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Budget-friendly family fun to keep you cool in summer

Summer’s here, the weather’s hot and you’re probably already desperately searching for things to keep the kids entertained in the coming school-free weeks. When things heat up, it can be tough to work out just what to do to keep cool, especially when you find yourself on a strict budget. Whether you’re on the verge of short term loans or you’re just a little tight now that the holidays are here, we've put together a simple guide to budget-friendly fun for keeping cool with your family this summer.

Get Wet

There’s no better way to cool down when the sun is shining than with a splash of water. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can use water to have a bit of weather-friendly fun and all for either a low costor completely free. You could add a sprinkler onto the end of your hose to keep the kids active, entertained and cool and if you don’t already own one, they’re very cheap to buy. Alternatively, you could let your kids paint with water. Simply hand them a cup and a paintbrush, and watch as they make incredible creations on the pavements, walls, decking or wherever else they like – after all, the water will dry up and leave the canvas fresh again. 

Visit The Park

This may seem like an obvious choice, but a trip to the park in the head can be a great way to help your kids run off some energy and enjoy the weather. Set up somewhere to sit in the shade and bring a cool bag with some drinks to keep you and the kids hydrated at regular intervals during playtime. You could even look and see if there are any events going on at your local park over the summer holidays. Plenty of councils and companies will host kid-friendly events for free or for a low cost which can be a great way to get your kids out for the day without breaking the bank.

Play With Ice

When someone mentions ice to you during summer, you probably immediately think of ice in your drinks, but it can provide hours of fun too! From freezing treats and little presents in blocks of ice for your kids to meltand play with, to dropping ice cubes in a paddling pool for some refreshing fun, ice can work wonders for keeping your entire family entertained and cool - you could even freeze your pet’s toys in ice and let them lick away until they reach it to help them stay cool, too.

Find A Nearby Forest!

A forest is a great way to get some fresh air in the summer sun without being directly in the sun’s rays. Under the shade of towering trees, you and your kids can become explorers, fantasy creatures or anything else your imaginations might suggest. Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed hours of fun as you ‘explore’ the forest and keep in the shade.

Find A Local Pool

Local pools are a great way to give your kids a chance to play in the water and cool off while teaching them a valuable skill. What’s more, most public pools have events all summer, including free swim days, discounts on entry prices and even inflatables that you and the kids can hop onto and get some much-neededexercise.

Staying cool when the sun is beating down doesn’t have to involve investing in countless fans and a portable AC system. From stopping by your local park or poolto breaking out some ice cubes for some quick-drying fun, there is plenty you can do to keep the little ones entertained on a budget. What will you try?

What's on in Surrey this summer Week 4: August 11-17

Minibeast Safari Week at Birdworld

Whether you are planning some treat days out or looking for some free activities, Surrey has lots of events for families with children of all ages.

The summer holidays are now in full swing and staff at the venues and attractions throughout the region are still working hard to provide lots of entertainment – from the messy to the educational.

The week four calendar on Surrey Mummy is packed full of ideas and we have tried to list as many as we can here. Please also head to our what’s on calendar for more events and details.

You can also get lots of ideas and inspiration from our listings sections for ideas, including days outgarden centresparks and playgrounds and (let’s hope you don’t need this one) rainy days. You can find all of these sections and more under the main things to do page.

Please don’t forget to check with the venue before setting off to ensure the activity is going ahead or in some cases, to book your place.

Week four (August 11-17)

Throughout the holidays

Many events run for the entire length of the summer holidays, including trails and other activities at National Trust properties:

Other events running throughout the summer:

Beautiful Butterflies and Magnificent Minibeasts at Haslemere Museum runs until September 1 and includes touchable cut out models, dressing up, puzzles, garden trails and much more.

50 Days of Summer at Birdworld runs from July 16 to September 3 and includes fascinating facts, a trail around the park, challenges from Ivor the cockatoo, entertainment sessions, arts and crafts and more.

