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Family and Children's Shows* in Manchester
* these are our picks for family & childrens shows, please be aware that some will be for older childen some for younger and some you may find inapropriate where others may not.
 
 
 
 
THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON  

Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June 2017 - The Lowry

From Number One bestselling children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first?
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ROALD DAHL'S FANTASTIC MR FOX  

Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th July 2017 - The Lowry

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, this flagship production for the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations promises a huge theatrical feast with live music and songs, ideal for the whole family.
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HOW TIME FLIES  
Sunday 23rd July 2017 - The Lowry
HandMade Theatre presents, How Time Flies, an original and quirky show inspired by the wonderful and intriguing world of archaeology.
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THE RAILWAY CHILDREN  
Tuesday 25th to Sunday 30th July 2017 - The Lowry
E. Nesbit’s classic novel The Railway Children is brought thrillingly to life in a stunning new stage production.
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MY FIRST BALLET CINDERELLA  
Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th July 2017 - Opera House

Enjoy everyone’s favourite rags-to-riches story, in a beautifully adapted ballet version for children aged three upwards. Since its creation in 2012, over 200,000 people have enjoyed our My First Ballet series.

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THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA  
Tuesday 27th to Sunday 30th July 2017 - The Lowry
Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem...,expect to be surprised!
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ROOM ON THE BROOM  
Tuesday 1st to Sunday 27th August 2017 - The Lowry
Join the Witch and her cat in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
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THE WIGGLES  
Friday 4th August 2017 - The Lowry
Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony will play everyone’s favourite Wiggles songs like ‘Hot Potato’, ‘Rock-a-Bye your Bear’ and ‘Do the Propeller!’, along with their Wiggly friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword.
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PAW PATROL LIVE!  
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August 2017 - Manchester Arena

PAW Patrol Live! brings everybody’s favourite pups to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure to Manchester. Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon produced by Spin Master and featuring a cast of everybody’s favourite PAW Patrol characters.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK  
Tuesday 29th August to Saturday 2nd September 2017 - The Lowry
This spectacular new production from award-winning Metta Theatre brings Kipling’s classic tale crashing into the 21st Century with breathtaking street dance and circus.
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BEAR GRYLLS KIDS: SURVIVAL RACES & OUTDOOR FESTIVAL  
Saturday 9th September 2017 - Tatton Park

Held in scenic woodland and countryside, the Bear Grylls Survival Race, BG Outdoor Festival and BG Kids Race will take you, your family and friends through the expansive parkland and woodland belts unique to the park. We want to see all of our little adventurers challenging themselves at the BG Kids Race.

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STICK MAN  
Saturday 30th September & Sunday 1st October 2017 - The Lowry
Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN is back at The Lowry! Most suitable for all aged 3+ but all ages welcome.
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DINOSAURS IN THE WILD  
Saturday 30th September 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018 - EventCity

The greatest journey you will ever take! Climb aboard our time machine & travel back to witness living dinosaurs. See & feel for yourself what it was really like to be there, in the late Cretaceous, 67 million years ago. You’ve never seen dinosaurs like this before. But remember, if you can see them, they can see you.

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DISNEY ON ICE PASSPORT TO ADVENTURE  
Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th October 2017 - Manchester Arena

Celebrate the most memorable Disney tales with all your favourite characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the timeless worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Disney’s Frozen.

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SLAVAS SNOW SHOW  
Tuesday 24th to Sunday 29th October 2017 - The Lowry
The multi award-winning international sensation returns to Manchester by popular demand. A wonder of a show that is equally enjoyed by adults and families alike.
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THE SNOWMAN  
Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th November 2017 - Opera House

When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman’s friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning?

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THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK  
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November 2017 - The Lowry
Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his beloved classic poem.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL  
Friday 17th November 2017 to Saturday 13th January 2018 - Bolton Ocatagon

Charles Dickens’ cherished festive tale is brought to life in this enchanting stage adaptation full of joy, song, and magic! Featuring a host of classic Christmas carols this heartwarming and uplifting story is the perfect festive treat.

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ELF  
Friday 24th November 2017 to Sunday 14th January 2018 - The Lowry
Following a smash hit, sell out run in the West End, Elf the Musical spends Christmas 2017 at The Lowry.
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DICK WHITTINGTON  
Saturday 9th December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018 - Opera House

This year the Manchester Opera House will journey to London this festive season in the magical pantomime adventure Dick Whittington. Join hero Dick Whittington (and his faithful feline pal) as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness to become Lord Mayor of London.

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WINTER WONDERLAND  
Saturday 9th December 2017 to Monday 1st January 2018 - EventCity

Winter Wonderland returns to Manchester. Each session lasts 4 hours and include all rides, the Christmas Circus and a Meet & Greet with Santa!

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SHREK THE MUSICAL  
Tuesday 16th to Sunday 28th January 2018 - Palace Theatre

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

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AWFUL AUNTIE  
Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th June 2018 - Opera House

From the acclaimed producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very old car, a very large owl and a very small ghost!

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MATILDA THE MUSICAL  
Tue 18th September 2018 to Sat 24th November 2018 - Palace Theatre

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl.

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WICKED  
Tuesday 4th December 2018 - Saturday 5th January 2019 - Palace Theatre

An ingenious and witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students.

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