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Summer Holiday Activities – Week Six August 22, 2014

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Well here we are – the final week of the holidays, hope you’ve all had a good summer? Here’s the final list of summer activities – enjoy!

Saturday 23rd-Monday 25th August

Teddy bears’ picnic at Standalone Farm. Another fab summer activity by the guys over at Standalone with all activities included in the normal admission fee. There’s an interactive story trail and scavenger hunt, garden games and craft activities.

Saturday 23rd-Sunday 31st August

The Summer circus is at Van Hage Garden Centre in Great Amwell.

Monday 25th August

It’s the annual Ashwell Show a great fun filled family day with loads of stalls, shows, activities and rides.

Tuesday 26th August

10.30-11.30am Stay and play at Lime Tree Children’s Centre. Free drop-in for under 5s.

10.45-11.30am Messy play for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

11am-12pm Loom band workshop for 6-10yrs at the Secret Garden.

12-12.45pm Tots Tennis at Letchworth Tennis club, see my previous blog posts for details of this.

2pm Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

2-2.45pm messy play at the Secret Garden for 0-5s.

Wednesday 27th August

10am-4pm Paint your own flowerpot at Frosts Willington garden centre. £5.99 per child but you can enjoy the free beach and outdoor games while you’re there.

11am and 2pm Usborne story time at the Secret Garden.

11am-12pm Arty session for 6-10yrs at the Secret Garden.

1-2.30pm Messy play session at Jackmans Community Centre. Drop-in, 50p donation.

2-2.45pm Messy play for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

2-2.30pm Toddler yoga for 3-5s at the Secret Garden.

2pm Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Thursday 28th August

10-10.30am Daisy Cakes session for 3-5s at the Secret Garden. £5.

10.45-11.30am water play for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

11am-1pm Explorers picnic at Woolgrove school. Free drop-in with the children’s centres. Enjoy wildlife activities and bring a picnic.

12-12.45pm The last Tots Tennis session for the summer at Letchworth Tennis club.

1-2pm Kindy drama session at the Secret Garden. £5.

1.30-2.30pm Krazy Kelly at the Grange Scout Hut. Fun activities, music and dance for under 5s. 50p. Icknield and Grange families will be prioritised.

2-2.45pm water play for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

2pm Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Friday 29th August

10-11.15am Daisy kids for 6-10yr olds at the Secret Garden. £10.

10am-12pm Baby sensory play at Chestnut Tree Children’s Centre. Messy play for under 1s. Free drop-in, bring a towel!

10am-2pm Last day for the beach at Icknield.

11-11.30am Summer sing along for 0-2s at the Secret Garden.

2-2.45pm Secret Garden party for 0-5s.

And that, is that!! (Stealing Topsy and Tim lines now, it must be time for a glass of wine!!!)

 

Gulliver’s Land review August 16, 2014

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Last week we had a fantastic but exhausting day at Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes so I thought I’d pen a little review for you.

My friend and I took our 3 and 5 year old and they both absolutely loved it. There’s something for all ages but I would say that it’s really best suited for 3-7 year olds, any older than that they may find the rides a little tame and if they are shorter than 90cm there’s not all that many rides they can go on (under 90cms do however go free). Also good to bear in mind is that if your child is less than 120cm you will have to accompany them on most of the rides. This is fine as most of the rides are really fun just don’t talk to me about the teacups!!!

There’s absolutely loads of rides to keep the family entertained all day but the good thing is everything’s really close together so there’s not loads of walking to do. (It is really buggy friendly though if you have a little one or you can hire cool little cars to push them around!)

I recommend buying tickets online before you go. Not only are they cheaper but also saves you having to queue to get in. Tickets are pretty reasonable: £15 each regardless of adult/child (under 90cms go free). Bear in mind you do have to book these at least two days in advance to get this rate. There are also all inclusive tickets for £22 which we bought. They include entry to the park and lunch, drink, ice cream and £1 off in the shop. We thought these seemed like really good value but actually the food there is really cheap (makes a nice change!) so I’m not entirely convinced we got our money’s worth. I think if you’re planning on having big hot meals then it’s probably worth it but if you just want a sandwich then don’t bother. The kids lunch bags are only £2.85 and they get a good amount in them but all we got for our adult’s meal ticket was one little sandwich and a drink!