Summer Fun on the Farm at Bocketts Farm includes a trail in which children search for mythical creatures and collect their magic powers. Other activities will include panning for gold, crafts, water wars, animal handling, goat feeding and more.

Dusty’s Wildlife Rangers at WWT London Wetland Centre gives children a chance to try pond dipping, birdwatching, scavenger hunts, shelter building, camp fire cooking and more. 

If they like dinosaurs, they’ll love the Jurassic Discovery at RHS Wisley, where they can unearth the secrets of the land that time forgot. There will be Jurassic plant habitats, giant insects and dinosaur footprints to discover.

Patches Playtime is a new interactive animatronic farmyard experience on offer at Squire’s in Badshot Lea throughout August. Activities will include a puppet show, planting a magic carrot seed creating a flower windmill and more.

Festival on the Farm at Godstone Farm will include messy play, a disco, animal antics, garden games, storytelling and more.

Extra activities are on offer at Brooklands Museum throughout the holidays, including pedal driven planes and cars to try out, workshops to make a 3D paddock scene, the new interactive Aircraft Factory and more.

Florabundance at Watts Gallery takes place Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays in August and invites visitors to escape to the venue’s woodland playground and floral gardens and enjoy activities. Create sun prints, draw floral designs on acetate to hold up to the light and add to the giant flower installation. Pick up a Florabundance Trail to find flowers in the Artists' Village and discover their meanings.

Phoebe the Apprentice Ranger is an interactive family experience at Polesden Lacey and runs Wednesdays to Sundays until August 26. Visitors will meet Phoebe, who has landed her dream summer job as an apprentice ranger. At Phoebe’s basecamp in the grounds she will be giving out challenges and missions for groups to complete around the estate. Help Phoebe to learn more about the estate and countryside code to earn ranger badges and ensure she can keep her dream job after the summer.

All week

It’s Mini Beast Safari Week at Birdworld, where children can meet a host of unusual creatures, make arts and crafts, follow a trail, have their face painted and more.

Weekend August 11-12

The Loxwood Joust is a fun family festival of Mediaeval Mayhem that takes place over the first two weekends in August and includes displays of jousting, weaponry, archery and cannon fire. Visitors can also wander the Living History Village and enjoy the Children’s Kingdom – a festival within a festival with archery wound painting, Pelt The Peasant, sword school and a bouncy castle.

Chertsey Agricultural Show takes place this weekend and has something for the whole family including birds of prey, cattle, chickens, ducks, rabbits, sheep, pigs and goats, a pet show, a dog show, dog agility, craft and food marquees, horticultural marquee, a horse show and more.  

Bring out the wild side of your family in a fun session with the Surrey Wildlife Trust on Saturday. There will be games, crafts and activities to engage with nature.

It’s about time you treated your favourite teddy bear to a day out! Take your teddies along to Hollycombe Museum on Sunday for a picnic, teddy bear trail and lots of other activities.

It’s Superheroes Weekend at Fishers Farm, so get your disguises ready (this means mums and dads as well) and attempt to beat the mighty inflatable assault course. There will also be some superhero face painting.

The Okewood, Oakley and Forest Green summer fair takes place on Saturday, where there will be an art tent, ball pond, Punch and Judy show, pony rides, animals, children’s sports, dog show and more.

Monday, August 13

It's Magic Monday at The Swan shopping centre in Leatherhead. Walk a tight rope, have a go on a unicycle, spin plates and watch a magic show. That's got to make a shopping trip a bit more exciting! 

It’s story time at RHS Wisley today – a nice gentle activity to help you recover from that busy weekend! This is suitable for the under-fives and will take their little imaginations on a journey through the natural world of creepy-crawlies and garden adventures. 

Those teddy bears are lazy, they do nothing but lie around on the bed all day. Get them up and about today with a teddy bears’ picnic in the beautiful setting of Winkworth Arboretum. There will be singing and stories to entertain everyone. 

Tuesday, August 14

Join a great hunt for mini beasts at Sayers Croft today by dipping in the pond and exploring the woodland. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! 

