Looking forward: Things to do with kids 2019
From the films you won't want to miss to the toys that will be all the rage, this is what you'll be doing with the kids in 2019
Book a weekend in Oxford this spring: Jeff Koons is arriving at the Ashmolean. You can be eight or 48 and appreciate the humour and playfulness of Jeff Koons' art.
Kids in particular will love the giant inflatables (steer clear of his more risque works) as the Ashmolean stages a comprehensive retrospective of his whole career.
Trust us, there will be cinema days aplenty in 2019 - there are some amazing releases (and we're not just talking about the latest Star Wars slated for December 2019).
Big-name directors are tackling the kiddie genre from Tim Burton's Dumbo (out in March) to Guy Ritchie's Aladdin (coming in May). We also can't wait for the return of Woody, Buzz and Jessie in June with Toy Story 4. And Pokémon fans will also get Detective Pikachu in 2019.
Thankfully there are tons of kid-friendly cinemas in London to cater to the needs of parents and children of all ages.
The most exciting collaboration in kids fashion may be happening just before the new year - yes, of course we're talking about The Animals Observatory x Reebok, which sees old-skool Reebok kicks reimagined in new colourways and decorated with fun graffiti - but the super-stylish trainers collabo actually taps into two of the big trends happening in kids fashion.
The first is mini-me dressing - it's gone beyond Kim Kardashian and Nori and we'll be seeing more of it, in subtle ways (the Reebok and Animals Observatory sneaker collabo runs from baby sizes up to 39 - so adults can, and will, get in on the action).
The other fashion trend to pick up on is to forget any notion that blue is for boys and pink is for girls: gender-neutral dressing and all colours of the rainbow are available to all children. Also, both Abercrombie and Celine Dion are coming out with gender-neutral kids collections next year.
In the era of digital obsession and quick-and-easy fast food, teaching kids to get out of the house and embrace healthy eating isn't particularly easy.
But we think Fitoons, the app from the award-winning Avokiddo team, will help, precisely because it uses technology to teach kids about healthy eating and exercise in a zany, playful way. The colourful and fun gamified app lets you see the impact of a variety of foods on animated characters. You can also dress them up and watch them try out a range of fitness activities, from lifting weights to skateboarding.
For a real-life fitness experience, The London Fitness Tour accommodates families in areas all around London, and lets you do culture, city tour and exercise in one to help kids stay motivated.Read more ...
We all know that kids need more time in the great outdoors: playing, exploring, relaxing, just being. Some companies are trying to help: The Den Kit has kits for everything from building dens to bird feeding and potion-making kits which will have kids clamouring to get outside (yes, even in the rain), while Totbag, run by three mums, offers a subscription service from £6.95 a month offering children nature-inspired crafts to get them exploring the outside world.Read more ...
While unicorns and sequinned everything are here to stay (it's just such fun to brush them back and forth and watch them change colours), the predictions for the big animal toy trend of next season are here.
More of a landlubber? We're pretty sure flamingos are on their way out (along with millennial pink), but pandas are still going strong, as are llamas, who are also making a statement in home decor trends. It's because they make the best piñatas, right?
Girls just wanna have fun - and be heard, respected and paid the same as their male counterparts when they get older. That message is resonating in every sphere - just look at the US midterms in November 2018 to see how the movement has translated into history-making and diverse female candidates that have won places in Congress.
When it comes to the kiddos, teaching them about inspirational women starts from the get-go. Which is why we're obsessing over Instagram head of partnerships-turned-children's author Eva Chen's new book, Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, which is fairytale-meets-fashion book-meets history lesson with cameos from amazing, inspiring women like Frida Kahlo and Cleopatra.
We're also very excited about Greta Gerwig's Little Women, which has an awesome cast including Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh, and is due to hit cinemas in December 2019.Read more ...
From Unicef's Rights Respecting Schools initiative which state schools are adopting to teach pupils about the rights of the child and global citizenship to a renewed emphasis on taking care of our fellow humans and the environment, teaching children those key lessons of adaptability, empathy and open-mindedness is the way of the future. Start at home with Worldwide Buddies, which offers cool toys, books and story boxes with artefacts and tales from other cultures.Read more ...
From co-working office spaces with creches opening up around London (hello, Cuckooz Nest!) to retail spaces opening up with kids in mind - the new Stella McCartney flagship at 23 Old Bond Street features a ball pit and a climbing wall for youngsters - 2019 will be all about making our parent lives and our other lives blend together in a more cohesive and happy way. Let's hear it for the kids!
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