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News & views Welcome to our Party Special! Issue 91 | May/Jun 2018

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Birthday parties have taken over my life lately. We celebrated both of our children’s birthdays during the Easter holidays. We booked a bowling party for our eldest and relaxed over lattes as the staff entertained our group of energetic 6 & 7 years-olds. Happy days! We then held a ‘Paw Patrol’ themed party at home for our 4-year-old a week later. I took on the party entertaining as I’d naively thought, how hard can it be to entertain 16 little ones for a couple of hours? Hard work for the inexperienced that’s for sure! Pure mayhem that the kids loved and I’m still recovering from days later. I have much admiration and respect for all of the nursery staff, child-minders and teachers who entertain and educate our little ones each day. Hats off to you all! Don’t miss our party directory that includes local party entertainers, organisers and venues to take the stress out of your party-planning. The sun is finally here, so have a read of our What’s On guide to upcoming events and activities. We also have a family pass to the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort to give away to one lucky reader. Enjoy,

School matters 13 STEM: Helping children with the fundamentals of education 14 We’re going on a number hunt 16 Does your child need a tutor?

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Maltman’s Green celebrates its 100th anniversary with a new bursary fund In the year of ‘UK Vote 100’, top girls’ Prep School, Maltman’s Green in Gerrards Cross, celebrates their Centenary by launching a new bursary fund – the 100 Club. Headmistress, Mrs Joanna Pardon, says, “We hope this will offer a life changing opportunity for young girls who wouldn’t ordinarily have the means to join us.” Able to adapt, evolve and respond to shifts in the education sector, family life and society at large, Maltman’s Green has continually provided a high-class, preparatory education for young girls over the last 100 years and continues to do so today. The school will be holding an Open Day for prospective parents on Friday 11th May. For more information, visit www. maltmansgreen.com or email: office@maltmansgreen.com

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Forest School Association accredits local nursery Congratulations to Squirrels Tabernacle Nursery in Beaconsfield who have become the first FSA recognised early years Forest School Provider in Buckinghamshire. The nursery offers a special opportunity for children of 3 and 4 years to get connected to nature. Running from a unique location of 60 acres of natural countryside which includes ancient forests, fields and orchards; the opportunities for exploring this outdoor classroom are limitless. The small groups of 12 children and three practitioners allow children to achieve a lifelong understanding of nature through the seasons and an inner confidence that comes from being in the great outdoors. The nursery currently runs in Beaconsfield and they are hoping to expand into Amersham. To discuss opportunities for your little explorer, please contact Penny on 01494 670196 or email: enquiries@ squirrelsnursery.co.uk

Diddi dance are looking to expand Diddi dance have been offering funky dance sessions that increase confidence, coordination & creativity in pre-school children for over 15 years. They are now looking for motivated individuals to come on-board and help the company to expand into Buckinghamshire. Diddi dance started in 2003 when founder Anne-Marie noticed a lack of preschool dance classes for children aged from 16 months old that allowed them to freely explore movement in a fun yet structured environment. The award-winning dance provider covers 16 different dance styles with lesson plans that enhance & compliment the EYFS framework. With a proven franchise system that has been running for over 10 years, more than 40 franchises in the UK and over 10 franchise industry awards, they have found their franchise opportunity works perfectly for individuals who want to be in business for themselves, not by themselves. Visit their website www.diddidance.com/franchise for more information.

Party on a school night Popstars Academy has launched fitness classes for adults…. Clubbercise! The classes are taught in a darkened room with disco lights and glow sticks set to a soundtrack of old and new club hits. A fusion of dance, toning and combat moves, burning around 600 calories in one class. Get fit and party every Wednesday, 8.15pm – 9pm at St John’s Methodist Church on Woodside Road in Amersham, £6 PAYG. Contact Hazel on 0776511 4444 or email: hazel@popstarsacademy.com

Green Dragon wildlife reserve update Green Dragon Eco Farm’s 3-acre wildlife reserve is due to open in July 2018 following a crowdfunding campaign and the award of a rural business grant. The aim is to inspire future generations about our countryside and give them positive messages about what we can all do for conservation. The reserve will be integrated with a wildlife corridor joining hedgerows and meadows on the farm. For more information, go to www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk

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Thorpe Explorers are opening soon Thorpe House School’s new nursery provision - Thorpe Explorers’ Nursery - will open its doors on 5th September 2018. Located in Gerrards Cross and incorporating optional wrap-a-round care (7.30 – 18.00), it will feature ‘school ready’ morning sessions including number work, phonics, reading and handwriting practice, Forest School plus music and swimming lessons by specialist teachers. The nursery will welcome boys aged three in the September of joining. For

more information, join them at their open morning on 25th April (10am to 11.30am) or go to www.thorpehouse. co.uk/pre-prep/nursery

New times table test for year 4 pupils The government has announced plans to have all Year 4 pupils sit a compulsory times table test. The test will be tried out in a sample of schools with it being made available on a voluntary basis to all schools across England from June 2019. It will become mandatory in June 2020. The test has been described by the Government as a 5 minute ‘on-screen check’ which is designed to help ensure children know the multiplication tables up to 12 and has been designed to avoid causing additional stress for children and teachers. The Government has also said that results from the check will not be published at school-level and will not

be used by Ofsted and others to force changes in schools. Some teachers’ unions have expressed strong concerns about the introduction of another test being an unnecessary additional burden on schools.

Dental check by age 1 A UK wide Dental Check by One #DCby1 campaign has been launched by the British Society for Paediatric Dentistry to increase the number children who access dental care aged 0 to 2 years. Babies visiting the dentist before their 1st birthday will be awarded a #DCby1 Certificate at participating dentists. For more information, visit www.bspd.co.uk

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Visit the Enchanted Museum On Saturday 12th May, see the Enchanted Museum come to life as legendary creatures appear at an exciting twilight event at Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles. For this special event, the Museum will open from 4pm-8.30pm. The Museum’s historic buildings will be lit up by candle, lantern and firelight for you to explore. This year’s theme is magical realms and you can take part in a number of activities and crafts inspired by traditional magical stories and fairytales. You’ll also meet a host of magical characters along the way including the beautiful winged Pegasus. You are invited to toast marshmallows by the campfire and take part in the Knight’s Training School to become a knight or lady of King Arthur’s court! All visitors, big and small, are invited to attend in costume and can enter a fancy dress competition. There will be a special enchanting walk through the woodlands, face painting and tree face modelling. Visitors can spot Beatrix Potter characters in the allotment and help Peter Pan find his shadow (watch out for pirates!). Tickets can be purchased from www.coam.org.uk

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Be on trend with your child’s party in 2018! By Claire Winter

Children’s parties are always a hot topic of conversation in most households across the country. Who to invite? What theme? Which location? We’ve talked to party specialists and planners to find out the top party ideas for 2018, so you don’t have to. Unusual Themes Think of a party with a twist. Top party organiser Fable & Moon (www. fableandmoon.com) says “Children’s parties are becoming even more sophisticated in 2018! Unicorns and Mermaids are still going strong but expect a fresh twist on the theme. Also expect to see wedding trends making their way into children’s parties, particularly celestial (moons and stars) and all things holographic. Think oversized disco balls and lots and lots of sparkle!”

hot so this option is probably not suitable for very small children. The Chocolate Party People (www.thechocolatepartypeople. co.uk) offer a Build a Bar, Chocolate Pizzeria and Truffle Making packages for kids. Cinnamon Square bakery café in Rickmansworth offer chocolate and baking parties for children over 5 years old, (www. cinnamonsquare.com).

