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Starcatchers: Creative Kin – strengthening relationships for kinship care families

This two-year pilot project delivered in partnership by Children 1st and Starcatchers offers creative respite and the space for kinship families to spend time together away from life’s challenges.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Case studies

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Kids in Museums Manifesto

The Kids in Museums‘ Manifesto is a set of simple guidelines for museums created with children, young people and families. It sets out what they feel makes a museum a great place to visit. The first Manifesto was created in 2004 and they have continued to develop it with feedback from children, young people and ... Read more

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Rules for a playful museum

This rulebook is a collection of ideas and principles that have developed through experiments with play at Manchester Museum.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Supporting families in need to attend dance theatre

A ‘pay it forward’ pilot campaign aimed to help families most in need attend dance theatre performances, but it wasn’t all plain sailing. Rhona Matheson, Chief Executive of Starcatchers tells the story.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: article

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How can your museum better welcome families and young people who are blind and partially sighted?

This guide by Kids in Museums offers simple ideas to help overcome the hurdles faced by those with visual impairment in visiting museums and cultural heritage sites.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Flexible Family Tickets in Museums – commercial considerations

A report by CultueLabel for Kids in Museums looking at opportunities to use flexible family tickets to develop new creative business models.

Published: 2019 | Resource type: Research

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Among Ideal Friends – creating accessible family theatre experiences with libraries

Among Ideal Friends Executive Summary by The Spark Arts for Children on their work creating accessible family theatre experience with libraries across the East Midlands.

Published: 2018 | Resource type: Research

Marvellous Marketing for Story Selling

The Spark Arts for Children have developed this toolkit for creative ideas to generate interest in your library events. The toolkit has been written by Jayne Williams and Ideal Friends in libraries, neighbourhood centres, community groups with artists, writers, creators and theatre-makers.

Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Kids in Museums: Guide to Welcoming Families with a Wheelchair User

Kids in Museums believes museums are for everyone. But families with a wheelchair user find that some museums are much better than others at making them feel welcome and included in everything there is to see and do. Her is their Keep and Share Guide to making your venue more accessible.

Published: 2018 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Age-Friendly Standards

Demonstrate that your organisation values all generations by signing up to the Family Arts Campaign’s Age-Friendly Standards.

Published: 2017 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Generation Tour: engaging families in contemporary art

Elaine Lees and Sallyanne Flemons share insight into what families want from contemporary visual art. Explore the results of Generation Tour, which aimed to attract family audiences to four contemporary art galleries in the north of England.

Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

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Family Arts Evaluation and Audience Research Toolkit

Catherine Rose’s Office and Pam Jarvis share guidance, information and ideas on evaluating family festival events and researching your audiences. Commissioned by the Family Arts Campaign.

Published: 2017 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Content Guidance Communication for Family Arts Events

Discover useful tips on how to talk to families about the creative experience. This guide is informed by research with families about what they want to know and where they would look for information.

Published: 2015 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Pricing family events: guidance for arts organisations

This practical guide, by Baker Richards for the Family Arts Campaign, offers a framework for making pricing decisions for arts activities or events. Discover case studies, hints and tips.

Published: 2016 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Family Arts Standards

Sinfonia Viva and Nottingham Playhouse share how signing up to the Family Arts Standards has helped them build families’ confidence in their organisations. Watch their video and find out more about the Standards.

Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

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A contemporary music concert for children

In this JAM article Malgorzata Zamorska evaluates the success of the concert Kwartludium in Wonderland in opening a door to contemporary music for children.

Published: 2014 | Resource type: article


English National Ballet’s Dance into the Fairytale family workshops

As part of the English National Ballet’s My First Ballet: Coppélia tour in 2014, its Engagement Department ran a series of on-stage family dance workshops for children and parents to take part in together. Workshops were one hour long and took place between the morning and afternoon performances at each venue. This case study is part of a ... Read more

Published: 2014 | Resource type: Case studies

Using fun days to engage with family audiences

As part of the Family Arts Festival 2013, the Lyric Hammersmith organised a Family Fun Day alongside its regular programming of half term shows for families. The aim was to celebrate the Lyric’s current family audience and offer them even more activities at the venue as well as reaching out to new families who may not be regular theatre attenders. This case ... Read more

Published: 2014 | Resource type: Case studies

Introducing classical music to families

Liverpool Philharmonic Kids Club was set up in 2012 in order to help children and their families to gain a better understanding of the world of Classical music. It is primarily aimed at children from 18-months to 12 years old. This case study is part of a series that supports the Family Arts Standards that have been developed by ... Read more

Published: 2013 | Resource type: Case studies

Restaurants and refreshments aimed at families

This simple guide and case study on restaurants and refreshments is part of a series that supports the Family Arts Standards that have been developed by the Family Arts Campaign and the Family and Childcare Trust and provides guidance on how best to welcome families to arts organisations. When consulting families about the Family Arts Standards food was a hot topic ... Read more

Published: 2013 | Resource type: Case studies