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Family club brand Little Houses Group will open its second house and nursery next spring – and registrations are now open for memberships. Jesse’s House in Parsons Green will offer parents and kids the same services at its sister property Jaego’s House, alongside an Ofsted-registered nursery with a bespoke curriculum for little ones aged three months to five years. Facilities will include a jungle gym, soft play, crèche and kids’ club – as well as a co-working space for adults, an indoor and outdoor pool, a lounge and a fitness studio offering reformer Pilates classes. There will also be an on-site café and restaurant.
The Witches at National Theatre
One of Roald Dahl’s most entertaining – and spooky – stories has been adapted for the stage at the National. This is a musical about Luke, his Gran and their run-in with a group of real-life witches. And everything you might know about them is wrong. Forget the pointy hats and broomsticks: they’re the most dangerous creatures on earth. And now they’ve come up with their most evil plan yet. But he’s ten and she’s got a dodgy heart. Time is short, danger is everywhere, and Luke and his gran have got just one chance to stop the witches from ‘squalloping’ every child in England. Tickets start from £5.
Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PX; until 27th January
Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
Over 20 years since award-winning film Chicken Run was released, Aardman’s sequel featuring the much-loved characters will drop on Netflix in time for Christmas. Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, this time, they’re breaking in.
Released on 15th December.
Max Mara Kids Teddy Coats
Regular SL readers will know that Max Mara is one of our favourite designer brands for investment coats at this time of year, so we were pleased to hear it has created mini teddy coats and accessories for girls for the first time. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the brand’s iconic teddy coat, it’s available in two colours for five- to 12-year-olds. You can also shop a selection of cosy accessories like mittens, earmuffs and fluffy hats with teddy bear ears.
Heartstopper Volume 5
Based on the bestselling books by author Alice Oseman, Netflix drama Heartstopper is one of the streaming service’s most successful series ever. If your teens can’t wait for the new series, they’ll be pleased to know that Oseman’s fifth graphic novel hits the shelves next month. The book continues Nick and Charlie’s love story. They have finally said, ‘I love you’, and Charlie has almost persuaded his mum to let him sleep over at Nick's house… But with Nick going off to university next year, is everything about to change?
Cult Gaia Kids AW23
Cult Gaia has launched an edit of children’s wear featuring playful prints and pretty detailing the. Just in time for party season, the girls’ edit includes dresses with feather trims, colourful separates, and crochet tops. You’ll also find fun bomber and puffer jackets for little ones and babies. We love the black feather-trimmed Reeves dress, also available for mums.
Lune + Wild
If you struggle to make nutritious meals at home, Lune + Wild creates healthy ready meals your children will want to eat. Its new range of frozen meals are ready in the oven or microwave in minutes and have been developed with a paediatric dietitian. Each one contains seasonal veg – without added salt or sugar. Packed full of flavour, family favourites include beef lasagne, shepherd’s pie, veggie tagine with brown rice, squash mac ‘n’ cheese, and fish pie with cheesy mash.
Following a multi-million-pound renovation, The Langley hotel in Buckinghamshire is a great choice for a family staycation. The former country estate of the third Duke of Marlborough, the hotel is surrounded by 150 acres of land and just 90 minutes from London. There’s plenty to keep kids occupied, from country walks to endless activities at the Sharky & George kids’ club. There are delicious dining options for the whole family, additional beds in the room for kids, and family hours in the swimming pool. The hotel is also home to a top spa, complete with 16m marble-lined swimming pool, hammams, vitality pools, Himalayan salt-walled sauna and an amethyst steam room.
Danish childrenswear brand Wheat has released its new AW23 collection featuring winter warmer heroes for boys and girls. The collection includes rainwear, thermal clothing, jackets, fleeces, onesies, accessories and cosy boots in neutral colours with hand-drawn prints. With styles for babies to 12 year-olds, there’s a range of chic everyday Scandi essentials.
LittleList is the UK's first dedicated baby gift registry for parents and little ones. The online store has over 5,000 of the best baby products from the biggest brands as well as independent stores, including Aden + Anais, DockaTot, Elodie, Janod, Kit & Kin, and Mamas & Papas. You can even shop pre-loved items and choose experiences by Virgin and Mr & Mrs Smith – think babymoon experiences for your loved ones. Expectant parents can set up their registry then shop the list or share it with friends and family.
Seraphine is one of our favourite brands for affordable and stylish maternity clothing. Now, it has created a range of maternity and nursing bras in a range of comfortable and chic styles. Choose from matching nursing bras and knickers sets, shaping briefs, and sexy lingerie sets to help you feel confident at each stage of pregnancy and beyond. There’s also an edit of comfy bump-friendly activewear.
Pow Food x Lily Soutter
At-home meal company Pow Food has teamed up with renowned nutritionist Lily Soutter for a ‘New Parents 7-Day Meal Bundle’. Whether you’re a new parent or looking for a gift for new mums, Pow Food offers a range of chef-prepared meals made with nutritious ingredients. All dishes are low in saturated fat, with no refined sugar. Kits include seven meals: fish pie, cottage pie, Goan fish curry, vegan teriyaki tofu, roast chicken with a white wine jus, beef bourguignon, and chicken satay with brown rice. There’s also a vegan option with dishes like cauliflower tikka masala, and mushroom stroganoff.
Evie & Skye
Lifestyle brand Evie & Skye has launched a collection of ‘Petit Cushions’ for children. Whether you’re decorating your nursery or updating your kids’ rooms, there are a range of cushions in pretty pastel prints. Choose from colourful blues, greens and pinks, or inject personality into your home with a fun printed design. There’s also a selection of plush velvet options.
Discover You Mr. Men Little Miss Books
Mr. Men Little Miss has created a book series, Discover You, to help adults talk openly with children about mental health and wellbeing. After finding that nearly half of UK adults aged 18-34 struggle to confidently talk about mental health and emotion, the books aim to help adults have these conversations with children to foster emotional development. Created with a children’s clinical psychologist, there are five new stories based on different emotions, including ‘Caring’, ‘Find Calm’, ‘Feeling Sad’, ‘Be Yourself’, and ‘I Am Angry’.