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ISSUE 79: May/June 2012


It's Party Time!

Cover picture: © Taken by Snappy Studio, Snappy Snaps, Chiswick – supplied by kind permission of Party Plus, Chiswick


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Cover picture: Taken by Snappy Studio, Snappy Snaps, Chiswick – supplied by kind permission of Party Plus, Chiswick

News & Views Amanda lands in Kensington! A new, weekly Amanda’s Action Club class has started in Kensington. The interactive classes are fun mini-workouts for young children (aged 4months-4 years) and their carers. Expect funky nursery rhymes, unique props and lots of movement and energy!

Who, what, when, where (and why?) – We aim to answer all of your questions or at least give you lots of options when planning your child's next party. And what terrific options we have in West London! This issue is the one for your to keep on file- one to put in the kitchen drawer until the time comes. Lots of great ideas and all the contacts you need. Remember they are also in our directory on Our What's on is bursting to the seams; we constantly update our online version as events come in so if you are organising a local event open to the public do get in touch with us and let us know. While you are on our website, don't forget to register. Our website rather cleverly brings up all your very local information based on your postcode. Lastly, we are going to be working really hard this summer to come up with some changes and improvements to the magazine. We would love to hear what you think. Great prizes up for grabs if you send in the survery printed on page 22. We will be back at the beginning of July with all our summer events and ideas.

Contents News & Views Education Parties: Birthday Traditions Local Parties Listings Family Activites: Cycling with kids What's On Families Reader's Survey Classifieds

To book your child’s place email or call 01895 623999. To find out about other Amanda’s Action Club classes in the London area or to book a party,

JUNIOR TRINITY COLLEGE “STRINGTIME” music classes in a new Ealing Centre at Falcons School for Girls Gunnersbury Avenue TrinityLaban College of Music and Dance based in Greenwich have teamed up with Alphaplus to create satellite centres of their highly successful Saturday music classes scheme for 3 year olds upwards. A new centre has been set up in Ealing and the Centre coordinator Catherine Schofield, a locally respected violin teacher and chamber musician from Ealing, says “this is such an exciting opportunity for Ealing and West London. I only wish my own daughters were young again. We used to travel right across London to a similar Junior music scheme in the Guildhall school of music!” Classes based on Dalcroze principles (musicianship though movement) and Kodaly (singing) are offered from age 3 upwards and then string starters for 5-6 year olds. Open day on Sunday June 17th at 3pm For further information email or visit the website or call 0207 487 6000

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So if you live in Kensington and look after preschool kids go along and join in- classes take place every Thursday in the Kensington Kindergarten, just off the High Street and will be hosted by Amanda herself. They take place at 2.30pm, 3.15pm and 4pm for half an hour. Classes cost £10 or £18 for 2 siblings on a pay-as-you-go basis and there are discounts for booking up on a half termly basis. Kensington Kindergarten is at 1a Iverna Gardens, London W8 6TN.

If you need some motivation to get out and get fit, you could try the new Indoor and outdoor fitness based classes run by an ex Army Physical Training Instructor (PTI) based at the Brunel University Indoor Athletic Centre (UB8 3PH). It is a great way to get fit, keep fit and perhaps even lose some weight. It is suitable for all abilities and classes take place in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Your first session is free. Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.30pm and on Fridays at 6pm. Find out more on Families West is designed by Natalie Schmidt of and printed by Ridgeway Press, 12 Campbell Court, Bramley, Tadley, Hampshire RG26 5EG. Tel 01252 885837. Copyright Families West Magazine 2011. Colour transparencies and any other original materials submitted for publication are sent at owner’s risk and while every care is taken, neither Families nor its agents accept liability for loss or damage. Families West is part of the Families group, established in 1990 and headed by Families South West. All franchised magazines in the group are independently owned and operated under license. We take every care preparing this magazine but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of the advertisers nor the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequence.

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Artiste Studios – L’Orthodontiste Children Open Day Do you wish for your child to break a thumbsucking habit? Are you hoping for better growth of your child’s jaw and teeth to reduce the need for orthodontics and improve their facial profile? Artiste Studios will provide top tips for parents and children up to age 11 to learn more about early intervention options and achieving a great smile for life at their open day. In addition readers of Families West Magazine will also get a free assessment of their children's teeth. Registration required for this free event.

Music in Silence – Musical experiences for very young deaf children, and babies and toddlers from multicultural families Music in Silence is a project to explore how music can facilitate, and support vocalising and the ability to fully socialise in playful, musical ways. The Music House for Children has been involved with early years music teaching, training and workshops for nearly twenty years. In addition to a in-depth early years programme the not for profit organisation provides instrumental teaching in London homes, and at its school in Shepherds Bush. Emma Hutchinson, Founder and Director has devised ‘Music in Silence’ to demonstrate the powerful influences that music has in supporting young deaf children’s engagement with others, as well as assisting with aural focus, phonetic understanding, physical and sensory development. Using a range of instruments such as glockenspiel, fife, whistles, ukulele, kantale, piano, agogos and cornet, over 18 months Emma will deliver weekly sessions with deaf children and their families from 1 – 6 years old. Supported by Youth Music and currently in its early stages, a number of musical activities are being explored including musical ways to read well known stories to help with phonetic utterance, reading skills, dancing, musical games using specific sounds, songs as devised by the children and parents, singing and the playing of different instruments. Emma has worked on a pilot music project with young deaf children for the last four years. Many of these children wore cochlear implants and came from all walks of life. The positive outcomes included focused hearing and frequency recognition as well as growth in confidence, vocal and creative independence, and their ability to have an informed opinion. Little Crickets is a deaf club headed by Chrissie Turner. Families with deaf children often feel isolated or find it difficult to cope. The excellent support networks in the UK including therapy and one to one session in specialist units tends to focus on individuals. Clubs such as Little Crickets means that deaf children can enjoy storytelling, musical and artistic activities, with parents able to share similar experiences and essentially provide much needed support. ‘Music in Silence’ will be immersed into Little Cricket’s weekly meetings held on Tuesdays from 4 – 6pm at Randolph Beresford Children’s centre, Australia Road, W12 7PH. ‘Music in Silence’ will also take place at Cathnor Children’s Centre, W12 each Tuesday from 1.30 – 3.30pm with families, their babies and toddlers from different cultural groups within the community. The Music House for Children is working with Play Association Hammersmith & Fulham. Emma hopes to put the findings of this project forward as a recommendation for other groups in the UK to adopt. For further information please contact: Emma Hutchinson – The Music House for Children, 306-8 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7LJ Tel: 020 8932 2652 Chrisse Turner – Little Crickets club Michele Barrett – Cathnor Children’s Centre, Cathnor Road, London W12 9HY Tel: 020 8740 2000 Steve Boeje – Play Association H&F 020 7736 3699 Ben Sandbrook – Youth Music


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Behind the Headlines Hot topics and issues that matter to you and your family By Elisabeth Dolton

The Energy-saving light bulbs that come with a health warning! Hard as it may be to believe but one of your most common household items could prove hazardous to your families health. As compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs have become popular, little is known about the fact that they contain small amounts of mercury, a toxic substance. Because of this, they could cause a problem if disposed of incorrectly or accidently broken in your home. The amount of mercury found in a CFL bulb is extremely small – just 5milligrams (a thermometer contains 3 grams) which is needed to generate light efficiently. The mercury can’t escape from a light bulb when it is being used, but you shouldn’t throw it into the normal rubbish as the mercury could escape if the bulb gets broken. Instead, take it to your local waste and recycling centre. Even if your bulb did break, the mercury it contains is unlikely to cause you any harm, however it is good practice to reduce your exposure to mercury and take precautions as advised by the Health Protection Agency (

Danger on Tap Water fluoridation is a debate that has never gone away. For years, fluoride has been added to the water supplies of many cities around the UK but concern over its impact on our health still exist. What’s wrong with fluoride in water? Fluoride occurs naturally in water at around 0.3 parts per million, but water fluoridation adjusts that to around 1 part per million. Around 6 million people in the UK population currently drink fluoride water, and more councils are considering using it. The benefits of fluoridation are significant. It reduces the number of decayed, missing and filled teeth in children and adults. Studies estimate an 18–40% reduction in cavities when water fluoridation is used by children who already have access to toothpaste and other sources of fluoride. As a result, children experience less toothache, have fewer dental abscesses, require fewer dental extractions and general anaesthetics. However, recent research has demonstrated that young children in fluoridated areas ingest fluoride in excess of recommended upper limits resulting in dental fluorosis [teeth discolouration]. Some argue that fluoride is a poison, and can lead to side effects such as irritable bowel syndrome, rashes and nausea, and even more seriously bone cancer. The debate continues. Useful websites • • • • • • •

For views on CFL bulbs, go to & To find your nearest waste and recycling centre, go to For mercury safety advice, go to To find out fluoride concentrations in your home water, go to For evidence based information on fluoride, go to For impartial advice on fluoridation, go to UK councils against Fluoridation May/June 2012

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Education Bluebelles at Northwood College

Levi Roots Shares Secrets of his success with Thames pupils Levi Roots, the man who famously slayed the dragons on BBC’s Dragons Den with his Reggae Reggae Sauce, recently visited Thames Christian College in Levi Roots with the winning team Battersea to share how he managed to create a brand for a sauce that outsold Heinz tomato ketchup in Sainbury's stores the week it launched across the supermarket chain. During Assembly Levi talked openly about being an entrepreneur offering practical advice with personal anecdotes of success, mistakes made and lessons learned. Acting as a ‘dragon’ he listened to their pupils’ business pitches and offered sound advice. The winning team, pictured with Levi had the idea of renovating second hand vans, personalising them for commercial customers and selling them on for a profit. Thames Christian College has a good relationship with Levi Roots and is lucky enough to have its school dinners provided by Levi’s own café next to the school.

