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What’s inside The best bits 12 Parks & Playgrounds

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Something to keep the whole brood happy.

16 Little Biters! What to do when toddlers bite.

26 Playful Playdates Hosting a playdate that is fun for everyone and easy for you.

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34 Spring Fashion Vertbaudet, Jojo Maman Bebe and Mamas & Papas showcase their Spring ranges.

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More best bits 49 Temper Tantrums How to handle your child’s meltdowns without losing your cool.

53 Delicious Recipes from Annabel Karmel Kitchen fun with the Queen of cooking.

58 Top Eco Goodies We pick our top spots for that perfect Autumn getaway.

59 Love Reading New picture books guaranteed to make children excited for story time.

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A Paddington DVD

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irst of all, I would like to wish my little man Henry a Happy Birthday, I cannot believe you are going to be in double figures on March 11th.

Talking of my little man, In the Summer holidays last year I sent him off to Mill on the Brue in Somerset where he had the most amazing time, he met children from all over the country and stayed at the residential camp for a week. I would highly recommend it especially if you are working parents, best to book up now though as spaces are always limited. Rascals of London can often feel like my 2nd child, it needs lots of daily love and attention, and is forever growing. Sometimes, I can’t believe how much we have managed to grow, with our readership now estimated at over 120,000. This edition is jam packed with interesting, fun and essential information for all you mums, dads, grandparents and carers across London and beyond. We have a fantastic feature on page 12 entitled ‘Parks and Playgrounds across the City’ aimed at getting the whole family wanting to play in the great outdoors. On page 26, we have some fantastic ideas to make those dreaded play dates a walk in the park and if you are close to pulling your hair out with the dreaded temper tantrum stage, make sure you check out page 49 for ideas on how to kick them into touch, by our resident expert Kathryn Mews. I hope you enjoy this edition as much as we enjoyed putting it together, as always its lovely to hear your thoughts on our articles and features. Make sure you catch up and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for weekly competitions and do make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletters, just visit our website to subscribe. I’m going to enjoy a Chai Tea Latte, Happy reading,

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Rascals Reviews All the latest product reviews.

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Flat Head Syndrome London specialists have the answers

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Introducing the New Icandy Peach All-Terrain Step out in style on your next adventure.

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10 Ideas for Playdate Food Make playdates fun and tasty with these healthy snack ideas.

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Travel Accessories Find an Easter Event Near You Something for everything

Mum, I Love You! Show mum how much you love her on the 15th March.

Make traveling a breeze.

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

Chattering away to your baby is even better for them than reading.

Arts, Crafts & Recipes Welcome to the magical World of Florentine and Pig.

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

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Pregnant & Ultra Stylish A big belly doesn’t need a big new wardrobe, just the right one!.

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Clubs & Classes Find a club or class near you. Find a club or class near you.

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

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Ergobaby Four Position 360 Baby Carrier £139.95 - www.johnlewis.com

Britax Dualfix

Ergobaby’s new four position 360 baby carrier offers you the ultimate in flexibility by enabling you to wear your baby in the ergonomically supported front inward, back, hip and now front-outward carry positions. This versatility provides more options for babies who are physically and developmentally ready for greater interaction with their environments. When your baby reaches 5-6 months and is awake, it can be beneficial for them to spend short periods of time facing outwards.

£340 - www.britax.co.uk DUALFIX’s 360° flexibility offers parents the best of both worlds, empowering them to choose a position that best suits them, their vehicle and their child. DUALFIX also makes life on the go that little bit easier for parents. The car seat can be turned to a 90° angle which helps them smoothly place their child in and out of their vehicle from the side.

Gro-Clock £29.99 - www.gro-store.co.uk How do you get your children to understand when it’s time to get up? SIMPLE “stay in bed until you see the sun!” This updated version of the Groclock uses fun images of the stars and sun to communicate when to go back to sleep and when it’s time to get up.

Duo Deluxe French Stripe Changing Bag £65.00 - www.skiphop.com

Tote all of your baby’s items in style with the Duo Special Edition! This modern design boasts all of the features of the classic Duo with a contemporary pattern. As with every Duo Diaper Bag, a changing pad is included for on-the-go convenience. Magnetic closures on both the exterior bottle pockets and a zip on the main compartment ensure everything stays in its place. An interior bottle pocket and two side pockets keep diapers, bottles and parent must-haves organized while out and about. Plus, the wipe-clean surface helps protect against any small spills or dirt that may come your way.

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SnuzPod 3 in 1 Bedside Crib £169.99 - www.thelittlegreensheep.co.uk

More than just a Bedside Crib... Nothing compares with being close to your baby. The award-winning SnüzPod Bedside Crib™ allows you to easily comfort, settle and feed your baby without having to leave your bed, helping build a close bond and ensure both you and your baby have the very best night’s sleep. SnüzPod™ has a unique 3 in 1 design; a bedside crib with a zip-down wall; a stand-alone crib for the nursery; and a removable rocking bassinet that can be used around the home.

