Toddler take over…

Watch out! There’s a toddler take over at the Museum of London, Docklands this weekend (20 & 21 May, 2016). There are loads of great activities to entertain restless little ones, which will be especially welcome if the weekend is as rainy as it is right now.

I love the sound of Rise & Shine yoga for toddlers. There are two sessions at 10.45am and 11.20am on both Saturday and Sunday, although by that time most toddlers will have risen and been shining for a number of hours…

But that’s just one of a whole two days of activities aimed at under fives – from balloon modelling and baby jazz performances, to activity trails and the chance to try ballet.

Take a look at what’s happening here.

20 and 21 May, 10.30-4pm. All events are free and tickets are available on arrival.

Rounton Park, E3

The blog I read the most (apart from this one, of course) is Spitalfields Life. I love the way the Gentle Author finds inspiration in his/her home patch of London, uncovering story after story – which, in turn, inspires me to try and do the same. Because I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you keep exploring – wherever you are – you’re never bored.

And to let you in on a secret, I spent much of my childhood feeling very bored indeed. As a result, if there’s any one thing I want to equip my children with, it’s an enquiring mind, so they aren’t needlessly bored, and find interest and inspiration around them.

So when my three-year-old looked out from the bus and spotted a small park with a play area and said, “Mummy, one day can we go to that playground”, I was only too pleased to oblige. Not the same day, mind, I was in need of a sit-down and cuppa, but the next morning when we had an hour or two to fill, and needed a jaunt outdoors.

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Real Nappy Week events, cute nappies

This week is Real Nappy Week, so if you’re thinking of trying them out (or use them already and want to pick up some tips, freebies or preloved nappies), there are lots of events in April to help you: details below.

I’ve posted before about ‘real’ (or cloth / re-usable) nappies, how easy they are to use and why I like them so much, so I won’t repeat all the details here.

But, aside from cutting waste, carbon emissions and cost (and being damn good at containing wee and poo), did I mention how cute cloth nappies are these days?

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Bamboozle Stretch size 2s in ‘Plop’ and ‘Daydream’

Look at these new Bamboozle Stretch lovelies I’ve just bought to top up my stash for my 1-year-old (I got them from the Nappy Lady here, though she doesn’t pay me for affiliate links or anything, I’ve found her to be very reliable and helpful). Super soft knitted bamboo, brilliantly absorbent and… cute. Continue reading “Real Nappy Week events, cute nappies”

Poplar again?

I’m like someone with a new crush. I can’t stop talking about the relatively recently re-opened Poplar Baths. Here’s ANOTHER post about the excellent activities on offer there. Eventually, you’re going to succumb and actually give them a try. I know it.

So when we went to the Free Open Day (Have I mentioned that already? Oops, yes), the nice people there gave me a flyer for two weekly toddler-friendly sessions.

Here they are:

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Toddlers visiting Mudchute farm this week can look forward to a strange and wondrous sight. As we walk towards the sheep enclosure, it looks like someone has placed some miniature clouds on the grass. Or balls of cottonwool. Or candyfloss in unusual shades. And then they spring up onto too-long legs that are just beyond their control.

Lambs! LAMBS! Adorable, cute, new lambs.

A single brown one. Some white ones. And…

“Those ones are dalmatians”

Yes, I think I’d like to sneak these into my bag – white ones with black spots.

 

It’s definitely worth a trip to Mudchute to see them, as well as other Spring arrivals – loads fluffy of yellow ducklings, basking under warm lights. There are black pigs – a huge mummy pig and two smaller ones next door – that are new to us (my toddler LOVES pigs).

 

As always there’s the chance to buy appropriate food for the residents – the goats are happy to also eat the paper bag it’s served in, if offered. And, this week in the run-up to Easter, there are other activities to enjoy (some for a small fee).

  • Two courageous donkeys are offering rides to children aged 3+
  • A chance to hold some animals
  • Easter bonnet crafting £3
  • Easter bonnet parade
  • Easter egg hunt (Sunday) £1
  • A toddler-friendly merry-go-round. (I know for a fact this costs £1.50)

All the details, including the dates and times for activities are here.

Here are a few other things to consider:

  • The lower paddock (where there’s a duck/goose enclosure) has been developed. It now has a nature trail, some swing-type things and some great places for a picnic.
  • The cafe at Mudchute is always good value and does genuinely toddler-friendly food. Plus there’s loads of toys to play with.
  • You can combine a trip to the farm with a visit to neighbouring Millwall park and attempt to fulfill a toddler’s wish to go on the zipwire ‘a hundred times because I love it’.

My fellow blogger, Rachel, has already written up everything you need to know about Mudchute farm to plan a visit here.

Tomorrow!

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This is going to be the shortest post ever, because I’m hungry, my dinner is very nearly ready and it would be rude to keep it waiting. And all I need to say is this…

… Looking for something to do with your toddler(s) in east London tomorrow, Monday 10th April – with a preference for indoors because the glorious sunshine is being taken away from us?

If the answer to this overly-long question is yes, click here. You’ll find all the details of an open day at Poplar Baths Leisure Centre. A whole range of activities to get kids running about is promised from 10am on wards, including Toddlers’ World (bouncy castles etc), penalty shootouts and trampolining (from 12 noon).

And did I say that activities are free?

Sounds brilliant. I won’t bother with the usual What? Where? etc. as the details are on this previous post about the lovely swimming pool there (currently my favourite, oh-so-stress-free choice for taking toddler and baby for a swim). And my dinner’s ready. Phew

Hands-on Museum Fun

Some of the ‘On the move’ pack from the Museum of Childhood

Perhaps you *always* do this, but in case like me you hadn’t ever thought to ask for one of those kids’ interactive packs  at a museum…here’s why you should!

The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is our go-to bad weather option, but I’ve only just got around to trying their explorer packs.

You know how other people’s toys are way more appealing to toddlers than their own? And how they want to touch ALL the things, all the time?  Here’s where explorer packs come in. Continue reading “Hands-on Museum Fun”