Earlier this year I took my baby along to the RSC’s weekly group for little ones. I have a personal love for the Royal Shakespeare Company and everything they do, so I had high expectations… and I wasn’t disappointed!
The sessions were relaxing, slow-paced and had just the perfect amount of sensory stimulation for babies – we played with instruments, gazed at lights and projections, sang together in a circle and (my most favourite thing of all) got to explore loads of materials and objects not made from plastic. Tin foil, beads, sand, fabrics, cardboard, and dozens more that I have failed to mention – it was no surprise to see that inventive RSC probs were more intriguing and inspiring to my baby than the toys he had at home or encountered at playgroups that always felt the same.
I love The Other Place – great food and loads of place for prams, it really is the perfect meeting place for local new parents. The RSC is always buzzing with creativity no matter what building or space you’re in – I couldn’t think of a more inspiring place to take a child for their first activities or sensory play session.
Anyway, don’t take my word for it, go and see for yourself. There are two different things on offer this year…
DROP IN SESSIONS
Firstly, these new sessions (which kicked off this week) are just £3 and allow you to drop-in to a casual environment aimed at bringing parents and carers together, with lots of sensory play for little ones to explore. Head on over on Monday 27 January or Monday 3 February between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
BABY AND TODDLER CLASSES
Secondly, the next full term for the more structured baby and toddler classes runs from Monday 2 to Monday 30 March and costs just £25 for five weeks. The sessions feature a different play or theme from Shakespeare each week. As mentioned above, children will explore new colours, textures and sounds through a range of multi-sensory experiences. There are two different time-slots: one for those under 18 months and one for those over.
I’m sure we will be back soon to explore the RSC once again!
Find out more and book online via the RSC website.