Family Days Out: Things to do with the kids this Easter

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It feels like it wasn’t that long ago when I was posting up a Christmas post about what I got LO for Christmas. 🙂 I know that this post is slightly last minute but better late than never. I’ve gathered a few local and nearby events together for you which are all worth checking out this Easter weekend.

Friday 25th March

Messy Mornings @Greenwich Centre Library
Time: 11am to 12pm
Price: FREE

Pop along for some messy morning fun. The kids will be creating Easter bunnies so expect a lot of glue, cotton, glitter and fun! 🙂 For a list of more events at a local Greenwich borough library, see the link below:

http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/

Saturday 26th March

Odeon Kids: selected films @Odeon Greenwich
Time: 10:00am, 10:15am, 10:30am
Price: £2.50 per ticket

Love cinema? Odeon Kids is the best thing that has happened in cinemas since that ‘2for1 Orange Wednesday’ ticket deal that the mobile company used to offer. The cinema puts on a few selected shows which you can watch with the family for just £2.50 per ticket!

The films showing at Odeon Greenwich this Saturday 26th March are:

For more info on films and to book tickets, click below:
http://www.odeon.co.uk/kids/

Easter Sports Day, Egg Hunt & Games @Under1Roof

Time: 9am-6pm
Price: £5 for sports day and soft play, FREE entry for egg hunt & games

Visit Under1Roof in Woolwich Riverside for an Easter chick hunt, games, music, crafts, messy play, soft play (£5 fee) and an Easter bonnet competition on the stage. There’s also a lovely café to grab something to eat and/or drink.

Easter Sports Day: egg & spoon, 3 legged, sack races & much more. For kids ages 4+ – under 5s must be accompanied by an adult. (£5 per child)

http://www.under1roofkids.com/upcoming-events.html

Sunday 27th March

Story Time @Greenwich Centre Library
Time: 2.30pm to 3pm
Price: FREE

Listen to the wonderful library staff read some lovely Easter stories this weekend. For a list of more events at a local Greenwich borough library, see the link below:

http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/

Monday 28th March

Ceramic workshop @Surrey Docks City Farm
Time: 2:30-3:30pm, pre-booking required
Price: £6.00 per child

Join local artist Sharon Virtue to learn how to mould and create with clay. You can make anything from coil pots to robots using air-dry clay. All materials are included. The workshop is aimed at children aged 5-13 years old but it’s suitable for the whole family to join in too.

http://www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk/easter-holiday-activities-2016/


All Easter Weekend: March 25-28th

Chesterton’s Easter egg hunt @Cutty Sark, Greenwich
Time: 10:00-17:00
Price: tickets vary – see the website link below

The egg hunt is free but you’ll need to purchase a ticket for the Cutty Sark. After the kids have had fun finding the eggs, you can tour the ship and its gallery.

http://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/chestertons-easter-egg-hunt

Create your own Easter basket (craft) @Discover, Stratford
Time: all day drop-in
Price: £5 per adult/child, £18 for family of 4 (under 2s go free)

If you’ve never visited the Discover Children’s Story Centre then now is the perfect time for you. A ticket gives you entry to the wonderful Discover story trail and outdoor garden. The craft workshop is held indoors in a spacious area of the story trail. Treat the kids to a lovely Easter storytelling with the Discover Story Builders at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm on these days. They will be reading “Little Rabbit Foo Foo” by Michael Rosen and Arthur Robins.

http://www.discover.org.uk/whatson/event/easter-holidays-at-discover2

Animal Parks/City Farms
Time: vary – see websites below
Price: FREE

Why not treat the kids to an active day out this Easter and see some live chickens, ducks, sheeps and much more.

My top 3 favourite local farms are:

  • Mudchute Park & Farm (Isle of Dogs)
  • Maryon Wilson Animal Park (Charlton)
  • Surrey Docks City Farm (Surrey Quays/Canada Water)

Most of the farms have free small animal petting sessions throughout the day but double check first with the farm for timings as it’ll vary from farm to farm.

