Friday, 30 July 2010

Bagpuss at the seaside

Today marks the beginning of Simouth Folk Week, and with it a chance to reminisce as the music of Bagpuss fills the air ...

"Bagpuss, Dear Bagpuss, Old Fat Furry Catpuss…” Did you know that Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner composed and performed all the music for the classic BBC kids' show Bagpuss? Sandra was the voice of Madeleine the Ragdoll and several of the mice, while John was Gabriel the Toad. Re-live those classic songs in a great show for kids of all ages. Original cast members Sandra and John are joined by Nancy Kerr (playing Emily) and James Fagan (Professor Yaffle the Woodpecker). An interactive and often hilarious performance, with loads of chances to join in, "Bagpuss" is a wonderful nostalgic show suitable for all ages.

Simouth FolkWeek opens today and runs til August 6th. Click here for more about this family friendly festival.

If you can't make it, you can pick up a CD of the Bagpuss songs on Amazon.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Win tickets to see In the Night Garden Live in London

We're very excited about our trip to see In the Night Garden Live with Holly from It's a Mummy's Life, and a random assortment of two year olds who have been singing out "upsy daaaaaaiiiiiiisyyyy!!!" at every possible opportunity.  It sounds absolutely brilliant, so we would like to offer you the chance to enjoy it too! So here goes...
To celebrate the world premiere of IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE, and the show’s producers are offering 1 lucky winner a family ticket (for 4 people, minimum 1 adult) for The Pinky Ponk Show on Wednesday 18th August at 3:45 p.m., at Meridian Gardens at the O2 in London. For further information on the tour please go to 

To enter, just answer skill-testing question by midnight on 31st July 2010. You can use the link below, email us (janis [at], comment below, tweet, facebook, whatever takes your fancy. Just make sure you tell us how we can get in touch! We'll draw a name at random from the correct answers.

What colour is Iggle Piggle's blanket?

A bit about the show:

IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE is a spectacular musical theatre experience for the whole family. Visually stunning, the show is created in an inflatable, purpose-built touring theatre made up of two impressive show domes which faithfully recreate the magical world of this hugely popular children’s television show produced by Ragdoll Productions. These all-weather domes will take up temporary residence in venue and dates.

This is the first time that children and parents will be able to see the iconic In the Night Garden and its much loved characters Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka in a live event. The characters will be brought to life with full-size costumes, enchanting music, magical puppets and spectacular panoramic projections, creating an immersive theatrical experience to make audiences feel they are actually entering the magical world of In the Night Garden. IN THE NIGHT GARDEN LIVE is produced by BBC Worldwide, Ragdoll and Minor Entertainment.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Is the new Citroen C3 car child friendly?

Anyone tried out the new Citroen C3 yet? The 300-litre boot, split-folding seats and all the extra storage spaces sound perfect for those of us constantly having to transport pushchairs, travel cots and random baby paraphernelia everywhere we go. It also has iso-fix points for your carseats, and thankfully you can plug in your MP3 player loaded with children's songs to make the journey that much more bearable. If you're tried one out, we'd love to hear from you!

Loving their advertisement by the way. Try out the visio-drive thing at the end of the teaser - it's like putting failed Tekken characters in charge of a car wash.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Searching for Honest Joe from Warrington


Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester recently received the letter below, along with a £3 Legoland keyring. The letter had a Warrington post mark and was just addressed to “LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Manchester”

Neil Crittenden, General Manager of the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre said: “We would like to say thank you to Joe and reward him for his honesty. We were so touched by the letter that we would like to invite Joe back to the Centre with his family to enjoy a day out as our guests.  Whilst we of course do not condone what Joe did, returning the keyring proves that Joe has learnt a lesson, and we’d like the opportunity to meet him to praise him for admitting his mistake and for taking action to resolve his actions.

“Judging by the writing, I would think he is about seven or eight years old. The envelope has been addressed by someone else, so we can assume that his parents have been involved and hopefully will read this appeal.”

If anyone knows who Joe is, then please can they get in touch with the team,, or call the Centre directly, identifying what type of keyring Joe returned.

Friday, 2 July 2010

In London for Cybermummy 2010?

We're very excited about this weekend's Cybermummy 2010 conference, and with the incredible list of inspirational, talented mummy bloggers they've got lined up to speak at the event, you should be too.

Sadly, we won't be able to be there in person - we will be on a too-long plane journey on our way to show off the kids to Grandma. While you are all schmoozing with like-minded bloggers and learning from the best bloggers in the country, we will be trying to stop Crazy Running Boy from running up and down the aisles wearing the shoes from a random passenger who has somehow fallen asleep despite the noise and chaos. Our Super Cheery 3 year old girl will of course be impeccably behaved thanks to our investment in a portable DVD player and a stack of princess-based films. That, or she will be staring out the window intently looking for Baby Jesus' Daddy.

In our absence, we would love you to do what you do best and blog like crazy to show your appreciation for all the hard work Sian, Susanna and Jennifer have put into the event. We've added links to some of our favourite post-Cybermummy 2010 blog posts below, and you're more than welcome to add yours too.

If you are coming in to London especially for the event, make sure you search our website for child friendly places to go and things to do in London. You can also check out our guest post on Baby Budgeting for some tips on free and affordable ways to explore London with babies and children.

We look forward to reading your posts!