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Central Scotland’s really useful magazine for busy families of children age 0-12


Issue 22 May/June 2014

In this Issue

• Clubs and classes • Moving house • Out and about Light Shows!

y Come and enjo Falkirk’s newurs! fantastic flavo

Baby Massage!

Award winning baby development classes for babies from birth to 13 months

Musical Fun! Bubbles! Baby Signing!

Glen Farm Glen Village Falkirk FK1 3AA Tel. 01324 630703

Classes in Stirling, Alloa and Bridge of Allan

For details contact Sara on 07766751700

WIN a family ticket to Bannockburn Live

079302 64979

Have some Summer fun with Falkirk Community Trust

Swimming, Sports, Arts & Crafts, Days Out, Outdoor Activities and so much more!

Visit us online and keep the kids active this Summer Falkirk Community Trust gratefully acknowledges the support of Falkirk Council. Charity number SCO42403.

Get On Your Bike! Take the Right Route Did you know that regular cyclists are as fit as an average person 10 years younger? Falkirk has more than 500km of shared use paths, including mountain bike trails, high quality parkland routes, canal paths and the Round the Forth cycle Route (NCN 76). With the huge variety of financial, health and environmental benefits of cycling, why not try cycling for some of your everyday journeys. Falkirk Council’s Green Travel Map shows you where you can cycle throughout Falkirk. For more information visit

contents Central Scotland’s

really useful magazine

for busy families of

children age 0-12

FREE Issue 22 May/Jun 2014

Local news and views..............................................4 – 7

In this Issue

• Nursery feature • Easter holiday ideas • Out and about

Welcome to the May/June issue of Families Central Scotland. In this issue we are thinking ahead to the Summer holidays and have a great feature on local clubs and classes, so you can get yourself and the kids organised now for the fast approaching long holiday break! We have a packed out and about, great parent to parent interview, news and views and an article on how to survive a house move. Hoping for lots of lovely Spring weather so we can all get out and about and have fun with the kids!

Clubs and classes.....................................................8 – 11 .uk

Light Shows!

Baby Massage!

Come and enjoy Falkirk’s new fantastic flavours!

Award winning development classes baby for babies from birth to 13 months

Musical Fun!


Baby Signing!

Classes in Stirling, Alloa and Bridge of Allan

For details contact Sara on 07766751700 stirling@babyse

Glen Farm Glen Village Falkirk FK1 3AA Tel. 01324 630703 .uk



079302 64979

Congratulations to Charlene who won the £100 towards her child’s birthday party at Springkerse View Playzone– we hope you have a great party!

Fiona & Louise the editors WIN A family ticket to Bannockburn 5

contact us

Parent to parent................................................................12 Moving house......................................................................13 Out and about........................................................... 14-15 Circulation 12,000 copies delivered directly to nurseries, playgroups, health centres, libraries, leisure facilities as well as selected shops, cafes and schools. Please contact us if you wish to receive our media pack, detailing costs and sizes of adverts. Design - Gillian McKendrick of Lamb Designs Printers - J Thomson Colour Printers

To advertise with us or to have your event listed in our magazine email Bookings are now being taken for the July/August 2014 issue – deadline 1st June Find us on facebook FamCS and twitter @familiescentral and visit our website for our new what’s on, more articles and our local directory

Families Central Scotland is part of a larger group of magazines headed by Families SW London who are celebrating 20 years of publishing. All Franchised magazines are operated under licence. We take every care preparing this magazine but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequences. Any original materials are sent at the owners own risk and while every care is taken neither families nor its agents accept liability for loss or damage.

Discover yourself at Beaconhurst From 3–18 years. Bridge of Allan, near Stirling. At Beaconhurst we develop the talents and abilities of every individual. From our award winning nursery through to our junior and senior schools we have a unique and friendly community. Our relationships with staff, pupils, parents and the wider community are our key strengths and we are passionate about creating a fantastic learning environment. Discover what we can do for your child. Contact us now.

Tel. 01786 832146


The Ochils Festival The Ochils Festival is a varied programme of FREE events that runs throughout June, designed to celebrate the landscape, heritage and people of the Ochils and Hillfoots area of Clackmannanshire and Stirling. The programme includes something for everyone - locals and visitors alike: walks, talks, workshops, craft, discovery and genealogy sessions, tours of historic kirkyards and a huge range of fun family activities. There is an unmissable family day in Menstrie on Saturday 21st June - OCHILS FEST - where there will be Jacobites and other historical re-enactors, forest creatures puppet shows, animations, leathercraft, bushcraft, animal magic, archaeology and a host of other brilliant activities to keep the whole family entertained! And new to the programme for 2014 is the Tartan Ball, an evening of Scottish music, dancing, food and entertainment. For the full programme, please visit

Your Adventure Starts Here! Free fun-filled weekend at Callendar House and Park We’re ready to have an adventure, are you? Join us at Callendar House and Park on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May (10am-5pm)for a weekend jam-packed with FREE activities for all the family both indoors and outdoors, come sunscreen or welly boot weather in celebration of the Festival of Museums, Scotland’s Nature Festival, and the opening of the John Muir Way. If you enjoyed our Mr Bloom event last year, you’ll love this fun-filled weekend where kids and their grown-ups can explore, discover, and play through exciting and engaging activities from a wide range of partners from the British Dragonfly Society to the RSBP, the Forestry Commission to Zero Waste Scotland, and Scottish Badgers to Youth Scotland. Packed with arts, crafts, competitions, learning, exploration, making and adventuring, kids will love what we have in store. For more details of events, partners, workshops, and how you can take part please visit our website:


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Protect your children’s vision from harmful UV rays With summer on the way, it’s likely that you’re looking forward to spending lots of time outdoors with your children. It’s great to enjoy the sunshine but did you know that 80% of eye damage due to exposure to harmful UV rays occurs before the age of 18? Worryingly two thirds of parents don’t protect their kids eyes in the sun. This means that these children and babies are risking eye damage every time they go outside. Independent optician Ochil Eyes specializes in children’s eye care and has a huge range of prescription and non prescription sunglasses for kids. Parent and owner Mary Docherty advises parents to ensure their children wear sunglasses even on cloudy summer days. She says “ Look out for sunglasses that block out 99% of UVA and UVB and always speak to an optician if you have any questions or concerns about your children’s eye health.” To arrange an eye examination for your child simply contact the friendly team at Ochil Eyes on 01259 752755 Ochil Eyes, 105 High Street, Tillicoultry.

WIN a family ticket to Bannockburn Live! Held in commemoration of the Battle of Bannockburn, this spectacular event takes place on 28 – 29 June and is a celebration of Scottish culture. It’s packed with things that kids will love, from battle performances and medieval villages to storytelling and outdoor activities. To enter please go to and enter your details. Full T&C’s are on the website. Prize draw closes 27 May 2014.

Autism strategies For the past 4 years Speur-Ghlan, an innovative Bridge of Allan based charity, have been using the latest evidence based approaches to autism therapy. We are proud to announce that on 28th and 29th May we will be hosting Drs Lynn and Robert Koegel from the University of California to deliver their Level I Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT) training course. PRT is currently one of the best validated and most well researched approaches to supporting children with autism and other communication difficulties, and focuses heavily on parent training and involvement. Although the course is also suitable for professionals, the training is very relevant for family members who want to learn how to support their child to communicate, interact and play through the use of very practical but effective strategies. PRT is particularly successful in encouraging speech in young children with autism, and through training parents in PRT strategies to use at home, many of our children are finding their first words. For more info –

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Arnhall Nursery is a private day nursery that provides high quality childcare from birth up to 5 years. We have pre-school grant funded places available and have been graded Excellent & Very Good by SCSWIS in our recent report; the Nursery is set in the beautiful rural surroundings of the Keir Estate on the outskirts of Dunblane with ample car parking. • Open all year round from 7.30am to 6.30pm • All meals included - home cooked by our in-house chef • Fully qualifed & trained staff. For further details or to arrange a visit please contact the Nursery direct on 01786 822 391 Keir Estate, Dunblane FK15 9NU

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Sweeney Todd coming soon – 24th /25th June Macrobert, Stirling This year Beaconhurst School will be performing Sweeney Todd at the Macrobert Arts Centre. The rehearsals are going well and everyone is working hard. The supporting cast have been rehearsing the chorus of Acts 1 and 2. The principle parts are continuing with rehearsals of their dialogue and songs. Backstage have been concentrating on making props and displays for the Beaconhurst Open Day on the 3rd of May. They have also been making a list of props needed that they do not already have and are continuing to source their scenery. The Media group have been making displays for the Open Day as well as advertising Sweeney Todd with posters around the school and local area. The costume group are currently working hard on making a skirt and waistcoat for the principle parts. Tickets are on sale in the Box Office at the Macrobert Centre and they are priced as follows: adults - £12, concessions - £6, children under 16 years go free. For more information www.

Get on your bike! Regular cycling can contribute to weight control and reduced obesity, help to lower stress levels, reduce the risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer, reduce the risk of developing diabetes, improve strength, stamina and posture and lengthen your life. And did you know that on average cyclists live two years longer than non-cyclists. Falkirk has more than 500km of shared use paths, including mountain bike trails, high quality parkland routes, canal paths and the Round the Forth Cycle Route. Falkirk’s Green Travel Map shows where you can cycle in Falkirk. Falkirk Council offers cycle training, not only for school pupils but for adults who cycle for leisure or as commuters. Types of training available range from basic, how to ride a bike to more advanced cycling skills, commuter cycle training, guided ride leader training and bike maintenance training. For information and advice on anything to do with cycling visit or contact Falkirk Council on 01324 504950.


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The Forgetful Elephant My name is Irene Mackay and I have written this children’s short story explaining dementia/ memory loss to young children. My Mum has Vascular Dementia and in my previous job I worked as a Home Support Care Worker caring for people with dementia, so I am very passionate about raising awareness of this terrible illness. There are so many other illnesses which can result in memory loss and it can be difficult to explain to a child why a relative is behaving differently. I believe they should be given an explanation which my book aims to do in a way they can understand. Over the past year I have enjoyed visiting many local primary schools talking to children about it with the aid of my lovely hand-puppets. If you would like further information, please visit my website www. where you can also buy a copy of the book.

Scribbler’s Picnic - Sunday 11th May Family friendly music festival and fun day on Sunday 11th May 12 – 8pm at Stirling Rugby Club, with 8 stages of music, stalls, tombola, raffle, 5-a-side football, dancing, food vendors, bar, kids shows, crafts, face painting, inflatables and Remembrance Wall for those affected by cancer. Proceeds to cancer related charities.Adults £10; Under 16s £5; Under 5s free; Family ticket £25 For discount tickets or to win a family pass visit facebook/ scribblerspicnic or the website. There will be a charge for car parking.

Little Stars, Stirling Little Stars nursery is set in 20 acres of parklands at Craigforth jct 10 off M9, there are lovely walks and exciting areas to discover only yards from the nursery door. There is also a 100 metre gym trail, a large climbing frame and even an outdoor classroom so our children are spoilt for choice. We cater for babies to 5 year olds and are open from 8am to 6pm 51 weeks of the year. We are in partnership with Stirling Council to offer pre-school funding from the new term in August and are taking bookings now. We have a qualified teacher who teaches the pre-school children following The Curriculum for Excellence Guidelines, there are classes in Italian /French and even Makaton. Come along to our family fun day on the 10th May and see for yourself what we have to offer, there will be face painting /bouncy castle/tombola/cake stalls. If you can’t make it then please call 01786 445552 or e mail stirling@ or download our information pack, check our SSCWIS reports and apply online at

Little Stars Stirling is now in partnership with Stirling Council for pre-school funding and now taking bookings for the new term.

family fun day

- 10am-2pm. Come along on 10th May tombola / cake stalls. e/ Face painting / bouncy castl STIRLING

Craigforth House, c/o Prudential Craigforth, Stirling FK9 4UE 01786 445552.

Babies to 5 years Pre Schoo l

Fund Avail ing able

Also at ALLOA and FALKIRK see website for detail.


clubs and classes


he long summer holidays are approaching and, if your kids are anything like ours, after just an hour indoors they’ll be climbing the walls. But don’t despair! There are so many things to do over the holidays. Why not try a summer club, class or activity? From rugby to ball skills, football to drama, music, cycling, swimming, ballet, canoeing, martial arts, trampolining or even dry slope skiing, there are hundreds around. Some classes are specifically for babies and toddlers, others for older children and some even for mums and dads, so there is no excuse for not joining in! There are also extra tuition classes on offer to allow children to catch up during the holidays or just be prepared for the start of the new school year. Many clubs and classes offer free trials or special holiday classes over the summer break – why not try one, and then book an ongoing class for September?

Baby Sensory

Baby Ballet

Baby Sensory has been designed specifically for babies from birth to 13 months. The varied activities stimulate the senses and help your baby develop. Through light shows, baby signing, music, dance, songs, games, massage and puppet shows, we hope to introduce you and your baby to a world of rich and varied sensory experiences in a creative and enjoyable environment. All activities are excellent for developing baby’s physical, social and emotional well-being, and promote language skills, co-ordination, awareness of the world, a love of music and the concentration so needed for further development. Activities vary weekly and they also allow you to meet others with young babies. Classes are held weekly in Alloa, Bridge of Allan and Stirling so come along for a free taster session and see for yourself why Baby Sensory is an award winning class. For further details please contact Sara Speirs at or call 07766751700.

Come and Join the fun at the magical world of babyballet. Our award winning movement to music programme is suitable for boys and girls 6 months – 4.5years to enjoy and benefit from music and movement from a very young age. Our classes are lively, imaginative, creative and most importantly FUN!! We run 6 days a week throughout West Lothian, Falkirk and Stirling so there’s a class for everyone. Classes allow babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to enjoy the benefits of music and dance in a safe and caring environment through the use of props, instruments, singing and of course dancing! Book your little one on a 3 week trial for only £15.00!! Call Miss Leanne on 07714535295 NOW!

Cycle Proficiency Training Stirling Cycle Training are running on road cycling beginners courses, during the holidays for children aged 7 & 8 and 9 – 13. The courses are suitable for children who have done no previous cycle proficiency training or those who feel they need more practise to cycle safely on the road. The training starts in a traffic free area before moving on to quiet roads. Classes available 8th to 11th July and 12th to 15th August. The classes for children aged 9 – 13 are over 4 mornings, 10am – 12 noon, cost £45 per child. The classes for children aged 7 & 8 are shorter, 2.00pm – 3.30pm, cost £40 per child. This will be similar to 9-13 year olds class but we expect to spend more time on bike control exercises and we will not progress onto mini roundabouts. Full information at and phone 07966 201519

Enjoy-a-ball Enjoy-a-Ball is a multi-sports coaching programme for girls and boys aged 3 - 9. All lessons are taught in a caring, positive, fun-filled environment. Our objective is to make children’s first experiences in a sports coaching environment happy and memorable. Classes have been running throughout Stirling and Falkirk for over 8 years and are led by head coaches Claire Spence and Chris Allen. During main school holidays Enjoy-a-Ball run holiday camps in various local venues by our team of qualified coaches. 2 and 4 hour sessions are available offering sports, games and arts and crafts. We now offer Physi-Ball classes for 18month-3 year olds. For further information and timetable, visit or contact Claire (Stirling), 07793 545 180 or Chris (Falkirk & Cumbernauld), 07912 946013.


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Have an active summer this year with Falkirk Community Trust This year, we have a huge programme filled to the brim with exciting activities for the kids. Whether the wee ones fancy learning to swim this year or learning a new game like rugby, we have it all and they can learn in a fun, safe and structured environment. 2014 also sees the Commonwealth Games head to Glasgow so we have programmed activities based on the 17 sports and hope the bairns of Falkirk will get involved and revel in the atmosphere of the Games. Full listings on all our activities are available on our website can also find us on Facebook @Falkirk Sport and Twitter @FCTrust

The largest and still the best network of performing arts schools in the world. Nurturing and developing young people’s potential through dance, drama and singing. for 4-18 year olds, after school, at weekends and holiday workshops. For a prospectus, call Stagecoach Stirling now on: 0131 337 7774 or email:

Ready Steady Show – Musical madness at Falkirk Town Hall

STAGECOACH Summer 2014 Workshop 28th July to 1st August !! ENROL NOW !!

A week of training in drama, dance, and musical theatre culminating with a main stage performance at FTH. Annie, Oliver, Les Miserables, The Lion King…what’s your favourite musical? Join us for this week-long course where we will be exploring the best songs, dances, and scenes from some of these amazing musicals. Working with a Director, Choreographer, and Musical Director, you will create a brand new piece of musical theatre to be performed on the main stage at FTH on the Friday evening. This is a great way to learn new performance skills in a fun and fast paced environment. No previous experience is required. Booking essential. Monday 21st – Friday 25th July 2014 10am – 4pm Suitable for ages 8-15 years. £70. Phone 01324 506850

Stagecoach Stirling is now taking bookings for the Summer term!

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Summer Tutoring at Kip McGrath The Kip McGrath Education Centre in Stirling will run their popular summer tutoring sessions again this year. Summer tutoring is popular with families who want to help children keep their brains active during the long break from school. Centre Director Fiona MacDiarmid believes students gain a lot: “I often hear from students that the tutoring they had at Kip during the holidays helped them feel more confident at the start of the new term”, she says “and this gives parents some welcome peace of mind because they know the tutoring we provide is tailored to each child’s needs and helps them when they return to school”. To find out more, contact the Kip McGrath Centre on 01786 474818. Unit 4 Scion House, Stirling Innovation Park, Stirling FK9 4NF

Swimtime have arrived in your area!

Classes from 6 months to 4½ years

Exciting classes available in

West Lothian, Falkirk and Stirling areas Book now to reserve your place

• Group lessons • Improve technique • All abilities • Learn to swim • Adult lessons No waiting list: CALL NOW!

Contact Miss Leanne on

07714 535 295 babyballetwestlothianfalkirkandstirling babyballet.livingstonandfalkirk Visit the website to see the timetable

For further details or to book, call Swimtime on:

0131 278 0444

Email: Swimtime Group

@Swimtime Group

clubs and classes Lazy Daisy Birthing Lazy Daisy Forth Valley offer a unique array of Pregnancy, Baby & Toddler classes all inspired by movement, massage and relaxation. For mums to be our relaxed active birth classes are designed to make confident birth second nature using our mind/body movement, active birth education and breathing techniques. Daisy Baby Tinies is a “must” for any new mum and baby, designed with their 4th trimester needs in mind. Small and intimate classes covering baby massage, soothing techniques, social baby time, postnatal movement and relaxation. Daisy Wrigglers is a yoga based stimulating, lively and bouncy class. If your little one is crawling/walking, Movers is for you with our yoga inspired moves and songs to keep them entertained. Contact Sarah (Birthing Stirling & Bridge of Allan) 07815 516528 Nicola (Baby Stirling, Dollar & Bridge of Allan) 07815 925025 Jacqueline (Birthing & Baby Falkirk) 07919 151187

Rugbytots Rugbytots is a highly energetic play programme for children aged 2-7 that has run in Scotland for five years, with classes in Stirling, Broxburn, Fife, Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lothians and the Borders. Rugbytots is run by Carl McWilliam, formerly part of the New Zealand 7s team and played in the Scottish Premier league for Watsonians. Carl, joined by other experienced coaches, now aims to pass on his knowledge at grass roots level in a fun and educational way. Feedback from across our venues has been very positive. Looking for a Party Idea: Our parties are a massive hit with kids and parents alike. Check us out at or for more information e-mail sandra@ or call 0845 313 3252

Step Ahead We Come To You!! Imagine the convenience of a reliable, conscientious tutor Contact Gail 01259 211218 arriving at your home in order to give their full concentration and attention solely to your child. Is it little wonder that Step Ahead Forth Valley are going from strength to strength and gaining an enviable reputation? With summer holidays fast approaching, Step Ahead will again be working away providing regular and intensive tutoring throughout the holidays. Many parents retain tutoring sessions over the holidays so their children can ‘get ahead’ on their return to school. This is also an excellent opportunity to ‘catch up’ with some intensive tutoring which can be tailored to your child’s requirements. Read a growing catalogue of excellent testimonials from many very happy parents on our website www.

Stagecoach Stirling Summer Workshop 2014 This year’s Summer Workshop will be from the 28th July until the 1st August for children aged 6yrs to 18yrs, with a performance at the end of the week! From the moment students arrive, they’ll be caught up in the excitement and creativity whilst making new friends. Working with professional directors, they will experience the process of casting, rehearsing, and performing. Students will be challenged to learn lines, songs and dance routines and many other new skills. Through taking on and mastering an acting & singing role, they will build invaluable confidence. For a prospectus & application form or more information, please call Kirsten Campbell (Principal) on: 0131 337 7774 email:stirling@ or visit

Garry Shaw Martial Arts, Martial arts for all the family TKD Tigers - Suitable for age 3-6 years teaching stranger drills, health and nutrition, emergency skills, bully drills, team work and leadership. Respect and confidence is taught in our classes. Taekwon-do - Suitable for age 7 and above. Come and learn this Korean martial art of self defence based on hand and foot techniques. Our classes include self defence, fitness, build confidence, making friends and much more. Korean kickboxing - Come along and get fit and active. Our classes include flexibility, strength exercises, self defence, fun and fitness and lots more. All classes are taught by a 6th degree fully qualified black belt. Contact Garry Shaw VI degree on 07734 461615 or email or visit

Contact Gail 01259 211218


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clubs and classes Swimtime Swimtime provides swimming lessons for all ages and ability levels across Scotland. Swimtime Swimtots gain confidence whilst having fun. Water safety is the foundation for our Learn to Swim programme, where children from the age of four learn the fundamentals of the four swimming strokes and, essentially, lifesaving skills but more importantly that they develop a love for being in the water that lasts a lifetime. For more information call 0131 278 0444. Classes available in Dunblane, Stirling and Falkirk.

University of Stirling Sports Centre

Garry Shaw Martial Arts providing world class tuition in TaeKwon-Do and Kickboxing from beginner level through to Black Belt and beyond. TKD Tigers is a fantastic programme for age 3-7 years. We teach the following themes including Stranger danger skills, Bully drills, Health and nutrition, Team work & Leadership, and Emergency skills and its all done in a fun way.

Enjoy a sport and activity-filled summer at the University of Stirling Sports Centre. Our children’s programme starts on 30 June and runs throughout the school summer holidays. Each day, all day, there will be lots of sports to enjoy for pre-school age children right up to teenagers. You name it, we’ve got it… athletics, canoeing, dance, golf, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, trampolining, triathlon. There are full day tennis camps, a family-friendly golf course and a popular Scootathlon - where children swim, scoot and run around the campus. There is also a fantastic four-week Summer Sports Centre Membership for children and parents giving you access to everything from the golf course to the swimming pool, artificial pitches to tennis courts, fitness centre (those over 16) to sports hall for badminton, table-tennis and short-tennis. For more details visit:

Jo Jingles Jo Jingles would love to see you join him making music at venues including Denny, Polmont, Larbert, Grangemouth, Reddingmuirhead, Stirling and Dunblane. Don’t miss out on the fun! Come and join the Jinglers and make music with Jo. Age specific and mixed age classes available. Look forward to hearing from you! Call Aileen on 0141 416 0405 (LR) or email Keep an eye on and the website for up to date information.

Check out our on line clubs and classes directory at

Are you a mum to be or new mum looking for A natural and active birth preparation class? Dad friendly birth workshops? Massage and yoga inspired classes for baby?

Do you want to Feel more confident about your upcoming birth & happier in your pregnant body? Learn how to calm and soothe your new baby with massage and movement? Find out more about Lazy Daisy Forth Valley and our pregnancy and baby classes Book your space with your local Daisy teacher: Stirling, Falkirk & Bridge of Allan Your Local Daisy Teacher via 07815925025

Our holiday courses for children aged 7 & 8 and 9-13 are suitable for those who have either done no cycle proficiency training or who feel they need more practice to cycle safely on the roads. We start in a traffic free area before moving onto quiet roads. 10am - 12 noon for 4 mornings £45 per child 9 -13 2.00 - 3.30 pm for 4 afternoons £40 per child 7 & 8

8th to 11th July 12th to 15th August

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Favourite children’s club/class Maddie, Emma and William go to Art Class at Delta Studios in Larbert on a Saturday morning, it’s very innovative. They made teddies last week on the sewing machine and then painted them. Favourite day out Other than The Milk Barn, (which is our obvious favourite!) we have so many favourite places. We love Stirling Castle, Cairnie Fruit Farm and Briarlands is fabulous, but our ultimate favourite has to be The Milk Barn there’s no place like home, the children love meeting up with their friends, the boys playing football in the field, and the girls love the play area and we do make the best ice cream in the world!


uzannah Reid lives at The Glen Farm, Falkirk with her husband Alistair and children Jack (12yrs), William (10yrs) and Maddie and Emma (5yrs). They have recently built The Milk Barn, an ice cream parlour on their working dairy farm. Alistair milks the cows every day at 5am and then carries 40 litres over to the parlour to Suzannah to make the ice cream, creating over 100 flavours. There is also an indoor children’s area, outdoor play area and a fantastic cow called Glenda for the children to practise their milking skills. They also serve light snacks and home baking, open 7 days 10am to 5pm. and www.facebook. com/GlenFarmDairyIceCream Why you like living where you do? Falkirk is a fabulous place to live, it is very child friendly and all of our children love having so many walks, cycle trails and parks so close by. Look up Callendar Estate cycling routes, they are absolutely brilliant. Favourite shop Sisters Boutique in Lint Riggs, I always find exactly what I’m looking for and the staff are very helpful. Favourite park Callendar Park is our favourite park now the children are older, but we used to love Dollar Park when they were younger and we also love going to Plean Park for picnics in the summer with friends.

Favourite child friendly restaurant It’s got to be the Park Bistro in Linlithgow, we all love it. Favourite night out without the kids Johnston’s Bar Bistro have delicious food, comfortable seating and great service. We always have great intentions to try new places but we always end up there. Proudest eco-friendly moment Hania Smith from Falkirk Council organises litter picking days and we all love helping out, its great fun, and I really want the children to understand how important looking after the countryside is. Best planet saving tip Buy local food, we buy local food for the house and The Milk Barn. Hogan’s Fine Food Company at 8 Vicar Street Falkirk has some absolutely delicious local produce. Parenting pet hates Gadgets, Ipads, Ipods, PS3’s! Anything that prevents them from being outdoors! Most loved children’s book The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore, illustrated by Dudley Moseley. We read it every night in the run up to Christmas. Best children DVD or tele programme The Boys love Harry Potter, and the girls love Topsy and Tim.

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Experienced & professional childcare Caring family ethos Fresh healthy meals provided daily Situated in the heart of Bridge of Allan Catering for children aged 12 weeks to 5 years • Competitive rates for fulltime and part time sessions booked To arrange a visit please contact Angela Moore

t: 01786 474712 web: Bright Starts Nursery, 147 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan FK9 4RJ


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Most played with toys Jack - Rugby Ball, William - Lego, Maddie - Dolls House, Emma - Anything Spiderman! Biggest waste of money Bottled drinking water, we have excellent tap water in Scotland Most successful recipe/food My lovely friend Hazel gave me this recipe for Sticky Toffee pudding, it is amazing! 1. Chop packet dates, cover with boiling water and 1 tsp baking soda. Leave for ½ hr. 2. Add 8oz SR flour, 8oz marg, 6oz granulated sugar, 2 eggs, and dates into food processer or mix in bowl. 3. Place in dish and bake 150C for 30-40 mins. 4. Melt 6oz butter,6oz cream and 6oz brown sugar in pan, bubble for 2-3 mins. Then pour over Sticky Toffee Pudding! 5. Serve with The Milk Barn’s Madagascan Vanilla or Belgium Chocolate Extravaganza.

Suzannah’s local recommendations Callendar Estates Cycling Routes Sisters Boutique 11-13 Lint Riggs, Falkirk Arty classes at Delta Studios Lochlands Industrial Estate, Larbert Hogan’s Fine Food Company 8 Vicar Street, Falkirk Park Bistro in Linlithgow Johnston’s Bar Bistro 14 Lint Riggs, Falkirk Stirling Castle Briarlands Farm

Exciting Autism Training Course for Parents and Professionals Stirling 28th and 29th May 2014 Speur-Ghlan Early Intervention Service is Proud to Present Pivotal Response Therapy Training for Parents and Professionals, in Conjunction with the University of California Santa Barbara and Autism Experts Drs Lynn and Robert Koegel A parent-friendly, practical and effective approach to supporting children with autism learn to communicate, interact and play. For further details please see our website: Or email us on:


Moving on …. Muddling through a house move

he average family moves 8 times in their lifetime and anyone who has moved knows how stressful it can be. Families magazine editors have put their heads together to give you some advice on what you can do to make sure your house move goes without a hitch.

Prepare the children First, prepare the children. If they are very young don’t assume they understand what a house move is all about. As one mum recalls “We moved house when my son and daughter were 6 and 9 years old. Although we did talk with them about moving, it wasn’t until they asked whether they could take their belongings with them that we realised we hadn’t made it clear that we were only selling the building; they thought we were selling the house plus its contents.” A good way of preparing young children is to read stories about moving, for example Topsy and Tim Move House. If you do that when your own house is on the market, it gives your child time to become familiar with the idea before the time comes to move out. If you are moving within your local area and no school move is involved, it is easier than when you are moving to a totally new area. Older school age children are likely to be upset – and often angry - at the prospect of losing friends. Listen to their fears and be endlessly patient and positive about the move (however you are feeling yourself), and explain how they can keep in touch with old friends while making new ones. Children are very adaptable and the chances are they will settle in the new area and have firm friendships a lot sooner than you will, but they need to vent and they need your reassurance. A practical plan Once your house is sold you can breathe a sigh of relief that you no longer have to run around stuffing toys back in cupboards to make the house presentable for viewers, but then sit down with a cup of coffee and make a plan. The key to a smooth move is in the planning 1. Declutter Don’t move your junk from one house to another. Take the time between selling and moving to do a thorough clearout.

2. Quotes for removal companies, get several. They can vary hugely in price. Decide whether you are going to do your own packing or want the removal company to do it. It doesn’t cost a lot more to let the removal company do the packing and with their speed and efficiency it is often money well spent. If you are pregnant when moving, have to move in a hurry with jobs or for a house sale, or have loads of belongings, it is definitely recommended. 3. Change of address list Do this in advance and have your letters or e-mail sorted ready to go out before you move. It is not just day to day contacts you need to inform – you will also need to change address on TV licence, driving licence and vehicle reg. And, you need to contact pension providers from previous jobs, ISA savings providers and so on. You can find a good list of people you need to contact on property/moving_notifychecklist.shtml Don’t forget to set up a redirection with Royal mail. Inevitably you will forget one crucial contact to notify so redirection of mail is essential. 4. Insurance You need to make sure you have insurance on your new home from the day you move into it.

5. Pets They too can get stressed with moving house. Make a plan in advance to ease their transition. Helpful websites include and On the Day Utilities: Don’t forget to take utility readings before leaving the house Mobile phone: Make sure your mobile is fully charged in case there are any last minute snags to sort out like getting keys from the estate agent. Essentials kit: One mum says: “The best advice we were given was to pack a separate box with the kettle, tea/coffee, milk, mugs etc in it so at least when we were in the midst of chaos we didn’t have to hunt to find the kettle.” Bedrooms: linen, blankies and cuddly toys: “The first thing we did when we got in our new house was to make the beds so later on when exhausted and tired we didn’t have to do it before falling into bed,” advises another Mum. You can also make sure any special sleep ‘blankies’ or cuddly toys are on your child’s bed waiting for them, and that a few familiar toys are unpacked from their own special box to make them feel at home.

By Wendy Flynn

NEW BUMPS & BABIES GROUP Mondays 9.30am - 11.00am Mayfield Centre, Stirling

Group for pregnant mums, and families with babies and toddlers. For details see NCT Central Scotland website/Facebook page

or phone: 08442 436079 option 1 13

out & about

aturday 1st September

Whilst every care has been taken to compile the Out and About section please remember that this magazine is printed weeks in advance of the event. Please call and check events with the venue to avoid any disappointment before setting out.

