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CYBEX - the revolutionary parenting brand - has teamed up with the renowned fashion designer Jeremy Scott to create an exclusive collection of parenting products - all in Jeremy’s vivid and distinctive print. The animated design was inspired by the designer’s vision of a 'food fight' – detailing popcorn, burgers, fizzy pop bottles and hotdogs fighting it out on a radiant blue background, and we have a pushchair and carry cot from the collection to give away to one lucky reader.

Talking about his creation, Jeremy Scott said: “It began with me thinking about the term ‘food fight’; like something from an 80s movie where one kid in a cafeteria throws his pizza slice, then another joins in, then another...except I envisioned the food itself coming alive, having fun, and participating in the fight!” The CYBEX by Jeremy Scott Collection follows the brand’s hugely successful Lala Berlin collaboration, and once again has succeeded in revolutionising the world of products for babies and children.

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What’s inside The best bits 12 Taking a Lightweight Stroll Leaving the bulky buggy at home.

14 Toddler Fears

Festive Favourite s

10 tips to battling toddler fear and other bedtime monsters.

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22 Late Bloomers When baby’s speech is slow going.


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22 More best bits 24 Baby it’s Cold Outside Winter fashion with Polarn O. Pyret.

33 The Parent Fix How to discipline your child.

37 Hitting the Slopes Ski getaways for the whole family.

51 Festive Favourites with Annabel Karmel Kitchen fun for the whole family.

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Editors Notes

Hello W

ith the long lazy days of summer behind us, Christmas around the corner and the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time to wrap up warm, grab a nice hot Gingerbread Latte and enjoy a delicious mince pie.

As ever, we’ve got a jammed packed edition for you with lots of lovely winter warmers, great ideas for places to visit with the kids and as always plenty of informative and interesting articles all written by our experts. If you are worried about your little ones speech development we have a great article on page 22, or if you are struggling with the very common monster under the bed problem, we may have the answer on page 14. We even have a great article to help keep the bugs and germs away this winter amidst the snot season on page 46. With Christmas fast approaching we have been busy reviewing the latest toys and gadgets so our Toy Town feature starting on page 55 is not to be missed.

Natasha Hewett Editor-in-chief

Rebecca Harding Assistant Editor

Emma Pailing Copywriter

Emma Reily-James Sales Consultant

Paul Palmer Webmaster

Gavin Bridle Art Direction

Advertising with us:

If you are thinking of hitting the slopes this Christmas or in the New Year then be sure to check out page 37 for the best places to ski with the kids and the top ski gear to keep the wee ones nice and toasty.

Email: emma@rascalsoflondon.co.uk Tel: 07514 852 648

We are really lucky London offers such a wide variety of clubs and classes from French, Gymboree, arts and crafts, science clubs, chess, the list really is endless, check out our guide on page 78 to see what tickles your little ones fancy.

Email: info@rascalsoflondon.co.uk

Last but not least, as always we have some great competitions in this edition. Win a Peppa Pig Toddler Bed Set in association with our Monster Under the Bed article from Worlds Apart (page 32), or why not enter our fabulous giveaway from Cybex with prizes worth over £800 on page 4, what’s not to love. Don’t forget our Advent giveaway starts on the 1st December on our Twitter page Rascals of London, snooze you lose. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2015.

General Enquiries: With many thanks to our contributors: Mini Rodini, Mary Ashton, Natasha Wiening Photography, Gambado, Diddi Dance, Maria from Eddie Catz, Kathryn Mewes, Annabel Karmel, Sarah Rose, La Chouette School & all our advertisers.

Happy reading,

Natasha Natasha Hewett, Editor-in-chief

No part of this magazine, including the advertisements within it may be reproduced, without the express permission of the editor. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The opinions expressed within Rascals of London magazine are not necessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers. Rascals of London is printed by Wyndeham Group.

Many thanks to little Sophia from London for being the star of our Winter edition and to Natasha Wiening Photography for taking the most fantastic shots.

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Rascals Reviews All the latest product reviews.


Brush Up on your Health! Dentist do’s and don’ts whilst pregnant.


Chew on This Top teething toys for every baby.


Panda and the Sparrow Bamboo clothes for your little ones.


Hot Mum


A selection of tempting, stylish and comfortable maternity underwear.

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Stay Cool Ski gear, equipment and accessories for the perfect trip.


Travelling Kids


The best gear to make your family trip as stress free as possible?


New Mum Beauty Bits Product and gift health and beauty ideas.


Snot Season Stand by for the onset of snot season, it’s here.


Books for every child.

Adult Bookshelf New releases for Mum and Dad to enjoy.


Credit Crunch 5 Ways credit can help at Christmas.


Clubs & Classes Find a club or class near you.


What’s On When Our guide to keeping the whole family entertained.

Gaming for All Ages Check out the best, most entertaining, and age-appropriate video games.


Kids Storytime



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Reviews Blooming Lovely Necklace £29.00 www.blooming-lovelyjewellery.co.uk

I fell in love with this necklace from the moment I set eyes on it and its a fantastic present for any mum to be, baby shower gift, Christmas or just because you love her. To be worn before or even after the birth of your little one.

Editors Pick Wheelybug Bumble Bee £49.99 www.babycurls.co.uk Wheelybugs go backwards, forwards, sideways, round and round... they can be ridden, pushed, pulled, kissed and cuddled! These have to be on every childs wish list this Christmas. They are sturdy and durable making them last forever more. Worth every penny and can be passed down to the siblings or friends.

Rascals Reviews Cuddle Co Memory Foam Seat Liner £24.99 www.wauwaa.com

Think memory foam mattress for you, well now your little ones can travel with the same comfort with these stylish but comfy seat liners.

These are also great if your suffering from wanting a change of pram as they can really give your pram a fresh make over. They are available in a range of designs making your little one travel in comfort and style. What’s not to Love.

Lego Duplo Batman Batcave Adventure Set £39.99 www.smythstoys.com

This set is perfect for 2-5 years however I loved having a play myself and recreating scenes. The blocks are perfectly sized for small hands but big enough for a tight grip unlike the size of normal lego. Batman never grows old and he is a hero to every little boy or girl and loved by all. For little ones to be able to take control of the stories and let their imagination run away with them is a real treat. You cant go wrong with this set and i’m sure it is going to fly off the shelves.

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     Babymoov Nutribaby Zen Steamer/       Blender £94.95 www.nest-shop.co.uk        This Food Processor is the biggest capacity food       processor in the market that helps you do real cooking for your baby! Perfect for preparing babies food or blending food. Ideal for weaning and even for blending food for adults. Exactly what is needed.




Smart Trike Spark £79.99 www.toysrus.co.uk This fantastic Trike is set to be a top seller this Christmas from 9 months - 3 years. I love the steering on this trike making it super easy to take out and glide around the park. Sees your little one through all the stages. The Smart Trike Spark features:                    

•    Wide grip parent handle •    Sun protective canopy •    High back support padded seat •    Shock Absorber •    Bottle Holder •    3-point harness •    Foldable footrest •    Pull-out for freewheeling •    Large rear storage bag •    Parent bag

iCandy Charlotte Round Satchel Changing Bag - £180.00

Leapfrog LeapBand £29.99 www.leapfrogstore.co.uk

www.icandyworld.com This icandy bag is bag envy to all the yummy mummy’s at rhyme time. It is beautifully spacious with plenty of front pockets for easy access of money, phones, keys ect. It is complete with inside pockets and pocket slips helping keep items separate, saving time searching for the wipes and nappies. A bag that will turn heads.

The Leapfrog Band is a gamifiedfitness tracker for kids with a screen that displays cartoon animals to encourage play. It looks like a large children’s watch and talks to the child through a built-in speaker, hopefully getting them off the sofa. Once they have completed the first 10 activities it will then unlock a further 40 activities, aimed at four to seven year olds.

Hootle - Group 0+ & 1 Infant Car Seat £150.00 - www.cosatto.com Growing from rear-facing hugger into that first forward facer for your little petal. Grows to the next level fitting front or rear vehicle seats, this combination seat lets your munchkin stay rearward facing all the way up to 13kg. Plant your newborn in this dino dynamo and it grows a stage beyond diddy into that initial forward-facing stage. From there you get a handy one-handed multi recline. With removable washable covers, Hootle 0+/1 is ever so considerate. The seat comes in lovely designs, with a comfy padded inlay that is prettily decorated. The inlay is nice and snuggly for smaller babies and is ideal to take out for quick cleaning. Easy to install and remove and it doesn’t weigh a ton like some car seats do. Would highly recommend to all.

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Cybex Aton Q Car Seat £185.00 - www.cybex-online.com This car seat offers new automatic height adjustment to ensure your baby is in the best position as they grow, saving time trying to weave the car seat straps in and out to adjust them, and telescopic Linear Side Impact protection to keep your baby safe and give you peace of mind. First class car travel for your perfect bundle.

Plum Snowdrop Interactive Kitchen - £99.99

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Original


£59.99 www.preciouslittleone.com The baby carrier is easy to put on and take off, with all adjustments made quickly in front. The strong, well-designed latches click securely and are easy to release with one hand. The two-piece design makes it easy to place your baby in the baby carrier unassisted, and allows you to lift your sleeping baby out without waking him or her. The BABY BJORN has become a regular part of my wardrobe! Before I get in the car, I put on my BJORN. I have two strollers in the back of the van but I never use them! This carrier is where he is most content!

Guaranteed fun and entertainment. It will be a hit for any girl or boy, every child loves making plates of food and bringing endless cups of pretend tea. Defiantly needs to be erected the night before to avoid the disappointment of waiting for dad to build their little kitchen, your little ones will be itching to put their chef hat on and make Christmas dinner.

Clementine Your 1940s Girl Cybex Jeremy Scott Food Fight Carrier

£89.99 - www.agirlforalltime.co.uk

£175.00 www.cybexbyjeremyscott.com

A girl of our time Clementine is simply beautiful. She would make a fantastic gift for any little girl,, especially those moving on from the traditional baby, she is going to be a dear companion. Presented in a very special box and her clothes look very well made. Truly stunning.

The ideal baby and toddler pleasurable sleeping. Unique “4 in 1” design with adjustable length. You can adapt to any season and it will last for years. The Bag is adjustable depending on the size of your child, from 7 months up to 2.5 years. With one sleeping bag you are prepared for all seasons over the year.

