Win A Family Ticket To This Summer’s Wild Child Festival

For the past three years we have been huge fans of family festivals and I am so excited to be adding another one to our list this year as I become an ambassador for the Wild Child Festival in the leafy grounds of the Dulwich Estate in South London.

This brand new festival is going to be focusing on children’s entertainment and workshops for children aged 0-11 and runs over a three day period from Friday 17th August to Sunday 19th August 2018 and has been kept to only 500 families per day which makes for an intimate and less stressful experience…as lets face it children and queues never mix well!

For me festivals offer time together as a family away from the distractions of day to day life, time away from screens to really connect with each other, try new skills and experience new firsts.

The brain child behind this festival is Hayley Byfield who as a Mum and art producer who has worked on events at several large festivals over the past 20 years is the perfect person to create a festival that will be enjoyable for both the children as well as the adults.

I know all to well that festivals with little ones can be a daunting prospect so having the option to go along for the day to enjoy the festival vibes without the pressure of the camping element is a great way to go.

With over 11 art inspired zones there really is something to cater for all tastes. The Giggly Grove is set to be a giggle a minute with comedy acts aimed at children. The Magic Hollow is the place to go for all those aspiring magicians. The Wordy Wood will allows the children to slip away into a literary world. The Little Top is the place to perform all those circus skills. The Bop Along Ballroom is the perfect place to get those dancing shoes ready and practice those groovy moves. For any coding fans The Imagination Lab is the place to be. If funk, soul and jazz are more your thing then you need to make your way to the Harmony Hideout. For those of you with little ones the Babes In The Burrow with be a lovely little hideaway from the hustle and bustle of it all. I know a hit with us is going to be the Crafy Den where the children can take part in all kinds of crafts from festival crowns and dream catcher to water pistol painting and wacky weaving. Finally is the Play House where the kids can explore a dinosaur world, play games in the unicorn meadow an so much more!

We literally can’t wait to get along and experience this for ourselves and if you fancy coming along to join in the fun then take a look HERE to book your tickets or I am very pleased to say I have a competition running to win a family ticket that you can enter below!

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Giveaway Terms and Conditions

1. Giveaway is open to entrants worldwide. 2. No purchase necessary. 3. Ages 18 and over only.

4. Prize is a family ticket to Wild Child Festival in Dulwich.

5. A family ticket refers to 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children.

6. Tickets are for any day of the festival that the winners wish to attend. 7. Winner will be notified within 7 days of the random draw.

8. We will make all reasonable attempts to contact the winner; if after 3 attempts the winner still hasn’t claimed their prize, the promoter reserves the right to redraw.

9. Winner will need to confirm their festival attendance date with the promoter, within 72 hours of claiming their win.**

10. No last minute changes for number of guests or attendance date, unless authorised by the promoter. 11. No cash alternative, exchange, refund or resale.

12. Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value should circumstances make this necessary.

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Little Lambs Softplay – New Location And Better Than Ever

Setting up a business whilst being a busy Mum is something that is no mean feat and something many of us would shy away from for many reasons.

It takes drive, determination and passion to keep going and I am in awe of anybody that bites the bullet and makes their hopes and dreams a reality.

This is exactly what Sophie the owner of Little Lambs Softplay in Coulson has done and I have absolutely loved watching her journey and how far she has come in a few short years.

From a small area in a cricket clubhouse Sophie then moved her business onto a bigger and better premise inside a very popular shopping centre in Sutton that was a huge success, so much so that she then had the opportunity to grow even more allowing her to open the new premise she is in today in Coulsdon town centre.

I went along with Oscar to check out everything that is now on offer and we were both more than pleasantly surprised.

The softplay area is extremely spacious with slides, ball pits, ride-ons and lots more to keep little ones up to the age of 6 occupied.

On the same level there is plentiful seating from tabled areas to a cosy corner away from the noise that would be perfect to fed babies or simply pick up a book a relax if it all gets a little to much.

One thing that has always drawn me to Little Lambs is the food. Softplay areas are not usually renowned for the best food but they have really got this down to a tee here.

From indulgent waffles covered with cream and all sorts of goodies to at the healthier options of jacket potatoes that follow Slimming World guidelines, there is something for everyone.

I settled down with a warm croissant and a creamy coffee while Oscar opted for the fully loaded hot chocolate.

My head was turned more than a few time though with the scrummy looking Oreo milkshake and festive late complete with a mini mince pie.

Full up and worn out from all the running around we made our way upstairs to the role play area that I absolutely fell in love with.

The children can get dressed up in a huge variety of different costumes, take to the stage and become a mini popstar, get cooking in the kitchen area or do a spot of shopping in the supermarket or finally become a builder in the construction area complete with a cement mixer, bricks and safety equipment.