Parents interested in Nursery (3+) or Reception (4+) entry for their daughters are invited to come along and visit ‘Bluebelle House’ – the spacious and innovative centre for early years at Northwood College on Thursday 17th May 2012, 9.30am or Wednesday 13th June 2012, 9.30am. Individual tours at other times are also available. For further details and to book your place, call them on: 01923 825446 Northwood College is an independent day school for girls aged 3 - 18 years.

Clifton Lodge Supports UNICEF The Politics Club at Clifton Lodge School has chosen to support UNICEF for their fundraising efforts this year. UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation focusing on children, raising funds for emergency and development work around the world. Events kicked off with World Book Day when staff and pupils dressed as their favourite book characters and made a donation to UNICEF. The pupils then designed and sold wristbands for “Raising Hope” Headmaster, David Baldwin as with all profits going to UNICEF and a Dumbledore on World Book Day. sponsored Swimathon raised further funds for the charity. In addition, the school is running a ‘Penny Drop’ where 1p and 2p coins are collected and contributed to the fund. In the Summer Term, more exciting events are planned with an ambitious target for donations set by the Politics Club of £2,500.

St Benedict’s Open Day St Benedict’s is an independent Catholic co-educational school in Ealing for ages 3 -18 years. The school welcomes students of other Christian denominations and, in the Senior School and Sixth Form, other faiths. They are holding open Mornings in the Summer term for parents. For Nursery, (ages 3+) this will take place on Thursday 10 May, and for the Junior School Reception (Pre-Prep One), on Tuesday 1 May and on Wednesday 20 June. For Nursery and Junior School please contact the Registrar on 020 8862 2054. For the Senior School (age 11+) and Sixth Form, the dates are Thursday 3 May and Tuesday 3 July. For Senior School and Sixth Form contact the Registrar on 020 8862 2254 or email


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Education Visiting Orley Farm School If you miss the Open Day on 12th May, Orley Farm School is also open for visitors on Wednesday mornings for tours. Orley Farm continues to be very successful and so far all their senior pupils have gained entry to the senior schools of their choice. Between them they have accumulated 32 scholarship awards! Orley Farm is at South Hill Avenue, Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex HA1 3NU. For details or to book a Wednesday tour please contact Mrs Julie Jago (Registrar) on 020 8869 7634 or email


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New checks for children Following on from a pilot scheme last year, new phonics tests are to be introduced to all Year 1 pupils this summer. The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short assessment to confirm whether children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard, and will apply to all Year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and Free Schools. The test will take place between 18 and 22 June 2012, with the aim of identifying children who need extra help and who can then be given support by their school to improve their reading skills. According to the Department of Education, the check will comprise a list of 40 words and non-words or nonsense words, which a child will read one-to-one with a teacher. Half of the words cover phonics skills that tend to be learnt in Reception, while the other half are based on Year 1 phonics skills. Word from the DfE is that the tests will not be daunting, but are merely there to check that children at the end of Year 1 have the foundations they need to learn to read, such as skills for blending sounds into words and the phonic knowledge of recognising the sounds for basic letters and letter combinations. Find out more at pedagogy/phonics

Exam boards get tough Finally, exam boards are listening to the cries of parents and teachers that GCSEs are becoming too easy! The exams regulator, Ofqual, has announced that it will be making changes to GCSEs in English literature, maths, history and geography, tightening them up and ensuring students study the whole curriculum. This comes amid concerns that pupils are only studying topics likely to come up in exams, rather than the entire course. “We are tightening GCSEs in these key subjects to make sure students cover the whole curriculum,” says Ofqual chief executive Glenys Stacey. “We want our young people to have the best possible educational experience, with qualifications that prepare them for the future. The exam boards have welcomed this steer from the regulator and are to look again at these qualifications and how the rules are interpreted to make sure that young people taking them have to study an appropriate range and depth of the subject.” This spring’s announcement is part of a move away from teaching to the exam and to encourage wider study. Changes to GCSE geography will be introduced for teaching from this September, with maths from November and history and English literature papers from September 2013. “It is vital confidence is restored in the exams system,” added a Department for Education spokesman. “We are committed to raising standards for all pupils and are pleased Ofqual is taking action to ensure that GCSEs in these subjects are more challenging.”


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Cooking Parties!

Birthday Traditions

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• Fun, cooking parties • For boys and girls aged 5-16 years • Cooking classes

Give your child the best party ever! whisking, baking, giggling, rolling, making, laughing, turning, licking, joking

A great way to learn while having fun! Call for details:

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12magical ways to create moments

Inexpensive and clever ways to make the most of a child’s birthday by creating some fun traditions to make a child’s birthday a special day to remember

By Elisabeth Dolton

Think of your child’s birthday and what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Already? What are we going to do this year? Whatever you think, instead of racking your brains thinking for the latest party ideas, what about actually doing some things the same as you did last year? Build simple birthday traditions that you all know about, look forward to, and that create memories that last a lifetime. This is the stuff of magic moments!

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Create a photo banner of your child’s annual photographs. Take a family photo on the same settee every year put them in a scrapbook that you add to every year. Ask them their favourite colour, ice-cream, hobby, etc., note them down and do this on every birthday.

traditions that can make your children’s birthdays special every year.

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Big-Day Countdown Make the approach to their birthday important. Hang a garland of seven envelopes, each with a small daily goodie, leading up to the grand finale.


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Decorate and Titivate The night before your child’s birthday sneak into their room and decorate it with a special sign wishing them a Happy Birthday. Blow up balloons and put birthday wishes all over the house.

Bake a cake Make a birthday cake instead of buying one. Your child will appreciate even a simple cake made from a mix. Get your child to pick out what they want their birthday cake to look like, a rocket, princess castle, favourite animal, etc.


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Have a special meal Have breakfast in bed awakened by the whole family singing happy birthday. Create a beautiful tea party to enjoy the finger sandwiches and tea. Let the birthday child pick the dinner menu however crazy their wishes.


Have a ‘birthday’ plate Have a special plate that each child uses for meals on their birthday. The same could be done for a birthday eggcup, a special seat at the table, or hat they have to wear all day.


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Celebrate them growing up

Opening presents Hide presents around the house and provide clues to help your child find them. Follow a ribbon to their first gift, or unroll string all around the house that take them to their presents.

Get out the camcorder and interview your child about the special things they have done that year, include props like their award-winning science project that year, their sports trophies, the selfportrait they did of themselves, etc.

Do the same walk every year, have dinner at the same place, go sledging, have a picnic on the beach. Do activities that are typical of what you are like as a family, e.g. if you are a musical family, hold a concert, if you are outdoorsy plan a boat trip.

Annual additions Plant a tree or flowers that bloom annually around your child's birthday. Ask grandparents to add to a charm bracelet or commemorative coin collection each year.

Tell a Tale Let the birthday child stay up a little later after the other children have gone to bed and tell them about the day they were born, and how you felt when they arrived.

Remind them of how special they are A simple way is give each member of the family a birthday candle, then pass around a small dessert. Each person puts in their candle and tells the birthday girl/ boy something they love about them. They pass the dessert to the next person, who does the same until everyone has added their candle, light the candles and sing Happy Birthday.

If you are looking for Party Providers in West London, then a great place to start is our directory on We have a comprehensive listing of local Party Entertainers, Venues, Goodie and Equipment Suppliers and ideas.


