programme of children’s entertainment.
Colour House Theatre
The Colour House Theatre stands in the delightful riverside setting of Merton Abbey Mills in a historical Grade II listed property. This London theatre is well-known for its children’s entertainment, showcasing a range of original adaptations and running a kids' theatre school.
Half Moon brings the magic of theatre to young audiences in London. The theatre produces professional shows, and provides an extensive theatre programme for kids. These include youth theatre groups and one-off projects after school and during school holidays.
Jacksons Lane arts centre is housed in an imaginatively converted Edwardian church in Highgate. It has a strong programme of children's theatre, and welcomes touring companies from all over the world. More recently, Jacksons Lane has become known for producing and promoting contemporary circus work.
Little Angel Theatre
The Little Angel Theatre has been around since 1961, and its team of puppeteers perform magical marionette shows throughout the year. The 100-seat theatre stands next to the workshop, where puppets and productions are developed. Take part in puppet-making workshops, school holiday clubs and more.
As well as presenting regular theatre shows for youngsters aged two and upwards, the Lyric Hammersmith hosts the Young Lyric programme and has a strong educational strand to its youth theatre work. Join in with workshops and classes, or take the kids to a family-friendly performance.
The Polka Theatre opened in 1979, and is dedicated to presenting theatre to young audiences. The child-friendly theatre offers a range of exciting shows, from drama to comedy, world premieres and adaptations. Alongside the performance space, there's a playground, cafe, garden area and foyer filled with toys for kids.
Puppet Theatre Barge
The Puppet Theatre Barge is a moving theatre housed in a barge which travels on the waterways of London. The theatre presents marionette and rod puppet shows throughout the year, spending the winter in Little Venice and the summer in Richmond.
The Unicorn Theatre is one of the coolest theatres for kids in London. Located in a state-of-the-art venue in London Bridge, the theatre welcomes more than 60,000 children and their parents and carers each year. As well as family-friendly shows, it hosts special events, workshops and activities.