Page 1


TM

Welcome to... The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

Bringing you our winning combination of parenting tips, style know-how and ideas for family days out, this edition of Family Go Live promises to keep you looking good, feeling great and bursting with inspiration for how to keep your family entertained through Autumn. If you’ve recently given birth and are wondering whether you will ever get back into your skinny jeans, our top tips on helping your body to bounce back after having a baby will help get you back in shape, while our article about child development will enable you to understand the changes your child goes through in the early years. If your children are a little older, then you’ll enjoy our education section, which discusses the suggested changes to the GCSE, and what they might mean for your child. We also cover whether children who behave badly in school might be doing so as a cry for help and how you can help your child with literacy. In Health and Beauty we’ve got suggestions on how you can help your child keep their pearly whites in great condition and tips on the latest hair and beauty trends from Liverpool hairdressing maestros Saints and Voodou.

Contents: Contents Bumps & Babies

4

Education

8

Clubs & Classes

16

Out & About

24

Local Services

37

Health & Beauty

40

Parties & Playtime

45

If you’re feeling the strain of juggling expensive childcare with work, our article about getting an Au Pair will help you decide whether live-in help might be a feasible solution. We also bring a touch of celebrity sparkle to this issue in our interview with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who talks to us about how she makes music and gets messy with her kids, her favourite celebrity chefs and what she would have as her final meal if there really was murder on the dancefloor. Finally, keep your eye out for our usual top class competitions and discounts exclusively for Family Go Live readers, and remember to follow us on Twitter and ‘like’ us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with all the news from Family Go Live.

www.familygolive.com

EDITORIAL: Sarah Carlin ADVERTISING SALES: Julie Vincent / Clare Vaughan / Anne-Louise Bouffard-Roupe DIRECTOR: Denise Harris ADDRESS: SK Events, The Old Bank 382 Aigburth Road Liverpool L19 3QD TELEPHONE: 0151 432 5651 EMAIL: info@familygolive.com

Disclaimer: The information contained within Family Go Live we believe to be correct at the time of printing, no responsibility can be accepted for errors or omissions.


Directory

Bless Her Tel: 0151 288 0889 Holyrood Nursery

Tel: 0151 227 4345 .co.uk www.holyrood-nursery-princesdock The Parent Hub Tel: 07411 014848 ent classes Baby Sensory – Baby developm Tel: 0151 639 9253 www.babysensory.com Happy From Home Tel: 0151 220 9490 www.happyfromhome.co.uk Little Explorers Nursery Tel: 0151 708 7868 www.parents.info/liverpool Eastfield Day Nursery

Tel: 0151 7274223 Honey Pot Nursery Tel: 0151 494 2373 www.honeypotnursery.co.uk Water Babies Tel: 01925 243 643 www.waterbabies.co.uk Mural by Ryall Design

Tel: 07557 098534 www.ryalldesign.co.uk Group Bambis Breast Feeding Support

Tel: 0151 702 4411 bambis@lwh.nhs.uk ork CoCommunity and Childminder Netw ordinator Tel: 0151 233 4001 www.anfieldchildrenscentre.org.uk PSS Post Natal Support Group Tel: 0151 222 9262 www.pss.org.uk

NCT Tel: 0844 243 6191 www.nct.org.uk/branches/liverpool Mothers Association of Breast Feeding 08444 122 949 www.abm.me.uk/contact

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

BUMPS & BABIES

BUMPS & BABIES

Bump s & Babies

She likes moshing and washing, could read Nigel Slater’s recipes as bedtime stories and is partial to fish & chips.

Family Go Live Magazine meets Sophie

Ellis Bextor... FGL: Sophie, you’re supporting the Wash and Mosh campaign. Do you get to do much moshing and washing done with your own kids? SEB: “Of course! We love going out and playing in the back garden, kids love any excuse just to run around and generally make a lot of noise. We sing, we make up little rhymes, have water pistol fights, make music together, that sort of thing.” FGL: What is the best bit of being a mum for you? SEB: “I just love the general chaos of being a mum, listening to all the weird and wonderful things children conjure up in their little imaginations, and all the daft tangents you end up on. It just seems to get better as they get older.” FGL: How do you juggle being a mum with the demands of a pop career? SEB: “Luckily because I don’t work in an office, I can bring the kids with me when I work. I took them with me to Bestival this year, which is where I launched the Mosh and Wash campaign, so that was their first festival, but they’re well used to coming with me to gigs and concerts.

FGL: So, Sophie, last question.... if there really was murder on the dancefloor, what item would you grab from the buffet before your impending demise? SEB: “It would have to be fish, chips and gherkins with ketchup AND mayo.” Sophie Ellis-Bextor has partnered with Persil to encourage families to get messy with music this summer and launched the first ever Persil ‘Mosh & Wash’ stage at Camp Bestival in Dorset.

Visit: www.facebook.com/persiluk for the chance to win a family festival in your home town!

Obviously I don’t take the kids with me all the time, but I think going away and doing my own thing for a bit means that I come back refreshed and can be a better mum.” FGL: What sort of food do you make for your children? SEB: “I’m lucky; all of my kids are all quite good with food. Their favourites are Italian food, vegetables, salad – all healthy stuff. Even my three year old is pretty adventurous. He likes bruschetta rubbed with raw garlic!” FGL: Have you got a favourite celebrity chef? SEB: “I will always have a soft spot for Jamie Oliver. The way he has helped people to realise that cooking isn’t rocket science and anyone can do it is brilliant. My absolute favourite is Nigel Slater. I just think the way he writes is brilliant. His recipes are like bedtime stories for me.”

www.familygolive.com

5


the ultimate

breastfeeding package!

Medela and Bravado have teamed up to offer one lucky reader the ultimate breastfeeding package! Breastfeeding is such a special experience for mum and baby, but it can also be a challenging one. Medela’s Breast Care Set comes with everything a new mum needs; PureLan cream and cooling hydrogel pads to sooth sore nipples, as well as plenty of disposable breast pads. They’re also offering one of their innovative Calma feeding devices, designed especially to help you feed your baby expressed breast milk. The lucky winner will also receive one of Bravado’s best-selling Body Silk Seamless nursing bras and Essential Nursing Tank in their brand new colour for the season - Dark Plum! Bravado have been supporting breastfeeding mums for over 20 years, so you can be sure their bras and tanks are super comfortable and ideal for nursing in. Mums will feel truly prepared for breastfeeding with this fab kit worth £100!

Should he be teething yet? Why isn’t she sitting up? Why is my sister’s baby talking when mine isn’t? New mums are bound to have questions about their baby’s development. Here’s our guide to the key milestones as your little one grows up.

Three months

At three months your baby will begin to grasp any objects you put in his or her hands. They begin to laugh and smile at appropriate junctures. They also show the first signs of understanding cause and effect, e.g. they know if they touch a mobile it may move.

Six months

Your baby can now sit up with support and is beginning to show more of an interest in the objects that surround him or her. Your child may begin to show the first signs of shyness around strangers. By now scooping things up with one hand, and transferring objects from one hand to the other shouldn’t be a problem, and it is likely that most objects you give them will end up in their mouth.

BUMPS & BABIES

BUMPS & BABIES

WIN

Milestones in your child’s life

Nine months

Sitting unsupported is now coming naturally and your baby is able to crawl and hold their own bottle. Babies start to show a very strong attachment to their parents and may start to cry if they leave the room. Visual games such as peek-a-boo will delight them.

A year

Your little one can now stand with the aid of furniture, or can stand alone for a few seconds at a time. Holding a spoon, pointing at objects and co-operating with dressing are all usual accomplishments during this time.

18 months

Your child should now be up and about, and be able to crawl up and down the stairs, climb on objects and kick a ball. In terms of speech, they should now have five or so words which they can use to express their basic needs and they should also be able to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ with a nod or a shake of the head. Many toddlers can now feed themselves, or at least have a decent go at holding a spoon and getting some of the food in their mouths!

To be in with a chance of winning just tell us: What is Bravado’s new colour for this season? To enter the competition please visit our website www.familygolive.com and give us your answer. Closing date 26th of October

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

www.familygolive.com

7


BUMPS & BABIES

BUMPS & BABIES

Bouncing back: Getting your figure back after a baby While Posh, Angelina et al might be famous for their elastane - like ability to snap back to their usual weight after having a baby, for us mere mortals things aren’t so easy. With no money for a personal chef and no nanny on hand to look after the little one while you head down to the gym, getting your figure back quickly after a baby can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Our top tips will help you get back to your fighting weight in record time.

