Keep the kids sweet
Half Term is here! Save your sanity and keep the kids entertained with the best theatre and coolest days out.
Half Term is here! Don’t panic, we’ve sniffed out the theatre trips and coolest days out to keep the kids entertained. We can do this without the need of group therapy… but wine is essential! Stock up.
THEATRE: IT’S SHOWTIME
Horrible Histories: More Best Of Barmy Britain, Corn Exchange Newbury, Wed 7 – Sat 10 Feb
Love Horrible Histories and watch it without the kids (don’t judge, it’s hilarious). More Best of Barmy Britain is the dinner party you’d never want to host as HH bring back the dead so you get to meet all faves from Britain’s barmy past – from Elizabeth I to the Vikings!
Three Billy Goats Gruff, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Tues 13 – Wed 14 Feb
Say hi to the countryside’s answer to the hipster – the Three Billy Goats Gruff and their fairytale friends will be treading the boards at Norden Farm to answer the one repeat bedtime questions. Why was Goldilocks in the woods? What happened to the wolf and those 3 little pigs? How did the goats really deal with the troll? Puppets and props will provide some on the answers… for now. For age 3+. Norden.farm
Monstersaurus, Theatre Royal Windsor, Thurs 8 – Sun 11 Feb
A brand-new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants follows the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but now he has made them all, how is he going to get rid of them? It’s an energetic show full of magic, mayhem and audience participation. Pack the emergency Tramadol.
Penguin, Corn Exchange Newbury, Tues 13 Feb
Penguin doesn’t give much back. HIs owner, Ben, tickles him, Penguin doesn’t move; he pulls his funniest face; he puts on a happy hat, sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance. Penguin still says nothing… so Ben fires Penguin into OUTER SPACE. It’s a bit like being a parent to young kids but replace outer space with soft play. The show is based on Polly Dunbar’s award-winning kids book – it’s surreal, exciting and surprising. Perfect for 2 – 8 year olds! cornexchangenew.com
Morgan & West’s More Magic For Kids, South Street Arts Reading, Thu 15 Feb
Mutton chops, waistcoats and a cabin set the scene for Morgan & West’s More Magic for Kids (Bigger, bolder, and more brilliant than before!). With lots of Victorian style comic banter, the time-travelling duo perform a boxful of bafflement and impossibility. The magic is mysterious with brain-bursting illusions with a helping of tom-foolery. A heavy dose of silly sounds good to me. readingarts.com/south-street
Story time: Oi! Frog, The Mill at Sonning, Wed 14 Feb
No word of a lie, if someone can get the youngest Mudlet to sit still long enough to hear an entire story read (and leaving me to drink a HOT cup of coffee), I’m there. So knackered parents, let’t unite with our littlies for Storytime at The Mill at Sonning. It’s really popular so don’t even think about just turning up on the off chance. The book in question is Oi! Frog by Kes Grey. There’s also singing, colouring and dressing up to be enjoyed too. So book now to avoid disappointment. Entry is £4.50 per child and includes a healthy snack and a drink. millatsonning.com
Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, Weds 7 Feb – Sun 18 Feb
12 days of jam-packed half-term fun in this brilliant annual festival by kids for kids. Aimed at 0-12 year olds, there’s a mind-boggling array of activities and events, including a whole clutch of free possibilities in The Clore Ballroom, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, dance-theatre Tidy Up, Fun DMC, Bedtime stories, plus debut authors comedian Harry Hill and Radio One’s Greg James.
Winnie-The-Pooh: Exploring A Classic, V&A Museum, until Sun 25 Feb
You loved the Balenciaga exhibition. we all adored the Bowie one. Now take the kids to see Winnie-The-Pooh – a show that invites you into the world created by AA Milne and EH Shepard, in which a tubby teddy and his friends stumble over life lessons. It’s multi sensory and playful exhibition that adds to the magic of this timeless classic. www.vam.ac.uk
StoryStock, Battersea Power Station, Mon 12 – Wed 14 Feb
StoryStock is travelling circus bowling up at Circus West Village, one of the first developments in the new Battersea Power Station quarter. It’s an all-singing kids bookfest, with workshops including one inspired by Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile, an interactive storytelling session based on Lauren Child’s Charlie and Lola and Dr Seuss’s ‘The Cat in the Hat, yoga with the Gruffalo and visiting authors. www.storystock.co.uk
Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury, Sun 10 – Sun 18 Feb
Ankle biters love animals, and Muddy Award-winning Bucklebury Farm Park have saved many whingy days in the Muddy household. Loads of four legged friends, nature trails, den building, deer expeditions, face painting and animal tracking. Not forgetting the mahoosive slides. Let them fly, and if you’re lucky you can enjoy five minutes peace. buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk
Meet The Bugs, Beale Park Lower Basildon Wed 14 Feb
Bugs large or small give me the heebie jeebies, but kids love ’em. Head to Beale Park on Wednesday and you can meet the little and large blighters – up close and personal. Yikes! So, if you’d like to experience the amazing world of giant insects, meet a snake, stroke a Giant African Snail or get close to a tarantula, pop along. The event is free and takes place 1.30pm-3.30pm. Normal Park admission charges apply. bealepark.org.uk
Go Ape, Swinley Forest Bracknell, open all year
No matter what the weather, if you want to get outdoors head to Swinley Forest and tackle the Go Ape course. You’ll enjoy a fun-filled hour exploring the canopy, trail blazing and tacking obstacles – finishing on the zip wire. I have endured many undignified landings on that zip wire. The Junior Adventure is aimed at 6-12 year-old Tarzans, but if your child is under 6 but over a metre tall they can still join in. With a trickier course suitable for teens and adults. goape.co.uk
May the Toys be with You, Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke, now – Sat 14 Apr