Hide in the Shade This Summer!
- Image: Eureka! The National Children's Museum
We may be in the middle of a heatwave, but the recent thunderstorms in parts of the country bring back that ever present worry during the summer holidays – what to do with the kids on rainy days?
As you’ll know, our theme this summer is the great outdoors. But what happens when the wind and rain comes calling and heading to the park for an outdoor performance suddenly looks a lot less appealing? Or, perhaps you want a few hours of cool and shade, away from the hot sun? That’s where we come in – Fantastic for Families has hundreds of events to keep the whole family entertained both indoors and out. And with studies showing that even looking at a picture of greenery can improve mental health, our nature themed events are sure to benefit children, parents and grandparents alike!
At Norwich Puppet Theatre on the 4th of August, catch the Three Billy Goats Gruff as they trip-trap over the grumpy old troll’s bridge. This classic fairy tale has been reimagined by Garlic Theatre with an ecological message to create a magical world to entrance and delight a young audience. Watch out for the dance of the goats, the flying troll and loads and loads of rubbish!
Head to the farm throughout August with Babe the Sheep-Pig at Mercury Theatre, Colchester. This famously heart-warming tale, brought to life by Dick King-Smith and adapted for the stage by David Wood, tells the uplifting family story of the heights a little pig can reach when an unsuspecting farmer believes in him.
And guests at the Polka Theatre, London, are in for a giant adventure with Jack and the Beanstalk. Reinvented by Lyngo Theatre and narrated by CBeebies’ Patrick Lynch, this version of the well known children’s tale is packed full of surprises and beautiful imagery. Journey with Jack up the beanstalk and above the clouds for a story full of enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion!
Anna Dever, manager of the Family Arts Campaign, says: “We know that when families can attend the theatre, galleries and museums together, and participate together, it strengthens those familial bonds. Our aim is to work with organisations across the country so that family members from 8 months old to 80 years old can enjoy art, culture and entertainment together and can share a creative experience.”
We have tonnes of events to entertain the family, so whether rain or shine, head to www.fantasticforfamilies.com to plan your summer.