Rascals Reviews Dream Genii Pregnancy Support Pillow

Joie Chrome Plus £269.99 www.joiebaby.com The Joie Chrome Plus Stroller in Black Carbon is a deluxe multi-function pushchair that is suitable from birth, with a forward and rear facing seat unit. Combine with the Chrome Plus Carrycot and Gemm Car Seat to make up a handy Travel System. Suitable from birth, this versatile pushchair features a fully flat recline and adjustable leg rest that create a cocooned seating area for baby, perfect for relaxing and napping.

£39.99 www.nctshop.co.uk Designed to provide support in the second and third trimester of your pregnancy, and can help you get a comfortable night’s sleep by offering support for your back, tummy and knees.

Piriuki, Reusable Nappy £15.99, piriuki.com

Baby Bjorn Bouncer £119.99 - www.babybjorn.co.uk

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NSAuk Deluxe Pop Up Travel Cot £74.99 - www.safetots.co.uk The NSAuk Deluxe Pop Up Travel Cot Large is perfect for nap times when on holiday or visiting grandparents. The travel cot provides a comfortable play area for baby as well as a sleeping area with a self inflating mattress, sleeping mat and an insect mesh when it’s time for a rest. This travel cot pops up and folds away in seconds and is compact and lightweight, a practical and convenient solution for a family on the move.

DayTripper Deluxe Bag £65.00 - www.babybing.com

The World’s best paternity satchel has just got better. BabaBing!, the experts in paternity bags that look as great on dad as they do on mum, bring us the new BabaBing! Deluxe paternity satchel. Designed to sit tidily behind your pram or pushchair. This bag is packed full of well thought-out features for every parent.

Britax B-AGILE Double £349.99 - www.mothercare.com

No longer will parents need to suffer the expense of trading in a heavyweight travel system for a lightweight stroller once their child gets older. The new Britax B-AGILE pushchairs not only provide ultimate protection and comfort for a newborn, they are perfectly spacious and comfortable for a boisterous 4-year-old. The Double has been designed to make life even easier for parents with two or more children; the unique handle is not only adjustable, but has been designed for one-handed steering. Also, unlike many other side-by-side double pushchairs, the B-AGILE Double will fit through a standard doorway

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Summer Infant Digital Prenatal Listening System £22.95 www.precious littleone.com The clever device allows you and your partner to hear your baby’s heart beat, kicks and hiccups. It includes two headsets so that both mother and father can enjoy fetal growth and development.

and, for added convenience, is freestanding when folded making storage much easier. Mark Bennett, Child Safety Expert at Britax, remarks, ‘We are constantly developing our pushchair ranges to provide parents with real value for money, with the quality you expect from Britax and features that makes life that little bit easier. The B-AGILE is a very clever range of pushchairs, as not only do they provide the comfort and protection parents expect for newborns, they provide the lightweight feel of a small stroller that mums and dads soon learn to crave as their child gets older.’


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with CYBEX safety experts, the Cloud Q can be adapted to have a flat lying angle inside a car to ensure that a young baby can be transported comfortably and safely - even on longer trips.

Tripp Trapp Highchair £159.99 - www.stokke.com Designed to fit right up to your dining table, bringing your baby into the heart of your family, allowing him or her to learn and develop alongside you. The intelligent, adjustable design allows freedom of movement with both depth - and height adjustable seat - and foot plates. When adjusted correctly, your child is ensured a comfortable and ergonomic seating position at any age.

Doona Car Seat £299.00 - www.toysrus.co.uk

This fantastic Doona car seat converts from a group 0+ car seat into a compact stroller! Ideal for nipping out and about with baby meaning there is no need for a travel system frame in the boot of the car. The Doona is the next generation infant car seat that combines the highest standard in safety and a revolutionary integrated travel system that has already won multiple industry awards.

Jungle Leather OiOi Dad’s Bag £220.00 - www.oioibaby.co.uk This beautiful butter-soft satchel from the OiOi Man range will please Dads everywhere. The rugged look and smell of real two-tone distressed leather inspire a world of Indiana Jones, so that Dad won’t mind at all taking charge of baby when he’s out and about.

The Family Necklace £89.00 - wWw.mercimamanboutique.com The Family Necklace was created as an alternative to the Duchess Necklace, as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, for those with larger families. It has been seen on Autumn Phillips, wife of Peter Phillips grandson of The Queen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kew Gardens Kew Rd, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB

This great adventure playground set within Kew gardens boasts Treehouse Towers, with ziplines, scramble nets and wooden buildings to clamber over.

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

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any toddlers go through a “biting stage.” They bite their Mummies and Daddies, or they bite other children. The parents of children who are bitten become fierce defenders of their children. Their “I’ve got to protect my child” response can easily come across as “Your child is bad,” and can set off emotional waves that parents of the biter and the bitten are poorly equipped to handle. But this commonplace behavior has nothing to do with how “good” a child is, or how well he is parented.

