Category Archives: Stroller Days Out

Stroller Days Out: ZapSpace, London Stratford

Sometimes – especially in the holidays – we all find our kids are prone to bouncing off the walls with boredom.

ZapSpace allows them to bounce off the floor instead – offering trampolines, a bouncy basketball court, a huge ball pit (think ‘Gladiators’) and a squeal-inducing slide.

There is also soft play for teenies and a cocktail bar for Mummy. Kids over 2 can bounce, but they must be supervised and wearing regulation grip socks (sold at the venue).

ZapSpace also caters for kids’ parties, with access to their VIP booths and the kind of American diner buffet that will excite even the fusspots – and also corporate away days, if you’d prefer to embrace your inner child than embracing your co-worker as they fall backwards in a circle of trust…

PS there is also a secret speakeasy bar in the basement (what’s not to love about this place?)

For more info and bookings visit the website.

Magic Roundabout London Announce Winter 2017 Launch

The Magic Roundabout announces its Winter urban takeover…

Stepping through Old Street tube station you’ll take the stairs through Time and Space and pop up into a homage to the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The brand new themed areas include a slightly bonkers version of Woodstock with some serious flower power and a super sexy 1970s Playboy lounge, complete with sheepskins and log fire. The Main Bar will be an all-out 80s disco with futuristic art and palm trees and finally, the VIP Area will take you right back to the early 90s; oh the patterns, oh the Fresh Prince colours!

Winter grub comes courtesy of Smokin’ Lotus (the creation of Rosalind Chick who uses old family recipes as inspiration for her BBQ menu and was voted no 42 in Time Out’s top 50 street food traders 2017) plus other award-winning street food such as Skins and Burger Bear.

Check out the full line up of events and the Christmas Brochure at www.magicroundabout.co

The Southbank set to become a Nordic Wonderland this Winter

Rooftop sauna

Wintertime at Southbank Centre is announced today with a feast of offerings capturing the magic of winter from 10 November 2017 to 4 January 2018. The final season of Southbank Centre’s year-long exploration into Nordic arts and culture, Nordic Matters, Wintertime sees a one of a kind Finnish Rooftop Sauna in the picturesque roof garden of the Queen Elizabeth Hall overlooking London’s iconic River Thames (10 Nov – 30 Dec). Danish children’s theatre company Teater Refleksion and theatre artist Andy Manley invite families and young children on a magical, poetic journey through the dark and beautiful night with Night Light (19 – 31 Dec), Norwegian musician and the pioneer of ice instruments Terje Isungset presents a stunning live performance of his ethereal ice music (15 Dec) and an afternoon of Nordic themed activities, with music, storytelling and craft for all the family, brings the year-long Nordic Matters programme to a close (23 Dec).

Slava’s Snow Show

The 17-acre site will be transformed into a winter landscape and the ever-popular Wintertime Market sees alpine chalets lined across Queen’s Walk offering the very best in global street food, artisan gifts and more. Dubbed London’s pop-up King, Jimmy Garcia presents his pop-up alpine lodge dining experience and The Hoplocker Bar returns for a second year with their Nordic inspired Wintertime Bar, serving local and international hearty craft ales (10 Nov – 30 Dec). The Rooftop Bar, sat above the bustle in the roof garden of Queen Elizabeth Hall, is the perfect spot to enjoy panoramic views across London following a Finnish Rooftop Sauna experience (10 Nov  30 Dec). A giant festive tree surrounded by clusters of smaller trees will take centre stage on the Festival Terrace, twinkly lights will run along Queen’s Walk and giant glittering baubles will shimmer in the Clore Ballroom.