Chocolate Parties Most kids love chocolate; it’s messy, fun and creative. What’s not to love? Hire a chocolatier to come to your house and teach your children to make some fantastic chocs. Alternatively, hire some moulds and melt dark, milk and white chocolate so they can make their own. The chocolate is

Unicorns are Still Cool Kids are still going unicorn crazy. Harriet Jones, founder of online boutique store Rockahula Kids (www.rockahulakids.com), says “2018 has to be the year that the

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Party special Bring the Farm to You Basil & Crew offer a unique party option by bringing a mobile farm to your home! Imagine having ponies, sheep, donkeys, goats, chicks and ducklings strutting around your garden! For more details, call 07721 422554 or visit www. basilandcrew.co.uk

Glamping Belltent and glamping parties are going to be really popular especially during the summer months. Set up tents with themes like cowboys, unicorns, intergalactic or botanical. You can hire companies to put them up in the garden or in the house.

Take the hassle out of sleepovers by bringing in the local experts: The Sleepover Company brings ‘Glamping’ to your home providing unique sleeping adventures for children in the comfort of your own garden. What could be better fun than sleeping with your friends, under the stars, in one of their themed bell tents or tipis? Book your home glamping experience at, www. thesleepovercompany.uk.com

Top Tips for a Budget Party Timing If you hold a party between 3pm and 5pm, you can provide party snacks or treats instead of a meal. Try fruit kebabs that you dip in melted chocolate for a fun treat. Hiring a chocolate fountain could also be a fun way to end the party. Just warn the parents not to dress their kids in their best party clothes! Older children would probably prefer a pizza delivery.

Try E-invites Create your own digital invitations to email to guests. You can also use the free option at www.paperlesspost.com and pay a small amount using various other websites, like www.mini-epic.com. Founder of the business, Jonathan, says “Our digital invitations can be created and sent in just a few minutes, with no paper or postage involved, which not only saves you time and money but also saves some trees! But what’s proving really popular is the ability to download your Mini-Epic invitation to share via WhatsApp.”

PJ’s Little Sleepover Company offer a unique and complete sleepover party package service. They have everything you need including minitents, mattresses, bedding, super-soft fleece blankets, bunting, fairy lights, breakfast trays, individual LED lights and a Bluetooth speaker to start the party off with a swing. They also include party bags for all the sleepover besties and a special gift for the guest of honour. Find out more at, www.pjslittlesleepovercompany.co.uk

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Get Me Out of Here Escape rooms are a great choice for older children. You get locked in a room and have to work out how to get out. It’s a great team-building experience and means no mess in your house! Many escape rooms have themes - you could even get guests to dress up to match it! You need to check what the age range is and whether you need adult supervision. See Escape 360 at Magnet Leisure Centre, www.escape3600.com, or roomescapemk.com in Milton Keynes.

Your pound shop can be a treasure trove of party napkins and decorations. Buy plain paper bags and get the children to personalise them for party bags to take home at the end. You could also make cupcakes and get the kids to decorate them. Party favours and entertainment all at the same time!

Themed Parties Choose a theme like pirates, Alice in Wonderland or teddies for the younger kids and base all the games on your chosen theme. Decorations can be homemade – get the whole family involved. Pinterest is a great place to get inspiration.

Share Split the cost by sharing the party with a classmate whose birthday is at a similar time. Just make sure you agree who is doing what!

Don’t Forget to Say Thanks Take a group photo of all the kids at the party and print it off at Boots or use an online site. Get your kids to write a thank you note on the back with a Sharpie or gold pen. A great momento and thank you all at once!

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Mind Map a Party! Who doesn’t enjoy a good party? Planning the party, however, can be quite another matter – especially a children’s party, for which expectations have rocketed in recent years. Here’s a suggestion for approaching party planning in a completely different way. By Tony Buzan

What is a Mind Map? A Mind Map is a powerful thinking and planning tool that can help you get to grips with any topic. At its simplest, it is a diagram with branches radiating out from a central image, each branch carrying a single word or a picture that summarises an aspect of the topic. The branches then expand into sub-branches, as you delve further into each aspect. Mind Maps have symbols, images and colours and can be really bold, bright and inspiring. The branches of a kids’ party Mind Map

could explore the same core logistics as an adult party: once you’ve set the date, you need to choose a theme (if you want one) and a venue, setting considerations such as cost, space and transport against each other. Then, draw up your guest list and plan the entertainment, the food and drinks and the decorations, exploring these on the main branches and sub-branches of your Mind Map. If the party is going to include any special features, such as games or a magician, include these in your Mind Map too. You could also use one of the branches to explore how your party will reflect the theme, perhaps through costumes, decorations and party favours. I’ve created a Mind Map to show how to plan a children’s birthday party with a superhero theme, but you can use any theme you like!

Step 3 Send out secondary-level shoots from the main branch. Then, draw third-level branches that spread out from these secondary-level shoots. Write keywords on all of the branches or draw symbols and give each symbol its own branch. There’s no need to rush, leave some of the branches empty at first as this will naturally inspire your brain to fill them in.

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• A large sheet of white paper. • Coloured pens or pencils. • An open mind and imagination.

Pick another colour and create your next main branch, working clockwise around the central image. As before, draw secondary and third-level branches from this new branch and label them. Keep adding main branches until you have about five or six of them to work with.

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Place the sheet of paper in front of you in landscape format. Next, use at least three different colours to draw an image in the very centre of the paper that represents the party (in this example, it’s a superhero figure). This central image will activate your imagination and trigger associations in your thoughts, so make sure it’s positive and inspiring. You can also have a word at the centre; if so, make it multi-dimensional and brightly coloured.

Now you have your main branches, move freely around your Mind Map, leaping from branch to branch, filling in any gaps and adding new sub-branches as ideas and associations occur to you.

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Step 2 Now choose the first aspect to explore. Pick a colour and draw a thick branch coming away from the central image, like the bough of a tree. Let the branch curve organically, as this will be visually engaging and therefore more interesting to the brain, making you more likely to memorise the information on the branch. Shade in the branch and label it with a single word in capital letters, eg. VENUE or FOOD or DECORATIONS. Alternatively, you might decide just to draw a powerful image.

Step 6 If you wish, add arrows, curving lines and links between your main branches to reinforce the connections you have found between them. When you have completed your Mind Map, you can use it as a list ticking off each of the branches once you’ve completed the task. When the party’s over, it’s useful to keep it to refer back to in future years. Tony Buzan is the author of Tony Buzan’s Mind Map Mastery: The Complete Guide to Learning and Using the Most Powerful Thinking Tool in the Universe, available from most bookstores priced £14.99.

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Get ready to party! Make your child’s birthday party one to remember by calling the party experts. From entertainers and organisers to great party venues, our local directory has everything you need to plan the big day. When you ring, don’t forget to say you saw it in Families Chiltern. Arts & crafts Kids Bee Happy Sand Art & Create a Bear Parties With a range of party options, this party organizer can wow you with their amazing sand art or you could build your very own bear! Bespoke packages available, please call Lacey on 07841 997310 or email laceysandart@gmail.com

Sparkle Pamper Party Pamper parties for children aged 4-16. They will beautify your home or chosen venue into a relaxing and fun mini spa. Choose from a wide range of exciting pamper party packages, including the new ‘Unicorn Pamper Party Package’. Call 07391 717267 or visit www. sparklepamperparty.co.uk

PJ’s Little Sleepover Company A unique and complete sleepover party package service that makes children’s overnight celebrations hassle-free and great fun.