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ways to make sure birthdays remain special for special children


Since traditions are often visual and repeated, most children with special needs will really appreciate and learn to love these birthday traditions. To help ensure their special day, here are a few extra watchouts...

■ Watch what they eat It’s easy to let slip strict dietary requirements during a day of celebration. For children with allergies and even vegetarian, let your party host know in advance and make appropriate plans.

■ Avoid overload Don’t overwhelm with too many guests, lights, games, candles, music and presents. Decorate simply, put on a relaxing CD, and provide a quiet place where the child can go if s/he wants to.

■ Prepare them Let your special needs child know in advance what to expect. Explain the plan of the day. Let them sit where they are comfortable and if out; provide them with an exit strategy. Give your child a signal they can use with you if they need to leave a place or situation.

■ Keep the day low key Treat the birthday as just another day, an important day, but not one that’s too busy. Let your special needs child, and all your children, plan the day so that it’s kept special and unique.


ideas for low cost going home gifts Great parties don't have to end with expensive loot bags. Here’s 8 simple ways to end the party in style without stretching the budget.

1. Brown paper bags with the child's name in big writing and decorated with stickers are very effective. 2. Bake cookies or other treats and package them in cellophane tied with ribbon. 3. Let the birthday person create their own toys using clay, paint, beads and buttons. 4. Get cardboard picture frames and slip in a note about where the party pictures have been uploaded online. 5. Do something arty during the party and let the guests take their handiwork home cheap plates or bowls can be decorated with ceramic paint, a strip of wood decorated with their initial, etc. 6. To last a little longer, give seeds to plant in the garden or a cookie cutter that's related to the party theme. 7. Buy enough bouncy balls for each guest, scatter them about your lawn before the party. The balls are a great decoration and each guest gets to take one home. 8. Print off free colouring sheets of favourite characters from the internet, and burn a CD of the birthday person’s favourite songs. West London is full of people and places to help organise your party. We have a full listing here and on our website.

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Children’s Cookery Birthday Parties Host your own cookery party Develop new skills and be creative Understand the importance of team work Educate about the importance of healthy eating And most importantly... Have Fun! Call for details: 07900 693 428 Families West PO Box 32231 London W5 1JR


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For the best kids party supplies and unusual party bags delivered direct to your door. ★ Huge range of party bags & pre-filled party bags ★ Personalised bags ★ Party bag fillers from just 10p ★ 1st birthday party supplies ★ Themed tableware & decorations ★ Party games & handmade Pass the Parcel ★ Delightful Cake Pops ★ Fancy dress costumes ★ Traditional toys ★ Unique personalised gifts and much more. We are a family run online business and take great pride in our fast delivery and outstanding customer service. We offer FREE UK DELIVERY for all orders over £50. (Quote FW5 at checkout to receive a special discount.) 0845 5196615 PARTY PLUS LTD at 4 Acton Lane, Chiswick, London W4 5NB also offers a mail-order service. They have a wide range of party-ware, including Union Jack, suitable for both the Diamond jubilee and the Olympics. Celebrity and Royal face masks are also available. 020 8994 1674. BK FANCY DRESS AND PARTY SHOP at 127 Northfields Avenue, London W13. Whatever event you’re celebrating their friendly staff can help. They stock a wide range of goods to meet all your party needs such as fancy dress costumes for children and adults, hats, wigs, masks and face paints. They stock banners, decorations, party bags, piñatas, favours, foil and latex balloons. They hire table and chair hire for adults and children and helium gas cylinders. They also have bunting, flags, tableware and other great ideas for the Jubilee and Olympics. 020 8840 0110 e:

AMANDA'S ACTION CLUB provides dynamic, high-energy parties for children aged 1-12. New for 2012.... Breakdancing and Pamper Me Pretty parties! e: ACTING THE PARTY Parties in your own home 0845 475 2115 12

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Party food ......................................................................................................................... CANAPES GASTRONOMIQUES specialise in food miniaturisation for children and adult parties. Fun foods for tiny tots to tweens-small decorated themed cakes, dressed up fruit and vegetables, bite size sandwiches, spoonfuls of jelly and other similar delights can be part of a mini buffet or personalised lunch boxes and goody bags with edible treats. Teenagers can sample innovative canapes and marvellous mocktails. Adults can enjoy creative canapes and vintage-era afternoon tea parties. Also catering for small private parties, business parties and hospitality. Please visit the website for full description of services and pictures. Phone Linda on 020 7794 2017 THE CUPCAKE COMPANY 132 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4BH 020 7985 0088 CAKE MODERN As an ex designer, Terry Norris thinks that her artistic training gives a unique quality to her work. Her bespoke, hand crafted cakes, fairy cakes and biscuits are often described as 'works of art.' They can be designed to the theme of your choice for any celebratory occasions. Additional ideas include 'sweetie' cakes at 1.50 each (minimum order 1 dozen) for table treats or party bags. Biscuit 'Art boards' i.e 'flower/bug' biscuits attached to and presented on an edible, iced background image. Personalised and ideal for little people. You or your child can have a go. Terry offers 'cake decorating' parties at a venue of your choice. Contact Terry 07890 572727

Party entertainers .................... ADAM ANTS PARTIES Magic, balloon modelling, dancing, singing and puppets. Themes include disco, build-a-bear, art and Olympic sports. Face painters, small tables and chairs, and other party equipment available. Midweek discounts. 020 8959 1045 e:

THE PARTY SUPPLIES They stock a wide range of Kids Party Themes, Dressing Up Costumes, Face Painting and much more to create a magical party. All delivered to your door by a speedy and reliable courier service. Tableware, decorations, party bags and bag fillers, party games and toys, all listed by Theme. Free delivery within the W1 and W2 area. 020 7706 4423

THE LITTLE FOXES CLUB offers fantastic themed and fancy dress parties in multiple London locations for children of all ages. Parents can sit back and relax while their dedicated party planners and expert entertainers take the pressure off and deliver a party that your children and their friends will love! Concepts to choose from include Football, Olympics, Arts & Crafts, Survival, Secret Agent, Treasure Hunt and Adventure Quest, or a theme of your choice, with optional extras on offer such as party bags, trophies, decorations and custom costumes! 020 7376 0006 (office open Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm)

THE ACTION STATION Imaginative interactive storytelling parties- . Choose from mermaids, funky witches and wizards, fairies or princesses, pirates, knights or cowboys, spies or drama parties. Clowns, magicians, jugglers, circus skills experts, face painters, make up artists and DJs also available. 0870 770 2705 BABBLE PARADE 07794 084671 info@babbleparade BEDAZZLED EVENTS 020 3337 9405 THE BUBBLE LADY Bubble Shows are fun for all ages, with bouncing bubbles, huge rainbow bubbles and ‘smoke’ bubbles for you to hold. Be put inside a giant soap bubble! No mess. May/June 2012

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Facepainting Fa DREAMCATCHER PARTIES is the most dazzlingly dreamy, extraordinarily breath-taking, ridiculously silly, imaginative, hugely creative children’s entertainment company! From pirates to fairies, wizards to princesses, face painters to craft makers, every Dreamcatcher party is borne from children’s own imaginations, making each one completely unique. Comedienne and actress Maddy Carrick and her team of skilled Dreamcatcher entertainers encourage every child at the party to capture and explore their dreams by turning on their imaginations on at the start of the party and actively participating in bringing the party theme to life. Dreamcatcher Parties wow and woo at birthday parties, company fun-days, special events, weddings, restaurants, theatres, shopping events; basically anywhere there might be a group of kids who are looking to have fun! 07896 040145 Twitter:@Dreamcatch – All Twitter followers receive a 10% discount FROGGLE 08450 504 509 JOJO'S TRAVELLING MINSTRELS 0774 319699 MAGICAL QUESTS LTD is the only interactive theatrical experience for children and adults. They bring the professional actors, costumes, sets, lights and actions to you. Choose from over 40 different adventures from Pirates, Pixies, Princesses, Wizards, Jedis, Dragons, Detectives and bespoke stories created just for you. Perfect for birthday parties, education workshops, special anniversaries, corporate days, team building or just an excuse to party. Putting you and your guests at the heart of the adventure! 020 8417 0920/ 07779 589 585 MINI DIVA PARTIES 07737 830529 MISS STITCH 07866-249717 NUTTY PARTY PRODUCTION Their sole aim is to make your child's party an amazing event by providing a fun-packed magic show, parachute games, balloon-modelling, stories, puppets, singing and dancing. Fully CRB checked, equity member. 07751 317933 / e: POTTERS PARTIES 07779 271655

