Category Archives: Stroller Days Out

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

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.

Off to see Pete’s Dragon this weekend? Get Behind the Wings with Bryce Dallas Howard

Pete’s Dragon is out tomorrow and is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in UK cinemas on 12th August 2016.

Stroller Days Out: Ice Age Collision Course

Out in cinemas nationwide this weekend, Ice Age Collision Course is the latest in the film series. One of our Dad writers took his son to the premiere screening last week and reports back…

SM Dad writer: “OK so I’ll confess, I did shed a lil tear in the first Ice Age, at the bit where Diego comes back… And I didn’t even have a child with me when I first watched it (although I was a bit hungover…) Anyway – what I am saying is it is never a chore to watch those crazy animals; haven’t worked out which one I identify with most but I guess there’s a bit of Sid and a bit of Manny in all us fathers… 

This film starts off in space; not an easy concept to explain to my four year old, but a cool twist. Obviously Scrat the rat is to blame for the fact that the world is about to end – and needs to be saved by the gang of mongrels… But the Mammoths are all getting ready for Peaches’ wedding (‘Daddy, why is Peaches all grown up..?’) 

Personally I thought this film had a lot of LOL moments and I really enjoyed it. My son asked questions the whole way thru – not a bad thing per se but I apologise to the rest of the auditorium. At 95 mins long it’s engaging enough for little ones and I’d recommend as a way to while away a rainy day…”

Stroller Days Out: Little Birdies at Roof East

If you’re an Eastender you might have ventured to Roof East last Summer for a skyline cinema experience. This year the venue (which is situated on top of a car park) is also offering crazy golf – which on weekend afternoons is an option for little putters too…

One of our Dad-writers investigates…

“Growing up in Scotland right next to a famous golf course, trotting ’round the green was all the rage for us kids. Obviously for my own boys (living in earshot of Bow bells) the sport isn’t even on their radar (except as an explanation for why Grandpa sometimes wears silly trousers). So I was quite chuffed at the fact that there is a crazy golf not ten minutes drive from me (right by Stratford station if you take the train/bus/tube/DLR) – a good intro into a gentleman’s sport, I thought…

I took my kids (four and two) after they had already been for a swim on a WP_20160626_12_59_46_Pro Sunday morning – totally forgot any sort of healthy snack or drink but Roof East has an amazing selection of hot dogs, fries, nachos etc – all loaded with American style cheese sauce (not an Organix bar or fruit kebab in sight, but you’ll be Dad of the year if you proffer the cheesy chips!) The kids thought driving all the way up to the top floor was awesome (in a sort of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang way) and were also pretty smitten with the cheery security chap on the door, who had more enthusiasm than I did of a Sunday…

The course itself is nine holes, a mix of ‘trick shot’ ones (like a loop the loop) and tricky angles – but all very manageable even for a two year old (with a bit of patience). My eldest son got a bit tired and grumpy (we had to have a little chat about sportsmanship…) but soon perked up again when he saw the impressive sportscars with trees and plants growing in them (no, really, there are!)

WP_20160626_13_01_57_ProTotally would recommend this – especially if you’re looking for a Dad-date playdate idea (or you want to bet a fellow parent that you can show them a car that’s been made into a shrubbery…)

If you’re heading to Roof East with kids I’d suggest: 

  • Pack sunscreen (it is very exposed, so even when cloudy there’s a lot of sun)
  • Take cash (for cheesy chips etc)
  • Don’t wear a hat that will blow off (or it will blow off the top of a multi-storey carpark)
  • Have a little chat about flora and fauna being our friends (there are lots of well nurtured bits of urban horticulture right at child level…)
  • Don’t expect a serious game of golf… “

Pre-Instagram your picnic with Bompas & Parr and Mercure Hotels

You know when your kids make ‘sandwiches’ out of the yellow and blue Playdoh…? Well Mercure hotels called in food architects and jellymongers Bompas & Parr with the brief: ‘make the picnic food look like it has already been instagrammed’ – which is a slightly posher, more grown up version of the same thing, we reckon…

