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London With Children – Ten Things to Do

We love our visits to London and are lucky to live about 90 minutes away by train so can easily go up for the day. Yes, it’s always busy and can be hectic if you have to navigate the underground at all, but every trip is worthwhile.  Here are ten of our favourite things to do in London with children. Ripleys Believe It Or Not Fun and funky, there’s something for everyone at Ripleys, with the new Alice in Wonderland segment, crazy art gallery, unusual history room, and lots of record breakers.  Tickets are on the expensive side and it’s not an activity that will fill a whole day, but it is definitely worth a visit. Paddington Station Worth a photograph if you’re passing through, particularly if your little ones are fans of the furry fella. Buckingham Palace Standing outside the Queen’s house is invariably a highlight of every London trip, so the time we actually went inside (well, into the courtyard, anyway) was a definite hit.  A short visit ideal for kids aged 5 and …

Summer Holiday Fun for an Active Childhood

I’m so confused as to how it’s almost July, and feeling a little sad as my babies prepare to leave their reception and year 2 classes respectively. However, I am quite excited about our summer holidays – spending six weeks with the children always sounds like such a lovely idea in June! At the beginning of August, we are flying to Mykonos and then heading to Paros for a few days with Nanny Bee, but other than that have no concrete plans. I have lots of things that I would like to do this summer, from camping trips and days out to science experiments and reading challenges – the overall theme being one of simple, outdoor fun and, hopefully, plenty of time spent with family and friends.    Forest school and beach education ideas always appeal to me and I would love to spend some days exploring these; building dens, making campfires, searching for bugs and sea creatures… One of our favourite things to do last summer was to visit art galleries with a sketchbook. Miss …

Grandad

I don’t recall talking much about my grandparents here; they don’t often come up in actual conversation either. It’s not that they aren’t important to me, more that I’m so used to having them in my life that I don’t need to mention it; their presence is unremarkable, but essential. They have been a firm constant since the day I was born.   Together for 60 years, married for almost 57, and having lived in the same house since my mum was a little girl, it is impossible to imagine a world without them, or either one without the other.   Being their first grandchild, I’m obviously their favourite, and I have a particularly special bond with my Grandad because I’m the only one of his descendants that dared to be born with his red hair.   The main reason for writing all this now is because I’m scared that one day it might all be memories or, worse still, forgotten entirely. I don’t want that to happen. I want to remember my grandparents in …

Siblings – 2016 – April

I’ve spent a long time thinking this past week, mostly about my blogs and my social media presence in general. My overall intention is to start spending less time generating more content. I am bored with spending all day glued to a phone or an iPad, wasting time whilst waiting for inspiration to hit. I no longer want to be that parent at the park with one eye permanently on their phone “just in case” I miss something. In reality, what I am missing is right there in front of me – my children and their fleeting childhood.    Emails can be dealt with during school hours and blogging can commence once the children are asleep at night. I really would like to be more productive and to be posting daily, perhaps scheduling extra posts on less busy days. With a huge interest in social media management as a career option, I obviously cannot quit social media altogether, though I do intend to spend more time researching and creating content for my work accounts on …

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An Easter Break Well Spent

This Easter break has been one our of busiest school holidays to date. The children are now both of an age where they have the stamina to enjoy full days out without tiring too easily and both enjoy being outdoors, which we have fully exploited. The weather has been typical of English springtime – grey, chilly and wet at times, but bright, sunny and warm when it mattered. We have been to the zoo, walked up 153 steps to the top of a lighthouse, practised a new skill at a roller disco, had an Easter egg hunt in the grounds of a stately home, toured a castle, enjoyed a mini break, eaten breakfast with the Easter bunny, cuddled lambs at the farm, been to the cinema, eaten waffles bigger than our heads, climbed a “mountain”, scaled endless trees, run around gardens and parks, splashed in puddles, survived the hell of soft play, had a sleepover with a friend, thrown pebbles into the sea, been thrilled by funfair rides, played crazy golf with family and even …