Beethoven and the Dinosaurs storytelling concert for under 5s

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When I was a young girl, my father decided that he wanted me to develop musical talent. Lucky for him, I wasn’t too bad at it and was able to pick up playing piano quite easily. Unfortunately, I stopped playing piano around the time I was doing my GCSEs because I felt like it was all too overwhelming for me. In hindsight I am a gutted I didn’t carry on but that’s life and my priorities were different to what my dad wanted/expected them to be. To this day however, I still enjoy listening to piano music and admire those who play it.

The Aurora Orchestra at King’s Place

The Aurora Orchestra create interactive, musical storytelling concerts aimed at under 5s. This was something unheard of to me but I thought the chance to exposing my little ones to classical music early on would be a great idea. The only other time the kids got close to hearing classical music was when they were still inside the womb and I’d occasionally put on classic.fm for them to listen to.

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The Creative Team introducing the audience to Beethoven and the Dinosaurs

The Aurora Orchestra are currently performing their new storytelling concert, Beethoven and the Dinosaurs at King’s Place in Kings Cross and last week, I went along with Little Man. He’s six so older than the recommended age but I didn’t mind and neither did he! The Orchestra will be there until the end of this week then they’ll be back again in February to perform Chopin and the Dragonfly. You can also go on Youtube and have a little look at how the concerts are performed: https://youtu.be/GPjSTd-moZ4

A little bit of participation from the grown-ups is always good fun but the Aurora Orchestra team are really good at retaining the children’s attention. The concert was 45mins long was was definitely long enough. Each musician had their own solo part to play which was lovely; our musician trio was made up of the flute, the cello and the piano.

The following pieces by Beethoven had been specially arranged for the concert:

  • Symphony No. 4
  • Symphony No. 6
  • Bagatelle Op. 33 No. 2
  • Symphony No. 6
  • Diabelli Variations
  • Piano Concerto No. 3
  • Moonlight Sonata pt. 1 & 2
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 in A major
  • Symphony No. 7 (adapted)
  • Piano trio Op. 1 No. 1

All of the children really loved the concert. They were all so attentive, there was only one outburst from a teary child but he soon settled after seeing some more dinosaurs appear. We had moments of dancing and laughter especially towards the end when the storyteller asked the children what dance move could the dinosaurs do and a little girl shouted out “pooing” it was refreshing to see the storyteller going along with it. 🙂

The concert is on show from December 1-8 so don’t miss out on booking your tickets for Sunday if you want to check it out. As it’s in King’s Cross you can make a day out of it with the family by heading over to the British Library. Check their website for timings and prices. A family ticket for 4 (2 adults 2 kids, or 1 adult 3 kids) cost just £23.50 which is great value.

I am really looking forward to the next concert, Chopin and the Dragonfly (in February) so I can take Little Miss with me to experience the concert. I think it’s brilliant how they can weave these classical pieces into stories and make it fun and immersive for the children. We’ll be going on a weekday as I’m at work on the weekends but hopefully that should mean less crowds for us to battle on our commute!


About: Far, Far Away series

Far, Far Away is Aurora Orchestra’s series of immersive storytelling concerts for young children aged 0–5 and their families. These interactive musical adventures bring to life music by a particular composer or style of music, weaving together live performance, an original story by critically-acclaimed poet Kate Wakeling (Aurora Writer-in-Residence), and a set design built around the audience and musicians. Audiences are invited to step inside each story through guided listening, singing, dancing, holding props and much more, becoming immersed in a magical world of music, language, discovery and play. Some past Far, Far Away productions have been Beethoven and the Dinosaurs, Tchaikovsky and the Marvellous Kingdom, and Bach and the Noisy Night-time.

https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/family/aurora-orchestra-far-far-away-11/


NB. We were kindly given complimentary tickets to see Beethoven and the Dinosaurs concert for the purpose of this blog post review. All words, photos and opinions are my own.

Discover: Where to find Santa’s Grotto in London this Christmas

Where can you find Santa’s Grotto in London?

The simple answer is… everywhere!

There are loads of places where you can take the kids to experience Santa’s Grotto no matter what part of London you’re from. I’ve mainly sourced out the ones most local to me but you can even find a grotto by heading to your closest shopping mall and maybe even department store.

Some of the big department stores experiences (Harrods, Hamley’s, Fortnum & Mason, and Selfridges) are all sold out already! It seems like every year when I look, I’m always too late however it’s not a bad thing as the tickets for these places are usually around £25+ which is extortionate in my opinion. Christmas should not be all about commercialising and keeping pockets fat for the big companies. Instead, head to your local events and support your local or small businesses.

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There are also free Santa experiences at shopping centres so check those out too. I will carry on updating this post as we draw closer to Christmas in case I come across others. So without further ado, here’s a list of where you can find Santa in Greenwich and the surrounding areas:

Santa’s Grotto at Greenwich Market

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Credit: Greenwich Market

Dates: November 30 – December 24
Price: £5
 (proceeds going to the Greenwich & Bexley hospice)

The Grotto in Greenwich is a great little local spot. It’s right in the heart of the old covered market so you can enjoy the festivities around the area, grab something to eat before queuing up to see the Big Guy. Children also receive a small gift during their visit. If this is your child’s first experience or you just want a relatively short experience, I’d recommend seeing Santa here – it’s a no-frills visit but at least you can still get a photo with Santa and save your money for Christmas shopping!

https://www.greenwichmarket.london/events/detail/father-christmas-2019


Victorian Santa’s Grotto at the Museum of London Docklands

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Credit: Museum of London Docklands

Dates: November 29 – December 23
Price: £10

For a Santa experience with a bit of a difference, I would recommend coming to see Santa at the Museum of London Docklands. It’s a great museum in general and will definitely keep the kids busy. There is even a play area for the under 5s called Mudlarks Gallery and is free however you will need to reserve your child’s space. You can do this online or on the day. I’d recommend online to avoid any disappointment as the Mudlarks gallery does get full very quickly. Tickets for this year’s Santa visit is £10 per child.

A few years ago we visited the Santa’s Grotto here and got some really nice photos however I remember the queue was extremely long! Staff are on hand to check on you every 30mins or so and to usher you into the room where Santa is. You can read our Victorian Santa’s Grotto experience review here

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/whats-on/santas-grotto?id=23408


Santa’s Snowflake Grotto at Westfield Stratford City

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Dates: November 21 – December 24
Price: £7.50
(parents, children and infants all require a ticket)

I really loved the Santa experience we had at Westfield Stratford City years back when Little Man was a toddler. I don’t have any photos to share with you of the experience but I remember it was really immersive. It started off with families being ushered into a room to watch a short show about Christmas then we were slowly ushered into another room where we then waited to meet Santa. The price was only for the experience and the photoshoot but we had to buy the images. I think I bought a framed photo and a photo bauble.

