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Wishing you all the best for a fantastic family 2014!

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No doubt you’ll have come up with a few resolutions but how about some for the whole family The secret behind keeping your New Year’s resolutions turn-taking, and most of all it's fun! Wean the children is not to aim too high – the more realistic and do-able off their screens for one night and get them around a the resolution, the easier it’ll be to keep it. This year, table, and you should soon see an improvement in resolve to make one or more small changes that will everyone's mood. bring your family together and give you a stronger, more positive outlook as a group. Here are a few of our Get out in nature It’s been proven that playing and learning outdoors has favourites: profound benefits for children, but most of them don’t Eat together There are so many proven benefits of eating a regular have the freedom that was taken for granted just a family meal together, from better manners to happier generation ago. Get outdoors as much as you can, and kids. Turn off the TV and mobile phones and concentrate improve your family’s health and wellbeing. You could on talking, laughing and sharing – even if it’s only once even take a leaf out of the book of Tim and Kerry Meek, from Nottingham, who set their two daughters (aged 8 a week, for Sunday lunch. and 10) 100 challenges, such as canoeing down a river Make one night of the week Family Games Night and sleeping under the stars. Their inspirational blog The humble board game has many benefits - it brings is at dotrythisathome.com. the family together, it teaches sharing, counting and

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County Join Us Recruitment Coordinator – Part time, 16 hours per week

Bal-A-Vis-X Training for parents, teachers, occupational & health professionals will return to Scotland for the 3rd year, on 20-22 June 2014. Bal-A-Vis-X is for everyone and can benefit dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, APD, ASD and more... "Everyone was so involved, I have never been to a training workshop where we all helped each other, it was so friendly. Bill Hubert has so much knowledge to share, I will definitely be coming back, and the food was wonderful". Bal-A-Vis-X enables the student to work in such a way that learning becomes focused, promotes selfchallenge, confidence and selfesteem exponentially increase. After taking Bal-A-Vis-X Training you will be able to work with your own children or your students. For more information contact Jane Oliver: W: www.brightbrain-scotland.co.uk E: jane@brightbrain-scotland.co.uk M: 07512311317

Girlguiding Edinburgh is part of Girlguiding UK – the largest youth organisation for girls and young women in the UK. As our County Join Us Recruitment Coordinator, you'll: • be responsible for ensuring that the recruitment of volunteers and children in Girlguiding Edinburgh is effectively managed using the Join Us system • play a key role in maintaining and enhancing Girlguiding Edinburgh’s public image as the first point of contact from the public in to the organisation • provide support and training to adult volunteers who use the system • support the development of marketing and recruitment strategies to attract new volunteers • proactively look to continuously improve the recruitment and Join Us processes The salary for this role will be £10.00 per hour. This is a part time role based on 16 hours per week, days to be discussed, based at 33 Melville Street, Edinburgh. To find out more please email Anne Mack at Edincounty.recruitment@gmail.com Closing date for applications is January 31st and Interviews will be week commencing 24th February 2014. To view further details on Girlguiding Edinburgh, please visit: http://www.girlguiding-edinburgh.org.uk/

Thinking of Moving Home? Whether you are buying or selling, expert local knowledge is essential is today’s propery market. Local property experts Jardine Phillips are offering free conveyancing for instructions to sell received by the end of February 2014. Save £500 + vat. 0131 446 6850, info@jardinephillips.com Or just drop into the office at 205 Morningside Road - no appointment is necessary.

Superb gite complex in France...

...specialising in family holidays. Parents it is time to relax and enjoy the sun. We have thought of it all for you: • Babysitting • Wooden play house with toys and shaded area • Arrivals meal & weekly food options • Kids club ( 3's +) •Pottery Painting • Free Wifi • Play ground in walled safe garden • All equipment free of charge

For further information visit www.livingfrance.org email: dorte@triliving.co.uk

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Local children’s business needs your imagination!

Award winning business Pyjama Drama, which offers drama and imaginative play classes for children, is looking for people to join the team. The company, which has recently been commissioned to write a 10-part show for Cbeebies Radio is recruiting for people to set up their own Pyjama Drama businesses in Edinburgh. The classes, which currently run in Glasgow and Aberdeen have proved to be so popular that owners Lisa and Dini have both taken on session leaders to cope with demand. Lisa explained what she enjoys about having her own business, “I’ve been running Pyjama Drama in Glasgow for over 18 months and taking on the business was the best decision I ever made, I have control over my working hours, earn a great income and of course the classes are loads and loads of fun. By doing this as part of a franchise I have all the support of head office but still the freedom of the fact that it’s my business. I have big plans to expand and open more classes in Glasgow and to work with more and more nurseries and schools.” In Aberdeen the classes are equally as popular, with franchise owner Dini Dubber about to take on her second session leader. Pyjama Drama is actively looking for people to set up Pyjama Drama franchise businesses across Scotland, for more information please visit www.pyjamadrama.com/franchise

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The kids have fun and parents can relax and enjoy the peace at La Garenne family friendly gites. This is what La Garenne is all about, specialising in family holidays in the Charente Maritime region of France. There are 6 stylish renovated gites fully equipped for a fantastic family holiday. All the charm and beauty has been kept in this 16th Century fortified farm with beautiful exposed charentaise stone walls and oak beams through out. What makes this place so special is the setup of all the gites and the safety within the walled garden. Each of the gites have a patio facing the communal walled garden with a fantastic wooden play house, toys, climbing tree, tree swings, slides, and trampoline. The large pool and the small toddler and baby pool are both heated and securely fenced with child safe lock. The children have freedom to run around and have fun while parents have a chance to relax and enjoy the sun. There are lots of activities at La Garenne such as kids club for the over 3’s, pottery painting classes for adults and children and welcome BBQ. You can also book babysitting if you want to go out to one of the local restaurants. An arrivals meal can be pre - ordered making your travel much easier and during the week you can order a delicious 3 course meal and have it delivered to your gite. This is a treat as you can enjoy a delicious meal, while the children play in the garden or are safely tugged up in bed. The weather is warm through out May – October as this region is the second sunniest in France. If you don’t fancy driving airports near by are Poitiers, La Rochelle and Bordeaux. Airlines such as easyjet, flybe, BA and ryanair all fly to these destinations from as low as £100 return. From mid July – end of August change over day is Saturday - Saturday. In May, June and September arrival day and duration is flexible to suit your needs. Discounts are available on some weeks in May, June and September. Please quote Families when enquiring. For more details please contact Dorte on dorte@triliving.co.uk or visit www.livingfrance.org

Nurseries at Independent Schools A good nursery will give your child a great start in life It is never too early to think about your child’s education and an independent school nursery will give your child a great start in life. Over half the independent schools in Scotland have a nursery, and while some cater for children in their pre-school year only, others admit children at age 3, 2 or earlier. Fully qualified teachers and experienced early years staff will ease your child through the transition from home to nursery and from pre-school to school. No two independent school nurseries are the same and with each school offering something different visit as many as you can before deciding which one is right for you. When should you apply for a Nursery Place? It is never too early to apply for a place; many parents do so as soon as their baby is born. However, don’t rush into a decision, take your time and find the right nursery for you and your family. Nursery staff will be delighted to meet with parents and will take time to show you the facilities on offer and answer your individual questions. Is funding available? Yes, just like private nurseries, most independent schools with nurseries have partnership funding arrangements with the relevant local authority. Many nurseries also accept childcare vouchers to help with the costs, but check with the individual schools finance departments. Information, advice and guidance about choosing an independent school in Scotland are available from the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS). W: www.scis.org.uk T: 0131 556 2316 E: info@scis.org.uk


Have you ever considered becoming a host to international students? Do you have a spare bedroom in your home and would like to earn some extra money? Hamilton School of English/Global School of English ( Edinburgh ) are now recruiting host families for their Young Learner Summer School Programme 2014 and their adult programmes which run throughout the year. Being a host : Being a host is both a pleasure and a responsibility. We would like our hosts to include people who have a genuine interest in other cultures and who are willing to welcome a guest into their own home and share their daily life. Hosting is your opportunity to gain lifelong friendships, become part of a global community and promote understanding through intercultural learning. In return you will receive generous remuneration. For further information, please contact us on 0131 440 3301 or 0141 352 5667 . Email : info@hamiltonschool.co.uk

New nursery now open in Liberton

St George’s Nursery, Murrayfield

Carebears is a family run nursery with space for over 60 children from birth to pre-school. Carebears offers a high quality caring environment for children, creating a warm, friendly and stimulating atmosphere in which the children can develop emotionally, socially and educationally through individual and group activities. The nursery building has lots of character - including many spacious rooms and a large secured garden with fun outdoor resources and lots of space for ball games. At Carebears nursery we have the advantage of having many parks within walking distance. Our great location means we are able to feed the horses and learn about different animals in their habitats. We offer weekly language and dance classes and provide a breakfast/ after school club for primary aged children. Attractive joining incentives available along with sibling discounts. You have the option to leave your car at nursery and catch the bus to work due to ample parking spaces. Call to arrange a visit on 0131 672-1911 55 Liberton Gardens, EH16 6JT Opening hours - 7.30am - 6.30pm

St George’s School Nursery is situated ten minutes from the heart of Edinburgh on a beautiful eleven acre campus. Our nursery welcomes children from 2 – 4 years. For babies from eighteen months upwards we offer a comprehensive pre-nursery childcare service. Wrap-around care is available all-year round for all children from 7.45 am and until 6.00 pm, offering flexibility to busy parents. The nursery provides a flexible and caring school education. Children learn through play in wonderfully designed rooms. The curriculum is planned in consultation with parents and supported by extensive use of information and communications technologies, including computers and smartboards. The nursery, located in the Junior School at St George’s School for Girls, is an integral part of the school and is staffed by a highly qualified team of early education professionals. A recent Care Inspectorate report (February 2013) graded all areas ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’. Particular mention was made of the range of outdoor spaces that had been developed to provide “opportunities for adventure and engagement, enriching children’s experiences while attending nursery.” The nursery at St George’s provides a collaborative approach to learning and ensures a smooth transition to the next stage of school life. The school accepts ‘brothers’ up to the age of four. For further information please contact Karen Batty in Admissions by telephoning 0131 311 8008. Watch our nursery video and listen to our nursery ‘Q&A’ podcast on our website at www.stge.org.uk/nursery. Our next Open Morning is 22 March. Individual visits are also available on request. This year see Enjoy-a-Ball celebrate its 16th year of operation in Edinburgh. Some of the children that first attended classes have now gone on to pursue careers in sport themselves. “It’s fantastic to see so many of the thousands of children that have attended classes over the years continue to remain active and play sport at all levels” says founder Warwick Dredge, “We are particularly proud of Eilidh Thomson who has gone on to play hockey for Scotland and Rachel Carr who represents GB in climbing and bouldering”. www.enjoy-a-ball.com

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KINDERMUSIK WITH ELLIE - WHERE MUSIC AND LEARNING PLAY!

MORTONHALL TENNIS CLUB EASTER CAMPS 7th - 11th APRIL 2014 14th - 18th APRIL 2014 Camps now in their 10th year! The camps will be run by Dan Murray (Senior Club Coach).

Kindermusik with Ellie offers music and movement classes for babies, toddlers, big kids, and families. Our classes nurture young children’s development—and not just their musical development. In Kindermusik with Ellie, your child will explore and learn new skills through a thoroughly designed programme that will instil a lifelong love of music, all in the context of joyful, musically rich play! Classes: Cuddle & Bounce (0-1yr): Fridays, 11:20am. Sing & Play (1-2yrs): Fridays, 10:00am. Wiggle & Grow (23 yrs): Tuesdays, 11:20am. Laugh & Learn (3-4): Tuesdays, 10:05am. Move & Groove (4-6): Tuesdays, 3:45pm. Family Class (babies – 4 yrs): Saturdays, 11:00am Venues: Stockbridge Parish Church, St James Goldenacre Church Visit: www.kindermusikwithellie.co.uk, Email: Kindermusik_with_Ellie@hotmail.com Call: 079 62678561

MONKEY MUSIC

Each week will be broken down into 2 groups: 10am – 12 noon Mini Tennis Camp (Approx. 5-9 Years) £37.50 Members / £47.50 Non Members 1pm – 4pm Junior Tennis Camp (Approx.10-16 Years) £57.50 Members / £67.50 Non Members The camp is designed to give the players the chance to improve on their technical and tactical skills, play fun games, competitions and other sports.

