Stripey Stork Wish list

I wish we had something similar to this but closer to home!

Stripey Stork wish-list (March 2017)

  • Cots and cot beds (with all fittings and assembly instructions)
  • High chairs (especially IKEA Antilop type)
  • Baby baths (free standing rather than over-the-bath style)
  • Girls clothes 4-10 years
  • Moses baskets (and folding stands)

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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!


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.


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


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.


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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Warm Swimming pools suitable for babies and young children in North Hampshire

I recently asked the Friends of  my “Louise nhm Smith” profile on Facebook if anyone could recommend any good and warm swimming pools for a 3 month old and a 5 year old.

Thank you very much to everyone who responded and thank you to Shona for putting this post together! 

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


NHM Readers Recommend Swimming Pools

Alton Leisure Centre

Jason said: Alton Leisure Centre  

Alton Leisure Centre

Tadley Pool

Wendy said: Tadley is the warmest local pool but not sure they do a baby’s session on a Friday. The Sport Centre has a shallow pool which would make it easier.

Heather said: I’d go to Tadley, it’s warm and there’s no chlorine.

Caroline said: Tadley pool is nice and quiet. They have great sessions for very little ones where they raise the floor too.

Peta recommended Tadley Pool.

Karen said: You are better off in water that’d be chest height if you just going with baby as you can walk with them at a comfortable height without bending over. The raised floor is good for older children. I would recommend Tadley Pool for that reason.

Tadley Pool

Sports Centre

Lisa said: Sports Centre in Town

Kelly said: I have a 5 month old and a 5 year old. I found the Sport Centre in Town was great for my first attempt. Very warm, not too deep and small enough to focus on both kiddies. Left my pushchair in the changing rooms although they do have buggy lockers and took carseat onto poolside.

Caroline said: Town is nice and warm. 

Ellie said: Good and small pool would be great with a 5 year old as well.

Sports Centre

Farnham Leisure Centre

Natasha said: Farnham Leisure Centre from 11am in the teaching pool on a Friday

Farnham Leisure Centre

Coral Reef – Bracknell

Peta recommended Coral Reef.

Karen recommended Coral Reef.

Coral Reef

Coral Reef is now closed for refurbishment until 2017


Karen recommended the Aquadrome.


You can read my review on the Aquadrome on NorthHantsMum.

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Guest Post Wednesday: Act One Adventures

Joanne sent me a great post about her entertainer business which has some excellent tips for a children’s party:

Getting the most value from your entertainer


There comes a time for a lot of parents when hiring an entertainer to keep the children amused at your little ones party seems a sensible option.  Good entertainers are not cheap as they are professionals with lots of experience working with children and knowing how to keep them entertained, but they can be great value when planning an important event like your child’s birthday, christening or other event where the kids need entertaining.

One of the most important things you can do to get the most from your entertainer is book them early.  Popular entertainers and popular venues get booked up months in advance especially on weekends, and if you leave it too late it can be a nightmare to marry up the two.  If you are having a party at home, can be flexible on dates and times or are after a weekday slot then you probably won’t need to book as early, but if you are after a prime weekend slot I advise contacting the entertainer and venue at least 3 months before to get your chosen slot.

Secondly always listen to any advice your entertainer may give.  On average I entertain at between 100-150 parties a year.  There isn’t much I haven’t seen or had to deal with.  If we advise things like don’t leave balloons scattered on the floor or don’t bring food out until food time it isn’t us trying to be difficult, we are just trying to make the party as stress free as possible for all and to make sure that you get the most out of us.

With the experience of so many parties we can help advise best time for food, when to bring cake out etc as we can spot when children need to move onto the next thing before they get bored.  This can help the party run a lot smoother for you.  We can also be a great source of information to help with planning all the other bits and bobs for the party.  I keep a list of venues all across Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire and have many contacts for cake makers, party bag and tableware suppliers etc so can help you find all the things you need for the party at a good price and without you having to waste time trawling through the internet.  Many entertainers will also have handy hints on their website or like me a blog, which give tips on party planning and popular themes.  I also have a pinterest board with lots of party themes to help with ideas for decorations, food and general theming.

So as well as keeping the children well entertained and having fun for the duration of the party, a good entertainer can also save you time, money and stress with all the other aspects of the party too.

Joanne McGowan runs Act One Adventures, a company specialising in Themed Adventure, Performance & Craft parties for ages 2-11years, Active Adventure & Art and Crafts sessions for Under 5’s and Holiday Events and Activities in Surrey, Hampshire & Berkshire.  She has one son aged 6 who starts planning his own birthday parties before we’ve even finished the cake from the last one!

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