Kids

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJuly 10, 2017
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With the long awaited light summer evenings comes the pain faced by most parents of getting their children to bed when all they want to do is play outside.

What children don’t understand is the importance of sleep.  With the average child needing around ten hours rest a night, to encourage growth, build immunity, and help the body heal and repair, how do you get your precious one off to sleep without a fight? Sussex Beds has complied some top tips to help little ones drift off and dream away.

Make a splash
A warm bath can help kick-start relaxation as it raises the body’s temperature gently helping children off to sleep.  For added calmness, add a couple of drops of lavender oil to the water to help relax the body and mind.

By the book
Tablets and TV stimulate the brain so switch off electronic devices at least half an hour before bed.   Instead, snuggle down with your little one for a bedtime story or two.  Sharing books with children offers quality bonding time and helps children’s brains unwind.  Most importantly, by investing time in books when kids are little often sparks their love of literacy which can last a lifetime.

Be a softy
A bedroom can be an adventure playground by day.  One minute it’s a pirate ship, the next, a princess castle.  By night the room should transform to a tranquil setting.  A room with dimmed lights and soft sheets will help make the bedroom more relaxing. As a top tip experts say it is better for a room to be slightly cooler to help promote deep sleep.

The white stuff
From babies to toddlers and beyond, why not offer some warm milk before bed?  Milk naturally contains an amino acid which helps produce hormones that helps aid sleep.  If your child doesn’t like cold milk, why not try warming and frothing the milk to make a ‘babycino’?  This trick will make a little one feel a bit more grown-up with the added calcium benefits.

Spring into bed
It is of paramount and of utmost importance that children have a mattress that offers good back and neck support.  Not only does a good night’s sleep help with energy levels and thus attention span, but if the back and neck are correctly supported from a young age it can potentially reduce back problems for years to come.


Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaApril 12, 2017
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New fundraising event encourages children and families to explore the outdoors whilst raising vital funds for Save the Children

 

 

Ashley Jensen has donned her wellies in a bid to encourage nurseries, early years groups, families and children up and down the country to take part in Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children.

The actress, best known for her roles in the television series Ugly BettyExtras and Catastrophe, has taken part in her own Muddy Puddle Walk to encourage the nation to sign up and jump in muddy puddles, like Peppa Pig, for a worthy cause.

The brand-new fundraiser has been launched by Save the Children in partnership with Entertainment One’s (eOne) Peppa Pig. By taking part in a Muddy Puddle Walk between 8 and 14 May 2017, participants are encouraged to explore the world around them, splash in muddy puddles and raise money to help Save the Children give every last child the chance to learn, play and grow up healthy and happy.

Ashley Jensen, Save the Children Ambassador, says: “I’m encouraging everyone to get outside, come rain or shine, and help raise much needed funds for Save the Children. It’s so easy to take part and it’s the perfect excuse to explore the outdoors with your little ones! By jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig and raising money for Save the Children you can help the world’s most vulnerable children have a brighter future. I’ve seen the charity’s work first hand so know what a difference it makes. I’m proud to do my bit to help raise awareness and funds.”

Ashley has supported Save the Children’s vital work since 2011 and has visited the charity’s projects in India, Tanzania and Greece.

Sign up your nursery or family now at MuddyPuddleWalk.org to get your free Muddy Puddle Fundraising Pack, full of fundraising ideas and tips for great walks and activities indoors and out – including free Peppa stickers and Save the Children balloons too.

There are lots of easy ways to raise money on your Muddy Puddle Walk for Save the Children. The free fundraising pack is full of great activities and fundraising ideas, so you can choose which option will work best for you and your children. Your little ones can get sponsored to walk or splash in puddles at the park, or they can simply donate to join your muddy puddle walk. You can even top up your total by baking and selling Muddy Puddle cupcakes!

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Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaApril 12, 2017
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The Lyric Hammersmith is pleased to present the 2017 Autumn season of Little Lyric especially for audiences aged between 2-11 years. The season includes the return of some Little Lyric favourites, as well as some new companies who will all be sure to delight young audiences with adventures, magic and enchanting stories. Over the October half term children can enjoy the classic story of Burglar Bill adapted from the popular book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and the much-loved family favourite, Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas returns for the festive season especially for Under-6s and their families.