Our amazing party package is available in some fabulous themes for girls & boys and comes complete with mini-tents, comfy mattresses, super-soft bedding & fleece blankets, bunting, twinkling lights, individual breakfast trays, LED lights and even a Bluetooth speaker to start the party off with a swing. We also include awesome goodie bags for all the sleepover besties and a very special gift for the guest of honour. We also offer wonderful extras including: a luxury hot chocolate cart, Candy Bar, a Glam & Spa Bar, a Nerf gun fest, personalised onesies or even a large screen & HD Projector for a special movie night experience and many more … .

All you need to do is book a date, choose a theme and we will set up inside your own home ready for the fun to begin! It means you have the comfort and security of being inside your own home whilst your little campers have an unforgettable night with their best buddies. The following morning (not too early!) we will quickly and quietly pack up the party and be on our way, leaving everyone with just wonderful memories and maybe a few bleary eyes. It’s the perfect way to make those childhood memories. ❤ Call Simone on 07912 028960 or 01753 883415 e-mail: pjslittlesleepovercompany@btinternet.com www.pjslittlesleepovercompany.co.uk PJ’s Little Sleepover Company or@sleepoverexperience www.familiesonline.co.uk

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Party Directory something for everyone with Roar Edge’s creative parties. They tailor packages so that you and your child can celebrate in a memorable and stress-free fashion. To find out more, visit www. roaredgeproductions.co.uk and to book, call 07786 655805.

Cookery & food Cinnamon Square Cinnamon Square bakery cafe in Rickmansworth hosts unique baking parties for children aged 5 years and older. Over 11,000 children have already attended their parties and workshops, and they are a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience for all concerned. As a parent, this will be the most stress-free children’s party you will experience. As you sip your cappuccino and indulge in treats from the bakery, your children will be experiencing the joys of baking. Parties and activities include Birthday Baking Parties, Cupcake Parties, Chocolate Parties and holiday workshops. Call 01923 778353 or visit www. cinnamonsquare.com

Marie’s Travelling Tea Marie’s Travelling Tea is a unique experience, combining vintage styling with bespoke tea party packages. Offering that little bit extra, their 1959 Eccles refurbished vintage caravan is perfect to hire for any party to express nostalgic charm of days gone by. Please visit www.mariestravellingtea.com or call 07891531100.

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Perform Parties Based around a colourful theme, Perform’s energetic party leaders use a magical mix of songs, games and laughter to create fun-filled, action-packed parties. Call 0207 255 9120 or visit performparties.co.uk

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Choose from a range of parties including pizza making, molecular gastronomy, pasta and cupcakedecorating. Part of Beverley Glock Cookery School Ltd which runs cookery classes and workshops for children and adults. Call 01844 275692 or visit www. splatcooking.net

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PJ’s Little Sleepover Company Basil and Crew Bring a mobile farm to your home or school, including miniature ponies, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, chickens, sheep and goats for pet handling, feeding and grooming. For full details, call 07721 422554 or visit www.basilandcrew.co.uk

Drama Banana Party Train Join the Funky Monkey on a fun filled trip to the Disco Depot. Games, prizes, lights, music, magic, snow, bubbles, balloons and more. For more info, call 07547 871071 or visit www.dramabananapartytrain.co.uk

Em’s Looney Tune Discos Catering for children of all ages. A typical party includes easy dance routines and plenty of games such as limbo, musical bumps and parachute. To book, call 07967 366468 or visit www.discoforkids. co.uk for more information.

Jo Jingles Fun musical party entertainment involving instruments, props (e.g. parachute, streamers, juggling scarves, bean bags, stretchy Lycra and bubbles), music and movement. The party can be themed and games such as pass-the-parcel can be included. Call Debbie on 01296 625599 or www. jojingles.com/aylesbury

Uncle Bob’s Magic and Entertainment Offering a selection of comedy magic, balloon modelling and puppetry for children’s parties for the last 30 years. Please call 01908 315 147 or visit www. unclebob.co.uk

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Entertainers & party organisers

This exciting company brings “glamping” to your garden and creates sleeping adventures for children under the stars at home. They set up a bell tent or tipi, which will then be decorated with themed bunting, cushions, rugs, chandeliers, fairy lights and covered mattresses. Then the adventure begins with a midnight feast box to sustain you through the night. After the weekend, they return to take it all away. Available for children’s sleepovers and family fun nights. Parent pods are also available. Call 07468 219538 or visit www.thesleepovercompany.uk.com for more info.

A unique and complete sleepover party package that makes children’s overnight celebrations hassle-free and huge fun. Available in some amazing themes, the party package comes complete with mini-tents, comfy mattresses, soft bedding & blankets, bunting, twinkling lights, breakfast trays, a Bluetooth speaker and awesome goodie bags for all the besties. Set up and take down are also included. Call 07912 028960 or visit: www.pjslittlesleepover company.co.uk

Popstar Academy Parties Popstars is a fun, high energy dance party at your chosen venue with a qualified dance instructor teaching street dance, hip-hop and modern routines to your favourite song choices and also includes fun Popstar party games. Themed party options include: Popstar, Princess and Pirate parties or a theme to suit you! Music, lights and invitations are provided, and Popstar Props include glitter microphones, pom poms, blow up guitars, glitter hats and prizes. For all abilities aged 4–12 yrs. A fun energetic party! Summer workshops now booking. Contact– 07765 114444 or www.PopstarsAcademy.com

Planning a kids, teens or adult birthday party? Bring The Game Over offer modern and retro gaming parties from their premium mobile gaming arcade van. No hassle or stress as they bring the entertainment to you! To find out more, visit www. bringthegameover.com

Climbing Wall Party An exciting climbing wall party at High Sports Wycombe makes an unforgettable birthday or special occasion for children aged 4+. To find out more, contact High Sports at Wycombe Leisure Centre on 0345 363 1177 or visit www.high-sports.co.uk

Squishbosh A fun sports party with a twist – it’s a mix between Total Wipeout and It’s a Knockout and includes original sports games for 5–10 yrs. All games must be played outside. Full details at www.basilandcrew. co.uk or call 01628 821145 or 07721 422554.

Party venues Amersham Field Centre Various party options including: mini-beast safari, pirate’s treasure, shelter building and more for 1015 children, aged 5–11 yrs (weekends only). Call 01494 721054 or visit www.field-studies-council. org/amersham

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Whether your child wants to save the day as a superhero, help a unicorn find their way over the rainbow or star in their own pop band, there’s

Activity parties for 3–14 yrs including soft play, bouncy castle, games, football, judo or cricket. To book, call 01494 677764.

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Mead Open Farm, Billington

Football or roller-skating parties (over 6s) and pool parties or inflatable pool parties (8-15yrs). To book, call 01753 887812.

Range of party packages available; food, invitations and party bags included. The farm can be contacted on 01525 852954 or www.meadopenfarm.co.uk

Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles

Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common

Offers private hire of their WWII Nissen Hut or Northolt Barn for birthday parties with a range of additional activities including pond dipping, toasting marshmallows, giant game hire and teddy bear mask making. Call 01494 871117 or visit www.coam.org.uk

XC, Hemel Hempstead

Parties include entry to the farm, hire of a fully decorated party room, food and party bags. Online booking now available. Odds Farm can be contacted on 01628 520188 or www.oddsfarm.co.uk XC have a great choice of extreme parties to choose from for a birthday celebration with a difference! Choose from climbing, skate park, caving and high ropes parties. For more information, see www.thexc. co.uk or call 01442 952333.

Little Hay Golf Complex, Bovingdon Celebrate a birthday outside in the beautiful grounds of Little Hay Golf Complex. Choose from Foot golf and Pitch & Putt Parties. For more information, see www.littlehaygolf.co.uk or call 01442 952444.

Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield Full party packages include entrance for children, buffet, train ride, party bags etc. You provide the cake, they provide the enchantment. Call 01494 672919 or visit www.bekonscot.co.uk

The Little Trip Boat, the Aylesbury Basin

Green Park, Aston Clinton Fun Adventure Activity Parties for 8+ years. You can choose from a range of over 20 activities such as: climbing, zip wire, archery, mountain biking, bush craft or FootGolf. They cater hot and cold food options while giving you a very different 90-minute birthday experience- there is also the option to extend your party into an overnight camp in one of their new Safari Lodges or to simply enjoy the beautiful park. For more information, visit www.alfvillages.org.uk, call 0330 303 0101 or email bookings@alfcharity.org

Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury Experience something different! 2 hours of fun led by a party planner which includes one hour in the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery followed by a craft activity and delicious party food in the Museum. Party bags also available. Call 01296 331441 or visit www. buckscountymuseum.org

Green Dragon Eco Farm, Aylesbury Vale Enjoy two hours of fun farm activities where children meet the animals followed by party food and playtime. The new VIP party package for 2018 includes an exclusive guided tour of the farm with animal encounters and a bag of feed for each child. Followed by playtime with exclusive use of the VIP Party Barn for the party food which includes jelly, ice cream and animal masks to take home. To book, call 01296 670444 or email info@greendragonecofarm.co.uk

Kidzone, Berkhamsted Ninety minutes of play followed by 30 minutes for party food. Hats, balloons and badges are included. Candy bags available. Minimum 10 children, maximum 40. Call 01442 878441 or visit www. thekidzone.co.uk

This new company runs boat trips through two locks and offers everyone the chance to learn how to operate a lock. The turn and return trips are suitable for any age. Exclusive use is available with a maximum of 12 people. To book or find out more, contact Liz on 07939 331890.

Whizzkidz, Thame Choice of party packages from toddlers to 12 yrs. Call 01844 217555 or visit www.whizzkidzthame.co.uk

Wycombe Leisure Centre, High Wycombe They offer a variety of fantastic party options including, Active Adventure Party, Football, Multi Sports, Trampoline Party and more! You can also hire a room to enjoy your food and cake after the activity. For more information, email emmadean@ pfpleisure.org

Zoomania, Aylesbury Choice of party packages at the large soft play venue for toddlers to 11 yrs. Call 01296 481555 or visit www.zoomania.co.uk/parties

Green Park Green Park is based in beautiful parkland near Aston Clinton, where we offer a range of outdoor adventurous activities for all ages and abilities.

Birthday Parties

For a great birthday party, combine one of our amazing outdoor activities with a Birthday Tea in our Bubble Base or bring a picnic.

School Holiday Activity days

School Holiday Activity days provide your child with a full day of adventurous activities.

Family Activity days

The whole family can enjoy a day of outdoor activities; you could make a weekend of it and camp with us too.

Courses

Learn a new sport or improve your skills with one of our qualified instructors. Courses include; Swimming, Archery, Mountain-biking and Fencing.

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Spring fun

Get your kids gardening National Gardening Week is here (30th April to 6th May) and with the weather finally warming up, now is the perfect time to get out in the garden.

Broadcast sowing: A good technique for small seeds like carrots and lettuce. Take a small pinch of seeds and sprinkle them over a reasonably sized area (half a metre will do). Gently rake in or use your hands to shake some soil over the top. Don’t be tempted to sow more than a small handful at a time, as your plants won’t have any room to grow. You can always sow a second batch once the first one has come up and you can see your gaps, it will also keep your crop going for longer.

Sowing seeds is a fun, easy and lowcost way of engaging your children with gardening. For a couple of pounds, you can grow a patch of wildflowers or a crop of your own vegetables. Most children love an excuse to get dirty and who knows, they might even eat something new!

Sowing in lines: With a bit more space, larger seeds such as peas and nasturtiums can be sown straight into the ground. Leave a couple of inches between each seed and pop them straight in. Peas will need a bit of support so put some longish twiggy sticks in behind them when you sow, that way you won’t damage the roots once they’ve started growing.

Laura Lee, a garden designer who created and runs the garden at Little Missenden School, shares her top gardening tips:

Think about your time Think about what you would like to grow (and eat!) and what you have the time and space to accommodate. A large pot of salad leaves by the back door that are easy to water could keep you going most of the summer.

Cluster sowing: Small knobbly seeds such as spinach, beetroot and chard can be sown a few together in a little shallow hole. Once they have germinated, simply pull out the weakest looking shoots, leaving the strongest more room to grow.

Do some ground work In our school garden we change the activity according to the age group. Reception love planting seeds but have little patience for filling up pots properly with compost, so we get the pots ready in advance and then get on with seed sowing. The older years are given more responsibility with tools and will weed and rake for hours! They all love watering but make sure that young plants aren’t damaged by teaching them to water the bottom of the plant and not the top.

Where to grow Flowers and vegetables will grow pretty much anywhere they have access to good soil or compost, sunlight and water and many vegetables do not need a large space. This means any container can be used to grow things if it has some holes in the bottom for drainage. A spare patch in your flower bed can easily be used to grow vegetables.

what you’ve done (empty yogurt pots cut into strips are perfect for this). As a rule, seeds should be sown at a depth that is twice their length.

How to grow Generally large seeds are easier for young children to handle, but small seeds can be handled successfully too. Prepare the ground you want to sow, raking it over to break down any big lumps and removing any large stones. Water the area before you sow your seeds and give it a moment to soak in. This prevents seeds being dislodged by overenthusiastic watering. Keep things simple by only sowing one kind of vegetable or flower per area and label

Single seed sowing: Best for large seeds such as pumpkins, courgettes, beans and sunflowers. These seeds are best started off in pots indoors and then transferred to the garden once they’ve developed into strong young plants. This helps keep the slugs from devouring your hard work! Keep them well watered on a sunny windowsill and turn the pots daily so they don’t grow all wonky towards the light! Laura Lee is a garden designer and mum based in Great Missenden. Having spent 20 years getting her own hands dirty, she now encourages other people to get the most out of their gardens (lauraleegardens.com). To find out more about National Gardening Week visit, nationalgardeningweek.org.uk

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STEM

Helping children with the fundamentals of education

It’s not easy being a parent. You want to do the best for your children, but sometimes it’s hard to work out what the best actually is. Education is one of those areas where advice is constantly changing. If you are interested in helping your kids with the fundamentals of their education, there is an acronym which you should become aware of: STEM. It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and it is fast becoming the core of the British and global education system. There is hardly a career which does not involve some element of STEM, from farming to neurosurgery, and it also plays a part in a many everyday activities. Christopher Cederskog explains why it’s important our children can understand its key tenets.

As a parent, what can you do to help form the STEM of your child’s tree of knowledge? I have always believed that learning should be fun and the popular perception is that the subjects of STEM are anything but. However, science, engineering and technology are particularly well-suited to play and mathematics can be applied to virtually any day-to-day situation. It’s just a matter of identifying the right opportunities. The next time you’re baking pastry together, let your child measure out the ingredients and ask them questions: what does ‘half fat to flour’ mean? Let them work out, according to that rule, how much

flour is needed if you’re using 100 grams of fat. Get them to count out how many pastry cases were made from that ratio, then work out how much more pastry it would take to double the number of cases, or how many pies each family member will get based on the current number. Talk about the ingredients, what they are and where they’ve come from. The next time your child falls, take the chance to talk to them about gravity and discuss why they fell downwards rather than upwards! If they’ve grazed their knees, once the tears have stopped, chat a bit about biology – why is blood red, why do scabs form, how do cuts heal? If you don’t know the answers yourself, call on Doctor Google – he’s always there to help.

