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Win a money can’t buy prize with LEGO® Friends and Toys R US – Become a LEGO® Designer and see your set in Heartlake City!

LEGO® Friends and Toys R US are running a great competition for Lego fans aged 6-12.

For the first time ever, The LEGO Group are giving children the chance to become a LEGO designer and create an awesome new set for the LEGO Friends range.  This money-can’t-buy prize will see the winning design being put into production and then going on sale at Toys R Us in the UK/Ire and LEGO Retail stores (global distributors may vary).  The chosen set will also include a minidoll of the young designer for that extra personal touch.

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Let your imagination run wild
Heartlake City is the fictional home town of the 5 LEGO Friends, Stephanie, Olivia, Andrea, Emma and Mia.  The girls need a new place to hang out in Heartlake City, somewhere cool and fun, what should it be?   The designers in the LEGO Friends team need your help and imagination to design a new place to go.
Big or small, cosy, fun or crazy, you can build something inspired from current Heartlake City building sets, or something completely different – there is no limit to your imagination! 

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In March 2017, The LEGO Friends team will select 20 semi-finalists, and from this shortlist the judging panel will then select 10 finalists before choosing the ultimate Grand Prize Winner on March 17th 2017.  The judging panel includes girl band L2M, Ellie V. – Youtube toy reviewer, Studio Bubble Tea – Youtube toy reviewers, Kristel Whitaker – fan of LEGO, and the LEGO Friends team.

The Grand Prize Winner will win a week-long trip for up to 4 people to the LEGO Group headquarters in Billund, Denmark, where they will engage closely with the LEGO Friends Design Team to turn their ideas into reality.
From the 26th December 2016 at 10:00am GMT to 28th of February 2017 at 3:00pm GMT, children aged 6 – 12 worldwide can enter the competition via http://www.lego.com/friends or the LEGO Friends Facebook app. 

How to Enter

1.    Create your inspirational concept model about a new social place in Heartlake City. You can use real life bricks or the LEGO Digital Designer software, that can be downloaded with no cost here: http://ldd.lego.com/
When designing your inspirational model, think about: how relevant is your inspirational model for fans of LEGO Friends? What does your set bring to the LEGO Friends range? Does your design look appealing and stand out? Don’t forget the little details – these can enhance your idea!

2.    Submit your entry via the competition website at LEGO.com/friendsdesigner or on Facebook via the LEGO Friends application. Upload 4 images of your model (these must show it from all angles), your product name and brief description outlining what inspired you.
Entrants must have their parents’ or legal guardians permission to go online to upload their creation. Collaborations between builders are not permitted for this competition. For full terms and conditions, restrictions and further information please visit http://www.LEGO.com/friendsdesigner  

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ULTIMATE NINJA UK

THE ULTIMATE NINJA WARRIOR EXPERIENCE 

Ultimate Ninja UK, an exciting new sports recreation business, will be opening its doors in Colchester, Essex this Autumn.

Featuring a 5000ft2 state-of-the-art extreme obstacle course and training facilities, it will offer a uniquely challenging experience to anyone who thinks they have what it takes to become an Ultimate Ninja by reaching the end of the challenge.

Conquering the obstacles will require strength, agility, balance, co-ordination and stamina, plus a lot of determination! It will therefore appeal to people from a wide range of fitness and sporting disciplines, including gymnasts, martial artists, parkour athletes, fans of Crossfit training and the huge number of people who regularly compete in outdoor OCR events across the UK.

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The first of its kind, the Ultimate Ninja UK facility will offer a twin lane obstacle course, enabling real-time competitive races so that individuals and teams can race each other as well as the clock.

The Ultimate Ninja UK obstacle course will provide challenges similar to those endured by competitors on the worldwide TV phenomenon Ninja Warrior. First screened in the mid-nineties as Sasuke, the Ninja Warrior format follows in the footsteps of other hugely popular extreme obstacle course challenge TV series’ such as Total Wipe-Out and the eighties classic, Gladiators.

