There are lots of things we *could* do whilst pushing a buggy. Recite times-tables to our newborn prodigy, jog – or some other form of new parent torture – push forwards and backwards and forwards and backwards because the rocking motion sends diddle dumpling off to sleep…
Or, you could walk around central London (like you used to before kids) and learn something you never knew (like when you paid attention in History class) as you step back in time on a guided historical walk.
BEE Midtown is an organisation which strives to improve the sustainability and philanthropy of London’s Midtown areas (Bloomsbury, Clerkenwell, St Giles, Holborn) and their programme of free guided walks is just one of the jolly good works that they do.
Midtown’s heritage is peppered with ghosts, murders, gallows and unexploded bombs; you can learn about all of these before baby boo can understand the concepts whilst striding the streets for between 45 mins and two hours. More kid-friendly maybe, stroll the path of the Suffragettes, or Bonnie Prince Charlie. Or just learn about how the streets got their names.
You haven’t heard of Soul Jump!? Of course not, because you’re not young, cool and one-step ahead of the trend…
But put down that knitting – Soul Jump! aka the world’s first animated virtual kids’ band will be performing a live show at none other than Elstree Studios on 25th January. Book tickets and blow the socks off your young, cool, one step ahead of the trend children…
Peppa Pig and her friends are back in a brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure, featuring a new story, loads of songs and heaps of fun!
Produced by leading children’s theatre team Fiery Light, in partnership with licensor Entertainment One (eOne), Peppa Pig’s Adventure marks the ninth consecutive year of Peppa Pig live theatre tours since 2009 and the fifth Peppa Pig stage production in total.
Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and her friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music!
The happy campers soon settle down to sleep and listen to the gentle pitter-patter of rain. Safe and warm inside their tents the excited group can look forward to morning time, when there will be lots of muddy puddles to play in!
Richard Lewis once again takes the helm for this new live stage adaptation of eOne’s popular animated TV series which he directs and has adapted for the theatre. He has also adapted and directed the four previous Peppa Pig live stage shows, Peppa Pig’s Party, Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash and Peppa Pig’s Surprise. The show features music from BAFTA award-winning composer Mani Svavarsson.
Audiences will enjoy interactive fun, songs and games with Peppa Pig and her friends. Peppa Pig’s Adventure promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers. Suitable for ages 3+.
Sometimes – especially in the holidays – we all find our kids are prone to bouncing off the walls with boredom.
ZapSpaceallows them to bounce off the floor instead – offering trampolines, a bouncy basketball court, a huge ball pit (think ‘Gladiators’) and a squeal-inducing slide.
There is also soft play for teenies and a cocktail bar for Mummy. Kids over 2 can bounce, but they must be supervised and wearing regulation grip socks (sold at the venue).
ZapSpace also caters for kids’ parties, with access to their VIP booths and the kind of American diner buffet that will excite even the fusspots – and also corporate away days, if you’d prefer to embrace your inner child than embracing your co-worker as they fall backwards in a circle of trust…
PS there is also a secret speakeasy bar in the basement (what’s not to love about this place?)
The Magic Roundabout announces its Winter urban takeover…
Stepping through Old Street tube station you’ll take the stairs through Time and Space and pop up into a homage to the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The brand new themed areas include a slightly bonkers version of Woodstock with some serious flower power and a super sexy 1970s Playboy lounge, complete with sheepskins and log fire. The Main Bar will be an all-out 80s disco with futuristic art and palm trees and finally, the VIP Area will take you right back to the early 90s; oh the patterns, oh the Fresh Prince colours!
Winter grub comes courtesy of Smokin’ Lotus (the creation of Rosalind Chick who uses old family recipes as inspiration for her BBQ menu and was voted no 42 in Time Out’s top 50 street food traders 2017) plus other award-winning street food such as Skins and Burger Bear.
Wintertime at Southbank Centre is announced today witha feast of offerings capturing the magic of winter from 10 November 2017 to 4 January 2018. The final season of Southbank Centre’s year-long exploration into Nordic arts and culture, Nordic Matters, Wintertime sees a one of a kind Finnish Rooftop Sauna in the picturesque roof garden of the Queen Elizabeth Hall overlooking London’s iconic River Thames (10 Nov – 30 Dec). Danish children’s theatre company Teater Refleksion and theatre artist Andy Manley invite families and young children ona magical, poetic journey through the dark and beautiful night with Night Light (19 –31 Dec), Norwegian musician and the pioneer of ice instruments Terje Isungset presents a stunning live performance of his ethereal ice music (15 Dec) and an afternoon of Nordic themed activities, with music, storytelling and craft for all the family, brings the year-long Nordic Matters programme to a close (23 Dec).