When you’re out with your children, encourage scientific observations: when walking to the park, talk about why the leaves are green or why they fall in autumn. See if your children can spot any mini-beasts and set them the challenge of learning about them when they get home. And when at home, help bring out your child’s inner-engineer by encouraging them to put those endless MegaBlocks and LEGO bricks to work. Every activity can be a learning opportunity without a child needing to identify it as such. Your job as a parent is to try to find ways to make the learning opportunity fun. While I’m not saying that all education should be done by stealth, I am an advocate of learning through play. The lessons I most strongly remember from my childhood are those that were learnt while I was having fun: the Van de Graaff generator sparking as much imagination as electricity; the recreation of the witches’ scene in Macbeth making Shakespeare seem relevant and interesting; the days in the garden, learning where food actually comes from and that there is a point to worms. Children were born to learn and their brains are busy absorbing information from the second they leave the womb. If you can make your lessons fun, informal and an integral part of everyday life, then your little ones will learn by osmosis and you can sit back in the happy glow of a good job, well done. Christopher Cederskog is MD of Wonder Workshop which teaches children coding through robotics and enables them to master critical thinking, problem solving, cause and effect, communication, and collaboration. For more information, visit www. makewonder.com

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We’re going on a NUM After a cold winter (and spring!), children are desperate to get out in the sunshine to spend time in the great outdoors. This can be encouraged with an outdoor numeracy-based scavenger hunt. Here are some tips and suggestions from Numberbundle for clues to help you on your way… Be prepared to scavenge: Choose as many clues as you like and write them on a blank piece of paper. Leave room for their answers and ensure they have a pen or pencil in hand before they set off. You could also give them a bucket, or bag, to collect things but ensure they know not to pick any flowers! Or, you could ask them to come back to you each time they find something. Go over the clues and rules before they start and ensure you establish outdoor boundaries to stay within and make these clear to the children. Write a selection of age-appropriate clues from the options below- the more creative they are the better!

Clues for pre-school/reception children:

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to represent 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. A flower with 2 leaves could represent 2, and a spider with 8 legs could represent 8 (they don’t have to bring that one to you)! 5s and 10s will be even more challenging but will stimulate their imaginations and force them to think outside the box. Examples may include 5 leaves on the stem of a flower, 10 branches on a tree, 20 pebbles, etc. Find a creepy crawly but leave it where it is. Ask your child to describe where it is i.e. inside the tree, on a branch, next to the rock. Give your child two buckets or containers: instruct them to fill them up with dirt, water, sand, grass or something else. Enquire as to which buckets holds the most and ask them if it is nearly empty, half full or nearly full. Find two different sized sticks and ask your child which one is longer. They could also measure the longest one with a ruler or a measuring tape. Find a pebble shaped like a circle. Ask them to point out two other shapes they know around the garden (a square lawn, a rectangular plant bed, etc). Bring a clock or a watch outside and ask your child to tell you the time after they complete each task.

Find 2 things that are shaped like a circle. Find something big and something small. Find something in front of a tree and something behind a tree. Find something heavy. Write the numbers 1 to 5 using twigs, stones, chalk, sand (or anything else you can think of). • Find 5 leaves and three twigs. Which one do you have more of? • Find something yellow. • Find two or more of four different items and make a sequence.

Years 1 & 2:

• Make an analogue clock out of sticks showing the current time. • Gather 6 stones and 4 twigs. How many things do you have in total? What is left if you subtract the twigs from the stones? What do you get if you multiply the number of stones by the number of twigs? • Make a compound shape out of sticks or other objects. What shapes is it made of? What are their properties? • Measure the sides of a shed and calculate the perimeter. • Look at a flower. Count how many petals it has. What fraction do you have of the total, if you have two petals? • Look for angles around the garden. Can you find a right angle, an obtuse angle and an acute angle?

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• Find 2 rocks and 5 fallen leaves: ask your child to add them together.

• Counting in 2s, 5s or 10s: ask the children to show you something to represent each number they are counting up in. For example, if counting in 2s, they would have to find something

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BER hunt! • Find things that are symmetrical. How many lines of symmetry are there? Get your creative juices flowing and join in the fun! If you have had fun with the number hunt, there are more resources available on the various topics from the National Curriculum in the Numberbundle activity boxes. You will no doubt have some tired and hungry kids after all of the activities, but they will love being able to learn in the great outdoors and will enjoy seeing how numbers are all around us and that maths can be applied in everyday life. Enjoy your number hunt! These ideas and games have been developed by Numberbundle (www. numberbundle.com) – part of the award-winning Social Enterprise Numbermix (www.numbermix.com) that creates active and engaging numeracy based products. Numbermix projects include: Numberfit – physically active maths sessions run in schools and family-friendly venues; Numberbundle – fun numeracy activity boxes that focus on topics from the National Curriculum; and Numberprep – the Maths and Science tuition centre that offers one to one and group tuition from a professional team of Oxbridge, Masters and PhD tutors.

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School matters

By Claire Winter

Does your child need a tutor? In the last decade, the number of children who have a tutor has increased by one third. At some point in their academic journey, your child may need some additional support. This may be because you are preparing them for the 11 Plus, school entrance exams or because they are struggling in a particular subject. A tutor is normally a teacher that will teach your child in a specific subject or exam technique. You can opt for 1:1 tutoring or tutoring in a small group or class. You can find a tutor via a tutoring agency, through your school or via online searches. There are also online programmes and companies that offer a mixture of online and offline support. Tutoring can be expensive and ranges from £20-50 an hour depending on the tutor and where you live. Tutoring via Skype can be cheaper and starts at around £15 per hour.

When Does a Child Benefit from Tutoring? • If they have lost confidence and tutoring will help them boost their self-belief. • If they are struggling with a particular subject, and their teacher has flagged it. • If they need to improve their grades to pass an upcoming exam.

How to Find the Right Tutor? Private Tutors Personal recommendation is always a good place to start. You can also ask at your school as some teachers tutor after school. If you are hiring a tutor privately, make sure they have a DBS check and have references too. Also, check their qualifications and whether they have taught children in the same age range as yours. Make sure you meet them in person or via Skype and are comfortable your child is happy to work with them. Rachael Sprague from tutor directory, www.tutorful.co.uk says “The key to

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finding the perfect tutor is to ask lots of questions! Don’t just focus on their experience in education (although this is important), but ask about their lives and what makes them tick. This person will potentially be spending a lot of time with your child, so it is important to make sure their personalities are compatible.” Tutoring Agency This is a good option if you are short on time. An agency should do most of the hard work for you. They should find someone that fits your requirements and complete all the reference and safety checks needed. Companies like Fleet Tutoring (www.fleet-tutors.co.uk), have a database of tutors in your area, from which you can choose. Will Veness who runs a tutoring agency (www.collegiatetutors. co.uk) says safety is paramount. “Tuition agencies have a legal obligation to seek background checks from their tutors (called an Enhanced DBS Check). An Enhanced Check searches the tutors’ criminal history for convictions, cautions, warnings, and reprimands, and ensures the tutor isn’t on any barred lists. This is not an essential part of signing up to open-market tutoring sites, as they operate more like a search engine rather than a hands-on agency. This can lead to anyone being able to sign up as a tutor with a simple upload of a CV. Some websites do, however, at least highlight tutors who have received this important check, so parents should certainly keep an eye out for this when browsing tutors with them.” We believe it is very much worth it to pay the agent’s commission for peace of mind, especially with the primary-age students. Furthermore, rigorous agencies will interview their candidates to ensure they are able to deliver a quality standard of tuition. Local agencies are ideal (if available), as the administrators will know their tutors personally, and talk to the parents directly.”

