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Natasha Hewett Editor-in-chief
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The best bits
Prenatal Yoga Be in the best possible shape for birth and beyond.
21 The Buggy Battle Our top 5 buggies tried and tested by you.
36 Their Nibs Fashion Showcasing their adorable new Autumn range.
Treats on page 69
AR L U C A T C Night sPE mp in the
that go Bu rafts 82 Books C 84 Arts & Games ty r a 85 DIY P y Costumes Scar 86 Cute & ky Snacks 87 Spoo
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Tough Love! How to discipline your child.
Our Top 10 Family Days Out If your looking for inspiration or have simply run out of ideas then look no further.
Annabel Karmelâ€™s Luscious Lunchbox Treats Kitchen fun for the whole family.
Christmas Wish List Beat the rush, get ready for Christmas early.
Accessible London Worry free disabled-friendly days out in the city.
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From the Edito r
y the time you have this edition in your hand there will be just 5 days left of the Summer Holidays, yippee I hear you all say! You shipped them off to summer camp now ship them back to school.
Trying to work and keep an 8 year old happy during the holidays is no easy task, you need patience, a very healthy bank balance and a masters degree in time management, unfortunately I have none of the above. We have enjoyed ourselves though, we attended the Lollibop Festival which seems to get bigger and better each year, we helped Their Nibs celebrate their Birthday and we embarked on a short camping trip where we managed to find two of the rainiest days in July, fun! Speaking of shipping them back to school, If you still haven’t thought about that dreaded back to school essential list and you are wondering what to buy and what you really need to buy, we have a few ideas on page 66, and if you want to make the journey to and from school a little more stress free we have three Micro Scooters to give away (competition on page 42). If like me you walk to school they are a godsend, no more “come on Henry” “Henry walk faster we are going to be late” now it’s “can you wait for me please”. This edition is jam packed with interesting, fun and essential information for all you mums, dads, grandparents and carers across London and beyond. If the word ‘adorable’ isn’t always a term you would use to describe your little ones, with ‘little Rascals’ often being a closer portrayal, how do you manage this? Do you shout? Do you cry? Send them to the naughty step? Or do you blissfully ignore it? Kathryn Mews points us in the right direction on page 53 with her article on Tough Love, and if you ever find yourself on a Saturday morning thinking there just isn’t anything to do today, well shame on you, as we live in a city where you can guarantee close by, or maybe a short drive, or train journey away there is an abundance of fantastic days out to choose from. We have made it even easier for you with our Top 10 Family Days Out special on page 57. As always, we hope you have a lovely time reading this edition. Grab a cup of tea and a slice of lemon drizzle cake (my favourite) and put your feet up, after a long summer holiday you deserve it! See you on the next edition. Christmas! Panic... no breath... we have it sorted! Stay tuned to our blog, Facebook and twitter pages for regular reviews on what to buy for the whole family! Happy Reading, tweet me soon to tell me what you think!
Natasha Hewett, Editor-in-chief
Inside this issue
Cute Conversation Thank you to all of you who have shared with us the cute and funny things that your children say, we had so many to choose from so needless to say it was difficult picking a select few. Check them out on page 92.
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Many thanks to little Alyssa from London for being the star of our Autumn edition and to Natasha Wiening Photography for taking the most fantastic shots.
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Rascals News Keeping you up to date on all the latest news across the city.
Say Hello to your Baby! What to expect from your 20 week scan.
Dressing your Bump BOOB have all the answers with their stylish Autumn look book.
Mealtimes Made Easy Products to make mealtimes as stress free as possible.
My Baby has CMV Everything you need to know, but firstly - what is CMV?
New Mum Beauty Bits Product and gift health and beauty ideas.
Changing Bags Be the envy of your mummy friends.
Go Safari Find a safari park near you.
Family Musical Theatre A selection of current Family West End shows.
Back to School Products Something a little extra to add to your back to school shopping list.
Building Healthy Homework Habits Banish the homework tantrums in 9 easy steps.
All Fired up for Gunpowder Find a firework display near you.
Clubs & Classes Find a club or class near you.
100 Whatâ€™s On When Our extensive guide to keeping the whole family entertained
110 Directory & Services
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Be in the best possible shape for birth and beyond
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Yoga is an ideal pre and post-natal exercise. It increases energy, relieves muscle aches and headaches, improves circulation, relaxes the mind and improves sleep. It also reduces water retention, eases heartburn, nausea and constipation and strengthens birthing muscles. Whether a woman does natural childbirth or not, yoga prepares you for a conscious birth. The aches that make some people’s pregnancy so miserable can be decreased or eradicated with yoga. It can reduce swelling in your joints, prepare you for birth and also prepare you for motherhood. People practise yoga during pregnancy because they know it’s so healthy for them and the baby.
10 Prenatal Yoga Positions
1. Dog Pose
4. Easy Pose Meditation Sit in any comfortable position. 1. Arms are by your sides or folded in lap, shoulders down and away from ears. Close your eyes, breathe deeply. 2. Inhale and exhale deeply as you repeat: Meditation: I become aware of the muscles that support me as I sit. 3. Exhale and scan your body, acknowledging those muscles and the good work they do. 4. Inhale and repeat silently. 5. Exhale, allowing those muscles to relax completely. Breathe deeply several times as you continue to relax and let go.
Kneel in "table position," with knees under hips and arms beneath shoulders. Back is straight, head faces forward. Inhale and raise head and tailbone, letting your belly drop toward the floor. Curve your back in a swayback position. Eyes gaze upward. Take care not to overextend the neck or over arch the back. Alternate between dog and the following cat pose several times, inhaling and exhaling deeply.
2. Cat Pose
Kneel in “table position,” with knees under hips and arms beneath shoulders. Back is straight, head faces forward. Exhale and drop head and tailbone. Arch your back, exhaling further. Tighten buttocks and abdominal muscles. Alternate between dog and cat several times, inhaling and exhaling deeply. Benefits: - Strengthens and relaxes the lower back Increases suppleness along the spine - Improves circulation - Stretches muscles along the back, neck, and arms.
3. Easy Bridge Pose 1. Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat on the floor and close to your buttocks. 2. Arms are by your sides. 3. Start by pressing your lower back into the floor so that the tailbone lifts up and away from the floor. Gradually lift the lower back from the floor, one vertebra at a time, until you are resting on your middle or upper back. Buttocks should be lifted a few inches from the floor. Weight should not be on your shoulders and neck. 4. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds and begin to slowly lower the back from the upper portion one vertebra at a time. Visualize the spine unrolling. Relax with the legs outstretched or hug the knees gently to the body. Benefits: - Increases flexibility in the back and shoulders Stretches and releases tension in the neck - Strengthens leg muscles. As long as comfort allows, women in the second trimester may also do this pose.
Note: When getting up from a back-lying position, turn to your left or right side first and gradually work up to a sitting or kneeling position. This avoids any straining or dizziness.
Benefits: Relaxes the muscles Brings you back to the present moment Slows the mind Reduces blood pressure and heart rate - Calms the entire being, promoting peace and serenity.
5. Modified Bellows Breath Exhale completely as you tuck chin and tailbone, round your back, and bend at the waist and knees. Hands rest on thighs. Repeat 2 or 3 times.
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6. Sideways Swing
1. Sit on a mat with legs bent to the right of the body. If necessary, lean against a wall to support the back. 2. Inhale and raise arms up; interlace fingers over your head. Upper arms are alongside the ears. 3. Gently curve your body to the right as you exhale slowly. 4. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds and breathe deeply. 5. Inhale and return to an upright position. Lower arms, rest, and breathe normally. 6. Move legs to the left side and repeat by curving to the left. Benefits: - Tones and strengthens muscles along the sides of the body - Aids digestion - Increases flexibility of the spine
7. Firm Pose Sitting Position 1. Kneel on a mat with a cushion or folded blanket between your legs. You may need to lean forward slightly to avoid losing your balance. Tops of feet are flat against the floor, pointing straight back. 2. Supporting yourself with your hands, slowly and carefully lower your buttocks between your heels onto the cushion. 3. If you feel any discomfort, adjust the position of the feet or add more height to the cushion. 4. Hands may be placed behind you for support or may rest on thighs. Chest is lifted. Do not sit in Firm Pose if you have symptomatic (i.e., painful, throbbing) varicose veins.
8. Knee Rocking 1. Sit in a cross-legged position with your left leg on top. If necessary, lean against a wall to support your back (see Healthy Sitting). 2. Cradling the left leg with both arms, lift it toward your chest and abdomen as far you comfortably can. 3. Keeping your back straight, hold the leg as high and close to you as possible without straining. 4. Moving from the hip joint, gently rock the leg back and forth as though rocking a baby. 5. After rocking one leg several times, switch leg position and repeat with other leg. Benefits: - Helps alleviate discomfort in the hip joints caused by your growing babyâ€™s pressure on the nerves and joints in the hip area, buttocks, and thighs.
9. Tension-Relieving Breathing Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, arms held in front of you, palms together at chest height. Shoulders are down and away from the ears. Open mouth and inhale as you stretch your arms to a T position. Lift your chin. Benefits: - Opens the chest and lungs - Relieves tension in the spine - Promotes a sense of wellbeing and fulfillment
10. Hands-to-Wall Pose
1. Slowly bend the elbows so that gradually and with control, your upper body moves toward the wall as you slowly exhale. 2. Bring your face as close to the wall as you comfortably can. The body remains straight. Do not bend at the waist or knees. 3. Hold for a few moments, breathing normally. 4. Inhale and slowly push away from the wall until your arms are straight and your body is erect. Lower your arms. Relax and breathe normally. Repeat 2 to 3 times. Second part: 1. Stand erect with arms extended in front of you, palms against a wall. Place the body so you are at armâ€™s length from the wall, leaning at a slight angle. 2. Fingers of both hands point toward each other, touching but not overlapping. 3. Shoulders are relaxed, feet flat on the floor. Buttocks are tucked to prevent lower back from arching. Benefits: This two-part pose tones and strengthens the muscles of the upper chest to better support enlarging breasts. It also strengthens the arms and wrists.
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Every incredible journey through pregnancy is unique; unique from everyone else, unique to you. Yogita has been created to carry a woman, her baby and her birth partner, through pregnancy and beyond into labour, birth and postnatal recovery. Where: The Crypt, Angel, Islington, N1 2TX.
Tel: 07972 040 291 www.yogitalondon.co.uk
The sessions will boast vitality, reduce stress and help relieve common pregnancy ailments such as back ache and fluid retention. Movements and positions which are beneficial for each stage of labour are incorporated into the class and each session ends with a relaxation. Where: Burrells Wharf - Canary Wharf, 242/262 Westferry Road London E14 3TP.
Dragons Hall - Holborn & Covent Garden, 17 Stukely Street, London WC2 5LT. Elizabeth Garrett College Islington & Kings Cross, Donegal Street Islington, London N1 9QG.
The London Yoga Circleâ€™s goal is to offer a comfortable space for you to connect with your body, your baby and your true inner strength. Class size is intentionally kept small, assuring that you will receive individual attention. Our pregnancy yoga classes are designed to help strengthen the body for child bearing and aid in relieving the common discomforts your body experiences. Classes also allow you to openly explore your own intrinsic knowledge about the process of birth. Where: The Soma Centre, The Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London W8 4PT.
Tel: 07796 616 413 www.londonyogacircle.com
Yoga Place is a beautiful, light and spacious yoga centre, dedicated to the study and practice of yoga.
Nourish yourself, your body, your baby. Triyoga provides a space for you to stay healthy in mind and body during your prenatal and postnatal phases. Mumsto-be and new parents become part of a community, sharing this amazing process with others. Where: 2nd floor, kingly court, Soho, London w1b 5pw.
372 kingâ€™s road, Chelsea, London sw3 5uz. 6 Erskine road, Primrose hill London nw3 3aj. Wallacespace, 2 dryden street Covent garden, London wc2e 9na. Tel: 020 7483 3344 www.triyoga.co.uk
Om Tribe Yoga - Canary Wharf, 123 Cannon Workshops, Cannon Drive, London E14 4AS. River House School - Canary Wharf, Great Eastern Enterprise, 3 Millharbour, London E14 9XP.
Where: Yoga Place, 1st Floor, 449-453 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 9QH.
Tel: 020 7739 5195 www.yogaplace.co.uk
P renatal Yoga Classes Near You
Kailash Centre - St Johns Wood, 7 Newcourt Street, St Johns Wood, London NW8 7AA. Moving Arts Base - Islington, Highbury & Holloway, 134 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 1LA.
This class is suitable from 12 weeks to term and welcomes all pregnant students from complete beginners to practiced yoginis. Breath and modified yoga asanas (poses) are taught in sequences to ease mums-to-be through pregnancy and labour. Postures are taught to relieve some pregnancy discomforts from sciatica to heartburn, create strength and flexibility, while encouraging the gentle opening of the pelvis with postures to birth your baby.
Where: The Bonnington Centre, 11 Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 1TD.
At Purely Pregnant, they understand how important it is for mumsto-be to find time in their week to relax and find refuge from the demands of their busy lives.
St Silas Hall - Islington & Kings Cross, Risinghill Street, London N19UL.
Where: The Laycock Centre,Laycock Street, Islington, London N1 1TH.
Tel: 07894 228042 www.yogatherapylondon.com
Tel: 07964 979 436 www.pregnancyyogalondon.net
Wheatsheaf Hall, Wheatsheaf Lane, London SW8 2UP.
YogaBellies pre natal yoga classes are gentle and safe for all women, whether new to Yoga or with years of practice. Each class lasts 1hr 15 minutes and each week focuses on a different aspect of pregnancy and birth. This is more than just a yoga class, but also training in deep relaxation and preparation for birth and motherhood.
Docklands Medical Centre, Spindrift Avenue, Docklands, London E14 9WU. Burrells Wharf, Westferry Road, London E14 3TP. The Barkantine Centre, Westferry Road, London E14 8JH. The Green Ark Community Hall, Lido Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1HB.
Tel: 07528 666 768 www.yogabellies.co.uk
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Skribbies is a UK based company founded by young entrepreneur Jennifer Duthie. Skribbies launched its first customisable kid’s shoe collection in June 2013. Inspired by the fabric paints of the 90s Jennifer wanted to develop a product for kids that was more versatile and would allow kids to keep on customising. Kids love to draw - save paper and let them do it on their Skribbies shoes! Now Delivering to over 100 countries.
Lin & Leo, is releasing a special limited edition of its iconic BabyBag in Royal Blue to commemorate the birth of HRH, the Prince of Cambridge. The classic Royal Blue leather is a sleek, modern alternative to black and the contrasting red top stitching gives a real patriotic burst of colour. Web: www.linandleo.com
Moshi Monsters Looking for Bloggers Moshi Monster are looking for 30 mums or dads from across the country, who have at least one child, aged 6-12 years old, to become a Moshi Monsters™ Blogger Ambassador. They’re looking for fantastic writers who love Moshi Monsters, create content, post regularly and who would be happy to post reviews, content and competitions on their blog. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
NonaBox launch in the UK Receive the best products every month during your pregnancy and up to your baby’s second year of age. Brand new and the first of it’s kind in the UK. The boxes are age related so pre pregnancy up to 2 years. It is a big hit in Italy, Spain, Germany and Austria and has a waiting list of over 1,000 in the UK for the September launch.
Following its phenomenal success in 63 countries, Mayoral, the leading childrenswear brand in Spain, has opened its first store in the UK in the centre of London’s ‘nappy valley’, on Northcote Road in Clapham. Mayoral designs around 3,000 styles per year and in 2012 sold a staggering 21 million items, making it the biggest selling brand in the Iberian peninsular.
London Zoo Restaurant Gets a Makeover Feeding time at the Zoo has been given a makeover with room for 700 hungry visitors and stunning al fresco seating at The Terrace Restaurant, brand new for summer 2013. Offering a bird’s eye view of ZSL London Zoo, from Penguin Beach to Gorilla Kingdom and beyond, the new restaurant provides a setting to rival the capital’s top eateries.
Maxi - Cosi launch a bit of Luxury... Maxi-Cosi is bringing a little luxury into children’s lives with a new car seat collection. The Maxi-Cosi Brown Nappa Leather Collection has transformed Maxi-Cosi’s two iconic seats, the Pebble and the Pearl, using soft, full-grain Nappa leather. Available exclusively from John Lewis. Web: www.maxi-cosi.co.uk
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What to Expect from your
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20 Week Scan If you are pregnant, your caregiver will probably order an ultrasound exam around the 20th week. What can you expect from your ultrasound? Ready for your big 20-week ultrasound? Ultrasounds are common procedures during pregnancy. It’s a non-invasive prenatal test used to ensure that Baby is developing properly, to check the baby’s estimated size and to see how the baby, placenta and umbilical cord are positioned. At the 20-week ultrasound, it’s also an opportunity to learn the baby’s sex... if Baby is willing to reveal that information to you. The 20-week ultrasound is usually done with a special wand called a transducer that is used on the exterior of the belly. It allows the technician to “see” into the uterus. Earlier ultrasounds may be conducted with a “transvaginal probe” (To give you a hint what that’s like, they use a condom to sheath the probe before inserting it) because the baby is smaller.
then you might accidentally find out - or worse, you might not be able to find out at all. The ultrasound works by sending high-frequency sound waves that are used to produce images of what’s inside you. You may not be able to recognise much of what you see, but the technician is trained to interpret the images. On most sonograms, the image is grainy black and white. The transducer - the part of the machine they rub on your belly (wand) - is moved around almost constantly, and the baby is swimming around, too! (You wouldn’t be the first mama-to-be who thought she’s expecting not a human baby but an alien one.)
What does the UltraSound Show? Ultrasound technology has improved a lot since its advent. If Baby cooperates, you can see fingers, toes, spines and even a little face! Also, you may be able to see the baby’s anatomy. Make your intentions known about finding out the gender (whether you want to or don’t), so that the ultrasound tech knows not to spill the beans. If you don’t tell,
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Ultrasound Cheat Sheet Spine Some moms think the baby’s tiny spine looks a lot like a string of pearls - lots of little tiny bones in a line. It reminds me of the spine of dinosaur skeletons you see in natural history museums. Girl or boy? Girl parts look like three lines, while a boy part often appears pretty much as you’d expect. (Be sure not to confuse the umbilical cord and the penis. You might get a surprise at birth if you try to interpret the scan on your own!) Little face Waiting for the first glimpse of Baby’s face? The baby’s face will look a little spooky - like a skull mask - from certain angles. But it will seem super cute if you see your little one sucking his thumb in-utero!
More to Look For
Amniotic fluid will be one of the darker things on the scan, and the harder tissue - such as bone - will appear bright.
While you do need to let the technician concentrate on doing her job, not knowing what’s happening can be frustrating. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what you are seeing (or if you can’t see). “For one of my ultrasounds in my first pregnancy, the ultrasound technician turned the screen away for the entire 30-minute process, did not talk to me and only printed out a picture at the end. I was too shy to say, ‘Can I see?’ Knowing what I do now, I would have no problem doing that. Speak up, talk to your technician,” said Brenda Mulligan, mother of two.
Preparing for the Ultrasound There really isn’t much to preparing for the ultrasound. Usually, the sonogram imaging specialists will ask you to have a full bladder (but then what pregnant woman doesn’t feel like she has a full bladder?). Depending on how long you have to sit in the waiting room, you may want to bring a bottle of water so that you can unload and refill while you wait so that you aren’t too uncomfortable. Why does your bladder need to be full? When your bladder is full, it acts as a balloon, pushing the uterus up out of the pelvis a bit, which helps the tech visualize the baby, umbilical cord, amniotic sac, placenta and uterus.
The Sound of Silence The ultrasound technician will need to concentrate on finding the right images and measurements for the doctor. (They actually have specific shots they need to capture and annotate.) And depending on the tech, that could result in a lot of silence. “It was nerve wracking at first, while the technician was just measuring and not speaking. We were relieved when she told us everything was perfect. We were not uncomfortable at all, just very excited to see our baby growing,” said Jacqueline Alvarado of Kent. So, don’t worry. Silence doesn’t signal something bad. Chances are, the tech is just concentrating.
Cold Goo for you The wand used to administer the ultrasound is slathered with a gooey gel that allows the wand to easily glide over your skin. Unless they have a special warmer on hand, get ready for a quick shock - the gel is cold. It will remain on your belly throughout the ultrasound. But don’t worry, the ultrasound tech will likely clean off as much as possible after the exam, or at least give you the paper towels to do so.
What to Wear? The technician will need to access your whole belly. Wear a loose fitting top that can be easily moved up and pants with enough give to be pulled down a bit. Also, do not wear a dress - or you will be in your skivvies for the exam. There won’t be a second chance to find out everything you want to know about what you are seeing. If you don’t ask now, you probably won’t have a chance to ask later since techs see many patients every day and won’t be able to answer your questions. Feeling shy? Enlist your partner or whoever goes with you to advocate on your behalf. Note: Only a physician can diagnose the content of the ultrasound, and at many practices, he or she is the only one who is allowed to report your Baby’s gender.
Every Ultrasound is Different Even if you’ve had an ultrasound before, you should know that every ultrasound is different. A variety of factors can influence the experience making it better or worse. “Your experience can be completely different depending on where the ultrasound takes place (an imaging department vs. at a doctor’s visit) and unfortunately, what kind of mood your ultrasound technician is in that day - how much they want to share with you on what they are seeing,” said Brenda. Just relax. You will be reclining on a padded table or exam chair, the lights will be dimmed and it will be quiet. It’s a perfect environment for “meeting” your baby for the first time!
Q. What is a show? Will I bleed? A. Bloody show: this will be a small amount of blood and mucus. This is a very good sign that the cervix has started to dilate. This is what we call the barrier in your cervix which helps prevent germs getting to the baby.
Q. I have very little control down below I only need to sneeze and I leak urine so how do I know my waters have gone and its not urine? A. The difference is the smell. you will have a very sweet smell which will be inevitably different to the smell of urine.
Q. I am afraid of the pain, what would you suggest. A. As a birth coach I suggest to all my clients they switch off from everything around them, this will give you nothing to concentrate on apart from your contractions and breathing. A laboring woman is at her best and at ease most when she is not being questioned. Basically we say don't stimulate the neocortex of a laboring woman, this means in everyday life you are thinking, in labor you switch your thinking brain off, if you are then left, labor will be much much more manageable, the problem occurs when you are then asked a question, you then have to think and then realise the pain your experiencing.
Q. How will I know i’m in active labor? A. Active labor is when your contractions are less than 5 minutes apart. Established labor is when the contractions are less than 3 mins apart, this is when you need to go to hospital By Deearnas Maternity
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Beaba Bib Expresso The Beaba Bib Expresso is the fast, safe and convenient way to prepare all your baby’s bottles. It makes a bottle in just 30 seconds, and the direct water control makes sure the milk is always prepared to the right temperature.
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OXO Sprout Highchair So convenient, the seat, footrest and tray can be adjusted independently of each other ... with no tools! The seat, back and cushions are contoured for comfort and promote “sitting up straight.”
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Boon Grass This cleverly designed Grass Drying Rack lets you drain and dry all your bottles and teats and other accessories. The flexible plastic blades keep everything free from standing water.
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Contigo Autoseal Kids Cup Cool looking for kids while high functioning for parents, AUTOSEAL® Kids Cups are impossible to spill and are 100% leak-proof, making them perfect for kids to use in the car, at home and throughout their active day!
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Kiddy K-fix Connectors for attaching to ISOFIX fittings
Adjustable in width and height
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Kiddy K-fix Connectors for attaching to ISOFIX fittings Integrated diagonal seat belt guides Extendable leg support
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Buggies Tried & Tested by You
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Review This striking chrome chassis Siver Cross Wayfarer pram offers a modern edge. The Wayfarer comes with an ingeniously designed hood and apron pack that fits both the pram and the carrycot, allowing you to update the look of the pram in a snap! Choice of seven different colours. The frame is ultra light weight and folds with ease. For the price this is an excellent option. what’s not to love!!
Jenny from Ealing Full review can be found at: allthingsrascals.blogspot.co.uk
Key features: • Ultra lightweight pram and pushchair system • Includes lie flat carrycot • Suitable from birth to toddler • Converts to travel system with Maxi Cosi car seat • Four way suspension • Exceptional handling • Multi position one-hand seat recline • Folds down in one piece • Enormous under seat storage basket • Multi position handle height adjust • 5 point safety harness • Ventilated, fitted raincover • Alloy style lockable swivel wheels • Easy step on-off brake
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Review The new Quinny Moodd is poetry in motion. This ultra modern and complete pushchair system has a sleek podcast shape. Its easy to fold and fits in the smallest of boots just at the push of a button, meaning it automatically unfolds in seconds. Adaptable and stylish, you’ll always be able to go on public transport, travel in small cars and be the talk of the mother and baby group. This pram is ultra practical and I love it! Amanda from Enfield
Full review can be found at:
• Suitable from birth • Rearward or Forward facing seat • Adjustable Footrest • Adjustable handle • Includes Baby Nest • Includes Raincover, Shopping Basket & Adapters • Sun Canopy with UV50+ protection • Futuristic Design • Pushchair folds and unfolds at the touch of a button • Weight: 15.1kg • Folded Dimensions: 81 x 66 44cm • Unfolded Dimensions: 88 x 66 x 109cm
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Review The Bugaboo Cameleon is one of the smoothest prams I have pushed. It pushes easily with onehand over shopping centre floors and footpaths, and then converts quickly to fixed wheel steering with the larger wheels for more rugged surfaces. It’s a comfortable pram for my baby, not to mention is amazing to customise and update with limited edition tailored fabric sets and WAHM custom canopies. The hand-brake is fantastic and all the accessories available make this pram hard to beat.
Emma from Chelsea Full review can be found at: allthingsrascals.blogspot.co.uk
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Small swivel wheels forward for quick and easy maneuverability Car seat compatible 3-in-1 design adapts to car seats, reversible carrycot and reversible seat A 3-position reclinable and reversible seat One piece height adjustable handlebar Optimal adjustable swivel wheel suspension Easy unfolding with one hand lift Machine washable fabric Easy on and off rain cover
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Review The iCandy Strawberry . Love the one-hand step and stand folding system and how the seat auto-aligns when you unfold it, right back to the position it was in before. With the signature eyecatching shiny chrome frame and a choice of four luscious, almost edible colours you have an ultra-desirable baby transport unit. You will need one of these if you want to be the envy of all your mummy friends. Kora from Surrey
Full review can be found at:
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Padded mattress Easy click on and off system Folds flat for storage Suitable for overnight sleeping Suitable from birth up to 6 months
• Easy fold mechanism with seat unit attached • Aluminium chassis • Simple click on and off system for seat and carrycot • Quick release wheels • Swivel / lockable front wheel • Low profile, durable cushioned large rear wheels • All round suspension for smoother ride • 4 position handle height (95cm - 106cms) • 3 position reclinable seat • Forward and Rearward facing • Rain Covers included • Compatible with Maxi Cosi Pebble or Cabriofix Car Seats
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Review We Love this pram! Smooth steering, and the wheels are awesome. I love the height factor. My child is up nice and high to communicate with me. I can also change their nappy in the pram on a change mat without bending down and without having to use shopping centre changing tables. I love how it can be pushed up to cafe table height to use as a high chair and how the back wheels fold in to use as a trolley up and down any stairs. It’s an eye catcher!
Baby Jogger Bianca from Crawley City Mini Double Full review can be found at:
allthingsrascals.blogspot.co.uk With padded reclining seats and front suspension, Baby Jogger City Mini Double is about as well as style. Less than wide and with • 30’’ Dimensions: 36.5 x 33.6 swivel front-wheels, it’s perfect x 22.8 wide for negotiating busy streets. • the Weight: 27design pounds And easy-fold means it’s super-simple • Adjustable seat to position pack away for convenient • Adjustable handle storage or transport.
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Large under-seat storage bag (10.5 gallons) All fabrics machine washable Very maneuverable Higher than usual baby seat/bassinet Reversible seat Easy to use 2-wheel mode Puncture proof tires Lots of practical accessories
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Any way you want it Wayfarer is the contemporary three-in-one lightweight travel system that’s designed for ultimate flexibility and all-out fun. It includes a carrycot, and adapts from lie flat pram to easyfold pushchair, with vibrant mix and match fabrics and ingenious accessories. Personalise it to suit you – whichever way you style it, it’s an instant classic.
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My Baby Has CMV When Gaye Tomlinson’s son was diagnosed with profound hearing loss due to a common virus that her health visitor hadn’t even heard of, her tears soon turned to anger. Now she is heading up a charity that aims to bring CMV to the attention of all expectant mothers The first four weeks at home after the birth of my second son Calum were bliss. I had my perfect two little boys at home and I was very tired but very happy. My eldest son Ellis, who was just two, adored his brother at first sight. I’d read stories about elder siblings being unsettled or jealous by a new arrival but there was never a trace of that. Each time Calum cried, Ellis would sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to him until his tears stopped. Calum was such a happy baby and the day before he reached one month old he smiled at me for the first time.
The joy of that moment and those first four weeks was however to be short-lived. It was only two days later that my husband and I found ourselves sat in an audiologist’s waiting room moments away from having our happy little world shattered. Calum had been born at a birthing centre where they didn’t do newborn hearing tests so when he was two weeks old we took him to the Royal Derby Hospital. After three unsuccessful tests they told me we’d have to book a test with an audiologist. Our son was one month and one day old when we were told that he had a severe to profound hearing loss in both ears.
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When the audiologist read out the results, my mind shut down and I clung on to Calum. He asked if we had any questions, but I had only one: “How likely is it that you’re wrong?” All those times Ellis had sung lullabies to him. All those words I’d spoken to him. I refused to believe he hadn’t been able to hear us. When we got home I put some music on and turned the television up full blast. I slammed doors. I slammed the stairgate so hard I almost broke it. Calum slept through it all. I knew then. The next few days were horrendous. Ellis kept asking why mummy was crying and I had no answers. I kept asking myself what I had done wrong during the pregnancy. Was it that one glass of wine? Or the time I looked after my niece when she was ill? I tormented myself.
FAMILY It was a month later before anyone even mentioned something called CMV. A pediatrician performed blood and urine tests to see if they could find the aetiology of Calum’s deafness. Calum tested positive for Congenital Cytomegalovirus. Like most parents in this country I’d never heard about CMV – never been told about it at antenatal classes, never read about it in a magazine or heard about it from another mum. My health visitor didn’t even know what it was. She wasn’t alone. A lot of health care professionals we encountered gave us information that I now realise was wholly inaccurate. I found the facts out for myself. I know now that Congenital CMV causes permanent disabilities in one in 1000 babies in the UK making it the most common cause of birth defects in this country. The most common disability associated with Congenital CMV is hearing loss but it can also cause vision loss, mental disability and seizures. It can even be fatal. CMV is more common than Down’s syndrome, Spina Bifida and Cystic Fibrosis yet few pregnant mums have ever heard of it.
In August 2011 Calum had a bilateral cochlear implant operation. We were told not to expect anything at his initial switch on session. But it was immediately clear that he was ‘hearing’.
The virus is spread from person to person by bodily fluids. A lot of small children catch CMV, so women who work with children or who have a family already need to be especially careful during pregnancy.
Pregnant women can reduce the risk of infection by following a few basic hygiene precautions such as:
More than 12 months later and Calum’s development has surpassed anything I could have dreamt of. He understands much of what we say to him and is now talking in short sentences, his favourites being “I don’t like it” and “Mummy, come on”. I am incredibly proud of him.
• Avoiding kissing babies, toddlers and small children directly on the mouth, and kiss them on the cheeks or forehead instead. • Washing hands regularly with soap and water, especially after changing nappies or coming into contact with bodily fluids. • Washing any items that have been contaminated by bodily fluids with soap and water. CMV Action is a charity which has been set up to raise awareness of the virus, campaign for better prevention measures within the health service and encourage research into a CMV vaccine.
At the moment Calum’s hearing seems to be the only thing that has been affected. He sat up, crawled and walked at about the same time as his brother did. But the worry about what else the CMV could cause in the future never goes away. What you need to know about CMV……
I find it so frustrating and so hard to accept that no-one at any point during pregnancy tells you about CMV or the steps you can take to reduce your chances of contracting the virus.
CMV is a common virus that can infect people of all ages. Most healthy adults and children will have no signs or symptoms and no longterm effects from CMV, but it can be very dangerous to unborn babies.
I believe women have a right to be informed and I believe this so passionately that I am now Chair of CMV Action – a charity that’s been set up to raise awareness of the virus, campaign for better prevention measures within the health service and encourage research into a CMV vaccine.
The transfer of CMV from a mother to her unborn baby during pregnancy is one of the main causes of children being born with disabilities in the UK. It can cause problems such as hearing loss, physical disabilities, learning difficulties and seizures. Around 900 babies are born every year with permanent disabilities as a result of CMV – that is 1 in every 1000 births. As CMV is a relatively unknown condition, it is a common misconception that it is rare. It is in fact more common than Down’s syndrome, Toxoplasmosis, Spina Bifida and Cystic Fibrosis.
We’ve got a mountain to climb because awareness of the virus is so low but I feel it’s the least I can do to prevent other families going through what we have been through.
• Avoiding sharing dummies, cutlery, drinks or food with anyone.
It offers advice and support to anyone affected by Congenital CMV and helps ensure they receive the best care possible. It puts families in touch with each other and provides a personal support service for each of its members.
There is no licensed vaccine against CMV at the moment. Research is currently underway for a vaccine which CMV Action is keen to see introduced nationally, but is some years off. In the meantime, it is very important to focus on preventing CMV by taking the hygiene precautions set out above.
For more information about symptoms, effects, testing and treatment of congenital CMV go to www.cmvaction.org.uk. You can also email us at email@example.com or call us on 0845 467 9590. You should talk to your GP if you are pregnant and concerned that you may have caught CMV. Rascals of London l September 2013 - 29
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Changing Bags 1. Pink Lining Blooming Gorgeous Changing Bag £79 - www.pinklining.com A vintage inspired shape is the Blooming Gorgeous bag with a beautiful daffodil applique on the outside front pocket. This bag is everything you need in a baby changing bag! It is slightly wider than some other bags giving you more room for all your baby bits and bobs.
2. PacaPod Sequoia Changing Bag £140 - www.pacapod.com Waltz your way through a glamorous day with the jewel like Sequoia faithfully by your side, your secret weapon in style and decorum. Everything is perfectly in place just when you need it, leaving you feeling cool, calm and utterly capable.
3. Wallaboo Hippychick Change Bag £49.95 - www.hippychick.com Sensible yet stylish changing bag from Wallaboo made from faux suede with a fleece trim. More than just functional, it is fashionable as well and can be carried in two ways; as a shoulder bag or easily attached to the pushbar of a stroller. 4. OiOi Changing Bag £110 - www.oioibaby.co.uk
Crafted with soft, durable faux buffalo leather in rich mustard yellow, this city-minded satchel has a clean, tailored look with matching nylon lining, antique nickel hardware, metal zippers, double handle straps, a detachable shoulder strap, and protective metal feet. 5. Lin & Leo Changing Bag £175 - www.linandleo.com The red leather BabyBag from Lin & Leo is a luxurious designer changing bag which is sure to last you years. Lin & Leo have designed this bag with a classic style which is timeless. This red bag is the perfect size to carry all your babies’ essentials, as well as plenty of pockets for your own essential items. The Lin & Leo leather BabyBag has 3 large internal pocket and with two easy access bottle pockets.
