There are some fantastic events coming up in Birmingham this half term, with our own free music workshops Music Maze and Zigzag Ensemble rounding off the week, that help make every day an Arts day. Holiday time doesn’t mean being unproductive, as these offerings show, and are a great opportunity to get involved in fun, new activities! So we’ve put together a day-by-day collection of our top picks – mostly free or under £7 – to keep little minds happy, creative and busy all week long.
Saturday 14th February
UniBrass Public Workshops FREE
9.30am – 11.45am
The UniBrass workshops aren’t quite in Birmingham, but with Warwick only a short train ride away AND as these are morning/early afternoon workshops they still leave you with most of your day for any existing romantic engagements.
9:30am – 10:30am Children’s Workshop
10:45am – 11:45am Parents & Children’s Workshop
12pm – 1pm Adults’ Workshop
Sunday 15th February
The Snail and the Whale Craft Workshop FREE
12pm – 3pm
It’s great to be able to get involved in performances as a participant as well as an audience member. This hands-on activity lets children create as well as watch.
Monday 16th February
Musical Origins – The Strings Club at Library of Birmingham FREE
1pm and 2.45pm
Though these string-focused workshops are fully booked online, there are 10 drop-in spaces on the day in each of the two sessions, so make sure to get there early!
Tuesday 17th February
Blakesley Hall Crafts and Animal Mania £1 per activity, per child.
1pm – 3pm.
Once you’ve had your morning pancakes (it’s shrove Tuesday after all), why not pop down to Blakesley Hall for an afternoon of art and animals?
Wednesday 18th February
Things are picking up mid-week… there’s so many good events we couldn’t pick just one!
Hand to Mouth Theatre: The Dragon’s Tale – at mac Birmingham Tickets £7 (Family Ticket £24)
11.00 am and 2.30pm
St George-themed Puppetry and a hurdy-gurdy
Milling, Bread-making and Baking – at Sarehole Mill £3 adults, £2 concessions, under 16s FREE
Milling 12pm – 4pm, Baking 12pm – 3pm
An interactive ‘museum’ experience with Sarehole’s watermill providing flour to be used in the baking.
Thursday 19th February
Make Your Own Canal Theatre Children’s Drop-In 75p per child
10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Though this craft workshop is just outside of Birmingham in Walsall, it’s a wonderfully unusual celebration of one of Birmingham’s most famous features and is an extension of their ‘Life on the Cut’ exhibition.
Friday 20th February
Another two very exciting, very different events for the start of the weekend, both completely free.
Art Explorer Fridays FREE
1pm – 4pm
Ikon will be running a special half-term edition of their regular drop-in trails for an engaging family experience of their exhibits.
Dance and Play Day FREE
12pm – 4pm
In a one-off event at Soho House, a collaboration with Urban Angels Project and Birmingham Royal Ballet brings sessions that include dance workshops, performances, exhibits and advice as well as the ‘Playing in the Past’ project.
Saturday 21st February
There is lots of literary fun to be had in Birmingham on Saturday, and as the Library of Birmingham and Waterstones are both in the City Centre, these well-timed events allow for you to make a trip to both within walking distance.
Saturday Story Time at the Children’s Library FREE
The library’s weekly story morning.
20th Anniversary of the Children’s Book ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ FREE
includes a book reading and other related activities.
Sunday 22 February 2014
BCMG Music Workshops FREE
10am – 2.30pm
These workshops offer a rare opportunity for children to play and compose music with the talented musicians in BCMG. This month’s activities are particularly special as they link to a tailor-made Family Concert in early March.
Music Maze (ages 8-11)
An exciting and unusual variety of instruments are provided during Music Maze so even children who do not play an instrument can experiment with making new sounds (those who do play are still welcome to bring their own!)
Zigzag Ensemble (ages 12-16)
This workshop for older ages nurtures improvisation and composition and so requires children to already play an instrument with some knowledge of music notation to get the full benefits from their time with the musicians.
Even once half-term is over, why stop there?
Music Maze and Zigzag Ensemble happen about once a month, with the next music workshops after this half term on 12th April.
Additionally, those participating in BCMG’s music workshops on Sunday 22nd will have worked on music based around our Family Concert, Pathways & Places.
With another free activity café beforehand – where your family can create musical lines Duncan Chapman will be using as part of a new world premiere piece composed, then performed, live at the concert – it’s a great opportunity to see all this creative work come to fruition in a real performance.
Less musically inclined family mambers can get involved too as up until 2nd March we are encouraging children to draw a postcard of their favourite place that can be freeposted to us and used in imagery during the concert. You can download the postcard here