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Music is Life. That’s why our hearts have beats.
Everyone's heard of the Mozart effect, right? Listening to classical music makes kids smarter? There's no actual evidence that this is true, but we'll bet it is!
Music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social, emotional, educational. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them to... love music, at the very least.
Kinfo app has an entire section for music recommendations, including concert halls, classes, accessories, festivals, etc. You too can share your best tips for kids and help other parents.
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Mr Kinfo's Spotify account is the place to find playlists to suit all your kids' moods, to be enjoyed by your entire family. Soundtrack road trips, walks and those rare wind-down moments. Newly added is his latest compilation, "Spring Is In The Air".
Click the link on Kinfo app or find our account under "Kinfo" (look for our yellow logo) on Spotify – and follow us. Now, turn up the volume!
The London Symphony Orchestra presents themed, family concerts in the Barbican Hall a few times a year. Book any under-7s into the crèche in advance then lead older kids to the foyer for fun hands-on music activities, a warm up for what the truly engaging concerts. Book the June event, and note, next May is their 30th anniversary. Recommended by a few parents already, what are you waiting for?
The discreet exterior of this 115-year-old building belies a stunning interior with crystalline acoustics made for chamber orchestras. Wigmore Hall was built in 1901 by German piano firm, Bechstein, next to its showrooms. Nowadays, the concert hall hosts 400 concerts a year (one tomorrow features a music-loving cat and dog). First time visitors can book half price tickets by calling the box office. Recommended by a mum of 2.
“Children are at the centre of this festival” declares its founder. To that end, it'll be a job to fit everything in, with crafts (needle felting to headdress making), a Circus Tent (juggling to magic tricks), workshops (ukuleles to Samba drumming) and heaps of outdoor fun and games besides. Oh and teens get their own tent to hang out and strum guitars in. Then there's the music. The Specials are headlining on Friday, Keane on Saturday and the Beach Boys on Sunday. A mum of 3 writes: “Really safe, friendly relaxed vibe, well laid out, clean camping facilities, gorgeous food”. And all so near to London, you'll be camped up within hours of school pick up.
Regular FUNharmonics events with these esteemed musicians (the "most adventurous orchestra," cites one newspaper) are tipped by a dad of 3, who declares the short musical performances as "digestible" must-sees for younger children. Ticket holders are encouraged to enjoy free activities here at the Southbank Centre beforehand.
If the line-up doesn’t get your feet tapping (hello, Nile Rogers & Chic, Jessie Glynne, The Human League, Sister Sledge...) just check out the organisers' new Parenting Programme. Talks, tips and tears are promised with DJ couples, Pizzup playlists and fashion yesses. Also new this year is a Wild Tribe field of bushcraft activities for little green fingers. “So much fun,” says a mum of 2. Click on through to read more.
Wireless headphones are recommended by a mum of 3 whose teenage son wears these all the time (does she know they are noise cancelling?!). Good at picking up every musical note in great productions and very comfortable to boot.
So far, a whopping 50 million and counting players have created mixes on this app. It lets players mesh hip-hop, electro, pop and Brazilian sounds then record and share the creations with their friends (find a few good tips here). As Incredibox says – you are the beatmaker! "Fun for all the family," says our Kinfo user.
This annual May half term event is tipped as being a “fantastic way to introduce classical music to the little ones” in a grand, iconic venue. A "time machine" storyline will travel between Jurassic and classical periods to get 3+ year-olds singing and dancing to the full symphony orchestra that will be playing Strauss to Stravinsky.
A Grade II listed former church in Chelsea invites families to enjoy local ensembles. The Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra, one of the UK’s oldest youth orchestras, comprised of 160 players from dozens of schools in London and Surrey, will be in residence next Sunday(March 24). Recommended by a mum of 2.