Christmas in Ealing – Your Festive Guide to a local affordable Christmas 2015!

Just a quick heads up that we have put together a Christmas special for you on our website. There will be so many free or affordable festivities happening in Ealing and surrounding boroughs this winter!

Christmas lights, markets, Santa’s Grottos, family shows PLUS fantastic giveaways – have yourselves a very merry Christmas in Ealing!


Enjoy and thank us later!

Our FANG-tastic half-term fun at Kidzania London!

This half-term, KidZania London is transformed into a spooky but fun Halloween Town. Kids travel around the city taking part in a wide variety of spooktacular activities: they can be transformed with boo-tiful face-painting, learn monster dance moves, walk in the super-scary fashion show and even join the KidZania Halloween parade. A Zombie epidemic has also broken out and kids can join the Emergency Response Team and help Urbano race against time to find the antidote to the outbreak – and save KidZania!

If you haven’t been to this eighth Wonder of The World, Kidzania is a mini-city located in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush with its own airport, hospital, fire and police station, bank and many more! It is aimed at 4-14 year olds although there are a couple of activities for the little ones. You get a 4 hour slot and over 60 role-play activities to experience. For more information and tips, read here.


My 7 year old has been there once before for a birthday treat with her father and she loved it (and so did DH). So when we got invited to review their Halloween event, it was joy and excitement all around!

The set is impressive from the very entrance. They promised a spooky thrilling experience and they delivered! The rather realistic and a bit too scary (especially for the little ones) zombies were not only walking the streets but managed to get into the actual sets, cafes and shops! To avoid zombification, we were quickly advised by the staff to act like a zombie, sing country music or transform into zombies ourselves, courtesy of free face-painting by Snazaroo.  If you did manage to get zombified, there were few emergency stations scattered around to create the antidote. Luckily for us, ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ worked a treat every time! Another highlight was an hourly Thriller Zombie flash dance in the Square. What a talented bunch!


We were given a leaflet on arrival with the special Halloween programme, however DD already had firm ideas of what activities she wanted to do. Second-time around, she says she enjoyed it even better and already cannot wait to see what they will be doing for Christmas!












Bring your stroller and snacks. Activities-wise, there is nowhere near as much to do compared to their siblings. Luckily, it was both DH and I this time around so he took our 2.5 year old upstairs for some toddler fun while I was chasing my overexcited 7 year old in the pursuit of cash.

The activities for 0-3 year olds are:

  • Science Lab which was taken over by the Halloween activities so DS got to make the antidote.



  • Kindergarten with a soft play area, tons of toys, puzzles and musical instruments


  • RightZKeeper’s Residence – a big playhouse with various rooms and treats. Now, this was a winner! Small boy spent over 2 hours there, mainly in the kitchen! Thank God there was no charge and we were welcome to stay for as long as we liked.

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The little ones can also participate in watching shows at the Theatre (he loved watching his sister’s fashion show) and shopping in the K-market (sadly, we never got to do this one despite queuing for 30 minutes).


The whole family absolutely loved it! There is A LOT of fun to be had and you will need few visits to cover everything.  It’s not cheap, but with a little preparation and patience, it is a lovely family day out.

#KZHalloween Special ends this Sunday, 1st November – book your tickets here

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Have you seen our fab competitions? Win family tickets to ‘Hello Kitty Live’ and ‘Cinderella’ panto, plus a free meal at Royal China Harrow restaurant!

Competition 1 : Win a family ticket to the world premiere of ‘Hello Kitty Live’ at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on 8th October!bb533b9e-08ea-4aa5-a4b5-44f49bcf7a44

Eventim Apollo Hammersmith – 45 Queen Caroline St, London, W6 9QH
Box Office 0844 249 4300
Showing: 8-Oct-15 at 7pm

More information about the show can be found on our website. Click here to enter our Facebook competition!

Competition 2: Win a family ticket to ‘Cinderella’ at the Lyric Hammersmith this Christmas!

Lyric Hammersmith – Lyric Square, W6 0QL
020 8741 6850
Showing: 21-Nov-15 to 2-Jan-16

More information about the show can be found on our website.

Click here to enter our competition!

Competition 3: Win a complimentary meal for you and your guest(including alcohol!) up to the value of £70 at our neighbouring restaurant Royal China Harrow!