Festive fun and entertainment will be in abundance including the brand new immersive exhibition ABBA: Super Troupers, a journey through the world of the Swedish chart-topping sensation (14 Dec 2017 – 29 April 2018) and the return of the multi-award-winning international clowning sensation Slava’s Snowshow (18 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018). A jubilant programme of choirs and classical music includes the ever-popular Messiah by Candlelight (15 Dec) and the chance to join a carol singalong with the magnificent Royal Festival Hall organ (14 Dec.) The spectacular A Vintage New Year’s Eve created by HemingwayDesign also returns for another unmissable year with five floors of entertainment and a private view of London’s world-famous fireworks (31 Dec).

There will be an array of free events to get everyone involved from dances to music performances including: an afternoon of Tango featuring introductory classes, tango performances, DJs and live music from La Terra Tango Band (28 Dec); a day inspired by ABBA with ABBA-oke and a fancy dress screening of the hit film Mamma Mia! (17 Dec); and the return of Rave-a-Roo Winter, an all inclusive dance party for the whole family (21 December). East London Drag Star Ginger Johnson presents Glamorous Gran! And other tall stories, a family Christmas show packed with music, dancing and glitter (30 Dec), Our Lady J, celebrated by Dolly Parton herself, performs some of the Queen of Country’s most beloved music, accompanied by The Train-To-Kill Gospel Choir (29 Dec) and Danish keyboardist and composer Morten Schantz performs futuristic electronic jazz from his Godspeed album (22 Dec).

Stroller Days Out: Bricklive London ExCel

SM Dad reviewer writes: “My eldest son (5) is LEGO bonkers. I must confess (*drum roll*) that I often don’t have the patience to build it with him, as he still gets quite frustrated when the pieces won’t fit (and then his mother gets frustrated when she finds them down the back of the sofa). 

So I wasn’t sure if BRICKLIVE would be too much for him. It is billed as ‘built for LEGO fans’ and part of me wondered if the whole thing might be full of grown up geeks (like Comic Con). 

But no. Not at all. It was incredible. From the giant pits full of just one colour brick that kids could quite literally immerse themselves in, to building one’s own racing car to race it. And my son’s fave; NinjaGo

The sheer effort that must have gone into building any one of the thousands of constructions put me to shame for not taking the time previously to help my son put together a fire engine. 

My three-year-old also really enjoyed the day out and even tried his hand at building a spaceship (which he otherwise wouldn’t have done at home) and had a great time with all the stuff to climb on. 

It really was very inspiring and the whole building was buzzing with excited kids…And it might just have brought out the reluctant LEGO fan in me…”

Find out more at BRICKLIVE.

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Open House in Hyde Park – first details announced today

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s OPEN HOUSE returns for a week of free entry to fantastic summer activities, in-between two weekends of legendary musical line-ups. On offer will be outdoor movie nights, tennis screenings live from Wimbledon, street food stalls from all over the world, pop up bars serving draft & craft beer, wine & cocktails, live music and entertainment, the Moretti Gran Tour, Soho Radio live broadcasting, Chickenshed Theatre and much, much more.

For more info, click on the OPEN HOUSE web page.

Hay Festival tickets go on sale tomorrow…

Way-‘Hay’! If you’re looking for the ultimate culture-fest, that also happens to be a great day out for kids, then Hay-on-Wye’s annual shindig is the cream of the crop.

image: Marsha Arnold

Tickets for the 30th Hay Festival in Wales are released tomorrow, with the programme including appearances from Jacqueline Wilson, Judith Kerr, Julia Donaldson, Chris Riddell, Cressida Cowell, Adrian Edmundson, Anthony Horowitz, Axel Sheffler, Julian Clary, Marcus Sedgwick, Michael Rosen, Maria Turtschaninoff, Akala, Katherine Rundell, Gemma Cairney, Juno Dawson, Kimberly Wyatt, Patrick Ness, Sarah Crossan, The Bookseller YA Book Prize shortlist, and the Aarhus 39.

Full programme can be browsed here: https://www.hayfestival.com/programme-quick-view.aspx

Big Fish Little Fish x Camp Bestival does Dreamland Margate

Got some hyperactive little ones to entertain over the Easter hols. Burn off all that excess energy by getting them throwing shapes on the dancefloor.

