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Blogs that contain the School Age Kids tag

Some things are better suited for babies or younger children and some things are better for children who are already at school and need more stimulating experiences to keep them amused.

In this section we explore things for slightly older children and give you some great ideas.





A review of Centerparcs Woburn - by Andy

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There's something that bothers me about paying a lot of money to have a holiday in the UK, but Centerparcs have perfected UK holidays for families with small children...
Written by Andy

Peppa Pig Pancakes - essential for this Tuesday! - by Andy

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No Shrove Tuesday would be complete without being able to make your kids face light up with one of these bad boys...
Written by Andy

Holgate Windmill - by Mother of Dragons

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Holgate Windmill is a beautiful and fascinating building preserved through the hard work of a group of volunteers, and for any curious toddler the idea of being allowed to climb about inside what is essentially an enormo...
Written by Mother of Dragons

The Sidings - by Mother of Dragons

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A restaurant in a location which overlooks railway lines, featuring several tables set within disused railway carriages is surely a paradise for any train lover. Welcome to The Sidings Mediterranean Bar and Restaurant in...
Written by Mother of Dragons

Our favourite animal rucksack for kids - by Andy

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I like Kickstarter as a concept. It's a great shop window for new businesses to showcase their ideas. Sometimes it is worth a browse just for some shopping ideas. We got asked to take a look at a new rucksack for kids...
Written by Andy

York Boat - by Mother of Dragons

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For a fresh perspective on our beautiful city, we took a trip on the York Boat. Because a cruise on the Ouse is hard to refuse....
Written by Mother of Dragons

Reading Eggs: Our Verdict - by Mummytolittlee

After a far longer hiatus than I'd intended, I'm back with our verdict on Reading Eggs!...
Written by Mummytolittlee

A day out at Media City in Salford - by Mrsbrazzer

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From Rastamouse to Crackerjack, the CBeebies weekend at Media City offered something for three generations of the family, and provided lots of laughs and entertainment. We combined a visit to the CBeebies Peter Pan event...
Written by Mrsbrazzer

Yorkshire Wildlife Park - by Mother of Dragons

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Our toddler knows a lot about jungle animals, but mostly from watching Rara the Noisy Lion. We decided that it was high time we took him to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to meet the real thing....
Written by Mother of Dragons

A taste of America in Yorkshire - by Mrsbrazzer

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Whether you are looking for a 1950’s American diner experience, a wide choice of ice cream or somewhere for the kids to burn off some excessive energy, Billy Bob’s Parlour at the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Farm ticks all ...
Written by Mrsbrazzer

If you go down to the farm today, you’re sure to see lots of tractors - by Mrsbrazzer

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From tractors to an indoor sand area, Hesketh Farm Park at Bolton Abbey offers a wide range of activities for children of all ages. Hesketh Farm Park is located just one mile from the picturesque village of Bolton Abbey,...
Written by Mrsbrazzer

Murton Park - by Mother of Dragons

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Just outside York, Murton Park is home to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Derwent Valley Light Railway. We took our toddler there to try and decide once and for all which is better - tractors or trains?...
Written by Mother of Dragons

Stockeld Park - by Mother of Dragons

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For a family day out with a twist, we took a trip to the enchanted forest at Stockeld Park....
Written by Mother of Dragons

Year 6 children failing to meet basic standards - by TutorBooster

115,000 pupils leave Primary School this summer lacking basic english and maths skills according to latest SAT’s results....
Written by TutorBooster

Reading Eggs update - how Little E has been getting on - by Mummytolittlee

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We're almost a month into using Reading Eggs and the novelty certainly hasn't worn off for Little E! Here is an update about how we've found the online reading program so far....
Written by Mummytolittlee

Help your child develop a 'love of reading'! - by TutorBooster

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We all know how important reading is for our children’s education. As a father of 4 boys and a Year 6 teacher I know how reluctant some children are at reading regularly. After a long hard day at school all they seem to ...
Written by TutorBooster

York Maze - by Mother of Dragons

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According to Trip Advisor, York Maze is the number one visitor attraction in York. We went to see what all the fuss is about....
Written by Mother of Dragons

Summer learning with a pre-schooler - by Mummytolittlee

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Reading Eggs is an interactive programme full of animations, songs, games and rewards, that encourages children to learn essential reading skills....
Written by Mummytolittlee

Get ready for Fareham Art Trail - by TinBoxTraveller

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Culture-lovers of all ages are in for a treat this summer as national and local artists exhibit their work in the first ever Fareham Art Trail (23-30 August 2014)....
Written by TinBoxTraveller

Getting your child to the top of the class - by Andy

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If your child is 7-10 years old, you're probably already wondering about which school they will go to next and whether they will flourish. We explore a tool that can help....
Written by Andy

City Screen Picturehouse - by Mother of Dragons

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When I was pregnant people seemed to delight in telling me that once the baby arrived I wouldn't have time to go to the Cinema anymore (amongst many other things). Clearly they hadn't heard of City Screen....
Written by Mother of Dragons

Keeping up your child's education over summer - by Andy

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We are trialling Reading Eggs, a great way to keep your kids learning during the school holidays!...
Written by Andy

Castle Howard - by Mother of Dragons

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Castle Howard is one of the biggest and most popular stately homes in Yorkshire. But does it have what it takes to keep a toddler entertained?...
Written by Mother of Dragons

Lollibops 2014 at Hatfield House - by Emmys mummy

Lollibops is a Children's festival like no other. It is aimed at the under 10's and has a HUGE mix of entertainment to suit all.

This year's venue is Hatfield House in Hertfordshire - easily accessible via train and is...