Friday 2nd and Friday 9th May

Ranger Service Badger Watch at Muiravonside Country Park Badger Watches will start just before dusk each evening. Booking is essential. This is a free event, however donations are welcome. Phone the Steeple Box Office on 01324 506850. Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May Stirling Cycle Hub Birthday Party! Drop into The Hub to help us celebrate with mega super fun stuff including cake, presentations, competitions, and a Blossom Ride to Blairlogie on Saturday at 2pm (please register in advance). For more info and to register contact the Stirling Cycle Hub team on 01786 474160 or email on cyclehub@forthenvironmentlink. org Friday 2nd to Monday 5th May (ex Sunday) Rio 2 (U) Bo’ness Hippodrome, various times. Saturday 3rd May Activity Session at Larbert library A fun, free and friendly treasure hunt and story time for 4 - 7 year olds. 10.30am FREE tickets available 2 weeks prior to event. 01324 503590. Howie’s Kids Club at the Howgate Shopping Centre FREE activities for children. 11-3 at The Hub next to M and S. This month join Little Paw Bear and make your very own bear to take home with you. Open Day at Beaconhurst School, Bridge of Allan There will be guided tours of the school and live performances from the independent school’s Expressive Arts Department. Headmaster John Owen will be on hand to answer questions while senior pupils will be happy to show families around. For more information, call the school on 01786 832146 or view the website Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May Day Out With Thomas at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Steam Railway Engines with friendly faces, children’s entertainment, competitions, face painting, fairground attractions. www. The Lego Movie (U) Macrobert 11am


Sunday 4th May Little Seedlings Club at Dobbies FREE 01786 458860 Saturday 10th May Rio 2 (U) Bo’ness Hippodrome 11am. Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Grangemouth Nature Fest: Pondemonium! 2-4pm. Join the ranger by the pond and see what you can catch! This is a drop in event. Call 01324 486475 or email Real Roman Walking Tour Join your very own ‘Real Roman’ as he takes you on a historical tour from The Falkirk Wheel to Roughcastle Roman Fort. Prepare to be impressed by his knowledge of the Roman Empire and their ventures into Caledonia and find out what the Romans actually did for us! Saturday 10th to Sunday 25th May Tryst Festival 2014 Celebrate the best of the arts from throughout the Falkirk District in this annual festival with lots of family friendly events including magic, music, dance, musical theatre, and workshops for children. Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May RSPB Scottish Bird Fair at Hopetoun House The Lego Movie (U) Macrobert 11am Sunday 11th May Rio 2 (U) (Autism friendly screening) Bo’ness Hippodrome 2.30pm. Not Now Bernard at the Macrobert Bernard’s got a problem. He’s found a monster in the back garden and his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster and that doesn’t go quite to plan. Loved by children, adults and monsters for over thirty years, David McKee’s iconic picture-book will be vividly brought to life on the macrobert stage. Suitable for ages 2+ 12noon and 2pm. For tickets and information phone 01786 466666. Scribbler’s Picnic Music Festival and Fun Day at Stirling Rugby Club 12-8pm. Family friendly event with 8 stages of music, stalls, tombola, raffle, 5-a-side football, dancing, food vendors, bar, kids shows,

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crafts, face painting, and inflatables. Ticket proceeds to cancer related charities. www.scribblerspicnic. The Jack and Jill Market – Falkirk 10.30am - 1pm. 40 stalls of quality, nearly-new baby & kids clothes, cots, toys, buggies, bikes, and all the rest (0-9 yrs) Grangemouth Sports Complex, To book a stall visit Wednesday 14th May Crafty Kids at Meadowbank Library 2-4pm.Come along to our sociable craft group for mums and pre-school children. Suitable for ages 3-4. Phone 01324 503870 Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May Project Theatre present Disney’s Aladdin Jr at Falkirk Town Hall Project Theatre prepare to take you on a magic carpet ride through their production of Disney’s modern classic, ‘Aladdin’. An exciting family event not to be missed! Tickets and information 01324 508650 Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May National Festival of Museums at Callendar House and Kinneil Museum. There will be an extensive programme of activities including displays, practical and fun activities as well as plenty of ideas to help visitors enjoy the heritage both inside and outside Callendar Park and along the John Muir Way. A great family day out for all ages. Saturday 17th May Big Woodland Event Organised by Wood for All this is a FREE family fun day at Mine Wood in Bridge of Allan 11-4pm. Storytelling, dancing, live music, woodland art, shelter building and bug hunts. For more information phone 01786 451888. Saturday 17th Sunday 18th May Khumba (U) Bo’ness Hippodrome 11am. Muppets Most Wanted (U) Macrobert 11am Sunday 18th May Khumba (U) Autism Friendly screening Bo’ness Hippodrome 2.30pm. Friday 23rd May Meet a Newt Night at Plean Country Park 7.30-9.30pm FREE

