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Welcome to... The Essential Directory for Organised Parents Dear Reader, With all the present buying, nativity attending and Christmas card sending, this time of year can be exhausting for parents, so here at Family Go Live magazine we’ve done our best to take away the stress of the festive season. We’ve covered everything from how to make sure your car doesn’t let you down in the winter weather to the best festive days out to attend with your family. We’ve also done some hard seasonal graft so you don’t have to, by researching some of the best websites for buying Christmas presents online and some of this year’s top festive reads. And as panto season is upon us, it’s only right that we swing by the city’s theatres to chat with former The Bill and Coronation Street star Andrew Lancel and Liverpool songstress Sonia, who will be starring in productions of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella respectively. As ever, our Bumps and Babies section is jam-packed with useful information and resources for new mums, including the key things you should consider when choosing a nursery for your child and an exploration of whether ‘Baby on Board’ signs are such a good idea after all.

Contents Bumps & Babies

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Education

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Clubs & Classes

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Out & About

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Local Services

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Health & Beauty

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Parties & Playtime

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In our education section we discuss how ‘underperformance’ at school may actually mean your child takes after everyone’s favourite fluffy-haired theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, and why a good night’s sleep meant that the older generation were better equipped to perform well at school than our own children are. You’ll notice a little change to our clubs and classes section in this edition too. As January is typically the time for New Year’s resolutions, we thought we’d get our readers thinking about how you could improve your life early in 2013 by including a comprehensive directory of adult education courses in our area. Whether you just want to learn to make a soufflé without that bête noir of the Great British Bakeoff, a ‘soggy bottom’, or have always harboured a secret desire to get to grips with a power drill, our list of courses will have something for you. So kick off those winter boots and put the kettle on, while you get planning for the best Christmas yet. Merry Christmas!

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The Parent Hub Tel: 07411 014848 Dukes & Duchesses Tel: 0151 709 1186 www.dukesandduchesses.co.uk Holyrood Nursery Tel: 0151 227 4345 www.holyrood-nursery-princessdock.co.uk Happy From Home Tel: 0151 220 9490 www.happyfromhome.co.uk Little Explorers Nursery Tel: 0151 708 7868 Kelton Nursery Tel: 0151 724 5802 www.keltonnursery.co.uk The Baby Shower lady Tel: 07859 034 220 www.thebabyshowerlady.com Honey Pot Nursery Tel: 0151 494 2373 www.honeypotnursery.co.uk Water Babies Tel: 01925 243 643 www.waterbabies.co.uk Bless her Tel: 07951 402441 www.blessher.co.uk Mural by Ryall Design (children’s painting) Tel: 07557 098534 www.ryalldesign.co.uk Bambis Breast Feeding Support Group Tel: 0151 702 4411 bambis@lwh.nhs.uk Community and Childminder Network Co-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 Association of Breast Feeding Mothers Tel: 08444 122 949 www.abm.me.uk/contact All Hallows Pre-School Tel: 0151 724 2081 www.allhallowsallerton.org.uk/children-&youth/all-hallows-preschool

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Whether you see them as a proud way to declare your parenthood, a practical measure to encourage those around you to drive safely, or you’d never dream of getting one, there’s no denying that ‘Baby on Board’ signs have become increasingly popular, with 37 per cent of parents saying that they either display one of the signs at the moment or have done in the past. However, Confused.com and the road safety charity Brake have conducted research that suggests that opinion is divided on whether these signs are a good idea or not.

The research among 2,000 drivers (50 per cent of whom have children under 16) found that 80 per cent of the parents who use ‘Baby on Board’ signs think they improve safety, while 46 per cent of drivers said that ‘Baby on Board’ signs obscure vision when driving.

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‘Baby on Board’ signs: Help, hindrance or just plain sad?

Experts from Brake say that while window clutter can be an issue, baby on board signs also have some safety benefits. Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive at Brake, said: “Baby on Board’ signs can be incredibly helpful for emergency services at the scene of a crash in knowing whether there’s a child involved, but this help can become a hindrance if drivers display signs when their child isn’t in the vehicle. Worse still is the danger that can be posed by drivers obscuring their view by cluttering up windows with lots of signs.”

Drivers who have never displayed a ‘Baby on Board’ sticker or do not drive children around are more likely to think the signs are tacky (34 per cent) or dangerous as they obscure vision (18 per cent). The survey also revealed that 14 per cent of parents with under-16s think ‘Baby on Board’ signs are ‘uncool’. The research also showed that younger parents are more likely to be in favour of ‘Baby on Board’ signs, with parents aged 18-24 more likely to display these and other novelty stickers in their car windows.

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How to choose a nursery for your child All three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free nursery education for 38 weeks of the year until they reach compulsory school age, meaning pre-school education is something that all children can benefit from. The benefits of nursery education are well documented, so the only question is, which one do you choose? Keeping these questions in mind when you visit a nursery may help.

How flexible are they?

This is especially important for working mums. Even if you have fallen in love with a nursery, if they are unable to change the days your baby or toddler is in nursery should a big meeting come up then you may be better choosing one that can be more adaptable.

Do they arrange extracurricular activities?

Many nurseries will also arrange days out or trips for your child. These are not only a fantastic way to break up your child’s day in nursery, they can also help his or her development as they are exposed to new sights, sounds and smells.

Child-to-staff ratio

What is the child-to-staff ratio like? By law there must be at least one member of staff for every eight children aged three or over. The more employees a nursery has, the more personalised care and attention your child is likely to receive.

What sort of meals do they provide?

If you take a great deal of care over what your child eats at home, or perhaps have always made the effort to feed them so-called ‘adult’ foods from an early age, then sending your child to a nursery whose only nod to pasta is spaghetti hoops and only serves meat encased in breadcrumbs may not fit in with your child’s normal diet. Similarly, if your child has any specific dietary requirements it is worth finding out how well placed a nursery is to accommodate these.

How do they involve the parents?

If a nursery’s only engagement with the parents is when the children are dropped off and handing over the monthly bill, this may be a warning sign. Many good nurseries will provide regular – sometimes even daily or weekly – ‘report cards’ to let you know how your child is getting on, and encourage parents to be involved in the activities of the nursery.

What does Ofsted say?

While the overall Ofsted rating of a nursery is a very reliable indicator of its quality, it is worth accessing the individual reports of the nurseries you’re considering at www.ofsted. gov.uk as these will provide a detailed and objective analysis of what’s working well, and the areas they still need to improve. For information about how you can get a free nursery place for your three of four year old, visit http://www. daycaretrust.org.uk/

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Albert Einstein learner?

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Could it be that you child takes after Albert Einstein when it comes to learning? Despite what you might think, this doesn’t mean that they’re prone to uncontrollable hair and flashes of intellectual brilliance. Instead, an Albert Einstein learner is the new term for spatial learners – children who tend to think first in images and only afterwards in words. Unfortunately, because the reading and writing skills of these pupils is often below that of their peers, they are often mistakenly thought to lack academic ability and are pushed towards more manual subjects and professions. However, spatial learners frequently excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and design subjects if their true abilities are spotted early and they are given the right support.

At school Einstein, for example, was regarded as a dreamer. Even the famous inventor James Watt, who went on to create the steam engine, received a school report in which he was described as “dull and inapt”.

Although modern schools have a greater understanding of the different learning styles of children, the majority of teaching is based on verbal or language-based tasks (even science is taught with books) and so gifted spatial thinkers can often be left behind.

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GL Assessment, who produce Cognitive Abilities Tests (CAT), the UK’s most popular test of reasoning abilities for children aged seven – 16 years have recently produced a new edition, CAT4, which has a greater emphasis on determining whether children are spatial learners. Their research showed that boys are much more likely to be spatial learners than girls. Data from over 24,000 UK students who took part in research ahead of the development of CAT4, revealed that 19 per cent of boys in primary schools have a spatial bias compared with 13 per cent of girls. Overall, 2.3 per cent of boys aged seven – 16 years show an extreme bias towards spatial thinking across all school years, compared with only 0.8 per cent of girls. Pauline Smith, senior psychometric consultant and developer of the CAT4 tests at GL Assessment, said: “Educators have tended to define intelligence as those who work well on writing and language-based tasks. However, the reality is that much intellectual achievement has sprung from the minds of spatial thinkers such as Einstein or Watt. “We need to identify and nurture our scientists, technicians, designers and engineers just as much as our writers, managers, historians and teachers. The education system cannot afford to ignore these intellectual Cinderellas any longer.”

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Notre Dame College Tel: 0151 263 3104 www.notredameliverpool.com Parklands Tel: 0151 486 2612 www.parklands.liverpool.sch.uk St Hilda’s CE High School Tel: 0151 733 2709 www.st-hildas.com St Julie’s School Tel: 0151 428 6421 www.stjulies.org.uk St John Bosco Arts College

Tel: 0151 546 6360 www.stjohnboscoartscollege.com Holly Lodge Tel: 0151 228 3772 www.hollylodge.liverpool.sch.uk De La Salle Academy Tel: 0151 546 3134 www.de-la-salle.co.uk Fazakerley High School Tel: 0151 524 4530 www.fazakerlyhigh.org Childwall School Tel: 0151 722 1561 www.childwallsc.co.uk St Margaret’s CoE High School Tel: 0151 427 1825 www.stmargaretshigh.com Bellerive School Tel: 0151 727 2064 www.bellerivefcj.org Active TT Tel: 0151 733 4353 www.activett.co.uk Kip McGrath Education Centre Tel: 0151 334 9636 www.kipmcgrath.com Merseyside Society for Deaf People Tel: 0151 228 0888 www.msdp.org.uk Liverpool Council of Education Tel: 0151 233 3901 www.liverpool.gov.uk Learn Direct Centres Tel: 0151 703 2800 www.learndirect.co.uk

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A royally good night’s sleep It will come as no surprise that there are vast differences between the lives of our children and the lives of our parents. Our children have no memory of life before MP3 players, text messaging or YouTube, whereas granddad may have difficulty operating his mobile. While nana may have listened to The Osmonds crooning chastely, your child is more likely to be listening to Rihanna singing about practices that only belong in Fifty Shades of Gray. And recent research shows that these aren’t the only differences between our parents and our children. Figures from the Sleep Council show that the generation who were aged 7-14 when this year’s Jubilee took place – the ‘Jubilee Generation’ are likely to get significantly less sleep than their ‘Coronation Generation’ grandparents, something which could have a significant detrimental impact on their education and quality of life. When they were children, 24 per cent of grandparents went to bed on a school night between 7 - 7.30pm whereas 20 per cent of children these days go to bed between 8.30 9pm. It seems that what our children are doing before bedtime is affecting their ability to get to sleep too. More than half of the Coronation Generation (54%) read books before bedtime when they were schoolchildren, whereas less than a third of today’s children do the same. Instead, 58 per cent of them now spend that time watching television. And while just 3 per cent of grandparents said they ate crisps and 1 per cent drank fizzy drinks before bedtime, one in six of the Jubilee Generation has crisps before bed and 13 per cent have fizzy drinks.

In terms of main meals, 70 per cent of grandparents ate dinner before 6pm whereas a far lower 38 per cent of children now eat that early. Just over half (51 per cent) eat between 6pm – 7.30pm, meaning that the whirring of their digestive systems might be preventing them from nodding off. Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council commented: “Along with a good supportive bed, also essential to achieving the all-important good night’s sleep that ensures children behave and perform at their best is plenty of fresh air and exercise, and establishing a regular bedtime that ensures sufficient sleep. Seven to 14 year-olds still need a good 9 or 10 hours sleep a night. “Not eating too close to bedtime and avoiding caffeine-fuelled pop is also important as is a well balanced, healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Ensuring the bedroom is not too hot or too cold, is kept dark, well ventilated and free from technology-led gadgets is also vital.”

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Christmas reads for all . . . y l i m a f e h t s We’re always keen to get our nose into a good book here at Family Go d Live, and we’ve searched high an low for the best books available for your family this Christmas.... For little ones

Santa is coming to Liverpool – by Steve Smallman and Robert Dunn You can’t beat the magic of the night before Christmas, and this book is extra special because it shows Santa visiting the children of Liverpool. With beautiful illustrations of snow-topped Liver Birds and a story which sees Santa visiting everywhere from Bootle to Wavertree. This is the perfect gift and keepsake for little ones.

For older children

Emerald Star – Ja cqueline Wilson The final story in the Hetty Feather series , this book sees are her o launching the sea rch for her father, trying to cast off her old life as a ‘foundling’ and tak e on a whole new persona, that of Emerald Sta r. The books of hugely popular Jacqueline Wilson – best known for the Tracey Beaker ser ies - are always a hit with you ngsters and this bo ok is no exception.

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Everyone got some paint including some lovely metallic paint and they started creating!  I was amazed by how well all the children sat and really concentrated on their painting! ing their pottery They spend about 45 minutes paint to dry and we away taken was and then the pottery food but you can ly supp don’t (they food some had sandwiches bring your own, I whipped up a few and vegetable dips!).  had sung After the food was cleared and we a yummy given was one ‘Happy Birthday’ every piping bags looking cupcake each along with sprinkles and filled with different coloured icing,

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Crafty Corner to ice our some sugar paste.  We were shown how paste sugar simple some cakes and how to make cakes decorations and the children loved it!  Their looked amazing!!

