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Welcome…

What another holiday already ! Did you know Whitsun has its origins in a pagan cel ebration of Summer’s Day before being adopted by Christians as part of Pentecost commemorating the Holy Ghost visiting Christ’s disciples after Eas ter. Some think the name is a shortened version of Wh ite Sunday and comes from the white clothes worn by people being baptised on that day and others believe it was called Wytsonday because the Holy Ghost bro ught wytt – or wisdom – to the disciples.

in this issue Absolutely Horrid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Pinboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Primary Penguin Primer . . . . 14 Roundabout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Movies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Competitions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

It also means a week off sch ool when parents and their kids are looking for thin gs to do, so check out the Roundabout and Theatre pag es for what to do, where to go and what to see ideas. And don’t forget, June 19 is Father’s Day so lots of attractions will be having special offers. This issue we have an exclus ive chat with the star of the first ever Horrid Henry movie, there’s a Primary Penguins Primer to celebr ate the release of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a look at new movies, and books and competitions to win tick ets to Thomas, Tangled, Gnomeo and Yogi Bear DV Ds and a money can’t buy, never to be repeated night at Kenilworth Castle. Have a good one. Mike and the Primary Times Tea

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aking Horrid Henry, ries about mischief-m sto ’s on Sim a sc ce an Fr , First published in 1994 door, Moody his annoying younger brother Perfect Peter and infuriating girl next

ng children.

urite among you Margaret, quickly became a massive favo

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D I R R O H show, Horrid Henry - Live and Horrid! And now Horrid Henry is making his live action big screen debut in Horrid Henry: The Movie 3D. When Henry fails yet again to hand in his homework, he has no idea that this will set off a chain of events which will see him having to join forces with Moody Margaret and Perfect Peter to save the very school he has always professed to hate from being closed down by the inspectors!

Today, there are 21 different books of Horrid Henry short stories (published in 25 different language – in Spain he’s Pablo Diablo and in Norway Rampete Robin), seven Horrid Henry joke books, 11 Early Readers, 104 animated TV episodes, 16 DVDs, 17 audio books, an album of Horrid Henry songs, two Horrid Henry video games and even an enormously successful stage 4

Newcomers Scarlett Stitt and Ross Marron are Moody Margaret and Perfect Peter, while Anjelica Huston, the star of The Witches is Miss Battle-Axe, Siobhan Hayes from My Family and Mathew Horne from Gavin & Stacey are mom and dad, Jo Brand’s the Demon Dinner Lady, and there’s even an appearance by Dick and Dom as Too Cool For School. But, as Horrid Henry himself, the star of the film is Essex born 13

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year old Theo Stevenson. He’s already appeared in three films, including Christmas comedy Fred Claus as the young Santa, and received amazing reviews for his theatre performances. Primary Times took time off school to find out more. When did you start acting? I started professional acting when I was 8, but I was in school plays and theatre school plays before then. I went to a small theatre school on Saturdays in our local town for a few years. Did you read Horrid Henry books when you were young?

Yes, my mum read all of them to me when I was little. I loved them. What were your favourite books as a child? Horrid Henry, definitely, and then the Michael Morpurgo books. Are you more like Horrid Henry or Perfect Peter? Definitely more like Horrid Henry. Do you have any brothers or sisters? Do you argue like Henry and Peter. I have a twin sister Maddie. We do argue a lot, but probably no more than other kids.

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people like Colin Farrell, Simon Pegg, Ewan McGregor, Will Ferrell and Will Smith.

What hobbies do you have? Free-running (parkour), dancing, skiing and I’ve just got into iceskating, which I do every Friday night!

Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud plays Prissy Polly. Who is your favourite girl band?

What do your school friends think about you being Horrid Henry?

Hhmmmm… well now, Girls Aloud after meeting the amazing Kimberley, of course!

They think it’s cool and interesting.

Do you enjoy school?

What are the actors who play Moody Margaret and Perfect Peter like?

Not really, I get in trouble quite a bit. And the school I go to is very strict and academic (not really my scene). Though I enjoy seeing my friends a lot!

Ross is a great guy who will certainly go far! And Scarlett sure is talented too! What do you think Horrid Henry fans will think of him teaming up with Margaret and Peter? I think they will be surprised by that! But definitely like it! What was the best and most difficult things about making the film? I would get picked up at 5am every Monday morning, that was hard. I would get home late on Friday nights too. I enjoyed being centre of attention, though, and I made friends! Horrid Henry is the first British kids movie ever to filmed in 3D. What does it look like? There are some parts in the movie where the 3D effects really stand out and look amazing. For example all the goo, vomit... and me!!

Do you do your homework? Yes I do it, but hate it. Was it fun playing someone naughty?

What was is like working with such famous names in the film?

What’s your best and worst subject?

Yes, I suppose. I got to do some stunts in the movie that were really fun. Horrid Henry is always getting up to mischief!

I was very excited to work with Dick and Dom! I have been watching them on T.V. since I was very young, and they were just so funny! But the movie has such an amazing cast and team, that every day was so exiting to meet new people!!

English because I love being creative and writing stories and poems. My worst subject would probably be Maths or Chemistry.

Who’s your favourite actor or actress?

Would you try and save your school if it was in trouble?

My favourite actors include

If I’m honest, no!

What’s the most mischief you got up to? Well, in the movie I got to go on a zip-wire as one of the stunts outside the window of his house! I also got to throw water balloons at Moody Margaret! Did any of you play pranks on the film crew? Ross would take the Directors’ hat and hide it. I made friends with the film crew and I’m quite a good boy in real life!

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Did you have a terrifying teacher at school ? Many, and I still do!!

Horrid Henry: The Movie 3D is in cinemas from July 29. The 22nd Horrid Henry book, Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire featuring Horrid Henry Writes A Story, Horrid Henry and the Mad Professor, Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire and Horrid Henry and the Nudie Foodie, will be published on September 1. WHITSUN 2011 ISSUE

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“Over half the people in the world are living, to some degree, out of contact of with the natural world,” says David Attenborough. “There is a huge problem that people will get out of touch with nature and that will be disastrous. Children are unfailingly interested in the natural world and education is absolutely central and fundamental to keeping that interest alive.” That is why, as part of its 50th anniversary events, leading conservation charity WWF is inviting youngsters between the ages of 7-16 to take part in a nature themed competition, My True Nature. Whether it’s a special place, a favourite season, an exciting outdoor adventure or just walking your pet dog, WWF wants young people to capture their own personal connections with nature. The competition has five categories: Camera (film, photography), Audio (sound, music), Art (drawings, paintings, sculpture), Words (poetry, prose) and Movement (Dance, Movement) and entries must be submitted digitally to the My True Nature website wwf.org.uk/mytruenature Youth groups and schools can upload their entries via an exclusive secure online channel hosted by Radiowaves, which allows to take part in safe social networking activities linked to the project. The competition is open now and runs until Sep 9 and all artworks will feature on the website, Prizes will awarded for some of the best artworks and 50 will be chosen to be showcased at a WWF 50th anniversary event in November .For full details of the categories, rules and requirements see wwf.org.uk/mytruenature

