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Thankfully my children are now grown up but I still recall trying to keep them amused during the summer holidays without spending a fortune. Thank goodness for Kids Week, now returning to London theatres for its 15th year. You can take children under 16 to see a show for free, and you can also take two others with you for half price each. Money is tight for most of us at present and the weather hasn't been on our side either, so it makes sense to check the Kids Week website and see what offers are available. Everything is helpfully categorised to show whether the plays are suitable or the under-fives, or for five years and over. In addition the website shows whether the productions are musicals, plays, dance, comedy or entertainment. Kids Weeks last not for one week, but for four weeks, August.
Kids Week (Picture Courtesy of the Kids Week Website)
Not only can you and your children be entertained by the performers on stage, but some shows also have interactive elements, such as a question and answer session, a chance to meet the cast, or singing or dancing workshops. If your children are even more inclined to get themselves involved they can attend further events that will teach them how to design theatre posters, attend backstage tours or try out their performance skills.
Theatre is an important part of our lives and doesn't have to be obscure and elitist. Give your children the bug now and I can promise they will be hooked for the rest of their lives. This is just a small example of the wide variety of shows on offer. All pictures are courtesy of the official website.