5 of North London’s Best Theatres for Kids

Chickenshed Chickenshed is a pioneering and inclusive company that makes beautiful and inspirational theatre. They bring together people of all ages and from all backgrounds to produce outstanding theatre that entertains, inspires, challenges and informs both audiences and participants alike. Chickenshed runs children’s and youth theatres for over 800 young people, operates three nationally accredited... Continue Reading →

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Best Family Friendly Afternoon Teas in London

Best Family Friendly Afternoon Teas in London https://youtu.be/1-8LbiVjmXc So it's the simple things in life that matter right ? Well I have a feeling that at least 50% of the planet can't make a really good (builders in my case) cup of tea, so with that in mind, I'm sharing tips from the top people... Continue Reading →

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5 Family Things To Do at the Tate Modern

1. BESPOKE FAMILY TOURS It goes without saying you should book onto one of the bespoke Tate Tour events I am running at My Culture Club. You can choose from family friendly private tours for under 5's, for older kids and then for everyone (1 hr in duration). I run them monthly, and the next... Continue Reading →

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Architecture Tours at The Southbank Centre (Age 8+)

This March, April and June 2016, you can take a 1 hour architecture tour around the Southbank Centre. The tour will focus on its 20th-century (Brutalist) architecture. The centre itself was completed in 1968 on the site of the 1951 Festival of Britain. Its name The Southbank Centre was adopted during the Festival of Britain (over the local less attractive name of... Continue Reading →

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A Family Day Out at The Wallace Collection (& Private Tour)

The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. situated bang in the middle of Central London close to Marble Arch and Oxford Street. If you're looking for a gallery that is slightly hidden away from the tourist trail, yet still packs a punch in terms of artefacts, then add this... Continue Reading →

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A Family Day Out at London’s V&A Childhood Museum

V&A Childhood Museum, Bethnal Green (Tube : Bethnal Green) Open daily 10.00-17.45 (last admission 17.30) The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the UK's national collection of childhood-related objects, one of the finest in the world.   The Bus Stop Kids and I have spent a lot of time in the museum over the years. It works for us,... Continue Reading →

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10 Best Free Family Restaurants in London

Hello dearest Bus Stop family. Here is a feature I wrote for the MyBaba.com parenting blog last week. I'm sharing the love over here, as we're not ones for cutting back when there are turkey and mince pie pizzas to be enjoyed. "My Baba is packed with expert advice and information on all aspects of fertility,... Continue Reading →

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A Family Day Out at the V&A Museum

The V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum) in South Kensington should be a 'schoolroom for everyone' - said Henry Cole the first director of the V&A. It is pretty wonderful in every sense, bags the biggest and most popular exhibitions in the design world, and has unrivalled collections of contemporary and historic art and design. The... Continue Reading →

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5 Fun Family Things to Do in Kings Cross 

If you haven't made a trip to the newly developed area around Kings Cross station, you should try to. It's on the London map in a big way. It has been redeveloped (of course by influential architects, developers and businesses) with a conscience. It's also now the home to the good and the great (and the... Continue Reading →

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Watch and Learn Kid President

If you haven't been introduced to Kid President, then you have now! Here are some facts to impress you; He has 267,000 twitter followers, and 328,000 facebook 'likes'. He has a New York Times bestselling book. He loves the word 'Awesome'. Likes to dance a lot. His tip number 63 for starting a conversation, is... Continue Reading →

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5 Best National Trust Places near London

We all love The National Trust, and here are a few reasons why. It's the largest voluntary conservation organisation in Europe. They have over 4 million members, more than the present coalition ruling parties. They own some of the best beaches in the land, 59 villages, 49 churches and a gold mine (The Dolaucothi Gold Mines). Their teams conserve... Continue Reading →

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The Best Cinema Clubs for London Kids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ_JOBCLF-I Don't forget to check the homepage Events Diary. I have added lots of 1/2 term activities and workshops to keep you busy, and help you plan ahead. If you like what you see here, please share with your friends...xo  1. Barbican Framed Film Club (Barbican, Farringdon) The Saturday Framed Film Club is the Barbicans year-round programme... Continue Reading →

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10 Great Family Days Out in London

1. A Hampstead Heath stomp with a Pub Lunch  I'm not sure if anyone who has ever been for a breath of fresh air and a walk on the Heath, hasn't felt better in some way afterwards. It's not that complicated really... great views, acres of beautiful countryside (320 hectares/790 acres), an art deco designed Lido,... Continue Reading →

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5 Best Secret Gardens in London

1. Inner Temple Gardens Hidden within the City's Inner Temple, one of London's four Inns of Court, is a tranquil three-acre garden with stunning rare trees, herbaceous borders and sweeping lawns. It is usually open to the public from 12.30-3.00 each weekday. 2. Phoenix Garden The award-winning Phoenix garden is a community garden in St... Continue Reading →

