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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.
 
 
 
   
 
 
MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!  
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January 2017 - Manchester Arena

Marvel fans unite! Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level with an epic show unlike anything you’ve seen before.

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BEASTY BABY  
Saturday 28th January 2017 - Z-Arts

Deep in the forest, in a wintry land, lives a gorgeously grizzly Beasty Baby. Mayhem and laughter await around every corner as three people embark on a wild adventure to bring up a very mischievous and totally lovable child.

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STORYPLAY - HEDGEHOG & THE HOGLET  
Friday 3rd February 2017 - Bolton Octagon

Your little ones will be transported on a literary journey of fun and adventure – meeting all of their favourite characters, brought to life by actors from the Octagon Company. So take a seat in our relaxed play area, story time is about to begin… This month's story is: Hedgehog and the Hoglet

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MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS Offers
Friday 10th to Sunday 26th February 2017 - Event City
MASSIVE 2-4-1 TICKET OFFER! Manchester will play host to one of the most spectacular circus displays in the world when the Moscow State Circus comes to the City. The world's most famous circus will perform "Miracles" a show that promises to have all the spectacle & nerve-tingling, edge of your seat experience for the whole family.
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GROUND CONTROL  
Saturday 11th February 2017 - Z-Arts

Ground Control is a unique interactive performance for 7-12 year olds – no adults allowed! You are Ground Control, and Futuretron is asking for your help to decide the future of a new planet...

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MR BLOOM'S NURSERY LIVE!  
Monday 13th February 2017 - King Georges Hall
Bring your ‘tiddlers’ along and join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour. Mr Bloom and his Veggies are getting the Nursery ready for a very special occasion – a member of the Royal family is paying them visit!
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COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDZ  
Saturday 18th February 2017 - The Lowry
It's a comedy club, right, but for kids. Also any adults who enjoy a swear-free hour with the circuit's best stand-ups and sketch acts. Non-patronising. Pure awesome.
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SHARK IN THE PARK  
Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st February 2017 - The Lowry
Featuring all 3 of the ‘Shark in the Park’ Series – this fin-tastic, family musical follows Timothy Pope (and his telescope!) on 3 exciting adventures.
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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR  
Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th February 2017 - The Lowry
The timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories.
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THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF  
Saturday 4th March 2017 - Z-Arts

Jamie has one job: look after the sheep. If the wolf sneaks out from the forest he must shout and scream WOLF! so that everyone from the village can come and chase the wolf away...

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EGG AND SPOON  
Sunday 5th March 2017 - The Lowry
Egg and Spoon is an interactive romp through the seasons where you come in and out of our magic circle and get to open all the gifts of nature.
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OHANA SHOWCASE  
Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th March 2017 - Stockport Plaza

Celebrate Ohana Theatre’s 10th birthday… From Plaza Youth to Ohana Theatre this show revisits the first ten years and looks forward to the next ten!

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THE SOOTY SHOW  
Sunday 12th March 2017 - The Lowry
Izzy wizzy let’s get busy! TV’s Sooty and friends are back with guaranteed giggles for all the family – plus a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show!
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JUSTIN'S PARTY  
Sunday 26th March 2017 - The Lowry
JUSTIN'S PARTY is brand new show which packed full of fantastic songs, dances and hilarious games guaranteed to make it THE party of the year! There will be lots of exciting surprises along the way and you’ll get to meet Justin’s adorable new puppy Engelbert!
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ROBIN HOOD  
Thursday 30th March 2017 - Stockport Plaza

Back by Popular Demand!.....DANI HARMER returns to The Plaza for our annual Easter Pantomime which for April 2017 is the family classic ROBIN HOOD…

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BABE, THE SHEEP PIG  
Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th April 2017 - The Lowry
Join us for an enchanting family favourite, as the classic novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film comes alive with plenty of laughter, thrills, stunning puppetry and original music.
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THE PARTY  
Saturday 15th April 2017 - The Lowry
Accompanied by an exciting series of workshops in circus skills, performance and juggling for little people 3+ years, middle-sized people and grown-ups.
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ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR  
Saturday 15th April 2017 - Stockport Plaza

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit. See this classic tale brought to life through song and dance with an amateur child cast.

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MR BLOOM'S NURSERY LIVE!  
Monday 17th April 2017 - Palace Theatre

Bring your ‘tiddlers’ along and join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour. Mr Bloom and his Veggies are getting the Nursery ready for a very special occasion - a member of the Royal family is paying them visit! Can you lend a hand and help them get the Allotment ready in time? They certainly hope so!

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RUNNING WILD  
Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd April 2017 - The Lowry
Michael Morpurgo’s novel, based on a true story, is brought to lush life with extraordinary heart, vibrant colour and exceptional creativity, wowing audiences of all ages and critics alike.
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EXTREME ROBOTS LIVE  
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 2017 - EventCity

From the team that brought you the 2016's smash hit sell out Robot Wars Live Tour, comes the next step in Robot fighting entertainment. Its time to take it to the EXTREME.

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THE NOISE NEXT DOOR  
Sunday 30th April 2017 - The Lowry
Michael Morpurgo’s novel, based on a true story, is brought to lush life with extraordinary heart, vibrant colour and exceptional creativity, wowing audiences of all ages and critics alike.
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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS  
Friday 5th May 2017 - The Lowry
Bringing this classic children’s story to life, Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time.
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GANGSTA GRANNY  
Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th June 2017 - Opera House

From the acclaimed producers of HORRIBLE HISTORIES comes this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children. Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as Ben embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  
Saturday 25th November 2017 to Sunday 7th 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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