Thursday, 26 February 2015

Giveaway - Win tickets to First Steps Coppélia at The Lowry

This March the Birmingham Royal Ballet is bringing it's production of Coppélia to The Lowry in Salford with a programme of family events on offer in addition to their performance of the ballet.

For those unfamiliar with the ballet, Coppélia is the story of an eccentric toy maker, Dr Coppélius who creates a mechanical doll (Coppélia) and wishes to bring her to life. Coppélia is so lifelike that a village boy, Franz, falls in love with her, shunning his previous love Swanhilde, who then dressses as Coppélia pretending she has come to life. It's a comic ballet and therefore an excellent first live ballet performance for a younger audience and perfect for a family treat.

Coppélia at The Lowry Birmingham Royal Ballet

Coppélia will be performed at The Lowry from Wednesday 4th March until Ssaturday 7th March. In addition to these performances there will also be the opportunity to get closer to the performance with two special events. I'm going to see a performance of the ballet so check back to find out what I thought.

On Friday 6th March at 1pm the ballet company will stage  delightful introduction to the ballet, in the form of their First Steps - A Child's Coppélia which is designed to act as an introduction to ballet for little ones. The hour long programme features a storyteller who introduces children to the characters, story and music and shares some of the technical magic involved in ballet productions. This is followed by a full company performance of Act II of the ballet. Click through to The Lowry to find out more and how to download games, colouring sheets and a story guide for Coppélia.

The following day, Saturday 7th March, sees the company staging a family fun event giving attendees the chance to meet the company, see the costumes, take part in creative activities and have your face painted. The event is free to attend, simply drop into The Lookout between 12:30 and 2pm to join in the fun.

To book tickets for Coppélia or First Steps - A Child's Coppélia click on the links above. No need to book for the family fun event.

I've teamed up with The Lowry to offer two tickets for an adult and child to attend First Steps - A Child's Coppélia. Tickets are valid for the sole performance on Friday 6th March at 1pm. The session is aimed at children aged between 3 and 7 years old.

To enter please complete the Gleam widget below. The blog post comment is compulsory and will unlock a range of additional entry options to raise your chances.

First Steps - A Child's Coppélia

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Giveaway - Win Witty Doodle Nursery Wall Stickers

When you're searching for the perfect way to decorate your little one's bedroom it can be a little overwhelming. There is so much choice around! Wall stickers are a great choice though - super easy to apply, easy to remove and bright, colourful and age appropriate.

Win Witty Doodle Nursery Wall Stickers

Witty Doodle was founded by two young mothers who wanted to inspire their babies with creative and stimulating wall art. Instead of soft pastels they have produced a bright, colourful range which are more attractive and interesting to babies and toddlers.

Working with the expert Dr Amanda Gummer Witty Doodle have produced a visually stimulating range which sparks imagination and increases the attention span of the under twos. The stickers are designed to be repositioned from time to time to keep stimulating your child, with large images providing initial stimuli and smaller pictures to promote concentration and deeper thinking. With a range of nursery canvases and prints, in addition to the stickers there is something for every nursery here. The bright colourful design would make them perfect for playrooms too.

Win Witty Doodle Nursery Wall Stickers

I've teamed up with Witty Doodle to offer one of my lucky readers the chance to win a fantastic set of their nursery wall stickers. To enter the giveaway simply complete the Gleam widget below. The blog post comment is compulsory, please click through to the Witty Doodle website to have a look around before you answer, this will unlock a range of additional entry options to boost your chance of winning. Please read the terms and conditions.

Witty Doodle Wall Stickers

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Chuggington: Turbo Charged Chugger

Bud loves trains and Chuggington has long been a favourite in our house, now LM is that bit older she loves the adventures of Koko, Brewster and Wilson too. Sadly we tend to miss it on TV now as it shown at school run time so the children were very excited to receive a brand new Chuggington DVD - Turbo Charged Chugger - to watch during half term. Released today, Monday 23rd February 2015, this DVD is sure to be a real treat for all of your little Chuggers.