Little Lambs really do have everything you could want and more from a Softplay and more.The usual equipment to allow the children to build confidence, agility and let of some steam; good food to keep you all fuelled and an interactive area to allow you to really engage with your little ones whilst growing their imaginations.

This has certainly gone on our list of favourite places to visit and we will definitely be regulars from here on in.

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Digging For Worms In Edible Mud

  

Saturday morning started at a ridiculously early six am in this house.  After thirty minutes of hair pulling and being clambered over I relented and got up.  

I’ve not looked through Pintrest for a while now, so I sat with number four and he chose today’s activity – edible mud.

The idea came from kidsactivityblogs.com who seem to have many fab ideas.  They use cups as measurements but as long as you use equal parts of each ingredient it will work fine.  Here’s how we got on.

  

 

This has been one of the simplest activities I’ve prepared.  Simply take one large deepish tray of dish and mix all of the following ingredients.  We used wheat free flour for number fours allergies.

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Cocca
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 3 Cups Water 
  • Jelly Worms And Laces

   

   

Number four loved mixing this round and round until it turned into a big sticky brown mess.  Once it was all mixed in, we left a few lumps and bumps we mixed in some thin lace type jelly sweets and some wiggly jelly worms, well snakes as we couldn’t get worms but hey it’s good to use your imagination!

  

We then took a plastic spade and delved around in the mud finding the wiggly worms for a good thirty mins.  

   

   

This activity was set up for both number four and five and I feel that this could cover a wide range of ages as long as they don’t start to hit each other with the chocolate covered spades and then get removed from the table as number five did today.

  

I’ve not tried yet but I think this could also work well by taking out the cocca powder and emitting blue food colouring instead to create a sea theme with fish jellies.

Sensory Paint, Window Painting And Toliet Roll Hearts

  

It’s sometimes a struggle with a large family with quiet big age gaps to find activities that suit them all.  Number one and two are only really interested in crafts that are edible now, so it’s the youngest three that get enjoyment out making things at home now.

Paint is always a cheap, versatile option for crafts and today we did three seperate activities to cover their ages.

With number five only being one, paint tends to end up in his mouth rather than anywhere else; so I came across a great idea that involves placing blobs of paint inside a plastic bag or folder and securing to the table or highchair with selotape.  I got a medium sized plastic bag that I usually use for putting gifts into, added three different coloured paints and then secured it to his highchair tray with a triple layer of selotape.

   
     

He had great fun pushing the paint around with his fingers, mixing the colours together and feeling the strange texture.  This could be done with a larger zip up folder for bigger children as the other two were very interested in it to.

For number four we did some printing with different shapes and colours.  We took a large sheet of paper and a paper plate with two different coloured paints on.  For the printing we had half a plastic egg which makes a great circle, plus a toliet roll tube that I bent into the shape of a heart.  It is really simple and creates a great effect.

   
       

After number four had decided to decorate our bathroom with felt tip this week the next activity was done well out of his eyesight!

Number three did some window painting.  I was a little dubious about trying this one as I was worried the paint would drip everywhere and be a nightmare to get off.  Suprisingly it washed off really easily and just needed a quick rub over with your usual window cleaner.

All we did was take a few different coloured poster paints and added a small drop of washing up liquid to each colour to make it easier to get off.  I then gave her free rein to design whatever window display she desired.

   
 

I would do all three of these activites again as they all went down really well.  What are your favourite painting activites?

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Spaghetti Sensory Tub And Paint Brushes

It was a fraught start to the morning with number three running down the stairs shouting that she had to dress up for maths day just as we were leaving the house; we called on super Nanny who rustled up a number hat that we grabbed on the way in!

Once this was all sorted we could get on with our planned craft day with number four and five.  I had seen some great paint brushes made from spaghetti a while ago and knew they would go down a treat.  They are a very simple concept that gave lots of fun.  Firsty grab a handful of spaghetti and tie around the top to secure the strands.  Next cook the pasta according to the instructions, take out of the water and leave to cool down and dry.  I then got some paper plates and put on three different colours and let number four loose to make his creation on a large piece of white paper.

I was going to let number five have a go but thought the temptation of the spaghetti would be to much to keep him from eating the paint; so I made some sensory tubs for him to play with safely.  Theses are also very simple to make.  Take a couple of handfuls of spaghetti and cook according to the instructions again, drain the pasta and split between two tubs.  To each tub add a couple of drops of colouring of your choice plus a drizzle of oil to stop it from sticking together.  Number five had great fun throwing this all over the place and I didn’t need to worry about him eating the paint!




There was a lot of clearing up of the kitchen as well as the children, but a great time was had by all.

What are your favourite messy day activities?