Tutoring Companies There are various different national, regional and local companies offering tuition. Flying Start Tuition is an award-winning tuition company offering an innovative approach that combines techniques from Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) with more traditional teaching methods. The emphasis is on helping students to develop a positive attitude to learning, boosting confidence, self-motivation and independence; enabling them to learn and progress more effectively. Numberprep, an award-winning Maths and Science tuition centre based in Amersham, caters to all ages and abilities. From exam preparations to mentorship programmes, a personalised study programme is designed for each student. The team of scientists, mathematicians and educators use games and physical exercise to make learning engaging and fun. At Susan Daughtrey Education, the tutors work through detailed lesson plans and use mainly materials which have been written by Susan Daughtrey M.Ed especially for the students. Only very limited published material is utilised in class. All tutors are thoroughly trained by Susan and adopt a technique-focused approach to teaching for the 11+ which has consistently generated a high success rate.

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Compiled by Katie Taylor

May

Wednesday 9th May

Roman Gladiators, 27th & 28th May

PARENTING WORKSHOP Saint James Centre, Gerrards Cross 7.45-9.30pm, free, booking required. www.saintjames.org.uk/parenting

Friday 4th May BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 10.15am-11am, 0-4yrs, booking required, £3. www.buckscountrymuseum.org

Friday 11th FRIDAYS IN MAY

CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum TOTS GO WILD Black Park, Wexham. 10am-12pm, 2-4pm, booking required, £6. www.buckscc.gov.uk/countryparks

FRIDAYS IN MAY

BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 10.15am-11am, 0-4yrs, booking required, £3. www.buckscountrymuseum.org CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: THE BFG Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum THE ART OF TERRY PRATCHETT Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 10am-5pm, drop-in, free. www.buckscountymuseum.org

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Sunday 6th & Monday 7th

Saturday 5th DISCOVER DAHL’S ARCHIVES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1pm & 3pm, 8+ yrs, booking advised, £1.50. www.roalddahl.com/museum FLIGHT-TASTIC MAPS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum SLEEPING BEAUTY Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 3pm, booking required, adults £20.50, child £17.50. www.elgiva.com Chesham

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MAY DAY MERRIMENT Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. www.coam.org.uk SPRING STEAM GALA & MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION Buckinghamshire Railway Museum, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, pre-book tickets adult £12, child £9. www.bucksrailcentre.org Sunday 6th BAND CONCERT Memorial Gardens, Old Amersham. 2.30pm, free. www.amersham-tc.gov.uk FANTABULOUS FLYING SCARF Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+ yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum SUBWOOFERS Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Saunderton. 1pm-7pm, adult £15, child £5. www.hearingdogs.org.uk Monday 7th CRACKLING CLAY GREMLINS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm, 5+ yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum

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MEET THE BEEKEEPERS Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 11am-4pm, drop-in, free with admission. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden TUDOR RE-ENACTMENT & TULIP FESTIVAL Chenies Manor House, nr Rickmansworth. 2-5pm, adult £6, child £4. www.cheniesmanorhouse.co.uk

Tuesday 8th

FRENCH PATISSERIE Beverley Glock Cookery School, Princes Risborough. 10am-2.30pm, booking required, £75. www.beverleyglock.com ITALIAN PASTA & SAUCES Beverley Glock Cookery School, Princes Risborough. 10am-1pm, booking required, £75. www.beverleyglock.com TINY TALK TIME: INCY WINCY SPIDER Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, drop-in, £3. www.wycombemuseum.org

& SAT 12th

Saturday 12th DAWN CHORUS WALK Ashridge Estate, Tring. 5am-7am, booking required, adults £15, child £10. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge ENCHANTED MUSEUM: MAGICAL REALMS Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 4pm-8.30pm, booking required, adult £10.50, child £6.50. www.coam.org.uk FAMILY GUIDED WALK College Lake, Tring. 10.30am-12pm, 5+yrs, booking required, £10. www.bbowt.org.uk THE GREAT BRITISH DOG WALK Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 11am-4pm, adults £10, child free. www.hearingdogs.org.uk SCIENCE OF THE SKY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, booking required, £2. www.roalddahl.com/museum TINY TALK TIME: INCY WINCY SPIDER Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, drop-in, £3. www.wycombemuseum.org Sunday 13th May STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Museum, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £11, child £8. www.bucksrailcentre.org Friday 18th

BRING YOUR OWN BABY COMEDY Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe. 12pm, booking required, £12. www.byocomedy.com

BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 10.15am-11am, 0-4yrs, booking required, £3. www.buckscountrymuseum.org

HOLIDAY CLUBS

Ofsted Good Clubs in school holidays Flexible bookings between 8am - 6pm at Amersham, Chalfont St Peter, Aylesbury Range of activities for 4 - 11 year olds Sibling/full day bookings discounts 01494 722318 info@busy-living.co.uk www.busy-living.co.uk

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What’s on CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum

MARKYATE PLANT SALE 64 High Street, Markyate. 10am, drop-in, free. www.stfrancis.org.uk

Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery

TINY TALK TIME: THREE LITTLE PIGS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, drop-in, £3. www.wycombemuseum.org

Saturday 19th CHILTERNS WALKING FESTIVAL Family friendly walks starting at various locations in Buckinghamshire. www.visitchilterns.co.uk/walkingfest.

TO 3 JUNE

RAILEX MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury. 10.30am-5.30pm (Sat) 10.30am-5pm (Sun), drop-in, adults £9, child £5. www.railex.org.uk

FOOD, FARMING & THE FUTURE Collings Hanger Farm, Prestwood. 2pm-4pm, free. www.visitchilterns.co.uk

TELETUBBIES: BIG HUGS Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. 10am & 1pm, booking required, tickets from £11.90. www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury

SPRING FAIR Henry Allen Nursery School, Amersham. 2pm-4pm, drop-in, free. www.henryallen.bucks.sch.uk

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 3pm, booking required, tickets £14. www.elgiva.com

Sunday 20th BAND CONCERT Memorial Gardens, Old Amersham. 2.30pm, free. www.amersham-tc.gov.uk CHILTERN HILLS RALLY Weedon Park, Aylesbury. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £6, child free. www.chilternhillsrally.org.uk WHIRLGIG WIFFLEBIRDS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum Friday 25th BOOGIE BEAT SESSIONS Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 10.15am-11am, 0-4yrs, booking required, £3. www.buckscountrymuseum.org CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE & THE TWITS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum

HALF TERM FUN

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th

Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June TINY TALK TIME: THREE LITTLE PIGS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, drop-in, £3. www.wycombemuseum.org

HALF TERM FAMILY FUN Green Dragon Eco Farm, nr Aylesbury. 10am-5.30pm, adult £9, child £8. www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk

& SAT 26th

HALF TERM FUN

Saturday 26th

HALF TERM FUN

Sunday 27th

PROPSPOSTEROUS FLYING THINGALINGALINGS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum

CLAY COCKATOOLOOS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum COLOURSCAPE Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury. 10.30am-4.30pm, adult £5, child £3. www.waddesdon.org.uk

HALF TERM FUN

TO 3 JUNE

Sunday 27th May STEAM & CLASSIC CARS Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. 10.30am-2pm car display, 11am-4.30pm steam trains, adults £11, child £1. www.chinnorrailway.co.uk

COOMBE HILL & CHEQUERS Walking Festival, Coombe Hill Monument car park. 10.30am-2.30pm, free. www.visitchilterns.co.uk/walkingfest

TEDDY’S TRAIN RIDE Kids with a teddy go free!