SHARKY AND GEORGE 020 7924 4381 PARTIES TO REMEMBER Rowena’s company Parties to Remember, Photo D. Altheer grew from when she organised her own child’s parties. That was 11 years ago and Rowena has never tired of hearing the children laugh while hunting, singing and playing team games during that time. Games that have proved popular for many years and the call “Can we play that game again?” is reward enough to know that the children are happy. It’s a party, there needs to be laughter, a little shouting, running, a few slightly scary games and a couple of quiet games. The mixture means the children never get bored. Rowena arranges a consultation before the party and provides all the prizes including a material party bag. Read her blog for more insight to her ethos. Parties To Remember 020 7249 3242 TIM BARNES (Member of the Magic Circle) Over 25 years of top magical entertainment, fun, mystery, illusion and Harry the white rabbit! 020 8568 5706

SPANGLES A high quality children's entertainer who presents experienced, professional entertainment at your special event. She captivates the imagination of children whether it is a fairy, pirate, princess, wizard, super heroes, mad hatters or a purely magical theme and is happy to discuss and help with ideas for your party. Spangles incorporates magic, balloon twisting, puppet, fun, music games dancing and laughter into her parties, having played many pantomimes and theatre shows throughout the country she brings all of this into her performance. Birthdays, Weddings, Schools, Nurseries, Playgroups, Jubilee or Celebrations. "Spangles has the magic to make your party sparkle." 020 8429 1146 Jubilee 2012 Offer – £20 off a Spangles Magical Party from this special party edition of Families West – quote the code WOOSH12 May/June 2012

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PERFORM Mamma Mia, High School Musical, Mermaids & Pirates, Superheroes, Fairytale Forest, Peppa Pig, In the Night Garden – Perform provides brilliant theme-based entertainment at over 1500 children's parties every year. Perform Parties are high energy, fun and totally infectious and kids just can't resist joining in all the activities based around one of their colourful themes and involving lots of lively games, songs and improvisations. Parties include Mini Ps Parties for 1-3s, Perform Parties for 4-8s and Perform Plus Parties for 8-12 year olds. 0845 400 4000 (where you can see a DVD of a party in action.) ALLSORTS 020 8969 3249

Science/Cooking Parties COOKIE CRUMBLES Children from 4 -15 have enormous fun cooking their own meal in home cooking parties, helped by Cordon Bleu chefs – who clean up afterwards too. All menus are adapted to the age of the children. Also available – unique dinner and cocktail parties for teenagers, as well as hugely popular chocolate parties Parties run for 2 hours, for a minimum of six children (maximum of 40). Tableware, invitations, chef’s hats, aprons and exclusive party bags also available. 020 8876 9912 e: MOTHER NATURE SCIENCE Every Mother Nature Science party is cooler than cool and all are perfect entertainment for all children aged 4-12 and can be presented outdoors, at your home, or wherever you may choose to hold a party for your child. Each party features an impressive array of spectacular science demonstrations, party games and hands-on activities. Every child receives a fun and educational take-home experiment. Free party invites and free mileage within 10 miles of their office. Dates book up months in advance so book early. 0208 863 8832 e: ‘First in Line –15% Off Discount’ available on all 2hr parties!

BRAMLEY’S BIG ADVENTURE London’s Most Central Indoor Playground with all-inclusive children’s parties from £8 per child. This includes 75 minutes play in the 3-level play area and party meal of your choice for 45 minutes in your own private party room as well as party bags and balloons for each child to take home. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Themed or Private Hire Party Packages available. Available: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri and 10am-6.30pm Sat and Sun. 136 Bramley Road, London W10 6TJ (Latimer Road tube) 020 8960 1515

TH LITTLE GYM Active, themed, gymnasticsTHE ba based parties for children up to age 12. Venues include: Ve Westfield 020 8735 0817 Chiswick 020 8994 3729 Wandsworth and Fulham 020 8874 6567 Hampton and Teddington 020 8977 0099

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ART PARTIES AT KITE STUDIOS In addition to their regular classes and holiday workshops, Kite Studios in Shepherd’s Bush hosts birthday parties tailored to your child’s interests. Ideas range from ‘Treasure islands’, ‘Wild beasts’ and ‘Jewellery’ to T-shirt and bag designing in paint or print. Bring your own tea and cake, which can be devoured in a separate reception room to the Art studio – leaving all the mess behind after the party! During term time parties take place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons for 2 hours. Minimum 8, maximum 25 children. £20 per head. All age groups catered for. CORNER 9 at 9 Dalgarno Gardens, W10 5LL

CLEAN KIDZ COOKERY Children’s cookery parties are an excellent way to keep children entertained and educated. Let them host their own party amongst friends, whilst you relax and let Clean Kidz Cookery do all the work... including the washing up! Boys and girls aged 4-16 – chose from an exciting list of both savoury and sweet treats. Birthday child receives a personalised apron with their name on it. Decorations and birthday cakes can also be organised. Call Milly 07900 693 428 e:

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Bowling Parties ALL STAR LANES 6 Porchester Gardens, W2 4DB 020 7313 8363 QUEENS 17 Queensway, Bayswater, London, W2 4QP 020 7229 0172

Ice skating QUEENS 17 Queensway, Bayswater, London, W2 4QP 020 7229 0172

Sports Try your local leisure centre for specific sports, games and swimming parties SEYMOUR LEISURE CENTRE Seymour Place, London, W1 020 7723 8019 JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, Caird Street, London, W10 020 8960 9629 KENSINGTON LEISURE CENTRE, Walmer Road, London, W11 020 7727 9747 ELTHORNE SPORTS CENTRE Westlea Road, Hanwell 020 8579 3226 GREENFORD SPORTS CENTRE Ruislip Road, Greenford, UB6 020 8575 9157 TWYFORD SPORTS CENTRE Twyford Crescent, Acton W3 020 8993 9095 BRENTFORD FOUNTAIN LEISURE CENTRE 658 Chiswick High Road TW8 0HJ 0845 456 6675 GURNELL LEISURE CENTRE Ruislip Rd East, W13 OAL 020 8998 3241

Museums, Theatres, Places of Interest, Farms, Zoos and Nature Centres SCIENCE MUSEUM KEW BRIDGE STEAM MUSEUM WWT LONDON WETLAND CENTRE A unique party full of fun and fascination in the great outdoors – entertaining and engaging activities with the Learning team. The party price includes entry fees, party invite, activities, a goody bag and special party invitations. They can also provide a birthday picnic in the Tower or outdoors following the activities. 020 8409 4400 NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM LYRIC THEATRE BEKONSCOT MODEL VILLAGE LONDON DUNGEONS


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Family Activites

by Karen Wood

Before the Ride

One of the best ways to enjoy cycling is in a group, and there’s no better group than your own family! Children as young as 2yrs old are now able to cycle using balance bikes, so there really is no excuse for the whole family not to join in. We are all aware of the problems of obesity and with a shocking 10% of children in the UK now clinically obese (British Medical Association), cycling is a great way to spend quality family time together, get fitter and – after the initial equipment has been bought – it’s a cheap, fun activity.

Do your homework: Make certain you are familiar with the bike route. If you get lost or the route is longer than expected, your child may suffer not only from a diminished experience, but potentially in more serious ways such as dehydration or exposure – older children will enjoy the planning too and might even learn some geography if you look at a map together. Start early: Children tend to tire quickly in the afternoon. Take advantage of their energy in the morning and start your ride early. Invite playmates: Cycling is more fun when shared. If your child has a friend who is at the same level of competency on a bike, bring him or her along. Slow down: Realize that a 4-mile ride may take 2 hours. Don't expect to ride as fast as you would on your own. Be aware of traffic: What might seem like light traffic to you could be a more dangerous situation for your child, whether biking separately or in a trailer. Be prepared: Carry a tool kit and know how to use it. Also, carry a first-aid kit that includes a few bandages and antibiotic cream to handle minor cases of road rash. Dress right: Bring a daypack to hold extra jackets in case the weather changes. Also, try to wear bright clothing or reflective sashes, to aid your visibility.

Choosing equipment

On the Ride

Cycling with kids

Bikes need to complement your lifestyle so, before you buy, think about where you want to use them. Depending on the ages of your children and your levels of fitness, you may need racers or mountain bikes for sporty action, hybrids for a mixture of road and trail riding, plus smaller models and balance bikes for the children. Whilst you tend to get what you pay for, the most important part is the right size frame. If you also intend to use your bike to commute, find out if your employer runs a cycle-to-work scheme – you could save up to 40%. Once the bikes are chosen, remember to take a spare inner tube and a puncture kit to keep them moving, plus a good quality helmet and a drink. It’s also worth investing in a bike lock so you can pop in for tea and cake en route!

