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Kids Week 2011 in London means free tickets to West End shows!

Kids Week 2011 is by far one of the most exciting events for families visiting London with kids. Aside from a unique opportunity to experience the magic of West End shows for free, there will be an array of family activities to suit children of any age.

Our Kids Week 2011 recommendations:

The Tiger Who Came to Tea plus Tiger Tea Party

Tiger Who Came to Tea from TicketmasterThis performance of Judith Kerr’s classic children’s book is just delightful, combining the beautifully absurd story with fun sing-alongs, clever props, plenty of humour, an enormous cuddly Tiger, and an utterly lovable Sophie. You can read our full review here, but we (and our mini reviewers) can assure you that your children will love it.

Following the show, you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the cast for a fancy dress tea.

Recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. Limited availability.

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Potted Potter plus Quidditch Training Camp

Potted Potter at London Kids Week 2011 by CBBC Dan and JeffCBBC’s Dan and Jeff bring you a side-splittingly funny round-up of all seven Harry Potter books in one stage show. The show features all of your favourite characters, fun musical numbers, and ridiculous props. You’ll even get to take part in a game of Quidditch.  An unmissable experience for Harry Potter fans, and for anyone else who’s up for a laugh.

Recommended for children aged 8 to 12. Limited availability.

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Disney’s The Lion King plus Behind the Scenes Tour

Disney - The Lion King at Kids Week 2011Disney’s The Lion King is without a doubt one of the most spectacular, moving, dazzling shows ever to hit the West End, an ‘astonishing triumph of theatrical imagination’ according to the Evening Standard. A trip to see The Lion King is an magical experience your children – indeed, your whole family – will never forget, so do not miss this opportunity to grab free tickets for the kids. No really, you must promise us.

As a special treat (as if you needed any more), during Kids Week families will have the opportunity to learn more about the puppets and masks featured in The Lion King, and learn some behind-the-scenes secrets about the production.

Recommended for families with children of all ages. Limited availability.

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How does it work?

During Kids Week 2011 you can choose from an incredible selection of over 30 West End shows and activities packages, and book for performances from August 12th to September 4th. Activities are only open to customers who purchase a show and activity package – in other words, you cannot buy Activity tickets separately, so make sure you look carefully at the schedule and the ticket type before you buy.

During Kids Week any child aged 16 and under can go free to any participating show when accompanied by an adult paying full price. Note that this is not drop-in! You will need to physically book a free ticket for the show (the price will show as £0.00). You can also purchase up to two extra children’s tickets at half price per transaction. Wheelchair users need to book tickets directly with the theatre’s box office.

Due to popular demand, Kids Week actually lasts for 3 weeks – you’ll find that there is more availability for shows towards the last week. This is truly an unbeatable offer, so tickets sometimes sell out very quickly – we’d advise making a note of 3 or 4 options that your family would enjoy, just in case your favourite show sells out.

Check out our recommendations above, or check out the full list of available shows and activities:

Have you taken the kids to a West End show before? Which one, and would you recommend it to other families?

Written by Janis P.

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