Although the ‘elite athlete’ competitors of the Ninja Warrior TV series will be welcome to use the facility for training, Ultimate Ninja UK will be for anyone wishing to experience the thrill, excitement and sense of achievement they’ll get from conquering the obstacles. The design of the course means that it can be adapted to suit children as well as adults, so that children from eight years old will be able to race each other – or their Mums and Dads! Training sessions will also be offered to enable absolutely anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, to tackle the Ultimate Ninja UK course – and improve their fitness, strength and agility as they learn.

The extensive training facilities will also be put to great use during unique and regular Ultimate Ninja UK Charity Challenges. Designed to raise funds for needy causes through personal sponsorship – each Charity Challenge will start with an eight week training course, designed to provide the skills, fitness and agility needed to conquer all of the obstacles, meaning once again that the Ultimate Ninja UK experience will be open to all, regardless of age or fitness level. Each Charity Challenge will culminate in a timed run over the whole Ultimate Ninja UK course – in front of and supported by an enthusiastic audience of family and friends!

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Ultimate Ninja UK will be joined onsite by further fitness, martial arts, wellness and beauty facilities – including the Energyze Kitchen café – and boasts secure parking. The site will also offer a range of group activities such as children’s birthday parties and corporate team-building events – providing a complete sports recreation destination for all, under one huge roof!

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Theatricool Performing Arts

Theatricool Performing Arts are proud to announce that their students will be performing Alice in Wonderland at Colchester Mercury Theatre on Sunday 26th June.
With over 90 talented children on stage it promises to be a jam-packed spectacular featuring all your favourite Alice characters- from The Tweedles to The Cheshire Cat, not forgetting the White Rabbit and The Queen of Hearts!

With wonderful costumes and colourful scenery, the children are raring to go and rehearsing really hard. It is made particularly special as the show sold out within days of going on sale!

Theatricool younger students
This is Theatricool’s 2nd annual show at The Mercury and is part of a packed year of performances for their students. Theatricool students get the opportunity to perform in a show twice per year. If you would like your child to join them, why not book your free taster session for the September term, or even come along to the popular Summer Schools?

 

All the information is on the website http://www.theatricool.co.uk
Further details call Sally 07736713909
Email sally@theatricool.co.uk

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The battle of the driver – mum v’s dad!

Kids Would STILL Rather be Driven by Dad than Mum – Despite Dad’s Risky Driving

A study shows that parents influence the way their children drive well before they are old enough to take their test

·       52% of children prefer being driven by Dad despite dads committing more misdemeanours

than mums

A study released today has shown the incredible amount of parents’ driving behaviour that children absorb from a young age and the worrying in-car habits that this can create. A quarter of dads regularly show unsafe driving behaviour such as accelerating too quickly (26%) and speeding when driving (22%), compared with a considerably lower percentage of mums (11% and 10% respectively). Despite this, over half of children (52%) prefer being driven by Dad than Mum (39%).

ingenie, a young driver insurance brand, recently interviewed 10- year-old James and 13-year-old Tania to investigate the driving behaviour they have learned from their parents. When asked to do an impression of his dad driving, James talks on his mobile phone and then beeps the horn aggressively and shouts out the window, seemingly intimidating other drivers. Meanwhile, Tania says when her mum is driving: “She’s putting her lipstick on, looking at her phone.” Both sets of parents, who were watching the live interview from another room, expressed their shock at their kids’ impression of their conduct and how much they were taking in on journeys. You can watch the full interview here: https://youtu.be/JtHIvarID7Q 

The research with children aged between 10 and 16 years old found that they frequently witnessed their parents committing similar transgressions but Dad proved to be the biggest culprit. Almost half (43%) of dads get angry behind the wheel in comparison with just a fifth (18%) of mums. Children also revealed that their dad (57%) and mum (44%) shout at others whilst driving and Dad is 13% more likely to swear in the car.