6. Storksak Changing Bag Tania Bee £98 - www.storksak.com The fashionable Tania is ultra modern and roomy. For Autumn/ Winter they have updated this style to be more compact, lightweight and functional. Super lightweight, highly water resistant and with a multitude of pockets, it is made from a durable, wipe clean nylon fabric with high quality hardware. 7. Il Tutto Nico Changing Bag £149 - www.iltutto.co.uk Bring out your inner rock chick with the Nico tote. Made from a gorgeous crinkle patent PU and featuring unique hardware pieces and a metallic silver monster teddy, the Nico tote will be sure to stand out from the crowd. Not just for looks, the Nico tote also features roomy end pockets and a large back zip pocket. 8. Blue
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£65 - www.babymule.co.uk 100% premium cotton canvas and three ways to carry - over the shoulder, clipped to buggy or using handy grab handles. Comes with changing pouch, changing mat, bottle insulator and wet bag, plus spacious compartments and plenty of pockets. 9. Hauck
Sammy Change Bag, Lime £19.99 - www.hauckuk.com The Sammy Bag accompanies you in your daily life with its imaginative signs - fashionable and stylish. This handbag with changing pad, utensil bag and insulated bag for glasses and bottles is perfect for your trips with your baby.
10. Yippydada Paris Changing Bag £149 - www.yippydada.com Yippydada Paris baby changing bag oozes glamour, sophistication and romance. Inspired by one of the most romantic cities in the world. Designed to be a baby changing bag during the day, and a chic handbag in the evening out with friends. No compromise. Pure style, pure practicality in pure premium leather handcrafted masterpiece.
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Their Nibs London
This Page Embroidered Velvet Dress - Pink
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Price: £37.00 Netting Tutu skirt – Wine
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Price: £36.00 Right: Chiffon Lace Sleeve & Hem Dress – Pink
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This Page Hooded Lace Trim Dress – Autumn Print
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This Page Cord Tunic with Pockets – Pink
Price: £49.00 Sash Tie Skirt – Polka Dot
Top Left Cotton Dinner Shirt – White
Price: £33.00 Vintage Wool Jacket – Navy
Price: £66.00 Herringbone Chino Trouser – Grey
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Price: £62.00 Moleskin Chino Trouser
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How the Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK
Can Help You
Amy Greengrass, Community Support Officer for the Meningitis Trust in London, explains how the charity can support you â€“ and what you can do for it in return. Meningitis is the most feared of childhood diseases. It can strike in an instant but its impact can last a lifetime. Around 3,400 people each year contract bacterial meningitis - the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain â€“ and one in ten will die with a further one in three left with permanent disabilities such as limb loss, blindness, deafness or brain damage. It can affect anyone, of any age, but babies, children under 5 and young people aged 14 to 24 are among the most at risk. But, help is at hand. At the Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK we fight the disease on all fronts, bringing together the best in research and prevention with awareness raising and support services. We are here to help, when you need us for as long as you need us. The Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK has been helping people rebuild their lives after meningitis for over 25 years and has a team of specialist community support workers across the UK, reaching out to people however, whenever and wherever they need us.
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The charity offers a range of free professional services and community based support for people affected by meningitis. These include: Financial grants: A Financial Support Grant from the Meningitis Trust can help pay for things such as specialist equipment, therapy, travel and accommodation costs for hospital visits and training. The Trust is the only meningitis charity in the UK to give financial support in this way. Every year it provides over ÂŁ250,000 to directly pay for items and support which help families deal with the impact of meningitis and help them begin to move on with their lives. Helpline: A confidential nurse-led helpline is available to anyone who is looking for information or support around the subjects of meningitis, meningococcal septicaemia and the after-effects. Calls are answered 24 hours a day by nurses or our experienced support staff. Tel: 0808 80 10 388. Counselling: Each year many people turn to the Trust to access emotional support following a diagnosis of meningitis. This request for support can be at any time after the disease and many people come to us months and even years after the initial diagnosis. Creative therapies: Following an experience of meningitis many children will not want to talk about what has happened to them, but changes in their behaviour, sleeping, eating and interaction with others will suggest that they are experiencing some form of emotional distress. Access to a creative therapy which can help them express their feelings in a gentle, supportive environment, can be very helpful. We can make a referral to a professional therapist who can use art, play, drama or music.
FAMILY Other support includes Family Days, Home visits and one-to-one support. Find out more at www.meningitis-trust.org. As a charity the Trust relies on the energy, dedication and passion of its supporters to provide its range of lifesaving and life-changing services.
This applies just as much to its campaigning work as it does to its fundraising activity. At the moment the charity is looking to gather signatures on its Beat it Now! petition, to introduce a lifesaving vaccine for meningitis B on the National Health Service. In July the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which advises the Government on vaccination, said the vaccine should ‘not yet’ be included on the NHS. But we’re not giving up and our fight to get the vaccine introduced goes on. We’d love you to join us – find out more and sign the petition at www.beat-it-now.org. And you can help us to help others too by organising or taking part in one of our events, from an activity challenge to the more sedate pleasures of a Time 4 Tea event or a gentle Toddle Waddle. Toddle Waddles are fun, short sponsored walks or waddles for the under 5s, that can help save a life. They can be held at any time of year, indoors or out, and organising one raises awareness of meningitis amongst parents, helping to protect young lives. Once you’ve signed up on our website we will post you your very own Toddle Waddle kit Time 4 Tea is a great chance to gather friends and family and have fun. All you need to do is organise a tea or cake-related event. Whether you organise an event at home, work or school, there are lots of fun ways to get involved and help us make a difference. This year’s Time 4 Tea is supported by TV presenter, writer and fitness DVD star Rosemary Conley and taking part couldn’t be easier - simply visit our website. Once you’re registered, we’ll send you a fundraising pack full of tea party tips and goodies, including colourful balloons, bunting, party invites and delicious tea samples. You can hold your Time 4 Tea at any time that suits you.
Photo caption: The Trust’s mascot Monty leads children in a Toddle Waddle.
To find out more about our services and how you can help us continue providing them contact Amy Greengrass, Community Support Officer, London, Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK on 0845 120 4882 or email: email@example.com visit our website at www.meningitis-trust.org
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Trunki Tote Bag The Trunki 3in1 Tote keeps toys tidy and close to hand. Ideal for travel, it can be clipped onto the car/plane seat in front and fits neatly into one side of a Trunki suitcase. It also has a detachable strap to use it as a shoulder bag.
Nursery Rhyme Snap
Snap with a difference! Beautiful vintage style illustrations depicting well known and loved nursery rhymes.
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UK Trivia Junior Quiz Time flies when you're having fun - fantastic quiz game for children and great for travel. A fun and entertaining game for children who like quizzes – now in a handy pocket edition! The game includes 600 questions from six categories and is a perfect way to while away the travelling hours.
Skip Hop Owl Zoo Trolley Case
Twit twoo - striking owl suitcase on wheels for young children. Little kids will love rolling through the airport or to Grandma’s with their own Zoo luggage from Skip Hop.
Rat-a-tat Cat A Fun Numbers Card Game with Cats (and a few rats). Ages 6 and up. 2 to 6 players. A pack of cards so great for travel and can be pulled out and played whilst on the move or when waiting for a plane, food or in the hotel room.
Price: £8.99 www.kidstravel2.com
Play in the Car 2 No more boring miles - Play in the Car fills the trip with fun! Comes with 50 cards which you use in conjunction with the games.
Price: £8.99 www.kidstravel2.com
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Sprayway Girls Lara Fleece Jacket Price: £24.95 www.littleadventureshop.co.uk
Cairn Bubble Kids Sunglasses Price: £13.95 www.littleadventureshop.co.uk
Vaude Jolly Comfort Baby Carrier
Sprayway Spider Challenger 350 Boys Kids Sleeping Bag
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Rascals Top Pick
Looking for an affordable and interesting getaway when the schools break up? Here are some top picks. Ettena Hotel in Cirali, Antalya, Turkey.
Deerpark Forest Liskeard, South Cornwall
Chateau de Lez-Eaux, Normandy, France.
If a rustic cabin on a beach where the children can run wild is your idea of holiday heaven then look no further than the Ettena Hotel in Cirali. The 13 simple wooden chalets sit in lovely gardens, just a few steps from Cirali beach. It’s a protected site for loggerhead turtles and in August, guests who get up at dawn might be lucky enough to see the turtle eggs hatching.
Only a short drive from Cornwall’s stunning coastline and magnificent beaches lies this secluded development of two storey cabins nestled in a picturesque river valley. Surrounded by woodland and millponds, Deerpark promises the best of both worlds. Complete relaxation in a tranquil forest environment and a convenient location for exploring this popular Cornish area.
An attractive family-friendly campsite set within the grounds of a 19th century chateau on the border between Normandy and Brittany. There’s lots to do on site, including indoor and outdoor pools, fishing lake, tennis courts and organised games, but make time to explore the local area, which includes attractions such as the spectacular Mont St Michel and beautiful port town of St Malo.
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Introducing Treasure Trails A different way to explore somewhere new whilst solving a treasure hunt! Simply the perfect family activity for all ages to enjoy and a great present to give. Full instructions and clues in a colourful gift pack.
BusChecker Standing at any of the UK’s 300,000 bus stops, you can get instant, up-to-date arrival information for each bus.
Lonely Planet’s Not For Parents: London - Kids Travel Guide
This is not a guidebook. And it is definitely ‘notfor-parents’. It is the real, inside story about one of the world’s most famous cities London. In this book you’ll hear fascinating tales about famous and infamous people, creepy underground places, dark history and strange characters galore.
City Walks WITH KIDS: LONDON - 50 Adventures On Foot Forget child care and kids clubs, each of the 50 adventures inside keep kids involved and let them experience the joy of discovery. But don't worry that these cards are all about the kids! These adventures are designed especially for grown-ups and kids to discover London together!
WeatherPro Featuring seven-day forecasts and reports for over two million locations worldwide.
London for Families Incorporates guided walks, a loo finder, and offline maps, to make exploring London with your family easier than ever.
Chancellor’s Gold The Chancellor’s Gold app gives you clues to London landmarks, leading you to a hoard of lost gold somewhere in London.
Mom Maps Locates family-friendly places on-the-go, like parks, restaurants and play areas, with parents reviews and a detailed map.
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The days when a trip to the safari park simply meant a long procession of cars creeping past some elderly mangy lions are long gone. Now, as well as a fascinating range of animals, leading safari attractions offer ingenious ways to entertain and educate children at the same time.
Woburn Safari Park
Longleat Safari & Adventure Park
West Midland Safari & Leisure Park
Knowsley Safari Park
For a day packed with animal encounters and wonderful wildlife, visit Woburn with over 80 species of animals including lions, tigers and bears. Today it is an award winning attraction which makes a valuable contribution to conservation. From the Road Safari where you can go round as many times as you like to the Foot Safari where you can mingle with the animals, grab lunch before watching the keeper demonstrations.
Opened in 1966, Longleat was the first ever Safari Park outside Africa. Your drivethrough safari adventure will take you unbelievably close to creatures you’ve only dreamed about. So mind the zebras crossing, give the rhinos right of way, watch out for the wolves and beware of the meddling monkeys.
West Midland Safari & Leisure Park is an Award Winning Family Attraction, which really is the perfect kid’s day out in Worcestershire. It combines a four-mile self-drive Safari Park with Discovery Trail, live shows, African Village and Theme Park. With so many things to do, the free return ticket really does make for many fantastic days out.
If your little ones love animals then they’ll be in their element at Knowsley Safari Park. Prepare to discover an incredible host of creatures from cute and cuddly meerkats, to majestic zebras, mischievous monkeys and clever sea lions. You’ll get the chance to see all the animals when you go on the exciting five mile safari ride but you can also get out of the car and do some exploring by foot.
Where: West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1LF. Tel: 01299 402114 www.wmsp.co.uk
Where: Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 4AN. Tel: 0151 430 9009 www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk
Where: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW. Tel: 01985 844400 www.longleat.co.uk
Where: Woburn Safari Park, Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, MK17 9QN. Tel: 01525 290407 www.woburn.co.uk
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Home & Away
Time to think about holidays again….
Strasbourg) and zone C (Bordeaux, Créteil, Paris, Versailles). This division can at first glance seem rather random but is in fact the product of a thoughtful assessment, with each zone covering approximately the same number of pupils.
Now that children are back at school, you can start thinking about your next holiday. Fancy a trip to France? Ever wondered why pretty much every time you go there on holiday (whether during UK school term or holiday) French children also seem to be on holiday? Estelle Le Guillou, director of the French-speaking nanny agency Oui Maman explains why… It has nothing to do with the French 35-hour week or RTT (aka Réduction du Temps de Travail or extra “rest” days gained when employees work more than their contractual hours)… but merely with how the French Ministère de l’Education Nationale (Department for Education) decides to split the school year. A French school year is at least 36 weeks long (meaning on average 144 days for primary schools and 175 to 180 days for secondary schools), which is one of the shortest in Europe. There are four holiday periods, namely All Saints, Christmas, Winter and Spring holidays. In comparison, around 70% of secondary and 30% of primary schools in England are in charge of setting their own term dates, with the school year lasting on average 190 days for
maintained schools. Local authorities set term and holiday dates for maintained nursery schools, community schools, community special schools, voluntary controlled schools and pupil referral units. Back on the other side of the Channel, All Saints holidays last around ten days (combined with bank holidays) and Christmas, Winter and Spring holidays last two weeks. During summer, school generally breaks for the first week of July and resumes the first week of September. France has been divided into three regional education authority“zones” for the purpose of holidays since 1964: zone A (Caen, ClermontFerrand, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, NancyMetz, Nantes, Rennes, Toulouse), zone B (AixMarseille, Amiens, Besançon, Dijon, Lille, Limoges, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Poitiers, Reims, Rouen,
The main objective of this regional division is practical: spread the Spring and Winter holidays to reduce road congestion (understandably from a geographical point of view- French people tend to drive a lot more than fly) and allow touristic destinations (especially ski resorts) to cope with demand. As a result French families are not charged exorbitant amounts (like in the UK) to all go away the same week, nor are they tempted to let their children skive off school to beat the holiday rush. But the peak holiday period lasts longer - should you wish to go off-peak to France, make sure that you check whether all three French school zones are back at school!
Oui Maman is a London-based specialist French-speaking nanny agency dedicated to finding the perfect nanny for its clients. It provides a wide range of services (live-in, live-out, fulltime, part-time, after-school and holiday nannies as well as baby-sitters). For further information, please visit www.ouimaman.co.uk.
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Discipline Your Child By Kathryn Mewes author of The 3 Day Nanny
Children are not born knowing â€˜right from wrongâ€™ it is one of the many jobs of the parent to teach them. Disciplining your child is the hardest part of parenting. It involves clear boundaries and remaining consistent. I have worked for 20 years with families and I have a simple and straight forward process when working in a family home.
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Family Firstly – Set the Family House Rules
These are designed specifically for your family and focus on what your boundaries are. Below is an example.
We do not shout at one another.
The most precious present you can give your child is… …your time! Take them to the zoo, or to the newsagents to buy a magazine and then go and read it together in a coffee shop. Go for a bike ride together or have a picnic under the kitchen table!
We do not throw things at people or hurt them.
Your quality time is all your child wants..
We do not bite people.
Thirdly – The Consequence System. The Shout Spot or Thinking Spot.
We listen and do as Mummy and Daddy ask. We sit at the meal table without toys. We feed ourselves nicely. We go to bed nicely after story time. We play together and share our toys. We talk in our ‘big boy voice’. No whining.
Now comes the challenge. What to do when your child refuses to listen, is being unruly and you are starting to feel ‘out of control’. • Take a deep breath and roll your shoulders. • Don’t react immediately. Aim to stay calm and in control. • Address your other children to ensure they are all happy and entertained and then let them know that you are dealing with their brother / sister and will be straight back.
Secondly – Devise a ‘Praise and Reward’ System
• Approach your child. Bend down, make eye contact and hold them by the top of the arms.
This is as much for the parents as it is the children. Every time you notice your child being well behaved you praise them. “Johnny you are playing so nicely there and letting Mummy make the dinner. Thank you.” Every time you praise you have a reward system to illustrate the good behaviour.
• “I asked you not to do that and you did not listen. We do not hurt people in this house. Come with me.”
Ideas for Reward Systems
Pop a marble into a jar and when it is full (30 marbles) your child wins a prize! Tie a ribbon around a tree in the garden. 30 ribbons and then a prize! Fill a jar gradually with rice and once it is full – a prize! Add carriages to a train and with 30 carriages – a prize! Build a tower and once you have 30 bricks – a prize! Once 30 marbles. Bricks etc have been achieved a prize is given to your child. It usually takes up to 5 days to win a prize. 3 prizes down the line and good behaviour becomes natural and no longer requires a reward system.
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Turn your child around and walk them to a space in your house that is boring and out of sight. The front door mat is the simple place. Ensure the door is locked. Sit them down and simply say “Stay there until I am ready and I will come and get you.” Confidently walk away.
This is not an exercise that you time. Your child will take as long as they need. YES they will keep leaving the mat and you need to return them silently and when they are sitting say “I will come and get you when all the shouting stops.” I call the consequence system either the ‘Shout spot’ or the ‘Thinking spot’ depending on the type of child!
Always walk them back to the mat, don’t carry them. This can become a game. Walk slowly behind them with your arms under their armpits. Continue returning them. They will get cross and this is what you want to happen. Now you know that they are feeling the consequence. They do not like this system in the same way that you did not like the bad behaviour.
Your child needs to get cross and then calm down before the ‘consequence system’ is all finished. They climb the emotional mountain and come down the other side.
What do I do if they just won’t stay on the mat? Keep returning them and ensure you remove yourself from where they are in the hallway. You need to be at the ready and return them before they get too far into the kitchen etc. Remain calm and relaxed. Don’t stress. They do get the message in their own time. It might take many return visits but it DOES work. My record is 52 times with a 3 year old!