Get buzzy this half-term at Hughenden Monday 28 May - Sunday 3 June, 10.30am-4pm There's a buzz in the air at Hughenden this halfterm with bee themed crafts Tuesday-Friday. Kids can become a trail tracker with one of our Ranger team, learning orienteering skills on Tue 29 May. Or why not see how high you can climb with the instructors from the Great Big Tree Climbing company on Fri 1 June.

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SUNDAY 27TH & BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 28TH MAY 2018 10.30am-5pm TE TRA DDY’S IN TI CKET

Two steam engines offering rides Unlimited steam train rides for everyone - and their teddies! Special 'Teddy Trains' when Teddy gets his own steam train ride! Ride on the miniature steam railway The Visitor Centre, museum, shop and cafē will all be open Teddy bear's picnics are welcome too! BUCKINGHAMSHIRE RAILWAY CENTRE Station Road, Quainton, Near Aylesbury HP22 4BY email marketing@bucksrailcentre.org call 01296 655720 Buckinghamshire Railway Centre www.bucksrailcentre.org

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What’s on HALF TERM FUN

Sunday 27th & Monday 28th

ROMAN GLADIATORS Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. www.coam.org.uk

TEDDY’S TRAIN RIDE Buckinghamshire Railway Museum, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adults £11, child £8 (with teddy free). www.bucksrailcentre.org Monday 28th

HALF TERM FUN

Tuesday 29th

DISCOVER & MAKE: MEDIEVAL MADNESS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 1.15pm, 2.15pm & 3.15pm, booking required, £3. www.wycombemuseum.org

STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Museum, Quainton. 10.30am-4.30pm, adult £11, child £8. www.bucksrailcentre.org THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 3pm, booking required, tickets £14. www.elgiva.com

BANK HOLIDAY FUN

FLYING IN THE WORDS OF ROALD DAHL Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 6+yrs, booking advised, £3. GET BUZZY Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10.30-4pm, drop-in, £3. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

Thursday 31st BEHIND THE SCENES MANOR TOUR Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 11am-11.45am, booking required, adults £4. www.nationaltrust.org/hughenden

TO 3 JUNE

MEET THE BEEKEEPERS Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 11am-4pm, drop-in, free with admission. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden STEAM ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. 11am-5pm, adult from £11, child £1. www.chinnorrailway.co.uk TUDOR RE-ENACTMENT Chenies Manor House, nr Rickmansworth. 2-5pm, adult £6, child £4. www.cheniesmanorhouse.co.uk

GUIDED COUNTRYSIDE WALKS (pictured above) Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11.30am & 2pm, 5+yrs, booking advised, £1.50. www.roalddahl.com/museum LITTLE BUB & THE WOOLLY HOUSE Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org POND EXPLORERS College Lake, Tring. 10am-11am & 1pm-2pm. 6+yrs, booking required, £4. www.bbowt.org.uk TERRIFIC TUESDAY Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. www.coam.org.uk

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DISCOVER DAHL’S ARCHIVES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1pm & 3pm, 8+ yrs, booking advised, £1.50. www.roalddahl.com/museum PROPOSTEROUS FLYING THINGALINGALINGS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 2pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum SPARKLE SPIDER & THE WHIZZ WIZARD Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. ww.qpc.org

HALF TERM FUN

Friday 1st June

HALF TERM FUN

CARVING WOOD, MAKING ART. Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org CREATE! BIRD HOUSES Amersham Museum, Old Amersham. 12pm-4pm, drop-in, free. www.amershammuseum.org

‘Get yourself a good night’s sleep’

DISCOVER & MAKE: MEDIEVAL MADNESS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.30am & 11.30am, booking required, £3. www.wycombemuseum.org

June

WHIRLGIG WIFFLEBIRDS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm &3pm, 5+yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum Wednesday 30th

HALF TERM FUN

THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 2pm, booking required, adult £10, child £9. www.elgiva.com

TRAIL TRACKERS Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10.30am-noon, booking required, £4. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

WORKING WITH WOOL (pictured above) Green Dragon Eco Farm nr Aylesbury. 10am-5.30pm, adult £9, child £8. www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk

POTTERY UGLY MUGS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org

FRANKLIN’S FLYING BOOKSHOP WITH JEN CAMPBELL Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, booking advised, £3. MEDIEVAL FAMILY PUPPET SHOW & 31 WITH RATTLEBOX THEATRE MAY Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 11.30am & 3.30pm-Beowulf, 1.30pm-Viking Tales, booking required, £5. www.buckscountymuseum.org

CLAY COCKATOOLOOS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum GREAT BIG TREE CLIMB Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10am-4.45pm, booking required, £20. www.bigtreeclimbing.co.uk POTTERY SEA HORSES & SEA DRAGONS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org SEWING PETS & PINS Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am-3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd MINIATURE TRACTION ENGINE RALLY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £12, child £9. www.bucksrailcentre.org

HALF TERM FUN

MAY BANK HOLIDAYS Chenies Manor House w w w. c h e n i e s m a n o r h o u s e . c o . u k

Summer tennis and multi-sports camps plus term-time coaching at Chesham Bois Tennis Club

TUDOR RE-ENACTMENT 7th & 28th May

FAMILY FUN

Open 2-5pm

TULIP FESTIVAL

28th & 29th April, 7th May

These camps and after school courses cater for all standards and we welcome players as young as 2 yrs old. Come and have fun at Chesham Bois Tennis Club. Apply early to avoid disappointment.

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What’s on HALF TERM FUN

Saturday 2nd

SUMMER COOKERY Beverley Glock Cookery School, Princes Risborough. 10am-2pm, booking required, £85. www.beverleyglock.com

DISCOVER DAHL’S ARCHIVES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1pm & 3pm, 8+ yrs, booking advised, £1.50. www.roalddahl.com/museum

TINY TALK TIME: THE SMARTEST GIANT IN TOWN Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, drop-in, £3. www.wycombemuseum.org

OPEN DAY & FREE RIDES Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. 10am-3pm, drop-in, free. www.chinnorrwailway.co.uk THE MAGIC OF STORYMAKING Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden.12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+ yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum

TOTS GO WILD Black Park, Wexham.10am- FRIDAYS IN JUNE 12pm, 2-4pm, booking required, £6. www.buckscc.gov.uk/countryparks

HALF TERM FUN

Sunday 3rd

BAND CONCERT Memorial Gardens, Old Amersham. 2.30pm, free. www.amersham-tc.gov.uk

SCIENCE OF THE SKY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, booking required, £2. www.roalddahl.com/museum SUNDAY STEAM & VINTAGE DIESEL Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. 11am-4.30pm, adult tickets from £11, child £6. www.chinnorrailway.co.uk THE HOSPICE OF ST FRANCIS GARDEN PARTY Ashridge House, Berkhamsted. Pre-book tickets £5, gate £7/adult. www.stfrancis.org.uk/gardenparty Monday 4th BUTTERFLIES, BEES & BLOOMS Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10am-5pm, drop-in, free with admission. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

& SAT 9th

Saturday 9th

The Hospice of St Francis Garden Party, Sunday 3rd June THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe. Times vary, to 6th June, booking required, £14. www.wycombeswan.co.uk Tuesday 5th TODDLER TUESDAY: BLOOMS & BEES Stowe nr Buckingham. 10.30am-12pm, drop-in, free. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th BUGSY MALONE Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. Times vary, booking required, tickets from £14. www.elgiva.com

CHESHAM BOIS VILLAGE FETE Chesham Bois Common. 11.30am, drop-in. www.cheshamboispc.org.uk FREE SCHOOLS OF CHESHAM CARNIVAL Lowdnes Park, Chesham. From 12pm, drop-in, free. www.schoolsofcheshamcarnival.co.uk

Friday 8th CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: THE MAGIC FINGER Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum

Fun at Tiny Talk Time

Spring Half Term

Medieval Madness

Sessions start 10.15am, 11.15am and 1.15pm Come along for stories, crafts and museum fun in this special time for 2 - 5 year olds. Now with Saturday afternoon sessions!

