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A Bee’s Knees Activity in Battersea (for 0-5s)

One of the things that I’ve always loved about London is the fact that with a little imagination and an open mind you can easily find lots of new and unique adventures. It’s pretty easy to be the first to discover a wonderful new bar, restaurant, band, dj, theatre show….and so forth, which makes you feel like an urban Indiana Jones.

I did wonder whether all adventures would stop with the arrival of baby Fred, but am pleased to report that in many ways life continues, so I’ve been able to maintain my Indiana Jones-ness with a baby twist. Think of Harrison Ford with a baby strapped to his front, with a small patch of sick on his shoulder and you’ve pretty much got me.

I’ll stop the lame Indiana Jones analogies there, as it would be unfair to refer to the Bees Knees as the Temple of Doom. The Bees Knees is a new kids playspace at Battersea Arts Centre. BAC are great at pushing the boundaries of theatre. A couple of years ago I attended the One on One festival, a delightfully subversive theatre experience quite unlike anything else I’ve been to before or since. If you see that it is on again, definitely go and check it out. So I was quite intrigued to see what The Bees Knees would be all out.

The Bees Knees is a really lovingly put together indoor play space. There’s a man made grass hill up to a tower and drawbridge, with a room under the tower. For kids of all ages, it enables them to be little adventurers in a safe environment. I was half tempted to roll down the hill myself. There are also lots of toys available.

It’s extremely good value versus your typical soft play venue, as in the mornings you are asked to make a very reasonable donation of £2.50, whilst in the afternoons there are often workshops for the little ones, otherwise entry is free. Be aware though that access is only during the week, as at the weekends it’s hired out for private parties.

Once you’ve tired out your little bundles of joy, you can then pop over to BAC’s cafe where they serve good quality cafe grub, alongside some rather tasty cakes.

The whole of the BAC is very baby friendly, with a buggy park area, baby change facilities and a number of high chairs in the cafe. And not a pit of snakes in sight! A winner on all fronts.

Jenny

PS. Do keep an eye out for the scary ravens. They’re perched on a shelf in the Bees Knees room and are surprisingly life-like.

Bach to Baby – for parents missing & craving their musical fixes!!

One of the things that I’m missing as a new mum is the chance to see live music. Baby Fred is pretty flexible, but I suspect that he’d object if I strapped him to me and headed out to a late night gig, spoilsport that he is!

I was therefore thrilled to hear about Bach to Baby. Whilst classical music isn’t necessarily my first choice of music genre, tending to favour music with a few more electronic beats, an opportunity to hear talented musicians play live is a winner for me.

Bach to Baby has been set up by the brilliant pianist Miaomiao Yu, who wanted to perform for her son in a concert setting,  but found that it was pretty unrealistic, particularly due to the late nights. Bach to Baby was conceived from the idea that there must be an opportunity to play to him and his friends at a kid friendly time.

Rather than just performing in small scale community halls across London, the venues have been carefully chosen for their atmosphere. Many of the events take place in churches which tend to add to the sense of occasion, as well as offering impressive acoustics.

Back in February I went along to the Clapham concert in St Luke’s Church. Initially it felt quite surreal. My experience of babies and churches is that there’s usually a desperate desire to keep the little ones quiet, so as not to detract from the service for everyone else. So to see the church full of happy, noisy babies and pre-schoolers was very refreshing. Once the music started most of the babies were both mesmorised and enthralled by the music. My own wee man Fred felt inspired to babble along noisily to the music. I suspect that he may have inherited his mum’s tone deafness, but no one flinched and his babbling seemed to be totally appropriate and in-keeping with the spirit of the event. The older kids in attendance also got up and had a bit of a dance.

From my perspective, I actually found the whole experience to be quite meditative….thoroughly switching off and tuning into the sounds being played. It’s certainly not my usual reaction when participating in baby classes/activities, so the opportunity to sit back and relax a bit was really appreciated.

Tickets are £10 per adult and kids go free. Whilst not the cheapest of baby activities around for us Baby Jumblers, it’s certainly compares favourably to a gig or concert. Plus if you sign up for more concerts there are discounts available.

Overall I’d say that Bach to Baby is a winner for both parents and babies. Do have a nosy on their website to see if there is a concert taking place near you. It’s well worth attending.

http://www.bachtobaby.com/

PS. A lovely new venue has just been confirmed. Concerts will now also be taking place at the beautiful Lauderdale House Continue reading