Infants experiment with biting Toddlers bite as part of exploring their worldEvery infant experiments with biting. Babies bite their teething toys, their mommy’s breast, their pacifier, or the fingers or shoulders of their parents. Usually, the parent’s immediate flinch or cry of surprise communicates to the child that biting hurts, and after a few experiments, the child has learned enough about biting to move on. The experiments cease. There’s

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Little Biters nothing bad or wrong with these biting experiments: the baby is doing what he or she must do to learn. It helps the learning process if the adult responds with a loud “Ouch! Please don’t bite me,” but doesn’t blame, punish, or lecture the baby. The baby needs to experiment in order to learn, so a few painful moments will be necessary before the learning process has taken its course. Parents must guard their own safety with an infant who is exploring biting. For instance, it doesn’t make sense to put your finger in the mouth of a baby who is exploring biting, if he has teeth!

Toddlers bite when they feel afraid or frustrated By the time a child has reached toddler age, he has learned that biting hurts. Seldom is a bite from a toddler an experiment. You might think, “Well, if he knows it hurts, why does he decide to do it?” In my view, toddlers don’t decide to bite. They are generous beings at heart, and they don’t want to hurt anyone. A toddler bites because a big wave of tension has suddenly flooded his brain. He doesn’t plan this, and he doesn’t know how to stop it. Toddlers’ biting is like a sneeze or a cough - his body does it for internal reasons that aren’t under his control. One of the main reasons toddlers bite is because they are feeling afraid or frustrated. When they haven’t had their fill of close, relaxed time with their parents or caregivers, or when stress has risen in their lives, they may not express the fears or frustrations through natural outlets like crying and tantrums. To them, the situation doesn’t feel favorable for expressing lots of feelings. But the feelings rumble nevertheless, and when they become intolerable, biting can occur.


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Toddlers need chances to express their frustrations, fears, and other upsets on a daily basis. They want to be close to Mommy and Daddy, but mommies and daddies have to work, shop, fix meals, talk on the phone, and take care of other children. Toddlers in childcare want to be treasured by their caregivers, but caregivers have many children to consider. So tension builds, one little disappointment or lonely moment at a time. A day’s ordinary events can easily leave a toddler feeling upset and alone, although nothing an adult would consider “difficult” has happened. For instance, if a parent is gone for a night on business, a toddler doesn’t understand her absence. He feels afraid and tries to cry, hoping to heal his fears and sadness in the arms of someone who loves him and will listen. But the well-meaning caregiver believes that the toddler will feel better if he doesn’t cry, and gives him a bottle or puts him to sleep. The next day in childcare, he bites a child. He tried to release his tensions, but couldn’t. So the feelings he stuffed away jump out in the form of biting. He doesn’t know why, and he didn’t choose to bite. He was simply too full of tension to function well.

Both current tensions and stored tensions can cause a child to bite The tensions that drive toddlers to bite can arise from things that have recently happened. The birth of a sibling, the absence of a parent, witnessing violence on TV, a change in caregivers, or moving from one apartment to another are the kinds of things that can cause a child to bite. The fact that a toddler has feelings that are being expressed in biting isn’t the fault of the parent, or of the toddler. Biting is like a runny nose: it’s common, it’s not fun for the child or the parents, and it can affect other children adversely, but it’s not the sign that anyone is “bad.”

No More Hitting Patty Wipfler talks about children’s feelings of aggression. Sometimes, the most likely explanation for biting is that it’s driven by feelings that come from events at the beginning of a child’s life, rather than by current tensions. For instance, I know several toddlers who would bite or lash out at other children when there was no unusual stress that their parents could identify. Usually, this aggression would arise when children were sitting or playing together in close quarters.When we began to try to figure out what tensions might be operating, we found that each of these children had experienced a difficult birth. Each had been born

Little Biters after a long labor or after being stuck in the birth canal for some time. We guessed - with young children, guessing is the best one can do - that children crowding close might trigger strong, early feelings of being trapped and in danger. Toddlers may also bite out of frustration. To be a toddler is to see a vast number of interesting things people do, and to think, “I want to do that!” The toddler doesn’t know that he doesn’t yet have the power or coordination to fully succeed. It is a hopeful and a frustrating time of life. When a toddler’s tantrums - his natural, healthy, and tension-relieving response to frustration - aren’t allowed, a child’s frustration can build until he can’t stand to be close to other children. He bites or lashes out, because the buildup of frustration inside him has had no permissible outlet.

You don’t need to know the reason a child is biting

Guessing why a child bites can be helpful in predicting when this behavior will arise, so that you can be close at hand to intervene to help the child and protect other children. But to help a child, you don’t need to understand the source of the tensions. Whether you have thought of a likely cause or not, your helpful actions will be the same.

