What could be more magical for any child than a personalised message from Santa’s Head Elf Twinkle? Thanks to Little Voice Notes she is on hand to let your little one know that their very own elf is going to be reporting into Santa. She will magically know exactly what’s on their Christmas list and will also be able to tell them a few secrets about what is going on in Santa’s Grotto.
This wonderful company record the most adorable messages that are then delivered straight to your phone via WhatsApp with in 24 hours of ordering.
All you have to do is let them know some special little facts about your child. Siblings, pets and best friend’s names, what they want for Christmas and who they will be spending December 25th with. Or why not mention their favourite game or sport?
The joy of Little Voice Notes is that you can tailor this sweet little message to include the things that are truly special to them. Just pop your phone on speaker, press play and watch their faces light up. All for only £12. The most adorable pre-Christmas gift that brings magic to life.
Our latest round-up of super-cool things for kiddos
Kids love scooters don’t they? Whether it’s the journey to school or a trip to the park, they just love whizzing around of them. And now the clever people at Micro Scooters have made them even more fun but adding a personalisation option. Now you can pop your little ones’ name on the base of the scooter along with a range of patterns and colours. This is available on all their models, including the Cruiser, the Sprite and the Speed. Prices start from £129.95. We think it’s a genius idea because it makes it so much easier to spot your own at the school gates!
London’s most sought-after children’s entertainers, Sharky and George are now to be found at the fabulous Beaverbrook hotel. The team are organising the Adventure Club at the five-star property which is just off the M25 at Leatherhead in leafy Surrey.
As well as fun activities such as missions, pranks, adventures and projects in and around the Estate grounds, youngsters can also enjoy the amazing play area and fantastic tree house. And at Beaverbrook they think of everything so if the weather takes a turn for the worst, there are lots of indoor activities available too, including board games, an air hockey table, arts and crafts and movies.
This amazing hotel is equally fantastic for adults – think stunning rooms, dreamy spa and delicious food. So, if you are looking for the perfect place for a weekend away that is within easy reach of London and will tick the boxes for all the family, look no further than Beaverbrook.
Winter can be a tricky time to get kiddos out and about as the temperature falls but here at City Kids, we are always keen to avoid screens whenever possible and get youngsters out in the fresh air. So we love the idea of Treasure Trails which allow children (with the help of mum and dad) to follow a self-guided Treasure Trail through their local streets in the villages, towns and cities around the UK., cracking clues along the route to unlock incredible stories from the past and solve a mystery at the end.
The trail will on average be a couple of miles, but kids probably won’t even notice how far they’ve travelled as they’ll be so caught up in the fun of the adventure.
Visit treasuretrails.co.uk to find out more and to download one of more than 1,200 Trails across the UK.
Maggie & Rose are opening the doors to their latest London member’s club for families this October. Located on Islington Square, it is the chain’s third club in the Capital, following on from Kensington and Chiswick, and is set to be just a popular.
The 1200ft space is spread over two floors and will offer North London parents a great place to hang out and socialise with their little ones as facilities include a large soft play area, outdoor play spaces and a Big Kids’ Den for older children. All are designed to be both fun and educational, with really inspiring interiors, super-cool interiors.
There will also be a members’ brasserie boasting fresh food made daily on-site and a members’ lounge and snug cinema, with the emphasis being on families spending time together.
Well known for their amazing classes and clubs, Maggie and Rose Islington will have a packed timetable of creative and fun sessions for kids to enjoy with their parents (or carer) and on their own too – from art and music to dance, cooking and even gardening. And if that’s not enough you can host your little one’s birthday party at Maggie and Rose club too where the team will help you plan the perfect event.
An on-site nursery will offer parents in the area part-time or full-time sole charge care and those children enrolled at the nursery also benefit from the use of all Maggie and Rose clubs’ facilities while they are there. Experienced staff will guide children aged from three months through a carefully thought out curriculum.
We have written before about how much we love private members clubs for families because they offer a great place to hang out with your kids in a relaxed environment where you can meet other like-minded parents while the little ones play. And Maggie and Rose do it so well – the decor is stylish, but also comfortable (and wipe clean), the food is delicious and the fantastic classes are really loved by kids.
It’s not cheap – membership starts from £180 per month plus a joining fee, but you really do get what you pay for which is why Maggie and Rose clubs have been so successful.
With all this in mind, expect demand for membership to be high – we hear they are already being flooded with enquiries. Get in touch to book a visit and see Maggie and Rose club for yourself, but don’t’ put it off or you’ll find yourself on the waiting list!
City Kids Magazine can help you to find the best activities and children classes in West London and across the Capital.
Whether your son or daughter likes the arts and music, running around outside, or the idea of being a scientist, we have a comprehensive directory of classes for children aged from just a few months old to 14 years. For our babies and pre-schoolers, our classes guide shows which activities are on which day. This way you can fit things into nap time schedules and you can plan your day or week ahead based on when you have a day off from work. You’ll also discover that we have sub-divided classes into categories according to what activity you think your child might like. Remember that lots of activity providers offer a free trial class before you commit to a full set of term time fees.
There’s much talk about whether children these days are doing too much. As with all things, finding a balance is key. And we mean this for everyone. Many is the strung-out parent, ferrying kids from place to place, making sure that every last minute of the day is packed with classes and activities. We’d say this is no good for kids or parents! However, when your baby is young, a class can be a lifeline, a time for being sociable and getting out of the house. And if you choose the right class, it can help your child develop and build confidence along the way.
Classes for children in West London: what are the different types?
You’ll see from the button below that we have reproduced the classes directory that is in City Kids Magazine. There is Dance and Performance for kids who like ballet or tap, or if you have a young Dua Lipa or Shawn Mendes on your hands, there are singing and dancing lessons galore in West London, from Holland Park to Ealing, Richmond to Brook Green. And many of the classes cater to preschool children, all the way up to preteens! As they get older they may want to specialise in musical theatre or they may see themselves as more of an Emma Watson and be looking for drama classes.
For some kids, there’s nothing worse than standing on stage to perform. Luckily for parents in west London, there are plenty of other things to do including sport. Sports providers offer netball, rugby, football skills, skateboarding, tennis, parkour, gymnastics, music and movement and much, much more. And if you’re still at a loss, you could look at craft, science and technology, language, sensory play and even sailing.
Mama Shack is the place to find super-cool yet practical accessories for little ones. If you have baby – or one to buy for – then definitely take a look. You’ll find bibs, blankets, teethers and changing mats in ultra-stylish animal prints and safari designs. The cutes giraffes and zebras are a little bit different and really fun.
Plus, lots of their items can be personalised. And if you are travelling with a baby this summer the car sun shade will come in incredibly handy. A great place to find the baby gear every mum will love.
Bloom & Blossom are becoming somewhat of a household name as their lovely brand of natural skincare for kids is now stocked in Space.NK, John Lewis, Liberty, Mamas and Papas and JoJo Maman Bebe.
Now they have teamed up with the Roald Dahl Story Company to create a selection of hand washes celebrating some of the most well-loved Roald Dahl characters such as Matilda and the Twits. The perfect, fun way to encourage little ones to wash their hands. These washes are the most recent addition to their Roald Dahl collection which includes shampoos, pillow sprays and shower gels, all designed with little customers in mind.
All their products contain no microplastics, no parabens, SLS, petrochemicals or colourants and are completely safe during pregnancy and for new mothers and babies. What’s not to love?
Getting children to open up about their emotions is a vital part of taking care of their mental health. So we think the ‘My Feelings Alphabet’ from Dragons of Walton street is a clever idea. This beautiful framed print offers an ‘emotional’ A-Z combined with intricately painted animals.
The brand hope that by popping it on the wall of a child’s room, it will give parents a visual tool to help their little ones’ unlock, understand and express their own emotions and communicate how they are feeling.
Dragons have been creating beautiful interiors and accessories for children for over 30 years and have chosen to donate a percentage of all the alphabet sales to the children’s mental health charity, Place2Be. A lovely way to support a great cause.
Our weekly round up of super-cool things for your little ones to enjoy
Toy Story 4
The wait is nearly over. Woody, Buzz and Slinky are about to hit our screens again in a matter of days. Toy Story 4 had its London premier this weekend and we are just a little bit excited.
We all thought that the Sheriff and his friends escaping the clutches of evil Lots-o’ and finding a lovely new home with Bonnie was the end of the road for Toy Story right? Well we were wrong. The fourth film in this much-loved Disney series hits UK screens on June 21.
Expect all the gang back together again and heading off on an exciting road trip where they discover just how big the world can be for toys. This summer’s must-see kids’ movie is set to be every bit as good as the previous three so get that date in your diary and pre-book tickets ASAP – they are bound to be in high demand!
Nothing beats classic, well-made toys. The kind you can keep forever and every child that ever comes to your home will be drawn to.
From dolls houses and car garages to play kitchens and doctor’s kits, Le Toy Van make some of the best toys around that will really fire up little one’s imagination.
If you, like us, are fed up of TV and screens, then switch off the gadgets and opt for one of their amazing playsets instead.
They encourage role play and creativity and are all educational in their own way – how we love a pretend cup of tea or a trip to an imaginary market.
Le Toy Van have been making wooden toys, designed in Great Britain with a touch of French je ne sais quoi, since 1995. They are all ethically made from sustainable tactile materials that are also really durable.
So next time you are on the lookout for a fab birthday present for your own kids or their little friends, make sure you check out this brand because there really is the perfect toy for everyone in their lovely range.
Whether the sun is shining or not, kids love an ice lolly. But, unless you make your own (fun but a bit of a faff), most ice lollies are packed with sugar. Yummy, but not great for little teeth.
