We have some great shows for kids and families lined-up for this year’s IYAF — from the magical world of balloons and imaginary friends to family-friendly raves, superheroes and circus skills, we have something that will suit both the little ones and their grown-ups!
Check out our pick of family-friendly faves below:
Friday 6th July & Friday 13th July
Pint Sized Popstars
Friday 6th July 11:00 & 13:00
Friday 13th July 11:00 & 13:00
Happening at The Lamb, Pint Sized Popstars is a parent/carer and child group music session, led by Liam Cottrell on guitar and vocals. The 45-minutes sessions are filled with music, movement and fun, featuring songs you and your child will know, some that you won’t, that some written specially for the occasion!
Let’s Make a Story
Sunday 8th July 16:00
The Queen of Storytime needs some help to create a story suitable for her daughter’s birthday party, and she is calling all little people with big imaginations to come along and help! The show is a fun and interactive hour of storytelling, imagination and creativity.
The Tale of the Cockatrice
Sunday 8th July 18:30
Mumblecrust Theatre brings their Brighton Fringe 2017 double award-winning show to the Rose, showcasing breathtaking puppetry, spine-tingling live music and general tomfoolery in a dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old. Come check out this 5 star show during the Festival!
Weekend of 7 & 8 July and 14th & 15th July (Free)
To chill out in-between shows, grab a deckchair in Kingston’s Marketplace, and join us for Music First — two weekends of the best live music at the Visit Kingston stage.
Friday 13th July and Sunday 15th July
Crabby: A Snappy Little Tale…
Friday 13th July 16:00
Saturday 15th July 14:30 and 16:30
A multi-sensory, interactive show full of the sights, sounds and smells of the seaside. When Crabby, a little hermit crab, emerges after a mighty storm, she finds her beloved shell home is broken. Setting off along the shore to find a new one, she soon discovers it’s not easy getting what you want if you’re well, a bit crabby. This production helps children and their grown ups explore tantrums and frustration.
Saturday 14 July
Bits and Box
Saturday 14th July 17:00
Two guys and a massive cardboard box. Laugh your way through an energetic glimpse into the imaginations of two people with far too much time on their hands!
Tiny Dancers Family Rave
ACT Main House
Saturday 14th July 14:00
This is the ultimate daytime music event where DJs will be playing the best Drum’n’Bass, House and Breaks in a safe, family-friendly environment. A crazy and colourful party where the adults will enjoy themselves just as much as the children! Watch out for bubbles, balloons, glow sticks, face painting, crafts, and more at the Tiny Dancers Family Rave!
Margo and Mr Whatsit
Saturday 14th July 11:30
Do you have an imaginary friend? A little piece of mischief only you can see?
Sophia’s imaginary friend is called Mr. Whatsit. No matter where Sophia finds herself living, he’s always there with a new joke to tell and a new game to play. But when Sophia moves into her new foster home, and has a new imaginary friend, Margo, Mr Whatsit finds himself unimagined! Can Mr. Whatsit’s childish playfulness keep him from being unimagined for good? And with her imaginary friends competing against each other, will Sophia manage to find her forever home?
PaddleBoat Theatre Company present an interactive make-believe tale where the real and imaginary collide, and friends are never far away.
Rise and Fall
Saturday 14th July 15:00
Come and explore an ecosystem of balloons: universes in miniature. In this show you’ll meet all manner of balloons from small floating moons to vast bouncing orbs. Rise and Fall is a poetic and intriguing performance for young audiences about holding on and letting go.
Super Hero — The Musical
Rose Main House
Saturday 14th July 16:30 & 19:00
Sammy Simpson just wants to be normal but there’s one thing stopping him. He has the super power to turn everything he knows into a musical. The minute Sammy starts dancing, singing, or whistling, so does everyone else.
The multi award-winning National Youth Music Theatre represents the very best in work with young people through musical theatre, enabling thousands of youngsters across the UK to develop both their creative and personal potential.
Sunday 15 July
Albert & Friends — Circus Skills Workshop
ACT Main House
Sunday 15th July 12:30
Albert and Friends show packed full of exciting and innovative circus skills ranging from unicycle salsa to silent movie slapstick. Albert and Friends are also running a circus skills workshop for 7 – 14 year olds – giving children the opportunity to try out a whole host of circus tricks like tightrope walking, juggling and acro-balance.
Kingston Music Service — Big Family Orchestra Day
Rose Main House
Saturday 7th July 10:00
Are you an adult that plays an instrument or used to play an instrument? Do you have children that play and would you like to perform with them?
Come along to the KMS big fun ensemble where we will collectively rehearse and workshop some great music over three sessions before performing a showcase of what we have achieved at the end! We will adapt music for all instruments and all levels so everyone is welcome! A great opportunity to bring the community together in music and for us all to dust our instruments off and have a play.
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To take part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org