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

LIFE ON THE FARM

MAKING LEARNING MAGIC

Stratford’s magical attraction, The Creaky Cauldron - Where Magic Begins, is running a new education programme for schools with talks, walks, workshops and lectures, providing inspiring educational experiences from Early Years through to A Levels. Aimed at Key Stage 1 & 2 and Years 2-7, the Spellbound Literacy Trail encourages pupils to use observational, interpretation and explanation skills to describe thoughts, experiences and ideas with topics including verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, antonyms and compound words. Potions with Dr Thaddeus Bombay is aimed at Years 2 & 3 and enables children to learn about herbs and flowers used in the Apothecary, and A Morning at Magic School for Years 4- 9 offers story-telling, potion mixing and the chance to learn about traditional herbal remedies and create their own magical creatures. For details of the programme and costs (teachers go free) and a downloadable copy of the Guide to the STMO education programmes for 2011/2012, Casting A Spell In The Class Room, visit www. wheremagicbegins.co.uk

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Want to find out what happens beyond the farm gate, how farmers produce our food, and care for our countryside? Sun Jun 12 is Open Farm Sunday as farmers invite visitors to discover about life on Britain’s farms at first hand along with rides, games, displays, farm tours and meet the animals encounters. Farms taking part in the West Midlands include livestock breeders Heronsbrook Farm in Knowle, crop producers Dunnington Court Farm nr Alcester and salads specialists Valefresco in Hampton Lucy. For full details see www.farmsunday.org

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Taste of Birmingham is no more, but in its place comes the CBD Food Festival. To be held on Thu Jul 7 in Victoria Square from noon-7pm, it will celebrate the best of food and drink in the Colmore Business District with a variety of venues ranging from fine dining restaurants to coffee shops and bars as well as featuring live cookery demonstrations from the district’s top chefs. Menu taster options will be on offer from as little as £1.50 and among those already confirmed to take part are Asha’s Restaurant, Hotel du Vin, Metro Bar & Grill, Opus, Purnell’s, The Jekyll & Hyde, Bagel Nation, Caffè Uno and Starbucks. The event coincides with the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival, which will include performances in the District. For more info see www. colmorebusinessdistrict.com

TOGS FOR DOGS

Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson is encouraging schools to take hold a non-uniform day Fri Jun 10 to raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a national charity that trains dogs to alert their deaf owners to every day sounds that hearing people take for granted. Children can either dress up or wear ‘doggy’ themed outfits to school and there’s also Togs for Dogs activity packs, designed around National Curriculum guidelines for children aged 4-16, which contain educational information about hearing plus such fun activities as a puppy picnic, and sign a song.

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Summer fun at Warwick Arts Centre The Tiger Who Came To Tea

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Tue 31 May & Wed 1 Jun Ages: 3+ £11.75, Under 16s £9.75

Albert & Friends

Summer Circus School

The tea-guzzling tiger takes to the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-along songs and clumsy chaos!

Mon 8 – Fri 12 Aug 10.30am – 4pm every day Ages: 8 – 14 £110 Spend the week experimenting with wire-walking, trapeze skills, stilt walking and uni-cycling as well as learning the gentler, but equally demanding skills of plate spinning, Diablo and juggling.

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THEATRE S H O W S

FAMILY & CHILDRENS

IN THE MIDLANDS & BLACK COUNTRY

NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING Tue Jun 21

Alexandra Theatre

Shaolin Warriors

Box Office: 0844 847 2291 Station St, B’ham www.alexandratheatre.org.uk

Arena Theatre

Thu Jun 2

Fri Jun 24/Sat Jun 25

The Wiggles Greatest Hits

Fri Jun 10-Sat Jun 18

The Wiz

Disney’s Camp Rock Reach Musical Theatre School production of the new musical based on Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Flashy Camp Star threatens Camp Breathtaking theatrical Kung Fu feats of agility strength and skill with 22 Kungfu masters, music, lights and colourful costumes. Will feature fighting displays and weapons. 7.30pm. £23/£21

Rock’s existence and Mitchie

Tue Jun 28-Sat Jul 2

and her fellow Camp Rockers get

wants to put on a show for his friends, Bitzer, Shirley,

down with songs like This Is Me,

Timmy and the rest of the flock,

Can’t Back Down and We Rock.

dancing and prancing through

Fri 7pm, Sat 2.30pm/7pm. £8

wonderful adventures under

BelgradeTheatre Box Office: 024 7655 3055 Belgrade Sq, Coventry www.belgrade.co.uk Sat May 28-Sat Jun 11

The Night Queen More hysterical historical facts and foolishness. Awful Egyptians (Tue/Sat 7pm, Wed/ Fri 10.30am, Thu 1.30pm) with fascinating Pharaohs, puzzling pyramids and mean mummies. Open the Gates of the Afterlife and get ready to rumble with Rameses. Ruthless Romans (Wed 1.30pm, Thu 10.30am, Fri 7pm, Sat 2.30pm) encounter evil Emperors and gruesome gladiators, roam through Roman Britain and spot Spartacus. There’s no place like Rome! £16£12, kids £14-£10

Stage-struck Shaun the Sheep

into shape for the ultimate show-

Horrible Histories

The Birmingham Rep present The Wizard Of Oz with a twist, a rhythm and blues musical adaptation of the story as Dorothy and her dog Toto are blown by a snow storm into the mysterious Land of Oz where she joins the Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion in a quest to find The Wiz. Featuring Birmingham X-Factor star Trayc Cohen as Dorothy, local supporting cast and songs like Everybody Rejoice, If You Believe, and Home, this is going to be brilliant. 7.30pm (Tue 14 7pm), mat Thu/Sat 18 4pm. £28-£13

Shaun’s Big Show

Wulfruna St, Wolverhampton www.arena.wlv.ac.uk

Anthony, Murray, Jeff and Sam join Wiggly friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus for all the favourite Wiggles hits from the last 20 years, including Hot Potato, Fruit Salad and Rock A Bye Your Bear. 1pm/4pm. £17

Box Office: 01902 321321

Thu Jun 2-Sat Jun 4

the nose of the short-sighted Farmer. A great introduction to dance and musical for kids and, with woolly sheep doing ballet and pigs in leather acting like Michael Jackson, this is going to be hilarious fun for grown ups

Pamina’s father has forbidden

too! Thu/Fri 7pm, Sat 5pm, mat

her to play in the dark forest. But,

Fri/Sat 11am/2pm. Thu £11.50,

seeking adventure, she slips out

kids £8, family £31, Fri £14, kids

of the house and follows colour-

£10.50, family £38.50, Sat £16,

ful bird Popinjay into the tangled

kids £12.50, family £44.50

trees. Oh no, dad as right, there’s an angry dragon and the only way to escape its clutches is by finding the mysterious Night Queen. Hoopla’s enchanting, funny, scary story based on Mozart’s The Magic Flute using