family fun. Booking essential, call 08452 777000 or email Saturday 24th May The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer at the Macrobert, Stirling The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is a highly imaginative fusion of animation, puppetry, projections and music, telling the tale of a quiet hero, Alvin, and the search for his lost love in the seemingly endless depths of the ocean. Suitable for ages 9+ 11am. For tickets and information phone 01786 466666. The White Balloon (U) Bo’ness Hippodrome Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Grangemouth 2-4pm. There is lots to do at Jupiter, from pond dipping, mini beast hunting, tree trailing, bird watching. Join the Ranger for a fun afternoon of trying your hand at all these activities, and more! Booking is essential. Call 01324 486475 or email Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May Doune and Dunblane Fling by the river 12-4pm. Performances, demonstrations, birds of prey, live music and children’s’ games. Not forgetting the pipe band, a high street parade and duck race. Fun and entertainment for all the family. The Road to Bannockburn at Stirling Castle In the 700th anniversary year of the Battle of Bannockburn learn the true story behind the turbulent events that led to this decisive clash and ultimate defeat of Edward II’s army.12 noon - 4pm Event is included in the admission price. Muppets Most Wanted (U) Macrobert 11am Sunday 25th May Bo’ness Victorian Street Fair Take a step back in time and sample the nostalgia of Victorian Times in the heart of Bo’ness. Fun for all the family with entertainment, live music, craft and charity stalls, inflatables, fun, and stage performances. 12-4pm. Pond Dipping at Hopetoun House Gardens Booking essential. For tickets phone 0131 319 3956 or Family Farm Fun Cycle 10:30am at Forth Valley College Car Park, Stirling. Join us on a fun led ride for all the family along quiet roads for a picnic and entertainment at Briarlands Farm. Bring your own bikes and a picnic. To register

contact the Stirling Cycle Hub team on 01786 474160 or email at cyclehub@forthenvironmentlink. org Sunday 25th and Thursday 29th May A Story of Children and Film (PG) Bo’ness Hippodrome. Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June Hugo and Josephine (U) Bo’ness Hippodrome Sunday 1st to Monday 30th June The Ochils Festival a varied programme of FREE events, designed to celebrate the landscape, heritage and people of the Ochils and Hillfoots area of Clackmannanshire and Stirling. There is something for everyone locals and visitors alike: walks; talks; workshops; craft, discovery and genealogy sessions; tours of historic kirkyards; and a huge range of fun family activities. Sunday 1st June Little Seedlings Club at Dobbies FREE 01786 458860. Introduction to Geo-caching in the Ochils 10.30-12noon FREE Geo-caching is an outdoor treasure hunting game, excellent fun for all the family. Find out more and get started. Booking essential. www. Musical Mayhem Part of the Ochils festival Join us for a creative afternoon of woodland crafts followed by a wee informal outdoor family ceilidh! 1-5pm FREE Booking essential. Phone 01259 452675 or 01259 452528 or email Thursday 5th June Bee and Bug Box Blitz Part of the Ochils Festival. Build your own bug or bee box for your garden. Booking recommended. Phone 01259 45267 or email info@

A Storytelling Session at Ochil Community Garden in Menstrie A lively interactive story telling session with Joanne Ross. FREE 2-4 Booking essential. Phone 01259 452675 or email uk Activity Session at Larbert Library A fun, free and friendly treasure hunt and storytime for 4 - 7 year olds. FREE 10.30am. 01324 503590 River Dipping in Dollar Part of the Ochils Festival come along and discover all about the Kelly Burn in Dollar. 1pm. FREE For details phone 01259 452675 Sunday 8th June Getting Busy with Bees at Muckhart Nature Park FREE Part of Ochils Festival join the Bumblebee Conservation trust exploring the park for bees. For details phone 01259 452675 Friday 13th June The Macrobert and Frozen Charlotte present Too Many Penguins at the Falkirk Town Hall 10:30am and 1:30pm How many penguins are too many penguins? How many penguins can we get into one space? Squeeze into this fun, theatrical experience, created especially for 1 – 4 year olds, to find out. It might get crowded! For ticket and information phone 01324 508650

Howie’s Kids Club at the Howgate Shopping Centre FREE activities for children. 11-3 at The Hub next to M and S. This month join Five Sisters Zoo as they bring some of their animals for a lively and interactive workshop where you can discover, observe and experience the living world in a fun and educational way. www.

Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th June Beaconhurst School Present Sweeney Todd at the Macrobert For more information visit Friday 27th June Bo’ness Fair Day Pipefest Watch the spectacle as over a thousand pipers, drummers and clan members’ march through the streets of Stirling.

phone 01259 452675 or 01259 452528 Armed Forces Day in Stirling Join in this fantastic national event honouring the UK Armed Forces past and present, with entertainment and side shows a great day out for all the family. Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June Bannockburn Live 10am - 7pm. An enthralling two day event which includes gripping battle performances of the famous Battle of Bannockburn as well as a celebration of Scottish culture, storytelling, live music and food.

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Saturday 28th June Pond Dipping in Muckhart Nature Park 2-4pm FREE. Have a closer look at the pond life. For details

Saturday 14th June Kippen Street Fayre Family fun and entertainment with face painting, bouncy castle, live music and local stalls. Sunday 15th June Tillicoultry Gala Day Family fun and entertainment. Father’s Day at the Bo’ness and Steam Railway A Father’s day treat for all the family steam trains and classic cars. Saturday 21st June

Saturday 7th June

Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Grangemouth 2-4pm. Food for free! Join the Ranger for a walk through the woods and meadows as we search out some of the tasty edible treats that nature provides. Booking is essential. Call 01324 486475 or email jupiterranger@

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Ochils Festival Family Fun Day at Dumyat Centre, Menstrie 11-3pm. A fun-filled family day that celebrates the landscape and heritage of the Ochils and Hillfoots. Loads of FREE activities including wild life workshops, puppet shows, interactive history, animal handling and lots more. www.

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Families Central Scotland May - June 2014 Issue 22  

In this Issue • Clubs and classes • Moving house • Out and about

Families Central Scotland May - June 2014 Issue 22  

In this Issue • Clubs and classes • Moving house • Out and about