So we were delighted to hear that independent ice-cream brand Jude’s has launched a range made with fruit and vegetables. The Fruit & Veg Rockets are made with naturally sourced ingredients and no refined sugar.
A much healthier option, they contain just 32 calories and less than 10% sugar, making them the lowest sugar content frozen treat on the market, according to the brand.
The treats are available in Sainsbury’s and cost £3.59 for a pack of six. Or visit Judes.co.uk to find other stockists.
London’s Westend is world renowned for some of the best theatre in the world. And it’s certainly not just for us grown-ups. There are so many hit shows for children and now you can snap up some free tickets for your little ones as booking for ‘KidsWeek’ theatre ticket booking open tomorrow at 10am.
This annual London theatre initiative run by Society of London Theatre (SOLT), runs every August with hit shows in the West End and beyond offering free tickets for children throughout the month. Tickets for performances throughout August will be released through the Official London Theatre website at 10am tomorrow and you definitely don’t want to miss out. Shows include the likes of Disney’s Aladdin, Matilda The Musical and The Gruffalo.
The scheme, founded to encourage more young people and families to experience the magic of live theatre, offers a free ticket to every child aged 16 or under accompanied by a full paying adult. Half price tickets can also be purchased for two additional children in the same group. There are no booking, postage or transaction fees.
KidsWeek is one of the biggest, longest-running audience development initiatives in the world, engaging around 1.6 million children and families since it began in 1998.
Alongside the performances, children are given the chance to get involved in free workshops and activities, with participating shows offering everything from choreography and magic workshops to cast Q&As and backstage tours. KidsWeek ticket holders can also take advantage of ‘Kids Go Free’ deals on dining and hotels.
It really is an amazing opportunity to experience all the fun of the Westend at a fraction of the cost.
It’s Friday Five, our guide to the best things to do in London with the kids this weekend
Chinese New Year Parade
The big event is on Sunday and if you really want to get stuck in you should head to Chinatown and surrounding streets. A parade starts at 10am and progresses to Trafalgar Square for an all-day celebration.
Coming next week to screens in the UK is The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales. It features a host of voices from the world of British comedy including Bill Bailey, Adrian Edmondson, Justin Edwards, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, Phill Jupitus and Giles New.
The film is divided into three tales: Baby Delivery where a lazy stork leaves the delivery of a baby in the care of a rabbit, a pig and a duck; The Big Bad Fox where Fox steals three eggs but unwittingly ends up adopting the chicks; and Saving Christmas where the animals embark on a hair-brained scheme to replace Father Christmas.
Each tale is beautifully crafted and the script flows along gently, generating laughs from grown ups and kids alike. And there aren’t many films that get 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. We were lucky to take the children to a screening at The Soho Hotel, but they had to earn their keep, and promised to write a review. To be honest, I was wondering if the old-fashioned appearance of the film would hold the attention of my Marvel-loving reviewers. But it did. And they really enjoyed it.
The children’s view
“The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales was a great film. All of the characters were funny and the drawings were amazing. My favourite characters were Fox because he was actually quite sweet, and Rabbit and Duck because they kept getting in trouble. I recommend this film for anyone, since everyone in the audience was laughing when we were watching it.” Isabel, 12.
“The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales is really good. I recommend you go watch it. My favourite tale was Baby Delivery because it was the funniest one of all. My favorout(sic) character was Duck because he acted really dumb and his ideas were funny.” Lucas, 9.
It’s time for our weekly round-up of the best things to do in London this weekend with our Friday Five
Circus Fun Free fun at Somerset House this weekend where you can catch up with Marawa the Amazing and the Majorettes, Gandini Juggling’s watery Cascade and the 12-time Guinness World Record holding hula hooper. Sat & Sun 12-5pm
Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle Imagine cycling past iconic buildings in central London, with your family, and no traffic. On Saturday you can! The eight-mile circuit passes Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England.
It’s time for our weekly round-up of the best things to do in London this weekend with our Friday Five
Michael Jackson On The Wall Contemporary art by some of the world’s leading names hang at the National Portrait Gallery for this special exhibition. Coinciding with what would have been Michael’s 60th birthday in August, U12s are free and there are reduced tickets for U25s. www.npg.org.uk
2 Outdoor Cinema at Battersea Power Station Taking advantage of this weather, head with older kids to see Ghostbusters and eat pizza. Sunday at 7pm. batterseapowerstation.co.uk
Portobello Summer Festival Music and sunshine go hand in hand so head to Portobello on Sunday for a celebration of sounds from around the world, including Jazzie B, Audio Bullys, Grooverider, steel bands and Flamenco! www.portobellosummerfestival.com
The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition All weekend there are workshops, talks and activities featuring everything from pyrotechnic science and futuristic food to bugs and forensics. www.royalsociety.org
5 Pride in London As well as a small football match, Pride London parades through the streets, celebrating diversity in all its many shades and colours. Oxford St, Regent St, Piccadilly, Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square will be VERY busy 12-5pm on Saturday.
FRIDAY FIVE – THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND WITH THE KIDS
Sorry to bang on about the weather each week, but have we had summer? No matter – our Friday Five will lift spirits as we explore the best things to do this weekend with the kids. (In London!)
Saturday & Sunday ASTÉRIX IN BRITAIN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF RENÉ GOSCINNY The Jewish Museum – www.jewishmuseum.org.uk
Gathers over 100 items from around the world, to be displayed for the first time together in the UK, including original artworks, scripts and storyboards as well as Goscinny’s own tools, sketchbooks and family photographs. The exhibition highlights this writer’s contribution to European culture, at the same time as unearthing the substance of his Jewish heritage.
So, Summer came and went, but in an effort to lift spirits we have an active selection things to do with the family this weekend. Our Friday Five consists of activities for the sporty, armchair fan, musician, film fan or scientist – we have it all.
Imperial College’s annual festival is packed with live performances, workshops, experiments and demos. How about robotics, microbes, AI and a messy monster? This is a two-day festival, absolutely free with the sole ambition of inviting the community to experience research in science, engineering, health and business. There’s also great food and drink from around the world to enjoy!
If you have a football lover or two in your household this should be a must-see. The Fabric of Football exhibition revisits memorable moments from the history of the beautiful game, and documents the evolution of football shirt design, from the iconic to the infamous, with over 500 jerseys on display.
Saturday & Sunday AMERICAN FOOTBALL FAN FESTIVAL WITH JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Bernie Spain Gardens, Southbank, SE1 9PH –jagscampandacademy.com
Always wanted to test yourself against NFL prospects and players? Well now is your chance. Whether you’re a hardcore Jags fan or new to American football, you’ll discover what it takes to make it to the NFL at this event. Put yourself to the test on the following on the 40 Yard Dash, Vertical Jump, Lateral Jump, QB Accuracy and Blocking Power. Jaguars star, Calais Campbell, will be at the event and there will be a chance to meet the All Pro player and ask him questions in a fan Q&A.
There are still tickets to this live musical screening of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The The 40 foot screen will be showing the film while an orchestra performs John Williams’ iconic score.
Sadler’s Wells – www.sadlerswells.com Part of Sadler’s Wells’ Family Weekend, this fantastical dance-theatre adaptation is set in a spellbinding fairy-tale world of spinning wheels, magic, kings and queens.
Next Friday we’ll be celebrating the arrival of our Spring issue and all of the great articles and news within. Until then, we’ve had a look at what’s on for kids in London this weekend and rounded up five things to do for munchkins of all ages.
To celebrate the 100 years since the formation of the RAF, visitors have the rare and exciting chance to get a closer look inside 100 cockpits and vehicles from the collection. Lucky ticket holders will have the opportunity to view a wide range of aircraft and vehicles which aren’t usually opened to the public.
ADVENTURES IN PETER PAN’S NEVERLAND Museum of London, Docklands
A series of interactive events, film screenings and performances will take place throughout this weekend and next, providing a whole new generation with an introduction to J.M. Barrie’s beloved characters. As well as workshops, two screenings of the classic animated film Peter Pan will run each day, allowing visitors to see Peter’s tale before they continue the stories themselves in the museum.
HANTASTIC: CHINESE TRADITIONAL DRESS EXPERIENCE The China Exchange, W1
Experience traditional Han Chinese dress, known as han fu 汉服, and have a full make-over. You’ll learn about the history of Han clothing in China, and discover how interest in beautiful traditional dress is having a renaissance today. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for photos and selfies, so you can surprise your social media followers with your make-over!
You will also have a demonstration in the art of classical Han Chinese dance, and then have the chance to learn some of the steps yourself!
Colour: The Rainbow Revealed Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
Colour: The Rainbow Revealed is an award-winning exhibition exploring the endless ways in which colour shapes our world. Be dazzled by how colours are made and perceived, discover how animals use colour to attract and hide, and look into how different colours mean many different things for people across the planet.
ORCHID FESTIVAL Kew GardensAs it gets a bit nippy this weekend, head to the tropics of Thailand at Kew Gardens, inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory.Daily until 11 March | Free entrance with admission ticket All ages
Call this the ultimate hint to my family, or just a prompt for yours, this is a great offer for Charlottes Place, Charlotte’s Bistro or Charlotte’s W5. For brunch, lunch or dinner bookings, Mum will be treated to a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival with a stunning posy of purple tulips before a sumptuous brunch, lunch or dinner. The ‘Little Extra’ for Mother’s Day is £19.50.
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5 more things to do in London with the kids this half-term
As if our top 10 wasn’t enough last week, here’s a Monday to Friday guide to half-term in London
One of the best annual children’s events in London is Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre. One of Monday’s highlights is Super Mega Rockin Rock Show. Ditch the twee and embrace the chaos of childhood in this lively interactive show from Kid Carpet. Featuring live music, performance, comedy, animation and even ping-pong balls, little ones are encouraged to party along with classic Kid Carpet tracks like ‘Gorilla’, ‘Poo in the Forest’ and ‘Golden Eagle’.
Waterloo or Embankment tube
The Music House for Children puts on CINDERELLA: MUSICAL THEATRE for kids aged 5-11. Recreate the classic story of Cinderella with music, drama and design. Will Cinderella get to the Royal Ball on time? A showcase of the day’s activities will be shown to family and friends at 3pm. £40 Goldhawk Road tube
At the William Morris Society there are several craft activities for 6-12 year olds to take part in, suitably themed for Valentine’s Day. Part 1: Make a Valentine hat and a sun catcher or Heart wreath using paper and card Part 2: Make a Strawberry Valentine or a Heart decoration using felt, buttons and thread. All materials are supplied, and you will take home your Valentine creations. Refreshments (squash & biscuits) provided. Please note that children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Price: £5 per child.
If you have a dinosaur lover at home, Greenwich is where you need to be. Dinosaurs in the Wild puts you in time machine where pioneering technology transports you back 67 million years to see living dinosaurs with your very own eyes. Ride across the jaw-dropping Cretaceous plains, where you come face to face with the most awesome creatures ever to live. Then visit an incredible research station where scientists are studying dinosaurs in the past.
North Greenwich Tube
And if they’re still bursting with energy after all that, why not take them for a bounce at Oxygen Freejumping. With two sites in London, the weather won’t stop the fun here. And by booking using our code CITYKIDS10, you’ll also get 10% off. Use it for toddler sessions, the School of Trampoling, Fitness Classes, Groups and parties.
10 things to do in London with the kids this half-term
Even though we live in the city, sometimes we run out of ideas. That’s why we’re here, to offer some inspiration ahead of the half-term break.
Head to Barnes to WWT London where Dusty’s Puddle Jumping Championships returns. Kids of all ages are positively encouraged to jump in puddles against each other in a variety of challenges to see who can complete the London Wetland Centre puddle jumping obstacle course. The official competition will take place daily from 11.30am – 12.30pm and 2.30pm – 3.30pm daily.
10 – 18 February
Over in Brentford, you can take a T-shirt to Watermans and learn how to screen print. Children just need to bring an apron and be prepared to get a bit mucky!
Brentford or Kew Bridge Station
At the Natural History Museum you can have a taste of what it’s like to work behind the scenes by having a go yourself. Science Educators are on hand to help you look closely at real objects using the many tools provided. Bring your own questions, or use some of ours in this hands-on science space.
10 – 18 February
South Kensington tube
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a vet? Well, at ZSL London you can be a vet for a day. While you won’t be working on real animals, you will help experts examine, x-ray and carry out treatments on toys. There are also talks and activities throughout the week explaining everything the ZSL team does to keep the 18,000 residents in top condition.
10 -18 February
Camden Town, Baker Street or Regent’s Park tube
At the Science Museum you an discover how rockets fly by making your own rocket propelled mouse (not real live mouse!) Advertised for kids 7 years and under.
12 – 18 February
South Kensington tube
There’s a Teddy Bear Adventure Trail at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. The trail follows the exhibition in chronological order, providing creative activities and fun facts about the teddy bears featured in the collection, some of which date back 150 years.
10 -18 February
Ladbroke Road tube
At the Royal Albert Hall, Tongue Fu for Kids is jam packed with word play, improv, participation and musical wizardry. Delivered by poets, storytellers, rappers and the amazing Tongue Fu band, each show is unique and features stars of UK spoken word.
High Street Kensington tube
There’s a different themed activity every day at The Postal Museum as well as an indoor play centre and mini train. Your kids can enjoy activities like arts and crafts, storytelling and meet characters from the past. All activities are available on a first come first serve basis. Kids aged 0-8 can discover an immersive mini-town with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes, everything to keep the little ones happily occupied.
Farringdon, Russell Square, Kings Cross & Chancery Lane tube
For story fans, Richmond Theatre is a must-visit. Under the Sea, Out on the Farm and Into the Jungle are terrific tales woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Funky moves, toe-tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed!
12 – 13 February
And the weekend before the kids go back, celebrate in style at Westfield with a host of Chinese New Year workshops. Decorate fortune cookies, make charm bracelents, and even take part in some meditation for adults. Come on, it’s the end of half-term, you may need it.
National Theatre – www.nationaltheatre.org.uk World premiere! From the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical, this classic features music and songs from the Walt Disney Film.
