Summertime. And the living is … well, not so easy if you've got a handful of children to entertain. Thankfully, the West End of London has plenty to offer children of all ages; it also has the annual theatre initiative, Kids Week, to help make a trip up to town more affordable. Kids Week has an exciting line-up of shows offering free tickets and activities throughout August.
From 1 to 31 August, a child aged 16 or under can go free to participating Kids Week shows when accompanied by an adult paying full price, and up to two additional children can go at half-price. Tickets and free activities can be booked at kidsweek.co.uk and by telephone on 0844 248 5151.
To celebrate, we are giving away a family pass (four tickets) to a Kids Week show in each age category:
(Under 5s) We're Going on a Bear Hunt/Lyric Theatre
Michael Rosen's award-winning book is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson's inventive production. Join the intrepid family on their bear quest as they wade through grass, mud and snow.
(Ages 5+) Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain/Garrick Theatre
Based on Terry Deary's popular children's books and TV series, the stage adaptation takes audiences on a hilarious trip into Britain's past. Have you ever wondered why the Romans never won MasterChef? The show reveals the answer to this question and many more.
(PG) War Horse/New London Theatre
This moving drama, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, is filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings full-scale horses to life on the stage as it recreates life in the First World War trenches.
(Ages 15+) Once – A New Musical/Phoenix Theatre
When an Irish busker and a Czech girl meet through a shared passion for music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender romance. This celebration of love, friendship and music won 8 Tony Awards in 2012, including Best New Musical.
To enter, visit independent.co.uk/win before midday on Tuesday 6 August and one winner will be chosen at random from each category
Terms and conditions
There is one prize of a family pass (four tickets) in each age category. Winners will be chosen at random and each winner will receive a family pass to the show of their choice, which consists of four tickets (at least one of which must be used by an adult). Valid for any performance of We're Going on a Bear Hunt (8-31 August 2013); Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain (8-31 August 2013); War Horse (Monday to Thursday, 8 August to 24 October 2013); Once – A New Musical (8-30 August 2013); all subject to availability. Promotion closes on Tuesday 6 August 2013 at 11:59hrs, and winners will be contacted by email or telephone by Wednesday 7 August 2013. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. When you respond, The Independent may use your information to contact you with offers/services of interest. For full T&Cs, see independent.co.uk/rules. Promoter: Society of London Theatre.