The slow walk back – not the fun carry is very important. DON’T talk to them! Think of yourself as a ‘RagDoll’. You are not being Mummy at this stage. My child happily sits on the mat and then shouts ‘Sorry’. He comes off the mat and repeats the behaviour. What do I do? Just because he says ‘Sorry’ does not mean he can come off of the mat. He is to remain there until you hear he is not happy with the consequence. Only after shouting and then calming down can he come off of the mat.
Some children use the word ‘Sorry’ like a ‘Get out of jail free card’! My child takes himself to the mat with his toys and would sit there for hours. It isn’t working. Eventually they will want to move from the mat. That is when you remind them of why they are there and say “I will come and get you when I am ready.” As you confidently walk away you are likely to hear them shout. This is when they start to feel the consequence. This is when you know it is working!
• Once the noise has quietened you approach your child and simply say “That’s it, all finished. No more shouting. Let’s go and play.” • Guide them to an activity and start to play with them. • After a couple of minutes make eye contact with your child. • “Remember, when you hurt somebody, straight to the mat.” • You simply remind them of why they were at the mat in this simple statement and then you continue playing silently. • Your child will be absorbing the system you have just used and will now understand the consequence of his actions and think more carefully next time. The beauty of this method is that after 3 consecutive days of implementing rules, rewards and carrying out the consequence process your child learns his boundaries and starts to make the right choices rather than the wrong ones.
The sooner you teach your child their boundaries the easier and happier family life becomes.
Written by Kathryn Mewes author of The 3 Day Nanny Look out for Kathryn Mewes on TV's C4 this Autumn in her very own 4 part series packed full of tips and advice. In each episode she'll be showing parents how to help and guide their children, turn warring households into happy homes in the process.
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ZSL London Zoo has been entertaining and delighting visitors since opening to the public in 1847. With over 760 animal species, exciting and innovative exhibits it’s a great day out in the capital for all ages and sizes. Set in leafy Regent’s Park amid iconic architecture and beautiful gardens, London Zoo is an oasis in the heart of the city.
This year, ZSL London Zoo is turning London into Tiger Territory with a landmark new exhibit. Through immersive and interactive experiences visitors will be able to explore the verdant world of the Sumatran Tiger experiencing up close the natural environment of one of nature’s most awesome predators.
But there is more in store! Head down to the beach and watch London’s largest colony of Humboldt Penguins dive, swim, frolic and feed. Move through lush forested pathways and come face to face with majestic Western Lowland Gorilla and wander from day through to night in London’s only living rainforest among many others. Get up close to cheeky squirrel monkeys in the new walk-through experience, Meet the Monkeys. Dare to encounter the Komodo dragon, or embark on an African Bird Safari. Visitors can also enjoy our daily animal displays, feeds and talks! Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY. Tel: 020 7722 3333 www.zsl.org
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There are some brilliant attractions at the adventure theme park within the rolling Berkshire countryside. Over 55 million Lego bricks have been used to create the site, which gives you some idea of the sheer scale of the place. Play your part at the resort with over 55 interactive rides and attractions. Fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking Fleet, or join LEGO divers on a magical underwater adventure on Atlantis Submarine Voyage. New attractions for 2013 include Duplo Valley Splash and Play featuring
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the Drench Towers water play structure, a new Hero Factory, where guests can build their own hero, and Fairy Tale Brook, a toddler-friendly boat ride through a Lego landscape. The Star Wars Miniland Experience features a new gallery of characters from the movies, including Yoda, Wicket, Anakin Skywalker and Princess Leia. The old favourites are still a big draw, from Driving School (6 - to 13-year-olds can drive whizzy electric cars amid roundabouts, traffic lights and much confusion, and thereâ€™s also a scaled-down version for tots) to Miniland (Londonâ€™s landmarks in miniature). Other star turns include the twisting Dragon rollercoaster, passing through scenes of a brickbuilt knights templar before turning into a gentle, twisting roller coaster, and the Imagination Theatre.
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Then, at the end of the day, why not relax and enjoy an overnight stay at the fantastic new LEGOLAND Windsor Resort Hotel with its fabulous buffet restaurant and LEGO themed rooms.
Where: Legoland, Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 4AY. Tel: 0871 2222 001 www.legoland.co.uk
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New for 2013, ZUFARI: Ride into Africa. Come face to face with amazing African animals as you embark on a thrilling journey but beware of the hidden dangers you may encounter along the way…
Warner Bros Studio Tour London 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. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world. Step inside and discover the actual Great Hall, explore Dumbledore’s office and discover never-before-seen treasures. Where: Warner Bros Studio Tour London, Harry Potter Tour Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire WD25 7LS. Tel: 08450 840 900 www.wbstudiotour.co.uk
At Chessington the emphasis is on family and fun, and sharing a great day out... Combining the best of a theme park and a zoo. Rides and Attractions include the popular Bubbleworks, Dragon’s Fury and Vampire rides, whilst kids can see gorillas, big cats, monkeys, birds and many more exciting animals.
Why not turn a day out into a break away and stay the night at the Chessington Resort 4 star hotel. With safari-themed rooms, an indoor swimming pool & spa and the fantastic Zafari Bar & Grill, it’s just a few strides away from the Park. Where: Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2NE. Tel: 0871 663 4477 www.chessington.com
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There are lots of attractions aimed at young children including mini Land Rovers, mini dumper trucks, mini tractors and dodgems.
Step into the oddly wonderful world of the legendary Robert Ripley, an intrepid world traveller, cartoonist, reporter, adventurer and seeker of remarkable relics and rare treasures.
With over 700 astonishing artefacts and interactive experiences spanning across 6 floors, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London celebrates the weird, wonderful and bizarre in all its forms in the heart of London’s West End. Where: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1J ODA. Tel: 020 3238 0022 www.ripleyslondon.com
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For any child who has ever dreamed of driving a vehicle or controlling a digger, this is a real treat. In this earthy barrow in Kent, there are giant diggers, dirt diggers and a sky shuttle. You can even play digger skittles or search for buried treasure.
And for something a little different, there are also JCBs converted into fairground rides. Where: Roman Way, Medway Valley Leisure Park ME2 2NU Tel: 0871 227 7007 www.diggerland.com
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The Museum is not only home to the nation’s finest collection of natural history specimens but is also one of the UK’s top attractions, with more than three million visitors a year. The collection has 70 million plants, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals - many of which are displayed in fascinating exhibitions. Highlights include:
Dinosaurs, volcanoes, precious gems, creepy crawlies, Earth’s ecology Wildlife Gardens - as a visitor to the Natural History Museum you will be amazed by the diversity of the natural world.
• Exploring our Dinosaurs gallery, with its animatronic T. rex. • Mammals with its unforgettable blue whale model
Don’t miss the state-ofthe-art Cocoon where, on a self-guided tour, you can see hundreds of fascinating specimens and look into laboratories where you can see scientists at work.
• Travelling through a giant suspended globe. • Being a scientist in the Investigate Centre, the hands-on education space where you can examine hundreds of real natural history specimens.
Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD Tel: 020 7942 5000 www.nhm.ac.uk
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Set in Britain’s woods and forests, Go Ape centres are fantastic places for monkeying around in the treetops. The high rope courses offer adrenaline-packed aerial adventures for the over 10s.
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Families can swing, scramble, climb and slide to their heart’s content amid the rope bridges, trapezes and zip slides, letting out Tarzan whoops as they go. Climbers are fitted with sturdy safety harnesses, so there’s no need for the gripping skills of an actual ape.
Days out with us are about living life a little more adventurously, having fun with friends and family and getting in touch with your inner Tarzan. The classic and original Go Ape experience is our 2 – 3 hour Tree Top Adventure. They will brief you for safety before you fly down our zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle our crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
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Some locations close to London also offer outdoor activities like Tree-Top Junior courses for younger kids and the brilliant Forest Segway safaris.
Where: Various Locations around London. Tel: 0843 249 7058 www.goape.co.uk
Hobbledown is a unique farm park adventure based on a mystical and magical fantasy tale, written in book form by A J Kecojevic. Based on a 50-acre site, Hobbledown is home to more than 100 animals and adventurous and challenging play equipment including towers, tunnels, mazes, role play areas, a low ropes course, interactive sand play zone and aerial walkways.
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For our bigger visitors there is the daring Aerial Adventure Course that will challenge the bravest of you, and for days when the weather is not quite so nice we have a 14,000 sq ft indoor play barn with WiFi and lots of seating. Hobbledown’s animals range from Meerkats, otters and wallabies to birds of prey and farm animals. Where: Hobbledown, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8PT Tel: 0843 289 4979 www.hobbledown.com
Treasure Trails’ self-guided treasure hunts are a fantastic way to explore areas of the City and London Boroughs whilst enjoying a fun walk in the fresh air. Children love competing to solve the clues and don’t even realise they are learning about the area.
The answers to the clues are located on existing monuments, buildings and structures: some are easy to find, some are a little bit trickier! You can choose to solve a mystery, go on a treasure hunt or crack the code to save the world in a spy mission. All the while, you are opening children’s and adults’ eyes alike to the fascinating city around them, and working as a team to solve the clues. Where: Tower of London Treasure Trail, Tower Hill Tube Station, London EC3N 4DJ Tel: 07581 410001 www.treasuretrails.co.uk
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Then one day Matilda discovers she has a very special power and decides it’s time the grown-ups were taught a lesson. Be warned, the children are revolting.
Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. Her parents think she’s a nuisance and she thinks, quite rightly, that they’re only interested in watching telly. Life isn’t much better at school, where monstrous headmistress Miss Trunchbull terrifies both students and teachers indiscriminately.
Performances: Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm, Sunday 3pm. Evenings: Tuesdays 7pm, Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm. Where: Cambridge Theatre, 32-34 Earlham Street, London, WC2 9HU. www.matildathemusical.com
Family Musical Theatre Our Top Shows
Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good, and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West. Packed with thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs, Wicked is an unforgettable, enchanting experience that is not to be missed.
Performances: Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm. Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm. Where: Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG. www.wickedthemusical.co.uk
Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits,
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With standing ovations every night, the phenomenal We Will Rock You continues to go from strength to strength at the Dominion Theatre. We Will Rock You is set in the future, on a place once called Earth. Globalisation is complete. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes, and thinks the same thoughts. A safe, happy Ga Ga world. The Company Computers generate the music and the kids download it. All musical instruments are banned. But resistance is growing. A hero is needed. Is the one who calls himself Galileo that man, and can he help them Break Free? Legendary band Queen, fronted by the dynamic Freddie Mercury before his death in 1991, have been making music together since the 70’s and have now joined forces with writer Ben Elton to bring their unique sound to theatreland. This mega-musical, seen by over 5 million people, includes 32 of Queen’s classic hits, including Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, and more. One dream. one vision. one smash hit - book today!
Performances: Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2:30pm. Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7:30pm. Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ
as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
Performances: Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2:30pm. Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7:30pm. Where: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St, London WC2B 5JF. www.charlieandthechocolatefactory.com
Celebrating its 11th sensational year in London, STOMP is now FRESHER, FASTER AND FUNNIER than ever before. This multi-award winning show continues to astound audiences across the world with its universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance. Eight performers use everything from Zippo lighters, plastic bags, bin lids and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel good rhythm. In the summer of 2012, STOMP wowed billions when they took centre stage at the epic closing ceremony of the London Olympics.
Moonwalking into the West End after three acclaimed UK tours and standing ovations across Europe, Thriller - Live? is a spectacular, high octane show celebrating the career of? Michael Jackson, and the Jackson 5. To bring to life on stage the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of the Jackson’s greatest hits, Thriller - Live includes eye-popping multi-media effects and dazzling choreography by the shows award-winning director Gary Lloyd . Performances: Matinees: Saturday 4pm, Sunday 3.30pm. Evenings: Tuesday to Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 8pm, Sunday at 7.30pm.
Where: Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES. www.thrillerlive.com
Where: Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ www.thelionking.co.uk Disney’s multi-award winning musical ‘The Lion King’ will redefine your expectations of theatre. A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney’s much-loved film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.
Performances: Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm. Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday 7:30.
With new routines, new choreography and new music, STOMP is pure stage magic! Stalls Rows O-R are slightly restricted view due to the overhang of the Circle.
Performances: Matinees: Thursday and Saturday, 3pm, Sunday 3pm and 6pm.. Evenings: Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8pm. Where: Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND www.stomplondon.com
A funny, heart-warming and feel-good celebration of one young boy's dream in a gripping tale of triumph over adversity. This original story captured the hearts and minds of the world when the movie was released in October 2000. Nominated for 3 Oscars and 13 Bafta awards this poignant film broke box office records across the world. This brilliant new staging is an adaptation of one of the most adored British films of the last decade. The extraordinary movie written by Lee Hall, directed by Stephen Daldry and choreographed by Peter Darling, has been developed for the stage by the same multi-award winning creative team. The score has been composed by music legend Elton John, the most celebrated UK singer songwriter of the last 30 years.
Performances: Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm. Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm. Where: Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5EA. www.billyelliotthemusical.com
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Back to School
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1. Healthy habits take time to learn
Building Healthy Homework Habits! Getting children to complete their homework is not impossible; All you need is Healthy Homework Habits!
2. Allow your children to have opportunities to fail
Creating habits of success in your children will take a while, perhaps a month or two. During this learning period, it’s important to stick to the principles and follow the guidelines outlined here. Be patient. Don’t expect immediate results - or you will abandon a successful strategy just because you failed to give the seeds of success an opportunity to grow.
If you try to protect your children from every failure, you guarantee their ultimate failure, because they won’t be prepared for life. Allow them to experience the consequences of their choices. This doesn’t mean you just ignore their actions, or pretend you don’t care. You must learn, however, that protecting kids from the consequences of their choices is the equivalent of expecting a muscle to grow when you never work it. It just doesn’t happen. Life happens. In every circumstance, there is a consequence for choices. Please recognise the critical role that life consequences play in teaching your kids about life. We can’t protect them from age-appropriate struggles and choices; this is how they build emotional, social and intellectual “muscle.” Protect them from the consequences that come with poor habits, and you will teach them a false lesson. They will grow up thinking that the world will protect them from poor choices - and this just isn’t so!
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LEARNING 3. Words don’t teach critical lessons. Consequences do
6. Focus on efforts, not outcomes
I’ve never seen a child turn around his or her academic performance Reward your children with attention after receiving a lecture from a while they’re working. It can be as parent or teacher. Instead, children simple as a touch on the shoulder feel bad about not measuring up, offer excuses and lies, and-most or a smile. Don’t interrupt their work, important - start to believe that but casually engage them while they’re poor students. After a while, kids learn to ignore repeated they’re putting in effort. As they learn discussions and lectures; you just to work more diligently, continue to become like background noise. Instead of lecturing, parents can pay them attention, but less often make certain that the environment When they finish, remark on their effort is structured in a way that rather than the quality of their work. consequences will teach the lessons they want their children to learn. During the teaching-learning process, children will fail. They won’t always 7. To promote independent learning perform the way you want them to. Just stay the and thinking, teach independence course and keep the consequences in place. Don’t sit with your children and guide them through their homework. Don’t answer every 4. Establish the structure of question and help them with every little success: “Work, then play. Everyday.” challenge. If you do this, you’re promoting an Successful students and successful adults organise attitude of helplessness and incompetence, their lives so that they work first and then play, a It’s essential that they learn to tackle these structure that automatically rewards effort. Parents difficulties themselves. Think of yourself as a coach: can apply this principle as a ground rule until the • Give instruction and allow opportunities to learn. kids graduate from secondary school: Every day • Ignore whining and complaining. after school, the children do their homework, then they may play. Until their work is finished, • Have them save their questions for the there are no phone calls, visitors, toys, TV - no end of the homework session, so they’re distractions. If they don’t want to do their work, encouraged to answer them on their own. don’t argue with them. In most cases, they’ll • If they genuinely need help, offer guidance quickly become so bored that they’ll choose to and direction but let them solve the problems. get the work done. Over time, this structure will produce a powerful set of behaviors that will 8. Teach your child to self-correct propel your children to success in any endeavour. Many parents are reluctant to send their children The key is to be consistent. For example, if the football game is at 4:30 and your children get home from school at 3:00, they must complete their homework before the game or they won’t go.
to school with homework that’s less than 100 percent accurate. They want their children to get A´s. This isn’t doing them any favours.
5. Do not nag, argue, or lecture about homework No need. Your kids are smart. Set up the ground rule: “Work, then play.” Enforce the no-play with action - not words. Avoid the word battles and threats. You may be able to use these tactics and win the battle for that particular evening; however, you’ll lose the war. As your children get older, the battles will increase, and this relationship is the basis for your influence and leverage in your teenagers’ lives. What should you do instead? Make clear that “work then play” is the rule every day. Don’t offer repeated lectures or discussions about this; just remain absolutely firm and unwavering in your denial of play activities until work is complete. You can expect frustration and anger, whining and complaining from your child. Accept it and ignore it. Stick to the rule.
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Instead, we need to send them to school with work that reflects their skill level, so the teacher will know what to respond to and focus on. Instead of correcting homework, coach your children to do it themselves. Ask questions that guide their attention to errors and help them solve problems, then notice and reward their efforts. If you assume the responsibility for correcting their homework, you’ll produce children who depend on you for all the answers. As they get older, this will produce more frustration in school and poorer performance. How do you do this within the “Work, then play” approach? Simple, You make sure the homework is “checked” by you before play begins. In other words, HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE! Give few clues, when you see errors. Over time, gradually put more and more responsibility on them to find their errors before they can play. In this way, there is no reward in rushing through their work. There is reward in learning to pay better attention, so that you don’t have to keep repeating your homework. Slowly for some, they get it. Others will get it very quickly.
9. Hold the Course As you implement these strategies, do so strongly and confidently, so your children know you’re prepared to hold the course. They’ll recognise any hesitancy. Be firm and consistent in your control of the environment, not in your control of your children. Offer them a choice, but maintain the “work then play” structure every day. Then sit back and have some fun. Notice how enjoyable your interactions with your children become when you’re no longer nagging them to do their homework. Instead, you’re allowing the consequences of the work-then-play approach to build behaviour over time. Be patient. Healthy behaviour doesn’t appear overnight, or in a week. If you persist, you’ll likely to see changes in two to six weeks.
