Stuck for ideas on how to keep your child amused during the summer holidays? Well don't sweat. Kids Week 2009 kicks off from August 14th to the 28th and gives you the opportunity to let your child see a theatre show for free, plus join in workshops and other creative events.
For a trip to the theatre during Kids Week, as long as your child is accompanied by an adult paying full price for their ticket, there is no price charged for theirs. But don't worry if you have other children tagging along, you can purchase up to two extra tickets for half price. Bargain!
Children aged five to sixteen have a choice of 28 different shows, workshops and events to see or take part in over the week.
For the under-fives, Kids Week offers the chance to see the brilliant children's book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" come to life. The event will see the children involved in role play through mud fights, splashing water and swishing grass. Performances have been spread across three days with at least two showings taking part each day.
For the five-plus age range, well-known shows like Disney's "High School Musical 2" and "The Lion King", "Mama Mia", "Wicked" and "Stomp" are just a few from the huge choice available.
Don't worry if your child says they are too old for "High School Musical" (surely no one's ever too old?) there are other shows like "Avenue Q", "Jersey Boys" and "Dirty Dancing" for those aged 15-plus to see.
For those of you who have an up-and-coming theatre star amongst the family, or just an energetic child, there are plenty of workshops and show-linked activities for your child to take part in. Some range from simple meet and greets with the cast of the shows as well as tours around the theatres. More involved activities include dance and drama workshops.To get your child involved in any of these activities or to book tickets for any of the shows visit www.kidsweek.co.uk for more information.
By Jade Pickering