2009 – First Quarter

Our Calendar of Events for Family-Friendly theatre, exhibitions, special events and days out in London, with babies, toddlers and even older children in Tow, in February, March and April 2009.

 

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Something missing? Send us an e-mail at info [at] mini-et-moi [dot] com and we’ll add your event. Or, better still, add your event to the comments section …

 

We’ll update the calendar regularly so check back.

 

 

Now Showing:

 

How to Catch a Star at the Polka Theatre SW 19

·         Until 28 February

·         Suitable for 2 – 5 year olds (approximately 40 minutes long)

·         Once there was a boy and the boy loved stars very much. Every night he watched stars from his bedroom window and wished he had one of his very own. Blast off into a magical world where the stars shine and the sand feels soft between your toes. Playful and funny, Oliver Jeffers’ delightful picture book inspires a wordless performance using live music and captivating imagery.

·         How to Catch a Star is accessible to a wide range of audiences, including hearing impaired children and non-English speakers.

·         Plus! Enjoy a special version of How to Catch a Star, tailor-made for children aged 6 months – 2 yrs running just 30 minutes in length. Please note early booking is strongly advised. Performance times are below.

·         Performance times for How to Catch a Star baby and toddler version: Fri 6 Feb 10:35am, 11:45am & 2:05pm, Sat 7 Feb 12noon & 2:05pm, Sat 14 Feb 11.05am, 12.45pm & 2.05pm, Thu 26 Feb 11:05am, 12noon & 2:05pm

·         The Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB Contact the Box Office on    020 8543 4888    or at boxoffice@polkatheatre.com

 

 

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Michael Rosen’s Pinocchio at the Polka Theatre SW19

·         Until 07 February

·         6 – 13 years (Duration – approximately 2 hours with an interval)

·         Call    020 8543 4888    for more details.

·         The Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB Contact the Box Office on    020 8543 4888    or at boxoffice@polkatheatre.com

 

 

Saturday 31 January & Sunday 1 February

 

Sleeping Beauty by PriceWaterhouseCoopers Pantomime at the Peacock Theatre WC2

·         No, we’re not having you on. Now in its 23rd year and with more than 200 employees participating in their spare time (what? Who has spare time!), these auditors and consultants have other skills too.

·         Performances at 7:30pm from Thursday to Saturday with a matinee at 2:30pm on Saturday.

·         Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2

·         To book tickets, call the box office on    0844 412 4300   

 

 

Petrushka at the Lyric Hammersmith, W6

·         Saturday 31 January 2009

·         Set in an old Russian Fair, Krazy Kat Theatre tell the story of a mysterious travelling showman and his magical puppets that come alive – and Petrushka is naughtiest puppet of all.

·         Packed with 15 puppets, mime, dance, song, sign language and lots of laughs, don’t miss this new show from the creators of Clownderella.

·         Plus there’s a Messy Play art and crafts workshop after the show! <http://www.lyric.co.uk/pl400.html&gt; Click here for more details.

·         For children ages 3 years +. (50 minutes long)

·         The Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL

 

 

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 February

 

The Dream Tree at the Lyric Hammersmith, W6

·         Saturday 7 January

·         Tortoise dreams of a miraculous tree, bearing all the fruits of the earth — but which animal will be clever enough to find it? The creators of Jabuti and Tiddalick are back with a new African tale.

·         Ages 3 years + (Duration – 40 minutes)

·         The Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL

 

 

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 February

 

·         Saturday 14 February is Valentine’s Day

·         The Ugly Duckling has a show on Saturday 14 February – see the Spring Half Term section for details.

 

 

Spring Half Term – 16 – 21 February

 

·         See Special Shows for Spring Half Term

 

 

Saturday 28 February & Sunday 1 March

 

Hansel & Gretel at the Lyric Hammersmith, W6

·         Saturday 28 February

·         Set off with Hansel and Gretel on a journey that takes them from a house with empty cupboards to a house made of sweets and then to someone who just loves children — on toast!

·         Ages 4 years + (Duration – 60 minutes)

·         Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL

 

 

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March

 

Across the Deep Blue Sea at the Lyric Hammersmith, W6

·         Saturday 7 February

·         A tiny boat, a little lost man and the great wide ocean — how can he get home? And why does that fish keep biting him on the bottom? Singing whales, acrobatic dolphins and lots of deep-sea creatures swim to the surface in this aquatic adventure.

·         Featuring puppetry, animation, live-music and the odd squirt of water.