Booking forms available from www.mortonhalltennis.org.uk

Helps children to move forward, overcome anxieties, habitsand behaviours holding them back. Working with parents to help improve communication at many levels with their children. Masterful Parenting course - book now! Mind Matters - preparing for exams Individual sessions throughout the year Call Karen 07837930714 www.kidsnlpscotland.co.uk

Monkey Music is delighted to announce that it is expanding its classes and Monkey will be swinging into Balerno and from January! At Monkey Music, we know that music is fundamental to a pre-school aged child's development. Our progressive and educational four stage curricula are designed to nurture a lifetime of music. By the time our little monkeys 'graduate', they have a sound base from which to build a musical future.... have a look! Unique to Monkey Music is our newest curriculum which has been specially written for babies from 3 months in response to huge demand from parents. Called “Rock‘n’Roll”, each class is themed around the everyday life of a very young child and is a special time in the week for parents and carers to simply stop, look at each other and enjoy the sensory experience of sound together. Come along and experience the Magic of Monkey Music at our open day in Balerno on Monday 13th January at St Josephs Centre! Free taster sessions will be running from 9.50am until 11.10am. Places must be booked in advance for your little monkeys by calling Lisa on 0131 441 4581 or emailing morningside.pentland@monkeymusic.co.uk

LITTLE SENSATIONS Engaging through play with your little one’s senses. Veronica, an Edinburgh mum and Children’s Occupational Therapist, is excited to introduce her new Little Sensations musical sensory play classes for babies and toddlers. Classes are available for babies 0 – 6 and 7 – 12 months and for toddlers 1 – 2 and 2 – 3 years. The ethos of Little Sensations reflects the importance of sensory play and each week classes will engage babies and toddlers in a new sensory experience based on a fun and educational theme with uniquely composed melodic and rhythmic music. For younger babies classes will also include baby massage. For ‘on the go’ toddlers, classes will help them to explore a fun filled environment. Classes available in: Murrayfield, Fairmilehead, Inverleith and Marchmont. To book a free taster class call Veronica on 07595 637873 or email: info@littlesensations.co.uk

DISCO DUCK Disco Duck, the ultimate pre-school dance experience is coming to Edinburgh. Designed to increase self-esteem, co-ordination, concentration, balance and poise but most of all with its catchy music it has a real sense of fun. Voted class of the month in Prima Baby Oct 2012 and in the top 3 best classes in Practical parenting Sept 2012. Disco duck is a great way to have fun with your little one while exercising at the same time ideal to blow those winter blues away. You can join your first classes with our very special furry friend for just £2. To find out where classes are in your area, like us on Facebook, email discoduckedinburgh@btinternet.com or call Claire on 07871633260

MAGIKATS Successful Tuition Centre Has Finally Arrived in Edinburgh. Now available near you - MagiKats Tuition Centres. Run by local, long established educationalists and offering innovative programmes, updated to support the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. Students attend for extension, consolidation or extra help. The friendly MagiKats environment, with individual programmes and individual support for individual children, promotes confidence, skills and a love of learning. Students are helped to understand materials that they need for school now. Topics are grouped so your child would work on adding to 100 at the same time as they tackled money. Interesting texts mean they could learn about the food chain, whilst practising reading comprehension, punctuation and spelling. And no – yours is not the only child who finds story writing difficult! MagiKats workshops are there to help. In addition to workshops, a small amount of carefully chosen homework is set to fill gaps in core skills. Structured preparation is available for NQ exams, entrance exams etc and some centres offer verbal reasoning as an optional extra. Call 0131 554 5595 or visit www.magikats.co.uk now to book your free assessment!

CATERPILLAR MUSIC Caterpillar Music is delighted to be opening more classes in Edinburgh. Caterpillar Music classes for children aged 0-4 years offer a fun, interactive introduction to music with exciting weekly themes, colourful instruments and amazing puppets. Weekly classes promote many aspects of a child’s development while being relaxed, great fun and a great way for children and parents to make new friends. Book a FREE TRIAL now! Sarah offers classes in Portobello, Trinity and now Morningside and Leith. Phone: 0131 5105055. Alison offers classes in Bathgate, Livingston and Edinburgh West, Phone: 01506 411762. Birthday parties and nursery/playgroup sessions also available. www.caterpillarmusic.com

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Kb-Insights: Helping Children To Succeed STEP IT UP DANCE Following two hugely successful years bringing dance to families and young people in Edinburgh, Step It Up Dance classes are now spreading across the city and beyond. Classes range from Parent & Child (18m - 5) to individual classes for ages 3 - 5, 5+ and 10+. New areas covered include Loanhead to Juniper Green, Gullane to Corstorphine and Stockbridge to Murrayfield so now every family should be able to join the urban dance revolution! www.stepitupdance.co.uk

Kb-Insights offer a range of services aimed at enhancing learning and potential to support children in overcoming barriers to learning. Reading and writing problems, dyslexia, dyspraxia, poor listening and concentration skills, speech and language delay, AD(H)D, poor fine motorskills, low self esteem, auditory processing difficultiesculties, poor social skills. More information about the various interventions available at www.kb-insights.co.uk Email: karen@kb-insights.co.uk or call 07837 930714

EDINBURGH LEISURE The February half term break comes around quickly for many parents, and keeping kids happy and active in this (whisper it) drab month can be a challenge. However, Edinburgh Leisure’s fantastic choice of multi-activity Activator camps across the city are certain to give kids some early Spring bounce. The Royal Commonwealth Pool offers swim based multi-activity camps and, as the host venue for the diving at this year’s Commonwealth Games, where better to let kids get into the spirit of the Games? Activator camps provide a mix of sports with games, arts and crafts, and life skills such as First Aid and cold cooking. The camps, which are open from 8am to 6pm to help working parents, also offer climbing at EICA (Ratho), tennis at Craiglockhart, Gymnastics and trampolining at Gracemount or water-based fun at Drumbrae. For further information visit www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/courses/junior/holidaycamps

Individual Tutoring Programmes

EXPLORE LEARNING Award-winning tuition in Edinburgh – free trial! Explore Learning centres provide maths and English tuition to 5 to 14 year olds of all abilities, and also run special courses in entrance exam preparation. The centres are open 7 days a week, and are care commission registered, meaning that families can use Childcare Vouchers to pay for membership. Also, because children attend up to twice a week on a drop-in basis, Explore tuition can fit easily into busy family life. As Explore members, children work with tutors who are great educational role models, enthusiastic about learning and fantastic motivators. Each child has an individualised learning programme tailored to meet their needs, and all Explore courses map to the Curriculum for Excellence. Find out how your child can benefit from Explore Learning membership today. Call your local centre to book a free trial session, or complete a free trial form at www.explorelearning.co.uk.

DANCE BASE Dance Base, Edinburgh’s National Centre for Dance, has an amazing programme of courses for young dancers. It’s a Dance school with a difference though – with no exams and no syllabus, they’re all about fun, creativity and trying different styles so that children can discover dance for themselves. For Spring 2014 they’ve re-launched the kids' programme with four age-specific stages to take children on a dance journey full of choice and challenge! Old favourites Mini / Junior Dance Academy and Street & Hip Hop classes are joined by a new Creative Dance strand to inspire young dancers' artistic talent, and leads directly to a new Contemporary class for the youth age group. All Dance Base teachers are fully qualified, young and give real energy to their lessons- and , at £54 per child for the 13-week spring term they're great value too. New Baby Steps class for Spring 2014 - a dance class developed specially for mums (or dads) and babies to enjoy together. This class is aimed at babies from 0 – 12 months. Research shows that major learning and development takes place in the first year – so what better way to learn than through an environment of colour, sound and rhythm to stimulate your baby and aid cognitive development. As well as mum and baby time, there’ll be a special Baby Steps Café after the class so that participants can spend time together over a free cuppa while their babies enjoy Dance Base’s sensory area and toys. Baby Steps takes place on Thursdays between 13.00 – 13.45 with the café running until 15.00 and can be booked either for the whole term or as a drop-in – at the great price or £52 for the 13 week term or £4.50 for a drop in. www.dancebase.co.uk

MATHS & ENGLISH: PROFESSIONAL TUITION AT KIP MCGRATH CENTRES IN INVERLEITH AND MARCHMONT. Following the huge demand from our students who are travelling to our Inverleith Centre from across the city for expert tuition in Maths and English, our new Kip McGrath Centre In Edinburgh Marchmont/Morningside is now open. We offer high quality professional tuition for all ages from 4 to 18+. For further information please phone Indy on 01316106110

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Children’s health from Heads, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes) heads, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes) ...and eyes and feet and lungs and teeth heads, shoulders knees and toes (knees and toes)!

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When I grow up... pilot, fire fighter, train driver, police officer? Every child dreams of what they'll do one day. Up to one in five children may have an eye condition they do not know about which could stop them achieving those dreams. A free sight test may give every child the ability to see clearly, learn effectively and fulfill their career aspirations. Did you know that up to 1 million children in the UK currently have an undetected vision problem? Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on children’s ability to learn and on their behaviour – yet often goes unrecognised by teachers, parents and by children themselves. All pre - school children should have an eye examination with an Optometrist (the 'new' name for Optician). Parents should consider an Opticians practice which has a keen interest in children's eye care to ensure the most enjoyable and productive results can be achieved. Eye examinations should always be a fun experience for both the child and the parents, at Downes Opticians we pride ourselves in our family centred eye care in a fun, relaxed environment. Book your appointment now: 0131 553 5358, info@downesopticians.com or through our website www.downesopticians.com. We look forward to welcoming you very soon, hot chocolates at the ready for the kiddies and that essential cuppa for Mum and/or Dad. Downes Opticians, 2 North Junction Street, Leith, EH6 6HN, there is ample free parking down by the Water of Leith, next to the practice.

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• At what age should you start getting your little one's feet measured? Knowing when your child will need their first pair of shoes can be tricky and often confusing. Barefoot is best until your child is starting to take their first few steps. At this stage we recommend taking your child to a professional fitted footwear specialist who will be expertly trained in children’s foot development and shoe fitting. • How important is it to make sure you have the correct fitting shoes? From the moment they begin to crawl, right into their late teens, children’s feet are continually developing. The bones in their feet do not fully form until around 18 years of age, which means that throughout their childhood their feet are susceptible to being misshaped by ill-fitting footwear. We strongly recommend getting the advice from a professional, which will ensure that your child is measured and fitted with the correct size and style of shoe for their feet, through every stage of their development. They will measure the length, width and shape of your child’s feet – all vital to ensure correctly fitted shoes. Professional fitters will check elements such as the fit around the anklebone and heel as well as the correct width, length and shape of the shoe • How often do you recommend getting a child's feet measured? Regular visits are important (and free), and are recommended every six to eight weeks for little ones learning to walk, then three to four months as they get older. • What lasting effects will ill-fitting shoes have on little ones feet? Any pressure that ill-fitting shoes may apply to the foot, even if it doesn’t cause your child noticeable pain, should be avoided as this can lead to foot and other possible joint and posture problems developing in later life. • Can I hand shoes down between my children? No. No two children’s feet are the same and ‘hand me down’ shoes should be avoided. The shoes will have moulded to the shape of the original child’s foot which will not be the same as the new child and will therefore not support their growing feet properly. Treehouse Childrenswear, 10-12 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5AU Phone: 0131 2251242 Website: www.treehousechildrenswear.co.uk Approved stockists of Start-rite shoes. Treehouse provide a first shoe fitting certificate and also offer a shoe loyalty card.


top to toe! Your teeth are amazing - each and every tooth is special. Your child will have developed their baby teeth by birth. These teeth start to appear in the mouth from about 6 months onwards, starting at the front and working towards the back. The fun begins here and it is never too early to start looking after your teeth! Every child is an individual and teeth can develop at different rates, please don’t worry if teeth take their time, this development has little bearing on the development of adult teeth. When teeth do appear they also may look out of line, this is very common and usually within a few months of all the teeth developing, they will correct themselves, unfortunately, thumb sucking and use of a dummy can lead to some teeth being out of place. Your dentist can confirm this and keep an eye on them at their dental examinations.

So what can you expect and how can you help look after your child’s teeth? When a tooth is ready to appear your baby will no doubt show the signs of teething. Along with this may come some sleepless nights but reassuringly it won’t keep you up too many nights. Common signs of teething include biting on hard objects like their toys, spoons, drinking cups and even your fingers. You may notice their cheeks flushing and increased dribbling. Infant suspension is very useful to alleviate the symptoms. Seek advice from your dentist or GP if needed. Teething rings are great and if you can cool them that may ease the discomfort. Teething gels are not that effective as they are hard to place on the gum. On a positive note, the signs of teething will disappear when the tooth has fully come through and the gum has calmed down. Children will develop 20 teeth, so teething is a symptom you may be very conscious of.

