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.

We have reviewed them when they 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

I have autism – deal with it!

Last June, we met an extraordinary woman Terri O’Neale to talk to her about her daily struggles as mother and carer for her eight year-old daughter with epilepsy and high-functioning autism.

April 2015 is #AutismAwareness month and Terri is back with her own blog to raise awareness and to share her little girl’s story and their life as it is, no sugar-coating or holding back. You think you know Autism, think again!

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This blog is the journal of one bright and precocious nine-year old little girl living with high-functioning autism. Every day is a struggle to survive in a world that is too loud, too bright, too smelly, where simple touch can be painful and constant motion offers her solace. This is simply…her story…please meet…PanKwake…

“So few people understand”…, says Terri. “Once upon a time PanKwake’s Mom dated a man in a wheelchair. She could not believe the way that people went out of their way to be helpful. But because PanKwake does not look ‘autistic,’ people can and do say the most thoughtless and cruel things. To the point that it is isolating. But we believe in the basic goodness of humanity…we believe that if they understood ‘our world’ they would be just as kind and helpful. We are frustrated that the BIG autism charities are doing practically nothing to address this issue, especially for those on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum. So we will do it ourselves…”

Please read and share their incredible journey with others and do come back with your thoughts and own experiences.

Follow PanKwake:

Blog:  https://pankwake.wordpress.com/
Facebook:  Pan Kwake

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pankwake

Mr Tumble is back on the road and will send your tots tumbling!

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“Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble’s Circus”, a new CBeebies production touring around UK arenas this Easter, reached Wembley last weekend.

For those who have just come back from space and are unfamiliar with Mr Tumble, he is one of many characters from the pre-school television channel CBeebies, created and performed by the legendary multi-talented Justin Fletcher MBE.

Justin is a permanent resident in our home so imagine my two year old’s reaction when he realised who it was on the stage! Seeing his little face light up made my heart melt!

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Roll up, roll up, Justin Fletcher MBE is back in a brand new production this Easter! Following on from his first sell‑out arena tour in 2013, Justin is bringing his fun‑filled show – Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble’s Circus to town!

We were treated to a mix of Justin’s best sketches such as Justin’s House, Mr Tumble and Gigglebiz featuring the popular characters Arthur Sleep, Keith Fitt, Robert The Robot, Aunt Polly, Mr Tumble, Grandad Tumble and Gale Force. The whole show was filled with fun, colour and surprises.

The interaction with the audience was great, and the circus part was quite impressive – with the help of professionals, there was juggling, plate-spinning, unicycling and fireworks.

There were kids of all ages and there was something for everyone. I nearly lost my voice from all the shouting and singing along to the kids’ favourite songs. It brought a tear to my eye to see teeny tots in the audience so happy, bouncing and squealing with excitement. Hats off to Justin – his energy and passion are infectious and he is just as incredible and genuine live as on the telly.

Justin said:

“It’s always exciting to welcome new friends into the Justin & Friends family. Although we all appear on CBeebies, it’s rare that we get to perform together and that’s one of the things that makes the CBeebies Live shows such fun. Cat and Gemma are both fantastic entertainers and I’m really looking forward to touring with them.”

All in all, it was a magical experience for the little ones and a perfect Easter treat for the whole family – thumbs up from Mumsnet Ealing!

It’s been a while since we have visited the SSE Arena (formerly, the Wembley Arena) but it hasn’t changed much and could do with sprucing up, especially with more baby-changing facilities. We spent the whole 20 minute interval queuing up for one. On the plus side, there was plenty of space in the seating area for the kids to move freely and have a boogie. I must say the merchandise is eye-wateringly expensive!

The Tour is on the road around the UK until 14th April. For all the latest news from Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble’s Circus visit www.facebook.com/cbeebieslive, or to book tickets go to www.cbeebieslive.com.

Check out this exclusive behind the scenes peek at Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble’s Circus: