Family fun at Assembly Festival
We understand that looking after the kids (no matter how well behaved) takes up a huge amount of time, and that those brief moments of respite are fleeting and must be gripped white-knuckled with both hands. So - with all you parents, carers, grandpops and even that ‘fun aunty’ in mind, we have compiled this list of shows to keep the little ones (and you) entertained. Put down that programme! You don’t need it! We’ve got you covered.
The very young ones
Little Baby Bum (0+)
An online sensation, Little Baby Bum is the world’s largest educational YouTube channel with over 21 million subscribers, but this show is live! Expect puppets, singalong, live action and digital animation giving new relevance to the nursery classics.
The most adored Mouse of the Fringe is back, and this year Monski is bringing a new show to Assembly. Rest assured, in this dynamic blend of kid-friendly cabaret, all the big topics are covered: elephants, fish, wiggly worms, transport and the existential ways of the toddler.
Why toddle when you can dance? Global superstar Monski Mouse returns to the Fringe with everybody’s favourite miniature disco for miniature boppers – tune after tune guaranteed to see smiles all round, and more than just the tots having a dance!
Hey Diddle Diddle (0+)
Ever wondered how a cow jumped over the moon? Or why the dish ran away with the spoon? Hey Diddle Diddle offers nonsensical fun and frolics, mixing puppetry, costume, original music and dance to produce inventive children’s theatre.
The young ones
Doodle Pop (3+)
A visual and story-telling feast for the kids with an imaginative flair. Watch as characters appear and transform, drawn with ink and brought to life by the magic of music, props and projection. A charming, technically enhanced story that is guaranteed to immerse and inspire.
Want to enjoy an hour of madcap comedy circus, whilst simultaneously instilling in your kids a sense of domestic duty? Look no further - this sell-out show is back, and tidying your room has never been so much fun.
Shark in the Park (3+)
Cleverly condensing all three of the Shark in the Park series (and some suitably grown-up asides) into one immersive experience, this fin-tastic family musical follows Timothy Pope (and his telescope!) on some very exciting adventures.
Introducing a whole range of characters from a stick of dynamite to a daydreaming medieval prince, Joyce is hilarious and heart-warming in equal measure. The story unfolds through a mix of song, puppetry and live magic, sure to dazzle the whole family.
The multi award-winning, sell-out sensation of 2018 is BACK! Prepare to be dazzled, amazed, confused - and equally, prepare to be unable to answer a whole host of ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ when the kids are left baffled in the face of real MAGIC! Not to be missed.
Valentina’s Galaxy (2-6)
Inspired by women in space and specially designed for young audiences, this captivating concoction of science experiments, rocket launches and stargazing is a must-see for budding space explorers. Fascinating, funny and full of facts – you could say Valentina’s Galaxy is out of this world.
The young-ish ones
This unique show introduce kids age five and up to the world of rock… because you’re never too young for a heartfelt sing/dance/scream-along! Comète offers both discovery and nostalgia in an inter-generational celebration of music. Whilst the audience might be small but the songs are not.
360 Allstars (5+)
Connecting street with elite in a supercharged urban circus, 360 Allstars is a phenomenal showcase of internationally acclaimed athletes, dancers and urban performers. Guaranteed to leave the whole family stunned, this show is truly something for everyone.
Triple Buse (5+)
A show without words: Triple Buse combines clever slapstick with innovative story-telling to raise ideas of work, time and our individual quests to be happy. Using humour and colour to tell a story, this is a slick piece of family circus that will have audiences laughing all the way.
With only camping kit, scouting skill and toasted marshmallows, can the girls save the world and keep the gang together? This innovative and inspiring show combines puppetry, physical theatre, quick-thinking, science and pop music in order to create a hilarious adventure for all.
What Girls are Made Of (14+)
Not strictly a kid’s show, this firm Fringe favourite makes the list regardless: exploring the complexities of family and femininity and the broader trope of ‘growing up’. Based on her own experiences, Cora Bisset takes the audience with her on a rollercoaster journey, asking what wisdom we should pass to the next generation and which glorious mistakes we should let them make.