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Now touring: The best family shows in your area

See stars of the stage as they visit theatres across the country

Posted: 10 April 2012
by Fiona McKim

Photo credit Alastair Muir

The Science Museum Live On Tour
March 12–June 16
For an innovative show that’s bound to get a reaction, the Science Museum Live On Tour will spark your child’s imagination with explosive experiments, popping pyrotechnics and digital footage.  For more details visit

Little Howard’s Big Show
March 24–July 5
Little and Big Howard don’t have much in common, one being a cheeky six-year-old cartoon and the other his flesh-and-blood guardian. But that won’t stop the duo showing off their harmonious humour live in Little Howard’s Big Show. For more details, visit

Tiddler And Other Terrific Tales
March 24–August 27
Because bedtime story sessions cannot squeeze in nearly enough of Julia Donaldson’s ingenious tales, Scamp Theatre Company is taking a live musical mash-up of the Children’s Laureate’s work on tour. For details, visit  

Charlie and Lola’s Bestest Play
March 24–December 15
She will never eat a tomato, is absolutely too small for school and will not go to bed, but Lauren Child’s sweetly stubborn literary lovely Lola will be appearingon stage with her solicitous sibling when Charlie And Lola’s Best Bestest Play tours the country throughout the year. For tour details, visit  

Diversity Digitised
March 29–April 15
Popping, Locking and tutting may not be in your child’s vocabulary yet, but she may be inspired to throw a few shapes after watching street dance stars Diversity, in their explosive new show, Digitised. For more details, visit

Horrible Histories Tudors and Victorians
April 3 2012–April 20 2013
Which was more horrible? Henry VIII’s punch-up with the Pope or the trade of Victorian baby farmers? Two of Britain’s least salubrious eras – the Tudors and the Victorians – go head-to-head in this gloriously gory Horrible Histories double bill. For tour details, visit

April 11–June 24
Spotlessly clean, impeccably dazzlingly brilliant, the set of White will probably look like no room your child has ever set foot in before. Don’t expect the minimalist chic to last for long when this highly visual show sweeps into your local theatre. For more details and tour dates, visit

Swamp Juice
April 17–July 14
Those who dare venture into the swamp with only a shadow puppeteer and his curious crew of creatures for company will find themselves delving into a critically acclaimed adventure with an amazing 3D finale. For tour details, visit

The Tiger Who Came To Tea
April 3–September 2
We’ve all been there: you are just sitting down to a civilised tea party, when a big cat gatecrashes, devours your comestibles and chaos ensues. Children who have missed out on this experience can go along for the ride when The Tiger Who Came To Tea drops by your local theatre. For tour details, visit

In The Night Garden Live
May 24–September 23
To the untrained ear, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka may sound like gibberish but, to their fans, the In The Night Garden characters represent a hypnotic dreamlike world. Catch the crew in their showdome as it tours the UK this year, for details, visit

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