CompetitionRoyal China Harrow
148-150 Station Road

Competition ends on 25th October. Click here to find out more about the restaurant and enter!

Good luck, Mumsnetters, and look out for more offers and competitions on Mumsnet Ealing main website.

New competition from Oxygen Freejumping for Mumsnetters – win an #Aircation!


Hopefully, by now you are all familiar with Oxygen Freejumping, London’s first trampoline park in West Action. We have heard many good things about these folk and paid them a brief visit ourselves few weeks ago – impressive stuff!

I have booked them for a birthday party for my 7 year old so watch this space.

In the meantime, we have a new competition for you! Over to the Oxygen Freejumping team:

Our August competition is the perfect day for 4 of your friends and family, just keep your pets off the trampolines! Enter here for the chance to win £100 worth of freejumping, coffee, cakes and fun. Just for entering, we’ll give you a 20% discount code off your jump, accessible after the form is completed!



Another amazing competition – win FOUR hospitality tickets to 2015 SSE Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley on 1 August!


Thanks to SSE, Mumsnet Ealing has one set of FOUR HOSPITALITY tickets to give away for the 2015 SSE Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley on 1 August offering fans the chance to see some of England’s Lionesses in action for their clubs in the historic final.

To enter, LIKE Mumsnet Ealing Facebook page, and COMMENT on our competition post who your favourite England Lioness is, by midnight on Thursday 23rd July.

The winner will be notified on Friday 24th July and will be asked to provide their postal address by 27th July so that SSE can post their tickets.

The tickets offered will enable you to enter the club lounge before the game, where there will be ambassadors present to meet the fans. Seats are in the stands. The lounge is open again following the match for an hour. Please note that no transport is included, tickets are for the event only.



 SSE’s sponsorship of the Women’s FA Cup represents a landmark deal for the women’s game and will see investment at all levels, from grassroots to elite through the creation of a country-wide programme of girls-only football activity. It’s not just the players that benefit. Existing SSE customers can also login to SSE Reward to claim half-price Cup Final tickets and the chance to win an exclusive opportunity for their child to be a Player Escort. Join SSE Reward at for exclusive ticket sales for music, sports and entertainment events, plus opportunities to win money can’t buy experiences.


Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group encourages patients to make a difference


Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group is calling on local people to become actively involved by joining the Patient Participation Group (PPG) attached to their GP surgery.

If they are members already they may wish to represent their local PPGs at their Network PPG. Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group in partnership with Healthwatch Ealing have set up seven Network PPGs across the borough, to bring together representatives from the practice based PPGs. Through the PPGs, patients and carers can highlight issues affecting the local population, influence their GP and local health care providers and help deliver improved health outcomes.
Zereen Rahman-Jennings, Patient & Public Engagement and Equalities Manager at Ealing CCG, says:

 We strongly encourage people from all ages and backgrounds to get involved in their practice PPGs and find out what it’s all about. It’ll be a chance to meet other patients and carers, learn about local health initiatives, hear about examples of achievements and an opportunity to make a difference in partnership with the practice team.

Suzanne Lyn-Cook, Director of Ealing Health Watch, says:

PPGs have an important part to play in working with practices to make real changes. As patients, we tend to talk a lot about things but rarely get involved in problem solving. PPGs can be the platform for raising awareness of patient issues, as well as giving patients an opportunity to find out what’s going on in the practice and the wider NHS.

Keith Marshall, Chair of a local Network PPG Group in the North of Ealing says:

 Genuine patient involvement is critical to the development of both GP practices and NHS commissioning. Networking PPGs together in an area provides a tremendous opportunity for collaboration and shared learning between both the PPGs and between the GP Practices themselves. The larger organisations will also allow us to undertake projects which might be too big for a single PPG as well as providing enhanced opportunities to work with and influence local healthcare commissioners and Healthwatch.

PPGs are essentially groups of patients who have come together to work collaboratively with GP surgery staff, their CCG and other local healthcare providers to highlight, great practice which might be shared and opportunities for improvement, which they can support.

The aim of PPGs is to ensure that the voice of patients is heard and their views used to help shape and deliver high-quality primary care services.
For more information and process for joining, please approach your GP to find out about their PPG and the Network PPG they belong to.