As for the rides themselves there was a really good selection of roller coasters, chair swings, pirate ship, log flume etc. and there weren’t loads of long queues either. I think the longest we waited for any ride was about 10 minutes which for the middle of the summer holidays is really good! The favourites in our group were the log flume, runaway train roller coaster and the pirate ship.

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My three year old is a bit of a daredevil so it’s hard to tell but I think a few of the rides might be a bit scary for some 2-4 year olds even though they meet the height criteria.

The staff were all fantastic – we found everyone to be really friendly and good with the kids but also seemed thorough with all the safety and height checks.

If you need a break from the rides there are a few little playgrounds, a ball pit, a place called Gully’s town which has play shops, garages and cars, a castle which has a fairy tale academy and princess play area and a selection of little Western style two-storey play houses. If the weather’s not great, there’s also a couple of indoor play areas. We spent such a long time on the rides and we were lucky with a dry day that we didn’t actually get in to these but I think they were for under 5s.

During the day there were lots of dressed up characters walking round to keep the kids entertained and take photos with. I think these are possibly characters from Gulliver’s Travels but I’m ashamed to say I’ve never read it so I actually have no idea! Kids seemed to love them though!!

All in all it was a fantastic family day out for young kids and we’ll definitely be back. (They do some good themed events for Halloween and Christmas.) In fact, as we got in the car to drive home Roxy asked to come back again the next day!!

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Summer Holiday Activities – Week 5 August 15, 2014

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Happy Friday everyone, here’s next week’s activities for you:

Saturday 16th-Sunday 17th August

The Great Outdoors weekend at Standalone Farm. All weekend they have a 24ft rock climbing wall to try out, Saturday sees a static birds of prey show and Sunday try your hand at archery. All activities included in the standard admission fee.

Monday 18th August

9am-12pm Another chance to hit the beach at Icknield School.

10.45-11.30am Creative painting at the Secret Garden, Hitchin for 0-5s.

10-11.30am Gymnastics at Marriotts School, Stevenage.

11am-12pm craft making for 6-10yrs at the Secret Garden. £5.

2-2.45pm creative painting at the Secret Garden for 0-5s.

2pm Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

2-3.15pm Football fun this week is at Lordship Farm school.

2-4pm Family festival of fun in Norton Common. If you missed the last one of these then get yourself down here to this fantastic free session run by NHDC. They have inflatables, craft activities, sand play area and loads outdoor toys and games. The best thing of all – it’s all completely free!

Tuesday 19th August

10.30am-12pm Explorers Walk in Norton Common. Join Icknield Children’s Centre for an explorers walk and woodland story and bring a picnic.

10.45-11.30am Messy play at the Secret Garden for 0-5s.

11am-12pm Loom band workshop for 6-10 yrs at the Secret Garden. £5.

12-3pm Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the Broxbourne Civic Hall Gardens. Suitable for 3-7 year olds, bring your teddies and your picnic, there will be a teddy bears show full of songs, games and stories plus there will be music, arts and crafts, competitions and more. Tickets can be booked in advance here.

12-4pm head down to Avenue Park in Baldock for a Family Fun day. Bouncy castle, arts and crafts, face painting and more free activities.

2pm Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Wednesday 20th August

10-11.30am Marriotts gymnastics. This is the last opportunity this holiday to try this open gym session.

11am and 2pm story time with Usborne books at the Secret Garden for 0-5s.

11am-12pm Arty sessions for 6-10yrs at the Secret Garden. £5.

1-2.30pm Messy Play at Jackmans Community Centre. Drop in, 50p donation.

2-2.45pm messy play at the Secret Garden for 0-5s.

2-2.30pm Toddler yoga at the Secret Garden for 3-5yrs. £5.

2pm Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Thursday 21st August

10-10.30am Daisy Cakes at the Secret Garden for 2.5-5yrs. £5.