This year, the experience has a North Pole theme where families will be “magically transported to the Snow Factory in the North Pole, where Santa’s elves make all the snow in the world. Children will create their own personalised christmas decoration and explore all the fun activities within the Grotto.” The kids will then receive a gift and have a photo opportunity with Santa. After that, you’ll be ‘magically transported’ back to London.

https://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity/entertainment/events/santas-snowflake-grotto/54380


Selfies with Santa at Lewisham Shopping Centre

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Dates: December 17 – December 24
Price: FREE

Last year, Lewisham Shopping Centre had a Santa meet & greet event and we were invited along. The Santa and elves from The Holly Jolly Co. were so lovely and really made the experience special for us. The team are entertainers and are also available for party hires so check them out if you want to host an event and in need of good friendly entertainers. This year, they are back again so make sure you pop along from Tuesday 17th December until Christmas Eve!

We also donated gifts to the giving tree. You pick the the tag that you want which has a child’s age and gender on there so you can pick a gift for them. Buy your gift(s) then come back and the staff will help you attach your tag. I let the kids pick a child each. If the tree is there again this year, we shall do the same. After all, Christmas is about the gift of giving and spreading joy to all.

https://lewishamshopping.co.uk/articles/come-meet-santa-claus-lewisham


Santa’s Grotto & Christmas fayre at Lesnes Abbey

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Dates: December 7 & 8 
Price: FREE

A two day Christmas extravaganza at Lesnes Abbey. With over 30 different craft and gift stalls, a Christmas Scavenger Hunt and live festive music. On Saturday you’ll enjoy a Christmas Market, Grotto, stalls, mulled wine, minced pies and lots of kids activities. For Sunday there will be more new stalls and the kids can be entertained on the Frozen bouncy castle and indoor Christmas pop-up disco. Amazing!

https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/events/event/7168/lesnes_abbey_christmas_grotto_and_fayre

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Getting into the Halloween spirit with Pumpkin Carving at Lewisham Shopping Centre

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This October half term has been a lot of fun for the kids this year. Normally I am not involved with Halloween activities as I’m not a big fan of the day (Vietnamese superstitions and all) but this year I wanted to put myself aside and let the kids have their fun.

Pumpkin Carving in Lewisham

Little Man had a lot of fun carving and decorating his pumpkin at the Lewisham Shopping Centre‘s Pumpkin Party. It was a free event and lots of people came by the stand to have a go at carving. Little Man and I had a team effort – we traced the stencil together then took turns to carve sections of the pumpkin. When it came to scooping out the fleshy bits (which he called “scooping the guts out”) he left that to me.

When it came to decorating it with glitter he was great at doing it himself. Of course, I had to join it – who can resist a bit of glitter fun?

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The Greenwich Mummy Blog - Family Things to Do this Halloween Half Term

The Greenwich Mummy Blog - Family Things to Do this Halloween Half Term

Halloween shopping at Lewisham Centre

We also did a little bit of shopping after our pumpkin carving. We headed to H&M and I bought for Little Man the coolest reversible sequin ghost jumper which he has loads of fun flipping around. For Little Miss, I got her a glittery black tulle dress and alice cat veil as she wanted to be a cat for Halloween. We also went to M&S and picked up loads of treats including chocolates, jelly sweets and lots of Halloween snacks for a mini party at home. *update* the stores now have their Christmas range in stock. H&M also have a lovely collection of Frozen apparel, also in time for the movie launch.

H&M reversible sequin jumper, £9.99
H&M tulle dress, £9.99 / alice band with veil, £2.99
Spookalicious treats at M&S Lewisham

Our last little shop was to Smiggle for some stationary fun. We had a good look around the little shop. At the moment, they’ve just launched a new range of Frozen stationary – in time for the Frozen 2 movie. The backpacks look amazing and kids can choose from the sparkly gold Anna accessories or the shimmery icy blue Elsa accessories. My preference would be the Anna collection as it’s such a beautiful gold colour but I know Little Miss would prefer the Elsa collection. We also picked up a handy all-in-one Smiggle dinosaur pencil case for Little Man. It’s got a section for pens and pencils, a special compartment for the eraser and the sharpener and even comes with a mini calculator. Perfect for secondary school kids but just as cool for primary school kids IMO. Also, Smiggle Lewisham currently has a 25% off everything promo in store (excludes Frozen 2 and Star Wars collections) so make sure you pop into your local store and check out the goods.

Frozen 2 stationary now available in store at Smiggle Lewisham
Smiggle pencil case, £13.50

Lewisham Shopping Centre opening times

The centre is open 7 days a week. Times of the stores may vary during seasonal periods ie. Christmas, New Year and Bank Holidays.

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday (Late night shopping – yay!)
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Check out their page for Christmas opening hours: https://lewishamshopping.co.uk/your-visit/opening-hours


More pumpkin fun…

On Wednesday we headed out to Stanhill Farm to pick some pumpkins. It was a first experience for all of us so it was really nice to be able to share that with each other.

It took us two buses to make the journey however as the buses take a longer route, it also took us around 1.5hrs when by car it would’ve been a decent 25-30mins journey. On our way back, we took an uber ride home as we had heavy pumpkins and I wasn’t ready for any restless tantrums on the buses for another 1.5 hours.

The pumpkin patch at Stanhill Farm is a good size with lots of pumpkins to choose from. There was even a little area where the farmers had put a load of pumpkins together so you can take some lovely photos if you wanted to. Only Little Man was cooperating with me for the photos but I did get some really nice shots of them around the patch. 🙂

I made a little video of our outing too. You can watch it here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hVb3GeecdhI


NB. We were kindly gifted shopping vouchers in exchange for our pumpkin carving experience review. All words, content and unbiased opinion are my own.

Fun things to do with the family this Halloween & October half-term

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Wow! October half-term is already here!

I really can’t believe how quickly time flies. It’s also been a little while since I last posted on here and it’s simply because it’s been really busy at home. I currently have two part-time jobs which is making everything a little hard to juggle at home. It’s been so long since I last cooked a decent meal (the kids aren’t complaining – they are loving the amount of chicken nuggets and chips they can consume weekly.)

So between the two jobs, looking after the kids, lesson planning for kids yoga and self-studying yin yoga and keeping up with my own practice, I’ve found time to sit on the computer and type up this post. Simply because there’s SO many great things to do this October half-term and leading up to Halloween I wanted to share my favourite event with you guys. We will be attending most of these events – you can find a more comprehensive list on things to do on Time Out and Babes About Town so be sure to check them out too. I love reading the posts on Babes About Town because it’s very family-orientated.