Mudchute farm: http://www.mudchute.org/

Maryon Wilson park: http://www.maryonwilsonanimalpark.org.uk/

Surrey Docks farm: http://www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk/

Whatever you decide to do this Easter, make sure you have a good one! 🙂


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Food Review: Chapters Of Blackheath

Chapters of Blackheath

I’m not a food connoisseur or anything like that but I do love to eat out and fine dining restaurants are my favourite places to go when I can afford it. I recently discovered a hidden gem right near to home that I hadn’t heard of before. It’s called Chapters of Blackheath. A fantastic restaurant (family friendly) in the heart of Blackheath Village that offers tasty, well-presented food at a fraction of fine dining prices. What surprised me the most was how this restaurant has not been spoken about more as I had never heard of it until I came across it on Twitter a couple of weeks ago.

After promising myself that I will go one day to check it out, my friend and I were supposed to go OXO tower for her birthday but after a couple more friends wanted to tag along, I had to cancel the reservation and find somewhere else that could live up to standard and I instantly thought of Chapters. Luckily for me, they had a table for four available at 6:30pm and I booked it without any hesitation.

“How good will this restaurant be?” was a constant thought I had in the back of my mind.

The Restaurant

Arriving in Blackheath Village it was really easy to find the restaurant. The outside looked really elegant and sat well on the green among the other cute boutiques and niche restaurants and cafes. Upon entering I was warmly greeted by all of front of house, quickly checked-in and then escorted to my table which was reserved downstairs. This was exactly where I had wanted a table after viewing the restaurant’s online 360 gallery – I was planning on asking for a downstairs table so they’d already anticipated my need.

The main restaurant was buzzing but not noisy. Other diners looks relaxed and enjoying their meal. The decor of the restaurant is very pretty and airy; expect to see some exposed brickwork and a light colour scheme in the main area. Downstairs is a bit more intimate and luxurious with large mirrors, leather chairs and black & white artwork hung around the place. Once I was seated, the waiter explained the menu to me and asked if I would like anything to drink whilst waiting for my friends (I was the first to arrive). I ordered a latte and while it was being made, I was able to soak up the surroundings. The restaurant looked fantastic, the table was in the perfect location, and the waiter was friendly and attentive.

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All the boxes in my mind were ticked; all that’s left now is the service and quality of the food.

The Food

After my latte, the waiter also offered me warm bread with butter which I happily accepted, I had two small slices as I didn’t want to fill myself up on the bread. Once my friends had arrived, we were given some more time to decide what we wanted. Only one of us ordered a starter which was the beef and Parmesan salad. It was so well presented we were all impressed. Our friend said it tasted amazing which was great, especially coming from someone who’s never had beef medium-well cooked before! Here’s a pic of what her starter looked like:

Beef & Parmesan Salad
Beef & Parmesan Salad

The rest of us decided we would just have the main course and possibly dessert instead. As we waited for our friend to finish eating, we all ordered the Easter Special (£29.95) – Spring lamb with Boulangere potatoes and English asparagus with a bottle of 2010 Shiraz Cabernet for two to share. For dessert, myself and a friend picked the white chocolate and vanilla cheesecake with pineapple and mango sorbet. The other two skipped dessert.

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The Easter Special @ Chapters Restaurant
White Chocolate & Vanilla Cheesecake with Pineapple and Mango Sorbet
White Chocolate & Vanilla Cheesecake with Pineapple and Mango Sorbet

The food, again, was well presented and tasted absolutely amazing! Well seasoned, packed-full with flavour and the wine really complimented the meal. The dessert I personally thought could have been presented better in terms of imagination like the cheesecake I had at Boulevard Brasserie but it tasted heavenly so I can’t really complain. The cheesecake was rich and creamy and the sorbet was light but intense in flavour – it tasted like mango puree. Yum. Well done Chapters! 🙂 Throughout our dining experience, our host checked up on us to make sure we were all happy with our food but not in an intrusive way. It was their way of ensuring that we had the best dining experience and offer us assistance should we need anything else like another drink or order something else.

