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Monday 3rd of March 2014
Tear the kids away from their technology and gadgets and get them out for some fresh air.
This park follows the path of a river (actually it’s The Duke of Northumberland’s Crane river, Mill stream and Yeading Brook) which runs from Richmond, Twickenham and Whitton and through to Hounslow, Hanworth and Feltham with numerous access points along th...read the rest
Saturday 15th of February 2014
Half term is here and the weather is nasty. But fear not frantic parents – I’ve found a fabulous place offering all sorts of activities for little ones up to 10 years of age.
I popped into Eddie Catz at Putney (on the High Street – accessed from the side road near the main Putney Exchange entrance). Luckily I didn’t have a buggy as there’s a fie...read the rest
Monday 3rd of February 2014
The smart modern exterior of the building hides a fabulous collection of toy exhibits, an assortment of hands-on play activities for small people and an interesting history.
The foyer has some contemporary displays from local colleges and the kids seemed happy running around the large willow den, sitting on the cushions within it and playing at th...read the rest
Wednesday 22nd of January 2014
Chaucer and children don’t mix. Wrong.
This fabulous production will hook every child. I know because I sat with around 200 of them from three school groups - from seven year olds in their fluorescent traffic coats to know-it-all eleven year old pre-teens.
The story has an important moral tale (“Greed is the root of all evil”) from a work of ...read the rest
Thursday 12th of December 2013
Despite being a born and bred Londoner, when I was a kid my dad used to take me fishing. A lot. As I grew up I would take myself on the bus from Fulham to Kingston and happily pull out all manner of small fish – and the occasional eel. Over the years, I have taken my own kids fishing – albeit usually in a warmer climate with much bigger fish – but ...read the rest
Tuesday 10th of December 2013
While we waited for the fun to start, Cockney characters talked to members of the audience and had us laughing and shouting. Small people everywhere were waving their flashing toys (hooks, swords, whirly gigs) and staring at the twinkling clouds and the luminous moon on the stage. We were ready for Peter Pan – we were ready to join in - we were rea...read the rest
Friday 6th of December 2013
Having taken my daughter to the NPL’s fabulous “Protons for breakfast” series of lectures a few years ago I managed to sign up for tickets to the first Christmas Science Lecture (suitable for kids from 10 years old) – presented in conjunction with Institution of Engineering and Technology and Kingston University – within the 90 minutes it took for ...read the rest
Friday 29th of November 2013
The walk from Richmond train station was vigorous, but as we were chatting the time passed quickly. As we waited to collect our tickets at Victoria Gate, the Salvation Army band played some jolly Christmas songs to get us in the mood.
A quick divert through the large shop and café to the loos and we had some time to explore the 15 or so tempora...read the rest
Monday 25th of November 2013
My eight year old companion and I arrived at Syon Park in West London around 6pm on Saturday evening to visit the eighth annual Enchanted Woodland illuminated trail at the home of the Duke of Northumberland. It was busy – there were excited children waving light sabres and parents with buggies everywhere. Mind you, there’s extensive car parking in ...read the rest
Wednesday 9th of October 2013
It was a school night. But when I mentioned to a nine year old friend that he could try out TWO flight simulators (a brand new one for a Typhoon and a 360 degree ride), enjoy a 3D flying experience with the Red Arrows AND meet real, live RAF pilots the decision was instantaneous.
So we entered The Science Museum as everyone else was leaving and ...read the rest
Wednesday 21st of August 2013
As we stepped into the grand atrium of the Theatre Drury Lane, the children behind us were singing “We’re going to the theatre, We’re going to the theatre”. Now I’m not the greatest lover of musicals – I wasn’t that keen on Shrek or Wicked although I admit that I thought Matilda was simply marvellous.
But Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is in ...read the rest
Sunday 11th of August 2013
It was an adventure just getting to this open air production. A short walk from Highgate tube and we entered Queen’s Woods to find a pretty red brick cottage that would have looked just fine in any storybook. It had an integrated covered terrace patio to guard against the sun or the rain – and contained a lovely café with parquet floors and soft so...read the rest
Monday 5th of August 2013
On 10th-11th August at The Old Deer Park in Richmond, there’s Bounce Festival. I’ve not been to this one before but it looks interesting – circus, animals (sheep feature), juggling, cooking for the really little ones and science show (including make your own rocket), camping, assault course, cycling, comedy club, beat boxing and street dancing for ...read the rest
Monday 29th of July 2013
I’d previously taken my daughter to see Science Museum Live at a local theatre so I was keen to see what they had done with the latest show – especially as it was at the Imax within the Science Museum itself.
So I borrowed my neighbour’s bright seven year old and we had an adventure getting the train to Richmond and the tube to South Kensington....read the rest
Monday 8th of July 2013
You may have read about our adventures when we tried to see the “In the night garden live” show in Richmond a week ago when two broken generators stopped play: http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/blogs/showblog.php?post=2776
Dad and the twins went along to the rescheduled show on Saturday and here’s their report:
“Two intrepid reporters (well, 4-year-o...read the rest
Wednesday 3rd of July 2013
No doubt all parents have read the Gruffalo books to their children. Again. And again. We know the story well and kids know it off by heart. Maybe it’s because that tiny mouse manages to outwit and scare that great big Gruffalo.
So today Richmond Theatre was taken over by hoards of rather small people and their parents and grandparents. The down...read the rest
Monday 1st of July 2013
I loved the original movie and was therefore delighted when my grown up kids asked to go along to see the sequel, even though I was doubtful that it would be as good. So we selected our sweets, put on our 3D specs and waited with great anticipation.
The trailers showed some great films on their way – Walking with Dinosaurs looked amazing and so ...read the rest
Monday 1st of July 2013
On Saturday I joined a colleague and his delightful four year old twins for a picnic at Old Deer Park in Richmond. We were surrounded by other parents enjoying the finally-arrived summer sunshine whose youngsters (many of them somewhat younger than four) ran around happily. Our eyes were constantly drawn to the huge weirdly-shaped show dome and to ...read the rest
Sunday 2nd of June 2013
My teen daughter had asked about a visit to The Shard a couple of times and it seemed like it might make an interesting end to the half term holiday. Everyone I had asked about it had said that they were truly impressed so I went online and was surprised that there was still ticket availability. I admit that I paused when I saw the price – £18.95 f...read the rest
Saturday 25th of May 2013
When I went to collect my young companion who would accompany me to this production at Richmond Theatre, she was dressed all in pink – with a very bouncy net skirt – and wore a tiara and pink pearls very proudly.
Yes, we generated lots of smiles as we took the train to Richmond but once there we felt quite at home as we were surrounded with pri...read the rest