As most schools are out for summer, this week’s deal of the week is a way for families and friends to take kids to the theatre for free during the holidays.
What’s the deal exactly?
It’s Kids Week throughout the month of August, which means a child aged 16 and under can get a free theatre ticket to a number of London shows when they’re accompanied by an adult paying full price. Up to two extra kids tickets can also be bought at half price.
Shows included in the offer are Disney’s Aladdin, Swan Lake, Wicked, plus many others.
Alongside the theatre ticket promotion, which is run by Official London Theatre, a programme of children’s activities, such as Q&A’s with the cast and dance workshops, are being offered. These activities are free for children although they must be purchased alongside the show tickets.
Why should I care?
With the summer holidays in full swing, a trip to the theatre can be a great way to keep the kids entertained.
Ordinarily, a theatre trip isn’t the cheapest day out. For example, non-promotional tickets for Disney’s Aladdin start at £35 for both adults and children and can cost as much as £97.50 per person. So, being able to get a child’s ticket for free and two more for half price can be a huge saving.
What’s the catch?
There are a few terms to this deal that you need to bear in mind. As outlined above, you are only entitled to one free child’s ticket per full price adult (18+) ticket, and two further children’s tickets at half price. Children must be aged 16 and under, and there is a limit of eight tickets per transaction. Associated activities must be selected when you purchase your theatre tickets.
You need to book online through the Official London Theatre website, as this offer cannot be redeemed in person.
You can’t user the offer on tickets you have already bought, and the deal is subject to availability.
What are the other options?
If theatre doesn’t appeal, there are a number of other places where kids can go for free or at a discount. If you have children or grandchildren under the age of 5, they can get free entry into anywhere owned by the National Trust, for example, while children between the ages of 13 and 18 can also get a junior membership for just £10 a year, compared to £69 for a standard adult.
There are also a number of museums that offer free entry, not just for kids but for everyone. The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum in London, for example, have free entry to the main museum, but any exhibitions may carry an additional charge.
Where can I find out more?
Visit the Official London Theatre website to find out what shows are available and book your theatre tickets for Kids Week. Alternatively you can call 0844 995 9662 (calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge).