Category Archives: Stroller Days Out

Register for the London Bridge City Easter Egg Hunt

The annual London Bridge City Family Easter Egg Hunt is back on Saturday March 26th – an adventure around the area with a trail of clues and creative activities leading to a stash of hidden eggs.

For the chance to take part in this FREE Easter Family Funday on Saturday 26 March, hop on over to www.morelondon.com and register.

Spaces on the #LBCEasterHunt are limited and the lucky chosen bunnies will receive confirmation of their tickets on Monday 21st March.

 

Stroller Days Out: Jurassic Seas at Sea Life Blackpool

SEA LIFE BLACKPOOL is launching Jurassic Seas, a new family experience that takes guests on a trip back in time, to an underwater graveyard of the great pre-historic beasts of the ocean, just in time for February half term.

Opening to the public for the first time on Saturday 13 February, Jurassic Seas invites you to walk through the skeletal remains of the once great beasts of the sea and meet the weird and wonderful creatures that have outlived the dinosaurs.

Enter the sea graveyard to learn about evolution and explore an exhibit filled with mysterious Mudskippers, Horseshoe Crabs and other unusual creatures that lived in pre-historic times.

Tickets are available now online at http://www.sealifeblackpool.com

Keep it cheesy…

If your kids love grilled cheese, but the thought of scraping molten lava from your favourite saucepan fills you with terror, then head forThe Cheese Truck, taking residency at Clapham pub The King and Co until 31st Jan.

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With a delicious selection of sarnies and fries (including chihuahua cheese and chorizo, stilton and pear…) you’ll have yourself in a cheese coma in no time…

Our cheesy joke: what cheese do you use to coax a bear from a tree..? Come-on-bear! 

Stroller Days Out: Pet Pavilion’s Doggy Dress Up contest

If the family’s four-legged friend fancies getting into the yuletide spirit (and you can coax him into a costume without fur flying!) then go walkies down to Pet Pavilion this Saturday (5th December) where there will be a spectacle of festive doggy dress up and a canine Spa Day package for the best-turned-out hound.

We love this Elf knit jumper from Peacocks which is currently on sale (can’t think why?) or you could really go for the shame-factor with this Gingerbread Dog suit (below) from Jokers Masquerade.

Either way, if you feel that ALL dogs are winners, make sure yours is getting a visit from Santa this year. We love Getting Personal’s bone shaped dog hamper full of super posh venison treats, peanut butter pupbakes  and toys.

Stroller days out: Brunch at Forman’s Fish Island

As our readers know, we love it when fabulous restaurants also extend their fabulousness to the dinky ones and to that extend we absolutely take our hats off to Lance Forman and his staff at their Fish Island restaurant – it is delightful, sophisticated and very child tolerant!

Editor writes: if you love the idea of a NY style brunch but you have children, then – let’s face it – it will probably never happen. That magical pairing of fluffy eggs and a glass of something fizzy enjoyed whilst perusing the papers is all but a pipe-dream when weekend breakfast has sunk to soggy weetabix on the sofa at 6am in front of Milkshake. By the time 11am arrives you’ve either a) gone back to bed or b) broken into the Xmas chocolate stash.

But once in a while – heck, you deserve it – pile them all into the car and bribe them with Kinder eggs. Brunch is a lovely thing, and having children in tow doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed somewhere ‘grown up’.IMG_7711

Forman’s Fish Island is the restaurant of the Forman family, who have been smoking salmon in London for four generations. Located right on the bank s of the Olympic stadium, not only is the view spectacular but if looking at it through the pristine glass windows wasn’t enough then there is also an outdoor deck area. Very exciting for little boat lovers too as the canal is full of some beauties and narrowboat owners tend to be quite liberal with their waving.

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The brunch menu is traditional (fish, eggs, meat, fizz) but incredibly well cooked, with delicious homemade sourdough bread – and of course the famous London cured smoked salmon. We adults paired ours with a glass of Chapel Down English Sparking wine and the kids had a plate of salmon goujons (huge portions, happy kids), a super thin crust pizza and some fizzy water.

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Afterwards, my children (who had gotten their eggy, buttery fingers all over the clean glass tables and chairs already) were invited to see the smoke house – lifted up to view the fish being hot and cold cured and hence smearing butter all over the windows. 

