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The local guide for your under 5s 50 Things to do Outdoors Weekly Activities Timetable Tips for Travelling with Children

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See A Show at The Core at Corby Cube White Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, Scotland Sat 16 June Come with us into the sparkling world of White, where everything is bright and new. But someone has to keep it that way and there’s a problem. All anyone can think about in this white world is red… and yellow… and green… and blue… White is the perfect first time theatre experience for very young children. Time: 11am & 2pm Tickets: £5.50 Suitability: Ages 2-4

Gulliver’s Travels Dragon Breath Theatre and Curve

Thu 21 June Based on the classic book by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels is a new stage adaptation for family audiences with an epic, visual performance style, fusing drama, poetic storytelling, puppetry and live music in this funny and powerful play. Time: 6.30pm Tickets: £10 Concessions: £8 Suitability: Ages 9+

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Summer 2012 Welcome to the Summer issue of Time for Tots. Wow what a summer we’re in for! As I write this we’re just gearing up for the Jubilee celebrations and then in July/August we’ve got the whole Olympic Games to look forward to! I for one can’t wait. It’s a great time to get your little ones interested in sports so check out our Clubs & Classes starting on page 12 and get their names down for September. We’ve brought you a brand spanking new ‘Weekly Activities Timetable’ on pages 33 to 38 so you can see exactly what is on and when. We hope you find this useful - we’d love to hear what you think. There are so many events taking place this summer you’re going to be spoilt for choice. From theatre shows to family fun days and rides on Thomas the Tank Engine whatever the weather there’s plenty to do. Check out our Events Diary on page 21 but also the many adverts advertising things to do. Before you go anywhere though be sure to take a look at our Special Offers page as we have some super offers for you which could save you some money. One offer is for an amazing free gift from “When I Was a Kid” so don’t miss that one. After a mostly dismal spring weather wise fingers crossed we’re in for a lovely summer now so we can get outdoors more with the children. The National Trust have started a wonderful campaign to get children outdoors which we’ve covered for you on page 6. How many things can you tick off? Wishing you all a fantastic summer and many happy memories. Until the Autumn.....

Vanessa

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Contents 4 Tots News 6 50 Things to do Outdoors 9 When I Was a Kid.. 10 Wistow Maze 12 Clubs & Classes 14 Featured Class: Inspire Dance 17 Jenny’s Dolphins 18 Giggles & Wiggles 21 Events Diary 22 Holidaying with Children: Part 2 27 Counselling: Time to Yourself 29 Camping on Your Doorstep 30 Team Dynamix Review 31 Business Opportunities 33 Weekly Activities Timetable 40 Party Services 41 Special Offers 42 Competitions Page

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Tots News JOLLY GOOD SPORTS AT JEYES 2012: THE JEYES OLYMPIC GAMES Opening Ceremony 27th July through until Closing Ceremony 10th August

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s London hosts The Olympic Games 2012, Jeyes On The Square, Earls Barton are joining in the sporting spirit and English pride and holding our very own Olympic Games. Our conservatory will be transformed into a fun and energetic Olympic Stadium with themed decorations, competitions and a TV screen to watch the all important Olympic Games themselves. There will be ‘A QUESTION OF SPORT’ competition for children running throughout the 2 weeks with an award ceremony and medals for our JEYES 2012 winners! If you can’t visit London then why not visit Jeyes of Earls Barton, you and all the family can be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event! For more information please contact Anna on annajeyes@yahoo.com or call 01604 812657. JEYES on The Square, Earls Barton, NN6 0NA www.jeyesofearlsbarton.co.uk Tel : 01604 810289 Open Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm & Sat 8.30am to 5pm.

My Trip to Buckingham Palace!

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t was a rainy day in mid April when I went to collect the post from the doormat and, expecting mostly junk mail, to my surprise found a posh looking envelope with “Lord Chamberlain.. Buckingham Palace” and EIIR stamped on it. Curiosity getting the better of me, I ripped the envelope open (later wishing I’d been more careful) to find an invitation from Her Majesty to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace!! Weeks of trying on various dresses, hats and shoes ensued until the day, the 29th May, finally arrived.... After a horrendous taxi journey across London (so many roadworks and traffic) we arrived at the back entrance to the palace with just minutes to spare before the gates closed, then had to hotfoot it across the palace gardens to get to the lawn. We got there just in time to see a door open to the left and the Queen and Prince Philip emerge! They stopped at the top of the steps down to the garden and the band started playing the National Anthem. An amazing moment to hear it played Her Majesty’s presence! My disappointment at being at the back of the crowd soon vanished as we realised we were right next to the Royal Tea Tent where surely they were destined! So there we waited patiently behind the rope barrier as the crowds gathered with us. It felt like a long wait as The Yeoman of the Guard marched up and down, but eventually Her Majesty emerged from the crowd and walked across the grass into the tent, followed 10 minutes or so later by Prince Philip. Hurrah! I’d seen them! Thinking that was probably all I almost left my prime spot but luckily decided to hang on a little while longer. I was so glad I did as through the crowd, shaking hands and chatting to people, then came: Princess Anne, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles and last, but certainly not least, the Duchess of Cambridge - Kate!! I remember very little else about that moment as excitement took over. We only got a brief, but very clear view of them all as they walked from the crowd into the tent but as it was completely unexpected to see so many Royals I didnt mind. My husband finally convinced me to leave the spot where I had waited for over an hour to get some refreshments from the Main Tea Tent. Some delicious sandwiches (with the crusts cut off of course) and a lovely cup of tea in a china tea cup with saucer. Wonderfully British. We spent the remainder of the 2 hour party exploring the garden and listening to the band, who played a rather fab instrumental medley of Beatles songs amongst other more traditional pieces. We saw the crowd swoop from the tent back to the palace so assumed the Royal family had now departed. When it was time for us to leave we did so through the palace (taking in two very grand rooms) and spent a while loitering in the courtyard taking photographs (which we weren’t allowed to do in the garden). We then proceeded to walk down The Mall marvelling at all the Union Jacks and preparations for the Jubilee celebrations only a week later, feeling very fortunate to have had that experience, and incredibly proud to be British.


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Aardvark Soft Play Comes to Northamptonshire!

ardvark soft play are a friendly, family run business specialising in the hiring out of soft play and sensory equipment for birthday parties, fetes and just about any special occasion. Originating in Hertfordshire, the owners have over 27 years of experience within the child care sector and the knowledge gained over the years has helped them to select innovative soft play and sensory equipment to stimulate and captivate little ones and take them on an adventure they’ll never forget. Earlier this year Aardvark Soft Play expanded to serve Northamptonshire bringing with them an ever expanding variety of high quality soft play and sensory equipment that can be individually tailored to suit the needs of any audience, setting and occassion. They have also started a portable sensory experience and edu-play-tional package that they hire out to childminders, play groups, support groups child friendly cafes etc. Details of these events are advertised on their facebook page. For more information visit www.aardvarksoftplay.co.uk or call 01536 649193. Some of their hire equipment: Illuminated baby ball pond Ball ponds for tots to 5 years Soft play animal shapes Soft play shapes Wheely bugs sit and ride Tents and tunnels Cool cars package

Living puppets Tactile play panels Mirror mazes Lighting effects UV fibre optics Bubble lamps Dark den and light resources Inflatable play room

Sing and Sign Nominated for Local Award!

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ocal Sign & Sign practitioner, Amanda Walker, has been nominated for ‘Favourite Pre-school Activity’ in the Netmums Favourites Awards. Amanda, who runs classes across North and East Northamptonshire (see our Weekly Activities Timetable for exactly where) is delighted to be nominated and is keeping everything crossed until voting ends on the 17th June. To keep up to date with Sing and Sign news (and to find out if she wins!) follow Sing and Sign East Northants on Facebook. Amanda offers free demos of her classes to mums and tots groups. She also runs a Nursery Affiliation Programme, where she trains staff in her programme and gives them resources and certificates to run their own classes. To find out more contact Amanda on 07939 092134.

Penalty shootout Inflatable football pitch Inflatable referee outfit Tents and Tepees Spongebob hire costume Dressing up station Team building kits ...and much more

Summer Lakeside Photoshoot

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iretree Photography are holding a lakeside photoshoot on the 18th August. A fantastic opportunity to get beautiful, natural photographs of your family or child in a gorgeous setting. Call Firetree Photography on 01858 440981 for more information or to book your place.

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50 Things to do before you’re 11¾

The National Trust campaign to get children outdoors The 50 things:

The National Trust has recently launched a nationwide campaign to encourage sofa-bound children to take to the outdoors and enjoy classic adventures from skimming stones to building dens. The ‘50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾’ initiative is in response to a report commissioned by the National Trust which highlighted research that fewer than one in ten children regularly play in wild places compared to almost half a generation ago, a third have never climbed a tree and one in ten can’t ride a bike. The charity’s 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾ campaign provides a checklist for under-12s (and those who are young at heart) including everything from running around in the rain and bug hunting, to setting up a snail race, damming a stream, flying a kite and making a (delicious) mud pie. Kids can pick up a free 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11¾ scrapbook from participating National Trust properties – and start ticking off their outdoor adventures to do list. Plus, the fun can continue at home by visiting www.nationaltrust. org.uk/50things where children can fill in their completed activities and earn points towards their own explorer badge. There are 2 participating National Trust properties in Northamptonshire: Lyveden New Bield between Corby and Oundle and Canons Ashby in Daventry. Some of the 50 things are for older children but many can be done by toddlers so why not get them started right away....