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5 Best Science Clubs in London

  1. The Royal Institution (Ages 7 - 18) The RI in Mayfair (Green Park is 5 mins away), is a charity with a clear mission that is set on 'encouraging people to think further about the wonders and applications of science'. Home to the famous Christmas Lectures, The Faraday Museum and the L'Oreal Young Scientist Centre. They... Continue Reading →

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5 Best Nature Clubs in London

1. London Natural History Society They have been observing and recording the wildlife and plant life of the London area, within a 20mile radius of St Paul's Cathedral, since 1858. By becoming a member, you will enjoy field meetings in and around London, illustrated talks by naturalists hearing about their latest discoveries, learn to identify... Continue Reading →

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5 Best Quirky Holiday Locations

Tired of identikit hotel rooms with no character? Bored with staying in dull, uninspiring rentals? One of our friends, Nadine Mellor, Editor of i-escape.com's Kids Collection has handpicked some super cool suggestions for unusual places to stay which will provide really memorable family holidays. Send me a postcard please. Xo Bivouac, North Yorkshire, UK Getting... Continue Reading →

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5 of the Best Studio Ghibli Films

1. My Neighbour Totoro 2. Ponyo 3. Arrietty 4. Sprited Away 5. Howls Moving Castle In homage to the cultural landmark that is the British Film Institute on the Southbank, we are joining them celebrating the brilliant work of Japanese Director : Hayao Miyazaki (know to many as Japans' Walt Disney). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuLX50_5UAI Our girls are... Continue Reading →

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Where to See Great Music for London Kids

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I know that there are 101 reasons why kids love music, but I’ll start with the first 5 that come to mind … it’s noisy, fun, they dance, sing and are able to pick it up like a second language. The regular Bus Stoppers will know by now, that we are aware that time is short when trying to plan family adventures, and that we like to be ahead of the pack. So, here’s a look at what’s on offer for those of you that like to get out and about and pack your triangle and bassoon.

I am sure we are only just scratching the surface of what is really going on out there for families, so please leave a comment if you have something to share, or just want to promote a brilliantly creative musician who gives up their weekends just for the love of it. For those of…

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5 Best Places Kids Eat Free in London

1. Mark Hix Group Monday to Friday 4pm - 6pm, and on the weekends from 12pm - 6pm (except on Saturday at Chop House it is only between 5pm-6pm) for all children under 10 years old when accompanied by a dining adult at the following HIX restaurants : Tramshed & Soho & Chop House 2. Sophie's Steakhouse Kids eat free at the Covent Garden... Continue Reading →

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5 of the Best Beautifully Designed Books for Kids

                            1. Maps (Big Picture Press) Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski This book of maps is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations from the incomparable Mizielinskis. The maps show not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places... Continue Reading →

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5 Best Educational Kids Websites

1. NGKids : National Geographic Kids Weird but True : A spider hears using tiny hairs on its legs, Lightning can make the air around it five times hotter than the sun’s surface! and Apples float but pears sink. Packed to the gills with nature, geography, animal and pet information, this site is well designed, and full... Continue Reading →

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Royal Family Time in London

1) BUCKINGHAM PALACE  Buckingham Palace The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace 27 July -31 August  2013 : Open daily 09:30-19:00 : (last admission 16:45) & 1-29 September  2013 : Open daily 09:30-18:00: (last admission 15:45) A typical visit lasts between 2 and 2½ hours   Take the free family audio tour : Explore the Palace with our two reporters, James and Rachel. (Aimed at... Continue Reading →

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Sweet Smelling Family Fun at Somerset House this Summer

There is a rather sweet smell coming from the Somerset House major summer exhibition this year. If you fancy a sniff then make time to visit their new exhibition 'Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent', that will run between 21 June and 17 September. You will find it in the East Wing Galleries (walk around... Continue Reading →

Why Wormtail & Winky Loved ‘Harry Potter in Concert’ at the Royal Albert Hall

(Firstly, for those of you who know who Wormtail and Winky are, you are better muggle that I). As hard as we try to wish we weren't all just plain old muggles, bobbing about our daily lives here on planet earth, sometimes it's the truth that hurts, and we have to accept that we are.... Continue Reading →

What’s On For Science Kids at the Royal Institution

Here's a round up of the SUMMER school events & Family Events coming up at the at ROYAL INSTITUTION in Mayfair. You can enjoy a wide range of morning and day workshops for kids aged 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18 years old. Sessions are brilliantly planned on subjects from Engineering in 3D to the mathematics of... Continue Reading →

Creative Little Kids : Create a Crayon Shape Painting

Here is a simple activity that will keep young and old kids entertained over the holidays, that is also mess free, and guess what, it's educational too. Create a Crayon Shape Painting Once your young child has figured out how to draw shapes, they'll want to make them all the time. Get inspired by shapes... Continue Reading →

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