So how can you keep your child’s teeth healthy? 1. Start regular dental examinations, even before teeth have appeared. Not only is your dentist interested in teeth, he or she will make sure that your child’s jaws, mouth and gums are developing normally and give advice. Your child also becomes used to the surroundings of a dental surgery; this can be paramount for future understanding and reduce any fears. 2. Eating sensibly to maintain a healthy mouth means avoiding sugar. We recommend that sugary foods should only be given as a treat rather than a staple part of your child’s diet. We know it can be difficult and as your child grows they then become exposed to sugary foods that are available, Lunch boxes can be exciting even without the use of sugary foods. E.g. Raisins, Satsuma’s, a small piece of cheese, grapes, malt loaf and yogurts can still be fun! 3. Regular tooth brushing is recommend, brush morning and night to prevent gum disease and dental decay by removing the germs that harm our mouth. Your dentist or hygienist will assist you in tooth brushing for your children and give advice when you meet resistance. Your child’s toothbrush should have soft/medium bristles and be small enough the fit inside their mouth and move around easily. It is advised to start at the back of the teeth on the side next to the lips/ cheek and work methodically around the teeth then doing the same on the inner surfaces,

A fit and healthy body doesn’t just come through owning a gym membership! • Private Small Group Training • Buddy Training • 1:1 Personal Training All sessions are bespoke and tailored to your individual abilities and goals. Prices and Packages can be found on

www.qualitytimefitness.com or contact Collette on 07868271907 or collette@qualitytimefitness.com Private Training Studio, LifesCycle Bonnington Mill Business Centre, 72 Newhaven Road, Edinburgh, EH6 5QG

incorporating the biting surface of the teeth, then same method for upper teeth. We understand it’s easy to tell you how to toothbrush but the actual doing can be difficult, persevere, children usually get used to this as it becomes part of their routine, we suggest you supervise tooth brushing till the age of 8. 4. Use fluoride toothpaste. (There is no fluoride added to Lothian water supplies). We recommend that a pea size amount of toothpaste is used and children should be encouraged to spit but don’t rinse to keep the fluoride in place longer. 5. Last but not least, visit your dentist regularly. We are here to assist you keep your child’s mouth healthy. We will help you prevent gum disease and tooth decay for life. Check your mouth to spot any early signs of disease and repair any area where disease has already occurred. We know how important it is that your child grows up to feel confident at the dentist. The best way to do this is to make sure they only have positive experiences. We understand that you want the best for your family and at Morningside Drive Dental Practice we aim to keep you and your family’s mouth healthy for life! 31 Morningside Drive, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH10 5LZ 0131 447 6043

Family Friendly Dental Practice in Morningside Dedicated team ready to welcome you and your family in to our well established practice • Affordable private dentistry • All aspects of children’s dentistry

• Children treated under NHS guidelines • 14 point dental health check • Full hygienist services Visit our website or our facebook page for more details Or call practice 0131 447 6043

www.mddp.co.uk

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The Osteopathic Practice • Unsettled colicky babies, flat head syndrome • Growing pains, asthma, glue ear, autism • Sports injuries, stiff back and neck pain

Tom Kelman, BSc (Hons) Ost, DPO Registered Cranial and Paediatric Osteopath

1 Wester Coates Avenue, Edinburgh EH12

0131 346 0134 Natural relief from pain and discomfort

Children’s health from top to toe! DON’T SUFFER WITH A COLD “No days off nursery this winter.” Leon’s Mum, February 2013 A cold is a viral infection which is very common, affecting some people 2 or 3 times a year, especially children. Under normal circumstances, we inhale fresh air into the lungs 12 to 15 times a minute, and then exhale the stale air. We take this sequence for granted until an infection or respiratory disease interferes with it. The immune system is the body’s defence mechanism against disease and infection. A visible sign that your immune system failed to stop a germ is the congested, swollen nasal passages of the common cold. Cold viruses are notoriously contagious, moving easily from person to person via sneezing, coughing and contaminated objects like tissues. Inhaling fine particles of salt into the entire respiratory system helps • Salt therapy helps by clearing up relieve inflammation, breaks up mucus and relieves congestion. As a the mucus result of the therapy breathing becomes easier and the immune system • Builds up the immune system to grows stronger making you more resistant to viral infections such as the attack the invading microbes common cold. Children can play here and they will not even realise they • 100% natural and safe for any age are under treatment! • Salt is a natural antihistamine, The Salt Cave, Meadowbank, anti-viral and anti-bacterial Edinburgh, is open 7 days a week, and your first session is free! 0131 510 1091 www.saltcave.co.uk

Baby Massage The Power of Touch

Baby Massage with Anne Young BSc CBMI MIFPA Small, relaxed, friendly classes Thursday mornings 10.30am - 11.30am

Contact Anne 07811 073 202 anne@scents-of-wellbeing.co.uk Mulberry House, 21 Manor Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7DX

The power of touch to soothe and heal is instinctive. If a baby cries, for example, we may cuddle them or rub their back. Massaging your baby is an extension of this natural impulse. It allows you to communicate with your baby and pick up on baby’s verbal and non-verbal cues learning to understand your baby’s special and unique needs. Baby massage enhances the process of bonding with your baby on a physical and emotional level. Research Research studies have been undertaken regarding the benefits of massage on pre-term infants. The outcome of these studies showed: that massage led to an improved quality of sleep, the babies were more alert when awake, an increase in weight gain and earlier discharge from hospital. Warwick Medical School and the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick led by Angela Underdown looked at nine studies of massage of young children covering a total of 598 infants under the age of six months. They found the various studies showed a range of significant results including indications that infants who were massaged cried less, slept better, and had lower levels of stress hormone such as cortisol. Benefits of Baby Massage Classes Baby Massage classes offer you and your baby a tranquil, safe place to relax and learn the beautiful art of baby massage. During the classes time is given to discuss the health and wellbeing benefits massage offers you and your baby. Refreshments are provided and time allowed for you discuss and share experiences regarding common baby care topics with other parents also giving you the opportunity to make new friends. If you are a first time parent this social contact can be especially valuable.

Baby Massage with Anne Young BSc CBMI MIFPA Thursday mornings 10.30am – 11.30am [next 5 week course starts Thursday 16th January 2014] Mulberry House, 21 Manor Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7DX. Mobile: 07811 073 202 Email: anne@scents-of-wellbeing.co.uk Web: www.scents-of-wellbeing.co.uk

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Most parents know the importance of encouraging their children to live healthy, active lives – but our good intentions can stall in the long, dark days of winter. Experts warn that too much time curled up in front of the TV with the heating on will deprive children and young people of the vital health benefits of physical activity, as well as increasing the chances of colds and the winter blues. Official guidelines advise youngsters should achieve 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day. Tommy George, Youth Development Director at Edinburgh Leisure, advises parents to find fun ways to keep children active in the cold months. “Regular physical activity improves cardiovascular health, muscular fitness, bone strength and body fat composition. Furthermore, exercise from an early age improves mental health, cognitive skills, social confidence and the chances of being healthy and active in adulthood. Try coached activities such as tennis or athletics, gymnastics or diving, to help your child find a sport they love. Younger ones can be encouraged to be active with the safe rough and tumble of soft play, or an early introduction to swimming or football. Tommy added: “There’s no shortage of activities both indoor and outdoor in Edinburgh, so there is something for every child whatever their age and preference. For further information about coaching and fitness programmes for children and young people, visit www.edinburghleisure.co.uk


As parents we can often find that while those around us get to take to their beds with a cold or aches and pains we soldier on valiently until a window of opportunity opens up for us to collapse into.

Looking After Your Health This Winter Judith Paterson, Director of Balanced Physiotherapy shares her excellent advice for taking care of ourselves this winter. Physiotherapy clinics often see an upsurge in business during cold spells. Old problems tend to resurface or get worse and many people complain of tight and achey muscles. There are several reasons for this and more importantly quite a lot you can do to prevent it. Neck and shoulder problems/tension tends to be particularly bad at this time of year and we suspect there are several reasons for this. When it is cold, we tend to shrug our shoulders up to hide into the collar of our coats. This causes an overuse of our neck and shoulder blade muscles. Muscles are designed to contract then relax, allowing oxygen and nutrients back into the muscle. They don’t like to contract and then be held as this holding causes a build up of toxins in the muscle which through time and repetition will irritate the muscle and result in pain, muscle tightness and possibly headaches. The simple solution is to wear a scarf or polo neck and a hat. If you notice these muscles are tight then try applying a heat pad to them or gently circling your shoulder blades to ease them off. If we get very cold then our body begins to shiver. It is attempting to raise the temperature around your vital organs by causing your muscles to shake. This shaking of muscles means we tend to hold ourselves very stiffly and muscles and joints tend to feel sore afterwards. There is no doubt that our bodies benefit from heat during the winter months. Hot Stone Massage* is a wonderful way to warm the body and ease tight muscles. Or perhaps we should take the advice of our Scandinavian friends and use saunas more regularly. However, if you don’t have the luxury of a sauna, a hot bath will do the job. Add a couple of mugs of Epsom Salts to encourage your muscles to relax and lower your blood pressure. Speaking of blood pressure, this time of year is also renowned for high stress levels. Financial and health worries are common and January is famed for having the most depressing day of the year. Stress affects are bodies in several ways; our muscles tend to tense up; we sleep poorly which adds to the stress; and it reduces our bodies ability to release the feel good hormones that help us to keep pain under control. Try and make sure that you do something relaxing for at least 30 minutes a day. Exercise, massage and meditation are all known to help kick start our Endorphins, helping us to feel good and feel less pain.

Exercise is a great way to fend off the winter blues but you do need to take time to warm up properly beforehand. Recent research is showing that an adequate warm up and cool down is more effective at preventing muscle strains than stretching. Your warm up should be low intensity and similar to the activity you are about to perform. For example if you are running or cycling just go at a much slower pace for the first 5-10 minutes. Also layer your clothes so that you can remove them as you warm up. Sports massage can be used to help warm muscles up prior to exercise, just make sure you don’t get too relaxed and end up going back to bed! Dehydration and poor diet can also contribute to sluggishness and muscle aches and pains. We tend to be less thirsty in the winter months but water is just as important as central heating and overindulging on alcohol or coffee contribute to poor hydration. A small glass of water every hour is recommended to keep your muscles fluid. The foods we eat can also contribute to inflammation in our bodies with many foods lessening our body’s ability to combat inflammation from arthritis or injuries. Kate Swaine, Nutritionist at Balanced Physiotherapy would suggest cutting right back on sugars and tomatoes if you want to reduce inflammation. She can offer you advice on the full range of food to encourage and discourage if you are prone to aches, pain or arthritis. In summary, you can help to reduce the likelihood of being sore this winter by staying warm, exercising sensibly, having a regular massage and eating the right foods. Balanced Physiotherapy……….the place to get better. info@balancedphysiotherapy.co.uk 0131 315 3105 *If you haven’t tried one yet, Balanced Physiotherapy has several Hot Stone Massage therapists who would be willing to introduce you to this wonderful combination of deep massage and heat.

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First things first ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ WHEN

WHERE

Obviously your child’s birthday isn’t a date that can be moved and ideally they’d want a party on that day. But, it’s more than likely that your child has the same or a similar birthday as other children in their nursery or class. If you can, talk to other parents or the nursery teacher to find out if your proposed party date clashes. You might find that one of their friends is already having a party that day. If sharing a party isn’t something you’d want to consider then you might want to think about picking a different day. Although it’s not unknown for kids to go from one party to another do you really want to be party number 3 of the day? Parents and children will not be at their best!

Party Venues While some parents will relish the thought of decorating their home or a rented hall in the style of a princess palace or super hero hangout it’s not everyone’s forte. And even if you have the skills, do you have the time? And then there’s the stress of providing healthy nutritious food for the guests. Your child is asking for bright orange cheese puffs and multi-coloured party rings (the staple of any good old-fashioned birthday tea) but you know they all had fresh smoothies and hand mashed organic humous at Sophie’s party last week. Aggh - what to do?! If there are just too many other things going on in your life and you don’t have time to add the string of “party planner” to your bow then leave it to the professionals. The massive advantage of a purpose designed party venue or area is that once you and your child have done the hard work of picking the venue (and it will be hard - have you seen the choice?) they will do pretty much do everything else for you - entertain the kids, feed them and then clear the decks afterwards. Leaving you not having to pick bits of birthday cake out from between the floorboards or finding lumps of jelly in your bed later that night.

Almond Valley

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There is nowhere quite like Almond Valley to hold a Birthday Party. As well as all the great attractions of Almond Valley your special party will enjoy exclusive two hour use of a party room, a tasty birthday tea from a choice of two menus, a half an hour session in Morags Meadow Indoor Soft Play, your own private Tractor and Trailer Ride and each child will receive balloons, badges and tooters all at the low price of £8.50 per child (min 10 children) Options available for adults starting at £1.50 per adult and we can also do children s party boxes at £3 per child. Please telephone in advance to check for availability on your chosen date 01506 414957 artroom32 Arty Parties!

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Creative parties for children who fancy something just a bit different. Parties for up to 14 children can be held here in the studio. Fun arty activities can be tailored to suit the birthday boy or girl: How about a themed party (favourite animals/characters/books/films etc)? Or jewellery making, keep-sake boxes, sculpture, volcanoes, modelmaking, t-shirt printing, masks, decopatch animals, paintings....anything arty or crafty is possible! Forget party bags - your children will be making their own unique creations to take home as a memento of a great day.... Just get in touch for more information or to book a great party! www.artroom32.co.uk

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It’s a New year and it’s a brand new choc-a-bloc Families Edinburgh Great Big Birthday Party Guide! A birthday party is a big deal for most kids (and parents) - so the pressure is on to get it right. The secret, like so many things, is in the planning.

Doodles ★★★★★★★★★★★★

Book yo advance ur venue up well - th in slots ava ey only have so many ilable on any given day.

Clown Around

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Soft Play, Trampoline & Party Centre A fantastic family run venue to hold your child’s special day. Let the kids run off some excess energy on our large trampolines, have fun in our large softplay climbing frame or chill out in our new sensory room. You’ll then have exclusive use of our large decorated party room (complete with music and disco lights). Your own party co-ordinator will ensure everything runs smoothly. Hot and cold food options available. Suitable for up to 10 years, prices from just £6.50 per child. Open 7 days 10am - 5.45pm (last entry 4.45pm) 109, Restalrig Road, Edinburgh, EH6 7NY. Call 0131 553 7676 to book your party now. For all packages see www.clownaround.me.uk Dance Base ★★★★★★★★★★★

One of Edinburgh’s best kept party secrets. Dance Base creates bespoke dance parties for youngsters. Your child gets to choose a track by their favourite artist and theme a party around it! Party away in one of their amazing Grassmarket studios with exclusive access to a Dance Base teacher. Over an hour they'll create a simple and fun routine with the children. After dancing, parents can bring their own catering and enjoy the space for another hour - eat, dance or play your own games! Parties cost £150, which includes 1 hour with a teacher and 2 hours studio space. For parents looking for a party with a difference, look no further. Dancebase.co.uk

Doodles offers a great party package in its Marchmont studio. Acrylic painted pottery such as miniature animals, picture frames, trinket boxes and other ornaments can be taken home the same day at a cost of £10 per head. Items which need to be food safe, such as mugs or plates cost £11 per head and will be ready for collection after 3 days. Doodles provides sweets and juice and parents may bring other party food and a birthday cake. Up to 30 children can be accommodated in the studio. Doodles is really a perfect destination for any age to come and party (from 1 upwards) You can also customise your party to suit your budget, for example they could all paint a door plaque or hand print tile for £6 a head. We are always happy to discuss your party ideas with you. We can also offer a take home party in a box kit. We also now do decopath as a 3rd party option from £8 per head. 29 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh, EH9 1HQ. 0131 229 1399 Edinburgh Butterfly Insect World

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Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World hold Children's Parties on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10.30am and 1pm (or midweek depending on availability). Parties last a maximum of 2hrs, include use of the Party Room and a private talk, tour of the attraction and animal handling session for up to 20 children. Party Lunch Boxes, Personalised Luxury Cake, Bouncy Castle and Party Bags and a sign displayed in our 17ft Burmese Python's tank can all be arranged as part of your party! For further information and costs or to make a booking, please e-mail info@edinburghbutterfly-world.co.uk or call 0131 663 4932.

