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Something Happening For Kids

A whole day of dance, performances, workshops, activities and surprises for under 10s The Place, Saturday 16 July 2016

The Place building in Euston will be taken over with a whole day of dance fun, performances, workshops, activities and surprises with their annual Something Happening for Kids Festival this July.

With performances throughout the day from New Art Club and ATMA Dance, The Place presents a jam-packed programme of activities, including workshops in street dance, yoga, and sound games for children as young as two. Children will learn to dance with animated characters in Danceoke, marvel at the scale-tipping video installation Weighting, and go on an audio adventure into the past as they walk around the building in Hidden Traces.

In Camper Van of Love, New Art Club retell the myth of Cupid and Psyche as a funny, musical, dancing road trip. In The Magic Fish, ATMA Dance present an Indian myth through traditional dance, singing and craft activities.

As part of its commitment to nurturing and developing younger audiences, all activities are designed for parents and carers to do with their children. With free activities throughout the day, workshops from £3 and family tickets for the New Art Club and ATMA Dance performances with under-2s going free, Something Happening For Kids has a flexible mix-and-match programme.

The Place is one of Europe’s most exciting, innovative dance spaces, where artists from all over the world come to push creative boundaries, to experiment and to perform outstanding new work for audiences who expect to be surprised, inspired and delighted. The Place is home to London Contemporary Dance School, and Richard Alston Dance Company, and offers a programme of contemporary dance classes for children as part of their Children and Youth Dance during the summer term with classes available for 5-15 year olds. Their participation scheme also includes Summer Projects for Young Dancers 2016, a series of workshops led by experience and accomplished professional dance practitioners which has previously included artists from Protein, Company Chameleon, New Movement Collective and Rambert.

Alongside Something Happening For Kids, The Place is hosting a plethora of family friendly performances and activities throughout the year, including Fagin’s Twist, a hip-hop and contemporary imagining of the notorious Dickens villain’s youth, dance classes for 5 to 15 year olds, and Joseph Kids, a sole performer and his virtual self in a fascinating and unexpected world where everything is possible.

16th July The Place

17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY All day, see performances and ticket prices below

www.theplace.org.uk | 020 7121 1100

Something Happening for Kids Festival 16th July, all day

Performance: Camper Van of Love 11am, 1pm & 3pm| £8 (£28 family ticket)

Cupid helps the world to fall in love; now he has fallen in love himself only to discover his powers have deserted him. Will he be able to recover them? He enlists the help of a magical Campervan and a host of surprising characters. Together they set out on a chaotic road trip that takes them to heart of what’s in our hearts. Dance theatre innovators New Art Club present Camper Van Of Love. Based on the myth of Cupid and Psyche, it is a funny, musical, dancing adventure for all the family.

Performance: The Magic Fish 12pm & 2pm | £8 (£28 family ticket)

The Magic Fish communicates big ideas to small children. ATMA Dance's modern take on a classic Indian myth stimulates thought about the essentials for life on earth. Weaving a mix of classical Indian and contemporary dance with Indian scat singing 'konnakol', young audiences (5+ years) are introduced to their first taste of Bharatanatyam. Take part in a workshop before The Magic Fish and participate in the performance by creating a symbolic gift that represents your ideas and place it in a boat that the Magic Fish tows away to make a new world.

Suitable for 5+

Performance: Figurines 12pm & 3pm | FREE A dancer sets off on a spinning journey of becoming by shaping and re-shaping herself continuously. Audience members witness the performer swirling through a never-ending flow of representations, to be lead on a meditative ride where images emerge, fuse and disappear relentlessly

Suitable for 5+

Workshop: Dance and Improvisation with Rick Nodine 11am, 1pm & 3pm | £3

Join Rick and Jamie and try out spontaneous dance and sound games with your children. Enjoy your time in the studio together finding out: How does a sound shower feel? what does your voice sound like when you are upside-down? What would a dance stampede look like?

Suitable for 2+

Workshop: Street Dance with Just Us Dance Theatre 11am, 1pm & 3pm | £3 Come and join Just Us Dance Theatre for a little two step, funk, groove and a lot of smiles. You might even get to dance like a robot! Just Us Dance Theatre fuses Hip-Hop, physical theatre, contemporary dance and spoken words to make raw and witty dance shows. They are a really friendly bunch. You may have seen them perform as part of Fresh or in their platform for new talents at The Place last year.

Suitable for all ages

Workshop: Family Yoga with Anouska Anderson 11am & 2pm | £3 Join Anouska for a family yoga session open to all ages and levels. Poses and flow that are so much fun you won't even realise you are doing exercise. You will also have some relaxation time too. A perfect zen-break from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the programme. Anouska is a qualified yoga teacher with a speciality in yoga for dancers and families. She teaches around London including at The Place.