1. Climb a tree 2. Roll down a really big hill 3. Camp out in the wild 4. Build a den 5. Skim a stone 6. Run around in the rain 7. Fly a kite 8. Catch a fish with a net 9. Eat an apple straight from a tree 10. Play conkers 11. Throw some snow 12. Hunt for treasure on the beach 13. Make a mud pie 14. Dam a stream 15. Go sledging 16. Bury someone in the sand 17. Set up a snail race 18. Balance on a fallen tree 19. Swing on a rope swing 20. Make a mud slide 21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild 22. Take a look inside a tree 23. Visit an island 24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind 25. Make a grass trumpet 26. Hunt for fossils and bones 27. Watch the sun wake up 28. Climb a huge hill 29. Get behind a waterfall 30. Feed a bird from your hand 31. Hunt for bugs 32. Find some frogspawn 33. Catch a butterfly in a net 34. Track wild animals 35. Discover what’s in a pond 36. Call an owl 37. Check out the creatures in a rock pool 38. Bring up a butterfly 39. Catch a crab 40. Go on a nature walk at night 41. Plant it, grow it, eat it 42. Go wild swimming 43. Go rafting 44. Light a fire without matches 45. Find your way with a map and compass 46. Try bouldering 47. Cook on a campfire 48. Try abseiling 49. Find a geocache 50. Canoe down a river

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Summer with

Nene Valley Railway

All Aboard THOMAS’ Birthday Train

** Thomas would love all his friends to 23 June rd & attend his birthday party at Yarwell 24th

** Join THOMAS on his BIG Adventure

Thomas’ once a year trip J uly 2 2nd to Peterborough and back

August 4th & 5th

** THOMAS’ BIG Weekend Family Fun at NVRs’ Summer Fete

** THOMAS & The Travelling Post Office August 18th & 19th Bank Holiday Services August 25th – 27th

Special Offer

Every family ticket sold you receive a

£5 Gift Voucher to spend in the NVR Gift Shop Valid 21/7 – 30/8

01780 784444 | Wansford Stn. PE8 6LR | www.nvr.org.uk| Registered Charity No: 263617

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Have fun with the family this summer!

Family ticket for 4 people:

£17.00

Family ticket for 5 people:

£21.25

Family ticket for 6 people:

£25.50

Available Sundays 10am to Fridays 6pm Must be at least 1 adult and 1 child bowling in the party Includes 1 game and shoe hire

www.newyorkthunderbowl.co.uk

Tel: 01536 414004

Rockingham Road, Kettering, NN16 9AW

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When I Was a Kid

A classic children’s toy shop... and customer service the way it should be...

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aving 3 children, (not to mention 14 nieces and nephews, 3 godchildren and many friends with children) I’ve visited countless toy shops over the years, but rarely have I come across one as unique, or as caring with an owner as passionate about what he does, as a new toy shop I visited in Wellingborough recently. “When I Was a Kid” has been trading successfully through their website, wheniwasakid.co.uk, for over 7 years now (during which time they have won numerous awards including “Best Customer Service” and “Northants Entrepreneur of the Year”) and in March of this year decided to open a physical shop at Nene Court on the Embankment in Wellingborough. As the name suggests, “When I Was a Kid” specialises in selling wooden and traditional children’s toys that parents will remember from when they were children. From wigwam play tents to wooden jigsaws “When I Was a Kid” has something every child will enjoy and something that will trigger a memory in every parent who visits. When setting up shop, the owners, Paul Warner and his family, put considerable time and effort into getting the shop just right and this is clear to see from the moment you walk in. The gorgeous wooden bookcases displaying the classic toys, the train running round on a track above your head, the counter made into a wooden fort and the children’s play area (where children can play whilst parents browse) are all testament to the owner’s attention to detail and passion for making the customer experience the best it can be. This level of customer service is so rare to find these days. If you need help purchasing a gift for someone they are more than willing to offer advice and demonstrate different toys until you find that perfect gift. If you just want to browse you are welcome to do so in your own time without pressure to buy.

“When I Was a Kid” sells toys, gifts and puzzles suitable for children from birth upwards. They are open 7 days a week, 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sundays. There is ample, free parking right outside the shop. When I Was a Kid, 8 Nene Court, Embankment, Wellingborough, NN8 1LD. Tel: 01933 426365 T: www.twitter.com/wheniwasakid F: www.facebook.com/wheniwasakid

FREE GIFT

For all Time for Tots Readers One of their best selling products is the name train (pictured on our back page) which makes a perfect gift for any young child. Being the kind and generous souls they are, “When I Was a Kid” are giving Time for Tots readers a FREE front and rear carriage from the train (pictured above), worth £3.50. To claim your free gift, simply cut out the voucher in our ‘Special Offers’ section on page 41 and take it to the shop.

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Exercise Mind and Body in Wistow Maze this Summer

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ith Olympic excitement reaching fever pitch, Leicestershire’s famous Wistow Maze, opens on Saturday 14th July and has a timely and appropriate sporting theme for 2012. Created in the shape of a relay runner, the maze has been designed not only to intrigue and delight our appetite for all things Olympian, but also to test visitors’ knowledge of great British sporting heroes. Whilst Team GB gear up for their Olympic challenge nearby at Loughborough University, Wistow Maze is offering visitors an opportunity to join in the patriotic fervour, exercising both mind and body along the way. “This year the Wistow Maze really has the winning combination of fun and learning, as well as being a celebration of one of the UK’s biggest sporting competitions for decades” says Diana Brooks, owner of Wistow Maze. Diana explains: “The challenge for visitors is to find 12 quiz boards hidden amongst the 3 miles of pathways in the giant maze. Each quiz board focuses on a sports event which will help to unravel the answer to the Quiz Trail, whilst also giving top facts about past and present British athletes”. The Wistow Maze attracts over 15,000 visitors each year and has won Leicestershire’s “Best Visitor Attraction”. The maze’s mix of high level bridges and viewing towers offers visitors stunning 3D panoramic views of the Leicestershire countryside, along with a rare way of exploring 8 acres of living corn. A real family day out, visitors can not only pit their wits against the maze but can also take part in a variety of mini mazes, games and table top activities in the Activity Funyard. There is also a space hopper track, hoopla and a football shooting game. With the Wistow Rural Centre opposite, comprising a cafe, garden centre, model village and numerous shops, there is something to satisfy all ages. At the end of each season, the maze is harvested for cattle fodder and then redesigned the following Spring using GPS satellite technology. The Wistow Maze is open seven days a week from Saturday 14th July to Sunday 2nd September, 10am to 6pm, then weekends only until Sunday 23rd September. Admission charges: Adults £5.95 Children £4.95 Family Ticket (2+2) £19.95. Parking is free. For more information visit: www.wistow.com or call: 07884 403889

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Under 3s Free! Enjoy a fun-filled holiday on your doorstep at our family friendly campsite! Open all year ~ Premium plots with electricity ~ Showers and toilets ~ Washing-up facilities ~ WiFi available ~ Dogs welcome ~ Restaurant & Shop Plus camping fees include entrance to the Farm Centre! Just off the A1/A47 near Peterborough 01780 782254 www.sacrewell.org.uk

Sacrewell Farm is part of the William Scott Abbott Trust Registered Charity No. 233603

Tickets on sale from ! d We 18 July, 2012

Tue 30 Oct, 1pm & 3.30pm Tickets: ÂŁ10, Family Ticket ÂŁ36 (2 adults, 2 children)

Box Office 01933 270 007 www.thecastle.org.uk To advertise call 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk


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Clubs & Classes To advertise your Club or Class here call: 0845 6439687 or e-mail info@timefortots.co.uk

Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Ballet and Tap Classes Burton Latimer, Earls Barton, Finedon, Irthlingborough and Wellingborough

Keep Fit Classes for Mums Principal: Barbara Allebone M.N.A.T.D

Telephone: 01933 663225 07788 710144

www.barbarahootonschoolofdancing.co.uk

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Pre-school Gymnastics Sessions

Fully matted gymnasium with soft play, climbing and challenging equipment to aid in the development of children from 1 to 5 years.

