Thursday, 16 March 2017

Wild Science Global Science Challenge

Wild Science have launched their Wild Science Global Science Challenge and to celebrate we recently received a Wild Science Cake Soap Factory

They look good enough to enjoy with a cuppa  BUT THEY ARE NOT FOOD

The Cake soap was fun to make, it does need adult help for the melting parts but both the girls loved making the Cake Soap creations and are very proud of themselves.The soap in this kit is melted and moulded to make almost any solid shape. Whipping the soap creates a stable foam that can be piped onto soap cakes to make any sweet creation you can imagine. Learn about solids, liquids, stable foam, floating and sinking. Make cupcake soaps, foamy buttercream and soapy decorations. Then use as soap or give to loved ones as gifts!

I love that these kits feel like just a fun activity but actually open discussion about loads of sciencey stuff (that is a real technical term!)

The kit has everything you need 

Ready to Create

Here are some things we learned , and by we I mean mammy...

1- the melting process is quick, concentrate and do not try to multitask, forget the microwave and then melt the whole beaker....

Post 'distracted mammy - microwave explosion'

2 Food colouring stains, aprons and even gloves may be a good idea...

3 When it comes to glitter more is apparently best

4 melted soap base and water when whisked hard creates the best foamy play substance! 

The Wild! Science Global Science Challenge is giving families (2 adults and 2 children) everywhere the chance to win:

  • A trip to Orlando Florida,
  • Entry to Disney World,
  • Accommodation t a 5-star resort for 7 days
  • Car hire for 7 days
  • A full set of Wild Science products
  • Entry to the Kennedy Space Centre to meet a real astronaut! (I'm actually too excited about this part!)

How to enter:
  1. Buy a Wild! Science Kit and send a receipt copy with your online application
  2. Design and create an awesome new Wild! Science Kit
  3. Write and illustrate a basic instruction book to show other kids how to use your awesome Wild! Science Kit.
Cake Soap Factory is available from Flair and is priced at £14.99

 Here are some more pictures from our creative fun

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Little Live Pets Suprise Hatching Chick

Little Live Pets Suprise Hatching Chick is our first toynreview of 2017 and this review was the first assignment for our new guest writer Charlotte, here is what she thought

The Surprise Hatching Chick from Little Live Pets is a great addition to any child's toy collection. At only £14.99 available at all good toy stockists. The hatching chick looks, acts and sounds so real that children can't help but fall in love with it. They're new to the Little Live Pets range & just in time for Easter.
This toy is aimed for children aged 5+, girls & boys encouraging them to play together. There are four colours to find – Patty the party chick, Blossy the daisy chick, Tilly the dancing chick & Beaky the rainbow chick & that is another one of the surprises, or you could be one of the lucky ones who will find the Limited edition golden chick!

The simple 1-2-3 instructions makes it super easy for children to grasp. Remove the tab, twist the key to unlock the chick from the bottom of the egg & take the tape off then wait for the chick to hatch. The chick taps & chirps inside of the egg just before it hatches out. H was amazed when the chick jumped out and started hopping  around chirping. You can hatch your chick again & again by pressing down the chicks feet back into its body & inserting it back into its egg which opens freely.

Little Live Pets Hatching Surprise Chick includes an egg, a surprise chick & an instruction booklet, batteries (3x LR44) are also included.RRP is £14.99 and ages suitability is 5yr and over

The more you pet your chick the more it interacts, putting other chicks together they will interact with each other. The Little Live Pets range is continuing to grow with new pets coming for spring my two really enjoyed playing with the chick and my eldest (age 8 has wanted to hatch the chick over and over again and my oungest age 5 loves to pet it and play.

These are a lovely alternative to an Easter Egg and a great gift

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Celebrating The Launch of Kidscast with a Baby Born Giveaway

We love our tablets, but Im always keen to monitor the time and activities they are used for, in general ours are only allowed for weekends, in reality they mostly only get used when we are travelling or on holiday, and as such its important to use to have good, fun and educational content which can preferably be used offline. Kidscast meets all of our requirements and is launching really soon

The app, which has a subscription cost of  £3.99, is suitable for kids from 3-12 years old is full of shows, activities and even unboxing videos and can be used on or offline.

The shows which will be available over Christmas are 

  • Little Monsters
  • Om Nom series 1
  • Om Nom series 2
  • Om Nom Paint
  • Om Nom Colour
  • Wind in the Willows
  • The Sooty Show
  • Rainbow
  • Alias the Jester
  • Victor and Hugo
  • Microscopic Milton Season 1

  • Creep Crawlies

  • Cockleshell Bay

The Kidscast app is safe for children and is even accredited  by UK.CISS and CoppaKidsafe giving you assurance that your children are in a safe, monitored and protected online environment. 

Content from the app can even be screened to your TV so it can be enjoyed by the whole family, and the app will be available on IOS and Andriod you can find out more about Kidscast here  

I think a subscription to Kidscast would make an ideal gift for an older child , you know the ones that are more difficult to buy for! 

To celebrate the launch of Kidscast we have an amazing Baby Born prize up for grabs....

BABY born Interactive now has 9 functions and 11 accessories, with no batteries required! Doll functions include controlled wetting & pooping on the potty, drinking & feeding, tearing, opening/closing eyes, moving arms/legs and is bathable. 43cm doll. Colours and styles may vary. For ages 3 years and over. Accessories include cloth, spoon and plate, bottle, nappy, potty, magic dummy and birth certificate. 43cm function doll with new interactive feature.

