An Epic Day At Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder

Are you looking for something to get your children out of the house and away from technology?

Let the children loose ready for an adventure on the ultimate obstacle course

Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder is a 1 mile obstacle fun mud run especially designed for children aged between 7 and 12. Mini Mudder gives children a chance to work as a team, get muddy, experience the thrill of adventure and explore their adventurous side. Each Mudder course features 8-10 obstacles that will encourage children to work and support each other.

What makes a Mini Mudder

  • Not scared of getting wet and covered in mud
  • Tough and Strong as some of those obstacles are hard work
  • Working together and helping others
  • Up for an Adventure. Mini Mudder promises to be epic
  • Agility is needed on some of the obstacles
  • Not be a whinger as only babies whine
  • Speed – running between the obstacles
  • Adventurous and ready to explore
  • Challenging – Looking at how to attempt the obstacles
  • Up for anything – Not afraid of getting stuck in

The Mini Mudder course consists of 8-10 obstacles along with lots of mud and water

  • Get tangled in Tumble Weed
  • Sprint up Mini Everest
  • Scale Mount Mud
  • Brave the Tunnel of Terror
  • Teamwork at Got Your Back
  • Conquer the Crazy Climb
  • Plunge into Mud Miles deep pit of thick sludge
  • Let the monkey in you come alive at Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Out
  • Slip through the cracks at Secret Agent Squeeze

Each Mini Mudder event is held alongside Tough Mudder. Each challenge starts on the hour every hour from 9 – 4. We was lucky enough to be invited along to the South London event held at Holmbush Estate.

Dad and the eldest boy have participated in local mud events in previous years so they were looking forward to seeing if lived up to its name sake and if it really was as tough as it offered to be. The youngest two have only ever looked on in awe from the sidelines at such events.

When I told the boys about the Mini Mudder challenge they were ecstatic and couldn’t wait for the adventure to begin. My boys are very competitive, so they found it hard to understand that the event wasn’t a race and that it was just for fun.

We arrived at about 11 and was surprised to see how bloody busy the place was, hundreds and hundreds of mud searching, adrenaline pumping adults all around gearing themselves up for the Tough Mudder Run. The atmosphere was great, everyone was in good spirits including the boys.

After a quick look around we made our way to the mini mudder arena, which wasn’t far from the finishing line to Tough Mudder. Whilst the younger ones were getting ready for their little adventure, Dad and older brother were making their way to the Tough Mudder start line.

Each Mini Mudder wave starts on the hour just after a little fun warm up with the mudder organisers. They are all then walked towards the start line and then let loose on the course.

The boys along with all the other children that took part were quick to get as muddy as they could. I mean who wouldn’t! Children allowed to get in as much mess as they can with their adults consent, that doesn’t happen that often.

It was lovely to see my boys helping each other over the obstacles and giving each other a helping hand when needed. They normally fight and squabble, but for one hour in that day they actually got along. I even witnessed them holding hands at one point. For once there was no sibling rivalry only support and friendship. There was no stopping them, they whizzed around the course in record time, taking on the obstacles like a giant in a playground. They showed determination and took on the challenges set with ease.

 

A fun day was had by all at Tough and Mini Mudder, Mummy was a little tired watching her boys get very muddy but it was worth it seeing the smiles of achievement on their faces. Each adult and child that competed the course received a headband as a keepsake. The children were rewarded with a Fruit Shoot drink at the end, it was much needed as well.

There were showers to clean yourself up and wash away as much mud as possible but we heard that they were quite cold so decided on changing in one of the toilets into clean clothes and just wiping away the mud with some baby wipes.

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They truly did conquer and all that was left to do was wash all of the mud out of their clothes (which took a good soaking in the bath for a couple of days)

If taking part I would advice you to take along spare clothes and shoes, baby wipes, black bag to place dirty clothes in, a towel in case you use the showers and cover you car seats with plastic.

To find out when the next Mini Mudder is available check out their website

We was invited along to participate in the event for the purpose of this post.

