How to keep all the family entertained during Easter

I blogged about the Hampshire Culture-All Passport last year. It’s such a great idea as it allows you free entry into many sites in Hampshire for 12 months and is a bargain price of £75.

Normally that includes entry for 2 adults and two children but they have a brilliant offer on for the whole of April which allows two adults and FIVE children to get unlimited access to top Hampshire attractions.

So if you are wondering how you are going to keep the family entertained for the whole of Easter, this is the answer!

The Culture- All Passport gives you unlimited access for 12 months to the following sites:

and unlimited free parking at these paid-for parking sites:

They also have a free Easter website which has details about Easter entertainment and events in Hampshire: www.hants.gov.uk/easter

You can purchase a Culture-All passport here or find more details from my previous post: Culture-All Passport.

Family Friendly Festivals 2012

I read an article recently which prompted me to do some research on this year’s Festivals that are appropriate for little children. I know that festivals aren’t everyone’s thing but if you are interested in taking your little one along, you should be able to find something appriopriate below. Note that there is a festival in Hampshire in July which is appropriate for children. Now, let’s hope the weather catches up with the idea that summer’s on it’s way!!!

Wychwood Festival, 8-10 June, wychwoodfestival.com

The Eden Festival, 15-17th June, edenfestival.co.uk

Blissfields Festival 2012 (in Hampshire!), 29th June – 1st July, blissfields.co.uk

Cornbury, 29th June – 1st July, cornburyfestival.com

Larmer Tree festival, 11th to 15th July, larmertreefestival.co.uk

Latitude Festival, 13th to 15th July, latitudefestival.co.uk

The Deer Shed Festival, 20 – 22nd July, deershedfestival.com

Lollibop Festival lollibop is the only festival where all the entertainment is for children. August – date TBA, lollibopfestival.co.uk

M&S Simply Food – New in Chineham

If you are looking for a little bit of decadence or maybe just somewhere new to go for a coffee with your Mum friends, a new M&S Simply Food (with cafe!) has opened at Chineham Shopping Centre. It’s open from 8am to 9pm Mon to Sat and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.  The Cafe is open all of this time too and looks like it has a good selection of cakes and a few nutritious meals. We are thinking of going there for dinner one night as it’s quiet and not too expensive. An added bonus is that there’s lots of parking (3 car parks) which is free and has several parent parking spaces.

I had a nose at the prices and for some of the products they aren’t as expensive as you would think. They also have some lovely flowers, Mothers Day presents and Easter presents available.

In the Cafe, there are about 8 high chairs and they also have a lift and baby changing facilities which are sparkly new. The baby changing facilities are in the men’s and ladies (I made my husband check! lol) which I was impressed with. No sexism at M&S!

Let me know if you get around to checking it out and if you like it.

(Post updated May 2014 as M&S Simply Food is now open until 9pm Mon to Sat) 

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Local Parks and Open Spaces

I stumbled across this website whilst I was researching this weeks “things to do” post. As the weather was so fabulous this weekend I was researching things to do outside and this website popped up with a list of Local Parks and Open spaces in Basingstoke.

I learnt of a few new places, such as Beggardwood Park which has a maze and ampitheatre, that I didn’t know about that I’m hoping to be able to investigate when Spring really kicks in. Hope you find useful.

Local Parks and Open Spaces

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Chatterbox Shows – Planetarium shows for chatty people!

This looks SO brilliant! I can’t wait till my little one is a little bit bigger so I can take her to one of these.

Winchester Intech Science Centre Chatterbox Shows

Mondays , 5 March, 14 May, 11 June 2pm & Monday 2 April (during Easter holidays), time tbc.
They say:

“It’s natural for younger children or those with special needs to want to call out when they come into the planetarium. They like to share the experience, ask questions or just call out with surprise and amazement.

We normally ask visitors to watch quietly so that everyone can enjoy the show without distraction. But here is a show with a difference:

All the stars with no shushhing!

Come along to a Chatterbox Monday show and we promise not to shhhh you up*! It could get a little noisy but it should be great fun for the chatty ones. Shows are charged at our normal rate.

We’re currently running “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” (30min) in this slot as it is the most child-friendly of our shows and the least likely to scare or overwhelm younger children. However, please do be aware that some children under 5yrs don’t enjoy planetarium shows, especially those scared by the dark.

If you’d be interesting in seeing other shows in this slot, please let us know!”

Half Term Outing Ideas in and around Basingstoke – Feb 2012

Sorry, I should have scheduled this for Tuesday! Better late than never 😉

There are so many places with events and activities going on this week that I thought it would just be easier to send you all the links. Don’t forget to check your local Children Centre’s webpage to see what their half term schedule is. Their events are often a lot cheaper than elsewhere. Hope you manage to find lots to do this week!

http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/things-to-do/Basingstoke

http://www.destinationbasingstoke.co.uk/?page=BasingstokeLeisureDirectory

http://www.visit-hampshire.co.uk/places-to-visit/north-hampshire/basingstoke

http://www.britainsfinest.co.uk/places-to-visit/things_to_do.cfm/searchtown/Basingstoke

http://www.ebasingstoke.com/places/

http://www.wherecanwego.com/whats-on/whats-on-in-basingstoke/events.aspx

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Games to play with your baby or toddler

Are you looking for ideas for games to play with your baby or toddler?

The following link, from cow and gate, shows a play time planner which allows you to input the time you have available, whether you want to play indoors or outdoors and the age of your child. You hit return and at the bottom of the screen are a list of relevant games to play with your child:

http://letstoddle.com/my_toddler/playtime-planner

BabyCentre also have some great ideas for games to play with your little one. If you have signed up for the weekly email from BabyCentre it will include the games that are relevant for your toddler or baby’s age. If you haven’t signed up, you can find the list of games at the links below:

Baby: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/baby/development/letsplay/?intcmp=tnav_baby_play

Toddler: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/toddler/development/stimulating/letsplay/

Do you know of any other websites that have a great list of games to play with your little one? Please add to the comments section or on the Facebook page. Thanks!

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Happy New Year from NorthHantsMum!

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and marvellous New Year.I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks off. We had a lovely first Christmas with our little one and it was so nice to connect with family and friends and not do any work or blogging! I need to get back into the swing of things though so normal service should resume this week. I’m working on moving all posts from NHM Facebook Friend (that’s NorthHantsMum ;-)) to the NHM Facebook Page. There will be more about this hopefully this week…

So, to start 2012 on NHM this post is a summary of the most popular posts that featured in 2011. (Yes, I’m being very lazy and not doing a new original post, but I’m trying to ease back in gently! lol)

Fun

Health

Safety

Education

Organising