Don’t do the damage in the first place

The idea that pregnant women must eat for two is a myth; you actually only require an additional 200-400 calories a day. You will feel much better psychologically if you minimise the amount of weight you need to lose after having a baby, so step away from those double dinners!

Feel the squeeze Doing pelvic floor or kegel exercises before and after the birth will help strengthen the muscles in this area. To find the correct muscles, try to stop urinating mid-flow. The muscles you used to do this are the ones you need. Next, sit comfortably and squeeze the muscles 10-15 times in a row.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks are caused when collagen, a substance located under the skin’s surface, tears due to rapid weight loss or weight gain. If you’re worried about your stomach, thighs and breasts looking like crazy paving post birth, fear not. Drinking plenty of water and a balanced diet full of vitamin E and C will help, as will regular daily massage of the affected areas with a good quality moisturiser or bio-oil.

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

Get pushy

The idea that the only exercise worth doing is the sort that requires you to wear head to toe lycra and a sports bra is wrong. New mums who want to lose weight should just go for a brisk walk with their baby in their pram. This form of exercise has the added bonus of being able to enjoy ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and ‘isn’t he cutes’ from the general public along the way. Go on the website www.walkit.com to plan a route for you and your baby and see how many calories you can burn.

Go easy on yourself

You’re (probably) not a celebrity, so it is unlikely that Heat magazine will be waiting outside your front garden poised to take photos of your double chin and give it the circle of shame treatment if you’re still looking more like Mama Cass than Kate Moss a few months after the birth. It took you about 40 weeks to gain your pregnancy weight so it will probably take you a similar amount of time to lose it. Everyone is looking at your lovely new baby, not your wobbly stomach, so if you’re not losing weight at the rate you were hoping for, well, that’s why Spanx were invented.

JOIN THE DEBATE familygolive.com www.familygolive.com

9


BUMPS & BABIES

BUMPS & BABIES

t n e m p lo e v e D y Ba b

There are plenty of products and toys available to help your baby develop. Here are some of the ones that have caught our eye recently....

Biting ...

ing Teetha Teeth Nelsons new dicinal eopathic me Gel is a hom d within the product use the tradition for homeopathic ing relief of teeth symptomatic symptoms pain and the ith teething. associated w Price: £4.95

Bouncing ...

About Door The Lindam Jump for parents fun at Bouncer is gre Watch your e! alik s bie ba d an ir leg muscles as baby develop the d in the wellthey bounce aroun le saddle for ab sh wa ed support g activity. nin hours of entertai 9 4.9 £1 : ice Pr

Building ... king Miffy Wooden Stac ur child’s blocks will help yo motor skills Price: £40.00

is, visit th e k li e r o For m e.com! v i l o g y l i fam

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

www.familygolive.com

11


EDUCATION

EDUCATION

Education Directory

Notre Dame College Tel: 0151 263 3104 www.notredameliverpool.com Parklands School Tel: 0151 486 2612 www.parklands.liverpool.sch.uk Fazakerly High School Tel: 0151 524 4530 www.fazakerleyhigh.org Childwall School Tel: 0151 722 1561 www.childwallsc.co.uk Active TT Tel: 0151 733 4353 www.activett.co.uk Bellerive School Tel: 0151 727 2064 www.bellerivefcj.org Holly Lodge School Tel: 0151 228 3772 www.hollylodge.liverpool.sch.uk St Margaret’s CoE High School Tel: 0151 427 1825 www.stmargaretshigh.com St Julies School Tel: 0151 428 6421 www.stjulies.org.uk Enterprise South Liverpool Academy Tel: 0151 294 3150 www.enterprisesouthliverpoolacademy.co.uk St Hilda’s CE High School Tel: 0151 733 2709 www.st-hildas.com St John Bosco Tel: 0151 546 6360 www.stjohnboscoartscollege.com Learn Direct Centres Tel: 0151 703 2800 www.learndirect.co.uk Liverpool Council for Education

Tel: 0151 233 3901 www.liverpool.gov.uk Merseyside Society for Deaf People Tel: 0151 228 0888 www.msdp.org.uk Kip McGrath Education Centre Tel: 0151 334 9636 www.kipmcgrath.com

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

www.familygolive.com

13


EDUCATION

Bad behaviour: Whose fault is it anyway?

It’s easy to dismiss bad behaviour from children as a result of poor parenting, weak teachers or even just unabashed mischief on the part of children. If you know that there is a difficult, disruptive child in your son or daughter’s class, you can be forgiven for thinking that the sooner they’re removed from the equation the better. However, children’s charity Barnado’s suggests that we as a society need to think more deeply about what it is that makes children misbehave. Their chief executive Anne Marie Carrie commented: “A school teacher’s job is not an easy one, but they must look behind the behaviour to see the child. Unruly pupils may be acting out, not just acting up.

“The most ‘out of control children’ may be the most vulnerable children facing horrendous problems at home. Pupils may also have

undiagnosed special needs, and the earlier these are identified, the better chance they have to reach their full potential.” Recent figures released by the Office of National Statistics, which show that pupils with a statement of special needs are around nine times more likely to be excluded from school in England, seems to add credence to the charity’s position. So what’s the answer? If your child is naughty at school, a non confrontational chat with them may help you to weed out any underlying cause. If they’re well behaved but they’re distressed by the behaviour of another child in their class, sitting down with them and discussing why they think he or she might feel the need to behave that way may help them to rationalise it a little more.

www.familygolive.com

15


It’s as easy as ABC... or is it? Learning to read or write is probably the most important part of a child’s early education, yet if recent reports are to be believed, primary school aged children are struggling with this more than ever.

In a recent speech given by Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector at Ofsted, it was suggested that ‘only three in every five children reach a good level of development in their communication, language and literacy by the age of five’.

The problems persist as they get older. 100,000 children in England last year did not make the grade as they left primary school, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds fared even worse, with one in every three failing to achieve the benchmark Level 4. The inspector suggests that early intervention is key, and that if children can’t read confidently at seven they ‘will struggle to catch up as they progress through their school career.’ So how can you help your child to hone their literacy skills in their early years? There are various resources online that can help. The Government website Direct.gov.uk has a section on developing reading, writing and spelling for 5-11 year olds. Similarly the Literacy Trust has a range of resources online, including lists of books to get boys interested in reading. Mumsnet also has some excellent tips for how to get your child engaged in reading and writing.

JOIN THE DEBATE familygolive.com


WIN

What does it mean for my child?

A chest of literary treasures for you r

It seems that the writing is on the wall for the GCSE, with Education Secretary Michael Gove telling Parliament that he would like to abolish the examination by 2015. Criticism of the planned changes has come from both within and without the coalition Government, with many commentators suggesting that Gove’s reforms will mean a return to the bad old days of selection. So what might this mean for your child, and why does the GCSE need to be changed anyway?

The background to the GCSE

Prior to 1986 the more academic O-level was only taken in grammar schools, while the less academic alternative, the CSE was taken in secondary moderns. Even when the two-tier education system engendered by the 11-plus was abolished in favour of comprehensives

children.....

in most areas, at secondary level the siphoning off of young people to sit these two very different examinations persisted. Many critics argued that the good that was done by abandoning the 11-plus was completely undermined by this system. Criticism grew stronger until in 1986 the then Education Secretary Keith Joseph brought in the GCSE, a qualification he said would be “more intelligible to users” and better placed to “stretch the able more and stretch the average more.”

So what went wrong?

Every examination season as results keep on getting better, there are murmurings that the GCSE is too easy, and no match for the academic rigour of the O-Level. Critics also suggest that grade inflation has been caused by the various examination boards actively dumbing down their papers in order to compete for business from schools who have a vested interest in their pupils getting higher marks. Many people argued that the significant coursework element in many GCSE subjects, and the fact that pupils can re-sit modules, means that it fails to challenge pupils or provide a true picture of their abilities.

The children of two lucky Family Go Live readers will get a back-to-school boost through The Reading Chest. This is the UK’s first through-the-post book rental service for children. From just £9.95 a month parents can access an extensive range of popular reading scheme titles, all delivered direct to your door, complete with a pre-paid return envelope. Once your child is finished with the book, simply send back to The Reading Chest and wait for your next order.