When we had finished with our cupcake decorating the guests were then given their pottery back in a bag to take home and left the party with a lovely money box and cupcake - as well as a few sweets I threw into the bags!

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Have a look below for some great Christmas classes available near you! Liverpool Language Academy

1 Garden Cottages, Eaton Road, Liverpool L12 3HQ An international education centre for children, adults and businesses based in Liverpool. The academy offers courses in a wide variety of languages. www.liverpoollanguageacademy.com Tel: 0151 259 4455 Date: For further information please contact Time: Times vary Price: Prices vary for each class

Baffled by IT!

The Doorstop Cafe, 65-67 Hanover Street, Liverpool Merseyside L1 3DY This range of classes - starting in January - is aimed at anyone who isn’t quite as computer literate as they would like to be. It includes sessions on using Skype, Twitter and Facebook, improving and sharing digital photos and an introduction to eBay. Prices start from £10 including a £5 registration fee. Fee remission is available for those on specific benefits but the £5 registration fee is still payable. Tel: 0151 733 7255

Home Maintenance course

Blackburne House, Blackburne Place, Liverpool, Merseyside L8 7PE This is an introduction to Home Maintenance skills for women only. Learners will gain confidence and learn basic skills allowing you to carry out your own DIY projects. www.blackburnehouse.co.uk Tel: 0800 587 7672 Date: Starts Monday 7th January 2013 (10 weeks) Time: Evening course 6pm-9pm Price: £145 /£30(concessions)

Family Life

Castlefields Community Centre, Chester Close, Castlefields, Runcorn, WA7 2HY Riverside College are offering a 10 week course that involves a number of topics regarding family life and caring for children. Topics include healthy eating for families, keeping fit and healthy, family time together, child growth and development and planning days out. www.riversidecollege.ac.uk Tel: 0151 257 2053 Date: Contact for more information Time: Contact for more information Price: Free

Basic Cookery Skills

Liverpool Community College, Clarence Street, L3 5TP The course teaches the basic skills and techniques of cookery. The course is suitable for beginners and inexperienced cooks who want to develop their cookery skills. www.liv-coll.ac.uk Tel: 0151 252 3000 Date: 3 sessions over a 3 week period, Tuesday 16th April to Tuesday 30th April 2013. Time: 5:30pm until 9:00pm Price: £135 per person.

Evening Courses at The Beauty & Holistic Academy

Anfield Business Centre, 58 Breckfield Road L6 5DR The Academy offers a range of evening courses including manicure, waxing, basic facial, facial massage, lash & brow treatments, pedicures, basic make-up and nail extension classes. www.beautytrainingschool.co.uk Tel: 0151 260 6699 Date: Dates on request (2-4 evenings) Times: 5.30PM – 8.30PM Prices: Vary, contact or see website for further details

Sirocco Academy of Egyptian Dance - Bellydance Classes Estudio Flamenco de Liverpool, 3 Wellington Road, Liverpool L15 4HJ The Academy comprises of 10 skilled bellydance teachers that teach Egyptian Bellydance, a great way to exercise and keep fit. Tel: 07748 972869 Date: Mondays Times: 7.30-8.30pm. Price: Classes are £4.50 for 1 or £15 for 4.

Zumba Fitness

Belvedere Academy, Princess Park L8 3TF Cha-cha, Jive, Salsa, Merengue, hip-hop, shimmy and shake your way to improved fitness with these energetic dance classes. www.strikedance.co.uk Tel: 07729102010 Date: Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays Time: 6:30- 7:30pm Price: £4 per class

Beginners Yoga

Liverpool Wellbeing & Yoga Centre, 37 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9EA  Everyone can practise yoga regardless of age, sex or ability. no special clothes or equipment are needed. Tel: 0151 709 9169 Date: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays Time: Times vary per day but all after 5pm Price: £5.50 per class (£2.50 child)

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Christmas Ethical Fashion Workshops

Greenbank Sports Academy, Greenbank Lane, Liverpool Merseyside L17 1AG / The Doorstop Café, 65 - 67 Hanover Street, L1 3DY Save money and help reduce waste by making your own Christmas gifts. Drop in, have a go, and make a sock monkey, a lavender bag, earmuffs, a Christmas wreath or table decoration and plastic bag coasters. Adults and supervised children welcome. Tel: 0151 280 7757 /0151 702 0778 Date: 5 December at Time Out Café Bar Greenbank/4th December Doorstop Café Time: 6.30-9pm Greenbank/1-4pm Doorstop Café Price: Free

Marsh sports

LJMU .I.M Marsh Campus Holmefields road entrance. Liverpool L17 6BD Why not join the new back to netball course course. It’s a great way to exercise, meet new people and have some fun. 6 weeks course starting the 9th November 2012 Tel: 0151 231 5230 Price: £2.00 or £1.00 staff and students.

Making it in Fashion- Pattern Cutting

Liverpool Community College, Clarence Street, L3 5TP Learn the theory and techniques associated with pattern cutting and use basic blocks work to produce a simple pattern for a skirt, trousers, dress and shirt or blouse. www.liv-coll.ac.uk Tel: 0151 252 3000 Date: Start date, 29th January 2013 (18 week course) Time: Tuesday evenings, 6pm - 9pm Price: prices vary, contact for further details

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While many of us might toy with the idea of going to night school and enjoying an Educating Rita style rebirth, busy lifestyles mean that most of us don’t pursue our ambitions of taking an adult education course. However, research shows that one thing that does motivate us to dust off our satchels is if further education can help us improve our work prospects. The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education’s (NIACE) survey of adult learners shows that getting on at work and having a successful career are the key motivators for adults to take up learning opportunities, with the vast majority of adults who are learning - nearly four in five (78 per cent) - doing so for work or their career, while the remaining 21 per cent are learning for leisure or personal interest. Yet NIACE believe that this focus on learning solely to benefit your career may be misplaced. Their chief executive, David Hughes commented: “The many other benefits of learning such as staying healthy, helping your family and getting more involved in your community remain very important. “Evidence shows that when people are given the right opportunities to learn, their lives - and the lives of their family, friends and colleagues - really do change for the better.” So what are the other benefits? As well as gaining additional qualifications, adult learning can help you to build your confidence, meet new people and develop

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Get back to school... transferable skills. Taking time out to do something just for you can also be psychologically beneficial for the parents of young children, who may find the rest of their lived focused on the needs of their little ones. There are a range of institutions across Merseyside offering many different courses. Whether you fancy roping in your best mate and trying not to giggle at a life drawing class, learning how to say something other than ‘dos cervezas, por favor’ in Spanish, or brushing up on your maths so you can help the kids with their homework, there’s bound to be a course that’s perfect for you.

