Category: Kids

photos-48It's always nice to do festive stuff with little ones and Foyles is making it super easy with Snowball, their first ever one-day winter children’s festival.

A great day out either for your little ones or little ones that are once removed. This ticketed event is being held on Saturday 26th November (9:30am – 5:30pmon Level 6 at 107 Charring Cross Road. Expect a day jam-packed with arts and crafts, storytelling - this will be a great one for both festive fun and a bit of learning. If you know any bidding book worms this mini fest will be perfect for them.

9781782118572To both inspire those who are a little older and entertain the younger there will also be author visits – from Matt Haig’s The Girl Who Saved Christmas and queen of historical fiction Emma Carroll talking about her most wintery books, to art activities with children’s authors Jennifer Higgie and Lisa Stickley.

If you can't make this event there is still the chance to listen to readings of The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snowdog at Charing Cross Road on Sunday 11th December (2 – 4pm). These classics are accompanied by Gingerbread Snowman decoration… and the all important tasting afterwards.

You can also meet the huggable Snowman at the Southbank Royal Festival Hall earlier the same day (11am – 12 noon), where Snowman stickers and mince pies will be provided.

Find full information as well as what's happening at other Foyles up and down the country here.

 

A scene from the 1989 motion picture "Ghostbusters !I. CREDIT: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [Via MerlinFTP Drop]
CREDIT: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 
Hows that for an Instagram post? You in the Ecto-1 drivin around doing some Halloween errands??

Minicabit is today launching the spookiest taxi in town, the Ghostbusters Ecto-1, to coincide with the launch of Ghostbusters on DVD and Blu-ray.
This Saturday (29th October), hitch a ride around London in the iconic ghostbusting car, the Ecto-1. The famous slimemobile will pick riders up along with up to two friends and take them to a spooky attraction including the London Dungeon, Coca-cola London Eye and Madame Tussauds.
Pre-registration opens today with would-be ghost hunters able to sign up https://www.minicabit.com/ghostbusters.

pumpkin carving on demand in london

We were pumpkin carving at the weekend and it's not the easiest thing in the world.

A handy tip: those child friendly pumpkin carving packs aren't so adult friendly when you stab your pumpkin covered, slippery hand with them.

The one good thing about carving pumpkins yourself is sticking the seeds in to roast with some brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.. makes the bleeding hands more worthwhile.

But let's face it - not that many of us have the time or the artistic skills to create truly terrifying pumpkins without damaging ourselves so why not take up the offer of having them carved for you - it's the handy kind of thing that you'll probably only find in London after all. So you might as well take advantage.

Just like most things now you can order a pre-carved pumpkin straight to your door then take all the glory when friends marvel at your un-plastered fingers and wonderfully scary fruit offering (yes a pumpkin is classed as a fruit).

Here's all the details:

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To celebrate the spookiest day of the year, courier service Jinn has announced the launch of the UK’s first, limited-edition Pumpkin Carvery delivery. Available from October 26th, Londoners can enjoy a hassle-free Halloween by ordering a professionally carved pumpkin via Jinn’s app to be delivered straight to their door in under an hour.

With the detail of pumpkin designs getting bigger and better every year, Jinn’s Pumpkin Carvery service allows consumers to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ and be the envy of their street with carved creations to out-spook the neighbours. Teaming up with both Fulham-based merchant Lavender Green Flowers and art studio Sand In Your Eye, Jinn is offering these spook-tacular limited edition packages starting from £40.

Mario Navarro, CEO of Jinn, said: “Jinn offers users access to the best of their city in under an hour and this Halloween we are showcasing the diversity of our service with the carved pumpkin offering, available to order on our app. As a nation, we are steadily spending more over festive periods, so this year we are enabling customers to be the beastliest on their block”.

Whether looking for a unique gift or to impress friends with a gourd-geous pumpkin, the limited-edition Pumpkin Carvery service will be available via the Jinn app or website www.jinapp.com.

school-of-rock-curtain-call_650Taking your kids to theatre productions can be a fantastic way to get them to truly appreciate the arts, and it may even inspire them to pursue the arts themselves. If you are in London, there are a host of theatre productions that you can attend, but some are better suited to kids than others. If you are in search of the best options for your family, continue reading for a short list of four of the best theatre productions in London that your kids are sure to love.

1.      School of Rock

The film School of Rock, which starred Jack Black, was released in 2003, and it has since been adapted to the live stage and has already become a beloved Broadway production, winning critical acclaim and being nominated for the Tony Award. The production will open at the New London Theatre in November of 2016, with previews in October. Andrew Lloyd Webber is responsible for providing the music for the School of Rock musical, which is sure to put a smile on your kids’ faces as it combines catchy songs with comedy and a great storyline.

2.      The Lion King

If your kids absolutely loved the animated Disney movie, The Lion King, they will definitely enjoy the musical version of this beloved story about a lion named Simba who is living in Africa and who struggles to become the king of his pride. The famous characters of the film are brought to life on stage in dazzling costumes and with incredible special effects, and the songs of Elton John and Tim Rice are sure to have your kids singing long after the show is over. Directed by Julie Taymor, this show lasts 160 minutes.

3.      Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Another beloved children’s tale that has been brought to life by the theatre world of London is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This musical is a lot of fun to watch, and it is a really spectacular production that is now entering its fourth, and final, season in the city’s West End. So take your kids to see the chocolate garden and meet the famous Oompa-Loompas before it is too late.

4.      Wicked

One of the most popular musicals of all time is Wicked, which is fun for both adults and kids. Showcasing the early life of the wicked witch from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this production is actually based upon Gregory Maguire’s novel, which serves as a prequel to L Frank Baum’s work. This must-see hit is considered one of the best of all of the West End musicals, and once you see it, you will fully understand why it has become a global phenomenon enjoyed by millions. Joe Mantello is the director, and the musical runs for 165 minutes.

These are just a few of the many theatre productions that are found throughout London and that are ideal for children. Be sure to bring your kids for a fun day or night at the theatre that they will never forget.

unnamedCamp Bestival have announced that Bestival’s hugely popular holistic zone, Slow Motion will be making its debut at Camp Bestival this year. There might be non-stop kids action at Lulworth Castle this July but Camp Bestival is for you too, mums and dads! So don’t miss out on a whole arena dedicated to contemporary wellbeing, reenergising and rebalancing, from mindful running and meditation to re-centring yoga and restorative therapies. Slow Motion is the place to indulge in some you time, finding a little slice of inner peace away from the high-octane space-based entertainment.

Rob da Bank says: “With all the insanity, rushing around, lack of headspace and general unsettling vibes going around in the world at the moment, festivals are an escape that are more necessary than ever. Last year we created Slow Motion as an escape from the madness of a festival and I suppose the world… so we’re very proud to unveil our new line up for 2016 for an area that really offers a different path and a new vision for you whatever you’re into”.

Whether you’ve just arrived and want to get on the fast track to a relaxed festival vibe or you’re looking to soothe away the excesses of your intergalactic adventures, one of our Slow Motion Therapiescould be just what you need. You’ll be able to choose from Holistic Massage, Skin & Tonic Facials, Reflexology, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Shiatsu or a Sports & Remedial rub down. All treatments use Pukka Herbs’ therapeutic oils, so why not treat yourself this year before stepping back into the festival fun feeling refreshed and re-energised – in both body and mind? Our therapy sessions are always very popular, so book early to guarantee yourself a treatment at a time that suits you.