Florence, our friends and I had the most spectacular time at the Lollibop Festival last Friday in Regent’s Park. From seeing the ZingZilla’s live on the main stage and dancing at Baby Loves Disco in the Minimission tent to bouncing on giant inflatable runways, having our legs painted and seeing Rastamouse headline at the end of the day; we were full of good times and happiness. The crowds were big, the atmosphere was buzzing and with children’s laughter ringing out from ever corner you couldn’t fail to have a good time. It was with a sad heart that at 7pm, after 8 hours of solid partying we had to leave when the day drew to a close. For me it was more enjoyable than any other festival I’ve ever been to and that includes seeing my favourite bands and dancing the night away with friends because Lollibop was all of that and more. Why was Lollibop so special? Because it made my daughter smile from ear to ear from the moment we got there until she fell asleep at the end of the day still with that smile fixed firmly to her rosebud lips! We simply cannot wait until next year when we can do it all over again although if we’re honest we wish we could do it all again sooner than that! If you want to read more about our wonderful day please click on my blog link below.
Unfortunately when we woke up the next morning poor little Florence was covered head to toe in Chickenpox spots… What a come down to our fantastic Friday and a tremendous spanner in the works for our planned big weekend. We were supposed to have gone to an event on Saturday called The Creative Fair which was being held in Theydon Bois. This was the third event they have held which includes mini workshops and projects for children as well as entertainment and other fun things for them to do plus stalls exhibiting art and unusual products. What a shame we missed it but we look forward to the next one and will keep our eyes peeled for when that will be! The second thing we sadly had to miss was the Apple Cart Festival held on Sunday in Victoria Park. This was to be a family friendly day with bands such as Badly Drawn Boy and comedians like Marcus Brigstocke and Tim Minchin. Running along side the comedy and music were magicians and absolutely loads of stuff for the children, so it was a real shame we couldn’t go and my husband had to take a pal instead. I guess with children that’s always the way though… Still, at least Chickenpox is out of the way and done with and we won’t ever have to worry about it before we are to go away on holiday or something!
So, while we recover we’ve been looking at lots of fun things we can do in London when we’re all better. This Friday, the 12th August we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the spots will have all dried up because there’s something super exciting on at the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. A short walk from the tube this museum, which is absolutely fantastic, has free entry and is home to many toys from eras gone by, is hosting a Tiger Tea Party from 12pm – 6pm and everyone is invited (some activities have limited spaces). Catering for all ages why not drop in to this afternoon based on the book ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr. All summer the Museum of Childhood is playing host to some wonderful Tiger themed events as well as the exhibition which is displayed until 4th September 2011. I think this tea party sounds like a lovely way to spend the afternoon and while you’re there you can take a look round the museum, let the little ones play in the wonderful sandpit and also on the 12th Cerri Burnell from CBeebies will be reading stories from 2-3.30! Wonderful!
Another tea party we’re looking forward to is one hosted by ‘Discover’ in Stratford from 12pm to 4pm on Sunday 21st August. I wrote about ‘Discover’ in my blog dated 8th July (if you search the archive you can read the entry) and it really is a fab day out! This summer they are hosting a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ (entry FREE) outside of their building on the Greenway by the view tube (nearest station Pudding Mill Lane). Pack a picnic and head to the view tube where the Olympic site is being constructed. Here you will enter the magical world of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. You can meet the Mad hatter and make a gloriously over the top hat, join Alice for story time, burrow about the Greenway with the White Rabbit and decorate cakes with the Queen of Hearts. With no need to book you can just turn up to this free event and enjoy the day. Leading up to the tea party ‘Discover’ will be holding some FREE family art workshops on 8,9,10 &12th August from 2-5pm. Come and join in then see your artwork displayed at the ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ on the 21st. You will need to book a slot for the workshops by calling 020 8536 555 and for more information on either events please see www.discover.org.uk.
So from a spotty us we hope to be back out and about and bringing you all our latest gossip from days out in London very soon. We have some exciting things planned so watch this space!