Mon Jun 6

Big School: Promise The summer holidays will be over soon, and Grace is worried about moving from Primary

puppets, music, and opera. 7pm,

school to Secondary. But this

mat Tue 31-Sat 4, Sat 11 2.30pm.

production shows there’s noth-

£6 , family £16

ing to be scared about. 5pm. £6

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THEATRE S H O W S

FAMILY & CHILDRENS

IN THE MIDLANDS & BLACK COUNTRY

NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING .Tue Jun 14-Sat Jun 18

The Jungle Book

Fri Jul 8/Sat Jul 9

Birmingham Libary Theatre

Spotlight

Charlecote Park Box Office: 0844 2491895

Box Office: 0121 236 4455

Freeman Dance Academy’s spectacular showcase featuring over 300 Coventry schoolchildren with dance styles ranging from Irish Dance to Street Dance, and

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Paradise Place, B’ham

Sat Jun 4

Sat Jun 18

Pinocchio

From Here To There

from Musical Theatre to Pointe Ballet. 7.30pm. £12. Birmingham Stage Company’s splendid musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic adventure as Baloo and Bagheera set out to return young Mowgli to the man village before he’s killed by Shere Khan, the tiger. Tue, Fri/Sat 7pm, mat Wed/ Thu 10.30am/1.30pm, Fri 10.30am, Sat 2.30pm. Tue £11.50, kids £8, family £31, WedFri £14, kids £10.50, family £39, Sat £16, kids £12.50, family £41

Birmingham Hippodrome Box Office: 0844 338 5000 Hurst Street www.birminghamhippodrome. com

Tue Jul 5-Sat Aug 13

We Will Rock You

Heartbreak’s outdoor production of the story about the wooden puppet who wants to be a real One child likes to build things,

Fri Jun 24

the other likes to knock things

Sahara Arts Mela 2011

down. By working and playing

Bollywood and traditional folk songs, bhangra and raas garba dancing with colourful costumes and plays about South Asian Communities. 6.30pm. £8-£4, kids £4 Sat Jun 25

Fusion: An Evening of Dance

East and West style dance forms choreographed and performed by local youngsters age 11-18 who all care for a family member with a long term disability, terminal illness or substance misuse issues. A fundraiser for Coventry Young Carers. 7pm. £10.

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together, they learn to make bridges, tell tales of hungry trolls

boy 5.30pm. £12, kids £6.

Dream Factory Box Office: 01926 419555 Shelley Avenue, Warwick www.playboxtheatre.com

and greedy goats, and become Rhydian stars in the return of the

friends. 11.30am/2pm. £7.50,

Sat May 28/Sun May 29

kids £4.50

Oddweek

musical based on the story of Queen and featuring their classic

Bridge House Threatre

songs. A fantastical tale of young

Box Office: 01926 776 438

kids battling mighty music hating

Myton Road, Warwick www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk

Toby Quash’s touching tale of Daniel Davidson-Daniels who has the strangest and most muddlesome of weeks. 4pm. £7.50 Wed Jun 15-Sun Jun 19

corporations with the help of

Strikes

dreamer Galileo and sassy rock

Thu Jun 30-Sat Jul 2

chick Scaramouche. 7.30pm, mat

Treasure Island

Back in 1911, children across the

Follow young Jim on an exciting

ing better conditions and nicer

adventure involving a treasure

Fri/Sat £45-£23.50, mat Thu 7/

teachers. Learn why and what

map, the ocean and a mysterious

happened. Wed-Sat 7pm, mat

Wed £39.50-£18.

pirate. 7pm. £8.

Sat/Sun 4pm. £11.50

Thu 7, Wed/Sat 2.30pm. MonThu + Sat mat £42.50-£21.50,

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THEATRE S H O W S

FAMILY & CHILDRENS

IN THE MIDLANDS & BLACK COUNTRY

NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING NOW SHOWING Thu Jun 23-Sat Jun 25

mac Box Office: 0121 446 3232 Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, B’ham www.macarts.co.uk

Solihull Arts Complex

The Wizard Of Oz

Box Office: 0121 704 6962

Local amateur production of

Sun May 29

the classic story of Dorothy and

Homer Rd, Solihull www.solihull.gov.uk/arts

her adventures along the Yellow

Fri Jun 3

Brick Road. 7.30pm, mat Sat

Not So Grimm Fairy Tales

2.30pm. £12

Rip, Fold, Scrunch A butterfly flutters. A kite soars. But not everyone has something to play with. Join Rip, Fold

Thu Jul 7-Sat Jul 9

Goodnight Mr Tom The heartwarming tale of the friendship between an elderly

and Scrunch as they journey

recluse and a lonely young boy

into the multicoloured world

evacuated to the English coun-

of friendship, with the help of

tryside during World War II. Ama-

some magical paper creations.

teur production. 7.30pm, mat Sat

11am/2.30pm. £8

2.30pm, £10, family £30.

Palace Theatre Box Office: 01527 65203 Alcester Street, Redditch www.redditchpalacetheatre. co.uk

Meet a handful of princesses, a whirlwind of witches and one weally, weally wicked wolf as Uncontained Arts bring to life such favourite Grimm characters as Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Tom Thumb with music, magic and laughs. 2.30pm. £6.

Warwick Arts Centre Box Office: 024 7652 4524 University of Warwick, Coventry www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

Royal Spa Centre Box Office: 01527 65203

Sat May 28/Sun May 29

Newbold Terrace, Leamington Spa www.royal-spa-centre.co.uk

Snowplay

Wed Jun 1/Thu Jun 2

Fireman Sam – Ponty-

but can Sam stop naughty

Mr Benn - The Extraordinary Adventures of Tue May 31/Wed Jun 1 an Ordinary Man The Tiger Who Came A brand new musical show To Tea based on the classic TV charac-

Norman discovering who it is

ter. When Mr Benn gets an invita-

and ruining the big surprise!

tion to a fancy dress party, he

1pm/3.30pm. £13, family £44

visits a small shop in search of a

Wed Jun 1

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Chris & Pui Show Me Roadshow

The Cbeebies favourites invite you to join in with the fun, music, songs and games. 1pm/4pm. £10.50, kids £8.50. Sat Jun 18/Sun Jun 19

Thomas and Friends Live: A Circus Comes to Town

It may be Spring but you can still make a giant snowman have a massive snowball fight in this brrrrilliant show as Mr Green returns from holiday to find Mr White has covered the whole house in snow. Sat 2pm/Sun 3pm. £9

Tue May 31

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mayhem, music and magic. Tue 1.30pm/4.30pm, Wed 10.30am/1.30pm. £11.75, kids £9.75.

