Family Shows


April

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  • Attenborough Family Extravaganza: Family Journeys

  • Saturday 21 April. 11am - 1pm. FREE.
  • Celebrate your family stories and journeys in this creative showdown in response to the In Out There and Amartey Golding exhibitions. Make your own family installation artwork by tracking your family journey using projections, movement, drawing, and creative materials, supported by our friendly team of artists.
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  • Tom Adams: My Dad, the Magician

  • Sunday 29 April. 11am - 11.50am and 2pm - 2.50pm
  • £5 or family of four £15. 5+
  • “Grab the rabbit, Tom, we’ve got to pack up.”
  • The year is 1991. Tom is 11 years old. His Dad is a magician and Tom is his assistant.
  • Using handmade magic tricks, live music and a rabbit called Horace, this nostalgically inventive show tells the story of a real magician whose greatest trick will be making sure there’s food on the family table.
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May

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  • Mothers Who Make

  • Monday 21 May, Monday 18 June, Monday 16 July
  • 10am - 12pm
  • Mothers who Make is a peer support group and creative exchange session for mothers who are artists – professional and/or passionate – writers, painters, actors, dancers,filmmakers, photographers…every kind of maker welcome, and every kind of mother.
  • You are invited to join Liz Clark (Dancer & Artistic Director Turned On Its Head) and Louise Katerega (Dancer & Choreographer) for this inspiring and growing initiative. Please feel free to bring along your children, of any age, whether they are inside you, beside you or running around the room! Mothers of older children are extremely welcome
  • Book here
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  • M6 Theatre Company: Whatever the Weather

  • Tuesday 22 May. 10.30am - 11.20am and 1.30pm - 2.20pm
  • Wednesday 23 May. 10.30am - 11.20am and 1pm - 2.20pm
  • £7. Ages 3+
  • Buy 9 get 10th free
  • A weather house sits on a quiet wall. The little lady comes out when it’s going to be sunny. The little man comes out when it’s going to rain. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. Never together. Always alone. But what would happen if one magical day… they came alive? Two whimsical characters learn to share the endlessly surprising world of an Alpine Weather House in this humorous, beautiful and highly visual show for the very young. Winner of Best Production for Children and Young People (0-7) at the OFFIES 2016.
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  • Teater Minsk: SKY

  • Friday 25 May. 1pm - 1.35pm and 2.30pm - 3.05pm.
  • Saturday 26 May. 11am - 11.35am, 1pm - 1.35pm and 2.30pm - 3.05pm.
  • £7. Family of four £25. 18 months - 5 years
  • Buy 9 get 10th free
  • Lie down, look at the sky through my toes! Can you see the world from upside down? Can you hear the stars? Jump onto a soft cloud and feel the wind whirling and whispering as two dancers make the space around you twist and turn.  Look up or move a little closer. Everything is changing in this lyrical piece of dance theatre for the very young.
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  • Baby Disco: Jungle

  • Sunday 27 May
  • 11am - 12pm, 1pm - 2pm and 2.30pm - 30pm. 0 - 6 years
  • Family of four Pass £10 or Child £5, Adult £1
  • Welcome to the jungle! Bring the whole family along for a dancing adventure deep into the forest, where tropical birds sing and tigers roar. Move to the beat through our multi-sensory creation with disco lighting and thematic projections. DJ James Kelly provides the musical soundtrack while Alison Bacon leads you through the dance moves. Perfect for children aged 6 and under, come in fancy dress as your favourite jungle animal to really get the most out of your adventure!
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  • Bring Your Own Baby Comedy

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • 12pm (doors 11:30am) - 1.15pm
  • £10 for you and your baby. Adults 16+ and babies under 12 months
  • Enjoy Leicester’s funniest comedians without needing to book a babysitter! Our standout stand up stars will perform their usual unadulterated comedy gold for mums and dads and we’ll provide soft flooring, toys, buggy parking and changing for baby… this show is a top night out during the day!
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June

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  • Next Door Dance: The Beautiful Game

  • Friday 1 June. 2pm - 3pm and 7pm - 8pm.
  • £5 or family of four £15. Ages 5+
  • A tongue-in-cheek look at football and its fans, passionately performed by four brilliant female dancers to a backdrop of catchy songs and vox pop interviews. Full to the brim with nostalgia, get ready to cast your mind back to unforgettable goals, match day rituals and reminisce about fixtures gone by.
  • Come along to pre-show activity in the foyer where Next Door Dance will host football sticker swaps, keepie uppie competitions and spot the ball tournaments. Wearing your team colours and donning face paint will be encouraged!
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  • Tao Tales: The Conjurer and The Moon. Puppetry and storytelling workshop