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

Changes to secondary education:

The Reading Chest will be offering a £5 discount off the first month’s membership to all Family Go Live readers who sign up to the scheme. Simply quote FAMILYGOLIVE to receive your discount. In addition, they’re offering two memberships. To be one of the lucky pairs of families to win a bronze membership (worth £120) to the Reading Chest, simply answer this question:

How do you send books back to The Reading Chest? www.readingchest.co.uk e.com To enter the competition please visit our website familygoliv and give us your answer. Closing date 26th of October

What sort of changes might be made?

Though the exact scope of the changes to examinations is yet to be decided, it seems likely that a two-tier qualification system will be reintroduced, with the least able 25 per cent of the student population taking a simpler exam. Coursework will be scrapped or significantly reduced in favour of having examinations at the end of the course. It is also likely that the examination boards will be abolished in favour of one board, which will serve all schools in order to prevent them shopping around for what they perceive to be the easiest examination provider.

So what does this mean for my child?

If Gove’s wish-list of changes is implemented, it may mean that your child will be taking a more rigorous course, or, if your child is less able, taking a completely different qualification from the majority of his or her peers. With changes yet to be finalised, perhaps the best thing for parents to do is sit tight and keep encouraging their children to work hard and be the best they can possibly be.

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

www.familygolive.com

21


Have a look below for some great classes available near you! Little School of Horrors

Carlisle Building, 67-69 Victoria Street, Liverpool Merseyside, L1 6DE Offers children the chance to learn from those who work in Film/ TV. The school teaches children how to create monster makeup, theatrical makeup and much, much more. Tel: 07964343601 Date: Every Tuesday and Thursday Time: 4:30pm – 6pm Age: 8-11 years Price: £15 per session

Trail Rides at Croxteth Riding Centre

Croxteth Country Park, Liverpool, L12 0HA A 45 minute ride around the tracks of Croxteth Country Park. A good introduction to riding for children – an excellent party treat. www.croxtethparkridingcentre.co.uk Tel: 0151 220 9177 Date: All year round Times: Contact for details Age: 5-12 years, including beginners Price: £12.00

Junior Coaching Programme at Marsh Sports

Holmefield Road, Aigburth, L17 6BD Marsh Sports is dedicated to providing quality sport and dance coaching after school. The facilities and staff at IM Marsh enable children to learn a new sport or develop their skills in a safe and fun environment. www.ljmu.ac.uk/ECL/marshsports Tel: 0151 231 5230 Date: Monday - Friday Time: Generally start at 5pm, but times may vary. Age: 5-12 Price: £3 per session

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

The Ninja Monkeys & Gorillas Climbing Club at Climbing Hangar Birchall Street, Liverpool, L20 8PD A ‘learning through fun’ approach to teaching climbing, guided by their Ninja leaders from levels one to three. The ninjas play games that develop your children’s skills but keep the feel of the session light and enjoyable. www.theclimbinghangar.com Tel: 0151 345 0587 Date: Saturday and Sunday, 75 minute sessions Time: Starts at 10am, 11.20 and 12.40 Ages: 4 – 14 Price: £9.50 per child

Kids Clubs at Active Adventures

37 Otterspool Drive, Aigburth, L17 5AL This September sees the re-launch of Kids Club. You will have the chance to get active joining in their many activities from climbing and abseiling which includes team based games, environmental awareness games and many more. Activities vary each week. www.activeadventuresuk.com Tel: 0151 494 3044 Date: Starts 11th September, every Tuesday and Thursday Time: 4:30pm - 7pm Age: 5 – 12 years Price: £7 per session

Swim a Song at Total Swimming

Springwood Heath Primary, Danefield Road, Allerton, L19 4TL This is a fun, innovative and effective programme for introducing parents with babies or young children to the exciting world of aquatics. Tel: 0844 892 0149 Date: Starts 11th September, Wednesdays and Thursdays Time: 4pm, half hour sessions Age: 0 upwards. Children must have received all vaccinations before joining Price: 12 sessions over 12 weeks at £72

Caterpillar Class at Caterpillar Music Allerton United Reformed Church Hall, Mather Avenue, Liverpool, L18 7HD A fun class that involves music making, exciting activities, amazing puppets and fantastic instruments that will encourage young ones to crawl, stand up and eventually start to take small baby steps. Tel: 0151 203 8280 Date: Tuesdays and Wednesdays Times: 10:20 – 11:00am Age: 0 to 4 years Price: Varies due to age

David Campbell Soccer: After School Programmes

Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD The course is applicable to all junior players from absolute beginners to future soccer stars. This programme runs in term time only. www.davidcampbellsoccer.com Tel: 0151 474 8811 Date: Fridays Time: 4pm- 5pm Age: 4 – 14 Price: 20 week course at £80 or 10 weeks at £40

Lifestyles

Austin Rawlinson, Parklands, Conleach Road, Speke L24 0TR Make a splash at Lifestyles this autumn and enjoy some family swim sessions. www.liverpool.gov.uk Tel: 0151 233 2102 Date: Saturdays, Sundays Time: 9am-3pm Age: All ages Price: £7 per family

Circus Play at Black-E

1 Great George Street, Liverpool, L1 5EW Let your children learn the skills and acrobatics of circus life. Barry Welsh a trained circus instructor at Black-E, will teach your children a range of acts from juggling and trapeze to ariel skills. www.theblack-e.co.uk Tel: 0151 709 5109 Date: Every Thursday Time: 4pm-6pm Age: 5-11 Price: Free

CLUBS & CLASSES

CLUBS & CLASSES

Clubs & Classes

Discover n Play LTD Drama Company

All Souls Church Hall, Allerton, Liverpool Merseyside L19 4TF If your children want to have fun on a weekly basis then this group is for you. They do drama games, improvisations, make up stories, performances, dress up sessions and lots more. Their sessions are based on fun and developing confidence as well as self-esteem. www.discovernplay.co.uk Tel: 07517380079/0151 281 9091 Date: Saturday Time: 10 am to 1pm Age: from 3+ Years Price: £5 per session

A J Dance Productions

Archbishop Beck Community Sports & Tennis Centre, Crescent Road, Walton, L9 2AR Join the team at AJ Dance and enjoy some creative street dancing in the fantastic Mini AJ Classes. Be taught by the fabulous dance teacher Adam who will inspire your children and get them moving in time to the music. www.ajdance.co.uk Tel: 0799 9344 762 Date: Saturday Time: 10am – 10:45am Age: 4 -7 Price: £4.00 per session

www.familygolive.com

23


CLUBS & CLASSES

CLUBS & CLASSES

Pa rent Review

Active Women by Sue Wensley

“I started attending the Active Women Sessions in Feb/March this year. I knew someone from my child’s school and they told me about the different sessions and how much they were enjoying them so I thought I’d give it a go myself.

“I haven’t had much time to fit in exercise and have probably lacked motivation so I thought these sessions were great because they fit in around the kids and some offer free child care. “Although my kids aren’t old enough yet some of the other women and their daughters attend the Active Women Sessions together. “I attend Zumba and Legs, Bums and Tums at Mabb Lane and Dovecot to try and lose weight. Doing a group session is great because it gives me the motivation to keep coming every week. I think as a woman you don’t tend to make much time for yourself but these sessions are my “me

Active Women that I really “The best thing about Active Women is people same the of lot a e peopl enjoy meeting new always get come to the classes each week and we same time. chatting and we get to do exercise at the She is very The session leader is absolutely great. sted and enthusiastic and helps me to stay intere n. motivated throughout the whole sessio ns it’s really “Since attending Active Women Sessio me to start ted motiva and boosted my self esteem relaxation playing netball and running. I’ve also learnt starting I’m . better sleep me s techniques which make er than I was to feel a lot fitter and I’m now a lot happi so much before, it’s made my attitude towards life I actually look better. I can’t believe I’m saying this but forward to my exercise classes!”

out where you If you want to find n Sessions are me Wo e tiv Ac nearest v.uk/lifestyles go visit www.liverpool. tive on the Ac t Ge n me and find Wo Activity Finder.

time”.

“Zumba is great because it really doesn’t feel like exercise, we are all dancing and laughing and not realising how much exercise we are getting.

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

www.familygolive.com

25


OUT & ABOUT

CLUBS & CLASSES

Clubs and classes:

Choosing the right one and keeping your child motivated It can’t be denied that attending extra curricular classes is good for children. It helps them develop new talents, make friends out of school and see how hard work pays off over time. That’s the theory anyway. In practice, dustcovered violins, moth-eaten judo kits and tears and tantrums before ballet are all too common.

So how do you choose the right club for your child, and more importantly get them to stick with it?

