Don’t miss “Adventures in Wonderland” this summer!

Les Petits invite you to tumble down the rabbit hole in a magical experience created specifically for children aged 5+ sliderB

Alice is missing in Wonderland and it’s up to you to find her – Choose eat me or drink me and pick your path; Tumble with the Tweedle twins; follow the White Rabbit and take Tea with the Hatter at the Maddest Tea party of all! But be careful not to lose your heads if the Queen catches you taking her tarts.

Our sister site Mumsnet Lambeth have kindly arranged some review tickets for us. Our 6 year old was over the moon when she had found out – she fell in love with Alice since the most amazing play we saw in our beloved Walpole Park in Ealing last summer. I was worried that this production would not live up to her expectations but I needed not to worry. What a magical and thrilling experience!

The production is staged as a tour through the Vaults gallery in the deep dark tunnels underneath Waterloo Station. What a quirky and mysterious space! They gather you in a waiting area when you arrive. There is a cloakroom (do leave your jackets as it’s quite hot and muggy down there) and you can leave your buggy too (unsupervised). There is also a bar but there are no child-friendly drinks or snacks really and the prices are steep!

The topsy turvey journey begins with dividing the audience into two teams, and off we go wondering along the narrow corridors and meeting the characters while searching for missing Alice. The production, costumes and set are rather impressive and Les Petits have made the most of small spaces. Thumbs up!

At the end of the show, everyone is invited to a big un-birthday party at the Wonderland Bar for a game of flamingo croquet with plenty of cake, fruit punch and drinks for the grown ups.

The show runs in the Vaults in Leake Street until 30th August. Running time – 1 hour with no interval. Tickets cost adults £18.50, children £12.50 and can be purchased on their website.

Have a baa-rilliant Bank Holiday in London with Shaun in the City!

Looking for a ewe-nique family day out this Bank Holiday? Why not take the whole flock sheep spotting, on the ‘Shaun in the City’ arts trail!

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Head to the big city to enjoy this free-of-charge sculpture trail, which features 50 giant sculptures of Shaun the Sheep installed all over London. The sculptures are grazing in iconic locations and b-ewe-tiful green spaces, including Covent Garden, St James’s Park and Trafalgar Square.

But can ewe find them all? The sculptures have each been individually designed by artists, designers and celebrities including David Gandy, Zandra Rhodes and Cath Kidston.

Family favourites like Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Paddington Bear and The Gruffalo have also given the UK’s favourite sheep an extra-special makeover. Visitors have been flocking to the free arts trail since it started on 28 March, with the sculptures checked off more than 150,000 times by users of the official ‘Shaun in the City: Sheep Spotter’ app!

Search “Shaun in the City” to download the app, available for £1.49 on Andriod or iOS. As well as finding all the sculptures, you can collect exclusive trophies, complete special trails and compare yourself against other Shaun Spotters. You can also download a free trail map from the ‘Shaun in the City’ website, www.shauninthecity.org.uk, or pick up a copy from the official ‘Shaun in the City’ information stand in Covent Garden, open 10am to 6pm, seven days a week.

logo-sitcThe trail runs from 28 March to 25 May, after which the sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, which supports sick children in hospitals across the UK. For more information, visit www.shauninthecity.org.uk .  

COMPETITION TIME: win a family pass to Dinosaur Escape Adventure Golf in Northolt!

dinosaur-crazy-golfExplore Dr.Dino’s Dinosaur Escape Adventure Golf and marvel at his dinosaur creations.

Enter our competition and you could win a family pass to discover 18 holes of educational Adventure Golf action, whilst learning about the resident prehistoric predators that move, breathe and ROAR!

Great safari style fun whatever the weather and for all ages, from children to great grandparents. Navigate through the jungle marsh with tropical palm trees and see the breathtaking fossil rock waterfall and deep lagoon whilst encountering the terrifying T Rex, thunderous Triceratops, and armoured Ankylosaurus plus many more lurking in the bushes! Remember not to stray from the fossil rock path or you could come across some hungry Jurassic giants.

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Visit Dinosaur Escape Adventure Golf this May to experience a monster day out for the whole family!

