What’s On This Month – August

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Wimbledon/SW19

DATE SHOW THEATRE
16 June – 20 August The Borrowers (5-11 years) Polka
7 July – 27 August Hatch (2-5 years) Polka
1 August The Velveteen Rabbit The Colour House Theatre
4-7 August Alice in Wonderland (Age 5+) The Rose Garden, Morden Hall Park Outdoor – Sixteenfeet Theatre
15-19 August The Importance of Being Earnest New Wimbledon Studio Theatre
25-26 August Bugsy Malone New Wimbledon Theatre

 

 Surrounding Areas / Further Afield

DATE SHOW THEATRE
17 July – 5 August Oliver Twist (Ages 6+) Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
22 July – 28 August The Wind in the Willows (Age 3+) Kew Gardens
29 July – 28 August The Dream Fairies: An Adventure Through Bubble Land (Age 3-8) Kew Gardens

 

26 July – 20 August Fantastic Mr Fox (Ages 6+) Lyric
3 August – 3 September We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Age 3+) Cadogan Hall
7-8 August Outside the Box (Ages 4-7) Little Echo Theatre Company – Putney Arts Theatre
18-20 August The Gruffalo LIVE Richmond Theatre
24 August Pride and Prejudice Illyria Theatre – Fulham Palace 
29 August – 3 Sept The Railway Children Richmond Theatre

 

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Top Tips for Taking Children to the Theatre

Following our (successful!) trip to Cinderella: My First Ballet last week, here are a few tips for taking children to the theatre..

  1. Children always get more out of a show if they know the storyline. Read the book or play with them beforehand. Some shows have trailers online – let them watch them so they know what to expect.  Talk about the plot and the characters and make sure they understand.                      books
  2. Check the suggested age for the show. If it’s too complicated they won’t be engaged and will be unlikely to want to go back!                                                                        bored kid
  3. Bring snacks. Lots of snacks. In packets that don’t rustle.snacks
  4. Think about an escape strategy. If like me your children need to go to the toilet every 15 minutes when in public (yet can hold it in for hours at all other times), you don’t want to be sitting in the middle of a row.  I always sit towards the end of a row with my brood, but this obviously depends on the theatre, how bothered you are, and of course bladders.                                               loo roll
  5. Interval ice cream. Always! For the younger ones especially, it’s a good boost to get them through the second half – just in case energy levels are dropping!image1 (2)
  6. Buy a souvenir! A copy of the book or play, a soft toy, an overpriced spinning light  – anything that will remind them of the experience!

GOOD LUCK!

XXX

Whats On this Month – July

Whats on SW19 (1)

Wimbledon / SW19

DATE SHOW THEATRE
16 June – 20 August The Borrowers (Ages 5-11)  Polka
7 July – 27 August Hatch (Ages 2-5)  Polka
14 July – 16 July Ella Enchanted  Colour House Theatre
19 July Captain Noah & his Floating Zoo  Lantern Arts Centre
26 July The Velveteen Rabbit  Colour House Theatre
26 July – 29 July  Romeo and Juliet (Outdoor – Cannizaro Park) Mayhem Theatre Company
31 July The Jungle Book (FREE specially adapted event for children with ASD & SEN) Colour House Theatre

 Surrounding Areas / Further Afield

DATE SHOW THEATRE
4 July – 29 July Extravaganza Macabre (Outdoor Courtyard Age 8+) Battersea Arts Centre
7 July – 5 August The Tale of Two Cities Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
17 July – 5 August Oliver Twist (Age 6+) Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
18 July – 23 July My First Ballet:Cinderella (Age 3+) Peacock Theatre
22 July – 28 August  The Wind in the Willows (Age 3+) Kew Gardens
26 July – 20 August Fantastic Mr Fox Lyric
29 July – 28 August The Dream fairies: An Adventure Through Bubble Land  (Age 3-8)  

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Welcome to Theatre Kids SW19

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Theatre Kids SW19 was born out of my (not very knowledgeable!) love of theatre and the arts.  Growing up in London, I have been extremely lucky to have such wonderful venues and shows right on my doorstep, 7 days a week.

At a very young age I remember going on a school trip to the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  Later on as a teenager I saw Romeo and Juliet at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as part of a GCSE trip on a summer’s evening just as the sun was setting and I was totally transfixed.   The fact that I remember both very clearly after many (many) years, reminds me how engaged I was and how magical I found both the performances and venues.

 

 

When my eldest was a toddler, I dutifully took her into central London to the must see kid’s shows – The Gruffalo’s Child, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Stick Man etc – all of which she loved, but now with 2 extra children in tow, a trip on the train and tube into TOWN town laden with snacks, water, tissues, wipes, nappies, and a buggy is much less appealing.  Don’t get me wrong, I will still be making the trip for those special occasions, but I have realised that whilst London has amazing children’s shows and venues, Wimbledon itself is a hub of theatre and performing arts for kids! The Polka, New Wimbledon Theatre, and The Colour House Theatre are all within walking distance of each other and put on amazing shows for children of all ages. There are also theatre schools, dance schools, baby music classes, holiday camps, and much much more.

 

 

 

With this blog I intend to share the numerous shows, events, camps, classes and clubs for children of all ages in and around Wimbledon – highlighting the enormous benefits of theatre and performing arts on our children.  I’ll also be looking at creative, imagination fuelled, activities for those rainy days and LONG summer holidays!

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See you soon!

xxx

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