Written by Emmys mummy

Dalby Forest and the Great Gruffalo Forest Tour - by Mother of Dragons

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2014 is the 15th anniversary of the publication of Julia Donaldson's "Gruffalo", and the Forestry Commission Has organised a series of events to mark the occasion. We went to the beautiful Dalby Forest to meet him....
Written by Mother of Dragons

Off-the-beaten track museums in London - by Andy

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Fed up with the crazy queues at the Natural History Museum and Science Museum? Time to get the book out and find other museums! We tried the Grant Museum of Zoology and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology...
Written by Andy

National Railway Museum - by Mother of Dragons

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Near the top of any list of things to do with children in York must surely be a trip to the National Railway Museum. Here's why....
Written by Mother of Dragons

Personalised Rucksacks from Cheeky Baby Tees - by Mum1stdoctor2nd

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Whether you want it to make your child's belongings easily identifiable or just to make sure that you take the right kid home after school, personalised rucksacks are a great idea....
Written by Mum1stdoctor2nd

Seaton Delaval Hall - Northumberland - by Wittyhoots

Seaton Delaval Hall is a National Trust Property. It has a playground made from natural materials, formal gardens, picnic areas, walks and wide open spaces to let your little ones run about. There are photographic and ...
Written by Wittyhoots

Hatfield House - Hertfordshire - by Emmys mummy

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Hatfield House is a country house set in a large park, the Great Park, on the eastern side of the town of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England.

Hatfield House is the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury a...

Written by Emmys mummy

The best bath-time fun ever for a child - by Mum1stdoctor2nd

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Ever since the ace Vitamin B bath I've been thinking of other ways to 'brighten' up bathtime and make use of our blacklight torch. So enter neon paints......
Written by Mum1stdoctor2nd

River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames - by Emmys mummy

Henley on Thames’ River & Rowing Museum is looking forward to the summer holidays by announcing an exciting range of workshops and exhibitions for adults and children.


The exciting and interactive activities progra...

Written by Emmys mummy

Giraffe - by Mother of Dragons

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Vanguard Retail Park, just outside York city centre, offers many options to foot-sore shoppers in need of lunch, but since our toddler seemed determined to make friends with the giant plastic giraffe statue outside, we t...
Written by Mother of Dragons

And our Summer giveaway competition winner is.... - by Andy

The winner of our trampoline, water slide and soccer kit is certainly set for summer now! Was it you?...
Written by Andy

Make your own physics-defying slime for kids - by Andy

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Most people hated Physics lessons at school, but that’s because they didn’t teach you the cool stuff. In this complete abuse of the laws of physics, we show you how to produce something that will seem disgusting but be e...
Written by Andy

This waterslide should be in every garden - by Andy

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We love this! Bought for a bargain from Kiddicare and currently on sale for under a tenner....
Written by Andy

Glow-in-the-dark bathtime fun Part Two - by Andy

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Given the great response to the original post, it was time to raise our game. So here it is!...
Written by Andy

Lee Valley Park Farm - by Emmys mummy

Lee Valley Park Farms are located in Waltham Abbey, a small farm and a working dairy farm. Fun for all the family and a lovely day out for all ages. Especially fun in the School holidays due to all the scheduled ...
Written by Emmys mummy

International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent - by Mummytolittlee

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The International Centre for Birds of Prey is one of the oldest dedicated birds of prey centres in the world. It’s located in the pretty old market town of Newent, about 8 miles North West of Gloucester and on the edge o...
Written by Mummytolittlee

Glow-in-the-dark and crayon bathtime fun - by Andy

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Everyone loves bathtime with the kids but how do you make it a little different? With glowsticks or bath crayons....
Written by Andy

Our Red Letter Days trip up The Shard plus Lunch - by Andy

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(Not sponsored!) We took Doofy for a trip up The Shard followed by lunch at Strada at More London. Great views, good food. A fun afternoon despite the fog....
Written by Andy

Making cakes with a toddler - by Andy

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Nothing is yummier than cakes. Nothing. We decided to let Doofy loose to make some cakes. He's 18 months old and not amazingly co-ordinated but he loved it :)...
Written by Andy

Mega Bloks First Builders 60 piece pack. - by Andy

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Whilst Lego have the monopoly on building blocks for older children, there's plenty of choice on the market for younger children. We took a look at the Mega Bloks First Builders Pack with an 18mth old and a 7 year old....
Written by Andy

Accommodation for families - the growth of the Family Room - by Andy

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Staying away for a night can be a relaxing break even with the kids in tow... even if you don't want them in a separate room. It's affordable and achievable....
Written by Andy

We're all going to the zoo tomorrow! - by Andy

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Well, actually we went last week - after our excellent Maynards Discovery Patch tweet-up. How good is London Zoo for toddlers? Awesome....
Written by Andy

I want my child to like sport - by Andy

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I love lots of sports. Unfortunately my eldest son doesn't. How on earth do I get him to like it more? Should I even be trying?...
Written by Andy

Can you use sweets as a path to discovery?! - by Andy

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Probably one of the weirdest questions that I have ever been forced to ask myself, but one sweet company is trying to do this. We were invited along to listen to their pitch and make up our own minds...
Written by Andy

Sorry - my kids are getting colourful food. - by Andy

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A recent highly personal attack upon one mum's quest to brighten up her kid's school lunch caused a bit of a stir. Our verdict? It's nice to see someone care enough to make the effort....
Written by Andy

Battersea Park Children's Zoo - by Andy

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Battersea Park Zoo in London is a great alternative to the "big attractions" that people fall over themselves to visit. We took Doofy along to check out the venue....
Written by Andy

A visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew - by Andy

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Kew Gardens in West London hosts the world's largest collection of living plants, contains some great buildings and also makes a splendid effort to be child-friendly. It's an oasis of calm in a busy city....
Written by Andy
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