10.30-11.30am Stay and play session with the Children’s centres at Spring Road Scout Hut. Drop in, 50p donation.

10.45-11.30am Water play for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

1-3pm Den building with Icknield CC. Free drop in session on Icknield School field – building dens and playing camping!

1-2pm Kindy Drama class at the Secret Garden for 3-5 year olds. £5.

2-2.45pm Water play at the Secret Garden.

2pm Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

2-4pm Family Festival of Fun at Avenue Park, Baldock.

Friday 22nd August

10.30am-12pm The Beach at Ivel Court, Jackmans Estate. Sand and water play with themed arts and crafts for 0-5s. Free drop-in.

10.30-11.30am Play Music Play session at Icknield Children’s Centre. £1 per family, booking required.

10am-2pm The beach at Icknield School.

11-11.30am Summer singalong for 0-2yrs at rhe Secret Garden £5.

2-2.45pm Secret Garden party for 0-5yrs.

Phew, that lot should keep you busy next week! Enjoy x

 

Rainy Day Activities August 13, 2014

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So perhaps the weather may be a bit on the turn now, not quite as hot and sunny as it was!? I’m still optimistic for a return but in the meantime if you’re looking for some inspiration of things to do with young kids when the weather’s not great then here’s my top five:

1. Cooking

Now my three year old is absolutely obsessed with the Cbeebies programme I Can Cook and as irritating as it is to have the “roll up your sleeves, give your hands a wash….” song stuck on permanent repeat in your head, this programme has actually been a bit of a Godsend. Roxy is a very fussy eater and most dinner times are an endless battle of whining and bribery but after watching an episode of I Can Cook Roxy asks if she can make the recipe too. Reluctantly I agreed to cook one of them with her (magic mini fishcakes!) and not only was it a really enjoyable activity to do together, she actually happily ate the thing too! So now we make at least one of their recipes every week and I can’t recommend it enough. Some of them were not so popular (the vegetable samosas didn’t go down all that well) but still her joy of seeing the outcome of our cooking is definitely worth it. If you can be bothered to prepare everything before hand and put all the ingredients in little person friendly pots then they can actually do everything themselves but if, like me, you’re a bit more lazy then just do everything together as you go along and if I don’t want too much mess to clean up after I tell her that there are some parts I need her to watch me do and that seems to work! You can find all the recipes on the Cbeebies website and the great thing about them is the quantities stated in the recipes make fairly small portions so if the kids don’t really like them you’re not left with loads of unwanted food!

2. Initial letter collages

Ok, I am still yet to actually do this activity but it is definitely at the top of my list for the next rainy day. All it basically involves is drawing a large letter on a piece of card (makes sense to use the first letter of their name for encouraging recognition) and then letting them stick items on to the letter in a collage. You could use ripped up bits of tissue paper, bottle lids, dried rice or pasta, cotton wool, foam shapes, stickers, the list is endless. Or my favourite idea incorporates a nature walk. Take your child and a bag/basket in to the woods, common, park or just the garden and let them collect all those annoying items that they usually want to pick up and insist you put in your handbag such as leaves, twigs, acorns, seed pods, daisies, etc and use those to stick on the collage.

3. Puddle jumping

I guess we all have Peppa Pig to thank for our children’s obsessions with muddy puddles but actually put the kids in one of those puddle jumpers or a raincoat and waterproof trousers and wellies and watch their joy as they splash about in the puddles! A sure-fire hit with most kids!

4. Painting

Let’s face it we all have the paints lurking at the back of the cupboard somewhere dreading that time when our child asks “can I do some painting?” Which always seems to be at the most inconvenient times: when you’ve just woken up and haven’t even had your first cup of tea, 5 minutes before you’re about to leave the house or while you’re cooking the tea so we say “not right now, maybe later..” and hope they forget about it! But actually if it’s a wet afternoon and you’ve got enough time to do it then I do recommend a bit of painting and our favourite ones are cutting a butterfly shape, painting one side of it then folding it in half so the paint is spread over the butterfly and painting one hand one colour, one hand another, rubbing hands together and seeing what colour the handprints are (yes, I did steal this idea from Cbeebies Time For School but still!!…)

5. Dried rice play

Word of warning – this one is a bit of a messy one so we actually cheat and play it at my friend’s house (sorry Becca!) All you need is a roasting tin full of dried rice (you can buy multicoloured rice apparently, which is pretty cool!) then just give the kids some spoons, little pots, etc. It’s even better if you have some little digger vehicles that they can brum round the rice and scoop it up in the scoops. You will need to do a bit of sweeping/hoovering afterwards but the kids seem to love it!