Help a child release tensions in productive ways Biting doesn’t release a child’s inner tension. A child feels much worse after he’s bitten someone, even if he appears to be indifferent. Hurting someone adds to his load of upset, and the guilt he feels makes him look like he doesn’t care. But inside, he’s more frightened than before. When a child has bitten someone, get close. Tell him gently that you’re sorry you didn’t get there in time to keep things safe. Then, move so that you can look into his eyes, and ask him if he can tell you how he feels. You won’t usually get words of explanation, but you will get a child who feels so badly that he can’t look at you, and can’t connect. He will usually begin to writhe and squirm. If you keep gently trying to make eye contact, and tell him you want to be with him right now, a child will often be able to move into releasing feelings through crying or a tantrum. Sometimes a child will begin to laugh, rather than cry or storm, as he tries to wiggle away. That is a good sign. Laughter is often the first step in the tension release process. All the child needs to keep releasing the tension that caused him to bite is your kindness, and your attempt to connect. You don’t need to be the child’s parent to be the one to help. Any nearby, caring, patient adult is a good person to intervene. A child over the top with tension needs a listener, any listener. If the listener isn’t his parent, he is likely to cry about wanting his parent. Those may be the feelings at the root of his biting behavior.

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You don’t need to wait until another bite occurs There two strategies that are proactive and begin having a good effect quickly. They are Special Time and Staylistening.

Special Time The first step to helping a child who bites is to strengthen his ability to feel your attention and love. Special Time is an ideal tool for this step. Set a length of time, anywhere from three to twenty minutes, tell him how long it will be, set a timer if you have one, and then get close. Offer warmth, eye contact, and enthusiasm, and play the way the child wants to play. If he’s playing in a manner that excludes you, keep offering gentle touch and eye contact. If he finds a way to laugh with you - without you tickling him - try to keep the laughter going, because laughter releases tension and helps children feel safe and understood. When the time is over, let him know that you enjoyed playing with him, and that there will be another Special Time soon. Special Time, done daily or several times in a week, will encourage a child to show you his feelings as they arise. He may start crying when you leave, or have a tantrum instead of sulking when he doesn’t get an extra cookie. This is progress, although some people might interpret it as “regression.” Special Time has warmed up the relationship. Your child bursts into tears because he feels close enough to you to hope that you’ll fold him in your arms and say, “I’m sorry you feel so upset. I’ll listen.”

Stay listening Children who have begun to bite are signaling that they have big feelings that need to be heard. These feelings are carried to the surface by small pretexts such as not wanting to get into the car seat, not wanting to undress for a bath, or not being able to give up playing in order to go to day care. The child wants and needs someone to lovingly listen while he releases his feelings through crying or tantrums. Staylistening gives the child this chance. When the parent or caregiver notices that feelings are about to erupt, the child will benefit if he moves close, drops other expectations for a time, and listens with warmth. Children know exactly how to unload tension. Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to revamp their responses, so that crying and tantrums can do the wonderful but time-consuming job of dissolving the feelings that are at the root of biting and other difficult behavior. As parents and caregivers, we need to train ourselves to think, “Oh, good, a tantrum. He trusts me, and he’s had quite a day!” or “Ahhh. She’s going to cry for awhile now. It’ll be nice to take some time to connect with her - I’ve been rushing all day long.” Used consistently, Special Time and Staylistening will provide a release valve for the tensions that cause a child to bite. It may take awhile toddlers usually have a full storehouse of tension by the time they begin to bite. But if you listen until a child is done crying, you will him relax, and play more freely. He will show you more of the emotional storms he hopes you’ll help him with, rather than tightening up until he lashes out.

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Little Biters Toddlers may also bite when times are especially sweet and close Sometimes, a parent will be snuggling and playing affectionately with their delighted toddler. when their child bites them out of the blue. It’s a shock, and feels like an insult! After it happens a second time, parents become wary of playing at close range. They can’t understand why their own child bites them during the sweetest of playtimes. The chance to snuggle and laugh and have a parent beam at him delightedly is deeply reassuring for a child. He absorbs as much of the parent’s love and delight as he can. He feels safe. So his instinct to signal for help takes over. A bite in the middle of warm, close play means, “I’m ready to tell you about some big feelings, but I need you to help me release them.” When you have been bitten, it’s smart to react with as little fluster as possible. Hold your child close, and say something like, “Honey, I can’t let you bite me. Tell me what’s on your mind.” Offer eye contact, and stay very close. The feel of your attention and your willingness to listen will help your child progress from biting but having no feelings about it—fears make most people, big and small, numb to their feelings - to feeling upset, panicked, or frustrated. Stay close and supportive. Your attention helps the child focus on the feelings he needs to express and heal. Your attention is a balm that, when he’s finished, he will fold deeply into his heart.

Hold a child safely “on the edge” of biting Once your child has bitten you in the midst of affectionate play, be on the lookout for him to lunge for you again when you play with warmth and closeness. If you can catch a child who is ready to bite just before he has gotten to you, and put your hand on his forehead, you’ll be able to keep yourself safe and he’ll be able to notice the tensions that drive him to bite. Gently hold him, inches away from the bite he feels driven to take, and tell him, “I’m not going to let you bite me, dear,” in a tone that lets him know you’re ready to help him. Offer your support and attention, and don’t let your child change the subject. He will either laugh hard and release tension safely that way, or begin to cry hard because he finally has the safety he needs. Your support helps him feel the fear that’s bothering him.

