10 family shows to take to kids to this half-term break

Ripstop Theatre's adventure on the high seas A Real Mermaid�s Tale comes to Diss. Picture: RIPSTOP T

Ripstop Theatre's adventure on the high seas A Real Mermaid�s Tale comes to Diss. Picture: RIPSTOP THEATRE - Credit: Ripstop Theatre

From the Very Hungry Caterpillar Show to Mr Bloom's Nursery, plus circus and comedy for kids, there is lots for all ages in Norfolk and beyond.

Eric Carle’s tale A Very Hungry Caterpillar and three more of his tales feature in Very Hungry Cater

Eric Carles tale A Very Hungry Caterpillar and three more of his tales feature in Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Archant

• Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Norwich Playhouse, February 13, various times, £11.50, 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Author and illustrator Eric Carle's tale A Very Hungry Caterpillar has delighted generations of young readers since it was first published in 1969. Four Carle's stories — The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar — are brought to the stage by creator Jonathan Rockefeller, in this the critically acclaimed production, featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets. Age 3+

• Alice in Wonderland

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, February 13, 3pm/6.45pm, £12.50-£8.50, 01284 769505, www.theatreroyal.org

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Immersion Theatre

Immersion Theatre bring their trademark energy to Alice in Wonderland, a colourful, topsy-turvy adventure to meet troublesome twins, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter. Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this fantastical, larger-than-life musical brimming with nonsensical fun for the family.

Hand to Mouth Theatre’s Martin Bridle will be cooking up the story of The Magic Porridge Pot and The

Hand to Mouth Theatres Martin Bridle will be cooking up the story of The Magic Porridge Pot and The Gingerbread Man. Picture: Hand to Mouth - Credit: Hand to Mouth

• So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, February 14, 2pm, £12, £10 children, £38 family, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk

Did dinosaurs eat their own families? Was every Tyrannosaur a fearsome carnivore? Why did Allosaurus headbutt its prey to death? TV scientist Ben Garrod answers these questions and more in an interactive show where children will be given the chance to ask questions and show off their dinosaur knowledge to the audience. From the deadliest predators that ever roamed the planet to the ones that, 65 million years ago, would have walked right here.

• Smile

Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Lowestoft, February 14, 2pm, £6, 01502 589726, www.theseagull.co.uk

Lashings of sumptuous comedy, a sheer meringue of circus skills, and a creamy dollop of acrobatics as the Foolhardy Circus troupe return with their new show Smile. Those merry pranksters from the steam punk time-travelling circus always deliver plenty of a zany adventure for everyone from ages 4 to 104! As ever they will also be hosting a pre-show Circus Workshop (11am-1pm, £3) to learn how to play with traditional circus props.

• A Real Mermaid's Tale

St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, February 15, 1pm, 01493 331484, www.stgeorgestheatre.com/Memorial Hall, Dereham, February 17, 11.30am and 1.30pm, £6, £4 children, 01362 693821, www.derehammemorialhall.co.uk

Ripstop Theatre bring an exciting adventure on the high seas with pirates, monstrous sea creatures and mermaid treasure to Great Yarmouth and Dereham. Join the intrepid explorer, Amelia Buttersnap, on a journey full of magic, puppetry and mutinous rats. Ages 3+

• Mr Bloom's Nursery

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, February 16, 1.30pm/4pm, £13.50, £50 family, 01502 533200, www.marinatheatre.co.uk

Ceebies favourite Mr Bloom and the Veggies arrive on their first ever live tour. They are getting the Nursery ready for a very special occasion – a member of the Royal family is paying them visit! Can you lend a hand and help them get the allotment ready in time? Featuring all of the much loved elements of the TV show, Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks) will be joined by all his gardening friends and plenty of favourite songs.

• Goldilocks!/Gingerbread!

Norwich Puppet Theatre, February 15/16, 11am/2.30pm, £9, £9 children, £30 family, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk

Internationally renowned puppet company Hand to Mouth Theatre's Martin Bridle and Su Eaton return to Norwich Puppet Theatre with two shows. They have woven extra drama and laughter into the well-¬loved tale of Goldilocks (Feb 15), stitching together traditional glove puppetry and live music to create a patchwork of delights. Meanwhile in Gingerbread! (Feb 16) Martin mixes the sugars and spices, adds a sprinkling of songs, a generous helping of humour, to tell the story of The Magic Porridge Pot and The Gingerbread Man.

• A Real Alien Adventure

Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Lowestoft, February 16, 2pm, £1, 01502 589726, www.theseagull.co.uk/Norwich Puppet Theatre, February 18, 2.30pm, £9, £9 children, £30 family, 01603 629921, www.puppettheatre.co.uk

More fun from Ripstop Theatre with this intergalactic space adventure with shadow play, gadgets and cats in space. Miss Amelia Buttersnap, investigator of all things unseen and mysterious, inventor of gadgets both marvellous and improbable is on a mission to prove that aliens really do exist. With her Translator Device, her Teleporter Machine and her trusty cat Tibbles she sets off in her home-made rocket on an a rip-roaring intergalactic journey.

• Cirque Du Hilarious

King's Lynn Corn Exchange, February 15, 2.30pm, £14, £12 children, £48-£26 family, 01553 764864, www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk/Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, February 17-18, 2.30pm and 6.30pm/February 19, 1.30pm and 4.30pm, £16-£12.50 (£13-£12.50 cons), £10 children, 01493 844172, www.hippodromecircus.co.uk

Hilarious by name – hilarious by nature. Half-term special show at King's Lynn than at Great Yarmouth's Hippodrome starring father-and-son superstars of laughter Clive Webb and Danny Adams, winners of the Ken Dodd comedy award and the CFA best comedy award. They bring their madness and mayhem to King's Lynn, with havoc and chaos on stage. They are joined by village idiot Michael Potts, the Cirque du Hilarious Showgirls, Rock Band Clownforce and some international circus acts.

• Comedy Club 4 Kids

Norwich Playhouse, February 18, 2pm, £10, 01603 598598, www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

Like the name says, this is a comedy club but for kids. Since 2005, Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families…but without the rude bits! It's just like a normal comedy club, but it's in the day, kids are allowed in. Featured comedians are Olaf Falafel and Duncan Oakley, while trying to keep order is MC Tiernan Douieb. Age 6+

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