Consider your child’s personality

You know your child best. If your child is a Tigger-like ball of energy, never happier than when out playing with his friends, do you really think that in the long term he will be happy to dedicate many solitary hours to perfecting scales on the flute? And if your little girl is already showing anti-establishment tendencies, packing her off to Guides probably isn’t the right answer. Talking to your child, and ensuring that the clubs and classes you sign them up to are really right for them, will help them stick with it in the long term.

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

Think outside the box

If you’ve searched high and low for a class that would suit your child but can’t find anything that fits the bill, you may need to be a little creative. If your child is fast becoming a maestro in the kitchen, could you set up your very own (supervised) Come Dine with Me experience where they and their friends take it in turn to invite a little group to enjoy a meal they have cooked?

Bribery

It may be frowned upon when practiced by Government officials or underworld gangsters, but bribery isn’t always a bad thing. When it comes to children, it is simply an effective and often necessary - way of ensuring things get done and teaching them an important lesson about delayed gratification and that if you want a reward, you have to work for it first.

www.familygolive.com

27


Out & About Directory 3rd September – 28th October

Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings

Don’t miss Turner Monet Twombly at Tate Liverpool, your only chance to see this stunning exhibition in the UK. This brings together works by J.M.W. Turner, Claude Monet and Cy Twombly, three of the most prolific and well-known artists of all time. Tel: 0151 702 7400 www.tate.org.uk/whats-on

3rd – 30th September

21st September

23rd September

Big Art: for little artists

Paul Potts & Orchestra in Concert

Family Day

Children can explore art through a wide variety of activities inspired by the Walker’s world-class art collections. This is a vibrant and exciting multi-sensory experience. Monday-Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00. Walker Art Gallery. Tel: 0151 478 4199 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk 3rd – 17th September Breathe’ is an arts project that engages with individuals in Liverpool who experience asthma and is working collaboratively with Liverpool PCT and Asthma UK will connect them into a city wide support network. The Florrie, Toxteth. Tel: 0151 728 2323

Southport Air Show

Tickle the Ivories – Liverpool ONE Piano Festival

There will be music on the streets when Liverpool ONE transforms into a live music venue with five pianos taking centre stage for a piano busking festival. Organised in partnership with Open Culture, Tickle the Ivories will return for a second year. See website for line-ups and locations. Liverpool ONE Tel: 0151 478 4550 www.tickletheivories.org

New Ferry Butterfly Park Comma Project

Is a beautiful 5 acre nature reserve where children can learn how to identify butterflies as well as other insects and have the chance to go pond dipping for newts. It is free entry and open Sundays 12-4pm. Bebington Road, New Ferry, Wirral. Email: thecommaproject@gmail.com

Lydiate Scouts Car Boot Sale

15th – 23rd September

22nd September

Mr Punch’s Puppets Trail

Geo-Caching Taster Event

Geo-caching is the best way to get your kids and teens out and about, they don’t even notice they are exercising once they take control of the GPS a hand held Global Positioning System. So why not get fresh air in your lungs and search for hidden caches. 11am until 2pm. National Trust, Victoria Road, Formby. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/formby 22nd – 23rd September

The Liverpool Tapestry: People, Places, and Passions

3rd – 13th September

22nd September A friendly Car Boot Sale organised and run by the 1st Lydiate Scout Group with all proceeds going towards the promotion of scouting in Lydiate and beyond. The sale is located outdoors on the field, but does have indoor heated facilities including a cafe selling hot and cold snacks and drinks. Lydiate Parish Hall, 288 Southport Road, Lydiate. www.lydiatescouts.org.uk

3rd – 16th September

Capturing the spirit of the city, the colourful Liverpool Tapestry is the result of a community project started in 2008. Conceived and funded by Home Bargains in conjunction with Merseyside Embroiderers’ Guild, 338 hand-stitched panels feature Liverpool landmarks and icons of the city. Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head Tel: 0151 478 4545 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

The Liebherr Men’s World Cup Table Tennis

Experience the rush of fast jets, the grace of vintage aircraft and jaw dropping aerobatics whilst keeping the whole family entertained with plenty of activity in the Air Show Village on the Southport seafront. Southport Seafront, Southport. 9:00- 17:30. Tel: 01704 533333 www.visitsouthport.com

To celebrate the 350th birthday of Mr Punch, see if you can find all the puppets located in the rooms, including Punch & Judy. Croxteth Hall, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 233 6930 www.croxteth.co.uk

Animal Magic at Martin Mere 18th – 22nd September

Horrible Histories: Two Live Shows

So it’s time to prepare you for Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows – terrible Tudors and vile Victorians – are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Tickets start at £10.50. Floral Pavilion Theatre, Wirral. Tel: 0151 666 0000 www.floralpavilion.com

A wonderful, fun packed day full of smiles and laughter all the way. This is a ‘new’ family day packed with lots of activities and goodies galore. Face painting, plenty of games, vintage bus rides and lots, lots more. North West Museum of Road Transport, The Old Bus Depot, Hall Street, St.Helens Tel: 01744 451681 www.mariemable.webspace.virginmedia.com 28th – 30th September

Breathe’

8th - 9th September

3rd – 16th September

With special guest star Natasha Marsh. Paul Potts, winner of Britain’s Got Talent won over the nation’s hearts with his great talent and humble demeanour. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Tel: 0151 709 3789 www.liverpoolphil.com

The World Cup is coming to Liverpool. This will be your chance to see Olympians competing in the North of England and as the first major tournament after the Olympics. This could see the competitive debut of the new Olympic Champion. Tickets start at £35. Echo Arena, Liverpool Waterfront. Tel: 0844 8000 400 www.echoarena.com

28th – 30th September

British Musical Fireworks Championships

Lighting up the skies, over three nights, seven competitors all battle it out with their firework displays set to music to amaze the audience and the judges and be crowned the champion of the competition. Kings Garden, Southport. Tel: 01704 533333 30th September

Retro Sundays at Leaf on Bold Street

There will be animal fun for the whole family at Martin Mere this September. Animal Magic will include: Chinchillas with Graham Lawton and a chance to meet Casper and Tinker Bell, as well as pigs and ponies with Windmill Animal Farm and much, much more. Martin Mere, Lancashire. www.wwt.org.uk

On the last Sunday of every month Leaf gives you the fabulous opportunity to leave the mundane high street behind and step into the world of retro threads. Leaf, Bold Street - 11am-5pm. Tel: 0151 707 7747 www.thisisleaf.co.uk

22nd – 23rd, 29th- 30th September

30th September

Family Crafts and Activities

Bold Street Festival

Every weekend there are always plenty of crafts and activities to do at Martin Mere to keep the children entertained. The activities include: pond dipping, bug hunts, paint a pebble, build a bug, make bird feeders and build clay models. Martin Mere, Lancashire. www.wwt.org.uk

There will be art, crafts, live music, break dancing, storytelling, a 15 piece roving reggae busking band, street entertainment, magic interventions, stalls, food samples, BBQ’s, freebies, offers, discounts and in-store promotions. Bold Street, Liverpool. www.citycentralbid.com


October 2012

Diary Planner - September

1

1

8

7

3

4

5

6

10

11

12

13

14

16

17

18

19

20

21

23

24

2

9

October 3rd September – 28th Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings Tate, Liverpool

15th – 23rd Mr Punch’s Puppets Trail Croxteth Hall, Liverpool 25

1st - 13th Liverpool Shakespeare Festival Royal Court, Liverpool

2

3

4

5

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

22

23

24

25

26

27

21

22nd - 26th Boredom Buster Week, Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral

22nd – 23rd Animal Magic Martin Mere Lancashire 26

27

29 28 28th – 30th British Musical Fireworks Championships Kings Garden, Southport.

6 6th October RLPO Film Music of John Williams Royal Philharmonic, Liverpool.

8

13th - 14th Liverpool Irish Festival Albert Dock, Liverpool

22

SAT

FRI

7

8th - 9th Southport Air Show Southport Seafront 15

THUR

WEDS

TUES

MON

SUN

SAT

FRI

THUR

WEDS

TUES

MON

SUN

on For regular updates gs visit tin lis & ts family even www.familygolive.com

28 28th - 31st Halloween at Speke Hall

29

30

31


Out & About Directory 1st – 31st October

New Place and Adventureland

This traditional family amusement arcade, The Bright Spot, offers a tremendous range of family fun-filled entertainment and activities, including state of the art video driving, adventure and shooting simulators, dance games, plus the always popular slots and ‘pushers’, as well as mini-bowling and toy-grabbers. Marine Promenade, New Brighton Tel: 0151 639 6041 www.wlgltd.co.uk

6th October

14th October

22nd - 26th October

RLPO Film Music of John Williams

Liverpool Marathon

Boredom Buster Week

Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman presents an all-new blockbuster tribute to the king of film music, Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and of course Harry Potter. This is music that never loses its power to thrill, performed live by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Royal Philharmonic, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 3789 www.liverpoolphil.com

Lodestar Theatre Company will play out two of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The productions will be set in modern day Liverpool but performed in traditional Shakespearian language. Perfect for schools who are interested in getting students to engage with Shakespeare. Royal Court, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 324 4780 www.lodestartheatre.co.uk

Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour JOHN WILLIAMS

11th October

Cheryl: A Million Lights Tour

Cheryl’s previous solo albums ‘3 Words’ and ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ both of which hit #1 in the charts, will be performed by Cheryl it will include songs from all three albums as well as some surprises. Echo Arena, Liverpool Waterfront. Tel: 0844 8000 400 www.visitliverpool.com 13th - 14th October

Liverpool Irish Festival

1st - 30th October

Tailored Ghost Tours

Experience the spooky side to Liverpool this October. They cater for special one off requirements, be it a school party, group of friends or large group. All children under 16 must be accompanied by adults. If you would like to discuss your specific needs please email in the first instance jan@ ghostwalks.org. Tel: 0798 3160 479. www.ghostwalks.org

Ness is giving you the chance to get involved in a full week of activities for the half term break including the popular Pumpkin Trail. Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral. Tel: 0845 0304063 www.nessgardens.org.uk

16th October

1st - 13th October

Liverpool Shakespeare Festival

Last year’s Marathon, the first to be held in the city for 20 years, saw nearly 6,000 runners take to the streets. The event was also voted in to the top 10 UK marathons which is a notable achievement in its first year. Come and see the runners and cheer them on as they cross the finish line. Through Liverpool & Wirral. www.runliverpoolmarathon.co.uk

Come and experience traditional Irish dancing and musicians playing over the weekend. Experience Ireland’s past with myths and legends brought to life in the traditional setting of the docks. Albert Dock, Liverpool. www.albertdock.com

Award-winning musical comedian Tim Minchin is confirmed for the role of ‘Judas Iscariot’. Former Spice Girl Melanie C will take the only female lead as ‘Mary Magdalene’, and BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles will make his major stage debut as ‘King Herod’, in what is set to be one of the biggest and most impressive arena tours to hit the UK. Echo Arena, Liverpool Waterfront. Tel: 0844 8000 400 www.echoarena.com 20th - 28th October

Turn Detective – Solve the Mansion Mystery

Pick up your magnifying glass and solve the case of the missing Mansion treasure. Follow a trail of clues, sharpening your detective skills as you go, but be wary of dead ends. A fun, family quiz, throughout the week (closed Monday 22nd October). Tatton Park, Cheshire. Tel: 01625 374400 www.events.tattonpark.org.uk

27th October

Halloween Night

Join the fun of a Halloween Night for all the family, with all the usual fun and frolics. Come down in fancy dress and ride their creepy Halloween Ghost bus, prizes for best costume. Museum open 6.00pm - 8.00pm tickets are £6.00. North West Museum of Road Transport, The Old Bus Depot, Hall Street, St.Helens. Tel: 01744 451681 www.mariemable.webspace.virginmedia.com 28th - 31st September

Halloween at Speke Hall

Join the spooky atmosphere this Halloween at one of the most acclaimed haunted venues in Liverpool. You will have the chance to tour the house, the grounds and the newly opened Maze. Each tour is timed so booking in advance is essential. Ticket prices: £10 Children, £12 Adults. Tours start at 6:30pm. Tel: 0151 427 7231

14th October 31st October

Chocolate Festival Market

The Chocolate Festival will have a day of demonstrations celebrating high-quality chocolate celebrating National Chocolate Week. The Chocolatier’s Market will tempt you with a selection of goodies from UK chocolatiers. 11.00am - 4.00pm.Croxteth Hall, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 233 6930www.croxteth.co.uk

20th - 31st October

Halloween Events at Croxteth Hall

Over a week of spooky activities. The Children’s Ghost Hunt, A Ghostly Girl, Paranormal Investigation-Halloween Special and a Charity Haunted Sleepover are all waiting for you to experience this Halloween. Croxteth Hall, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 233 6930 www.croxteth.co.uk

Halloween Family Fun Race day

This Halloween race day is the perfect day out for all the family with lots of spooky Halloween entertainment. The first day of the jumps season includes an action-packed afternoon of top-quality jump racing plus plenty of FREE Halloween entertainment for the children. Check out the ‘New’ bus service for 2012. Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton Le Willows. Tel: 01942 725 963 www.haydock-park.co.uk/events


OUT & ABOUT

You need to get out more! ‘It wasn’t like that when I was a nipper’ has been a refrain from parents since the dawn of time, but it seems that when it comes to ideas about what constitutes play for young people, things really aren’t the way they used to be. Research from Play England, part of the National Children’s Bureau, shows that scuffed knees, bike rides and den making are things of the past, and that this is having real negative consequences for children. Their figures show that just 21 per cent of children play outdoors every day near home, compared to 71 per cent of parents when they were a child. Similarly, one third of today’s children say they have never built a den, 32 per cent say they have never climbed a tree and one in ten children have never ridden a bike. Although you could be forgiven for assuming that these statistics are a result of children being more interested in playing on the Xbox than playing rounders, the report also showed that there is a real appetite for outdoor play from children; 59 per cent say that they wish they could play outside in natural places more. So what has changed since we were children? Undoubtedly, the world in which we live in has changed, or rather the perception of it has. 24 hour media and the growth of the internet means that we hear much more bad news than we used to, leaving many parents fearing that there is a paedophile lurking behind every corner.

Indeed, Play England reports that almost half (49 per cent) of parents report that fear of strangers stops their children from playing out, while a similar figure ( 46 per cent) report that it is a fear of traffic stops them from allowing their children to venture outdoors. Working long hours means parents are too busy to take children outdoors to play, and too scared to let them do it on their own. Tellingly, 70 per cent feel that taking their children to an outside space to play is a real treat for them. And this attitude could store up real problems for the future. Cath Prisk, Director of Play England, said: “Simply playing outside should be a normal, everyday event for all children. If we want to foster the next generation of Olympians and sports stars, then we need children with confidence, who love being active and are confident in tackling challenges. If parents are too afraid to let their children play out - because of fear of strangers, traffic or their children having accidents - then we as a society need to address this fear.”

www.familygolive.com

35


OUT & ABOUT

OUT & ABOUT

WIN

Signature d

ish

Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Casserole INGREDIENTS • • • • • • • • • • • • •

1.4lbs diced chicken thigh meat 6oz cooking chorizo 1 small onion (finely chopped) 1 clove of garlic ½ a teaspoon of paprika 1 small glass of white wine ½ a pint of chicken stock 1 tablespoon of tomato puree 14fl oz of tinned chopped tomatoes 1 tin of cooked chickpeas 1 large cooked peeled diced potato A handful of chopped parsley 1 red or yellow pepper, diced

METHOD

1. Fry the onion in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When soft, add the garlic and chorizo and fry gently until the oils start to come out of the chorizo (about 2 to 3 minutes), then add the paprika and cook for 30 seconds before adding the chicken and allowing to cook until slightly coloured (about 2 minutes). 2. Next, add the tomato puree and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent from burning. Then add the white wine and cook for about 2 minutes or until smell of alcohol has gone. 3. Now add the stock or water and the tomatoes and cook for about 30 minutes until the chicken is tender. (if it starts to look a little dry, add a little more stock or water) 4. During the last 5 minutes of the cooking process add the diced, cooked potato and cooked chickpeas and allow to heat through. 5. Take the pan off the heat and add the chopped parsley and season with salt and black pepper and a bit of sugar to taste. 6. Serve with boiled rice, cous cous or crusty bread.

Menu by Blackburne House Cafe Liverpool. L8 7PE

burnehouse.co.uk Tel : 0151 708 3929 www.black

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

Family tickets to see Sleeping Beauty

The Echo Arena is giving two Family Go Live readers the chance to win family tickets (max four people) to see Sleeping Beauty, a dazzling pantomime spectacular at the arena’s Waterfront Big Top. Running from the 14 December 2012 – 6 January 2013, this production of Sleeping Beauty is jam-packed with laughs, action, drama, surprises, live music, & songs and plenty of audience participation, all brought to audiences by a fantastic starstudded cast. Andrew Lancel, Coronation Street villain Frank Foster, stars as Carabose the Wicked Wizard and Master of the Underworld – a despicable character who casts a spell over anyone he dislikes especially those who forget to invite him to their party. Insanely jealous of everyone and obsessed with owning gold, he is mortified when the King and Queen overlook his invitation to the christening of their daughter, Princess Briar Rose. The Wicked Wizard angrily sweeps into the gathering – just before the last of the three Good Fairies is about to bestow her gift on the baby – and casts a spell of death upon the Princess. Only the payment of vast sums of gold each year by the King can prevent the Princess from falling to the fate of the Carabose’s evil spell. To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:

Who did Andrew Lancel play in Coronation Street? To enter the competition please visit our website familygolive.com and give us your answer. Closing date 26th of October

www.familygolive.com

37


Win a family ticket for 4 people to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Floral Pavilion on Tuesday 30th October at 7pm. Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance. The show will be at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton from 30th October to 4th November.

Keith Jack, runner-up in the hit BBC series ‘Any Dream Will Do’, takes on the title role, having won the hearts of the nation with his sparkling charisma and sensational singing voice. Re-telling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Those Canaan Days, Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door to Me. To win simply answer the following question: Was Joseph Coat: (a) Black (b) Grey (c) Multi Coloured

Rainy day solutions with Liverpool’s hidden treasures Arguments over the remote control, the X Box blaring and the constant refrain of “mum, I’m bored” means rainy days are taxing for parents. So with this year having been one of the wettest on record, all mums and dads could do with a few additions to their wet weather armoury. Enter Liverpool’s hidden treasures...

To enter the competition please visit our website familygolive.com and give us your answer. Closing date 26th of October

OUT & ABOUT

OUT & ABOUT

WIN

A family ticket to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat ...

Wet play:

Going underground: Tunnel Tours

Under the Edge Hill district of Liverpool lie the labyrinthine Williamson tunnels. Built in the 1800s under the control of retired tobacco merchant Joseph Williamson, nobody really knows why the tunnels were built. Some say that their construction was simply a way to offer work and training to the unemployed of the district, whereas others say that they were intended as a place to shelter in the event of Armageddon. Whatever the reason they were built, a great section of the Williamson Tunnels are now open to the general public. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the famous ‘double tunnel’ and south tunnel, and there is even a cafe under one of the arches. Prices are £5 for adults and £3 for children over five years old. Family tickets are also available. http://www.williamsontunnels.com/

Up in the sky: Radio City viewing platform

Although we’re all familiar with the sight of the Radio City Tower in the city’s skyline, did you know that it is also open to the public. From the tower’s 400ft height, you’ll be able to take in stunning panoramic views of Merseyside, Wirral, North Wales and if the weather is clear – Snowdonia. Entry to the gallery is every 30 minutes from 10am, with last entry being at 5pm. Each visit will last fifty minutes. Prices are £4.75 for adults and £2.95 for children. Under fives go free of charge. The price also includes a free souvenir brochure. http://www.radiocityevents.com/towertours.php

the Plan your family activities with m! e.co oliv ilyg fam site help of our web our on r ove disc to lots re’s The Out & About Pages!

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

Step back in time: Woolton Picturehouse

If you want to show your kids how cinemas used to be, you can do no better than taking them to the Woolton Picturehouse. With an old-fashioned interval for ice cream, popcorn in the middle of the screening, and regular matinees for younger cinema-goers, this historic picturehouse lets you step back in time as you sit back and enjoy the silver screen. http://www.wooltonpicturehouse.co.uk/

www.familygolive.com

39


OUT & ABOUT

OUT & ABOUT

Restaura nt Revie w

The Side Door I’ve always loved the buzz around Hope Street, which provided the perfect setting for a Friday evening dinner with my friend Emma.

When we arrived at 8.15pm, the restaurant had a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. We sat next to one of the big Georgian windows on reclaimed furniture and original wooden floors, which really gave the Side Door a relaxed European bistro feeling. We were shown to our table by Val, who seemed to have a real passion for the restaurant and the food on offer. She proudly told us that the Side Door is a family run business - owners Kitty Rae and Julian Taylor used to run a successful gastro pub in The Cotswolds before returning to Liverpool, to take over the Side Door.

The Side Door As we headed out onto Hope Street, we both agreed that dinner at the Side Door had been a real s success. A perfect location, excellent food, faultles service and a thoroughly enjoyable evening. For reservations call 0151 707 7888 Website: www.thesidedoor.co.uk

The traditional British and modern European menu featured a good selection of locally sourced produce, such as Goosnargh duck breast and Anglesey sea bass. I opted for the shredded confit duck leg (£6.95), which was served with teriyaki noodles, the flavours were excellent. My friend chose the pea and mint falafel (£6.50), an interesting twist on falafel, which worked really well. My main course was grilled cod fillet (£15.95), which was served on a bed of chorizo and lentils. The combination of melt in the mouth cod with chorizo and spicy lentils was a real winner. Emma ordered the rainbow trout fillet (£14.95). The perfectly cooked trout came with fennel and haricot bean stew and roasted red pepper. The delicate flavour was topped off with a light drizzle of basil oil. As full as we were, we couldn’t miss dessert. We agreed to share a crème brulee, which was at the top of the list of about half a dozen desserts on the chalkboard. My expectations were very high, as crème brulee just happens to be my favourite dessert of all time, and I am happy to report that the Side Door did not disappoint. The wine list was very well thought out, we chose Pinot Grigio, which was a light accompaniment to our delicious meal.

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

www.familygolive.com

41


A Pom Bear!

Here’s one for all you Pom Bear fans out there... Get out into the great outdoors and get munching on your favourite snack, because we have three Pom Bear Camping Sets to give away. Worth £100, each kit contains Pom Bear limited edition bear, tent, sleeping bag and of course a selection of Pom Bear crisps... Pom-Bear is a delicious teddy shape potato snack which kids love. Its unique taste and texture give a light and crispy bite which melts in the mouth. Pom-Bear snacks contains no artificial colours or preservatives and they are also Gluten Free and suitable for vegetarians. Pom-Bear is cooked in Pure Sunflower Oil which is naturally lower in saturated fat! For more information and FAQs, visit www.pom-bear.co.uk

To win, just answer this question: What does POM Bear wear on his head? To enter the competition please visit our website familygolive.com and give us your answer. Closing date 26th of October

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

LOCAL SERVICES

OUT & ABOUT

WIN

Local Services Directory

Morecrofts Solicitors Tel: 0151 236 8871 www.morecroft.co.uk Paul Crowley & Co Solicitors Tel: 0151 264 7363 www.paulcrowley.co.uk Best Au Pair Barcelona Tel: 07414 724447 www.bestaupairbarcelona.com Utility Warehouse Tel: 07950 341 490 Atlantic Chambers Tel: 0151 236 4421 www.atlanticchambers.co.uk

Costco Tel: 0151 224 7670 www.costco.co.uk/membership Com-Cabs (Taxies) Tel: 0151 298 2222 Dobbies Garden Centre Tel: 0151 728 3070 www.dobbies.com Companion Care Vets Tel: 0151 427 7902 Aigburth Guttering Specialist Tel: 0151 427 8062 www.gutteringliverpool.info Mural by Ryall Design Tel: 07557 098534 www.ryalldesign.co.uk BEEcycle Tel: 0151 7071043 www.beecycle.co.uk King of Spades Garden Maintenance Tel: 07963 411828 www.kingofspadesuk.com Instant Pest Solutions Tel: 0151 345 0556 www.liverpool-pestcontrol.co.uk Alpha Mortgage advice Tel: 0151 924 6070 www.alphamortgageadvice.co.uk CM Decorators LTD Tel: 07967 784 763 www.cmdecoratorsltd.co.uk

www.familygolive.com

43


The categories for the awards include: Best nursery Best afterschool club Best teacher

TM

AWARDS

Best baby & toddler class Best class for 4-11 year olds Most family friendly Cafe or Restaurant

November 2012 sees the launch of the first ever Family Go Live awards. This event will celebrate Liverpool’s very best schools, days out, restaurants and much more as we scour the city for the businesses and educational establishments that are really making an impact on families in Merseyside.

This is your chance to make your voice heard, so if there’s a teacher you think is terrific, an afterschool club you think is awesome or a day out you think is divine, you can make your voice heard by voting on www.familygolive.com

Best family day out for under 12s Best service provider Most family friendly gym Best pamper packages for mums Best children’s party venue Best hired entertainment

! W O N TE VO com live. ilygo .fam www

LOCAL SERVICES

LOCAL SERVICES

introducing ...

Money saving tips for the savvy mum With wages frozen and the cost of living going up, knowing how to maximise your money has never been so important for mums. So whether you’re on the lookout for a new couch, hoping to book a holiday or just want to get your barnet spruced up, let your mouse do the walking and log on to these websites to get more bang for your buck.

www.groupon.co.uk

Groupon can offer goods and days out so cheaply because it harnesses the power of group purchasing. Sign up for their daily newsletters to get savings of usually around 70 per cent on beauty treatments, days out, meals and goods. You can also get £6 Groupon credit for every friend you introduce to Groupon.

www.skyscanner.net

Simply enter your destination, and when you want to go and Skyscanner will provide instant comparison on flight prices for over 1,000 airlines. Once you’re happy with your flight, you can book direct with the airline or travel agent, so you will get the lowest price with no added commission. If you simply fancy a mini break but you’re not too fussy about where you go, you can also click “I’ll go anywhere” to see what the cheapest flights are on a given weekend.

www.daysoutuk.com

Moths in your purse and at a loss for how to keep the kids entertained? Days Out UK searches over 7,000 attractions and 300 discount vouchers for great days out, attractions, theme parks, places to go and fun things to do across the UK and Ireland.

www.quidco.co.uk

The biggest and highest paying cashback website in the UK, Quidco lists retailers which pay commission when shoppers click through to them. Quidco then rebates some of the fee earned back to the customer, meaning you can earn cashback just by doing your normal internet shop via this website.

www.freecycle.org

Need a new couch, washing machine or pair of curtains? Before you shell out have a look on the Liverpool page on Freecycle. Freecyle stops waste going to landfill by enabling people to donate old/unwanted furniture and goods for free. People list what they’ve got on offer, and if you want it you just email them. You will need to be quick off the mark though, as demand is high!

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

www.familygolive.com

45


Au pair of helping hands

is the co-author of the Badger the Mystical Mutt series of children’s books – www.badgerthemysticalmutt.com

Getting an au pair isn’t just a luxury limited to the yummy mummies of Belgravia and Knightsbridge. As busy workloads mean that families increasingly need more flexible childcare options, more and more ‘normal’ families are considering getting live in help.

Q. What does family mean to you? A. “To me, family means safety and warmth.”

While the prospect of having a pneumatic Scandinavian blonde in her early twenties living under the same roof may put many mums off the idea of taking on an au pair, many more are realising that it is a sensible and cost-effective childcare solution.

So what does an au pair do, and how could it work for your family?

LOCAL SERVICES

LOCAL SERVICES

Laura Cameron Jackson

Q. How do you get a good work/life balance? A. “Sometimes that’s a tricky one and we forget to relax. So for me, that means going for a run and meditation. It’s a great way to switch off. Generally speaking, an au pair is a foreign national who is living with a family in the UK. He or she will be an EU citizen or will have entered the UK on a Youth Mobility or Student visa. They will be given their own bedroom in the family home, a weekly allowance or ‘pocket money’ and be given at least two evenings off a week. The duties of an au pair will be centred around housework and childcare. Colette Hogan, of Best Au Pair Barcelona commented: “An au pair can provide cultural and affordable live in childcare. Many au pairs have good English skills and can help with homework, listen to children read and play games to make learning fun and educational. She will also normally complete light housework and attend to the children’s laundry.”

Q. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? A. “The best advice I’ve ever been given was by my late friend, Colin Thomas, a fellow Liverpudlian, who said, ‘there’s no such thing as a problem, it’s only ever a challenge.’” Q. What do you worry about the most? A. “If there’s enough chocolate in the fridge! But seriously, over the years I’ve learned not to worry too much because I believe what you think about you bring about…”

Q. When are you happiest? A. “Aha, I have a list. Today I will choose – sitting in the Ship Inn at Red Wharf Bay on Anglesey with my parents reminiscing and putting the world to right. I love it!” Q. What’s the most important lesson in life? A. “Live for the moment as we don’t know what tomorrow brings.” Q. Red or blue? A. “That’ll be red! I have very fond childhood memories of my dad walking us all up to Booker Avenue to see the Liverpool team on their victory bus. We seemed to go a lot!

Laura is appearing at Liverpool One and Liverpool Bold St. Waterstones on Saturday 8th September.

As you might expect, the idea is not simply that British families enjoy low cost childcare but that the au pair benefits too. They will live as part of the family, even going on holidays and days out with them, and be given ample opportunity to attend English language classes in their spare time. Getting an au pair needn’t just be a convenient arrangement for both parties, it can also be a fantastic way of helping your children learn more about another culture and foster life long friendships. As Colette herself comments, getting an au pair can be a “fulfilling and enriching experience.”

To find out more, go to: http://www. bestaupairbarcelona.com/about/ The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

www.familygolive.com

47


Directory

Saints Hairdressing Tel: 0151 727 5268 .com www.saints.hairdressing Centre The Physiotherapy Tel: 0151 724 2060 ycentre.co.uk www.thephysiotherap Voodou Tel: 0844 445 7889 www.voodou.co.uk Herbal Life Tel: 0151 280 0655 t Active Liverpool Women Ge 1 526 233 1 Tel: 015

Dance Passion Tel: 07751 240 230 verpool.co.uk www.zumbaclassesli Fitness and alth He Greens Tel: 0151 707 6000 o.uk www.greensfitness.c

bile Beauty Donna O’Connor Mo Therapist Tel: 07948 080 976 o.uk www.donnaoconnor.c Aesthetically you Tel: 0151 427 0014 o.uk www.aestheticallyyou.c anicOrg , One20 Dental ess odn Go Honest to Tel: 0151 525 2992 an Suppliers Veg m www.one20dental.co Tel: 0151 632 6516 y aut Be & Spa a Pur ness.org.uk Nu www.honest-to-good Tel: 07873 868 694 rs elle Diggles Jew www.nupuraspa.com Tel: 0151 733 4141 ker Ma ss Dre re utu .com Roxie O’del Co www.digglesjewellery & Alterantions Tel: 0151 524 2422 .co.uk www.roxieodelcouture

ology Elaine Davies Reflex 11 903 171 079 Tel: xology.co.uk www.elainedaviesrefle ic Clin ll Be cey Tra Tel: 0151 707 0340 www.traceybell.co.uk

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

r all our ilygolive.com fo Visit www.fam ty listings! health & beau ed d en m m co re

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Health & Beauty

WIN

A Herbalife Basic Wellness Program me There’s also a 12 week Community Weight Loss Challenge place for 4 runners up! A healthy diet and regular physical activity are major factors in promoting and maintaining good health throughout your life. Most of us today lead busy, stressful lifestyles leaving little time to make healthy food choices. With fast food and convenient snacks readily available, your body often misses out on necessary vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein. The simple truth is that a surprising number of people are not getting the balanced nutrition that their body needs. This is where Herbalife’s Core Nutrition products and Basic Wellness Programme can help. Herbalife,

founded in 1980, is the world’s leading nutrition company. It is sold by independent health coaches in 83 countries, and has helped 40 million people achieve their Weight and Wellness goals. Herbalife core nutrition products provide all the macro and micro nutrients to fuel your body; increasing your energy, improving your shape and aiding digestion. Discover fantastic nutrition with Herbalife - and discover a lifetime of well-being. Question:

How many countries is Herbalife currently available in? To enter the competition please visit our website familygolive.com and give us your answer. Closing date 26th of October

www.familygolive.com

49


Your child and the dentist When it comes to going to the dentist, the impact on finances is often more petrifying than the dental work being carried out. Because ‘open wide’ so often refers to your purse as well as your mouth, a recent survey by HSF Health Plan found that many people put off going the dentist because they are concerned about the cost. This shouldn’t put parents off taking their children to the dentist, however, as children’s dental care is free on the NHS up until the age of 18 (or 19 if they are in full time education). This includes all clinically necessary treatment, such as extractions, fillings, orthodontics and preventative care. However, one downside to the demand for children’s dental services on the NHS is that this often leads to large waiting lists, leaving many parents feeling that they have no choice but to go private for their child’s dental care, rafting up hefty bills in the process. It’s not all bad news though. Using a private dentist also carries with it several benefits. Karen Coates, a dental helpline advisor at The British Dental Health Foundation, said “One of the benefits of being a private patient is that the dentist may be able to spend a little more time with you, and you should be able to access a dental hygienist routinely. They will also often be more flexible about opening hours, meaning your child doesn’t have to miss school.”

