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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.
 
 
 
 
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LAZYTOWN LIVE 2016  
Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th June 2016 - Opera House

A 60 minute nonstop highly interactive and energetic show, jam packed with singing, dancing, spectacular acrobatics and music, featuring original tracks from the hit TV show. LazyTown Live on Stage features Sportacus, Stephanie, Ziggy, Robbie Rotten and You, the audience!

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STORYPLAY: BANTER SHOW  
Friday 24th June 2016 - Bolton Octagon

Join us for an afternoon of storytelling at the Octagon Theatre. 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.

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INTO THE WEST  
Sunday 26th June 2016 - Z-arts

Part of Manchester Children’s Book Festival. To celebrate the play’s 20th anniversary, Travelling Light are bringing to a new generation of audiences their internationally-acclaimed story of grit and magic, love and loss, hope and discovery.

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THE MANY DOORS OF FRANK FEELBAD  
Sunday 10th July 2016 - HOME Manchester

Following The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Bootworks return to HOME with this brand new show. The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad is a show for kids (and their accompanying grown-ups).

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MISSION IMPUDSEYBLE  
Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th July 2016 - The Lowry
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join us for a brand new interactive spy adventure suitable for the whole family starring everyone’s favourite Britain’s Got Talent champions.
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MARTY MACDONALD'S TOY MACHINE  
Wednesday 3rd August 2016 - Heywood Civic Centre
"Everyone at Marty MacDonald’s Farm should be delighted with the special delivery that’s arrived – the Toy Machine that makes all of the toys in the world!..." Marty MacDonald's Toy Machine is a family show most suitable for 2-7 year olds and includes our popular cast meet & greet after the performance!
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THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD  
Wednesday 10th August to Sunday 4th September 2016 - The Lowry
The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should. Ever set foot in the deep dark wood... One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he?
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THE WILD ROADSHOW  
Thursday 11th August 2016 - Heywood Civic Centre
The Wild Roadshow is proud to present the wonderful world of animals to children of all ages, in hands on animal encounter workshops. Established in 2006, but with many years of keeping exotic animals, we have become a popular choice with schools throughout Stockport, Manchester and the surrounding areas.
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THE SECRET GARDEN  
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th August 2016 - Bolton Octagon

This classic novel, listed in the BBC’s ‘Big Reads’ top 100 all-time favourite books, is brought to life in a brand-new adaptation by BAFTA-nominated writer, Janys Chambers.

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SUMMER CINEMA PACKAGE  
Friday 12th to Friday 26th August 2016 - Heywood Civic Centre

Tickets £2 per film including popcorn or buy tickets to all 6 films for £8. Kiosk available for snacks & drinks.

Friday 12th August - Minions / Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Friday 19th August - Inside Out / Jungle Book (2016)
Friday 26th August - The Lion King / The Good Dinosaur

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GANGSTA GRANNY: LIVE ON STAGE  
Wednesday 31st August to Sunday 4th September 2016 - The Lowry
From the acclaimed producers of HORRIBLE HISTORIES comes the world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.
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DINOSAUR ZOO  
Friday 2nd to Saturday 3rd September 2016 - Opera House

DARE TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL! Now introducing the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the stage, Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome prehistoric creatures to life as you’ve never seen them before. A tyrannosauric treat for all ages 3+.

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - AMALUNA  
Wed 7th September - Sun 2nd October 2016 - next to INTO Trafford Centre

Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon where the arrival of a group of young men who land on the island, triggers an epic, emotional story of love between the island Queen’s daughter and a brave young suitor.

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BEAR HUNT, CHOCOLATE CAKE & BAD THINGS  
Sat 17th September to Sat 17th December - Saturdays - Z-arts

Step inside a humongous chocolate cake and explore a secret larder, swishy swashy and splash splosh your way through a Bear Hunt. And dare you explore the Bad Things in the Dread Shed? Discover hidden rooms and brilliant clues that show what inspired Michael Rosen’s writing.

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DISNEY ON ICE presents FROZEN  
Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th October 2016 - Manchester Arena

Enter a wintry wonderland when Disney On Ice presents Frozen – now a full-length spectacular live on ice! Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, on a journey to discover love is the most magical power of all. Dazzling effects, astonishing skating and special appearances by favourite Disney stars.

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SUMMER HOLIDAY by HEY KIDS  
Tuesday 16th to Saturday 22nd October 2016 - Heywood Civic Centre
Four London Bus mechanics strike up a deal with London Transport. They do up a double decker London Bus, and aim to drive it to the South of France as a sort of hotel. If they make it they reckon they might be able to charge people to go the following year and run it as a business.
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PEPPA PIG'S SURPRISE  
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October 2016 - Palace Theatre

Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in a brand new live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Surprise. Enjoy fun, games and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show with new songs and new life size puppets, Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers!

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS  
Wednesday 26th October to Sunday 6th November 2016 - The Lowry
World Premier of The Wind in the Willows musical. Join Ratty, Badger and Mole in their adventure with the exuberant Mr Toad in a brand new stage musical adventure!
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STICK MAN  
Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th October 2016 - The Lowry
Touching, funny and utterly original, this award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
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DIGITAL KIDS SHOW  
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October 2016 - EventCity

The Digital Kids Show is bringing a stellar line-up of the biggest brands in kid’s technology, guest stars, celebrities and top manufacturers to Event City in 2016. With the best digital products, toys, advice and apps, the show is hands down the best hands-on day out for the whole family.

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SLEEPING BEAUTY  
Sat 12th November 2016 to Sat 7th January 2017 - Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Given the (in)famous Coliseum treatment, Sleeping Beauty has glitz and glamour, silliness and slapstick and hit songs to sing along to. It's a traditional pantomime appealing to ALL the family, from kids to not-so-grown-up grown-ups.

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GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE  
Tuesday 15th to to Saturday 19th November 2016 - Opera House

Roald Dahl's amazing story about a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. But when she drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. And George's adventure has just begun!

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CINDERELLA  
Friday 18th November 2016 to Saturday 14th January 2017 - Bolton Octagon

It’s got all the traditional elements for a fabulous festive treat – a feisty girl who dreams of dressing up and dancing, a wicked stepmother, mean older sisters, and a slightly geeky Prince – but this Cinderella has one big difference. The rats are in charge.

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK  
Thursday 1st to Satuday 31st December 2016 - Middleton Arena
Come and meet our hero Jack as he attemps to defeat the evil Giant and save the village. With help from his mother Dame Trott and his silly brother Billy, Jack dreams of marrying Princess Jill and he hopes that if he saves the days his dreams may come true.
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PETER PAN  
Friday 2nd December 2016 to Sunday 8th January 2017 - Stockport Plaza

It’s never too early to Hook your tickets for the North West’s premier family pantomime PETER PAN, the swashbuckling treat that everyone will enjoy! With amazingly affordable prices, sumptuous sets and a brilliant cast due to be announced, this is the one festive treat for all ages to enjoy!

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG  
Tuesday 6th December 2016 to Sunday 15th January 2017 - The Lowry
One of the world’s favourite musicals, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mixture of madness, intrigue and exuberance. Starring Jason Manford as Caractacus Potts, Michelle Collins as Baroness Bomburst and Phill Jupitus as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst.
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ALADDIN  
Friday 9th December 2016 to Sunday 8th January 2017 - Opera House

If you’re looking for magical family fun this Christmas, your wish is our command! With Genies by the lamp-load, belly-busting comedy, chart-topping songs, bags of family fun, audience, participation, pantoland’s biggest, boo-able baddie &, just maybe, a real flying carpet - the pantomime dreams are made of!

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WINTER WONDERLAND MANCHESTER  
Saturday 10th December 2016 to Sunday 1st January 2017 - EventCity

Looking for something to do with the kids over Christmas? Want to get out of the house? Then come along with the family this Christmas and experience the UK’s LARGEST indoor Winter Wonderland at EventCity next to The Trafford Centre, Manchester.

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BEST EVER CHRISTMAS SHOW  
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December 2016 - Manchester Arena

Get ready for a Christmas extravaganza like you’ve never seen before because the Best Ever Christmas Show is on its way to Manchester! Bringing this brand new spectacular to life are some of the best-loved names in pre-school television.

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CINDERELLA  
Sunday 18th to Monday 26th December 2016 - Heywood Civic Centre
The most magical pantomime of all, you'll have a ball! Shone Productions are thrilled to be appearing at Heywood Civic Centre this Christmas with the most magical pantomime of them all. This will be a fabulous production so get your tickets now and don't be late for the ball!
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SNOW WHITE  
Tuesday 20th December 2016 to Sunday 8th January 2017 - The Lowry
Olivier Award winning Mike Kenny join forces with “Britain’s favourite literary lunatics” LipService (Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding) to create a brand new show for children and their families.
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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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