Tea Dance for Little People: a Lewisham based social enterprise providing exciting, creative play experiences for families with young children.

Tea Dance for Little People: a Lewisham based social enterprise providing exciting, creative play experiences for families with young children.

They are committed to improving the wellbeing of families by helping them explore artistic adventures. Be it an outdoor adventure story map, an online game, live performance, party, workshop or immersive installation; they offer refreshing, custom-written pieces for your home or venue, led by a professional team of artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians.

“We believe in the importance of shared family experiences, and we aim to create an environment where adults and children can play and explore together. We always consider the long term impact of a family’s experience and how they may build the new ideas, songs and physical responses they learn with us into the rest of their lives. We often get feedback like “We just can’t stop singing that song or doing that dance” – Sally Anne Donaldson, Creative Director TDLP 

We approached the 2020 pandemic as we do everything-a design challenge. We looked at supporting museums, theatres and festivals, with quality content and resources, and reaching families with services that would help with their new at-home lifestyle.

Creative Homes Play Packs

Thanks to all the hard work, funding and supportive partnerships, we reached more than 10000 families in 2020, and we couldn’t be happier! 

Thanks to all the hard work, funding and supportive partnerships, we reached more than 10000 families in 2020, and we couldn’t be happier! 

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  • More than 1000 children and parents throughout London received our Creative Homes Play Packs for free

While we couldn’t provide our live artist-led home services, we designed six new creative play packs for families to enjoy and explore at home. 

To reach more communities with our creative resources, we partnered up with amazing organisations in London. Through them we reached food banks, smaller charities, groups and community centres that directly distributed to families. Seven hundred packs went to Lewisham’s Early Years Alliance, 300+ to Bromley By Bow Centre and 500 to Cultural Mile, delivered via five food banks.

Home visits and group sessions have not been possible. So in partnership with Early Years Alliance, through Lewisham Children and Family Centres, we have also produced weekly online activities with original stories and songs viewed 1700+ times.  

‘’We missed going out to groups, singing class and particularly libraries, and we are experiencing a sense of isolation. The packs have really helped with routines like brushing teeth and eating healthy at mealtimes during the lockdown, and we will continue to use them for years.’’ – Lewisham Mother of 2 children, aged 3 and 14 months  

  • We launched our range of exciting outdoor adventures: StoryMaps, Mystery History Trails and Outdoor Escape Trails

We encourage families to explore South London with maps, physical and creative activities and secret missions. 

  • More than 2000 families enjoyed our  Beckenham Place Park Story Map. We’ve had 1300+ downloads of our digital version and 900+ printed maps given to families throughout South East London.  We had story submissions from 3-14-year-olds in the form of pictures, poems and films, including Olive’s Story Adventure, and six local organisations offered prizes and vouchers in November.
  • 35+ families enjoyed helping Count Silvester of Severndroog find his way home from his Tardis, Severndroog Castle.
  • In December, we launched the new Mystery History Trail: The Ghost of Greenwich with a 7 episode audio guide. 
  • We produced A Christmas Carol for the 3rd year running for the Museum of London. 94 families visited both museums in early December, followed by an online version for home called the Victorian Christmas Mission.  Cultural Mile commissioned a play pack that accompanied the show. 
  • We went digital! 

All of our artists pushed the boundaries of their art forms as we learnt how to deliver via online platforms like Zoom and Youtube.  

In Spring, we created the Rainbow Story and Rainbow Wheel for Canary Wharf Arts & Events. Our V-Day story stormed Facebook, and our first online game Mission of Agent *** was commissioned by Newham Council. 

During the Summer, we launched Escape for Kids with escape room experts Modern Fables.  Our partnership game Guardians of Slore had 267 visits across five episodes.

The Creative Homes team wrote and recorded 15 new stories & songs about daily life and health for Early Years Alliance, including Wash your Hands, Super Manners: Lean, Clean Eating Machine and A Troll Song.  These reached 1700+ families with live Facebook and other online events.

A new partnership with Severndroog Castle inspired Guardians of Slore, the Troll Story ( Severndroog Summer Festival), the Severndroog Outdoor Escape Trail, and a new indoor escape room design.

In the meantime, our Youtube channel grew with 24 stories and original songs and five playlists. Our online shop is buzzing with story maps, games, and Creative Homes play packs for families. Have a look! 

We are thankful to everyone who supported us on our journey in the past year and looking forward to even more exciting plans for 2021! 

Find out more about Tea Dance for Little People and join them online on their website , Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Youtube

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