Location: West London Golf Centre – Ruislip Road, Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 6QZ

Ticket prices start at £3.25 for mini explorer’s under 4’s, to £6.25 for junior explorer’s under 12, £8.75 for 12 and over explorer’s, and £26 for a family explorer group ticket… so Mum and dad can join in.

For your chance to win a free family pass, all you have to do is answer the question below on Mumsnet Ealing Talk board:

Which of these dinosaurs is a carnivore?

A) Diplodocus

B) T-Rex

C) Ankylosaurus

TERMS & CONDITIONS The family pass is valid for 2 adults & 2 children under 12. Competition closes on Wednesday, 19th May. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on this thread on Thursday, 20th May. If you want more action, Dinosaur Escape Adventure Golf also hosts birthday parties for Jurassic celebrations. Visit www.dinosaurescape.co.uk for more information, opening times and seasonal offers.

P.S We reviewed them when they had first opened in 2014 and we loved it! Full report can be found here. Good luck!

The #PinkArmy needs you! Set up a team and get a free entry and some goodies!

Race for Life 2015 logoEvery day 80 people in London are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life raises millions of pounds for life-saving research into all types of cancer through its 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events happening all over the capital this summer.

Could you set up a team of 10 for us, in return for one free entry and some free goodies for your team members?

Whatever shape you’re in you’ll be in good company, because women and girls of all ages and abilities will be walking, jogging or running to help beat cancer sooner. Once you have your team of 10 together, please email emily.attwood@cancer.org.uk

Or, of course, you can go it alone and join the thousands of other women taking part!

For more information, visit raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org to set up a JustGiving page, get sponsorship and fundraising tips and find a training plan to suit you and your team.

Hell hath no fury like a woman in pink!

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Greater London events (in date order):

Regent’s Park 5k (11am), Saturday 30th May
Clapham Common 5k (11.30am) and 10k (9.30am), Windmill Drive, Saturday 30th May
Clapham Common Pretty Muddy (from 10am), Windmill Drive, Sunday 31st May
Hillingdon 5k (11am), Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, Sunday 7th June
Richmond 5k (11am and 2pm), Old Deer Park, Sunday 7th June
Battersea Park 5k (7.30pm), Wednesday 10th June
Hammersmith Pretty Muddy (from 10am), Wormwood Scrubs off Du Cane Road, Saturday 13th June
Enfield 5k (11am) and 10k (9am), Trent Park, Sunday 14th June
Crystal Palace 5k and 10k (both 11am), off Anerley Hill, Sunday 14th June
Kempton Park 5k and 10k (both 11am), Kempton Park Racecourse, Saturday 20th June
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Pretty Muddy (from 9am), Stratford, Sunday 21st June
Victoria Park 10k (9am) and 5k (11am), Bow, Saturday 27th June
Epsom Downs 5k and 10k (both 11am), Epsom Downs Racecourse, Sunday 28th June
Hampstead 5k (11am), Hampstead Heath, Saturday 4th July
Blackheath 10k (9.30am) and 5k (11.30am), off Prince Charles Road, Sunday 5th July
Croydon 5k and 10k (both 11am), Lloyd Park, Sunday 12th July
Hyde Park 5k (11am) and 10k (9am), Sunday 19th July
Finsbury Park Pretty Muddy (from 10am), Saturday 25th July
Race for Life half and full marathon, Lee Valley Park, Sunday 4th October

Micro Scooters – the Kings of all scooters!

These funky scooters have been around for a while now.  We bought one for our eldest daughter 4 years ago, quite reluctantly, I must say, thinking the price was a bit punchy for a kid’s scooter.  She’d already had a bicycle and a couple of others scooters she never got on with.

Well, this funky apparatus changed everything! It was love at first sight and her most loyal friend over the following three and a half years from those first awkward attempts, to first school run, to becoming her faithful every day companion manoeuvring together over those tricky bumps and kerbs.

We have now upgraded her to the Maxi and she glides along at the speed of Concorde leaving us running behind (hilarious sight!).

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First school run with her dearest pal!

Mumsnet Local editorships across London have recently teamed up with Micro Scooters to promote one of their babies and they have kindly sent us the 3-in-1 for our 2 year old toddler to try out.