So without further ado, here’s my list of fun things to do with the family this Halloween & half-term break:

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Painting on a Pumpkin workshop

Where: V&A Childhood Museum
Dates: Monday 21 – Friday 25 October

Times: 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)
Price: £7 per child
Use an unusual canvas to paint on… a pumpkin! Inspired by the Big Draw Festival’s theme, “Drawn to Life”, create a painting on a pumpkin with help from artist, Amy Brown to take home. Suitable for children aged 4+

For more details or to book visit their Eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/painting-on-a-pumpkin-workshop-tickets-73580883403

Here’s a few photos of our pumpkin paintings from when we attended the event:

 


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Paint your own Halloween Pottery workshop

Where: ARTFIX Cafe, Shewsbury House
Date: Tuesday 22 October
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Price: £12.50
Come along for some half term fun!! There will be a choice of Halloween themed pottery pieces including pumpkins, monsters, or I can help turn your handprints on a plate into Dracula, a Witch, a Spider, the list is endless.

The workshop costs £12.50 and will include one pottery piece each, all paints etc and Daniella on hand for help. Booking is essential by email or DM. A £5 deposit will be requested.

To book or for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/artfix-cafe-at-shrewsbury-house/halloween-pottery-painting-at-artfix-cafe-shrewsbury-house/523826351720522/


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Pick Your Own Pumpkin on a pumpkin patch

Where: Stanhill Farm, Dartford
Dates: Tuesday 22 – Thursday 31 October

Times: See website for more details
Price: free entry, for the maize maze it’s £6 per person (free for under 4s)
Forget BYOB, it’s all about PYOP (pick your own pumpkin!) Grab a wheelbarrow and head down to the patch where you will find a huge array of pumpkins in various different sizes. It is also a great chance for a photo opportunity, surrounded by a sea of autumnal, orange colour! There are two maize mazes – the main one which takes around 1.5hrs to complete or a mini-maze that takes around 20-30mins to complete.

For more details: https://www.stanhillfarm.co.uk/pumpkin-patch

Here are a few photos of our day out to the pumpkin patch:


Where: Foxes Farm – Basildon or Colchester
Dates: Tuesday 22 – Thursday 31 October

Times: 10am til 5pm
Price: free entry, optional £3pp for entry to the corn maze
Head down to one of the two pumpkin patches owned by Foxes Farm – you can choose from Basildon or Colchester. Both patches have an 8-acre corn maze and loads of pumpkins to choose from. No need to book either, you simply just turn up! They accept both cash and card but do check their website for farm closures due to the weather. Be aware, they do not allow dogs onto their farms.

For more details visit: https://www.foxesfarmproduce.co.uk/pumpkin-patch/


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Enjoy a frightfully fun Halloween Party

Where: The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula
Date: Thursday 24 October
Time: 12-4pm
Price: SOLD OUT – unfortunately this event has now sold out!

Come dressed in your Halloween best for witchy crafts and ghoulish games on Greenwich Peninsula. Get involved in some autumnal arts and crafts then head along The Tide in search of tricks or treats. Head back to the Jetty and spend the afternoon listening to a spooky story with a warm drink and snack from Hej – The Jetty’s resident café. All are welcome, but parents must accompany their children for the afternoon of fun.

http://jetty.greenwichpeninsula.co.uk/whats-on/halloween-at-the-jetty/


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Try your hand at Pumpkin Carving

Where: Lewisham Shopping Centre
Dates: Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 October
Times: 10.30am til 4pm
Price: Free
This Half Term, head to Central Square at Lewisham Shopping Centre for some FREE spooky fun. From 24th to 26th October, we’re holding a Pumpkin Party in the centre. You’ll be able to carve pumpkins to take home, and don’t forget to have your picture taken in the stocks too.

Get your picture taken in the stocks and post it to @lewishamcentre on Twitter & @lewisham_shopping_centre on Instagram using the hashtag #snappedinthestocks to be in with a chance of winning £100 worth of spooky gifts from selected retailers – woop woop!

Find more info here: https://lewishamshopping.co.uk/terms/whats-categories/events

Here are some photos of our day out to the pumpkin carving at Lewisham Shopping Centre:


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Go on a Witch Hunt at Cutty Sark Gardens

Where: Cutty Sark Gardens
Date: Friday 25 October
Time: 1-4pm
Price: Free
Its a hunt for witches around Cutty Sark Gardens! With a clues sheet and small prize for each successful participant, enjoy this fun activity with the whole family. Suitable for children aged 7+

For more info or to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/witch-hunt-at-cutty-sark-gardens-as-part-of-the-halloween-market-tickets-76436608955


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Watch a spooktacular movie: The Addams Family

Where: cinemas nationwide
Date: Friday 25 October
Time: various

We are soooo looking forward to this movie release! We’re keeping an eye out on all cinema websites but it seems as though tickets are yet to be on sale so that means no pre-order which is a shame. We will most likely be watching at our local ODEON Greenwich cinema or at our favourite VUE Eltham cinema. It’s definitely going to be a big hit for all families looking for a spooky fun film to watch next week and running up to Halloween.


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Go on a Petrifying Pumpkin Hunt

Where: Selfridges, Oxford Street
Date: Tuesday 29 – Thursday 31 October
Time: 11am – 4pm
Price: Free

Enjoy a spooktacular trip to our brand-new confectionary space on LG at Selfridges Oxford Street, London on either the 29, 30 or 31 October. Our ghoulish treats – including squishy body-parts sweeties and crunch skeleton biscuits (thanks Biscuiteers) – are sure to delight. Simply drop in and collect a map from our WOW Kiosk and you’re good to go.

Event is free but booking is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrifying-pumpkin-hunt-oxford-street-london-tickets-76215997099


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Enjoy an arty crafty Halloween party in Greenwich

Where: The Forum at Christ Church, East Greenwich
Date: Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 October
Time: 10am to 12pm / 2pm to 4 pm
Price: Free for under 6 months, £7.50 for 6-12 months, £15 for 1-5yrs

Toddlers and young children will have a fang-tastic time at this soft play party session. Complete with soft play, arts and crafts hosted by The Artful Toddler and refreshments. Parents/Carers go free which is an added bonus! Come in fancy dress or not, your choice. Book your tickets at The Forum’s reception.

https://www.forumatgreenwich.org/


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Eat, drink and be scary at a fancy dress party!

Where: John Lewis Roof Garden, Oxford Street
Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: 10.30am – 12 noon
Price: SOLD OUT – unfortunately this event has now sold out
Families and friends are invited to attend the annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party held on The John Lewis Oxford Street Roof garden. Children are encouraged to come along in fancy dress, don’t worry if you forget we will have a dress up area on hand to keep your little ones in character. There will be cookie decorating, face painting and much more.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halloween-fancy-dress-party-tickets-74303290141


What’s On at the weekend:

Saturday 26

Halloween films for kids and families, Southwark: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halloween-films-for-kids-and-families-tickets-75820508181

Pumpking carving and costume competition at Mudchute Farm: https://www.mudchute.org/news/spooky-fun-saturday-october-26th-2019

Sunday 27

Pumpkin carving at the Halloween Market, Cutty Sark: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pumpkin-carving-at-the-halloween-market-at-cuttty-sark-gardens-greenwich-tickets-76459752177

Need some inspo on how to decorate your pumpkin? Take a look at this article from Good Housekeeping blog – it’s got some amazing ideas which you can easily replicate. We tried the balloon one, the ghost sweetie one and the nail varnish dripping.

Happy Haunting!

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Keep Calm… we’re going to Disneyland Paris!

9 days until my 30th birthday & our journey to Paris…
10 days until Little Man’s birthday & our day trip to Disneyland Paris!

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We are all SUPER EXCITED!

It’ll be our whole family’s first time to Disneyland and we are so excited for it! We’ve started preparing what we’re going to bring and wear including those insta-worthy Mickey Mouse ears which we’ve bought from Ebay for £3 each! It’s so much cheaper online than buying on the day or at the Disney store but if you prefer to splash and go all out then definitely purchase your official Disney ears prior to DL to save yourself some cash.

Disneyland Paris via Eurostar

We’ll be travelling via the Eurostar from London St. Pancras. I managed to bag tickets during a summer sale promo for £29pp per way which was a bargain! The Eurostar will take us from London to Paris in just under two hours which works well for us as we’ve booked an evening journey so will arrive in time for dinner. We’ve decided that we will play it by ear and see how the kids feel on the day before deciding where we will eat. If the kids are super tired, we’ll have an early night instead.

One thing I really love about London is how well connected everything is. Sure our transportation has its good and bad days but no-one can fault how easily accessible it is to travel around the country and abroad from London.

My 30th Birthday Plan

I can’t believe how quickly the years fly by! Being an August baby means I get to see nearly all of my friends turn 30 before I do – not a bad thing – but it makes me feel slightly pressured to do something BIG. We’ll see how that’ll pan out as I don’t have anything planned right now with friends.

However, on the morning of my birthday I’ve managed to book free tickets to SKY GARDEN which is going to be amazing! Insta-worthy photos, here I come! I’ve also just treated myself to a Fenty Beauty bronzer and highlighter kit so let’s pray that does me some justice… now to just plan an outfit fit for the occasion… plus or minus a 30th birthday tiara! Then after my morning birthday breakfast treat, we’ll probably just wander around London with the kids then get back home for a quick afternoon nap before leaving for the Eurostar journey.

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A view of Sky Garden / Photo Credit: Secret London

We will board our Eurostar to Paris around 6pm and arrive at Gare du Nord Paris. We will be staying at the Renaissance in La Defense – the financial district. As it’s summer, I’m hoping it won’t be too busy around the area but pray the weather will be nice enough for us to explore Paris on the Saturday before we depart as we’ll certainly be spending all day Friday at Disneyland Paris.

Our itinerary:

Thursday:
20.00 Arrival at Paris Gare du Nord (depart from London St. Pancras)
21.00 Hotel check-in and dinner at hotel or local restaurant
22.30 Bedtime

Friday:
07.00 Breakfast at hotel, then straight out on RER to D’Land
FULL DAY
Disneyland Paris + dinner at the resort
22.00 Night illuminations and park closing parade
23.00 Back to hotel for bedtime

Saturday:
08.00 Breakfast at hotel and pack bags for hotel check-out
12.00 Visit to Jardin D’acclimatation
15.00 Late lunch at a local restaurant
16.00 Eiffel Tower visit
18.00 Depart from Paris Gare du Nord (return to London St. Pancras)

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Disneyland Paris / Photo Credit: Sogol Salehi on Unsplash

I’m going to try and document our Disneyland family vacay as much as I can and will add to my instagram stories so if you’d like to check out our trip, follow me at @mannyngo_yogi

New adventure playground opens at Kidbrooke Village

Cator Park, Kidbrooke Village

On Saturday 8th June, a new (and free!) outdoor play space, Cator Park, had opened up at Kidbrooke Village. Unfortunately I work the weekends and was unable to attend the launch but judging from the images below, the opening turned out a big success with many families enjoying the space and the sun! Lucky bunch!

Children can jump, climb, swing and slide to their heart’s content. The park also incorporates a series of stepping stones designed by local children, dotted around the park alongside a number of brass rubbings as part of an educational ecology trail.

Photo Credit: Camargue

Photo Credit: Camargue / Berkeley

There was also a fete going on at the launch opening which offered craft sessions and learning sessions about the local animals and wildlife with London Wildlife Trust. Families and children learnt about “how the ‘rewilding’ of the green space is helping to increase biodiversity and encouraging birds, mammals, amphibians and insects to make their home among the plantlife.”

It’s really nice to see that the local authority and government are trying their best to utilise the green spaces we already have and create refreshing new ones for the local community to enjoy.

To find out more about Kidbrooke Village and the new play space visit the Kidbrooke Village Community Facebook page (@kidbrookevillage). 

Merry Christmas!!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

I hope you are all enjoying today with friends, family and loved ones! Here’s a few photos of what we’ve getting up to leading up to the big day…

If you don’t celebrate Christmas then I hope you’re having a lovely day off work. 🙂

Santa’s Grotto at Lewisham Shopping Centre

Here’s a couple of photos from our Santa’s Grotto visit at Lewisham Shopping Centre. It was one of the few free Santa visits around Greenwich.

What’s most interesting is that this Santa is actually available for hire from The Holly Jolly Co. It’s not only Santa you can hire, the team can conjure up anything you dream of for the kids, from Frozen’s Elsa and Ana, to a range of Disney princesses or superheroes! Visit their instagram page to check out what they do: @thehollyjollyco

Visiting Santa at Lewisham Shopping Centre
Santa and head Elf with Little Man and Ams

It took me a few days to do all of the Christmas shopping (I didn’t buy that much, it was just very busy and challenging with the kids in tow!) but I managed to get a few lovely things for the kids from a few of the high street stores.

