Children’s theatre, fun, outdoor events and more kid-friendly activities in September
11 September Small Worlds
Kids (and grown-ups), are invited to step into the enchanting world of the Mimika Theatre group this month, when they stop by at Cambridge Junction on Sunday 11 September. Taking place inside a domed tent, which acts as a gorgeous mini-theatre, Small Worlds blends traditional puppetry with digital animation to create a mesmerising and unique piece of visual theatre.
The plot follows five characters: a bug, a young goose, a fox cub, a cat and a six-year-old girl, along their wordless, interweaving stories, set against a backdrop of exquisitely-crafted landscapes.
Entirely non verbal and performed in an intimate, atmospheric setting, this show is thoroughly engaging but intentionally gentle – surely no bad thing in an era of worrisome levels of screen time and endless distractions?
Shows at 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tickets priced at £10 for adults and £6 for children.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The Tiger Who Came to Tea stage show, a colourful musical adaptation of Judith Kerr’s much-adored children’s book, visits Cambridge this month for a five-day run at the Arts Theatre.
Taking place 20-25 September, the production comes our way after a successful stint in the West End and is suitable for ages three years and up.
Kids of all ages will love this classic story in which a big stripy tiger unexpectedly drops in on Sophie and her mum and eats everything in sight, leading to mayhem.
Expect a bit of magic, lots of singalongs and a hearty helping of chaos!
Times vary, all tickets £15.50.
25 September Milton Country Park Festival
A fabulous day of family fun awaits this month when the annual Milton Country Fair returns on 25 September. From 10.30am to 5.30pm, you and your brood can have a blast getting stuck into all sorts of adventures, from wild outdoor play and woodland crafts to enjoying yummy food and live music.
As well as acting as a huge celebration of the great outdoors and offering a last hurrah for the summer, the event is geared towards helping to fundraise to keep this treasured green space in the city maintained and accessible for all to enjoy, with all proceeds going back into the park.
At this year’s event, there will be pony rides, canoe safaris, hay play and hovercraft rides, as well as a miniature steam train to keep kids entertained. And for the grown-ups? Real ales and cider, delicious eats from street food collective foodPark, stalls with local produce for sale and a vintage tea tent, should you fancy a cuppa and a wedge of cake.
The Green Stage will be kicking out great live music all day too, and if you’ve any energy left, there will be apple pressing in the orchard.
Advance tickets for the event cost £5 per adult plus booking fee (£7 on the gate). Tickets are bookable via the Cambridge Live website at www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk. Numbers are limited, however, so please book early to avoid disappointment!
Children under 16 go in free to the event. Parking is also free, however spaces are limited so please use alternative transport if at all possible.
Find out more about the Autumn Festival at the Milton Country Park website.
25 September Playing Up: live art for kids and adults
An artwork by Sibylle Peters, Playing Up takes the form of a game played together by kids and adults.
Gather teams of families and friends or come alone, follow the instructions and create a piece of live art in this interactive show, presented by the Live Art Development Agency.
“Kids are explorers of the everyday,” says Sibylle Peters. “For them to light a match can be something extraordinary that needs focus and time and creates an experience. The same is true for everyone practicing Live Art.”
Playing Up is suitable for ages six years and up and tickets are free but must be booked in advance.
It takes place on 25 September from 12pm to 4pm.