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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Published November 11th 2015
List Of Ideas To Keep Kids Entertained
Stuck for things to do with the kids? Looking for something different to keep them enthralled? Well, here is a list of ideas with the most exciting child-friendly shows coming to Birmingham.

Whether it's the most magical nanny in the world or the coolest grandma, these live performances are the hottest tickets in town for parents and families.

Gangsta Granny - New Alexandra Theatre
December 7- 12, 2015
June 28 - July 2, 2016

Gangsta granny David Williams kids shows in Birmingham new Alexandra theatre
Gangsta Granny comes to stage in Birmingham


Comedian David Walliams' creation from his book of the same name is brought to stage at the New Alexandra Theatre. Due to popular demand, it also comes to the city twice over the next year - in December 2015 and then June to July 2016.

The world premiere tour of the novel is being staged by the Birmingham Stage Company, the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories.

The story revolves around Ben and his Friday nights with his granny - but far from his expectations, it's much more of an adventure as his grandmother has a secret.

This is aimed at children aged at least five.

Tickets cost from 24.40 from the ATG Theatre website.


We're Going On A Bear Hunt - Birmingham Town Hall
December 22, 2015 - January 13, 2016
Relaxed Performance on Sunday 10 January 2016 at 3pm

We're Going On A Bear Hunt, Birmingham Town Hall , children's shows
We're Going On Bear Hunt comes to Birmingham Town Hall


With songs, interactive scenes and hands-on adventure, this is a lively show for children.

Following adventurers on a quest to find a bear, this journey takes them through noisy grass, a river and mud with plenty of fun.

It is based on Michael Rosen's award-winning book of the same name.

Tickets cost 12 - 14 from Birmingham Town Hall website.


Moscow State Circus - Symphony Hall
January 28, 2016

Moscow state circus , Birmingham symphony hall
Acrobats and much more to entertain the family at the Moscow State Circus


Moscow State Circus performs in Birmingham for one night only and brings the acrobatic drama and theatre of the circus to town.

Based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik, or "the flower with seven colours " by Valentin Petrovich Katayev, this show focusses on each of the petals, which represent a wish.

Professor Wacko & his crazy side kick Natalia Mezentceva will invite the audience into a wondrous and mysterious enchanted garden where dreams come true and a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement.

Action-packed scenes include flying, back flipping, juggling, wire walking & roller-skating performers, which will leave the youngest members of the audience open-mouthed.

Tickets cost 15 - 28 from Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall website.

Mary Poppins - Birmingham Hippodrome
March 9 - April 23, 2016
Audio described performance: Wed 13 Apr 7.30pm
Captioned: Tue 19 Apr 7.30pm
Signed: Thu 21 Apr 7.30pm

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A nanny like no other...Mary Poppins comes to Birmingham Hippodrome


When Mary holds your hand, you feel so grand... the wondrous tale of the world's most magical nanny, Mary Poppins, returns to Birmingham Hippodrome in April.

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh present the multi award-winning musical, which features spectacular sets, dazzling choreography, incredible special effects and unforgettable songs like Jolly Holiday, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds.

Adapted from the stories by PL Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, the script for this version has been worked on by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

Prices cost from 25 from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.


Disney On Ice Silver Anniversary Celebration - Genting Arena
April 6 - 10, 2016

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Disney On Ice Is a magical show for children


The world of Disney is brought to life with princesses from Frozen, a mermaid plus Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Disney On Ice returns but this time marks Disney's silver anniversary by taking Mickey and Minnie on a journey visiting various lands and recognisable characters from films including Frozen, Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid.

An enchanting show for any child with plenty of interaction with the crowd.

Genting arena website

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Birmingham Hippodrome
September 7 - 18, 2016
Captioned performance : Tue 13 Sept 7:30pm
Signed: Wed 14 Sept 7:30pm
Audio Described: Sun 11 Sept 1:00pm

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a musical family adventure


Fly high with the zany, well-loved musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Starring Lee Mead as Caractaus Potts and Eastenders and Coronation Street favourite Michelle Collins as Baroness Bomburst, the show takes audiences on a journey to an evil kingdom where children mysteriously disappear.

Created by James Bond writer Ian Fleming, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one of the most-loved children's tales in the world with vibrant characters and, of course, the car that flies.

This show broke all box office records in London's West End and now tours the UK including Birmingham.

Tickets cost from 23.50 from the Birmingham Hippodrome website


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Why? Top Ideas To Keep The Kids Entertained In Birmingham
When: from December 2015 to September 2016
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Where: Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Genting Arena, Birmingham Symphony Hall &Town Hall
Cost: From 12
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