In The Know: Cool Things For Parents & Kids

Every month we bring you the coolest things to know about, guaranteed to keep the kids busy and the parents happy. From children’s wear and accessories to a new series of cookery classes, here’s what is worth having on your radar.

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Liewood SS22 Collection

Regular SL readers will know we love Liewood’s chic range of children’s wear and accessories, so we were excited to take a peek at the Nordic brand’s SS22 collection which features swimwear, sandals pool accessories and beach towels. Available in Liewood’s signature neutral and pastel colours, we love the striped swimsuits and matching inflatable paddling pools – ideal for summer weekends in the garden. From sun hats and sunglasses to kid’s beach bags, it has everything you need for warmer days ahead. 

Visit Liewood.com

Discovery Day: Royal Celebration At Hyde Park

On Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June, Hyde Park is hosting a special celebration for families to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Little ones can take part in activities to protect and preserve London’s royal parks, like making a nature crown, planting seeds and even drawing designs for future parks. Don’t miss the storytelling sessions about the royal history of the parks and their connection to the Queen. Tickets are free.

Visit Royalparks.org.uk

Anne Of Green Gables At The Peacock Theatre

London’s Peacock Theatre is showing a production of L. M. Montgomery’s Anne Of Green Gables, performed by the London Children’s Ballet, a charity which encourages children from all backgrounds to pursue a love of dance. The cast includes over 50 dancers ages between nine and 16 who have been rehearsing during weekends and holidays. It tells the story of a lively, imaginative 11-year-old orphan who lives on Canada's Prince Edward Island. Adopted by an elderly brother and sister, Anne gets herself into endless scrapes but eventually wins over the community with her endearing, fearless character and passionate nature. Tickets start from £18.

From Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th May; Portugal Street, West End, WC2A 2HT

Visit SadlersWells.com

Little Cloth Studio

Little Cloth Studio is a made-to-order clothing brand for children up to ten years old. Made from gingham cotton, laundered linens and leftover stock from designer poplins, the small team create blouses, collars and dresses for little ones. The pretty designs can also be made in women’s sizes, so you can match with your little girl – think floaty summer dresses with detachable poplin collars. Of the current collection, we’ve got our eye on the Posey blouse made from handloomed ecru cotton. 

Visit LittleClothStudio.co.uk

Sticks'n'Sushi Masterclasses

Sticks’n’Sushi has created new cookery masterclasses for children who want to learn how to make sushi and Japanese food. Taking place on various dates from now until August, little ones can head to Sticks’n’Sushi’s restaurants in Chelsea, Greenwich and Cambridge to learn how to make hosomaki rolls, uramaki rolls and salmon nigiri. They’ll be given squash to drink throughout the class before tucking into lunch, and will go home with a goody bag filled with a sushi rolling mat, bandana, apron, and an instruction and recipe book with useful Japanese numbers and phrases. Classes cost £40pp.

Various sites.

Visit Sticks-N-Sushi.DesignMyNight.com

Club Mamawell

Club Mamawell is a new online fitness club created by Rosie Stockley, founder of The Mamawell Method which specialises in postnatal workouts. Membership (£29 per month with a week’s free trail) includes three live workouts taught by Rosie every week, access to on-demand classes and an online library full of mindfulness tips. Whether you’re in your first trimester or postpartum, classes can be modified to your ability – choose from strength and cardio workouts, Pilates, yoga and guided meditation. Don’t forget to check out Mamawell’s online kitchen for healthy recipes for mum and baby. 

Visit Mamawell.org

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Stojo

Stojo makes portable and leak-proof bottles and containers from recycled materials. Ideal for packed lunches, drinks and baby food, all the products are collapsible so you can quickly fold them away after you’ve used them, then pop them in the dishwasher. Little ones will love the Biggie Cup and its removable straw, while adults will appreciate the collapsible lunch boxes for meals on the go. There’s also a new sports bottle which has a handy hook and collapses down to the size of a tennis ball.

Visit Amazon.co.uk/Stores/Stojo

StoryBakes Books By Anges De Sucre

London-based bakery Anges De Sucre has created a series of interactive recipe book for little chefs. Each book features a rhyming story and a recipe to help teach little ones how to make delicious bakes. Suitable for two- to six-year-olds, children can help measure out ingredients, mix and whisk, and decorate their creation. There are currently three stories to choose from – Olivia and Her Lovely Lemon Loaves, Xavier and His Magical Blueberry Muffins, and Bella and Her Super Banana Bread. Books cost £7.99.

Visit AngesDeSucre.com

The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny At Greenwich Park

Quantum Theatre are performing two Beatrix Potter tales at Greenwich Park over half term. Bring a blanket and picnic to the Royal Observatory Gardens to watch The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny between Monday 30th May and Saturday 4th June. Peter and his naughty cousin Benjamin know very well that they are not allowed into Mr McGregor’s garden, but they cannot resist. The rabbits soon find themselves in all sorts of scrapes – caught in a net, trapped by a snarling cat and face-to-face with Mr McGregor himself! How will they ever escape? Can Old Mr Bunny come to the rescue in time? And whatever will Mr McGregor make of all those footprints in the flower beds? A charming adaption the whole family will love. Tickets cost £10pp.

Visit Royalparks.org.uk

Lockdown Babies Podcast

Half a million babies were born during lockdown 1.0. This new podcast, hosted by BBC journalist Phillippa Guillou, shares stories from mothers who gave birth at the height of the pandemic. From families who were separated from their baby due to Covid-19 restrictions to women giving birth alone in hospital, episodes focus on the highs and lows of becoming parents during this time. Don’t miss episode three in which mother Fae reflects on the special time she had with her baby as a result of being at home.

Listen here

Mog The Forgetful Cat

Judith Kerr’s bestselling children’s story is being adapted for the stage for the first time. Mog The Forgetful Cat will be performed at Royal & Derngate Northampton theatre from Friday 3rd to Sunday 19th June, before touring the UK next year. Mog always seems to be in trouble. She forgets that she has a cat flap and that she has already eaten her supper. But sometimes, Mog’s forgetfulness comes in handy. In this new production, families will be taken on a journey with Mog and friends as she catches a burglar, gate crashes a cat show, goes to the vet and eats lots of eggs. Tickets start from £14.50.

Visit RoyalAndDerngate.co.uk

Ba&sh Mini Me SS22 Collection

Ba&sh has released a new Mini Me collection full of matching outfits for mothers and daughters. Browse ruffled dresses, printed blouses, sweatshirts in bright colours, floral maxi skirts and slogan t-shirts in Ba&sh’s signature print style and flattering cuts. You’ll also find one-size-fits-all accessories designed to be shared with your little one, including basket bags, bucket hats and scarves. We’ve got our eye on the printed bandanas and cool caps.

Visit Ba-sh.com

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