         

Little Lyric continues to be a mainstay of the Lyric programme with the current season playing to 93% capacity, and due to this popular demand the Lyric have expanded the season to include extra dates at May half term.

Full Season:

  •  The Emperor’s New Clothes

Tue 30 May – Sat 03 June

11am & 2pm / 60 mins

Age 5 – 11

 A LYNGO PRODUCTION

 An inventive romp through the tale of the eccentric Emperor who loves clothes more than anything but doesn’t realise the spectacle he is about to make!

  •  Isabel’s Well

Sat 09 September

11am & 1pm / 70 mins

Ages 3 – 7

 A TOPSY TURVY THEATRE PRODUCTION

 I know a girl, I’d like you to meet her. She’ll give you a smile, whenever you greet her. She’s got a secret, that she wants to tell. Her name is Isabel… and she has a well.

 

  • Little Red Robin Hood

Sat 16 September

11am & 1pm / 45mins

Ages 3 – 8

 A GARLIC THEATRE PRODUCTION

 A long time ago in a deep dark wood, lived a lovely little boy who loved Grandma’s pud and his name was Little Red Robin Hood.

  •  Pat-A-Cake Baby

Sat 23 September

11am & 1pm / 45mins

Ages 2 – 7

A LONG NOSE PUPPETS PRODUCTION

 Are you ready? Grab a spoon! Because it’s Pat-a-cake time! Pitter-patter – get the butter. Glitzy-glossy – whisk in sugar. Jokey-yolky – add the eggs and feel stuffed to the brim with magic.

  •  Tales in the Attic

Sat 30 September

11am & 1pm / 45 mins

Ages 3 – 6

AN OPEN ATTIC COMPANY PRODUCTION

 Meet Kronos and welcome to his attic! Kronos has been gathering stories and tales of things gone by and he’s excited to share the best of them with you.

  •  Blown Away 

From the book by Rob Biddulph

Sat 07 October

11am & 1pm / 60mins

Ages 3 – 8

A METTA THEATRE PRODUCTION

Meet Penguin Blue and friends as they go on an acrobatic Antarctic adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites.

  •  The Wind in the Willows

Originally commissioned by the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Sat 14 October

11am & 1pm / 60mins

Ages 5 – 11

A BOX TALE SOUP PRODUCTION

 From the peaceful pleasures of the river bank to the fearful frights of the Wild Wood, join Mole and Ratty on their marvellous adventures, along with gruff old Badger and magnificent Mr Toad.

  

  • Sidney’s Shed

Sat 21 October

11am & 1pm / 60mins

Ages 5 – 11

A RHUBARB THEATRE PRODUCTION

This is no ordinary shed and Sidney Waffles is no ordinary gardener… Join Sidney and Maisie on their time-travelling journey to dig up the past and weed out the bullies.

  •  Burglar Bill

Adapted from the book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Tue 24 – Sat 28 October

11am & 1pm / 50mins

Ages 3 – 8

 A PIED PIPER PRODUCTION

 Burglar Betty tells the story of Burglar Bill as he creeps from one house to the next doing what he likes best, burgling! Half way through the story Betty realises that she has a part to play as she enters the action with her own swag bag. Both Burglars are in for some surprises…

  • Your Toys

Sat 04 November

11am & 1pm / 60mins

Ages 5 – 9

 A SLOT MACHINE THEATRE PRODUCTION WITH TURTLE KEY ARTS

 We need your toys to be the star of the show. Grown-ups and children alike are invited to bring their favourite toy to the theatre and watch them come to life in this gigantic adventure.

 

  •  The Dream Factory 

Sat 11 November

11am & 1pm / 50mins

Ages 4 – 9

A HOUSE OF STRAY CATS PRODUCTION

Follow the story of a young girl who has lost her ability to dream as we embark on a magical adventure to find out where dreams are made, what they look like and even what they smell like!

  • Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas 

Thu 23 November – Sun 24 December

For under 6s

 A LYRIC HAMMERSMITH AND PINS AND NEEDLES PRODUCTION

 Back for another brilliant year. Join Father Christmas as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. Christmas isn’t Christmas without this Lyric family favourite.



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