Stay safe According to a recent Sustrans survey, more than half of us believe the roads are too unsafe to cycle on, but The National Cycle Network provides safe and attractive routes perfect for family bike rides (NB: see for your local routes, and include any smaller places you recommend – such as local parks, greenways etc).

Lead from the front If you want your kids to be fired up about cycling then you need to lead by example. Women who thought their bike days were over are being welcomed at rides designed just for women – check out Breeze, Cycletta and Diva 100 (see boxes for more info). They offer a great chance to get back on your bike in great company. Children also make wonderful cycling companions –they’re adaptable, energetic and want to have fun. Just follow our simple guide to ensure that it’s an enjoyable experience! 16

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Take breaks: Plan on taking a lot of short breaks. Allow time to stop, get off the bike and explore. Drink water: Always have water readily available. Try to drink before feeling thirsty to stay hydrated. Eat snacks: A well-timed snack can defuse a squabble or bad mood and keep energy going. Kids tend to misbehave more when they're tired, hungry or thirsty. Make it fun: Choose an interesting route that goes by gardens, streams, views, farms or a favourite shop. Most children are interested in what they can see along the route rather than what's at the end of the road or trail. Express enthusiasm: If you convey a genuinely upbeat attitude, children most often will be inclined to mimic it.

Dates to get out on your bike! has plenty of events in London during May and June. We liked the sound of the Central London Four Parks Ride on Sunday 10th June at 2pm. The ride is free for adults and children to take part in and totals just over 4 miles but packs in four of the capital's parks, including Hyde Park. Highlights include Buckingham Palace and the Diana Memorial fountain whilst there's the Hyde Park cafe‚ for refreshments. Traffic-free, flat and on largely tarmac paths, this ride is ideal for all types of bikes and will suit novice riders. Other websites to look at: May/June May/J May/June une 2012 2 20 012 1

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Saturday, 19 May 10am – 12noon Chiswick Town Hall Heathfield Terrace, W4 4JN

top quality baby and children’s clothes and equipment at bargain prices. £2 entry fee (in aid of NCT Charity) Priority admission for NCT Members Goody bags filled with local offers and information for every attendee! Items for sale: nearly new baby and toddler wear, sleep sacks, baby carriers, toys, nursery essentials and large items such as buggies, moses baskets, cots, etc. For more details contact: NCT Alexandra House, Oldham Terrace, London W3 6NH. NCT is a registered charity in England and Wales no. (801395) and in Scotland no. (SC041592).

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What's On DIARY DATES FRUIT AND VEG WORKSHOP FOR 2-5 YEAR OLDS 5 May 10am and 11am at The Grove, Ealing W5 NCT KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA NEARLY NEW SALE 12 May 11.15am-1pm at St Barnabas Church, Howard Hall, Addison Rd, W14 £2 entry e: 0844 243 0007 MOTHER AND BABY OUTING TO SAATCHI GALLERY 17 May with Kensington Mums BELLY DANCING WITH YOUR BABY 15 May at Chelsea Theatre, SW10 with Kensington Mums. A post-natal toning programme NCT NEARLY NEW SALE 19 May at Chiswick Town Hall from 10am - 12noon. All the proceeds from the sale go to support the National Childbirth Trust charity. Free good bag for attendees. ANNUAL BATIZADO CELEBRATIONS 19 and 20 May at Colville Primary School, Lonsdale Rd, W11 2DF Workshops and Roda for children and adults. On 20 May, music work-shops, Batizado and Brazilian music at Tabernacle, Powis Square, W11 2AY. Free. Book on 07910 288091 CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 22-26 May The world’s greatest flower show at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2012 HEALTHY EATING HABITS TALK 30 May A Kensington Mums meet with guest speaker Nelly Ligier-Bennett who is an experienced Registered Nutritional Consultant for children and a mum. Top tips on healthy eating habits and what ingredients to look out for when cooking a meal for the family. e: to book. MIND BODY SPIRIT FESTIVAL 30 May-4 June at Earl Court. Discover the latest in self-help techniques, sample new and traditional therapies, find natural products, or choose from an extensive menu of interesting, entertaining and informative workshops. LONDON GREEN FAIR 9 and 10 June at Cumberland Green, Regents Park reflects the green aspirations and achievements of London with two full festival stages, a permaculture area, dedicated exhibitions areas, campaigning stalls, boutique market stalls, organic bars and global cuisine, and serious environmental education and entertainment. Families are catered for through children's dance classes and theatrical performances, walkabout performers, baby changing and a picnic area with daily performances from an 80-piece symphonic orchestra. Opens midday, admission free. 020 7324 4693 KENSINGTON MUMS MEET UP 11 and 18 June Receive details by e: FATHER’S DAY 17 June Indulge the dads in your life! AVONMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL SUMMER FAIR 30 June 11.30am-3:30pm Summer Fair at Marcus Garvey Park, West Kensington, free entry. Bouncy castles, sumo wrestling, dance activities and classes for adults and kids, food stalls, live band and more. 18

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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012 By Joanna Parry Get ready for the celebrations across London this summer! 2012 not only marks the Queen’s 60th year as Monarch, but she is also the first to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee since Queen Victoria in 1897. Expect a whole host of exciting events, including many in West London, so dig out your flags and get celebrating.

The Official Central Weekend 2-5 June 2 and 3 June – JUBILEE FAMILY FESTIVAL Hyde Park, W2 2UH Hosted by Sainsbury's, this two-day festival will culminate in a finale on both days comprising of Disney songs and characters. Plus equestrian events, death-defying motorbike stunts and kids' television characters. With giant screens covering the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday, the festival will showcase Britain throughout the decades. 3 June – BIG JUBILEE LUNCH Building on the popular Big Lunch initiative, enjoy lunch with neighbours and friends. Organise your own street party or share a picnic – it's all about the community coming together for food, music and good old-fashioned fun. Local Big Lunches are taking place at parks across West London. 3 June – THAMES DIAMOND JUBILEE PAGEANT See the Queen lead a flotilla of Steam boats, tall ships, cruisers, kayaks, Dunkirk little ships and Dragon boats – the flotilla will be the largest fleet of ships to assemble on the Thames in 350 years, continuing a royal tradition which dates back to Anne Boleyn’s coronation. The Pageant will begin in Putney and culminate at Tower Bridge. 4 June – BBC CONCERT AT THE PALACE Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA Elton John, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Annie Lennox will be playing. Don’t worry if you didn’t get a ticket – there’s room for 500,000 people in St James's and Green Parks and the Mall to watch on giant screens. 4 June – DIAMOND JUBILEE BEACONS Tower of London, EC3N 4AB A network of 2,012 Beacons will be lit throughout the UK and Commonwealth, including beacons on the battlements of The Tower of London, St. James’s Palace and Lambeth Palace. 5 June – SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING AND CARRIAGE PROCESSION St Paul's Cathedral, EC4M 8AD The final day of official celebrations includes a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral before the Queen travels in a procession through the streets of London.

Olympics: Torch coming through your area By Rebecca Carr

Lighting the way to London 2012 On 18 May 2012, the Olympic Torch Relay will start with a 70-day celebration that will travel thousands of miles to bring the London 2012 Games to hundreds of communities across the UK. The Olympic Flame will be lit on 10 May in Olympia, Greece and will embark on a 8 day relay around Greece before arriving at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens for the official Olympic Flame handover ceremony. Lighting the cauldron in the Olympic Stadium signifies the beginning of the games and the flame will stay lit until the closing ceremony on 12 August. The Olympic Flame is one of the most recognized symbols of any Olympic Games. A ritual for the lighting of the Flame is followed at every Games. It is lit from the sun’s rays at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, in a traditional ceremony among the ruins of the home of the Ancient Games. The flame is then handed over to the new host city and the Flame is then transferred from one torchbearer to another, spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship. It’s not just sporting superstars who’ll carry the Olympic Flame this summer. People from all walks of life and from every part of the UK will take part. In all, 8,000 torchbearers will get the chance of a lifetime to carry the flame and over half of the torchbearers will be young people aged 12 - 25.

