Let’s face it, we all over did it at Christmas and now the house is a mishmash of wooden blocks, tat and fuzzy toys – and you’re several hundred pounds lighter.

And all the kids want to do is play on their tablet. 


What’s worse is that those presents will quickly get broke, lost or worse forgotten about.

But 2018 is the year to make memories with the kids they won’t forget.

With shows at prices to suit all purse strings, we’ve got you covered for the new year.


Here we’ve costed up some options for 2 adults and 2 kids, but whatever your family size, this guide gives you an idea for your January budgets. We've compared them against other family activities.

So if you can wrestle your kids from their Minecraft, here's some dates for the diary so you can say: Booked it, sorted, smug face.

Ticket prices for 2 adults and 2 kids...

Mega Bargain family workshops under £10

(cheaper than swimming... or your average bottle of wine for the grown ups)

Opera North Little Singers - £7

Storymakers with Mudpie Arts - £7

Wind in the Willows Family Workshop - FREE

Bargain family theatre trips under £29

(cheaper than a trampoline park or Nandos)

Wind in the Willows - £29

Me and My Bee - £29

Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children - £29

Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space - £28

Opera North's Kingdom Under the Sea - £28

Under £46

(cheaper than Star Wars 3D IMAX, EUREKA! and a weeny bit more expensive than MAGNA or The Deep)

Dear Zoo - £46

Northern Ballet's Ugly Duckling - £46

Dr Dolittle - £46

Under £62  

(virtually half the price of Sheffield United V Sheffield Wednesday on Friday 12 January) 

Milkshake! Live - £54

Dinosaur World Live – £56

David Baddiel's Animalcolm - £58

Alice in Wonderland - £62

*we've tried to be pretty accurate, but we're not Go Compare so bargain hunting poirots might be able to find tickets for some of these family activities cheaper, but you get the idea.