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 post-partum fitness classes to autumnal activities little ones will love, here’s what is worth having on your radar.

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Deliciously Healthy Pregnancy By Rhiannon Lambert

This accessible nutritional guide will support any mamas-to-be in having a healthy, happy pregnancy, from conception to parenthood. Sunday Times bestselling author Rhiannon Lambert’s new guide unpacks the science behind your dietary needs in pregnancy and the fourth trimester, giving readers the knowledge and confidence to eat well for them and their baby at every stage. Beautifully presented with clear information and infographics, Deliciously Healthy Pregnancy breaks down the stages of pregnancy and early motherhood, trimester by trimester. From finding out you are pregnant, right through to birth, evidence-based nutritional and lifestyle advice guides you through what your body and baby need for a healthy, nourishing pregnancy.

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Nike’s Move Like A Mother

There’s no need to figure out postpartum wellness on your own. Nike’s new ‘Move Like a Mother’ program in the Nike Training Club app offers guidance, a breathwork series that can support your recovery, and efficient workouts for when you’re cleared to exercise. The app allows you to work out when and how you want. It's easy to schedule a workout for later with workout scheduling – and with the casting feature, you choose where and how it happens, on your phone or casted to the big screen. Plus, it offers all the workout kit you’ll ever need.

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Fireworks Spectacular At Ascot Racecourse

This autumn, Ascot will host its annual Fireworks Spectacular Family Race Day. Guests will be able to enjoy a pyro-musical show featuring over 20,000 fireworks launched from the centre of the famous racetrack. This year’s race day falls just before Halloween and will be a night filled with fun suitable for all ages, such as fairground rides, a spooky slime workshop, an interactive creepy crawly experience, pumpkin carving, roaming entertainers, and a pop-up cinema showing Halloween-themed cartoons. All fairground rides are free during racing, then from 4pm they are charged at £1 per ride with all proceeds donated to local charities. The day is built around an exciting racing card as the jumps season returns.

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Pinocchio, Disney+

Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis directs this live action and CGI retelling of the tale of the beloved wooden puppet who embarks on a thrilling adventure to become a real boy. Tom Hanks stars as Geppetto, the woodcarver who builds and treats Pinocchio (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) as if he were his real son. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jiminy Cricket, who serves as Pinocchio’s guide and ‘conscience’; Cynthia Erivo is the Blue Fairy; Keegan-Michael Key is ‘Honest’ John; Lorraine Bracco is new character Sofia the Seagull, and Luke Evans is The Coachman.

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Happy From Head to Toe by Fearne Cotton

Happy From Head to Toe is the new children’s book from broadcaster and founder of Happy Place, Fearne Cotton, helping kids uncover practical, useful tips to be happy. A holistic guide to happiness, packed with practical tips, illustrations and informative diagrams, the book is designed to teach kids that a happy, healthy mind is closely connected to a happy, healthy body. Across six chapters – from ‘Your Fantastic Face’ to ‘Your Brilliant Belly’ – and featuring interviews from a range of experts and much-loved voices, from Tom Daley to Joe Wicks, each chapter focuses on a body part that plays an important role in helping you feel great, whether it’s using your feet to stay active, your mouth to talk about your feelings or your shoulders to feel more confident.

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Halloween at Legoland

The Legoland Windsor Resort has announced its family Halloween monster party, Brick-or-Treat, will return this October. For the first time, the event will take place for the full month of October. Among the activities, there’s a new 4D movie The Great Monster Chase! to watch, featuring the popular cast of Lego Monsters. Knights Kingdom will be transformed into the Creepy Cobweb Castle with supersize, joke-telling Lego pumpkins, Lego-inspired bats and spiders decorating the theme park. Five new characters including Monster Rocker, Wolf Guy and Square Foot will be on hand to meet guests and pose for spooky selfies and all the rides will be open, including The Haunted House Monster Party.