Wonderful Water at Butser Ancient Farm is part of the venue’s Summer of Science and Sorcery and encourages children to have a go at sailing a coracle, aqueducts, herbal drinks, Roman cleaning chores, washing clothes, the Roman latrine and waterproofing objects using clay, wax and pitch.

Join in with a Clay Creations workshop at Haslemere Museum to make functional and beautiful bug houses that will entice insects to live in your garden. This is suitable for five to 11-year-olds. 

Make egg box turtles in a workshop at the Living Planet Centre today to celebrate the amazing marine wildlife of the deep blue ocean. 

Wednesday, August 15

Wonderful Wednesdays at Weald and Downland open air museum are fun-packed days with lots of hands-on activities. See the museum website for more details.

Plan it, Build it, Test it at Petworth House invites children to drop in and make a science and technology inspired craft. This is suitable for children aged four to 12.

Treat your favourite teddy bear to a day out today at Denbies, with a train ride and storytelling event. 

All aboard! Make your own choo choo train out of paper and other recycled materials in a workshop at The Lightbox Museum. This is suitable for children aged four and over. 

Wild Wednesday at Sayers Croft will include pond dipping and a blindfold trail. Expect to catch fish, beetles, dragonfly nymphs, snails and then have a go on the exciting blindfold trail. Parents are welcome to drop the children off or stay and join in. 

Thursday, August 16

Guildford-on-Sea starts today. The banks of the River Wey will be transformed into a pleasure beach, complete with bucketfuls of sand, deck chairs, balloons, Punch & Judy, face painting, candy floss and more. All we need is some sunshine!

Activity Thursdays at the Rural Life Centre provide lots of educational hands-on activities for children to take part in. Meet the Home Guard Warden with his stirrup pump, try old-fashion clothes washing with a mangle, launch a rocket, play with a giant dolls’ house and much more.

Fantastic Frames at Haslemere Museum is a workshop that aims to inspire children to make a frame and a fantastic piece of artwork to go inside it. This is suitable for five to 11-year-olds. 

Mizens Railway is open every Thursday afternoon in August so families can enjoy a ride on the miniature train. This week, there will also be a teddy bears’ picnic taking place. 

Feared by the bad, loved by the good...' Robin Hood and his merry men are spending their summer holiday on Dapdune Island. Join them in Robin Hood-inspired activities and crafts every Thursday in August. 

Friday, August 17

The Weyfest music festival in Farnham starts today. This boutique-style festival offers fine food and drink and lots of entertainment, including live music over four stages. The line-up includes 10cc, Hayseed Dixie, The SAS Band, Dreadzone and many more. 

Guildford-on-Sea makes a trip into town a bit more interesting today. The banks of the River Wey will be transformed into a pleasure beach, complete with bucketfuls of sand, deck chairs, balloons, Punch & Judy, face painting, candy floss and more. All we need is some sunshine! 

Have fun making your own superhero pop-up card in a workshop at The Lightbox Museum today. Who will pop out of your card? This is suitable for children aged four and over. 

Pony Magic will be at Hatchlands Park today offering magical rides with beautiful, safe ponies suitable for two to 11-year-olds.

Open air cinema takes place at Guildford’s Lido this evening. The film showing will be Finding Nemo. The swimming and slides will be open to visitors from 7pm to 8pm, before the film starts. 

If you want to plan ahead, have a look at our What's on features for the coming weeks to find events and activities running in and around Surrey:

WIN a family weekend ticket to GoFest

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.

GoFest South is back at Surrey Sports Park for the ultimate Family Sports Weekender on the 21 and 22 July at Surrey Sports Park

We have a weekend family ticket up for grabs, which will give up to 4 family members all inclusive access to 50 activities  from football, lacrosse, touch rugby, Surrey Storm netball, cricket, tennis, fencing and Archery Tag to climbing, zip wiring, dance acrobatics, paddleboarding, trampolining, scuba diving, Underwater hockey, Laser Tag and loads more.  It’s guaranteed to be a fun filled, active weekend for kids and parents. 