Structured classes with qualified coaches to develop your child’s physical, mental and social skills in a safe and fun filled environment. Sessions held Monday to Thursday £3.50 per ¾ hour session for under 3s £4.00 per ¾ hour session for over 3s No registration fee Award schemes in which to participate Contact Kerry or Vicky on 01536 415444 or e-mail ketteringgymtots@hotmail.com www.ketteringgymnasticsclub.co.uk Find us at Brunel Close, off Northfield Avenue, Kettering

Home of Kettering Gym Tots & Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club

Established 2003  

Come and join us! Teaching a  diversity  of  dance  styles  including:  

Rock n  Roll  /  Jazz  /  Street  Dance  /  Contemporary   Modern  /  Freestyle/Latin  American/Salsa   WE  ALSO  OFFER  SINGING,  DRAMA  AND  MUSICAL   THEATRE  LESSONS   TEACHING  PUPILS  FROM  2  UP  TO  ADULTS.   COME  ALONG  AND  JOIN  IN  THE  FUN.     CLASSES  HELD  IN  CORBY,  FINEDON,  ISLIP,  ROTHWELL  AND  THRAPSTON   More  information  can  be  found  at  www.nenevalleydanceacademy.co.uk  or   contact  Karen  on  07854396258  /  Nenevalleydance@hotmail.co.uk  

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Inspire Dance About Inspire Dance Studios... Inspire Dance Studios was founded by Miss Katie in 2010. Miss Katie trained at professional colleges and has taken part in many shows, locally and nationally, in all aspects of the Arts She is also a professionally qualified member of the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association) and is still working as a singer alongside her teaching commitments. Miss Katie decided to open her Performing Arts school so that she could share her talent and love of the Arts with others. Inspire Dance Studios have already participated in many competitions and have a huge variety of classes in their timetable. Miss Katie is always working hard to achieve more qualifications so that she can add more and more classes to the school. “We are at the forefront of the Performing Arts with students already auditioning for paid work. With contacts I picked up during my training and working life you can guarantee a thorough training for everyone” says Miss Katie.

About the classes... What is the aim of the classes? To give children the opportunity to learn and take part in all genres of the Performing Arts both onstage and backstage while having fun. A typical class.... Classes usually start with a game to get the children interacting with each other, then depending on the class we will do a warm-up. Following the warm-up we will work on the required technique for the subject and then on dances and exercises for exams and shows. Some of our classes such as Zumbatomic are for fun rather than exam work. Exams are NOT compulsory.

How do classes benefit children? By keeping them fit, helping them improve their gross motor skills, teaching them good behaviour and how to interact with other people from an early age. We also give them the opportunity to take exams, and learn good discipline from this, and perform in shows. This also gives them theatre experience. What ages are the classes for? We take students from age 3 and teach adult classes too. When and where do you run classes? All classes are held at Weekley Village Hall, Weekley Village, Kettering. How long does each class last? Between 45 minutes and an hour. How much does a class cost? Between £3 and £4 depending on the length of the class. Contact: Katie Dawn AIDTA (S.D., F., Anat.Dip.) Telephone Number: 07903 539834 Email: katiedawn85@hotmail.co.uk Website: www.inspiredancestudios.co.uk

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INSPIRE DANCE STUDIOS PRESENTS

SUMMER HOLIDAY SPECIAL At Weekley Village Hall, Weekley, Kettering, Northants, NN16 9UW For 4 weeks this summer from Monday 30th July to Friday 24th August (Monday to Friday, drop off between 9am and 9.30am) For ages 4-14 years

9.30am-3pm - £5 a day For more information call: Principal – Miss Katie Dawn AIDTA (S.D., F., Anat. Dip.) on: 07903 539834 www.inspiredancestudios.co.uk katiedawn85@hotmail.co.uk

Infant Aquatics Baby & toddler swimming courses

Small, friendly classes from three months to five years. Building life long safety skills using our holistic approach in a fun environment. Kettering area call 01858 565 713 Northampton & Wellingborough area call 01933 223 458 www.infantaquatics.co.uk

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Summer Workshop 6th to 10th August for 4-18 year olds

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Hartbeeps offers original multi-sensory music classes suitable for children from birth to age 4. Classes offer a stimulating platform for imaginative play – for children and adults! Classes are now taking place in Rushden, Wymington and Kettering. Please contact Amy for more information: amy@hartbeeps.com 07775 877093 / 01933 563159

he main aim of the lessons is to prepare younger ones for swimming without any aids. This is done using the parents to hold them while they learn the foundations for swimming. Once they have learnt to move their arms and legs, various aids are used to build their strength and allow them to create their own momentum for swimming, using mainly their hands for resistance. The lessons are fun and various toys are used to encourage the children, they range from Peppa Pig to an Octopus!! The slighly older children are working towards swimming without aids both above and below the water. Some swim schools concentrate on swiming under the water but I like to ensure that children learn to breathe while they swim so that they can increase the distance and their stamina. When children start school they can continue to swim with me through Montsaye’s swim school and enter into the school at a higher stage than others their own age. Some of my current swimmers have already achieved 5m and 10m without aids by the age of 3 and are more than ready for new challenges in stage 3 of the ASA National Teaching Plan. You do not have to be a great swimmer to attend the lessons but as children learn by copying it is really helpful if the parent loves water over their face too and doesn’t mind getting their hair wet, all with a smile on their face of course! In September the current 3 year old’s are unable to attend in the daytime so if you are thinking of enrolling your child for swimming please register your interest with me now as places are limited. Lessons are living up to expectations and are going from strength to strength. Due to popular demand the number of sessions has increased both on a Tuesday and a Sunday at Rothwell.

Jenny’s Dolphins

Baby & Pre-school swimming lessons Classes in Rothwell and Corby Prices from only £5.50 per lesson Instructor in the water Average of 4 children per class

1 to 1 tuition available Wednesdays between 10.30am & 1pm at Corby

Call: 07821 646451 Email: jennysdolphins@live.co.uk www.jennysdolphins.co.uk

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Giggles & Wiggles...

The single best choice you can make for your child! Photographs taken by CK Photography

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iggles & Wiggles classes offer a fun and unique learning experience for young children, designed to touch every aspect of a child’s development - social, emotional, physical, cognitive, musical and language. The 45 to 60 minute classes consist of a variety of fun and imaginative activities including: • Rhythmic activities and instrument play • Singing and speaking activities • Creative music activities • Musical skill building – listening & identifying, moving and expressing • Everyday music enjoyment, learning and awareness Classes are grouped into 4 week blocks based on a theme to which the children can relate. There are three different categories of class to cater for the different stages of a child’s development: • Rock-a-bye Baby Classes for newborn to 17 months • The More We Get Together Classes for 16 month to 3.5 year olds

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• Giggles & Wiggles Imagine That! for children aged from 3 to school age. The Rock-a-bye Baby Classes and The More We Get Together Classes are attended by the parent and child and offer an hour of pure quality time together: “The classes are so different to any other class we have been to. We have such a good time together at the class, singing and dancing and using our imaginations with different instruments and props. Julianna is such a fun and bubbly person and the group is so friendly that you leave with a warm and happy feeling!” Says a local mum who attends the “The More We Get Together” class with her daughter. Come along and give Giggles & Wiggles a try you don’t know what you’re missing!

Contact Julianna on 07913 624837 or email: yulianna.ventura@ntlworld.com for more information or to book a class.

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A research  based  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      music  &  movement       program  for  

babies  &  toddlers!    

Rock-a-bye Baby Classes

(Birth – 17months)

What a better way to welcome your baby to music and movement than by sharing in this journey together. Helps you to enhance the bond you share together and nurtures and celebrates the joys of making music by singing and dancing and exploring simple instruments. Learn musical activities that nourish the brain, promote language development and creativity, as well as social and physical development. As well as giving mummies a social outlet to meet and share with other mummies & babies.

The  More  We  Get  Together!        (Toddlers

16months- 3 ½ years)

Turn ordinary  classes  in  to  a  fantastic  musical  journey  that  your  child  and  you  can  discover  the  joys  of  making  music,  dancing  and  drama.   Promote  self-­‐control,  language  development  as  well  as  social  skills,  cognitive  thinking,  problem  solving  all  through  music  and  m ovement.   Give  your  toddler  a  head  start  to  enjoying  a  lifelong  love  of  music  and  the  benefits  that  this  brings  to  enrich  their  lives.    

Join me whether it’s dancing the tango , rocking to lullabies, singing the blues, come and share music, laughter and more!

For information on cla sses please call Julianna on:

Tel: 07913 624837 or ema il at yulianna.ventura@ntlworld.com

New Soccer Courses Starting in Kettering and Wellingborough

Please call Patrick Franks on 07818 401707 for details

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Clubs & Classes....Clubs & Classes....Clubs & Classes....Clubs & Classes....

CRECHE Available for children aged 3 months—5 years at Corby East Midlands International Pool & Lodge Park Sports Centre. Lodge Park Crèche Opening Times Pool Crèche Opening Times Mon—Fri 9.30am—11.25am Mon/Wed/Fri 12.30pm—2.25pm Mon/Wed/Fri 9.30am—11.25am The pool crèche also offers; Shop & Swim, Swim & Bring, Parent & Toddler Sessions and Twins on a Tuesday. Birthday parties also NOW available.

TOTS & TIDDLERS at Lodge Park Sports Centre.

Pre-School Gymnastics and movement for children delivered by qualified coaches. Sessions help to develop children’s social, physical, language, education, imagination & co-ordination skills.

Sessions run on a Thursday throughout School Term Time Age 2 –3 Age 3-4 Under 2 10am—10.45am 11am—11.45am 12noon—12.45pm (Beginners) 1pm—1.45pm (Intermediate) 1.45pm—2.30pm (Advanced) For both the Crèche and Tots & Tiddlers booking is advisable. Please contact each facility for prices & further information or view the website www.corby.gov.uk

Gym and studio classes available during all Crèche times. Pay and play or direct debits available.

