Kiddicare Opens in Lakeside

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Europe’s biggest baby store opened its doors last months in Lakeside Retail Park, Essex stocking more than 3800 products, the store has appx 350 prams on display and around about 150 car seats to choose from, covering 50,000 sq ft. It is one of ten new Kiddicare stores to open this year. The shop features cutting edge technology such as electronic shelf labels to keep up with the changing prices and also tells you how many of the products are in stock.

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The main aim of the new superstore is to offer parents and families everything under one roof, Kiddicare is all about offering great range, incredible value and brilliant service, community will be a key focus for the store. Among the many services that they have to offer there is an event room which can be booked free of charge for children’s parties or parent and toddler groups. To make the shopping experience easy and fun Kiddicare offer a whole host of family friendly features-

  • Pushchair servicing area
  • Try before you buy ‘Walk in the Park’ testing track
  • children’s play area which is in the centre of the cafe
  • KiddiCafe which has big community tables and supplies lovely healthy tasty food (tried and tested)
  • Private breast feeding area
  • Free car seat fitting and safety checking
  • Parent and me toilets, which includes toilets that are big enough to fit buggies inside (big gripe for me) and toilets small enough for the little ones that are being toilet trained
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • VIB (Very Important Baby) free personal shopping area
  • Touch screen browse and order screens around the store
  • Baby gift list service
  • Free gift wrapping service
  • Kiddi Clothes with family appropriate changing rooms
  • Let’s play area

The store officially opened on 12th December 2012 and we was invited along to see for ourself what the store has to offer on the 21st December. We was not disappointed, the store is big and spacious with banners made from bibs that the store employees decorated themself.

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Upon arriving we found a seat in the Kiddicafe just next to the Children’s play area, which is full of lovely toys to play with and very safe with soft flooring and a gate that has the lock on the outside and little peep windows around the walls so that you can see through and spot your children playing.

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Once the boys had a little play we went off to the event room so the boys could have fun and join in with Jo Jingles a Music, singing and movement class where they got to experience musical instruments and dance and sing along to action songs.

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The event room big and bright with lots of natural light, the room is big enough for a small party for the little ones with lots of soft seating and event board placed on the wall to tell you when the room is free to use and what is on and when!

After dancing around the boys worked up an appetite and we all sat down in the Cafe for a light lunch and something to drink, the tables are nice and big and we didn’t feel squashed in at all! Oliver sat in one of the many highchairs available to use and enjoyed his kiddies meal. Once we was all full up we went off on a tour of the store starting at the front where all the car seats are and with so many to choose from there is help at hand from the staff. I found that the aisles were big and spacious and didn’t feel closed in whilst browsing the products. Everything can be tried and tested before buying, next to the car seat area is the safety area where stairgates are out and set up where you can try them out opening and closing finding one to suit your needs perfectly. The store offers a selection of baby and maternity clothes and even a fitting room which has a special entrance for the little people, what a brilliant idea! and fun for the children too! The room is spacious and big enough to fit the whole family in.

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The boys had lots of fun using the ‘Walk in The Park’ testing area as running track, running up and down giggling away to each other and when they found the ‘Let’s Play’ area i couldn’t get them away, they loved playing with all the toys and i got to see what type of toys and ride ons that they enjoyed playing with. I like to see items out of the boxes as you get to see the quality of what you are buying and how it looks when fitted together.

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Oiliver testing out the Car
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Look at all the toys and walkers to choose from!

The store has so much to offer and is very family friendly, the staff are always on hand to help with any questions about the products, brilliant range of products with unbeatable prices and offers a high tech retail shopping experience which is truly a fabulous place to visit. It is a perfect place to meet friends, drink coffee and shop!

Kiddicare currently are offering up to 80% off hundreds of products! in their new year sale. I took advantage of this offer and ordered a Kiddicouture highchair which was reduced from £149.99 to £27.00 thats a massive 81% off! We ordered our high chair on friday and it was delivered on the following monday morning, we was kept up to date with the delivery by text and email, i couldn’t fault their service one bit!

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Visit Kiddicare on line at www.kiddicare.com or why not try out the store for yourself! We will definitely be visiting again.