There you go, some rainy day activities to keep the little ones entertained!

 

Summer Holiday Activities – Week Four August 7, 2014

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Well here we are, half way through the holidays already! Don’t know about you guys but I’m finding it’s actually going really quickly. So here’s my pick of next week’s activities for you:

Friday 8th-Monday 11th August

Alice in Wonderland Adventures at Standalone farm. Alice themed activity all four days with giant garden games, hands and knees maze, sack races and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! On Friday and Saturday there are craft activities between 1-3pm and on Sunday and Monday between 11am-3pm storytelling. This is all included in the normal admission fee.

Monday 11th August

10-11.30am Marriotts Gymnastics open session.

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9am-12pm The Beach is at Icknield School.

10.30-11.30am – Music With Hannah session at Chestnut Tree Children’s Centre. You need to book on to this session so if you’re interested in it please contact the centre. It’s a 50p donation.

2-3.15pm – Football Fun session with the Children’s Centres. This week is at Pixmore Junior School.

Tuesday 12th August

10-11.30am – People who help us and bouncy castle! This is a great idea by Icknield Children’s Centre introducing kids to fire brigade, police and first aiders with a chance to see the fire engine and play on a bouncy castle. £1 per family and those in the Icknield and Grange areas will be prioritised. Taking place at Icknield Infant and Nursery school field.

11am-2pm Summer Holiday Art Workshops in the barn of the Vitcoria Pub in Hitchin. These run every Tuesday through the holidays for 5-8 year olds. £22 per session but include a pub lunch.

12-12.45pm – Tots Tennis at Letchworth Tennis Club. These classes are fab, even if you don’t think you have a future Wimbledon champion on your hands they are brilliant at improving skills like coordination and balance and they’re just great fun!

Wednesday 13th August

10am-4pm The craft activity at Frosts Garden Centre, Willington this week is bugs and butterflies. Decorating a bug mask, making a bug windmill for your garden and building a bug or butterfly glider. Don’t forget they still have the beach and all the outdoor games here too.

11am-2pm Summer Holiday Art Workshops in the barn of the Vitcoria Pub in Hitchin. These run every Wednesday through the holidays for 9-13 year olds. £22 per session but include a pub lunch.

10-11.30am Toddlers Plus Summer session at St Paul’s Church, Letchworth. A one-off ‘toddlers in the holidays’ session for current Toddlers and Babies Plus families. Aimed at Toddler aged children but older siblings will be made welcome.

10-11.30am Marriotts open gym session.

1-2.30pm Messy Play at Jackmans Community Centre, 50p donation run by Chestnut and Lime Tree Children’s Centres.

Thursday 14th August

10.30-11.30am Stay and Play at Spring Road Scout Hut. Story themed crafts and activities, 50p donation.

10.30-11.30am Dinky Dancers with Icknield Children’s Centre at Icknield Scout Hall, Icknield Way. 50p per family but you need to book on to this session so please contact Icknield CC if you are interested.

12-12.45pm Another opportunity for a Tots Tennis class at Letchworth Tennis Club.

Friday 15th August

10-11.30am Marriotts Gym session.

10am-2pm The beach at Icknield.

10am-12pm Tummy Time at Chestnut Tree Children’s Centre for pre-crawling babies.

10.30-11.30 Play Music Play with Icknield Children’s Centre. Please contact the centre to book.

That’s about all for next week. If you’re interested in some toddler friendly days out then watch out for a future blog post where I’ll be reviewing some of our favourite ones.