Food & Drink
LUNCHBOX Treats Ingredients 2 eggs 200g can tuna in oil 100g (4 oz) sweetcorn 2 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tsp white wine vinegar 4 spring onions, chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper a few drops Tabasco sauce salad cress (optional) 2 pitta breads
Stuffed Pitta Pockets How many peanut butter or cheese sandwiches can a parent make? By half term most creative lunch impulses have died a dreary day-to-day death. Stuffed pitta pockets with a nutritious filling make a nice change from an ordinary sandwich for your childâ€™s lunchbox - try this tasty tuna mix which can be made up the night before.
Method: Put the eggs in a saucepan of cold water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes (the yolk should be solid). Drain and cool under cold water. Peel the eggs when cold.
Meanwhile, strain the oil from the can of tuna and mix the flaked tuna together with the sweetcorn, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, spring onion, salt and pepper and the tabasco sauce. Roughly chop the hard-boiled eggs and add to the tuna mix with the salad cress (if using), stirring well. Cut the pitta breads in half to give 4 pitta pockets and divide the mixture between them.
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FOODFUN & DRINK Camps Recipes
Ingredients 150g (5 oz) plain wholemeal flour. 50g (2 oz) granulated sugar. 25g (1 oz) dried skimmed milk powder. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder. 1/2 tsp cinnamon. 1/2 tsp ground ginger. 1/4 tsp salt. 125ml (4 fl oz) vegetable oil. 60ml (2 fl oz) honey. 60ml (2 fl oz) maple syrup . 2 eggs, lightly beaten. 1/2 vanilla essence. 1 large apple, peeled and grated. 75g (3 oz) carrots, peeled and grated. 75g (3 oz) raisins
Apple & Carrot Muffins These are one of my favourite muffins and they are so easy to make. They are great for breakfast, kid lunch boxes or a snack. A tasty way to get your child to eat more fruit and vegetables.
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Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Combine the flour, skimmed milk powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and ginger in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the honey, maple syrup, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla essence. Beat lightly with a wire whisk until blended. Add the grated apple, carrots and raisins to the liquid mixture and stir until just combined. Line a muffin tray with paper cups and fill until two-thirds full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. You can also make mini muffins which are ideal for children they will take about 15 minutes to bake.
FoodFUN & Drink Camps Recipes
Ingredients 100g new potatoes 1 tbsp olive oil. 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped. 1 courgette, chopped. 2 tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and roughly chopped. 4 eggs. 1 tbsp milk. 2 tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese. Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Spanish Omelette Spanish omelettes are good eaten hot or cold. You could cook this for your own supper and then wrap a piece up in foil and store in the fridge ready for your childâ€™s lunchbox the next day.
Method: Bring a lightly salted saucepan of water to the boil, add the new potatoes, reduce the pan to a simmer and cook the potatoes for about 12 minutes, until tender. Drain, leave to cool and then cut into slices. Heat the oil in an 18-20 cm non stick frying pan. Add the onion and sautĂŠ for 2 minutes. Add the chopped courgette and sautĂŠ for about 6 minutes. When the courgette is cooked, add the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes, then stir in the sliced new potatoes.
Suitable for freezing
Beat the eggs together with the milk, parmesan cheese and a little seasoning. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and cook over a medium heat for about 4 minutes or until the eggs are set underneath. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to high. Place the frying pan under the grill with the handle sticking out if not metal and cook for about 3 minutes until golden and set. When the omelette is cold, cut into wedges and wrap in foil.
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Also this year they will start offering private classes for adults through Ole Adults and again there may be fun surprises to come. Keep an eye in this space. A long awaited Ole Kids class has opened in Clapham. Lola found Inma a while ago. Inma is another Spanish mum with a great plan. Inma has started The Old School Club in 141 Battersea Business Centre, 99-109 Lavender Hill, SW11 5QL. It is a really cool and creative space where you can try making all sorts of things with the right guidance. As well as trying all kinds of craft projects and shopping for gorgeous bits and pieces. you can now attend the spanish class for kids on Monday afternoons. There is an under 4s class and an over 4s class. You could even fit in some sewing in the room next door whilst your child is learning spanish and making things themselves.
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As a mother of four I have often been praised on how well behaved my children are. This became a recurring theme over the years and made me stop and think about the reasons why this was so. Apart from being rather disciplined and sticking to routines, I also developed my own hand painted reward charts that I used from a very early age. My eldest daughter who is now 11, still uses them today and I have found them such a good ‘positive behaviour tool’ that I decided to share my experiences with other mums and dads in a fun and creative way...... by starting a business called Radical Reward Charts. The idea behind Radical Reward Charts is to firstly make them fun, educational and different from anything else on the market. I didn’t want Fairy Castles, Princesses and Football, I wanted real objects from nature designed in a way that would actually look good on your wall as works of art and would intrigue and engage your child. Secondly, the 20 step progress system, whereby you move UP the chart to a final goal seemed to work much more effectively than using stickers on a bland grid system. Thirdly, and the best bit, is that we create laminated mini figures of your child as the moving piece (free of charge) so that your child can actually see themselves moving up and up through the chart.
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Books that go BUMP in the night!
Ghosts in the House By Kazuno Kohara
When a young girl goes to live in a magnificent, old house at the edge of town, she doesn’t seem at all worried to find that it is haunted by not one, but many, floaty white ghosts.
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On one special night, only once a year when the kids all cry, “Halloween is here!” This very mysterious skeleton will rise, and travel for miles to go into town to see Halloween sights and hear Halloween sounds...
Can you see what I see? By Walter Wick
On a scary, scary night, beneath a scary, scary moon, In a scary, scary town, in a scary, scary castle, up scary, scary stairs, in a scary, scary tower, In a, scary, scary cupboard, on a scary, scary shelf, In a scary, scary bottle - is a ghost!
What Was I Scared of?
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By Dr. Seuss
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It’s Halloween and Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in the class. Unfortunately he’s just too much of a scaredy-cat. He’s afraid of a little spider, and everyone says his costume looks more silly than scary.
A frightening pair of empty pants is haunting a nervous little guy. In the woods, fishing, and even riding a bike, the empty pants scare the fleeing narrator until a transformative encounter in a snide bush.
Little baby mummy is stalling at bedtime and wants just one more game of Hide-and-Shriek. As the game gets underway, little baby mummy runs into Drac, Glob, Bones and other wacky creatures.
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Frankenstein Takes the Cake
The Scariest Thing of All
Tamara Small and the Monster’s Ball
Whizz Pop, Granny Stop!
By Giles Paley-Phillips
By Tracey Corderoy
By Debi Gliori
This follow-up to the bestselling “Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich”, finds Frankenstein about to marry his undead bride. But first, he has to meet his future in-laws, and control his best man, Dracula.
On a windy night Tamara lies awake in bed, when she hears a noise outside her room. Suddenly she is whisked away by a hairy arm and taken to the village hall! Luckily it is just the local friendly monsters.
Granny just loves to help and a little bit of magic always speeds things along. Sometimes, though, all her granddaughter wants to do is spend some normal(ish) time with her beloved granny.
A little rabbit has a seemingly endless list of things to be afraid of. One day, everything gets just about as bad as it can and the little rabbit finally has to face his fears.
Tales of Mystery and Magic
By Hugh Lupton
By Katherine Holabird
By Adam Rex
Stitch Head - By Guy Bass
A bewitching world of mystery and magic awaits you! Meet singing elves with magical feet; skeletons that move of their own accord; and a heroic blackbird who outwits a powerful king.
Angelina and her best friend make firefly costumes for Halloween. Baby sister, Polly, wants one too, but has to settle for being a ghost instead. On Halloween night, Polly gets lost, but is soon found and promised a firefly costume next year.
Moody Margaret Casts a Spell
By Jonathan London
By Francesca Simon
Froggy is distracted. At home his mother has to remind him to do his homework, and at school his teacher chides him for not paying attention. But how can he? Halloween is next week and he must come up with a great costume.
Horrid Henry is a master hypnotist, and he’s delighted when he puts Moody Margaret under his spell. But will she really do whatever he asks?
Poor Stitch Head has spent years vying for attention amongst a menagerie of freakish monsters. When a travelling circus ringmaster, Fulbert Freakfinder, promises to make him a star, Stitch Head wonders whether there is another life for him. But first he has to catch the professor’s latest creation - a monstrous three-armed creature that’s just smashed its way to freedom . . .
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Arts & Crafts
Creepy-Crawly Caterpillar Pumpkins
Cheesecloth Ghosts Stack one small paper cup on top of another that's turned upside down and tape them together. Inflate a small balloon and rest it in the top cup. Cut cheesecloth into pieces that measure about eight inches square and fill a bowl with fabric stiffener. Soak a piece of cheesecloth in fabric stiffener and immediately drape it over the balloon. Let dry for 10 minutes. Pop the balloon with a pin to reveal a hardened shape. Cut two tiny circles out of black felt for eyes and glue them to the ghost. Remove the ghost from thecup and rough up the ends. Thread fishing line through the top of each ghost, securing with a knot to hang.
Witch and Bat Silhouettes Mantel
Create a fun focal point for your Halloween mantel with this broom-riding witch and swarming bat decoration. Find a silhouette print, and have a print shop enlarge and print the image to the desired size. Cut out the witch-on-broom image and trace onto black poster board or construction paper with chalk; cut out. Cut out the bat images and repeat the same process. Hang the witch and bat cutouts on the wall over your mantel.
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This easy-to-make pumpkin decoration requires no carving at all. Simply paint 10 pumpkins and the stems (we used light green and black paint, but you can choose whatever colours you like), arrange to form a caterpillar, and cover with adhesive-felt dots. Finish the creepy creature with a pair of large googly eyes.
Halloween Paper Pumpkins Orange pumpkins are great but these multi-hued paper pumpkins mix and match with your decor. This easy halloween craft can be put together in minutes starting with strips of scrapbook paper. Cut 1-inch strips of patterned paper, form the strips into a circle as shown, and attach using a brad at both the top and the bottom. Paint a wine cork the same color as the pumpkin and hot-glue the cork to the top for the pumpkinâ€™s stem. Embellish with ribbon and jewels for some stylish pumpkin decoration.
Create a spooky cast of characters for your dining room table. Use spools of thread for the mini-monsterâ€™s bodies. Embellish with googly eyes, ribbon and string. We used felt cutouts for the eyes and mouths for the creatures.
Witch Pitch Throwing Game Use orange and black card to make the witches hat. Buy 6 small cauldrons. Let the kids take turns throwing sweets into the cauldrons. The winner will probably be the kid who eats the fewest sweets.
DIY Halloween Party Games Trick or Treat Bingo Game Download and print the game boards from www.pinkpolkadotcreations.com. Use sweets as markers for the game.
Toss the Spider Game Mark out the spider web pattern on an old rug and attach pipe cleaners to a bean bag and googly eyes to make your spider. Then take turns seeing who can throw closest to the centre .
Pumpkin Bowling Spray paint a pumpkin so it looks more like a bowling ball and draw faces on empty white plastic bottles, find a spacious area and you are ready to bowl.
Balloon Popping Game Slip sweeties into the balloons and then blow them up and attached them to a large cardboard box. The children then take turns throwing safety darts at the balloons to reveal what they have won. Put a special treat in a couple of the balloons. You could even try making a bat out of black balloons for a change. Really a lot of fun!
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Ghost Groom Costume
Crazy Clown Costume
Neon Skeleton Costume
The Devil Mistress
Price: £11.10 Includes: Grey top, trousers with skeleton print and top hat. www.wonderlandparty.co.uk
Price: £11.52 Includes: Robe with velvet collar, waist sash and mask with flashing lights. www.wonderlandparty.co.uk
Price: £28.99 Includes: A pair of leggings and a top with attached net tu-tu. www.fancydress.com
Price: £39.99 Includes: Red velvet lace dress, and a pair of horns on elastic. www.fancydress.com
Girls Cat Costume
Pumpkin Witch Costume
Gothic Manor from the Grave
Bad Hatter Costume
Price: £12.67 Includes: Bodysuit with bell and mask. www.wonderlandparty.co.uk
Price: £9.72 Includes: Dress and headpiece. www.wonderlandparty.co.uk
Price: £29.99 Includes: Mask, sleeves, soft tombstone and grass. www.fancydress.com
Price: £32.99 Includes: Jacket, trousers, hat with hair, mask and shoe covers. www.fancydress.com
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Green Slime Lemonade
Ingredients 1 cup sugar Half cup hot water 6 large lemons One and a half pints water A few drops of green food colouring Slices of lime, orange and kiwi
Homemade lemonade tastes great and it’s easy to prepare. Add a few drops of food colouring to give it a more murky and slimy look. Method: To make the syrup. Put the sugar in a heat proof bowl and add the hot water. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then set aside to cool. Roll the lemons. This helps release the juice. Squeeze the lemons - you need 8 fl oz of juice. Add the sugar syrup, chilled water and a few drops of food coloring. Pour the juice into a round glass bowl and decorate with slices of lime, orange and kiwi.
Witches Broom Sticks
Grissini breadsticks or Sesame Seed Sticks Mini Twiglets or Pretzels String Chives
These cute little snacks are great for a Halloween party. The kids can even help make them. Method: Snap twiglets in half (or use mini ones) and attach to grissini sticks with string Tie chives around them. It may be easier to tie the chives if you put them in a microwave for a few seconds so that they are more pliable.
Deadman’s Finger Sandwiches These ghoulish sandwiches look terrific as Halloween Party Food. Method:
Ingredients Thin sliced white bread, crusts removed Soft margarine Cream cheese or peanut butter Almonds Strawberry jam or tomato ketchup
Gently flatten the slices of bread with a rolling pin to make them more pliable. Spread with a little margarine and either some cream cheese or peanut butter. Roll up the sandwiches and make three indentations with a blunt knife to form the finger joints. Trim the ends of the fingers into a ‘V’ shape and stick an almond on to each tip with a little cream cheese or peanut butter to form the nails.
Prep 5 minutes Cook 30 minutes Makes 10 cupcakes
Now for the gruesome bit - squirt some tomato ketchup over the end of the finger for the blood !
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Disabled Days Out Original London Sightseeing Tour Experience the best of London aboard The Original Tour’s famous red open-top buses. London’s most popular sightseeing tour offers its guests the ultimate introduction to the capital and includes entertaining English-speaking guides, an unrivalled fleet of superb modern buses, three main tour routes, two
of which offer full multi-lingual commentary, 3 fascinating free walking tours, a fantastic free Thames Hop-on Hop-off river cruise pass, and an exclusive Kids’ Club. Where: Trafalgar Square, London SW1Y 5BL. Tel: 020 7389 5040 Web: www.theoriginaltour.com
Lee Valley Riding Centre
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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Set in the heart of East London, in the green surroundings of Lee Valley Regional Park, Lee Valley Riding Centre caters for beginners and experienced riders in a friendly environment. In partnership with the Riding for the Disabled Association, providing riding lessons for children with disabilities. There’s full wheelchair access and the centre has a ramp and hoist to assist riders with limited mobility to mount horses. Where: Lea Bridge Road, Leyton. Tel: 0208 556 2629 Web: www.leevalleypark.org.uk
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London Zoo Most of the Zoo is accessible for wheelchair users and those with walking difficulties. Manual and electronic wheelchairs are available at the main entrance. There is ramp access to most buildings, the paths are generally tarmacked, and toilets throughout the Zoo include disabled facilities. Where: Outer Circle, Regent’s Park. Tel: 0844 225 1826 Web: www.zsl.org
Set in the beautiful surroundings of Regent’s Park, the Open Air Theatre presents a summer programme of performances in the specially built theatre. Completely outdoors, the performances go ahead even if it’s raining. So make sure you wrap up warm and pack a waterproof! Performances are cancelled only in extreme weather conditions. The theatre is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility. Spaces in the auditorium for wheelchair users and their companions can be booked in advance. Guide dogs are welcome and can be looked after if required. An FM assisted listening system is also available for people with hearing impairments. Where: Westminster Bridge Road. Tel: 0871 222 0188 Web: www.londoneye.com
WWT London Wetland Centre The mosaic of pools, ponds and lakes at the London Wetland Centre recreates 105 different habitats from around the world. Get closer to nature using new technology and TV monitors that let you explore the wilderness areas of the reserve. There are free guided tours and bird feeds
daily. The majority of paths have tarmac and are accessible for wheelchairs. Facilities include low-level access to the groundfloor hides, free wheelchair loans and a fixed hearing loop in the audio-visual theatre. Where: Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT Tel: 020 8409 4400 Web: www.wwt.org.uk
The Natural History Museum
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo London Eye
Set in the beautiful Battersea Park, this small children’s zoo is home to all sorts of animals – from farmyard favourites to monkeys, birds and reptiles. There is also a contact area where children can see the animals close up and stroke them. The zoo is fully accessible with signed events on request, Braille information sheets and disabled toilets. Where: Battersea Park, Chelsea, Bridge Gate, Battersea. Tel: 020 7924 5826 Web: www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk
London Eye has full disabled access, this includes a ramp and walkway which incorporates the ticket hall, toilet facilities and Costa Coffee. The Eye itself also has full disabled access. Disabled guests may board at the base of the Eye on Queen’s Walk where the access ramps are located. All paying disabled guests can bring a carer free of charge and can use the fast track service provided. Where: Westminster Bridge Road. Tel: 0871 222 0188 Web: www.londoneye.com
The Natural History Museum is wheelchair accessible, apart from the Earth Lab. The Museum has 2 entrances. The Exhibition Road entrance is step-free, and best for entry with wheelchairs and pushchairs. Wheelchairs are available on loan from the cloakrooms just inside the entrance. Limited car parking for Blue Badge holders can be booked via the Control Room on 020 7942 5888. Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD. Tel: 020 7942 5839 Web: www.nhm.ac.uk
Roundhouse This former Victorian steam engine shed has been transformed into an attractive and intimate venue that hosts a dynamic programme of live theatre, music, dance, comedy and circus. The Roundhouse sets out, above all, to reach out to teenagers and young adults, particularly with its range of fantastic workshops, courses and other projects. Accessibility is excellent. There are seven Blue Badge spaces in the on-site car park, from where a ramp leads directly into the building. You’ll find accessible toilets op-
posite the lift on all three levels of the building. There are dedicated wheelchair spaces in both the Studio and Main Space, with the best views being from the Circle slots. The balcony handrail has been lowered to offer a better view. In addition, there’s an infrared-assisted hearing system in both theatre spaces and an induction loop at the box office. Braille/tactile signs have been installed throughout the venue. Where: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH Tel: 0844 4828 008 Web: www.roundhouse.org.uk
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Rainy Day Activities
6. Treasure Hunt
3 to look out for
One Direction: This Is Us Release date: 29th August
Children love cooking and eating pizza, from kneading the dough to making creative faces with the topping! It is also a great opportunity for children to practise counting, measuring and weighing. For extra fun give prizes for the most creative pizza toppings.