When will the torch come through West London? For the first time in Olympic history, Britain will be the first country to hold a torch relay completely within the UK. The Olympic Torch Relay will be a fantastic spectacular, a chance to celebrate your community and showcase it to the world – so don’t miss out! The Torch will be traveling through West London on the 24th of July (Ealing) and 26th July (Hammersmith and Fulham.) Full route details with a street level map can be found on May/June 2012 2


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What's On DAYS OUT E4 UNDERBELLY FESTIVAL AT THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE To 8 July. Bkg & info: 08744 5458282 A huge outdoor festival with plenty of family friendly events including; To 27 May. THE VOCAL ORCHESTRA Weekdays 7pm, weekends 2.30pm & 6pm. Jaw dropping human beatboxing, glorious vocal harmonies and floor-wobbling baselines. 3-5 Jun. CLAYTIME 4.15pm £10/£15 Play with clay and plenty of audience participation and live musical accompaniment. 3yrs+ 4, 13 May, and 17 Jun. COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS 4.15pm £10/£15 For age 6+ 7 and 12 May. IMPROPERA 4.15pm £10/£15. Great music, surreal comedy and sublime silliness. 6 and 27 May. THE ADVENTURERS CLUB 4.15pm £10/£15 A hilarious Family show. 19 and 20 May. LITTLE HOWARD’S BIG SHOW 4.15pm £10/£15. The nation’s favourite human/animated double act mix jokes and songs for ages 3+

COVENT GARDEN MAY FAYRE & PUPPET FESTIVAL St Paul Church, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9ED 13 May. MR PUNCH (OF PUNCH AND JUDY) CELEBRATES HIS 350TH YEAR! Following the official Mr Punch's Big Birthday Party taking place on May 7, this festival brings together Punch and Judy professors from around the country and traditionally includes a procession, puppet shows and workshops, with folk music maypole dancing and clowns. Punch and Judy professors are also due to make an appearance at Covent Garden Piazza on May 12.

KENSINGTON PALACE Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX 0844 482 7777 19 May. REALLY ROYAL FASHION ILLUSTRATION – CHILDREN WORKSHOP 10.30am-1pm. Led by fashion illustrator and artist, the session will look at royal fashion on display in the palace from 18th-20th century and encourage participants to create their own designs fit for a princess. £15 per child (7-13yrs) Bkg: or 020 3166 6646. 2-10 June JOIN THE JUBILEE Half term activities for children aged 5-13. 11am-4pm. 23 June VICTORIAN PHOTOGRAPHY 10.30am-1pm, for ages 7-13. £15. Book in advance.

TOWER OF LONDON Tower Hill, London EC3 0844 482 7799 Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-5.30pm £10.45/£17.60/£20.90, family £55, under 5 free. 26 and 27 May. ARCHAEOLOGY WEEKEND A free, fun weekend of activities on Tower Beach and Tower Wharf. Hunt for treasure on the foreshore of the Thames, discover the secrets of archaeology and conservation at stalls on the wharf and take part in art activities. All ages. 20

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WWT WETLAND CENTRE Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT. 020 8409 4400. Daily 9.30am - 5pm £4.95/ £8.95, under 4s free, family £25. WEEKEND FAMILY ACTIVITIES: - See the new baby animals taking their first steps, first flight or first swim and make some springtime baby creatures. - Making puppets: Make a baby animal finger puppet to take home. - Nature crafts: Crafts with a focus on animal lifecycles. - Pond dipping: grab a net and see what’s swimming around underwater in the pond. From 2 Jun. MEET THE OTTERS! Visitors can watch the otters playing, foraging, feeding, swimming and grooming. Join the wardens at twice daily feeding sessions. Timings and details on

HOLLAND PARK ECOLOGY CENTRE 020 7938 8186 5 May and 2 June BIRD AND NATURE WALK A guided nature walk around the park, looking for flora and fauna with a local expert. Meet at 9am at Lord Holland’s statue. Free, 020 7602 0304 for more information. 12 May BIRD RINGING DEMONSTATION Drop in between 7-11am to see wild birds and hear about how the national ringing programme works. Suitable for all ages, free. 22 May and 28 June WILDLIFE AREA OPEN EVENING Discover the plants and animal of the wildlife area. Take a stroll around the woodland, discover more about the trees and try ponddipping. Suitable for all ages, free, drop-in event from 5-7pm (May) and 6-8pm (June).

6-8 June HALF TERM ACTIVITIES (see separate listing under workshops 16 June SUMMER TREE WALK 11am-1pm, tour the park with a botanist exploring the different native and exotic trees. 30 June FRIENDS OF LITTLE WORMWOOD SCRUBS OPEN DAY The annual fun day with usual stalls and events inc birds of prey, and a dog show. Free, suitable for all ages, 1-6pm, at Little Wormwood Scrubs, Dalgarno Gardens W10.

ODDS FARM PARK Wooburn Common Road, Wooburn Common, High Wycombe, Bucks HP10 0LX 01628 520188 Open every day 10am-5.30pm, £9.50 adults, £8.50 children, under 2’s free. Children can get up close to whole range of rare breed farm animals as well as play in the heated barn with haybales to climb, a soft play park, indoor sandpit and games area.

OSTERLEY PARK Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex 020 8232 5050 Opening hours: Gardens are open every day from 8am-6pm; house and café are open Weds to Sun 12.30-4.30pm. Cost: £3.80 per adult, £1.90 per child for gardens. £8.70 per adult, £4.35 per child, £21.75 family for entry to Osterley House. A spectacular mansion surrounded by gardens, park and farmland makes this an ideal place to come with the family. Lovely place to walk followed by a cup of tea and a cake in the café. 13 May UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS Find out about life on the estate 10.30-11.30am. Booking essential for adults and children. 27 May FAMILY DISCOVERY DAY Art, craft and storytelling activities from 1-4.30pm 7 June OSTERLEY CRAFT CART Family craft activities 1-4pm.

HALF TERM WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS FIT FOR SPORT CAMP 4-8 June OFSTED registered ACTIVITY CAMP with a wide range of sports, games, arts and crafts as wells as healthy lifestyle education. Standard, extended and half day options available. For ages 3-12, Venues: Belmont Primary School, Chiswick W4 5UL, Brentham, Ealing, W5 1NP, Kensington Leisure Centre, W11 4PQ, Montepelier Primary School, Ealing, W5 2QT and Trailfinders, Ealing W13 0DD www.fitforsport 0845 456 3233* (*Reduced rate number)

CHISWICK LIBRARY ARTS AND CRAFTS 7 June 11am-12 noon and 2-4pm. MAKE A CROWN TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S JUBILEE. For ages 5+ £2.50 per child. Advanced booking is essential.

GUNNERSBURY PARK MUSEUM ARTS AND CRAFTS 6 June 11am-12.30pm and 1.30-3pm. SHIELDS & CORONETS – A free family activity for children of all ages. Celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee by designing your own royal shield or coronet using embroidery, sequins and jewels. Advance booking essential on 020 8992 2247.

CORNER 9 ARTS 4-8 June 10am-12 noon. TIME-TRAVEL TO THE ANCIENT OLYMPIC GAMES – Explore this old world through drawing, painting and sculpture. Ages 5+ Venue: 9 Dalgarno Gardens, London W10 5LL 07763 472516

COOKIE CRUMBLES COOKERY 8 Jun 2-5pm, BRITISH AFTERNOON TEA – In the spirit of the Golden Jubilee, an afternoon of all things British – afternoon tea with scones, cupcakes, fancy sandwiches and more. 020 8876 9912 e:

KITE STUDIOS ART 4-9 June 10-11.30 am for ages 4-8 and 12-4 pm for ages 8+ CRAFT ACTIVITIES including printmaking, painting, collage and clay modelling. Venue: 2b Bassein Park Rd, W129RY 020 85766278 May/June 2012

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An exciting line up of nocturnal activities in museums and galleries throughout the city. An extended programme of events will be taking place at both large, national institutions and smaller, more specialists venues. Keep an eye out for evenings featuring art, live music and performances as some of London’s most famous institutions open their doors to attract the very best sort of culture vultures. This event coincides with special activities across the UK, and is tied to the European wide campaign “La Nuit des Musées”.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Cromwell Road, London SW7 020 7938 9123. Info: Mon-Fri 020 7942 5000. Sat & Sun 020 7942 5011 Mon-Sat: 10am – 5.50pm Sun 11am-5.50pm. Free. EXHIBITIONS To 16 Sept. ANIMAL INSIDE OUT Strip away the flesh and travel on an anatomical safari of the natural world and explore the intricate biology and physiology of some of the world’s most spectacular creature. £6/£9, family £27. To 2 Sept. SCOTT’S LAST EXPEDITION Explore Robert Falcon Scott’s epic Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica, with powerful tales of endurance and many scientific achievements. To 30 Sept. WILD PLANET The wildest landscapes and most endangered species will be showcased in a free outdoor exhibition running throughout the summer of the Olympics featuring 80 classic shots from Wildlife Photographer Of The Year.

