Welcome to June and to another edition of Cultured Kids, co-hosted with the lovely Emma at A Bavarian Sojourn. As we head into the summer season, there’s lashings of activities for the kids to do this June. Children’s Art Week returns on Saturday 9, the Frida Kahlo opens at the V & A on Saturday 16 and Shakespeare in the Squares kicks off on 20 June with As You Like it.
I took my girls to see the Peter Pan in Regent’s Park, for a magical, thrilling and touching version of the classic fairytale. The Darling home is a transformed into a World War I hospital where Wendy is a nurse. The Lost Boys are patients, pining for their distant homes and mothers. With the arrival of Pan and his naughty pixie, Tinkerbell, the beds transform into woodland setting, a Wendy House, and pirate ships. There’s even a clever piece of technical stage wizardry where the wooden floor morphs into a crocodile, steaming and grinding its teeth in anticipation of some delicious Captain Hook. I can’t recommend this enough, for both kids and adults.
But this summer is all about the Royal Academy as it celebrates its 250-year anniversary. It just opened its Burlington House building, and I recommend you take the kids along to see the only Michelangelo sculpture in the UK (I dare you not to shed a tear in its presence). You can look at images of the new building in my post here. And to celebrate, Mayfair and Piccadilly are all decked out in artistic flag glory, with Grayson Perry and friends waving at us from above throughout the summer.
Last month, I wrote all about Literary London for Kids for Cultured Kids. This month, I’m following up with my 10 favourite children’s books set in London. It’s an update from a post I did for Time Out last year, and I’ve added a few books to the list.
Have a great June! Love Londoness.
The favourite posts from our previous hosts were:
Ioana at ZenBaby Travel:
Inspirational stories from the Lake District by Pigeon Pair and Me.
Amman with Kids: The Gateway to Jordan by Go Live Young.
Vienna – the City of Music by Coin des Bobby.
Megan at Truly Madly Kids:
Afternoon Tea at Houses of Parliament by Diary of a Londoness (thank you Megan!)
Megan also liked Vienna – the City of Music by Coin des Bobby.
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