Die Cast vehicles are such classic toys, providing hours and hours of play and Tonka have a brilliantly versatile range including emergency vehicles, big rigs and monster trucks. Our younger two children have been having lots of fun with the range, both indoors and outdoors and we have a fun Tonka giveaway for one In The Playroom reader too – at the end of this blog post!
Taking place 3-5 August in Croxteth County Park in Liverpool, CBBC Summer Social is the BBC’s biggest ever kids event, and the only festival to offer 6-12 year olds (and their families) a unique line-up of CBBC and CBeebies favorites along side a host of international music artists.
Live musical performances will include New Hope Club, Bars & Melody & Johnny Orlando, Matt Terry, Max & Harvey, The Next Step, Sophia Grace, Union J, Kidz Bop, Shrek the Musical and more.
For the younger fans, CBeebies’ royalty, Mr Tumble will be on site along with a CBeebies Village packed with enticing activities and performances including Sam & Mark and Andy Day & The Odd Socks.
Revelers can also enjoy imaginative and immersive activity zones, theatre shows and creative workshops as well as character walkabouts, vlogger meet and greets, live appearances from the most popular children’s authors and much more. The beautiful Croxteth Country Park is easily accessible by road or bus and ample parking will be available on site.
One of the things I love about having a daughter after having all boys is the chance to dress her up, especially when special occasions come around. Eid is just around the corner, as we celebrate the end of Ramadan, and it’s the perfect opportunity for my little princess to wear something a bit special.
I was really impressed with the range of beautiful dresses at Roco clothing, and it wasn’t easy to choose but I selected a gorgeous champagne colour dress for N (17 months) and some amazing sparkly shoes to go with it.
EARLY MAN – the new prehistoric comedy adventure from Aardman, the creators of WALLACE & GROMIT and SHAUN THE SHEEP – will be available on digital downloadfrom 21 MAY 2018and on DVD,Blu-ray™and 4K UHDfrom 28 MAY 2018
To celebrate the release, we are giving away Early Man on DVD and a family ticket to a very special Aardman animation workshop at West Midland Safari Park on 1st June. But hurry – this giveaway is only open for one day!
The Book Trust are back with their Bath, Book, Bed campaign for the third year. This is a really simple routine that I’ve naturally followed with all of my children, as I definitely find that having a structured bed time routine really helps them to get settled into a nice early bed time and go off to sleep happily – especially with babies and toddlers.
Nearly every family with a young child must have a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! It’s such a well known and well loved book, that the Caterpillar has become iconic. When you think of children’s books, it’s one of the first that comes to mind, and I’m sure I’m not alone in being able to recite the whole story off by heart word for word!
Rainbow Designs have some gorgeous products to go alongside the Eric Carle book. We were sent this Very Hungry Caterpillar Large Plush and Let’s Count on the Go Book, and we have the same products as a giveaway prize for one lucky reader too!
Julia Donaldson’s books are such well loved classics, and The Highway Rat is one of our favourites. It’s brilliant to see books like this being turned into board games, so that you can tie in your story time with play time. It can only help to encourage and nurture a love of reading and a deeper connection to the stories, so I think it’s a great idea!
The Highway Rat Stand and Deliver Board Game from Paul Lamond Games is beautifully illustrated, and very true to the book.
Goodbye Christopher Robin is the true story of the family behind the famous and well-loved Winnie-the-Pooh. It’s brilliantly made and really captivating.
It’s not often we come across a historical true story movie like this that appeals to the whole family, but it was a hit with my children aged 6-9 as well as with us parents. It took the kids about 10 or 15 minutes to get into, so at the beginning I wasn’t sure if it was going to keep their interest but by the end of the movie they were gripped! I found it a refreshing change to the usual animated movies that we watch with the kids.
At the end of the First World War, beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) creates the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh—which brings him immediate acclaim. But the books’ international success comes at a cost to the author, his young son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston) and his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie), in this beautifully filmed, poignant story about fame and family that also stars Kelly Macdonald.
Follow the journey A. A. Milne and his family embark on when the birth of Winnie-the-Pooh grasps the attention of not just Britain, but the entire world, as everyone falls for the warm, soft, fuzzy bear who conquers our hearts just as much today as he did back then.
I found the story of A.A Milne and his family really fascinating, as I admit I hadn’t really thought more deeply into Winnie the Pooh’s origins and what effect the fame of this story would have had on the family, particularly Christopher Robin (or Billy Moon as he was actually known to his family – as you’ll see in the film!)
At times their story is desperately sad, but there are moments that warm your heart. It’s a story that lingers in your mind after watching, not quickly forgotten, which is the mark of a great movie.
With Mother’s Day creeping up on us (it’s this Sunday) it’s probably best to make sure you’re prepared instead of panic shopping last minute!
Luckily for you, we’ve got this huge Mother’s Day Special to spoil the lucky lady in your life – whether that’s your mum, or a dad buying for the mum of your kids. It’s got Soaps, Teas, Shampoos, Beauty Products and more!
We’ve teamed up with Discount Supplements, the UK’s leading retailer of sports supplements, cruelty free products and protein bars to bring you the chance to win, all you have to do is enter the competition via the Gleam widget below!
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