3 top things to do with kids this weekend in London with The Weekender
CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR
The 2017 London Children’s Book Fair continues tomorrow, presenting the best of contemporary literature for children. This year’s fair celebrates the power of storytelling. On Saturday, there are free workshops for the whole family. Design your own poster with illustrator Teresa Sdralevich from Cicada Books. Be captivated by the storytelling of Frann Preston-Gannon. Join Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell, aka Good Wives and Warriors, for an inspiring workshop of huge wall-painting. Illustrator David Barrow from Gecko Press will introduce his picture book Have You Seen Elephant? Come along to an author reading with Tower Block Books. Engage in poetry readings and activities with The Poetry Society. Sing along with renowned musician Tayo Irvine Hendrix as she presents her first children’s book series, HUMMINGLAND for its UK pre-launch.
With something for everyone, from toddlers to teens, admission is freefor children and adults.
For some seasonal theatre, head to see The Tabard’s retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s story. Not recommended for kids under 8, it’s an affordable theatre trip, and there are still tickets available this weekend.
We round up 3 things to do with kids this weekend in London with The Weekender
THE BOX OF DELIGHTS
The Box of Delights at Wilton’s
One of my favourite books as a child has now been turned into a magical stage adventure at Wilton’s.
It stars Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle in what is a world premiere production of John Masefield’s novel. Get your skates on as there’s limited availability between now and the end of the show’s run in January.
Yes you read correctly. If you head to The Pear Tree Cafe in Battersea Park on Sunday morning you will be greeted by hundreds of dogs in their Christmas jumpers, all raising money for Save The Children. It’s organised by Borrow My Doggy and is free to register as they’re aiming for a World Record at 2.30pm.
A festival that seems to have it all, minus the crowds as there is timed entry. We say ho ho ho to that!
Inclusive of the festival entry price for each 3 hour session is an amazing on ice skating performance by world class freestylers; up to 6 shows including live music, theatre, children shows, DJ’s on a mirrored stage; a silent disco; street performers; stunning surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, the Thames and over 500 Christmas trees; a Winter Market; food and drink.
To add to your festival experience, you can choose to go ice skating or visit Father Christmas and his Greenwich launch pad, a truly magical experience for all the family.
Our Top 3 Christmas things to do with kids this weekend
So it’s 1st December, time to get festive as the countdown begins. If you you’re looking for things to do with the kids and have some free time between present buying and partying, here are our Top 3 for this weekend.
SAIL WITH SANTA From Saturday Messed up getting tickets to the grotto? Well you can trump that idea by booking a cruise down the Thames with the big man. Children get to meet St Nick as they glide along the Thames past the cities famous landmarks, including the London Eye, Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Save up to 20% on 2, 3 and 21 December 2017 and up to 30% between 18-20 December 2017.
THE LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE From Saturday One to consider before you buy your tree, this is the story of the little boy who wants to buy the wonky Christmas tree which everyone has left behind. This seems a great time of year to head to the only floating theatre for kids in town. Ages 3+
The Lyric, Hammersmith – www.lyric.co.uk Having now seen this year’s offering by The Lyric, let’s just say that Vikki Stone steals the show. For the second year running she brings her humour, wild eyes and crazy head gear (well done to Susanna Peretz) to Hammersmith, seeing parents and kids alike crying with laughter. Added tears of joy were provided this year by Daniel Fraser, playing Jill, whose wig flew off to the merriment of the audience and his co-stars Kayla Miekle and Cherelle Skeete, who somehow managed to get through the rest of their scene. Pure professionalism!
Kids’ favourite bits: Fleshcreep, Hammersmith sing-along. Would have liked more: sweets, current songs. See here for more December shows
Chiswick House and Gardens – www.chiswickhousedogshow.org.uk Increasingly popular, this show has 18 fun classes, a dog bar, My Dog’s Got Talent, celebrity judges (and owners) and plenty of food and drink stalls for man and dog alike!
The Food Market, Chiswick has a host of activities for kids this summer, starting on 23 July with a petting zoo. There will be a selection of friendly farm animals for young children to stroke and touch.
6 August Birds of Prey – Static display of birds of prey within the market – where children will have the oportunity to have one of the birds rest on their arm. Then a flying display in the filed behind the market.
20 August Punch & Judy – throughout the day will be perfmances of classic Punch & Judy shows. Set up around the Dukes Meadows paddling pool.
3 September Donkey Rides – In the filed behind The Food Market Chiswick give the opportunity for young children to ride and donkey and be lead around the field.
Every year these are incredibly popular days for locals as well as people visiting the area especially for these events.
Fancy a Saturday with a difference, then heading to Ascot could be your answer. Tomorrow the famous racecourse plays host to the Summer Mile Family Raceday where there’s quality horse racing as well as entertainment for the kids. Plus, they go free!
Alongside a seven race card featuring the £110,000 Group 2 Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile and the £100,000 Totepool Heritage Handicap visitors can kick off the summer holidays with Champagne and picnics on Ascot’s elegant lawns, and a Family Area featuring a children’s carnival, free fairground rides, a Teddy Bear’s picnic, and much more. Children under the age of 18 enter the racecourse for free when accompanied by a full paying adult.
Young racegoers will be entertained throughout the day where they can meet and greet furry friends such as Paddington Bear, Cheer Bear and Scotty the Ascot mascot at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Interactive story-telling of ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ will be led by Rosie Tells Tales, and an arts and crafts area will be led by Lloyd Warbey from Art Attack. Other activities for youngsters include Clip Clop Pony rides, magicians, balloon modelling, face painting, live music, jugglers and soft play.
The Summer Mile Racing Weekend is the link between two of Ascot’s premier race meetings, falling between Royal Ascot in mid-June and the King George VI Weekend at the end of July.
We’re working with three fantastic companies this issue, offering the chance to win some great prizes. All you have to do is enter by 30th June to be in with a shout when we make the draw.
WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO ALL THREE DAYS OF LONDON SUPER COMIC CON
London Super Comic Con is the UK’s premier comic event. Taking place Fri 25 – Sun 27 August at Islington’s Business Design Centre, enjoy this incredibly fun weekend for all the family and meet the real heroes in comics!
Funky, trendy and unique, MADPAX backpacks are always in demand. We have three Cotton Candy Nibblers to give away, perfect for summer lunches on the go. The Nibblers are an insulated lunchbox with a cross body strap, miniature versions of their Pint-sized siblings.
We’ve teamed up with Laurence King Publishing to give away a bundle of Pierre The Maze adventure games and books. This includes the original book, colouring book, sticker book and jigsaw puzzle. Illustrated by award-winning Japanese artists, this set is not only beautifully crafted, it will provide hours of fun over the summer. Win, win!
TUNNEL: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF CROSSRAIL 10 FEB TO 3 SEPT 10am–6pm The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by the Crossrail project, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, will go on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands next year. Suggested ages: all ages FREE
ARCHAEOLOGY DETECTIVES EVERY WEDS IN MAY, JUNE, JULY EXCEPT WED 19 JULY Put your detective skills to the test and see if you can help uncover London’s past using real archaeological artefacts. Meet our archaeology team and find out what survives from the everyday lives of Londoners throughout time. Suggested ages: all ages FREE
To celebrate three years of City Kids Magazine we have a prize bundle worth over £300 for one lucky reader. All you have to do is follow the instructions below: 1. Email “BUNDLE” to firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Share the giveaway with three friends on Facebook (see the pinned post on our page) 3. Share the giveaway with three friends on Instagram (see the post on our feed) using #citykidsmagazine CLOSING DATE IS MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY 31st MARCH
Superhero comforter, this cute super dino sits on the child’s bed keeping them safe while they sleep. A pocket on the back holds a photograph of whoever they want to keep close, helping deal with separation anxiety. For every one sold, another is donated to a child who has lost a parent or is in hospital themselves.
A very smart and coordinated gift set, which will be personalised to make a perfect gift for a new baby. The set comprises 4 items, namely a 100% cotton hooded towel and 2 muslins and a very cute, soft and tactile comforter. The towel and muslins will be finished with the baby’s name embroidered in blue or pink and will be accompanied by your choice of our comforters. The set is presented in a white gift box. Choose pink or blue.
Learning how to code can be like learning a foreign language but this book helps budding programmers work with real code to build their own web robots, including stages to: Write code that builds the robot’s body and structure Add code lines that customise the robot’s colour and shape Finish off the robot with code that teaches it how to dance. Dummies Junior titles target readers aged seven to eleven.
Renowned for their tutus, Angel’s Face now offer much more than that. With artwork by Vicki Sawyer, choose between a Vintage Rose cardigan with a deer print or a Snowdrop Woodlands cardigan with a contrasting hare. Age range is 1-teen.
The classic dream blanket features four layers of 100% cotton muslin for our softest, most plush baby blanket. Its uses go beyond cuddling, as it also makes a snuggly surface to lay your little one on no matter where the day takes you—a park, the beach or just playing around on the floor. This one shouldn’t be just for the babies!
Each of Avery Row’s baskets is handwoven by talented artisans in Kenya using strings of dried sisal plant. Weaving is a craft skill which has been passed down the generations and supports the local community. These baskets in stylish neutral tones fit perfectly in adult and children’s spaces. They are incredibly versatile and can be used for laundry, as plant pots, and of course storage for toys!
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As usual we have some fantastic prizes on offer with the publication of our Winter issue. All you have to do is follow the instructions below!
WIN a year’s subscription to ANORAK MAGAZINE
ANORAK MAGAZINE, the ‘happy mag for kids,’ is aimed at boys and girls aged between 6 and 12 years old and along with its younger companion DOT (for pre-schoolers) each quarterly magazine is themed and beautifully illustrated to encourage girls and boys to tap into their imagination and use their creativity to learn about the exciting world around them. The magazines are printed on ‘real’ recycled paper with ‘real’ vegetable inks, which makes them smell nice and it is at the heart of Anorak’s commitment to provide kids with a calm, immersive, fun piece of culture.
Keep your home looking sleek and stylish with a kid’s mini flip sofa, from new, Independent British brand, Mini Sett. The flip out sofa is a contemporary piece of furniture, loved by children for reading, resting and watching their favourite films; creating a soothing and tranquil home environment for all. The neutral colour ways, charming hand- drawn illustrations and natural lines, also create the perfect addition to any stylish living room or children’s space.
WIN a SKATEBOARD worth £50 courtesy of My Little Boarders
This ENUFF GRAFITTI board is the perfect junior starter, and is great for kids aged 6 up to 12 years old. The board is designed so it is a couple of inches shorter than a full size board, with all the components in proportion as well. It has a maple deck, Seagull Heavy Duty Trucks, white wheels, chrome bearings and full length grip tape.
A great place for hiding, for holding secret get-together sessions with brothers and sisters, or even for performing a show, this ever-so-light, graphic-designed, delightful fabric-made home with its bright yet subtle colours can be moved around anywhere, anytime as its owner so wishes. Hours of summer fun!
Mouth-wateringly juicy Get Fruity Bars are the invention of Davina Whiteoak who started developing her snacks in her farmhouse kitchen. There are now six flavours in the range and we have a box of new varieties for you to win: Marvellous Mango, Tangy Pineapple and Radiant Raspberry. They’re 100% natural, gluten free, Vegan friendly and with no refined sugars.
This is the bag to beat all bags, and one you definitely want for the summer. Two Queen Bees was launched by two sisters who couldn’t find a bag large enough to lug all their kids’ belongings for a day at the beach. The Big Bee Bag was born, an extra-large, foldaway beach bag made from water resistant canvas with a separate zipped pouch included, fully lined and with plenty of storage pockets inside and out.
We have teamed up with new homewares brand, CMYK Living to offer you the chance to win a block printed bed linen set. The prize includes a single Lotus Duvet Cover, Lotus sheet & matching pillowcase, all fabricated from the softest cottons and designed to be gentle on your child’s skin.
CMYK Living offers a range of bed linens and home decoration items for babies, toddlers and children using the celebrated ancient art of block printing. Made by highly skilled artisans in India, the designers use traditional techniques to create an elegant collection which inspires and delights and is steeped in the country’s rich textile heritage.
Using vibrant colours, iconic imagery and graphic motifs that symbolise all that India is renowned for, CMYK Living awakens the magic of India in the home in a collection that successfully marries artisan skills with a modern aesthetic.
Featuring traditional Tuk Tuks to Col Hathi’s jungle elephant as well as intricately designed blocked patterns, the pieces are unique, simple and positively fuel the imagination.
Each CMYK Living piece is block-printed by hand and the nature of this artisanal technique deems each piece unique. The reverse prints also allow homeowners to play with colour and styles.
Win a Limited Edition Neon Bubble backpack from Madpax. Not launched until June, you can get your hands on Lime Light, Back to the Fuchsia or Achilles Teal – the choice is yours. We have one backpack to giveaway.
We are giving away a year’s supply of Buster Books titles. Oh yes! Divert minds from iPads and screens with a selection of activity, sticker and colouring books, perfect for rainy days, holidays, or any days!
We have four newly launched cake and biscuit baking mixes from award-winning children’s baking company BKD to giveaway. Handmade in their London bakery using 100% natural flavourings, they are perfect for a fun and easy craft activity with your children or impromtu baking for friends and family.
The magical world of Tulipop is offering you the chance to get your hands on some great design-led lunch box and water bottle sets. Featuring favourite characters Gloomy, Bubble, Fred, Miss Maddy, Mr Tree and Mama Skully they’re fab for snacks and days out.
We have 3 sets on offer, so get going!
The giveaway closes on 10th April and winners will be notified by email soon after. Good luck!
If your child is curious about science, or in fact, if they find their school classes a touch dull, then why not seek out a place where they can get involved in real life experiments. Every Saturday, Richer Education runs workshops in science, robotics and civil engineering, taking their learning to the next level.
Courses take place at Imperial College and each workshop is designed to inspire and motivate primary aged children into learning about science in a hands-on, practical way. A typical science workshop might be anything from dissecting a real heart, turning wine into water, to literally holding fire in their hands. In robotics, children can learn to write code, build a robot with robotic arms, that can grasp objects and how to synchronize multiple robots to make them dance. In Civil Engineering, children learn to find solutions to real life engineering challenges, in a child friendly way.
Science Saturday workshops are 9.30 – 11.30, whilst Robotic Saturday workshops run from 12-2pm, and Civil Engineering classes are at 2-4pm. All classes take place at Imperial College.
The launch of our new-look website gives us the opportunity to share the news, views and opinions of the many people we meet while working on City Kids.
Our Guest Blog will introduce you to personalities who all have an interest in kids stuff, be it fashion, education or parenting. They may be international superstars, A-listers from the blogosphere, or London mums embarking on a new project.