My Little Water Baby

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We started taking Little V to swimming lessons when she was 12 weeks old. We found a wonderful little swimming school called Turtle Tots, which ran classes in a local hotel’s swimming pool. It was such a lovely introduction to the water; building up our confidence and hers, understanding good ways to play in the water and a lovely environment with small classes and a clean and classy changing room! Not only did V find her feet in this class, learning to love the water, hold onto the side, kick, splash, go under water and blow bubbles, we also made some amazing mummy friends with similar aged children. We only did two sets of these lessons, but they were such a valuable learning experience for us all.

Ever since her swimming lesson days V has been a huge fan of the water. Whether it’s a swimming pool, the bath, a shower, a fountain or the bubbles in Mummy’s washing up sink, she can’t get enough of it.

She’s absolutely fearless too – loving it when the water is poured all over her face or she gets splashed by her over-zealous Papa!

This summer we are hoping to spend lots of time swimming at Nana and Grandpa’s house. We will practice everything we learnt at swimming lessons (V can independently hold onto the of the pool for nearly a minute!) as well as having lots of fun with balls and inflatables.

I was never especially confident in the water growing up, so it’s even more important to me that this little girly is happy in the pool from a young age.

 

Father Christmas at Bluewater

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Totally worth it!

Cost: £10.00

Note: photos are extra (£7.50)

Why is it worth it? The kids absolutely loved every minute (even Violetta!).

The experience starts with a little cookery lesson with the elves. How to make a gingerbread man! Good rhetoric and funny little jokes as well as lots of participation from the children who then receive an elf hat to write their name on. The magical gingerbread man is then put in the over where he comes to life!

You are then taken through to meet Mrs Claus and decorate your own gingerbread man tree decoration in a sweet craft room with oversized craft essentials!

Then it’s on to the next room to meet the real life gingerbread man:

And finally, time to meet Father Christmas! In a beautiful little grotto with an elf to take the photo:

You are given a little card so you can decide if you want your pictures and for £1 extra you can download the digital copy later!

All in all a fab experience and one I’d definitely recommend. We didn’t even have to book in advance; we just popped to the box office (down by Pizza Express) and booked for the next slot!

Let us know if you go along!

Victoria and Violetta x

Frogprince Baby Music

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Today Violetta and I tried out a local music class ‘Frogprince Baby Music‘.

In short, Violetta absolutely loved it!

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In a small (quite hard to find if you’ve never been there before), unassuming hall in East Greenwich Pleasance called The Bridge, a nutty Italian musician runs a fantastic little class for babies to pre-schoolers.

With more baby percussion that you can imagine for the babes to play with in the middle, Stefano’s keyboard, harmonica collection, ukuleles and guitars at the front and little mats around the edge for everyone to sit on, the venue is set for a great hour of music.

Stefano is fun, engaging and chatty with the kids, taking time to involve each and every one of them in the music at some point. It’s whacky, funny and the hour flew by. Today was the Christmas class so it was a mix of classics, Wham, random Christmas songs I’d never heard of and chatty music breaks in between.

When I say Violetta loved it, I’m not kidding. She wasn’t bothered about me being there at all and spent the whole class in the middle of the room, banging on the drum, shaking the maracas, singing, dancing, playing and generally having the time of her life. And she wasn’t the only one – the kids were happy to bop about, play with the instruments and be around the music.

For just £5.00 PAYG this class is a great way to spend a Thursday morning.

Top Tips:

  • The room wasn’t massively warm, so wrap up snug if you go on a chilly day.
  • There’s space to leave your buggies inside.
  • The Bridge is inside the park and is locked until just before the class. If you get there early there’s a little coffee shop and play area directly opposite.
  • To find out whether the class in on you can visit the website or there are plenty of updates on the local facebook groups : )

 

Victoria and Violetta x

 

 

A Local Heaven for Children and Parents

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We have found the perfect answer to rainy afternoons, burning off energy, meeting friends and having some mummy/daughter time.

In Woolwich Arsenal, in an unassuming, converted warehouse, is a haven for children and parents alike.

Under 1 Roof kids is everything you hoped for when you pictured in your mind the kind of place you would spend some time with your children.

Violetta and I have been frequent visitors since she was born, but the venue has really come into it’s own now that she’s a little bit older.

Today our plans for seeing friends fell through. Faced with the prospect of a day indoors and a little baby with too much energy to spare at the end of the day, there was an obvious answer as to where I would be spending the day!

We jumped in the car and headed of to Under 1 Roof. For just £1.00 (as she’s under 1) we had entry to the play area. This is by far my favourite soft play I’ve been to. It’s safe, secure, clean, not too big and because it is attached to a playroom for older children too, it doesn’t get too busy.

After spending some time burning off some of her extra energy and learning to climb steps for the first time, we headed into the Menagerie Café for lunch. This place exceeds expectations. Everything about it is focused on families and it is easily the most child-friendly place I have every visited. With lots of high chairs and plenty of space around each table, as well as a healthy children’s menu, pouches and plates/cutlery for the kids too, it’s absolutely ideal. Parents are well catered for too, with lovely cakes and bakes, an extensive lunch menu and drinks to rival your favourite coffee shop. To top it off, the staff are amongst the friendliest I’ve ever met.

Whoever came up with this incredible concept really does have the most wonderful imagination. As well as being a child’s dream, there are so many more services available all ‘Under 1 Roof’. From hairdressers to crafters, children’s clothes to party suppliers. Every class worth doing holds a session there and there’s even free parking.

Today I found a second hand clothing shop with the most beautiful, pretty clothes in immaculate condition for truly amazing prices. I couldn’t resist a little bag of goodies and have a feeling I’ll be a regular customer!

I know that this is somewhere we will be visiting again and again and again as Violetta grows up and I know how lucky we are to have it on our doorstep.

If you live locally and I’ve tickled your tastebuds, go and have a look! You won’t be disappointed.

www.under1roofkids.com