Arts and Culture Round-up: Spring into the holidays

booksOur clocks have sprung forward. Nights are shortening. Easter is almost upon us and, with it, a two-week break from the daily grind of school runs.

It seems that we bloggers have been doing some pre-planning on ways to keep the youngsters occupied when they’re not guzzling chocolate eggs or dodging April showers. This month’s Arts & Culture round-up features some blogs about theatre, film, and a bit of music for any of you home birds who prefer to stay put for your entertainment.

First up, for anyone who lives in the Big Smoke, or is planning a trip here over the next month or two, there’s a competition running on my blog The Pigeon Pair and Me to win a set of tickets to see Sensacional at the Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge. It’s a show for toddlers aged 18 months – 3 years, and you can read a review of their previous run by Luci at Mother Wife Me.

Mummy Joseph Blog made the most of being in the capital by visiting the Discover Children’s Story Centre, in Stratford, East London. Even though, for her, it’s close to home, she makes it sound as though it’s worth travelling to go there (and I would have to agree, having been there several times myself).

A Mum in London wrote about an experience for youngsters that sounds too good to miss: a classical music concert for children aged 0-5, by Aurora Orchestra. And, while we’re on the subject of music, there’s a new linky opened up at Life Love Laura: One Song Wednesday, where you can join in with posts about your children’s favourite tunes.

If you’re fed up with going along to see performances with the kids, and want something entertaining that’s by Mums, about Mums, then Bumps and Grind can tell you all about a show that had her in stitches: The Good Enough Mums Club.

Perhaps the best testimonies come from young people themselves. Lexie from Lexie Loves has written a vibrant account of her trip to the National Theatre to see Emil and the Detectives. And over at the Polka blog, the theatre’s Young Voices Panel  – a  group of young people aged 8-13 who meet regularly to share their views – are following the theatre-making process of a play called Minotaur and exchanging their opinions with a Grade 5/6 class at Downtown Alternative School in Toronto.

If all else fails, there’s always the good old cinema. If you’re the parent of a pre-schooler, and are wondering whether it’s safe to take your little ball of energy into an auditorium, then check out Brummy Mummy of 2‘s Toddler Tips to Make the Most of the Flicks. ElJae has written a hilarious post on the Top 6 Frozen Cover Versions. And – taking my hat off, and doffing it at her very ceremoniously – the many-talented Maggy Woodley has, as well as her incredibly successful Red Ted Art, a Theatre, Books and Music blog. The most recent post is a review of Rio 2. Do go and check it out.

Finally, a bit of forward planning for the Summer: if you’re considering allowing your youngster to buy a ticket to one of the festivals being announced at the moment, then Sarah from A Field Somewhere has some advice in this piece for Festival Kidz. In it, she explains that these forays into the great outdoors can be educational cultural experiences, not just ways to escape the parents and get up to all sorts of mischief.

That’s all for now, folks. Please do tweet or email me your links; I’m conscious that a lot of the posts I’ve spotted this month are about London-based stuff, and it would be great to hear about cultural activities outside the capital.

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About Nell Heshram

Nell Heshram is a writer who blogs at the Pigeon Pair and Me. On her blog she shares tips on arts and culture for kids; family travel; and what’s new in her home town of London.


  1. 04 April 2014 / 15:14

    Thanks for featuring my post on Emil and the Detectives!

  2. 04 April 2014 / 16:21

    Oooh thanks for the mention! 🙂 great round, look forward to checking out some other reviews!