Trying to find things to do with your kids – when you’re on a tight budget – is really tough.
Over the summer, not only do you have to balance using the precious annual leave you get from work to cover childcare, but you actually want to do something as a family and have a bit of fun.
Theme parks can be out of the question as they are SO EXPENSIVE (although there are a few tips to get cheap theme park deals and tickets from time to time).
Going to the park down the road every day is free, but can be a bit boring. So what can you do instead?
With a bit of forward planning, there is a fair bit you can do to have fun each summer, without breaking the bank.
Theatre tickets in London
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We love the theatre – all of us really enjoy going.
There is something really special about seeing a live performance and the kids get captivated by it all.
We’ve been lucky enough to see Les Mis (obvs got cheap theatre tickets) and we’ve taken the kids to see Wicked and The Play That Goes Wrong – they LOVED it!
When we used to live in Kent, our local theatres charged an arm and a leg for tickets, so it could sometimes work out cheaper to head to London (even with travel, as we can blag some amazingly good priced – or even free – tickets).
Kids Week free theatre tickets
This summer, you’re able to get free theatre tickets in London for your children.
If your child is aged 17 and under, and there is a full paying adult, you can get a free child’s theatre tickey to a huge range of different shows. Plus, two additional children can attend half price.
There are also no booking or postage fees to pay, which is usually quite rare when booking theatre tickets.
You can use the tickets during August, but they go on sale from 10 am on Tuesday 13 June 2023.
This means you’ll need to plan in advance to get your savings. As this is such an awesome deal, the tickets don’t stay around for long. They are obviously subject to availability.
On top of the one freebie ticket, you can buy an additional two extra kids’ tickets for half price.
What shows can we see during Kids Week?
There are over 30 different shows to pick from including Mama Mia!, Mrs Doubtfire and The Play That Goes Wrong. (For a full list of shows, scroll down to the bottom).
Kids Week is all about getting young people interested in the theatre, and if you can take them for free, it really helps.
However, it’s not just a weekly event anymore. As it’s such a popular thing, they’ve now expanded it, and you can pick selected performances taking place between 1 – 31 August.
You won’t be able to get a free child ticket for every single performance. They are available on selected shows and you can only book them through the Kids Week booking line.
It’s usually best to have a few different dates and times, just in case your preferred choice has already sold out.
Full list of free child ticket London shows
Here is a full list of the free child ticket London shows on this summer.
There is a real mix. Some will be suitable for under 5s, 5 years+, 8 years+, while some need parental guidance which may be more suitable for teens:
- Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
- Aspects of Love
- Bleak Expectations
- The Choir of Men
- The Crown Jewels
- The Crucible
- The Dream
- Grease The Musical
- Horrible Histories – Terrible Tudors
- I Believe In Unicorns
- I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical
- Jersey Boys
- Mamma Mia
- Mermaids & Pirates
- Ministry of Science Live
- Les Miserables
- The Mousetrap
- Mrs. Doubtfire
- The Play That Goes Wrong
- SpongeBob Musical
- Witness For The Prosecution
- We Will Rock You
For younger children
- Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour
- Elephant % Piggue’s “We Are In A Play!”
- The Everywhere Bear
- The Smeds And The Smoods
- Tales From Acorn Woods
- The Three Billy Goats Gruff
- The Tiger Who Came To Tea
- Fireman Sam Saves The Circus
For older teenagers
- Accidental Death Of An Anarchist
- Heathers The Musical
- Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
- Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet
- Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
- The Verge Of Forever
There are also a number of places that run kids eat free offers.