Welcome to the May edition of Cultured Kids, a blog link up which shares culture for families. Everyone’s invited to join! Add a link to your one of your own posts, or read others to discover the best cultural days out, travel, events and activities from around the world.
The very eagle eyed will note that we didn’t have an April Cultured Kids post, which I ashamedly admit is due only to my own incompetence. The silver lining is that after months at home, many of us are now starting to get out and about again. And May is looking even more exciting, as from 17 May 2021 museums and indoor attractions reopen. Myself and co-hosts ZenBabytravel and Truly Madly Kids would love you to share your adventures with this month’s Cultured Kids. All joining instructions and linked blog posts are at the end of this post.
So what have the Museum Family been up to since my last post? The first few months of 2021 were incredibly tough, combining a national lockdown and dark wet days with school closures and homeschooling. Local walks were a solace, and we particularly enjoyed finding street art during our daily exercise. This hyper-realistic bouquet of balloons by Fanakapan we spotted when the paint was barely dry, and right by our house too! February half term we filled with virtual workshops, from the Linnean Society, Museum of London, Westminster Abbey, Burgh House, Southbank Centre and Museum of English Rural Life.
But the end of March which was our real turning point, with outdoor attractions reopening and day trips from home allowed too. We certainly made up for lost time, with visits to 16 cultural places in April alone. Spectacular lion roars welcomed us back to London Zoo. We jumped, danced and catapulted our way through the Beano Trail at Wakehurst. Chocolate treats were scoffed after trails through Stonor Park, Eltham Palace and Kenilworth Castle. And we earned our gold stars on the Zog trail at Warwick Castle.
We saw outdoor art galore in Mayfair with Wander Art, Crossrail Roof Garden, and Folkestone Harbour, and took another peek at the dazzling, technicolour Dance Diagonal by Lothar Götz at Towner Gallery. Thanks to private galleries reopening, we got an indoor art fix, including the felt pharmacy Bourdon Street Chemist by Lucy Sparrow, Rachel Whiteread, Gilbert and George and Charles Gaines. We even bought a signed Damian Hirst coke can for a quid in his Gagosian Britannia Street exhibition.
I started making short videos of our days out – head over to my Instagram Reels for a watch. My personal favourite is of Sculpture in the City, 9th edition. Having the City to ourselves, bar the odd builder, was a real treat. And as well as some outstanding art, we found some beautiful hidden corners of the square mile too.
Sidenote: I hope this busy schedule explains why I managed to overlook which month of Cultured Kids I was hosting!
Thanks so much everyone for joining in last time, we loved reading all your posts. ZenBaby Travel’s and Truly Madly Kid’s favourites were:
What have you been up to? Come share the culture you’ve been rediscovering in this month’s link up.
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