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Here's a quick pick of some fun family activities you can do with your Culture Club kids this Summer. Some are free, and the others just a plain old bargain. Enjoy.
STAX MUSIC ACADEMY PERFORMANCE at Kings Place, Kings Cross
You'd be in the soul gang for sure, if you booked tickets to see the Stax Music Academy: 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Stax/Volt European Tour. I can promise you these tickets will not be around for long.
VENUE : CONTEMPORARY AT KINGS PLACE : Saturday, 15 July 2017 - 8:00pm / Hall One
Imagine you are a teenager living at or below the poverty line in Memphis, Tennessee, where approximately one-fourth of all students drop out of high school before graduation and where nearly 50 percent of all children under 18 years old live in poverty.
Located in one of the most economically depressed zip codes in the United States, Stax Music Academy (SMA) has for more than 16 years had tremendous success with preparing students like these for college and success as adults by mentoring them with intensive music education as the primary tool. And not just any music, but the music of Stax Records, which once stood on the very site SMA stands today. Stax gave hope and opportunity to young people like Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd, and dozens of others to succeed in life.
In 1967, Stax Records sent its top artists on the label’s first-ever Stax/Volt European tour and those artists’ lives and the lives of the audiences were changed forever. As 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of that tour, the Stax Music Academy will celebrate by sending its top students on a tour of the UK, France and Ireland, performing the same set list of the original tour with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Arthur Conley, and Booker T. & the MGs.
THE BRITISH LIBRARY | FREE Family Programme: Runs from July - September, 2017
South Asian Stories ; Friday 28 July, 2017 | 12.00 – 13.30 ; Free | Drop in | Suitable for ages 5 – 11
VENUE : Location: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Discover stories from South Asia in this fun and creative workshop with Sita Thomas. From sheikhs to suffragettes, explore lives and stories from South Asia using drama games, movement and sound in this fun and creative workshop.
This workshop is run in partnership with The Place and coincides with a free dance performance, 14.00 – 15.00, taking place outside on the Piazza. Everyone is welcome to watch.
National Maritime Museum, Ahoy! Children's gallery (Free) Ideal for ages 0-7 & The All Hands children's gallery for 6-12s at National Maritime Museum is free and open daily.
10.00-17.00 weekends, holidays & Tuesdays | 14.00-17.00 on other weekdays | Ahoy gallery is closed 3 July - 27 September
Your little one's imagination will be fired up as they stoke the boiler of a steamship, see them will beam with delight as they land a fish and new friendships will be forged as kids work together in the interactive boatyard. Polar exploration, pirates and a host of other maritime themes are brought to life in this playful and immersive gallery – look out for the eight metre high mast of SS Rawalpindi by the entrance. There’s a buggy park and easy access to all the facilities you need to have a stress-free visit. AHOY! is also a quick lift-ride away from the Neptune cafe on the first floor of the museum where you can re-fuel with coffee and cake after playtime.
*Please note that AHOY! is sometimes pre-booked for schools groups.
For theatre and dance lovers, The Tap Dancing Mermaid (10 June) blends puppetry and dance to fantastical effect, and Metta Theatre’s Jungle Book (1-24 August) melds hip-hop dancing, spoken word and creative design to create a contemporary, urban, politically aware reinterpretation of Kipling’s classic.
Jungle Book, 1st - 24th August 2017, Tickets from £11.50 (includes £1.50 in fees per ticket)
Spectacular street-dance and breathtaking circus combine to bring Kipling’s classic tale crashing into the 21st Century. Fresh from its international tour, award winning Metta Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Jungle Book returns to the Underbelly Festival by popular demand to delight the whole family.
Mowgli is finding her way in the urban jungle. With a beat-loving bin man Baloo, graffiti artist Bagheera and a skateboarding Wolf crew, this heart-warming coming of age story will astonish and amaze.
Choreographed by Kendra J Horsburgh (BirdGang Dance Company, Into the Hoods, Sadler’s Wells and Blaze, International Tour) and featuring jaw-dropping tricks from an extraordinary cast of international performers including Let It Shine's Matt Knight as Akela, this is a show for everyone from 8 to 108.
HOW ABOUT SOME HOME SCIENCE FUN FROM THE ROYAL INSTITUTION ?
ExpeRimental is a series of short films that make it fun, easy and cheap to do science at home with children aged 4 to 10. Our films give you lots of ideas for kids’ activities that will help you explore the world around you, question and experiment together. We’ll show you how to do the activity and how to make sure adults and children get the most out of it. Tell us how you get on and share your photos and any funny things your kids say!
Each activity is designed to be easy to do using only common household objects. Simply playing, watching closely, and asking questions is enough to light a spark of science learning at home with young children. All the experiments are about encouraging natural curiosity and investigating the wonders of science while you play.
We think doing hands-on activities with children is the best way to get them exploring the world around them and thinking like future scientists and engineers. You won’tneed any existing science knowledge to be able carry out and enjoy ExpeRimental activities. Alongside each film is an info sheet with all the extra information you might need, including a clear explanation of the science at work and some ideas of questions to ask while playing. With badges and certificates to print out, and no limit to how far the activities could extend, we hope these films will be just the starting point for fun adventures in science.