Win A Family Ticket to Brainiac Live! London

The show that laughs in the face of SCIENCE

Brainiac Live! London

Strap on your safety goggles boys and girls, due to popular demand Science’s greatest and most volatile live show is returning with a vengeance.

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Based on the multi-award winning TV show, Brainiac Live! is back in London. More mischievous than ever before Brainiac Live! will take you on a breathless ride through the wild world of the weird and wonderful science. Expect exploding dustbins, combusting microwaves and loads of live daredevil stunts!

Watch from the safety of your seat as the Brainiacs delve fearlessly into the mysteries of science and do all of those things on stage that you’re too scared to do at home! There will be sparks flying and lots of loud bangs.

“It’s all good, educational fun.” The Guardian

Watch explosive footage at www.brainiaclive.com

Tickets are available to buy online at Udderbelly

Length: 60 mins

Age Recommendation: 6+

16 Performances only, May half-term from 28th May – 5th June Showings 1pm and 3:30pm

For a chance to win a family ticket to a performance in London then enter below on the rafflecopter widget.

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One winner will be picked at random from rafflecopter

Entrants must be able to attend the showing in London during May Half term

There is no cash alternative

 

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Raving with the young ones at Rave-A-Roo

Ever fancied cutting some moves in an iconic nightclub with your children?

Back in February I did something that I didn’t think I would be doing any time soon. I went raving with my boys at Ministry of Sound. Ok not quite raving but there was a DJ and there were lots of flashing neon lights along with extremely loud music.

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Rave-A-Roo is a clubbing mash-up of festival fun for the whole family. It’s the ultimate party with a festival-style program of big names, top DJs, the disco ball games, LIVE stage performances, confetti mayhem, neon craft, Glow Chill Room, PlayGlow toys, UV tattoo station and the chance for mini-clubbers and their adults to take on the dance floor with Rave-A-Roo resident artists Go! Go! Go! (Dance Set) as seen on Nick Jr.

I couldn’t believe I was inside such an iconic place of my younger years with my young children, dancing away to the tunes whilst my boys were kicking a football about and playing with play dough. It was quite unreal.

As we arrived to the Ministry of Sound we was greeted by a queue that went around the corner, nothing new there. As we joined the back of the line, we was entertained the whole time by Rave A Roo entertainers, telling jokes, blowing bubbles at us and getting the children really excited prior to entering. After queueing for about 15 minutes we were eventually inside.

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We had a quick look around, checking out each area. The main room had live entertainment on stage with a DJ playing tunes to boogie along to in between sets. The bar area had a UV Tattoo station, a UV playdough table and an inflatable ball machine. There was a soft play area for the little ones to go mad in and music playing throughout the rooms.

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The toilet areas were well equipped for the little ones too, steps were placed in the cubicles and around the sink areas and changing mats was placed on a low down table along with a few items to use.

The atmosphere was very chilled and quite surreal. Children were running around, laughing and dancing, enjoying themselves whilst parents looked on and watched them have fun. I felt safe to allow my 8-year-old to roam between rooms, whilst I kept an eye on the 4-year-old.

We spent some time in the main room, cutting some moves but the music was a little too loud for my middle boy, who is quite sensitive to noise. The room was quickly becoming packed out with little ravers enjoying the music. Big balls were being thrown throughout the crowd and everyone was having a ball 😉

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My boys enjoyed the bar area where they played with playdough and the ball machine.

Along with all the entertainment to keep the little ones busy, there was a licensed bar.

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I am happy to announce that I did relax a little and enjoy a glass of bubbles, well it was a launch after all.

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The eldest and the youngest one found a blow up ball to kick about, I can’t take them anywhere without them finding a ball to play football with. Even a couple of adults joined in with their little game of footy, they had tucked themselves into the corner of the room so that they wouldn’t bother anyone. The middle boy spent most of his time playing with the neon playdough, creating little animals.

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We had a wonderful time at Rave-A-Roo and would definitely recommend it to any family. There is something to keep all ages entertained. As you can see from the video, even the teenager managed to put a smile on his face.