Mum and Sophie are about to have tea when the door bell rings. Oh no, it’s a hungry tea-guzzling tiger bringing

When Thomas makes a big mistake, all the engines on Sodor must work together to prepare for the exciting event under the Big Top as Thomas, Percy, James, Gordon, and of course Sir Topham Hatt welcome a colourful cast of circus performers in a tale of friendship and cooperation. Sat 11am, 2pm, 5pm, Sun 11am/2pm. £15.50, kids £13.50

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TO CELEBRATE THE FILM, HERE’S THE PRIMARY TIMES PENGUIN FACT FILE 1. The name penguin is thought to come from the Welsh words ‘pen’, meaning head, and gwyn, meaning white. 2. Penguins first appeared on Earth 40 million years ago. 3. Penguins are only found in the Southern Hemisphere, but they don’t just live in Antarctica. They are also found on the coast of South America, South Africa, the Galapagos, Southern Australia and New Zealand. 4. Penguins are birds and lay eggs but they cannot fly. 5. Penguins swim using their wings. They can swim about 15 miles per hour and they can see better in water than on land. 6. The light front and dark back of the penguin provides camouflage from above and below to protect them in the water.

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7. One in 50,000 penguins are born with brown not black plumage and are called Isabelline penguins.

10. A group of penguins is called a colony or rookery. 11. Penguins mate for life.

8. T  heir tightly packed feathers help penguins to keep warm, they open their feathers to feel the cold. 9. T  here are at least 18 different species. The best known are the Emperor Penguins and Rockhoppers. The Emperor is the largest of the species weighing 35kg. The smallest is the Fairy Penguin which weighs just 0.9kg. The rarest species is the Yellow-

12. Male penguins look after the eggs while females search for food. 13. Penguins ‘talk’ with each other using their flippers and heads. 14. The most famous cartoon penguin is Pingu, created in 1986. 15. Club Penguin is Walt Disney’s multiplayer online role-playing game for children who play using cartoon penguins they have created. www. clubpenguin.com

PENGUINS AT MIDLANDS ZOOS Cotswold Wildlife Park: species Humboldt. Feeding times 11am/4pm. Burford, Oxfordshire. 01993 823006. 10am-4.30pm. £12.50, kids £8.50. Drayton Manor Theme Park: species Humboldt. Feeding time 2.30pm. Nr Tamworth, Staffs 0844 472 1950 10.30am-5pm. £32, kids (4-11) £25, (2-3 £2.50), 65+ £19, family (5) £122.50, (4) £98, (3) £73.50. Inc theme park. Dudley Zoo: species Humboldt. Feeding time 3.15pm. Dudley. 01384 215314. 10am5pm. £11.30, kids £8.90 (under 3s free), disabled child £6. OAP/Student £9.90 Twycross Zoo: species Humboldt. Feeding times 12.10pm/3.10pm. Burton Road, Atherstone, Warwks 0844 474 1777 10am5.30pm. £14.50, kids £10, u3s £1, family (2+2) £44, (1+2) £30.

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King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS) has built a reputation for excellence in all areas of school life since it was first established in 1883. KEHS is one of two independent day schools in the King Edward VI Foundation, which is also responsible for five grammar schools and one academy around the city of Birmingham. KEHS prides itself on its links with junior and prep schools. Its excellent pastoral support ensures all girls are warmly welcomed into the new school Community. Every effort is made to build on the girls’ past experiences and pastoral staff try to visit as many junior schools as possible on a regular basis to understand both the curricular and cocurricular environment with which the girls are familiar. The emphasis in the first year at KEHS is on making the girls feel secure and settled in their new environment. This approach ensures girls are able to make the most of the extensive opportunities available both inside and outside of the classroom. KEHS prides itself on nurturing well rounded and enquiring minds and offers a vast array of opportunities and experiences to its girls. Recent activities have included hosting an International Astronomy workshop, holding an exhibition of 20c bookbindings, a residential geography field trip, a classical trip to Cirencester, musical and dance productions and numerous visitors including a BBC journalist and the Bishop of Birmingham. Sarah Evans, KEHS Principal, elaborates. “KEHS is a vibrant community, buzzing with energy. The opportunities for the girls are outstanding and far beyond what most schools can offer. It is hard to see how the girls fit everything in, but they do and pastoral staff encourage them to pursue a varied and enjoyable balance of activities and academic work.” She continues, “At KEHS we understand that we have a responsibility to shape tomorrow’s leaders and this involves far more than just academic success. Girls leave here with the confidence and self-belief to forge successful futures for themselves, wherever life’s journey may take them. This intangible quality is something our parents believe is worth investing in, even in the current economic climate.”


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Sat May 28-Mon May 30 Sat May 21- Sat Jun 4

Young Readers Birmingham Sat 21: Lydia Monks - the story of a spider who wants to be a pet teaches children about tolerance. 11am-noon, 2pm-3pm. Free. Central Library. Steve Cole - Readings and chat by the Astrosaurs and Slime Squad author to open the Young Readers Festival. 2pm. £3, kids £2. Library Theatre, 0121 303 2868 Sun 29/Mon 30: Book Bash – top children’s’ writers, storytellers and characters including Kipper, Spot, Maisy Mouse, Bhangra Tots and Wizard of Wonder. Special guests (Sun) Murderous Maths author Kjartan Poskitt and Monkey Nuts writers the Etherington Brothers; (Mon) Dragon Orb and Darkweaver Legacy’s Mark Robson and 3D illustrator Paul Geraghty with tales from his African childhood, animal impressions and slide show. 11.304.30pm. Free. Aston Hall. Fri 3: Peter and the Wolf with Sealegs Puppet Theatre. 2pm-3pm. £1. Library Theatre 0121 245 4455. Sat 4: Family Fun Day - various activities plus spooktacular Demon Strike author Andrew Newbound’s Word Wizard fun and games (11amnoon, 2pm-3pm). 10am-4pm. Free. Central Library. Jacqueline Wilson – quiz the creator of Tracy Beaker find out how she writes her books. 2pm-3pm. £3, kids £2. Adrian Boult Hall. 0121 245 4455

Sat May 24-Sun June 5

Coughton Court Join in with the family fun outdoor activities, games, trails and much more. £2, usual admission applies. Open 11am-4pm, closed Tuesday May 31. 01789 400777, www. nationaltrust.org.uk

Sat May 28

Shropshire Team Challenge Heat Get an early taste of the Shropshire Olympian Festival with both teams in Victorian costume competing in 19th century rustic sports like Tossing the Bale, Catching the Pig, Putting the Shot, the Eight- legged Race (four runners strapped to a plank of wood) and Jingling. 2pm. Blists Hill Victorian Town. £14.95, kids £9.95, OAP £11.95

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Tudor Festival & Sheep Shearers Feast All things Tudor and woolly, from shearing and spinning to dancing and feasting 9am-5pm. £9.50, kids £5.50, family £22.50. Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon. 01789 204016.