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Edinburgh Leisure

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- climb, jump, splash! Whether climbing, jumping or splashing around, children love being active and parties are the perfect opportunity to let them run wild. Just treat them to an Edinburgh Leisure party and you won’t have to run wild organising it. Edinburgh Leisure can provide experienced staff to take the stress out of party planning. Younger children love the bouncy castle, football parties or superb soft play facilities. Older children are spoilt for a choice of exciting themes including trampolining, swimming and even adrenalin-pumping aerial assault. With parties available at nine venues across the city, there’s a brilliant Edinburgh Leisure birthday for every child. For more information visit www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/activities/birthday-parties enjoyleisure

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enjoyleisure guarantees to deliver a birthday celebration packed full of active fun! Choose from a wide range of options including pool parties, bouncy castles, soft play, trampolines and climbing wall parties! You can also hire one of our indoor halls or outdoor synthetic pitches to deliver a sporting activity party of your choice. NEW for 2014! Musselburgh Sports Centre has a fantastic brand new deep sea adventure Aqua Run! Kids will have a whale of a time playing on this giant inflatable adventure playground which sits on the water! For information about each party option and catering available visit www.enjoyleisure.com FitnessChicks

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Kids Birthday Parties! At FitnessChicks we create fun, stress-free memorable birthday parties for your children! During this 1.5 hr party you can relax as your kids run around and play games and dance while our expert instructor keeps them entertained! During this time they will play all the classics such as musical statues and musical bumps and even new exciting games to help them celebrate and have the best time at their birthday. You can bring your own food and cake or we can provide this for you. Please contact us on info@fitnesschicks.co.uk or call 0131 229 1619 Gambado Edinburgh ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

where childhood memories are made! Birthday parties are more fun and less hassle for busy families at Gambado! Take advantage of our unique, unsurpassable facilities & indoor space to create a memorable party for your child, family and friends. Our party planning perfectionists have the pleasure of presenting our unique party packages. At www.gambado.com you will find all you need to know including party videos, party prices and our fantastic party extras information to help you plan your special day! For further info and to book call our dedicated party booking team on 0844 375 9494 (Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm)

Honey Pot Ceramics

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Arts and Crafts Studio We love parties and have an award winning range of fabulous parties for all ages, including: Pottery Painting (Age 3+), Messy Play Party (Ages 1-5), Jewellery Party ( Ages 4+), Soap or Bath Bomb Making Party ( Age 4+) and Glass fusing Party (Age 9+) Prices from £10 per head (+ supplements where appropriate) Dedicated staff look after your party group to make sure they have a fabulous time. Each Birthday package includes a personalised, decorated ceramic plate which the birthday child can take home once their friends have signed it. Telephone: 0131- 333-6348 For further details: www.honeypotceramics.com Lamp House Music ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Pop Star Birthday Parties at Lamp House Music provide 2 hours of singing and recording fun in professional rehearsal and recording studios. Choose any two songs, rehearse with the provided lyrics and backing tracks until ready to record! Includes party tea and photo shoot plus take away VIP Passes, CDs of recorded songs and a CD of the day’s photos. Pop Star Birthday Parties are £99 – suitable for up to 6 children, age 8+ Already highly respected for music lessons, music schools and fun activities, Lamp House Music promise the best party EVER with a Pop Star Birthday Party! For more information and to book: www.lamphousemusic.co.uk, 01620 825630.

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Midlothian Snowsports Centre ★★★★★★

New for 2014 – Ride and Slide Snow Tubing Parties at Midlothian Snowsports Centre Come and enjoy our premium tubing parties for everyone from primary 4 upwards. Ride up the travelator and slide down our new purpose built tubing runs. Round inflatable doughnuts with smooth plastic bases enable you to slide down the slope. It’s fast, fun and exciting! We also offer junior tubing parties for ages 4+. These junior tubing parties take place on the nursery slope and are great fun! You can sit, spin, go backwards, hold on to the person next to you. After an exhilarating hours tubing, whatever your style of party, food and drinks are provided in Cafe 360. We even provide free party bags for your guests! Please phone us to check availability. Early booking is advised. Call 0131 445 4433 for more information or to book your party Maddie and Mark’s ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

It’s always Party Time at Play Town! Maddie & Mark’s Play Town is paradise for party action, packed with excitement and topped off with delicious party food. With your very own dedicated Party Host, the kids’ have a ball and you don’t have to clean up afterwards! There’s a great range of Soft Play parties –Sensory for babies, right up to Karaoke, Disco and Pamper for teens. (Laser Quest coming soon!). Find out more on 0131 555 1900 or email parties@maddieandmarks.co.uk Maddie & Mark’s Play Town at Ocean Terminal, with great views across the Firth of Forth. Let the kids’ party, and you can chill. www.maddieandmarks.co.uk Mikes Military Mayhem

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Call 0131 445 4433 to book your party or group. See our website for all the details at ski.midlothian.gov.uk Midlothian Snowsports Centre, Hillend, Biggar Road, Edinburgh EH10 7DU

We are proud to Proud to Offer..... A Birthday Party to remember. Mikes Military Mayhem is a fun packed outdoor activity party for everyone from age 6 upwards! Have a blast on the obstacle course, work in teams to ward off the enemy, carry out a secret mission all with limitless water, mud and FUN. Each party booking is tailored to suit the age and ability of recruits. Encouragement is limitless and everyone leaves as a hero. We provide invitation/camouflage face paint/a certificate for every recruit/birthday card/water/juice. MMM is only 50 minutes from central Edinburgh in the beautiful Scottish Borders. W: www.mikesmilitarymayhem.co.uk E: mikesmilitarymayhem@hotmail.co.uk M: 07810562543

Supersonic birthdays at the National Museum of Flight ★★★★★★★★★★

Celebrate your special birthday at the National Museum of Flight. Visit Concorde and our Fantastic Flight gallery, packed with more than 25 hands-on interactives then take part in workshops and activities with your party host. After all the exertion, sit down to a birthday spread in the Aviator Café. Choose from our Jet Powered Package at £10 per child or our Supersonic Package at £12.50 per child. Parties for minimum of 10 children. “Me and my mates rated the party 100 out of 10." Finn aged 10 Book now! 0131 247 4238 www.nms.ac.uk/flight

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Party Planet

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Let us take away the stress and mess of organising your child’s birthday party. We offer many themes including: Pirates & Princesses, Hello Kitty, Thomas the Tank Engine, Superheros, One Direction, Glitz and Glam, Make your own cupcakes, and a dazzling Masquerade ball to name but a few. You and your party guests have exclusive use of the newly refurbished venue which includes a soft play area, cafe and fantastic home cooked food and snacks. Your child’s party is taken by enthusiastic and friendly party hosts who provide one hour of entertainment followed by a yummy party feast! We can even help with invites, party bags, themed cups and balloons. Party Planet, Baileyfield Road, Portobello. 0131 669 1231 Potter Around

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We love to throw parties at Potter Around with the main aim of having lots of fun and creating something fabulous. Either have a party in our specially decorated children’s room or we can come to your house or venue. Pottery painting is our most popular party but there is much more choice decopatch, Picasso (painting on canvas), jewellery, fimo fun, Warhammer, lip balm and candles and potter’s wheel parties where everyone has a shot on the wheels. All great fun and face painting or nail painting can be added in as extra if required. Phone: 01506 238961 Email: Chat@potteraround.co.uk www.potteraround.co.uk

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Recording Studio Kids Parties ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

One and a half hours of laughter and fun for only £15pp (min 10 - max 20). As well as singing together as a group, the birthday girl/boy will be encouraged to sing a solo part too. And we will also help to encourage any ideas the kids may have for their recording. The resulting mix will be burned to CD for each participant. The entire event will be photographed and an mp3 of the track will also be provided. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink along. Our studio is located at 107 High Street, Royal Mile. To find out more or to book your party go to www.royalmilerecordingexperiences.com

World of Football And World of Bowling Parties

Eco-friendly playdough, accessories and toys. Bespoke playdough party bag alternatives.

info@happydough.co.uk www.happydough.co.uk

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Looking for great service and great value then try out our fantastic parties. Pick from Ten Pin Bowling, Weather proof Indoor Football or do both activities with a Combo party. As a family run business we can guarantee fantastic Service and value with parties starting from ONLY £11 per child which includes activity, meal, party bag and unlimited juice! Each party is provided with a fully trained host who will look after you and ensure your child’s special day is a huge success. The World Of Bowling and World Of Football are situated directly behind the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. On site facilities include free parking, free wifi, café and bar. For more details phone 01314430404 or log onto www.worldoffootball.com or www.worldofbowling.com

TimeTwisters Play and Party Centre ★★★★★★★★★

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As Edinburgh’s award winning kids birthday party specialist, we offer the widest choice of parties and options to ensure all guests have “The Greatest Fun in History”. From Soft-Play Parties to Make-A-Bear and Laser-Tag Parties, our party team know what it takes to make your child’s special occasion a delightful and memorable experience for everyone. So, whatever your party choice you can relax and enjoy the day as much as the children Full details of all party options, availability and online party booking can be found at www.timetwisters.co.uk/party or call 0131 308 2464 and speak with our friendly staff.


Happy to have a party in your home or found the perfect hall?

One thing entertaining a large group of children is NOT is easy - one thing it IS is exhausting. Have you ever had one of your children’s friends just follow you around your home looking mournfully up at you telling you they’re bored? It’s hard enough on a normal play date but definitely not want you want during a party. And this is where professional party leaders and entertainers are worth their weight in gold. They have vast experience and will be able to keep the kids enthralled.

A-Star Sports

Hockey Rounders Rugby Tennis Volleyball

Arty parties and holiday workshops also available 0131 553 6798 / 07931 513 815 www.artroom32.co.uk

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A-Star Sports parties offer fun-filled and inclusive games for everyone. For children 3+ years, our parties focus on fast paced and fun games that keep children engaged from start to finish with vibrant creativity and a wide range of equipment for tiny hands. For children 7+ years, we offer sportsbased and/or themed parties for an action-packed multi-sports adventure and families can choose to have activities from our range of ten core sports: Basketball Cricket Dodgeball Football Handball

Fun, funky and educational arts & crafts classes for children. Painting, drawing, sculpture, model making and much more!

For high energy, all-round active entertainment children can invite up to 30 friends for a fun packed 2 hours* for the most memorable sporty occasion. Just remember to tell all your guests to bring lots of energy and put their fast shoes on! *Subject to venue size and chosen activities.

KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTIES AT

Celebrate your Childs Birthday in a fun friendly environment! Our action packed parties will create a lovely memorable experience for your child and friends and family!

info@fitnesschicks.co.uk www.fitnesschicks.co.uk 0131 229 1619

For more information on A-Star Sports parties visit www.a-starsports.co.uk/local-classes/edinburgh or call Brian on 07876021073. Acting Out UK

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Have an Acting Out UK Party! Let your children and their friends Act Out during the best party of the year (theirs)! We provide Drama, Musical Theatre, Acting, Singing & or Dancing Parties. We also work around your chosen theme from Ball Room Glitz, Wizards & Dinosaurs to more educational themes. Each party or workshop is tailored to the age of the group, the chosen theme and the chosen occasion. We have worked with many individuals and organisations in the past, including Mary Erskine School, St Peters Primary, Melville Nursery, Gracemount Secondary & Boys Brigade. Please visit our website for more information or contact clare@actingoutuk.com or call 07704 714 607.

