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Kids 36 15


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Parks & Playgrounds Something to keep to whole brood happy.

15 20 Playful Playdate Ideas

Hosting a playdate that´s fun for everyone and easy on you.

36 Travelling Kids


The best gear to make your family trip less of a disaster.


41 Temper Tantrums How to handle your child´s meltdowns without losing your cool.

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Flat Head Syndrome London Specialists have the answer!


Top 8 Parental Apps Check out our favourite Apps for managing the day to day life of a busy parent.


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H ello T he celebrations started early this year. Not only are we celebrating our sons 8th birthday, “Happy Birthday H”, we are starting the countdown to our 2nd birthday. Rascals of London can often feel like my 2nd child; it needs lots of daily love and attention, and is forever growing. Sometimes, I can’t believe how much we have managed to grow, with us now distributing 40,000 copies across London. As usual, this edition is bursting with endless ideas of things that you can do as a family. We have a fantastic feature on page 7 that includes many of the great parks and playgrounds across the city. This is aimed at getting the whole family wanting to play in the great outdoors. Then, if you turn to page 15, we have some fantastic ideas to make those dreaded play dates, a walk in the park. If you are close to pulling your hair out with the temper tantrum stage, make sure you check out page 41. This has an article on how to kick those temper tantrums into touch, by our resident expert Kathryn Mews. Now, if you are off on your travels later in the year, and are toying with the idea of taking the kids, check out our travel essentials guide on page 36.

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This is full of ideas, that might just make the dreaded flight a little less painful. As always, Rascals of London is designed for parents by parents, so we are always delighted to hear from you. Whether you have an experience to share, or you’d like to tell us your top parenting tips, we will always do our best to pass your tips on to our readers. Simply get in touch. Don’t forget, Rascals of London is also available on line as an easy-to-read magazine. Download you’re copy at Alternatively, you can “Like” us on Facebook and “Tweet” with us on Twitter, or why not do all three? We do hope that you enjoy this edition, and be sure to pick up our Birthday Special edition out on 1st June. Happy reading,

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Parks & Playgrounds Something to keep the whole brood happy

Diana Memorial Playground Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens, W2 2UH Ahoy there – this is one playground that will make you want to walk the plank! The huge wooden pirate ship is the amazing centerpiece of the Playground – a fantastic area where less able and able bodied children can play together in their own never never land.

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Hampstead Heath Heathfield House, 432 Archway Road, NW6 4JH One of London’s best loved open spaces, Hampstead Heath is a large park covering 790 acres and contains some of the highest points in London, including Parliament Hill, which has one of the best views of London’s skyline. There is also an open air unheated lido which is open year round, over 25 ponds, and Kenwood House is also situated on the heath.

Horniman Triangle Sydenham Rise, Sydenham Hill Just over the road from the Horniman Museum. This was completely revamped in 2009 with a massive circular sandpit, a climbing boulder with a giant spider and rope ‘web’ attached and lots of other interactive sand-play additions. There’s a new café onsite too.

Coram Fields 93 Guilford St, London WC1N 1DN The sign on the gates reads “adults must be accompanied by a child” – this gets an instant like from us! Coram’s Fields is a unique seven acre playground and park for children and young people living in or visiting London. It includes a youth centre, children’s centre, community nursery, sports programme, a city farm and a cafe.

Clissold Park Greenway Close, N4 2EY This fabulous play area has just been renovated and holds a green flag award as one of the best green spaces in the country. Brilliant in the summer with their splash ponds and fab all year round with multiple play areas, an aviary and animal enclosures and best of all the Clissold House cafe for tired mums and dads to grab a coffee!

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Bushy Park Hampton Court Gate, TW11 0EQ Recently redeveloped Bushy Park is now a no.1 spot for the kids – the playground houses a large sandpit, timber climbing frame, balance beams, multiple swings and a dry river feature with climbing boulders.

Kew Gardens Kew Rd, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB This great adventure playground set within Kew gardens boasts Treehouse Towers, with ziplines, scramble nets and wooden buildings to clamber over.

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Regents Park Regents Park, Chester Rd, NW1 4NR In this great park there are two boating lakes – one for all the family and one for kids only. The children’s boating pond is only open on the weekends and is meant for kids aged 5 and up. There’s also a little restaurant in the Boat House with outdoor seating facing the lake. The park also includes a traditional playground for younger children and a new timber tree-house section for older, more adventurous kids.

Battersea Park Queenstown Rd, Battersea, SW11 4NJ The playground is superb, with plenty of original and imaginatively built features. The climbing structures, slides and high climbing nets present unusual challenges for children aged 5+, and there’s a separate area for younger kids too.

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St. John’s Wood Terrace, London NW8 6LP The Adventure Playground offers inclusive play and play care programmes that support children’s individual and social development. They provide each with a foundation for their self and communal fulfilment.

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Summer holidays may seem far off, however much we long for them, but it won’t be long now. That’s where Mill on the Brue Outdoor Centre comes in! Children (7 – 15 years) come on their own during the summer holidays, staying for a week or two, or coming daily if they live nearby. We don’t have large numbers of kids (maximum of 60 residential every week) because we know that some could get a feeling of being swamped by hundreds. We are a family run Centre and after 30 years we really feel we know what kids like! Arrival is on Sunday mornings, they are placed in groups according to age, with a maximum of 12 in each group, introduced to their two instructors who stay with them all week, and off they go!

There are at least 6 activities a day, and sometimes more, as the majority are in our own beautiful 25 acres of fields, woods, and river valley, interspersed with delicious, filling meals, home cooked with many of the organic vegetables and fruit grown by us. The children sit with their groups and their instructors in the dining room so there is plenty of supervision and the family feel. Special diets can be catered for as long as we know in advance. They sleep in comfortable bunk bedded rooms, again with their own age group, supervised by night staff who make sure the younger ones particularly wash and clean their teeth! The activities, games and tasks are ‘awesome’ – from canoeing to high ropes, archery to colony game, assault course, crafts, rafting, climbing, tunnelling, egg drop, zip wire, trekking, pizza making in the clay oven, water slide, badger watching…. the list is endless and the days packed. There is even a 24 hour challenge for the oldest group – they go offsite to map read their way to the rendevous, trek, maybe cave, maybe climb and abseil, maybe canoe; all is revealed at the briefing.

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ou may have noticed sporadic images in the press of the cutest looking babies wearing specially fitted helmets. Such helmets are commonly used when babies are born with slightly misshapen heads, a medical condition referred to as Deformational Plagiocephaly. Sometimes known as ‘flat head syndrome’, it is a common condition and occurs when external force causes a baby’s head to take on an abnormal shape. It is characterised by the flattening of one side of the back of the head and can be noticeable from birth, or present itself in the first few months of life. Research also suggests that there may be links to auditory, visual and developmental problems later in life. This is a situation that is experienced by many parents across the UK every day – and one of the world’s leading treatment centres for this condition and other head shape abnormalities is Steeper Clinic, which is based in Marylebone, London. Head Clinical Specialist Orthotist at Steeper Clinic, Kate Chauhan, explains:

“Instances of plagiocephaly have increased dramatically in the UK over the last few years, but there is still a lack of knowledge amongst many health professionals and parents about the condition.

“At Steeper Clinic, we provide free consultations for parents from across the UK on the best treatment option for their child. We can recommend treatments including repositioning techniques and if necessary, can provide a clinically effective programme of treatment through STARband helmets, which have been successfully used all over the world.” Tina Ashton’s one year old child, Samuel, was diagnosed with plagiocephaly in June after he developed a nasty cold and conjunctivitis and she took him to a GP. She was told that her son’s head was not the shape it should be and if it didn’t improve by the time Sam was 18 months old, there was a chance it would stay that way. The GP suggested making an appointment with Steeper Clinic to gauge the severity of Sam’s condition. When the family visited the clinic in July, tests revealed the asymmetry of Sam’s head was 23.3mm – 12mm is classed as a severe case. The treatment needed meant fitting Sam with a helmet, costing £2,000, which needs to be worn for 23 hours a day, over six months. Now Tina is calling on health chiefs to do more for the treatment of ‘flat head syndrome’:

“The results have been amazing. Sam got used to the helmet very quickly. We’re already starting to see a visible change in the shape of his head, and we couldn’t be happier with what Steeper Clinic has done for us.” “I really feel that the NHS should be offering some sort of funding to help parents throughout the UK.”

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Playful Playdate Ideas


Hosting a playdate that´ s fun for everyo ne and easy on you.

Dance Party

When all that pint-sized energy threatens to soar out of control, crank up the tunes and let the little ones boogie the wiggles out. Boost the playdate fun by playing Sit-Down Dance: When you pause the music, the kids scramble to find a seat (the floor counts). Unlike musical chairs, no one ever gets out. You can even invite a few stuffed-animal dance partners to join the hoedown.