SHAPE Dance (5 - 19 years old)

Classes in Tap, Ballet and Modern Dance. Classes are held at; Beanfield Community Centre, Stephenson Way Community Centre, West Glebe Pavilion, Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre & Lodge Park Sports Centre. For more information please contact Julie Cardwell Tel: 01536 464046 Email: julie.cardwell@corby.gov.uk

SWIMMING LESSONS & FAMILY SWIMMING

at Corby East Midlands

International Pool

Parent & Toddler Sessions for children from 3 months—4 years old.

Available on a Mon 10.00am—12noon, Tuesday & Friday 9.30am—11.30am and Thursday 1.00pm—3.00pm. Booking is not required. NEW Adult & Child Swimming Lessons are available on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons . For children from 2 yrs 9 mths - 4 yrs old and their parent/guardian. Suitable as a follow on from Parent and Toddler sessions. NEW Crèche Parties children’s parties for under 5’s are now available to book in the pool Crèche. One hour and 30 mins of play plus a party hostess. For times and prices please contact the pool reception.

AQUANATAL at Corby East Midlands International Pool

is run by midwives on Wednesdays, 1.30pm—2.30pm, please contact the pool for prices.

Lodge Park Sports Centre Tel: 01536 400033

Corby East Midlands International Pool Tel: 01536 464643

www.corby.gov.uk/lodgepark

www.corby.gov.uk/corbypool

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Events Diary June

July

Thurs 26th

“White” at The Core at Corby Cube. 11am and 2pm. For ages 2 to 4. Tickets £5.50.

Sun 1st

Brambleside Community Primary School Summer Fete. 12 to 3pm. Kettering.

Ben 10 at the Newlands Centre, Kettering. Regular appearances between 12pm and 5pm. See ad on page 26.

“The Elves & The Shoemaker” at The Castle Theatre. 11am & 2pm.

Sat 7th

August

Sat 16th

”Quest for Camelot” at Thu 2nd Stanwick Lakes. 11am to 4pm. Minibeasting with the Rangers See page 29. at Stanwick Lakes. 1 to 2pm. Sun 17th Sun 8th £1 per child. Booking advised. Father’s Day. Party in the Park at Croyland Steaks and Ale, Big Farm Sat 4th Park, W’boro. From 12pm. Machinery and Free Tractor Family Fun Pet Show at Tours for all dads at West Wed 11th to Sat 14th Sacrewell Farm & Country Lodge Farm. “Angelina Ballerina: The Centre. Mousical” at The Derngate Thurs 21st Sat 4th & Sun 5th “Gulliver’s Travels” at The Core Theatre. Thomas’ Big Weekend and at Corby Cube. 6.30pm. 9+ Sat 14th Summer Fete at Nene Valley “Top Cat” at The Core at Corby Railway. See ad on page 7. Sat 23rd & Sun 24th Cube. 10.30am. Thomas’ Birthday Party at Fri 17th to Sun 19th Nene Valley Railway. See ad Sun 15th Northampton Balloon Festival on page 7. Petite Proms at The Royal & at Billing Aquadrome. Derngate Theatre. For 2 to 5 Fairies and Elves Weekend Sat 18th year olds. 11.30am - 12.30pm. Lakeside Photoshoot with at West Lodge Farm. Wand making, fairy trail, face Fri 20th Firetree Photography. Call painting & fancy dress Schools close for the Summer. 01858 440981 for more info. competition.

Thurs 28th

Emily Button at the Newlands Centre, Kettering. Appearances between 12pm and 5pm. See ad on page 26.

Sat 30th

“Fiddlesticks” at The Castle Theatre. 11am & 2pm. Family Fun Day at The Crescents Community Centre, Kettering in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities. 12-3pm. Free entry. Camping Weekend at West Lodge Farm

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd

Sat 18th & Sun 19th

Sat 21st to Fri 31st Aug

Thurs 23rd

Miniature Steam Engine Weekend at Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre. Stanwick Lakes Olympic Challenge. Take on their Olympic challenge and win yuor own medal! See page 29.

Sun 22nd

Thomas’s Big Adventure at Nene Valley Railway. See ad on page 7.

Wed 25th

“King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone” at Stanwick Lakes Outdoor Theatre. 4 to 6pm. See page 29.

Thomas and the Travelling Post Office at Nene Valley Railway. See ad on page 7. Bob the Builder at the Newlands Centre, Kettering. Regular appearances between 12pm and 5pm. See ad Pg 26.

Sat 25th & Sun 26th

Camping weekend at West Lodge Farm Park.

Mon 27th

Bank Holiday

Thu 30th

Minibeasting with the Rangers at Stanwick Lakes. 1 to 2pm. £1 per child. Booking advised.

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Part 2: Packing and Travelling

o you’ve got your family summer holiday all booked and it’s now a case of packing and getting there! Easy when it was just you but when children are involved a little more careful planning and preperation is required. Here are our top tips to help make things a little easier:

Packing General tips: • Pack as lightly as possible. You’ve got your children, as well as your luggage, to potentially carry or push • Buy some of the bulky, but cheap, things at your destination eg toiletries, water inflatables, beach toys • Have baby and toddler products delivered directly to your destination by a specialist company such as www.kids-away.com. • Check with your holiday accommodation what they supply to avoid taking unnecessary items eg cot, high chair, steriliser • Take large cases that are easy to pull along • Have just 1 person do the packing for the family otherwise things can get forgotten or some things packed twice • Once washed and ironed, put clothes you want to take to one side so that the family can’t wear and dirty them again • Buy smaller travel size toiletries that take up less space • Keep a change of clothes for little ones in hand luggage in case they have an accident • Check if your accommodation has washing facilities. If it does it greatly reduces the amount of clothes you need to take with you.

What to take: Essential items: • Hot weather essentials such as: suntan lotion, sunhats, sunglasses, parasol or

sunshade • Medicine essentials such as: plasters, thermometer, insect repellent, antiseptic cream and calpol. You can buy whole first aid kits designed for being out and about with very young children. • Baby milk - if your baby is bottle fed it may be best to take ready mixed cartons to avoid stomach upsets from foreign water • Documention essentials - children must have their own passport. If your child is adopted or only travelling with one parent you may need extra documentation. • Things to entertain your children colouring pads and crayons, packs of cards and electronic devices such as ipods or ipads are great as they take up little space and have multiple uses Useful items: • Reclining buggy with sunshade – useful for your child’s nap time • Car sunshades and rear view mirror if you’re hiring a car. • Travel wash if there are washing facilities • Your child’s favourite snacks in case they don’t like the food abroad. Check whether they’re allowed through customs though • UV tent - handy for nap time, playing, changing and breast feeding on the beach • Child monitors - great for keeping track of your child. The parent carries a tracking device while the child wears a bracelet-like contraption. If the distance between the child and the tracker exceeds the predefined range, or if the bracelet is taken off, an alarm sounds. You can then push a button to set off a beeper on your child’s bracelet to help you track them down. • Steriliser tablets - easy to pack and use. Continued on page 24


Handy Products for Holidaying with Children...

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10% off selected products at www.toddleoff.co.uk/time-for-tots

Snoozeshade £19.99

Lights Out Blackout Blind £33.95 These pop-up blackout blinds suit a wide range of window sizes and are so quick to put up you can use them at home or away. Only one sucker to attach per blind and packed in a handy zipped case. There are two blinds per pack (size 100cm x 120cm each) which can be fitted outside the window recess or inside. Two blinds completely cover windows measuring up to 163 x 114cm.

Miracle Box Essentials Organiser £19.99

T h i s innovative organiser can be swa p p e d from bag to bag to help you keep your baby essentials in one place. The waterproof organiser has 4 individual compartments for nappies, wipes and creams plus 4 external slip pockets. It includes a large baby changing mat (56cm x 36cm) plus an insulated bottle/ drinks holder. It can be put inside another bag, a baby carrying backpack or a stroller when you don’t want to take your entire change bag with you. Available in 10 funky colours.

Help your baby to settle for a daytime nap away from home with the Snoozeshade blackout blind for prams, carrycots, pushchairs and buggies (in flat-lying or upright modes). It fits under most standard rain covers and offers UPF50+ sun protection – suitable for all weather conditions! Attaches with Velcro to the buggy frame and folds into a small drawstring bag. Great for holidays, in restaurants or anytime you have to go out during baby’s naptime.

Shoulder Kit £19.99

Bug Bands £3.95

The carry all solution for kids - everything your little ones want close to hand on a trip out can be packed into or attached to the Shoulder Kit. With a showerproof poncho, a bottle holder, a safety reflective strip, a contact details tab, a pocket for valuables and a toy holder, the Shoulder Kits is fun to use and lighter than a backpack. Easy to wear for activities and leaving mum with her hands free! Designed for kids aged between 3 and 9 years old.

These brightly-coloured, deet-free, adjustable fabric bands are worn on the wrists or ankles. They are impregnated with natural oils to ward off any unwanted visitors. Suitable for swimming, they give up to 100 hours’ protection and come as a pair in a handy resealable pack. No smell, no tantrums, just funky bands that make you look cool while preventing any nasty bites that spoil the summer fun. Available in three colours, suitable from age 3.

