Almost half of children haven’t seen the inside of an art gallery and are more likely to recognise McDonalds than a theatre
British children are more likely to recognise a zoo or McDonalds than they are famous landmarks, Visit Birmingham has revealed. Of 2,000 parents polled 10% admitted their kids, aged between 5 and 12, have never left their hometown. A whopping 60% revealed their children had never been to a concert, or even heard, classical music. Emma Gray, part of the team behind the Visit Birmingham campaign said, “There’s no doubt that cultural activity enriches day to day and it’s important that children embrace our history and culture”. Yet, 50% of parents said they relied on schools to educate their children, with 28% saying they don’t have the time to take their kids on cultural trips. Children are more likely to cite computer games as being an example of modern culture and are ignorant to well-known artists like Monet, Emma warns. A quarter of the parents said the cost of educational day trips prevent them taking their kids out, insisting they’ll learn all they need to know at school. If your kids don’t know their Moshi Monsters from their Monets, why not take advantage of our Deals of the Week where you’ll find cheap or even free alternatives to staying at home this weekend.
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