Monday 13th June 2016: Mercure Hotels has brought the classic British pastime of picnicking up to date for the 21st Century by creating a bespoke range of ‘Pre-Instagrammed Picnic Hampers’, allowing Brits to combine the modern obsession with uploading tantalising foodie shots to social media, with the age old passion for al fresco dining. The three hampers, created in partnership with contemporary food designers, Bompas & Parr, have been designed to fit the style, shade, and colouring of the UK’s favourite Instagram filters, meaning a picture perfect shot shared on social media for maximum likes, shares and comments. Including some locally sourced ingredients from selected Mercure Hotels’, the hampers will be revealed at the Mercure Hotels Picnic Event, taking place at Somerset House, London on Friday 17th June. This picture: Mercure Sheffield St Paul's Hotel and Spa Hamper brings photography to life with a colour-pop indicative of the Juno filter. PR Handout - editorial usage only For further information please contact: Hope&Glory PR: 020 3588 9700 Jessie Godwyn: / 020 3588 9754 Rebecca Gregory: / 020 7014 5320 Copyright: © Mikael Buck / Mercure Hotels

The three hampers have been designed to fit the style, shade, and colouring of the UK’s favourite Instagram filters, meaning a picture perfect shot shared on social media for maximum likes, shares and comments. Including some locally sourced ingredients from selected Mercure Hotels’, the hampers will be revealed at the Mercure Hotels Picnic Event, taking place at Somerset House, London on Friday 17th June.

Choose from:

  • Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa Hamper designed with the Mayfair filter in mind. The yellow colour palate, supported by undertones of green, creates a relaxed, hazy look and feel, perfect for those wanting their shots to reflect lazy summer days. Bursting with flavour, the Ardoe Hamper features tea pastel sandwiches, sumptuous shortbread and crumbling scones
  • Mercure Box Hill Burford Bridge Hotel Hamper features a slight blue hue, mimicking the Hudson filter. A secondary filter of pink further brings out the clean feel of the hamper, which is stocked with blue cheese with apple and cider chutney, and a deceptively tasty blue loaf
  • Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel and Spa Hamper brings photography to life with a colour-pop indicative of the Juno filter. The delicate pinks and yellows used in the clotted cream and jam scones and Melton Mowbray Pork Pie

As a sponsor of Picnic Week, Mercure Hotels will offer a fun-filled day out for families and friends of all ages – offering visitors a chance to relax in the sunshine, enjoy an alfresco bite to eat or take part in a range of activities from wine tasting with Masters of Wine, Susie Barrie and Peter Richards to playing some giant sized board game classics.

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics along with them to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House.

Harry Parr Director of Bompas & Parr said: “In a world lived so digitally, sometimes things can appear a little un-real, so we were excited to see how we could recreate digital effects in a real-world way that also encourages you to go out and celebrate the real world to eat and drink. These colourful hampers seem just the antidote for iPhone-weary picnickers.”

For more information or to book a Mercure Hotel, please visit

Free Zoo passes with Hasbro toys

Buy a Hasbro classic like Hungry Hippos this school holiday and you’ll be able to take your child to see some real hippos being fed at locations such as Whipsnade Zoo, The National Reptile Zoo, Twycross Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo, Bristol Zoo and many more.

To discover the full list of participating zoos and games involved in the promotion visit

Note: real hippos don’t actually eat marbles. This might come as an anticlimax…

Stroller Days Out: Emily Hughes’ The Little Gardener theatre show

This heart-warming adaptation of Emily Hughes’ popular children’s book The Little Gardener is an outdoor, interactive adventure for all little gardeners.

Performed inside a large glass box, containing a real-life garden, How It Ended, a visually inventive theatre company, tell the story of a little gardener and the garden that meant everything to him. He worked hard, very hard, but he was just too little to make a difference (or at least he felt he was). Will you help the little gardener bring his garden to life? This spellbinding show will melt your heart and get your hands dirty too!

Director Eva Sampson comments, We’re so delighted to have been awarded the prestigious Outdoor Performance Commission 2016, giving us the opportunity to adapt this remarkable children’s book. We believe Emily’s story should be experienced by as many people as possible, a story about hope, persistence and community. We’re really passionate about inspiringcommunities to embrace the outdoors and believe in the active goodwill of others.

The audience will be invited to tend to the garden while the little gardener is sleeping and, through their work (basic tasks such as planting and watering), the garden will come alive. When the gardener wakes up at the close of the show, he will find his garden in full bloom. The performance is as playful as it is inventive, featuring puppetry (in the form of the little gardener and his pet worm), and an original soundtrack composed by Darren Clark.

Commissioned by Lyric Hammersmith, GDIF, Watford Palace Theatre and Latitude.

The Little Gardener will be touring the UK from 7 June – 30 July 2016. Follow @how_it_ended, #TheLittleGardenerPLAY for more info.