BFLF and Camp Bestival will be putting on a kiddy rave at Dreamland, Margate on 8th April and as well as (not too loud) bangin tunes there will be dressing up, ball ponds, tents and a photobooth.

More info and to book tickets here. Or get the Dreamland Margate app, powered by Second Screen.

Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience hits the screens in April 2017

The porcine one will grace the cinema screens in time for the Easter holidays, ensuring that snorts and giggles will be the only form of conversation your kids will have with you until July.

The cinematic feature will screen nine never-been-seen episodes, leading with ‘Peppa Visits London’,  where Peppa and her friends hop on board a double-decker red bus as the Queen takes them on an unforgettable tour of iconic London landmarks including Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. The other new ‘oink-tastic’ episodes include ‘The Police, ‘Canal Boat’, ‘The Zoo’, ‘Move to the Music’ and a four-part story in which viewers will join Peppa on an Australian holiday to visit her old friend, Kylie Kangaroo.

Each of the nine brand-new episodes will be connected with interactive entertainment featuring live action Peppa and George characters and their friend Daisy, in her colourful new world.  Little ones (and parents too!) can join in with games as well as singing and dancing along to new versions of their favourite nursery rhymes, including The Wheels on the Bus and Row Row Your Boat in this unique new offering for preschoolers.

David Mitchell lends his voice to Policeman Panda in the episode ‘The Police’ and Jo Brand voices Mrs. Crocodile in ‘The Zoo.’

‘PEPPA PIG MY FIRST CINEMA EXPERIENCE’ will be released in cinemas nationwide from 7th April 2017.

For an exclusive sneak peek, click here to watch the trailer.

Or, you can get into the festive spirit, Piggy-style with this mash up below…

Apply for VIP family tickets for the Beano Experience launch on 25th September

If you grew up loving the cheeky (slightly non-PC) antics of Dennis, Minnie, Billy Whizz, Roger and Lord Snooty then you’d better be quick to get your mitts on these highly coveted family passes…

Details below:

To celebrate the hotly anticipated relaunch of Britain’s most mischievous kids brand as an all singing all dancing entertainment network; the menace makers at Beano HQ have plotted a TOP SECRET VIP launch extravaganza and are making a series of limited tickets available to the most intrepid and mischievous members of the public…

Bringing the new Beano brand to life at a secret London location on Sunday 25th September, children will have the opportunity to step into an amazing experience like no other. Tasked with a top secret gunge-filled mission, children aged 7-10 years will get their own back on the ‘rents as they cause mischief and mayhem in this truly interactive, highly confidential, Beano event. In a world where the kids are in charge, adults enter at their own peril.

The rules are…there are no rules!

Spearheaded by the brand new Beano Studios, the event will launch an exclusive showcase of Beano’s brand new digital network. The portal aims to provide a completely new experience for 7 – 10 year olds; a digital brand that brings together a variety of great kids’ entertainment under one roof across Beano apps and web, as well as YouTube and Popjam. From new and original shows and experiences to hilarious content from around the web; the platforms will host videos, listicles, competitions and mini-games.

Beano Studios will create, curate and deliver entertainment for kids across multiple touchpoints, including TV, digital content, consumer products, theatrical projects and the much-loved comic and annual.

The initial launch will be followed by a radically re-imagined CGI TV series for Dennis & Gnasher and more broadcast and theatrical plans to follow.

The Beano Experience takes place on Sunday 25th September (approx. 15:00-18:00pm) at a TOP SECRET Central London location

Apply for a Family Ticket (4 tickets) at beanoexperience@housepr.com

Please note, tickets are subject to availability and guests will be chosen at random. Guests are only able to gain access to the event upon receiving an accreditation email. Applicants are advised that the recommended age of children for the event is between 7-10 years old.