Save the Children’s Christmas Wooly Wonderland Launches at Westfield

MAKE THE WORLD BETTER WITH A SWEATER

Friday 13th December 2013 sees the return of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day with a raft of celebrity support and lots of ways to get involved; from knitting workshops to live gigs and record breaking attempts – Save the Children has it sewn up

Christmas Jumper Day | 13 December 2013

“On Friday 13th December 2013 Save the Children is calling on people across the UK to help make the world better with a sweater and take part in the tradition of wearing a kitsch Christmas jumper in exchange for a £1 donation to raise money for its life saving work with children the world over. Support for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day has already started in earnest, with celebrities posing in their festive woollies.  Myleene KlassJulie Walters, Lorraine Kelly, Gok Wan, Rochelle Humes, Erin O’ConnorLauren Laverne, Alex Jones, Bruno Tonioli, Ashleigh & Pudsey, Arlene Philips, Nate James, Simon Rimmer, Jay Rayner, Daniel Roche, Kate Thornton, Jack Topping, Natasha Kaplinsky and Dom Joly have all dug out their finest Christmas knitwear, ready to wear in support of Save the Children’s Christmas campaign”

We attended an event at Westfield Shopping centre on Wednesday night, where we got to try out a bit of sewing ourselves in the Wooly Wonderland Jumper workshop. We was greeted with some light refreshments and a friendly face, after a little introduction we sat down at the table all ready to create our Christmas Jumper masterpiece. After picking a jumper, we then chose our preferred design to applique on to the sweater and the colour and design of the felt that we wanted to applique onto the sweater, we then we had to draw around the template onto the felt and cut it out. I took along the two eldest boys to join in with the jumper making but Joseph was just a bit too young to start sewing so i took over on his behalf. After being shown by the professional ladies of the Wooly Gang on how to thread a needle properly and what type of stitch to use, we got started.

We could choose from a penguin design, a star or a reindeer.

I was really impressed with Jak’s attempt at sewing, he did make a few mistakes where he sewed the jumper together a couple of times but this was probably his second time he had ever used a needle!

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He done so well but didn’t manage to finish it in the hour that we was there so he brought it home to finish, I am sure he will be wearing it with pride on the 13th and every other day on the run up to Christmas Day. I believe he wants to finish it off with sequins on each point.

Joseph chose the penguin design

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I had to first sew on the white heart bellies using a blanket stitch and then stitch on the sequin eye, I have yet to finish stitching it onto the jumper; but when i do i promise i will share it with you all.

We shown all the right techniques to use when stitching and tying up our thread when finished and enjoyed our evening thoroughly.

You can even have your photo taken wearing your finest festive finery in the photobooth there, Jospeh had fun with this

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If you would like to take part in the workshop you can book a slot here

Activity Schedule at Westfield is:

  • John Lewis Jumper Customaisation – Fri 6 December 6-7pm, Wed 11 December 6-7pm, Fri 13 December 12-1 pm
  • Gruffalo Reading and activities – Running from Saturday 7 December to Wednesday 11 December
  • Elmer in the snow reading and activities – Friday 6 December 12-1 pm, Friday 12 December 12-1pm
  • Debbli Bliss Knitting –  Tuesday 9 December 7-7pm, Tuesday 10 December 12-1
  • Sue Stratford Knitting –  Tuesday 10 December 3-4pm

Dom Jolly and Mary Portas will be hosting the storytelling sessions alongside The Gruffalo and Elmer in the Snow to help the whole family get into the festive spirit there will be giveaways and fun activities.

Winter Wooly Land can be found on the first floor of Westfield Shopping Centre outside of the John Lewis store

Wear your jumper on Christmas Jumper Day on 13 December and donate £1 to Save the Children at www.christmasjumperday.org .You can buy your Christmas jumper from John Lewis, official retail partner of Christmas Jumper Day. £25 from the sale of every jumper in the Save the Children range goes to the charity.

