Best family shows and events for March and April 2016

Last updated 14th June 2017

1/10. Funny Girl

Funny girl

Starring award-winning actress Sheridan Smith, this production has recently transferred to the Savoy after a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Promising to be the must-see musical of 2016, it tells the bittersweet story of Fanny Brice, who rises from Brooklyn music-hall singer to Broadway star, and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nick Arnstein. Smith gives an exuberant performance, belting out some of the most iconic songs in musical history.

Where: Savoy Theatre, London

Age: 12+

When: 9 April

Price: From £25

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2. Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Vouge ehibit

Fashion-conscious teens – and parents – will be drawn to this exhibition, which showcases striking range photography by British Vogue over the past 100 years. With more than 280 prints from the Conde Nast archive and international collections, this tells the story of the influential magazine decade by decade.

Where: National Portrait Gallery, London

Age: 12+

When: Until 22 May

Price: From £17

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3/10. Motown the Musical

Motown the musical

For young fans of old Motown hits, this new musical is a feelgood trip down memory lane to the Detroit glory days of the 1960s and ’70s. Telling the story of the birth of Motown, and how, with just a few hundred borrowed dollars, Berry Gordy launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and many more, this is fascinating pop history and packed with exceptional music.

Where: Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Age: 12+

Price: From £19.50

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4/10. Sensational Butterflies

Sensational butterflies

Returning for the seventh year, the butterfly house at the Natural History Museum reopens its doors this spring, and the tropical enclosure is home to hundreds of the colourful creatures from all around the world. The humid air inside is thick with fluttering wings, and kids can learn up-close about all the stages of the insects’ short lives – from tiny caterpillar eggs, to wriggling out of chrysalises and taking flight.

Where: Natural History Museum

Age: 3+

When: From 2 April;

Price: TBC

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5/10. Snow White

Snow White

Penned by Olivier-award winning writer Mike Kenny, this retelling of a classic fairytale is funny and fast-paced. With a neverending list of chores, life’s not easy for the royal servants – and just what has the queen got up her sleeve? There’s more for kids to enjoy than the performance, too, as the Polka theatre is home to a toy-filled foyer, a book corner, a playground and Wendy House.

Where: Polka Theatre, London

Age: 4-8

When: 23 March-10 April

Price: From £13.50

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6/10. Rave-A-Roo


This brand-new daytime clubbing event has plenty to keep the kids happy – from dancing and disco ball games to live stage performances, neon craft and a UV tattoo station – as well as top DJs and a bar for the adults. With its family-festival vibe, and the spotless surroundings and carefully monitored sound levels, parents can relax and focus on letting loose on the dancefloor with their mini clubbers. Madcap fun.

Where: Venues nationwide

Age: All

Price: From £7.50

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7/10. The Wonderfulcrump World of Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

This year marks 100 years since Roald Dahl first publishes his wonderful stories, and the Southbank Centre is celebrating the occasion with a multi-sensory journey through his world, where kids will learn about his extraordinary life and the inspiration for some of his most famous characters and stories. With interactive installations, creative spaces and fascinating material from the Roald Dahl Museum, this is a fittingly imaginative tour for an author who is adores by millions of children.

Where: The Southbank Centre, London

Age: 7-12

When: Until 3 July

Price: £8 per child

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8/10. Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

Chrous line

This new display takes a look at the evolution of theatre over the past four decades, exploring the craft behind award-winning productions in the West End and on Broadway. Highlights include original costumes from shows such as The Lion King and Matilda the Musical as well as archival material from the likes of The Phantom of the Opera.

Where: V&A, London

Age: 10+

From: Until 31 August

Price: Free

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9/10. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

 he cast of Charlie and Chocolate factory

Sam Mendes’ lavish production of one of the nation’s favourite books has been consistently popular since it opened in 2013, and it’s easy to see why. The casting is spot-on; Jonathan Slinger is a splendidly strange Wonka, the kids hilariously unpleasant as they head towards their sticky ends and the script razor sharp.
From £25;

Where: Theatre Royal Dury Lane, London

Age: 5+

Price: From £25

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10/10. My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

shows and events for March and April

The perfect way to introduce young children to ballet, the English National Ballet School create reimagined versions of classic fairytales, adapted to just an hour in length and with a narrator to help little ones follow the story. This spring, Sleeping Beauty, the classic tale of princess Auora, who pricks her finger on a spindle and falls asleep for 100 years, is touring the country. The beautiful costumes and wonderful music by Tchaikovsky mean little ballerinas will leave starry-eyed.

Where: Theatres worldwide

Age: 3+

When: 24 March-29 May

Price: From £7

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