Head down to the Cambridge Museum of Technology on 2 November and get creative in a crafty workshop being held as part of the Festival of Ideas. The session, which is suitable for all ages, will encourage guests to take inspiration from the museum’s intriguing collection of Victorian machinery before creating animal masks and shadow puppets in future-retro steampunk style. Drop in between 2 and 5pm. £3.50 adults/£1.50 children (under 7s go free).
If your little ones enjoy playing dress up, Tell Tale Hearts: Inside Out, which comes to Cambridge Junction on Sunday 9 November, will be their idea of heaven. Join a pair of mischievous siblings who have transformed their bedroom into a wonderland of mess, leading to all sorts of adventures and meetings with a cast of fantastical creatures hiding amid a mountain of clothes. Performances, which take place at 11.30am and 2.30pm, include a ‘free play’ session, where children are invited to dress up and invent their own clothing adventures using the props from the show. Suitable for children aged 2-7. Tickets £10 adult/£6 per child.
Take your little ones and head off on an underwater caper with the Octonauts this month. Captain Barnacles and co are in town with Deep Sea Volcano Adventure, a brand new live stage show that’ll have kids spellbound as they explore strange new worlds full of mysteries and surprises. Featuring favourite characters from the CBeebies TV show including Kwazii and Peso, there’s also music and songs aplenty in this fun-packed interactive show, which runs at the Corn Exchange from 15 to 16 November. Tickets £18 adult/£16 child. See Corn Exchange website for show times.
Hansel and Gretel
A classic Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel has been delighting and terrifying children for centuries. On 16 November, catch an imaginative reworking of this story of two fearless siblings using all their courage to outwit a menacing witch at Cambridge Junction, courtesy of Red Earth Theatre. A funny and free-spirited take on this age-old tale, the production features a tango dancing witch, a journey deep into some scary woods and, of course, an irresistibly edible looking cottage… Shows at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets £10 adult/£6 child.
Kids will love getting messy and making patterns in clay at this workshop at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Taking place on Saturday 22 November, from 10.30am- 12.30pm, the session is led by artist Susie Olczak and costs £5 per person. Children will explore the collections at the museum to get inspiration before getting hands on and making their own masterpieces. Suitable for ages 8 – 12 yrs, advance booking essential.