All these products and many more are available to buy through Toddle Off. They are offering Time for Tots readers 10% off selected products. Visit: www.toddleoff.co.uk/time-for-tots


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Travelling General tips:

• Allow more time than necessary to get to your destination for unscheduled toilet stops, travel sickness and dealing with tantrums, squabbling and bordem. • Take a selection of toys and books that you can work your way through on the journey. • There are many games you can play with your children whilst travelling such as “I Spy” and “Who Am I?”. • Make sure you have some sick bags and wipes with you - just in case! • Have plenty of drinks and snacks in case your children get hungry/thirsty

By car: • Plan your journey and research suitable stop points where the kids can stretch their legs before getting back in the car • Have a contingency plan for urgent toilet requirements when you’re stuck in a traffic jam or the next service station is a way off. A plastic bottle works well for boys! Pull ups are another solution. • Portable DVD players are excellent for keeping kids entertained on long journeys. Put on their favourite TV show or film. • Music and/or story CDs are also good for long car journeys. Take headphones if you don’t want to listen to it yourself! • Neck pillows are useful for when your child wants to have a sleep, if they’re too old to have a car seat that reclines.

By Aeroplane: • Ask to be seated near other families who are less likely to get annoyed if your children play up. • Check with the airline what food they provide for children before you fly as you may need to pre-order. • Choose a night flight if on long haul as the children will be tired and more likely to sleep. 



 • Take something for the children to suck

on during take-off and landing to avoid discomfort from changes in air pressure. Massaging behind the ear and a gentle tug on the ear lobe can work too.
 • It can get chilly on a plane so take jumpers • Most airports have a ‘meet and assist’ service where you’re met at check-in and helped with your children and bags to your plane, ask for this when booking your flight if you need it. Single parents given priority. • If you’re a member of a frequent-flyer club, you may be able to use a private departure lounge with comfortable chairs, free drinks and snacks and TVs. If you’re not a member, you can sometimes buy a pass to use the lounge. • Check the latest restrictions on hand luggage before travelling as this will affect what food and drink you can take for your child. It may be better to take powered milk as you can get hot water to make feeds on the flight. • Check in online if you can to save queuing at the airport and to book suitable seats. Seats at the front with extra leg room are often better with children. • Low humidity on aeroplanes can sometimes have adverse affects such as dehydration, irritated nostrils or a streaming nose. Ensure your children drink regularly and if they get a streaming nose wet the insides of their nostrils with a little water.

Wherever you’re going this summer we hope you have a fantastic time!


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www.dinkydayz.co.uk Beautiful castings of your little ones tiny hands and feet to tell a timeless tale To find out more or to book an appointment, contact Della on: Tel: 07973 213519 Email: della@dinkydayz.co.uk

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Bearly Worn

28a High Street Thrapston NN14 4JH

01832 732405 Children’s Clothing Agency

No one said it would be easy but... Are you finding being an expectant parent or parent of young children harder than you thought it would be ?

Rachel Bridgeford, BSc.(hons) Dip. Adv. MBACP

Specialising in:

Babies & children’s pre-worn clothing from High Street to Designer labels.

A selection of nursery equipment, pushchairs, cots, etc. Please find our 20% off Voucher on the Special Offers Page.

www.bearly-worn.co.uk

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Qualified counsellor and mum of two young children

counselling service

Based in Irchester. Counselling provided in a child friendly environment

T: 07970 078682 E: rachelbridgeford@live.co.uk W: soulattentioncounsellingservice.co.uk

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Counselling – Time to Yourself

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hat do you think of when you think of people who see counsellors? The stereotypical leather couch and a bespectacled old gentleman asking you about your childhood? Ask yourself, do you think that the only people who see counsellors are those with severe mental health problems, on the edge of some kind of breakdown? Well the truth is that that is really not what counselling is like at all. In fact in my 5 years experience as a counsellor and as a counselling client myself, I have found that the majority of session content is about the everyday things; how hard it is to pay the bills or the difficulties in communicating well with a partner or family member. Life, by its very nature, has its ups and downs and, as parents, we often believe it’s part of our responsibility to just get on with it no matter how hard we find it. Even worse, and I’m basing this on personal experience as the mother of two very young children, we often feel like we are failing when we find things tough. It’s as if we think parenthood should come with some kind of magical superpower to go beyond the natural human limits surrounding our ability to cope with life’s challenges! But think about it a different way... If you sprained your ankle would you struggle on without bandaging it? Of course not. You know that if you strap it up properly and give it that extra bit of support that it will regain it’s full strength a lot quicker. Well counselling is just the same. It’s not a medical thing. 99% of the time it doesn’t involve your GP or any other medical professional. I like to think of the definition of counselling as simply ‘space to think’ with the added benefit of having someone there to help you untangle and get perspective on your more complicated and confusing feelings. I personally think of my sessions with my counsellor in almost the same way that I think of my hair appointments, as a little bit of time away from the responsibilities of the children and the house. Time that is just about me and helping myself feel like me again. That’s not to say that counselling is

easy though. To get the most out of it you do have to be prepared for it to be, at times, a tough challenge. Maybe in that way it’s slightly more akin to a vigorous sports massage than a haircut. Either way it’s one of those things that I truly believe should be treated as being the right of every person to occasionally indulge in rather than an admission of failure, to be avoided at all cost unless something is ‘wrong.’ There are many different types of counselling (see www.bacp.co.uk/seeking_therapist/ theoretical_approaches) and individuals within each type will practice in a way unique to themselves. You may need to try a few before you find the one that suits you best. However, regardless of their approach, all counsellors work within the same basic set of principles. That means that no matter who you see there are certain things you can expect. These things are: • To never be judged for any of your feelings, thoughts or opinions. A counsellor will always accept and respect you for exactly who you are. • Complete confidentiality. Unless you or anyone related to you is in significant physical danger, the things you tell your counsellor will never be shared with anyone else. Any potential exceptions to this rule would be made clear to you by your counsellor before you begin your sessions. • How things seem, from your perspective, will be the main focus of the counsellor. This means the counsellors opinions on your experiences, thoughts and feelings are not what the session is about. The counsellor will want to see what it is like for you, inside your world. • Trust and openness. Your counsellor will never do anything relating to you or the information you share with them without discussing it with you first. By Rachel Bridgeford, BSc. (hons) Dip. Adv. MBACP Soul Attention Counselling Service

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Little Miss Gifts Pink and glittery gifts for special little girls

Funky Lil’ Feet Childrens Shoe Shop

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Fairy dresses, wings, wands, dolls, teddies, bags and much more Visit us online at

www.littlemissgifts.com or visit our shop at Wistow Rural Centre

Kibworth Road, Wistow, Leics, LE8 0QF (5 miles south of Leicester, signed from the A6 at Gt Glen & Kibworth)

Tel: 0116 259 0094

Start-rite Babybotte Piedro Aster Tekilou Daisy Root Inch Blue Robeez Geox Superfit Noel Buckle My Shoe (BMS)

Come and have your children’s shoes professionally fitted in our fun and friendly shop. There is a resident podiatrist who can also assist with any special requirements. We also stock Junior Joules clothing. 36 Huntingdon Road, Thrapston, NN14 4NQ Telephone: 01832 734500 Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-5.00pm, Sat 9.30-4.00pm

www.funkylilfeet.co.uk

Personal and professional location and home studio photography. Bespoke artworks and presentation products. Find us every month at Mocha Mamas Cafe, Kettering - for discount prints. Weddings, Portraits, Events & Underwater.....

www.firetreephoto.co.uk Professional photography from the comfort of home.

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Camping on Your Doorstep...

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his summer, give your children an adventure they’ll never forget! Located just a short drive from Peterborough city centre, Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre’s campsite is the perfect place to spend an extended weekend. “We’ve found that a lot of our visitors come here to try out camping for the very first time,” explains Laura Fanthorpe from Sacrewell Farm. “The advantage is that they haven’t had to travel far to get here, and they can nip back home if they forget their toothbrush!” You don’t have to worry about keeping the children entertained either – camping fees include entrance to the farm during your stay. Come and meet the cute Saddleback piglets, Pygmy goats, and say hello to the magnificent Shire horses. Make sure you stop by the Small Animal Village to see the ducks, rabbits and chickens too. Explore the straw bale maze, wander round the old 18th century Watermill and play in the indoor Activity Barn. Discover our Timeline Barn where you can find out more about the Farm’s past, try on some historic costumes, and dig for buried treasure. In addition to this, the Three Little Ducks Shop provides a selection of fine foods and great gifts. The Stables Restaurant offers tasty home-cooked lunches, cakes, and a cup of tea. Or you can enjoy a delicious cream tea in the beautiful Mill House Garden on weekends! Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre is open 7 days a week, 9.30am to 5pm For further details call 01780 782254 or visit www.sacrewell.org.uk Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ

Summer Events

At Sacrewell Farm

School Holiday Fun 21st July to 4th September

Loads of fantastic activities to take part in, including: tractor and trailer rides, pet talks, duck racing (using toy ducks!), pond dipping, and the Lamb National!

Family Fun Pet Show 4th August

Bring your own animals to the Farm to take part in the pet classes to win some fantastic prizes! Dog agility available. Normal Farm admission applies and some activities may incur a small additional charge.