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Autumn Trends:

Open wide –

From Voodou

Trend: Ballet Buns

A huge trend for Autumn/Winter that has been spotted on the catwalks of Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney, is the ballet bun. It’s a gorgeous look that can range from big and bold to small and with Voodou’s hair pieces they’re easier to do than you’d think.

Trend: Straight hair While much of the dental work required by children is unavoidable, fillings and extractions can be kept at bay by helping your child to take proper care of their teeth. Here are our top tips for helping keep your child’s teeth in tip top condition: 1. Let them take choose their own tooth brush and toothpaste. This will help them feel involved in the process 2. Children should brush their teeth for at least two minutes – the same length as many pop songs. Why not find a song they like ask them to brush their teeth until the end of the track 3. Occasionally use a product such as Ceplac Dental Disclosing tablets. These have a special ingredient which interacts with the sugar and bacteria on the surface of your teeth and turns them temporarily red. Not only is this fun, showing your child the bits they’ve missed will help them understand the importance of brushing properly.

For more like this, or to have your say, join the debate online - visit www.familygolive.com

Straight hair has always mixed well with high fashion, but this seasons new straight look isn’t about poker fine hair as it has been so often in the past. Instead it’s about glossy, shiny, sleek hair that radiates quality and health. Collections from Elie Saab, Victoria Beckham and DKNY have all been teamed with this hot season look. Get the Look: Moroccanoil’s Hydrating Styling Cream helps to elimate frizz so it’s perfect for achieving this hot trend. It adds definition and shine, leaving hair with a smooth finish.

Trend: Red Lipstick

Nothing adds instant glamour to a look quite like red lipstick! This gorgeous Autumn/Winter trend is back again and bigger than ever.

Trend: Dark Honey and Mahogany

Dark honey or mahogany. These two fabulous shades are going to be a huge trend with Wella launching a gorgeous new collection of shades plus their amazing new Illumina Colour which gives hair a more youthful and natural look.

How to get saintly hair...

From Saints hair salon. At Saints one of our favourite styles is a twisted messy bun. It’s a five minute fix that is low maintenance and can be achieved on any hair type meaning there’s never an excuse for a bad hair day. Here’s our step by step guide... 1. Comb hair with a side parting 2. Twist the two front sections, fixing into place using Kirby grips or a bobby pin. 3. Tie hair into a low slung ponytail using texture spray 4. Back comb hair lightly and tie twist into two buns at the nape of the neck. Remember, texture is key to achieve a cool, messy effect.

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

www.familygolive.com

51


PARTIES & PLAYTIME

PARTIES & PLAYTIME

Parties & Playtime Directory

Fun Town Liverpool Tel: 08445 679 677 www.funtownliverpool.co.uk Groovy Hooves Tel: 01257 261 771 www.groovy-hooves.com Creepy Crawley Tel: 01244 646 045 info@thecreepycrawleyshow.co.uk Sugar Rush Tel: 07010 060 942 www.sugarrushcreations.co.uk Big Red Bus Tel: 07824 872 159 www.redpartybus.co.uk The Button Boutique Tel: 07906 060 299 The Lantern Theatre Tel: 0151 703 0000 www.thelanterntheatre.co.uk The Creation Station Tel: 0844 854 9177 www.thecreationstation.co.uk

Super Bowl Tel: 0151 424 5866 www.widnes-superbowl.co.uk Active Adventures Liverpool Tel: 0151 494 3044 www.activeadventuresliverpool.com Yellow Sub Tel: 08444 120 850 www.yellowsub.co.uk Fooley’s (Children’s Entertainer) Tel: 07860 765 971 www.fooleys.co.uk Time Out (Children’s Play Centre) Tel: 0151 525 3353 www.timeoutchildrensplaycentre.co.uk Underwater Street Tel: 0151 227 2550 www.underwaterstreet.com Go Kids Play Centre Tel: 0151 486 9374 www.gokidsplaycentres.com

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

www.familygolive.com

53


PARTIES & PLAYTIME

PARTIES & PLAYTIME

Party Fact File:

Widnes Superbowl

What sort of parties do you run at Widnes Superbowl?

We have a great range of parties for all ages. Our parties include soft play, quasar and bowling parties or a party that mixes all of these elements. The Exclusive party is a bowling party that is available at all times for kids of any age.

What happens at an Exclusive party?

The party consists of a game of bowling each, a gift for the Birthday Child, a small gift for all of the children attending the party, a framed picture, free game voucher for all the kids, drinks and a meal. We provide a host to look after the party, and free tea or coffee for any adults attending – good for keeping the energy levels up!

What makes Exclusive parties so special?

Like the name suggests, Exclusive parties will make your child feel like they’re really special and attending an exclusive event. The parties are suitable for kids of all ages and they’re available at all times. Although the party itself is more than enough to keep your guests occupied, there are also lots of other amusements & games to play on site.

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

Where do the parties take place?

The party takes place on selected lanes and the meal is in the diner area or crazy club party rooms, depending on the type of party booked.

What age group are your parties suitable for?

The parties are suitable for all ages between 4 and 12 years old.

What is the cost of the parties?

The costs of a party start at £10.50 per person. This varies depending on the type of party booked.

visit www.widnes-superbowl.co.uk for more info

www.familygolive.com

55


PARTIES & PLAYTIME

PARTIES & PLAYTIME

WIN The UK’s leading supplier of board games, Drumond Park is offering 10 prize bundles featuring four games each to lucky Family Go Live readers. Included in the bundles could be the fantastic Ding-a-ling a LOGO?, a fast and furious multi-activity game, where each player has to either draw, describe or answer questions, in order for the others to guess the names of well-known branded items or everyday products, before the 60-second timer expires. To enter the competition please visit our website familygolive.com and give us your answer. Closing date 26th of October

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

A prize bundle featuring four great games!

You could also be in with a chance of winning ‘Fooz’, a fantastic table football game with free-standing footballer figures who can be easily manipulated to dribble, score or save a goal. For more information go to: www.drumondpark.com

To win, just and answer this question:

What do you have to guess in Ding-a-ling a LOGO?

www.familygolive.com

57


Delifonseca Dockside & Delifonseca Stanley St

20% off chilled deli counter produce

VOUCHER

Do you want your kids to be confident, disciplined & safe? Do you want to get fit & fearless fast? Tel 0800 021 3119. Expires 30th October 2012. Liverpool / Prescot / Wirral.

VOUCHER

30 DAYS FREE TRAINING

Valid until end February 2013. Contact Groovy Hooves on 07846 845 276 / 01257 261 771 or by email: groovy-hooves@hotmail.co.uk

Floral Pavilion

Two Full Price Tickets for the Price of One! Get two Full Price Tickets for the Price of One to CHRIS & PUI ROADSHOW 2012 on Sun 7th October, 11:00am & 2:00pm. Tickets must be booked in advance on 0151 666 0000 (One pair of tickets per voucher). Floral Pavilion Theatre, Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Ch45 2JS. www.floralpavilion.com

THE CREEPY CRAWLY SHOW

VOUCHER

10% off any party booking with this voucher.

VOUCHER

Groovy Hooves

VOUCHER

(Cheese, charcuterie, antipasti and in-house salads) on exchange of this voucher. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or offers. Expires Sat 4th November 2012. Tel: 0151 255 0808 Email: info@delifonseca.co.uk Website: www.delifonseca.co.uk

£15 off our comical kids’ animal party roadshow! Discount off weekday parties only. School visits, fetes and weekend parties excluded from offer. Offer expires 19th October 2012. For more info visit: www.thecreepycrawlyshow.co.uk | Tel: 0151 327 5888

YELLOW SUB

Free Coffee with Each Child Entry! One coffee per visit. Excludes Under 1’s Entry. Expires 30th Sept 2012 Voucher to be handed into reception. Website – www.yellowsub.co.uk. Telephone number - 08444120850

The Essential Directory for Organised Parents

VOUCHER

VOUCHERS

Martial Arts, Karate, KickBoxing & Self Defence


Family Go Live Sept - Oct 2012  

Family Go Live Magazine