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Hello everyone and welcome to the latest issue of Primary Times, the first issue of 2014. We’re hoping you’re all having a great new year so far, and that your Christmas was wonderful too. (Doesn’t that seem an awfully long time ago now?).

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We’re starting the year with some lovely news. Primary Times is delighted to announce it is the Family Media Partner of the very popular Big Fun Run series. You can find out more about this great event on our Pinboard page, including the venue for your local race. Also in this issue we have information about the Harryz Young Starz awards, as well as all the usual ideas for things to do this half term holiday.

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Primary Times is delighted to announce it is the Family Media Partner of the very popular Big Fun Run series. The Big Fun Runs are 5km untimed runs staged within scenic settings throughout the UK from July to October 2014. There are 18 locations to choose from the South of England to Scotland! Your nearest Big Fun Run is Birmingham Cannon Hill Park On 20 September and the War Memorial Park, Coventry on 21 September. The Big Fun Run series is strictly for FUN where it’s all about relaxed exercise. No times, no pressure, no sweat - just some easy moves and lots of laughs. The runs are suitable for all the family where you can accomplish your personal goals; whether you are raising money for a worthwhile cause close to your heart, remembering a loved one or simply keeping active. And remember under 5s can take part for FREE! This isn’t about Olympic level athletes charging about in record times. It’s about mums with prams, dads with toddlers, groups running together, fancy dress and a fantastic fun mix. Are you getting a picture of something a little bit different? Come and be a part of it. We’d love to see you and ALL are welcome. Early bird entries close on February 23rd, 2014 so enter now to benefit from the savings at



If you’re a kid with a passion for storytelling, then CITV want to hear from you! The channel’s double-BAFTA winning competition Share a Story has returned, looking for more talented youngsters ready to make the jump from page to screen! For kids aged 5 to 12 who are into writing and drawing, the prize is a dream come true: a chance to see a story you created turned into an animation and shown on CITV! Just download the entry forms from the CITV website, write a one-page story and draw a storyboard to go alongside it. Pop that in the post to CITV and you could see your story brought to life!


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All entries are read by CITV’s judging panel of TV professionals and animators, with a group of past Share a Story winners deciding on the final eight successful tales. The writers of these eight stories get to come to CITV for the day, where they’ll work closely with the animators., talk about their ideas and find out how stuff works. They also get to record their own voiceover alongside a professional cartoon voice-actor. Previous winners of Share a Story have gone on to do some exciting stuff, from acting to writing and even more. Daniel won in 2011, and he raved about the competition: “If I had to give it a mark out of ten, I’d give it more than ten!” Daniel has started acting, something his mum says he’d never have done without the Share a Story boost. 2010 winner Hannah has started making her own stop-motion animations in her spare time; her mum said, “Hannah’s confidence and passion for all things animation has come from her experience”. The competition has been a big success for CITV, winning a number of awards including the Children’s BAFTA for Best Short Form in 2012 and 2013. Everything you need to enter is available at <http://> , including the story and storyboard forms, as well as hints and tips. The competition kicks off on Thursday 20th March, and stories must be received by 6pm on Friday 2nd May. So get sharing those stories!

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CREATE PNEUMATIC ROCKETS AND DISCOVER THE FUN OF FLYING AT ENGINUITY Design and build a pneumatic rocket from craft materials and discover the fun of flying during the February half-term week at Enginuity, near Ironbridge, Shropshire. From Saturday 15th until Sunday 23rd February families can join drop-in workshops between 10.30am and 3.45pm where paper, card and plastic nose cones will be used to create model rockets of around 30cm in length. The rockets can then be ‘fired’ through a selection of suspended targets from Enginuity’s pneumatic (air powered) launcher. Families will also be able to join in a range of other fun activities and see a display of flight-related exhibits. Activities will vary from day-today and some additional costs will apply. Visit for more information.


