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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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[ 20 May 2016 | No Comment ]

Amazing. There’s no other word for it.
We’ve just come back from The Amazing Family Science Weekend at Butlins and it was just as described. There are two more events this year, at Minehead and Skegness this summer, so read on and find out if your kids would like the chance to model with Aardman, watch Gastronaut Stefan Gates and the Brainiac team, codebreak with a real Enigma machine and a whole lot more. And if you’re thinking ‘I’d never go to Butlins’ … you’re missing out on a packed educational …

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[ 17 Feb 2016 | No Comment ]

This half term we stayed with family who live closer to London and spent two days visiting the attractions and trying out all sorts of London transport. We live in a small town where buses come once an hour, so it was fun for the boys to travel on a double decker, and we also took the overground train to Camden Road. On our first day we went straight up to London Zoo. J is 10 and K is nearly 7, and I think we’ve reached the perfect age for …

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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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[ 26 May 2015 | No Comment ]
Thrifty ideas to entertain the kids this half term

I’m bored Mum! The cry goes up and you flinch at the onslaught. Every toy is on the floor, yet none of them are interesting. It’s raining again and no-one wants to go for a walk, so what do you do? Here are some thrifty and low cost ideas to help you survive half term. Some of them do require a little planning in advance, but it is worth it to save on costly trips out just because you can’t bear the moaning!
1. Plan an exciting trip out. Exciting doesn’t …

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[ 10 Apr 2015 | No Comment ]

 If you’re looking at a family trip to London, read on to find out all about how we spent a weekend on the South Bank. 
London is vast and it can be hard to pin down an area to visit if you have a day or two. After our weekend, I’d definitely recommend the South Bank as an area with lots to see, family friendly activities, and great places to eat.
We started with a trip on the London Eye. Get there early and book ahead and you’ll have the most family …

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[ 15 Jan 2013 | No Comment ]

It can be hard to find things to do in bad weather, but the Blue Reef aquarium at Hastings is a good place to go whether it is raining or snowing! I took K there last week so we could review it.
The best, best bit is the tunnel, pictured right. Everyone loves stepping down and going ‘under the sea’. The Blue Reef isn’t too large, so you can go round this bit several times and see something different on each circuit. If you are three, the chance to run …

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[ 27 Oct 2012 | No Comment ]

We’ve just had a fun morning at Sharnfold Farm near Eastbourne. I’d recommend it for anyone with kids looking for a bot of fresh air, and this week you can also do pumpkin carving and take part in a special witchy farm trail.
We arrived around 10am, which was a good time to pick out  our pumpkins and start carving! The farm staff were on hand to help with tricky bits, and supply child friendly cutters and scoops. D and K were pleased with the pumpkins they chose to decorate …

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[ 1 Jul 2012 | No Comment ]

Daughters of celebrity mum Angela Griffin, Tallulah and Melissa,
give Butlins new hotel innovation the tween seal of approval
Build a state-of-the-art hotel as big as a cruise ship; fill it with Kindles, Wii consoles, iMacs, PS3s, iPod docks, inter-connecting rooms and cabin-style beds with built-in TVs and you’re guaranteed happy children – and even happier parents.
And now, Butlins is bringing the tween dream to life with the £25 million Wave Hotel & Apartments, designed specially for families with children between pre-school and teenage years.  This is the company’s most significant investment …