Not only was the whole experience (food, wine, view, service) impeccable but the staff did not once tut or bat an eyelid at any of the antics from my troupe of monkeys. Highly recommended (I even got to read one whole page of The Independent) and a surprisingly enjoyable family outing. 

Our Halloween Fundraiser

Breast Cancer Care is a charity close to our… well, bosoms and over the Spooky weekend we decided to pull together as a team and raise some cash for a good cause.

A few highlights of a great and ghoulish weekend:

The Human Race 2K Trick or Treat run in Richmond Park

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(Our Dad Writer says) ‘This wasn’t so much a test of speed but of us getting our collective little ones to waddle or toddle the 2K course. Sunday morning was lovely and foggy – great for convincing them that there were monsters in the woods – and the event was really well organised, lots of dressed up runners panting back from having completed the 10K or 5K courses, but our race was full of similar minded parents (one dressed as a giant pumpkin with his adorable daughter on his head as the pumpkin stalk) and there was lots of encouragement all ’round. The race began with a warm up to ‘Thriller’ (c’mon, who wasn’t dying to do the dance?) and then off we went along the course, past spooks and zombies – til we finally made it to the finish line with a choice of Tricks or Treats (guess which my kids went for…?). My boys really loved doing it and took their medals to school the day after to proudly show off. We’d definitely recommend it – a good way to work off the Halloween candy and Richmond park is a beautiful setting…

Halloween Baking Contest

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Congrats to Saskia on this one… How fab were her cakes?

Spooky Decor

WP_20151104_002A big thanks to Home Bargains for helping us out with Halloween decor and costumes for the children (and dogs!). We especially loved the plastic spiders (pictured here in champagne glasses) and the hilarious witchy talking doorbell – all very reasonably priced to buy and good value. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for product news/offers.

Halloween Raffle

Congrats to mum Ana and baby Lara who won the Koochi Pushmatic buggy – read our full review on this amazing pushchair also.

What’s on for kids at The Other Art Fair 15-18th October

The Other Art Fair returns to East London’s The Truman Brewery for its 10th edition this weekend. It has a dynamic approach of interacting directly with the artists, creating a fun, lively atmosphere perfect for children. The Other Art Fair will be offering free entrance to children throughout the fair as well as a host of children’s events.

Wilderness 2014 - With House of Fairy Tales
Wilderness 2014 – With House of Fairy Tales – Elina Photography

Youth educational charity, The House of Fairy Tales, founded by artist Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis will be delivering a range of workshops including hat-making, model house-building and reporting for popular children’s newspaper The HoFT Examiner, where junior reporters will be able to write stories and take away their very own edition. They will also be holding an auction to raise funds for their 2016 children’s programme through the Matchbox Project. They’ve invited artists to each create their own matchbox artwork for a specially-curated exhibition which will be available through a silent auction all weekend.

On Sunday highlights will be shown from Encounter’s Film Festival’s 2015 Children’s Award – providing exclusive access to entertaining and thought–provoking films for children.

For full programme details, timings and location check the website.

Stroller days out: Blists Hill at Play

Show the kids a playtime of a bygone era at Victorian town Blists Hill this holiday.

Partake in Victorian Track Events including skipping, sack races and egg & spoon and on certain days enjoy a game of football on the Green. Join in children’s activities, try your hand at Croquet and see the Prince Albert Players performing ‘Victorian Classics; Edward Lear’.

Or you can chat to the Townsfolk in their shops and cottages, find out about curious remedies in the Pharmacy, see traditional skills in action at the printers, candle makers and decorative plasterers and join in the sing-a-long in the New Inn Pub.

more info here

Stroller Days Out: The Baby Show 20-22nd Feb London ExCel

Got a bump? Well you have a bonafide excuse to shop – and where better than a huge fiesta of all things baby; with hundreds of products from leading brands all under one roof.

Browse the likes of iCandy, Cosatto, Joie, Mothercare, Stokke and many, many more – plus some lovely boutique brands and cult products.

Advice is on hand by way of talks from baby experts such as Annabel Karmel, Jo Tantum and breast feeding guru Clare Byam-Cook, plus fashion shows and entertainment for little ones including play areas.

Get tickets now from http://www.thebabyshow.co.uk/