Don’t shame, blame, or punish a child who bites

A child can’t help that his feelings are packed in so tightly that biting occurs. He has tried to cry, and tried to tantrum, but has not yet gotten the support he needs to release feelings of fear or frustration. You can help, whether you’re a parent, a caregiver, a grandparent, or a friend. Every child will move away from biting, as soon as the release of his pent-up feelings allows him to relax and feel safe. Children who bite are good children in need of a good cry, in the arms of a caring adult.


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

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

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

STARband is the leading orthotic treatment for deformational plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) in babies aged between 4 and 18 months. Over 125,000 babies have been successfully treated using STARband worldwide. Steeper Clinic is located at the Bendall Mews Consulting Rooms, 6 Bendall Mews, Marylebone, City of Westminster, London, NW1 6SN. For further information on the clinic, or for information on plagiocephaly and treatment options, please visit www.steeperclinic.com.

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

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Container Sandbox

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Board Game Day Using simple games, teach young children to play board games together. Games like The Dinosaur Race Board Game are great for younger kids. Snakes and Ladders is

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

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


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

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

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

Teddy Bear Picnic

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

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Easter Egg Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

Pancakes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Temper Tantrums Written by Kathryn Mewes Author of The 3 Day Nanny

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

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

B Cancel the appointment

C Bribe them with sweets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

•  PAUSE

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

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

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

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Common Challenges for pre-order and on publication from all good bookshops. Refusing to get dressed in the morning.

Important Message

•  Lay the clothing out on the carpet in your    child’s bedroom the night before.

On lookers do not judge the parent who disciplines their child. They judge the parents who are turning a blind eye! Feel empowered by disciplining your child – others around you will learn by your example!

•  Lay out 2 options of outfits and let them    choose.

Once you have a system in place and your child knows the rules and what occurs if they do not follow the rules you tend to find that the tantrums become few and far between. Children take comfort in knowing that their parents are in control. Remain consistent with the consequence system – it works! Discipline is not easy.

•  Aim to get dressed before going into the    kitchen for breakfast – Get dressed in the    bedroom.

•  This avoids the discussion in the morning.

•  If your child refuses to get dressed – •  “I will come back when you are ready    to get dressed. If you want to stay in    your pyjamas you will have to stay in bed.” •  Stand up and walk away and close the    bedroom door behind you. •  Let them shout in frustration and once the    shouting has calmed to a whimper you    can continue to help your child dress in    their bedroom. NEVER try to dress a child    when they are in a fury.

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

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•  Did I bend down and make clear eye    contact?

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

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

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

Temper Tantrums

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

Consistent discipline empowers you as a parent.

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

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

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FOOD & DRINK

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Delicious recipes Ingredients 2 eggs 200g can tuna in oil 100g (4 oz) sweetcorn 2 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tsp white wine vinegar 4 spring onions, chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper a few drops Tabasco sauce salad cress (optional) 2 pitta breads

Stuffed Pitta Pockets How many peanut butter or cheese sandwiches can a parent make? By half term most creative lunch impulses have died a dreary day-to-day death. Stuffed pitta pockets with a nutritious filling make a nice change from an ordinary sandwich for your child’s lunchbox - try this tasty tuna mix which can be made up the night before.

Method: Put the eggs in a saucepan of cold water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 7 to 8 minutes (the yolk should be solid). Drain and cool under cold water. Peel the eggs when cold.

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Meanwhile, strain the oil from the can of tuna and mix the flaked tuna together with the sweetcorn, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, spring onion, salt and pepper and the tabasco sauce. Roughly chop the hard-boiled eggs and add to the tuna mix with the salad cress (if using), stirring well. Cut the pitta breads in half to give 4 pitta pockets and divide the mixture between them.

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Pasta and Pesto

Simple

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

Recipes

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

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

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Ingredients 200g (7 oz) tagliatelle 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic , crushed 1 small yellow pepper, cut into strips 100g broccoli florets 1 medium courgette, sliced thinly and cut in half 125 ml crème fraiche 200 ml vegetable stock 8 cherry tomatoes, halved 75g parmesan cheese, grated A little salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Vegetable

Pasta

This vegetable pasta has a lovely light sauce with vegetables which can be served with almost any kind of pasta and you can vary the vegetables according to your taste. I sometimes use peeled deseeded and chopped tomato instead of cherry tomatoes. You can make the sauce in advance and then cook the pasta just before serving.

Cook the tagliatelle in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water according to the directions on the packet. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan and sauté the onion and garlic for 3 minutes. Add the yellow pepper, broccoli and courgette and sauté for about 7 minutes or until tender. Stir in the crème fraiche and the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cherry tomatoes and simmer for 1 minute, then stir in 50g of the Parmesan cheese and season to taste. Toss the drained tagliatelle with the sauce. Serve with the extra Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top if you wish.