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Simple crafts are usually the best. Kids love to colour, cut and paste. Center the craft on a season or even pick a theme for the week. One idea is to cut out shapes and let the kids glue them onto paper in any way they like. They might make vehicles or people or houses. Another idea is to look online for colouring sheets of favourite characters and allow the children just to colour. Stickers are fun, especially the foamie stickers that are available. You’d be amazed how much kids socialise while doing crafts!

Container Sandbox

Even when the weather doesn’t cooperate, let the kids play like they’re outside by converting a large, shallow plastic storage container into an indoor sandbox. Filled with sand or even rice, and peppered with shovels, cups, and trucks, it becomes a sandy getaway.

This activity is perfect for children ages 2 and above. The downside is you might have a little mess to clean up, but it’s amusing and will be time well spent. You can purchase some play-doh of different colours and let their imaginations go wild. To add some fun, buy a playdoh kit where they can squeeze, shape, and build it. You might add in some cookie cutters and other objects to help enhance their creativity. Another idea is to make edible play dough, which would provide a fun twist.


Build an Indoor Fort

This is great for younger children especially. You can build an indoor fort using blankets, chairs and other furniture. Children will love playing in the temporary playhouse. You might even read a story in there with a flashlight if you want to.

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Pajama Day

Have kids come to the playdate in their favourite PJs. Serve popcorn (watch the popcorn with younger kids as it can be a choking hazard) and watch a short movie or read a story together. Have kids tell about dreams they have had or draw pictures of their dreams. You can even have everyone bring a flashlight and turn off the lights and play ceiling tag with the lights on the ceiling.

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Plant Pals Playdate

Plastic cups, potting soil, grass seeds, stickers, and markers are all you need to start cute grass heads that will grow very quickly in a sunlit window.

Football & Skipping

For this, we go to a local park with a large open grassy area. Each child brings one ball to play with, and we make sure to have a skipping rope on hand for the kids to use in their own way. None of the kids can actually jump rope, but it’s interesting to see how they use one!


Plan a simple item for the kids to cook or even just put together. Kids love to make their own pizzas. If you make the cookie dough, they can cut out cookies and decorate them. Make a yogurt parfait by letting kids choose items to layer into a cup. Of course, eating the creation is half of the fun!

This one might create a mess too, but it’s fun! Most children love to paint and express themselves. You can purchase some inexpensive watercolour paints and paper. Be sure the children are wearing old clothes, cover the table with newspaper, and let their creativity run.


Painting Play Date

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Mixed-Up Hide-and-Seek

Virtually all kids are partial to hide-and-seek, either because they love the challenge of finding a hidden friend or they thrill to the suspense of waiting to be found. But with toddlers, the game can be a challenge: The littlest ones can’t count, and they’re not great at staying hidden, preferring to belt out “Here I am!” than wait to be found. For longer-lasting playdate fun, turn the game on its ear by taking turns hiding objects - think socks or small toys rather than people. Another option: Let the little ones hide together, while you search s-l-o-w-l-y for them.

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Using simple games, teach young children to play board games together. Games like The Dinosaur Race Board Game are great for younger kids. Snakes and Ladders is great for Preschoolers. UNO and Monopoly Junior are good for slightly older kids.


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Movie Mania

Give each child movie and concession tickets, or you can give them play money to “buy” movie tickets and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to practice pretend play and making purchases. Set up the kitchen counter or table to look like a concession stand, offering foods such as popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, pretzels, candy and beverages. Watch the movie. You can also select an episode of a children’s show if a movie will be too long.


Pretend Day

Have a pretend day where kids come dressed in costumes. This doesn’t have to be for Halloween but just for fun!



Easter Egg Hunt

Musical Fun Playdate

I’ve seen this done two ways – hunting for eggs filled with stickers instead of sweets or hunting for eggs filled with food that the kids then eat as a snack. The easiest way to host this is to ask each mum to bring 10 or 12 filled eggs per child, then have one or two mums place the eggs around the garden before letting the kids loose. For the 1-year-olds, you don’t even have to hide them at all – just lay them on the ground in plain sight!

Teddy Bear Picnic Have a Teddy Bear Picnic where all the kids bring a Teddy Bear or other stuffed animal. Have a picnic on the floor with fun finger foods and read a Teddy Bear story such as Teddy Bear Teddy Bear Turn Around or Corduroy. If you have access to the song, The kids would enjoy dancing to it!


17 Dress Up

Parents can easily create an inexpensive dress-up box at home that can provide hours of fun and their little fingers are learning to tie, zip, button and snap. Dress up play also encourages language skills as kids explore the colours and textures of the clothes.


This one is kind of silly, but the kids will really enjoy it. Gather up as many musical toys that you might have, then add in homemade instruments such as a pan with a spoon, sealed cup filled with rice, a bell, etc. If you want you can play background music, then have all children make their own music. It’s something different that they’ll enjoy. It probably won’t last long though, so be sure to have lots of toys for them to play with afterwards.

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19 Dino Days Fossils

Bury some premade “fossils” in the garden and tell the kids that archaeologists dig for fossils and give them a preschool explanation of what fossils are. After the kids dig for the fossils, make your own fossils using a premade fossil mixture that can be made...1 cup used coffee grinds...1/2 cup flour...1/2 cup salt...1/2 cold coffee you flatten it out like playdough and let the kids make imprints with different objects. You could use acorns, leaves, sticks, etc at the park... eventually the fossils dry.


‘Fuss Pots’ which are available in Sainsbury’s and are suitable for 4-10 years olds.

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Colour Day

If you don’t want to do costumes, per say, you can pick a theme such as a colour. Have everyone wear red, serve red foods, play with red playdough, and make a STOP sign craft!

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Playdate Here are a couple of quick, easy and tasty ideas:

1. Traffic light pasta Make plain pasta (and this can have a cheese or tomato sauce with it) but have carrots, sweet corn and peas in it - easy, simple and healthy. Another variation on this is to make treasure hunt pasta - but a variety of veg/meat/ cheese etc in bottom of the dish and pile with cooked pasta - get children to ‘dig’ for treasure and see what they can find.

2. Naan bread pizzas I discovered these a couple of years ago - the kids can make their own and they are ready in minutes! Buy some mini naan breads and get the children to spread them with a tomato based sauce and then add whatever they would like - so ham, cheese, chicken, sausage and half cherry tomatoes - simply grill for a couple of minutes and serve.

3. Wraps or tortillas I came up with this to try and encourage my own children to join in when we had chilli. Simply cut tortillas into thirds and give to children to stuff their own. Have bowls with chicken, ham, sausage, cheese, tomatoes, cream


cheese, grated carrots, sliced peppers, guacamole etc, giving them a great chance to experiment - also messy fun whilst eating as can all be done with fingers


You can now easily buy large pasta shells which if you pre-cook can be stuffed by children with spinach and mushrooms as shown in the photo.


Easy to make and again very versatile with fillings - fruit, ice cream and yoghurt are always big favourites…. and if you are feeling very creative make your own fruit sauces.

5. Presentation It’s slightly gimmicky but fun to make ‘normal’ dishes more appealing by presentation. I have just done mashed potato volcanos with beans spilling out and halved sausages up the sides. You could also try jacket potato pirate boats - scoop out the potato and mash with cheese and re-fill - make a ‘mast’ with slices of bacon or sausage ‘oars’ on cocktail sticks and a ‘sea’ of gravy with some vegetable islands. And let’s not forget puddings!


Fruit kebabs or fruit salad

Allow children to make their own and help with the chopping as well – most fruits are easy enough to cut with blunt/plastic knives.

Make playdates fun and tasty with these healthy snacks

8. Chocolate Dip Provide a selection of fruit strawberries, grapes and bananas are ideal, or shortbread and marshmallows with cocktail sticks for dipping.


Spaghetti bolognese or carbonara Favourites with most children, are good filling dishes, easy to make and messy and fun to eat!

10. Ice-cream Make an old favourite more exciting with sprinkles, sweets, sauces, grated chocolate, chopped nuts, or some fruit if you’re feeling virtuous!