Half Term Holiday Activities at IKEA This February half term head down to your local IKEA store for fantastic free activities to keep your little ones entertained all day. Enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, live music and a few special surprise guests too! Ikea have children’s activities happening throughout the school holidays and exciting new products in their Spring range for older customers too! Why not take advantage of the free supervised crèche and shop in peace? Or keep the little ones happy and stop off at their Swedish Food Market and grab a bag of pick and mix for the ride home for just 70p/100g. There is something for all the family at your local IKEA store. Find out what’s happening at your local IKEA store at



Please join other families and schools (as well as companies, groups, shops and associations across the country) in supporting #WearAHatDay on Friday March 28th 2014 - it’s going to be bigger, hattier and more fun than ever! Brain tumours are scary – this disease is the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 yet the science is woefully underfunded, receiving less than 1% of national cancer research spend. #WearAHatDay is the UK’s premier brain tumour awareness event, taking place every March during national Brain Tumour Awareness Month. Thousands of families and children in homes and schools across the land take part every year – wearing hats of all shapes, sizes and colours, getting involved in an amazing array of fun and inventive events, making and collecting donations from everyone around, all helping to raise awareness and funds for vital research. Stand out from the crowd and WEAR A HAT for Brain Tumour Research on March 28th. Register today for your #WearAHatDay event: Hat-phone: 01296 733011 Hat-mail wearahatday@ Hat-web PS Don’t forget to share your photos with us on Facebook & Twitter and let’s celebrate #WearAHatDay together!

Discover your half term adventure at the National Trust in the West Midlands • Baddesley Clinton • Charlecote Park • Packwood House • Upton House and Gardens There are so many incredible things to uncover at your favourite National Trust place this half term. From den building to tracking wild animals and building them homes, get ready to explore and enjoy the National Trust in a whole new way!

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Tuesday 25th February - Saturday 1st March

Birmingham Royal Ballet

The Prince of the Pagodas Through a lonely childhood the Princess Sakura mourns the death of her brother and the slow disintegration of her once allpowerful father the Emperor of the Chrysanthemum Throne, who, broken by the death of his son, allows his new wife to take control of his kingdom. Presented with a choice of four powerful and wealthy husbands, Sakura’s memories of the true love she once felt for her brother gives her the courage to refuse her suitors. Her resolve is reinforced when a fifth suitor arrives at the palace – a scaly Salamander, both fascinating and repellent. Determined not to be forced to follow her stepmother’s bidding, Princess Sakura throws herself on the mercy of the new arrival.Tickets £16-£49.

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Sleeping Beauty Every child’s favourite fairy tale, this is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse. Tickets £16.50 - £36.00.


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Friday 21st February 2014

The Just So Stories In their highly-acclaimed production of The Just So Stories, Red Table Theatre brings four of Rudyard Kipling’s best-loved tales to vivid life. Everyday items from a dusty attic transmogrify into fantastical creatures and places, bringing these classic stories to life through discovered play. A blue sheet turns into a great whale which swallows a Scottish mariner, a slinky and a glove become the Elephant’s Child’s ever-expanding nose, and four red umbrellas come together to form Pau Amma, a crab taller than the smoke from three volcanoes! Tickets £8.


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Pull up a bath mat and join Little Lost Duck, Syd the Sponge and the rest of the Bathtub Gang for the bubbliest birthday party anyone has ever thrown, ever! It’s Mr Bath’s birthday and you are invited to his Splishy, Splashy, Sploshy party. But first, his friends are treating him to a very special bath of his own to make him look spick and span and as shiny as a rainbow fish! Tickets £7.50 adults, £4.50 children. Saturday 15th March

Little Red Hen Little Red Hen needs to plant her wheat. She asks the other farm animals for help but noone is willing to give her a hand – are you? An interactive version of the well loved children’s story with puppetry, games and lovely fresh bread. Tickets £7.50 adults, £4.50 children. FEBRUARY HALF TERM 2014 ISSUE


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Carnival of the animals Never been to a concert? Don’t worry, neither has Puppet Sam. With the aid of his pal Nikky (famous as Laa Laa from Teletubbies) and 80 friendly musicians, Sam is about to find out all there is to know about the CBSO. Once we’ve all been introduced to the orchestra, then it’s off to the zoo with a full performance of Saint-Saëns’ wacky and wonderful Carnival of the Animals. A double bass turns into an elephant, flutes become birds and tortoises dance the can-can. FREE craft workshops and music in the foyers from 1pm. Why not come dressed up as your favourite animal? Tickets £10.