At Stanwick Lakes Quest for Camelot 7th July 11am – 4pm.

Join Merlin, Arthur & Guinevere to defend Camelot with a giant catapult or have a go at archery , cast a spell or make a princess hat! Come dressed as princess or a knight and win a prize for the best costume. Modest charges apply for some activities.

King Arthur And The Sword In The Stone 25th July, 4-6pm.

Join the Cambridge Touring Theatre as they romp through the world of magic and mystery with their robust and comical musical performance of ‘King Arthur & the Sword in the Stone’. Suitable for all ages. To book your tickets, ring 01933 625522.

Stanwick Lakes Olympic Challenge Sat 21st –Fri 31st August

Accept our self-guided Olympic Challenge this summer – conquer the assault course, explore the adventure trail and walk, cycle or kayak around the lakes to win your very own Stanwick Lakes Medal. (Charges apply for some activities)

“Get Arty” In The Discovery Zone Summer Holiday Tuesdays, 1-4pm.

Clay pots, peg dollies and willow dream catchers, you can make all of these and more in the Stanwick Lakes Discovery Zone over the summer holidays.

Pond Dipping with the Rangers School holiday Wednesdays, 12.30-3pm

Discover the little beasties that live in the ponds at Stanwick Lakes. £1 per child, FREE to members, booking recommended. 01933 625522.

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Team Dynamix Weight Loss Programme The winner’s review

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n our last issue, Spring 2012, we ran a competition to win a place on the new Team Dynamix Weight Loss Programme at Balance Health Club in Kettering. Well our winner, Nicole Harrison, has taken the course and tells us here how she got on:

The Team Dynamix Programme has been challenging but very rewarding! Not only did I lose 10 pounds and 15 and a half inches in 28 days, I also met a great group of people, gained confidence, improved my fitness and discovered lots of new recipes. The diet is something totally different and new to anything I have heard of before. As it is so different from my usual eating habits, it was initially very difficult. Although as the weeks went on I found the diet easier and also found lots of new recipes that I loved and will definitely continue to use. I also realised that I actually stopped craving lots of foods even one I thought ‘I could not live without!’. The exercise classes are fantastic! I must admit after the first session I could barely walk for the next two days, but it’s surprising how quickly my fitness improved and body got used to the exercise. All the classes followed the same structure but with different exercises, this kept it interesting and new and of course more challenging as the weeks went on. They are in a small group with two instructors; Andrew and Chris, who are brilliant! They keep you motivated and make sure you push yourself to your maximum ability. I had a real sense of achievement after each training session. The programme has been great for me and I have learnt valuable information about diet and exercise and how the body responds to exercise. There are aspects of the diet that I will be keeping in my diet for good and it has given me more self confidence with what I can achieve physically. I would definitely do this course again and would encourages others to do so too.

Team Dynamix is a senssational new weight loss, nutrition and exercise programme. The course, designed by International Fitness Presenter, Steve Jack, has been producing amazing results with some clients losing up to 24lb in one month! During the 4 week course you will exercise 3 times per week in a small group with clients of similar fitness standard and goals. You will be guided through how to eat healthily, with a plentiful approach to eating the right foods. To find out more, including when the next course is starting, contact Balance Health Club:

Tel: 01536 520130

Email: teamdynamix@balancehealthclubs.co.uk www.balancehealthclubs.co.uk

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Business Opportunities Opportunities and advice for those in business and those who would like to be...

PARTYLITE

• Fed up with having no money left to last the whole month? • Bored of sitting around? • Want to meet new people and earn money? Then why not try something different this year... Give Partylite a go, earn between £50-60 for 3 hours work. People love to shop from home and staying in is the new going out, so why not take Partylite candles into your friends’ homes. Want to find out more? Then call me for a no obligation chat You never know you might just love it!

Lisa Wrigley

Tel: 07957 235293

(Your local Partylite representative)

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Collect a stamp fo r each visit and cla FREE coee (5 stam im a ps) or FREE entry (1 0 stamps)

Aldwincle Playgroup Aldwincle playgroup is a small village playgroup set in beautiful rural surroundings within the grounds of Trinity Lower School. We take children from 2 years 6 months to school age. Grants are available for those aged from 3 years. From September 2012 sessional places available for children from 2 years 6 months, full days for children aged 3years and over.

To make an appointment to look around or for more information either visit our website or telephone Alison on:

01832 720566

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Corby and District Mondays Sing and Sign Stage 1 10 to 11am in Great Oakley Village Hall. For 6 to 15 months. Parent & Toddler Swimming 10am to 12pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Wilbarston Tots & Tiddlers 10am-12pm at Wilbarston Village Hall. Contact Sarah on 07730 568300. TT

wednesdays

FRIDAYS

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At the Holiday Inn. All lessons last for 30 minutes. 10am 3 year olds (no adults) 10.30am 3 year olds (no adults) 11am 2 & 3 year olds 11.30am 1 to 1 lessons 12pm adults beginners 12.30pm 1 to 1 lessons

Dance Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 3pm to 3.30pm at The Masonic Lodge. For ages 2 to 3 years. Ballroom & Latin American Dance (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4pm to 4.45pm at The Masonic Lodge. For ages 3 to 6 years. Street Dance/Freestyle (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 5.30pm to 6.15pm at The Masonic Lodge. For ages 3 to 6 years.

tuesdays Little Angels Tots Group 9.15 to 11.30am. The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824. Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Little Angels Playgroup For pre-school children with additional needs. 9.30 to 11.30am at Lodge Park Sports Centre. Rhymetime 10 to 10.30am & 11 to 11.30am at Corby Library (in The Cube). Free. TT.

Parents & Tots (Corby Old Village) 1.30-2.45pm at Corby Old Village Primary School. £1. TT. Drama for Tots (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4pm to 4.30pm at The Labour Club. Drama Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.30pm to 5.15pm at The Labour Club. For ages 4 to 6 years.

THURSDAYS

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At the Holiday Inn. All lessons 30 mins. 10am for 1 & 2 year olds 10.30am 1 to 1 lessons.

Rainbows Dance Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 5pm to 5.45pm at Great Oakley Village Hall. For ages 4 to 6 years.

SATURDAYS Little Kickers At Lodge Park Sports Centre. “Junior Kickers” for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 10.10 to 10.55am. “Mighty Kickers” for 3.5 years olds to 5th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.50am

Tots & Tiddlers (Pre-school Gymnastics) At Lodge Park Sports Centre. Booking advisable. Call 01536 400033. 10am to 10.45am for under 2s 11am to 11.45am for 2 to 3 years 12pm to 12.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1pm to 1.45pm for 3 to 4 years 1.45pm to 2.30pm for 3 to 4 years

Parent & Toddler Swimming 1.30pm to 3pm at Corby International Pool. Drop in. Swimming

Parent & Toddler Swimming 9.30am to 11.30am at Corby International Pool. Drop in.

Twinkle Tots Dance (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 4.30pm to 5pm at Great Oakley Village Hall. For ages 2 to 3 years.

First Moves Music for Tots (Nene Valley Dance) Movement & music for under 4.30pm to 5pm at The Masonic 5s. 10.15 to 11.15am & 11.30 to Hall. For ages 2 to 3 years. 12.30am at The Core at Corby Cube. Free. TT. NVDA Stars (Singing) (Nene Valley Dance Academy) Little Angels Tots Group 5pm to 5.45pm at The Masonic 12 to 3pm at The Baptist Church Hall. For ages 4 to 6 years Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824

Key:

Little Angels 9.15-11.30am at The Baptist Church Hall, Rowlett Road. Contact Ann on 01536 394824

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

sundays Musical Theatre (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 9.15am to 10.45am at Corby Business Academy. For ages 3 to 6 years. Asian Family Time Every 1st Sunday in the month, Corby Library, 2.30-3.30pm.

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

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Kettering and District Mondays Giggles & Wiggles Counties Community Centre. ‘Our Time’, 9.15 to 10am, for 15mths to 3 yrs. ‘Village Babies’, 10.15 to 11am, birth to 15 mths. Hawthorn Berries 9.15-11am. Hawthorn Primary School. £1/family. Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 9.15am for ages 3+ 10.15am for under 2s 11.15am for 2 to 3 years 12.45pm for ages 3+ 1.45pm for ages 3+ Infant Aquatics Swimming Balance Health Club. 30 min classes between 10am and 12pm. For 3mths to 4.5 yrs. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 3.40 to 4.40pm at The Britannia Club, Burton Latimer.

tuesdays Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 9.15am for 2 to 3 years 10.15am for under 2s 12.45pm for ages 3+ 1.45pm for ages 3+ Rhymetime 9.30-10am & 10.30-11am at Kettering Library. Free. St Botolphs Tots Group St Botolphs Church Hall. 9.30am to 11am.