Sat May 28-Sun June 5

Packwood House

RAF Cosford Air Show

Explore the gardens with Digory Dog and discover the secrets of the house with the family trail. Open 11am-4pm. £2, usual admission applies. 01564 782024, www. nationaltrust.org.uk

Recycled Riches Experiment with old buttons and metal to make your own piece of jewellery. 1pm-3pm. £2.50. Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Hockley. 0121 554 3598

Sat May 28-Sun June 5

Sitting Pretty!

Baddesley Clinton

Make a swinging parrot window decoration. 12.30pm-3.30pm. £1 per child. Soho House, Hockley. 0121 554 9122

Spring into Summer with this family fun event. Outdoor fun, family activities, games, trails and activities to take home. Normal admission prices apply, with £2 per child taking part. No booking needed. Open 11am-4pm. www.nationaltrust.org. uk 01564 783294

Tuesday 31st May

Teddy Bear’s Picnic Meet Bearemy from the Build A Bear Workshop + Punch and Judy show. 11am-1pm. Free. Shirley Park. Shirley

Mon May 30

Birmingham Lord Mayor’s Show

Teddy Bears Picnic Picnic and games. Activities involve playing in the woods so dress for messy. 11am. Free Billesley Common, Billesley. 0121 464 8729

Raise money for local charities with stalls, rides attractions and (Thu-Sat) fun fair. Noon-5pm. £2 adults, kids £1, family £5. Tudor Grange Park, Solihull

Under Water Wonders Discover what beasties live beneath the surface of the water. Equipment provided. Dress for mess.1pm. Free. Shire Country Park, Hall Green. 0121 464 8729

Sun Jun 12

RAF Cosford Air Show

Have a picnic Alice in Wonderland style, with treasure hunt, craft activity, rides and entertainment. 11am2.30pm. Free. Olton Jubilee Park, Olton

Fri Jun 3

Wed Jun 15-Sun Jun 19

In the Jungle.

BBC Gardeners’ World Live

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Make crazy animal cards. Noon4pm. £1 per child. Soho House, Hockley. 0121 554 9122

Tue May 31

Sat Jun 4/Sun Jun 5

Pooh Sticks Race

1950s Weekend

Decorate your Pooh stick then race it against others to win something sticky and sweet. 12.30pm. Free. Newhall Valley Country Park, Sutton Coldfield. 0121 355 6370

Learn about the decade when the first artificial satellite was launched, rock n roll was born and JRR Tolkien first wrote about Middle Earth. 10am3.30pm. Free. Coventry Transport Museum. 02476 234270

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Solihull Carnival

The sky’s the limit at this fabulous annual show for aircraft admirers. There’ll be hundreds of exhibits, military demonstrations and children’s entertainment with this year’s attractions including the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Tornado Squadron, O’Brien’s Flying Circus and a Belgian Air Force helicopter display. £25 (£19 advance), kids free. RAF Cosford, 0871 230 1083

Thu Jun 2

Welcome the new Lord Mayor with live music, dance performances, children’s entertainment, workshops, craft stalls, army displays, vintage cars and Titan the Robot. 11am5pm. Free. Victoria Sq, Centenary Sq, Chamberlain Sq. 0121 303 2040

Sat Jun 11

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Gardeners’ World presenter Monty Don and Alan Titchmarsh 9am-6pm. Any day £21, any two days £30, pre-book specific day £19, kids £17 (free Sat/Sun), u5s free. Also admits to Good Food Show NEC 0844 579 8184

BBC Good Food Show Summer. Whet your appetite and tantalise the taste buds with cookery demonstrations by top chefs, fabulous summer recipes, growing tips and James Martin with Saturday Kitchen Live. 9am-6pm. Any day £21, any two days £30, pre-book specific day £19, kids £17 (free Sat/Sun), u5s free. Also admits to Gardeners World. NEC 0844 579 8184

Roman Britain. 10.30am-4.30pm. £2.50, kids £1.25 (u5s free), family £7. Lunt Roman Fort, Baginton, Coventry. 02476 786142

Fri Jun 24

Kid’s Under 5’s Day Children’s funfair and the biggest beach this side of Blackpool! 10am3pm. £3, family £10, u2s free. Himley Hall and Park, Dudley. 01384 817 817

Sat Jun 25

Dragons And Damsels Look out for dragonflies and damselflies. 11am. Free. Kings Norton Local Nature Reserve. 0121 447 7106

Sat Jul 2/Sun Jul 3

Sat Jun 18/Sun Jun 19

1960s Weekend

Shropshire Olympian Festival/Shrewsbury Carnival

Revisit the swinging 60s for a weekend of rock ‘n’ roll, flower power and peace ‘n’ love! 10am3.30pm. Free. Coventry Transport Museum. 02476 234270

Sat: First held in 1864, the Festival sees 12 teams representing local towns and villages compete in 8 rustic sports for Shropshire Team Challenge (7.30pm-9.30pm). Plus Carnival procession, morris dancing, fun races (10am-4pm), climaxing (9.30pm-11pm) with an illuminated display and Alice In Wonderland pageant. Sun: Great Victorian Picnic - funfair, jugglers, street theatre, Victorian vignettes, Costumed Old Ladies Tea Race, Penny Farthings, maypole dancing and brass bands, ending with 1000 voice choir singing the 1864 Olympian anthem. 11am4pm. Free. The Quarry, Quarry Park,. Shrewsbury. 01743 281200

Vicus Re-Enactment Weekend Early Roman re-enactment society with gladiator training and life in

Sun Jul 3

Mini Beast Safari Build a bug house. 2pm. Free. Prebook. Lickey Hills Country Park. 0121 447 7106

Sat Jul 9

Shirley Carnival Craft stalls and family entertainment. 12.30pm-4.30pm. Free. Shirley Park

Sun Jul 10

Family Sunday Art and tennis activities for all ages and abilities plus arts and crafts activities. 10am-4pm. Free Edgbaston Archery and Lawn Tennis Society, 14A Westbourne Road Edgbaston

Knight School Learn the art of sword-fighting and combat skills! Noon-4pm. Free. Blakesley Hall, Yardley. 0121 464 2193

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Sat Jul 16

Beside the Seaside Family Day Donkey-rides, Punch & Judy and traditional family games. 10am4pm. Free. Broadfield House Glass Museum, Kingswinford. 01384 812745

Sun Jul 17

A Call to Arms Medieval weapons and combat demonstrations. 1pm-4pm. Free. Weoley Castle, Selly Oak. 0121 464 2193.

Monday 11 July - Saturday 23rd July

Sandwell Arts Festival This year’s theme is Voices from an Industrial Heritage with free street entertainment and activities throughout the borough’s six towns. Free. 0121 569 4710

PLACES TO VISIT

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

Sun May 29/Mon May 30, learn about life before the First World War. Wed Jun 1/Thu Jun 2, Secret Agent Days – learn how to be a spy. Sat Jun 18/Sun Jun 19, Wartime Weekend – visit the 1940s watch soldiers train and in action on the battlefield. Sat Jun 25/Sun Jun 26, Wars of the Roses - travel to summer 1455 and meet the knights, ladies and soldiers of the 15th Century. Where: Stoke Heath, Nr Bromsgrove, 01527 831363/01527 831886 www. avoncroft.org.uk Open: Mar, Nov/Dec Fri-Sun 10.30am-4pm; Apr-Jun, Sept/Oct Tue-Sun 10.30am-5pm; Jul/Aug 10.305pm. Admission: £7.70, kids £4, under 5s free, Family (2 + 3) £19.80

7333. www. barber.org.uk Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun Noon5pm. Admission: Free

Bilston Craft Gallery

May 31- Jun 2, Half Term Workshops: Tue, Print onto fabric or paper to make a decorative hanging or gift wrap. Wed, create a handmade gardening book with space to keep your seeds! Thu, make a fluttery flowery mobile Tue/ Wed: 10.30am-noon.1.30pm3.30pm. £2 prebook. Thu: 10.15am-12.15pm/1.30pm3.30pm. £2). Sat Jul 9, Sensational Clay Family Day – workshops for the opening of the new exhibition make a musical instrument and a scented lavender bag. 11am-3pm. Free Where: Mount Pleasant, Bilston. 01902 552507. www. wolverhamptonart.org.uk/bilston Open: Tue/Thu 10am-4pm; Wed 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-1pm, Sat 11am-4pm. Admission: Free

Black Country Living Museum

Sat May 28-Sun Jun 5, Half Term Activities – play Victorian street games, take part in craft projects. Where: Tipton Rd, Dudley. 0121 557 9643. www.bclm.co.uk Open: 10am-5pm. Admission: £13.60, kids £7.10, u5s free, family (2+3 ) £35.80, family (1+1) £18.50

Blists Hill Victorian Town

Sat May 28-Mon May 30, Queen Victoria’s 81st Birthday Celebrations – with the pipes and drums of the Seaforth Highlanders, mime, the Prince Albert Players, Punch and Judy Show, vintage bicycles and activities. Where: Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Ironbridge. 01952 884 391. www.ironbridge.org.uk. Open: 10am-4pm. Admission: £14.95, kids £9.95, OAP £11.95. Passport £22.50, kids £14.75, OAP £18.25, family £61.50

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Fri May 27-Sun Sept 18, Court on Canvas - tennis in art with paintings, drawings and sculpture. Where: Birmingham University, Edgbaston Park Rd, Edgbaston, B’ham. 0121 414

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Coventry Transport Museum

Half Term Activities 30 May to 5 June 2011

Activities include: Traffic Sign Bingo Summery Crafts 1950s Weekend

HAVE A WILD BIRTHDAY PARTY AT DUDLEY ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS! ANIMAL CREATURE FEATURES • PARTY INVITATIONS PARTY FOOD & DRINK • CRAFT ACTIVITIES • GOODY BAGS ANIMAL FACE PAINTING • PERSONALISED BIRTHDAY CAKE

www.dudleyzoo.org.uk 01384 215313

Also at the Museum: 25 & 26 June Coventry Cycling Festival A weekend of pedal-powered fun for families

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Compton Verney

Until Jun 5, Wool Work: A Sailor’s Art – exhibition exploring links between sailors, art and craft through the history of sailor’s wool works, remarkable personal tributes to both the ships which sailors worked on and their own maritime histories. Until Dec 11, see the British Folk Art collection in unexpected places around the building. Where: Compton Verney, Warwickshire. 01926 645500. www.comptonverney.org.uk Open: Tue-Sun + Bank Hols 11am-5pm. Admission: £10, kids £3.10, u5s free, family (2+4) £23.10. Collection & Grounds only £4, kids £1.60, u5s free, family (2+4) £9.60

Cosford Royal Air Force Museum

Mon May 30-Fri Jun 3, design and make a kite, materials provided. 11am-12.30pm, 2pm-3.30pm. Where: Cosford, Shropshire. 01902 376207. www.rafmuseum.org.uk Open: 10am-5pm. Admission: Free. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

Coventry Transport Museum

Mon May 30-Fri Jun 3, Half Term Activities – Mon: create a funky pot to plant a sunflower seed. £2 per pot. Tue: fabric Painting, from t-shirts to bags. £3/£2 per item. Wed: paint a sun catcher with glass paint. £2. Thu: decorate a wind chime.£2. Fri: make a bug mask. £2. Where: Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry. 024 7623 4270. www. transport-museum.com Open: 10am-5pm. Admission: Free

Drayton Manor Theme Park

10 themed roller coaster, Ben 10 Ultimate Mission, with the world’s first Junior Boomerang. Activate the blast cannon to protect Galvan Prime’s Alien Chamber from Vilgax. Also new, Marvin The Martian In The Third Dimension with Daffy Duck in the 4D cinema. Where: near Tamworth, Staffordshire 0870 240 6950 www.draytonmanor.co.uk Open: Admission: £32, kids (4-11) £25, (2-3 £2.50), 65+ £19, family (5) £122.50, (4) £98, (3) £73.50.

Herbert Museum & Art Gallery

Until Jun 5, Secret Egypt investigate the truth behind the myths about ancient Egypt. Explore the lives of ancient Egyptians in a week of family activities, 10.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-3.30pm. Mon May 30/Fri Jun 3: Adventures Afterlife Trail - make sure the Egyptian mummy has all they need with them for the afterlife. Tue May 31: make a colourful scarab beetle. Wed Jun 1: make an ornate Egyptian hand mirror. Thu Jun 2: make an amulet model servant for the afterlife. Fri Jun 3: learn how Egyptians prepared the dead for the journey to the afterlife. Where: Jordan Well, Coventry 02476 832386. www. theherbert.org Open: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun Noon-4pm. Admission: Free

Heritage Motor Centre

Sci-Fi at the Movies – original artefacts, replica models and costumes from favourite Sci-Fi movies, including Star Wars, E.T. Harry Potter, and Predator. Sat May 28-Sun Jun 5, Sat Jul 9/Sun 10 Jul, Sci Fi quizzes and activities Where: Gaydon, Nr Warwick. 01926 641188. www.heritage-motorcentre.co.uk Open: 10am-5pm. Admission: £11 (concs £9), kids £9 (under 5s free), Family (2+3) £34

Kenilworth Castle

Featuring Europe’s first ever Ben

Tue May 31-Thu Jun 2, Join Oliver Cromwell’s army and discover what it took to be a soldier of the English Civil War with Time Travellers Go Cavaliers & Roundheads (£1). Sun Jun 19, Knight School for Dads – dads and kids can become knights for Father’s Day. Sat Jul 9/