Summary

We all had a great time at Chapters (particularly the birthday girl) and I can say without a doubt that I will be back. Our total bill between four came up to just over £100 which works out roughly £25pp including service charge and VAT – cheap and cheerful. I highly recommend anyone going here for a meal or even just for a drink at the bar.

Whether you are dining with friends or with family, Chapters of Blackheath is a fantastic choice if you want a great meal (with good-sized portions) at a great price. I have also never heard of a restaurant that looks this great and promote that they are family-friendly like these guys! As I haven’t got here with LO yet (it is on our to-do list!) I can’t really comment but I am sure they would be as attentive and accommodating as they were with a group of four girls.

Go Chapters of Blackheath!

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http://www.chaptersblackheath.com/

Monday Morning Catch Up #3

The Greenwich Mummy | Monday Morning Catch Up

This Friday I had my nephew staying over so it’s been a super busy week, not to mention a very tired one. Friday’s weather wasn’t too good either. The sky had a horrible glum look about it that did not make me want to take the boys out to the park which I was gutted about but as I had so much planned for the rest of the weekend, it didn’t bother me too much.

Saturday
It was our special day out to Greenwich Theatre today to see ‘Adventures With Sam: Outer Space’. On our way, the boys enjoyed a short bus ride followed by a walk to the venue. LO is now 1,5 years old and my nephew is 2,5 years old so they are both fully competent at walking but my god! It was still a struggle to get there. When we arrived, the boys were so excited they couldn’t contain themselves and possibly looked like children who had never been outside before.

I had also forgotten to pack snacks and drinks so I started to worry about how these two wild people would act without anything to keep them ‘sustained’. However, once the show started they were fully fixed on the characters and the play had captured their whole attention for 45 mins – amazing! (You can see the full review of the show here) Upon leaving the theatre, the boys were so full of energy so I decided to take them through Greenwich Park to wind down and have a chilled out walk but boy was I wrong! They were full of beans and in the end, it was ME that was exhausted. When we finally got back home, the boys went straight down for their nap and I got my quiet time. Result!

Adventures with Sam Outer Space
LO and his cousin with Sam after the show

The evening was more chilled. It was an old friend’s birthday and we decided to go for dinner at a pretty little restaurant in Blackheath Village called “Chapters”. I’ve been wanting to go there for a while so was very surprised when we were able to get a table at such short notice. We were sat downstairs, the upstairs looked pretty and quirky but the area downstairs was really sophisticated and intimate but not in an intruding or intimidating way. Everything was spot on – our waiter was extremely knowledgeable and even able to give us recommendations on what to eat as well as which wine would go well with the meal.

The service was excellent – from the welcome greeting to the service and quality of the food.

The food was extremely well presented but not served on hot plates but who’s nit-picking right?! We chose the Easter menu which was roasted leg and shoulder of lamb with asparagus and boulangere potatoes (like potato gratin but with a red wine gravy) and we finished off our meal with a white chocolate and vanilla cheesecake with mango sorbet. A beautiful meal for a beautiful night out.

Sunday
Easter Sunday meant another day that we were able to laze however as we had a family baptism to attend, we had to be up early. We all got ready and arrived at the church (late) for the holy communion and baptism of the extended family. After the communion we went home, got changed, then was out again for the family meal. My in-laws hired a hall for the meal/party and it was a fabulous event. The boys had loads of fun and were dancing all night. When they weren’t dancing they were either busy playing in the garden on the slides or running about, or eating and drinking gallons of fruit shoot bottles inside the hall. I never really let LO have juice at home so I let him go ‘all out’ when it’s a special occasion. The food was amazing as well as the entertainment. There was even a little dance-off between the adults and children which was cute. A great weekend overall and we all thoroughly enjoyed our Easter weekend!

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Happy Easter everyone! 🙂

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Things To Do This Easter Around London

There’s quite a bit going on this Easter from next week until early April for the kids. Here’s my short list of places that I think would be a cool place to go over the next two weeks. There is fun for children no matter what age they are and the places below are for the whole family to enjoy. Let’s just hope that the weather will be kind to us that week! 🙂

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonNational Maritime, Greenwich

The Maritime museum is always full of wonderful things to do but over Easter they have gone one over by holding Easter egg hunts, special workshops for the kids, arts and crafts activities, and much more. Then afterwards when the whole family is tired, take a short trip into famous Greenwich market to purchase brilliant street food and hand-made gifts.