Beano the Clown Magic, Balloons, Songs & Games -5s & +5s, 1hr & 2 hr,

Beano the Clown ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

In my clowning, I use magic, music, juggling and balloon modeling. My shows are in one or two hours, for the under 5s or the over 5s. Children become the magicians, everybody participates, each child gets a balloon. The birthday boy gets a motorcycle with five balloons and the birthday girl a Tweety Bird on a perch. With the under 5s, we play two songs on the guitar, do magic with a puppet and finish with the balloons. In the two hour show, we play games after the magic and balloons. I also have a show for toddlers. As seen on GMTV, Nickelodeon and BBC2: "Beano, the newsnight clown" - Jeremy Paxman. I am a member of Equity and Clowns International and have a CRB check. Tel: 07948070 569 Website: Beano.theclown.free.fr (without www) Caterpillar Music

Tel: 07948-070 569 Web: Beano.theclown.free.fr

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Does your child love music? Caterpillar Music offers lively, musical birthday entertainment for children aged 0-4 years. Parties include songs and games with beautiful puppets and exciting props suitable for the smallest babies to the most lively 4 year olds. A present for your little one is also included! We can come to your home or to a venue of your choice with the party lasting from 30min to 1.5 hours. Locations: West Lothian & Edinburgh West - Call Alison on 01506 411762 Central Edinburgh and Portobello - Call Sarah on 0131 510 5055 Website: www.caterpillarmusic.com CeilidhKids

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A ceilidh is a great way to celebrate – if all the guests like to dance! CeilidhKids ceilidhs are especially suited to whole family parties with a mix of generations – under 5s need an adult or older child to partner them; older children and adults can dance together. We can lead an hour’s ceilidh dancing and leave the rest of the party up to you, or stick around and do a few games after tea. But it’s still your party – you choose the venue, theme and so on – we just bring the music and ideas and help the guests have fun! www.ceilidhkids.com

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Pottery Painting & Craft Studio Come and try your hand at jewellery, glass and potter's wheel, general crafts and pottery painting Bring your imagination and we’ll have the rest! Available for parties, schools, playgroups and after school clubs See website for details on clubs & classes

Tel: 01506 238961 Email: chat@potteraround.co.uk or visit www.potteraround.co.uk

Fencing Fun ★★★★★★★★★

CSI Parties for Kid Detectives

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Unique and tailor made children’s parties for budding detectives. From fingerprinting and hair analysis to facial photo fits using the latest software. Your children will have all the necessary skills to don their investigator suits and solve the crime. A crime scene within their very own home or party venue! CSI Parties are suitable for children aged 6 – 12 and include a CSI party bag. “Thank you for a wonderful party. From solving a crime scene to taking their finger prints it was perfect. I would highly recommend this.” New for 2014 Minecraft Quest and Lego Robotics parties. For more information see www.sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk, email info@sescotland.computerxplorers.co.uk or call 0131 6530580 Damo and Marvo ★★★★★★★

Magical Children's Parties

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT ★Party packages available BOOK NOW for birthdays, Christmas, Easter s Parttie Pre-school soft play open star ★ from 12 9-4 Mon-Fri, 10 -2 Sat-Sun only £ per child with a seperate refurbished café ★ Check our Facebook page for daily activity sessions Open: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun, 10am-2pm 39 Baileyfield Road, Edinburgh EH15 1NA • 0131 669 1231

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Fun filled children's party entertainment for all ages. Our Magic parties featuring Marvo The Magic Rabbit are a real hit with both children and adults alike! Our action packed kids disco party is also a big hit with colourful disco lights, exciting games, party dances and more. We pride ourselves on being experienced family entertainers and have the ability to entertain not just the kids but everyone who comes along... even Granddad who normally sits in the corner will be having a blast! When you book a party with us... we will ensure every child goes home with a smile on their face and one of our balloon models. www.damoandmarvo.com 01620 820337 DNDance

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Every year a child's birthday is special. Let DNDance create a bespoke dance party just for your dancing star! Our parties follow a structure consisting of an hour of DNDance, then 30 minutes of your own time (for food and cake), followed by a further 30 minutes of DNDance. The last 10 minutes of the whole party is reserved for our spectacular finale! The birthday star and friends will perform their very own Mini Show! Choose any theme or music tracks and we will create a party just for you. From Pirates to Cheerleaders, One Direction to Little Mix, we can guarantee a high energy, full of smiles party! Prices from £100. nicky@dndance.co.uk www.dndance.co.uk 07545551271 The Drama Studio ★★★★★★

Themed Children’s Parties Pick a theme and a drama teacher will organise your party. We can include interactive story making, games, music, dancing, sketches quizzes and much more. Some of our most popular themes are – Medieval, Space, Pirates, Witches and Wizards, Fairies, Jungle and Pop Stars – or we are very happy to design a party around your child’s special interests. Prices start from £80 + VAT. Any numbers can be catered for, ages 3 and upwards. Call 0131 453 3284 Enjoy-A-Ball ★★★★★★★★★

“The minute the kids go in they are under a spell. I have never seen so many kids captivated and mesmerised by one person!” Mrs Baits Enjoy-a-Ball parties are suitable for boys and girls, are fast paced, and packed with a wide range of fun games that keep children engaged throughout the 90 minutes The emphasis is on fun and being active and the party is not a test of skills or abilities…the children love it. Parents comment that “they provide a happy, fun and stress-free party enabling parents to relax and enjoy the party themselves” 08452 26 26 94 www.enjoy-a-ball.com

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for a totally different party experience Fencing Fun offers a unique birthday experience. With striking invitations, swords, castles, shields, medals, certificates and even party bags, this is a party they will never forget. We offer three different packages to suit every budget. All you need to do is provide the venue and the party-goers and we’ll do the rest! For more information or to discuss your requirements, contact Keith on 07921853728 or visit www.fencingfun.co.uk. Our facebook page even has a video montage from one of our happy customers who said “Callum loved his party, and it'll stick out as one of his strong childhood memories.” Huggy Bears

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Have a bear making party with Huggy Bears no sew bear and animal kits. No sew kits include your chosen bear or animal, stuffing, hugs and kisses, birth certificate and full instructions – everything you need to make you’re a Huggy friend. Plus, each Huggy Bear comes in its own bag so no need for expensive party bags. Extras include bear sized t-shirts for decorating, voice boxes and clothing. We can provide a party hosting service, or you can host yourself. Full information available at www.huggybears.co.uk or call us on 0844 884 4842. Jo Jingles

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Jo Jingles offers fun, musical parties for babies and children up to 5 years, held at a venue of your choice or in your home. We use lively action songs, musical instruments, songs with a parachute as well as lots of other fun props. We tailor your party individually and can include your child's favourite songs or your theme. Jo Jingles parties are great fun and everyone can join in with our familiar songs. Call Joanne 0131 443 4196 (West Edinburgh and West Lothian) or Susan 0131 620 3282 (East Edinburgh and Midlothian) or Leigh 01875 616607 (East Lothian and Borders) Kiss the Fish

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Celebrate in creative style with a crafty party brought to you by Kiss the Fish – Edinburgh’s mobile arts & crafts studio. Choose from a selection of fun party activities – try your hand at making a mosaic mirror, decopatch a funky animal, felt a picture or bag or even learn to sew ….. We’ll supply all the materials and tuition – and ensure that everybody leaves with a masterpiece ! Suitable for ages 5 – 105, our prices start from just £10 per guest and we’re able to attend any venue within the Edinburgh area – call us on 0771 826 7728 or www.kissthefishstudios.com for details. Little Sensations

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Little Sensations can help you to celebrate your little one’s special day. Why not let Little Sensations provide you with a fun, themed, sensory inspired party package. Parties can cater for little ones aged 1 – 3 years. We can come to your home or to a venue which you have organised yourself. On the day we can provide a healthy party food buffet or party boxes. There are many themes to choose from including: On safari; down on the farm; moon and stars; light up the world; rock and roll baby and many more…….. To make a booking contact Veronica on: 07595 637873 or email: info@littlesensations.co.uk


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Rugbytots

Monkey Music

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Monkey Music parties are great fun for babies and children up to 5 years of age. Every party is individually tailored to suit each separate occasion and always includes the same magical musical ingredients such as singing, dancing and playing percussion instruments. We come to the venue of your choice and offer an hour of musical fun which includes your very own monkey music invitations and a little present for the birthday child! Your Monkey Music party leader will make sure that everyone has a really special day to remember! For further information please visit our website www.monkeymusic.co.uk or contact Lisa (Edinburgh South): 0131 441 4581 or Rachel: (Edinburgh North): 0131 260 9667 Music Bugs

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Music Bugs are available for birthday parties for boys and girls aged 1 – 5 years. Our parties are great fun and we can accommodate up to 20 children. We will plan every step of your child’s birthday session with you, making sure that all their favourite Music Bugs songs are props are included. Our parties cost £90 for up to one hour and the price includes party invitations, a small gift for the birthday child and a balloon and sticker for each party guest. For further information or to discuss planning your party, please contact Hilary (Edinburgh East) on 0844 822 1156 or hilary@musicbugs.co.uk or Shelley (Edinburgh West) on 0844 822 1159 or shelley@musicbugs.co.uk Rocking Rascals

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Rocking Rascals deliver dazzling, fun-filled parties uniquely tailored for you. Our fully-trained team of highly energetic and lively entertainers manage a whirlwind of games, party-tunes and dances, ensuring even the quietest children have the best of times. Our complete service includes invitations, colourful table settings, birthday buffet, premium party favours and engaging activities. The party begins with some cake decorating and tattoos and then we will groove away on the dance floor and play some fun games also. When we need a break we will move to the birthday buffet table and get our energy back for the big finale – the fashion parade. For more details, or to book your party, call Emma on 07818 687066 or email parties@rockingrascals.co.uk. www.rockingrascals.co.uk

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Rugbytots are now offering a new party experience suitable for all children aged between 4-7years. The content is focused on games with mass participation, to be enjoyed by anyone who loves a good runabout. The content is not skill specific, so if you do not attend one of our weekly classes, you won’t be at a disadvantage. Our coaches are enthusiastic and well trained to ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience. “Thanks for a great party on Sunday. The whole family enjoyed it!! The games where fantastic and kept all the children very well entertained, I think you will have a few new Rugbytots!” For further details please contact Sandra at sandra@rugbytots.co.uk or 0845 313 3252 Soccerstarts ★★★★★★★★★

Soccerstarts Football Academy provide Brilliant Birthday Parties for children from 3 Years - 10 Years. We can visit you at a local sports venue or community centre near you. Our football parties consist of 1 hours of fun with a full qualfied coach who will arrange Football games and competitions. Our Packages are: Option one: One Hours Game time with coach for £5.50 per Child Option Two: One Hours Game time with coach & Football party bag for every child who attends and all Football Party Tablewear (plates, cups, napkins, table cover) for £7 per child. For more information contact: email: J.smith@soccerstarts.co.uk or phone 07923 005534 Sparkle Arts

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At Sparkle Arts birthday party is something truly magical. Simply choose from an extensive list of party theme ideas, and we’ll create a magical make-believe world, where kids let their imaginations run free. Featuring music, dance, & drama combined with costumes, props, toys and puppets, a Sparkle Arts party is definitely one your little boy or girl will never forget. Parties are available for children aged 1-8 years. Prices start at £100. For more information or to book a party please visit www.sparklearts.co.uk, e-mail us at info@sparklearts.co.uk, call 07717706778, or visit us on Facebook. Stagecoach Parties

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Stagecoach Parties are packed full of fun, lively party entertainment including dramatic games, fabulous songs and funky dance routines. They are suitable for children aged 4 - 16 years and each party is specifically tailor-made for each age group. Whether they want to be fairies, princesses, pirates or detectives, there's a Stagecoach Party for everyone. To book a themed party or a Murder Mystery party, contact Stagecoach Edinburgh on 0131 610 0636 or Edinburgh West on 0845 052 9474

Add originality and sparkle to your child’s special day with an awardwinning Step It Up Dance party! Our parties are hugely popular and highly organised with a team of expert party hosts who are very flexible and most importantly, great fun! With overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents and kids, you can rest assured your dance party will be a huge hit! We offer a huge range of dance parties for tots to teens in many different dance styles. Our parties are highly active and creative, can be tailor-made just for you, accommodating any theme and can include original dance-themed party games, teaching of dance moves and routines, creative storytelling (for younger children), performance of dance routines in front of parents & carers, photo opportunity, award ceremony with personalised certificates and a medal for the birthday child. Please see www.stepitupdance.co.uk for more details and keep an eye on our facebook page www.facebook.com/stepitupdance Stina Sparkles Entertainments

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We can provide DJ and Disco with fantastic lights and lasers. We have all the modern hits- kids tunes and even FULL Karaoke set. Professional Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos and Balloon Modelling and we also have a Fantastic Magician! Entertainment for all your parties, weddings, functions and fun days- call us NOW for a competitive quote. Fully insured, police checked and one of netmum's favorite finalists! Call 07724814117 or www.stinasparkles.net or Find us on Facebook!

Talking Tots

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Did you know Talking Tots offer party sessions? 50 minutes of our Totsy fun and games starts at just £80! Various themes available including nursery rhymes, colours and animals. Ideal for 1-4year olds up to a maximum of 12 children. We can come to your own home or help you find a venue for your party. All staff are disclosure checked and experienced Talking Tots leaders. For more details and to check availability contact Jen Cadger on 07803 820 677 or jen@talkingtots.info

Cramond Kirk Hall outdoor adventure and interaction

Rooms All Sizes for Parties & Events

themed parties for iboys and girls aged 6-15 years ibirthday parties and group ibookings

get muddy get outside get wet have fun

ibook now

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Call 0131 312 6911 or 07979 795331 avennelle@hotmail.com


Tatty Bumpkin parties

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bend, stretch, dance and play! A Tatty Bumpkin party takes you on an active adventure with Tatty Bumpkin and her animal friends, bending, stretching, dancing and giggling along the way. The movements and games are yoga-inspired with props and music. Parties for 2 – 7 year olds are tailored to your child’s interest – Tatty can visit the forest or the mountains, the jungle with lion, or the sea with pirates and mermaids. The adventure always ends with a relaxation! Contact edinburghwest@tattybumpkin.com or 07411 571001 to talk about what would work for you. Tumble Tots

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We would love to take the stress out of your little one’s birthday party. No need to worry about the weather, the children can play and be active indoors. You can hire a hall near you. The parties run for an hour and a half with fun from start to finish. The parties will be age specific, the children will climb, balance, enjoy forward rolls practice eye to hand co-ordination and above all have fun in a safe and caring environment. Finishing off with the parachute fun. The parties are for children aged a year to 7 years, a parent would need to assist children under 3 years old. Please contact Jo for parties in Edinburgh East and South area on 01875 819966 or April for Edinburgh West and North on 0131 336 1234.