LEGO Ultra Agents Mission HQ 70165 £64.99 - www.smythstoys.com Drive the high-tech truck in undercover mode and fire the automatic missile shooters. Launch the hidden flyer to spy for enemies from above. Push the lever to detach the driver’s cabin and open up the rear of the truck to reveal the inside of the awesome HQ. Plug in the laptop containing the top-secret mission plans in the briefing room and view them on the big screen complete with 5 mini figures. Lego has never been so much fun till now. Hours of fun building and so many more with endless fun recreating the latest missions for their ultra agents.

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Special Edition Stokke® Xplory® True Black


£1319.00 - www.stokke.com

So when the True black presented itself on my door step I was super excited to put it together and take a stroll down to my local antenatal class, just knowing I was going to be the envy of all the mums. Buggy Envy at its best.


Rascals Top Review

First Impressions, Its stylish, very easy to push even with one hand I’m totally in LOVE, its everything I wanted in a pram and more.

The Chassis comes already built so no need to be fixing wheels in place ect, all you have to do is put the carrycot on and attach the bags and away we go. The hood is easy to attach and simply clicks into place, the same with the bumper bar. The foot rest has a small lever at the bottom which Is used to help click the footrest into place. The seat can be parent facing or outward facing and the seat can fully recline, I didn’t figure this out until day two but it was so simple with the push of two grey buttons positioned underneath the seat. I absolutely loved the hood as it gives a beautiful shape and has a hidden sun shade that just pops out, the hood also has a zip at the back so you can peep in to see if they are still asleep or not and even pins back nicely attaching to a popper keeping everything tidy and stylish at all times. The seat height and handle are all adjustable at the push of a button so its easy to adjust the height and push the pram right up to the table in a restaurant so they don’t need to sit in a highchair full of stains from others eating their food. Win Win... The True Black comes with everything you need for you and your little bundle including a changing bag that neatly attaches to the chassis and the basket at the front with a full zip and a capacity of 5kg.

What’s in the Box: True Black stroller chassis with black cup holder, black seat, textiles including shopping bag, parasol and changing bag , rain cover and Carry Cot .

Rascals Verdict: There isn’t much I can fault on the True Black Xplory. It is stylish and contemporary with a real eye catching design. it really is Buggy Envy at its best. It’s really easy to steer with one hand and glides over the pavement with no worries. Nitpicking I would say that the changing bag hangs a little too low and when it’s a really wet day the bag will get splashed. The hood is a good size but I do like hoods that are a little bigger so I can cover the little one, (she utterly hates rain covers). Overall I wouldn’t be without this pram and I would recommend the Xplory to anyone looking to purchase a pram that is stylish and ticks all the boxes.

For more information on the Stokke you can visit their website: www.stokke.com

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Supa Pushchair Poppidelic Packed with futuristic features, Supa outfoxes the ordinary with a super smart free-standing folded option and fantastic one-handed, four position recline (including newbie lie-flat option so suitable from birth.

UPPAbaby G-Luxe The UPPAbaby G-LUXE stroller is perfect for busy parents on the move. One of the lightest full-size reclining strollers in the world. Wherever you’re dashing off to, the superlightweight UPPAbaby G-LUXE stroller makes life easier. The three position back rest, extended SPS 50 sun canopy and comfy washable seat pad will keep your child happy and safe.

Taking a

lightweight stroll r choose your Lightweight Strolle Everything you should need to

Recaro Easylife Stroller

Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip Stroller

Compact, light, stylish and safe. The new RECARO Easylife Stroller is perfect for going out and about with children from six months old up to approximately 3.5 years. The light weight, eight wheeled, full suspension stroller has a practical one hand folding mechanism which will then fit into the most compact areas.

The Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip is a forward and reverse facing pushchair which folds and opens in seconds, one handed, with the seat on in either direction. It is lightweight at just 9kgs. The Mamas and Papas Armadillo Flip is suitable from birth thanks to its lie flat seat and has a large basket, large seat and a big sun canopy.

Cybex Lala Berlin Onyx, The Onyx is a true city Buggy which meets all demands of urban families: fun to use, thought through functionality as well as great comfort. The black design theme turns this lightweight buggy into a fashionable accessory. Equipped with an XXL canopy and a one-hand recline system.

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Toddler Fears

T ips 0 1 to Battling Toddler Fear and

Other Bedtime Monsters

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I once heard that young children are hardwired to dream about frightening, child-eating creatures. Apparently it’s an evolutionary advantage to have had a few practice runs before being chased by a real saber-tooth tiger. These nightmares affect 50% of children and occur most often in the 3-6 year age group. Children’s brains have adapted to modern times though so instead of saber-tooth tigers it is now monsters which haunt our young children at night since these are the threatening figures that our little ones are exposed to in books and television shows.

The ways in which your child might express their night-time fears will depend on how often they’re frightened and on their age and language skills. Perhaps your child has become an expert in delaying tactics as bedtime approaches. Or does your little one start to panic as you tuck them in under the covers? Maybe you have a regular night-time visitor clambering up into your bed? My oldest child who was aged two at the time would wake screaming in the middle of every night. It was only after many months of this that we realized that her fear of sleep was a result of the monsters who visited her in her dreams, threatening to devour her.

Toddler Fears

If, as I was, you are battling your child’s bedtime fears, here are ten helpful tips that I have learnt from my dual roles as a Child Psychiatrist and as an experienced monster-battling mother: 1.  Be aware of what your toddler is exposed to. Children learn so much from   books and television yet don’t have the experience to know what is real and   what themes are fantasy. To make matters worse, children’s movies and   stories are often filled with monsters, child-eating wolves and murderous   (and horribly misrepresented) step-mothers. 2.  Don’t ever let anyone threaten your child with “the bogeyman” coming for   them. It’s false and just plain mean. 3.  Each bedtime engage your toddler in the same, predictable, wind-down   routine to help them manage any anticipatory anxiety they might have. 4.  If it helps them to feel braver, allow your child to have a dim night-light or   a torch in their bedroom. 5.  It’s important to acknowledge that even though monsters are not real, your   toddler’s fear is very real. And real fear needs to be met with real comfort,   even in the middle of the night. 6.  Some parents seem to have success with “magical monster repellent spray”   but this option never sat well with me. I preferred to be honest with my   daughter, reassuring her that monsters did not exist and that her bedroom   was a safe place. Similarly, repeated checking in her cupboards or under   her bed or putting signs up prohibiting monster visitors would simply have   confirmed for her that she was in real danger. 7.  Instead, teach your child about dreams by letting them know that dreams   are just our ideas while we’re asleep. Ideas cannot hurt us nor can they make   something magically happen. To prove this, try playing a game with your child   in which you both take turns thinking about something with your eyes closed,   then open your eyes to check whether just thinking about it made it real.   It can go like this: (You, with eyes closed) “An ice-cream”, (open your eyes),   “Shame – no ice-cream. Just thinking about it didn’t make it real.” After   you’ve taken turns with this, you can try some less fun ones such as   “Getting my finger caught in the door” or if your child doesn’t seem too   anxious, “A monster on the couch”. 8.  By day, storytelling is a wonderful therapeutic tool. For children who are   afraid of the dark or scared of monsters, the story should aim to shift the   child’s attitude towards the monsters or the darkness through some event   which isn’t compatible with fear. An example would be telling a story which   ends with your child making friends with the feared monster. 9.  Art is also an amazing communication tool and another great medium to help   children overcome strong feelings. Having your child draw their fears for you   (even if it looks like toddler-scribble) can be really helpful as you try to understand   what’s happening for them. Seeing the drawn version of their scary monster   with you, their big brave grown-up, by their side can also help children feel braver. 10.Lastly, see through the exhaustion for the opportunity this provides. If   dreams are meant to prepare your child if ever they should meet a real-life   ‘monster’, wouldn’t it be wonderful if one of the lessons they learnt is that   you’ll be there for them joining them in battle. Good luck and sweet dreams!

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The RECARO Easylife stroller RRP: £189.00 The RECARO Easylife is a stylish eight-wheel stroller with umpteen amount of bubbly personality, The hood is an ok size, it doesn’t pull over as much as id personally like but this is more a personal opinion than a criticism, the fabric is of a high quality. The seat is a nice size and the one handed fold is truly amazing and a real must have for myself. I often find myself holding baby and needing to fold the pram by myself, it folds compact, neat, and self-stands. What’s not to love.



  •    Weight: 5.9kg   •    Folded Size (cm): 59 x 50 x 30   •    Open Size (cm): 105 x 50 x 82   •    Suitability: From 6 months to      approximately 3.5 years.

  •    Raincover - £20 Sold      separately (must check)

Colours Lime, Saphire, Sunshine, Graphite, Ruby, Pink.

All you need to do to get going is fit the two front wheels and learn how to place the break on and take it off, learn the art of attaching the rain cover and your ready to go. I was pleasantly surprised how light the Recaro easy life was I could easily lift the pram up with one hand with no trouble at all, this is massively important when using the underground and at Victoria there is no lift but umpteen amount of steps, you need to be able to hold baby and carry the pram, it even comes with a handy strap to help carrying that much easier. The smart black chassis matt gives it a very smart sporty look. I really felt the hood could have come further forward to give a little more coverage. The weather is so unpredictable in the UK and it would be nice to have the option to offer your child a little more coverage if it suddenly tips it down and you find yourself with no rain covers, or if your child is going through the stage of screaming the place down as soon as they set eyes on the rain cover. The pram comprises a 5 point harness which is lovely but it doesn't adjust in height which is a shame. The handle bar, doesn't have a height adjustment but it is at a nice height, I’m only 5ft and its comfortable enough for myself and is comfortable for my partner who is 5.9. The shopping bag can hold 5kg worth of shopping and is a great size for your shopping needs. This little pram is a breeze to push and glides across the pavement with no problem at all with its 8 wheels. A sturdy pram and there is no quibble here over the ease of pushing this pram. The pram has a lovely recline which is not totally flat but comfy and spacious, you can choose the position of the seat by adjusting the toggle at the back of the seat and pinching this and pulling the straps to the height you want.

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Rascals Verdict: We absolutely love the EasyLife stroller. It stands upright in the hallway taking up hardly any room at all, It fold with one hand (massive brownie points) its stylish, easy to push and beautifully super light weight. There really is nothing that would stop me purchasing the EasyLife stroller for £189. My personal favourite colour is the Sunshine, its stunning for the summer. I really like the range of stunning vibrant colours making it a very stylish stroller. Be prepared to answer “where’s your pram from” Who makes your pram” two questions we have been asked time and time again. Pram Envy at its best.




movement patterns, sensory motor skills, balance, co-ordination and walking patterns. Devices such as the RS Foot Scan, Electromygraphy and Clinical Photography are used to enable accurate anaylsis and to provide objective measures to monitor progression.

First Anniversary for Birkdale Neuro Rehabilitation Centre-Clinic specializing in holistic long term neuro-physiotherapy for children and young adults goes from strength to strength. Last year, neuro-physiotherapist Farshideh Bondarenko opened the doors to the Birkdale Neuro Physio Centre to realise a long held dream. After decades of private practice, she created a custom-built neuro-physiotherapy space that children and young people can come to for treatment for neurological conditions.

palsy and has been a patient of Farshideh’s since diagnosed as a toddler.

She wants Birkdale to be a non-clinical environment where people of any age feel comfortable. Surrounded by art, light and a welcoming atmosphere, patients receive the most effective treatment possible for their neurological conditions.

Katrine now works as a graphic designer and has a degree from Brunel University. She believes that her confidence has been significantly helped by her neuro-physiotherapist.

After many years working with children and young people in places such as The National and Great Ormond Street, Farshideh has developed an effective approach to treating people with issues such as cerebral palsy, transverse myelitis, Downs Syndrome, ADEM, as well as genetic disorders and developmental delay. She blends a series of approaches. These include using play, language and other methods championed by Bobath, Carr and Peto to promote body movement, as well as shiatsu to aid relaxation. This involves working on sight, speech, motor skills and tactility. “Farshideh has a deep understanding of neu rological conditions. In my case, she understands a lot about how eye functions affect movement. She also can very quickly spot things that are wrong with me – things I don’t even know – and help put them right.” says 27 year old Katrine Saliba who has cerebal

The centre offers new technology including functional electronic simulation such as Cyclone FES, My Gait and Drop Foot device and Saebo. Birkdale also has an orthotics clinic, specialist hand clinic, neurolinguistic practitioner, pain specialist, play therapist and speech and language therapist.

“I know I am a lot stronger because of her. She helps me deal with certain situations to have a normal life, and she makes me feel more secure,” she says.

A team of highly skilled physiotherapists and specialists in related disciplines ensure that both adult and young patients have access to the full range of treatments.

“Basically, she has helped me to understand my body. If it wasn’t for her I don’t think I would understand it as well as I do,” says Katrine. Farshideh describes the complex challenges of her work very simply: “I have to help patients understand how to move and make movements meaningful to them,” says Farshideh. “I work with integration around neuroplasticity (helping changes in neural pathways and synapses), language and motor skills. We involve the whole family so they know what we are working towards. “When I treat children it is so important that everything is fun. They must not be discouraged or feel in any way badly about themselves. We use games so that the body learns through repetition. We sing, we play and we use support machines to gently achieve positive change. The centre’s approach is based on detailedneurological assessment which includes evaluation of eye movements in relation to

Tel: 020 8795 2209 Email: info@neuro-physio.co.uk www.neuro-physio.co.uk

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Brush Up on Your Health Pregnant? Stop oral infections from being transferred to your baby with these dental do´s

Take Care Hormonal changes increase your sensitivity to plaque, so reduce the buildup that can lead to gingivitis - the most common oral disease for expecting women - by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

Visit Go to your dentist every three months while you´re pregnant for a cleaning and make an appointment if your gums are red, swollen, bleeding, or uncomfortable, or if you notice any other changes in your mouth.

Rinse Swish your mouth with water after vomiting if you´re prone to morning sickness. It´ll help flush away the acids that can erode teeth.

It can be hard juggling your many tasks as a mum, but staying fit should never be a task that is put on the back burner. Use the following tips to make staying fit easier to work into your busy lifestyle. 1. Walk It Out - While driving may be the quicker option in most situations, walking is the healthier option. If you’re running a quick errand, try to walk or even bike there instead of driving. Not only can you feel great about getting exercise, you are helping the environment at the same time. 2. Exercise with the Kids - Find ways to include your children in your workouts. This is a great way to show your children that exercising is fun. 3. Sweep That Fat Away - Cleaning is something that you will always have to do and is often an excuse busy mums use to get out of exercising. However, you can turn your daily chores into a workout. Do your chores with more energy or turn on your favorite music and dance while you clean.

Asics GelNimbus 14

Start running with these high-tech cushioned trainer. The Gel Nimbus 14 is the ideal shoe for your long runs.

4. Canned Goods For Weight Lifting No need to spend a ton of money buying weights, just use everyday household items. When you’re making cereal for your children do a few curls with that gallon of milk. 5. Get Fit in the Office - Workdays are full of opportunities to get active. Try taking the stairs instead of the lift, stretching at your desk and go outdoors for lunch. Not only are you taking the proper steps to live a healthier lifestyle, you are also giving yourself a much needed stress reliever while at work. Make those 8 hours count!

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If I’m pregnant, can a yeast infection hurt my developing baby?

No, though you do need to see your health care professional for treatment. Also, some treatments currently on the market, such as Fluconazole (Diflucan), are not recommended during pregnancy. Be sure your health care professional and pharmacist are both aware that you are or may be pregnant.

My health care professional has prescribed antibiotics to treat an unrelated illness. What precautions should I take to avoid getting a yeast infection? Use a preventive dose of yeast medication and eat yogurt.

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Late Bloomers! When baby’s speech is slow going

Written by Marianne Brown, speech and language therapist and owner of the Children’s Therapies practice in Putney.

As a parent it’s often difficult to know when a child’s development falls within the ‘normal’ range and when there is cause for concern. Just like learning to walk, children develop the ability to communicate at different speeds, and some will encounter difficulties along the way.

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What is the difference between speech and language? Speech is how we produce or articulate the sounds that form words. Language refers to the way we receive, understand and express information through all forms of communication - verbal and non-verbal. Although speech problems and language problems are different, they often overlap. A child with a language problem for example, may be good at pronouncing words but be unable to join more than two words together. A child whose speech may be difficult to understand may still use words and phrases to express ideas. And another child may speak clearly but have difficulty understanding instructions.

Speech delay As a very rough guide, and remembering that each child is different, your toddler should have an expressive vocabulary of around 50 words by the time they are 2 years old, and you should be able to understand about half of what they say. If your little one only uses certain sounds or words repeatedly, and is unable to use spoken language to communicate more than their immediate needs by this age, he or she might have speech or language problems, or a combination of both.

Stammering and lisps Stammers and lisps are two common speech difficulties that we see here at Children’s Therapies. To help a child with a lisp, a therapist will demonstrate the correct production of the ‘s’ and ‘z’ sounds, highlighting to the child how the tongue is hiding behind the teeth. The child is given lots of opportunities to listen to the production of the correct sounds, and then helped to produce ‘s’ and ‘z’ correctly from a sound to use in conversation.


For children who stammer, the therapist will try to establish any factors that may be contributing to the problem, and work with the parent on strategies to help the child to talk more easily, including overcoming fear and anxiety.

Early signs of social communication problems and autistic spectrum disorders We also meet many parents whose children are facing more serious difficulties. At as early as 12 months children can be observed for symptoms of autism or social communication problems. Possible signs can include (but this list is by no means exhaustive): •  A lack of early babbling •  Limited copying of speech sounds •  Limited copying of actions such as    clapping hands •  Not pointing to ask for things or to    get someone’s attention •  Lack of other gestures such as waving •  Repetitive actions or movements •  Rack of shared enjoyment and rarely    smiling or laughing when playing •  Poor eye contact •  Limited play with toys Some parents of young children with social communication issues initially wonder if their child is hearing properly as the child does not respond to their name being called. Children with delayed language should have a hearing test to rule out a hearing problem.

However children with an autistic spectrum disorder or social communication difficulties may have problems with paying attention and understanding language, so they do not respond when their name is called even though their hearing is fine.

There are many successful communication programmes which therapists can offer children with these type of difficulties, even before they have received a confirmed diagnosis. One we recommend is the Hanen ‘More than Words’ parent course. This was designed especially for parents of children aged 5 years and under and teaches parents how to help their child reach their full communication potential.

When to seek help Parents are correct in thinking that some children do naturally grow out of some of these speech or language difficulties, but unfortunately it is impossible to predict which ones. What we do know is that the earlier parents seek help, the more successful therapy is likely to be. We also know that children entering school with a speech or language delay are much more likely to have difficulties accessing the school curriculum. If you have any concerns about your child’s communication development, contact your GP, or a speech and language therapist directly. They will either be able to reassure you that everything is fine, or assess your child and work with you on strategies and techniques to help your child’s communication.

Children’s Therapies have clinics in Putney and Clapham South, telephone 020 8673 7930 or visit www.childrenstherapies.co.uk A Hanen ‘More than Words’ course for parents will commence in June, please call Children’s Therapies on 020 8673 7930 for further details.

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The Parent Fix!

How to

Discipline Your Child By Kathryn Mewes author of The 3 Day Nanny

Children are not born knowing ‘right from wrong’ 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 ‘Rag Doll’. 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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Special Review

Eddie Catz - Wimbledon Most kids seem to love soft play centres, and mine are no exception. With a free Sunday afternoon and two energetic little ones I asked if they’d like to go to Eddie Catz Wimbledon and have a play.

So off we went. Eddie Catz is opposite Merton Abbey Mills and the Sainsbury’s Sava centre. They have a small 20 space car park which fills very quickly. There is also up to 3 hours free parking at the Sainsbury’s across the road. South Wimbledon is your closest Tube line and there is a good bus service close by. Being a weekend the centre was pretty busy but not over crowded . The price isn't too steep either at £7.50 for children over the height of 90cm or £4.25 under 90cm, Babies are £2.00 under the age of 1 and adults £1.00 There is a main play frame which is huge and has a suggested age range of 3-12 years, as well as a smaller toddler area Under 3's. The equipment was in lovely clean condition and has obviously been well looked after – there were staff milling around keeping on top of cleaning and tidying the whole time we were there. Plenty of tables and chairs surround the play areas, and we were able to sit down and let the kids run off and enjoy themselves without worrying they might escape or get lost – the play frame is big but not TOO big. Even better, it’s fairly accessible for adults too with nice high netted ceilings. Good news for the Other Half as Polly-Ann wanted him to accompany her for the first couple of times she went exploring. For the older children their are Fun

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video games and air hockey, disco room, sports arena and a lovely reading zone. The centre has a café, which serves a variety of food including the usual chips and nuggets type fare, as well as some healthier options such as baguettes, toasters and jacket potatoes – kids meals are about £3.50 and adults can pay anything between £2.50 and £5 for something to eat. Plus there is coffee and cake available too! What's not to Love.

All in all, the kids had a really great afternoon, and it wasn’t too bad for the adults either (the cacophony of noise is something to be suffered at every soft play, but at least you could sit comfortably while your ears were assaulted!).

Eddie Catz hold lots of classes and workshops and even a panto and grotto on the run up to Crimbo. Make sure you check their website for updates. The little lady is already asking when we can go back again – so I’ve a feeling that we’ll be heading off to Eddie Catz again very soon. Where: 42 Station Road, Merton, London, SW19 2LP Tel: 0203 475 5268 www.eddiecatz.com

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Ski Getaways for the whole Family Courchevel, France Courchevel - stylish, chic, the place to be. This upmarket resort is an ideal family ski resort for children 7 years and older. The chalet hotel Dahu puts you in the middle of it all. 100 metres from the Croisette lift station and right on top of the shops, bars and restaurants, the location couldn’t be better. The ski school is a couple of minutes walk away and the Forum Centre, with a bowling alley, skating rink, climbing wall, more shops and even more restaurants Tel: 020 8133 8899 www.sno.co.uk


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Ylläs, Finland

If you’re looking for an alternative to the tried and tested Alpine holiday, head to Ylläs in Finland. The gentle Arctic landscape is ideal for beginners, and the alternative activities, such as husky-sledding, reindeer sleigh rides and snowshoeing, will enchant young children.

Tel: 020 8542 6658 www.igluski.com




The best time to visit is from March to the end of the season - any earlier and either the sun doesn’t rise during normal daylight hours or it’s February and the resort suffers the same fate as European resorts during the school holidays.


The car-free village of Saas-Fee in Valais is a perfect choice for young children and families - it’s a rural haven perfect for just strolling around and relaxing in. Saas Fee is also a great destination for those with older kids - it has two terrain parks, one, a truly world-class set up, with a huge half pipe and interesting features like a gondola roof job; the other, aimed at beginners with entry level jumps, rails and lines, near the nursery slopes. Tel: 020 7471 7786 www.skisolutions.com

La Plagne, France

A vast expanse of intermediate cruising runs spread out above the 10 villages that together make La Plagne, and the different characters of the bases make it an ideal destination for all types of families and children, from young tots to energetic teens. Most Brits stay in Belle Plagne (good for youngsters with a children’s playground for tots to learn in). Each village has good ski schools and its own nursery run or two, then there are endless intermediate slopes (225km of them) plus five terrain parks or boardercross courses to keep the more adventurous children and big kids entertained.

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3. Vitamin D

If you have small children who attend daycare, and particularly if you have more than one, you might be bracing yourself for a long hard winter. Last year our household was hit hard, with months of green noses and many days spent at home with sick kids. I honestly couldn’t keep track of where one cold ended and another began; my two children seemed to share the love very easily (fortunately not with us!) We have asthma in our household too, so we have an extra reason to be anxious.

Something we’re all lower in over winter, and which may partly account for the increased susceptibility to colds. Vitamin D has been shown to reduce the risk of getting the flu in school children. Vitamin D is best given with dinner; don’t forget to chuck the kids outside whenever there is a sunny day too. Oh, and a trip to Bali or somewhere similar is a GREAT way to get those levels up! Doctor’s orders, ha ha! 4. Dose up on Garlic The evidence isn’t very strong, but garlic is safe when eaten as a food (at high doses it can cause thinning of the blood and bleeding problems). Sneak some garlic into your kids’ dinner (e.g. home made garlic bread or garlicky soup) and you might reduce the risk of them getting a cold.

Treating cold and flu symptoms Okay, so the dreaded has happened and they’ve caught the cold/ flu. Here are some remedies that can help treat the symptons. •  Vitamin C may reduce the duration of colds, as might zinc   lozenges.

But fear not – I have done my research on how to maximise the healthy, snot-free days, and keep those viruses away. I hope it will help your household too.

•  Echinacea is controversial – it may only reduce cold symptoms by   a small degree if taken immediately at the onset, and it can cause   allergic reactions so beware (and it’s not suitable for children under 2 years).

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I’ve said it before and I won’t stop saying it – handwashing is the best defence against those germies. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not coughing into someone’s face that is the most infectious – it’s touching doorknobs, computer keyboards, phones etc that have been contaminated with nice festering viruses. Become an even stricter hand-washing dictator, and carry alcohol sanitiser for when you can’t get to a tap, and disinfect surfaces and toys frequently. It can be hard to police in children, especially when they’re all sharing the petri dish called daycare, but anything you can do is a step in the right direction – including keeping yourself germ-free so you can look after them. 2. F ight the Germ Wars with Nice Bacteria That’s probiotics to you – Lactobacillus rhamnosus, acidophilus and GG, and Bifidobacterium animalis to be exact. These lovely friendly bacteria been shown to reduce the risk of getting coughs and colds, shorten the duration of colds, and reduce the number of sick days in preschoolers attending daycare. He-llooo!!! Drown them in it! (Well, no, don’t do that, but do give them a teaspoon of Inner Health plus or similar once a day). I’ve started my kidlets on it and it’s cleared up my little man’s constant boogers. Happy mummy. Winning.

•  Garlic may also help reduce duration of colds – someone once   told me to rub garlic over my baby’s feet and cover with warm socks! •  English ivy extract has been shown to improve chronic bronchitis   in children due to its mucolytic effect. •  And mummy and daddy’s tender loving care go a long way as well. I hope that helps and I wish your family all the best for the onslaught!

You might also like reading Mykidstime Family Health Guide Have you any tried and tested preventative measures or remedies? We’d love to hear in the comments below. This post is by Dr Carolyn Ee. Carolyn is a medical doctor and researcher. She blogs about health and her journey to discover the Nirvana of work-family balance. She has a toddler and a three-year-old and a wonderful husband, and returned to full-time work/study in February 2014. In her “spare time” she enjoys running and the occasional eating of cupcakes. Find Carolyn on facebook and follow her on Twitter.

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Children and parents are well-used to phonics alphabet-learning now, and this stylish flash-cards app gives the discipline a friendly animal face. It’s also notable for its inclusion of both US and UK English accents.

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Numberlys - iPhone/iPad – £3.99. Despite the name, this beautiful app is more about letters than numbers. It’s a mixture of games and storytelling to explain the alphabet, with a visual style influenced by films like Metropolis and King Kong.

Times Tables: Squeebles Multiplication - iPhone/iPad/Android - £0.69. This UK-developed app is aimed at 5- to 11-year-olds, providing a series of multiplication questions to earn stars and rescue cutesy characters from a nefarious Maths Monster.

The Singing Alphabet - iPhone/iPad - £0.69. A stylish app that does what it says on the tin: letters that sing. Specifically, they sing their own phonetic sounds, and can be combined to make harmonies and tunes. Your child will be singing along too.

Counting with the very Hungry Caterpillar - iPhone/iPad - £1.99. Eric Carle’s famous book about a fruit-munching caterpillar has been turned into a fun educational game with a mathematical skew. Your child identifies, counts and adds the foods over five levels.

Around the Clock - iPhone/iPad - £1.49. This time-focused app wears its educational spurs lightly. It’s a collection of 24 mini-games, one for each hour of the day, from toothbrushing to pancake making. The idea is to familiarise children with the clock.

This elegant, contemporary canvas will make a glowing statement in the home during the festive season. The abstract wooden tree is littered with LED lights and is sure to create a warm atmosphere. A wonderful Christmasthemed gift that’s a little out of the ordinary. Each canvas has 20 LED battery operated fairy lights which can be turned on and off with ease using the simple rocker switch on the side of the canvas. You can then choose what size to have your canvas either 40 x 32cm or 60 x 40cm.

Barefoot World Atlas - iPad – £2.99. If you have a child who is just becoming interested in geography, this is an essential buy. It’s a digital globe with music and animation, drawing kids in to its text and photographic entries on countries, people and nature.

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Rudolph Cupcakes Budding little chefs will enjoy making these delicious cute chocolate cakes!


Festive favourites Method: Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4. Line a deep muffin tin with 12 paper cases. Measure the eggs. Caster sugar, butter, flour, baking powder, milk and zest into a mixing bowl. Beat together using an electric hand whisk. Stir in the cranberries and spoon into the cases. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until well risen and lightly golden. Leave to cool on a wire rack. To make the icing, sieve the icing sugar into the soft butter, beat together until smooth. Add the cocoa powder and mix until smooth. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up a little. Pipe or spread the icing over the cold cupcakes. Slice each Curly Wurly into three widthways, then in half lengthways to make 6 antlers. Repeat with the remaining bars. Push the antlers into the cupcakes. Place a cherry on each cake to make a nose. Put 2 sultanas on each cake to make the eyes. Chill until firm.


Makes 12 Cupcakes

1 tbsp milk. 2 eggs. 150g butter at room temperature. 150g caster sugar. 150g self raising flour. Half tsp baking powder. Zest of half a small orange. 45g dried cranberries, chopped.

Icing 100g softened butter. 150g icing sugar. 2 tbsp cocoa powder.

Decoration 4 x Curly Wurly Chocolate Bars. 12 glace cherries Sultanas.

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Put the butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and melt together over a saucepan of warm water (make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water), stirring occasionally. You can also melt the chocolate in a microwave using 15 second bursts and stirring between each burst (it will probably take 3-4 bursts). Set aside to cool slightly.

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Christmas Pudding Truffles Truffles always make a nice present and these ones can be dressed up to look like mini Christmas Puddings. If you don’t have time to decorate them then just dust the truffles with cocoa. Put each truffle in a mini muffin case and sit in a small box, tied with a ribbon.

Put the Madeira cake in a food processor and whiz to crumbs. Add the cherries, raisins and pecans and pulse 5-6 times until roughly chopped (if you like larger pieces then chop the fruit and nuts by hand). Tip the crumb mixture into the bowl of chocolate and add the vanilla and icing sugar. Stir until thoroughly combined. Put the truffle mixture into the fridge for around 1 hour, to firm up. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment or Clingfilm. Take tablespoonful’s of the truffle mixture and roll them into balls, using the palms of your hands. Sit the rolled truffles on the prepared baking sheet. When you have finished rolling the truffles put the baking sheet in the fridge for another hour, or overnight, to allow the mixture to firm up again. To decorate the truffles first make the “holly”. Colour 1/4 of the fondant icing red and then roll out 36 small balls. Colour the remaining fondant green and roll out thinly (you can do this between two pieces of Clingfilm if it gets too sticky. Cut out 36 holly leaves. Sit the decorations on a plate lined with Clingfilm. Put the icing sugar in a bowl (and stir in the egg white powder, if using). Add half of the water and stir in, then add extra water, a couple of drops at a time, to make a stiff icing. Drop 1/2 teaspoon icing on the top of a truffle and use a cocktail stick or the tip of a knife to spread the icing out a little. Allow to dry slightly, then sit two holly berries and leaves on the top of the truffle. Repeat with remaining truffles then return the truffles to the fridge and leave for 3-4 hours, or overnight, to allow the icing to set. If any of the decorations drop off then they can be fixed back with a little extra icing.

Ingredients Truffles 75g (2 1/2 oz) unsalted butter. 125g (4 1/2 oz) dark chocolate. 200g (7oz) Madeira cake (or loaf cake). 50g (2oz) glace cherries, halved. 50g (2oz) raisins. 25g (1oz) pecans. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. 2 tbsp icing sugar

Decoration Red and green food colour. 50g (2oz) ready to use fondant icing. 110g (4oz) icing sugar or Tate & Lyle. Royal icing sugar. 1/2 tsp meringue powder or dried.

Makes 18 large truffles

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Stained Glass Window Cookies These novelty Christmas cookies shaped like Christmas Trees, Stars, Bells and Reindeer etc.. are fun to make together with children.




Tree’s Method: Sift the flour, salt, ginger and baking powder into a large bowl. Put the butter, sugar and syrup into a pan and heat gently, stirring occasionally until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. Beat the egg and milk together and stir in the cooled butter and sugar, then pour the contents of the pan into the dry ingredients and stir to form a soft dough. Transfer onto a piece of clingfilm and wrap tightly, then refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until firm. Preheat the oven to 180c / 350f / gas 4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to around 3 mm thick. Cut out 4 cookies with the largest cutter, then 4 with the next largest and so on. Transfer the cookies to baking sheets, spacing them about 2 ½ cm apart and grouping the larger cookies and smaller cookies together on separate sheets. Re-roll the trimmings and cut more cookies as needed.

Ingredients 225g plain flour plus extra for dusting Quarter tsp salt 2 tsp ground ginger Half tsp baking powder 50g butter 100g soft dark brown sugar 100g golden syrup 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp milk Approx 170g royal icing

Chill the cookies for 10 minutes in the freezer, then bake for 8 to 10 minutes for the small cookies and 11 to 12 minutes for the larger ones, until turning darker around the edges. Cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks. To assemble the trees make up the royal icing according to the packet instructions. Take 2 of the largest cookies and sandwich them together with a little of the icing, making sure the tips of the stars are slightly askew. Carefully stack the remaining cookies, in descending size, on top of the base, securing in place with icing. Do the same for the second tree. Reserve the smallest stars for the tops of the trees, but leave to dry for one hour before adding the top stars. Stick them together with more icing and drizzle over any remaining icing as decoration. Leave to dry for 5 to 6 hours before serving.

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Plus, on Sunday only Fullers Shire Horse dray rides from 12.00-3pm. See these magnificent animals in action and hop aboard for a ride. By enjoying a festive weekend with us you’re also contributing towards our vital conservation work in the UK and around the world.

•  Normal admission prices to WWT London Wetland   Centre apply •  Visit to Santa is £5 per child (cash only) including   goody bag •  Santa tickets cannot be pre-booked; just turn up but   please bear in mind the queue can be lengthy •  In the event of rain the Father Christmas queue will   be moved indoors •  Polar Explorer shows at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and   3.30pm. Suitable for children 5 years + •  Husky sleigh rides are free with admission (children   8 or younger, with weight restrictions) •  There is no charge to see and photograph the   reindeer (10am to 4pm)

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Toy Town P56. Babies - Animal Nesting Dolls P58. Timeless - Branching Out Picnic Tea Set P59. Board Games - Mousetrap Game P60. All Wood - Wonderworld Eco Doll House P61. Outdoors - Firstbike Street P62. Toddlers - LeapFrog Alphapup P64. 5 Years + - Xeno P65. 7 Years + - Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster P66. Something for Mum - Vanilla & Anise Cologne P67. Something for Dad - Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch

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From Birth




1. Munchkin Caterpillar Spillers - £3.99 www.boots.com 2. Magic Mitten - £39.99 www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk 3. Mothercare Spotty Pig Money Box - £18.00 www.mothercare.com 4. Animal Nesting Dolls - £19.99 www.peanutandpip.com 5. Hand Rattles - £12.99 www.kidsen.co.uk 6. VTech, Baby Tiny Touch Tablet - £14.99 www.vtechuk.com 7. Light My Way Night Light - £9.99 www.toysrus.co.uk 8. Smart Trike Spark - £79.99 www.smythstoys.com

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FAMILY Press Release


Press Release

Wrap your little one in luxury this Christmas iCandy launches The Blanket to enhance your pushchair in true iCandy fashion. (Biggleswade, UK) – November 2014 – iCandy, the iconic British pushchair brand, have announced a new addition to its family - The Blanket range. Craftedby iCandy’s leading British designers, the new blankets combine quality materials with contemporary design to create a comfortable, sumptuously soft environment for your child whilst adding the finishing touch to your pushchair.

your baby with a soft, warm environment that is perfect for use any time of year. The Vintage Blanket is available in Pink or Blue and comes beautifully presented in its own suitcase. The Vintage Blanket can be machine washed to easily maintain the look of luxury. So why not add a dash of colour and extra comfort to customise your mood or journey with The Blanket? •  The Blanket will be available from December 2014 on the iCandy   website (www.iCandyWorld.com) or from your local iCandy stockist. •  The Blanket range iCandy price: Pure Cotton Blanket - £40.00 and   lambs wool Blanket - £80.00. •  80% Lambs wool with an added 20% Nylon for additional softness   within the wool range. •  High quality 100% pure cotton within the cotton range.

Wrap baby in the utmost luxury with the classic lambs wool knits for the colder months and the breathable cotton range for mild summer days. Each Blanket has two beautifully detailed buttoned corner tabs enabling them to be attached to your pushchair, so it won’t fall off or get lost. The special touches are what truly matter and with this in mind each Blanket comes bound with an elegant satin tape measure. This can be used as a handy measure to record baby’s growth or the size of a baby bump. The lambs wool Blankets are also beautifully presented in their own little suitcase; perfect for use as a keepsake box to store your precious memories. With 10 options from 5 varieties of styles, the range provides an array of colours from bright bolds to sophisticated neutrals, the Blanket will help you dress up and stroll out in confidence all year round. Each features a stylish design and is complimented with the iconic logo for a designer touch. A charming addition to baby’s everyday essentials.

The Bubble Blanket Stand out from the crowd with the super-soft iCandy Bubble Blanket. Crafted from pure cotton, the playful Bubble Blanket utilises natural fibres for staying cool in summer and warm in winter. Available in Brilliant Blue or Vibrant Orange this pure cotton blanket is machine washable making it easy to maintain.

The Dogtooth Blanket A modern twist on a popular classic; the Dogtooth Blanket. Staying warm in winter and keeping cool in summer, this soft lightweight cotton blanket is perfect for use all year round. Stay on trend and keep your child warm and snug with Navy or Charcoal colour options. The Dogtooth Blanket can be machine washed helping to keep it looking and feeling fresh.

The Summer Blanket Elegant in design, as its name suggests the Summer Blanket is perfect for warmer weather; crafted from lightweight breathable fabrics to help keep your child cool in summer and warm in winter. This pure cotton blanket is suitable for machine washing and is available in Antique White and Vibrant Raspberry.

The Cableknit Blanket Beautifully presented in its own suitcase the Cableknit Blanket combines a traditional knit pattern with modern contrasting colours. This super soft lambs wool blanket is a practical accessory that will offer your baby comfort and warmth all year round. Available in Grey or Rose this gorgeous blanket can be machine washed, keeping it fresh whatever the weather.

The Vintage Blanket Wrap little one in luxury with this beautiful lambs wool blanket, providing

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1. Branching Out Picnic Tea Set - £28.96 www.toysbymailorder.co.uk 2. Branching Out Doll Family - £14.99 www.vtechuk.com 3. Tidlo Wooden Train Set 100 Piece - £59.99 www.thebearandmissrabbit.co.uk 4. Carousel Spinning Humming Top - £11.50 www. markanthonysgifts.co.uk 5. Snow Fairy Dolls Pram - £400.00 www.silvercrossbaby.com 6. Clementine Your 1940s Girl - £89.99 www.agirlforalltime.co.uk


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Board Games



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Board Games 1. The Story Telling Game - £10.40 www.johnlewis.com 2. Can you Guess? - £11.75 www.orchardtoys.com 3. Shop Til You Drop Game - £12.00 www.debenhams.com 4. Chicken Charades Board Game - £14.99 www.argos.co.uk 5. Don’t Rock the Boat Game - £11.24 www.toysrus.co.uk 6. Mousetrap Game - £14.99 www.toysrus.co.uk 7. Twister Board Game - £13.49 www.argos.co.uk 8. Cake Monster Game - £10.00 www.jollystoys.co.uk



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All Wood





All Wood



1. Plum Snowdrop Interactive Kitchen - £99.99 www.direct2mum.co.uk 2. Wonderworld Eco Doll House - £94.00 www.thetoadstool.co.uk 3. Wooden Dairy Set - £13.00 www.mothercare.com 4. ELC Wooden Castle - £40.00 www.elc.co.uk 5. Play Shop & Theatre - £135.00 www.gltc.co.uk 6. Animal Stacking Cubes - £23.99 www.thebearandmissrabbit.co.uk


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1. Scootaheadz Timmy T-Rex - £14.99 www.scootaheadz.com 2. Whacky Ranch Wooden Playhouse - £259.00 www.playhouses.co.uk 3. Snow Cruiser Sledge - £54.99 www.argos.co.uk 4. Firstbike Street £94.99 www.first-bike.uk 5. Little Tikes Police Cozy Coupe Car - £49.99 www.smythstoys.com 6. SFR Vision Girls Roller Skates - £29.95 www.rawk.com

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1. Musical Rainbow Tea Party - £19.99 www.argos.co.uk 2. LeapFrog Alphapup - £17.99 www.toysrus.co.uk 3. Doodle Magic Colour Mat £19.99 www.crayola.co.uk 4. Leapfrog LeapBand - £29.99 www.leapfrogstore.co.uk 5. Baby Annabell Learns to Walk - £49.99 www.toysrus. co.uk 6. Baby Annabell Interactive Doll - £44.99 www.toysrus.co.uk 7. Peter Rabbit Treehouse Playset - £29.99 www.smythstoys.com 8.Wheelybug Bumble Bee - £49.99 www.babycurls.co.uk 9. Mini Micro 3 in 1 Scooter - £79.95 www.micro-scooters.co.uk 10. Uncle Goose nursery rhyme blocks - £12.95 www.kindtoys.co.uk 11. Red Blackberry JimJamz in a Jar - £20.00 www.jimjamz-gifts.co.uk 12. Steiff Pull-Along Issy Donkey - £45.00 www.hamleys.com 13. Craft Box Fairy Garden - £14.99 www.toysrus.co.uk 14. Interactive Tiny Tears Doll - £29.99 www. toysdirect.com 15. LEGO Duplo Batcave Adventure - £39.99 www.smythstoys.com


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5 Years +

5 Years +

1. Xeno - £79.99 - www.xenotoy.co.uk 2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Raiser Vehicle - £34.99 www.Toysrus.co.uk 3. LEGO Friends Stephanie Beach House - £34.99 www.smythstoys.com 4. Zoomer Dino Snaptail - £59.99 www.smythstoys.com 5. Moxie Art-titude Dolls - £14.99 www.toysrus.co.uk 6. Moxie Girlz Art-titude Doll Air Brush Gallery - £25.00 www.woolworths.co.uk 7. Moxie Girlz Arttitude Fashion Design Kit - £10.00 www.thetoyshop.com





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7 Years +

1. LeapFrog Leap TV - £103.99 www.smythstoys.com 2. K’nex Super Mario 3D Land - £57.95 www.knex.co.uk 3. Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster £24.99 www.argos.co.uk 4. LEGO Ultra Agents Mission HQ 70165 - £64.99 www.smythstoys.com 5. DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Design Kit - £19.99 www.toysrus.co.uk 6. Rubik’s Void - £14.99 www.uk.rubiks.com 7. Perudo - £15.00 www.perudo.co.uk 8. SpyNet Laser Trip Wire - £19.99 www.argos.co.uk





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Something for Mum 1.


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For Mum 1. Tea for Mum in a Matchbox - £4.99 www.notonthehighstreet.com 2. Personalised Calla Lily Necklace - £29.50 www.notonthehighstreet. com 3. Cath Kidston Posy Zip Changing Bag - £75.00 www.cathkidston. com 4. Bloom & Wild Flower Delivery Subscription - £13.95 www. bloomandwild.com 5. Jacquard Camouflage Court Shoes - £435.00 www.shoescribe.com 6. Vanilla & Anise Cologne - £82.00 www. jomalone.co.uk 7. YUYU Hot Water Bottle - £159.00 www.yuyubottle. com 8. Lavazza Mio Saeco Coffee Machine - £125.00 www.lavazza.com





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Something for Dad

For Dad


1. JOHN LEWIS & Co Santiago Leather Holdall - £199.00 www.johnlewis.com 2. Citizen Calibre 2100 Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch - £303.00 www. calibrewatch.co.uk 3. TOM FORD Patchouli Absolu Eau de Parfum - £215.00 - www.johnlewis.com 4. UGG Scuff Sheepskin Mule Slippers, Chestnut £70.00 www.johnlewis.com 5. Robot Vacuum Cleaner Advanced - £159.99 www.paramountzone.com 6. Giant Defy Advanced Pro 2 2015 - Road Bike £1,899.00 www.tredz.co.uk 7. Garmin Approach S3 GPS Watch - £199.00 www.onlinegolf.co.uk 8. Sommelier Gift Set - £25.00 www.johnlewis.com


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Whats on


London Wetland Centre You may not see any reindeer pulling sleighs this Christmas, but the London Wetland Centre has some handsome huskies ready and waiting to take younger children (aged eight and under) for a spin. The dogs are also available for photo opportunities, but if it’s not festive enough until you’ve seen the man himself then head to the northern pine forest to meet Santa in his cosy grotto. When: 6th Dec - 7th Dec Tel: 01453 891900 www.wwt.org.uk

Whiteleys Get down to Whiteleys in Bayswater to join Mr Claus (plus elves) for an interactive storytelling session. At the end of the event, kids can go home with their own me-and-Santa selfie. When: 27th Nov - 24th Dec www.whiteleys.com

Harrods With plenty of festive cheer and fun for all the family, the Santas Grotto at Harrods returns this year to get the season off to a magical start. When: 29th Nov - 24th Dec www.harrods.com

Rainforest Cafe Who knew Father Christmas hung out in the rainforest? But there he is in his snowy grotto, where your kids will get a personalised invite from the portly one and a warm welcome from his elves, before being ushered into the grotto where they’ll meet the man in person - who will give them a gift. When: 15th Nov - 24th Dec Tel: 020 7434 3111 www.therainforestcafe.co.uk

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Enhance your little one’s visit to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo this winter with a ticket to ‘Meet Santa’. You’ll be greeted by our cheeky elves before being taken to visit Santa in his fairytale grotto. When: 22nd Nov - 24th Dec www.zsl.org



Grotto’s Where you can find the Big Man this Christmas Enchanted Christmas House This Christmas, join Mrs Claus on a truly memorable adventure. The Elves will take you and your children on an exciting tour around the House to meet Santa and his magical friends... Take part in an array of different Christmas activities that will keep the family busy for hours. When: 29th Nov - 24th Dec Tel: 0203 227 3200. www.enchantedhouse.net

Eddie Catz To bring back the magic of Christmas and the excitement of meeting Santa Claus, Eddie Catz Wimbledon and Memory Gate Photography have teamed up to create a unique Winter Wonderland experience which will begin as your child steps into Santa’s Workshop and meets with the Elves When: 8th Dec - 23rd Dec Tel: 0203 475 5268 www.eddiecatz.com

Museum of London Docklands Victorian Santa’s Grotto Father Christmas has settled into a secret grotto on an atmospheric Victorian street, and has luckily stowed plenty of presents in there with him. Young visitors can tell him all their special Christmas wishes and can have their photo taken with the magical man himself. When: 6th Dec - 23rd Dec 020 7001 9844 www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Winterville at Victoria Park

8. ZSL London Zoo

Combining east London’s creative energy and talent drawn from across Europe, this new winter destination is aimed at all ages. There will be a Santa’s grotto, horsedrawn carriage rides, an ice rink, roller disco and fairground rides including a huge Ferris wheel.

Experience the magic of Christmas this year at ZSL London Zoo! Children and their families can Meet Santa in the fairy-tale setting of his grotto and enjoy a day fun packed with Christmas themed activities. Don’t forget about the animals! With more than 750 species there is lot to see and learn at ZSL London Zoo.

When: 2nd - 1st Jan Tel: 020 7364 7905 www.winterville.co.uk

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When: 22nd Nov - 24th Dec www.zsl.org

Hyde Park’s Santa Land Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is the perfect setting for a magical Christmas grotto. It’s free to see Father Christmas and every tot will walk away with a trinket and a photo memory. Last year the Big Man gave away 50,000 gifts. When: 21st Nov - 4th Jan Tel: 020 7298 2100 www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Kew Gardens Kew’s annual seasonal makeover is back. For 2014, a glittery, mile-long trail, guided by snowflakes, will wind its way through the landscape. Santa’s Grotto will be no exception, decked out in snowflakes for the occasion. When: 26th Nov -3rd Jan Tel: 0208 332 5655 www.kew.org

Santa at Selfridges My, Santa’s feeling energetic this year – he’ll be roaming around Selfridges, accompanied by an elf, from the end of November up until Christmas Eve. Kids can flag him down and share their wish lists, and take home a free Polaroid print to mark the occasion. When: 28th Nov - 24th Dec www.selfridges.com


The toy-filled wonderland has kids piddling themselves with excitement at any time of year, but things get extra special at Christmas as a certain red-robed bloke makes a special appearance. When: 22nd Nov - 24th Dec Tel: 0871 704 1977 www.hamleys.com

whats on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Broadway Theatre By huge popular demand, top comedian Richard Blackwood returns to play Muddles in this fast, funny and specatcular new production of Snow White. When: 13th Dec - 31st Dec. www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk



Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Richmond Theatre Join us for a festive adventure into an enchanted fairytale forest and meet all your favourite characters along the way. Will the Wicked Queen banish Snow White once and for all, or will the handsome Prince thwart her plans with some help from the dwarfs? Who’s the fairest in the land and will good triumph over evil? When: 5th Dec - 11th Jan. www.atgtickets.com

The Snow Dragon

St. James’ Theatre


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On New Year’s Eve, Billy’s parents tell him about the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him goodies during the night? When: 9th Dec - 4th Jan. www.stjamestheatre.co.uk

Pant/o15s 2014

Mother Goose

Beauty and the Beast

Hackney Empire

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Imagine what you could do with a magical goose who lays priceless golden eggs? Discover what becomes of Mother Goose when she is given Princess Priscilla, a magic goose with a golden talent. Perhaps having everything she ever wanted isn’t all it’s CRACKED up to be!.

Get ready for some spectacular festive fun as Theatre Royal Stratford East brings you an enchanting new version of this timeless classic. Join Belle on her magical adventures across a strange unfamiliar land. Will our heroine rescue the Beast and save the day, or will the evil witch get her wicked way?

When: 22nd Nov - 4th Jan. www.hackneyempire.co.uk

When: 29th Nov - 17th Jan. www.stratfordeast.com

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Dominion Theatre Make it a Christmas you’ll never forget with this spectacular festive feel-good musical based on the much loved movie classic! Starring Aled Jones, Wendi Peters, Tom Chambers and Graham Cole. When: 8th Nov - 3rd Jan. www.dominiontheatre.co.uk

The Smurfs & the Magic Lamp

Millfield Theatre Join the Smurfs, the Genie and their friends on a magic carpet ride which is full of groovy tunes and wicked dance moves in true Platinum Style. A Magical Urban Pantomime featuring UK Street Dance Champions. When: 8th Jan - 18th Jan. www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk

Room On the Broom

Lyric Theatre Based on the much loved book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. How the cat purred and how the witch grinned as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind! When: 26th Nov - 11th Jan. www.nimaxtheatres.com


Shaw Theatre Peter Pan

Broadway Barking The Broadway is delighted to announce that this year’s panto will be Peter Pan, which means swash-buckling with

With a top-quality West End cast, live band, spectacular sets, glittering costumes, and plenty of audience participation, Aladdin promises to be the most spectacular pantomime ever. When: 11th Dec - 3rd Jan. www.shaw-theatre.com

pirates and fairy-powered flying as Peter, Wendy and the other children (and not forgetting Tinks of course) takes

Dick Whittington and his Cat

on the dastardly Captain Hook in this all-time favourite

Lyric Hammersmith

magical adventure..

The streets of Hammersmith will be paved with gold this Christmas as the Lyric’s traditional panto returns for a 6th spectacular year.

When: 29th Nov - 3rd Jan. www.thebroadwaybarking.com

When: 22nd Nov - 3rd Jan. www.lyric.co.uk

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Get your skates on this Christmas Eyeskate London Eye

Warm up this winter with a skate around Eyeskate at the London Eye. This spectacular ice rink on the South Bank returns for the fifth year with plenty of festive fun and wintry activities. As well as enjoying a 45-minute ice skating session in the shadow of the London Eye you can book a flight on the London Eye with a Winter Cocktail Experience or go on a Frosty Guided Experience. When: November 15th - January 4th www.londoneye.com

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whats on


Christmas Winterville at Victoria Park London has a new festive treat for 2014, as Winterville arrives in Victoria Park. The festive village is brimming with attractions, entertainment, food and drink, for all ages to enjoy. Start the day off by making your way around the park in horse drawn carriages while deciding on which attractions to visit. Close to the top of the long list must surely be the stunning ice skating rink, the spectacular Ferris Wheel and the House of Fairy Tales in the Kid’s Quarter.

Victoria Park Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Go ice-skating at the Natural History Museum and experience a magical winter haven in the heart of the city.

When: December 2nd - December 31st www.winterville.co.uk

Natural History Museum

Now in its 10th year, the spectacular rink is nestled in front of the iconic South Kensington Museum, beneath 80,000 twinkling fairy lights and around a 40-foot-high tree. Visit the interactive Christmas chalet, with chocolatey treats, prize giveaways and activities in partnership with chocolatiers Lindt. When: October 30th - January 4th www.nhmskating.com

Tower of London Ice Rink Located in London’s most iconic landmark, the Tower of London’s open-air ice rink provides a stunning location for winter fun and festivities. Situated in the moat, the ice rink is set against the magnificent fortress battlements, providing a stunning setting for winter skating in the City. Glide across the ice in the morning winter light, and dramatically illuminated after dark, skate under the stars.

Tower of London

When: November 16th - January 5th www.toweroflondonicerink.com

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Somerset House

Skate at Somerset House In partnership with Fortnum & Mason, this icy experience is open all day and well into the evening, when the rink comes alive with special club nights featuring top DJs. You can enhance your experience with ‘Skate Extras’, which range from champagne and truffles to cream tea in Fortnum’s Lodge. Cocktails and fondue can also be savoured. When: November 11th - January 11th www.somersethouse.org.uk

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink returns this festive period for another skating season. Put on your ear muffs, gloves and skates, grab someone’s hand and have some fun this Christmas. The outdoor ice rink at Hampton Court offers spectacular views of the magnificent Palace that Henry VIII once lived in. Book an evening session to see the palace lit up after dark while you skate under the evening stars! The Ice Bar & Café provides a welcome place to warm up after your skate, serving a selection of winter drinks and festive snacks. When: November 21st - January 4th www.hamptoncourticerink.com

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland provides fun, laughter and excitement for both adults and children. Skate around the stunning ice rink which circles the Victorian bandstand, enter the Magical Ice Kingdom with its ‘ice forest’ of frozen sculptures and gleaming ice castle, and enjoy the acrobatic wonders of shows at Zippos Circus and Cirque Beserk. If you’re a thrill-seeker, there are plenty of rides to try. Younger children can enjoy gentle activities such as carousels, helter skelters and funhouses. Older children and adults, meanwhile, will love the adrenalinefuelled rollercoasters. When: November 21st - January 4th www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

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FunEntertainment Gaming Fun

Gaming for all ages


Check out the best, most entertaining, and age appropriate video games for your kids, all recommended by our readers.

Smart for School-Age

Perfect for Preschool Barbie Dreamhouse Party Join Barbie and her friends for an adventure that will take fans behind pink doors into the fantastic world of the Dreamhouse!.

Fifa 15


3 to look out for Paddington Release date: 28th November

Fifa 15 is the latest in the longest-running football video game series in the world.

The Crew

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The Crew is a revolutionary actiondriving game developed exclusively for next-gen consoles. It takes you and your friends on a reckless ride.

This is a brilliant update in the Animal Crossing series and well worth the long wait from announcement to release.

Disney Frozen In this humorous epilogue to the motion picture, Olaf’s Quest hands center spotlight to Olaf, the outgoing, innocent and comically carefree snowman.

Mario Kart 8

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Marvel Super Heroes are assembling for an action-packed, brick-smashing good time!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Release date: 7th December

Lego The Lord Of The Rings

Bringing antigravity to the Mario Kart racetracks! In this game, you can race up vertical walls and across ceilings, introducing true three-dimensional course design!

Based on The Lord of the Rings motion picture trilogy, Lego The Lord of the Rings follows the original storylines of The Lord of the Rings films.

Awsome for Older Kids Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Release date: 19th December

Transformers Rise of the Dark Sparkr Where two worlds collide! Explore two unique worlds as your favourite Transformers characters

Need For Speed Rivals Risk Everything in the Ultimate Rivalry. Enter the high-speed world of Redview County, where you can play as a lone-wolf racer or work together as a team of cops.

Teenage Mutant Star Wars Ninja Turtles: Star Wars fans of all Danger of the ages will soon be able Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze on PS3 is a sidescrolling action-adventure video game featuring our four favorite halfshelled heroes

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to bring the Star Wars universe home and become part of the films like never before with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360.




How the Grinch

stole Christmas By Dr. Seuss

Everyone in Whoville celebrates the holiday season with joy and happiness, toys and feasting. Except the Grinch. His heart happens to be two sizes too small.

Nightmare Before Christmas: By Tim Burton

Based upon the popular movie by Tim Burton which puts a scary twist on the holidays. Jack Skellington is all about making Halloween spooky and fun. But after one more successful Halloween night, he starts thinking about other celebrations..

A Christmas Wish For Corduroy By B.G. Hennessy

It’s almost Christmas and Corduroy wishes he could be a child’s holiday gift—but he’s a plain bear, and nobody seems to notice him.

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T he Mitten By Jan Brett When a little red mitten suddenly appears in the forest, all the animals aren’t quite sure what it is. They do realize that it’s rather cozy inside the mitten, so one by one, they crawl inside. The mitten keeps on stretching to include more animals — even a bear! How many of them will be able to fit in there? Jan Brett’s classic tale of a lost mitten is a joy for children everywhere, especially with her delightfully colourful and highly      detailed illustrations. This         story may easily become a         family favourite.

Editors Pick Here Comes Santa Cat By Deborah Underwood Cat took on a bunny in Here Comes the Easter Cat, but now Christmas is coming, and Cat has a hunch he’s not on Santa’s “nice” list. Which means? No presents for Cat. So he tries to be good, but children, it seems, aren’t wild for his brand of gift-giving.

T he Polar Express By Chris Van Allsburg A book that quickly became a classic (and then a movie), it’s the story of one boy whose name we never learn as he steps onto a magical train that heads straight to the North Pole.

T he Night Before T he

Night Before Christmas By Jay Dee At Santa’s workshop, the night before the night before Christmas is hardly a time to rest. The elves work tirelessly to get the final toys made before Christmas Eve, but Elfie just can’t keep pace.

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Adult Reading


Inferno - Dan Brown A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a large scale. Computer hacking genius Gaby, involved with an extreme anarchist gang, is the daughter of a high ranking Australian politician. She manages to get prison doors to unlock and somehow her programming unlocks doors in America too, so a link between the countries is verified.

The Year I Met You - Cecelia Ahern Christmas for Leaving Time One - Amanda - Jodi Picoult Prowse To tell you much If you have not discovered Amanda Prowse yet you are in for a treat. This is part of her No Greater Love series and tells of a single mum trying to get Christmas perfect for her young son. Whether she does or not is for you to discover in this truly heartrending tale. Full of incident and real characters, it’s a brilliant read.

about this might give away the surprise and shocking ending, suffice to say it is written from the point of view of a daughter, Jenna, desperate to find the truth about the disappearance of her mother ten years earlier, and by that mother, Alice, who fills us in on Jenna’s childhood up to the fateful night when tragedy struck.

A thoughtful, captivating and ultimately uplifting novel from this uniquely talented author.

Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes Annabel Karmel In this new Quick and Easy book she offers 130 recipes that can be rustled up in minutes. With an eye on nutritional content and appeal for children, as well as speediness for hassled mums and dads, she solves mealtimes in an instant.

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn ‘What are you thinking, Amy?’ The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: ‘What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?’ Just how well can you ever know the person you love? This is the question that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears.

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Jasmine loves two things: her sister and her work. And when her work is taken away she has no idea who she is. Matt loves two things: his family and the booze. Without them, he hits rock bottom. One New Year’s Eve, two people’s paths collide. Both have time on their hands; both are at a crossroads. But as the year unfolds, through moonlit nights and suburban days, an unlikely friendship slowly starts to blossom. Sometimes you have to stop still in order to move on… Original and poignant, The Year I Met You will make you laugh, cry and celebrate life.

Captivated by You A Crossfire Novel Sylvia Day Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened up old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows.




Credit Crunch

ways credit can help at Christmas

Used sensibly, credit cards are a great way for savvy families to make their money go further this festive season. By planning ahead and setting strict budgets, you can use credit cards to your advantage this year and for years to come.

Credit Comparison experts TotallyMoney.com, give five reasons why you should apply for one in time for Christmas:

1. Points Mean Prizes Credit card companies are falling over themselves to attract your custom with offers and points systems. Compare the best deals to suit your spending – for example, would supermarket points or vouchers help your Christmas shopping? The best way to maximise your money is take advantage of cashback deals that pay you back a percentage of your spending each month. You can use your credit card to purchase gifts, food, petrol for those family visits and even the Christmas tree itself.

2. Security for Purchases If like many households across the UK, you’ll have a tablet or two under the tree this year, then make sure you buy them on a credit card.

4. Unexpected Guests

You’ll then be covered by section 75, which will ensure you get a full refund should the company you buy from go bust before delivering your present. If you use a debit card for large purchases unfortunately you’ll be out of pocket and without present should the worst happen.

3. Avoid Interest There’s no excuse for paying high interest on credit cards, as many providers are offering 0% interest for over 12 months. With a bit of planning and reminders in your phone to alert you before the deal ends, take advantage of 0% deals and spread the cost of Christmas over a few months if you need to. Always ensure you are paying back more than the minimum payment.

No matter how many lists are written and budgets set, it’s pretty much guaranteed that a last minute unexpected guest or a neighbour that pops round with a box of chocolates. Avoid that awkward moment of having nothing to give in return to buy for, by using a credit card to pay for these items. You’ll be able to reap the rewards from cashback and spread the cost whilst avoiding interest charges.

5. Proper Planning If all your Christmas purchases get paid through one credit card, it will be much easier for you to stick to your budget and monitor spending. Compared to your purchases being amongst everyday living in your current account, a credit card statement will be a clear indicator of what you have bought and what else you can afford. Keep a copy of these statements for next year and use them to plan where you could make savings on your next purchases. Visit www.totallymoney.com/guides/category/credit-cards/ for a guide to choosing the right credit card for your family.

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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.

Apples & Pears

Get going with Apples & Pears! Apples & Pears, operated by Mytime Active, is Camden’s free service for all the family to get you on your way to a healthier weight. We’ve got loads of classes to suit your lifestyle and interests, to help get you active and eating right. Apples & Pears is all about making exercise and good eating a fun part of your everyday routine, with like-minded people and friendly staff. There’s something to suit everyone at Apples & Pears. Whatever your age or shape, we’ll get you fitter – for free! Email: applesandpears@nhs.net Tel: 020 3688 1710 www.applesandpearscamden.co.uk www.mytimeactive.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

To appear in our Clubs & Classes section contact us at: info@rascalsoflondon.co.uk

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.

Art at Kite Studio

Mozo Island After School

Sing pop songs and jam in a band! Big Kid’s Band Intermediate/ Advanced Group. Ukulele, Guitar, Keyboard and Recorder with Singing. Age 8 - 10, Every Monday 4.45 - 5.35 Beginner’s Club Introduction to - Recorder, Ukulele, Guitar, Singing, Drumming and Art (inc. free recorder) Age 5-10, Every Monday 3.45 - 4.35 Both Clubs £9. Per session. Book Now for Jan 2014, Quote: Rascals, to get first session FREE!!

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

Clubs & Classes

Where: All London areas Tel: 07545 247 963 www.babysensory.com

Diddi Dance

Where: Ritz Music Shop, Sheen Rd, Richmond. Email: mozoisland@gmail.com mozoislandmusicschool.blogspot.co.uk Tel: 01582 766 464 www.monkeymusic.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

To appear in our Clubs & Classes section contact us at: info@rascalsoflondon.co.uk

Central London Fencing Club

Monkey Music

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.

Monkey Music has an award winning reputation for innovative, beautifully presented music classes for each stage of your little one’s development, from 3 months to 4 years. Amazing puppets, hand crafted props, specialist percussion instruments, movement, bubbles and lots more. Guaranteed giggles and learning, great for making friends too!

Where: Flat 2, 7 Hide Place, London SW1P 4HD. Tel: 0776 662 3507 www.centrallondonfencingclub.com

Where: Chelsea, Belgravia, Gloucester Rd, Fulham, Putney, Barnes, Primrose Hill, Hampstead, Kensington, Notting Hill.. www.monkeymusic.co.uk

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: admincpp@btconnect.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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ON Keeping the whole family entertained this Winter


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


December 6th - February 28th On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. Where: London Palladium Theatre www.london.catsthemusical.com

Winter Wonderland

Coram’s Fields Christmas Fair

Until January 4th

December 6th

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland provides a spectacular festive destination with something to excite people of all ages. Choose from one of our popular attractions, experience the thrilling rides, take a trip to Santa Land, browse the Christmas markets and enjoy the festive fare. FREE to enter and soak up the festive atmosphere! Book ahead for Ice Skating, The Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos Circus, Giant Wheel and Bar Ice. Advance booking is highly recommended as attraction tickets sell out, especially at weekends and evenings. Advance tickets guarantee fast-track entry into Hyde Park Winter Wonderland!

This family friendly Christmas fair provides welcome rest bite from the frantic crowds that hit the capital each December. Parents can peruse stalls, pick up gifts such as seasonal food, books and jewellery, sip on mulled wine and enter the raffle, while the little ones are kept busy with festive arts and crafts activities, fairground rides and an early appearance from Santa himself.

Where: Hyde Park. www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Where: Coram’s Fields www.coramsfields.org

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The Snowman

November 26th - January 4th “Sheer theatrical magic. Go see The Snowman and melt” The Times. The enchanting show tells the story of a young boy’s adventures when his snowman comes miraculously to life on Christmas Eve. Featuring a dazzling array of colourful characters including dancing penguins, magical reindeer, a beautiful snow princess, her wicked beau Jack Frost and of course, Father Christmas himself, The Snowman is a Christmas treat for all the family. Where: Peacock Theatre, WC2. Tel: 0844 412 4322 www.sadlerswells.com

Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic

December 24th January 4th

October 26th - November 3rd BIG Hairy Bug draw!

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. Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents park. Tel: 020 7722 3333 www.zsl.org

Disney On Ice returns to celebrate 100 Years of Magic with more than 60 Disney characters at The O2 Arena London. Meet most loved Disney/Pixar’s star Finding Nemo with other recognizable cartoon characters at Disney On Ice. Where: The O2. www.theo2.co.uk

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, and hands on activities led by Excavate! animal Notdemonstrations Just Dinosaurs their Grim Keepers.

Until January 18th Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regents park.

We all know the names of 7722 the legendary dinosaurs that roamed the Earth during the Tel: 020 3333 Jurassic period, butwww.zsl.org what about their less famous reptilian friends like the pseudosuchians and atoposaurids? Join palaeontologist and author of Excavate! Dinosaurs Jon Tennant as he introduces us to the lesser-known animals of the Mesozoic. Where: Natural History Museum www.nhm.ac.uk

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

Gruffalo Live on Stage

Until January 12th

One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist… does he? Where: Lyric Theatre.


New Year’s Eve Fireworks

December 31st

The Great Christmas Pudding Race

December 6th

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in London is an awesome display of sound and colour. Join a quarter of a million people as they celebrate the start of 2014 together by watching New Year’s Eve Fireworks in London along the banks of the River Thames. New Year’s Eve Fireworks in London is a 10-minute extravaganza starting at midnight and accompanied by music from famous UK artists. The best places to view the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in London are South Bank, Waterloo Bridge and Victoria Embankment; the London Eye being the main focal point Where: London Eye, Jubilee Gardens, South Bank www.london.gov.uk

The Great Christmas Pudding Race 2014 in London Covent Garden is a unique and fun relay race where teams tackle quirky obstacles while carrying a Christmas pudding on a tray. Observers are welcome to cheer on the teams as they run frantically around Covent Garden London to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This year will be the 33nd annual race Where: Covent Garden Piazza Tel: 0870 402 9899 www.lth-hotels.com

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January 6th - February 8th KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil, combining the two circus traditions of acrobatics and clowning in spectacular style. Set in an electrifying and exotic visual world full of surprises, thrills and chills, it tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world, through contortionists, trapeze-artists, the high wire and the breathtaking ‘Wheel of Death’. Where: Royal Albert Hall www.royalalberthall.com

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Dino Snores

February 21st

Come along to our monthly sleepovers to discover what really happens at the Museum when the staff and visitors have gone home. Dino Snores for Kids is for children aged seven to 11, but accompanying adults will enjoy it too. The event is ideal for school groups or birthday parties. In the evening, experience thrilling activities while stalking the corridors after dark.

Peter Pan

November 21st February 14th

Activities include: •  A torch-lit trail in our famous Dinosaurs   gallery - watch out for the T.rex moving   in the shadows. •  A live science show by our Museum expert •  Dino Design - create your own dinosaur   T-shirt to take home. •  Snuggling down at midnight under the   watchful gaze of Dippy, our Diplodocus   skeleton, or beneath our life-size blue   whale specimen, or in another exciting   part of the Museum.

Beyond the stars a thrilling adventure awaits.. Magic soars to the sky this winter, as Peter Pan and Tinker Bell whisk Wendy and her brothers off to Neverland. Join them in a fantastical world of pirates, mermaids and ticktocking crocodiles where they must help The Lost Boys battle the villainous Captain Hook Where: Natural History Museum www.nhm.ac.uk

Where: Polka Theatre www.polkatheatre.com

The Baby Show

February 20th - 22nd As well as providing a superb family-friendly shopping experience, where you can compare 1000s of products from 100s of trusted brands and benefit from exclusive show-only offers, the event offers visitors a unique opportunity to hear from a selection of leading baby and childcare experts. It’s the perfect environment for a great day out, with entertainment for both baby and you. Where: Olympia House, Olympia. www.thebabyshow.co.uk

Swan Lake

8th October 2014 - 18th January 2015 English National Ballet’s acclaimed production of Swan Lake provides an unforgettable experience of romance and drama. Exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, played by English National Ballet’s full Orchestra, make this the perfect version of the much loved ballet whether for the first-time ballet-goer or the dedicated fan. Where: London Coliseum. www.ballet.org.uk

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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

Allsorts Drama

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Time 4 Mums

Beez Kneez

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

Bravo Post

Tel: 020 7557 6799 www.solt.co.uk

Tel: 020 7287 7811 www.bravopost.co.uk

  Little Actors Summer   School

  Clare Breheny

Tel: 01263 823 000 www.campbeaumont.co.uk


  Crazee Kids

Little Kickers

Tel: 020 8969 3249 www.allsortsdrama.com

Camp Beaumont


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

  Stage Coach                

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

  Little Lookers

Super Camps

  Days Made Easier

  Egoist Body Studios

     Magic Rainbow              

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

Birth Hypnosis

Blooming Bump

Tel: 020 7928 4049 www.waterloohealthcentre. gpsurgery.net

Tel: 07747 075 340 www.birthhypnosis.net

Email: info@bloomingbump.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


Mother Care


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


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 7409 2982 www.boots.com

Tel: 020 7247 4949 www.ohbabylondon.com

Bonpoint Tel: 020 7792 2515 www.bonpoint.com

Pom D Api


Please Mum


Tel: 020 7486 1380 www.please-mum.co.uk

Tel: 020 7243 0535 www.pomdapi.fr

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

Tel: 020 7590 7990 www.ralphlauren.co.uk

Roobub & Custard Tel: 07796 451 513 www.roobubandcustard.co.uk

  Pares Footwear

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


Ralph Lauren

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


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

  Small Print                

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

  Culture Kids

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                  

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

  Latino Bambino

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

  Monkey Music            

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

  Hall School              

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

Indoor Play



Dicky Birds - Surbiton

Adventure Playzone

Rockstar Parties

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

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


It’s a Kid’s Thing Tel: 020 8739 0909 www.itsakidsthing.co.uk

  Little Dinosaurs                

Party Magic Box

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

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              

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

  Creation Station                      

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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