With this in mind, it’s surprising to note that over a third (34%) of children would prefer their dad to teach them to drive rather than their mum (25%). The insights could expose children’s acceptance of unsafe driving habits and the misunderstanding that these traits are normal upon passing a driving test.

Richard King, ingenie CEO, states, “The results reveal that we are teaching children bad driving habits long before they start lessons and subsequently pass their test. Parents need to understand the importance of setting a good example behind the wheel and be aware of the amount of information that children absorb. How we drive as parents ultimately influences how safely our children will drive in the future.”

Dan, James’ father featured in the ingenie video said, “It’s definitely an eye opener. He’s sitting in the back, I think that he’s on his iPhone all the time, [but] he is still taking in other information.”

The study marks the first of the five gears in ingenie’s Parent Manifesto; a robust series of activities that aims to educate parents on how to get more involved when their child is learning to drive, in order to complement the learning process and promote safer driving amongst young people. The manifesto will be made up of five stages released over the next four months – with each stage aiming to educate parents on another way they can help their child drive safely and save money.

For more information about how to help a young driver get on the road safely – visit: https://www.ingenie.com/parent-manifesto

  

Who do you prefer to be driven by?

Dad

52%

Mum

39%

Neither of my parents drive

5%

Other

2%

 

Why do you prefer Mum driving you?

They drive carefully

50%

They let me listen to any radio station

39%

They drive really fast

2%

They drive slowly

11%

It is exciting

11%

 

Why do you prefer Dad driving you?

They drive carefully

35%

They let me listen to any radio station

35%

They drive really fast

11%

They drive slowly

3%

It is exciting

26%

 

Does your Dad do the following while driving?

Eat

47%

Drink

47%

Swear

54%

Shout at other drivers

57%

Drive with one hand on the steering wheel

53%

Answer phone calls

32%

 

Does your Mum do the following while driving?

Eat

37%

Drink

39%

Swear

41%

Shout at other drivers

44%

Drive with one hand on the steering wheel

37%

Answer phone calls

20%

 

Do you parents always wear a seatbelt when they drive?

Dad

88%

Mum

83%

 

Do you always wear a seatbelt when your parents drive?

Dad

89%

Mum

83%

 

What Dad does when driving:

Accelerates too quickly

26%

Speeds when driving

22%

Brakes harshly

16%

Drives close to other drivers

15%

Makes his children get out before parking in a tight spot

12%

 

What Mum does when driving:

Accelerates too quickly

11%

Speeds when driving

10%

Brakes harshly

14%

Drives close to other drivers

11%

Makes his children get out before parking in a tight spot

21%

 

Which of the following statements do you agree with?

When I can drive, I’d prefer to drive with like my Dad

40%

When I can drive, I’d prefer to drive with like my Mum

38%

None of the above

19%

 

Who gets most angry with other drivers when driving?

Dad

43%

Mum

18%

They don’t get angry with other drivers when driving

26%

Both equally

13%

 

Who would you want to teach you to drive of your parents

Dad

34%

Mum

25%

I don’t want my parents to teach me

25%

Both equally

15%

 

Notes to editors:

 

About ingenie:

ingenie is an insurer for young drivers and uses telematics technology to reward safe driving by lowering premiums. ingenie’s black box builds a picture of a customer’s individual driving style, awareness and safety on the road. As well as rewarding those who drive well with cheaper insurance premiums, the company also gives regular feedback and extra support for those who need it.

In 2013, ingenie was awarded the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in recognition of its campaigning on safer driving. In 2014, the company was named best Insurance Start-up at the British Insurance Awards and Broker Innovation of the Year at the Insurance Times Awards. In 2015, ingenie won several awards including Telematics Champion of the Year at the Insurance Times Tech Awards.

