Adding a bit of zing to our little corner of the internet

I decided even before the start of the New Year the blog needed a bit of work. It is our very own corner of the internet and I was beginning to feel like it was not representing me, Neo and PJ very well or that I was not taking it seriously. It was lacking personality, colour, fizz, pizazz, you name it! When I was picking my blog theme, I was thinking minimalistic but I ended up with boring.

 

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London with Kids – 16 to 18 January 2015

London always has so much to offer for families that sometimes it can be overwhelming if you have nothing planned for the week-end and would like to know what’s going on.  If like us, you live for the weekend and want fun things to do, then I have rounded up some lovely child friendly activities in London.

 

Free Range Urban Kids

Free Range Urban Kids is Hackney’s first outdoor nursery inspired by Germany and Scandinavian outdoor nurseries. Parents can drop off their children for a day of climbing and planting trees, crafts and learning to be safe in nature.

Millfields Park, Lea Bridge Road, E5 0AR

£16 per session

Ages three to five years

 

Polar Bears Go Wild

Image from Unicorn Theatre

Image from Unicorn Theatre

London seems to be having the perfect weather for polar bears. Polar Bears Go Wild is a play about two cheeky polar bears that go on a fun musical adventure. This is sure to keep the little ones entertained.

Unicorn Theater for Children, 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ

£16 for an adult

For ages two and older

 

Kooza

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil

 

Cirque du Soleil is returning to London’s Royal Albert Hall with Kooza, a show combining two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning.

Royal Albert Hall

Tickets from £52.50 for an adult

Perfect for ages three and older

 

Red Riding Hood

The Puppet Theatre Barge in London presents Red Riding Hood And The Wolf Who Tried To Eat Her. The show is set to be delightful to both adults and kids alike.

Puppet Theatre Barge, Little Venice, W9 2PF

Tickets from £8.50

Good for ages three and older

 

This should be enough to fill the week-end; are you and yours doing anything fun this week-end?

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Kgomotso

Room on the broom

Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler are not strangers in my house and I bet mine is not the only family that is familiar with this power-duo’s books. So, when I saw tickets on a discount on Amazon Local to a play based on their book Room on the Broom, it was a no-brainer; of course we are going to see it!

 

On Saturday we went to the Lyric Theare in London and were lucky enough to get seats pretty close to the front.

 

Room on the Broom tells the story of a kind witch who invites animals on her small broom, much to the annoyance of her cat. The witch is then saved by the animals from a dragon that was threatening to eat her. It is a story about kindness, family, friendship, cooperation and also overcoming things that frighten you with the help of friends.

 

The play ran for about an hour and got Neo to jump up from his seat a few times from excitement when he remembered parts of the story. The book has been adapted for theater and the additions were good and fit in well with the rest of the story. There were moments in the play that even got the adults chuckling along. I was a bit apprehensive that the appearance of the dragon and that whole scene would be scary for Neo but was seemed fine. I think it helped that he was familiar with the story and knew what to expect. The dragon was hilarious and all the animals had a back story that makes all of them so endearing.

 

Room on the Broom set - The beginning of the play

Room on the Broom set – The beginning of the play

 

The Room on the Broom set

The Room on the Broom set

 

Paying close attention

Paying close attention

Just a few notes…

  • The play, although great, could have been a little more interactive in trying to keep the younger audiences involved.
  • The play is recommended for children who are three years plus (exception for babes in arms).
  • The scenes involving the dragon and the rescue could potentially be scary for some children.

All in all, a good play that I would highly recommend.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Kgomotso xx

 

 

2015 travel wish list

We have decided to do a bit of forward planning with our year and our family holidays. There are flight and holidays sales on right now and we need to be able to take advantage of discounts on offer. We are very lucky that we are now somewhat stable in our lives and careers right now and can, as much as possible; start making wish lists for our travelling. More than just any other wish list, I really want us to be part of the cool kids that have crazy adventurous holidays either here in the UK or elsewhere. Here goes or family wish-list:

  1. USA – I actually want to do route 66 in June but it is so long! The minimum time it takes to do is is about three weeks. I won’t be able to get that much time off work plus I don’t think Neo will enjoy spending that much time in the car. We are still very keen on a road trip and are looking at other child friendly options. This will be our main/big holiday for the year.
  2. Thailand – I am not sure if we are going to manage this in 2015 but this has always been on our bucket list. I love the idea of a holiday on the beach but I also like being taken out of the comfort zone and experiencing new cultures, food and people. I can hopefully finally qualify as a Padi open water diver and we can find fun things to do as a family.
  3. Skiing – PJ insisted I include this one! It’s been four long years since our last ski holidays and it’s long overdue.

In the UK

  1. Cornwall – I think we are three of about nine people left in all of London to have never been to Cornwall. I have heard only good things and we need to make this happen.
  2. Festival – we haven’t decided which yet. My twitter timeline was filled with lovely tweets of people having an awesome time at various festivals last year and I would love for us to have some festival and camping fun. All I have to do is convince PJ.

Europe

  1. Portugal – This is one country that we always have every intention of seeing every year but have never had the chance. I hope we can make time to get away to see Lisbon this year.
  2. Croatia – This is considered by many to be an up and coming destination and very good value for money.

 

I know for a fact we won’t be able to manage all of these this year. There isn’t nearly enough time for all with Neo starting school in September, travel will be limited to school holidays and half terms. And unless we hit the lotto jackpot, we can’t possibly afford all of them. It is good to have something to aspire to when an opportunity presents itself.

 

What are your travel plans for 2015?

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Kgomotso xx

London New Year’s Day Parade

Our New Year’s Eve was like any other… Neo went to bed at the usual bed time; PJ and I stayed in, listened to some music and we watched the fireworks on television at midnight. We are living on the edge!

We woke up on New Year’s Day bright, chirpy and not hung-over and headed off to Trafalgar Square in central London to watch the London New Year’s Day Parade. I never realised that parades were a thing in London and so we went there with no expectations. We went to Trafalgar Square to catch the middle of the route and hoped it was less crowded.

 

This year the London New Year’s Day Parade hosted more than 8,500 performers that included cheerleaders, circus performers, marching bands and just about everything in between.

 

Great spot to see all the performers

Great spot to see all the performers

 

Universal Cheerleaders Association performed to Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off'

Universal Cheerleaders Association performed to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’

 

The Foresters Scooter Club & Friends - These  guys were cool and definitely young at heart

The Foresters Scooter Club & Friends – These guys were cool and definitely young at heart

 

Gilbert High School Tiger Pride Marching Band - Neo loved the tiger mascot

Gilbert High School Tiger Pride Marching Band – Neo loved the tiger mascot

 

The London Borough of Havering - who doens't love trains?

The London Borough of Havering – who doens’t love trains?

 

Trafalgar Square Nelson's Column

Trafalgar Square Nelson’s Column

We were there long enough to see a handful of bands and cheerleaders but not too long that we got too cold or our feet got sore from standing. The crowds were not too bad and we were able to find a good spot to see all the performers going past.

 

Our tips for 2016

  • If you would like to see all the performers, then it’s a good idea to but tickets and get a place to sit in the grandstands.
  • There is no need to be there for the entire duration of the parade if you don’t have tickets booked, especially with a young child.
  • Pick a spot close to a grandstand where performers stop to perform their skit as opposed just walking/marching/running past the crowds.
  • Trafalgar Square seems to provide the middle ground between the beginning and the end of the parade route.

 

What did you do on New Year’s Day?

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Kgomotso xx