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

Toffee Sauce

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

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Pancakes

with Strawberries & Toffee Souce Its fun to make pancakes and you can try tossing and catching them in the pan. I love these thin pancakes with a strawberry filling and irresistible warm toffee sauce. They are also good served plain with lemon and sugar or with a little golden syrup. You can make the pancakes in advance and freeze them (interleave with non stick baking paper) and then thaw at room temperature for several hours,

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Method: Measure the caster sugar and flour into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Crack in the eggs, then slowly add the milk and beat until smooth. Heat the oil in a small omelette pan. Pour a little of the mixture into the pan and tilt to coat the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully turn over and cook on the other side, then slide onto a plate while you make the rest. Place one pancake on a board, spread a tablespoon of cream cheese in the centre of the pancake. Arrange a few slices of strawberries over the cream cheese. Fold in half and then in half again. Repeat with the remaining pancakes. To make the toffee sauce, melt the butter in a small pan. Add the sugar and cream and slowly bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Pour a little of the sauce over the pancakes.


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Bear longs for sweet, sweet slumber if only Duck would let him get some shut-eye..

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School By Benjamin Chaud First, some giant ants steal breakfast. Then there are the evil ninjas, massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting (and astonishing) detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late?.

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Oliver is finding the big city a lonely and scary place but when he finds a little lost dog he makes his first friend in the city. The trouble is, he knows that somewhere out there someone is missing the little dog just as much as he is loving having him, So, with a heavy heart, Oliver sets about doing the right thing.

The Big Blue Thing on the Hill By Yuval Zommer

This crazy animal caper will have you cheering for the little guys!

When the Big Blue Thing (a camper van to us humans) arrives on Howling Hill, the local wildlife all agree it has to go. First the wolves try to scare it away, then the bears, boars, and foxes have a turn. Finally the wise owls suggest sending the smallest critters; the insects; to do the job.

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Snoozefest By Samantha Berger

Snuggleford Cuddlebun is a champion sleeper. In fact, she’s such a good sleeper that she decides to go to Snoozefest.

Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town?

Please, Mr. Panda By Steve Antony It definitely pays to be polite when doughnuts are involved! Remember to say “please” and “thank you” if you want a sweet treat from this bear.

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Chattering away to your baby is even better for them than reading

Development

talk By Melissa Dahl

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Parents of tiny babies: When you’re home with the kid, keep a one-sided conversation going about anything and everything while you’re folding laundry, making dinner, or doing whatever else around the house. A steady stream of idle chatter from mum or dad’s mouth improves the child’s cognitive development, even more so than reading to them does, according to the results of a study recently published in the journal Language Teaching and Therapy.

Aisling Murray, of the Economic and Social Research Institute in Ireland, initially set out to investigate the importance of reading, and whether reading to infants was associated with higher scores on indicators of cognitive development than other language-based interactions between parent and infant, like talking. She expected that reading would win out; the question, really, was how much better reading was for language skills. Murray used data from the Growing Up in Ireland study, which included a sample of 7,845 infants. Parents were asked how often they read or spoke to their 9-month-old infants, and Murray and her team found that parents who said they “always” talked to their baby while doing

things around the house tended to have babies who scored higher on a test designed to measure babies’ burgeoning problem-solving and communication skills; reading to the baby regularly, in comparison, was also associated with an increase in problem-solving and communication skills, though not to the same degree. Murray explained some potential reasons why parents who babble away to their infants may be improving their babies’ cognitive powers: Talking directly to babies possibly encourages the baby to attempt to engage in two-way communication and better focuses their attention on (their) input, although this isn’t a hypothesis we can test directly with this particular research. And talking to the baby is something that can happen very frequently throughout the day, and is easier to combine with other parenting tasks, whereas reading to an infant might only be for a few minutes a day a couple of times a week. Reading is still important for children’s development, of course. But this finding is good news for busy parents, as it suggests something incredibly simple they can do for their little ones, which doesn’t take any extra time. As Murray concludes in her paper, “Even for parents ... who lack time to sit down to focus on reading a story, this research suggests that just talking to the child and engaging him or her in an (apparently) one-sided conversation can make a positive contribution to the child’s cognitive development.”

