Babies & Toddlers
Music for Miniatures is a series of short live classical concerts specifically designed for parents, grandparents and carers to enjoy in the company of babies, toddlers and young children (aged 0-4).
The best thing about a Music for Miniatures concert is… we don’t mind noise!
Babies can sleep, cry, babble and crawl whilst toddlers are free to explore and enjoy in their own way without being told to “ssh”. Older little ones can dance, play air-instruments and get right up close to the performers. We don’t even mind if the audience needs a nap!
Classical music has been proven to be calming for children of all ages, and hearing it live is even better. At a Music for Miniatures concert you can experience the magic of live music with your little one and let the beautiful music relax you both.
Music for Miniatures was started by musician mum Julie Payne when she found no opportunities to share live music with her own young children without worrying about them making noise! Julie believes that children should be exposed to high quality, live music from a very early age and that concert-going should be as common as swimming lessons for young children to help inspire them, encourage creativity and help them to listen with open ears.
Since opening in 2005, The Egg Theatre has provided a unique venue for children, young people and families to experience a year-round programme of theatre. The Egg is a nationally recognised hub for exceptional outreach work with young people, community groups, schools, universities and colleges across the country.
The Egg offers an extravaganza of performances throughout the year, including award winning shows such as Little Mermaid, Ballet Central and the ever popular Snow Mouse.
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A range of frequent workshops and participatory sessions are on offer for children aged 2-18, from Play in a Week (ages 7-12), five days of fun-filled theatrical workshops culminating in an original performance for an invited audience, to the Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School, offering specialised training in both acting and backstage disciplines for all young people.
The Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School (TRBTS) provides an insight into the professional world of theatre and gives young individuals the opportunity to be part of something bigger. TRBTS is the only youth theatre in Bath with open access to a professional working theatre. The theatre knowledge that exists within the building is second to none.
TRBTS runs weekly sessions for young people aged 5-18, offering a range of skills workshops in a variety of theatre disciplines and creative arts. The youngest members engage with the arts through creative play – nurturing their development. From aged 13 upwards, members can choose to specialise in Acting or Backstage, working with professional theatre-makers to create high quality productions in the egg and other venues. All of the shows produced are supported by industry professional production and creative teams, including: costume and set designers, sound designers, composers, stage management and lighting designers.
The Egg also boasts an exciting partnership with Bath College aimed at students aged 16 and over. Drawing on 10+ years of the egg’s creative endeavours, plus years of educational expertise from the college, our collaboration strives to create the optimum conditions for art and learning to thrive. The course is full time and provides graduating students with the equivalent of three A-levels.
Adults with a passion for theatre can join our Summer School for Actors, a week-long intensive summer school that gives aspiring actors the chance to develop skills, grow confidence and build a robust toolkit to fall back on in performance.
The Egg building is fully accessible, with flat access at street level, a push-button door for automatic opening, a passenger lift, a fully accessible toilet and the capability of hosting up to eight wheelchair users. We are proud hosts of regularly scheduled assisted performances, and coordinators of Space for Me, a theatre making club for children and young adults who have a particular need affecting their day-to-day life; everyone is welcome.
If visitors are feeling peckish, they can head to The Egg café. Run by the same owners as the nearby pub The Garrick’s Head, the café is situated inside the theatre’s foyer and is the perfect environment for parents and children to relax and have fun. Grow ups can enjoy sipping on hot drinks, cold drinks (or even alcoholic drinks!), whilst the little ones nestle down in the reading corner or go wild in the ball pit.
Not to mention they have a seasonal (and locally sourced!) menu, from croissants filled with gooey Nutella, to goat’s cheese Paninis dripping with warm red onion marmalade, your taste buds will thank you for eating at the egg.
The Egg Theatre – a little place with big ambition.
Water Babies is good for you too! – Water Babies Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol
When you choose to take your baby swimming it’s purely for your baby, right? Wrong.
Swimming is wonderful for your baby in so many ways, but it’s also wonderful for you. Let us explain why!
There’s plenty of information out there about the benefits of baby swimming for your little one, but have you heard about what it can do for you too? Whoever you are, whatever your story, swimming with your baby has wonderful benefits.
Before you give birth, you expect that when you meet your baby it’ll be love at first sight. This isn’t the case, and research has shown that as many as one in five new mums struggle to bond. Sadly, this leads to feelings of guilt and inadequacy, and often contributes towards post-natal depression.
Getting in a warm pool with your baby is naturally bonding thanks to all that lovely skin-on-skin. But more than that, Water Babies knows just how to capitalise on bonding, creating opportunities to build strong bonds between babies and their carers – this also works a treat for dads, adoptive parents and grandparents.
If you ever shied away from wearing a bikini, the idea of getting into a swimming costume just after giving birth can be off-putting. But with your baby in your arms in a pool full of like-minded parents, it actually helps build body confidence.
With the water to support you, moving around in the pool helps strengthen your post-natal body. And having the support of your group helps build your self-esteem and confidence. The focus is on your baby and on what you’re doing rather than how you look, and that’s very liberating.
A level playing field
Or rather, a level swimming pool! We’ve all come across competitive parents, or felt a bit lost, and it can be very demoralising. But, unlike other areas of parenting where some may have a physical or social head start or simply have more confidence, swimming is a great leveller.
You start your Water Babies class together in the same position. It doesn’t matter how easy your birth was, whether or not you struggled with breastfeeding, or when you started weaning. Even second-time mums have no head start because their babies are also starting from the beginning.
The same goes for your baby. It doesn’t matter how big or small your baby is, whether they’re breast or bottle fed, how quickly they’re reaching milestones, whether they have health issues or learning delays, with the water to support them and the same set of natural reflexes, they are all completely equal. Best of all, you learn with your baby – not only how to teach them to swim, but also developing your own water confidence and even your confidence as a parent.
“When I first meet a new class, I have no idea what each person’s back story is, and it doesn’t really matter,” says Rowan, who has taught Water Babies in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset for more almost a decade. “I can always spot which mums are confident and who’s a bit nervous, but the class environment really encourages everyone to work together and support each other so that quickly levels out.”
“Lots of mums tell us that they start Water Babies because they’re scared of water themselves. I’ll never forget one lovely new mum, Jayne, who’d had a bad experience in water as a child. She was terrified of going under the water, but determined to do it with her daughter. With lots of support, she did it. I don’t think there was a dry eye in house! It’s wonderful to see parents grow in confidence.”
So while you may choose baby swimming to give your baby water confidence, safety and early swimming skills, it’s also a great activity to choose for yourself. Swimming is the highlight of the carers’ week as well as their little ones.
We teach across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and Wiltshire.
Call 0117 946 6919 to book your place or enquire online www.waterbabies.co.uk/lp/baby-swimming/bristol-bath-wiltshire