The 17-acre site will be transformed into a winter landscape and the ever-popular Wintertime Market sees alpine chalets lined across Queen’s Walk offering the very best in global street food, artisan gifts and more. Dubbed London’s pop-up King, Jimmy Garcia presents his pop-up alpine lodge dining experience and The Hoplocker Bar returns for a second year with their Nordic inspired Wintertime Bar, serving local and international hearty craft ales (10 Nov – 30 Dec). The Rooftop Bar, sat above the bustle in the roof garden of Queen Elizabeth Hall, is the perfect spot to enjoy panoramic views across London following a Finnish Rooftop Sauna experience (10 Nov –30 Dec). A giant festive tree surrounded by clusters of smaller trees will take centre stage on the Festival Terrace, twinkly lights will run along Queen’s Walk and giant glittering baubles will shimmer in the Clore Ballroom.
Festive fun and entertainment will be in abundance including the brand new immersive exhibition ABBA: Super Troupers, a journey through the world of the Swedish chart-topping sensation (14 Dec 2017 – 29 April 2018) and the return of the multi-award-winning international clowning sensation Slava’s Snowshow(18 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018). A jubilant programme of choirs and classical music includes the ever-popular Messiah by Candlelight (15 Dec) and the chance to join a carol singalong with the magnificent Royal Festival Hall organ (14 Dec.) The spectacular A Vintage New Year’s Eve created by HemingwayDesign also returns for another unmissable year with five floors of entertainment and a private view of London’s world-famous fireworks (31 Dec).
There will be an array of free events to get everyone involved from dances to music performances including: an afternoon of Tango featuring introductory classes, tango performances, DJs and live music from La Terra Tango Band (28 Dec); a day inspired by ABBA with ABBA-oke and a fancy dress screening of the hit film Mamma Mia! (17 Dec); and the return of Rave-a-Roo Winter, an all inclusive dance party for the whole family (21 December). East London Drag Star Ginger Johnson presents Glamorous Gran! And other tall stories,a family Christmas show packed with music, dancing and glitter (30 Dec), Our Lady J, celebrated by Dolly Parton herself, performs some of the Queen of Country’s most beloved music, accompanied by The Train-To-Kill Gospel Choir(29 Dec) and Danish keyboardist and composer Morten Schantz performs futuristic electronic jazz from his Godspeed album (22 Dec).
SM Dad reviewer writes:“My eldest son (5) is LEGO bonkers. I must confess (*drum roll*) that I often don’t have the patience to build it with him, as he still gets quite frustrated when the pieces won’t fit (and then his mother gets frustrated when she finds them down the back of the sofa).
So I wasn’t sure if BRICKLIVE would be too much for him. It is billed as ‘built for LEGO fans’ and part of me wondered if the whole thing might be full of grown up geeks (like Comic Con).
But no. Not at all. It was incredible. From the giant pits full of just one colour brick that kids could quite literally immerse themselves in, to building one’s own racing car to race it. And my son’s fave; NinjaGo.
The sheer effort that must have gone into building any one of the thousands of constructions put me to shame for not taking the time previously to help my son put together a fire engine.
My three-year-old also really enjoyed the day out and even tried his hand at building a spaceship (which he otherwise wouldn’t have done at home) and had a great time with all the stuff to climb on.
It really was very inspiring and the whole building was buzzing with excited kids…And it might just have brought out the reluctant LEGO fan in me…”
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE returns for a week of free entry to fantastic summer activities, in-between two weekends of legendary musical line-ups. On offer will be outdoor movie nights, tennis screenings live from Wimbledon, street food stalls from all over the world, pop up bars serving draft & craft beer, wine & cocktails, live music and entertainment, the Moretti Gran Tour, Soho Radio live broadcasting, Chickenshed Theatre and much, much more.
Way-‘Hay’! If you’re looking for the ultimate culture-fest, that also happens to be a great day out for kids, then Hay-on-Wye’s annual shindig is the cream of the crop.
Tickets for the 30th Hay Festival in Wales are released tomorrow, with the programme including appearances from Jacqueline Wilson, Judith Kerr, Julia Donaldson, Chris Riddell, Cressida Cowell, Adrian Edmundson, Anthony Horowitz, Axel Sheffler, Julian Clary, Marcus Sedgwick, Michael Rosen, Maria Turtschaninoff, Akala, Katherine Rundell, Gemma Cairney, Juno Dawson, Kimberly Wyatt, Patrick Ness, Sarah Crossan, The Bookseller YA Book Prize shortlist, and the Aarhus 39.