Halls and Rooms Cramond Kirk Hall

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Cramond Kirk Hall is an excellent venue for all sorts of functions, especially children’s parties. Rooms are available for quiet receptions or wild ceilidhs, formal or casual. There is loads of space to burn off energy or to erect a bouncy castle in the Main Hall or have a more formal do in the luxurious Millennium Room. A commercial kitchen is available for the catering, crockery and cutlery is on site and there are loads of tables and chairs. Please contact Anthony Vennelle on 312 6911, 07979 795331 or avennelle@hotmail.com to discuss your requirements. LifeCare Edinburgh

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LifeCare Edinburgh has a number of rooms available to hire for the local community at their community centre based at Stockbridge House, 2 Cheyne Street, Edinburgh. We have rooms ranging in size from small meeting rooms to large halls suitable all types of events, from children’s birthday parties to weddings. If you are interested in any information about the classes in the centre or if you would like to hire a room please contact support services on 0131 3430940 or alternatively email: supportservices@lifecare-edinburgh.org.uk. LifeCare (Edinburgh) Limited is a charitable organisation, Charity Registration number SC 012641

Honey Pot Ceramics Arts and Crafts Studio

• paint you own pottery

(large selection of pottery and colours to choose from)

• make your own cosmetics

(including soaps, lip balm, bubble bath, bath bombs)

• design your own jewellery (chains, charms and beads)

• glass fusing

(create your own glass hangers, coasters and jewellery)

• try out other craft activities

For details of workshops and holiday activities visit: www.honeypotceramics.com or call us on 0131 333 6348 Based at the EICA, Ratho, South Platt Hill, EH28 8AA Opening hours 10am-5pm and other hours by arrangement.

Party Food Beelicious

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childrens party food Wholesome and nutritious party food for your busy bees. We are both mums, who understand how difficult it is finding the time and energy to create a varied and healthy party spread. Our delivery is free, with prices starting from £5.00 per child, we offer 3 party packages, all include party bags with healthy sweets. We offer a wide variety of sweet & savoury foods, for example, pasta, sandwiches, muffins, fruit & veg platters with yoghurts. Our ethos is to make children’s party food, nutritious, wholesome and appealing through, the use of colour, taste and texture. www.beeliciousfood.co.uk info@beeliciousfood.co.uk Get straight through to the kitchen -Tracie; 07543057550 & Ava 07549985757

Party Bags Happy Dough

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Happy Dough is an eco-friendly playdough made with 86% organic ingredients, natural colours and and compostable packaging! Available in 8 colours in a range of sizes and packs. We also sell a range of eco-friendly toys and playdough accessories. Fed up with the usual tat in children's party bags? Looking for a green alternative? We offer a bespoke party favour service providing customised play dough designs in individual pots which children can then take home, pull apart and use the play dough to make their own creations. (3+ years, Min. order of 6) info@happydough.co.uk www.happydough.co.uk

Choose any backing track of your choice 11⁄2 hours FUN FILLED in the studio - we ALSO photograph the whole event

Kids Recording Studio Parties From only £15.00pp

You are free to bring along your own food and drink Call us now on 0131 556 4882 or email: info@rmre.co.uk

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Encourage Confident Communication Even before they’re born children communicate. How many of us felt a little kick as we spoke or played music to our bump? And then the all-important cry at birth. Shortly followed by first words, learning to read and write or having a conversation. The ability to communicate follows us into adulthood and really is ‘a skill for life’. Research shows that developing and encouraging good communication in the early years impacts on a child’s future career, confidence and ability to learn. And it’s not about sitting children down at 2 or 3 years old forcing them to learn the alphabet or write a story. Children should be encouraged to play and have fun but if we can develop some important skills and learning alongside surely it’s a win-win situation? The building blocks for good communication include listening and attention skills, turn-taking and sharing. Not easy skills for parents or carers to encourage –often our little ones have ‘selective hearing’! Be realistic about what you can achieve (an active child who rarely sits still isn’t going to sit down and listen overnight). Encourage these skills in small ways through fun, interactive activities on a regular basis. And don’t worry if you’re repeating things – repetition is another way children learn. Playing simple games like I spy (can be colours, shapes or sounds rather than letters) or “Simon says” encourage vocabulary and can be played anywhere. Gather some things on a walk and get your little one to make a ‘story picture’ when they’re home, which encourages their imagination and early narrative. Try and read regularly with your child make it fun with lift-up flaps, colourful pictures and push buttons. Get older children to ‘read’ a story to you – it’s amazing how much they’ll remember and how proud they’ll feel once finished. Make it easier for your child to engage – reduce background ‘noise’ i.e. turn off the radio, TV, computer and focus on one activity at a time. Encourage, clap and say ‘well done’ – children love praise, it boosts their confidence and makes them want to learn more. Try introducing some pre-literacy skills like rhyming, word association or sounds. Nursery rhymes are a great way to do this with young children – include some actions and they can join in even if they’re not talking. For older children, try introducing poetry – there are some great events during the Festival and from the ‘Poets in Residence’ at our local libraries. Both encourage poetry in a fun, captivating way and there are lots of rhyming books available e.g. anything by Julia Donaldson or Nick Sharatt. Jen Cadger runs Talking Tots Edinburgh. For more details on classes, nursery sessions or parties contact Jen on 07803 820 677 or jen@talkingtots.info Jen also runs workshops on communication and language development suitable for parents, carers or anyone working in an early years’ setting. www.talkingtots.info

KIDS NLP SCOTLAND – New for 2014 – 1 hr sessions to hone your skills as a parent or professional working with children. See website for topics As well as continuing with other existing services • Personal Development. • Individual sessions for children and young people. • Professional Development • Coaching for Parents Changes in family circumstances, coping with bullying, reluctance to go to sleepovers, exam nerves or performance fears can cause behaviour changes. A fight or flight reaction indicates an underlying anxiety. Karen has 25yrs experience working with children, parents and professional enhancing communication to help children manage their emotions and anxieties and build resilience. To discuss the best approach to help your family contact Karen 07837 930714 Karen@kidsnlpscotland.co.uk www.kidsnlpscotland.co.uk

Kb-Insights - Helping Children to Succeed Mid way through the school year! Is your child having difficulty in concentration? Is reading a struggle? Is getting your child to follow instructions exhausting? Do simple physical tasks like dressing themselves, writing present a challenge? You thought there was a difficulty with listening, yet a hearing test noted ‘normal’. Such difficulties cause frustration so it may be a change in their behaviour you are dealing with. Maybe Poor social skills with peers are evident. Your child is just not keeping pace with others, yet you know they are intelligent. Karen is an experienced Educationalist who looks beyond the presenting issues and offers a range of Interventions to support the development of reading, motor skills and listening and concentration. Email Karen@Kb-Insights.co.uk Your child could benefit from the programmes offered by Kb-Insights - 07837930714 www.Kb-Insights.co.uk

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Understanding Parent/Child Emotions and Behaviour veryone experiences feelings; they are a natural to all of us. Understanding them, learning and helping our children and ourselves to deal with them is the key to positive parenting, self-regulation and stronger family bonds while preparing children to cope with the powerful world of emotions they face every day. Research studies make it clear that children do better when parents nurture, support and encourage their emotional development. So what does all this mean for parents and what is it all about?

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Here is one example: Grandma was visiting one day when suddenly three year old Alice shouted “stop speaking grandma, stop speaking daddy, stop speaking mummy”. Her dad responded with “Alice you cannot speak to adults like that because it’s rude”, grandma interrupted with positive remarks to Alice in an attempt to rescue her from the correction, leaving Alice feeling a bit better and her parent feeling dismissed and over ruled. I am sure many of us have experienced this kind of scenario so how could this situation be handled in a better way, and help Alice cope when her need for attention is not being met without being rude, and how can grandma support her parents more positively? Before we correct our children we need to stop what we are doing and start with listening. In this situation saying something like “Oh you are feeling annoyed because we are speaking to grandma and ignoring you”? (Listened and named the feeling behind the action). “We will have finished our conversation in a few minutes and then I can play with you. Can you get your crayons and draw me a picture while you are waiting, I will put the timer on for two minutes and then it will be time to play”. (She was not corrected in front of others, she was listened to and the feelings behind the action were acknowledged helping her to become aware of her feelings and problem solve). The next step is to teach Alice what to do. There are many ways of doing this: talking about feelings, role playing situations, reading stories about manners, helping her choose an activity when guests are present will all help to get the message across. Research by Dr John Gottman has shown that parents who have become good at emotion- coaching believe that their child's feelings are important, that feelings and wishes are okay, even if their actions aren't, that experiencing negative emotions, such as sadness, anger or fear, is important, that negative feelings are a chance for parents and children to grow closer, that understanding what causes their child's feelings is important and that negative feelings are an opportunity for problem-solving. Getting grandma on board may take a little time but conversations about parenting styles in her day and the differences today will help her to understand your parenting style better. Try not to make her feel that she was a bad parent because she did the best she could at the time. Taking a problem solving approach rather than a reactive one is best when trying to resolve difficulties.

There are six stages in a problem solving approach: • Sit down with all those involved in the care of your child. Start with listening to the difficulties experienced by everyone with a child behaviour issue. • Remain calm as each person gives their point of view • Gather ideas and jot down any ideas that might meet the needs of all of you • Discuss all the ideas and choose one to try • Agree on the details and decide when you will meet again to see how things are working out • Review the plan and make changes where necessary and remember change is difficult so look out for the improvements made and make a point of mentioning them. Emotional intelligence is learned, and a child's first teacher is his/her parents. Parents can help their child develop emotional intelligence by "coaching" him/her, using principles researchers have found work well and are embedded in all the courses and workshops we run. No matter how much experience parents and carers have they can benefit from a comprehensive guide to building positive relationships with their children. We see our role as helping them better understand the building blocks of how children think feel and learn so parents, and all who share in nurturing the development of a child, can significantly improve that child’s opportunities to live a fulfilling life. Frances Byatt-Smith BA (Hons) Psychology, Qualified Nurse & Health Visitor Director of Edinburgh Parent Centre

• Child Relationship Coaching for Parents • Age Specific Courses for parents of children from birth to adolescence • Emotion & relationship coaching for children 7-14 years • www.edinburghparentcentre.com • email: info@edinburghparentcentre.com • Tel: 0131 664 5388

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New Year, New You Confidence Tips for Job Interviews Here are a few tips to help raise your confidence levels before and during the recruitment process: • Remember your achievements remind yourself of the varied range of jobs and situations you've already successfully navigated so far in your career and your personal life – you can do it again!

by Malene Goth, Life and Business Coach For many parents setting personal goals is a challenge and isn’t necessarily on the top of the list. You may feel that there is simply no time to focus on personal development; and personal reflection time never gets prioritised.

The notion that parenthood equals sacrificing your own needs for the sake of your children is widespread. Unfortunately, it can lead to the belief that personal development is a selfish activity. Parents can end up not taking charge of making changes for the better, and risk becoming reactive to life events instead of being proactive. Research from the field of positive psychology shows that setting personal goals is directly related to improved life satisfaction and a deeper sense of meaning. Taking time to identify and working towards achieving goals is truly vital to our functioning and wellbeing. It provides us with purpose and something to look forward to. To maximize your perseverance and succeed at goals, make sure they have some of the following characteristics: • The goal is intrinsic, i.e. the goal emerged from your own choice, not from your family or society’s influence of what is right for you. • The goal is authentic to you, i.e. it matches your values and interests. • Goals are harmonious, i.e. if you have several goals, make sure that they complement each other and are not conflicting. The positive effects of reaching your goals can spill over to your relationship and your children’s development. Imagine

that you achieve a goal such as running a marathon. This would most likely boost your mood and give you a great sense of accomplishment. Your relationship might improve because of this as you will be happier. A better mood can also make you more open to solving potential issues at home. Finally, by achieving goals you will become a great role model for your children. They will learn that dedication and hard work can lead to great achievements. Positive psychology stresses that children who learn to commit to goals, even if it involve obstacles and setbacks, will increase their chances for success in life significantly.

If you want help with setting and achieving goals, please contact Malene Goth who specialises in positive psychology coaching for people seeking to flourish in their personal life, career or business environment. Contact Malene via malene@theknowledgehousecoaching.com or call 07794607197. www.theknowledgehousecoaching.com www.facebook.com/theknowledgehousecoachingservices.

NEW WORK GOALS After a tough few years in the job market the news is more optimistic and we are genuinely seeing companies in a position to create opportunities. Inevitably this means a new optimism and bravery to put heads above the parapet and apply for jobs and companies to improve lifestyles or work/life balance. Of course this can be a little daunting if you’ve been lying low and not actively progressing your career or not been in the job market for some time. What do interviewers look for? Can I sell myself effectively? How do I negotiate a better salary? How can I make my CV stand out from the crowd? Some top tips for success: • Apply only for jobs that genuinely interest you or are within your sector or region. • Make sure you have key words in your CV i.e. look at the job description and add the relevant words they have included in it into your CV. • Prepare - find out about the company and the culture, visualise yourself in the role • Discuss with your partner / family what changes this role will mean to you all (assume you are getting it)

• Get some example interview questions and practice answering them out loud. It is amazing how things sound different when you are thinking them in your head! • Plan the things you would like to discuss at the interview. • Interviews are not the place to start to negotiating hours / salary. This can be done once you are offered the position. However, don’t start the process if you are in any doubt they are in a position to offer what you require to accept the role. • Don’t lie on your CV or at interview, it will always be found out and be extremely damaging to both your reputation and career.