For a chance to win this fabulous prize, please comment on the form below (bottom of this page) with your favourite activity and we’ll select a winner. 

It’s the UK’s biggest family festival of sport, dance, health & fitness, where everyone is welcome regardless of age and ability. It’s all about getting you and your family to have fun together, perhaps doing an activity that you have never tried before with a raft of experienced coaches and sporting partners in an inspirational sporting environment. There will be even more going on this year, but make sure you get your tickets soon because the most popular activities like scuba diving, climbing, and paddleboarding do tend to get booked up very quickly. Plus there are some new sports and activities this year, which are likely to be very popular including zip wiring, tree climbing and laser tag AND have you ever tried underwater hockey or VX International?

GoFest South 2018 logo

GoFest is about just "having a go" with family friendly 30 - 45 minute coaching sessions from a raft of experienced partners in a fantastic, fun and supportive festival environment. With main stage music and dance acts, talent competition, tournaments, food outlets, bars, massage and a brilliant exhibition and retail area there is something for everyone! About 40% of GoFest is indoors so it’s even weather proof! 

For more info about GoFest go to www.gofest.co.uk

Terms & Conditions:

  • Only one entry per family.
  • We have one prize, consisting of four tickets.
  • Tickets for GoFest South only.
  • Prize cannot be transferred for cash value.
  • Competition closes on Monday 16 July at 8pm.

4 fun-filled ways to keep your family happy & healthy

Sometimes it can be tough to encourage your family to adopt healthy habits, and while you may not always succeed at disguising the taste of broccoli or brussel sprouts - you can convince your young-ones to take part in these four physically beneficial and fun activities. While the following exercises are known to have a positive impact on the body and mind, taking a quality multivitamin or other advantageous supplements will maximize the health potential and ensure extra protection for you and your family. To guarantee you choose the best brands to suit your family’s needs, click here for comprehensive reviews and product insight available from Review Critic. 

Spending time amongst nature in the garden is great for your mental health - reducing stress levels while increasing attention span, concentration, and memory capacity. Surrounded by tall trees and green grass, the following garden games will encourage you to kick off your shoes, breath in the fresh air, and get your blood pumping: 

1. Games in the garden

  • Capture the flag
  • Rounders
  • Twister 
  • Hula-hoop competition
  • Frisbee Golf

Surrey is known for having a surplus of exquisite gardens, allowing you to find the perfect ones to fit your family’s interests and moods. From open parks with loads of grass for activities- to intricate spaces packed with art, there is something for all ages and members of the family. So, pack a picnic basket and make today a garden day!

2. Yoga

Yoga Classes can be done at home watching an informative YouTube video, in a studio led by a yoga instructor, or in the garden - interpreted by what poses you and your family find fun. Yoga has been exercised for thousands of years and has been proven to have significant effects on: 

  • Physical health - the poses and breathing techniques build muscle strength and flexibility; increasing balance and energy levels while reducing tension, inflammation, and strain.
  • Mental health - by reducing stress levels, increasing attention span, sharpening concentration, promoting body awareness, calming the mind, and centering the nervous system.  
  • Emotional health - the body is left with increased levels of Serotonin (the happy hormone) and endorphins; contributing to feelings of overall well-being. 

Whether you are taking part in paired class completing partner poses, or making sound effects as you perform individual moves like cat and cow - Yoga is a great way for you and your family to build up physical strength and mental clarity, leaving everyone happier and healthier. 

3. Hiking

Going on an adventure along garden paths and mountain trails is a fantastic way to explore your natural surroundings while getting a health boost in the process. Hiking has been known to improve core strength and balance, build muscle and bone density while improving blood pressure and heart health. It also serves as an opportunity to learn more about the plants, insects, and animals that make up your surrounding ecosystem. These apps will help you become an environmental expert, helping you identify everything from plants, to animal tracks, to birds. There is also another free app that gamifies the whole experience with badges - encouraging the kiddies to keep at it. 

4. Spoil yourselves 

While it is all good and well to get physical, taking some time to relax and pamper yourself can have amazing benefits for you and your family. By ensuring your children know that it is okay to take some time off, you encourage a healthy relationship with the self - which can play a large role in promoting mental and emotional health. Pampering also promotes a routine of self-care, which is important when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. A couple ways to kick-start the spoils include making a couple of homemade face masks and other beauty treatments, baking some healthy yet delicious treats, and forming a foot massage circle. If you are wanting to create a more engaging and educational experience, you can introduce your family to the world of essential oils. From how they are made to the many health benefits they have, this aromatherapeutic activity will be sure to keep them busy!

From playing games in the garden to learning about nature during a hike, centering your mind and body with a little yoga to pampering with treats and spoils - these four activities are fun ways to promote a healthy family lifestyle while spending some quality time with your loved ones in the process.

Why cleaning your carpet is good for family health

Why do I need to have my carpet cleaned?

Ever wondered why your house sometimes smells bad when you walk in the front door?

If you’ve got carpets or rugs in your house, this could be why your home doesn’t always smell as fresh as you’d like it do.

Whether you’re super clean and tidy like Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory or you are a bit more messy like Joey from Friends, carpets gather their fair share of dirt and germs over time. Here’s some reasons why it’s worth getting them cleaned:

Keep your family healthy 

You walk over them, you spill things on them, and they are always on the floor - carpets are one of those areas of our houses that are prone to absorbing harmful germs. 

Professional carpet cleaners will know which cleaning material to use on which fibre, whether your carpet needs a dry clean or if it’s time to wash it with a machine and clean it meticulously. 

Save some time

Is cleaning the carpet the last thing you feel like doing on a Sunday? 

You need to get some help from a trusted carpet cleaning company. Life is too short and time is immensely precious too. 

Get professional results

Carpet cleaners know how to treat your carpets. They have studied various fabrics and have learned from experience, what to do and what not to. 

In the unlikely event they damage something; companies will usually compensate you for their mistake, what you will get if you mess things up is a depressing week.

Increase the life of your carpets

Often than not carpets are replaced because people think they are looking old and shabby. However, keeping your carpets under consistent check by a professional cleaner will extend their life. 

Kicks mold and mildew out 

Two most common invaders of a carpet are mould and mildew, which could appear after someone cleans a carpet and leaves it excessively wet.

Moulds produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction), irritants and, sometimes, toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mould spores may cause an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Moulds can also cause asthma attacks. 

Professional carpet cleaners will ensure you avoid this problem.

WIN four tickets to Cirque Berserk at Richmond Theatre

THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.

We’re giving away four tickets to the jaw-dropping circus spectacular made just for theatre, Cirque Berserk!

Direct from London's West End and showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date and ready to amaze.

Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and daredevil stuntmen. Featuring the world’s most hair-raising circus act - the legendary motorcycle ‘Globe of Death’.

Great for kids and even better for adults, a trip to Cirque Berserk! is something the whole family can enjoy this summer.

★★★★★ 'A NutriBullet of contemporary circus! Properly thrilling...your eyes will be fixed on the stage' The Times

★★★★★ 'Pitched perfectly between being a traditional circus experience and a theatrical production like Cirque Soleil -this is a show not to be missed!' Birmingham Mail

★★★★ 'Fast-paced circus-with-a-difference - a veritable feast for the eyes and ears!' Manchester Evening News

We're giving one lucky family the chance to win 4 tickets (must include 1 adult) for the performance of the show on Monday 2 July at 7.30pm. Simply answer the following question (entry box below): 

What circus act does the show contain? a) Globe of Life b) Globe of Breath or c) Globe of Death ??

For a chance to win four tickets, simply answer the question above and a winner will be picked at random and contacted by 5pm on Wednesday 28 June. Terms and conditions apply, the family ticket applies to the performance on Monday 2 July at 7.30pm and is for 4 tickets. T & C’s apply, see below.

Cirque Berserk promises to be the perfect theatre show for the family. For more info about the show click here.