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March 28th - 29th

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

Find an

Easter Eggsplorer at Borde Hill

Easter

Do some intrepid clue-hunting in the gardens of Borde Hill this Easter and you’ll be rewarded with a sweet treat. Families will be provided with a special trail sheet, and all those who solve the puzzle will be given a chocolatey reward. There will also be giant garden games for all ages to play with. The activities are included in the price of admission.

near you

March 28th - April 12th

Where: Borde Hill, London Web: www.bordehill.co.uk

April 3rd - 6th

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

For the eighth year running, Cadbury are supporting the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland to bring you the 2015 Easter Egg Trails, a great family day out!. Where: Various Locations Web: www.eastereggtrail.com

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EVENT March 30th April 10th Eggstraordinary Fun! Bank of England Museum Little visitors who find the chicks and eggs tucked away along a special Easter trail at the Bank of England Museum will be rewarded with chocolatey treasure. Once the hunt’s complete there are Easter animal finger puppets to be crafted, too. The activities are included in the price of admission. Where: Bank of England Museum, City. Web: www.bankofengland.co.uk

Where: Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ Web: www.batterseaparkzoo.co.uk

April 3rd - 6th

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

April 6th

Easter Family Festival at Forty Hall Farm A day of Easter fun at Forty Hall Farm. Join us for family craft activities, live music, craft stalls, and circus skills and games. With plenty of food stalls and a bar. In aid of local charity Art Start. Where: Forty Hall Farm, Forty Hill, Enfield Time: 12pm - 6pm Web: www.fortyhallfarm.org.uk

April 3rd - 17th

Easter Holidays at Discover Discover has your Easter Holidays covered with an Easter trail, storytelling, visits from author/ illustrator Emily Hughes (‘Wild’) and poet Joe Coelho (CBeebies’ Rhyme Rocket) and the return of our Where’s Wally? Weekend. Where: Discover, Stratford Web: www.discover.org.uk


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

Oak Bunny Ears Egg Cup

Mr & Mrs Heart Egg Cups

Scooter Egg Cup

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

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

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

Price: £17.00

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Hen Egg Cup

Baby Bunny Egg Cup

Tractor Egg Cup

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

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

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

Price: £15.00

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Reading

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Mother’s Day

Personalised Calla Lliy Necklace The Family Necklace was created as an alternative to the Duchess Necklace, as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, for those with larger families. It has been seen on Autumn Phillips, wife of Peter Phillips - grandson of The Queen.

Viktor & Rolf Bonbon

Price: £29.50 www.notonthehighstreet.com

Moviegoers

3 to look out for Shaun The Sheep The Movie Release date: 1st March

BONBON is composed of sparkling, effervescent mandarin and orange slices crystalised into crackling pieces of caramel wrapping succulent fruit. Price: £49.50 www.theperfumeshop.com

Tea for Two Biscuit Tin These beautiful biscuits - inspired by vintage china - can be personalised - simply let them know your message and they will ice it in their very best handwriting on to the tea pot biscuit in your tin.

Spirited Away Release date: 19th March

Price: £43.50 www.biscuiteers.com

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Cashmere Hot Water Bottle Aneeka Shoes Black patent pump with sunny lime leather and turquoise patent spot scallop back. Price: £195.00 www.sophiawebster.com

A unique innovation on the traditional hot water bottle, YUYU Bottle is the world’s first luxury LONG hot water bottle.

Home Release date: 20th March

Price: £75.00 www.notonthehighstreet.com

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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

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

BabyBallet

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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What’s

ON Keeping the whole family entertained this Autumn

Central

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

Geronimo!

23rd - 25th May

This May Bank Holiday it’s time for Geronimo!, the largest children’s festival in the north-west with hundreds of activities for children from 0-12. Watch live shows on our “Geronostage” explore our Themed Woodlands and Build a Den. Watch a Circus, Ride a Camel, Swing through the Trees, enjoy a thrilling BMX bike display, zip down our High Wires if you Dare!

Where: Tatton Park, Knutsford, WA16 6SG. www.geronimofest.com

Mothers Day at London Marriott Hotel County Hall

15th March Spoil Mum with a Pampering experience at the London Marriott Hotel County Hall. The five-star London Marriott Hotel County Hall have unveiled a special Mother’s Day stay package available throughout March. Mums will be treated to champagne and strawberries on arrival, mother & daughter massages at the hotel’s relaxing spa, followed by breakfast in bed the next morning. Where: London Marriott Hotel County Hall. www.londonmarriottcountyhall.co.uk

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Disney on ice Magical ice festival

23rd - 26th April Be whisked away into the wintery world of the Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain-man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven as they help the sisters along the way.

Where: London’s Wembley Arena. www.lovetheatre.com


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Sherlock Sleepover at the Museum of Londo

21st March

Events

What happens in the museum once the doors are closed to the public? Sherlock Holmes fans and adventure lovers get out your Deerstalker hats because you won’t want to miss this… Little Londoners are invited to become mini Sherlock Holmes’s of historical London at this special after hours event for children.

Where: Museum of London www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Make an Easter Bunny Workshop

31st March

BEN and Holly Kingdom

1st & 2nd April

Join Ben and Holly whilst they have fun and games helping Gaston the Ladybird clean up his messy cave, go on a trip into The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum and even plan a surprise birthday party for King Thistle! Packed full of games, songs and laughter, this beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family!