Pytchley Mums & Tots Tuesdays 10-11.30am. Pytchley School Hall. Sally: 01536 799541

Rhymetime (Rothwell) Mondays 2.30-3pm, term time only. Rothwell Library. Free. 01536 711880

Toybox Mums & Tots, Broughton 1.30-3pm, Broughton Village Hall. £1.50 per family. Rebecca: 01536 790169

Mucky Pups Arts and Crafts Club 10am to 11am at North Park Pavilion. For any pre-school children

Desborough & Rothwell

Cranford Music Makers 10am, 11am and 2pm at Cranford Village Hall. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 9.15am for 2 to 3 years 10.15am for under 2s 11.15am for ages 3+ 12.45pm for ages 3+ Infant Aquatics Swimming 10am-12pm at Balance Health Club. Each class 30 minutes. For children aged 3 months to 4.5 yrs.

Desborough & Rothwell

Desborough & Rothwell

Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+

St Edwards Mums & Tots 9-11am. St Edwards RC Primary School, Eastleigh Road. £1.20 for 1st child, 30p thereafter. 01536 391581

Sign and Sign At The Woodcroft Scout Centre, London Road The Little Ones Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 10am to 11am 1 to 2.50pm, Church of Christ The Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 11amKing. £1 per family. 01536 517553 12pm Starlight Dance “Munchkins” 4 to 5pm at Starlight Dance & Musical Theatre School, High Street. For 2 to 6 year olds.

Starlight Dance “Munchkins” 4 to 5pm at Starlight Dance & Musical Theatre School, High Street. For 2 to 6 year olds.

Little Kickers At Desborough Leisure Centre Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 3.40 to 4.25pm

wednesdays

Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All kessons last for 30 mins 9.30am 6 to 12 months 10am 1 & 2 year olds 10.30am 3 year olds (no adults) 11am 4 to 9 months Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+

Twinkle Tots Wednesdays 9.30-11am, term time only. Reachout Community Church, School Lane, Rothwell Contact 01933 225525 Building Blocks Wednesdays 2-3pm (term time only). Free. Desborough Baptist Church, Station Road. Contact: 01536 760149. Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 6pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+ mawsley Music Makers 10.30am and 11.30am at The Centre. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@ gmail.com

If no contact details are provided an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 12. Please note that some classes will stop for the school summer holidays and then resume in September. Other classes will be running special summer schools. Please check with the class for details.


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Swimming

Music, Dance & Drama

The Little Ones 9-11.15am, & 1-2.50pm, Church of Christ The King. £1 /family. 01536 517553 St Thomas More Mums & Tots 9-10.45am. St Thomas More Primary School. £1.20 1st child, 30p thereafter. Hawthorn Berries 9.15-11am. Hawthorn Primary School. £1 per family. Kettering Gym Tots At Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Brunel Road. 9.15am for ages 3+ 10.15am for under 2s 11.15am for ages 2 to 3 years Giggles and Wiggles ‘Our time’ for 15 mths to 3yrs, 9.30 to 10.15am at the Counties Community Centre Hopscotch (Loddington) 2.15-3.15pm in term time. Loddington Village Hall. Contact 07742 664604 Ballet, Tap & Freestyle Dancing (Inspire Dance School) 5-6pm at Weekly Village Hall. For 3 to 6 year olds. Street Dance (Inspire Dance School) 6.05-6.55pm at Weekly Village Hall. For 4 to 13 year olds. Burton Latimer Rhymetime 10 to 11am. Burton Latimer Library. Free. 01536 723357 Desborough & Rothwell

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other

FRIDAYS

SATURDAYS

Giggles and Wiggles At Counties Community Centre. ‘Our time’ for 15 months to 3 years, 9.15 to 10am ‘Village Babies’ from 0 to 15 months, 10.15 to 11am

Bubble Babies Swimming 8.45am to 1.15pm at Kingsley School Hydrotherapy Pool. 30 min classes for 0 to 5 year olds

Geddington Parents & Tots 9.30-11.30am, Geddington Village Hall. £2 per family. Contacts Siobhan 01536 743756

Little Kickers At Southfield School for Girls Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15 to 10am Mighty Kickers for 3.5 to 5 years, 10.10-10.55am or 11.05-11.50am.

Gymbabes 9.50am at Ise Lodge Community Centre. For babies from 6 months to walking.

Swimming Lessons 30 minute lessons between 9.15am and 12.15pm at Montsaye Community Sports Centre. For ages 3+

Infant Aquatics Swimming 10am-12pm at Balance Health Club. Each class 30 minutes.

Stagecoach Theatre Arts School At Brambleside Primary School. Early Stage Class for 4-6year olds, 9.30 to 11am or 2 to 3.30pm.

BrambleTots 10-11.30am. Ise Pavillion. £2 per family. Hayley: 01536 524701 Hartbeeps Happy House 10.15am at Mocha Mama, Glendon Farm. £5per session. £2.50 siblings. See ad. Tumble Tots 10.45am at Ise Lodge Community Centre. From walking to 2 years. Tumble Tots 11.45am at Ise Lodge Community Centre. For ages 2 to 3 years. Tumble Tots 12.40pm at Ise Lodge Community Centre. For 3 years to school age. Mucky Pups Arts and Crafts 1 to 2pm at Grafton Underwood. For pre-school children. Starlight Dance Ballet & Tap 4-4.30pm ballet, 4.30-5pm Tap, at Starlight Dance, High Street. For 2 to 6 year olds.

Salvation Army Parents & Toddlers Thursdays in term time 9.30-11am. Desborough & Rothwell New Street, Rothwell. Contact 01536 Rhymetime (Desborough) 711298 Fridays 10-10.30am, term time only. Swimming Lessons Desborough Library. Free. 01536 30 minute lessons between 4pm and 711880 6pm at Montsaye Community Sports Jenny’s Dolphins Centre. For ages 3+ Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All lessons last for 30 mins. mawsley 12.15pm 9 to 18 months Mawsley Baby & Toddler Group 12.45pm 2 & 3 year olds 9.30-11am at The Centre £1.50 first child, 50p per child thereafter. Sarah: 01536 790517

Zumbatomic (Inspire Dance) 11am-12pm at Weekly Village Hall. For 4 to 12 year olds Infant Aquatics Swimming 12-1.30pm at Balance Health Club. Each class 30 minutes. Desborough & Rothwell Dance Classes (Nene Valley Dance) At Montsaye Community Sports Hall 9.15am to 9.45am ages 2 to 3 years 9.45am to 10.45am for ages 4+ Drama Classes (Nene Valley Dance) At St Giles Community Centre 10.15am to 11.15am for ages 4+ 11.15am to 11.45am Drama for Tots

sundays Little Kickers At Bishop Stopford School Junior Kickers for 2 to 3.5 year olds, 9.15 to 10am Mighty Kickers for 3.5 years olds to 5th Birthday, 10.10 to 10.55am Mega Kickers for 5 year olds to 7th Birthday, 11.05 to 11.55am. Desborough & Rothwell Jenny’s Dolphins Baby & Pre-school Swimming At Montsaye Sports Centre. All lessons last 30 mins. 11.45am 3 & 4 year olds 12.15pm 1 & 2 year olds 12.45pm 3 & 4 year olds 1.15pm 1 & 2 year olds 1.45pm adults beginners

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East Northamptonshire Mondays

tuesdays

wednesdays

Higham Ferrers

Higham Ferrers

Raunds

Rhymetime Babies only (under 12 mths) 11.30am-1pm at Higham Ferrers Library. 01933 314842. Free.

Rhymetime 10-10.30am at Higham Ferrers Library. 01933 314842. Free.

Rhymetime 2.15-2.45pm at Raunds Library. Free. 01933 623671

Irthlingborough

rushden

St Peter’s Under Fives 2-3pm. St Peter’s Church, Church Street. Contact 01933 650278

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 4 to 5pm at the Methodist Church Hall

Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9.15am at Splash Leisure Pool. 0 to 5 year olds

rushden

rushden

Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9.30am at Splash Leisure Pool. For 0 to 5 years

Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9.15am at Splash Leisure Pool. 0 to 5 year olds

Jumpin’ Jax 9.30 to 11am at Pemberton Centre. For 0 to 5 years.

Mugs and Beakers (Mums & Tots) 9-11am at The Bridge (in the grounds Hartbeeps Happy House of Whitefriars Junior School). 50p per 11am at My Flourpower, High Street. family. Emma: 01933 411393 £5 per session. See ad. Rhymetime Mini Music 9.30-10am & 10.30-11am at 2-2.45pm at Pemberton Centre. For Rushden Library. Free. 01933 0 to 3 year olds 312754.

Irthlingborough

Bumps & Babes @ Church 10am at St Mary’s Church. Short lively service followed by playtime. £1 per family. 01933 358218. TT thrapston & villages Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am at The Nene Centre. For 0 to 5 year olds

Mums & Tots 10-11.30am at Rushden Full Gospel Church & Christian Centre, 60 High Street South. Linda: 07904 638612 Mini Music 1.15-2pm at Pemberton Centre. For 0 to 3 year olds

Hartbeeps Happy House 9am at Memorial Hall, Church Lane, Wymington. £5.50 per session. £2.50 siblings. See ad. Jelly Babes 9.30-11.30am at Queen Street Church Hall. £1 per family. Contact Jeanette on 01933 391457. TT

thrapston & villages Parent & Tot Swimming 9 to 10am0am at The Nene Centre. For 0 to 5 year olds Gymbabes 9.50am at The Thrapston Plaza. For babies from 6 months to walking.