TK MAXX:

  • Organic cotton pyjamas, £9.99
  • Kind Natured curly hair shampoo, £2.99
  • Wooden cutting fruit set, £11.99
Got us some gifts from TK Maxx

NEXT:

    Brown low boots, £26
    Glittery pink strappy pumps, £15 (not shown)

PRIMARK:

  • Elsa pyjama top, £6
  • Fleece lined reindeer leggings, £4
  • Frozen nail polish set, £4
Gifts from Primark and boots from Next

MARKS & SPARKS:

  • Doctor’s kit play set, £14
  • Dinosaur activity book, £8
Doctor’s kit and dinosaur activity book from M&S

Then on Christmas Eve, we had a little fun with some cookie kits we got from Lidl – there’s a xmas tree kit and a xmas jumper kit. The kids had fun with decorating the cookie but it was quiet difficult with the icing pen. In the end, Ams just ate the icing straight from the pen and left me to eat the cookie.

Dec 24: making Christmas cookies!
Yummy!! Xmas cookie kits from Lidl
This morning: waiting for Christmas lunch/dinner to be ready! 🙂
Playing connect four at nana’s house

**update**

Dec 25: Christmas dinner is ready!!

Lots of love,
The Greenwich Mummy & Co.

Photo Credit: Papier


NB. We received complimentary shopping vouchers to use at Lewisham for the purpose this blog review. All opinions, photos and content are my own and cannot be reused without permission.

Festive ideas: 35 Christmassy things to do with the family!

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“Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way…”

It’s that time of year again… c h r i s t m a s !

The only one thing that makes our wet Christmas great is all that quality time we get with the kids.

I’m not talking about just being stuck in the house with the hyperactive chipmunks but actual quality time for bonding and doing things together. My terrible two drive me INSANE nearly every day but somehow, at Christmas time it seems to be the only time where we love being together, crafting and making things.

We put up our Christmas tree yesterday and it looks beautiful. I let the kids put up a few of the decorations and did the lights and glass decorations myself. I managed to salvage some of the beautiful glass decorations we had from last year. A LOT were smashed as Ame decided she wanted to play with them and Little Man wanted to do the same.

I’ve decided that doing some Christmassy crafts together would be the way to go this year as the kids are showing more interest in that sort of stuff. I’ve compiled a list of 35 Christmas things to do with the family in Greenwich and around London… in case you run out of ideas!

35 Christmassy things to do
with the family…

  1. Pick out a Christmas tree together
  2. Make decorations for your tree
  3. Design your own wrapping paper
  4. Make your own wreath
  5. Make a Christmas stocking
  6. Make your own advent calendar
  7. Make something with pom poms… we made pom pom jumpers!
  8. Decorate your own Christmas cards
  9. Enjoy a Christmas story together
  10. Sing Christmas carols
  11. Devour a box of chocolates together
  12. Have a movie night in & snuggle under a cosy blanket like this one
  13. Prepare dinner together
  14. Bake something delicious – try gingerbread men!
  15. Do some family yoga Christmas-style!
  16. Visit Santa’s Grotto
  17. Watch the Nutcracker at the theatre
  18. Watch a nativity play
  19. Go to church
  20. Burn off some energy at the local park
  21. Do the Christmas shopping together
  22. Set a new Christmas tradition and stick to it
  23. Check out the deers at the Deer park in Greenwich Park
  24. Go ice-skating at a magical outdoor rink
  25. Make the best hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows,
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  26. De-clutter the house in time for the new year
  27. Donate unwanted items to charity
  28. Buy a dinner for a person in need
  29. Volunteering with your local community
  30. Read a book together
  31. Dedicate an hour to quiet time
  32. Dance together!
  33. Visit a Christmas market
  34. Enter a charity fun run – entries are still open for the London Santa Run
  35. Last but not least, make memories by taking lots of family selfies!

Review: Our day out at Cutty Sark’s Toddler Time

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On a not-so-sunny Wednesday, Little Lady and I headed out to Greenwich for a little bit of pre-nursery fun. We were invited to explore the last remaining British tea clipper, the Cutty Sark. You can’t miss it, she lies in the heart of the high street opposite the popular Greenwich market.

Greenwich is a beautiful place to visit – a mix of old and new. It’s also a great place to live – everything is local, there’s good access to public transport and there’s lots of families living in the area. The only difficulty is finding a free parking space in the area as it’s a heavily pedestrianised area.

Journey to the Cutty Sark ship
We hopped on a bus from home and took it towards Greenwich, we got off at the stop opposite the Old Royal Naval College and walked towards the ship. I pointed out to Ams the ship’s sails and took a moment to take a photo of the signpost below with a view of the ship in sight.

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Directions to the Cutty Sark for Toddler Time
The last British tea clipper

5 Fun Facts about Cutty Sark…

1. Cutty Sark is 148 years old
It was launched on 22 November 1869 in Dumbarton, Scotland. Built to last for just thirty years, it is now in its third century.

2. Cutty Sark has travelled 957,995 nautical miles
During its years as a British merchant ship, Cutty Sark visited sixteen different countries and travelled the equivalent of two and half voyages to the moon and back.

3. Cutty Sark was built for the China tea trade but would carry a vast array of cargoes in its career
Cutty Sark carried almost 10 million lbs of tea between 1870 and 1877. The opening of the Suez Canal marked the end for sailing ships in the tea trade and so Cutty Sark had to find new employ. It transported a variety of cargoes, including over 10,000 tons of coal, before finding its calling in the Australian wool trade. It would transport more than 45,000 bales in its career.

4. Overall, however, Cutty Sark is an extremely fortunate ship
It survived storms which ripped its rudder off on two occasions, survived a dismasting in the First World War and a terrible fire in 2007. In the year before the fire, the majority of Cutty Sark’s original fabric had been removed. This meant that, while devastating, the fire was nowhere near as destructive as it could have been. Over 90% of the ship’s hull structure is original to 1869.

5. A special dry dock was built for Cutty Sark in Greenwich in 1954
After an extensive restoration, Cutty Sark was opened by HM the Queen on 25 June 1957. As a symbol of Britain’s maritime trade, it became a memorial to the Merchant Navy and the 44,000 men killed in both world wars. Since 1957, Cutty Sark has welcomed over 16 million people and counting!

Facts extracted from RMG – more fun facts here

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A beautifully restored ship
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Behold, the Cutty Sark

Toddler Time at the Cutty Sark
Toddler Time is a free flow play session held under the ship every Wednesday from 10-11.30am for under 4s. It’s a little bit like rhyme time and story time at my local library but with a bit more emphasis on the play element. Children can roam free under the ship whilst parents have a little chat with each other and the Toddler Time staff.

Ams was not really interested in playing with others this time – it was the first time we visited the underneath of the ship and she was overwhelmed with it all and preferred to explore her surroundings instead. There was lots of information about the ship’s history, the fire that happened and the renovations that took place and why the ship was updated with the new glassy look. All very interesting facts that I never knew about.

