Showing posts with label #kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #kids. Show all posts

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Head Along to DreamWorks Trolls Truck Tour at UK Retailers this Summer!

Interactive Stations Include Cupcake Decorating, Crafting, Poppy’s Salon and More!

This summer holidays, fans of DreamWorks Trolls will be able to join their favourite Trolls characters on board the Trolls Truck, as it heads round on the country on a retail tour. 
At over 17 meters long, the Trolls Truck is packed full of Hair-rific activities for kids to explore! Featuring Poppy and the Snack Pack, the Trolls Truck includes a cupcake decorating station; crafting tables; a chance to Trollify yourself in Poppy’s Salon; a visit to Branch’s bunker; and much more!

#TrollsTruck tour stop locations and dates can be found below. .
Tuesday 22nd August
Smyths (Salford)
West One Retail Park, Gilda Brook Road, Salford M50 1ZD
Wednesday 23rd August
The Entertainer (Lincoln)
St Marks Shopping Centre, Lincoln LN5 7EY
Thursday 24th August
The Entertainer (Burton Upon Trent)
Octagon Shopping Centre, Burton Upon Trent DE14 3TN
Friday 25th August
Toys R Us (Coventry)
Cross Point Business Park, Parkway, Coventry CV2 2SR
Saturday 26th August
Toys R Us (Swindon)
Oxford Road, Swindon SN3 4DG
Monday 28th August
Smyths (Slough)
Slough Retail Park, Twinches Lane, Slough, SL1 5AL
Tuesday 29th August
The Entertainer (Staines)
Unit S4, Two Rivers Retail Park, Staines, TW18 4WB
Wednesday 30th August
Tesco (Lakeside, Grays)
Tesco, 2394 Lakeside Extra, Cygnet View, West Thurrock, RM20 1TX
Thursday 31st August
Tesco (Watford Extra)
Tesco, 239-241 Lower High St, Watford WD17 2BD

About Trolls
From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, a smart, funny, and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness and just how far some will go to get it. 
This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have Trolls in their stomachs.   

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends.  
Together, this mismatched duo embarks on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps while trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.  

Trolls sang and danced its way to theatrical success, opening at #1 in 28 markets and amassing $344M at the global box office. 
Utilizing music to further the film's narrative, the Trolls soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake and features five original songs, including Justin Timberlake’s Oscar Nominated “Can’t Stop The Feeling”, and songs by Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick, and Gwen Stefani.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Great Things To Do With The Kids This Spring For Free

Whenever spring rolls around, parents will start to look for different things to do that will get their kids outdoors. You could take advantage of the nicer weather by planning out a day trip as a family, or you could have the kids out in the garden simply burning off some extra energy.
However, there can be times when it may get a big pricey to occupy the kids.

With the average cost of raising a child from age 13 through age 19 being thousands of pounds, it is easy to understand that the top ares for spending will circulate around the holidays and different recreational travel activities. There is even more spent on this area than there is on personal tech items.

What are some of the best things that you can do with your children each spring without having to spend any money?

Look For Free Kids Day Out Events In Your Area

Wherever you live, you will find that there are plenty of great, free things that you can do with your kids if you are able to search carefully. The internet will always be your friend and a quick search like looking for 'free activities in' and your area will bring up a wealth of great resources that you can use. For example, a quick search on some of the free things that there are to do in Yorkshire brought up a great guide on the different free kids days out all around Yorkshire. This is a very handy tool that you can use to find stuff to do for free where you life.

Museums That Are Free And Family Friendly

A museum is always a nice way of educating both yourself and your children, while also being entertained. You will find some incredible free museums all around the UK that are well worth investigating. As a matter of fact, some of these are the best free attractions for families anywhere around. If you are lucky enough, you may find one or more free museums that are near you where you can take a full day to make plenty of memories with your children that will last for a lifetime. If you have not taken the time to visit these, you simply must plan a day out. The different museums that we recommend include:

·       Natural History Museum, London
·       The Science Museum, London
·       Tate Modern, London
·       National Portrait Gallery, London
·       The Royal Armouries, Leeds
·       The National Media Museum, Bradford
·       Victoria & Albert Museum, London
·       The National Railway Museum, York
·       The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

There are a number of smaller museums all throughout the UK that may be free, especially those that are taken care of by a local authority. Many museums like these will have activities that are child-friendly during the school holidays. It will be worth it to keep an eye on the websites for the museums to see what events are scheduled. The free museums and the different free things that you can do with the kids will make for a wonderful option on any rainy spring day.

Another smart tip for getting a good deal of value from the family budget is to enjoy a picnic whenever you can. Many of the free family attractions will make money by selling food and drinks to customers. However, if you are allowed to take your own food items, you should. The food and drinks available in family attractions can be very expensive, so even just bringing your own drinks and a couple of snacks can save you money.

Freebie Sites For Crafts

There are many free stuff sites on the internet like that offer kids freebies including arts & crafts like the Toucon box which will entertain your kids for hours.

Hit The Garden

Spring can be a wonderful time to show your children all about gardening. Even younger children will be able to help with watering, repotting different plants, and weeding. Older kids can prune plants or dig over some of the vegetable and flower beds.

Gardening is a great way to show your kids the link between land and what will go on the dinner plate, making for a wonderful activity that may not be completely free, but could pay for itself in what you end up producing. You will also see that the child who may not eat greens now, could find a bit of an appetite for the items that they were able to help grow in the garden.

To save money, you could be able to get some free seeds and plants in a number of places. Signing up for newsletters from different gardening companies will give you news on deals that you can really take advantage of. You could look for groups for seed swaps that take place in your local area, with Facebook being a nice place to start.

Visit The Park

Nicer weather will mean getting out and getting reacquainted with your local parks.
The more awareness that there is around the different benefits that come from outdoor exercise brings about more investments to develop and grow the parks. Improved playing areas, better playgrounds and new equipment for outdoor recreation are all available that you can enjoy with your children for free.

You can easily find a lot of wonderful things to do with children in your local parks. Think about padding in a pool, feeding the dugs, kicking a ball around or cycling for a while on the paths. There are even downloads that you can use to check off the different free nature trails, or look for nature scavenger hunts to tackle with the kids.

Are you looking to do something that is high energy?
 If so, think about checking out Parkrun. This is a timed, free 5k run that takes place on Saturday mornings all around the UK in public parks. Many of the races will welcome juniors for either the main run or with a junior version.
Remember, these are completely free!

When you have budding team players sprouting up in your family, think about going with Tennis For Free, which is a community based organization running free tennis sessions for families all throughout the UK in different parks.

Be Active At Home

You never have to go very far to find great things to do with your kids in spring. Free fun to enjoy at home may include:

·       Stargazing with a blanket at night
·       Camping with a tent in the yard
·       Tackling different science experiments, with ideas available on The Royal Institution
·       Having a teddy bear picnic in your garden
·       Having your kids create their own pizzas for lunch
·       Picking up recyclables and making a space rocket

You will see that there are a number of free things that you can do in the spring, you simply have to look. Some of these free events may not be promoted all too heavily, so it will be worth signing up for different newsletters and email alerts 

*This is a guest post.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Making The Best Room For The Kids!

Your kids, they are everything to you. From their grumpy faces in the morning on the school run, right through to night-time when you tuck them in. There's no love like that effortless love you have for your children.

Our kids rely on us so much - think about it, where would they even be without good parents? They can't work, buy food, in some cases they can barely clean up after themselves! As a parent, you've got to do it all and sometimes that can be a thankless task - but you do it anyway.

In terms of the home, it's a safe space for our families. It's a place where they can foster skills, grow knowledge, have fun and escape from the world that is flying by outside. That obviously goes for the kids as well. Interior design is a heavy consideration - much like our kids, we want the best for our home as well! We want it to be the perfect place for us, it's ours, and we are paying a lot of money to have it - so why not? The dream of a good home preoccupies the mind of many an adult, and once you've unlocked the door to your new home, your mind can go wild with possibilities. The truth is, investing in the design of your home can be quite rewarding - the money you put into it could very well increase the value of the home, which is obviously a massive benefit.

But before you run ahead with your delusions of a wine cellar or what have you, spare a thought for your children. Obviously, if you can consider a wine cellar, it's likely that your children will want for nothing - but no matter your income, it's good to equip the kids with a bedroom or playroom that can allow them a safe space in your big, wide house.

So, when you think about creating a room for your children, whether it's a bedroom or a room where the toys are stored, there are a bunch of key considerations you must take on board.

The first thing you need to consider? 
Well - your kids do grow up - that does happen. This means that you might want to curb some of your grand designs if your kids are approaching the ages of 9 or 10 as the room will only last them a maximum of three years before their needs change. If you've got younger kids, you can really go wild with your imagination as you'll get a good six or seven years out of a well-designed room. The needs of the children are going to change, so keep that in mind at all times otherwise, you'll be wasting a lot of time and money.  If you design the room around the age of your offspring, you'll keep many problems at bay.

If your kids are growing up, a study space is of incredible importance. Between 10 and 18, they are going to be doing some serious learning, and a place to work is going to be needed through these years of school and college when the homework load increases. It also gives a great bay for a laptop computer to be stored. It's much better if your kids can work sitting upright than sprawled out on the bed; obviously, you can't boss them about in that manner, but you can certainly give them the option to study on a desk. What should a study space consist of? Well, the basics could be a desk and a chair - that's it. 
You could go wild with the desk - say for example that your child loves comic books, why not buy some old Marvel or DC issues (depending on their preference, of course) and lacquer them over the desk with some varnish to create a unique piece of furniture out of what could be a cheap desk. Also, ensure the space is lit well, your young bookworm will endure some eye strain if not. A book case is also an excellent idea for a study space; it gives your young one a place to store their study materials along with their favourite books. Giving your kids access to a well-stocked bookcase can open up their minds to new ideas and amazing stories. It can never not be a bad investment, put it that way. With the study space, you are giving your kids a place to foster and concentrate on achieving their dreams and goals, no matter if they are the next big artist or the next mindblowing scientist.

It goes without saying, but a good bed should be the focus of any childrens bedroom furniture you choose to furnish a bedroom. Sleep is underrated and is so very important to the development of our little monsters, look at the below from the NHS if you are unsure:

'Evidence shows that nighttime sleep is just as important as healthy eating and exercise for children to develop. Those who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight or obese. This is because they tend to crave and eat sugary or starchy food during the day to give them the energy to stay awake. The key to how much is enough sleep is whether a child gets up fairly easily in the morning is alert and happy for most of the day and is not grumpy. Younger children who are persistently sleep-deprived seem irritable and overactive, seek constant stimulation and don’t concentrate well. Such symptoms can be mistaken for mild ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).'

The amount of sleep your child needs depends on their age, and it varies from 11-hours down to 9 hours. That all being said, the bed is crucial. Now, it might seem obvious to have a bed, but this bed needs to be inviting, warm and soft as it needs to carry them through the night right through into the next day of mischief. Some good quality blankets are a good idea as well to keep your child snuggled up nice and warm. It's amazing how a bed is so key to the development and health of our children, so take the purchase of a good bed seriously.

Storage is absolutely key for a children's room. They have so many toys and little gadgets that it can be hard to keep up - even when you are the one who paid out your hard-earned cash for them! Storage under the bed is always a good idea, but include a wardrobe of sorts and a few drawers so when it does get messy, all these toys scattered around have a place to call home when the time comes to put them away. Give your kids some options when it comes to storage and teach them some organisational skills.

You'd be making a huge mistake if you don't choose to reinforce your walls. Sometimes, our kids might not realise their own strength, and when they are chucking bags about and being a bit naughty, some damage can be expected.
Wall panelling is a good option for a playroom, or even a bedroom when the playtime gets a bit hectic. It's better being safe than sorry when a hole appears...

In terms of lighting, fairy lights are an amazing idea as they transform from cute to stylish as your child ages. They are not as brilliantly bright as some lamps so they have a lower chance of disrupting your child's sleep and LED lights are cool to the touch so that we don't have any burnt little fingers.

The decoration of the room is where you can go crazy with your imagination. There are some amazing designs on the internet for kid's rooms, ranging from floating tree-houses, to pirate ships. They are some more minimalist options as well if you don't have the time to construct Noah's Ark in the room of your little ones as well. Take the time and plan it out.

A word of warning, though. It's far too easy to become wrapped up in our own creative process as adults and end up leaving the kids out. We are building their room! The input of your children needs to be the focus of this, not an afterthought. This room is for your children, and they will be the people occupying it, not you. Now, it may be your house, but you need to allow your kids to lead the design process here. Let them choose what they want the room to look like so you can follow their demands and design the room of their dreams. Of course, you wouldn't expect them to lead the process on another renovation, would you? 
Think of them and let their needs power the design.

It can be a lot of work, but a room full of love for your kids can go a long way, just don't forget them when the time comes to build it!