 

Nationwide dates will be released soon for 2016. Take a look here for more information

We was invited along for the purpose of this post, no payment has been received.

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Christmas Crafts with Yellow Moon

Winter is definitely here, lights are being turned on all around, Decorations are going up, it must mean only one thing! Christmas is coming!

What better way to get your children into the festive mood than doing a spot of Christmas Crafts with them, Yellow Moon offers a great selection of all types of crafts and sets to do.

We was sent some festive crafts to do at home so we could share with you all how wonderful they are to do and fabulous they turn out.

Santa Beard Whistles (pack of 6)     £1.95

Star Glitter Mosaic Wands (Pack of 4)     £1.99

Santa Felt Stickers (Pack of 90)     £2.99

Christmas Printed Paper Pack (Pack of 50)     £3.99

Reindeer Gift Bags (Pack of 4)     £3.75 Originally £3.75

Penguin Sewing Decorations Kits (Pack of 3)     £3.95

Tumbling Snowmen (Pack of 4)     £1.49 Originally £2.45

Christmas Foam Glasses Kits (Pack of 4)     £3.99

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Santa beard whistles

The Santa Beard whistles are ideal for all those Christmas parties that you will be attending over the festive period, they can be enjoyed by the young and old. They are fun to play with but also very funny to look at. All you have to do is push through the whistle the hole on the cut out beard and then its ready to run around the house looking like santa blowing the whistle. Comes in 2 assorted beard colours, the beards are 13cm in height and are suitable for 3+.

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Star mosaic wand

Star Glitter Wands kits comes in an assortment of 4 colours, Orange, Red, Blue and Purple. Like all of the kits from Yellow Moon, it comes with easy to follow picture instructions. In each kit you will find a wooden stick, mosaic self adhesive tiles, ribbon and a star template. This wasn’t a favourite of my boys but they reluctantly made them and soon found themselves enjoying the activity. The little glitter mosaic tiles are fiddly at first, as they are quite small and not so easy to peel off and place onto the star but once you get the hand of it, it gets easier. This activity took the longest to do and really helped with the boys concentration. Even though it was tricky they was determined to finish the wand. We have placed our wand on to the tree.

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Santa Face stickers

The Santa Felt Stickers are little white self adhesive stickers of santas grinning face. They are perfect for adding to Christmas cards, gift tags and even to decorate Christmas presents with. They come in 6 assorted designs of santas face and there are 90 in a pack. Along with the santa stickers there is a sheet of mustaches to add-on to santas face.

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Christmas paper

The Christmas Printed Paper come in a pack of 50 measuring at 20.3cm x 20.3cm. There are 10 assorted designs which are ideal to add to decorate cards or to do a little of origami with. There are 10 assorted designs and 50 festive sheets per pack. Each Sheet size is 20.3cm x 20.3cm. They are perfect for craft projects. The sheets of paper come in a book so they can be pulled out when needed, the paper is quite firm (a bit like card) so it can be easily formed into something.
We made a star of David from the star printed paper

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Reindeer gift bags

The Reindeer Gift Bags are the most adorable way to give a present to someone. The bag size is 11cm x 12cm so only little gifts can be added into them or they can be used as a party bag for the children. Each pack comes with 2 assorted colours and in each kit you will find everything to make the gift bag with, paper bag, pre cut self adhesive foam pieces and googly eyes. They are easy and fun to make. As with most kits from Baker Ross, they come with self adhesive stickers but some you need to use your own glue. With the gift bags you need to glue down the antlers and the ears, we used a glue stick and it did the job. The boy really enjoyed this craft, they love that they have their own gift bag to store their little pieces of art work in.

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Penguin sewing decoration kit

A favourite of my boys was the Penguin Sewing Decoration Kits. Penguins are my sons favourite mammal, he adores them, so he couldn’t wait to sew together the kit and create his own little cute penguin. Comes in 3 assorted colours – Red, Blue & Green. Each kit includes pre-cut felt shapes, self-adhesive felt pieces, yarn, stuffing, ribbon & plastic needle. This activity isn’t just cute and adorable to loom at but it also teaches children sewing skills, which is really good for there fine motor skills. The penguins look so cute hanging on the tree and would even make an adorable present for the young ones to give to their teachers.