Of course, with running a recruitment agency it would be amiss of me not to advise you to register with a specialist in your field as they are experienced and have the contacts and inside company knowledge to assist your preparation and negotiate on your behalf. As well as being mum to Connor and Charlotte, Pauline Dickson is Managing Director of Dickson Lewis, a specialist Accountancy Recruitment Company, and the Director for Scotland of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP). Pauline is also an accredited career coach. Dickson Lewis is based at Wemyss House, 45 Frederick Street, Edinburgh Tel: 0131 225 2000 e-mail: pauline@dicksonlewis.com

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• Prompt sheet - if you worry about your memory going blank, bolster your confidence by taking in your CV and a brief list of prompts reminding you of key situations you might use to demonstrate your skills. • Slow down - nerves can speed up your rate of speech, so to look (and feel) more confident, watch your pace. Always take a deep breath before starting your answer - you'll look more measured and thoughtful too. Avoid the temptation to fill in silences with nervous chat – that's the interviewer's responsibility! • Body language - to project confidence even if you don't feel it, use eye contact and smile. Check your body is not showing 'closed' signs too, for example, crossed arms and legs. • Ask strong questions - Don't be afraid to ask questions such as 'what are the main challenges of this job currently/in the future?' or 'why did the current jobholder move on?'. It projects confidence, shows you've thought about the role and aren't afraid to ask honest questions. • Don't dwell on negatives - if you need to mention something negative in an interview, don't dwell on it – address it briefly and move on. For example, "I left that role because I was made redundant, but the next role suited me much better." This avoids falling into the trap of selfdoubt and criticism. • Learn - if you pick up any learning points from an unsuccessful interview, for instance, unexpected questions, don't dwell negatively on this – just make a note of how you might deal with this next time. Each interview is good practice for the next one. Good luck! Fiona specialises in helping professional mums and dads prepare for job interviews after a career break. Through personalised one-to-one coaching sessions, Fiona provides CV feedback, analyses vacancy descriptions to predict likely interview questions, identifies suitable answers, and provides tips on how to prepare for and control the overall interview process. Most people only require a single two hour coaching session to dramatically improve their interview technique and confidence level. www.anderson.gb.com.


New Year, New You When it comes to making a change are you serious about your goals? Want to lose weight or improve your fitness and feel healthier? Fed up joining a gym for a few months before you slide back to your old ways? Perhaps you are you looking for a new and refreshing way to help you achieve your fitness goals?

A great way to immerse yourself in those goals is to go on a residential fitness camp. Battlecamp run bespoke fitness bootcamps at a luxury 5 star eco friendly lodge in the Pentlands. It’s a great way to kick-start your new fitness regime, or just give you that extra push to help keep you fighting fit for real life changing results. Families Edinburgh was offered a place on a Battlecamp weekend towards the end of last year. To be honest am more of a hula hooping pilates type but definitely up for a challenge. Also on reading through what was on offer things like “5 star”, “Yoga” and “nutritional sessions” jumped out while the brain seemed to filter out words like “military style workout”! After settling in to the lodge (yep, 5 star) there is a wee personal chat with one of the instructors to talk through hopes and goals for the weekend. First morning, first round of “military style workout” - an assault course is set up and most of us tip toe around the mud and crawl as delicately as we can under the scrim net...cut to round 3 and we’re all skidding face first through the mud loving it! The weekend was packed and exhausting and I left with a huge sense of pride and achievement. Everyone there that weekend was up for every challenge and supported and encouraged any flaggers. The staff were amazing, the food delicious and the bed super comfy (although

tbh was so tired could probably have found the floor comfortable) Working at your own pace in ability groups, alongside professional instructors, you won't find yourself thrown in the deep end. Combining a great blend of civilian and military style workouts, holistic treatments, and behavioural change programme sessions. Battlecamp isn't just a quick fix solution to your personal fitness goals, but a fresh new life changing experience. A typical day include morning yoga, circuits, piloxing, kettle bells, TRX training, boxercise and military style P.T. Including bespoke coaching and nutritional sessions with 1 to 1 consultations, all tasty meals and snacks plus a relaxing massage. Price for the weekend (Friday pm to Monday am) is £345 but Battlecamp are offering a 15% discount on the next two courses if you mention Families Edinburgh. Camp dates - 17th January 2014 and 28th March 2014 www.battlecamp.org.

Collette is the proud owner of Quality Time Fitness, “With an energetic 4 year old I had never planned to be a mum who just watched her child play but at 39 I was overweight, tired and a yo-yo dieter.” Knowing something needed to change Collette hired a personal trainer who taught her how to exercise efficiently and keep her motivated. “I dropped the pounds and my energy levels and confidence soared so much I changed my career to qualify with a Diploma in Personal Training. Quality Time Fitness was born and I now have the pleasure of sharing my knowledge, training and experience with my own clients” Motivation, support and learning to exercise the right way are far more likely to help you achieve your goals and training with friends can cut the cost and make it more fun. In her private, fully equipped studio Collette offers different options to help you achieve your fitness goal. • Private small group training – After dropping the kids off at school why not gather a small group of friends (4-6) and train together. • Buddy Training – If you find the cost of 1-1 personal training too much yet need help with your training, this could be the ideal solution for you. • 1-1 Personal training –The fastest, easiest and most successful way to improve your health and fitness. 1-1 training enables you to train efficiently and effectively with all the attention on you and what you want to achieve. All sessions are bespoke and tailored to your individual abilities and goals. Prices and Packages can be found on www.qualitytimefitness.com or contact Collette on 07868271907 or collette@qualitytimefitness.com. Private Training Studio, LifesCycle, Bonnington Mill Business Centre, 72 Newhaven Road, Edinburgh, EH6 5QG

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JANUARY Until 19 January Peter Pan The King's Theatre, 2 Leven St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ www.edtheatres.com/peterpan Don't miss our spectacular 2013/14 adventure as Allan, Andy and Grant head to Neverland for another outstanding King's Theatre panto. Peter Pan offers Edinburgh’s biggest and most spectacular family treat! This unmissable story features crocodiles, lost boys, pirates and fairies! So take the second star on the right and straight on till morning… Times and prices vary www.edtheatres.com 8 January Magic Carpet The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Wednesday during term time. The National Museum of Scotland’s magic carpet introduces little ones to some of the fantastic things in the museum through 20 minutes of stories, songs and activities. Join us as the carpet visits a different gallery or theme every week. Look out for special guests too! 10:30 and 11:30 (25 mins)

10 January Friday Afternoon Fun The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Let out of school early? Make the most of your half-day Friday and come and have some fun with the National Museum of Scotland! Drop by for free activities. From February we will be starting Feely Fridays – giving you the chance to explore our fascinating handling collections – from meteorites to mammals and Vikings to Victorians! Check out information screens on the day for details. 13.30 - 16.30 11 January How To Draw Animals The City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

16 January Magic Carpet Minis The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Suitable for ages 0-2 (+ their adult). Sign up on the day in the Entrance Hall as places are limited. Join the National Museum of Scotland for magic carpet sessions for really little ones and their adults. Go along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting. 10.30 and 11.30 (20mins) 17 January Friday Afternoon Fun The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Let out of school early? Make the most of your half-day Friday and come and have some fun with the National Museum of Scotland! Drop by for free activities. From February we will be starting Feely Fridays – giving you the chance to explore our fascinating handling collections – from meteorites to mammals and Vikings to Victorians! Check out information screens on the day for details. 13.30 - 16.30

Drop-in Family Workshops - Inspired by Disney’s The Lion King. Would you like to learn to draw animals like those in The Lion King? This workshop will show you some simple drawing techniques to help you draw a Lion King character of your choice. Finish your drawing by adding shade and colour. 12.30 - 14.30 (drop in)

9 January Magic Carpet Minis The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Suitable for ages 0-2 (+ their adult). Sign up on the day in the Entrance Hall as places are limited. Join the National Museum of Scotland for magic carpet sessions for really little ones and their adults. Go along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting. 10.30 and 11.30 (20mins)

12 January Portrait Detectives The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD www.nationalgalleries.org 18 January Snake Feeding Butterfly World, Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ www.edinburgh-butterfly-world.co.uk After our public animal handling session at 3pm, stay to watch the keepers as they feed the royal pythons in the snake pit. 16.00. Included in price of admission.

11 January Snake Feeding Butterfly World, Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ www.edinburgh-butterfly-world.co.uk After our public animal handling session at 3pm, stay to watch the keepers as they feed the royal pythons in the snake pit. 16.00. Included in price of admission. 8 - 11 January Scottish Ballet: Hansel and Gretel The Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT www.edtheatres.com/sbhansel Scottish Ballet is excited to unveil Artistic Director Christopher Hampson’s first full length ballet for the Company. This brand new Hansel & Gretel takes creative twists and turns inspired by the Grimm Brother’s famous fairy tale – and the stories and imagination of the people of Scotland. Meet Hansel, Gretel and a bewitching ballerina who is not at all that she seems. Deliciously surreal, mouth-wateringly inventive and with more than a sprinkle of festive magic - do you dare to go down to the woods next winter on an enchanted journey with Scotland’s national dance company? Evenings 7.30pm | Matinees Thu & Sat 2pm / Prices vary (see website)

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18 January Create A Caricature The City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

Collect your kit, follow clues and solve a mystery from history! Supported by the friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. 14.00 - 16.00 15 January Magic Carpet The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Wednesday during term time . The National Museum of Scotland’s magic carpet introduces little ones to some of the fantastic things in the museum through 20 minutes of stories, songs and activities. Join us as the carpet visits a different gallery or theme every week. Look out for special guests too! 10:30 and 11:30 (25 mins)

Edinburgh artist Walter Geikie was inspired by the city's characters, often creating lively and humorous sketches of them at work and play. Come along to this creative session and choose from images of Edinburgh's best known faces - from film stars to sports stars - and learn how to create your own caricature of them.Suitable for family groups with children aged 7+. These workshops must be booked in advance - 0131 529 3963. Lasts 2 hours. 10.00 - 12.00


our website www.familiesedinburgh.co.uk 18th & 19th January RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR www.rbge.org.uk Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway, No booking required. In last year’s Big Garden Birdwatch we counted over 9 million birds in British Gardens. Help us reach 10 million this time. 12.30 - 15.30 18 January Today's Headlines The City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE Drop-in Family Workshops - Inspired by Disney’s The Lion King. Inspired by the costumes of Exploring The Lion King, design and create your own headdress from our range of craft materials. 12.30 - 14.30 (drop in) 18th January Workshop: Early Play & the Building Blocks of Learning. Jane Blatt is a Functional Learning practitioner, interested in how the seemingly simple repetitive non social tasks of infancy and early childhood are so important to early learning. We will unpick what these are and how they can be supported throughout childhood. 10.30 am at Edinburgh Montessori Arts School, £5. More details: parentspark.org.uk. 19 January Bags of Art The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR www.nationalgalleries.org/ Cool and creative fun with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. Supported by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. 14.00 - 16.00 19 January Talking Trees Storytelling The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR www.rbge.org.uk/ Let the Botanics’ own volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations with their tales from around the world. Patrick Geddes Room, First Floor, John Hope Gateway 2.00 pm - 2.45 pm 22 January Magic Carpet The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Wednesday during term time. The National Museum of Scotland’s magic carpet introduces little ones to some of the fantastic things in the museum through 20 minutes of stories, songs and activities. Join us as the carpet visits a different gallery or theme every week. Look out for special guests too! 10:30 and 11:30 (25 mins) 22 January - 15 February War Horse The Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT www.edtheatres.com/warhorse War Horse tells the powerful and uplifting story of young Albert (Lee Armstrong in his National Theatre debut), his beloved horse Joey, and the unimaginable obstacles they overcome both individually and together. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. Filled with stirring music and some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time, War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, and an unforgettable theatrical experience. Evenings 7.30pm | Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm / Prices vary (see website) 23 January Magic Carpet Minis The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Suitable for ages 0-2 (+ their adult). Sign up on the day in the Entrance Hall as places are limited. Join the National Museum of Scotland for magic carpet sessions for really little ones and their adults. Go along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting. 10.30 and 11.30 (20mins) 24 January Friday Afternoon Fun The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street , Edinburgh , EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Let out of school early? Make the most of your half-day Friday and come and have some fun with the National Museum of Scotland! Drop by for free activities. From February we will be starting Feely Fridays – giving you the chance to explore our fascinating handling collections – from meteorites to mammals and Vikings to Victorians! Check out information screens on the day for details. 13.30 - 16.30

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All these events and more can be found on 25 January Fabulous Hats The City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE Drop-in Family Workshops Inspired by Walter Geikie No outfit was complete without a hat in the 1800s. Come along to this workshop and create your own top hat or bonnet, inspired by the hat styles seen in Walter Geikie's paintings and drawings. 12.30 - 14.30 (drop in) 25 January We'll a' be proud o' Robin The Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR Be inspired and entertained in a fun, interactive afternoon of storytelling. Sylvia Troon presents a lively interpretation of the life, songs and poems of Robert Burns, with her colourful cast of lifelike figures! Part of BurnsFest in association with Scotland’s Winter Festivals. 3pm / £5 per child

24 January – 20 April

Mammoths of the Ice Age Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3 Cost: Adult £9, Concession £7.50, Child (5-15) £6, Under 5s free, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £25, National Museums Scotland Members free, National Art Pass holders receive 50% discount. Journey back in time millions of years and discover the animals of the ice age at the first UK showing of this interactive, family-friendly exhibition. Joust with mammoth tusks, feel mammoth fur between your fingertips and touch the replica teeth of a colossal mastodon. Then meet Lyuba, a detailed replica of the 42,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth, and learn why early humans both hunted and honoured these majestic animals. This exhibition was created by The Field Museum, Chicago