  • Sunday 3 June
  • 11am - 1pm. £3 5+
  • Deep inside an Oriental forest wanders The Conjurer. His magic keeps the forest enchanted and all are under his spell apart from his unreachable true love, the ever changing Moon. To fly to her he must perform his greatest feat yet, to transform into a mighty dragon!
  • Explore Taoist philosophy with an exciting workshop that takes you on a journey of the imagination inspired by Eastern Asia. Learn how to make your own origami puppets and enter into the world of Yin and Yang storytelling.
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  • Notnow Collective DadMan: The Bathtime Warrior

  • Sunday 10 June. 2pm - 3pm and 7pm - 8pm.
  • £5 or family of four £15.
  • 15+ (babies in arms welcome)
  • This is a show about being a Dad, and not giving Mum a day off! DadMan stands strong at the gates of an ideal birth-plan, and bravely rises against being the Babysitter To His Own Kids. He sings the blues about Being The Only Man At A Parent And Baby Group, and courageously navigates the precipices of School Runs. This show is partly quiz, partly story with live music, partly fantasy where DadMan dives in and out of the bathtub, running into Trust, Breasts, Flexi –Hours, Soft Play Areas and Sex (not necessarily in that order, or at the same time!!). Finally, DadMan realises there is actually another, much bigger mountain to climb.
  • Notnow Collective specialise in the baby-friendly, baby-welcoming and baby-proof matinees for adults, without needing to spend on a baby-sitter! If, on the other hand, you crave a baby-free experience, join us for the evening show!
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  • Mothers Who Make

  • Monday 18 June, Monday 16 July
  • 10am - 12pm
  • Mothers who Make is a peer support group and creative exchange session for mothers who are artists – professional and/or passionate – writers, painters, actors, dancers,filmmakers, photographers…every kind of maker welcome, and every kind of mother.
  • You are invited to join Liz Clark (Dancer & Artistic Director Turned On Its Head) and Louise Katerega (Dancer & Choreographer) for this inspiring and growing initiative. Please feel free to bring along your children, of any age, whether they are inside you, beside you or running around the room! Mothers of older children are extremely welcome
  • Book here
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  • Mamoru Iriguchi: Eaten

  • Sunday 24 June. 1pm - 1.45pm and 3pm - 3.45pm
  • £5 or family of four £15.
  • 6+ younger children are welcome
  • Eaten is a show for families about food, eating and being eaten.
  • What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru for lunch, but hasn’t chewed his food. So Mamoru’s alive and well in his stomach, and now wants to say hello! A strange friendship between the eater and the eaten starts to grow. Meanwhile, Lionel’s breakfast wants to say hello… from his bottom! Eaten invites children and grown-ups to the fascinating world of food chains, asking ‘What should we eat?’ and ‘Who should eat us?!’
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July

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  • Baby Disco: Space

  • Sunday 1 July. 11am - 12pm, 1pm - 2pm and 2.30pm - 3.30pm
  • 0 - 6 years
  • Family of four Pass £10 or Child £5, Adult £1
  • The sky’s the limit as we launch deep into outer space, where Martians meet and meteors soar. Move to the beat through our multi-sensory creation with disco lighting and thematic projections. DJ James Kelly provides the musical soundtrack while Alison Bacon leads you through the dance moves. Perfect for children aged 6 and under, come in fancy dress as your favourite space adventurer to really get the most out of your quest!
  • Book here
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  • Taking Flight Theatre Company
    You've Got Dragons

  • Saturday 14 July. 1pm - 1.50pm and 3pm - 3.50pm
  • £5 or family of four £15.
  • 3+ babies in arms welcome
  • "Dragons come when you least expect it. You turn round...and they're there."
  • Lots of people get them; bad dreams, swirly tummy, that prickly feeling. And sometimes they make you feel alone. So, what can a young child with a bad case of the dragons do? With original live music, this highly visual, sensitive production is a humorous and touching exploration of the dragons we all face. And remember... ìNo dragon is more powerful than YOU!
  • This intergenerational show is accessible to all, featuring creative captioning, interwoven BSL and audio description.
  • Get creative before and after the shows with free accessible craft activities exploring fun, practical ideas to promote wellbeing. 11.30am and 4.30pm on Saturday 14 July. All welcome.
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  • Mothers Who Make

  • Monday 16 July
  • 10am - 12pm
  • Mothers who Make is a peer support group and creative exchange session for mothers who are artists – professional and/or passionate – writers, painters, actors, dancers,filmmakers, photographers…every kind of maker welcome, and every kind of mother.
  • You are invited to join Liz Clark (Dancer & Artistic Director Turned On Its Head) and Louise Katerega (Dancer & Choreographer) for this inspiring and growing initiative. Please feel free to bring along your children, of any age, whether they are inside you, beside you or running around the room! Mothers of older children are extremely welcome
  • Book here
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  • Attenborough Family Extravaganza: In My Shoes

  • Saturday 21 July. 11am - 1pm
  • FREE
  • Our grand summer family extravaganza is open to all families to come along to explore the galleries and get creative together. Work with our friendly team of artists, have fun and add your artwork to our pop-up family gallery..
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