Family Shows






The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel! - CANCELLED

An illustrated image with black shadow trees and a book on the floor with bright lights immersing.

Open Theatre and MBD

Saturday 21 March (relaxed performance)
1pm – 2.10pm

Sunday 22 March
11am - 12.20pm
2pm - 3.10pm

£5 / £15 Family of four

Suitable for ages 5+

A flustered storyteller is joined by a mischievous mocking bird as he follows Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest. All is not what it seems, as the characters start to tell their own version of this peculiar adventure. Meet the wicked witch and her really rather eccentric chefs in this truly imaginative version of Hansel and Gretel. Live music, hilarious performance and a mesmerising design ensures that this play will entertain and amuse the entire family.


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A woman crunching her teeth wearing a pair of red and yellow claw gloves.

Enter Edem

Sunday 29 March
11am - 11.45am
1pm - 1.45pm

£5 / £15 Family of four

Suitable for ages 4+

A heartwarming adventure story about Phillipe, a boy full of curiosity and imagination, and his fun loving grandfather William, who transforms himself into the ‘Candle Man’ during this fantastical tale. After an unfortunate event a media buzz takes hold and unwanted attention attracts a suspicious woman, will they escape her greedy claws? Experience the story unfolding in a spectacular visual feast, with live music and fantastic family fun. Una Dia is a bonkers, bright and beautiful family puppetry show that looks at questions of time and value, join Enter Edem as they take you on a journey with these unlikely heroes to see what could happen in ‘one day!’


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Free Family Extravaganza - CANCELLED

Kelly Richardson - Mariner 9

Kelly Richardson - Mariner 9

Saturday 18 April
11am - 1pm

Space Family Extravaganza! Join amazing artists and our friendly learning crew to explore a futuristic space scape, inspired by Kelly Richardson’s’ Mariner 9. Props,performance and intergalactic fun for all the family. Everyone is welcome and supported at this inclusive family event.

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The Unexpected Adventures of Darwin the Chimp - CANCELLED

A shadowed chimp holding onto the cage.

Ditto Theatre Company

Sunday 19 April
11am - 12pm
1pm - 2pm

£5 / £15 Family of four

Suitable for ages 5+

In a small cage, behind narrow bars, lived a chimp. Every day he was gawped at, poked and taunted. He always wondered what life was like beyond the zoo.

When a postcard is dropped in front of the chimp’s cage, everything changes. He picks it up and sees others just like him. They were together and happy. He wished he could swing amongst the highest of trees. He longed for a family and somewhere to belong.

Join Ditto on an adventure of friendship, family and what it means to be home.


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Bonhomme - CANCELLED

What's Coming Out of The Box

A funny creature made of mud with a twig leaning on his shoulder.

Sunday 26 April
11am - 1pm
£5 / £15 family of four

Suitable for ages 5+

Bonhomme is a family show built with mud and powered by thoughts. Based in a community garden, this immersive and participatory show blends storytelling, object theatre, live music and philosophy for children. Children are natural philosophers and start to question the world around them very early on. What’s Coming out of the Box firmly believes that children’s theatre should not shy away from big juicy topics. We enjoy asking big questions to small people.

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Baby Disco - Underwater

Baby Disco poster with underwater background and event details

Sunday 24 May
11am - 12pm, 1pm - 2pm
£1 adults / £5 children

Suitable for ages 0-6

Bring your families along for a dancing adventure to the bottom of the deep blue sea, where the fishes play. Move to the beat through our multi-sensory creation with disco lighting and thematic projections. Perfect for children aged 6 and under, come in fancy dress as your favourite sea creature to really get the most out of your adventure!

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BYOB Comedy

Three women sitting on a chair and one on the floor with four babies and the audience behind them laughing and watching the comedy.

Monday 27 May
12pm - 1.15pm
£5 for you and your baby / £15 Family of four

Suitable for ages 16+ and babies under 15 months

The HOOP award-winning lunchtime comedy club for parents and their babies is coming back to Leicester! Enjoy the funniest comedians at the festival without needing to book a sitter. If you need to whip out a bum (just the babies please), a boob or a bottle please feel free, and our comics won’t mind being heckled by our younger guests. With top comedy for mum and dad, plus toys, soft flooring and more for baby, this show is a top night out during the day!

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Hansel & Gretel

A group of young boys and girls in an outdoor forest-like setting holding an item each

PaddleBoat Theatre

Friday 29 May
1pm - 1.50pm and 3pm - 3.50pm
£5 / £15 Family of four

Suitable for ages 3+

Join Hansel and Gretel as they venture into the woods, trailing breadcrumbs and sharing their story as they go. The mischievous siblings are searching for the magical market at the heart of the forest – but if they’re not careful they’ll find more than just sweets waiting for them in the deep dark woods…

This inclusive version of Hansel & Gretel is a sensory story full of magic, gentle interaction and integrated signing. With an enchanting woodland set, playful characters and poetic storytelling, it is a perfect first-time theatre experience for little ones.

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The Great Race!

An illustration of various animals lined up standing side by side

A Thousand Cranes

Saturday 20 June
1pm - 1.50pm and 4pm - 4.50pm
£5 / £15 Family of four

Suitable for ages 4+

The perfect show for children in the run up to the Tokyo Olympics. The ever-inventive Anglo-Japanese theatre company; A Thousand Cranes presents the thrilling story of how the Eastern Zodiac calendar was created, with a race, set to cause all sorts of problems for the twelve creatures taking part.

Featuring original Japanese music, two multi-talented actors, origami and shadow puppets with plenty of fun, drama, and surprises, The Great Race! shows how not only speed, but also kindness and courage can help you cross the finishing line.

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Baby Disco - Jungle

Baby Disco poster with illustration of animals, nature and event details

Sunday 12 July
11am - 12pm, 1pm - 2pm and 2.30pm - 3.30pm
£1 adults / £5 children

Suitable for ages 0-6

Bring your families along for a dancing adventure into the jungle. Move to the beat through our multi-sensory creation with disco lighting and thematic projections. Perfect for children aged 6 and under, come in fancy dress as your favourite jungle creature to really get the most out of your adventure!

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Fafunia Sunny Stories

Adults and children in colourful fancy dress costumes

Enter Edem

Sunday 19 July
11am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3pm
Pay What You Think

Suitable for early years - 14 years with parental supervision

The sun has got his hat on and you will too!  Come explore and play with fairies and frogs in a magical land of rainbows! Sunny Stories is an interactive puppetry and storytelling experience, based in the fairy kingdom of ‘Fafunia!’

Fafunia stories offer sensory interactive puppetry shows and seasonal educational play spaces. Led by a musical cast in a beautiful immersive set, these experiences allow time for children to create and explore, enjoy a theatre show, go on an adventure to learn about seasons, become part of the story and have heaps of fun!

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