Terms & Conditions:

  • We have 1 prize, consisting of four tickets.
  • Minimum 1 adult in attendance.
  • Ticket for Monday 2 July, 7.30pm performance only..
  • Tickets cannot be transferred for another show or cash value.
  • Competition closes on Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 8pm.

Importance of encouraging social skills in children

Children are the future; today’s tots could be tomorrow’s executives, doctors or leaders. So, it’s important that children are given the opportunity to socialise from a young age. Particularly as social skills are considered one of the most important skills we develop through our childhood. Affecting our job success, relationships and personal emotional health. 

Research in the past has shown that children who did receive sufficient socialisation while young had a higher chanceof developing social anxiety during their teens. This can be carried through to adult life leading to anxiety and even depression.

Every child will be different, some will of course be shyer, and it’s important that socialisation is never forced, but instead encouraged. Small steps towards positive socialisation at a young age will make it easier for children to socialise once they start school. The importance of starting young cannot be promoted strongly enough, as social skills can be harder to teach as children develop. Should you be concerned about your young child’s socialisation skills, you can approach their teacher or enrol them into a social skills group. Targeted social skills groups are good for bringing children of a similar age group together, to enable positive communication with their future classmates and colleagues. 

We look at some other ways social skills can be beneficial to our adult life;

Positive Relationships

Social skills go a long way when forming positive relationships with others. Good social skills are required for encouraging trust but also ensure a healthy understanding of setting and following relationship boundaries. Personal relationships help you progress in life, from emotional development to advancing in your career. 

An adult with healthy socialisation skills is less likely to be taken advantage of in or out of the workplace. They will also be able to better build positive relationships with their colleagues, promoting an optimistic workplace where everyone is well supported and happy. 

Team building exercises are popular in the workplace for promoting communication, co-operation and relationships between colleagues. They can particularly helpful for encouraging quieter members of the workforce to get involved and can be beneficial to adults that may be lacking in their social skills. Potentially, these exercises can be adapted to younger groups and can be a great, fun way of promoting social skills in youngsters, click here to learn more.

Enhanced Communication

Communication between individuals is important, it allows us to bond with others, build trust and forge lasting friendships which will support us in our adult life. Without practised, positive social skills, communication can break down leading to misunderstandings and conflict. Good social skills will also encourage healthy communication with the right people. Ensuring individuals can recognise negative communication and take action that shows empathy or where necessary, self-preservation.

Increased Quality of Life

Although it may not be obvious to all straight away why social skills will encourage an increased quality of life, it’s all down to the opportunities good social skills bring. A healthier approach to forming and keeping relationships that are beneficial and encouraging. More self-confidence which often leads to taking charge in the workplace opening more prospects for promotion and self-development. 

Positive social skills also assist in resolving disagreements, meaning less exposure to negative communication and promoting empathy. This encourages healthy boundaries and helps individuals know when to remove or restrict a person’s poor influence in their life. 

While there is plenty of information available on developing social skills in children and promoting interpersonal skills in adults. Make sure to approach a social development professional if you suspect your child is falling behind in their social skills. Alternatively, contact a team building co-operation should you be seeking social development activities for your workplace in order to build positive relationships withcolleagues. 

WIN four tickets to see AniMalcolm at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Surrey Mummy and Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre are offering you the chance to win a family ticket (4 seats) to David Baddiel’s ANiMALCOLM on Thursday 14 June at 7pm.  For a chance to WIN, simply answer the following question (entry form at the bottom of this page):

What doesn't Malcom like?

a) Fossils b) Vegetables or c) Animals

Malcolm doesn’t really like animals which is a problem as his family are crazy about them. The house is full of pets but what Malcom really wants is a new laptop for his birthday. Instead he gets a pet chinchilla and a ticket for the annual three-day school trip to a farm… full of animals. 

During the most bizarre weekend adventure, Malcolm learns what it’s like to BE an animal and starts to appreciate just how amazing animals really are.  He also learns that sometimes the hardest thing to become is yourself.  But will he end up the same as before?

