Halloween at Home

HALLOWEEN AT HOME  With social gatherings at a minimum, there are still ways to make this Halloween fun and spooky…   This half term break can be a great opportunity to get crafty together, enjoy activities and get gaming as part of a week-long Halloween celebration.   Get Spooky! Dress up your house with lots of DIY decorations to build excitement ahead of Halloween.  Hobbycraft have lots of easy craft ideas that start from as little £1 including gothic paper chains, colour your own skull sun catchers and lots of ghostly ceramics that can be painted.  Dressing the house, especially if on lockdown or self-isolating, adds a real thrill at a time when you most need it.  Just don’t forget the exterior to show off your handiwork with the neighbours.   Scary Movie Get together on the sofa and cuddle up for a family-friendly scary movie to help get into the spirit of Halloween.  Is there anything better than the classic that is The Adams Family?! Nibble on toffee apples while sipping a mug of Whittard of Chelsea’s new limited edition Toffee Popcorn flavour White Hot Chocolate, a buttery sweet melt in the mouth delicious treat.   Pumpkin Parade! The timing of Halloween this year means most children are off school in the lead up to the weekend date allowing a whole week of crafting to get stuck in to! One key activity during this time has to be pumpkin carving.  Check out Pinterest for lots of stencils and inspiration to design your pumpkin.  Remember pumpkins don’t have to be all scary faces and ghouls, try revamping your pumpkin and...

Half Term Fun!

The Little Book’s Top 5  FOR AN AWESOME HALF TERM Half term will shortly be upon us and if you are not yet prepared don’t panic! There are some brilliant events around, and we have focused on those that will give this break from school a purpose, making it enjoyable but a great way to hone some skills and boost confidence. 1. INTELLIGENCE SQUARED 22nd – 23rd Oct  If you have a child in Years 5 – 11 then you could consider the “Debate like a World Champion’ two day course at Latymer School in West London run by Intelligence Squared. The art of debate involves mastering essential skills: the confidence to speak in public and make sense; the construction of a logical argument and the ability to read an audience’s reactions. These are all great skills for our kids to pick up and perhaps most importantly, the willingness to hear others’ arguments and to respond to them. https://www.intelligencesquared.com/   2. CHELSEA PHYSIC CENTRE 24th October 10.30 Tucked away beside the Thames, The Chelsea Physic Garden is the ultimate ‘Secret Garden’ with a living collection of over 5,000 edible, useful and medicinal plants that have changed the world. This half term, the beautiful venue is the setting for ‘Lotions and ‘Magic’ Potions.’ Children over 8 will explore a brief history of medicine and find out about the folklore of plants and ‘witchcraft’, learning how the power of plants can heal and soothe.They will be shown how to make some of their own natural and low-cost healing potions and plant a mini medicinal garden to take home. https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/  3. THE...
What’s On – May 2019

What’s On – May 2019

WHAT’S ON May, June, July May 2nd May The Science Museum This bold and thought-provoking gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, examines the fundamental role mathematicians, their tools and ideas have played in building the world we live in. Open daily. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk 3rd May My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty @ Wycombe Swan Theatre Give your children their first taste of the magical world of ballet. Enjoy the classic fairy tale ballet together, in this new version especially created for children aged three upwards. 3 and 4 May. www.wycombeswan.co.uk 6th May The Henley-on-Thames May Fayre. This iconic event will take place in the Market Place, with over 20 stall holders providing sweets and popcorn, face painting, cakes, Tombola and other children’s games. Also includes vintage attractions that many will remember from the early days of the May Fayre, such as Strongman Striker, Coconut Shy, Splat the Rat, Buzz Wire and Hook the Duck. 12 – 5pm 8th May The Storybook Play Den Located just beyond the Maze and Water Garden at Cliveden offers a fantastic location to let young imaginations run wild. Carved wooden models of favourite storybook characters fill the Play Den, including Peter Pan, Captain Hook and his arch enemy the ever-hungry crocodile. www.nationaltrust.org.uk 27th May Royal Collection Trust This May marks exactly 200 years since Queen Victoria’s birthday. Settle down in the State Apartments for a brand new story from our favourite storyteller Olivia Armstrong. Learn about Queen Victoria’s momentous reign, and maybe even try on one of the spectacular new Victorian costumes. Storytelling sessions will take place at 11:30, 13:30 and 14:30. www.rct.uk   28th May Join the...
What’s On: Our Top 10 Autumn Events

What’s On: Our Top 10 Autumn Events

WHAT’S ON Our Top Ten Autumn Events 1. The Old Operating Theatre – London  The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret will participate in Open House London 2018.  Open House London is the world’s largest architectural festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year.  The museum will open its doors to visitors free of charge ONLY on Sunday 23rd Sept, 10.30am to 5.00pm. An educational and fun family day out at this museum of surgical history and one of the oldest surviving operating theatres. http://oldoperatingtheatre.com/  https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/  2. Dulwich Picture Gallery Make a Monster is on 23rd & 24th October for 6-9yrs olds at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, a vibrant cultural hub hosting some of the UK’s leading exhibitions alongside its Permanent Collection of Baroque masterpieces.  You little one can design and make a monster inspired by the spooky and strange paintings. Create your monster using paper-cut outs and then build a mini stage-set for it to haunt over two days.  https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/  3. Celebrate 20 Years at River & Rowing Museum – Henley  Happy Birthday! The River & Rowing Museum turns 20.   From the 8th September 2018 10:00 am until 28th October 2018 at 5:00 pm, the museum have opened an exciting exhibition to celebrate exploring the history of the museum over the past 20 years, showcasing creative responses by local community groups to objects in the collection and inviting visitors to think about the future of the organisation.  A major feature of the exhibition is a detailed timeline, showing some of the milestones at the River & Rowing Museum since 1998...