Sun Jul 10, Grand Medieval Joust - cheer on your favourite knight plus medieval games, kids’ knights training school, music, dance, and falconry displays. Where: Kenilworth. 01926 852078. www. english-heritage.org.uk Open: 10am-5pm. Admission: £8, kids £4.80, family £20.80. Joust £10, kids £6, family £26

The New Art Gallery

Moseley Old Hall

Sat Jul 2/ Sun 3, Royal Garden Party - entertainment and a chance to meet King Charles II. Where: Fordhouses, Wolverhampton. 01902 782808. www.nationaltrust. org.uk Open: Noon-5pm. Admission: £6.27, kids £3.13, family £15.68

Until Sat Jun 18, The Black Country- renowned Birmingham photographer Brian Griffin restages childhood memories of living amongst the factories in Lye in the 50s and 60s. Photos also show Black Country food, Cradley Heath Speedway, The Earl of Dudley and his memories of being a choir boy. Where: Gallery Sq, Walsall. 01922 654400. www.artatwalsall.org.uk Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun + Bank Hols 11am-4pm. Admission: Free

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National Sea-Life Centre Meet the new arrival, Angelina, the Bowmouth Guitar Shark. Known as a Ray Shark, it has a highly distinctive wide thick body, blunt snout and large shark-like dorsal and tail fins. However, while it looks like a shark, it’s actually an elongated ray given its nickname by fishermen around the Indian ocean. They grow to around 7.5ft and have sharp thorns on the bony ridges of its head used in defensive butting. Where: Brindleyplace, Birmingham. 0121 643 6777. www.sealife. co.uk Open: 10am-5pm (last admissions 4pm). Admission: £18, kids £14.50, family £56.40. Online £10/£9.40/£45.

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Until Jun 26, Out of this Universe: The Art of invention- models, costumes, props, toys and memorabilia from Dr Who, Star Wars, Disney and many more. Sat May 28: Cyber Day - robot workshops and activities. Meet a Dalek. Mon May 30.Wed Jun 1, Play and Paint-botz - create, paint and sculpt. 10.15am12.15pm,12.45pm-2.45pm, £3. Tue May 31, Cyber Designers - computer generate fantastic robot images and characters. 10.15am-12.15pm,12.45pm2.45pm, £3. Thu Jun 2, Make a Mug - create a wacky design and transfer it to a mug. 10.15am12.15pm,12.45pm-2.45pm, £6. Fri Jun 3: design a T-shirt.

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Tue May 24-Fri Jun 3, Medieval Minworth Greaves - learn about building timber framed houses, make wattle and daub, play old fashioned games. Where: Bournville. 0121 472 0199. www. bvt.org.uk/sellymanor Open: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm + Apr-Sept Sat/Sun + Bank Hol 2pm-5pm. Admission: £3.50, kids £1.50, family (2+3) £9

Stratford Butterfly Farm Discover Amazing Ants, a new display of Leafcutter Ants marching across a 25mtr rope walkway to carry leaves. Did you know Ants can carry loads more than 10 times their own weight! Where: Swan’s Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon. 01789 299288. ww.butterflyfarm.co.uk Open: Winter l0am-dusk. Summer

Photo: Jainn-Ann Davies Until Sept 5, Dino Jaws! reveals the diet and dining habits of dinosaurs with life-size moving models and a feeding frenzy of bone-crunching jaws from the Natural History Museum. The fascinating exhibition also includes displays of modern animals for comparison, bones, fossils and virtual dinosaur dig to unearth your own find and study in the lab. See how much poo a dinosaur produced in a week! Where: Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham. 0121 202 2222. www.thinktank.ac Open: 10am-5pm. Admission: £12.25 concs/kids £8.40, family (2+2) £39.

Walsall Leather Museum

Wed Jun 1, Animal Friends – make creatures from felt (5-7s, 10.30am12.30pm) or a sock monkey (8-12s, 1.30pm-3.30pm). £1.50 prebook. Thu Jun 2, Beautiful Butterflies make a butterfly. 10.30am12.30pm, 1.30pm-

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Warwick Castle

The popular Princess Tower has been given a makeover, moving to a new home previously not open to the public and with Princess Catherine joining the Royal Gallery. Experience the magic of King Arthur first hand at Merlin: The Dragon Tower and, until May 27 see the legend come to life with the Sword In The Stone show (1.30pm). Sat May 28-Sun Jun 5, the Jousting Knights are back to dazzle with their bravery and agility as the Warwick Warriors showcase their weapons and teach the art of mediaeval

battle. Whitsun attractions also include Flight of the Eagles, the Trebuchet and Ballista. Where: Warwick. 01926 406600. www. warwick-castle.co.uk Open: 10am6pm. Admission: £18.60, kids (u11) £13.80, 60+ £11.50, family (2+2) £56.40; with Dungeon £22.80, kids £18, 60+ £18, family £80.40. Book online 20% off.

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Until Sat Jun 18, Out of this World: even more sci with models, memorabilia, toys, and games from Dr Who, Star Wars and sci-fi programmes and films from the last 50 years. Where: Holyhead Road, Wednesbury. 0121 556 0683. www. sandwell.gov.uk Open: Thu- Sat 2pm-5pm Admission: Free

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Jack Sparrow fights Blackbeard in the new Pirates of the Caribbean, but did you know Blackbeard was a real pirate? Real name Edward Teach, he terrorised the coasts of Carolina and Virginia in the 18th century and used to set fire to gunpowder in his hair to scare people. Gathering together illustrated tales based on history and legend by writers like Daniel Defoe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with a knaves gallery and glossary of ship’s terms this is great introduction to some of the most notorious pirates of all time!

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Don’t throw those bottle tops, magazines or drink can tabs away. With a little work and this book, you can turn them into a necklace, bead bracelet and a belt. A fascinating collection of recycling craft ideas to transform scrap paper, fabric, plastic, metal and glass into decorative or useful objects. How about a rug made from a T-shirt or a bag made from old jeans? Brilliant!

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Ideal for younger dog lovers, this is the second in a series of tales about adventure loving Barney who lives in a narrowboat with his owner, Jim. When the boat breaks down on their way to take a birthday present to his grandson, Jim enlists the help of Puzzle the horse to drag the boat the oldfashioned way. But when a group of scurrying pigs give him a fright and Puzzle gallops away, it’s up to Barney to save the day.