2. Cardboard Boxes Are great for the imagination and provide hours of entertainment for creative minds. They make dens, cars and castles, which can be decorated in all sorts of fantastic ways. Small boxes can become spooky disguises cutting out holes for eyes and mouth and painting on a scary face.
Agree on the treasures you are going to hide around the house, small toys, wrapped sweets or stickers. Create a series of clues leading to the treasure - older children often enjoy doing these and the younger ones finding it.
Justin And The Knights Of Valour Release date: 13th September
3. Indoor Picnic You don’t have to be outdoors to have a creative mock outdoor picnic with a blanket, hamper packed with food, paper plates and plastic utensils. You could even get the children making a giant paper sun to hang from the ceiling.
7. Pasta Jewellery There is always some left over pasta in the cupboard so why not put it to good use by making some pretty pasta jewellery. All you need is some string, glitter and glue and penne pasta - beautiful bracelets.
8. Board Games
Spend some quality time together snuggled up on the sofa with your child’s favourite book taking it in turns to read aloud, adding silly voices and actions for the characters in the story to keep it fun and exciting.
Everyone loves traditional board games, which are great fun and also help to develop important social skills, such as communicating, sharing, and taking turns.
9. Make Slime Yuk! But children will love it. Fill a bowl with water, add a few drops of food colouring (green if possible) and then gradually stir in cornflour until the slime is the right thickness. Children under six should be supervised at all times.
5. Indoor Disco If you’re up for something a little more energetic, raid the fancy dress box for your best dancing queens outfits and have a dance-off in the living room.
10. Singing in the Rain Pull on your wellies and waterproofs and go splashing through the puddles singing as you go! Then come inside and warm up with some hot chocolate and marshmellows.
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Release date: 25th October
an international performer renowned for his swordswallowing and amazing sideshow routines. With also vegan face paints, hula hoop performances, a crazy golf course, plus vegetable theatre/cabaret shows, sessions making vegetable creatures, dress-ups, parachute fun, dancing, balloon-modelling and appearances from Superman and Batman, parents and kids will have an unforgettable time with both learning and playing.
Great day out for families at London's huge healthy living show Want to find out the healthiest possible foods for your kids, on a fun day out for the whole family? Don't miss the family-friendly health food show VegfestUK London! At this brand-new festival which marries good food, great fun and health education together, kids have the opportunity to learn how to make veggie sushis, chocolate cannonballs, pancake wraps and many other tasty healthy treats, in all-day cookery classes hosted by Captain James Tea Cook. Meanwhile, renowned chef and nutritionist Christine Bailey will showcase a gorgeous array of healthy raw decadent treats for whole families, and US-based holistic health coach Karen Ranzi will give a talk on creating super-healthy children with raw vegan foods. Adding to the bulging list of eduational yet fun activities are smoothie bikes, and a workshop for budding vegetarians hosted by the red-hot teenage veggie outreach group TeenVGN. On a lighter note, adults and kids alike will be spellbound by some of the world's most incredible escapology from David Straitjacket,
Ring-Rings.com creates personalised ID armbands for your tearaway toddlers and curious kiddies. The colourful, squidgy, silicon armbands promise a little parental peace of mind; whilst maintaining an appropriate level of primary school cool!
This eagerly anticipated show takes place on October 5th-6th at the world-famous Kensington Olympia (West Halls). Besides kids' activities, visitors can expect a feast of free food samples and catering from 150 stalls and 12 caterers, with most items available on one-off special offers! There're also a cornucopia of inspiring talks, cookery demos, workshops, films, along with the national VegfestUK award ceremony (hosted by comedian Dave Spikey and presenter Janey Lee Grace), which celebrates the best of all things veggie. All products displayed are 100% plant-based, with no animal products permitted or used in any shape. Tickets are £10 (standard), £6 (concession), £2 (under 16) - advance tickets available on a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE offer at www.london.vegfest.co.uk/tickets. Contact email@example.com or 0117 307 9872 for all enquiries.
Visit Ring-Rings.com and fill in your favourite colour, name and telephone number to create a fashionable ID armband that your child won’t want to take off.
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You’ve got to love’em
Cute Conversation In Charge “My three-year-old speaks like a mini grownup. He says things like, ‘I have arrived for my snack. Can you please tell me what my options are?’ He also once said, ‘Would you be interested in joining me for a game of Hi Ho Cheerio?’ It cracks me up.”
Annabel, Ealing, London
Long Ones! “Mum, I hope when I grow up that my boobies are nice and long like yours.”
Truthful Lucus, what did you learn at school today? Nothin’, Mum Susan, Chelsea
Say what you Smell!
My 3 year old needed to go to the toilet so I took him into M&S. There was a unpleasant smell in there he looked at me looked around then said Ok who’s pooed. We left very quickly and I took him into another store.
I was talking to my son Jacob (three) about turning 4 soon, I said, I’m going to be sad when you turn 4! Jacob patted my back and said its gonna be alright!
Mummy, I can’t walk any further. My legs are out of power. Anna, Croydon
Feeling Inadequate Daddy, why is his so much bigger than yours? (My 5 year old boy in changing rooms at the pool.) I needed that! Frankie, Barnet
He’s got a point! My 5 yr old to me: Mum, would you rather live in a world without chocolate or not have a leg? Me: A world without chocolate. My son: Really? I would rather not have a leg. ‘Cuz you can always get a fake leg but there’s not fake chocolate!!
The Wicked Witch I recently told my son and daughter (6 & 5) that they couldn’t go out until they had tidied the spare room. They were desperate to get it done quickly. Finally, exhausted after what they thought was an excellent job, they said they were finished. I went in, ran my fingers along the shelves, and peered under the furniture. Dissatisfied, I turned to my son and said, ‘Go and get me the broom.’ As he handed it to me he asked, ‘Is this for sweeping the floor or are you going somewhere?’
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Find a firework display near you The Blackheath Display
Something special for 2013, one of the biggest free events in the capital now attracting up to 100,000 people each year.
The Walthamstow fireworks display is a huge Bonfire Night event, promising traditional fireworks fun in the heart of East London.
Battersea Park Display This firework display promises something special for visitors of all ages, lighting up the skies of Battersea Park with a dazzling show of light and colour. Food and drink is available to buy on the night and a licensed bar is also on the premises for a drink or two.
Ealing Cricket Club Display Set to a stunning musical accompaniment. If you like your firework displays to be dramatic and set to some rousing music, then head to the Ealing Fireworks Display at Ealing Cricket Club for a fantastic night out.
The Richmond Display This year’s display will be a traditional affair, boasting a programme of family friendly entertainment. Alongside the fireworks there’ll be mulled wine, a very tasty hog roast, a bonfire and funfair rides. Web: www.richmond.com
The Enfield Display
Legoland Monster Fighters fireworks
The fireworks are organised annually by Wallington & Carshalton Round Table with a simple objective, to raise money for charity and have fun doing it .
If past years are anything to go by then this year’s fireworks display should be a good one, and if you get bored there’s a large funfair there too, ensuring that the thrills won’t just be confined to what’s happening up in the cool night sky.
A contemporary take on Bonfire Night traditions, the fireworks display at Legoland tells the story of the evil Lord Vampyre and his army, who must be stopped from escaping with the precious moonstones by the brave Monster Fighters.
Check out all the latest dates and times for these displays by using the websites provided.
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Clubs & Classes Maggie & Rose
The members club for families classes for your mini Mozart, juvenile Jamie Oliver or pint-sized Picasso. From 6 months to 9 years, Maggie & Rose classes are lovingly designed by brilliant teachers to recognise talent and cultivate creativity. Vibrant entertainers, exciting activities and yummy, fresh organic food: all the ingredients your child could wish for but without the mess or bother of doing it yourself. Where: 58 Pembroke Road, Kensington. Tel: 0207 371 2200 www.maggieandrose.com
Totstars have developed a unique and innovative method of enhancing children’s cognitive, social and physical development through sport. They use fun and action packed games to challenge and keep children enthused as they learn. They focus on awareness, numeracy, teamwork & sharing. Providing young children an opportunity through the use of fun, action packed games and drills to engage in football and to teach them basic early learning. Where: Saturday Sessions - Streatham, Wallington/Hackbridge, Croydon. Tel: 07540 932 356 www.totstarsuk.com
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The Creation Station
Creation Station aims to inspire creative thinking at an early age in a safe and nurturing environment; to stimulate children’s development in thinking and problem solving using art, craft, music and movement. Where: Harrow, Finchley, Dulwich and Wimbledon. Tel: 08448 549 096 www.thecreationstation.co.uk
An award-winning baby ballet Song and Dance Academy with an exciting educational movement to music programme.
The Kids’ Cookery School
The Kids’ Cookery School is a unique cookery school for children all over London! A registered Charity, which aims to reach out to children and young people who are most in need, empowering them to look forward to a healthier future. They have purpose-built teaching kitchens, and a fully equipped mobile kitchen bringing interactive cookery sessions to you. Where: 107 Gunnersbury Lane, Acton. Tel: 020 8992 8882 www.thekidscookeryschool.co.uk
Theatrebugs Theatrebugs carefully designs each adventure to ignite your child’s imagination and allow their confidence to bloom! They offer exciting new extracurricular activities in nurseries, schools, parties or shows. Helping your child with improved concentration, enriched vocabulary, increased selfconfidence and much, much more! But most of all, they will have so much fun!
Designed to encourage babies and young children to enjoy the joys of song and dance, baby ballet has built up a fantastic reputation for providing children with the opportunity to express themselves within a fun, safe and caring environment. Where: Wimbledon, Putney, Hamstead, Highgate, Greenwich, Bromley, Dartford and Bexley. Tel: 01422 329 471 www.babyballet.co.uk
Where: All areas across London. Tel: 0800 975 5290 www.theatrebugs.co.uk
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Pineapple Performing Arts School
Pineapple offers a warm and friendly environment for students to learn a variety of professional, disciplined performing arts subjects such as singing (musical theatre) dancing (street dance) and drama, and is a great place to meet new people and build confidence, whilst developing performing arts skills.
Baby Sensory Sensory Play, Baby and Child Development. Baby Sensory classes offer a musical world full of exciting sensory experiences for parents and babies from light shows to bubbles, bells, rainbows, puppets, signing, games, baby whispering & bonding activities.
All of their tutors are widely recognised industry professionals, and have lots of teaching experience. Where: 7 Langley Street, Covent Garden Tel: 020 8351 8839 www.pineapplearts.com
Art at Kite Studio
Where: All London areas Tel: 07545 247 963 www.babysensory.com
Clubs & Classes Mozo Island
Mozo Island run themed music and art after-school clubs and holiday camps for children age 5 to 10. In a Mozo Island session, children jam with the band in the beach club on a range of instruments including electric guitars, keyboards, drums and recorders. They sing pop songs and have a great time trying-out all of the instruments with no pressure. The clubs are based on the Mozo Island story found at: www.mozoisland.com. Art activities encourage teamwork through project and puzzle solving in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Where: Various Locations mozoislandmusicschool.blogspot.co.uk .
Twisters Gym and Dance Twisters welcome children of all abilities and offer stimulating and fun classes for 6 months to young teens. Classes include: Twisters 1 & 2, Gymkids, Gymnastics, Ballet, Street Jazz, Tap, Dance, Drama and Art.
A creative oasis in Shepherds Bush. Founded more than six years ago to provide quality art education for children. Their aim is to make art accessible to everyone, irrespective of income, ability or age, including the early years and children with additional needs, and to involve parents in the creative learning process. They also offer bespoke workshops at beautiful premises in Kemerton, Gloucestershire, where you can book self-catering cottages or come for a day trip. Where: 2b Bassein Park, Road, Shepherds Bush. Tel: 020 8576 6278 www.kitestudios.org
At Diddi Dance they realise and encourage endless enthusiasm and energy in an action packed, full of fun 45 minute dance class. Using various dancing games and exercises, bells, hoops and dance ribbons to their own funky pop songs so your little one not only improves their rhythm and co-ordination but also their social and gross motor skills. Classes are ideally suited for both boys and girls between 2-4 years old, however they have had children as young as 16 months. Where: All areas across London. Tel: 07973 982 790 www.diddidance.com
Where: Ealing: St.John’s Church, Mattock Lane, Elthorne Sports Centre, Westlea Road, St.Thomas’s Church Hall, Boston Road. Chiswick: St Peter’s Church, Southfield Road. Tel: 020 8933 9997 www.twisters.org.uk
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Clubs & Classes Water Babies
Play Yoga Baby Yoga Classes, Baby Massage & Baby Weaning Classes in North London. Eat Play Grow aims to inspire positive development in the early years that will build the foundations which last a lifetime.
Water Babies is the UK’s leading baby swim school, teaching a core skill to hundreds of babies & children every week. The courses are very different to traditional swimming lessons. For a start, because they only use warm water pools, babies can join them from birth. And while the emphasis is on having fun, their course is carefully structured, with progressive lesson plans for each week.
Where: North London. Tel: 07831 941 419 www.eatplay grow.co.uk
Providing a variety of different activities with the essential stimulation that babies to five year olds need. It is well structured in a nursery-like setting where the children can explore, dress up, build, and create with art and craft materials. They finish the class with ‘music time’ where they use the puppet theatre to help with letter, number, shape and colour recognition. Where: Harrow & Pinner, Ruislip & Chiswick. Tel: 0845 519 7882 www.creativefunfactory.co.uk
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Join Pippa Panda and get musical with these action-packed 40 minute classes! With songs and teaching curriculum written by award-winning composer Pippa Cleary, this unique programme brings parents, carers and children together through fun and interactive learning. Where: St Columba’s Church vestry, 30 Warwick Square, Pimlico. Beaufort House, 354 Kings Road, Chelsea. St Columba’s Church, Pont Street, Knightsbridge. Tel: 020 7193 3920 www.pippaspoppets.co.uk
Where: All London areas. Tel: 01404 548 348 www.waterbabies.co.uk
Creative Fun Factory
Pippa’s Poppets Music & Movement Classes
The Spanish Machine
TinyTalk Half an hour of lively, interactive singing with signing. They teach about six core signs each week, with lots more signs being used in the songs. Every third week is a revision week, with a signed story book too! The second half hour is playtime for the babies and social time for the adults.
Spanish tuition for children of all ages throughout London from those as young as 3 years old right through to GCSE and AS/A level. We can arrange for a qualified tutor to teach your children at your home either individually or in a group with friends which makes the lesson even more fun and interactive. Tutors will use a range of materials including games and music to make the learning experience as enjoyable as possible. Where: Various locations. Tel: 0845 094 1866 www.thespanishmachine.co.uk
Where: St Augustine’s Avenue, South Croydon & Woodside, Baptist Church, Spring Lane, South Norwood. Tel: 07594 557 846 www.tinytalk.co.uk
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Central London Fencing Club
Karoon Taekwondo Academy
Clubs & Classes Technokids At our computer clubs children improve their skills, develop confidence and engage in interactive learning - all in a social context.
Children learn how to hold a weapon, footwork, bladework, how to attack, how to defend, fencing tactics and international rules. All children take part in ‘electric’ fencing as soon as possible.
We bring a suite of the latest laptops or iPads into school and teach a variety of courses using the best educational software and Apps available. We aim to expand upon the ICT units that children learn in school - but it’s got to be fun!
All of our coaches working with children have DBS clearance, and the children are supervised at all times. We have dedicated coaches who supervise the children and offer individual advice on how to improve their performance.
Karoon Taekwondo Academy’s programs for kids teaches your children the skills they need to be successful! In our martial arts programs, your children learn valuable lessons in self-defence and self-discipline, giving them the confidence that helps keep them safe and excel in school in a safe, fun environment in which children can develop good quality skills.
Where: Flat 2, 7 Hide Place, London SW1P 4HD. Tel: 0776 662 3507 www.centrallondonfencingclub.com
Where: 262 Holloway Road, London, Islington N7 6NE. Tel: 020 7700 3680 www.karoontaekwondo.com
Where: Various locations. Tel: 020 8977 6768 www.technokids.co.uk
Club Petit Pierrot
London Academy of Gymnastics & Dance
Richard Weekes Chess Academy
Fun French For Children. Established in 1993, Club Petit Pierrot is London’s Premier French club and offers many fun and stimulating classes across London. There are Parent & Toddler groups from 8 months old (learning together) and drop-off classes for older children. These lessons will give your child a wonderful headstart in French. They also offer private tuition at your home, whether for a single child or a mini-group, and they teach their innovative programme in many prestigious schools across London. Small groups, excellent results, dynamic native French teachers (all CRB checked), all levels. Highly recommended by BBC, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express & Time Out. FREE trial lesson for all new children.
Whilst working on strength, flexibility and endurance. Our little ones have a lot of fun and our approach is imaginative, playful and has clear developmental goals.