·         Ages 5 years + (Duration – 50 minutes)

·         Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL

 

Commonwealth Day Celebrations at the RAF Museum NW9

·         7 March – 8 March

·         Celebrate Commonwealth Day. Children can make their own flag to take home. Learn more about Commonwealth RAF personnel on our trail and from our display in Aeronauts.

·         Session times are 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00

·         For further information, please telephone    020 8358 4896   .

·         RAF Museum Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

 

 

MetM9Princess and the Pea at the Polka Theatre SW19

·         Saturday 7 March

·         A witty and inventive reworking of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic bedtime tale, played out amongst sheets and blankets with puppetry, toys and dreamlike projections.

·         For 2 – 5 year olds (Running time – 45 minutes)

·         The Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB Contact the Box Office on    020 8543 4888    or at boxoffice@polkatheatre.com

 

 

Thursday 12 March 2009 to Saturday 14 March 2009

 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Milton Keynes Theatre  

·         Thursday 12 March 2009 to Saturday 14 March 2009

·          Based on the picture book written and illustrated by Judith Kerr: The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! For the first time ever, the much-loved tale of a tiger creating tea time mayhem is brought vividly to life on stage in a show packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos.  Don’t miss out on this wonderfully entertaining show for children aged three and up. Tea time has never been so entertaining!

·         Telephone the Box Office on    0870 060 6651    (booking fee)

 

 

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March

 

Terry Jones’s Fairy Tales at the Lyric Hammersmith, W6

·         Saturday 14 March

·         Thurtinkle is a wise old gnome with a big nose, a big heart and a big appetite for sniffing out stories! With author Terry Jones’ witty writing style mixed with puppets, percussion and participation, find out why Thurtinkle loves his beautiful big nose and laugh at the crazy antics of two greedy robbers.

·         Ages 4 years + (length – 50 minutes)

·         Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL

 

Make for Mother’s Day at the RAF Museum NW9

·         14 March – 15 March

·         Prepare for Mothers Day. Children can make their own Mothers Day card inspired by our display of cards and letters sent by RAF personnel to their mums.

·         Session times are 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00.

·         For further information, please telephone    020 8358 4896   .

·         RAF Museum Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

 

 

 

Tuesday 17 March 2009 to Saturday 21 March 2009

 

Horrible Histories at the New Wimbledon Theatre

·         Tuesday 17 March 2009 to Saturday 21 March 2009

·         Best-selling children’s author Terry Deary brings his phenomenally popular series of history books, Horrible Histories, to the stage with two titles –

·         Frightful First World War – Come and experience the foulest facts from the worst war ever. Visit the terrible trenches, the fearsome front and dodge the wicked weapons. Join the soldiers as they go over the top!

·         Woeful Second World War – From the brutal blitz to the soggy shelters, join young Alf and Sally as they are evacuated to darkest Wales, where they deal with rotten rations and new parents! But the bombers are on their way so prepare to take cover!

 

 

Tuesday 17 March – St Patrick’s Day

 

Circles in the Sand at the Polka Theatre SW19

·         Tuesday 17 March

·         An interactive performance for 1 – 3 year olds, exploring, discovering and playing in the sand!

·         1 – 3 year old audience (40 minutes long)

·         The Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB Contact the Box Office on    020 8543 4888    or at boxoffice@polkatheatre.com

 

 

Thursday 19 March – Saturday 21 March

 

Archaeology at the Polka Theatre SW19

·         Thursday 19 March – Saturday 21 March

·         What happens when we dig down under the ground? What mysteries do we bring to the surface? A theatre performance for the very young, then the opportunity to explore their very own archaeological site – an interactive cardboard play sculpture!

·         For 1 – 3 year olds and their carers (Running time – 30 minutes)

·         The Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB Contact the Box Office on    020 8543 4888    or at boxoffice@polkatheatre.com

 

 

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March

 

*Ahem* Sunday 22 March is Mothering Sunday

 

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the RAF Museum NW9

·         21 March – 22 March at 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00.

·         Children can make their own Spitfire and Camel aeroplane to take home. Learn more about Irish RAF personnel on our trail and from our display in Aeronauts.

·         For further information, please telephone    020 8358 4896   .

·         RAF Museum Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

 

 

Don‘t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late at the Lyric Hammersmith, W6

·         Saturday 21 March

·         The Bus Driver says it’s time for bed but Pigeon wants to stay up late… with lots of laughs and audience participation.

·         Ages 3 years + (50 minutes)

·         Plus Messy Play – see website for details

·         Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL

 

 

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 March

 

Pick ‘n Myths at the Lyric Hammersmith, W6

·         Saturday 28 March

·         Come and hear all about the king who grew donkeys’ ears, the minotaur trapped in a maze and a little boy who learned to fly in a musical storytelling show based on Greek myths. With lots of songs, audience participation, friendly monsters and silly hats.

·         Ages 3 years + (Duration – 45 minutes)

·         Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL

 

Frosty Windows at the Polka Theatre SW19

·         Saturday 28 March

·         On a dark winter’s morning, Su wakes up to create a magical fantasy world of light and shadow – all before breakfast. Featuring live drawn animation, silhouetted shadow puppets, music and songs on the hurdy gurdy!

·         3 – 6 year olds (Lasts for 30 minutes)

·         The Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB Contact the Box Office on    020 8543 4888    or at boxoffice@polkatheatre.com

 

Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 April

 

 

Monday 6 April to Saturday 11 April

 

What a Wonderful World at the Lyric Hammersmith, W6

·         Monday 6 April to Saturday 11 April

·         How would you sing the earth to sleep or play with the baby stars to help them make a show that is out of this world?

·         For ages 2 – 5 years

·         The Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL

 

 

Monday 6 April

 

Museum Impossible at the Science Museum

·         Monday 6 April 2009 at 12:30, 14:30 and 16:30 (lasts 40 minutes)

·         Warning! Warning! The Science Museum has been invaded by an impostor. It’s your mission to seek out the intruder by cracking cryptic clues on this interactive top secret spy quest.

·         Free event

·         See the website for more details or call    0870 870 4868   

·         See our review here as well as or Vital Stats

 

‘The Lamb Who Couldn’t Jump’ by the Music House for Children

·         ‘The Lamb Who Couldn’t Jump’ Lucy the lamb cannot jump! Help put a spring in her step again by joining in with spring time songs and dances. A magical show for all the family.

·         A Musical Show for under 5’s followed by tea and cake.

·         Monday 6th April 2-2:45pm

·         £5 Adults, £3 children, Under 1’s free

 

‘Little Bo Peep’ by the Music House for Children

·         Monday 6th April 9:45-12pm

·         ‘Little Bo Peep’ Poor Miss Peep has lost her sheep and doesn’t know where to find them! Go on a musical adventure with Miss Peep and help her to find her flock in time for Easter.

·         Music & Art Workshop 3-5yrs

·         £20

 

 

Tuesday 7 April

 

‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ by the Music House for Children

·         Tuesday 7th April 9:45-12pm

·         ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ Join Goldilocks on a journey through the woods and meet woodland creatures such as Winston the Woodpecker and Susie the Squirrel. Visit the three bear’s house for some tasty porridge but be careful not to out stay your welcome!

·         Music & Art Workshop 3-5yrs

·         £20

 

 

Tuesday 7 April – Saturday 18 April

 

The Flea Pit at the Polka Theatre SW19

·         Thursday 7 April – Saturday 18 April

·         It’s not every day you see performing fleas but this unique show may, literally have you itching to see it! These magnificent mini-beasts have performed across the USA, Europe and Ireland amazing people with incredible feats of weight-lifting, trapeze and high-wire. Come along, be amazed and delighted by this sensational circus troupe featuring live music, loads of laughs and magic tricks galore.

·         Age Range: 4 – 11 year olds. The show lasts for 20 minutes

·         The Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB Contact the Box Office on    020 8543 4888    or at boxoffice@polkatheatre.com

 

 

Friday 10 – Monday 13 April – Easter Weekend

 

Easter Identity at the RAF Museum NW9

·         10 April – 13 April

·         Children can take on the identity of a member of the Royal Air Force with our Identity Trail. On completion collect your certificate and find out more about your chosen individual.

·         On Easter Saturday and Sunday, each child completing the identity trail will receive an Easter egg.

·         For further information, please telephone    020 8358 4896   .

·         RAF Museum Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

 

 

Monday 13 April 2009 to Saturday 18 April 2009

 

Wizard of Oz at the Richmond Theatre 

 

·         Monday 13 April 2009 to Saturday 18 April 2009

·         This spectacular family musical, based on the much loved film is sure to be a magical treat that will enthral the whole family from grandparents to the smallest of munchkins!

·         Join Dorothy and her dog, Toto, on a twister of an adventure and meet all of her special friends, Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion, as they journey to the magical Emerald City chasing their dreams.

 

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