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Dressing your Spring Chickens

Smocked baby dress in Bluebell print Price: ÂŁ49.00

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Top Left: Aqua Dove print smocking dress. Price: £89.00 Right: Aqua Dove Kate dress. Price: £79.00 Bottom French Vintage collection. Outfits from left to right: French Vintage full circle dress. Price: £79.00 French Vintage fifties prom dress. Price: £79.00 French Vintage classic broderie tunic. Price: £59.00 French Vintage pintuck dress. Price: £69.00 French Vintage classic puffball dress. Price: £79.00

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French Vintage ruffle back dress Price: ÂŁ39.00

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Fifties prom dress in French Vintage print Price: ÂŁ79.00

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Enter the Enchanted Garden Their Nibs London proudly celebrate their 10th anniversary with the launch of SS13, a quintessentially British collection. Full circle skirting, gathered waists and true vintage cuts take the collection from the demure to the sweetly romantic, with immaculate detailing that can only belong to Their Nibs London. Their Nibs London’s signature shapes make the collections truly original for baby, girl and boy.

‘Beautiful! I wish they made them in my size!’. – Sienna Miller. Known for producing the best vintage-inspired children’s occasionwear, Their Nibs London fails to disappoint for SS13. Playful tutu skirts contrast with lace, chiffon and satin dresses in full circle, smock and prom shapes to make each beautifully crafted piece a true collectable. The Spring Summer 2013 ‘Enchanted Garden’ collection includes a unique hand-painted Spring Bluebell print with hand-painted borders and French Vintage story in feminine pinks and classic dress shapes. New season occasionwear stories include the Mystical Dove print in aqua hues, finished with chiffon and antique lace and the ethereal Ballet collection incorporating the signature Kate dress in pastel blue and pink. A distinctive girls’ Peasant print is found in cool cheesecloth with vintage embroidery detailing, paired perfectly with the boy’s classic collection of iconic style staples with a luxurious vintage twist.

Bluebell Print Tulip Dress Price: £79.00

‘Me and Kate were the first people to walk in to the shop 10 years ago, and have loved their clothes ever since!’. – Sadie Frost Their Nibs London continues to blossom as the leading children’s vintage clothing brand with dedicated customers no other than Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Thandie Newton, Sadie Frost and Jude Law. Their Nibs London, is celebrated by the children’s fashion industry for beautifully distinctive silhouettes and vintage hand-painted prints. The exclusive brand born in 2003 and inspired by the fashionable Notting Hill district, recognises ten strong years of serving children’s fashion for 2013. Their Nibs London launch their SS13 rebranding with a new logo focusing on the iconic crown, fresh store layouts and larger seasonal ranges. This is a unique brand to watch with exciting projects on the horizon.

Fluted sleeves chiffon dress in Aqua Dove print Price: £69.00

Having true English heritage at its roots, Their Nibs London has seen founder Fiona Bell nominated for many fashion design awards. Visit

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North London East London

West London Central London

South London

March 1st - 21st Tiger Tracks


Camden, Islington, City of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, City of London

March 27th - April 7th My First Cinderella

Tiger Tracks is the worlds biggest save the tiger’s event. The dedicated kids weekend will involve celebrity book readings dance performances and workshops. Where: St Pancras international station

March 7th

The Incubator Ball The evening commences at 8pm with a glass of bubbles & some cool entertainment from the Tootsie Rollers. Anna Duttson Events is once again serving an amazing and sumptuous dinner before you are wowed by a truly unique artiste from Contraband. Following the charity auction & Incubator draw the evening will continue with cool tunes and dancing until the early hours. Where: London Palladium, Argyll St, W1F 7TF

March 17th

St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Always one of London’s liveliest celebrations, the parade will feature colourful floats, marching bands and groups representing the irish counties who will proceed through Central London to Trafalgar square. There will also be a children´s Culture corner.

My First Cinderella tells everyone’s favourite rags-to-riches story in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences. Cinderella is tormented by her spiteful stepsisters and she can only dream of attending the Prince’s glamorous ball. Where: Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, WC2A 2HT

April 4th & April 11th

Cooking Extravaganza with Cookie Crumbles! Join the Cookie Crumbles team for 2 days of fun cooking! Day 1: 4th April between 10am- 1pm will be dedicated to Pizza & Pasta! Day 2: 11th April between 2pm - 5pm children will try their hand at Little Patisserie! There will be yummy morsels to take home and plenty to taste during each workshop!

Where: Trafalgar Square

Where: Eddie Catz Putney

March 26th

April 10th - April 12th

Unearthing the Egyptians: An Ancient History Event for KS2 at BFI Southbank This event is designed to complement a screening of the 60-minute IMAX film: Mysteries of Egypt. After seeing the film at the BFI IMAX in Waterloo, pupils and teachers will then come to BFI Southbank (5 minutes walk) for a clip-based presentation using films from the BFI National Archive’s extensive collection. Tickets from £8.00 Where: BFI Southbank South Bank, Waterloo, SE1 8XT

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Got to Dance! with Dynamic Dance Learn to dance like your favorite popstars in this 3 day morning workshop! Children will be taught some funky routines over the course of the 3 days, learning great moves like those from Diversity and JLS. There will be a short performance at the end of the third morning at 12.45pm for parents to watch. Where: Eddie Catz Putney Time: 10am - 1pm

From April 18th

May 12th

Our drop-in classes provide the opportunity for mums to gain confidence, increase fitness, have fun, socialise and make friends for life with other mums in the area. We offer the following weekly drop-in classes, each class varies each week but includes light jogging and running with and without your buggy, toning, resistance bands and exercises to give your whole body a workout. £5 per class.

The annual Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival brings together Punch and Judy professors from around the country for a procession led by a brass band with a toast to Mr Punch, a church service with Mr Punch in the pulpit and an afternoon of puppet shows and workshops, with folk music, maypole dancing and clowns.

Bumps, Babies & Buggies - Postnatal Fitness Workout

Where: Oxleas Wood, off Shooters Hill Time: Every Wednesday at 10am - 11am

April 19th

Dino Snores Sleepover - Natural History Museum Dino Snores is a monthly sleepover for 8 to 11 year olds to discover the secrets of the Museum once all the visitors and staff have gone home for the day. Kids will explore the Museum by torch light: looking out for T.rex moving about the Dinosaur Gallery silently; watching Revenge of the Minibeasts, a live show about creatures that bite and sting, and then calming down with a little bit of fossil making. Bedtime is at midnight in the security of Dippy’s shadow in the Central Hall.

Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival

Where: St Paul’s Church, Bedford St, Covent Garden

May 18th - 19th

Special Children´s Day The annual special children´s day welcomes children with special needs and their families and friends to ZSL London Zoo. Featured attractions include the discovery Zone, developed and presented in collaboration with the National Autistic Society. Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents park Tel: 020 7722 3333

Until May

Shrek the Musical

Where: Natural History Museum

April 20th & May 4th

Friendly Spider Programme Do you have a spider phobia? Then it’s time you joined the Friendly Spider Programme to help you overcome your fears. The Friendly Spider Programme (FSP) is an afternoon course, carefully designed to ease or eliminate the condition of arachnophobia – fear of spiders. The programme is a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy. Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents park Tel: 020 7722 3333

April 27th

Baby Loves Disco Pyjama Party No need to get dressed for pyjama party, just rock up in your bed gear! As at all of baby love disco events there will be a kid’s dressing-up box as well as a facepainter on hand to apply the finishing touches before those little booties hit the flashing dance floor. Where: 61-65 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5BZ

Join Shrek (Dean Chisnall), our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey (Richard Blackwood) as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona (Carley Stenson) from her tower guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad (Neil McDermott), a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the must see musical comedy – SHREK THE MUSICAL! Where: Theatre Royal Drury Lane

All Week

Dine with Mickey at the Disney Cafe The Nations first Disney restaurant to open outside its theme parks and its located close to the store’s pop-up Disney boutique. When Big Ben chimes its story time. The kids will love it. Where: Harrods, Knightbridge

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North London East London

West London Central London

The West Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow, Ealing, Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent

South London

March 2nd

March 9th

Looking at a different architecture-related theme each year and is run on the first Saturday of the month. The club is for children aged 7-10.

Use smartphones to follow an augmented reality trail around the Egyptian galleries. Solve clues about the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. Activity takes about 40 minutes.

Young Architects’ Club (Ages 7-10)

Where: 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3BP Time: 10am - 12noon Tel: 020 7405 2107

Passport to the Afterlife

Where: British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury. Time: 11.30am - 3.30pm

March 1st - 3rd

March 15th - 16th

Madagascar Live!

Wolf Tales

Join Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and the plotting penguins as they escape to New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on a journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Little Red riding hood is on stage telling the world the same old story about Grandma and the big bad wolf, Blah, Blah, Blah! Come back stage and met Mr B.B Wolf, renowned thespian and notorious villian, as he takes a break between scenes to set the record straight.

Where: Wembley Arena

March 6th

Give it up for Comic Relief

Where: Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Lyric Square

April 6th - 7th

Justin & Friends Easter Tour Justin & Friends is the brand new show Starring Justin Fletcher MBE and many surpirse guests, It promises to be a pre school Spectacular with plenty of songs, dancing and comedy routines. Where: Wembley arena

Give It Up For Comic Relief is an all-star concert, featuring top music and comedy acts. Launched by comedian Russell Brand, the event is being held to raise money for people affected by drug and alcohol addiction. Top music acts on the bill include Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, Emeli Sande and Nicole Scherzinger. Where: Wembley Arena

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Until June

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides an amazing new opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – the most successful film series of all time. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. Where: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden

North London East London

West London Central London

The North Barnet, Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest

South London

March 25th - 28th, April 2nd 5th & April 8th - 10th Easter Holidays Creative Active Kids Camp

March 27th - April 13th Rapunzel

Lots of different arts and crafts activities to keep your kids busy over the school holidays. All materials and glazing and firing included. A drink and snack is provided, but please bring along a packed lunch for your child. All allergies and dietary restrictions must be made known to us before registration. Where: 143 Dollis Road, Mill Hill, NW7 1JX Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm

Rapunzel Fun-filled Easter pantomime, packed with comedy, song, puppetry, music and dance. Rapunzel is a folklore tale that’ll have you on the edge of your seat and singing along! Age Suitability 3+. Running time 90 mins.

April 7th

Where: Dugdale Centre, London Rd, Enfield Town, Enfield, EN2 6DSL

Sally and the Sunflower A delightful story of a very small girl, a very tall sunflower and a magical adventure. Sally and the Sunflower is an enchanting re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk with puppetry and colourful projections. Where: Artsdepot, 5 Nether St, Tally Ho Corner. Time: 12noon, 3pm

May 16th - 19th Mums Show Live

The UK’s First consumer exhibition targetting parents of 4-12 year olds, promises to be a one-stop destination for the whole family. Parents can enjoy a spot of shopping and join in Live conversation and debates. Where: Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY

Every Saturday

Kids Club at Phoenix Cinema A different activity every week followed at midday by a film. Activities range from art and craft to group games and quizzes. The activity is for a maximum of 20 children and is mainly aimed at ages five to eight. Where: 52 High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 9PJ

Until August

Discover Explore at Myddleton House Gardens Discover Explore is a brand new exploration game for England’s Lee Valley. Families and young children search for locations and missions online then head off on adventures to unlock the hidden stories at places like Myddleton House Gardens. By completing dare-devil missions and discovering the answers to a series of questions, explorers have the chance to win super-duper badges! Where: Myddelton House Gardens, Bulls Cross, Enfield.

Every Friday

Kids Magic Show Family friday´s are magic at that place on the corner. Great fun and kids eat free. Where: That place on the corner, 1 - 3 Green Lanes, Newington Green. Time: 6pm - 8pm Tel: 0207 704 079

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North London East London

West London Central London

The East Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley

South London

April 20th

Fishers Green Sailing Club

March 17th

The Big Write Festival of Children’s Literature Discover’s 5th annual festival of children’s literature has a packed programme of story sessions, workshops, book signings and other events. The closing weekend sees a range of events and activities with illustrators and authors such as Polly Dunbar (Sat Mar 16, noon), and, on Sunday, Dirty Bertie creator David Roberts (Sun Mar 17, 1.30pm) and Horrible Histories’s Martin Brown (Sun Mar 17, 3pm). See the website for full details of all of these, plus adults’ events and schools events taking place on weekdays during the festival. Where: Discover centre, 383-387 High St, Stratford, E15 4QZ Tel: 020 8536 5555

March 29th - April 1st Easter Eggstravaganza

Join Lee Valley Park Farms for some ‘eggscellent’ fun and take part in our annual Easter egg hunt. There’s also all the fun of the farms to enjoy including the meerkats, Siberian Husky dogs, pigs and goats, llamas, sheep, giant rabbits and chinchillas. The whole family can play in the tractor barn, piglets’ paradise, and the soft play area Bundle Barn. Where: Lee Valley Park Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF Time: 10am - 17pm Tel: 08456 770 600

April 7th

A Walk in the Park Enjoy a FREE leisurely paced walk in the scenic 1,000 acre River Lee Country Park. One in a series of free guided walks taking place on the first Sunday of every month. Accompanied by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable ranger, discover weird and wonderful myths and local folklore. Where: Starting in Old Mill and Meadows car park, Mill Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 6QT Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

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Open Day, 10am - 4pm, FREE, everyone welcome Just two miles from Waltham Abbey, take this opportunity to try out sailing or enjoy tours of the lake at Fishers Green Sailing Club, alongside the beautiful 180 acre Holyfield Lake. Where: Fishers Green Sailing Club, Fishers Green Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF

April 27th

Sewardstone Marsh Walk Join East London Birders Forum for a walk in search of spring migrants, many of which will be in full song. Where: Starting in Swan and Pike Pool car park, Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3GP

May 28th

Creatures From The Deep: Workshop Where: Museum of London Docklands, Tower Hamlets, West India Quay, E14 4AL Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm and 2.30pm - 3.30pm Tel: 020 7001 9844

Every Saturday Roller Disco

Children aged 5-14 can join in the fun and get their skates on at Roller disco family jam, at the weekly event hosted by the Renaissance rooms. Where: Miles street, Vauxhall. Time: 11am - 5pm Tel: 0207 720 914

North London East London

West London Central London

South London

The South Bromley, Croydon, Sutton, Merton, Kingston Upon Thames, Richmond Upon Thames

May 3rd - 23rd

April 4th


Crazy Science Workshop A show all budding scientists will love! This show will amaze with it’s awesome scientific experiments! Wizz, pop, bang! In this workshop kids have a chance to be hands on with science. Race tornados, make giant bubbles, exploding volcanoes, fun with magnetic cars, blowing up balloons with chemical reactions, exploding coke fountains, eggbert the stunt egg, Kaleidoscopes, binoculars and slime making! This workshop always sells out so please book early to avoid disappointment! Where: Eddie Catz Wimbledon Time: 10am - 1pm

April 11th

Puppetry Workshop Come and join the puppet fun and learn how to make finger and hand puppets, Caterpillar and Dragon stick puppets, animal paper bag puppets! Plus loads moreranging from Pirates and Aliens to Butterflies! This fun workshop teaches great hand-eye coordination and team work in an enjoyable and creative manner. Learn how to perform as a puppeteer in a small puppet theatre, behind a screen to your audience! Where: Eddie Catz Wimbledon Time: 10am - 1pm

April 27th - August 17th

Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play Don’t miss everyone’s favourite brother and sister who are back on stage with their new show following Polka’s international hit Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play. Enter a magical journey through the seasons, as Charlie and Lola discover that everything is different and not the same. What will happen when Lola and her best friend Lotta absolutely promise to look after Sizzles the dog? Where: Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB

To breathe, smile and relax Gurgle, babble and sing explore, discover and play, Lull, dream and be at peace with your baby, Cocooned within a charming setting and layered with musical and visual surprises, this playful experience will take you on a gentle journey of discovery with singer-performer Natalie Raybould. Treat yourself to a performance to engage and share with your baby, with chill-out dreaming time. Where: Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB

May 6th

May Bank Holiday Family Drop-In: The Magic Maypole Attempting to take the stress out of an extra day off with the kids, Dulwich Picture Gallery has organised two interactive drop-in events which celebrate spring. Children are encouraged to write a ditty about the season in a poetry workshop, before helping to decorate a giant maypole installed in the Linbury Room. Artist Erica Parrett will be on hand with gentle guidance. Where: Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Rd, SE21 7AD

May 18th

Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sales in the Sutton Borough. Sell your used baby and children’s goods Or Buy top quality secondhand baby & kids stuff. Where: Wallington Methodist Church, Beddington Gardens, Wallington, Surrey, SM6 0HU

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Changing Bag, Carry Cot and Changing Station The ultimate travel gadget! This fantastic bag transforms into a super comfortable carry cot with padded mattress. It also instantly converts into a changing station. Price: £54.99

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LittleLife Family F irst Aid Kit This family first aid kit from LittleLife contains everything you need to keep your family safe at home and abroad. Price: £19.99

Travelling Feeding Bowl Ingenious travelling bowl, with 2 compartments and a clever spoon that changes colour when the food is the right temperature.

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Easy Camp Galaxy 600 Tent The Galaxy 600 is suited for groups or families. Bedrooms are at either end of the tent, sleeping up to three people each, with generous floor space in between offering full standing height. Price: £189.99

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How to handle your child’s meltdowns without losing your cool It all seems to happen so fast. One minute you have a baby in arms and the next minute they are walking and talking and have the ability to say ‘No’ to anything you ask of them. This is when many parents can feel ‘out of their depth’ and I can totally understand why…

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If you are trying to leave the house for an appointment with your 2 year old who is just refusing to get dressed what do you do!? A Shout

B Cancel the appointment

C Bribe them with sweets

The fact of the matter is that all of the above are likely to still have your child in their pyjamas and you feeling frantic!