 

We was invited along to the event to share the news of the workshop 

 

 

 

Lollibop 2013 moves to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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LolliBop The Big Bash for Little People has become bigger and this year on 16 – 18  August  2013 it will be held at the famous  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. LolliBop has gone from strength to strength since the first event in 2011 and the new location gives organisers the opportunity to create an even more exciting and dynamic family day out. This is fabulous news for myself as it means it has moved nearer to my home and travelling on the overground  to the event will only take 15 minutes.

Event Manager, Jenny Kane said: “We are really excited to be taking LolliBop to the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is the first children’s event to take place in what looks set to become one of the premier event locations in the UK.  It has so many benefits for our visitors, including great transport links and family friendly tube stations.

“LolliBop has gone from strength to strength since our first event in 2011 and Queen  Elizabeth Olympic Park gives us the opportunity to create an even more exciting and dynamic family day out. It’s an amazing opportunity for LolliBop to be part of such an important legacy ”

Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park said: “This summer at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park there will be something for everyone. We are delighted to be welcoming LolliBop to join this year’s line-up. LolliBop encompasses some of the best loved names in children’s entertainment, as well as quality theatre, crafts and activities. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park begins to open from July 2013 and will be fully open from spring 2014.  LolliBop is one of a series of summer concerts and events taking place throughout the summer. We are on track to deliver a fantastic summer events series and a great legacy for east London.”

Returning LolliBoppers will see old favourites mixed with new attractions for 2013, including:

LolliBop Live – playing host to some of the biggest names in kids entertainment, with live music and performances from stars of stage and screen.  Headliners coming soon…!

Lollipalladiamis a live theatre tent showcasing performances from pioneering and internationally renowned companies and artists. 

The LolliBop Kitchen where creative little cooks will have the chance to learn new skills from live demonstrations and interactive workshops.

Tween Town will host a number of activities including street dance, hula-hoop, and beat-box workshops.

Imagination Stations – A hub of creativity with lots of mess and mayhem thrown in! From clay modeling, puppet making, customised fashion workshops, balloon modeling, graffiti painting, face painting and much more

Science Zone – Make a rocket, hold a dry ice cube, or get messy with gooey slime in the LolliBop lab – brimming with exploding experiments for pint sized guests to try!

Run wild and have fun in the LolliSports area.  With activities including retro favorites like swingball, hula-hoop and frisbee to football tournaments and sports day style races.

The pre-school 3ft & Under area is also returning, along with the Enchanted Forest and The Village Green with live music, craft stalls and street theatre, making it an ideal spot for a picnic.

Extensive covered buggy parks, baby changing and breast-feeding areas will be available.

For more tickets and more information: http://www.lollibopfestival.co.uk

 

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A prize any boy would be proud of!

Jak had recently attended an event run by Sainsburys where he got the chance to experience And participate in a session of Blind Football coached by Gary Knight.
Read about how the event went here.

On the day all of the children got he chance to win a signed shirt by David Beckham by participating in a penalty shoot out but this was no ordinary shoot out, NO they were blind folded.
It started off with them near to the goal and as the competition got on Gary had to make it a bit harder for the children so the distance changed and he also got them spinning around on the spot ( he did help out by standing in the goal and shouting ‘over here’ to them so they could distinguish the direction of the goal.
All of the children tried really hard, Jak was determined to win and tuned in on what he could hear rather what he could see, it was nail biting stuff and at times I couldn’t even watch. Once it got down to two children, Jak and another boy I gave up watching and just walked away (shows how much faith in him I had eh! ) Jak only went and won! He was shaking and told me his heart was beating really fast but said he focused on why he wanted and took deep breaths.

Jak has been waiting patiently for the past month for his prize to arrive and eventually the day arrived when the courier knocked on the door with that special huge parcel for Jak.

It was a surprise for him went he got in from school and couldn’t wait to open it up. The shirt had been stretched and framed, all ready to display it proudly on his bedroom wall.

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Thank you to Sainsburys and to Mumsnet for inviting us along and a special thank you to Gary Knight for being a fabulous coach 🙂