Suitable for all ages

Workshop: Poppin’ with Just Us Dance Theatre 12pm &2pm | £3

Get your house dance on. Learn to pop and melt down to the floor with Just Us Theatre. Just Us Dance Theatre fuses Hip-Hop, physical theatre, contemporary dance and spoken words to make raw and witty dance shows. They are a really friendly bunch. You may have seen them perform as part of Fresh or in their platform for new talents at The Place last year.

Suitable for 5+

Workshop: Creative Dance with Hilary Stainsby 1pm & 3pm | £3

A creative dance session for families that lets you explore movement freely in our beautiful studios and explore

different tasks through music, pictures and rhymes. Hilary has worked as a London based dancer for nearly 15 years. She has performed for various choreographers including Martin Lawrence, Yael Flexor, Maresa von Stockert, Tom Dale, and was a member of Random Dance for 6 years. Hilary currently teaches on the Postgraduate Programme at LCDS and is also Rehearsal Director for Shift, resident youth dance company at The Place.

Suitable for all ages

Workshop: All Hands with Freddi Opoku-Addaie 12 noon, 1pm & 3pm | £3 In this workshop Freddie Opoku-Addaie orchestrates a kind of musical chairs. But you won't actually find any chairs in this workshop. Instead, we have a space filled with captivating and enigmatic wood carved sculptures by artists Friedel Buecking and Christine Kowal Post. You will be invited to move and shape your bodies in response to inanimate sculptures in space, be spectators relating to one another in space, wonder and share your experience of animating patterns taking place.

Suitable for all ages

Installation: Weighting Drop-in On the ends of a tipping scale are two TV screens. As the people waiting in on the screens stay still, so do the scales, but as they leave the shot or walk across to the other TV, the scales sway and tip

Installation: Danceoke Drop-in Learn to dance with this fun and silly Butlins-style routine as demonstrated by animated characters

Installation: Hidden Traces Drop-in A sound journey discovering the streets around The Place. Local residents’ childhood and everyday life memories from the 1950s onwards are presented as bite size audio plays, which are placed at carefully spotted locations of nearby buildings and streets. This self-guided tour for all ages traces the many identities of this ever-changing neighbourhood throughout the past decades and into the present. Audio equipment provided. Transcripts available on request.

Installation: May Contain Food Drop-in Singers from the recent The Place show May Contain Food perform the songs in promenade all over the building

Island Grill at the Lancaster London

Island Grill, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
Reservations on 020 7551 6070 or visit www.islandrestaurant.co.uk

Named after the fact that the Lancaster sits on an island site directly facing Hyde Park, the Grill can be accessed direct from street level just a few metres to the right of the exit from Lancaster Gate central Line or through the first floor of the main hotel. It's a popular venue for locals and 90 per cent of diners are just that or indeed regulars, possibly because they are aware that it's gained two AA Rosettes and three stars from the Sustainable Restaurants Association. That's due to Head Chef Adam Woolven’s tireless efforts to create an eco-friendly yet luxurious dining experience.

All their produce is sourced as locally as possible.

The bulk of the 90 covers are on the higher level which also accomodates a well stocked bar and the open view kitchen, but there are several tables at a lower level too. Island Grill’s sleek design was conceived by Stiff + Trevillion, the talent behind Wagamama and Fakhreldine. With a white limestone exterior and large glass entrance doors, Island Grill creates a striking visual impact on arrival. The 90 cover restaurant has vast floor-to-ceiling windows running along the two outside walls, allowing light to flood into the restaurant space. In the evenings, the back-lit ceiling panels create a warm ambiance. The open-plan kitchen design allows diners to view the chefs at work, adding another dimension to their gastronomic experience. We visited during the evening and enjoyed the long crisp lines and the muted colours such as muted browns and lighting comes mainly from recessed lights but there are a few stainless steel globes.

The wine list is varied and reasonable, and the house choices are particularly good. You can't go wrong with the Rose (Pinot Grigio Villa Garducci). There are Redswhich  include Merlot, Shiraz, Beaujolais and Bordeaux with the Whites represented by Chablis, Riesling, Sancerre, Chardonnay and Sauvignon BlancFor international travelers there are plenty of Bourbons as well as single malts and blends such as Chivas or Johnny Walker, and there are at least 6 different vodkas and a similar number of Cognacs and gin choices.

Island Grill is open from 7.00am–10.30pm. From Noon until 7.00pm, the restaurant offers a Prix Fixed lunch and early evening menu, priced at £9.50 for two courses and £12.50 for three courses.