Let’s Start at the Beginning As adults we all have rules that we have to abide by – and the reason we abide by them is for two main reasons… Following a rule leads to a reward. Breaking a rule leads to a consequence. I am sure that many of us would drive our cars a lot faster on the road if we did not think we could gain points on our license or, worse still, have our license taken from us. Children love to know their boundaries. If they do not have clear ‘rules’ there is no possible way of knowing ‘right from wrong’.

STEP ONE Implement some ‘House Rules’. Sit with your husband , partner and talk about what you both expect of your child. Are you happy with them jumping on the sofa? , or opening the fridge and helping themselves to the contents? Is bed time a set time? It is an interesting discussion to have and it allows you to unite as a couple and ensure that you are ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’! Example of House Rules for a family with a 2 and 3 year old. •  We do not shout at one another.

STEP TWO What if the rules are ignored!? In general most people want to know the consequence to not following the rule. Children are no different. There is no point in placing the ‘House Rules’ on the fridge door if you are not going to make the children aware of the consequence.

•  We do not jump on the furniture or the    beds. •  We sit on our chairs at meal times and    do not get down until we have finished. •  We remember our ‘Please and Thank you’. •  Everyone in the house is to keep each    other happy. Sit down as a family and read out the rules. Place them somewhere that everyone can see them. State that House Rules are for everyone to follow. Adults and Children.

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Bend down in front of them and make eye contact. Smile at them and say “The shouting is all finished now. You can come into the kitchen when you are ready. (State an activity that you could do together – build the train track) At this point you can walk into the kitchen / playroom together or walk away and let him come when he is ready.

Consequence System ASK - Bend down and hold the top of your child’s arms. Gain eye contact and calmly ask them to do as you have asked. Step away and give them the chance to follow the request. (10 seconds) TELL - Bend down and make eye contact again. Talk in a clear stern voice and tell them what you want them to do.

WARN - Now bend down and make eye contact. “You need to choose. (State request) or MAT.” “1, 2, 3!” Give them a couple of seconds to respond.

ACT - “Come with me. You made your choice.” Hold them under the arms from behind and walk them to the doormat. “Stay here until I am ready.” Confidently walk away.

•  We always do what Mummy and Daddy    have asked us to do. •  We do not hurt one another.

You are wanting to hear them feel the consequence. They need to be placed back on the mat as many times as it takes until they are shouting. When they are shouting this is when you know that they understand that you are in control and they made the wrong choice and now are ‘paying the price of the consequence’. Once they have remained on the mat for 10 seconds and you can hear that they are calming down and the shout is becoming a whimper. This is when you can approach them – but not before.

The Door Mat! Most houses have a doormat, but if not a naughty step is fine. Ensure that the door is unable to be opened by your child. This is where they sit ‘until you are ready to bring them back into the room to play. YES, THEY WILL KEEP GETTING OFF OF THE MAT! Each time they follow you, turn around and hold them under their arms and walk them back to the mat and sit / lay them down. DO NOT TALK TO THEM.

You might have had to return them to the mat 40 times! But I can guarantee that the next time you ask your child to do as you have asked they will start to think before making the wrong choice! Eventually when you say “ Think, close the fridge or sitting on the mat!?” They will start to respond by making the right choice. Ensure that you thank your child when they make the right choices. It is so important to allow your child to shout when they need to. Frustration and anger needs to be expressed. We must never suppress a child’s emotions. As long as you have a place in your house where your child knows they are allowed to shout this will cause you to be more relaxed if a tantrum occurs.

STEP THREE Out and About It is more challenging when you are out if your child decides to ‘shout it out’ but it is so important to make your child aware that you will still have a consequence in place. Talk to your child about where you are going and what the consequence is. It is important to have this chat before reaching the destination.

A practical 3-day guide to overcoming key parenting cha from sleeping and eating to potty training and behavio problems

Example: You are going to the park and you know that the challenge is that your son does not like to share the apparatus. •  Bend down and make eye contact once    you are in your coats and ready to leave    the house. •  Talk in a positive fashion. •  “Now, We are going to have fun at the    park and you are going to be my good boy.”

   will be sitting you under the tree by the    buggy. You will stay there until I am ready.    Just like the mat at home.” •  PAUSE •  “Do you understand (say their name)?” •  You do not need a response. Wait a couple of    seconds and then say “Great. Let’s go and    have fun.”


•  When you get to the park go straight to    the tree and say “Remember share nicely –    or tree!”

•  “Now, if you do make the choice not to    share and be kind to the other children I

•  Place your hand on the tree so that he    sees and fully understands.

Important Message On lookers do not judge the parent who disciplines their child. They judge the parents who are turning a blind eye! Feel empowered by disciplining your child – others around you will learn by your example! Once you have a system in place and your child knows the rules and what occurs if they do not follow the rules you tend to find that the tantrums become few and far between. Children take comfort in knowing that their parents are in control. Remain consistent with the consequence system – it works! Discipline is not easy.

Nanny extraordinaire Kathryn Mewes helps pa common parenting challenges quickly and easi just 3 days. With step-by-step advice for differen ages, Kathryn will guide parents through the rel plan to give them more confidence as a parent Nanny will help parents with children aged 6 m years to: Sleep through the night Try new foods and enjoy healthy eating Transform negative behaviours and habits Potty train with ease

'Whether it be sleep issues, thumb sucking, potty raining, food fadd general lack of routine, Mewes will swoop in and after three days yo will be harmoniously but firmly put back on track.' -The Daily Tel

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Refusing to get dressed in the morning. •  Lay the clothing out on the carpet in your    child’s bedroom the night before. •  Lay out 2 options of outfits and let them    choose. •  This avoids the discussion in the morning. •  Aim to get dressed before going into the    kitchen for breakfast – Get dressed in the    bedroom. •  If your child refuses to get dressed – •  “I will come back when you are ready    to get dressed. If you want to stay in    your pyjamas you will have to stay in bed.” •  Stand up and walk away and close the    bedroom door behind you. •  Let them shout in frustration and once the    shouting has calmed to a whimper you    can continue to help your child dress in    their bedroom. NEVER try to dress a child    when they are in a fury.

Refusing to put on shoes. •  DO NOT attempt for a child to put on their    shoes unless you are totally ready to leave    the house yourself. •  Get yourself entirely ready with your bag    and the buggy at the door. •  Give your child a 5 minute warning that    you are soon to leave the house. •  Set a timer and let them know that when    it sounds you will meet them at the front door. •  Once the alarm sounds give them a    moment to complete what they are doing. •  Guide them to the front door and open it    “Let’s go”. •  Simply slip your child’s feet into their shoes    or sit them down close to the front door    with their shoes and wait outside on the    doorstep for them.

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•  Did I bend down and make clear eye    contact?

Believe in your child – they are capable of behaving and doing as you ask. Give them clear direction and the time they need.

•  Did I give them the time they needed    to adjust to doing the task? •  Did I warn them of the consequence? •  Am I being consistent with my discipline    system?

Refusing to come to the meal table. •  Set the timer 5 minutes before the meal is    served. •  “When the timer rings it will be dinner    time. Enjoy your last 5 minutes play before    we eat.” •  When the timer rings give your    child a moment to come to the    table without you asking him. •  If he is ignoring it go and bend    down in front of him and make    eye contact. •  “Time for dinner (state name).” •  PAUSE •  “Dinner or Mat (state name). You    choose. 1, 2, 3!” •  You now have to thank your son    for coming to the table or sit him    on the mat! If you have other children they will understand what you are doing. Explain this to them and ask them to continue with their meal. When one child is being disciplined you will find your other child looks on in fascination. They are not likely to misbehave to get the same treatment.

If you can answer all these questions with a ‘Yes’ and your child still decides to throw themselves on the floor and ‘shout it out’ – leave them! Give them freedom to express themselves and calm themselves down and then continue with the day!

Consistent discipline empowers you as a parent.

Written by Kathryn Mewes author of The 3 Day Nanny. Kathryn also offers an individual practical service on how to ‘manage your children and speak in a way that they listen.’For further details contact her direct on 07787 821525 or go to her website to email her direct.