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How cute does the final product look?

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Penguin hanging in the tree

 

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Tumbling snowmen

The Tumbling Snowmen are cool little guys that have sticky hands, feet and bellies. Stick them on glass, a wall or a cupboard and watch them tumble-down to the floor. These little cool dudes are so much fun, but don’t take your eyes off of them as they can go really fast! Place on shiny surfaces and have races, see whose snowman is the fastest! Perfect as a stocking filler or even to add to the children’s advent .

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Christmas glasses

The Christmas foam glasses kit comes with four designs – penguin, snowman, reindeer and santa. Each kit includes foam glasses, self-adhesive foam pieces and wiggle-eyes. They are easy to make and the instructions are easy to follow. The foam pieces are easy to peel and as they are pre cut into the shapes they are easy to place on the glasses. These kits take minutes to do, but the children love doing them. They are fun and the children adore showing off what they have created after.

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Why not take a look at what else Yellow Moon has to offer?

We was sent a box of crafts to share with my readers as part of being a Yellow Moon blogger.

 

 

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A Christmas Star DVD Giveaway #win

A Christmas Star

The feel-good family film of the year, spreading a truly special Christmas message…

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This Christmas, prepare to believe in miracles as Belfast-based children’s charity Cinemagic and Signature Entertainment present A Christmas Star, released in UK cinemas nationwide from 13th November, 2015 and on DVD, Blu-Ray, EST and VOD from 23rd November, 2015.

Staring film and TV’s elite, A Christmas Star tells the heartwarming story of Noel, a spirited young who embarks on a magical journey to save her friends and family. Newcomer Erin Galway-Kendrick and a host of actors including Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Suranne Jones (TV’s Scott & Bailey, Doctor Foster), Robert James-Collier (TV’s Downton Abbey, Coronation Street), Bronagh Waugh (Hollyoaks, The Fall), and Richard Clements (A Belfast Story). The film is narrated by Liam Neeson (Taken, A Walk Among The Tombstones) and features a cameo from Kylie Minogue and guest appearance from Dermot O’Leary.

Born in dramatic circumstances under the Christmas Star, Noel believes she has the gift to perform strange miracles. When conniving developer McKerrod threatens her peaceful life she teams up with a misfit gang of local kids to save the village from demolition.  However, one by one her friends lose faith in Noelle’s abilities and she is left to fight McKerrod on her own. The town’s future hinges on a final showdown in Belfast’s historic Stormont building as Noelle implores politicians, her friends and the watching world to believe in the true meaning of Christmas…love.

‘The innovative film production gave budding young actors the chance to star alongside movie legends. Over 40 trainee crew aged 18 – 25 were mentored by industry professionals who trained them in all aspects of filmmaking including director Richard Elson (M.I. High, Steffi), award-winning film composer Patrick Doyle (Brave, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), music supervisor Maggie Rodford, (The King’s Speech, Anna Karenina), casting director Ros Hubbard, (The Commitments, Dracula Untold), camera operator, Ian Fox, (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man), producer Iain Smith, (Children of Men, Mad Max: Fury Road) and production manager, Terry Bamber (The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Skyfall), who all took a break from their own shooting schedules to mentor the trainees.’

Cinemagic patron and Oscar-winning writer, Julian Fellowes, said: “I am proud to be associated with the fantastic work that Cinemagic has been delivering for twenty five years. We are told on every side that it’s time to lower barriers and cross frontiers and this is exactly what Cinemagic is doing.” He added: “Young people, from every type of background and culture, are being encouraged to explore the world of film for themselves, first hand. We want them to break through the glass ceilings and walls that surround them, and see for themselves what it’s really like. Whether or not they continue to live or work in the Arts, there can surely be no better preparation for seeking and finding the right life.”

