Want an idea for a Birthday Party?

March 8th, 2013
Birthday party ideas

Cupcake decorating parties

It is my lovely daughters birthday tomorrow and she is reaching the rip old age of 10!

Don’t you find it difficult to come up with party ideas for children these days.  It seems gone are the days of parties at home and pin the tail on the donkey, although I personally am a great fan of this sort of party.  There is nothing like musical chairs and pass the parcel!  I have so many good memories from my own childhood of parties at home with my family.

These days, however, things are a little different.  We have been to ice skating parties, roller discos and plenty of laser quest parties, so what to do for a 10 year old girl that is just that little bit different.

That is when i started wondering if there was such a thing a cupcake decorating parties, and sure enough I found one!! Oh joy of joy!! I was on the telephone to Landgirls Cookery School to see if they had any space and sure enough they did and was pleasantly surprised at the cost too!

So tomorrow afternoon I shall be going over to a cupcake decorating party with 9 very excited little girls!  I will of course let you see the results of our creative afternoon.

Do you have any unusual ideas for birthday parties for boys and girls?  We would love to know what you have planned if you have a birthday party coming up.

Does your baby love music?

January 16th, 2013

I was sitting here thinking of when my girls were younger and how they loved music even from an early age.

We used to go to a music group called Jo Jingles here in Hinckley and my two loved it…..nearly as much as I did !!!!

With all of the most popular songs, it takes the stress out of the day to do something proactive with your baby, not only with the benefits that music brings but also a very positive social element, not only for the babies but for mums and dads too.

I think our favourite song was Dingle Dangle Scarecrow (and we have the perfect finger puppet to accompany this!)…..closely followed by Sleeping Bunnies where all the little ones pretended to be asleep on the floor…..perhaps I should try that now that they are older, but somehow I don’t think that I will get away with it.

I you fancy trying Jo Jingles, there is a link on their website for local classes…….

He’s behind you!

January 11th, 2013

Cinderella you will go to the Ball

Well the pantomime season seems to be ending this weekend.  Did you go to the panto this year?

What’s your favourite pantomime? I think mine has to be Cinderella…..it has always been my favourite.

If you haven’t been to the pantomime yet there may still be time to get and see one.  We have found a link to the Big Panto Guide in London and there are some still running.

If you can’t get to the Panto, then bring the Panto to you and have your own production….a great place to start is to choose and outfit out of our fantastic fancy dress section.

Have you got Olympics fever?

August 2nd, 2012

Well, I didn’t expect it at all, but the Olympics have totally won us all over. The children loved the opening ceremony, the cycling and the swimming and their dad has basically been glued to the TV whenever possible.

And since it’s also the summer holidays, the boys have requested we tackle some “Olympic” events of our own. So far, we’ve tried skipping, swimming, and a road race (but with cars instead of bikes).

We may even recreate the best bit of the opening ceremony, with the Edtoy Magnamobiles Helicopter!

A Child-Friendly Visit To Glasgow

April 11th, 2012

Photo Copyright www.markbarbieri.co.uk

Welcome to a new series of posts on this blog. Our lovely customers are spread around the country and many of you travel over the holidays and the long weekends. You might enjoy getting the help of other parents who live there and have tried and tested the activities for you.

If you’re north of the border on holiday or visiting friends or family, Glasgow has so much for children to do that it’s a good idea to plan your trip in advance to make the most of all the city has to offer..

Many people have heard of the famous Kelvingrove art gallery and museum in the West End – still one of the most popular destinations for families, especially during the school holidays. Other well-known destinations which host activities and events for children include Glasgow Science Centre, the Burrell Collection in Pollok Park, the newly-opened Riverside Museum, and the People’s Palace. However, why not try some lesser-known Glasgow attractions which are a wee bit off the beaten track to most visitors? Here are a couple of examples:

Just a 20-minute train ride from Glasgow Queen Street Station is Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge. It’s been much expanded and improved in recent years due to a lottery grant, and now has a fantastic kids’ playpark and a photographic studio/media centre, as well as the traditional attractions of vintage machinery, a working tram to ride on, a bulldozer to climb on, a mine shaft to clamber your way down, and a row of recreated miners’ cottages so you can steep yourself in the atmosphere of 150 years ago. Oh, and did I mention that, in common with many Glasgow museums, admission to Summerlee is FREE?!

Another place that may not instantly occur to visitors is Scotland Street Museum which is just on the south side of the River Clyde (Shields Road subway station). This used to be a school and retains most of its original Charles Rennie Mackintosh features. It’s perfect for families, as children can experience what school was like back in Victorian times.

Let your children swing, slide, trampoline, row boats and feed the ducks to their hearts’ content in Glasgow’s amazing parks. Per head of population, Glasgow has more green space for its residents to enjoy than any city in Europe! In the city you have Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow Green, and Queen’s Park with its beautiful glasshouse and reptile collection. Rouken Glen Park has a gorgeous trail with waterfalls and wildlife and our own favourite at BKG, Victoria Park in the Scotstoun/Broomhill area, boasts the famous Fossil Grove, a collection of petrified trees 300 million years old! On the fringes of Glasgow, but still well within reach, are the country parks at Mugdock, Calderglen, Palacerigg and Muirshiel.

If you would like more help choosing activities while you are in Glasgow, visit www.busykidsglasgow.co.uk, and please get in touch using our contact form for more specialised ideas and advice.

Have you visited Glasgow recently? What was your favourite place? Any recommendations for places to eat or stay? Would you like to share your local favourite places, just get in touch with us and we’ll feature them here.

Mr Potato Head In The Kitchen

March 30th, 2012

mr potato headThe parents of our local toddler playgroup take turn to organise the weekly craft activity. Everyone puts a lot of thinking to find activities to suit children from 18m to 5 years – and with great results (and a bit of help from parents!). From sticking, glueing, decorating, cutting, dressing up, glitter and jewels, it is been great fun. I thought I would share some of what we have done on this blog as it might inspire you.

Today’s activity: Mr Potato Head In The Kitchen


  • a cup
  • a see-through sock
  • lots of cotton (try the nappy changing aisle in your local supermarket for big packs)
  • large googly eyes
  • 3 elastic bands
  • a marker pen or felt pen for the mouth
  • seeds. In this case, we used lawn seeds but you could try others.

Place a few pinches of seeds at the bottom of the sock. Then fill with cotton balls, pushing it all down. You want to add enough cotton balls so that it doesn’t collapse when you add water. Tie a knot at the bottom.

Pull out a bit of cotton on one side and tie the elastic band around to form an ear. Then the other side to form the second ear and finally in the middle to form the nose.

Stick your googly eyes and draw the mouth. Ours faded with the water.

Tip your Mr Potato head down in a bowl of water until the seeds are well soaked. Then turn over and place in a cup with water. Add water regularly to keep the cotton damp. To speed up the process, you can tip the head down in water once a day for a few days until the seeds start sprouting.

After a few days, your Mr Potato Head will have a full head of hair.

I hope you’ll have as much fun doing as we did doing it and keep an eye on our crop. Don’t forget to send us your photos. Did you do any crafts with the children recently? Did they enjoy it?