Siblings arguing and fighting. It is all part of the sibling bonding process – brothers and sisters in disagreement. It is important that you allow them to manage these situations. DO NOT step in unless you feel that one is genuinely going to be hurt. DO NOT fight your children’s battles. Let them resolve things together. BASIC RULE: Do not intervene unless one of them shouts out for you. Stand back and give them the impression that you are not watching them or concerned. You will not always be there for your child. Give them the independence and confidence to mange situations alone. So when your child says ‘No’ to your request stop and ask yourself the following:

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The what and when of typical tot talks:

12 to 15 months

Listen closely for that first word (dog, cup, mama)

15 to 18 months

You may now hear inflection, such as a raised tone when asking a question

18 months

He may speak just a few words but likely knows 50 (and is learning more daily)

18 to 24 months Your child says 50 to 70 words and understands more than 200

25 to 36 months

Your child knows 300 words, and he´s getting the hang of pronouns

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Recipes Pancakes with Strawberries & Toffee Sauce Its fun to make pancakes and you can try tossing and catching them in the pan. I love these thin pancakes with a strawberry filling and irresistible warm toffee sauce. They are also good served plain with lemon and sugar or with a little golden syrup. You can make the pancakes in advance and freeze them (interleave with non stick baking paper) and then thaw at room temperature for several hours, Method: Measure the caster sugar and flour into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Crack in the eggs, then slowly add the milk and beat until smooth. Heat the oil in a small omelette pan. Pour a little of the mixture into the pan and tilt to coat the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully turn over and cook on the other side, then slide onto a plate while you make the rest. Place one pancake on a board, spread a tablespoon of cream cheese in the centre of the pancake. Arrange a few slices of strawberries over the cream cheese. Fold in half and then in half again. Repeat with the remaining pancakes. To make the toffee sauce, melt the butter in a small pan. Add the sugar and cream and slowly bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Pour a little of the sauce over the pancakes.


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Ingredients 15g/ ½ oz caster sugar 150g / 5 oz plain flour 2 eggs, 250 ml milk 2 tbsp sunflower oil 125g / 5 oz light cream cheese 200g / 7 oz strawberries, sliced

Toffee Sauce

50g / 2 oz butter 50g / 2 oz light brown sugar 150 ml /1/4 pint double cream Half teaspoon vanilla essence

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Simple Pasta and Pesto


A simple pesto pasta that kids can make. Adding parsley to the pesto sauce helps to give a good green colour. You could add a few chopped sunblush tomatoes to the spaghetti with a sprinkle of some pine nuts.

Toast the pinenuts in a frying pan until lightly golden. Stir them so that they don’t burn, remove from the pan and leave to cool. Measure the parmesan, garlic, parsley, basil, sugar and cooled pine nuts into a food processor and whiz until finely chopped. Slowly add the olive oil while the motor is whizzing. Add the water and season. Spoon into a small bowl. Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water, drain and put back into the saucepan. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of pesto and toss together. Sprinkle with extra parmesan before serving. You can freeze the extra pesto.

D elicious! T asty and quick to make Ingredients Pesto Sauce 50g / 2 oz pine nuts 50g/ 2 oz parmesan cheese, grated 1 to 2 cloves garlic Small bunch parsley leaves Small bunch basil leaves and stalks A pinch of sugar 100 ml olive oil 1 tbsp water 225g spaghetti

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bars Makes squares or


Ingredients 200g (7oz) rolled oats 30g (1oz) raisins 30g (1oz) sultanas 30g (1oz) dried cranberries 30g (1oz) desiccated coconut 85g (3oz) butter 5 tbsp golden syrup (I used 4) 110g (4oz) soft light brown sugar 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Fruity Flapjacks The oats in these incredibly moreish flapjacks give a slow energy release for your child and the dried fruit is full of fibre. These are also fun for children to make themselves.

Preheat the oven to 150c/300F/Gas 2/Fan 130. Line a 20cm x 20cm (8in x 8in) square cake tin with baking parchment, with parchment coming up the sides of the tin. Put the butter, syrup, sugar and salt in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla and set aside to cool slightly. Put the oats, dried fruits and coconut in a bowl, add the melted mixture and stir until everything is well mixed. Press into the prepared tin (a potato masher is good for this) and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes, then mark into bars or squares with a sharp knife. Cool completely in the tin before lifting out and cutting into bars or squares. Store in an airtight container.

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Happy Easter

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March 29th - April 1st

Battersea Park Zoo Easter Egg Hunt A few of our zoo animals will be guarding colourful Easter eggs. Purchase a quiz sheet upon entry and use the clues to work out who it is.

Find an

March 29th - April 1st

Egg-Tastic Easter Fun at V&A Museum of Childhood Enjoy bunny stories and games. Solve clues to find out where the Easter Bunny has hidden his chocolate eggs. Make an Easter egg basket and other seasonal crafts. All ages. Where: V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA Web:

March 29th - April 14th WWT London Wetland Centre

With a fun range of Easter egg-tivities, singing birds, and springtime flowers, you can’t beat WWT London Wetland Centre as the best place to be during the Easter holidays. From ducks to dragonflies, egg laying is a vital part of many animal’s life cycles as they scramble to create the next generation. In our Easter egg hunt you’ll discover the nesting and spawning secrets of wetland wildlife as you follow our springtime trail. Where: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, Richmond. Web:

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EVENT near you Until April 1st

The Big Egg Hunt The Lindt Big Egg Hunt is going on an eggstravaganza of a tour to cities across the UK raising vital funds for Action for Children. 101 eggs beautifully created by leading artists will be dotted around each city location ready for you to hunt out. Gather your family and friends and join the hunt for a truly original and interactive eggsperience. Be a good egg, grab your Hunt Book, map and pen and explore the city locations to find them all. And don’t forget to help us out and find Humpty Dumpty too! Where: Nationwide Web:

Where: Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ Web:

March 29th - April 1st

Cutty Sark Easter Egg Hunt Cutty Sark’s chickens have been laying their eggs in some strange places…how many can you spot around the ship?. Where: Cutty Sark Clipper Ship, King William Walk, Greenwich Web:

April 8th - 11th

Puppet Passport Easter Club at The Little Angel Theatre This Easter, Little Angel Theatre transport you around the world of International Puppetry. From Turkey to India, the Far East, and the English seaside. Where: The Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, N1 2DN Web:

March 29th - April 1st Museum of Childhood Egg-tastic Easter Fun

Enjoy bunny stories and games. Solve clues to find out where the Easter Bunny has hidden his chocolate eggs. Make an Easter egg basket and other seasonal crafts. Where: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road. Web:

March 30th - 31st March 24th

Easter Biscuit Icing Workshop at London Wetland Centre Get this spring off to a cracking start by learning how to ice your own set of beautiful Easter biscuits. Iced biscuits also make beautiful presents – and you can make the gift even more special by icing the biscuits yourself. Learn how to achieve a professional look with royal icing: a great skill when preparing for special occasions or making presents. Learn piping and decorating techniques to create your own biscuit collection in time for Easter. Nature fans will love these personalised biscuits as they’re all shaped as wildlife you might look out for in spring, including rabbits, chicks, ladybirds, butterflies, squirrels and birds. The class is two hours long and includes all materials – including pre-baked biscuits. Where: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Richmond. Tel: 020 8409 4400 Web:

March 23rd - 24th

Lambing Weekend at Forty Hall Farm Come and see the new born lambs at our Forty Hall Farm, plus Clydesdale horses, rare breed cows and pigs, and Easter chicks. There’ll be children’s games and competitions with the Secret Seed Society, sheep-shearing and willowweaving. There will also be a market with a range of tasty hot and cold local foods. Where: Forty Hall Farm, Forty Hill, Enfield Time: 11am – 4pm Web:

March 16th

Couture Chocolate with William Curley: Easter Egg Special at Divertimenti Grab a place on this very special class to learn about working with chocolate from a true master of the trade. You’ll make your own Couture Easter egg, complete with handmade Champagne Truffles to tuck inside before sealing. Where: 227-229 Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW3 2EP Where: 33-34 Marylebone High Street, Mayfair, W1U 4PT Web:

March 30th

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice Easter Egg Hunt Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice are hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Capel Manor Gardens. There will be EGGciting activities including egg and spoon races with Rotary club of Edmonton, story time with Skewbald Theatre, face painting, arts & crafts, games and lots, lots more!

Easter Holidays Special Workshops at Saatchi Gallery Easter-themed drop-in family workshops fusing traditional Russian decorations with contemporary art to create original Easter eggs. All ages welcome. Where: The Saatchi Gallery, Kings Road, SW3 4SQ Web:

April 9th - 11th

Easter Holiday Family Workshops: Stamp! at The British Library The British Library has a first-class stamp collection. Join artist and photographer Sara Haq in this creative workshop to make your own stamps. Workshops last for approximately one and a half hours. Where: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB Time: 11am - 3pm Web:

March 29th - April 1st Easter Egg Hunt at National Trust

Where: Capel Manor Gardens, Enfield. Web:

March 29th - April 1st Whipsnade’s Easter Egg-stravaganza!

