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On Thursday we had a pleasure of going to see the play by Story Pocket Theatre. They have put on scene Michael Morpurgo’s “Arthur, High King of Britain”.

We could not wait to arrive and watch it, as Morpurgo is one of favourite writers of my elder child. Arriving at Greenwich Theatre was a bliss, as it is so close and there are plenty of parking spaces around it. We were brave enough to take our two year old as well, even if the play was more for ages seven and above. The two year old was mesmerised and followed the whole play with few questions in between the scenes.

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This epic tale of chivalry, magic and heroism was brought to life by a professional troupe of Story Pocket Theatre. I have watched thousands of plays and I admit that we have been so used to special effects, sounds and extras, at times we forget what is the true theatrical experience should deliver.

The actors made sure we succumbed to a true theatrical adventure this time! The whole play was set by a team in such a fluid manner, you would not notice it going from one act to another. As there is such a continuality, you keep peeled to the scene worrying you would miss a delicious bit of it! The whole play is set the old fashioned theatre troupe way, which made the experience even more pleasing for me, taking me back to my childhood where we used to go to theatres to watch our favourite stories coming alive! From modern days, the story flows to the times of making of King Arthur, showing us the hardships he had to overcome, how he fell in love and how he was lured by his half sister. Personally  I was worried about the last bit, but the half sister’s act was shown in a beautiful dance, understandable enough not to disturb young minds. It showed how one has to stay true to himself to make wise decisions, in example of Merlin leaving King Arthur. Hence not only relying on a wit of smart people surrounding you but taking your own steps. The knights of the round table of Camelot, the sword fights shown in an expert manner would appeal to any young heart who find the medieval fights fascinating. There are incredible  bits of medieval dance during the wedding and happy times of King Arthur too. The whole production is about 1h30 minutes without intervals and is such a true theatrical experience to live through for young book lovers! The play is still on the stages of other theatres. And we recommend you to go and see it!

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Here is the list of places it will be on:

  1. February 22nd 2017, 2pm Theatre Brycheiniog Brecon, Powys, 01874611622 brycgeiniog.co.uk
  2. February 23rd 2017, 1pm & 4pm Blackwood Miners Institute, Caerphilly 01495227206 Caerphilly.co.uk
  3. February 25th 2017, 2.30pm Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 01684295074 rosetheatre.org
  4. February 26th 2017, 1.30pm & 5pm The Neeld Chippenham, 01249446699 neeld.co.uk
  5. March 2nd 2017, 11am The Broadway Theatre, Barking, 02085075607 thebroadwaybarking.com
  6. March 13th 2017, Richard Whiteley Theatre, Settle, North Yorkshire, 01729893180 giggleswick.org.uk

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We’ve had a chance to review Kidzania with a toddler in tow!20161204_175132

One might think it is the place for school children only, but this experience proved us that we can visit Kidzania with young children too. Frankly, I have put off a full family visit of Kidzania as much as  I could. But having an older child who is now seven and her talking non stop about Kidzania and what activities she is planning to do next, this is impossible. The toddler who is two years old was constantly asking about Kidzania too, as her big sister shaped a perfect picture of a magic place where children only rule!

The day came and off we went in a car to Westfield Sheperds Bush in a car. I would like to stress that you need to check the website and get the correct location as there are some works going on around Westfield nowadays. Please make sure you plan to arrive an hour or so earlier, as we spent a good quarter of an hour looking for a free parking slot. Another useful piece of advise, we realised only when leaving, do register with Westfield parking to get £8 capped price for a full day of parking. We didn’t do it and paid slightly over it £9.50. Once we arrived at Kidzania, there was quite a queue to check in to it too. My elder daughter was getting worried that we were running late for a pre-booked slot, thus losing precious play time for children. But the staff started the time slot from our check-in time and not the pre-booked slot, so we were in luck. We were presented with little maps, the elder child got her Kidzoos (Kidzania money) and off we went to explore it.

By the time we parked, checked in and entered Kidzania she was hungry, so we went to GBK  in Kidzania, so she could make her own burger and eat it. While she was busy making her halal burger, we ordered some food for ourselves and the toddler too. The elder daughter came out with her self made burger and a huge grin on her face. We all sat and ate our lunch. Then we split with my husband, he went with a toddler and I went with the elder daughter. We went to the engineering centre where my daughter was an engineer in a sports car team. They were taught a lot about the fast cars and now we can safely say my elder daughter knows what to do in case her car needs a wheel change. She also got paid for this job. Next destination was a hospital, where she was a hospital nurse looking after newborns. She was quite good at it, as she had lots of practice with her baby sister. She also got paid for this job and I regretted not taking a little bag for her. She could keep all of her kidzoos in it, her safety net for the hair in there and other little belongings too. The next things she wanted to experience was an ice-cream factory. She waited in the queue quietly, knowing she would be making ice-creams soon. When the time came she went in with other children, they all made ice-creams after learning the process and all got paid, getting the little badges as a bonus. After this we went to the Central Bank of Kidzania and deposited her Kidzoos, so that she would not lose them and can withdraw any money when needed. She was very proud having her own bank account and her very own bank card. She withdrew some money and off we went to British Airways, where she wanted to land a plane. Here we met with my other half and swapped the children.