Ams having fun at Toddler Time Cutty Sark
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A collection of the ship’s figureheads

There’s also a collection of the ship’s past figureheads to look at. They are really large and quite scary, I wasn’t really a fan of looking at all of them for too long. Ams also had a good look of them before heading off to explore the other bits of the ship. Unfortunately as the weather wasn’t great, the little madam didn’t want to explore the top deck of the ship which was what I was looking forward to. Her nursery session also starts at 12.30pm so we had to start making our way back to get some lunch then head to nursery.

There is a lovely little cafe beside the toddler time area serving hot and cold food and drink so it’s a really lovely space to burn off some energy or just to chill and chat with other parents.

Toddler Time at Cutty Sark
There are two sessions each week on on Wednesdays, a morning session at 10-11.30am and an afternoon session at 1.20-2.50pm. Our morning session was not too busy, there was around 10-12 other parents which is a good amount of people to have but not too much to feel overcrowded. The sessions are held during term-time only.

Price: £5 per adult, kids (under 4s) go free
Older children (4+) can also join but they would be charged the adult price. Parents can also sign up to the annual membership for £44 and go free – the membership also gives you free entry and access to exclusive events, entries and discounts to the cafes and shops.

Thank you Cutty Sark, it was a pleasure!

Naturally, we couldn’t leave without a look around the gift shop. Ams had a good look around before deciding she wanted the giant lollipop. I got myself a little tote back to add to my collection. We will be back to explore the top deck on a sunnier day and also I had my eyes on some beautiful wooly mitts (for kids and adults) which were SO WARM – I need a pair for the winter weather ahead. 🙂

After we left Cutty Sark we had a look around the Old Royal Naval College which is adjacent to the ship. It’s a great place to visit, also filled with plenty of history and free tours if you’d like to know more about the site. The ORNC is also a visitors information centre so if there is anything else you’d like to find out about Greenwich or the RMG, don’t visit Greenwich without a trip there. You can also choose to explore the college grounds yourself – just be mindful that it is also part of the University of Greenwich so there are lots of people moving around the area.

Have fun exploring the rest of Greenwich too – don’t leave without visiting the National Maritime Museum and if you have the energy, head up to the Royal Observatory. There’s always lots going on at the Royal Museums Greenwich sites.

For more info on Toddler Time or to book:
https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/toddler-time-board-cutty-sark


NB. This is a paid collaboration post in exchange for a unbiased blog review and we were gifted tickets to the Cutty Sark and Toddler Time session. All photos and opinions are my own.

Sunday fun with NahdzAdventures Play Dough Kit

Sunday’s weather was such a drab compared to the beautiful sun we had on Saturday! I know, I know… it’s the middle of October so I shouldn’t really complain about the rain because we did have the longest heatwave since forever and last month was pretty mild to say the least. I don’t know… maybe it’s because I had my holiday in Ibiza at the end of September so I’m still in that summer-mindset. 🙂

Anyway, we tried something different last weekend. Usually I would just sit in front of the TV with the kids on a lazy Sunday afternoon but I remembered I purchased a play dough kit from sensory play supermum and blogger, Nahdia from NahdzAdventures and thought “today would be the perfect day to play with the kit”… and so we did!

On Sundays, Nahdia updates her instagram account, @nahdz_adventures with fantastic photos, IG stories of her and her gorgeous boys going all out on the sensory play for ‘Sensory Sundays’.

sensory playdough
Showing off our wonderful play dough kit on instagram / @mannyngo_yogi

The kit I chose was a butterfly themed one and set me back just £10.00 – it comes complete with two generous-sized natural, child-friendly homemade play dough (yass!), a handful of cut pipe-cleaners, lots of coloured lolly sticks, flower sequins and tiny buttons – all neatly packed in a cute white storage box which is my fave. We had one green play dough and one brown one which I turned into blue with some leftover food colouring in the cupboard as little man wanted blue. As I bought the kit a while ago, there was some crunchy salt residue around the dough but no problem at all. I just rolled it in my hands with the food colouring, added a little oil and voila – it was good as new again! Now I bought this kit in summer so it’s lasted pretty well. The play dough had not gone off, it still smelt fresh and new.

Note to self… NahdzAdventures makes seriously GOOD homemade play dough.

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The kids are playing nicely and are loving the kit!
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Everything that comes in the kit is completely reusable

To my astonishment, the kids actually sat down and played really well with each other. Okay, they didn’t want to share each other’s dough but were nice enough to sit down for at least 30mins sharing the lollysticks, buttons and sequins and actually having fun with crafts. With Ams, she does love all the arts and crafts more than Little man but he had a good go with it.

After 40mins had passed, things started to get messy… we ended up getting glitter involved which went EVERYWHERE, I had an attempt at making my own playdough as Ams wanted a blue one of her own (that got destroyed beyond saving afterwards), and the whole kit was on the floor. Usually I would’ve had a fit at that point but something inside me that changed my mindset – I was cool as a cucumber. I think it was a realisation that this was the one craft activity that I didn’t mind being messy – I was happy to clean it up as the kids had so much fun with it and seeing their smiley faces light up… just that thought alone was enough to get me by.

… also, the whole kit is reusable so why on earth wouldn’t I want to pick it all up and pack it away for another day?!

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Ams making her own butterfly.. not sure which body part the sticks are but the pipe-cleaners I think are the antennae lol

Both of them had a little bit of help in the end to create their final masterpiece; Little man wanted to make a butterfly so I helped him section the wings and he did the rest. Ams wanted to make a panda so I created the body outline and she was adamant she wanted to do the rest. 🙂

As this went down so well, I’ll try another crafty Sunday with them and we’ll see if we can get the same response. If not then maybe we’ll save it for another rainy day… I’m sure they’ll be eager to crack open the play dough box again VERY SOON.

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The end result: a butterfly and a panda

Play dough recipes are widely available online so you can easily make your own. Or if you’re like me and can never really get it right and don’t know how/have the time to piece all the little crafty bits together, the play dough kit is really nice to have… they also make good gifts. 🙂

PS. if you’re London-based, Nahdia holds sensory play workshops monthly on a Saturday … look out for them on Eventbrite or Hoop – we’ve been a few times and they are super fun! (Check out our photos from previous workshops below)

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Our family review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at Millennium Leisure Park Greenwich

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June 2018 was the release of the sequel to Jurassic World, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I had seen the critic’s reviews before we went to see the film so I didn’t know what to make of it all as the reviews weren’t great. Some reviews were slaughtering the film and saying how rubbish it was, others were a little less harsh and said it would be great for dino-loving children but it’s not for adults who loved the 2015 movie.

We went to see Jurassic World 2 in the first week of the release at our local cinema at the Millennium Leisure Park. There was even a special dino appearance with Dextor the dinosaur! The dinosaurs were very popular amongst the public and many people including children were brave enough to take photos with the beasts.

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LO thinking “to touch… or not to touch?”
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LO stroking the baby triceratops
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The main attraction: Decter the Dinosaur!

LO was very brave and stroked the baby dinosaurs. He was slightly afraid of Dexter because he was much bigger but did eventually get close enough to admire the triceratops from a distance.

The staff at Odeon Greenwich were lovely – as they usually are. This is our local cinema and they are always very welcome to families of all ages. I was slightly weary of how Baby Girl was going to react during the film but she was very well behaved. There was online

The Millennium Leisure Park is becoming the new lifestyle go-to place; there’s the cinema, Costa Coffee, Pizza Hut, Nandos and Prezzo to eat at, B&Q to buy all of your homeware things (my go-to place for my new allotment!) AND the new IKEA is finally taking shape! The IKEA has caused a lot of contraversy with the locals including myself – it’ll either be fantastic or a complete nightmare due to the amount of footfall and traffic that will pass the area… I’m positive about the new store opening and cannot wait! 🙂

The film

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (for us) was a good watch and I thought even though the storyline was a little simple, it was easy to follow making it suitable for young families to enjoy. Both LO and Baby Girl stayed interested in the story from start to finish – they absolutely loved the character Blue and LO was very keen to learn more about her back story. He said his favourite bit in the film was when Owen defended Blue but then she got shot and they had to nurse her better. I think the last fighting scene between Blue (the velociraptor) and the new hybrid Indoraptor was very good with lots of cool special effects.

I can understand how some film critics found the storyline to be a little thin (the story does not go into much detail about certain events) as some unexplained scenes left me slightly confused. Also, the concept of dinosaurs walking with us in today’s world is a little far-fetched. I was also a little sad with how it ended ie. what will happen to the world with the dinosaurs now supposedly loose? Also, the giant herbivore that was left behind to die on Isla Nublar was really sad. These gentle giants were left to die whilst vicious carnivores were transported away for keeping and cross-breeding. We later found out that they were selling the dinosaurs on the black market to the highest bidders. What they’d be used for, we can only imagine…

The film wasn’t as dramatic as the first Jurassic World. Saying this, it’s definitely a good watch for children and families but as an adult I’d probably expect more suspense, more plot and a thorough storyline. Despite all of this, I did think the socio-environment factors the film touched upon was very interesting. As humans, we are always curious to experiment but personally I think the old saying “curiousity killed the cat” is something to remember here.

After we got back home from the Millennium Leisure Park, Daddy P got LO a Jurassic World sticker book which he loved! He’s always asking me for the next Jurassic World toys (we got LO Blue and the dinosaur truck she was transported in from SMYTHS last month because he wouldn’t stop going on about it).

LO is ALWAYS talking about Jurassic World and watching snippets of it on YouTube. That’s how much he loves JW so if you have kids that love dinosaurs, getting this as a DVD present for a birthday or Christmas would be a good idea. I think we will have to this year. It’s our birthdays this week so either I might just have to buy it for him as an early treat! 🙂

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Dexter the Dinosaur making an appearance at Millennium Leisure Park!

Days Out: Top 9 Theatre Shows to see with the family this summer

Looking to become a culture vulture this summer with the kids? There’s so much going on in theatres across London from now until September and even until the end of the year.

Here are the top 9 theatre shows that have caught my eye… best of all they are suitable for the whole family – big and small 🙂

1. Alien Loves Underpants at The Belly Theatre

As part of this year’s Underbelly Festival, this adaptation from the popular children’s will leave both parents and children in stitches of laughter and fun, you’ll all be laughing your pants off!

Tickets from £11.50 / find out more

2. Rufus Longbottom & The Space Rabbit at Greenwich Theatre

Rufus Longbottom is a grouchy old man who lives in a care home and despises contact with other people. He loves watching his telly and does nothing else until one day he comes across a big yellow rabbit from outer space. A show filled with marvellous adventures, song, dance and interaction with the audience. I’m a big fan of small productions that are interactive and immersive. You’ll not be disappointed!

Tickets from £8.50 / find out more / other tour dates

3. The Elves and the Shoemaker at Greenwich Theatre

You’ll meet Mr Cobbler and his wife, who are struggling to afford the leather for him to make any shoes to sell. But could their fortune change? A beautiful retelling of a classical children’s fairytale featuring all of the original songs from the story.

Tickets from £5 / find out more

4. Not Now, Bernard at Unicorn Theatre

David McKee’s iconic picture book, “Not now, Bernard” is a story that’s been loved by many children and adults for the last thirty years. The show will be vividly brought to life in this brand new adaptation.

Tickets from £6 / find out more

5. The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Piccadilly Theatre

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood. Based on the book by Judith Kerr, this classic children’s book comes to life. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Tickets from £12 / find out more

6. The Everywhere Bear at Polka Theatre

This captivating and beautiful new story from best-selling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Rebecca Cobb springs to life with rhyme, original music and delightfully expressive puppets in Polka’s fun and exciting stage adaptation.

Tickets from £9 / find out more

7. Jack and The Beanstalk at Polka Theatre

Expect lots of surprises and beautiful images as Patrick Lynch (from Cbeebies) tells the gripping story of Jack who sells his cow for five magic beans and finds himself in the land above the clouds. It’s a show with something for everyone.

Tickets from £10 / find out more

8. The Jungle Book at Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre proudly presents this dynamic adaptation of “The Jungle Book”, bringing Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale to the stage with thrilling percussion, vibrant puppetry and Kipling’s unforgettable, larger-than-life characters.

Tickets from £9.75 / find out more

9. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt at Lyric Theatre

Join in this adaptation from Michael Rosen’s fantastic book, “We’re going on a bear hunt” and follow the family’s adventures with their musical dog on a quest to find a bear. As they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure!

Tickets from £17.25 / find out more

So much choice!

I hope these top nine have sparked your interest and you’ll find something great to watch. We’ll also be attending a few more shows so will try to review them as soon as I can!

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Family things to do this May Bank Holiday weekend…

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Yay! Another bank holiday!