A very special bunny is making ZSL Whipsnade Zoo his home this Easter! He’s been busy causing mischief and hiding his golden eggs all around the Zoo. See if you can take on his egg-cellent challenge by following clues to find the hidden eggs and work out the secret Easter password, which you can use to collect a special prize from the Easter Bunny himself!

Where: Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF Web:

Four days of family fun over the Easter weekend including the annual Easter egg hunt in the garden with a chocolate prize. Where: National Trust Ham House & Gardens, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond. Web:

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Lovely unique wooden quirky egg cups. Each Hop & Peck egg cup is ergonomically designed, lovingly handmade and hand finished.

Oak Bunny Ears Egg Cup

Mr & Mrs Heart Egg Cups

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Bunny ears brings an added smile to breakfast time. A perfect treat which can be enjoyed for generations. Bunny ears delights children every-time they enjoy their morning eggs...especially the chocolate ones.

Two hearts egg cups make a sweet gift for a special couple. Bring a touch of romance to the breakfast table or breakfast in bed! Lovingly handmade in solid oak sourced from sustainable forests and finished with Danish oil.

The coolest Scooter in town! What better way to start the day than with this quirky egg cup. Also stands up when not used, perfectly sits on any kitchen dresser / sideboard.

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Hen Egg Cup

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Bring an added smile this Easter with our new Hen Egg cup. Hen is the classic Egg Cup in the range and will make your morning eggs a true delight. Hen has been designed to stand when not in use and will sit sweetly on any kitchen dresser.

This adorable Baby Bunny Egg cup will bring smiles and delight at every breakfast time. Baby Bunny Egg cup can be enjoyed throughout the year. Baby bunny has been designed to stand when not in use and will sit sweetly on any kitchen dresser.

What better way to start the day with a little fun at breakfast with this Tractor Egg Cup. It’s the odds on favourite for the boys! Tractor has been designed to stand when not in use, and sits nicely on any kitchen dresser.

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Little Chick Cupcakes Get your kids to make these little Chick Cupcakes at Easter... Method Preheat the oven to 180c / 160C Fan/ Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases. Put the butter, caster sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder into a mixing bowl and beat together using an electric mixer or by hand. Add the remaining ingredients and beat again. Spoon into the paper cases. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly golden and well risen. Leave to cool on a wire rack.


Recipes Cakes

To make the icing, beat all of the icing ingredients together until smooth. Spread onto the cold cupcakes. Mould the fondant into the shape of a chick, draw on some black eyes using writing icing and add a couple of mini Easter Eggs.


Makes cupcakes


Topping 2 tbsp apricot jam 450g / 1 lb golden marzipan

200g / 7 oz caster sugar 200g / 7 oz butter, softened 250g / 9 oz self raising flour 4 large eggs Zest of one orange 1 tbsp mixed spice 250g / 9 oz sultanas 150g / 5 oz dried apricots, chopped into small pieces 50g / 2 oz stem ginger finely chopped

150g butter softened 150g caster sugar 2 large eggs 150g self raising flour Half tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp mixed spice 50g peeled apple, grated 30g dried apricots, chopped 30g sultanas 30g golden marzipan grated

Icing 100g butter, softened 100g icing sugar, sieved 50g cream cheese

Decoration Yellow fondant or marzipan for the chick Black Writing Icing for the eyes Mini Easter Eggs

Easter Cake


A Simnel cake is a light fruit cake that is covered in marzipan. Simnel Easter cakes were originally a Mothering Sunday tradition as a Mothers Day Gift. It is now more popular at Easter and makes a lovely Easter cake gift for friends and family.

Preheat the oven to 150 C fan / Gas 3. You will need a 9� round springform tin. Line the base and grease the sides well. Mix the caster sugar, butter, flour, eggs, zest and spice together in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add the prepared fruit and mix well. Spoon half of the cake mixture into the base of the tin.



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Roll one third (150g) of the marzipan out to a 23cm (9�) circle and place on top of the mixture. Spoon the remaining cake mixture on top and level. Bake in the oven for about one hour 45 minutes to 2 hours or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from the tin and leave to become cold. Meanwhile, roll another third of the marzipan out to a 23cm (9�) circle. When the cake is cold, melt the jam in a small pan, then brush the top of the cake with the jam and place the marzipan circle on top. Divide the remaining third of the marzipan into 11 pieces and shape into little balls by rolling between your palms. Position these around the edge of the cake. Arrange fresh flowers or flowers made of icing in the middle of the cake and decorate to serve.

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Raspberry Eton Mess Egg Sandwich

The Egglet Collection

Irresistible slabs of raspberry and white chocolate, sprinkled with crispy meringue and raspberry pieces, sandwiched between creamy white chocolate shells.

A selection of our finest Easter truffles, pralines caramels, beautifully finished and ready to wow – featuring creamy truffles with Pink Champagne, Lemon, Cherry Bombe and more…

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Egg on Toast Layers of mellow praline and soft caramel topped with a creamy white fried egg – even better than the real thing. Price: £6.50

The Champagne Truffle Egg The Champagne Truffle Egg with thick shells cast in creamy 40% milk chocolate and a deliciously hedonistic collection of 20 classic and pink champagne truffles.

Chocolate Easter Goodies

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White Cow Beastie Egg A wildly stylish hollow-cast chocolate egg with 6 praline and caramel-filled mini eggs.

Easter Chicken Coup

Price: £15.00

Uh oh! There’s been a bit of a disagreement about the winner of this year’s Bunnies Versus Chicks Easter Cutie Competition… and the bunnies just won’t leave the chicken coop. Who wins? 15 individually wrapped milk chocolate bunnies and chicks.

Buttons the Bunny Cast in mellow milk chocolate to keep you company while the real Easter Bunny is hard at work.

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Tiddly Chicks White Chirpy, two bite Easter chicks cast in creamy white chocolate. Perfect as a little Easter gift for kids or for casual nibbling at home. Price: £5.00

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The Milk Chocolate Ostrich Egg Truly enormous shells cast in classically creamy 40% milk chocolate with an exciting collection of 27 dreamy chocolates – for an extremely mellow experience.

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Your enormous Ostrich egg shells – studded with cookie pieces, crispy puffed rice and chunks of white chocolate, served with an absolutely irresistible collection of 21 of our most sought after, dreamy chocolate recipes. Price: £70.00

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1. Spot’s First Easter By Eric Hill

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The Easter Bunny has hidden some eggs for Spot to find. Spot’s friend Helen joins in and the search becomes a counting game.

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In this funny farmyard series perfect for early readers it’s bedtime, but the chicks don’t want to go to sleep.

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A little rabbit dreams of being the Easter Bunny; hiding lots and lots of Easter eggs all over the meadow.

A wonderful read-aloud tale, full of fun-to-imitate sounds, rhythm and movement, that gently introduces the idea of the changing seasons.

5. Six Little Chicks By Jez Alborough

10. Duck’s Easter Egg Hunt

Busy Hen has five little chicks to look after while making sure number six - still an egg- stays warm.

By Dawn Richards Duck is excited because it’s her turn to organise the Easter egg hunt but she’s so busy doing that, that she loses her own egg.

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How Little Chick longs for her carrot to grow tall, for her kite to fly high, to be able to reach up and touch her star.




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It’s never too early to encourage a life-long love of books in your children

Raising a Reader Nurture a love of books and words in your child.

How do parents turn their children from novice or even struggling readers into kids (and later, adults) who will consistently turn to reading as a source of pleasure? There are several rules of thumb that the experts agree are building blocks to raising enthusiastic readers.


t all starts with reading aloud. And reading aloud should start from birth. The more words your child hears from the beginning of her life, the bigger her vocabulary will be - which will pave the way when she learns to read herself. Have plenty of books in the house. Keep books in the bathroom, on the bedside table, in the backpack. Get your child a library card as soon as she is old enough, then take weekly or biweekly trips to the library. If the thought of frequent trips to Waterstones sounds like a budget-buster, visit a used bookstore. Model reading for your children by being a reader yourself. Make a point of reading a book or the newspaper while your children are in the room.

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As your child gets older, look for areas of common interest and read together. If your preteen son is an athlete, read the sports section together or get him a subscription to a sports magazine.

Let your kids be in charge of what they read. Allow your kids to select their own books,

even if they’re too easy. And it’s OK if she wants to read junk once in a while, as long as she’s reading a variety of things. Parents who try to exert too much control over the content of their kids’ reading risk fueling the perception that reading is a chore. Another tactic that can be effective for children who are struggling with reading (or just beginning to get the hang of it): giving small rewards. For frustrated or new readers, the intrinsic pleasure in reading just isn’t there yet, so it’s OK to offer extrinsic rewards, such as movie tickets, TV privileges, or even a pound or two, in exchange for concentrated reading time.

