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The Best Family Shows To Book in London this Half Term

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When it comes to watching a show at the theatre you really can't beat visiting London. We have travelled many times to the capital to watch shows such as Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Fame and Grease. There's something magical about heading to the West End and if you are looking for something to do with the kids this half term then there are plenty of family shows in London to choose from. 

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It's only in the last year or so that we have enjoyed going to the theatre as a family, until then it was just the two of us. However there are so many family friendly shows to see it's a lovely day out with the kids. 

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The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, ‍21 Wellington St, London WC2E 7RQ
The Lion King is probably one of my favourite shows I have ever seen. I am a huge fan of Disney so I was always going to love this, but it really does appeal to everyone of all ages. Everything about the show will take your breath away from the set, the music and the amazing puppets that grace the stage. It really is a show that you can watch over and over and it's no surprise that its has won multi awards.

The Lion King tells the tale of a young lion, Simba. Following the death of his father, Simba starts a new life away from the African Pride Lands. When responsibility beckons, Simba must return to his homeland to take on his foes and regain his crown as king.

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Mrs. Doubtfire The Musical, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP
Mrs. Doubtfire The Musical went straight on my bucket list as soon as it was announced that they were creating a musical version of the much loved 90's classic movie, Mrs Doubtfire. Reviews for the show have been amazing stating it's "A Surefire Hit' and "She's On Fire".  

For those unfamiliar with the story out-of-work actor Daniel will do anything for his kids. After losing custody in a messy divorce, he creates the alter ego of Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new character takes on a life of its own, Mrs. Doubtfire teaches Daniel more than he bargained for about how to be a father.

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Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Rd, London SW1V 1LG
Wicked is the show I have seen the most, first seeing it at the Apollo Victoria, then when it toured the UK a few years back and I have tickets booked again for this year when it heads to the North West. I didn't know anything about the show when I first saw it so I had no idea what to expect. It was the first show that ever made me cry (both times) and no doubt again when I see it next. 

Wicked imagines the fascinating backstory of Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Discover the decisions and events that shaped the two characters’ renowned destinies, as the unlikely friends begin their journey together in this heartwarming tale.

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Frozen the Musical, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St, London WC2B 5JF
A classic Disney movie adapted for the stage. I don't think anyone could have imagined how popular Disney's Frozen would be but  Frozen The Musical is proving to be just as popular. This is another show that's on my bucket list as I absolutely love the movie and can only imagine how magical it would be to see on stage. 

When Queen Elsa’s hidden powers plunge the land of Arendelle into an eternal winter, her sister Anna sets out to find her and save the kingdom before it’s too late. But as the storm rages on, both sisters must learn that only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.

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Sister Act, Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Ct Rd, London W1T 7AQ
Playing at the first ever theatre in London I visited, Sister Act is up there with one of my favourite shows. As a huge fan of the movie and it's leading lady at the time Alexandra Burke I loved everything about the show when I saw it on it's UK tour a few years ago. It a feel good show with amazing music that will have you dancing in your seat. 

A story of music, mishaps and nuns on the run is a joyous and uplifting tale of finding your voice and singing out, with your sisters by your side.

There are lots more shows to see this half term in London and you can find out more, prices and book tickets by visiting London Box Office. 

What is your favourite show and what show would you love to see in the future?


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What's On February Half Term In Liverpool

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It feels like just yesterday that the kids were finishing for Christmas but here we are and they will soon be on their February half term. Half term begins Saturday 10th  - Sunday 18th February for the majority of schools in Liverpool. Out of all the school holidays this one is my least favourite as the weather is always rubbish however I have found lots of ideas to keep the kids busy this half term in Liverpool. 

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You can also visit our What's On In Liverpool and What's On In Manchester guides for more ideas this month

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Liverpool Empire, Lime St,Liverpool L1 1JE

Shrek The Musical - Feb 12th - Feb 17th 2024
Join Shrek and his trusty sidekick Donkey as they set out on a quest to defeat the fearsome dragon and rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona. With a heart-warming story and a cast of unforgettable characters, this musical extravaganza is a journey you won't want to miss.

CLICK HERE to find out more information, prices and to book tickets.

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M and S Bank Arena, King's Dock, Port of Liverpool, 16 Monarchs Quay,Liverpool L3 4FP

Jurassic Take Over Day - Feb 10th 2024
Come and visit state-of-the-art animatronic life-like dinosaurs in this brand new, immersive and interactive experience for all audiences. This is an unmissable opportunity to talk to a Triceratops, look up to a Brontosaurus, roar with a T-Rex, scream with a Spinosaurus and run from a Raptor! 

CLICK HERE to find out more information, prices and to book tickets.

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Liverpool Playhouse, Williamson Square, Liverpool L1 1EL

The Tiger Who Came To Tea - Feb 12th - Feb 17th 2024
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos. Don’t miss this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised!

CLICK HERE to find out more information, prices and to book tickets.

Visit the What's On Guide for MORE upcoming shows

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The Mansion House, Calderstones Park, Liverpool, L18 3JB

Half Term At The Storybarn - Feb 10th - Feb 18th 2024
Head to the Storybarn for some special sessions this February half-term inspired by Mac Barnett’s (The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse, Extra Yarn, The Shape Trilogy) gorgeous new book Twenty Questions, where we’ll make our own magic from our wildest curiosities. 

There’ll be games, super storytelling and a shapeshifting craft as you learn that the best questions lead, not to answers, but stories. 

CLICK HERE to find out more information, prices and to book tickets.

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The Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 1AP

Family Trail Launch with the Bookworm Players - Feb 10th 2024
Join The Bookworm Players for an adventure on Palm Island! We’ve washed up ashore and need your help and ideas for survival in this tropical paradise!  

Explore treasure maps, share stories & design your own camp on this trail with the help of Palm Island’s special inhabitant Sammy the Salamander…but can you spot him? 

Trails last approximately one hour and children must be accompanied by an adult (with a sense of adventure). 

CLICK HERE to find out more information. This is a FREE event

Jumping Jacks – Pirate Party - Feb 13th 2024
Take a swashbuckle voyage on the seven seas with the ultimate pirate party at Palm Island!  There will be a canon of brilliant games to be played, dancing, swooshing, shaking and jumping. It’s a bubble popping adventure from start to finish. From the moment the party sets sail, your pirate captain Lucie and the pirate team will take you on an adventure.  Collect the canon balls to win prizes, walk the plank limbo game, scrub the deck scarf dance along, sea shanties, under the sea bubble fun, treasure hunt and more! Please wear your favourite fancy dress outfit if you would like to.  

CLICK HERE to find out more information, prices and to book tickets.


Croxteth Park Farm, Liverpool L11 1EH

Activities on the Farm this February Half Term 
Small animal handling on the farm at no extra charge. Meet the sheep, groom the ponies and meet and feed the ducks. Animal feeding also available. 

CLICK HERE to find out more information.
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Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L3 1DG

Little Liverpool
The Little Liverpool gallery at the Museum of Liverpool is a hands-on and jam packed with lots of fun activities especially for children under the age of six to play and learn. It is the perfect place to introduce little ones to the Museum of Liverpool.

CLICK HERE to find out more information.

Scribble and Splash
Designed especially for younger visitors Scribble and Splash is a chance to creative with art activities and then off to explore the Little Liverpool gallery. Sail boats, fish in our mini 'river', then explore our alphabet wall before dancing with the Beetles.

CLICK HERE to find out more information.

Lion Cubs - Little Liverpool Special
If you have little ones who love cars, boats, trains and aeroplanes then this is definitely for you. You can find out more about transport in the Little Liverpool gallery which is a fun space created especially for children who want to explore and learn. Why not race your boats on the mini River Mersey or make your best vehicle noises and then head into the museum to explore Lion, the Museum of Liverpools very special steam locomotive.

CLICK HERE to find out more information.

Lion Dance Workshop - Chinese New Year
Celebrate Chinese New Year this February half term with China Spirit UK. Join the team as they explain the history and tradition of the Chinese lion while children learn how to work the life size puppets in pairs, learn the rhythm of the traditional lion dance drum and the special lion dance steps to bring the lions to life!

CLICK HERE to find out more information.

Shipmates - Little Liverpool Special
Budding sailors and scientists, join in with the Little Liverpool special to find out more about the seas, oceans and the River Mersey.

There are boats, fishing nets and so much more to explore together in the Little Liverpool gallery.

CLICK HERE to find out more information.

The Magic Bookmark
Mama G is everyones favourite dame and you can now join her for the brand new panto adventure for the whole family!

It all starts when the evil Book Worm decides that reading gives people too much knowledge, and makes all the books from Mama G's library disappear. Before the world can turn to chaos, Mama G vows to save the day by finding three books that will help make the world a better place. Of course, she can't do it alone and that's when she discovers the mysterious and wonderful Magic Bookmark...

CLICK HERE to find out more information.
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Knowsley Safari, Prescot L34 4AN

Kids Go Free With A Full Paying Adult
Kids go free this half term at Knowsley Safari allowing them to enjoy the 5 mile Safari Drive that is home to many animals from around the world. The route is split into different continental zones where you’ll drive through many habitats and see our collection of animals along the way. Once you’ve finished your roar-some experience, you can head down to the Foot Safari - both experiences are included in your ticket!

CLICK HERE to find out more information.

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What's On Close By

There's also some great ideas within a short driving distance from Liverpool

Gullivers World, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 9YZ
Gullivers World is open this February half term with their early season special offer. For just £15 you can enjoy a selection of rides, attractions and play areas. You can also meet tiny and small clanger too. 

CLICK HERE to find out more information and to buy tickets.

Cast of The Wizard of Oz

St Helens Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1LQ

Wizard of Oz Pantomime Feb10th - Feb 18th 2024
Dorothy and Toto are back at the St Helens Theatre Royale and are inviting you to join them on their epic adventure along the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. Along the way they meet all those incredible characters including Scarecrow, Tim Man and Lion – who all have their own special wishes which they hope the Wizard will grant when they reach their destination of Oz.

CLICK HERE to find out more information and to buy tickets or Read Our Review


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25 Halloween Events In Manchester 2023

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We try to find as many fun things to do around Halloween as possible and each year our list of places to visit gets bigger and bigger. The North West definitely gets in to the spooky spirit with so many Manchester Halloween events to enjoy. If you are looking for family fun this Halloween then you need to check out our ever growing list which I will keep updated.

Halloween Events In Manchester
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