Thank you for reading my post! All pictures and words are of my own and we received no payment for this post. Thank you Jennie for inviting us along and for Oliver’s little goody bag

Let children dream through science with Haier

Haier world’s leading home appliances brand commits to supporting science and technology in the UK and Inspires the next generation of innovators by announcing its support to the Science Museum in London. The partnership started on 1st July 2012 and will run for 2 years. Haier is very interested in the way that science and technology impact our everyday lives, their commitment to the science museum will enable school children experience practical science in a fun environment encouraging them to pursue these topics at a young age.

The Science museum is one of London’s most visited attractions drawing 3 million visitors a year and up to 20,000 on very busy days. Of that 3 million there are roughly 360,000 young people in which are booked educational groups.

“We were very impressed by the work of the Science Museum and felt that sponsoring their new-technology and family-friendly galleries was an excellent opportunity to engage with the British public” Stated Wei Duan, Market Director haier Uk and Ireland.

A part of the partnership Haier will sponsor a dedicated area in the Launchpad which is a gallery that is dedicated to encouraging children and young people to explore science first hand with 50 hands-on exhibits and shows. launchpad is all about asking questions and making sense of the science that makes our world. Being interactive, educational and fun The Launchpad is the most popular part of the Science Museum, the space that Haier are sponsoring within the Launchpad area aims to encourage children and young people to engage with science and to use their creativity to become the innovative designers of tomorrow.

Drawings displayed in Launchpad

A week ago the boys were invited along to an event at the Science Museum with Haier for them to experience hands on the Launchpad area. Haier took over the top floor of the Museum where they allowed the children to have fun creating their own liquid nitrogen ice cream, make delicious smoothies by playing a computer game on a bicycle and take part in experiments that were put together by the science museum outreach team.

We arrived late on the day so we missed out on experiencing the launchpad area but we are not unfamiliar with it at all as a family we have visited it many times before in fact its the boys favourite place to go. They love being involved with the experiments and touching and trying out everything. My eldest boy Jak absolutely loves science and has tons of books on the subject, he says he wants to be an inventor when he is older and is always drawing away inventing new things. He mostly likes to invent new cars or new toys, he draws them and then labels them up. Although we missed the launchpad the boys were still invited to draw their very own invention on a card, Jak drew a new car that he has invented and Joseph drew an alien and a rocket. They couldn’t wait to hand them on so they would be placed on to the board for everyone to see.

Joseph’s invention

Once we arrived we was shown to our very own private floor away from all the other visitors of the day, we even got through the back entrance and walked through the museum before everyone else was allowed in, we felt so special lol. There was plenty for the children to try out, the first thing the zoned in on was the ice-cream made from liquid nitrogen, this was delicious! Jak filled himself up on this with flavours like chocolate with popping candy who couldn’t resist! Joseph waited for a turn on the bicycles which were attached to a computer and had a smoothie machine attached at the front, there was two bicycles and you cycled against your opponent in a race but it wasn’t a race of speed but of intelligence instead, you had to cycle quickly up a hill but slowly down it. Joseph was a little on the small side to reach the pedals so his big brother took his turn instead and made a yummy healthy strawberry smoothie.

Joseph loves to get messy so he really enjoyed the cornflour slime and milk experiments, he played with the cornflour experimenting with the texture and he made new colours with the milk and food colouring. A favourite of both theirs was the stupid egg trick where there are three glasses half filled with water and a tray placed on top of them with three tubes and eggs/balls balancing on top of the tubes, you hit the tray quite hard and hopefully the eggs/balls will fall into the glasses. Joseph managed two out of three so he done really well.

The boys were shown a selection of kitchen science which are activities that can be done at home with everyday ingredients. They wanted to show us that science isn’t just done in laboratories but instead is involved in all aspects of our lives.

Joseph was particularly interested in a Haier washing machine that was illuminated inside the machine so we could see inside and how it worked, although that wasn’t why he was attracted to it, Joseph thought it was a hand drier and was stood there with his hands in front of it trying to dry them, he did make everyone laugh.

 The boys and I had a brilliant day full of learning, experimenting and having fun and I particular enjoyed looking at the kitchen appliances, What! A lady can dream can’t she?;-)

If you want to find out more about the launchpad here http://sciencemuseum.org.uk/launchpad

Haier specialise in technology-led research, manufacturing and trading a large range of durable products- within Europe these include: televisions, refridgerators, dishwashers, washing machines, consumer electronics and energy saving solutions. Take a look at some of Haier appliances here www.haier.co.uk

Thank you to Sarah Gilbert for inviting us along to the event.