Gymnastics 5 to 6pm at Pemberton Centre for 4+ Tumble Tots year olds. 10.45am at The Thrapston Plaza. From walking to 2 years. Stanwick The Stanwick Rainbow Group 1.45-3.15pm. Stanwick Village Hall. £2 per family. Contact Claire on 01933 623551. thrapston & villages Titchmarsh Babes 1.30-2.30pm. Titchmarsh Clubroom. £1/family. Contact Judith on 01832 730587 Children’s Dance Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 3.45pm to 4.15pm at St James Hall. For ages 2 to 3 years.

Tumble Tots 11.45am at The Thrapston Plaza. For ages 2 to 3 years. Tumble Tots 1pm at The Thrapston Plaza. For ages 3 years to schol age. Little Angels (Ringstead) 1.30 - 3pm, term time only. Ringstead School Hall. £1.30 per family.


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Swimming

Music, Dance & Drama

Arts & Crafts

FRIDAYS

Parent & Tot Group / Other

SATURDAYS

Raunds

Irthlingborough

thrapston & villages

Rhymetime 11-11.30am at Raunds Library. Free. 01933 623671

Rhymetime 2-2.45pm. Irthlingborough Library. Free. 01933 650641

Ready, Steady Dance 10 to 11am at The Nene Centre for 3 to 4 year olds

Little Treasures 9.30-11am. St Laurence Church. Donation optional. TT

Raunds

rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9.15am at Splash Leisure Pool. 0 to 5 year olds Mini Gym At Pemberton Centre for 2.5 to 5 year olds. 9.30 to 10.30am, 10.45 to 11.45am or 1.30 to 2.30pm

St Peters Parent & Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am at Saxon Hall. £2/ family. Contact Sarah 01933 622116. TT

sundays thrapston & villages Children’s Dance Class (Nene Valley Dance Academy) 9.15am to 10am at Islip Village Hall. For ages 4 to 6 years.

rushden Parent & Tot Swimming 8 to 9am at Splash Leisure Pool. 0 to 5 years

Jumpin’ Jax (Movement and Play) Gymnastics 4 to 6pm at Pemberton Centre for 4+ 9.30 to 11am at Pemberton Centre. For 0 to 5 years. year olds. Sign and Sign Fair Building, Park Road Baptist thrapston & villages Church, Rushden. Stage 2 (15mths to 2.5yrs) 10 to Parent & Tot Swimming 11am. 9 to 10am at The Nene Centre. For 0 Stage 1 (6 to 15 mths) 11am-12pm to 5 year olds Tiddlers 9.30-11am, term time only. Thrapston Baptist Church, 33 Huntingdon Road. £1/family. Contact Tina: 01832 730297 Rhymetime 2-2.30pm. Thrapston Library. Free. 01832 733251 Music Makers 10am at Titchmarsh Pavilion. Fun music and movement for 0-5 years. £4 Per child and £2 for siblings. Contact Naomi on 07815 293893 or musicmakersnorthants@gmail.com

thrapston & villages Little Explorers 1pm to 2.30pm at The Nene Centre. For 0 to 5 years. £2 a session. Rhymetime 2-2.30pm. Thrapston Library. Free. 01832 733251 Gymnastics 4-5pm at Nene Centre. Ages 4+

If no contact details are provided an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 12. Please note that some classes will stop for the school summer holidays and then resume in September. Other classes will be running special summer schools. Please check with the class for details.

Weekly Activities Timetable

THURSDAYS

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Wellingborough and District Mondays Singalong Together 9.30 to 10.30am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Just drop in. 01933 279681

FRIDAYS

wednesdays

“Conversation Group” 9.30-11am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Just drop in. 01933 279681

Irchester BATS (Babies and Toddlers) 9.15-11.15am at Irchester Village Hall. £1 1st child, 50p thereafter. Nichola: 01933 410866. TT

Tumble Tots 10.45am at The Hindu Community Stay & Play Centre. From walking to 2 years. 9.30-11am at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Just drop in. 01933 Infant Aquatics Swimming 279681 30 minute classes betrweem 11.30am and 1.30pm at Hinwick Rhymetime College, Poddington School. 10-10.30am & 11-11.30am at Wellingborough Library. Free. 01933 Tumble Tots 225365 11.45am at The Hindu Community Centre. From 2 to 3 years. St Mark’s Buggy Club 1.30-3pm in St Mark’s Church Hall, Tumble Tots Queensway. Voluntary 50p dona1pm at The Hindu Community tion. Contact Joy on 01933 676368. Centre. From 3 years to school TT age. “Baby Stay & Play” Infant Aquatics Swimming 1.30-3pm at Croyland Children’s 30 minute classes between Centre. Free. Just drop in. 01933 3.30pm and 5.30pm at Rowangate 279681 Primary School. Little Fishes (Little Harrowden) Every other Wednesday in term time, 2-3pm, Little Harrowden Church. Contact Heather on 01933 678225

Little Cogs Toddler Group (Irchester) 9.30-11.15am at Reachout Community Church, Irchester. £1 st child, 50p thereafter. Contact Nicola on 01933 225525 The Rascals Music Session 9.45-10.45am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2 1st child, £1.25 2nd child. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 10.30am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club. Young Parents Group 12-2pm at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Just drop in. 01933 279681 Little Fishes 1.30-3pm at Our Lady’s Infant School Hall, Henshaw Road. £1/ family. Contact Nancy on 01933 381168

THURSDAYS tuesdays Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9.30am and 12pm at Diana’s Health & Fitness Club.

Little Cogs Toddler Group 9.30-11.15am & 1-2.30pm, Reachout Community Church, Havelock St. Call 01933 225525 for more information. TT

Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3.30pm and 5.30pm at Rowangate Primary School. Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School Dance) 4 to 5pm at Vicarage Farn Community Centre Key:

Swimming

Beginners Ballet & Tap (Barbara Hooton School of Dance) 9 to 10am at The Mission Room, Finedon. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 3pm and 5.30pm at Scott Bader Pool, Wollaston. Infant Aquatics Swimming 30 minute classes between 9am and 10.30am at Rowangate Primary School.

Mucky Pups Messy Play 9.30-11am at St Andrews Church Hall, Berrymore Road. £2.50. Contact 01933 272119 Mini Gym 10-11am & 2-3pm at Croyland Children’s Centre. Free. Just drop in. 01933 279681

SATURDAYS

If no contact details are provided an advert for the class can be found in our Clubs & Classes section starting on page 12. Please note that some classes will stop for the school summer holidays and then resume in September. Other classes will be running special summer schools. Please check with the class for details.

Music, Dance & Drama

Physical classes

Arts & Crafts

Parent & Tot Group / Other


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From September, Pre School sessions at Kids Play Kettering start at 8.30am.

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Please remember to include your name and address with your entry. All entries will be put into a draw, and the winner(s) will be the first correct entries drawn at random in each competition.

Where’s Wicky?

Find Wicky Bear for your chance to win a pair of day wristbands for Wicksteed Park. (Includes 1 adult’s and 1 child’s wristband)

We have 2 pairs to give away! Find Wicky Bear in this issue of “Time for Tots” (excluding this page) then for your chance to win, email the page number he’s on (and your name and address) to: info@timefortots.co.uk Closing date 20th July 2012

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Index

Find what you’re looking for quickly and easily with our new index....

Activities & Days Out

Cheeky Monkees Nene Valley Railway New York Thunder Bowl Newlands Shopping Centre Paul’s Pirates Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre Stanwick Lakes Swansgate Shopping Centre The Castle The Core at Corby Cube Theatre West Lodge Rural Centre Wicksteed Park Wistow Maze

Business Opportunities Phoenix Trading Partylite

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Clubs & Classes

Arts & Crafts Mucky Pups

12

Baby Classes Aqualight Babies Hartbeeps Sing & Sign

16 17 13

Dance Schools Barbara Hooton School of Dancing Inspire Dance Studios Nene Valley Dance Academy

12 15 13

Music & Movement Giggles & Wiggles

19

Physical Activity Kettering Gym Tots Little Kickers Lodge Park Sports Centre Mini Dribblers Tumble Tots

13 12 20 19 16

Swim Schools Bubble Babies Corby International Pool

13 20

Infant Aquatics Jenny’s Dolphins Montsaye Sports Centre

15 17 17

Theatre Schools StageCoach

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Health & Beauty

Balance Health Club Soul Attention Counselling Turner & Warren Hair Salon

Nurseries & Pre-Schools

Acorn Childcare Aldwincle Playgroup Kids Play Pre-school Muddy Boots Playgroup

Party Services

Aardvark Soft Play Cheers Mobile Bars West Lodge Parties

Photographers

Firetree Photography Precious Moments Photography

30 26 5 25 32 39 39 40 40 40 28 11

Shopping Baby & Child Products Cushi Tush Toddle Off

25 23

Footwear & Clothing Bearly Worn Funky Lil Feet Padders For Kids

26 28 31

Gifts Dinky Dayz Pencil Portraits

25 25

Toy Shops Little Miss Gifts When I Was a Kid

28 44

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Time for Tots Magazine Summer 2012 issue North & East Northamptonshire

Summer 2012 - NENE  

Time for Tots Magazine Summer 2012 issue North & East Northamptonshire

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