Chuggington: Turbo Charged Chugger

The DVD features a collection of episodes from the fourth series of the show. These are:
  • Stop Koko Stop+
  • Explorer Koko
  • Brewster Leads the Way
  • Blazin' Wilson
  • Runaway Koko
  • Team Trainee
My two have loved watching the DVD and it's been a great way to catch up on episodes missed recently. The show is bright and colourful and the strong themes of friendship and learning really resonate with both parents and their little ones. I think that we will be watching this DVD rather a lot as both Bud and LM enjoyed it very much.

As an added bonus Turbo Charged Chugger includes an additional story DVD. This features four stories and includes:

  • Wilson Smooth Moves
  • Can't Catch Koko
  • Braking Brewster
  • Clunky Wilson
This is perfect for listening on the go, especially for Bud who has recently got into listening to story CDs and is a lovely bonus to an already fun DVD.

We've now watched Chuggington:Turbo Charged Chugger and it's been a fun distraction over half term. It's now on general release from all usual stockists, you can currently find it on Amazon for the bargain price of £6.

Disclosure: We were sent the DVD for review purposes. Contains affiliate link.

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Teksta Newborn Puppy

One of the must have toys for last year was the Teksta Puppy, Kitten and Dinosaur and I know it made lots of Christmas lists. Now the original Teksta Puppy and Kitten have a brand new newborn addition to the range and we've been taking a look at the Newborn Puppy.

We don't have a huge amount of electronic toys here, it's just not a genre my children have been massively interested in so I was interested to see what they would make of it. The Teksta Newborn Puppy is a small robotic dog, small enough to sit on the palm of my hand and very easy for LM and Bud to pick up and carry around.

Teksta Newborn Puppy

He is powered by 2 AAA batteries and you will need a small Philips screwdriver to fit them. You can then switch on the dog using the on/off switch on his underside. Puppy has three modes - walking, sitting on his back legs and singing. He responds to your voice or clapping and will bark, flash his eyes and move his ears in response. If you want him to walk you need to ensure that his front legs are in a forward position otherwise he tends to fall backwards. To make him sing you press and hold the button on top of his head until you hear a noise, then speak or clap and then he will sing.

Teksta Newborn Puppy

Teksta Puppy is aimed at children aged 3-8 and, despite LM being a little younger than 3 she loves him with a passion. He's quite sturdy and we've had no difficulty with him being toddler proof. Apparently the front legs can come off but it isn't a problem we have had.

Teksta Newborn Puppy

My parents have a five months old Bearded Collie puppy and we took Teksta to meet him, to see what a real life puppy made of his robotic counterpart. It turns out that tiny robotic puppies are quite scary for big, brave Bearded Collies!

Teksta Newborn Puppy has an RRP of £19:99 and represents a great way to introduce younger children to robotic toys.

Disclosure: We received the toy for review purposes

Friday, 20 February 2015

We are #DocMcStuffins Twitter Party Hosts

LM loves Doc McStuffins and, secretly I think Bud does too, so we were delighted to be asked to join in with the forthcoming DocMcStuffins Twitter Party.

We are #DocMcStuffins Twitter Party Hosts

The party is taking place this Thursday, 27th February 2015 from 1-3pm. To join in follow me, @RedRoseMummy@UKMumsTV and @DisneyJuniorUK and check out #DocMcStuffins to get involved in all of the fun.

We are #DocMcStuffins Twitter Party Hosts

We've been sent a huge box of goodies packed with snacks, games and toys from the brand new Eye Doctor range to play with and I know all of the children invited will have a lovely time with them. We're especially excited by the Doc McStuffins Light Up Shoes, Scrubs Set and Dentist Dottie doll. Check out Smyth's Toys to see the full range of Doc McStuffins toys.

We are #DocMcStuffins Twitter Party Hosts

LM is quite new to the Doc McStuffins toy range, we only have a plush Doc and Lambie so far so we're looking forward to giving the range of toys from Flair a thorough checkup. The box we have received is packed with fun and we're hoping everyone joining in online will enjoy it just as much.

Remember to join in, for the chance to win prizes too!

Thursday 27th February 2015, 1-3pm.
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