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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.
 
 
 
 

CIRCUS EXTREME
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Friday 9th to Sunday 25th February 2018 - EventCity
2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER - THIS YEAR a new death-defying and extreme circus is launching in Event City Manchester, celebrating 250 years of circus performances with the ultimate show to remember.
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SNOW MOUSE  
Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th February 2018 - Z-Arts

An enchanting winter’s tale for the very young. Winter has arrived and the woods are covered in white. A child hurries to put on their winter clothes so they can run outside and play in a sparkly new world.

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NICK SHARRATT'S BIG DRAW  
Sunday 25th February 2018 - The Lowry
Join acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt to find out how he creates his picture books. He’ll show you how to draw Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, kings and cats and all kinds of crazy creatures. Plus he’ll share some of his very best drawing tips.
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WHERE'S MY IGLOO GONE?  
Sunday 25th February 2018 - Z-Arts

Oolik is an ordinary girl who goes on an extraordinary adventure to save her igloo home. On her way she meets some exciting friends to help her – including YOU!

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FIRST STEPS - THE SLEEPING BEAUTY  
Friday 2nd March 2018 - The Lowry
First Steps - The Sleeping Beauty - Birmingham Royal Ballet - A feast of dance, music, costumes and lots of fun, this is a perfect introduction to ballet.
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PEPPA PIG'S ADVENTURE  
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March 2018 - Opera House

Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music!

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LEAF  
Sunday 4th March 2018 - The Lowry
Join us as we tell the life story of a very special leaf in this warm, intimate and playful new piece for under 3s inspired by nature and the seasons. Framed within an evocative soundscape, this is the perfect introduction to theatre for the very young.
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CIRQUE BERSERK!  
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th March 2018 - Palace Theatre

Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre.

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THE KINGDOM UNDER THE SEA  
Saturday 10th March 2018 - The Lowry
An enchanting storytelling experience inspired by Japanese folk stories and Opera North’s production of Madama Butterfly.
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TIDDLER AND OTHER TERRIFIC TALES  
Friday 16th to Saturday 18th March 2018 - The Lowry
Freckle Productions presents This delightful production is brought to you by the team behind Stick Man Live, adapted from the bestselling books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA  
Friday 23rd March 2018 - The Bridgewater Hall

Beauty And The Beast with Live Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

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FRIENDS FOR ALL  
Saturday 24th March 2018 - Z-Arts

8 year old Lexi doesn’t make friends as easily as some. If only her school would allow a non-school uniform day then she could be herself and find others like her.

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A TIGER'S TALE  
Sunday 25th March 2018 - The Lowry
Join Titch, Ma and Pa on their riotous adventure into a world where ‘all the best stories end with a surprise.'
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ATTRAPE - MOI! (CATCH ME)  
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 - The Lowry
A circus performance of teasing, companionship and joy for life, touched with the sadness that such moments are fleeting. An evening of spectacular tumbling and circus acrobatics, perfect for all the family!
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JUSTIN'S BAND  
Friday 6th April 2018 - The Lowry
Are you ready to be part of Justin’s Band? Because BAFTA award winning actor Justin Fletcher is going on a Musical Adventure and we would love you to come and play along with the band!
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YOU'VE GOT DRAGONS  
Sunday 8th April 2018 - The Lowry
A delightful tale of one child’s journey to come to terms with their dragons told in Taking Flight’s unique style. Lots of people get them; bad dreams, swirly tummy, feeling prickly. And sometimes they make you feel alone. So, what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do?
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COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS  
Sunday 8th April 2018 - The Lowry
Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families… but without the rude bits!
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LITTLE MERMAID THE CIRCUS SENSATION  
Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th April 2018 - The Lowry
Through spectacular circus and spellbinding original folk songs, this much loved fable is reimagined for the whole family. In a brand new version, the award-winning Metta Theatre tells Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale with awe-inspiring acrobatics and hauntingly beautiful music.
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FAST & FURIOUS LIVE  
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April 2018 - Manchester Arena

The action and excitement from one of the most popular and enduring film series of all-time will come to life in this ground-breaking live-arena tour. The adrenaline-fueled, two-hour show is set to be the most spectacular live arena production ever produced!

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN  
Friday 20th & Saturday 21st April 2018 - The Lowry
Full of action and humour this emotionally rich fairytale is set in the rural world of sheep, straw, wool and spinning where the alchemist, Rumpelstiltskin is outcast until he is revealed to be "the true prince that he was”. Ages 7+.
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MY FIRST BALLET - SWAN LAKE  
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April 2018 - Opera House

Give children a first taste of the magical world of ballet. Enjoy one of the most famous ballets of all time together, in this beautifully adapted new version for children aged three upwards.