From the Micro Scooters website:

3 in 1 Ride – this scooter adapts to your child’s ever changing needs with 3 different stages to suit from ages 1 to 5 years, giving you excellent value for money.

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1. A ride on scooter (with adjustable seat setting for ages 1-2); 2. A toddler scooter (with chunky toddler handlebar for ages 2-3);  3. A Mini Micro scooter (with traditional T-bar handlebar for ages 3-5)

Our son is not as advanced and steady on his feet as our daughter was at his age. In fact, he only started walking few months ago.  I was a bit apprehensive letting him try it out but I needed not to worry. He took an instant liking to it! We played with a ride on for few days to start with. Now the bar is on, and he is gaining more and more confidence each day.

Micro Scooters have some funky accessories.  It is worth getting their helmet (they are super-lightweight and adjust easily) and we also love their bottle-holder and the bell.

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The verdict? No brainer – Micro Scooters are the Kings of all scooters out there! They might seem pricey but the quality is superb and so is their customer service. Their parts are easily replaceable, the scooters are sturdy, easy to steer and will last you many years. Excellent value for money, we say!

Website: http://www.micro-scooters.co.uk/
Twitter: @microscooters
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/micro.scooters.uk

Reminder: Ealing primary school admissions are announced next Thursday, 16th April

8877-childcare-education-primary-schools-category16 April 2015 is the National Offer Day for primaries in the UK. If you have applied online, you will receive an email with the outcome of your application on the evening of 16 April 2015. Otherwise, expect a letter in the post shortly after.

Ealing Primary School Prospectus 2015 with the information on what to do next and Late Offer Rounds can be found here.

Do you agree with how Ealing LA allocates primary places? Did you find the process straight-forward?  We have started a thread on our Talk board for Ealing parents to share their news and views.

Good luck to everyone!

Bubblebum – for taking them anywhere and everywhere!

To carseat or not to carseat?  This dilemma arises without fail every time our family is about to travel.  There is always plenty to organise as it is and family trips or days out can get stressful. Well, let us debate no more – introducing Bubblebum!

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Description and features:

BubbleBum is the world’s first inflatable and deflatable, portable and packable car booster seat for kids aged 4-11 and weighing 15-36 kgs. It’s perfect for everyday use, carpooling, holidays, rental cars and taxis.

  • Its narrow design also makes getting three car seats across the backseat easy
  • Just as safe as any rigid car seat, BubbleBum has been approved under the United Nations ECE Regulation R44/04 for safety for both Groups 2 and 3 and is designed for use with a standard 3 point adult seat belt. It weighs approximately 0.5 kilograms and comes with a convenient carrying bag and shoulder belt positioning clip
  • This clever booster seat inflates in seconds with a few puffs of air and deflates/packs down just as quickly. When deflated, it is lightweight and small enough to fit in hand luggage, a child’s rucksack or in mum’s handbag

BubbleBum, the cost-effective, portable, lightweight, brightly coloured, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 4-11 easily deflates and folds flat so that kids or mum and dad can carry it in rucksacks or handbags, making it perfect for holidays, rental cars, taxis, coach journeys, school trips or car pooling.

We received this product to review just before Easter and couldn’t wait to try put it to the test while out and about during the school holidays. You know what? We loved it!

The seat came handy for taxi trips to Central London, beach and zoo days out with family when we had to squeeze in three little people at the back, and even for a couple of restaurant outings as a booster!

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Portable & lightweight : 
Taking less than 20 seconds to inflate by mouth: ✓ [maybe a minute if you are also holding a wriggly toddler!]
Folds flat & packs away into its very own stretchy bag:

The best praise, though, comes from the kids themselves. Our six year old and her cousin both found it to be very comfortable and much cushier than their normal seats – great for those bumpy country lanes!

Our rating:

Thumbs up! Bubblebum is a perfect solution to any family’s travel needs. Chuck it in your handbag, suitcase or the boot of your car, and carry it with you everywhere. We do!

BubbleBum comes in 3 colours (black, neon pink and neon  yellow), retails at £29.99 and is available at: Halfords, John Lewis, Tesco, Boots, Argos, Heatons, Kiddicare and Amazon.co.uk.

Bubblebum website
Bubblebum UK Facebook
Bubblebum UK Twitter