To 4 June INTERSECTIONS – Art and mathematics are brought together in a new display of Henry Moore’s stringed sculptures. The four artworks take direct inspiration from the mathematical models in the gallery which include colourful polyhedra, topological and surface models. NEW: SIGNS, SYMBOLS AND SECRETS: An illustrated guide to alchemy featuring 20 rare books and 2 illustrated manuscripts. NEW: UNIVERSE OF SOUND - A ‘virtual’ Philharmonia Orchestra will take up residence at the Science Museum. An immersive digital installation will reveal the inner workings of each orchestral section. NEW: OXFORD BROOKES - a study into the walking characteristics of the museum’s large and diverse visitor population. Visitors will be able to discuss with researchers the idea of ‘movement prints’ – that each human has a unique movement pattern and way of walking. Visitors will be able to find out their individual walking pattern, and will be able to compare their walk to a chimpanzee and T-rex. LAST CHANCE TO SEE: CHILEAN RESCUE CAPSULE (Until 13 May) Discover the technology behind the Chilean mine rescue of October 2010. The Science Museum displays one of five of the capsules built for the rescue mission of 33 miners who were trapped underground at the San José mine in Chile.

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A COCKROACH TOUR OF THE MUSEUM - Visitors take on the form of cockroaches, dressing up in realistic costumes to begin a journey through the Museum, exploring the impact on the climate of scientific and technological developments from the perspective of a cockroach. The humorous tour will take visitors through the Museum’s world-class galleries. The Cockroach Tours are every Saturday and Sunday until August. To book a place call: 0870 870 4868. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS ANTENNA LIVE SCIENCE - Take part in real science experiments – an ongoing programme where people can volunteer to take part in cutting-edge experiments conducted by visiting scientists. Suitable for visitors aged 7+.

SPECIAL EVENT: 27 May. BIG NATURE DAY 11am-5pm This “Nature Fair” will take place in the Museum building and in marquees in the Museum gardens. Museum educators will be running family activities, such as exploring pond life, bug hunting and tree trails to launch a new partnership between The National Trust, the Natural History Museum and the Wildlife Trusts. DAILY FAMILY ACTIVITIES Weekends and school holidays 11am-5pm. Quieter times are 11am-12noon and after 3pm. Mon-Fri in term time 2.10pm-5pm. Free. Full listing on

SCIENCE MUSEUM Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. Info & bkg 0870 870 4868 Open 10am-6pm. Adm is free but charges apply to some special exhibitions, IMAX cinema and simulator rides EXHIBITIONS To 28 July PALACES – a participatory artwork made from thousands of milk teeth donated by children around the UK. Standing two metres high, the sculpture resembles a coral castle under water. Designed by artist Gina Czarnecki, the aim of the project is to raise questions about consent and the reuse of human tissues in medical research, as well as to draw attention to sources of stem cells in the body. 22

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HIDDEN HEROES – THE GENIUS OF EVERYDAY THINGS To 5 June Charges apply (£6, concessions £3.50). 36 everyday classics- their history and demonstrating the enormous significance they have today, both conceptually and economically. ANTENNA – WATER WARS EXHIBITION An exhibition that investigates how engineers are developing technologies to secure enough water to prevent a global food crisis. EVERY DAY: LAUNCHPAD SCIENCE SHOWS - The largest free interactive science gallery in the UK, Launchpad is packed with exhibits which will allow visitors to launch a rocket, turn their head into a sound box and control a magnetic cloud. Catch one of the spectacular science shows performed by Explainers throughout the day. Ideal for children aged 8-14 years old. IMAX AND 3D EXPERIENCES - Born to be Wild 3D (U), Hubble 3D, Wild Ocean 3D, Deep Sea 3D, Sea Monsters 3D, Fly me to the Moon 3D, Space Station 3D FLY ZONE - take control in 360° flight simulators or fly with the Red Arrows in our sensational 3D motion simulation theatre. LEGEND OF APOLLO – The ultimate 4D simulation theatre- See, hear, feel and even smell what it would be like to venture into space.

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What's On IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM LONDON Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ 10am-6pm 020 7416 5320/5321 © Churchill War Rooms

EXHIBITIONS A FAMILY IN WARTIME Experience the life on the home front, during the Second World War, through the eyes of one London Family; William and Alice All press and their ten children. With interactive exhibits, photographs, recorded interviews with the family, archive film footage, paintings, personal documents and an intricate model of the Allpress family home. Free.

BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AH 020 7601 5545 Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Free. 18 May. MUSEUMS AT NIGHT 5.30pm-9pm. A rare opportunity for an evening visit, including special presentations on banknotes. Bank staff will also be on hand to answer question about gold. To 8 Jun. ROYAL CONNECTION – A CELEBRATION OF THE DIAMOND JUBILEE The display will highlight the many connections between the Monarch and the Bank, notably drawing on the wealth of the Bank’s collections to trace the development of the royal portrait on banknotes. 6-8 June CROWNING GLORY Find examples of crowns in the exhibition and in the pictures to celebrate the Jubilee. From 22 June GOLD AND THE BANK OF ENGLAND examines the part gold has played during the Bank's long history and the Bank's role in relation to gold today. 23 and 30 June OPEN DOOR: CELEBRATE THE CITY The museum will be open for 30-minute guided tours of parts of the Bank not generally accessible to the public. No booking required.

To Oct. BUILD THE TRUCE At the first Olympic Games in 776BC an ”Olympic Truce” was created in order to enable athletes from Greece’s warring cities to travel and compete in safety. Reinstated at the 1992 Games the Olympic Truce continues to exist today. Visitors will be able to explore the concept of truce, from challenging notions about the inevitability of war, through to truce as a method of conflict resolution and what it can mean on a practical level. FAMILY EVENTS 26-27 May and 16-17 June BUILD THE TRUCE 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm. Take part in a series of discussion, art and writing activities looking at why wars happen and how they are brought to an end. Free drop-in, all ages. 2-10 June WOMEN AND THE HOME FRONT 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. Discover how women contributed to the war effort and how they coped with rationing and the dangers of the London Blitz. Linked to the new A Family in Wartime exhibition. Free drop-in activities for all ages with parental supervision. NEW EXHIBIT IN JUNE - PEOPLE'S WAR: SECOND WORLD WAR PORTRAITS During the Second World War, artists such as Stanley Spencer, Edward Bawden, Henry Lamb and Ronald Searle created art capturing the war for the official government art scheme as well as out of personal motivation. From official oil paintings to informal drawings, this exhibition of Second World War portraits offers an insight into personal stories of bravery, survival and death, and a society undergoing tremendous changes. Free Admission.

CHURCHILL WAR ROOMS Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ 9.30am-6pm £9.60/£12.80/£15.95, children under 16 free. Located in the heart of Westminster, visitors to the Churchill War rooms can view this complex of historic rooms left exactly as they were in 1945. ONGOING IN 2012 - UNDERCOVER - LIFE IN CHURCHILL'S BUNKER Visitors can hear the first-hand personal accounts of those who worked in the Cabinet War Rooms during the war. Learn what life and conditions were like underground and experience the authenticity and emotional resonance of walking through the corridors where Churchill made history. Entry included in general admission price.

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What's On FAMILY WALK AND TALK 12.30pm-1.30pm. Join us on a themed journey through the collection where we will walk, talk and bring paintings alive! Suitable for all ages. 6 May. GREEK MYTHS.

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EXHIBITION: 9 May-16 Sept. TAKE ONE PICTURE: PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN INSPIRED BY VERONES How can a single painting ignite the imagination and curiosity of young people? This display captures a range of creative responses to Veronese’s “Family of Darius before Alexander”. MORE GALLERY FUN: TRAILS AND AUDIO TOURS Families can print it out from or pick one up at Information Desks.

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NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HT 020 7730 0717 Daily 10am-5.30pm. Free EXHIBITION: To 31 Aug. WAR HORSE: FACT & FICTION A new major hands-on exhibition exploring the true history behind the hugely popular “War Horse” novel by Michael Morpugo. Free.

Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm. Late opening Thu, Fri 10am-9pm. 19 May. ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES 10.30am & 1.30pm. STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES. ROYAL TALES Exploring stories of Royalty, followed by an art activity. 11.30am & 2.30pm. FAMILY ART WORKSHOP Discover Royal portraits in the Collection, followed by an art activity.

ACTIONS ZONES – VICTORIAN SOLDIERS ACTION ZONE Quizzes, games and hands-on activities help you learn about life as a Victorian Soldier and the part they played in the shaping of Britain’s Empire. Free, in “Changing the World Gallery”.

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KID’S ZONE Daily 10.10am-5.15pm. This new children’s play area explores aspects of army life from camping to clothing and includes a dedicated soft play space for babies, plus art and crafts, dressing-up costumes, books, interactive toys and panels. Adm charge applies.