Friday 8th to Monday 11th ST DUNSTAN’S FLOWER FESTIVAL St. Dunstan’s Church, Monks Risborough. 10am-5pm, drop-in, £3. www.stdunstanschurch.com

G R E E N D R AG O N GREEN DRAGON RARE BREEDS FARM & ECO CENTRE

Best for primary school aged children. Smaller ones will need a helping hand!

Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May

Tuesday 29 May 1.15, 2.15 and 3.15pm Thursday 31 May 10.30 and 11.30am Find out about the town’s medieval origins and the bizarre ancient Wycombe tradition of mayor weighing. Try your hand at calligraphy and make your own coat of arms sun catcher. Book l £3

Incy Wincy Spider

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May

The Three Little Pigs

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June

The Smartest Giant in Town Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June

A Squash and a Squeeze

RARE BREEDS FARM & ECO CENTRE

HALF-TERM FAMILY FUN!

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What’s on THE GREAT BRITISH DOG WALK New Inn Farm, Stowe. 11am-4pm, adults £10, child free. www.hearingdogs.org.uk TINY TALK TIME: THE SMARTEST GIANT IN TOWN Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, drop-in, £3. www.wycombemuseum.org Saturday 9th June WALK THE CHALK Ashridge Estate, Tring. 10.30am-4pm, 5+yrs, drop in, £2. www.nationaltrust. org.uk/ashridge Sunday 10th DOCTOR DOLITTLE Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 2.30pm, booking required, £10. www.elgiva.com

Day Out with Thomas, 30 June

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION FAMILY FUN DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Museum, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, drop-in, adults £11, child £8, rail tour adult £5, child £2.50. www.bucksrailcentre.org SUNDAY STEAM & VINTAGE DIESEL Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. 11am-4.30pm, adult tickets from £11, child £6. www. chinnorrailway.co.uk WHIRLGIG WIFFLEBIRDS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Museum, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, adult £11, child £8. www.bucksrailcentre.org TRACK PARTY Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue. 10am-5pm, adults free, child £7. www.trackparty.co.uk Friday 15th CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: FANTASTIC MR FOX Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th BUSHCRAFT WEEKEND Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. www.coam.org.uk FATHERS DAY MODEL TRAIN EXHIBITION Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10.30am-4pm, drop-in, free with admission. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden Operated by Places for People Leisure Ltd in partnership with Wycombe District Council

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th

Saturday 16th

SUFFRAGETTES Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles. 10am-5pm, drop-in, adult £10.50, child £6.50. www.coam.org.uk

AMAZING MOTHS OF COLLEGE LAKE College Lake, Tring. 10am-12.30pm, drop-in, free. www.bbowt.org.uk PROPOSTEROUS FLYING THINGALINGALINGS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 2pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum Sunday 17th BAND CONCERT Memorial Gardens, Old Amersham. 2.30pm, free. www.amersham-tc.gov.uk HISTORIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLE RALLY Buckinghamshire Railway Museum,Quainton. 10.30am-4.30pm, adult £12, child £9. www.bucksrailcentre.org

FATHERS DAY FUN

Saturday 23rd

FREE

STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Museum, Quainton. 10.30am -5pm, adult £11, child £8. www.bucksrailcentre.org Friday 29th

CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum

FEAST OF ST PETER Gold Hill Common, Chalfont St Peter. 10am, drop-in, free. www.feastofstpeter.org

CLAY COCKATOOLOOS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum DONKEY DERBY Botley Playing Fields, Chesham. 12.30pm5pm, drop-in, free. www.chesham.gov.uk

Friday 22nd

TINY TALK TIME: A SQUASH & A SQUEEZE Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am, 11.15am, 1.15pm, 2-5 yrs, drop-in, £3. www.wycombemuseum.org

Sunday 24th

& 23 MAY

CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: THE GIRAFFE, THE PELLY & ME Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am-11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum Saturday 30th DAY OUT WITH THOMAS Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am-5pm, pre-book tickets adults £13, child £9, on the gate adult £15, child £11. www.bucksrailcentre.org ROALD DAHL’S WAR Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm 1pm & 3pm, booking advised, free with museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum WHIZZFIZZFEST Aylesbury Town Centre. 1am-5.30pm, free. www.whizzfizzfest.org.uk

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What is new in Miniland at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort? A Miniland Explore the Sea B Miniland Explore the World C Miniland Explore the Moon *T&Cs apply

Closing date for competition entries is June 22. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configurations, NINJAGO, the Minifigure, DUPLO and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2017 The LEGO Group *Prize Terms and Conditions: Win a family day out at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, including 2 adult and 2 child tickets. • Only one entry per person. • Entrants must be aged 18 or over. • Entrants submitting the correct answer will be entered into a prize draw which will take place on 22 June 2017. • The winner will be selected at random. • Each prize consists of 2 adult and 2 child day tickets to the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort. • Any additional adults and/or children will be charged at the standard rate. • If the winner elects to partake in any or all portions of his/her prize with fewer than four (4) guests, the prize will be awarded to the winner and any participating guest and any remainder of the prize will be forfeited and shall not be subject to further or alternative compensation. • The prize is for one day tickets only, and not 2 Day or Annual Passes. • Prizes must be used within the 2018 season from 9 March 2018 – 1 November 2018. • Prizes will be sent to winners by the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort by post. • Any additional tickets you may wish to purchase can be booked in advance online at www.legoland.co.uk • If you are using these tickets to attend on an event day please ensure that you arrive early to guarantee entry. • When planning your visit, please

remember to take a look at our calendar for opening dates and times. We are closed on some Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the season. • Height restrictions apply on some rides. • The prize is subject to the attractions normal Terms and Conditions of Entry, which can be found at https://www.legoland.co.uk/tickets-and-passes/terms-and-conditions/park/ • The use of the prize is subject to availability and capacity restrictions. Not all attractions, shows and rides may be operational on the day of the visit. • Height, age and weight restrictions apply on some rides. • Prize consists only of one day entrance only; no other elements or expenses such as travel, car parking, meals and beverages, spending money or Q-Bot access to rides and attractions are included. All such expenses are the sole responsibility of the winner plus guests. • The promoter’s decision is final and binding. No correspondence will be entered into. Unless otherwise stated the promoter is the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort. • This prize cannot be taken in conjunction with any other promotion, o er, reward/loyalty program, 2 Day or Annual Pass, group booking, rail inclusive o er. • Competition entry is open to all UK residents except employees and the immediate family of the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort. • There is no cash or alternative to the prizes stated, and the prizes are non-transferable.

CHILTERN OPEN AIR MUSEUM

Enchanted Museum 12 May 4pm - 8.30pm

A special evening opening. See the Museum transformed into different magical realms inspired by traditional stories and fairytales.

Pre-book your tickets at www.coam.org.uk For Museum event program and opening times visit www.coam.org.uk

Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4AB

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Families Chiltern May/June 2018 - issue 91  

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Families Chiltern May/June 2018 - issue 91  

The really useful FREE local magazine for families with children aged 0 to 12 years in Buckinghamshire.