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Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd February

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Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

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It’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with a brand new show Barmy Britain with all new amazing 3D effects! Can you beat battling Boudicca? What if a Viking moved in next door? Has William Wallace met his match? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? It’s the horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!

Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th March

Disney On Ice presents

Worlds of Fantasy

Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favourite Disney stories... Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s CARS race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the unruly tots of Sunnyside Daycare, in their most daring adventure ever! Tickets £16.50 - £42.75.

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Sunday 23rd February

Jack and the Beanstalk This classic fairytale now gets the Lyngo treatment so expect lots of surprises, a gripping story and beautiful images as Jack sells his cow for some magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. This is a show for the over 3’s (and their giants) with something for everyone – enormous shoes, tiny houses, showers of silver and gold and a big, leafy explosion! Tickets £6.95 - £9.95

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Fri 21 Feb The Just So Stories 2.30pm, 1hr no interval, Tickets £8 Rudyard Kipling’s best-loved tales brought to vivid life on a song-filled journey of fun.

Thur 27 Feb Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Aimed at older children/adults, performed in the ground floor Studio by four talented actors from Blue Orange Theatre Co. Tickets £10 (£8.50)

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His name is pronounced Dweeb! & Tiernan can tell you just about everything you need to know in an hour of very silly comedy for kids. 2.30pm start.

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Does the mere thought of messy midnight feasts, pillows to be used as bashing tools, endless chit chat into the small hours and the sight of sleeping bags sprawled across your child’s bedroom floor reduce you to sleepness nights?


r o f s p i T Sleepovers

Do you lie awake in bed expecting blearyeyed youngsters to emerge at a hideously early hour in the morning, like grouchy little monsters from a horror movie? From the moment you finally succumb to that constant begging to invite your child’s friend for a sleepover, you’ll be left with a hundred and two things to sort and worry about. What if they fall out with each other? What if they don’t get any sleep? And, short of locking yourself away in the bedroom with a good book and a permanent ‘Do not Disturb’ sign on your door, what are your options? Simply this. Remember that children regard sleepovers as a chance to create their own little camp, where rules are broken and staying up way past normal bedtime is usual. Who wants to deprive them of this pleasure? Well, okay. Let’s look at it another way. How can we make sleepovers easier on us poor parents?

Let’s start with the best time to start. What age should sleepovers start? Of course this depends on the individual child. Only you will know if they are ready or not. If your child is wary of different surroundings and insists on night-lights, bedtime stories and a particular routine; if he or she suffers regularly from disturbed sleep; it may be better to start sleepovers when they are a bit older. On the other hand, if your child adapts well to change, can dress, comb hair and brush teeth without help, and as long you are confident that they will be happy and safe, a sleepover will enhance life learning skills and create fond memories.

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The timing is crucial for you, too. You wouldn’t plan a sleepover the night before a major presentation at work or an important family event. As an alternative, you may wish to test the water and let your child invite their ‘mate til late’. They can enjoy all the benefits of a sleepover - munch on tasty snacks and snuggle on the sofa to watch a DVD before getting ready for bed by brushing teeth and slipping on pyjamas. Then, as the sun starts to set, arrange for the friends to be collected by their parents.

embarrassing your child, calmly tidy away the disk but assure the friend that it will be returned at going-home time.

Top Tips for hosting a sleepover

7. Reassure apprehensive children by making the night fun. This will distract them. If they continue to feel uncomfortable, allow them to phone their parents, if need be, arrange for the child to be collected.