Six actors portray 35 different characters – including more than 20 animals – combining outstandingphysical performances with great music, puppetry and a gloriously funny script to create one of the biggest family theatre events of the year. 

David Baddiel’s bestseller has won rave reviews and massive sales, delighting young readers as they follow Malcolm’s weird and wonderful journey of discovery about life as an animal. 

Story Pocket Theatre was formed in 2013 and had instant success. The company won the Primary Times Children’s Choice Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014 and the coveted Three Weeks Editors’ Choice Award at Edinburgh in 2015. 

Faithful to Baddiel’s novel, this production is full of witty dialogue, ingenious puppetry, hugely energetic performances and a score that reflects the characteristics of all the animals Malcolm meets along the way.  Suitable for everyone ages 5 years and above.

http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/production/david-baddiels-animalcolm

WIN a family ticket to Peppa Pig's Adventure at Richmond Theatre

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Peppa Pig and friends are back in the live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure ! The much-loved children's TV character and her friends appear in Peppa Pig's Adventure, which comes to Richmond Theatre on Wednesday 23 May (1pm & 4pm) and Thursday 24 May (10am & 1pm).

Peppa Pig’s Adventure features a new story, loads of songs and heaps of fun.

Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music!

The happy campers soon settle down to sleep and listen to the gentle pitter patter of rain.  Safe and warm inside their tents the excited group can look forward to morning time, when there will be lots of muddy puddles to play in!

We're giving one lucky family the chance to win a family ticket (must include 1 adult) for the performance of the show on Wednesday 23 May at 4pm. Simply answer the following question (entry box below): 

What is the name of Peppa Pig's friend? a) Malcolm Mule b) Harry Horse or c) Pedro Pony ??

For a chance to win a family ticket, simply answer the question below and a winner will be picked at random and contacted by 5pm on Tuesday 15thMay. Terms and conditions apply, the family ticket applies to the performance on Wednesday 23 May at 4pm and is for 4 tickets (either 1 x adult and 3 x children OR 2 x adults and 2 x children). T & C’s apply, see below.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers aged three and upwards. For more info about the show click here.

Terms & Conditions:

  • We have 1 prizes, consisting of a family (4) tickets, either 2x adults and 2x children or 1x adult and 3x children.
  • Minimum 1 adult in attendance.
  • Ticket for Wednesday 4pm performance only..
  • Tickets cannot be transferred for another show or cash value.
  • Competition closes on Monday 14 May 2018 at 8pm.

Surrey Mummy is loving..Sandy Lagoon Water Park from Little Tikes

We’re hoping that the amazing warm weather in mid April was just a glimpse of the weather we have in store for us for Summer 2018.  Indeed, the shops are already full of toys and games for outdoor play.  One that really caught our eye is the Sandy Lagoon Water Park from Little Tikes (RRP £49.99).  Our family made the most of a weekend in the garden to play for as long as possible with one of these…

The concept is straightforward – one half is sand pit and the other half is for water play.  The sand can be covered over and the water played with on its own.  There is a tower structure in the middle which contains slides and a flipper mechanism to enable your characters to jump off the top and whizz down the slides, even racing them if you want a competitive element!  There are two colourful characters all decked out in their diving/ beachwear and a few other additional pouring mechanisms/ features, such as a dump bucket for pouring water on a character unexpectedly and a double ended spade/rake for playing in the sand.  All in all, a good number of features which enables more than one child to play with it at a time.  The sand and water trays are at perfect toddler height – both my 9 year old and my nearly 3 year old were able to comfortably play with it.  Even cruisers would be able to have fun with it.

You know you’re going to get a good robust outdoor toy when you see the Little Tikes brand and that is really appealing when you know a heavy-handed toddler is going to be let loose with it!  I’m not known in the family for my flatpack assembly skills, but I managed to assemble it single-handed and it took me roughly 30 minutes (with MANY interruptions!!) 

In summary, it is a very valuable addition to the outdoor toys (indoor play would be possible too) and I know it would keep my children entertained all summer long… and beyond.