Yearly Archives: 2016

The Borrowers Sherman Theatre

The Borrowers, Sherman Theatre Cardiff – review


The Borrowers was one of my favourite childhood books. Mary Norton’s story of the Clock family – Pod, Homily and their daughter Arrietty – who live beneath the floorboards and survive by “borrowing” items from the human world above, captivated me. More recently, I’ve loved sharing the tale with my...

When your child has a December birthday


Little Miss E turns seven next week. The following week sees one nephew’s third birthday, another nephew turning 12 and a niece turning four. Shortly after, Miss E’s best friend from school also turns 7, as does her best out-of-school friend. Add to that, my dad and brother both celebrating...

12 Days of Christmas trail at Dyffryn Gardens


The classic Christmas song 12 Days of Christmas is brought to life this year at Dyffryn Gardens, with a family-friendly trail around the grounds featuring all the items from the song. I headed to the National Trust property yesterday, a cold but beautifully sunny day, with Toddler Boy I, my...

Orbit Theatre A Christmas Carol New Theatre Cardiff

A Christmas Carol by Orbit Theatre, New Theatre Cardiff 


Charles Dickens’ classic novel is given the all-singing, all-dancing treatment as Cardiff’s Orbit Theatre bring the 1994 musical A Christmas Carol to the New Theatre stage. Running until Saturday, it’s a great show for families with older children. Considering Orbit are an amateur company, the standard of performances, costumes and scenery...

Santa's Post Office Mermaid Quay

Santa’s Post Office in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay


Christmas can be such an expensive time of year. Presents, food, festive activities and the rest of it all add up. So it’s great to see Santa’s Post Office in Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, has opened once again. It’s a free attraction where children can write a letter to Santa and...

The Red Dragon Centre Cardiff Bay

#FullOnFestiveFun at The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay


#FullOnFestiveFun is The Red Dragon Centre’s hashtag for the Christmas season – and that’s certainly what we had yesterday evening at a Hollywood Bowl children’s Christmas party, followed by ice creams at Cadalwaders. We’d been invited along as part of our role as blogger ambassadors for The Red Dragon Centre,...

SmartMax Playground XL

SmartMax Playground XL magnetic building set – review


I love toys that challenge my children’s creativity and imagination, so when SmartMax asked us to review some of their magnetic discovery toys, we were happy to accept. The company’s mission is to help children explore magnets safely, as well as improving their creativity, motor skills and logical thinking. All...