Where: Many venues across London. Tel: 020 7385 5565 Email: email@example.com www.clubpetitpierrot.co.uk
Where: Muswell Hill Centre, Hillfield Park, London N10 3QJ. Tel: 07881 848 884 www.lagad.co.uk
The Richard Weekes Chess Academy provides chess lessons in schools and junior clubs for children and young people who are interested in learning how to play chess. Evidence shows how children who learn chess perform better in school, have improved calculating ability, are more imaginative, creative, and self-motivated. Chess challenges the minds of both girls & boys and it’s a fun game that all children can play. Where: Various locations in South East London. Tel: 07538 035896 www.chessforchildren.influencer.biz
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The Mayors Thames Festival This years Mayors Thames Festival will celebrate London’s iconic river over ten days. The festival will extend beyond its usual concentrated weekend of riverside animations to a wider season of bespoke programming. 600 Voice children’s choir, a rally of Dunkirk little ships the great river race! Where: Along the river thames. www.thamesfestivial .org
ZSL London Zoo Stampede Adapted from the award winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto. Les Enfants Terrible present their exciting new children’s theatre company, Les Petits. Joins Flinn as he discovers a pirate hiding in a cupboard, hold on tight as the cupboard Falls away and altogether we tumble into a real life adventure! All aboard for a non stop action packed theatrical experience.
Are you ready?.... Unleash the animal in you and delight in the sights and sounds of nature whilst you embark on the most unique 10k run in London! Whether you want to sprint, strut, stomp or slither, this Stampede event will provide runners of all abilities with an unforgettable experience. Running through the zoo before it opens and taking in the scenery of the unique pathways of exotic animals, before entering the wilderness of Regents Park is not a run to be missed!
Where: SouthBank Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX. www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents park. Tel: 020 7722 3333 www.zsl.org
Until September 8th
A tyrannosauric treat for all ages 3+. Direct from Australia, Earth’s Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome pre-historic creatures to the stage as you’ve never seen them before! From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, meet the most recent addition to the Dinosaur Zoo, a carnivorous theropod known as the Austra lovenator, the most complete meat-eating dinosaur skeleton yet, found in Australia. Discover all about dinosaurs in this entertaining and highly imaginative live show - plus get up close and personal with them on the picnic lawn before you go. Where: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Regents Park. www.openairtheatre.com
Archaeological Detectives Up in Smoke The secret gem offers children fantastic introduction into Archaeology and lets them get dirty digging. Where: London Archaeological Archive and research centre, Mortimer Wheeler House. www.museumoflondon.org.uk
October 5th - November 3rd Luna
Luna is bored in the sky by herself. Then she spots a young boy hiding from shadows in the sky and makes a friend. An enchanting theatrical experience for the very young about friendship. Where: Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ. www.uniformtheatre.com
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October 26th - November 3rd
November 22nd - January 5th
The Big Hairy Bug Draw is back at ZSL London Zoo for Halloween half term! Big hairy bug draw 2011. The Big Draw at ZSL London Zoo is a drawing competition for children of all ages and is run in collaboration with Cool it Schools and Great Art. The competition itself is free to enter and takes place in our BUGS! House.
The most amazing festive event of the year, With Ice skating and the magical ice kingdom and giant observation wheel & Zippo Circus. Uk’s largest outdoor ice rink stretching over 1,600m2 with live music played throughout the day and night as skaters take to the ice for a spin.
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Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents park. Tel: 020 7722 3333 www.zsl.org
Where: Hyde park. www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
November 27th - January The Snowman Live
October 26th - November 3rd Boo at the Zoo
There will be some very spooky goings on at London Zoo this Halloween. During half term the zoo will come creeping to life with Halloween themed events, animal demonstrations and hands on activities led by their Grim Keepers. Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents park. Tel: 020 7722 3333 www.zsl.org
Halloween Wax Hands Workshop Since their inventions in Brazil, wax hands have been enchanting children, teenagers and even adults! Wax hands is an activity for everyone to enjoy. In this workshop children will be dipping their hands into warm, soothing wax to create a mould of their own hand. Join Eddie Catz to make your own spooky Halloween wax hands that you can keep forever and show off to your friends. Where: Eddie Catz Putney. www.eddiecatz.com
Live on stage, A show for all the family to enjoy and get in the festive mood. Family Tickets only £95. Where: Peacock Theatre, Sadlers Wells. www.sadlerswells.com
Until January 4th
Horrible History Spies A new family Exhibition Based on the popular children’s book series by Terry Deary, The display will immerse visitors into the world of world war 2 espionage, including codes and ciphers, disguises, camouflage, forgeries and gadgets. Where: IVM, Lembeth road, southwark. www.londontown.com
Every Saturday until November 2nd
Pirate Fun Day
Matilda the Musical
The pirate fun day see kids board this full-sized reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s Tudor galleon which is situated along the south bank.
Roald Dahls much loved vhildren’s story bursts onto the London stage in a brand new musical version. Matilda is a special girl with an amazing imagination, but her mum and dad just think she is a nuisance. Her terrifying headmistress is equally dismissive. But then Matilda discovers she has a very special power and decides to teach the grown ups a lesson...
Where: Golden Hinde, St Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral street, SE1 9DE. www.goldenhinde.com
Crash Bang Wallop! The Mad Professor Their regular Crash Bang Wallop! Family concerts are designed to appeal to kids (Big and small) and are seen as an easy introduction to the orchestra and classical music. Lots of Musical Crafts and Percussion to take part in. Where: Codogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ. www.familyartsfestival.com
Where: The Cambridge theatre, Covent Garden. www.matildathemusical.com
1st Friday of each month
Dino Snores at Natural History Museum At the exciting Dino Snores sleepover events there’s lots of activities and a special show to watch before snuggling down in the shadow of the Diplodocus. Dino Snores sleepovers are suitable for children aged 8 - 11 years old. Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road. www.nhm.ac.uk
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Every Monday & Wednesday Kids In the Garden
September 1st London Mela
Head to Gunnersbury Park for a free festival of Asian culture, featuring live performances, tasty food and street arts. Now in its 11th year, the London Mela is a spectacular celebration of Asian culture, modelled on traditional South Asian festivals. Last year 82,000 people came to celebrate the London Mela’s 10th birthday. This year expect a riot of colour and sound as thousands of people descend on Gunnersbury Park once again to enjoy street arts, live performances, family-friendly activities, food from around the world and a market. Where: Gunnersbury Park and Museum, Gunnersbury Park, London, W3 8LQ. www.visitlondon.co.uk
September 11th - 15th
Grandpa in my Pocket: Teamwork! Grandpa in my Pocket comes to the stage for the first time! A whole new Grandpa theatre experience for young fans of the hugely popular CBeebies television series. Sunnysands Pirate, Horatio Heave Ho takes Jason and Jemima on a pirate adventure in search of treasure. But when things go wrong, it’s time for Grandpa to put on his Shrinking Cap and save the day. It’s Teamwork! Where: Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond. www.atgtickets.com
September 27th - November 1st Halloween Holiday Horror
Both new and experienced filmmakers can enjoy challenging their skills as they produce the scariest film of the year. Over 5 days during October Half Term, young filmmakers will develop and produce a Halloween Horror film, creating lots of creepy special FX and even creepier characters! They’ll write, shoot, crew, edit and perform in this half term holiday fright fest, ready to share on DVD. Where: Studio Film School, Our Lady of Muswell School, Pages Lane, Muswell Hill, N10 1PS. www.studiofilmschool.co.uk
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At Westfields London they will be rolling up their sleeves to help green-fingered kids be creative in the garden. Kids who love to get their hands dirty can get involved with different garden themed activities each week. Makes flowers decorate plant plots or create bug masks! Where: Westfields, London, W12 7SL. www.westfield.com
November 26th - 30th Barmy Britain
We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with Barmy Britain direct from the West End! Can you beat battling Boudicca? Has William Wallace met his match? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Would you escape the clutches of Burke and Hare, dare to dance the Tyburn jig, move to the groove with party Queen Victoria and prepare to do battle in the frightful first world war! Where: The Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex. www.becktheatre.org.uk
November 21st - 23rd Room on the Broom
The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night. With the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog, her belongings are retrieved. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and...CRACK! - it snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? A magical, musical delight for children aged 3+. Where: The Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex. www.becktheatre.org.uk
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Andy and Mikes Tick Tock Time Machine
September 13th - 15th Kings Place Festival
Over the weekend kings place will host a spread of family events, Including interactive performance that bring children’s books to life, family concert and music workshops, arts and crafts, cake decorating and canal boat trips. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will see their favourite book come to life on stage. Where: Kings Place, 90 York way, N1 9AG. www.kingsplace.co.uk
Mum2mum Market Nearly New Sale Mum2mum market is a pop up market of nearly new baby, kids and maternity goods in various locations within the Enfield Borough, where mums sell to mums. We bring together mums with lightly used baby and children’s goods and mums looking for preloved quality brands at a fraction of the high street price. Where: Park Avenue, Enfield, London, EN1 2BA. www.mum2mummarket.co.uk
October 24th - November 3rd Pumpkin Festival
A free pumpkin for every child throughout this fantastic festival. There’s a pumpkin carving area with daily prizes plus a programme of activities to keep the children entertained. Take part in the pumpkin Olympics, See the spiders and snakes in the Zootacular Animal Show. Where: Willows Farm, Coursers Road, St Albans AL4 0PF. www.willowsfarmvillage.com
Halloween Howler Get down to Capel Manor Gardens to crave pumpkins and participate in other traditional craft activities for children including face painting, tractor rides, ghostly stories and plenty more this Halloween. Where: Capel Manor Gardens Enfield. www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk
Whilst playing in the garden of their ‘fun pad’ – they discover a door that was locked many years ago by their great, great, great grandfather Wally Bum. Inside they find his workshop with many inventions and a mysterious Time Machine. The Time Machine sends them on a quest to collect the things they need from the past to help a very Old Andy in the future. Will they make it back to the here and now or be trapped in the mists of a time forever? One thing’s for sure; they haven’t a chance without your help! Where: Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3LD. www.alban-arena.co.uk
November 2nd - 3rd Guy Fawkes Festival
Where better place to see a firework display go off with a big bang than in a Gunpowder Factory? Packed with the Ghost of Guy Fawkes. Children’s Play and spooky craft activities. Set in 170 Acres of Parkland and boasting of 20 buildings of major historic importance. Each day ends with a 15 minute firework display. Where: Royal Gunpowder Mill, Essex, EN9 1JY. www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Until November 4th Duplo Valley
A pre-school paradise awaits children with the opening of a completely new themed land - DUPLO Valley. The exciting new play area features high at the top of the Valley, the DUPLO Drench Towers - the largest water structure in the UK designed for maximum soaking. Older children can whizz down the River Rapids, whilst little ones can play with a whole host of animal friends, including lions, giraffes and zebras, in the DUPLO Splash Safari. Where: Legoland Windsor, Windsor. www.legoland.co.uk
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October 26th - 27th Gobbledegook
Awesome Robot with Flying Eye Books Flying Eye Books will supply you with all the fantastic art materials you’ll need to create your very own awesome robot. Expect fabulous cardboard costumes based on Viviane Schwarz’s book Welcome to your Awesome Robot. Where: Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford. www.discover.org.uk
September 29th Creative Market
Beautifully crafted handmade items made by local traders - Plus FREE arts and crafts workshops for kids! A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon browsing stalls with fantastic products not found on the high street - such as: jewellery, delicious cakes, homeware, clothing, accessories, cards and gifts. Where: 654-658 Hertford Road, Enfield Wash, EN3 6LZ. www.letsgomarkets.com
Centrally Heated Knickers Adventures in science and sound! A compelling new production performed by legendary children’s poet Michael Rosen, with songs, grooves and flights of musical fancy from The Homemade Orchestra. Join us on an exciting adventure through science. What am I? Where am I? How does it all work? We urgently need your help on a voyage to re-discover the world.
Deep In The Woods: Gobbledegook (Ages 2- 5) at The Lilian Baylis Studio. A fun and highly interactive show about a little girl who bravely ventures into a dark and mysterious wood. Encountering tempting trees to climb and beguiling creatures, the tale unfolds as the young audience help to create a magical world using shadow and light to guide the little girl through her bewitching adventure.. Where: Sadler’s Wells, Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN. www.sadlerswells.com
Pyjama Party at Stratford Circus Bring your pyjamas, your slippers and your favourite teddy for some exciting adventures in our oversized bedroom full of duvets, pillows and feathers! After some acrobatic bed-bouncing get ready for the magical story of the “Moth and the Moon” by night-light, followed by a midnight feast and a cosy film. Where: Stratford Circus. Theatre Square, Stratford. www.stratford-circus.com
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Where: Stratford Circus. Theatre Square, Stratford. www.stratford-circus.com
Until November 3rd Space Babies
Journey out of this world led by our Story Builder with your baby or toddler in our cozy hideaway downstairs at Discover for a fun-filled session that will include a story, songs and action rhymes. Where: Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford. www.discover.org.uk
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WWE’s unique brand of action packed entertainment is returning to the UK. Fans will be able to see all their favourite WWE Superstars under one roof including; John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus and many more? Where: The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square. www.theo2.co.uk
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Eddie Catz Annual Family Halloween Party The Annual Halloween Party is one of the highlights of the year at Eddie Catz. They dim the lights and transform their venue into something spookishly spectacular ( but not too scary) Enjoy entertainment, a dance in the Halloween disco with their wacky DJ. Magic with Twitch the Witch and Count Dracula and join in the fancy dress catwalk. Where: Eddie Catz Wimbledom. www.eddiecatz.com
October 31st - November 3rd Wizard Weekend Don’t Miss the best end-of summer party in Nappy Valley! This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before thanks to our sponsors. The Party is for all the family, with delicious BBQ, huge inflatable’s, funfair rides and plenty of children’s entertainment. Where: Streatham & Clapham High School, 42 Abbotswood road, SW16 1AW. www.icklepickles.org
Battersea Baby Jumble Baby & Children’s Nearly New Sale Come and sell your baby & children clothes, toys and equipment and make some quick cash for Autumn. Tables are £25. And as well as feeling good about recycling your stuff to new families, we are also providing an optional ‘leave behind’ service on the day, where any items not sold will be donated to Wandsworth Oasis - so you don’t have to take them back home to clog up those cupboards!
Walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps over the railway footbridge where he received his Hogwarts Express ticket; the famous film location from Kings Cross station that is now here at the Watercress Line! Come dressed as a witch, wizard or Halloween spook and find out about bats, owls and all things magical! Where: Watercress Line, The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire, S024 9JG. www.watercressline.co.uk
November 9th - 10th Discover Dogs
Discover Dogs is a fun filled family day event packed with doggie displays and competitions. There will be plenty of stalls for dog owners to indulge in some retail therapy or if you’re looking for a pet, find out about which bread suits your family best. Where: Earls Court, 1 Warwick Road London SW5 9TA. www.discoverdogs.org.uk
Where: York Gardens Library, 34 Lavender Road, SW11 2UG. www.babyjumble.com
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From October 16th - December Meet the world’s friendliest gorilla this winter as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic awardwinning picture book by former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne – brought to life with puppetry, music and a giant sprinkling of Polka magic. Ages 3 - 5 year.
Based on the much-loved children’s classic, Lewis Carroll’s charming characters spring to life in an enchanting show full of music, madness and mystery. Take tea with the Mad Hatter, meet the White Rabbit, grin with the Cheshire Cat and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts, but whatever you do… don’t lose your head! Join us in Wonderland this winter for a thrilling adventure that’s bursting with laughter, imagination, original songs and stunning stage.
Where: Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon. www.polkatheatre.com
Where: Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon. www.polkatheatre.com
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136 Bramley Road, London W10 6TJ
For classes in W London: Call Gina: 07426 009179
‘A real-life Nanny McPhee’ –Daily Mail
Plant a seed... Watch it grow... At dramabuds they specialise in early years drama exclusively for children aged 2 – 7 years.
A practical 3-day guide to overcoming key parenting challenges from sleeping and eating to potty training and behavioural problems
Their carefully crafted story adventures are planned to excite, engage and enthral your child.
your child to bloom as a creative thinker, to problem solve and write creatively at school.
Their classes create a positive fun environment for your child to naturally grow and blossom in confidence. Whilst their stories ignite young imaginations helping
Nanny extraordinaire Kathryn Mewes helps parents solve common parenting challenges quickly and easily – and in just 3 days. With step-by-step advice for different issues and ages, Kathryn will guide parents through the relevant 3-day plan to give them more confidence as a parent. The 3 Day Nanny will help parents with children aged 6 months to 6 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 faddiness or general lack of routine, Mewes will swoop in and after three days your family will be harmoniously but firmly put back on track.' -The Daily Telegraph The 3 Day Nanny by Kathryn Mewes is published by Vermilion on 7 June, £12.99, and is available for pre-order and on publication from all good bookshops.