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings, MBE said: “Our Christmas feature film has brought young people from different cultural backgrounds together, and representatives from the worlds of film, television and music collaborated to celebrate creativity and highlights the importance of developing young people’s skills and offering them unique film and television related opportunities. We are enormously proud and excited to bring this to cinemas nationwide for all the family to enjoy this Christmas.”

I’m giving away a copy of the DVD to one lucky winner. Enter below. Ends 12/12/15 midnight. Uk entries only please.

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Ghosthunters on icy trails trailer

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Based on the bestselling novel by Cornelia Funke, this heartwarming tale of an unusual friendship, built out of the need to defeat an ancient evil, GHOSTHUNTERS.
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When the often-fearful eleven-year-old Tom (Milo Parker – Mr Holmes) discovers a slimy green ghost in his cellar called Hugo, he is understandably afraid.  However, Tom soon realises that Hugo, who is an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost), is not only completely harmless but also desperately in need of his help. He has been banished from his haunted house by a dangerous AIG (Ancient Ice Ghost) who has moved in and is spreading an arctic cold over the entire town in the middle of summer!

To help get rid of this AIG, Tom and Hugo enlist the services of a professional Ghosthunter, Hetty Cuminseed, who has just lost her job at the CGI (the Central Ghosthunting Institute). Hetty doesn‘t like children or ghosts very much but Tom and Hugo convince her to teach them the basics of ghosthunting. The three become an unlikely team – only with friendship, courage and self–confidence can they overcome their adversary and save the town from the AIG.

Will the unconventional trio overcome their differences, and manage to defeat the evil Ancient Ice Ghost, and save the town from an icy end?

We was lucky to be invited along to a screening of the Ghosthunters, as we wasn’t sure of the certificate, we all went along. We had watched the trailer and thought that it was suitable for Oliver, who is 4, to watch.
Hugo is most definitely the star of the movie, my children loved his character. He is friendly, adorable and hilarious. Hugo just wants a friend and someone to help him in the quest of getting rid of the Ancient Ice Ghost from his home, so that he can move back in and get on with being an ASG. Tom is afraid of him at first and tries everything to get rid of him, even squirting him with orange juice (which ghost don’t like) but he soon realises that Hugo just wants a friend. When Tom goes in search of Hetty, he first asks her for help to get rid of Hugo, but the next time he goes to her house its to help Hugo.
Although Hetty doesn’t originally take a liking to Tom and Hugo, she soon realises that they have grown on her and that they are her only friends. As the days go by, the AIG becomes stronger and stronger and soon is taking over the city. It moves into the CGI where the three of them get together and work out what is needed to banish the AIG from Hugo’s home and the city forever.
My boys loved the film and can’t wait until it’s out on DVD so that they can buy it. The laughed the whole way through, and are now even searching for their very own Hugo.

Don’t miss the thrilling GHOSTHUNTERS at cinemas nationwide 2nd OCTOBER.

Director: Tobi Baumann
Starring: Milo Parker (Mr Holmes), Anke Engelke
Running Time: 100 mins – CERT: TBC

We have received no payment for this review. 

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Roller Disco at Combe Haven

There are two things that my boys love to do and that is physical activities and dancing …. At Combe Haven both of these have been combined to create a Roller Disco.

Combe Haven is a Haven holiday site on the south coast in West St Leonards, not far from Hastings.

On site they have a huge indoor sportsdrome where you can have Archery and fencing lessons, and also experience an indoor disco with a twist.

Each session lasts for 45 minutes and costs £4 for two people.
That’s 45 minutes of falling on your bottom, testing the resilience of your knees and pure laughter. Skates and protective gear are provided upon arrival.

You are bound to come away from the experience with many funny memories and a few bumps and bruises. It’s funny how you can fall over on roller blades, laugh about and just get right back up without thinking about the damage you have done to your legs and arms. Lol.

My boys absolutely love the roller disco and a trip to Combe Haven isn’t complete without having a taste of the roller disco experience.

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Excuse the quality of the photos, they were taken on my iPhone and the room is dark with flashing lights.