So dig out that pencil case and make sure you’ve got an apple for the teacher, it’s time to go back to school!

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22nd- 24th November

A Christmas Carol

Until January 2013

Bodies Revealed at Liverpool ONE

The Exhibition offers an intimate and informative view into the human body. Using an innovative preservation process, it allows visitors to see the human body’s inner beauty in educational and awe-inspiring ways. Tickets required. Order on-line. Paradise Street, at the corner of Paradise Place and Manesty’s Lane within Liverpool ONE www.bodiesrevealed.org.uk 7th November- 13th January

#IceFestival

Liverpool ONE is full of excitement this skating season, with the opening of the first ever urban ice experience #IceFestival. It’s the UK’s biggest ever group of real ice attractions in one place. Visitors to Liverpool ONE can enjoy a drink in the UK’s first ever pop-up real Ice Bar and experience the UK’s largest real Ice Slide. What’s more, there will be a fantastic outdoor Alpine Ice Rink, plus a stunning ice gallery with crafted sculptures leading to Santa’s Grotto. Chavasse Park , Liverpool One www.liverpool-one.com

12th - 13th November

Shakespeare Schools Festival

The UK’s largest youth drama festival is coming to the Floral Pavilion. Family and friends are invited to celebrate an evening’s professional entertainment with four half-hour productions of different Shakespeare plays. Floral Pavilion, New Brighton Tel: 0151 666 0000 www.floralpavilion.com 17th November

Santa’s Arrival and Grotto

Artisan Market

Every second Sunday in the month, Inglenook Farm will be hosting an Artisan Craft market. With up to 40 stalls selling everything from fabulous antiques, locally crafted gifts, jewellery & art to local farm produce & food.  There will be live swing music, wood carving demonstrations and plenty to do in the courtyard and lunch or afternoon tea available in the cafe. Inglenook Farm, St. Helens Tel: 01744 886 812 www.inglenook-farm.co.uk

23rd November

The Circus of Horrors

The new sensation, which stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent is packed with new shocks that will take you on a whirlwind journey featuring the most bizarre, unbelievable & unique performers in the world. Southport Theatre Tel: 0844 871 7627 www.atgtickets.com

Come and see Santa arrive in his sleigh, pulled by real reindeer, at 10.30am on Saturday 17th November. The award winning Santa’s Grotto will be open every day until Christmas Eve. Sefton Meadows Garden Centre, Maghull. Tel: 0151 531 6688 www.seftonmeadows.com

Now with their biggest and most talented cast of dancers, singers and musicians, Essence of Ireland combines breath taking dance routines with the very best of Irish music, a touch of Irish craic, all cleverly woven into a heart-warming tale. Liverpool Empire Tel: 0844 871 3017 www.atgtickets.com 18th, 25th November, 2nd and 9th December

Christmas Markets at Croxteth Hall

Join the spirit of Christmas past inside the hall and get ahead on Christmas shopping with a range of unusual gifts for all such as handmade Christmas cards, traditional sweets and for the first time ever real Christmas trees will be on sale. Croxteth Hall, Liverpool 10.30am- 4am (last admission 3.30pm) www.croxteth.co.uk

24th, 25th November and 1st-24th December

Santa’s Grotto on Home Farm

As well as giving lucky children the chance to meet Father Christmas, a Grotto ticket also gives visitors entry to the rest of Home Farm to see the rare breed farm animals and a life size Nativity scene incorporating the animals seen on the farm. With many photo opportunities, a camera is vital! Croxteth Hall, Liverpool Excludes Mondays. 10.30am - 4.00pm (last admission 3.30pm). Christmas Eve last admission 2.30pm.  www.croxteth.co.uk 29th November- 19th January

Jack and the Beanstalk

A rock’n’roll take on the classic fairytale known to all ages. Join the Everyman for this toe-tapping production this festive season and bring the boogie into Christmas. Everyman Liverpool Playhouse Tel: 0151 709 4776 www.everymanplayhouse.com

18th November

Essence of Ireland

11th November 2012

An entertaining family musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ festive novel performed by third-year acting students at this prestigious institution. With a full band and ensemble, this is a pre-Christmas treat for the whole family. Paul McCartney Auditorium, LIPA Tel: 0844 873 2888 www.lipa.ac.uk

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That’ll be the Day Christmas Show

The producers of the smash hit Christmas shows - Merry Ding Dong, Scouse Pacific and Little Scouse On The Prairie are back to put on the wackiest, funniest, scariest Christmas show around. Royal Court, Roe Street, Liverpool Tel: 0870 787 1866 www.liverpooltheatreguide.com/royalcourt Weekends from the 24th November. 14th-16th and 21st-23rd December

Lantern Magic

Enjoy an unforgettable journey through the wonderful gardens and past a brand new life sized animal lantern display. Stroll through the zoo, explore the Fruit Bat Forest and meet friendly festive characters. Tel: 0124 438 0280 www.chesterzoo.org

Get ready for a party as the UK’s most successful touring rock ‘n’ roll production, the legendary That’ll Be The Day, returns with a brand new 2012 Christmas show. Trevor and the gang celebrate the festive season by bringing back the good times with all your favourite Christmas classics and hilarious comedy routines. Floral Pavilion, New Brighton Tel: 0151 666 0000 www.floralpavilion.com


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Pop along to Tatton Park where ‘how to make’ sessions will be held for visitors in the Stable yard Visitors can then use their lanterns to welcome Father Christmas and his reindeer’s on December 7th at 6pm at the Christmas Lantern Parade. Light his route with your own lanterns as he makes his way through the twilight parkland to Tatton’s Stable yard. The Gift Fair, shops and restaurants will be open for seasonal shopping and dining until 7:30pm. Tatton Park, Cheshire Tel: 01625 374400 http://www.tattonpark.org.uk

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Luxury Santa’s Grotto at Cheshire’s Reindeer Lodge

The NEW Luxury Santa’s Grotto for 2012 is even bigger and better than before. It’s packed full of fun and games to make a great family festive experience, including pictures in our beautiful traditional reindeer sleighs and lots of elves on hand to ensure visitors enjoy a magical and memorable time. Lime Tree Farm, Stanney Lane, Little Stanney, Chester Tel: 01244 646 045 www.cheshirereindeer.co.uk 1st – 2nd December

Port Sunlight Christmas Food Fayre

This year’s food fayre will once again excite and delight with a selection of fantastic producers and exhibitors in and around Port Sunlight Village. Filled to the brim with food, family fun and yuletide delights. Port Sunlight Village www.portsunlightchristmasfayre.com

4th December- 12th January

Hansel & Gretel

A tale of bravery, action, adventure and joy, friendship and fun for every girl and boy, so expect the unexpected in this family festive treat, with songs, dance and laughs that are good enough to eat. Unity theatre, Liverpool Tel: 0844 873 2888 www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk 7th December- 6th January

Cinderella at the Epstein Theatre

The Liverpool Epstein Theatre bring you the greatest fairytale of them all this Christmas season on the traditional Neptune stage. With an all-star cast including princess of pop Sonia as the wicked stepmother, Brookside’s Philip Olivier as Buttons, Big Brother’s Nikki Grahame as Fairy Godmother and local girl and BBC’s Grease is the Word finalist Alison Crawford as Cinderella herself. Hanover Street, Liverpool Tel: 0844 888 4411 www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk 6th December 12

Radio City Live

Radio City Live returns to Echo Arena this year for a Christmas spectacular. With an all-star line-up including JLS, Flo Rida, Labrinth and Lawson it is bound to be the biggest Christmas party of the year. Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool Tel: 0844 8000 400 www.echoarena.com 8th-11th December

Aladdin

Knowsley’s multi million pound leisure and culture park is to host its first ever pantomime – Aladdin! Former Big Brother star Grace Adams Short is Aladdin and Laura Handley from the cast of the TV soap Hollyoaks is The Enchantress. The cast will be supported by Knowsley’s local dance group STREET FEET. Longview Drive, Liverpool Tel 0151 443 5749 www.trioentertainment.co.uk

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Peter Pan

A Christmas Carol

An all star cast brings this magical production to life with stunning performances from Jack Mcmullen as Peter Pan, Gary Turner as Captain Hook and Derek Moran as Smee. Floral Pavilion, New Brighton Tel: 0151 666 0000 www.floralpavilion.com 14th – 31st December

Sleeping Beauty

Using the very latest technological advancements in touring theatre, a magnificent heated 3000 capacity ‘Big Top’ tent will be erected on the Kings Dock site, starring Coronation Street’s Andrew Lancel, Jonathon Morris & Fifi Forget-MeNot as part of a Christmas Family Festival extravaganza. Liverpool Waterfront Tel: 0844 8000 400 www.echoarena.com

Charles Dickens’ great-great-grandson, Gerald Dickens, revisits the stage to celebrate 200 years of this amazing writer by bringing us a Christmas classic that still lives on today. With Dickens himself having performed the wonderful story himself on the same stage what better way to relive the experience and become absorbed in the great history and mortality of one of our greatest novelists. Concert Room, St George’s Hall 0151 225 6909 www.stgeorgesliverpool.co.uk 21st December

Vampires Rock Christmas

Get your air guitar ready and prepare to rock as the musical classic rock spectacular Vampires Rock returns for another phenomenal night with a twist of rock and a hint of comedy. Echo Arena, Liverpool Waterfront Tel: 0844 8000 400. www.echoarena.com 21st, 22nd & 23rd December

Frosty & Friends

14th – 31st December

Cinderella

First Family Entertainment returns to the Liverpool Empire with an all-star cast. With a wave of her magic wand, queen of daytime TV Coleen Nolan will be bringing Christmas Magic to Liverpool as The Fairy Godmother. Former Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon, is returning to her native city to play the lead role. Liverpool Empire Tel: 0844 871 3017 www.atgtickets.com 19th December 2012

Deer Feed and Trailer Ride

Take a trailer ride with the rangers to watch the daily deer feed. Get a close look at hundreds of deer feeding in their beautiful natural setting. Tel: 01625 374400 www.tattonpark.org.uk

Join Santa and his merry band of singing elves as they welcome Frosty the Snowman back to the stage in this hour-long Christmas sing-along for the whole family. Don’t miss White Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Let it Snow, and, of course Frosty the Snowman. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Tel: 0151 709 3789 www.liverpoolphil.com

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Classic Films at Woolton Picture House

Ring in the true spirit of Christmas with some classic heartwarming family films at this historical cinema. With showings of ‘White Christmas’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on the days running up to Christmas day, the whole family can get ready for the big day together. Woolton Picture House, Mason Street Tel: 0151 428 3737. www.wooltonpicturehouse.com


Must Do Over Christmas With the stress of getting the Christmas shopping out the way, losing half a stone so you can get in your party dress and cleaning the house from top to bottom before the relatives arrive, it can be easy to forget that the festive period is actually meant to be a time to be enjoyed with your family.

Here are our top three fun things to do with your kids this Christmas:

3. FEAST ON THE FINEST FAYRE The perfect place to do a bit of Christmas shopping if you have any foodies in your life, the Port Sunlight Christmas Fayre on the 1st and 2nd December is packed to the brim with food, fun and family activities. Whether you’re looking to buy a few unusual gifts, want to pick up some tips on how to perfect your cooking ahead of the big day, or simply want to enjoy delicious food in gorgeous surroundings, there’s something for everyone at this olde worlde event.

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Tickets: £3.50 (adults), £1.50 (children). Under fives go free. www.portsunlightchristmasfayre.com

1. MEET SANTA

No childhood is complete without the experience of getting up close and personal with the big man himself, and this year, visitors to Croxteth Hall’s grotto will not only be able to meet and receive a present from Santa, they’ll also get to see all the rare breed animals on Home Farm, and enjoy the life size nativity scene. NB: If you’re planning on making your visit on Christmas Eve, the last admission will be at 2.30 as Father Christmas has to leave early... for obvious reasons. Tickets: £7.50 (children), Adults (£1.50 – though you won’t get to sit on Father Christmas’ knee) www.croxteth.co.uk

2. SING ALONG

What better way to get in the mood just before the day itself than by taking part in a festive sing along at Liverpool’s iconic Philharmonic Theatre. On Friday 21st December Santa and Frosty the Snowman will be in the house along with a troupe of singing elves for an hour-long festive concert. With a packed audience belting out classics such as White Christmas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, even the most determined Scrooge couldn’t help but feel Christmassy after this spectacular singalong. Tickets £12, £15 (adults) or £8 children www.liverpoolphil.com

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Bistro Rhubarb There’s nothing better than a walk through Sefton Park on a crisp winter morning so when we woke up to a clear blue sky, my two-year-old son and I wrapped up warm and headed over to our favourite park. One of my good friends, who has a little boy around the same age, lives just off Lark Lane and I arranged to meet her at the lake so our two boys could feed the ducks before heading for lunch. We decided to try Rhubarb Bistro on ‘the lane’, where the friendly staff greeted us with a smile and straight away offered us a couple of high chairs for the boys. Sadly, gone are the days when they would sit happily in a high chair, our boys are now far too independent, choosing to sit on a couple of bar stools instead. We sat at the one of the more spacious tables near the window and we were promptly given a couple of menus, which included an all day brunch and a good selection of sandwiches and burgers. We were also given a kids’ menu, which offered a children’s breakfast, mini homemade burgers, fish fingers, southern fried chicken strips and cheese and ham toasties, all served with salad or chips and beans. There was also a weekday breakfast offer of a free freshly baked Danish pastry with any coffee, before 11.30am, definitely one to note for future reference. We both agree we could return to take advantage of the offer before our next visit to the park or the morning playgroup, which meets at the Old Police Station further up ‘the lane’. Before we had even placed our order, the boys were each presented with a helium balloon and a children’s activity box, containing crayons and a colouring book. They were delighted with their little gifts, and as all parents know, any little incentives to help keep the kids entertained over lunch are always very much appreciated. The warm and friendly staff were very accommodating to our boisterous boys, who decided it would be more fun to use their balloons as weapons to bop each other over the head with than to sit quietly filling in their colouring books!

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Bistro Rhubarb I was about to order a Steak Sandwich (£6.95) until I noticed the day’s specials of Scampi and Chips (£6.95) and Catalan Scouse (£6.95), the chef’s own twist on traditional Scouse, a stew made with chorizo, morcilla and minced lamb. After much deliberation, I decided to go for an old favourite, Scampi and Chips, while my friend chose the Free Range Southern Fried Chicken Burger (£7.95). We opted for a couple of Cheese and Ham m Toasties for the boys, followed by vanilla ice-crea (£4.95 for two courses). The scampi was good and the chicken burger very succulent; both came with homemade chunky chips. My friend’s little boy quickly devoured his toastie, served with chips and a side dish of beans, while my little monkey preferred to get stuck into my scampi.

We finished off with a Lavazza Latte and an Americano, while the boys tucked into their vanilla ice-cream, served with a monkey-shaped wafer. At the end of our meal, we were presented with two loyalty cards, a burger club card (offering a free a burger and fries after collecting eight stamps) and coffee club card (offering a free coffee after just five stamps), a good incentive to return, we concluded. rpool, L17 8UW 29 Lark Lane, Live Bistro Rhubarb, 27l.com Email: rhubarb@emai 5 958 728 1 015 Tel. www.larklane.com

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He’s gone from being the boss of Underworld in Coronation Street to being the Master of the Underworld in the Echo Arena’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Family Go Live meets Andrew Lancel... FGL: You’re playing Carabose,

the Wicked Wizard and Master of the Underworld in the panto. How have you found the part? AL: He’s great to play. I’ve played some really nasty characters in my time, but he’s a really traditional fun, daft pantomime villain. There’ll be plenty of booing and lots of ‘it’s behind you!’ moments.

FGL: What’s it like doing panto in your hometown? AL: I’ve wanted to do a panto for years, so getting to do

it in Liverpool is great. The fact that it is taking place in a specially built big top on the waterfront – a first for Liverpool - is even better! If I wasn’t performing in the production, there’s no question that I would be coming to watch it with my family.

FGL: So are you looking forward to Christmas this year? AL: Definitely, I love this time of year. I’ll be having a

traditional Christmas with my family here in Liverpool. We’ll be going to church and generally enjoying spending time together. I won’t be cooking this year, though!

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Tickets to Sleeping Beauty To win, just answer this question:

Family Go Live has teamed up with the Echo Arena to offer family tickets to this year’s panto spectacular!

FGL: You have a little boy, Issac, who turns five in December. Will he be coming along to watch you in the show? AL: Yes, and he can’t wait. He’s particularly interested in seeing FiFi Forget Me Not playing FiFi Fairy. He’s always asking me “When am I seeing FiFi, daddy?” He loves her! FGL: What do you think about the commercialisation of Christmas? Do you feel the pressure as a parent? AL: Of course. Children are bombarded by advertising, and the pressure on parents is enormous. Something really needs to be done to control it. The quasi-violence of many of the toys on the market is also something which I find disturbing. I think parent’s just need to remember that they can only do what they can afford; they can’t buy their kids everything. FGL: And how do you juggle being a dad with being an actor? AL: The places I’ve worked, like Coronation Street and The Bill, have always been very family friendly and accommodating, so it hasn’t been too hard. We’ve got a flat in London so we can easily divide our time between the two places, so I’m lucky in that respect.

See Andrew Lancel at the Echo Arena this December!

Produced by renowned show creator David Lee, Sleeping Beauty and starring Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street’s Frank Foster), the show is jampacked with laughs, action, drama, surprises, live music & songs and plenty of audience participation, all performed by a fantastic star-studded cast and live band.

What was the name of the character that Andrew Lancel played in Coronation Street? our To enter the competition please visit your website familygolive.com and give us answer. Closing date 7th December

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A family ticket to see the Floral Pavilion’s magical pantomime, Peter Pan Win a family ticket to see the Floral Pavilion’s magical pantomime, Peter Pan, on Sunday 16th December at 2pm. Peter Pan is guaranteed to be awash with swash and buckle. Running from 13th December until 6th January, this is going to be a spectacular show with something for all the family.   The role of Peter Pan will be taken by Jack McMullen who is best known for appearing on our TV screens as Finn Sharkey in Waterloo Road. Gary Turner, otherwise known as Carlos Diaz in Yorkshire Television’s Emmerdale and the evil Nathan Blake in Hollyoaks – Let Loose will be the dastardly Captain Hook who we all love to hate! His evil gang of pirates will be made up of the comedy acrobats, The Nitwits, who are sure to cause mayhem, flipping all over the pirate ship!  

  And for the younger members of the family, Derek Moran will be joining the cast as the hilarious Smee, direct from Channel 5’s Milkshake. Derek will have the audience young and old laughing in the aisles as he brings a true touch of panto magic to the spectacular show.    

To win answer the following question: Which TV show is Peter Pan (Finn Sharkey) famous for staring in?

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Best in school pastoral care: Sudley Junior School Greenbank Primary School Booker Avenue Junior School St Francis De Sales Junior School St Vincent De Paul Junior School Rudston Primary School

Best extracurricular club/activity for 4-11

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AWARDS Congratulations to the companies and organisations that have been shortlisted for the first ever Family Go Live Awards, as nominated by our readers. If you haven’t voted for your favourites yet, there’s still time as the voting doesn’t close until Friday 16th November!

The winners will be announced at our fifth birthday party, which includes a canapés and drinks reception at Grey Space, on Wednesday 21st November.

And the nominations are... Best nursery:

Holyrood Nursery at Princess Dock Dukes and Duchesses Wonderland Day Nursery Honey Pot Nurseries Eastfield Day Nursery Kids Unlimited

Best supporting organisation for parents

AJ Dance Productions Total Swim Topaz Dance School Marsh Sports Harlequin Dance Kicking Free Little League

Best Family day out for under 12s: Knowsley Safari Park Farmer Teds Chester Zoo Legoland Blue Planet Chill Factore

Most family friendly cafe /restaurant: What’s Cooking Delifonseca Dockside Neighbourhood Cafe Interesting Eating Company Dobbies Cafe

Best service provider

Morecrofts Solicitors Paul Crowley & Co Alder Vets Liverpool Chiropractic Care Physiotherapy Centre

Best hair and beauty

Cherry on Top Saints Hairdressing Voodou Mark Phillips Matt Cox Woodlands & Evergreen Spa & Clinic

Best fitness class/centre: AJ Dance Productions Movema David Lloyd Yoga at Breathing Space Something for the Ladies

Church and Mossley Hill Sure Start Centre Childwall and Woolton Sure Start Centre Dingle Lane Sure Start Centre NCT Liverpool Liverpool Bambis Breastfeeding Support

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Best baby and toddler class:

Best hired entertainment:

Water Babies Jumping Jacks Puddle Ducks Tumble Tots Baby Sensory

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Morecrofts Solicitors Tel: 0151 236 8871 www.morecroft.co.uk Hamper House Tel: 0151 486 2055 www.hamperhouse.net Paul Crowley Tel: 0151 264 7363 www.paulcrowley.co.uk Costco Tel: 0151 224 7670 www.costco.co.uk Best Au Pair Barcelona Tel: 07414 724 447 www.bestaupairbarcelona.com

Jalons Tel: 0151 734 3984 www.jalons.co.uk Com-Cabs Tel: 0151 298 2222 Atlantic Chambers Tel: 0151 236 4421 www.atlanticchambers.co.uk Dobbies Garden Centre Tel: 0151 728 3070 www.dobbies.com Alpha Mortgage advice Tel: 0151 924 6070 www.alpamortgageadvice.co.uk Instant Pest Solutions Tel: 0151 345 0556 www.liverpool-pestcontrol.co.uk King of Spades Garden Maintenance Tel: 07963 411 828 www.kingofspadesuk.com CM Decorators LTD Tel: 07967 784 763 www.cmdecoratorsltd.co.uk BEEcycle Tel: 0151 707 1043 www.beecycle.co.uk Aigburth Guttering Specialist Tel: 0151 427 8062 www.gutteringliverpool.info Utility Warehouse Tel: 07950 341 490 Rest and Relax Tel: 0151 493 0555 http://www.rest-relax.co.uk John Williams Tel: 07535 314204

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Stay Safe On the roads this winter While winter has many advantages – cosy nights in, more opportunities to accessorize with hats and scarves and ubiquitous mulled wine – one definite downside is how the winter affects driving conditions. The dark nights and poor weather affect visibility while snow and rain make driving conditions dangerous. No wonder, then, that car insurance claims increase at this time of year. Paul Dobson, of Fix ‘n’ Go Mobile Mechanics, advises us on how to stay safe this winter.

Pump it up

“To lower your chance of skidding, keep a careful eye on your tyres’ condition. As well as being properly pumped up, they should have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm by law, though the deeper the tread depth the more efficient your tyres will be at stopping and gripping the road.

Keep safety in sight

“Winter weather can make it more difficult to see clearly when you are driving but careful preparation can make sure you don’t get caught out.

“Make sure all lights are clean and in good working order, and make sure you replace any broken bulbs immediately. Always make sure your screen wash is topped up and that your wiper blades are in good working condition. It’s also worth regularly checking your anti-freeze levels to ensure the engine does not freeze over.

Kit yourself out

“If you break down unexpectedly, you’ll cope a lot better if you’re prepared. Make sure your mobile is fully charged before you head out on long journeys, and that you have the number of your breakdown service to hand. A warning triangle, spare bulb kit, fuses, spade, torch and warm clothes and blankets will also come in handy.”

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Bobs Buttons Founder Gemma Develops Book To Help Grieving Children

We catch up with scouse chanteuse Sonia, who is playing Baroness Hardup in Epstein theatre’s first ever Pantomine, Cinderella... What does family mean to you? My family means everything to me. I have a two year old daughter and she brightens our day. My family is the most important part of my life. How do you get a good work life balance? I am very fortunate with my work, as most of my work is on stage at night, so I get to spend all day with my two year old daughter Gracie. When I work she is asleep. What’s the best advice you have ever been given? The best advice I received was to work hard for what you want to achieve. What do you worry about most? I worry what the world will be like when my daughter grows up.

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When are you happiest? I am happiest when I spend time with my husband and daughter. What’s the most important lesson in life? The most important lesson in life is to work hard, take time to enjoy yourself and live life to the full.

Make sure you see See Sonia as Baroness Hardup at the Epstein Theatre this December!

When somebody you know loses a loved one, it’s common to not really know what to say to them. So what do you say to a bereaved child, who is not only experiencing overwhelming emotions he or she may feel totally unprepared for, but who also may not be old enough to rationalise the concept of death. Gemma Longworth, the founder of craft business Bobs Buttons had a younger brother who died in a car accident when she was just 11 years old and he was just eight, and she noticed that while most people have some idea how to deal with grieving adults, they are often clueless when it comes to helping children deal with their loss.

In memory of her brother, Gemma has worked with Alder Hey to turn her experiences into a book – ‘I need help’. The book – also illustrated by Gemma – follows the story of a teddy bear who has lost someone he loves, and how an older bear helps him through it by helping him to remember the person he loved and realise that his ‘special person’ will always be a part of his life. ‘I need help’ is now available to download as an app or you can request your copy from The Alder Centre – 0151 252 5931

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Why not try the Alternative?

Strolling hand-in-hand through fairy light bathed streets, picking out presents for the people you love most in the world... In theory Christmas shopping should be fun. The reality; arm-to-arm combat with other mums over the last Nintendo DS and queues to shame any theme park means that Christmas shopping is an annual trial of endurance that most people come to dread. But despair not, at Family Go Live, we’ve been doing some of the hard work so you don’t have to. So pour yourself another eggnog, crack open a selection box and don’t even think about taking off that onesie, because we’ve researched some of the best places to buy Christmas presents, without even leaving the house.

For when you need inspiration

Deciding what to buy for whom can be tricky. Luckily gizoo.co.uk has a ‘gift finder’ function which allows you to select the perfect present for your loved one. Simply choose who the recipient is (e.g. husband, work colleague) and then their personality type (e.g. workaholic, eco warrior) etc. Gizoo will then trawl its present catalogue and provide selection of presents that are just perfect.

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For the styleconscious

Parents who like their children’s toys to be pleasing to the eye should take a look at the Great Little Trading Co.’s website gltc.co.uk. They stock a great range of traditional-looking children’s toys and have a special ‘wooden toys’ section. We love this Ride and Roll Ladybird.

For when you want something quirky

Ever yearned to buy your husband a pair of boxers emblazoned with Boris Johnson’s face? Or buy a high-viz vest featuring the visage of our own dear Queen? OK, probably not, but it’s still worth taking a look at twistedtwee.co.uk if you want to find a gift that nobody else is likely to duplicate. We especially like their ‘Child Labour’ collection – a selection of tea towels featuring logos such as ‘Princesses dry it better’ and ‘the magic pocket money cloth’ in a, let’s be honest, most likely in vain, attempt to get children interested in household chores.

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The phone rings. A pan overboils. Someone knocks at the door. Never getting distracted when caring for children has always been an impossibility, but new research by home safety brand Lindam suggests that our busy lifestyles are leaving us much more prone to getting distracted than we once were. A poll of 2,000 parents showed that seven out of ten mums are being forced to regularly leave their children playing unsupervised while carrying out household chores. Almost half (40 per cent) of parents admitted that their child had been injured around the house whilst they were busy cooking, cleaning and juggling aspects of domestic life. And with the recession meaning employees feel they have to go above the odds to keep their jobs safe, unsurprisingly working from home ranked at number four on the list of the top distractions for mums.

first UK-wide campaign aimed at parents, the First Aid Challenge, in response to a survey in which 96 per cent of parents agreed that all parents should have basic first aid knowledge, but two thirds admitted that they themselves don’t feel confident about administering first aid.

To help ensure that parents are prepared in the event of an accident, the British Red Cross has just launched the

For free first aid advice, videos and to sign-up to the First Aid Challenge, go to www.redcross.org.uk/ firstaidchallenge

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Tracey Turner from the British Red Cross said: “We hope this challenge will make all parents stop, think and decide to learn some first aid.We are passionate about giving everyone the skills and the confidence to know what to do.”

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While hair oils have been about for many years, Moroccan oil first burst onto the scene in 2009, and has quickly become one of the most popular hair products around. Strengthening and nourishing the hair as it adds gloss and shine, it’s no wonder that Moroccan oil has quickly become one of the most sought after beauty treatments on the market. Liverpool’s Voodou hairdressers offer a range of gifts from leading brand Moroccanoil. Their products, packed with anti-oxidants, nutrient rich and innovative formulas, provide dramatic results for your hair. It can improve hair that is in in good condition already or rescue hair which is dry or damaged.

Treatment Gift Set -

This set includes the classic Morrocanoil treatment. A versatile, nourishing and residue free formula, which can be used as a conditioning, styling or finishing tool. It blends well with other products, and even speeds up drying time! It replaces all lost proteins and nourishment in your hair, and protects your hair in the future. Paired up with the Intense Hydrating Mask - a high performance mask that deeply hydrates and conditions whilst dramatically improving your hair’s texture, elasticity, shine and manageability. Suitable for all hair types and is presented in a stylish travel bag.

Moisture Gift Set -

This set includes the classic Morroncanoil Treatment, alongside the wonderful Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, which gently and effectively helps to revive the hair, to leave it looking and feeling noticeably nourished, manageable and strong.

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The Button Boutique Tel: 07906 060 299 www.bobsbuttonboutique.com Candylicious Tel: 07843108005 Allerton Road, Merseyside Superbowl Tel: 0151 424 5866 www.widnes-superbowl.co.uk Yellow Sub Tel: 08444 120 850 www.yellowsub.co.uk Creepy Crawly Tel: 01244 646 045 www.thecreepycrawlyshow.co.uk Groovy Hooves Tel: 01257 261 771 www.groovy-hooves.com Crafty Corner Tel: 07919 493546 www.craftycornernumber61.weebly.com Big Red Bus Tel: 07824 872 159 www.redpartybus.co.uk Fooleys (Children’s Entertainer) Tel: 07860 765 971 www.fooleys.co.uk Spaceworld Tel: 0844 335 8342 www.spaceworldplaycentre.co.uk Kilmore Promotions Tel: 0800 1955630 www.kilmorepromotions.co.uk Just the Cupcake Tel: 07765 228009 www.justthecupcake.co.uk Glitterarti Parties Tel: 07932802721 TK Entertainments Tel: 0151 345 9490 www.tk-entertainments.co.uk

This set is great for hair which is dry and damaged.

The Morocconoil Treatment set is available in Voodou salons for £47.84 while the Moisture Gift Set is £54.85.

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Party Fact File:

The Creepy Crawly Show We talk to Ed Brisbourne of The Creepy Crawly Show about why it’s time to start inviting tarantulas, snakes and Hooter the Barn Owl to your child’s birthday party.

What is The Creepy Crawly Show?

The Creepy Crawly Show is a fun packed animal party roadshow that’s full of comedy, music, games and amazing animals. Our comical Rangers entertain children and adults alike with funny sketches, Get Me Out Of Here style challenges and loads of fun facts about the animals and animalholding sessions.  

What happens at The Creepy Crawly Show party?

Where do the parties take place?

We do home birthday parties, village halls and function rooms, play barns, schools, fetes and fairs.  

What age group are your parties suitable for? Any age from toddlers upwards, we adjust each party for the age group we are entertaining. We’ve done lots of parties for toddlers, kids birthdays, teens, Christenings, Communions, Weddings and even Nursing Homes.  

What is the cost of the parties?

A 1 hour animal party show is £130, 2 hours is £180. There are NO restrictions on guest numbers to each party - the more the merrier.

Our comical Rangers enjoy entertaining the whole room from start to finish. We play games, run challenges, perform comedy sketches and show you lots of amazing animals including Scorpions, Tarantulas, Snakes, Lizards, Giant Centipedes and Millipedes, Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches, Giant African Snails, Frogs and children’s favourites Terry the Turtle and Hooter the Barn Owl.  Every show is a little bit different!  

What makes The Creepy Crawly Show parties so special?

We don’t turn up and do ‘show and tell’ lectures with animals in Tupperware containers. It’s a professional presented party show which is very funny and enjoyable for everyone in the room to watch and often the talk of the playground the next day.  

What sort of themes do you have for both boys & girls?

We run a Jungle Safari theme throughout each party with jungle staging and music, games and safari costumes. Boys and girls are equally as entertained and engaged by the show and its amazing animals.  

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