2. To prevent children creeping aimlessly around the house searching for the loo, give them a quick tour of the house and tell them which rooms are off limits.

8. Prepare yourself for an early start. You will be rewarded for pre-AM organisation as you are bombarded with hungry requests for rounds of toasts and fruit juice.

1. Despite peer pressure from a collection of youngsters, remember you’re in control, so establish rules and guidelines, and gently make sure the children adhere to them.

3. Stock up up on finger foods such as crunchy carrots, bite size savoury snacks, cherry tomatoes and popcorn. Avoid sugary treats & drinks that provide an unwanted energy rush, with perhaps the exception of a mug of warm milky cocoa. 4. Plan a number of activities to ensure that no-one gets bored. Dig out board games, buy a selection of comics to read or let them give each other makeovers. 5. Rent an easy-watching DVD. Classic Disney movies are an old favourite and will ease the children into a feel-good mood before they settle to sleep. Be aware that a friend may bring a DVD that you consider inappropriate. To save

6. Arrange a time for lights out. And stick to it. This is often the time the children love most. They whisper and giggle at each other’s stories. Call a truce and allow them some whisper-time for a set period before going to sleep. Keep a light on in the hallway until it’s time for you yourself to settle down to sleep.

9. As an extra twist to a sleepover, why not let the children sleep outside? Pitch up in the safety of the back garden with sleeping bags, torches and flasks of hot chocolate.

If your child is going on a sleepover...

Many parents feel more apprehensive than their children. They search for reassurance from the host parents and hope that his or her child will be able to cope. So make sure you get to know the other parents and chat to them to check that they at least know about the invitation! Once away, if your child feels uncomfortable, make sure they know that it’s alright to call you at any time and that you will come and collect if necessary. And finally, remember this: most children love a sleepover - providing everybody gets at least 20 winks

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What they didn’t know is that it belonged to a giant! Come and take part in the story of ‘The Selfish Giant’ brought to life by Annamation Storyteller Anna O’Brien and CBSO musician, Helen Edgar. LOWRY FIGURES WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY Create a 3D character in the unique style of the figures in Lowry’s paintings STREET ART STENCILS THURSDAY 20TH FEBRUARY Create your own ‘tag’ using stencils, and see how your work can be a piece of art, not just graffiti! SHADOW SCULPTURES FRIDAY 21ST FEBRUARY Using modelling materials create a miniature sculpture like those in the Herbert’s sculpture gallery that appears to cast a permanent shadow.


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February Half Term marks the start of our year of celebration, showcasing the NEW Birds of Prey display featuring the largest bird of prey in the world, a brand new Trebuchet show plus prepare to be entertained by the finest swordsmanship as the skilled knights take centre stage with dynamic fighting scenes and an epic battle as our knights compete for their chilvalry! ONGOING UNTIL WEDNESDAY 30 APRIL 2014

Museum of Iron, Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Devil’s in the Detail

Museum opens 10am-5pm daily Exhibition celebrating the steady hand and eagle eye of the Victorian trade catalogue engraver. It will feature large scale prints and audio description to help make the exhibition accessible to visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Included in the entrance fee SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY – SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

Moseley Old Hall Mud Pie Cook Off Competition

Make the most memorable mud pie in Moseley’s mud kitchen! Make the most memorable mud pie in Moseley’s mud kitchen and we’ll post a picture of it on our facebook page. Get your family involved and create something amazing. Winners announced each day on Facebook Prize is a free ticket to the ‘If you go down to woods’. Weekend of your choice in 2014. SATURDAY 15TH - SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden Family Trails



Put your skills to the test this February half term with our special trail for families. Search the castle grounds to find all the clues and claim your tasty treat! SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2014 TO SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2014

