Mini VAULT Festival For Families – Dates and Programme Announced

Selected last year for Time Out's Top 10 activities for kids, Mini Works present Mini VAULT Festival, a spectacular family event for under 11s in the tunnels under Waterloo Station in London. The festival will run from 30 January - 5 March 2016. Further information about the programme and tickets can be found here   Read full story

Mahogany Opera Group Announces UK Tour For New Family Pageant Opera The Rattler

Mahogany Opera Group’s new opera, The Rattler, is ‘the true and original story of Rumpelstiltskin’, an interactive retelling of this age-old fairy tale for family audiences. The work is directed by Frederic Wake-Walker with a score by renowned composer and educationalist Stephen Deazley, and libretto by BAFTA-nominated writer Martin Riley.  The production has also been developed in association… Read full story

ABRSM Launches Free Classical Music On-Line Resource For Primary Schools

  ‘Classical 100’, a free online resource bringing classical music to primary schools has been launched today by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Schools can gain full, unlimited free access to Classical 100 by registering at www.abrsm.org/classical100  Complementing existing teaching resources, Classical 100 has been developed by ABRSM in partnership with… Read full story

Review: Puss in Boots – Polka Theatre, Wimbledon

We took our recently-turned 6 year old to Puss in Boots yesterday at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon. This one-man production performed by Patrick Lynch (C-Beebies), presented by Lyngo Theatre and written by Marcello Chiarenza is children’s theatre and the Polka at its best. The classic tale was simply but very effectively staged and kept… Read full story

My First Ballet: Swan Lake – Tour Details Announced

[caption id="attachment_3752" align="alignleft" width="150"] Photo: Arnaud Stephenson[/caption] English National Ballet and English National Ballet School are delighted to announce the tour details for My First Ballet: Swan Lake. The First Ballet series makes classical ballet accessible and enjoyable for audiences as young as three years old. Adapted to one hour in length and with a narrator… Read full story

The UK’s First Children’s Mental Health Week Launched By Place2Be

Today sees the start of the UK's first Children's Mental Health Week (16-22 February). Launched by Place2Be, the charity wants parents and children to know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness. HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge is Place2Be's Royal Patron. The Duchess of Cambridge said: "Through Place2Be I have seen the benefits… Read full story

For Children: Review – The Nutcracker, English National Ballet

[caption id="attachment_3598" align="alignleft" width="150"] Photography by ASH[/caption] I have always loved The Nutcracker, especially around Christmas time. When my little boy was around 2 I found a children’s story book with push buttons that played short bursts of the most familiar pieces. It quickly became a popular pastime pressing the buttons and enjoying the music.… Read full story