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Directory & Services Camps Active Sport
Kids Summer camps, sports camps, activity camps & adventure camps for children aged 5-12 Tel: 0115 973 1676 www.activesport.co.uk
Photography Jonathan Markson Tennis
Time 4 Mums
Tel: 020 7603 2422 www.marksontennis.com
Tel: 07753 533 577 www.timeformums.com
Tel: 020 8354 1583 www.beez-kneez.co.uk
Kids Theatre Week
Tel: 020 7557 6799 www.solt.co.uk
Tel: 020 7287 7811 www.bravopost.co.uk
Little Actors Summer School
Tel: 01263 823 000 www.campbeaumont.co.uk
Tel: 020 8969 3249 www.allsortsdrama.com
Crazee Kids runs regular termtime courses and themed summer workshops for children aged from 3 to 10, in London. Tel: 020 8444 5333 www.crazeekids.co.uk
Creative Wiz Kids Tel: 020 7794 6797 www.creativewizkids.com
Cross Keys Tel: 020 8371 9686 www.xkeys.co.uk
Fit For Sport Ltd
We pride ourselves on our 20 year reputation for ENGAGING and EDUCATING children through activity! Your child’s experience at camp will be one they will always remember!! Tel: 0845 456 3233 www.fitforsport.co.uk
FZY Tel: 020 8201 6661 www.fzy.org.uk
Let Me Play Tel: 020 8735 5379 www.letmeplay.co.uk
Jewellery Summer School Tel: 020 3176 0546 www.londonjewellery school.co.uk
Mill on the Brue Tel: 01749 812 307 www.millonthebrue.co.uk
Little Actors Theatre Company specialises in performing arts activities for children and young people. Tel: 0800 389 6184 www.littleactorstheatre.com
Tel: 01932 429 602 www.littlekickers.co.uk
London Childrens Ballet Tel: 020 8969 1555 www.londonchildrens ballet.com
Music Makers Tel: 01425 654 819 www.musicmakers.co.uk
At Stagecoach we teach children and teenagers how to sing, dance and act, not only to perform on stage and beyond, but more importantly to perform better in life. Tel: 01932 254 333 www.stagecoach.co.uk
London photographer of maternity photography, baby photography, child photography, family photography, wedding photography and boudoir photography. Tel: 07973 753 636 www.clarebreheny photography.com
Garnham Photography Tel: 07711 941 208 www.garnham photography.co.uk
Little Lookers Photography is a relaxed and contemporary company specialising in bumps, baby, children and family photography. Our mobile studio can easily be brought to you, so you can enjoy your photo shoot in the comfort of your own home. We also do nursery and pre-school photography, taking a range of natural poses of your children. Tel: 07793 953 610
Tel: 01235 832 222 www.supercamps.co.uk
Tel: 020 7434 1466
Providing after School Clubs and Holiday Clubs for 3- 13 years old children. Our customers are predominantly working parents. Tel: 020 8201 7072 www.daysmadeeasier.com
Allsorts Drama Tel: 020 8969 3249 www.allsortsdrama.com
All4kids Tel: 07876 254 691 www.all4kidslondon.co.uk
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Egoist Body Studios is a boutique fitness studio offering a wide range of small group yoga & pilates classes. Tel: 07850 927 523 www.egoistbody.com
Good Vibes Tel: 020 7240 6111 www.goodvibesfitness.co.uk
Light Centre Belgravia
The Light Centre is London’s leading natural health centre, offering everything you need to create excellent health. Tel: 020 7881 0728 www.lightcentre belgravia.co.uk
Days Made Easier
Egoist Body Studios
Beautiful Newborn , Baby and Family Photography in London. Personalised boutique photography experience. Tel: 07946 380 581 www.magicrainbow photography.com
Murphy James Tel: 020 7278 4770 www.jamesmurphyphoto.com
Silverprint Tel: 020 7620 0844 www.silverprint.co.uk
Mama Sambo Tel: 020 354 1583
Me and My Baby Clinic Tel: 020 7751 4170 www.lisabarnwell.co.uk
The Life Centre Tel: 020 7221 4602 www.thelifecentre.com
Triyoga Tel: 020 483 3344 www.triyoga.co.uk
Yoga & Pilates London Tel: 020 7735 2177 www.nordicbalance.co.uk
Baby Massage and Yoga Tel: 07582 069 378 www.babymassageandyoga.co.uk
Welcome to Yoga4Birth, the one-stop place for classes, workshops and therapies to support pregnancy, birth & beyond in a conscious and inspiring way! Tel: 020 8923 6452 yoga4birth.co.uk
Mum-me-time Tel: 07981 456 470 www.mum-me-time.co.uk
Directory & Services Health Centres
Waterloo Health Center
Tel: 020 7928 4049 www.waterloohealthcentre. gpsurgery.net
Tel: 07747 075 340 www.birthhypnosis.net
Email: email@example.com Tel: 020 7731 4706 www.bloomingbump.com www.mimmo.co.uk
Birdhurst Medical Practice
Tel: 020 8875 1065 www.new.cupcakemum.com
Tel: 020 8686 2070 www.birdhurstmedicalpractice.co.uk
Bloomsbury Street Surgery
Gas & Air
Tel: 020 7837 8559 www.bloomsburysurgery.nhs.uk
Victoria Medical Center
It is the largest and oldest General Practice Surgery in the area and offers a wide range of services from a purpose built, state-of-the art premises conveniently situated in the heart of Pimlico. Tel: 020 7834 2298 www.victoriamedicalcentre.com
St James Medical Center Tel: 020 8684 5353 www.stjamesmedicalcentre.co.uk
Killick Street Health Centre Tel: 020 7833 9939 www.killickstreet.co.uk
Mitchison Road Surgery Tel: 020 7226 6016 www.mitchisonroadsurgery.nhs.uk
The London General Practice
Based in the Harley Street area of London providing patients with a comprehensive range of excellent private health care, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Tel: 020 7935 1000 www.thelondongeneral practice.com
Our aim is to host sessions that do not feel like traditional antenatal classes but are women-led, enabling them to learn about their pregnancies, allay their fears, grow in confidence towards the birth and enjoy the magical journey to parenthood. Tel: 07974 253 461 www.gasandair.net
Gilly Keith Antenatal Classes
The classes are unashamedly different. They are held in my home, sitting on comfy sofas with refreshments to hand – and there’s no bias or jargon or role play. Tel: 07968 566 396 www.antenatalclassl ondon.co.uk
Inspiring Births Tel: 07775 425 301 www.inspiringbirths.com
Mybabyclass Tel: 07812 604 405 www.mybabyclass.com
Portland Hospital Tel: 020 7580 4400 www.theportlandhospital.com
Babyconfidence CityDoc Tel: 020 7256 8668 www.moorgatemd.co.uk
Dover House Surgery Tel: 020 8807 1888 www.nhs.uk
The James Wigg Practice Tel: 020 3317 2000 www.jameswigg.co.uk
Clein Dr Lewis Tel: 020 7580 8356 www.thomsonlocal.com
New Baby Company is run by midwife Vicki Scott and offers comprehensive antenatal courses to help prepare mothers to be and their partners for the exciting weeks and months ahead. Tel: 020 8785 3528 www.newbabycompany.com
Birth & Baby - Sofie Jacobs Tel: 07960 606 863 www.sofiejacobs.com
Biff is a family run business established in 1993. We aim to dress children from head to toe, offering an incredible variety. You name it, we might well stock it. Tel: 020 82 99 0911 www.biffkids.com
Blue Daisy Tel: 020 7681 4144 www.blue-daisy.com
Boots Tel: 020 7409 2982 www.boots.com
Tel: 020 7581 5764 www.mothercare.com
Mummy & Little Me
A gorgeous collection of maternity wear, maternity lingerie & nursing underwear, baby changing bags, baby clothes, maternity nightwear and Bugaboo Prams as well as beautiful gifts for mum and baby. Tel: 01522 548 811 www.mummyandlittleme.co.uk
Oh Baby London Tel: 020 7247 4949 www.ohbabylondon.com
Tel: 020 7792 2515 www.bonpoint.com
Pom D Api
Tel: 020 7486 1380 www.please-mum.co.uk
Shop caramel’s unique looks styled by designers, complete with fine knits, exclusive print dresses and playful toys and accessories. Tel: 020 7589 7001 www.caramel-shop.co.uk
Early Learning Centre Tel: 020 7581 5764 www.elc.co.uk
Hamleys Tel: 0871 704 1977 www.hamleys.com
Easy 2 Name Tel: 01635 298 326 www.easy2name.com
Just Williams Toys Tel: 020 3538 6798 www.justwilliamstoys.com
Offering fun, fresh and modern designer clothing for babies and children up to age 12. Tel: 020 7838 1111 www.mariechantal.co.uk
Mush Kids Tel: 020 8653 6635 www.mushkids.co.uk
Tel: 020 7243 0535 www.pomdapi.fr
Ralph Lauren Tel: 020 7590 7990 www.ralphlauren.co.uk
Roobub & Custard Tel: 07796 451 513 www.roobubandcustard.co.uk
Parés Footwear is an independent footwear retailer in the UK. We have been established for 25 years and currently operate four stores in Blackheath Village in London, Sidcup in Kent and newly opened Cockfosters in Barnet. Tel: 020 8297 0785 www.paresfootwear.co.uk
The original fingerprint jewellery keepsake company captures your child’s fingerprints, hand and footprints, writing and drawings in unique silver keepsakes. Tel: 020 8567 7871 www.smallprint.com
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Directory & Services Private schools
Bassett House Club Petit Pierrot
Where: Various locations Tel: 020 7385 5565 www.clubpetitpierrot.uk.com
SYC Yoga Tel: 020 8968 1900 www.specialyoga.org.uk
Baby Sensory Tel: 07834 170 485
Boogie Babies is a weekly interactive music group where mothers, grandparents and nannies enjoy listening and participating in familiar nursery rhymes and songs with their little ones. Tel: 07960 498 208 www.boogiebabies.co.uk
Bright Sparks Tel: 020 3194 3178
Buzy Beez Tel: 07903 813 618 www.buzybeez.co.uk
Catch a Ball
Catch-a-balls provides the framework to learn a fundamental life skill; ball skills, oh and we have lots of fun doing it! Tel: 020 8398 3034 www.catch-a-balls.co.uk
Lucy Sparkles Tel: 07903 913 429 www.lucysparkles.com
Chatterbabies Tel: 07801 151 968
Messy play, Sensory play, music, cooking and art classes with a difference, throughout London, for babies, toddlers and children. From 4 weeks to 6 years. Tel: 07818 440 771 www.culture-kids.com
Dance Stars Tel: 07753 748 819 www.dance-stars.com
Discover - Story Making Centre
Discover Children’s Story Centre, London’s only children’s museum is a place where children and their families can enjoy playing, learning and making up stories together. Tel: 020 8536 5555 www.discover.org.uk
Jo Jingles Tel: 01494 778 989 www.jojingles.com
Tel: 020 8969 0313 www.bassetths.org.uk
Channing Junior School Tel: 020 8342 9862 www.channing.co.uk
In a happy and purposeful family environment, where every member of the school community is important and all are valued as individuals, Chepstow House aims to discover the best in every child and challenge them to go beyond their expectations. Tel: 020 7243 0243 www.chepstowhouse school.co.uk
Devonshire House Prep School Tel: 020 7435 1916 www.devonshirehouse school.co.uk
Dallington School Tel: 020 7251 2284 www.dallingtonschool.co.uk
Eaton House School
Eaton Square School
Tel: 020 7931 9469 www.eatonsquareschool.com
Childrens play room
Tel: 020 7924 6000 www.eatonhouseschools.com
Falkner House Tel: 020 7373 4501 www.falknerhouse.co.uk
Francis Holland School Tel: 020 7730 2971 www.fhs-sw1.org.uk
Garden House School Tel: 020 7730 1652 www.gardenhouseschool.co.uk
Tel: 020 7639 1812
Crafty Tales Tel: 07810 596 342 www.craftytales.co.uk
Toy Library Tel: 020 7231 3755 www.lewisham.gov.uk
Footprints Playgroup Tel: 020 8305 0520
West London Tots Tel: 07939 070 773
At Monkey Music, we know that music is fundamental to a pre-school aged child’s development. Tel: 020 8438 0189 www.monkeymusic.co.uk
Tumble Tots Tel: 01215 857 003 www.tumbletots.co.uk
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Tel: 020 8868 2346 www.heathfield.gdst.net
Highgate Pre-Preparatory Tel: 020 8340 9196 www.highgateschool.org.uk
Knightsbridge School Chepstow House
Tel: 020 8445 8889 www.gokidsn20.com
Exercise, Keep fit, have fun and bond with your baby whilst dancing to Latin rhythms. Your baby stays right there with you, snuggled in a baby carrier, whilst you get some healthy exercise that has been devised to be safe and gentle for both you and your little one. Tel: 07961 838 349 www.latinobambino.co.uk
Heathfield School GDST, Pinner
Ashton House School
Ashton House is a small and caring school using its specialist skills to encourage children to develop, at their own pace, to their full potential. Tel: 020 8560 3902 www.ashtonhouse.com
Tel: 020 7590 9000 www.knightsbridgeschool.com
La Chouette School Tel: 07557 029 255 www.lachouetteschool.co.uk
L’Ecole Des Petits Tel: 020 7371 8350 www.lecoledespetits.co.uk
London Christian School Tel: 020 3130 6430 www.londonchristianschool.com
Lloyd Williamson Schools - Telford Road
Providing independent and progressive education in the vibrant, urban setting that is Portobello Road and Notting Hill Gate. We offer a stimulating, supportive learning environment for a diverse community of happy, confident children who are eager to learn. Tel: 020 8962 0345 www.lws.org.uk
Notting Hill Prep Tel: 020 7221 0727 www.nottinghillprep.com
The King Alfred Lower School Tel: 020 8457 5200 www.kingalfred.org.uk
The Hall is one of London’s leading independent IAPS day prep schools for boys aged 4 to 13. Established in 1889 in the Belsize Park area. Tel: 020 7722 1700 www.hallschool.co.uk
Wetherby School Tel: 020 7727 9581 www.wetherbyschool.co.uk
Yesodey Hatorah School Tel: 020 8800 8612 www.learningtrust.co.uk
Directory & Services Day Nurseries
Dicky Birds - Surbiton
Tel: 020 8642 8866 www.tinies.com
Tel: 020 8942 5779 www.dickybirds.co.uk
Tel: 020 8539 8343
Tel: 020 8767 1125 www.rockstarparties.co.uk
St Mary Magdalen Montessori Nursery School
Dreammaker Day Nursery
Tel: 020 8878 0756
St Mary’s Summerstown Montessori Nursery School Tel: 020 8947 7359 www.stmaryssummerstown montessori.co.uk
Matilda Day Nursery Tel: 020 7480 6396 www.matildanursery.com
Asquith Battersea Day Nursery
Bright and stimulating, Battersea Day Nursery is situated in the heart of London, with the added benefits of being within walking distance of both Battersea Park and Clapham Junction Station. Tel: 01753 201 122 www.asquithnurseries.co.uk
Blooming Kidz Tel: 020 8695 9959 www.daynurseries.co.uk
Blossoms Day Nursery
A caring place for your child to learn and develop, grow their confidence and take part in age appropriate activities. Tel: 020 8760 0540 www.blossoms-day-nurserycroydon.co.uk
Blue House Day Nursery and Preschool
Over 20 years of outstanding childcare services in London. A family run children’s day Nursery, Pre School and Out of School Club that’s based just 5 minutes’ walk from Tower Hill and Fenchurch Street stations and 15 minutes from Liverpool Street. Tel: 020 7480 7166 www.mydreammaker.co.uk
Giggles & Wiggles Tel: 020 8566 4774 www.giggleswiggles.co.uk
Goldstar Montessori Nursery
At Goldstar we provide a carefully prepared program of education, in a happy, relaxed and caring environment, where your child can grow and gain knowledge in every area of their development, there fore, ensuring we are laying the foundations for your child’s future learning, Tel: 020 8364 6876 www.goldstarnursery.co.uk
Green Gables Tel: 020 7488 2374 www.greengablesschool.com
Hillyfields Day Nursery Tel: 020 8694 1069 www.hillyfieldsday nursery.co.uk
Tel: 020 8681 7579 www.bluehousedaynursery.com
Tel: 07849 171 524 www.jackanorynurseries.com
Carlton Hill Community Nursery
Keiki Day Care Nursery
Tel: 020 7624 3814 www.leyf.org.uk
Tel: 020 8340 3841 www.keikidaycare.co.uk
Kiddi Caru Day Nursery
Little Elves Montessori Nursery School
Tel: 020 8679 4009 www.kiddicaru.com
Tel: 07921 761 835 www.littleelvesmontessori.com
Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery
Mary Poppins Day Nursery
Tel: 020 8538 3999 www.monkeypuzzleday nurseries.com
Tel: 01708 722 800 www.marypoppinsday nursery.org.uk
Eddie Catz Tel: 0845 201 1268 www.eddiecatz.com
Gambado Tel: 020 7384 1635 www.gambado.com
Bramley’s Big Adventure is an indoor adventure playground for children up to 11 years old. A large building under the Westway flyover. Tel: 020 8960 1515 www.bramleysbig.co.uk
It’s a Kid’s Thing Tel: 020 8739 0909 www.itsakidsthing.co.uk
Little Dinosaurs indoor play centre, along with the our outdoor parkland enclosure and activities makes us a great place to bring the kids all year round. Tel: 020 8444 1338 www.littledinosaurs.co.uk
Tumble in the Jungle Tel: 0870 626 0710 www.tumbleinthejungle.co.uk
Party Magic Box Tel: 07913 168 323 www.partymagicbox.co.uk
The Creation Station Wimbledon
Our art parties include painting, modelling, making, sculpting, crafting and of course, music, dancing and games are provided too! Tel: 0844 854 9096 www.thecreation station.co.uk
Nutty Tel: 0788 405 0954 www.nuttyschildrens parties.co.uk
The Action Station Tel: 0870 770 2705 www.theactionstation.co.uk
Boo! Tel: 020 7287 9090
Creative Biscuit is a paint your own ceramics café where you can customise your own pottery to make your home an even prettier place. Tel: 020 8532 2824 www.creativebiscuit.co.uk
Snakes and Ladders
Jam packed with fun, there’s something for the whole family at Snakes and Ladders. Added to the huge threetiered climbing frame, there’s slides, ball ponds, tunnels and rope climbs. Plus discover soft play areas for little ones, dedicated zones for under 5s and more. Tel: 020 8847 0946 www.snakes-and-ladders.co.uk
Inspiring imaginations is at the heart of everything we do. So whether you are looking for an award winning children’s creative classes or an original Arty Birthday Party Entertainer, or Event entertainment you have come to the right place. Tel: 0844 854 9085 www.thecreation station.co.uk
Kidspace Tel: 020 8686 0040 www.kidspaceadventures.com
Beanies Tel: 020 8680 2088 www.beaniescafe.co.uk Pretend to Bee Tel: 01159 847 838
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