The Herbert Museum and Art Gallery Half term Activities

During February half term The Herbert will be diving into its art collection to discover all about the styles and techniques used by the artists shown in the galleries. From sculpting and graffiti art to Lowry figures, there will be plenty of hands on workshops to help even the youngest visitor get creative. OP ART SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY Inspired by the Herbert op art piece have a go at making your own illusion art to play tricks on your eyes! CLAY SCULPTURES SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY Be inspired by the sculptures from our gallery and have a go at creating your own to take home CRAZY TEAPOT SCULPTURES TUESDAY 18TH FEBRUARY When does a teapot become something to put on display in a gallery? When it becomes a sculpture of course! Create a crazy craft sculpture inspired by our abstract object on loan from the V&A. FAMILY MUSICAL STORYTELLING SESSION TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY There was once a beautiful garden. All the children loved to play in it.


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Family Fun Days - February Half Term 2014 Pull on your wellies and head off on the welly walk through the woods - build a den, play hoop-la, splash in the puddles and have your own family adventure. FEBRUARY HALF TERM 2014

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Lots of Activities taking place throughout the half term week including;-

Winter Sports Family Day

SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY Activities run throughout the day, please check the website for times and price details. A fun packed day of winter themed activities and crafts. Families can make their own snowglobes and skiing goggles, follow the Winter Sports trail around the building and lots more.

Winter Sports Trail

SUNDAY 16TH - SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY This sporty trail will lead you around the museum, searching out hidden clues.


SUNDAY 16TH & MONDAY 17TH FEBRUARY Design and make your own snowy wonderland with our snowglobe kits!

Marvellous Medals

TUESDAY 18TH & WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY Get crafty and make your very own winners medal. MONDAY 17TH – FRIDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

Tile decorating workshops Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge

TILE DECORATING WORKSHOPS Let your imagination run wild this half-term at the fun and informal drop-in at Jackfield Tile Museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge. The Victorian tube lining technique will be used to decorate the 6 x 6 inch tiles, which are priced from £5 per tile plus the museum admission fee. Workshops start from 10am, but allowing up to 1½ hours to decorate your tile, last admission is at 3.15pm.


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Coalport China Museum Chinese Year of the Horse activities

Oriental themed family workshops and activities celebrating the Chinese Year of the Horse are being staged at Coalport China Museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge during the February school half-term. Go along on Monday 17th February and join drop-in workshops to paint a mug with your own Chinese New Year inspired design, while from Tuesday to Friday, 18th – 21st February, try your hand at making a model from clay, maybe a pagoda, dragon or lotus blossom flower. MONDAY 17TH – FRIDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Animal Crafts

Drop-in and have a go at making your own creature to take home in this relaxed, familyfriendly session. 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm In the Activity Zone. £1 per participating child

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Ongoing until Monday 31st March ThinkTank Object handling

Join us for some highly interactive sessions with our handling collections. If you thought museums were places where you were not allowed to touch anything, think again! DROP IN SESSIONS Join us on the galleries for the ultimate interactive experiences. If you are more the sort of person that likes to get stuck in and do things for yourself, then these sessions were made just for you! Every weekend and during February half term.

Ongoing Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Have you visited the UK’s largest tropical butterfly paradise yet? Discover many of the world’s most beautiful butterflies in an exotic environment of splashing waterfalls and fish filled ponds.

Meet the Animals

Meet some amazing creatures and find out lots more about them from the experts – you can even hold some of them! Animalmania will be visiting the museum on Tuesday and Friday with their fascinating mammals and reptiles and on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday we will have lots of creepy crawlies and reptiles from the Minibeast Roadshow. £1 per person (all visitors) 14

11.30AM - 12.30PM (AGED 8 AND UNDER) 1.30PM - 2.30PM (AGED 8 UPWARDS) Learn new drawing, painting and sculpture skills in the weekly Young Artists sessions. Learn how to create your own art using artists’ materials and techniques. £3 per child.


