Review 2017: Little Street – a unique play opportunity for little people

Thank you VERY much to the NHM Secret Reviewer who wrote today’s post and to Little Street for inviting us along to their re-launch event!

https://www.little-street.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/littlestreet.co.uk/

About

Little Street in Frimley is a role play centre for young children. It is a miniature version of a town, giving little ones the perfect opportunity to try out lots of different experience and careers!

Open 7 days a week, Little Street offer four 90 minute play sessions a day for little people to explore their little world. Pre-booking is recommended as numbers are limited to ensure the best experience for everyone attending. Little Street is suitable for children up to 7 and even has a play pen for young babies as well as bumbo seats available for use.

My daughter (19 months) and I were lucky enough to attend the re-launch event after a recent refurbishment which has made way for a brand new vets and an air ambulance. As well as the new areas children can take a visit to Chicco’s cafe or Belle & Beau Beauty Salon. They can do their weekly shop at the (very well stocked!) supermarket.

There is also a construction site, complete with rocks, bricks and diggers and the Starlets Theatre, which has an Ice Cream stall, stage, musical instruments and many fancy dress costumes. In addition to this there are a variety of ride on toys which can be driven around the road. The attention to detail in each room is amazing, with appropriate wall stickers and fantastic props including animals in the vets, make up and hair products in the salon and many familiar items in the supermarket!

My daughter was a big fan of the new air ambulance and was fascinated by the rotors on top. She also loved the supermarket and kept taking any trolleys that she’d found outside the shop back to it!

The staff at Little Street were very welcoming and did a fantastic job of keeping the place tidy (and as much as possible items in the right rooms!) without disrupting the children’s play. It is very clean and everything is in great condition, you can tell it is very well looked after.

Food

The venue has a small café where you can purchase hot or cold drinks, cakes and healthy snacks.

Parking

There is some parking on site at the station for a small charge, or there is a car park a short walk away where you can park for free for 2 hours – ideal as the sessions you can book are 90 minutes.

Tips

Remember you and your little one will need to wear socks. Don’t worry if you forget as they do have some you can purchase when you get there!

It also has a handy buggy park – if you ask at reception they can give you a lock to secure your buggy in the shelter outside.

Rating out of 5

After wanting to visit Little Street for ages, we were so pleased that it lived up to and exceeded our expectations and we will certainly be going back in the future! It gets a fantastic 5 out of 5 from us!!

Disclaimer: This post is a review of Little Street. The NHM Secret Reviewers experience was supplied free of charge for the purposes of the review. She was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are her own.

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Basingstoke Track Party, June 24th !!Come and play with trains, cars and dinosaurs!!

Basingstoke Track Party, June 24th

!!Come and play with trains, cars and dinosaurs!!

**BOOK HERE** http://bit.ly/2sbwdYL **BOOK HERE**

On the 24th June, in Old Basing village hall we have an epic train track ready for your little ones to play on. To complete the epic playtime experience we also have great car tracks and hundreds of toy dinosaurs to play with!

Why not come along and see what all the fuss is about? We have 6 hourly play sessions available for you to prebook, each play session has limited numbers, so click on the link above to secure your epic playtime session now!

When: June 24th, 10am till 5pm

Where: Old Basing Village Hall,The Street, Basingstoke, RG24 7DA

How Much: £7 per play session, Adults are free (free tea and coffee for all adults)

Play Sessions available: 5 hourly play sessions, starting from 10am (see below for sessions), to book use the link right at the top of this post.

Session 1 (10am till 11am) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!

Session 2 (11.10am till 12.10pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!

Session 3 ( 12.20pm till 1.20pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!

Session 4 (1.30pm till 2.30pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!

Session 5 (2.40pm till 3.40pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!

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Review 2017: Jump Factory Mini Jump Review

Thank you very much to the NHM Secret Reviewer who wrote today’s review! Fab job!!

About

Jump Factory’s Facebook Page can be found here Jump Factory

Jump Factory is a warehouse that’s been transformed into an indoor trampoline park with over 80 trampolines on site. Mini Jump is an hour long session set aside for kids aged walking to 5 year olds.

It is available several times a week, currently term time Mon-Fri 10am-12pm (2 sessions) and 2-3pm, Sat-Sun 9-11am (2 sessions). They also offer Mini Jump parties. We went on a Friday morning in term time.

There is a large car park to the front. Visiting on a Friday though I couldn’t say how busy this gets. The cafe upstairs offers a range of cold foods and hot/cold drinks and is particularly useful if you arrive early. There is also a microwave for heating baby food.

The toilets and changing facilities are downstairs as well as a locker area to change socks and leave personal effects. You are not allowed food or drinks in the jump area but we were told it was fine to pop down for drinks etc kept in the locker area. The whole place looked clean, well kept and appeared to be in very good condition.

The jump area is much bigger than I expected consisting of a multitude of various sized trampolines, ramps (‘halfpipe’), air bag, dodge ball area, climbing wall area,  and basketball area, all of which were available during Mini Jump. There were several soft balls, foam letters and tunnels around which were a simple but nice touch.

The staff were great, especially on reception who seemed unphased by tantrums and more concerned with being helpful.

The sessions were an hour long. I didn’t think the boys would be entertained enough for an hour, how wrong was I! Now, I would say it was the perfect length.

All in all, brilliant fun for little ones, adults and all in between. I had never been anywhere like this before and had no idea what to expect. Our toddlers were brimming with excitement! We will definitely be going again, and again, and again.

Tips

Requirements are one adult to every two mini jumpers.

They offer hour long sessions on the hour so bear this in mind when timing arrival.

If it’s your first time, arrive early as you will need to fill out a quick online disclaimer. You will also have to watch a brief safety video each time.

It’s worth bringing or purchasing drinks to keep in the locker area.

There is no lift up to the cafe, only stairs. However, if you need help, the staff said they would happily assist where needed.

You’ll need to purchase their special grip-socks, but you can keep these for future use.

Obvious one really, but wear sensible clothing for jumping around in.

Watch out for the couple of steps halfway along in the jump area, they blend in to excited two year olds, especially when walking backwards – as you do! To their credit, there was a staff member stood there the whole time.

Prices

Please check Jump Factory’s website for current prices, Jump Factory

Rating

Definitely 5/5

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Mothercare Expectant Parents Evening’s – June 2017

These are lovely events and definitely worth attending if you are expecting any time soon as they offer 10% off anything you purchase that evening.

The team are available to help with personal shopping and have all staff in to ensure a nice easy shopping experience.

There will also be lots of stalls and you will be given a goody bag at the event.

It’s invite only but you just need to call the store on 01256 363737 to book your place.

You can find links to previous Mothercare Expectant Parents evening to see what it’s all about:

Mothercare Expectant Parents Evening: June 2016

Mothercare Expectant’s Parents Evening – Autumn 2015

Event: Mothercare expectant parent evening, Basingstoke – Thursday 26th February 2015

Expectant Parent’s Event at Mothercare Basingstoke – 9th October 2014

Event: Expectant Parents evening at Mothercare – June 2014

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Buggyfit Odiham and Hook

Buggyfit is an outdoor exercise class for Mum’s. Designed to get Mum’s out and exercising safely, and the plus side is that babies come too.

Classes enable Mum’s to rebuild their pelvic floor, their core, stamina and tone their body, whilst also stocking up on that all important vitamin D!

Classes involve using a variety of different circuits and exercises.

There is always lots of laughter, and chance to make friends, it doesn’t matter if baby cries, we change what we are doing and the instructor helps to keep them entertained.

Classes run –

Monday 1.15pm

Wednesday 9.45am

We meet outside The Hive Community centre on Kersley Crescent, Odiham (RG29 1QH). This is the first building on the right.

For more details get in touch with Anna on 07920 405512, or email buggyfit.odiham@ugrace.co.uk.

You can also look us up on twitter and Facebook. More info available here – http://ucgrace.co.uk/buggyfit.html.

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My Experience: Y1 Phonics Screening Check

This may or may not be a controversial post…

Miss NHM has her Y1 Phonics test next week. Apparently it is a 5-10 minute check of words that is done with a teacher that is “known” to her.

We haven’t done any preparation for the test. I’ve read all sorts of horror stories about parents who are hiring experts to “coach” their children for these tests. The parent Y1 Facebook group was all of a flurry during half term, with parents spending a couple of HOURS going through the “phonics workbooks” that were sent home at the end of term. (Workbooks for 6 year olds. Phonics for HOURS during half term. Seriously???!!!)

(My favourite bit on the facebook group is when parents post up the list of spellings for the week, because there is invariably some child who didn’t get their spellings that week, with their children’s answers next to them. All written perfectly of course.)

In the past week I’ve read LOTS of stuff about the Phonics test, what it involves and why it’s being done. I really don’t understand why the Department of Education feels the need to test 6 year olds on anything and that ANY child, under the age of 13 can be listed as having “failed” at anything. A great way to make the parents AND child feel like failures.

Anyway, my understanding is the reason for the phonics test is to try to increase the number of children who read?

I’m sorry, but am I missing something here? It seems obvious to me that the best way to get children to read is to switch off the TV and technology!!

Just switch off the TV!

Why do we insist on making things so complicated? Why do we have these overly complicated tests that cost a fortune to run, when we should be trusting teachers to do their jobs and parents to invest in their children by switching off the TV and encouraging them to read or listen to audio books?

Personally, I had never heard of a digraph or trigraph before Miss NHM’s homework a few weeks ago. I understand that teaching techniques have changed considerably since I was a child but if I’ve managed to get through THE WHOLE OF MY LIFE without knowing what a “trigraph” is, then why is it so important that it be drummed into my daughter?