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Highgate Pre-Preparatory

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Knightsbridge School

Tel: 0208 340 9196

Tel: 0208 536 5555

Tel: 0207 590 9000

Jo Jingles

Lloyd Williamson Schools - Telford Road

Tel: 0208 445 8889

Kids Play Cafe Tel: 0208 655 1583

Latino Bambino Tel: 0796 183 8349

Monkey Music Tel: 0208 438 0189

Tumble Tots Tel: 0121 585 7003

Toy Library Tel: 0207 231 3755

Footprints Playgroup Tel: 020 8305 0520

West London Tots Tel: 07939 070 773

Adventure Playzone

Dallington School

Falkner House


Indoor Play Tel: 0208 539 8343


Tel: 0149 477 8989

Tel: 0208 538 3999

Tel: 0208 291 4933

Tel: 0207 931 9469

Digswell Toddler Group

Tel: 0207 480 6396

Tel: 0207 435 1916

Tel: 0208 693 9731

Tel: 0775 374 8819

Tel: 0170 872 2800

Tel: 0208 878 0756

Boogie Babies

Tel: 0203 194 3178

Mary Poppins Day Nursery Matilda Day Nursery

Chepstow House

Bright Sparks

Tel: 0208 211 3119

St Mary Magdalen Montessori Nursery School

Tel: 0783 417 0485 Tel: 0796 049 8208

Little Leo’s Nursery

Tel: 0208 962 0345

La Chouette School Tel: 0755 702 9255

L’Ecole Des Petits Tel: 0207 371 8350

London Christian School Tel: 0203 130 6430

Notting Hill Prep Tel: 0207 221 0727

The King Alfred Lower School Tel: 0208 457 5200

Wetherby School Tel: 0207 727 9581

Yesodey Hatorah School Tel: 0208 800 8612

Tel: 0175 320 1122

Eddie Catz

Blooming Kidz

Tel: 0845 201 1268

Tel: 0208 695 9959

Funky Monkeys

Blossoms Day Nursery

Tel: 0208 814 2167

Tel: 0208 760 0540

It’s a Kid’s Thing

Blue House Day Nursery and Preschool

Tel: 0208 739 0909

Tel: 0208 681 7579

Tel: 0208 444 1338

Bluebell Nursery Tel: 0208 566 7876

Carlton Hill Community Nursery

Little Dinosaurs Toddlers World Tel: 0208 527 5431

Tumble in the Jungle Tel: 0870 626 0710

Tel: 0207 624 3814

Dicky Birds - Surbiton


Tel: 0208 942 5779

The Creation Station Wimbledon

Dreammaker Day Nursery Tel: 0207 480 7166

Tel: 0208 364 6876

Our art parties include painting, modelling, making, sculpting, crafting and of course, music, dancing and games are provided too! Tel: 0844 854 9096

Green Gables

Rockstar Parties

Giggles & Wiggles Tel: 0208 566 4774

Goldstar Montessori Nursery

Tel: 0207 488 2374

Hillyfields Day nursey Tel: 0208 767 1125

Tel: 0208 694 1069

Party Magic Box

Jackanory Tel: 0784 917 1524 Tel: 0791 316 8323

Jigsaw Day Nursery


Tel: 0208 646 6075

Tel: 0207 287 9090

Keiki Day Care Nursery

Creative Biscuit

Tel: 0208 340 3841

Tel: 0208 532 2824

Kiddi Caru Day Nursery

Creation Station

Tel: 0208 679 4009

Tel: 0844 854 9085

Little Angels


Tel: 0207 274 8333

Tel: 0788 405 0954

Little Elves Montessori Nursery School

The Action Station

Tel: 0792 176 1835

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Tel: 0870 770 2705

Directory & Services Half Term Camps


Health Centres


Active Sport:

Time 4 Mums

Victoria Medical center

Blooming Bump

Tel: 0115 973 1676

Tel: 0775 353 3577

Tel: 0207 834 2298

Advanturous Muslim Summer Camp


Waterloo Health Center

Email: Web:

Tel: 0208 525 1444

Tel: 0207 928 4049


Tel: 0207 252 0509

Bravo Post

Birdhurst Medical Practice

Tel: 0208 299 0911

Tel: 0207 287 7811

Tel: 0208 686 2070

Blue Daisy

Clare Breheny

Bloomsbury Street Surgery

Tel: 0207 681 4144

Tel: 0797 375 3636

Tel: 0207 837 8559


Garnham Photography

East Barnet health centre

Tel: 0207 409 2982

Tel: 0771 194 1208

Tel: 0208 440 1251


Little Lookers

St James Medical center

Tel: 0207 792 2515

Tel: 0779 395 3610

Tel: 0208 684 5353



Killick Street health centre

Tel: 0207 589 7001

Tel: 0207 434 1466

Tel: 0207 833 9939

Early Learning Centre

Magic Rainbow

Mitchison Road surgery

Tel: 0207 581 5764

Tel: 0794 638 0581

Tel: 0207 226 6016


Murphy James

The London General Practice

Tel: 0871 704 1977

Tel: 0207 935 1000

Tel: 0163 529 8326


Just Williams Toys

Tel: 0207 256 8668

Tel: 0203 538 6798 ‎

Allsorts Tel: 0208 969 3249

Camp Beaumont Tel: 0126 382 3000

Crazee Kids Tel: 0208 444 5333

Creative Wiz Kids Tel: 0207 794 6797

Cross Keys Tel: 0208 371 9686

Hampstead Dyslexia Clinic Tel: 0208 455 5107

Fit For Sport Ltd Tel: 0845 456 3233


Tel: 0207 278 4770

Silverprint Tel: 0207 620 0844

Tel: 0208 201 6661

Easy 2 Name Lables

Let Me Play


Dover House Surgery


Tel: 0208 735 5379

Beez Kneez

Tel: 0208 807 1888

Tel: 0207 838 1111

Jewellery Summer school

Tel: 0208 354 1583

Willow House Surgery

Mush Kids ltd

Tel: 0203 176 0546

Egoist Body Studios

Tel: 0208 363 0472

Tel: 0208 653 6635

Jonathan Markson Tennis

Tel: 0785 092 7523

The James Wigg Practice


Tel: 0207 603 2422

Good Vibes

Tel: 0203 317 2000

Tel: 0207 731 4706

Kids Theatre week

Tel: 0207 240 6111

Clein Dr Lewis

Mother Care

Tel: 0207 557 6799

Light Centre Belgravia

Tel: 0207 580 8356

Tel: 0207 581 5764

Little Actors Summer School

Tel: 0207 881 0728

Tel: 0800 389 6184

Tel: 0208 354 1583

Birthing Babies

Me and My Baby Clinic

Tel: 0779 685 0016

Little Kickers Tel: 0193 242 9602

London Childrens Ballet Tel: 0208 969 1555

Music Makers Tel: 0142 565 4819

Stage Coach Tel: 0193 225 4333

Super Camps Tel: 0123 583 2222

React Drama Workshops Tel: 0208 366 1623

Days Made Easier Tel: 0208 201 7072

Allsorts Drama Tel: 0208 969 3249

all4kids Tel: 0787 625 4691

Play five aside Tel: 0203 432 9584

Mama Sambo

Mummy & Little Me


Tel: 0207 751 4170

Birth Hypnosis

Pregnancy Yoga

Tel: 0774 707 5340

Tel: 0152 254 8811

Oh Baby London Tel: 0207 247 4949

Pares Footwear Tel: 0208 297 0785

Tel: 0795 829 6647

Calm Birth Calm Baby

The Life Centre

Tel: 0794 976 4105

Tel: 0207 221 4602



Tel: 0208 875 1065

Tel: 0207 483 3344

Gas & Air

Yoga & Pilates London

Tel: 0797 425 3461

Tel: 0207 235 7737

Pom D Api Tel: 0207 243 0535

Please Mum Tel: 0207 486 1380

Tel: 0207 735 2177

Gilly Keith Antenatal


Tel: 0796 856 6396

Tel: 0795 668 1796

Inspiring Births


Tel: 0777 542 5301

Tel: 0208 923 6452


Yoga College of London

Tel: 0781 260 4405

Tel: 0207 373 7070

The Summit

Baby Massage and Yoga

Tel: 0208 340 4040

Tel: 0758 206 9378

Portland Hospital


Tel: 0207 580 4400

Petite Ange

Ralph Lauren Tel: 0207 590 7990

Roobub&Custard Tel: 0779 645 1513

Rykiel Tel: 0207 493 5255

Small Print Tel: 0208 567 7871

The Cross Tel: 0207 727 6760

Tel: 0798 145 6470

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