Bayard’s Colts open day Come along and meet our historic and mysterious Bayard’s Colts. Suitable for all ages. Sessions are 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.303.30pm. Free of charge, no need to book, just drop in between the hours. WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY

New Walsall Art Gallery Bullseye

Make your own paper plane dart to score on a giant target. Inspired by the work of Chris Clinton. Free session – 1-3pm. THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2014, 11AM-1PM

Walsall Museum Funky Bands and Bracelets session

Have fun and make something to take home with you in our drop-in craft sessions. Drop-ins take place every school holiday and are suitable for children aged 5 to 12 years. The cost is 75p per child and parents/carers must remain with children throughout. No need to book, just come along during the hours given, subject to space. There may be a short wait during busy periods.11am-1pm.

Birmingham Back to Back Houses

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Dudley Zoological Gardens are unique . A zoo with hundreds of animals set around an 11th century castle incorporating the world’s largest single collection of Tecton buildings and the country’s only vintage chairlift – all sited on a 40-acre wooded hillside with a rich geological

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Family Fun days ‘ February Half Term 2014 Bring your wellies and try out our Playful Journeys on the estate ‘ follow the horse shoes to the labyrinth, clamber over logs and pause in the resta-while shelter.

An atmospheric glimpse into the lives of the ordinary people who helped make Birmingham an extraordinary city. On a fascinating guided tour, step back in time at Birmingham’s last surviving court of back to backs; houses built literally back-to-back around a communal courtyard. Moving from the 1840s through to the 1970s, discover the lives of some of the former residents who crammed into these small houses to live and work. With fires alight in the grates, and sounds and smells from the past, experience an evocative and intimate insight into life at the Back to Backs. By guided tour only. Booking is essential. SATURDAY 15TH – SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

National Space Centre, Leicester

A half term dedicated to taking the next step in space exploration. Would you like to travel in to space? How about a one way journey to Mars?

Sandwell Valley Riding Centre VOCABULARY FLASH CARDS

11+ VERBAL REASONING VOCABULARY FLASH CARDS Expand your antonym and synonym knowledge Recommended by tutors for the verbal reasoning element of the Durham CEM test

Bored? Why not learn to ride? Lessons Everyday 9-4 Camps Own a pony for a day. Learn to look after a pony, groom, ride, feed, tack up. All you need to know!!

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Roundabout Pack up your wellies and head to Packwood House

Drop in this half term to find out more, take on the challenges and enjoy an out of this world experience. The Mission Commanders will be leading the way with loads of added activites for you to enjoy: BUILD SPACE STATION MODELS Drop in to our workshops to design and build your very own Space Station. 11:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00 - FREE to participate FAIL! STRANGE, WEIRD AND WONDERFUL SPACE MISSIONS Come and find out more about the missions that never quite made it. 12:15, 13:15 and 15:15 - FREE to Participate TOUR OF THE NIGHT SKY Sit back in the UK’s largest Planetarium and discover what you can see in the night sky. This presenter led show, takes you through the planets, stars, constellations and all the interesting bits you don’t want to miss. 14:30 - £3 per person


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A celebration of all things science fiction and British. In its fourth year, BritSciFi is one of the National Space Centre’s biggest events of the year. Guests including the cast of the Tomorrow People, Blake’s 7, Red Dwarf, Doctor Who and Thunderbirds, as well as huge exhibitions of props, sets, costumes and prosthetics, the original K9, Daleks, Cybermen, graphic artists, writers and directors all come together to create a world class event for families and fans to enjoy. This year there will be an attempt to build a giant Tracy Island to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Gerry Anderson’s iconic show, Thunderbirds. So all you budding Blue Peter presenters come and join us in the sticky backed plastic, toilet roll and empty bottle corner! SUNDAY 2ND MARCH

New Walsall Art Gallery Misfits

Make your own dalmation with a decorated ribbon. Inspired by ‘The Roommates. A free session taking place between 1 - 3pm.


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You are cordially invited to step into a magical land of fairy tales and stories. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a jam-packed programme of events and activities. There are live theatre shows on offer including: Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk, family films, creative workshops, music and more.

