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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.
 
 
 
 
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - AMALUNA Offers
Wed 7th September - Sun 9th October 2016 - next to INTO Trafford Centre
GET 30% OFF SELECTED TICKETS BOOK NOW - KIDS GO FREE WITH EVERY ADULT TICKET T&Cs APPLY.Amaluna invites you to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses & 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 & 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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DAN TDM  
Sunday 9th October 2016 - The Lowry
For the first time ever! Come and see Dan live in action with his pugs, Dr Trayarous and lots of other friends, for an amazing Diamond Minecart adventure!
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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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FLYING THE NEST  
Tuesday 25th October 2016 - The Lowry
As seen in The Lowry's Week 53 Festival, back by popular demand...Welcome to Hatchling College, an eggciting place to learn all about native birds and how to be a good birder. Sit in a giant nest and get involved in this interactive eggsperience led by our three eggstrodinary professors.
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THE COLOUR OF ME  
Tuesday 25th October 2016 - Z-arts

A magical world of colour. Can you feel the excitement of the deep blue sea, the green peacefulness of nature, or bravely go where no child has ever been… inside an orange? With live music and projection this interactive dance theatre performance promises to delight, tickle & inspire young audiences.

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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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BOUNCING CATS AND BOOM BOOM PUPS  
Saturday 19th November 2016 - Z-arts

This immersive, high-energy performance features spoken-word artist Maxwell Golden and graffiti artist Mr Dane. Set within a purpose-built graffiti installation, an original children’s book is brought to life and interwoven with freestyle hip-hop improvisation.

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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! 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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SORRY CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED... KATIE SAVES THE DAY!  
Friday 23rd to Tuesday 27th December 2016 - 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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THE LOST PRESENT... A CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE!  
Wednesday 28th to Friday 30th Decemeber 2016 - The Lowry
Topsy Turvy Theatre, the company who brought you Ruby Flew Too! are back and would like to invite their young audiences on a Christmas adventure like no other.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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