... Simply enter via rafflecopter and a winner will be drawn on 22 December T and Cs apply.

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Friday, 9 December 2016

Santa's Naughty Elf and the Frozen Christmas

Way back in 2009 we saw our first ever Santa's Naughty Elf at The Customs House, and we have been going back every year since!

Santa's Naughty Elf

This years offering ' Santas Naughty Elf and The Frozen Christmas' was just as good as the rest, with plenty of singing, slapstick and silly jokes to keep everyone entertained. 

Elfluent has accidentally ruined Christmas AGAIN by freezing Santa's workshop, never fear though with help from his hapless brother Elfreddo , like the chocolate you know, a Fairy Snoflake  and Snowy the mysterious elf soon they will have things back on track.

First though they'll throw in some audience participation, and be warned they are watching, some funny jokes, and some slapstick scenes and you have a recipes for fun and laughter for all the family.

My particular highlight was 'MC Chocolate' rapping fresh prince style, however my kids just loved the slapstick so much they were almost crying with laughter. I won't lie I wiped tears of laughter from my face as well. Wayne Miller and his cast deliver a truly great family friendly performance.

No visit is complete without meeting Santa who has gifts for every child, and a wonderful Santa he is too. A lovely toch this year was the gifts which aren't the usual chocolate offering, and certainly made my three happy as can be

The Naughty Elf will be causing mayhem at the The Customs House until 24th December and you should book ASAP at shows are selling out fast. I promise is you have little people age 8 and under you will not be disspointed in this show. Book online or by calling Box Office on 0191 4541234

Beauty and The Beast at Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Last year was our first ever time watching Newcastle Panto Company at The Tyne Theatre, we watched the very last performance of the run and found it hilariously funny, full of action and this mammy cried laughing at their version of  12 days of Christmas. Honestly that alone was worth the ticket price.

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So when we were invited to write a review about this year's Beauty and The Beast we were all very excited. I'm going to say straight away if you are driving into town you need to leave loads of extra time we struggled on the roads and in the car parks and we missed dinner thankyou greggs for saving this family from a meltdown!

Ok so to the panto. Brilliant performances by Emily Swan, last years Jasmine, she sings well dances great and is a lovely watch for little people, Charlie Richmond as the Jester is as funny as can be and the Dames offered visual delight in their amazing costumes but I did feel the chemistry wasn't quite there between the two, don't get me wrong they were funny, but,  having watched Bob Stott for decades in other Pantos I didn't feel like he was being cast to his fullest Dame like brilliance. Maxie Peters didn't seem as vivacious as last year but I was reminding myself that this was opening night and Pantos need a settling in period, I feel all became clear at the end of the panto when Maxie told everyone how sad he was that next years Panto would not be a Newcastle Panto Company performance so perhaps he is letting this over shadow his enthusiasm?

With that said the panto was awesome, the dancers work hard and perform brilliantly, the Beast is great  in both  costume and performance and my only other critique would be that there are a few to many  'oh yes you did' moments leaving the audience a little less passionate in their reply's.

I'm happy to say 12 days of Christmas was sung and the comedy value is still as awesomely funny. There are enough jokes to keep adults and children amused and at 2.5 hours you certainly get your moneys worth

Tickets are around £22/£20 pound for top price seats and the show runs until 30th December, I would highly recommend seeing it

Next years Snow White, may not be a Newcastle Panto production but I'm pleased to say Charlie Richmond will be back and I hear good things about this panto company so I'm excited to see their offering

Monday, 5 December 2016

Portable North Pole

It's December and that can only mean 1 thing.... It is time for Portable North Pole, youve probably already seen our facebook post ...

Yes we have already all received messages from Santa! Obviously Mammy is a good girl and will be getting a holiday for Christmas, ha ha I highly doubt that but making the video was lots of giggles!

And here are the kids reactions to their videos

We have been using PNP for around 5 years now and we love love love it, this year we have installed the app on my phone which comes with loads of kids activities you can make your videos and calls on there and they have the new #ReactionRecorder basically while the Santa video plays, your child is recorded its kind of like a screen in screen but you can then save the video which i think is an awesome idea. The app is really easy to download and use and if you buy the Magic Pass for £9.99 you can make unlimited videos from a huge choice of themes including Birthdays, Christmas Eve and a simple message, you can receive calls from Santa. You get HD downloads of all your videos and there is a new story from Sanat every week of Decemer!

 Its really excellent value for money and for us, our Santa videos are a real Monkeyfeet family tradition it always starts the excitement and spirit of Chrismas for us, and with Peanut having a December birhday she is especially excited for her Birthday message.

You can follow PNP on Instagram ,  Facebook and  Twitter

Tonka Diecast Emergency Vehichles

Our latest set from Tonka has arrived, I do love being a Tonka Tough Mother, not only does it sound super cool but we get awesome toys to!

The Die-cast Emergency Vehicle set contains 3 vehicle, a police Car, Fire Engine and Ambulance and is priced at £11.99, a little pricey I hear you say. Yes maybe but they are guaranteed for life! So actually that is a fairly good deal!

The vehicles are tough and robust, that is what comes of more that 70 years of toy making experience and they are really collectable to, I guarantee my kids will want to build on this set. These are great for imaginative free play and group play and were a big hit in our house.