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In cinemas February 14th 2014 “The LEGO® Movie,” the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, opens in theaters February 7, 2014. It stars the vocal talents of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy In cinema’s February 14th 2014 Disney’s “Tinker Bell and The Pirate From the world of “Peter Pan” comes ated adventure sets sail in cinemas on Fairy,” an all new swashbuckling anim 14th February 2014. s a course for the most exciting “Tinker Bell and The Pirate Fairy” chart nderstood dust-keeper fairy misu a Disney Fairies adventure ever! When nt blue pixie dust, and flies porta all-im w’s Hollo Pixie s named Zarina steal , Tinker Bell and her fairy Rock Skull away to join forces with the pirates of e to return it to its rightful lifetim a of nture adve the on ark friends must emb a, Tink’s world is turned Zarin of it pursu place. However, in the midst of their that their respective talents have been upside down. She and her friends find time to retrieve the blue pixie dust st switched and they have to race again er Bell and The Pirate Fairy” is an “Tink w. Hollo Pixie save to and return home thrills for the whole family. epic and all-new movie full of comedy, heart Jennifer Magee-Cook, the film by uced prod and es Holm y Directed by Pegg including Christina Hendricks cast r stella features vocal performances from a n as cabin boy James. Mae Whitman as the voice of Zarina, Tom Hiddlesto whilst Lucy Lui lends her voice to Bell, returns to reprise her role as Tinker and Megan Hilty as Rosetta. Silvermist, Raven Symone as Iridessa



Reef 2 Released 17th February 2014 Reef 2, an underwater adventure sure to entertain the whole shoal, is released on DVD, Digital and On Demand on 17th February from Paramount Home Media Distribution. This sequel to the hit 2006 film heralds the return of courageous little fish ‘Pi’ who once again has to save his beloved reef. Troy, the nasty shark that Pi saw off in his last adventure has returned, and this time he has brought along his toothy shark friends for a ‘fish buffet’! Dive into a magical new world with Pi, Cordelia and Junior this February with Reef 2, on DVD, Digital and On Demand.

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The Legend of Frog

When a frog-like prince armed with nothing more than a pair of Catastrophe Pants and his trusty stick, Basil Rathbone, ventures beyond the End of the World to claim his throne, he finds a plucky princess is already wearing his crown and discovers that the world isn’t quite as ended as he thought. A royal rivalry ensues, but when Frog discovers he is in fact a prince of an alien army, he realizes that he is not destined to rule… but to destroy. Can he and the princess put aside their differences long enough to save the kingdom – and the world? The first title in this action-packed adventure series for ages 8 years and over, The Legend of Frog by Guy Bass will have you on the edge of your seat.

Mystic and the Midnight Ride by Stacey Gregg Harper Collins Books £6.99 Age 5+

Pirate Mutiny

(Time Hunters, Book 5) by Chris Blake Harper Collins Children’s Books £ 5.99 Age 7+ Join Tom on an incredible treasure hunt through time and battle history’s mightiest warriors. The fifth book in a new time-travelling series – perfect for fans of Beast Quest. When ten-year-old Tom accidentally smashes a statue in a museum he releases Isis, a young Egyptian mummy who has been imprisoned for thousands of years. To break an ancient curse, the duo must travel back in time to find six hidden amulets – battling Gladiators, Knights, Greeks, Vikings, Pirates and Egyptian Warriors! On his fifth journey, Tom stows away on a pirate ship! Will he sneak the treasure from the terrifying Captain Blackbeard before he is caught and made to walk the plank?