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Alana has loads of thrilling adventures as she and her Step Out Studio friends learn to master different dances. In Twilight Tango, when their Town Gala performance is in danger, Alana is magically transported to Buenos Aires by Madame Coco to learn the true tango passions. In Stage Sensation, putting on a new musical is proving hard work, so a visit to Madame Coco finds Alana in New York learning how to do the dazzle from the stars of a Broadway show. A sort of Mr Benn for dance mad girls, each book features a different dance with how to tips from the famous choreographer and So You Think You Can Dance? judge. 24

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Michaela Strachan has teamed up with PomBear to teach kids more about animals and the world we live in. For example, did you know that at birth a polar bear is smaller than a mouse and weighs just 4oz”. Michaela Strachan has been a friend to wildlife since she was young and is joining forces with Pom-Bear to encourage kids to learn more about animals and the ecosystems in which they live. “I reckon we’re all born with a natural fascination for animals,” said Michaela. ”I know I was and for me that fascination has grown throughout my life. These days it’s easy to get bogged down in our technical, busy lives and we need to be reminded of the wonders of wildlife otherwise we can become very disconnected. I am delighted to be involved with the Pom Bear Let’s Go Wild campaign. It’s great to encourage kids to get involved and interested in wildlife in every way whether that’s seeing animals in the wild, in nature reserves, wildlife centers, good zoos or watching wildlife programmes. Having a love and knowledge of animals not only helps us to protect them but it also enriches our lives.” Pom-Bear are offering kids free tickets to wildlife centres across the UK, including Dudley Zoo and Twycross Zoo, so they can learn more about the animals we live with in the UK and those further afield. For more details visit the Pom-Bear website www.pom-bear.co.uk

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competitions WIN A Tangled Blu- Ray & DVD Double Play Disney’s 50th animated feature gives the Rapunzel story a modern makeover. On the run after robbing the palace, dashing bandit Flynn takes refuge in a hidden tower only to find it’s occupied by innocent but feisty, independent-minded 17 year old Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore). Taken from her parents’ castle as a baby by an old crone, she’s grown up there alone unaware that she’s the King and Queen’s lost princess. She’s beautiful, she’s longing for adventure and she has 70ft of flowing, golden magic hair! As she defies her ‘mother’ and ventures outside for the first time she embarks on an adventure of discovery with Flynn. Thrills, laughs, songs, a cute chameleon and a scene stealing horse called Maximus are all packed in the new Disney classic and we’ve got 3 Blu-ray & DVD Double Plays to give away.

Just tell us, who is the voice of Rapunzel? Enter online at www.primarytimes.net/competitions or send your entry to Tangled, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New St, Birmingham B2 4EU by June 9

Win A Knight In Kenilworth Castle It’s never been done before and it won’t happen again, but you could win a once in a lifetime chance to spend the night in one of the largest castle ruins in England with your dad in this special English Heritage competition. The scene of countless sieges and murders, the castle is closely linked with some of the greatest names and events in English history, from Henry II to Henry VIII, bad King John, and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who created the Elizabethan Gardens. For one dad and up to 2 children (ideally age 6+). It’s a prize money can’t buy. You’ll arrive at 6.30pm on Sat Jun 25 to pick a sleeping spot in the Stables. With a medieval knight as your host, you’ll then have exclusive access to the grounds and the chance to take part in a have-a-go archery session and/or pike drill, before taking a twilight tour. This will be followed by storytelling, hot chocolate and time to settle down at 9.30pm with lights out at 10.30pm. Bacon butties will be served around 8am on Sunday, and you’ll leave at 9am. You can take your own food and drinks to have in the ground, and you will need sleeping bags, roll up mattresses, pillows, towels, toiletries, etc. Travel to and from the Castle is not included.

To enter, just tell us: who created the Elizabethan Gardens? Enter online at www.primarytimes.net/competitions or send your entry to Kenilworth, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New St, Birmingham B2 4EU by Jun15

Win Thomas The Tank Engine Tickets ‘A Circus Comes to Town’ is the brand new Thomas The Tank Engine show as, having made a big mistake, he and his friends, Percy, James and Gordon, have to make sure the exciting Big Top event will still go ahead with its colourful circus performers. This magical journey to the Isle of Sodor and the heart of imagination is at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton on Sat Jun 18 and Sun Jun 19. And we have four family tickets for four people to the 11am adventure of a lifetime on Sunday.

To enter, just tell us: what is the name of the island where Thomas lives? Enter online at www.primarytimes.net/competitions or send your entry to Thomas, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New St, Birmingham B2 4EU by Jun 13

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competitions Win A Yogi Bear DVD Making his first appearance back in 1958, the picnic stealing smarter than the average bear from Jellystone Park is back in a brand new movie that mixes live action and animation. Voiced by Dan Aykroyd with Justin Timberlake as his sidekick Boo-Boo, Yogi has to join forces with Ranger Smith and nature loving film-maker Rachel (Anna Faris) when the city ‘s corrupt Mayor plots to close the Park and cut down the trees. Unfortunately, Yogi’s help can sometimes turn into disaster! Very funny and with a positive environmental message, this welcome return is released Jun 27 by Warner Home Video on DVD, Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray with extras that include games, animated shorts and behind the scenes footage.

We have 5 DVDs to be won, just tell us: who is the voice of Boo-Boo? Enter online at www.primarytimes.net/competitions or send your entry to Yogi Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New St, Birmingham B2 4EU by Jul 11

Win Not So Grimm Fairytales! Tickets Favourite Grimms’ fairytale characters like Red Riding Hood and Tom Thumb come to life with loads of laughs in Uncontained Arts’ hilariously energetic new show with a whirlwind of witches and weally wicked wolf. We have 2 family tickets for 4 people to see the 2.30pm performance at Solihull Arts Complex on Fri Jun 3.

To enter, just tell us: which of these is not a Grimms fairytale: a) Cinderella, b) Shrek, c) Snow White? Enter on line at www.primarytimes.net/competitions or send your entry to Grimm, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New St, Birmingham B2 4EU by May 31

Win A Gnomeo & Juliet DVD Garden gnomes not only live secret lives when humans aren’t looking, they have gnomantic problems, too. What will happen when Gnomeo (James McAvoy) the son of Lady Blueberry, and Juliet (Emily Blunt), the daughter of her rival Lord Redbrick, fall in love? A fun and pun filled animated retelling of Romeo and Juliet, set in Stratford-upon-Avon, there’s lawnmower races, a hopeless romantic porcelain frog, an over-enthusiastic pink plastic flamingo and a weapon of grass destruction called the Terrafirminator. With famous voices that include Matt Lucas and Ozzy Osbourne and songs by Elton John and Lady GaGa, it’s out on from Entertainment One DVD, Blu-ray & Combi 3D on Jun 6 and we have 5 DVDs to be won plus a notepad, stationary set, t-shirt, and gardening set.

Just tell us: who is Gnomeo’s mother? Enter on line at www.primarytimes.net/competitions or send your entry to Gnomeo, Primary Times, Publishing Ink, Fifth Floor, White House, 111 New St, Birmingham B2 4EU by Jun17 © 2011 Touchstone Pictures. All Rights Reserved. Packaging © Entertainment One UK Limited 2011. All Rights Reserved.

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