Now having a toddler in tow, I looked at my map and sorted out the things we can do with a two year old in Kidzania. There were several activities and we did them all with her. First we went to the Kindergarten. This was a large space with tables, chaird, crayons, papers, musical instruments, soft play music on the wall, wooden play sets and more. We were the only ones in there, as soon as we entered my toddler put the apron on and sat on a table to do some colouring. Once she was done with it, she went to play with the interactive wall, pressing different animals and different sounds they made occupied her for a little while. She really liked this farm wall and it being soft lead her enjoy playing for longer. Once she was done with it, she asked for the toys neatly put on the shelves, she went through the musical instruments one by one. Coming to the next section, building toys, I never knew she would be so interested in building toys. These types of places are good to learn about your child’s interests too, as this may surprise you. While we were playing in there the Christmas songs were playing and the staff were running outside the “buildings” to perform the dance routine.

When she had enough of playing in the “Kindergarden” we went to the “Dance club”. This is a space for pre-schoolers too and I thought it is a good space to let the steam off. An upbeat music was playing while we enjoyed dancing on a colourful flashy dancefloor with my toddler. My little one liked to jump, dance and perform here. This really led her steaming off and she was calm after this activity, ready for the next one.

The next stop was “Science lab” and my toddler became a “lab technician”. She learned the importance of washing her hands and cleaning the dishes she has used. She learnt how to make different bubbles with different wands and the importance of clearing off the mess you create. Bubble blowing and catching was the highlight of this activity. A toddler and bubbles can it get any better? Apparantly it can! Our next activity proved it! “RightZKeeper’s Residence” was our next stop. We were guests there and this one place was providing different things to do. Unfortunately the kitchen area was closed off, which lead to a major meltdown. But we successfully managed to distract her with the water filled trampoline, the soft beds and the dressing up room. Where a dinosaur crazed toddler found a big T-Rex and was adamant to take him home with us. She had fun dressing up and being a fire fighter rescuing her friend the T-Rex from fire.

Our four hours came to an end and we went to a picture room to see the photos of our little ones and if we want to buy some. After this we went through an immigration and checked out. The other point I liked was that all the children were wearing the bracelets and the alarms go off, if they are leaving with strangers.

After this visit, now I am sure I can take my toddler to Kidzania too, as she had as much fun as her elder sibling. She still keeps asking for “Pidzania” (that’s how she calls “Kidzania”) each time she behaves well. Kidzania – a place for all the children young or older for a unique unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

 

 

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Most parents of the toddlers live with Peppa Pig’s family. Our two year old is obsessed with this show. So when  I got the review tickets to the West End show of “Peppa Pig’s surprise” she couldn’t wait for the day to come.

The Phoenix Theatre where the show was taking place was easily reachable from the Charing Cross station. We arrived 20 minutes earlier as we had a buggy. The Theatre staff are really helpful, as they are aware of audience arriving with young children and buggies. They try to sort people out as soon as possible trying to prevent the possible toddler tantrums. After getting our tickets we were shown where we can leave our buggies. At the entry our little one made us buy a windmill of her favourite character George. I thought it would be a good idea if that meant she would keep happy throughout the show for the price of £8 . Little I knew what an exciting experience for the whole family was ahead! The theatre has rather clean toilets with baby changing and feeding facilities. You leave the buggies and get it with your tickets. Extra toys and merchandise can be purchased upon arrival and they sell some snacks too.

Little after we went to our seats, we realised my toddler is a little bit small for her seat. So we paid an extra £1 for a booster seat. In retrospect I would not get it, as she spent the whole show dancing, singing and jumping around!

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There were four of us, two adults and two children. My seven year old was a little bit sceptical as she thought this is only for toddlers and she was too old for the show. These were her thought before the show. As soon as the show started with children’s favourite characters coming to the stage and the energy of actors coming on waves we were all mesmerised and were simply enjoying the brilliant production! The show is a hit with all ages from start to finish with songs, dances, engaging the audience, special effects, bubbles, snow and is just fun!

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I found that the production team has done an excellent job, the storyline is close to the original Peppa Pig cartoon. The puppets and the actors are oozing with energy that is easily transferred to the audience making everyone happy and bouncy. My toddler who is fan of George really like how they made him cry just like in a cartoon, making her squeal from excitement. There are two acts during the show, which gives enough time to have a loo break or get some snacks. If your little ones have never been to theatre before, this show provides a perfect first time experience! Helping you nurturing cultured children who look forward to their theatre outings. The little twist at the end made us all feel the Christmas joy again and it was a very welcome bonus! We thoroughly enjoyed the show, even my seven year old who was not very keen on it initially said that she loved it and she was happy that she came. A perfect family day out and an unforgettable experience for little ones! The show is still on this week at Phoenix theatre. We are looking forward to see some more productions of this team, as they truly are magical! If you have not seen it yet, book quickly and enjoy watching your little ones joy! It gets thumbs up from us and we recommend it!