From the A la Carte menu you must choose the Green Olive Ciabatta which is an elongated and chunky breadstick with an olive embedded within it. For dipping there is an extra virgin olive oil.

There are traditional starters such as Calamari (£7.95), Vegetarian Cannelloni (£6.95) with wild mushrooms and ricotta, a vegetarian butternut squash Risotto as well as Scallops, Pork Belly and several Salads. There’s also a Savoury black truffle éclair. Most can be ordered as a main course as well.

With a clue in the title it’s clear that the grill element has to be pretty strong and they have a range of steaks which include an 8oz Fillet of Beef £29.50, a 10oz Sirloin £21.50 and a 10oz Rib-Eye £21.50 which are all 21 days dry aged and sourced from Britain

There is also a Pork Cutlet £13.50 and for Chicken fans a whole baby Chicken for £13.50 which is served in a crispy skin. Fish fans can choose today’s catch or a Tuna Steak (£15.95). The kitchen is open plan and diners can see their choice being prepared.

There is also a good range of alternatives and there are four fish alternatives (fish and chips which is plaice, Sea Bass, and Roast Salmon and a seafood Linguine). We opted for the Linguine (£14.50) which has Tiger prawns, clams, mussels & braised squid in rich tomato sauce. This is surprisingly filling and the sauce is delightfully delicate and a far cry from some which can be overpowering. There is no skimping on the fish and it is the best that we have had for some considerable time.

Meat is in the form of Lamb, Duck, Chicken or a signature burger. Starters as mentioned above can also be turned into a main course and we opted for a Prawn Caesar salad (starter £6.50, main £11.95) which had the large Tiger  prawns at the compass points and baby gem leaves, ciabatta, croutons, anchovies, with a Caesar dressing.

When it comes to dessert you may wish to sample something with honey in it, such as the Honey Panna Cotta (£5). This is because of the hives kept on the roof of the restaurant. The bees make use of the plentiful supply of pollen to be found in the neighbouring Hyde Park. At present there are 3 hives and plans to extend these and surpluses will be available for sale.

Look out for the Creme Brulee selection to share £7.50. With three different flavours (Passion fruit, dark chocolate & raspberry Brûlées with refreshing sorbets these proved to be a great treat and we enjoyed sharing these.

There are a range of desserts including a Baked Sultana Cheesecake (£4.50), a chocolate Trio (£5.50) which is a dark chocolate fondant, Valrhona chocolate sorbet, white chocolate & coffee foam. Then there is a Treacle Sponge, abd of course a selection of ice creams and sorbets.

Finally there is the Forty Miles Cheese Plate which has cheeses all sourced within that radius which is served with biscuits, grapes and chutney.

Photo courtesy of Richard Twilton

The childrens menu - yes we did order from it is varied enough even for the most picky. Children also have a small pack with a maze, crayons and pencils and quizzes to keep them busy during the relatively short wait. Our little angel did full justice to the Burger but there is also chicken, pasta and fish and chips to choose from and the portions are far from tiny.

There is a breakfast menu too. Apart from traditional staples are you up for a Bloody Mary or even a Champagne breakfast. These feature a full english along with the featured drink (tea and coffee are also included).

So the acid test. Would we return. Yes, there are several more items on this menu we would like to try out and with good service, good prices and a relaxed and ambient atmosphere that does more than just tolerate children, we will be returning soon.

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The popular CBeebies presenter has put together a series of exclusive instruction videos to help children make marine animals ranging from a paper-plate stingray to a foil and tissue paper shark!

“They are all things that can be made with left over or waste household materials, so this is also helping youngsters take care of the environment,” said Max Leviston, General Manager of Sea Life Brighton.

The four videos, filmed exclusively for visitors to the UK’s Sea Life Centres will be featured at Sea Life Brighton from May 14 to June 12.

The Mister Maker shows have covered seven series so far and are among the highest rated shows on the CBeebies channel.

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“The way he introduces each project will also help our younger visitors learn more about the particular sea creatures they will be making, which we hope will encourage many to go on and learn more.”

Along with the ray and shark, children will also get the chance to make a cake-case jellyfish a colourful tropical fish.

As well as the creative delights of the Mister Maker workshops, Sea Life Brighton offers plenty to entertain young visitors including digital dinosaurs in Jurassic Seas, a glass bottom boat, and the chance to get closer than ever before to some of the reef’s most loved creatures in the brand new Secrets of the Reef installation.

For more information on Sea Life Brighton and its Mister Maker workshops, please visit www.visitsealife.com/brighton.

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