Weekend adventure #6: Mrs H & the Singalong Band

We first discovered Mrs H and the sing along band at the Imagine festival at Southbank in February. Instantly loving their mix of toddler and child friendly music / actions / interaction / puppets / props /dancing I quickly hunted down their website and Twitter account to make sure I knew when I could see them again! Thankfully we didn’t have to wait long and last Sunday we went to see them at the Aversham Arms pub in New Cross. We hadn’t been to the pub before and were pleasantly surprised by their great gig/stage area and bar where the event took place. 

They have a really good set up – which I guess is more used to rock and metal that toddler antics – but the space worked really well… And it was the first thing the little man has been to that had a bouncer on the door!! Ha! 

Mrs H and all the band were wonderful once again. Our little man sat transfixed before getting stuck in and jumping up and down with manic excitement (which had nothing to do with letting him have some of my coke! Whoops! 😊) The band had all the kids and adults alike captivated and joining in.

I really love the way they interact with everyone and bring the props and puppets down into the audience. It’s such a fun and upbeat experience. If you get the chance to go and see them I thoroughly recommend it! There was also some painting and playdough set up for those who were a little shy to get stuck in / easily distracted / fancied doing something different. It was a great and well thought through set up and I hope the Aversham Arms will have them back.We certainly will be! 

Find out more: http://www.singalongsongs.co.uk

Or you can follow them on Twitter: @singalongband

Little moments #2

One of the reasons I wanted to start up the blog again was to help me remember those little moments that make you smile (or cringe!)

This week…  #1 – We were watching Kung Fu Panda and the adults were evidently taking too loudly as we were ‘shhh-ed’ with finger action too! Hmmm!!   

#2 -While reading one of the Elmer books the elephants all laugh – so LM did a fake ‘ha ha ha’ laugh to mimic us. Brilliant. 

#3 – Trying to jump! This is hilarious. You can literally see the cogs turning in an effort to get both feet off the ground at the same time! 

Are there any little moments you would like to share? Leave a comment below😀

Monday outing #2: Toddler World at the Greenwich Centre

I kept meaning to go and try one of the Toddler World sessions at the Greenwich leisure centres. It’s a soft play session – rather than a permanent soft play facility – and as our toddler loves to climb every table, chair, box, parent in sight I wanted to give him the opportunity to climb without constantly being told to get down (most of what he climbs at home is precarious to say the least!)  So…We finally managed to get there this week. We went to the one at the Greenwich Centre, though the company that runs the Greenwich leisure services (Better) run it at other centres too including Eltham. It was just under £5, so in line with lots of London based stuff. The session is drop in and runs for two hours so you can get your money’s worth if you get there for when it starts.

It’s set up in one of the studios with a bouncy castle and a range of large foam shapes to climb up and slide down. There were some rocking / bouncy things to sit on and a really thick foam floor matting that made it all feel very safe and bouncy! There was a nursery rhyme cd playing in the background and lots of benches along the side for adults who didn’t fancy braving the sprung floor (or who had younger children to look after 😉) 

Overall it’s a good set up with plenty for the little ones to do and space for them to use up some of that boundless energy. Everything felt very safe and clean and if you stay the full two hours you can get the most out of your £5.

It took us a good half an hour to get there so we might look for somewhere closer to home next time, but I’m sure we will try it at one of the other centres too. 

Greenwich Centre website 

Weekend adventure #5: British Museum

This weekend we headed across the river to the British Museum.

I’d taken the little man to one of their under 5’s little feet sessions about a year ago but we hadn’t ever taken him for a good old fashioned wander! 

Given that it was a weekend it wasn’t too rediculously busy but we were glad for the monkey reins backpack as the LM does love to run!:-)

 We just did a few of the galleries and quite quickly embarked on a ‘roar’ hunt. Lots of great roars (and some meows and neighs too) helped us navigate the galleries! 