 

 

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Today me and my girls were invited to the Cadbury event at the Shard.

We arrived there in the afternoon, we left the buggies downstairs, got through security checks and were flown up in a super fast lifts. The children enjoyed the videos that were shown on the roof of the lift. We went straight to the top of the Shard – the 72nd floor. As soon as we stepped out we saw the giant spider web. It was made of purple Cadbury rope. The fresh cool breeze blowing from the open top of the Shard gave it even more mysterious ambiance.

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We were quite taken by it. The children were curious were the treats were, but still enjoying the breath taking views of London. It was a little misty today and under the sunset the colours were beautiful. Children were busy running around the whole of the top floor from one side to the other enjoying the roof tops of most of the buildings and spotting the landmarks of London.

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My elder daughter was so happy to be “On top of the world” . I was really glad to see her that happy. While we were savouring the beautiful views of London, the Cadbury people brought the two chocolate towers. And the faces of the children lit, as they knew they finally found the treats. As some people left by this time saying, they were tricked.

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There was a suspence for a little while. As the men said they have to wait. But five minutes lasted five seconds, may be another one of their tricks. And everybody had heaps of chocolates. Fellow parents asked their children if they liked the Shard more or the chocolates. Guess what their reply was. But a sweet treat on top of the Europe’s tallest building for Halloween is something to remember for long years ahead.

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As the sun started to kiss the horizon I admiringly looked at the couples who were announcing their engagements on top of the Shard with flutes of champaign in their hands, I thought it is time to get back home. We were all happy, elated being up in the air sweetened by Cadbury’s generosity. There is still time to experience this. Besides as it is half term kids go free.

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If you are out of ideas like me what to get to people who have it all. This might help you.

We have visited Cambridge and Norwich and this costed us a lot! Hence when I saw this I was excited.

The trainline is having a sale on Greater Anglia service that normally goes between London, Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester for £5 one way! That’s a lot less than £82 we paid per person!

So if you think you might commute that way or visit a Colchester Zoo or any other reason you will use Greater Anglia service between 2nd January and 28th February in 2013 buy your ticket now, the offer ends January the 1st 🙂

Here is the clickable link to the deal.

Enjoy your CHEAP ride and your journey. Or this will make a good present. Well I would like smth like this 🙂

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I am one of those people who like to kill two or even more hares at one go. We were planning a trip to East London (it has been ages!) and I thought why not to visit something else, in stead of just finishing your business. And remembered about this place.

It is quietly tucked away in Bethnal Green, East London. It is easy to reach via tube. Or being our luck most likely there will be some maintenance works and we would need to use a bus in stead. Just take a good advice and leave your buggy at home! If you can of course. As last time we were there, we were two mums with buggies. And we didn’t know that people of East London are very very very fond of kids 🙂 Thus we waited for a buggy free bus about an hour!!! All of them came with 2 buggies already. We finally had to take all our belongings and kids and fold that bugger so we could jump into a bus 🙂

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I will be honest, it was the first time I was there and to be honest I was quite scared. It looked a little on a dodgy side, but later I found out that it is totally safe and people are harmless. I think it was just me not being used to those surroundings. And the passer bys were really nice, as Google maps was making us go in rounds, so whoever we asked stopped took good time to explain where and how to go, so we could finally reach the museum.

The museum itself is quite grand. The Museum of Childhood is spread over 4 floors, with the Mezzanine and First Floor acting like a balcony around the edge of the building so you can look down over the ground floor central hall with the shop, Information Desk, and a Cafe. We loved the time spent there, not only kids but us adults were swamped with the memories of childhood and were quite happy to be reminded of our own careless time. There were some arts and crafts and story time activities for FREE. Just make sure you arrive on time. The museum and the toilets were quite clean. The only let down was the cafe. I think for the kids friendly museum it did not offer much choice. But as our tots were hungry and we erranded for ages before getting into museum we had to just eat there. Next time, I would prefer just to go out and grab a bite in some restaurant as prices are quite cheap there and you will get served some proper food.

So while you are laughing at One pound fish man video and thinking why not to go and see him, take time to make your kids visit to East London fun too 🙂

 

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We are so lucky to have a temporary beach built right next door on the bank of the River Thames.

They say life’s a beach, and it is here, at least for a while.

Champions Wharf, in Twickenham, is transformed into a sandy oasis for several weeks thanks to 20 tonnes of sand, as part of national play day until 31st of August 2012.

The beach was open daily from Wednesday, July 27, and there is a full programme of activities for the whole family to take part in at noon and half past 3 (was it 2? need to check) every day.

Come rain or sun, this is a fun place and the naked ladies (York House) Gardens is a perfect place to have a picnic later on 🙂

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