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ARUN GHOSH'S JAZZ CLUB  
Saturday 28th April 2018 - Z-Arts

Following his brilliant Big Imaginations Festival Jazz Club Arun is back this April with two performances and a workshop introducing children aged 2 – 5 and 5+ to the world of jazz.

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DAY OUT WITH THOMAS  
Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May 2018
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August 2018 - Bolton Street Station, Bury
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to greet you at the East Lancashire Railway! This fun filled day out for all the family includes: Rides on Thomas Meeting The Fat Controller and friends Performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor's cheeky station sweepers Unlimited Travel on Steam and Diesel trains Thomas Themed Activities in the Imagination Station, including, Tabletop Games, Colouring, Thomas Films Re-enactments of classic Thomas stories Magic Shows Circus Workshops Face Painting The Fat Controller's Opening Ceremony will take place at 9:45am each day. Activities will finish at 4pm and the Fat Controller will close the event at 3:45pm.

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THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE  
Wednesday 30th May to Sunday 3rd June 2018 - The Lowry
Tall Stories (creators of ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Room on the Broom’ stage shows) are proud to present their latest exciting collaboration with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
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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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DAVID BADDIEL'S ANIMALCOLM  
Saturday 7th July 2019 - The Lowry
A vibrant, energetic and gloriously funny new musical comedy from the award-winning Story Pocket Theatre. ANiMALCOLM combines physical theatre, puppetry and the company’s outstanding storytelling style to bring David Baddiel’s magical and wonderfully comic story to the stage.
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MILKSHAKE LIVE  
Sunday 15th July 2019 - The Lowry
Starring Milkshake! favourites; Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! This all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales.
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WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEARD  
Wednesday 1st to Sunday 26th August 2018 - The Lowry
Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own!
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WALKING WITH DINOSAURS  
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th August 2018 - Manchester Arena

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Arena Spectacular! Be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes. The dazzling $20 million production has been seen by over 9 million people in more than 250 cities around the world.Watch them walk. Hear them roar.

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DAY OUT WITH THOMAS  
Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May 2018
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August 2018 - Bolton Street Station, Bury
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to greet you at the East Lancashire Railway! This fun filled day out for all the family includes: Rides on Thomas Meeting The Fat Controller and friends Performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor's cheeky station sweepers Unlimited Travel on Steam and Diesel trains Thomas Themed Activities in the Imagination Station, including, Tabletop Games, Colouring, Thomas Films Re-enactments of classic Thomas stories Magic Shows Circus Workshops Face Painting The Fat Controller's Opening Ceremony will take place at 9:45am each day. Activities will finish at 4pm and the Fat Controller will close the event at 3:45pm.

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MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL  
Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th August 2018 - Palace Theatre
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.
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PEPPA PIG'S ADVENTURE  
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th August 2018 - The Lowry
Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe.
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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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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - OVO  
Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th September 2018 - Manchester Arena

Having thrilled more than 5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in '09 as a Big Top show, OVO embarks on a journey, offering the same captivating production as the Big Top performances, but on a larger scale now, visiting Manchester in 2018.

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DAY OUT WITH THOMAS  
Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May 2018
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August 2018 - Bolton Street Station, Bury
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October 2018

Meet Thomas the Tank Engine™ and his friends, who are waiting to greet you at the East Lancashire Railway! This fun filled day out for all the family includes: Rides on Thomas Meeting The Fat Controller and friends Performances by Rusty and Dusty, Sodor's cheeky station sweepers Unlimited Travel on Steam and Diesel trains Thomas Themed Activities in the Imagination Station, including, Tabletop Games, Colouring, Thomas Films Re-enactments of classic Thomas stories Magic Shows Circus Workshops Face Painting The Fat Controller's Opening Ceremony will take place at 9:45am each day. Activities will finish at 4pm and the Fat Controller will close the event at 3:45pm.

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CINDERELLA  
Saturday 7th November 2018 to Saturday 12th January 2019 - Oldham Coliseum

If you're planning the perfect Christmas treat for friends and family - then look no further, the Coliseum has it all! Oldham Coliseum Theatre is famous for its excellent annual traditional pantomime and Cinderella is one of the nation's favourites, with all the ingredients you need for a magical experience.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY  
Friday 30th November 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019 - Stockport Plaza

Magically awaken your dreams over the festive season at The Plaza with the North West’s Premier Family Pantomime SLEEPING BEAUTY.

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STICK MAN  
Saturday 1st December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019 - The Lowry
This award-winning production, from the teams behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales and The Scarecrows’ Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
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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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CINDERELLA  
Saturday 8th December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019 - Opera House

Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and, with the help of her best friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming.

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DOCTOR DOLITTLE  
Thursday 11th December 2018 to Saturday 5th January 2019 - The Lowry
Based on the popular 1967 film with Rex Harrison, this stage version has music, book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.  From the producers of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this production promises stunning visual puppetry and fun for all the family. 
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