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Mr Organic Flavour Pastes

Mr Organic has launched a trio of new flavour pastes. Filled with concentrated savoury seasoning, the pots are versatile and can be used for anything, from the base of an autumnal stew to pizzas, pasta or spreading on bread as the base of a sandwich. The three varieties include Tomato & Garlic, Tomato & Pepper and Tomato & Vegetable. Each blend is made with Mr Organic’s Italian sun-ripened tomatoes grown on its organic farm in Northern Lazio, Italy. Best of all, the pastes are made with zero added sugar and reduced salt.

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Tiny Travelship

Tiny Travelship was born out of founder Frankie's refusal to give up on her passion for design-led travel once she’d had a baby. After having her son, she struggled to find hotels that catered to her taste and his needs. Now, Tiny Travelship has created a community of travel-loving mothers who can share their favourite places to stay, play, shop and snack at home and abroad. Collectively they act as a filter and resource when it comes to researching, planning and designing a dream family holiday. Tiny Travelship ‘mamas’ currently include Katherine Ormerod, Sarah Corbett-Winder, Eimear Varian Barry, Anneli Bush, Erica Davies, Sam Chapman and Anna Newton.

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Pregnancy Packages At Pan Pacific

Integrating fitness, nutrition, treatments and mindfulness, the Pan Pacific hotel in London has launched an impressive 1,083sq m floor dedicated to holistic wellness. As part of its offering, the team has created a Baby-Bloom package – a getaway experience for expectant mothers and their partners to celebrate their new arrival. The package includes an overnight stay, a bottle of French Bloom alcohol-free sparkling rose upon arrival and breakfast the following morning. Mothers-to-be can book in for a pre-natal full body massage to help improve circulation, reduce tension, and soothe aches and pains, and enjoy full use of the dedicated Wellbeing Floor and pool.

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Role Models Parenting Webinar

This month, Role Models is launching a free parent webinar on ‘Managing Big Emotions’. Following the success of its last webinar, the team is preparing share more tips and ideas to support parents on this hot topic. The 45-minute webinar followed by Q&A will be hosted by Role Models and will explore how to help your child when they experience 'big feelings'. Ideas shared are relevant for children of all ages and include looking at anger, frustration, upset and jealousy. The team will explore how these strategies help to build emotional resilience in your child, so they are ready to embrace mistakes and the inevitable ups and downs of life.

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Lulu Adams Postnatal Foundations Course

Recognising that every mother will have experienced their own pregnancy journey and postnatal recovery, mum-of-three and leading pre- and postnatal specialist Lulu Adams has launched her Self-Paced Post-Natal Foundations Course to help new mums reconnect with their bodies and build strong foundations for returning to exercise after having a baby, at their own pace. The new course embraces the same holistic toolkit and approach that Lulu uses in her live coaching courses, interweaving coaching sessions, breathwork, mobility and movement sessions. Broken down into three key phases, with each phase split into ‘Doses’ (rather than a week-by-week format) mothers can dip in and out of the course at their own pace, eliminating any pressures to ‘finish’ by a certain date.

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The Hummingbird Bakery Cupcake Decorating Kits

The Hummingbird Bakery has launched its own cupcake decorating kits. Of the two boxes, there’s the Mixed Decorating Kit – which includes three vanilla and three chocolate cupcakes, two pots of vanilla frosting in varying colours, one pot of chocolate frosting, one bag of sprinkles and one ‘How To’ guide – and the Chocolate Decorating Kit, includes six chocolate cupcakes, two pots of chocolate frosting, one pot of vanilla. Both can come with an icing palette knife if needed and make for great weekend activities with the children.

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Nordic Fit Mama

Nordic Fit Mama – set up by one of Finland’s top personal trainers – is launching its Post-Natal Programme in the UK this month, offering mums a six-week online fitness programme focused on holistic wellbeing to help mums get back to exercise safely. The programme was created by Riina Laaksonen. A mother of three boys, Riina is a personal trainer and it was her own experiences of post-natal recovery that inspired her to start Nordic Fit Mama in 2017. Since then, she has brought together a group of experts in maternal wellbeing to create a holistic post-natal health programme.

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