V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA, 020 8983 5200, Daily 10am-5.45pm. Free. EXHIBITIONS: To 9 Sept. BEAUTIFUL GAMES What makes an athlete successful? How does the latest technology help us to become faster and stronger? And where do we draw the line between fair play and downright cheating? As part of the exhibition, visitors young and old can get their own blood pumping with a white knuckle ride in a virtual skeleton bobsleigh, measure their reaction time with a ‘beat the clock’ test, and throw some moves on an electronic dance floor. 19 May-28 Oct. MASCOTS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES This display showcases over 50 mascots from the last 44 years of summer and winter Olympic Games including the London 2012 mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville. EVENTS 19 May. MONTESSORI FOR FAMILIES 11am-4pm. Montessori educators lead a practical workshop teaching fun, creative and useful techniques to use at home to help your child’s learning. Drop-in, all ages. 4, 11, 18 May. WONDERTOTS 10.30am-12noon & 1pm-2.30pm. Ready, steady and of we go! Get energetic with sporty workshops in celebration of our beautiful Games exhibition. Bkg taken 14 days in advance before each session. 5yrs and under and their parent/carer. Free.

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TATE BRITAIN Millbank, London SW1P 4RG 020 7887 8888 Open daily 10am-6pm, until 10pm every Friday. FOR FAMILIES: ART TROLLEY: WEEKEND SESSIONS Every Sat & Sun 11am-3pm. Tate Britain, Rotunda, Adm free. Activities for children and parents to look and create together while visiting artworks in the collection displays. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

TATE MODERN Bankside, London SE1 9TG 020 7887 8888 Open Sun-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri & Sat 10am-10pm.

FAMILY SUNDAYS Fun activities designed especially for families to enjoy and learn together. Free hands-on art workshops at 11am & 2pm every Sunday. Meet in the Education Centre Foyer (Orange St Entrance).

FOR FAMILIES: OPEN STUDIO: WEEKEND SESSIONS Every Sat & Sun 11am-4pm. Tate Modern, Clore Studio. Drop-in sessions to explore, experiment, play and create with ideas and materials from artworks in the collection displays. All ages.

For children aged 2 to 5: MAGIC CARPET STORYTELLING 10.30am-11am & 11.30am-12noon. Fly away on the magic carpet, which comes to land in front of a different painting each Sunday.

WHAT’S GOING ON THERE? Every Sat & Sun 11am-4pm. Tate Modern, Welcome Room. Pick up free new activities, display your own creation, build a plinth for a very small sculpture.

For families with children aged 5 to 11: DRAWING SUNDAYS. RELAY MIX - Experiment with the art of relay drawing, try out different speeds, materials and shapes in collage competitions and family drawing events.

UNDER 5’S ZONE Open during gallery hours. Free for 5 yrs and under. Children can go on a creative, physical and sensory exploration of themes inspired by cubist art works.

STUDIOS SUNDAYS. JUMP FOR VICTORY Discover mythological characters, creatures and competitions and make a trophy to present at your very own games. 24

12noon. PORTRAIT OF THE DAY. FAMILY AUDIO GUIDE £6 up to 5 audio players, £4 for 2 audio players (one adult and one child) Explore amazing facts and stories about people in the collection with a specially designed recorded tour and interactive touch-screen players 7-11yrs.

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CHILDREN’S MULTIMEDIA GUIDE TO THE TATE MODERN Available daily - £4, for 5yrs and over. The fun and interactive multimedia guide keeps children captivated and animates artworks through music, video clips and entertaining games – a sensory experience for all the family to enjoy. May/June 2012

What's On THEATRE THEATRES IN WEST LONDON PUPPET THEATRE BARGE Little Venice, Blomfield Road, London W9 2PF 020 7249 6876 RICHMOND THEATRE The Green, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1QJ 0844 871 7651 WATERMANS 40 High Street, Brentford TW8 0DS 020 8232 1010 PEACOCK THEATRE Portugal Street, WC2A 2HT 0844 412 4322 UNICORN THEATRE 147 Tooley Street London SE1 2HZ 020 7645 0560 INSTITUT FRANCAIS 17 Queensbury Place, London SW7 2DT 020 7871 3515 SOUTHBANK CENTRE Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX Ticket Office: 0844 875 0073 THE THREESIXTY THEATRE Kensington Gardens (by Kensington Palace) Dial Walk, London W2 2UH. Bkg: 0844 871 7693 Info: 0844 871 7627

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE 8 May – 9 Sept. This new adaptation of CS Lewis’s classic children novel by Rupert Goold will be held in a specially designed theatre tent in Kensington Gardens, and combines puppetry and hi-tech multimedia, projecting the magic of Narnia with Imax-style video backdrops. The Ultimate summer experience in the Park! THE THREESIXTY THEATRE TRAVELS WITH GRANDAD 12 May. 11am & 1pm. Meet Granddad, eccentric traveller, and hear magical tales of adventure in both the real and imaginary worlds. 3-7yrs. Messy Play 12noon & 2pm. LYRIC HAMMERSMITH LE CHAT IN BOOTS 20 May 3pm. A faithful retelling of the fantastic story of the master trickster cat. 5-11yrs. In easy French and English. Early bkg recommended. Part of the Au Theatre this Sunday programme- educational and entertaining theatre performances specially adapted for primary school children wishing to progress further with French language and culture. INSTITUT FRANCAIS SOMETHING VERY FAR AWAY 1 – 24 June A beautiful piece about love, loss, space and time using puppets, animation, music and sound. Watch the team tell Kepler’s story in unique live animation, as he travels through the universe with his telescope and discovers the power of memory on the way. For ages 8+ UNICORN THEATRE

GARRICK THEATRE 2 Charing Cross Road, London WC2 0HH 0844412 4662 REGENTS PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NR 0844 826 4242 LYRIC THEATRE Shaftsbury Avenue, London 0844 412 4661 LYRIC HAMMERSMITH Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0OL. 08700 500 511 HORRIBLE HISTORIES – BARMY BRITAIN Until 1 Sept British history is full of barmy people who did nasty things to each other. With blood, battles, murder and mayhem, explore stories from Roman, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian, Victorian and WW1 periods and find out about famous characters such as Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes, Florence Nightingale and General Earl Haig. 6yrs+ GARRICK THEATRE HOW TO THINK THE UNTHINKABLE Until 19 May What could a play written 2,500 years ago possibly mean today? Ryan Craig’s new adaptation of Sophocles’ famous tragedy captures the passion, danger and moral deadlock of the story of Greece’s most famous teenager. Set in the aftermath of a bloody civil war, Antigone fights for what she believes is right. For ages 11-14. UNICORN THEATRE THE MAN WITH THE DISTURBINGLY SMELLY FOOT Until 20 May You’ve heard of Achilles and Odysseus, but have you heard of Philoctetes? Probably not, because although Philoctetes signed up to go and fight, he never made it: his shipmates abandoned him on an island on the way. And why? Because he had a disgustingly, terribly, disturbingly smelly foot. For ages 7-10 UNICORN THEATRE THE TOWN MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE 5 May – 15 July The story of two cousins who visit each other and experience new sights and sounds. PUPPET THEATRE BARGE THE PIED PIPER 5 May 11am & 1pm. Rediscover a classic story told with puppets, music and magical tricks. Also features fully integrated Sign Language throughout. 3-7yrs. Messy Play 12noon & 2pm. LYRIC HAMMERSMITH May/June 2012

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 2 Jun – 5 Sept Shakespeare’s enduring story of young love featuring the Open Air Theatre’s fusion of original music, movement and unique setting. REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE TALES FROM THE RIVER THAMES 12 – 23 June A magical show that brings the many mysterious and adventure-filled tales about what might be in and on this enormous river to life. For ages 7+ UNICORN THEATRE THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA 4 Jul - 2 Sept The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! Following on from the highly successful 2011 tour, the loveable tea-guzzling tiger appears in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! David Wood's stunning stage adaptation of Judith Kerr's picture book is fun for youngsters everywhere, and their grownups. Ages 3+. LYRIC THEATRE

CONCERTS CAVATINA FAMILY CONCERTS-SACCONI QUARTET 5 May An interactive, fun family concert taking place in the listed library with the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. 10.45am, age 4+ INSTITUT FRANCAIS BMW LSO OPEN AIR CLASSICS 12 May 6.30pm, A free concert with the London Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev in the heart of London. Free entry, just turn up. LSO and 150 children from LSO Discovery. CLASSICS WITH MY BABY 17 May, 14 June at the Notting Hill Community Church Families West PO Box 32231 London W5 1JR


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