Birdie, a substantial Gloucester Old Spot pig, has recently given birth to nine piglets. Count them – nine. When I saw her milk-filled teats trailing along the ground, I thought, ‘Now there’s an animal I can empathise with…’ We’re not frequent visitors to Hackney City Farm, but the new arrivals have given my toddler and I a new reason to call in. Maybe you want to say hello to this amazing family too?
Just a quick one – today, I received an email I thought I’d share. It’s definitely for you if you live near Stepney Green, east London, and are looking for something to do with your toddler on a Thursday morning. For the next few weeks, until 14 July 2016, there are free dance and drama sessions, but you do need to book!
I love swimming, but the pool at the Waterfront Leisure Centre, Woolwich, is close to my idea of hell – it’s noisy, a bit rundown and, most importantly, it’s not really a swimming pool (although there is a bit that allows for lane swimming).
It’s a ‘leisure pool’. We went because I thought my toddler would like it.
I miscalculated – she absolutely loved it. And seeing her excitement and delight kind of got me over my own instinctive dislike of the whole experience.
So – yes – we’ll be going again soon (or more likely trying the one in Leytonstone to see how it compares).
In the last few weeks, I’ve written a few posts about some of the lovely theatre performances we’ve been lucky enough to see locally but, each time, I’ve been conscious that tickets cost a few quid and, if you’ve got several kids, it soon adds up.
So if you want your child to see a toddler-friendly play, don’t miss out on this chance to do it for FREE. Continue reading “FREE THEATRE”
A few months ago, a lovely mum friend sent me a text with a couple of things she’d booked to go to at Stratford Circus with her toddler. Being a bit of a sheep, I got some tickets for me and mine, without really reading what either event was all about – until the night before…
On Saturday morning, when we made our way to the venue, I couldn’t help feeling a bit worried. I wasn’t at all sure of what my toddler was going to make of Spitalfields music’s Musical Rumpus on Tour: Run, Rindle Rill.
My little girl, like most toddlers, likes painting, but there are days when I can’t quite face removing it from the inside of her ears and rooms we haven’t even been in. So we’ve built up a collection of not-so-messy alternatives.
There’s tons of things to try: play dough (Rachel explains how to make your own here), glitter pens, sticking little bits of coloured paper, feathers etc. And here’s a few maybe you haven’t tried yet… Continue reading “Not so messy play”