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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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A Place To Enjoy My Garden I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we've been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there's a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit...

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Cuddles With Ben Cohen Some days I have a really difficult job. Days like this for example. *Ahem* That rather nice young man is former rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben is a bit of an expert when it comes to cuddles. He has...

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Win Tickets To Peppa Pig’s Big Splash LIVE!!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Competition, Information | Posted on 07-10-2013

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Come and join in the fun with Peppa, George and their friends as they tour the UK with the new theatre show Peppa Pig’s Big Splash. I have a Family Ticket – four people with a minimum of 1 adult – for you to win! We are big Peppa Pig fans in this house – we’re off to Peppa Pig World next week in fact for Little Man’s third birthday!

The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it quickly. They set up a fete to raise the money for Mr Bull to do the repairs. There’s plenty of fun to be had as Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, as well as Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Suzy Sheep put up bunting, run stalls and organise a great day out.

There’s also a Champion Puddle Jumping competition judged by Mr Potato where everyone gets wet and Peppa needs to find her Golden Boots. Another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles is guaranteed for all the family.

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash will be heading down to Sussex next February, and I have a family ticket to giveaway to one of just four performances that will be taking place at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. I have a Family Ticket for Wednesday 19th February at 1pm – remember that’s four people, with a minimum of one adult – to giveaway to one very lucky reader. Your children are bound to love the show!! We can’t wait to go along and see it. Ready to enter? Just follow the instructions below – and good luck!

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Review: Aliens Love Underpants Live

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Product Reviews | Posted on 01-09-2013

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I don’t suppose there are many children’s bookshelves that don’t contain a copy of “Aliens Love Underpants” by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. The popular picture book has been published in numerous languages around the world since its release and has now been made into a live show. Following a successful start at the Edinburgh Fringe is now embarking on a full scale tour of the country which will run right through until mid November. Little Man went along to our local venue, the Capitol Horsham, to see whether it was as good as the book.

Aliens Love Underpants book cover

The book itself is fairly short but the live show is 50 minutes long with no interval so it was clearly going to be more than just a straight copy. Four main cast members – Derek Elwood, Cheryl Felgate, Mark Collier and Harrison Spiers – take up a wealth of roles, from introducing the show, to a cast of teachers, students, parents, and, of course, aliens. The show takes you on a journey with the lead character Timmy whose underpants keep going missing when they are on the washing line. He finds the culprits and goes on a trip with them which is truly out of this world.

The show has singing and dancing, lights and music, and a good dose of audience participation. It was twice as long as the last show Little Man and I saw at this theatre last December so I was a little nervous that he’d get fidgety but he sat enthralled by the whole thing. He was pointing out aliens and spaceships, he was waving at the actors and laughing throughout. It was a brilliant production and one I heartily recommend taking your little ones too when the aliens land in your area. A full list of venues and dates can be found here.