It’s a funny experience letting the LM dictate how we moved around the gallery. There is no point trying to tell him where to go and conform to the ‘usual’ path – exploring via a toddler is random and much more fun. Going round and round the same bit and then charging off in another direction, usually against the flow of traffic!

 There are quite a few things not to be touched at touching height which is a bit tricky but we didn’t do too badly! 

It’s a great place to take the little one as there is so much to see and so much space to run around. You do have to have sharp eyes (or reigns!) to stop them disappearing into the crowds though and practice the don’t touch a bit but there are soo many things we don’t see day to day that we had lots of oohs and ahhs as we wandered around.  The museum cafe in the great hall was a bit busy so we decided to head out and get some food instead and joined in the protest that was heading through the west end. Never too young to participate! 

Little moments #1

One of the reasons I wanted to start up the blog again now that we have the little man was to help me remember what we do with our time together and those little moments that make you smile. 

It’s so easy to forget the little things that happen day to day, with so much changing all the time, so I’ve decided to do a weekly (ish) post of little magic moments – things that happen with our little man that make me smile 😃

This week…
#1 – Little Man now does a good impression of Edna from The Incredibles: ‘no capes’!! With finger waving and attitude. Ha.

#2 – He popped a balloon at my birthday and didn’t cry! Hurrah! 

#3 – I have officially been upgraded from mama to mummy! 

Are there any little magic moments you would like to share? Leave a comment below😀

Weekend adventure #4: London parks

St James Park – Green Park – Hyde Park

As it’s starting to get (a little) warmer we decided to do a mini tour of the central London parks this weekend. We jumped on the train to Charing Cross and headed straight for St James Park. The horse guards were out and about so we headed straight over to watch them all trot by.

Having waved goodbye to the horses and made the relevant neigh noises we went down to see all the ducks and geese. The good thing about St James Park, over Hyde Park, is that there is a little railing which goes some way to not having a soaking wet child in seconds! Careful not to get fingers nibbled by the geese, it was lovely to see all the different birds swimming along, looking for crumbs from more generous passers by.   

I think there must have been something happening at the Palace, as it was rather busy. The flag was flying so I’m guessing Liz was home – and we did see three corgies being walked in the park! 😉

We headed into Green Park, which has some nice hilly bits that makes it feel a bit more rural than St James, before making our way to Hyde Park.

We used to go to Hyde Park quite a bit before the little man came along – it’s got some good flat sections which are great for rollerblading – particularly if you are like me and don’t really know how to stop, so like avoiding hills! 

There are some beautiful fountains and more formal garden sections that are a nice contrast to the more open green spaces of the other two (or at least the other bits we wandered through) 

With a good selection of birds to chase and puddles to splash in the little man was happy. Getting him to nap in the pram was less successful, so we gave up and went to Byron for lunch instead!! 😉

Weekend adventure #3: Horniman Dinosaur Exhibition 

We try not to stereotype when it comes to toys and games with the little man but none the less,  trains and dinosaurs have both become firm favourites. We pass the day with many chuga chuga choo choos and Raaaarrrs so this weekend we went to one of our favourite museums – the Horniman in South London – to check out their new dinosaur family exhibition. 

We are biased in that we already love the Horniman. The aquarium in great, the hands on base is really interactive, the animal walk is lovely in the summer (as are the gardens for picnics) and the galleries are full of beautiful things! 

We have been to a few of the recent exhibitions but the current dinosaur one is my favourite so far! The little man charged around roaring at anything and everything skeletal. There were lots of things to touch at well positioned low level tables, an excavation area to dig up fossils, a magnetic board with dinosaurs and even dinosaur onesies to dress up in! (Sadly all child sized.)

The cafe, lifts and facilities are all great. It’s easy to get around the museum and plenty of space to leave the buggy too. There weren’t any of the dinosaur magnets to buy in the shop unfortunately (they were great!) but as always we had a great afternoon out at the museum. 

Definitely worth a visit:-)

Horniman museum website