The ingenie system

ingenie exclusively insures drivers aged 17 to 25, who are often priced out of insurance elsewhere. It uses a telematics black box fitted to the car and a suite of 200+ proprietary algorithms to paint a clear picture of a young person’s driver DNA, particularly their attitude to risk.

Policyholders receive a score based on their recent driving via the ingenie smartphone app, accompanied by regular Twitter-style messages with feedback and tips. Risky driving triggers warning messages, which allows ingenie’s Driver Behaviour Unit to get in touch with the driver to help them avoid a crash. Good driving is rewarded with quarterly discounts, worth up to 21% over the course of the year.

The ingenie approach means customers save an average of £500 when taking out a policy, with 7 out of 10 receiving further discounts through safe driving. Average savings upon renewal are around 45%.

ingenie was developed with support from leading figures in the insurance, automotive, sports and technology industries, with input from Cranfield University’s Driving Research Group.

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Top tips to get excited kids asleep on Christmas Eve

With Christmas Day nearly upon us, many  parents in the UK will be dreading trying to get their kids asleep before Santa’s big day. Please find below five top tips from Professor Colin Espie, about how to get kids off to sleep before Santa drops in for his milk and cookies. Colin is a professor of sleep medicine at the University of Oxford and co-founder of Big Health, a digital health company.

His top five tips are:

1. Be active during the day

There is plenty of evidence that regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep through the night. One Australian study found that every hour a child spends inactive adds three minutes to the time taken to nod off. Take a break from Christmas movies and head to the park to help expend excess energy before bedtime. 

2. Stick to bedtime routines and rituals

A consistent bedtime routine, or a set of specific ‘rituals’ before lights out, will signal that it’s time to sleep. If you’re staying away from home, find ways to recreate parts of the routine, even if they are happening later than usual. Preparing for bed in the same order each night (such as bath, brushing teeth, stories, goodnight hug), will help with readiness for sleep, wherever you are. Even a few days of a consistent schedule should help your child settle into a new location. Bringing familiar bedding, toys and books will help them to relax and feel secure away from home. 

3. Act before your child gets overtired

Young children are often reluctant to admit that they’re tired – even more so when the alternative to bed is playing with shiny new toys. Look for signs of sleepiness before your child starts to get overtired, which is often the driver for ‘hyper’ behaviour.

Try to start the bedtime routine at a consistent time. If they really don’t feel tired, they can play quietly in their bed or crib with the lights low. If you notice that your child is often overtired at night, experiment by shifting the whole bedtime routine forward by 15-30 minutes. 

4. Give plenty of notice

Give plenty of notice when bedtime is coming up, and then stick to what you’ve said: “In 10 minutes the cartoon will end and it’ll be bath time, and then we’ll have time for two books.” 

A timer which rings when playtime runs out could be a useful ‘independent’ signal that it’s time for bed. If your child refuses to stay in bed, try to avoid giving extra attention for bad behaviour. Be as neutral and uninterested as you can as you return your child to bed, even if you have to do this a few times. Consistency is key – even at Christmas – to help the whole family sleep well.

5. And if all else fails…

With a house full of guests, your child may understandably feel as though they are missing out on all the excitement by going up to bed. If you’ve followed the tips above and still have a stubborn and weary young one hanging onto the bannisters in protest, the suggestion that Father Christmas only leaves presents for children who are asleep might just be enough incentive to encourage lights out.

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About Big Health

Big Health was co­-founded in 2010 by former insomnia sufferer Peter Hames and world renowned sleep expert Professor Colin Espie. As the world’s first digital medicine company, Big Health creates automated evidence­-based behavioral programs using technology, thereby making them accessible by a wider audience. Big Health’s first product, Sleepio, is a digital sleep improvement program featuring Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, clinically proven to help overcome even long term poor sleep without pills or potions. The company is based in San Francisco, with offices in London and Glasgow. For more information on Big Health and Sleepio please visit www.bighealth.com.