Click here for the full list of events at the National Maritime

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonDiscover Childrens Centre, Stratford

The Discover centre has a massive indoor and outdoor play area for children from 0-11 years old so it’s the ideal place for families and friends with children of different ages. Indoors, the big play room as an area for fancy dress as well as space to just run around and be free. The outdoor area as an amazing large space for running around as well as equipment like the swings, slides, monkey bars, etc. The Discover Children’s Centre can also be hired for birthday parties and special events.

Click here for more on the Discover Childrens Centre

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonScience Museum, South Kensington

The Science museum is a sure way to introduce your little ones to science in a fun and playful way. The gallery offers two play areas; The Garden which is aimed at children aged 3-6 and the Pattern Pod which is aimed at children aged 5-8. The Garden is offers interactive play so if your children are under 5, this room is probably the better option out of the two to experience.

Click here to see more about the Science Museum

Things To Do This Easter Around LondonTumbling Bay Playground, QE Olympic Park

Queen Elizabeth Park offers a brilliant outdoor playground for older children to have fun and and be interested in nature. Discover life in the rock pools, have fun in the sandpit, and when the kids are low on energy treat them to a delicious meal at the local restaurant.

Click here for more details on the Tumbling Bay Playground

Charlton’s Easter Egg Hunt & Fair

Charlton’s Easter Egg Hunt & Fair
Click here to #helplanghorne find the Big Red Bus Club

Fun and games for Easter start on Saturday morning in Charlton (SE7) as Langhorne, the Charlton Easter bunny, is lost and needs your help find his way to the Big Red Bus Club on Saturday 28th March.

He is a big white bunny so you shouldn’t be able to miss him, he’s got a basket full of eggs! If you do see him, make sure you direct him to the Big Red Bus Club on Cemetery Lane and be sure to follow him as the club’s Easter fair has loads of games, activities, crafts, and yummy cakes lined up for the little ones to enjoy.

To prepare the public for the fun day out, why not join in by doing the following:

1) Tweeting #helplanghorne with your message

2) Email the following link: http://www.thebigredbusclub.com/helplanghorne to your friends and family

3) Share this page on Facebook or twitter

4) Come along on the day and bring everyone you know!

About The Big Red Bus Club
The Big Red Bus Club is run during term-time only by a group of dedicated volunteers. The club runs stay & play classes for under 5s every weekday from 12:30pm to 3pm for those who want somewhere to meet up with other mums and let their children play for free. The venue is also available for hire for birthday parties and events and all of the hiring costs goes to the club to keep it open and free to the public. For venue hire, please take a look at the site and contact the head volunteer, Tara.

http://www.thebigredbusclub.com

Take the Kids On An Adventure With Sam This Easter!

Click here to see Adventures with Sam: On the farm

There is so much to do this Easter!

My diary for days out with LO is brimming to the full and I seem to find myself being constantly double-booked! I have always been interested in the arts and theatre is a brilliant way for kids to experience something live, exciting and interactive. Greenwich Theatre has a wide range of shows this Spring/Summer but the one we are going to see is called ‘Adventures With Sam: Outer Space’.

The show is on for two days in April (3rd-4th) and the Friday show will follow Sam on his adventures to the farm where he’ll need help to solve the mystery of the missing golden egg. Saturday’s show follows Sam on his journey to outer space where he will need help with his missing to blast off!

I think the outer space one would be amazing for LO as we have done a lot of stuff with farm animals and I just want to expose him to all different things really. 🙂 If you are around in Greenwich on 3rd or 4th April and want to treat the kids to something different, head to the theatre. Tickets for Adventures with Sam online are £11 adult, £8.50 child.

Click the link below for more details on the shows:
http://storiesandmore.org.uk/index.php/community/theatre-show/