the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination in visual form
"Let's get out the art and craft box."

It's Friday!

We don't know about you, but 2018 seems to be ticking along nicely so far, in a flurry of sea air, country walks and lofty ambitions. And the good news is, the mornings are getting lighter.

January is a good month to get arty. Combat wintry chills with creative thrills! This week's bulletin handpicks a few recommendations shared by parents and carers on Kinfo app that will get your artistic juices flowing. Find more in the app, and more newsletters on our website.

Read on for recommended ongoing, new and last chance exhibitions, too.

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Lumiere Festival London

You have until Sunday to get among the bright lights of the city. Literally. Join "thousands of people" as they peruse the streets, says this dad, "looking for installations and projections at night that wow. The kids really enjoyed it". See the link for full details and Kinfo app for tips.

Toucan Box

The gift to end all gifts. Subscribe for monthly deliveries of art projects, to suit different budgets, and you'll be the bestest mum/dad/aunt/uncle in town. This mum of 3 says her kids enjoyed creating a stripy bee and beehive. How about a couple of skiers next?

V&A: Winnie The Pooh

It was Winnie The Pooh Day yesterday, a celebration of the author A.A. Milne's birthday in 1882. All hail his "Bear of Very Little Brain," who enjoys global fame. This multi-sensory success with sketches and interactive games runs until early April. "Great to show off the childhood classic, so the kids can grow up loving the animations too," reports a dad

23 Ways to be a Great Artist

Following the above comes the opening of a new, exciting Frida Kahlo exhibition (V&A, June). Until then, kids can get down to imitating the greatest artists, who feature in this "excellent, can't recommend it highly enough" step-by-step guide, which includes a fabulous tutorial on creating a "Frida self-portrait".

Arty Club

One for the west London massive! Or rather, Maida Vale's teeny artists... The clue is in the name, it's an art club for little painters and crafters, open Tues-Sun. "Friendly place to paint, we enjoyed it a lot," says a mum of 1. Check out their Facebook page for opening times. 

Clay Time

The kind of spinning class we like. Destination Finsbury Park for fabulous drop-in/holiday pottery classes. There aren't many of these in London, so check out the mum of 2's review that says it is also a venue for birthday parties. Get spinning those wheels, kids! Info here.

3D Magic Maker

Loved by one 6-year-old, this is a toy that allows kids to make 3D masterpieces from scratch. Easy to use and completely safe, it could be your next birthday gift. You could fund it using the Leetchi button (see last week's newsletter for more info on that). See here for a video taster.

Basquiat: Boom For Real

Last chance to learn about the young American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, at the Barbican. It was the exhibition of 2017 for many Londoners, with kids "used to trailing around galleries" also enjoying the lessons in 80s New York. "You'll need at least 2 hours, it will inspire young art fans." Ends Sunday 28th January.

Design Museum

"Great for the kids. We all recognised plenty of daily objects that are used." It certainly is a lovely building, the cafe is a tad small, but the shop is great, as are the free Create and Make drop-in design sessions inspired by the exhibitions on the last Sunday of each month. See more family event info here.


You are invited to book onto one of our February webinars (Friday 2nd, 12pmor Saturday 3rd, 12pm & 5pm) to hear professional guidance by leading life balance expert Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina. The internet seminar will be a discussion on digital cleansing and using free time more creatively; the bonuses of doing so really are endless. Follow the link for details.

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