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Brighton Open Air Theatre – adapting and learning through a pandemic

Like most arts organisations in the UK, the Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on the activities of Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT). However, the team at BOAT have shown remarkable resilience in implementing changes and learnings into their work throughout the past year, in order to safely welcome families back to their open ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

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Welcoming families to your venue

Kids in Museums shares their top tips on supporting your staff and volunteers to give a friendly welcome to family visitors.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Guide/tools

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Playful Museums case study: Poole Museum

Kids in Museums supported 11 museums across the UK to trial new play ideas during October half term 2020 as part of their Play in Museums in a Socially Distanced World project with Charlotte Derry and PlayKX. Here the Learning team from Poole Museum share how Poole Museum encouraged safe play with its family visitors.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

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Family audiences: welcoming back after Covid-19

The Family Arts Campaign and Indigo have worked together to look at how families feel about returning to live events after Covid-19. Many family audiences have much in common with other regular culture-goers. However, there are a few significant areas where they differ significantly and which might hold some clues for venues, producing organisations and ... Read more


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Research

Welcoming families with baby steps #ADA

The first blog by Joy Corcec (Communications Officer) and Imogen Lloyd (Digital Marketing Officer)  at Culture Coventry as part of their Fellowship at the Audience Diversity Academy 


Published: 2020 | Resource type: Article

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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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

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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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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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Family Arts Campaign

Can you tell our readers a bit about what you do?  The Family Arts Campaign is the UK’s largest audience development initiative and intends to engage more (and more diverse) families in arts, culture and creative opportunities.   Whether you’re a venue, company or artist, a theatre, a library, a gallery or museum the Family Arts Campaign can support ... Read more


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

Converting family into fans

Converting Family into Fans: how The Contemporary Jewish Museum expanded its reach

This case study by Bob Harlow and Cindy Cox Roman, published by The Wallace Foundation, shares how The Contemporary Jewish Museum achieved a nine-fold increase in family visitors of all backgrounds.


Published: 2017 | Resource type: Case studies

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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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Using digital storytelling to build new audiences

A case study of Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen for the Xbox generation.


Published: 2015 | 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

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