Honestly, the more I see and experience about our current education system in the UK, the more I slap my head repeatedly.

Er, so maybe a bit controversial and maybe a bit ranty too but that’s the perk of having your own blog! 😀 😀 :-D.

I know you won’t hold back but what are your thoughts on the Y1 Phonics test?

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The next “Baby and Me” classes – June 2017

“Thrilled to let u all know another course has been agreed…highly recommended for any mums with young babies. Feedback has been brilliant from previous course and looks fab”!

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Track Party: Epic playtime comes to Basingstoke! Sunday 28th May 2017

NorthHantsMum sponsors the Basingstoke Track Party!!!!!
An event for the whole family, where children can play with trains
cars and dinosaurs!
Come and play with trains, cars and dinosaurs!
BOOK HERE **http://bit.ly/2ni97fR** BOOK HERE

When: May 28th, 10am till 5pm

Where: Old Basing Village Hall,The Street, Basingstoke, RG24 7DA

How Much: £7 per play session, Adults are free (free tea and coffee for all adults)

Play Sessions available: 6 hourly sessions, starting from 10am (see below for sessions)

  • Session 1 (10am till 11am) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 2 (11.10am till 12.10pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 3 ( 12.20pm till 1.20pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 4 (1.30pm till 2.30pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session 5 (2.40pm till 3.40pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– A great big train track, car ramps and dinosaurs!
  • Session Hire (3.50pm till 4.50pm) Trains, cars and dinosaurs!– Hire a whole session all for your party! More information HERE

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Kids Kan Dance: Father’s Day Class

Kids Kan Dance Present………

A Special Class for Daddies and their Daughters or Sons. Come and experience a Kids Kan Dance class with a special Fathers Day Twist !!

Saturday 17th June and Sunday 18th June – @ Moniton Trading Estate, Basingstoke.

This hours class is just £6 per child and will be a fun packed hour of dancing, games and FUN FUN FUN !!!!

Superhero and Princess Fancy Dress encouraged (for the kids, or daddies too if you wish!) Mummies also welcome!!

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL @
https://www.kidskandance.co.uk/join-us
Please complete the form and select ‘Fathers Day Dance’ in the class options.

Happy Dancing everyone x

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Fitness Classes with Childcare

I recently asked the Friends of  my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook if anyone could help this NHM reader with their question: “I am struggling to find any fitness classes that are in the weekday mornings with creche facilities for babies and toddlers. Any chance you can do a post and see if there are some?”

These were the responses I received. They are in no particular order

NHM Readers recommend fitness classes with childcare

Mary said: The aquadrome has a creche but I am not sure of the details.

Rebecca said: Fonseca Fitness is brilliant for this 🙂

Jason said: Beechdown

Vicky said: MummaBFit

Kelly said: Marie FitMama Behenna

Helen said: I have had similar issues, and I work part time, so I turned to signing up to Les Mills exercise classes online (body balance/ body combat/body pump as famously known in gyms). It’s a relatively small monthly fee and you can do the classes whenever you want & download to whatever device TV/iPad etc.

I know this doesn’t directly answer the question, but for a Mum like me whose partner works away I can’t get out to the things I used to love doing so have effectively bought the gym into my living room. Hope this helps

Pat said: People take their babies and kids to Fitness Flex. The classes are 45 minutes and is brilliant

Sarah said: Studio 41 Marie FitMama Behenna. You can take your little ones to the class. X

Peta said: I second this – Marie FitMama Behenna gives a great workout and with children of her own, she gets the work/family juggle. She also offers PT sessions if you would find that easier 🙂

Aimee said: Studio 41 in the Basepoint centre in Chineham. You can take your babies to all of the daytime classes (they can sit in their pushchairs or car seats in the studio)….it is run by Marie FitMama Behenna who knows all there is to know about pre and postnatal exercise and nutrition so she will ensure you get back to fitness safely. Hope that helps x

Louise Nhm Smith responded: I spoke to the lady about this and she is really looking for classes that have creche facilities as she has an 8 month old and 2 year old who won’t sit still whilst she’s working out!

Peta said: I sometimes take all three children with me to see Marie FitMama Behenna – aged 1, 4, 5. I take food, water, entertainment (colouring in, etc). hope this helps.

Claire said: Tadley Boot Camp x

Amelia said: Beechdown

Wendy said: Beechdown, Hampshire Court, the Aquadrome have creches. I haven’t used these but I have used others in the past where you take baby in and understand you need a creche for children between 18 months – 3 1/2.

Mandy said: Beechdown Health Club https://www.facebook.com/BeechdownHealthClub/ xx

Victoria said: Beechdown is fabulous! Have so many facilities, Creche for under 3 and Beehive for over 3’s. Xx

Helen said: Hampshire court hotel has classes in the morning and crèche facilities and a pool plus kids pool 🙂

Rachel said: Beechdown; although I pay for gym and crèche and still don’t go! Oops!! X

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