The first Pony Club Secrets mystery adventure by bestselling author of ‘The Princess and the Foal’. Issie loves horses more than anything! And she especially loves her pony Mystic at Chevalier Point Pony Club. So when the unthinkable happens, Issie is devastated. Then her instructor asks her to care for Blaze, an abandoned pony, and Issie’s riding skills are really put to the test. Will she tame the spirited new horse Blaze? And can Mystic somehow return to help her…

Pyjama Jones by J A Jennings Natterjack Books £5.99 Age 8+

Toby Jones slips into a secret city right under his bungalow. Survivors of ancient Egypt had made their home underground, and kept their civilisation intact over the millennia by keeping total secrecy about their existence. When Toby falls into their world, the Egyptians don’t exactly welcome him - but don’t want him to get out alive either. This is a story full of suspense to the very end, and vivid with the detail and colour of ancient Egyptian life.

I Want My Mummy!

by Tracey Corderoy.- Little Tiger Press £5.99 Age 3+ It’s Arthur’s first day apart from his mummy and he really misses her. Even his fantastic dragon costume and favourite toy dragon don’t cheer him up. “Raaagh!” he roars grumpily. But luckily Granny knows just what to do… A lovely book by the award-winning Tracey Corderoy (Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble and The Grunt and The Grouch) and illustrated by Alison Edgson (Yuck! That’s Not a Monster! Winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award 2011). I Want My Mummy! is the perfect book to read with a toddler worried about being apart from their parents. Ideal if your toddler is starting pre-school or if you are going away for the weekend and grandparents are being left in charge. This funny, enchanting book will ease your toddler’s anxiety about being separated from you.

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WIN – A FAMILY TICKET TO THE OPENING NIGHT OF DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS WORLDS OF FANTASY From wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, your family’s favourite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories. Tickets on sale now! For a chance to win a family ticket for four to the Opening Night of Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy on Thursday 13 March at 7.00pm at LG Arena, Birmingham, simply answer the question below. Q: What is the road that Lightning McQueen finds himself lost on when he stumbles upon Radiator Springs? a) Route 66 b) Pacific Coast Highway c) Turquoise Trail Competition ends Thursday 6th March 2014.

WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO SEE ‘THE JUST SO STORIES’ Red Table Theatre brings four of Rudyard Kipling’s best-loved tales to life in The Just So Stories. Find out how the camel got his hump, why the whale no longer eats men (or women, or little boys and girls, for that matter), and why the elephant’s nose is so long. The show stops off at Solihull Arts Complex on Friday, 21st February at 2.30pm. For a chance to win a family ticket for two adults and two children simply answer the question below. Name this popular Just So tale: How The Camel Got His… a) Hump b) Nose c) Hooves Competition ends on Monday 17th February 2014.

WIN – A MOTHER’S DAY BUNDLE FROM LITTLE TIGER PRESS For Mother’s Day, Little Tiger Press has a trio of delightful books for mothers everywhere! I Want My Mummy! by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Alison Edgson. Mummy’s Little Sunflowers by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Alison Edgson Me & My Mummy - A carry case with four mini-paperbacks, a card and stickers. We have a bundle containing all three books to give away. Simply answer the question below. Q: What day of the week is Mother’s day celebrated on? a) Monday b) Sunday c) Friday Competition ends Friday 21st March 2014.

WIN – A COPY OF TIME HUNTERS PIRATE MUTINY We have five copies of the fab story Time Hunters Pirate Mutiny to give away. Simply answer the question below for a chance of winning. Q: Which of these items is not associated with famous pirates? A) A parrot B) A wooden leg C) A speedboat Competition closes Monday 31st March 2014.

WIN – A COPY OF PYJAMA JONES We have three copies of the cool story Pyjama Jones by J.A. Jennings to give away. To win a copy, simply answer this question. Q: Which of these words is another word for an Egyptian king? A) Tzar B) Pharaoh C) Kaiser Competition closes Monday 31st March 2014.

WIN – A COPY OF MYSTIC AND THE MIDNIGHT RIDE We have five copies of the lovely story Mystic and the Midnight Ride to give away. Simply answer the question below for a chance of winning. Q: Which of these animals was a famous racehorse? A) Red Rum B) Skippy C) Nemo Competition closes Monday 31st March 2014.

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