Need to get out the house? Got kids or teens in tow? WONDERING WHAT'S ON BEYOND EGG HUNTS? Make the most of artsy and creative things to do this spring in Torbay. Here are our picks of the bunch to inspire your next day out together:
#1 DAD DANCING
No self-respecting kid would ever bust some moves with their old man. Right? Well, maybe it’s time to give it a go. Dad Dancing at Paignton’s Palace Theatre on 30th and 31st March sees three brave dads take to the stage with their daughters to slip and slide their way through their similarities, differences, hopes and regrets. The event is part of the Doorstep Arts Festival and you can book tickets to the show here.
#2 SPONGE SHOW
Toddlers and young children will be amazed by this squishy squashy show, heading to Brixham's Scala Hall on the 29th, 30th and 31st March. Sponge is a soft, bouncy adventure through playtime set to a funky 1970s soundtrack. This is all about texture, shapes and touch for 4 months to 4 years. The event is part of the wonderfully creative Doorstep Arts Festival.
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#3 POP UP ARTS
Squircle Arts will be popping up at Torquay Museum on Friday 30th March and Monday 9th April for some family-friendly Art Pop fun. Design your own screen-printed bag, print your own cards with lino and foam stamps, and get your face-painted. We're loving the work of this new Community Interest Company - more please!!
#4 JUNGLE BOOK
Immersion Theatre bring their trademark energy to their wildest show yet, with a brand new musical adaptation of family favourite, The Jungle Book on the 1st April at the Palace Theatre. Filled with catchy songs, laugh out loud character performances and audience interaction - this is a great family theatre show. Book tickets
#5 STARRY NIGHT
Gaze in wonder at the night sky during an astronomical event at Kents Cavern, Torquay on the 2nd April. Starry-eyed older kids will love the Caves and Cosmos-themed evening, where Rob from astronomy charity Dartmoor Skies will host an insightful, fun and interactive talk looking back thousands of years. Book tickets
#6 FARM LIFE
Get up close with life on Occombe Farm as part of local conservation charity Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. Older kids can take part in the Farm 2 Fork Day on the 3rd April / 31st May and spring Bake Off on the 11th April. The Tots Go Wild events on the 23rd April / 21st May are popular with little explorers. Find out more
#7 BE BRILLIANT
The Be Brilliant Family Workshop on the 10th April at Torre Abbey explores mindfulness, fun crafts and simple relaxation exercises. As well at this, there are after-school craft sessions for kids and adults to experiment with a wide variety of art and design processes. The classes run on Wednesdays from the 18th April to 23rd May. Book your place
#8 GO GRINAGOG!
Torquay's family friendly Grinagog Festival is back on the 21st and 22nd April at Torre Abbey. Discover indoor live music and shows (feat. Paka the Uncredible), kids raves (Big Fish Little Fish), and activities from junk jams to graffiti. Outside, don't miss the carnival, street theatre and trails. Kids under 5 go free! Book tickets
#9 IS IT ART?
Spark a conversation about all things art by taking the kids to see the ground-breaking Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed exhibition at Torre Abbey from now until 3 June and the incredible murals painted in Brixham by graffiti artist Sketch 86 - on the wall of the Strand Art Gallery in the harbour and side of Doble Jewellers. Both projects aim to get people of all ages talking about art. Torre Abbey is free for kids and teens - perfect for a day out with the family!
The Sculpture Trail at Cockington Court launches on the 26 May with artists selected to create sculptures that will wow, delight and lead your family around the Kitchen Gallery and grounds of Cockington Court. Artists featured: Bridget Arnold, Jane Clift, Tony Fagan, Louise Dixon, Allan Poxton, Deborah Treliving, Zoe Singleton, Vera Stride, Nicholas Bellamy, Malcolm Curley, Rik Pitman, Phil Dixon, Marissa Wakefield, Janet Ventre, Peter Stride, Luci Coles, Jo Golesworthy and Donald Knaack. Find out more