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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY  
Sunday 15th July 2018 - The Lowry
The Ward Academy is very proud to present the Roald Dahl classic 'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory' for their 2018 Summer Show!
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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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FRIENDSFEST  
Friday 3rd to Sunday 12th August 2018 - Heaton Park

Comedy Central UK’s FriendsFest is back, in partnership with The Luna Cinema. You'll be able to enjoy all the best bits from previous years, including Monica’s apartment, Joey and Chandler’s apartment complete with corridor, Central Perk, original memorabilia and the iconic fountain. But this year's even better than ever. they are bringing a brand new, full-scale set of Ross’s apartment (formerly home to Ugly Naked Guy) to the UK!

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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 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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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG  
Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th August 2018 - Stockport Plaza

Romiley Operatic Society Presents : Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - For their 100th production Romiley Operatic Society present - " Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", based on the 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers.

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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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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
Thursday 23rd August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - COCO
Friday 24th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. COCO.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - RATATOUILLE
Friday 24th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. RATATOUILLE.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - HARRY POTTER & THE PHILOSPHER'S STONE
Friday 24th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. HARRY POTTER & THE PHILOSPHER'S STONE.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - THE GRUFFALO, ROOM ON THE BROOM, STICKMAN
Saturday 25th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. THE GRUFFALO, ROOM ON THE BROOM, STICKMAN.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - DESPICABLE ME 3
Saturday 25th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. DESPICABLE ME 3.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - THE GREATEST SHOWMAN SING-ALONG
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. THE GREATEST SHOWMAN SING-ALONG.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - THE LION KING
Sunday 26th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. THE LION KING.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - SING
Sunday 26th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. SING.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - PADDINGTON 2
Sunday 26th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. PADDINGTON 2.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - MOANA
Monday 27th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. MOANA.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - ZOOTROPOLIS
Monday 27th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. ZOOTROPOLIS.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - SPIDER-MAN HOME COMING
Monday 27th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. SPIDER-MAN HOME COMING.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - TROLLS
Tuesday 28th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. TROLLS.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - EARLY MAN
Tuesday 28th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. EARLY MAN.

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LUNA KIDS CINEMA - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Tuesday 28th August 2018 - Heaton Park

THE UK'S FIRST OPEN AIR CINEMADESIGNED FOR KIDS!! Showing an incredible line up of films to suit big and little kids alike. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

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CIRCA TSUICA  
Thursday 30th August & Saturday 1st September 2018 - The Lowry
In this haven of fun, the circus artists invite young and old to leave their differences outside the tent, to dream and simply enjoy being together.
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JAY FOREMAN'S DISGUSTING SONGS FOR REVOLTING CHILDREN  
Sunday 16th September 2018 - The Lowry
Jay provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly show which regularly sells out its entire runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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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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DISNEY ON ICE presents DREAM BIG  
Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th October 2018 - Manchester Arena

Courage leads the way, cutting the icy stage for Disney’s most adventurous dreamers at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. High-flying jumps, breath-taking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget.

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HOW TO HIDE A LION  
Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th October 2018 - The Lowry
When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down. How to Hide a Lion, comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets & jazz. 
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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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THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ  
Tuesday 4th to Monday 31st December 2019 - Macron Stadium

Follow the yellow brick road to the Macron Stadium this Christmas. Lost in an unfamiliar land, inhabited by munchkins, flying monkeys and witches, Dorothy and her faithful dog Toto, need to find their way back home to Bolton.

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CINDERELLA
Offers
Saturday 8th to Sunday 30th December 2018 - Opera House
EARLY BIRD OFFER! £5 OFF SELECTED TICKETS - 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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SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS  
Saturday 15th to Thursday 27th December 2018 - Heywood Civic Centre
Trio Entertainment return to Heywood Civic Centre following the huge success of The Wizard of Oz. Mirror, Mirror on the wall, Which is the most spectacular pantomime of all? Join Snow White this Christmas in her fairy-tale adventure of a lifetime.
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PETER PAN - THE ARENA ADVENTURES  
Friday 28th & Saturday 29th December 2018 - Manchester Arena

This Christmas will see J.M. Barrie’s magical story of Peter Pan brought to life in gigantic proportions on some of the biggest stages in the country. Starring Martin Kemp and Milton Jones.

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BING LIVE!
Family
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th January 2019
Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are coming to Salford in the first ever Bing stage show! Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they find out how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs.
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ANNIE  
Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th February 2019 - Opera House

Direct from the West End, ANNIE, returns for a new UK Tour! Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she's chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks.

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BILLIONAIRE BOY  
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th February 2019 - The Lowry
This hilarious new musical is a triumphant treat for the whole family, based on the bestselling book by David Walliams, and presented by the NST team following their award-winning “whisker-licking treat” Fantastic Mr Fox.
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THE WORST WITCH  
Tuesday 26th to Sunday 31st March 2019 - The Lowry
Featuring all of Jill Murphy’s beloved characters, this thrilling new stage adaptation is directed by Theresa Heskins and features songs, music, magic and a dose of Mildred-induced-mayhem. Age 7+
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