Holy moly!
What to do with the kids though?! …don’t worry, I got you! 🙂

Here’s a list of things to get up to this May Bank Holiday Weekend…

Friday

  1. Attend the Festival Launch hosted by GLYPT on Friday evening at 6pm

Saturday

  1. Book a family yoga class with yours truly (Manny Ngo Yoga) on Satuday at 1.30pm
  2. Go on an adventure with Malcolm and the Storydrivers
  3. Listen to author Joseph Coehlo read his latest book, Luna Loves Library Day at West Greenwich Library
  4. Listen to some free live music at The Tramshed Woolwich by Sounds of The World group

Sunday

  1. Check out circus act Project_Vee perform juggling tricks to excite and scare you at Greenwich Park
  2. Prefer to watch a show instead? Head down to The Tramshed Woolwich and watch Magical Moggie at 3pm which is suitable for all ages. Magical Moggie is a multi-sensory production suitable for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families
  3. Get out and about with this free Greenwich Walking Tour but be aware, it’s not your standard walking tour… discover hidden building signs, chiselled graffiti and more
  4. Treat the kids to an Okido make-and-do craft session in Dulwich at the Cooper Beach Cafe. The event starts at 11.45am
  5. Hear how the man in the moon comes to earth to dance the night away after having watched people on earth dancing at the Museum of London

Monday

  1. Enjoy special stories of life in Woolwich with writer in residence, Louise Page throughout the day, from 10am until 4pm. These local stories will then be developed into A Soap from Woolwich
  2. Hop along to Bright Emporium on Monday evening at 7pm if you fancy a fun filled hour of adventure. Cat & Hutch are a duo combining storytelling with drama games
  3. Head down to the Museum of London for a free screening of Early Man and learn to accessorize like a cave man at the free craft activity session
  4. Or head over to the Museum of London Docklands and learn about ancient Roman perfumes and make your own fragrance with the kids to take home
  5. Join in the interactive Transbook exhibition down at Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford; “we set new rules for the reader, rules that let the reader play, take action, feel a story and dive into it.”

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Wishing you all a fabulous bank holiday weekend and happy half-term holidays!

Review: Dinosaurs In The Wild at The O2 Greenwich Peninsula was an amazing experience!

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At the beginning of the Easter Holiday, LO and I decided to go all out this Easter. We wanted to do something different; we had a mini Easter Egg hunt at home with Daddy P and LO’s cousin Lils and ate lots of delicious chocolates. I had been looking at tickets for Dinosaurs in the Wild at The O2 Peninsula area after seeing all the promo flags for the experience around the area. I checked it out online and it looked very promising but slightly pricey. I found cheaper tickets online via a website called Little Bird. They’re family friendly website with discount codes and offers for hundreds, if not thousands, of different family events in the UK.

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Easter Sunday

On the morning of Easter Sunday, LO and I headed out to Intercontinental at The O2 for a family egg hunt hosted by the hotel. We were allowed access to search the corridors and rooms of the hotel on the ground, first and second floor. We searched everywhere but had no luck until we decided to be brave and head on a detour to a quiet area in the hotel and found an Easter egg nest in the corner of hallway on the second floor. We were so happy! 🙂

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Our chocolate entitled us to a prize – a hot chocolate at the hotel’s ground floor restaurant. I was allowed to have a complimentary hot chocolate (thanks to the Guest Relations Team) as a blogger perk for coming out that morning. 🙂 The Lindt hot chocolate was incredibly rich but very tasty. The chocolate egg was just as tasty – LO tucked into it as we made our way to Dinosaurs in the Wild.

Dinosaurs in the wild experience

I had only taken glances online at what to expect at Dinosaurs in the Wild and all I can say from hindsight is WOW! I really didn’t expect such a realistic, immersive experience. You can read on their website what to expect from the experience but nothing can really prepare you for the experience. It’s incredibly well-thought, totally interactive and super immersive – so much that at times, it feels almost like real-life. 🙂

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We travelled back in time to the late cretaceous period (67 million years ago) in a time machine called the X90 Transfer Pod, designed by the team at Chronotex. It was super-fast and before we knew it, in a matter of seconds our Transfer Pod had converted into a land buggy. The buggy opened its shutters and we were met with a Triceratops knocking against our screen. Our Chronotex guide safely drove us away from the nuisance creature and on a short ride to TimeBase 67. On the way we also saw a couple of Tyrannosaurus Rex, some huge Alamosaurus and other dinosaurs.

Once we arrived at TimeBase 67, another guide showed us around their working lab – we looked at a pumping Alamosaurus heart, played with some dino-poop and checked out other cool dinosaur body parts.

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T Rex claw
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Bloods taken from dinosaurs

After the lab, we entered the autopsy room and witnessed one of the doctors completing an autopsy on a Pachycephalosaurus. It wasn’t a gory sight but LO was a little freaked out with the autopsy and asked “mummy, what is he doing to it?” and looked pretty scared. I explained what an autopsy was but he was very quiet during this part of the experience. This is probably why the experience is recommended for children aged 5+. After this we saw the dinosaur hatchery which was simply amazing. One of the Chronotex team took a Dakotaraptor egg away then brought it back and out came a furry little raptor – it was amazing to see the team interacting with the audience this way. It made it that little more realistic for everyone, including me.

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The Chronotex Hatchery.. triceratops eggs with a hatchling

After we were shown around the different levels at TimeBase 67, we were brought upstairs to the lookout tower where we had a 360-view of the surroundings. It was amazing. We saw Triceratops, Alamosaurus, Dakotaraptors, and two naughty Tyrannosaurus Rex who started causing trouble and a code-red alert was raised. We had to evacuate the lookout and head down underground. The sudden evacuation felt so real, other parents including myself felt a little anxious and unknowing of what was going to happen next. I happily played along but poor LO thought it was the real thing… I didn’t tell him it wasn’t until much later. 🙂 We had to run underground into a bunker and wait for a member of the Chronotex team to look for a back-up shuttle to take us back to the present time.

As we were ushered into the back-up machine, everyone held onto the rails for dear life – LO looked up scared and said to me “mummy I’m scared, I want to go home”… my heart sank a little at his response and had to tell him not to worry and that it’s not real. Although I left it for too long – he didn’t believe me – soon before I knew it, he started crying. Our time machine took us back to 2018 and opened the doors to the exit which was the souvenir shop. LO burst out in more tears and I wasn’t really sure if they were tears of fear, relief or being overwhelmed (maybe it was all three!)… it was a fantastic experience!

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LO at Dinosaurs In The Wild with his Dakotaraptor toy

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I just wanted to do it all again! We stopped at the shop to take some photos and I bought LO a Dakotaraptor figurine. The toy didn’t last long, he took it to a barbecue with his nan the next day and some kids at the party broke the legs… £20.00 wasted! I would highly recommend any dino-loving family to go and experience Dinosaurs In The Wild but book in advance for a better deal on the price.

There’s lots of Dinosaurs in the Wild reviews you can check out – if you want a real spoiler of the full experience, there’s a Youtube video you can watch from The Dad Lab:

Watching the video is cool but not cooler than experiencing the real thing. As cliché as that sounds, it’s really true… we’re going back on Father’s Day with Daddy P. 🙂


NB. We received a complimentary adult and child ticket for our Dinosaurs in the wild experience in exchange for this review. All words, opinions and photos are my own and the links in this post are not affiliated.