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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 MERMAID IN THE GHERKIN JAR  
Sunday 13th September 2015 - The Lowry
A tale of a lonely boy, an enchanting mermaid and a journey that will change their lives forever.
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ANNIE  
Tuesday 15th to Saturday 26th September 2015 - Opera House

Annie , the world's favourite family musical, comes to Manchester Opera House for two weeks only, starring  Craig Revel Horwood* , the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing judge, as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan! *Craig Revel Horwood is not scheduled to perform on Friday 25th or Saturday 26th September in Annie.

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MAGGIE AND THE SONG OF THE SEA  
Thursday 17th - Saturday 19th September 2015 - The Lowry
Maggie is a young girl, whose world is coloured by a beautiful playground of music; every significant person, place and object in her life has a melody. For families with children aged 7+.
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ROUNDABOUT: OUR TEACHER'S A TROLL  
Thursday 17th - Saturday 19th September 2015 - The Lowry
Two terrible twins with a talent for turmoil rule their school with terror and tyranny - until the arrival of a new head teacher with green scaly skin, sharp gnarly fangs, and a long spiky tail.
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PUSS IN BOOTS  
Sunday 27th September 2015 - The Lowry
A stand-alone sloping mini-stage that allows us to surprise and delight the audience with drawers, trap-doors, puppets and shadow-play.
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MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS  
Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th October 2015 - Tatton Park
FANTASTIC 2-4-1 TICKET OFFER. The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest and greatest production to date, Zhelaniy, based on the Russian folklore story of Cvetik-Semicvetik, or "the flower with seven colors.
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DISNEY ON ICE WORLDS OF ENCHANTMENT  
Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th October 2015 - Manchester Arena

Get ready to be swept away by your favourite Disney stories. Rev up for high-speed stunts as the crew of Disney/Pixar's Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid's enchanted undersea kingdom and catch up with the Toy Story gang the toys are back in town! Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney's Frozen.

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HELLO KITTY  
Sunday 18th October 2015 - Palace Theatre

Hello Kitty Live - Fashion and Friends gives fans of all ages the first ever opportunity to physically enter the world of Hello Kitty as she takes to the stage live and in 3D for this World Premiere, the latest development in the continuing evolution of this global super brand.

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HURRICANE BOY  
Sunday 18th October 2015 - The Lowry
An imaginative tale of chaos and calm, Hurricane Boy is a delight of physical storytelling and live music, much loved by children and their families.
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MILKSHAKE LIVE  
Monday 26th October 2015 - The Lowry
Everyone is getting ready for Milkshake Monkey's surprise birthday party but what happens when Milkshake Monkey disappears?
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MORGAN & WEST  
Monday 26th October 2015 - The Lowry
Mixing brain busting illusion and good old fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound!
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THE SCARECROWS WEDDING  
Thursday 29th October to Sunday 1st November 2015 - The Lowry
Following five-star hits 'Stick Man' and 'Tiddler & other Terrific Tales', Scamp Theatre are proud to present a truly heart-warming adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's hotly anticipated new book 'The Scarecrows' Wedding'.
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HALLOWEEN MONSTER MASH BALL  
Friday 30th October 2015 - Heywood Civic Centre
Expanding on the success of our Halloween Event in 2014, Heywood Civic Centre is proud to announce the return of our Halloween Monster Mash Ball for 2015. We'll have party games, best fancy dress costume prizes for both adults and children all topped off with DJ Tommy K.
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THE DOODLE DANCE SHOW  
Sunday 1st November 2015 - The Lowry
Grab a pen and kick off your shoes for this fun playful interactive show that will you drawing, dancing, doodling and story-telling together.
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MOTHER GOOSE  
Sat 14th November 2015 to Sat 9th January 2016 - Oldham Coliseum

Old Mother Goose has run out of money until a gift of a magical golden goose lays all her problems to rest . or so she thinks.

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THE MARVELOUS IMAGINARY MENAGERIE  
Sunday 15th November 2015 - The Lowry
Roll up; roll up, for the most magnifical , tremendible and fantasticulous experience in town!  The caravan of curiosities and its crew of mysterious misfits have arrived to entertain, amuse and beguile you.
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SHINY  
Sunday 22nd November 2015 - The Lowry
Join Turned On Its Head for their dazzling interactive show for very young children. Watch and play as all that glitters unfolds before your very eyes.
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SORRY, CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED... KATIE SAVES THE DAY!  
Sunday 29th November 2015 - The Lowry
Can Katie solve the clues in the mysterious advent calendar, find her way through the snowy North Pole and discover who stole the presents?
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SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS  
Tuesday 1st December 2015 - Palace Theatre

Performed by a talented cast and fully live band, So This Is Christmas! features two hours of seasonal classics such as White Christmas, Let It Snow, The Christmas Song, Jingle Bell Rock, Last Christmas, Merry Christmas Everybody, All I Want for Christmas Is You and Fairytale of New York.

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PETER PAN  
Wednesday 2nd to Sunday 27th December 2015 - Middleton Arena
Shone Productions in association with Middleton Arena hope you can join us at Christmas for our Biggest, Brightest, Most Magical Pantomime yet, Peter Pan! It's the tale all about the boy who refuses to grow up and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell as they visit the nursery of Wendy, John & Michael Darling.
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INTO THE WOODS  
Friday 4th December 2015 to Saturday 16th January 2016 - Royal Exchange
A baker and his wife, desperate for a child, venture into the woods to find the ingredients to reverse the witch's curse.  But when the couple encounter a world of fabled characters, gathering the magical items becomes complicated.
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CINDERELLA  
Sat 5th December 2015 to Sun 3rd January 2016 - Opera House

This classic rags to riches story sees Cinderella transformed from a put upon maid to her horrid Ugly Sisters, to the belle of the ball, with the help of her Fairy Godmother. Starring Torvill and Dean!

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HETTY FEATHER  
Wed 9th December 2015 to Sat 10th January 2016 - The Lowry
Hetty Feather tours the UK following its sold out run at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End. Thrillingly brought to life with live music, songs and circus skills. From best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather is brought thrillingly to life on stage.
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MR POPPER'S PENGUINS  
Thursday 10th December 2015 to Sunday 10th January 2016
Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends all his time dreaming of Antarctic expeditions and living amongst the penguins.
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WINTER WONDERLAND  
Sat 12th December 2015 to Sun 3rd January 2016 - Event City
Come along with the family this Christmas and experience the UK’s LARGEST indoor Winter Wonderland at EventCity next to The Trafford Centre, Manchester. There will be rides and attractions galore where the family can have four hours of non stop fun and entertainment.
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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK  
Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th December 2015 - Heywood Civic Centre
Jack is a poor boy who lives in the forest with his mother. One day she tells him they are so poor that he must take the cow to market to get some food. Featuring Anne Hegerty from ITV's 'The Chase' as Flashcreep.
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SNOW CHILD  
Tue 22nd December 2015 to Sun 3rd January 2016 - The Lowry
As Autumn leaves fall and the foxes, wolves and bears hide among the trees, we tell you a magical story about family, love and the power of dreams.
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MARY POPPINS  
Wednesday 20th January to Saturday 5th March 2016 - Palace Theatre
The magical story of the world's favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs.
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SHREK THE MUSICAL  
Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 20th February 2016 - The Lowry
SHREK THE MUSICAL arrives at The Lowry in February 2016. Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is this year's must-see show for all the family.
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FREEZING AND ICY ADVENTURE  
Wednesday 17th February 2016 - Heywood Civic Centre
Take a trip to the snowy heights of Arendel and get lost in a whirlwind of song, dance and snow! Sing along to all the hits, play frosty games and learn how to cast icy spells with your favourite princesses in this interactive treat.
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PEPPA PIG'S SURPRISE  
Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st March 2016 - The Lowry
Enjoy fun, games and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show with new songs and new life size puppets.
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MISTER MAKER LIVE  
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th April 2016 - Palace Theatre

Come and join your ultimate arts and craft hero Mister Maker , for his first ever live theatre tour. Packed full of arty adventures there'll be a big 'make' to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast, and not forgetting, The Shapes.

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