Keeping kids entertained over half-term is hard at the best of times. With national restrictions still in place and home schooling on hold for a week we’ve planned a short timetable of free online challenges and activities this half-term based on our class programme that runs via Zoom in term-time.
Our Participation Programme Manager Hannah Bullent said: “We felt it was important to be able to offer something daily for children and their families who might be struggling to find some alternative things to do this half-term holiday. We’ll be there with a fun daily activity for people to get energised and get creative without extra pressure for parents and carers.
“We’re offering almost all of this half-term holiday activity via our Facebook page so no booking’s required. They’ll be available daily at midday but can be viewed at a time that suits individuals so why not check our Facebook posts for a bit of fun and try something a bit different.”
Scooby starts off the half-term week with some live street dance choreography on Monday.
Tuesday will be quieter with Storytime, aimed at the very little ones we work with from our My First programme and new pre-school offer of pre-recorded classes. Soon you will be able to buy a block of pre-recorded pre-school performing arts classes, available from 22 February via our website.
On Wednesday, Grace will teach you some musical theatre choreography, plus a creative challenge which could keep the family busy for the afternoon. She’s back on Friday to take you through some vocal exercises plus another creative challenge.
On Thursday it’s tap with Danielle. You don’t need the shoes. Grab a pair of trainers and give it a go. She will be doing some choreography and return on Saturday with a heel toe tap combination for you to try.
All these tailored short sessions last between five and 15 minutes for children at beginner level so anyone and everyone can take part.
We end the half-term week with something a bit different. Did you catch ex Spirit of the Dance performer Lizzie doing some Irish dance on our Facebook page during the first lockdown? She’s back on Sunday leading a free Irish dance workshop for adults from 4pm via Zoom. You need to book here.
If you like to dance, we’ve created a new class for the whole family or friends to take part in. My First Let’s Dance Together runs every Saturday during term-time, 10.30am-11am for siblings and 11.15am-11.45am for families and groups who’ll be able to Zoom in from multiple households.
Hannah said: “We’re acutely aware that many people have been separated from loved ones for months now and we want this class to provide an opportunity for connection, a way of bridging a physical gap across the generations.”
My First Let’s Dance Together is part of a series of My First classes for children from 12 months-three years. These include My First Music and Movement, My First Storytime and new classes Mini Performing Arts and Pre-school Performing Arts.