With the pop music pumping and the disco lights flashing away, Joseph decided to do a dance to the song, Timber.

Joseph learnt the dance in his theatre group that he attends, I think he looks so cute trying to balance and dance at the same time

On the other hand, Jak, takes it quite seriously and tries his best to skate around the hall without falling over.

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The boys thoroughly enjoyed boogieing on down to the latest tunes whilst whizzing around on wheels. Well maybe not quite Whizzing…. More like rolling.

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We’re looking forward to our next holiday to the site next year as the boys will have their friends with them to show off some moves that they have perfected. Jak even plucked up the courage to skate backwards 🙂

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Shaun the Sheep: Shear Heat DVD review

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The troublesome farmyard gang is back as Shaun the Sheep™ returns on DVD on 21st July 2014. From Aardman, the acclaimed creators of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep™ Shear Heat follows Shaun and his pals as they get up to yet more mischief!

Comprising of ten short episodes, viewers are welcomed back to Mossy Bottom Farm to follow Shaun, Bitzer and the rest of the gang as they embark on a series of fun-filled adventures. Including hilarious episodes such as Shaun the Fugitive, Bull Vs Wool and The Hang Glider, this animated series promises to keep the kids laughing all summer. As well as a range of exciting behind-the-scenes features, the DVD also includes the teaser trailer for Shaun the Sheep The Movie, which is being released on February 6th 2015, and an in-pack colouring sheet.

Episodes included on this DVD:

·         Shaun the Fugitive

·         Mission Inboxible

·         The Rounders Match

·         Film Night

·         Bull Vs Wool

·         The Piano

·         The Snapshot

·         Prickly Heat

·         The Hang Glider

·         The Shadow Play

Extra Features:

·         Behind the Scenes: Rigging

·         Behind the Scenes: Animating Shaun

·         Behind the Scenes: Sheep Maintenance

·         While the Animator’s Away

·         Shaun the Sheep: Movie Teaser Trailer

About Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep, Aardman’s family favourite TV series, is recognised the world over for its slapstick humour, distinctive look and strong, quirky characters and enjoyed across multiple media platforms. First appearing in Nick Park’s 1995 Academy Award winning Wallace & Gromit film ‘A Close Shave’, Shaun then went on to star in his own series which launched on BBC One in 2007.   The first Shaun the Sheep Movie is currently in production with feature film partner Studio Canal and scheduled for release in Spring 2015.

Comprising of 10 short episodes of the well loved British Animation it promises to be 70 minutes of pure laughter. My youngest enjoys the theme song and in between each episode he dances around the living room to the music, as soon as the episode starts he sits down and giggles away. Their favourite episode on the DVD is Film Night, where Shaun and Bitzer the dog are sitting down in a shed watching funny clips of themselves getting hurt or embarrassing moments in which the other is not amused at!

There are many appearances from the best loved Shaun the Sheep characters including Timmy, Bitzer, The Flock, The Farmer and the naughty pigs throughout the 10 episodes. The relationship between Bitzer and Shaun the Sheep is friendly and fun to watch. Bitzer is often found in the farmyard with a clipboard taking his job as sheepdog quite seriously when the farmer is around but once in the company of Shaun he will join in, if it suits him, with his wayward antics. Shaun the Sheep does not follow the Flock and is quite mischievous. Shaun often finds himself in tricky situations like the time in ‘Shaun the Fugitive’ when he tries to pinch cake for all the Flock but gets caught out by the Farmer and Bitzen as he is covered in cake. With his fun Nature it proves hard for the Farmer to stay mad with him.

Oliver, my youngest, is 3 and says that Shaun is naughty but funny.

This DVD is ideal for children aged 3 to 10, although with no words and only music the older of the age group would most probably under stand the humour a bit more than younger children. As a parent i would happily enough sit down with the children and watch the DVD with them as each episode is short and funny.

Be sure to join in the fun this summer as Shaun the Sheep – Shear Heat arrives on DVD on 21st July.

We was provided with a promotional copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review.

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