Where: London Hackney Empire. www.benandhollylive.com www.hackneyempire.co.uk

Join this workshop and stuff, fluff and adopt your very own cuddly and lovable bunny rabbit this Easter at Eddie Catz. You can have our cream bunny, a milky soft bunny with long ears, or one of our other cuddly plush bears to take home! Where: Eddie Catz, Putney. www.eddiecatz.com

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

Shaun in the City

28th March - 25th May

Mrs McMoon’s Tea Party

16th & 17th May

In the excellent Aardman film Shaun and his woolly friends go on an adventure to the big city. Now he’s in the city in ‘real’ life! The Shaun in the City trail places giant Shaun sculptures designed by celebrities and artists, including Shaun the Sheep creator Nick Park, in iconic locations across the capital from 28th March until 25th May. Where: Various Locations. www.shauninthecity.org.uk

My First Ballet: Swan Lake

2nd April - 23rd May Singing flowers, scrumulumptious biscuits and a Scottish jig are all just a door knock away at Mrs McMoon’s entertaining tea party. Let her take you by the hand to explore a world of daring adventures, mischief, surprise and laughter. Where: Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon. www.polkatheatre.com

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The evil magician Rothbart has turned the beautiful princess Odette into a swan: only at night can she return to human form. Will Prince Siegfried be able to save her, or will he fall for Rothbart’s sorcery? Following the success of their children-friendly adaptations of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia, English National Ballet and English National Ballet School return to the Peacock Theatre with a new addition to the enchanting My First Ballet series – My First Ballet: Swan Lake.

Where: The Peacock Theatre. www.ballet.org.uk www.sadlerswells.com


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Justin & Friends

4th April Come and join in the excitement of this arena spectacular with Mr Tumble - as well as a host of otherTumbles from Something Special, including Aunt Polly and Grandad Tumble! See Cat Sandion and Swashbuckle presenter Gem, in their first CBeebies Live! show, along with the adventurous Andy Day!

‘Frozen’ with A Little Bit Productions

7th April

Come join Elsa, Anna and Olaf in the magical land of Arendelle, as we bring this magical Disney tale to life. You’ll sing along to your favourite songs including ‘Let it Go’, learn some cool dances and go on an adventure to save Arendelle from the spell of eternal winter.

Where: The SSE Arena Wembley. www.cbeebieslive.com

Where: Eddie Catz Putney. www.eddiecatz.com

‘Under the Sea’ - A Workshop with Twinkle Toes Ballet

30th March Join Twinkle Toes Ballet this Easter for a magical journey “Under the Sea”. Come along to Eddie Catz and enjoy a morning of crafts, drama games and dancing as your favourite sea creature in this Little Mermaid inspired workshop. Children should wear colourful leggings and t-shirts, no shoes required.

October 26th - November 3rd

Where: Eddie Catz, Wimbledon. www.eddiecatz.com

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

Boo at the Zoo at ZSL London Zoo Penguin Waddle There will be some very spooky goings on at London 18th April Zoo this Halloween. During half term the zoo will

creeping life with Halloween themed events, Appealing come to all our youngtoPenguin Enthusiasts! animal and hands on activities by On Saturday 18th demonstrations April ZSL will be holding its second Penguinled Waddle their Grim to raise vital funds for Keepers. our work with penguins! We are appealing to all children toWhere: come with bestZoo, penguin moves, ZSLtheir London Regents park.find their best penguin costume and for a3333 fun, sponsored, non-competitive morning Tel:join 020us7722 waddle within ZSL London Zoo before the zoo opens for the day! www.zsl.org Where: ZSL London Zoo. www.zsl.org

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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

Photography Jonathan Markson Tennis

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

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Bravo Post

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

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

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  Clare Breheny

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Little Kickers

Tel: 020 8969 3249 www.allsortsdrama.com

Camp Beaumont

           

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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

Yoga/Fitness

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

Lomography

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

   Yoga4Birth                

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


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Antenatal

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

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   Gas & Air

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  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

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Mother Care

   Biff                

Biff is a family run business established in 1993. We aim to dress children from head to toe, offering an incredible variety. You name it, we might well stock it. Tel: 020 82 99 0911 www.biffkids.com

Blue Daisy Tel: 020 7681 4144 www.blue-daisy.com

Boots

Tel: 020 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

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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: 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

  Marie-Chatal Offering fun, fresh and modern designer clothing for babies and children up to age 12. Tel: 020 7838 1111 www.mariechantal.co.uk

Mush Kids Tel: 020 8653 6635 www.mushkids.co.uk

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

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

  Pares Footwear

Hamleys

         

Ralph Lauren

                   

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

Classes

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

Kids@N20

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

Parties

Tinies

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

Jackanory

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

Party Magic Box

Tel: 0845 201 1268 www.eddiecatz.com

Tel: 07913 168 323 www.partymagicbox.co.uk

Gambado Tel: 020 7384 1635 www.gambado.com

  The Creation Station   Wimbledon

  Bramleys              

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

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

Nutty

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

Tel: 0788 405 0954 www.nuttyschildrens parties.co.uk

The Action Station

  Little Dinosaurs                

               

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: 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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