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Have you discovered the amazing family music scene yet?

Guest Post by Brady Rymer (Legendary Children’s Singer-Songwriter from America)

Songs Across The Pond by David Gibb & Brady Rymer

Songs Across The Pond by David Gibb & Brady Rymer

The American family music scene is cookin’ these days, serving up a heaping helping of love, excitement and positively groovin’ vibes with styles ranging from pop to hip hop, bluegrass to singer/songwriter and multilingual to punk. The musicianship and production of this current crop of music is top notch; the songs are creative, fresh, fun, educational and engaging. The scene is flourishing and supportive of newcomers.  I love being part of something so infectious and appreciated – bringing joy and happiness to so many kids and families.

At the time my rock band From Good Homes disbanded, following a long, adventurous and fruitful run in the 1990s, I was just starting a family. Steeped in new fatherhood, Continue reading

Excitement BUILDS as BRICKLIVE returns to Brum

BRICKLIVE 2018 is back in Brum

BRICKLIVE 2018 is back in Brum

The UK’s largest LEGO® fan convention returns to the NEC Birmingham this November, welcoming a host of new and improved features that will encourage children and adults to create, play and discover. Taking place from 1-4 November, BRICKLIVE lets fans explore 11 zones, as well as see live stage shows and meet the makers.

Brand new for 2018 is Mythical Beasts, a powerful presence that is sure to drive brick fans wild when 50 models and interactive experiences bring the fascinating world of creatures from mythology to life using LEGO® bricks. Inspired by legends from ancient Greece, the show revolves around the mythical Pandora’s Box which, when opened, will unleash a horde of trapped beasts upon the world. As the “heroes” of the experience, visitors must find all of the escaped creatures, to send them back into the box and seal them away. Mythical Beasts like Valkaria the majestic Hippogriff and Owl of Athena will be your allies, but beware of the likes of Asterion the vengeful Minotaur, Vladdigor the fearsome four-headed Chimera, and the seven-headed Hydra, who won’t be as friendly.

Returning to this year’s BRICKLIVE is the Warrior Bots Zone, where custom-built battle zones will provide the backdrop for adrenalin-filled wars. With each LEGO® bot comes a different set of brick-built weaponry, so all you have to do is grab hold of a remote control and battle it out for robot supremacy in this custom-built area. Also returning for 2018 is a new and improved Star Wars Zone, where you can choose the Alliance or join the Empire and create new spaceships to be used in the galactic war. As well as being able to take part in an out of this world adventure, visitors can explore a huge selection of official Star Wars sets on display, spanning over 15 years’ worth of official LEGO® releases.

This year’s event also welcomes back the LEGO® theme City, a build zone that has four dedicated activity areas all within one area. Visitors can use specialist elements to create everything from a house and automobile, to a boat or plane. Builders can create their own adventure and display it within the cityscape, harbour, airport or town.

In addition to the new and improved features of BRICKLIVE 2018, some old favourites also make their return, including the ever-popular Minecraft Zone, where you can create using the playable console pods or dig through the pits of bricks to build. As well as the Race Ramps, where you can design and build your ultimate vehicle and try it out on one or four challenging car tracks. There are also Stage Shows, the chance to have a Dance Party with your friends, play amongst the Fairy Bricks, get competitive in the Gaming areas, and be hands-on in the Duplo® Build Zone. As well as the BRICK Pits, Build Map, BRICK Lane and so much more!

BRICKLIVE is all about bringing the LEGO® fan community together, encouraging all ages to create masterpieces, play with fellow fans, and discover each of the zones. The show welcomes both families and Adult Fans of LEGO, with masterpieces by the experts sitting alongside areas dedicated to making your own creations.

Tickets for BRICKLIVE 2018 are on sale now, priced at £20 + fees for General Admission day tickets, which permit entry from 10.30am, or £27.45 + fees for Priority Admission that gets you into the show 30 minutes earlier. There are also VIP tickets priced at £35 + fees, which includes 9.30am show entry, a lanyard, event guide and goody bag. Family tickets are also available.

To buy tickets, visit www.bricklive.co.uk.

 

BRICKLIVE Challenge 2018

The LittleFoot Festival in Northamptonshire – The One Day Family Fundraising Festival

Little Foot Festival

All the fun of the circus at The LittleFoot Festival

Saturday 2nd September sees the return of The LittleFoot Festival, a fundraising, fun packed event for kids young and old.

WHEN – Saturday 2rd September 2017 12-5pm 

WHERE – Stanwick Hall, Stanwick, Northants, NN9 6QE

The festival’s theme is ‘All the fun of the Circus’. Circus School, meet and greet with reptiles, Dad Dancing Competitions, a toddler disco, magicians, forest school skills, story telling, crafting workshops, football fun will all feature along side good food, fun music, children’s theatre and a few surprises! 

Once you purchase a ticket everything inside the festival is free (excluding food, drink and face painting!) This means fairground ride is free, the bouncy castle with adult slide is free, all the workshops are free and the Go Karts are… you guessed it FREE!!! Continue reading

Introducing The Little Foot Festival at Stanwick Hall

The One Day Family Fundraising Festival

Little Foot Social media flyerWHEN – Saturday 3rd September 2016, 12-5pm 

WHERE – Stanwick Hall, Stanwick, Northants, NN9 6QE

Saturday 3rd September sees the arrival of a new festival for kids young and old. The festival’s theme is ‘exploring’. Zorbing, Rock Climbing, Forest School Skills, storytelling and crafting workshops will all feature alongside good food from the Original PizzaBox , fun music, children’s theatre and an epic Teddy Bear’s Picnic! 

Tickets are just £3 for kids and £6 for adults when purchased in advance from www.nepalyouthfoundation.org.uk – there will be more on the door, if there are any left! Get your ticket today they are selling fast.

The Little Foot Festival aims to raise desperately needed funds for Nepal’s children and provide a really fun family day out. There is lots for under fives to do – crafting, facepainting, glitter tattoos, a teddy tombola, cupcake decorating and a famous story teller will enchant children with her tales from far off lands and epic adventures. There will also be a number of performances from Children’s Theatre group. Continue reading

Review: Disney on Ice 2015 at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

Reviewed Performance: 11am on Sunday 25th October 2015

OK, so I need to admit it – before going along to see the Disney on Ice show today, I was a little sceptical. After all, I thought, there’s only so much scope for what can actually be done on ice, right?  And watching some Disney characters skating round a rink for a couple of hours didn’t sound overly exciting… But I was pretty confident that the kids would love it. And there’s (almost) nothing I won’t do if it puts a smile on their faces. So off we went.

And I must say, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Toy Story 3 on Ice

The cast of Toy Story were amazing in the ice skating re-telling of this well-loved classic

The children, as expected, were delighted to see their favourite Disney characters performing for them. Their faces properly lit up with beaming smiles. And – dare I say it – I really enjoyed it too.

The show was Continue reading