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[ 5 Feb 2017 | No Comment ]

The UK’s original pleasure park, Dreamland Margate, will be welcoming GEEK in 2017. A three-day festival of play and gaming, GEEK will entertain the whole family during the Half Term from the 17th to 19th of February.
For five years GEEK has been bringing people together to meet, make, and play. The event focuses on multiplayer interactive games and encourages visitors to participate in all genres of gaming; including board games, computer games, retro and next generation, card games and real world games.
GEEK will be situated throughout the Dreamland site, including …

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[ 5 Jan 2017 | No Comment ]

Travelling with your children is a wonderful experience: it is a great time to bond as a family, and it is also a fantastic way to help your children learn. Our children got their first passports when they were only a few weeks old, and since then we have travelled extensively with them, and spent time living overseas. My new book Road School tells the story of what happened when we took our children out of school to learn ‘on the road’ for six months, and what we learned about …

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[ 22 Dec 2016 | 2 Comments ]

Are you thinking about visiting Adventures in Moominland this Christmas holiday? We’ve just been to the interactive exhibition that lets you explore the magical world of acclaimed Finnish author Tove Jansson (1914‐2001) and her famous creation Family Moomintroll. It’s a great exhibition which we all enjoyed. Tickets are going fast, so read more about it and then do book ahead if you want to see it.
When you think of the Moomins are they friendly or scary? We were surprised to find out the Moomintroll first came to life as a …

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[ 14 Nov 2016 | No Comment ]

  What have you got planned to entertain the kids this Christmas Holiday? Just in time for the break, the Southbank centre is launching an immersive, interactive exhibition which explores the internationally-recognised stories of the Moomin family through the life of its author Tove Jansson . Hot on the heels of the successful Roald Dahl experience which we loved, this is the first major UK exhibition on The Moomins . There are more than 40 items of archive material on display including original drawings, paintings and personal items, many to be shown in the …

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[ 8 Oct 2016 | No Comment ]

 This weekend I went back to Croydon. There has to be a very good reason to go back to my birthplace, and I was mainly motivated because we had been asked to review something I thought the boys would really enjoy! And I was right.
So here’s the blurb about what we were off to see:
If the super-slick antics of Jason Bourne and James Bond have got you desperate to channel your own inner spy, there’s a new espionage activity experience in Croydon that can make it happen.  Si5 SpyMission opens …

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[ 27 Sep 2016 | No Comment ]
Brand new Beano launches with a BANG!  #sobeano

 What were we doing this weekend? Getting gunged alongside celebs like Kate Garraway!
My kids, and several hundred more, took part in the Beano launch event for its new “boredom-busting assault on the WORLD” and new look across the comic, annual and Beano products.
Building on its much-loved comic roots, Beano’s new digital “Ultimate Feed of Awesome” is jam-packed with original videos, along with the best bits of YouTube, games, pics, quizzes and interactive fun to help imaginations run riot and keep kids (and even some grown-up ones…) giggling for hours.  It will be …

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[ 2 Apr 2016 | No Comment ]

On Easter Sunday we took a daytrip trip to Margate and for the first time visited The Turner Contemporary Gallery and Dreamland. I am an artist and I have three boys 12, 9 and 7 yrs and the payoff for family trips that involve art galleries is that we do something the boys want to do too. Though in my experience despite all the grumbling they always enjoy some aspect of a gallery. This time we promised we would take them to Dreamland with its famous Scenic Railway (better perhaps …

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[ 15 Feb 2016 | No Comment ]

Did you know that Roald Dahl used to be a spy? And also a fighter pilot, inventor and historian of chocolate? Embark on a magical and interactive journey through The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl and discover the secrets of a writer beloved by gazillions of children.
The boys love Roald Dahl books, and they have often asked if we could go and see something about him … like when we met David Walliams, or visited Rudyard Kipling’s house at Batemans. However the museum of Roald Dahl in Bucks is a …

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[ 29 May 2015 | No Comment ]

What do you expect from a show called Aliens Love Underpants? We’d rad and loved the book, but I was a bit nervous in the run up to the event that my critical audience of a 6 year old, an 8 year old and a 9 year old might feel they were too grown up for a book for toddlers. However the show has been adapted in a way that definitely kept them all interested, although I think some of the smaller toddlers in the audience might have found …

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[ 18 Apr 2015 | No Comment ]

With a ‘BUMP!’ and  a ‘PLOP!’ dropping in from the wings, balls that squeak, and choruses of ‘Er-yuck!”, the Cat in the Hat live stage show is a real winner for toddlers to tweens.
It can be hard to take a favourite book and do it justice on stage, but this show really works. Sticking mainly to the original words by Dr Seuss (with the occasional added miaou!), the small cast speed through the poem, bringing Cat in the Hat chaos to a theeatre packed with families.
From the moment his tall, …