This year, my seven-year-old begged to go and see Billy Elliott. I've always harboured a dream that he would become a dancer (and in actual fact he does do street dance, although his tap career ended after two lessons!), so I was more than happy to look for tickets.
But I knew that there would be some bad language (that's obvious from the film), so having checked the details, which only suggested parental guidance, we booked out seats in the stalls.
The Victoria Palace Theatre was full of children, and harassed-looking staff running up the aisles with booster seats. The show began - and so did the swearing! I have to say it is pretty constant, so you might want to think carefully about whether it's suitable for your child. We had had a long conversation before I agreed to get tickets about the fact there would be swearing, and that he wasn't to repeat it - so I hope that's stuck in!
But that aside the whole show is utterly spellbinding. The backdrop of the miners strike of the 80s is dramatically executed, while the children is the show are just totally amazing.
Bllly himself is on stage virtually non-stop with some really full-on dance routines - my own particularly favourite, which had me in tears (again - be warned its an emotional rollercoaster, this show) is when Billy dances with his older self - it's a beautiful piece of dance that ends in spectacular fashion.
Comedy comes from Michael - the best friend who loves to dress in women's clothes. It must be a tricky part for a boy in his early teens to play, yet he managed it with aplomb and a cheeky smile.
As we left the theatre, my son asked when we could go again - a sentiment I shared with him. And just this evening I watched him jete back and forth across the living room, so maybe I might get him on stage yet...
PS: Just a note about getting tickets for Kids Week - don't give up if you log on and can't find what you want, tickets sometime get released later on - for instance more seats were available on August 23 for an August 28 performance of the Lion King. Follow @KidsWeek on Tiwtter to keep up to date