25th & 26th January Meet the Mammoths The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Grand Gallery, Level 1. Drop-in, children must be accompanied by an adult. The mammoths have arrived! Join us for a weekend of ice age themed activities including ‘10 Steps to Make a Mammoth’ drawing workshops with award-winning children’s authorillustrator Catherine Rayner 12.00 - 16.00

25 January (and 22 February) Mindfulness Support Group for Parents. If you've done an introduction to mindfulness course and now need some support to keep on track, this group is for you. Meeting on the last Saturday of the month we will have guided mindfulness practice and a chance to reflect on how mindfulness can help us keep a calm perspective on family life. 10am, Edinburgh Montessori Arts School, £5, More details: parentspark.org.uk 25 January Snake Feeding Butterfly World, Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ After our public animal handling session at 3pm, stay to watch the keepers as they feed the royal pythons in the snake pit. 16.00. Included in price of admission. 25 January Create A Caricature The City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE See 18 January for full details

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25 January Macastory presents… The Twa Rabbies! The Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR www.tracscotland.org So you think you know Robert Burns? Think again! Join Macastory to investigate his secret untold adventures and discover the outrageous stories behind his most loved poems and songs. But wait… there's more! There are two Rabbies claiming to be the true Bard... which Burns is the real deal and which is the impostor? You, the audience decide! Tall tales, songs and poetry galore! Part of BurnsFest in association with Scotland’s Winter Festivals. 11am (1hr) / £5 per child

26 January Jack and Jill Market West Lothian College, Almondvale Crescent, Livingston, EH54 7EP www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk 50 stalls of quality nearly new baby & kids items from buggies to bikes, cots to clothes and everything else for bumps, babies and beyond up to age 9. 10.30 - 13.00 / Adults £1


our website www.familiesedinburgh.co.uk 26 January Meet the Ancestors - The Babbling Burns The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD www.nationalgalleries.org Join Fergus and Ron from Macastory for a fun filled investigation into the secret works of Robert Burns. Inspired by Scotland and its history these songs, stories and poems are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a twinkle in Rabbie's ain een! 2pm, 2.45pm, 3.30pm (30 mins). 29 January Magic Carpet The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Wednesday during term time. The National Museum of Scotland’s magic carpet introduces little ones to some of the fantastic things in the museum through 20 minutes of stories, songs and activities. Join us as the carpet visits a different gallery or theme every week. Look out for special guests too! 10:30 and 11:30 (25 mins) 30 January Magic Carpet Minis The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Suitable for ages 0-2 (+ their adult). Sign up on the day in the Entrance Hall as places are limited. Join the National Museum of Scotland for magic carpet sessions for really little ones and their adults. Go along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting. 10.30 and 11.30 (20mins) 30 January Nappucciono Duncan Place Resource Centre, Duncan Place, Edinburgh, EH6 8HW www.changeworks.org.uk Your ‘one stop’ event to meet all your real nappy needs. Get free advice and information from parents with lots of experience of using real nappies, see different types of nappies and if you’d like, apply for a trial pack or lending kit. Parents will also be able to: Buy great value second hand nappies.Drop off second hand nappy donations. A proportion of sales generated from all items will create income for the Real Nappy Project to help to continue with the services provided. 10.00 - 11.30am

Animal Kingdom February Half Term at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

31 January Young Tellers The Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR A great opportunity for youngsters to get involved in storytelling. Skills and techniques will be explored, with participants encouraged to contribute their own creative thoughts, under the guidance of experienced, professional storytellers. New friends will be made and new opportunities will emerge ahead of the Young Tellers Festival later in the year. A second session is scheduled for Fri 28 March at the Storytelling Centre. 2.30pm (2hrs) / £10 31 January Friday Afternoon Fun The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Let out of school early? Make the most of your half-day Friday and come and have some fun with the National Museum of Scotland! Drop by for free activities. From February we will be starting Feely Fridays – giving you the chance to explore our fascinating handling collections – from meteorites to mammals and Vikings to Victorians! Check out information screens on the day for details. 13.30 - 16.30

• Family Audio Guide • Family Activity Trail

• Animal Mask Making • And Much More!

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FEBRUARY 1 February Snake Feeding Butterfly World, Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ www.edinburgh-butterfly-world.co.uk After our public animal handling session at 3pm, stay to watch the keepers as they feed the royal pythons in the snake pit. 16.00. Included in price of admission. 1 February City Sights. The City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE This workshop aims to allow families to choose from a selection of iconic Edinburgh images (Monuments, Landmarks, and Statues) and develop sketching techniques (Cross hatching, Continuous Line and tone) and improve composition. Pick your best sketch and turn it into a simple and stylish print. Workshop inspired by Walter Geikie.Suitable for family groups with children aged 7+. These workshops must be booked in advance - 0131 529 3963. Lasts 2 hours. 10.00 - 12.00 1 February The Story Kist: Inclusive Storytelling The Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Let’s chase away the winter days with tales about light! Bring along a torch (if you like!) and join storytellers Ailie Finlay and Marie Louise Cochrane for stories and games with props, puppets and lots of joining-in. Light-hearted, light-footed fun for everyone, but particularly for children with additional needs, their families, friends and carers. 11am (1hr) / £5 per child 2 February Art Maker The Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL www.nationalgalleries.org

4 February Tiny Tales: Jungle Boogie! The Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR www.tracscotland.org Deep in the jungle there are many creatures and many hidden stories! Join storyteller Daniel Allison for a morning of fun and adventure for toddlers in the Storytelling Bothy. 10am & 11.30am / £5 (per Child) 5 February Magic Carpet The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Wednesday during term time. The National Museum of Scotland’s magic carpet introduces little ones to some of the fantastic things in the museum through 20 minutes of stories, songs and activities. Join us as the carpet visits a different gallery or theme every week. Look out for special guests too! 10:30 and 11:30 (25 mins) 6 February Magic Carpet Minis The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Suitable for ages 0-2 (+ their adult). Sign up on the day in the Entrance Hall as places are limited. Join the National Museum of Scotland for magic carpet sessions for really little ones and their adults. Go along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting. 10.30 and 11.30 (20mins) 7 February Feely Fridays The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street 13:30 – 16:30. Free, drop-in Giving you the chance to explore our fascinating handling collections – from meteorites to mammals and Vikings to Victorians! Check out information screens on the day for details. 8 February Holy Corner Playgroup present:

Valentine Ceilidh

Polworth Church, 36 - 38 Polworth Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11 1LU www.holycorner.org/contact Featuring dancing with Ceilidh kids, wonderful cafe & home baking, fantastic raffle. 2 - 4pm / £4 per ticket with under 2's free! 8 February Snake Feeding Butterfly World, Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ www.edinburgh-butterfly-world.co.uk After our public animal handling session at 3pm, stay to watch the keepers as they feed the royal pythons in the snake pit. 16.00. Included in price of admission.

Join the Art Maker Club and make your own masterpieces with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. Supported by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. 14.00 - 16.00 2 February Little Seedlings Club Dobbies Garden Centre, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ The Dobbies Little Seedlings Club is a free gardening club for youngsters aged between 4–10, teaching them all about plants, wildlife and the environment. The Little Seedlings Club meets on the first Sunday of every month in every Dobbies Garden Centre throughout the UK (times in store vary). See in store for more information.

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13 February Magic Carpet Minis The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk Suitable for ages 0-2 (+ their adult). Sign up on the day in the Entrance Hall as places are limited. Join the National Museum of Scotland for magic carpet sessions for really little ones and their adults. Go along for songs, stories, rhymes and objects in the unique museum setting. 10.30 and 11.30 (20mins) 14 February Valentines @ Doodles

We will be running our ever popular 2 for 1 offer on 14th Feb 10 -6pm. There will be complimentary fizz and chocs and offer aplies to all mugs, cereal bowls and side plates. Please call 0131 229 1399 to book your place. 29 Marchmont Crescent, EH9 1HQ 14 February Feely Fridays The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street 13:30 – 16:30. Free, drop-in Giving you the chance to explore our fascinating handling collections – from meteorites to mammals and Vikings to Victorians! Check out information screens on the day for details. 15 February Snake Feeding Butterfly World, Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1AZ www.edinburgh-butterfly-world.co.uk After our public animal handling session at 3pm, stay to watch the keepers as they feed the royal pythons in the snake pit. 16.00. Included in price of admission. 15 & 16 February Cave Painting Weekend The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh , EH1 1JF www.nms.ac.uk

9 February Portrait Detectives The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD Collect your kit, follow clues and solve a mystery from history! Supported by the friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. 14.00 - 16.00 12 February Magic Carpet The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF Wednesday during term time . The National Museum of Scotland’s magic carpet introduces little ones to some of the fantastic things in the museum through 20 minutes of stories, songs and activities. Join us as the carpet visits a different gallery or theme every week. Look out for special guests too! 10:30 and 11:30 (25 mins)

Drop-in. Mammoths, cave bears, giant deer – which mammals did we find in the last ice age? Make your mark by painting them this weekend. 12.00 - 16.00 15 February Create A Caricature The City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE See 18 January for full listing


Out 15 - 23 February

February Half Term at the Palace of Holyroodhouse The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse during the February half term holidays and search for the animals that adorn this amazing building from dragons and unicorns to dogs, lions and even a monkey! Get creative and visit the Palace Family Room and make your very own animal mask on Monday to Friday at 11am – 3pm. All activities are free with standard admission price. No booking required. 11.00am - 15.00 pm / Free with standard admission price. 15 - 23 February February Half Term at The Queen's Gallery. Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX www.royalcollection.org.uk Explore The Queen’s Gallery during February half term with our ART SPY Family Activity Bags, available every day. Join in a big bag of fun activities as you put on your Art Spy disguise and go on a secret mission to find out about the work of Thomas Rowlandson, a famous caricaturist from the turn of the 19th-century. Create a cartoon strip, find out about fashion of the time and lots more! See website for times and events / See website for admission charges

16 February Bags of Art The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR Cool and creative fun with artists Tessa Asquith-Lamb and Louise Fraser. Supported by the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland. 14.00 - 16.00 16 February Talking Trees Storytelling The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR Let the Botanics’ own volunteer storytellers grow your imaginations with their tales from around the world. Patrick Geddes Room, First Floor, John Hope Gateway 2.00 pm - 2.45 pm 16 February The Jack and Jill Market Meadowbank Stadium, London Rd, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk 60 stalls of quality nearly new baby & kids items from buggies to bikes, cots to clothes and everything else for bumps, babies and beyond up to age 9. 10.30 - 13.00 / £1 Adults 17 - 23 February Mammoth Make and Take The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

15 February Peg Doll People. The City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE Drop-in Family Workshops Inspired by Walter Geikie The characters that you find in Geikie’s paintings are charming. In this drop-in workshop, design and create little 19th century characters. 12.30 - 14.30 (drop in) 15 February The Big Stitch Up! (also 21 February) Ages 7+. Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1.30-4.30pm. Free, drop-in. Join our gallery embroiderer Helen McCook and help create a giant group work in the Great Hall using super-size stitches and lots of imagination! 15 & 16 February We Love Scottish Beavers The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR www.rbge.org.uk Real Life Science Studio, John Hope Gateway, No booking required.Scottish beavers would LOVE to stay in Scotland! The five-year Scottish Beaver Trial is coming to an end, and it is time to decide if beavers can stick around. Come along and meet the education team and find out all about Scottish beavers, what has happened during the trial and what might happen next. With the Scottish Beaver Trial. 11.00 - 16.00

20 February Drawing with Thread Ages 7+. Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2pm & 3.30pm (1hr). Free. To book call 0131 624 6560. Tired of paint and brushes? Embroidery artist Helen McCook will help you explore the exciting world of fabrics, colour and threads and not a sewing machine in sight! 21 February The Tattoo Fox The Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43 - 45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a world-renowned event with a secret fan… a fox that lives on the Castle’s Esplanade! Author and narrator of the Tattoo Alasdair Hutton, along with illustrator Stref, bring to life tales of the show and Edinburgh streets through the eyes of the Tattoo Fox. Each child will also receive a complimentary Tattoo Fox activity pack! 10.30am (1hr) / £5 per child 22 February City Sights The City Arts Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE See 1 February for full listing. 23 February Jack and Jill Market West Lothian College, Almondvale Crescent, Livingston, EH54 7EP www.jackandjillmarket.co.uk 50 stalls of quality nearly new baby & kids items from buggies to bikes, cots to clothes and everything else for bumps, babies and beyond up to age 9. 10.30 - 13.00 / Adults £1 23 February Meet the Ancestors -

Spinning Yarns

Ages 4-12. Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2pm, 2.45pm, 3.30pm (30 mins). Free, drop-in Join storyteller and musican Marion Kenny as she weaves a wonderful web of tales to celebrate gallery embroiderer Helen McCook. Drop-in. Pop into our Learning Centre to make mammoth masks and other ice age inspired crafts to take home. 12.00 - 16.00 17 - 23 February Mammoth Music and Movement Workshops The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF Places limited, sign up on the day. Suitable for ages 5 and under, who must be accompanied by a participating adult.Stomp, slide and swing your trunks and tails with Shuffle Dance Company. 10:45-11:25 & 11:45-12:25

27 February Nappucciono Duncan Place Resource Centre, Duncan Place, Edinburgh, EH6 8HW Your ‘one stop’ event to meet all your real nappy needs. Get free advice and information from parents with lots of experience of using real nappies, see different types of nappies and if you’d like, apply for a trial pack or lending kit. Parents will also be able to: Buy great value second hand nappies.Drop off second hand nappy donations. A proportion of sales generated from all items will create income for the Real Nappy Project to help to continue with the services provided. 10.00 - 11.30am

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