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It’s half term this week and frazzled parents are going back to being ‘Dad’ and ‘Mum’ again rather than ‘Sir’ and ‘Miss’. 

To do our bit to help out while we’re still in lockdown Lighthouse has launched the hashtag #LighthouseLoves on its Facebook page with a steady stream of arty resources and pointers for families to explore. There’s loads to read, watch and discover, from things to make to fascinating facts and amazing performances – it’s a great way to break up the routine and have fun. 

Last week we had an incredible response to our very special competition to mark the 140th anniversary of the birth of legendary prima ballerina Anna Pavlova.  

We invited our Facebook followers to make their very own versions of the meringue-based dessert that bears her name and send us a photo – and we were stunned by the standard and number of entries with the winning pavlova landing a pair of tickets to see The Little Prince on at Lighthouse on Saturday 13 November. We hope you enjoy the show! 

Hot on its heels, our Little Beacons challenges got off to a flying start on Sunday by setting young people the task of making a treasure hunt – find the treasure and the prize is having a day all about you. We asked how parents and carers want their Little Beacons to be kind and give back. From simply saying thanks, to major acts of kindness, they’ve been sharing photos and stories with us on Facebook. 

Lighthouse is now delivering Arts Award Discover Online in-house. Supported by parents/carers and teachers, the home-based programme of activities, workshops and videos is designed to inspire and encourage children aged 5-9 years to gain an Arts Award qualification certified by Trinity College London and ten of our Young Writers are booked to have their Bronze Award moderated this month. 

Further projects and opportunities to express creativity, meet like-minded people, and gain an insight into a huge range of careers in the arts can be found in our Creative Engagement programme. 

To find out more email learning@lighthousepoole.co.uk, we’d love to hear from you. 

Published 16 February 2021