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 maternity clothing and baby essentials to February half term events the whole family will love, here’s what is worth having on your radar.

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Jorgen House

Jorgen House is the new sustainable maternity brand to know. Designed by a mother of two who spotted a gap in the market for high-quality, everyday pieces, each item is made from eco-friendly and recycled yarns, from organic cottons to regenerated nylon from the factory floor. The current collection includes maternity leggings, body suits, underwear and loungewear in a range of chic colours – all made with a seamless knitting technique with extra stretch for added comfort. You’ll also find sports bras with clever magnetic closers made to withstand an expanding bust during pregnancy.

Visit JorgenHouse.com

Disney On Ice: Discover the Magic

Everyone’s favourite characters come to life though Disney On Ice, a live ice-skating show touring around the UK from next month. The event is hosted by Mickey Mouse and friends and features award-winning music, amazing costumes and state-of-the-art special effects. Guests will experience Moana and Maui’s journey to return the heart of Te Fiti; follow Miguel’s journey through the Land of the Dead to unlock his family’s history; sing along with Aladdin, Genie, and Jasmine; and say “Howdy, partner!” to Woody as he dances across the ice with his friends in tow.

Various locations. 

Visit DisneyOnIce.com

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Revolting Rhymes in Concert at Royal Festival Hall

The Philharmonia Orchestra will perform live to Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes at the Royal Festival Hall in a family-friendly concert on Sunday 12th February at 3pm. The two-part animation, which first aired on the BBC in 2016, includes an impressive cast of voices from Tamsin Greig, Gemma Chan, Rose Leslie, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, and Dominic West. Families can listen to the stories of best friends Snow White and Red Riding Hood, Cindy and boy-next-door Jack, and a Wolf with his own hair-raising tales to tell. The orchestra will perform live on stage below the Royal Festival Hall’s huge screen. Suitable for little ones aged five and over; tickets start from £7.50. 

Visit Philharmonia.co.uk

Dotte App

Did you know children's clothes have an average of two to three month’s wear and little ones get through around 280 clothing items before their second birthday? Dotte is the eco-friendly resale platform that allows parents to buy and sell pre-loved children’s clothes. And now, two years after launching, it has just launched its first app. The platform has thousands of items for boys and girls from brands like Zara, M&S, Arket, Mini Rodini, Veja, John Lewis, Nike, and Boden, as well as designer pieces by Burberry, Moncler, Dior and Gucci. The app makes it even easier to find clothes and accessories for your little ones, and you can even choose to recycle older pieces.  

Visit WeAreDotte.com

Help I'm a Parent Podcast

Influencer and model Emma Louise Connolly had her first baby Bonnie Lou last May. In this new podcast, she and her husband Ollie Proudlock share their experience becoming first-time parents. In each episode, they ask friends, family and other famous faces for advice and words of wisdom to rely on during challenging times. Don’t miss the episode on ‘making friends with your scar’ in which Emma opens up about her caesarean and the complex relationship a mum can have with her C-section scar.

Listen here

Brick Week at Legoland Windsor

Brick Week returns to Legoland Windsor for another series of fun events the whole family will love. From Saturday 11th February until Saturday 4th March, guests will have exclusive access to a variety of rides, attractions and experiences, including meeting Legoland characters, brick building activities and mega building challenges. Families can also take a spin on over 30 rides at the park, including the Flight of the Sky Lion, the City Driving School, Ninjago the Ride, and The Dragon rollercoaster. Day tickets start from £34pp.

Winkfield Road, Windsor, SL4 4AY

Visit Legoland.co.uk

Storm Swimmer by Clare Weze

Clare Weze’s debut fiction Storm Catcher became an instant hit with teens. Her new release is an exciting story about mermaids, magic and the power of friendship. Summer was supposed to be Ginika's time for fun, friends and fairs. But instead, she's been sent to live at the dead-end seaside boarding house her grandparents run. Feeling bored and isolated, she meets Peri one day. He leaps and dives through the water like a dolphin and he talks like a burst of bubbles. He's not exactly a mermaid, but he's definitely something Ginika's never seen before. His family is far away too, but unlike Ginika, he loves his independence. But when the lights and noise of the human world start to change Peri, everything spins out of control… 

Visit Amazon.co.uk

Cuddle Cloth Kangaroo

This cuddle cloth comes in a range of colours and is designed to act as a comfort blanket for babies and little ones. Made from ultra-soft organic cotton, one side is a muslin cloth and the other is a cuddly velvet, perfect for snuggling. The blanket also has a little pocket, kangaroo ears, and a useful ring for fastening on a dummy. Pastel colours include pink, green, blue, cream and orange.

Visit KidsCavern.co.uk

Zog Live

One of Julia Donaldson’s best children’s stories is being brought to life on the stage with a nation-wide tour kicking off over February half term. Large in size and keen in nature, Zog is eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know, like flying, fire breathing and catching princesses. Zog tries very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet – a duel with knight Sir Gadabout the Great! Tickets start from £14.50.

Various locations. 

Visit ZogLive.com

Rochebrune Infatable Sled

French brand The Nice Fleet creates pool, holiday and ski accessories for kids, and its new inflatable sled is the perfect accessory if you’re hitting the slopes this ski season. Made from recycled materials, the sled is just over 1m wide and is cold-weather-resistant to withstand snowy conditions. Simply inflate the tube before little ones glide down the slopes – it has handles on either side, too, and even includes a small repair kit in case it gets damaged.

Visit Smallable.com

Tasting Menus & Cooking Classes at Apricity

Award-winning chef Chantelle Nicholson opened her Mayfair restaurant last spring. Chantelle is known for championing sustainable cooking with her veg-heavy seasonal dishes. New this month is the ‘Culinary Kids’ menu to help children expand their taste buds and learn about where food comes from. The meal will include snacks like oat and fennel seed crackers with ‘zero-waste’ dip; and dishes like pork dumpling and celeriac broth; and pear crumble with custard. Kids can also take part in cooking lessons over February half term in partnership with charity School Food Matters. Tickets cost £135pp, which includes the tasting menu for lunch. All proceeds will go to the charity.  

68 Duke Street, Mayfair, W1K 6JU

Visit ApricityRestaurant.com

Annabel Karmel App

For three decades, Annabel Karmel has guided millions of families through their weaning journeys. Now, the author and chef has launched an app featuring over 650 simple and tasty recipes for babies and toddlers – with new recipes added each week. The app also includes access to Annabel’s complete Weaning Guide, with short, listen-along tutorials, as well as meal planners, shopping lists and feeding guides – from introducing and preparing finger foods to managing common food allergies. A 14-day trial is free, then subscriptions starts from £1.99 a month. 

Visit AnnabelKarmel.com

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