World Autism Awareness Week 2021: London for Children with SEND

29th March – 4th April 2021 is World Autism Awareness Week. To mark the week I am resharing a blog post I put together last year … it’s a decent list of SEND sessions offered by the big London museums, galleries and attractions. Obviously nothing has been able to run this year due to Covid…

Covid Christmas and our 2020 Festive Traditions

So Christmas 2020 is clearly going to be a challenge! Understatement of the year, I’m sure, but I am determined – amidst this cloud of COVID doom- to make Christmas feel as normal as possible for the kids. So far, ahead of this year’s Christmas, we have put up extra decorations, bought extra (little) presents,…

Our Autumn Bucket List

I am feeling well and truly in the swing of things now! Must be the chill in the air and the crunch underfoot! As Halloween is likely to be a bit different this year, we have booked a weekend away at the end of half-term to celebrate in style. Sure… it will just be four…

Autumn Adventures, October 2020: Pumpkins, Half-term and Halloween

The COVID-19  pandemic has taken the wind out of my sails a bit when it comes to planning fun family activities and daytrips. Summer 2020 feels like something of a damp squib, but I am starting to get my mojo back – reinvigorated perhaps by the promise of Autumnal adventures. We love Autumn! It’s our favourite…

How to Make a Book Nook on a Budget

One of my top tips to encourage a regular reading habit is to create a cozy reading corner or book nook where children (and parents) can retreat and get lost in their favourite stories. I wanted my kids to associate reading with feelings of warmth, safety, fun, relaxation – an activity that gives you that…

Literacy and World Book Day

World Book Day has rolled around again, cue the parental grumbling about effort, cost and competition, but, if nothing else, WBD is a good reminder of the importance of reading to and with kids every day. Only 1 in 4 children read daily and the number of children and young people who say they enjoy…

Days Out With the Kids: Wakehurst, Sussex

We have been Kew members for a few years now and Kew Gardens is a firm favourite in our family. I recently discovered that we could visit Wakehurst in Sussex for free (as it’s part of Kew) so, on a wet, windy Sunday, we pulled on our wellies and drove down from London. Wakehurst is…

‘Edutainment’. Little Londoners Love Learning

The 24th January is International Day of Education– who knew? Education is key. Education is a key. It opens doors, creates opportunities, promotes social mobility.  But, sometimes, learning needs to be like the vegetables in a bolognaise sauce: hidden!  With a little bit of planning and a few resources, fun, family days out can be filled with awesome…

Six things I wish I’d known before visiting KidZania, London.

A couple of weeks ago my daughter turned 7. For her birthday treat she wanted to go to KidZania at Westfield because (1) she had never been before and (2) she wanted to earn loads of KidZos and become a millionaire! We invited her best friend from school and trundled off to the ‘indoor city…

Summer in the City. Family Days Out for FREE or less than £5

It’s that time of year again. The kids have broken up for the summer and the activity planning is in full swing! We are away for three weeks of the summer break but, rest assured, what’s left of the summer holiday will be spent exploring the best that London has to offer for families and…

The Barefoot Freedom of Childhood!

My four-year-old hates shoes. Vehemently hates shoes. Ever since he was a tiny baby. He has additional needs and sensory issues so that’s probably got a lot to do with it, but he was well-known locally as the kid that never wore shoes.  We tried everything! From super-light shoes with a bare-foot feel to great…

The NEW Children’s Garden at Kew

New for 2019 is the much-anticipated Children’s Garden at Kew. It has been some time in the making but is definitely worth the wait. Be warned, in these early days, the number of families visiting the garden is huge and that’s exactly what you’ll do…wait! We visited today. We got there at 9:45 (it opens…

Magic Gardens. The importance of outdoor play.

As keen visitors queued to see the ‘Back to Nature Garden’, co-designed by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a very welcome spotlight shone on the importance of outdoor play for children. Like most, my 4 and 6 year olds are growing up in a world of extreme technology –…

National Trust or English Heritage Membership?

Okay, so maybe it shouldn’t be a ‘versus’ question but, if you’re planning to buy an annual membership for the National Trust or English Heritage and want to get your money’s worth, the question is: which should I choose? We have had both NT and EH membership for a few years now and I can…

Brooklands Museum, Surrey

My four year old is crazy about transport- anything with wheels- and especially emergency vehicles, so imagine the excitement this morning when we rocked up to the annual Emergency Services Day at Brooklands Museum…off-the-scale! Brooklands Museum (next door to Mercedes World) in Weybridge is a treat for transport enthusiasts at the best of times as…

Family Fun at Kew Gardens

I am a Kew Gardens member. I don’t remember why. I think I went one day and realised that family membership wasn’t much more expensive than the gate price, so I signed up! As with all these things, I figure that if we visit one more time we’re getting our money’s worth – if not,…