KidAround has a new publisher!

There are exciting developments to report here at KidAround.

With immediate effect KidAround Magazine will be published by Trew Publishing Ltd, which is owned by Anna Hurley.  Anna has worked for KidAround as the Production Manager for 3 years and knows the business very well. She is already cracking on with the summer issue, which will be her first in charge.

Anna photoNew Publisher, Anna, has the following words for all our customers old and new:

“I want to express how excited and happy I am to be taking over the publication of KidAround magazine.

Please be assured that I will not be making any changes to the high quality or large distribution – you will still enjoy everything KidAround magazine has offered over the past 14 years.

Tracy has done a fantastic job building KidAround into the established name it is today and it is an honour to have the opportunity to continue to publish this magazine going forward. Being a mum myself, I know KidAround is every parent/grandparent/carers essential magazine.

I am very much looking forward to working with you all. Please do call  or email me if you have any queries”.

TracyOutgoing Publisher, Tracy, would like to say the following:

“As you will be aware, I have published KidAround for the past 14 years and worked with many of you for much of that time. I have now decided to move on and, luckily, Anna has stepped in and is taking over the brand and goodwill of KidAround from now onwards.

It has been a great pleasure and a privilege to work with you over the years. I am immensely proud of KidAround magazine and everything it has achieved and absolutely delighted that, thanks to Anna, it will be able to continue. The magazine could not be in better hands and I know Anna will do a terrific job and you will love working with her.

I will be working alongside Anna in a handover role for a while and then hope our paths may cross again in my new role at Piccolo Media – dealing with communications for small businesses.”

We are both really pleased and excited about these changes and look forward to working with our advertisers, stockists, editorial contributors and readers long into the future.

Posted by Tracy Thomas and Anna Hurley


Spring 2014 Issue Out Now!

KidAround-Cover_Spring-14NORTHWe are delighted with the new Spring issue of KidAround, which is out today.

As ever, it’s packed with loads of listings and information – where to go, who to call, what to do as a parent where YOU live.

Over 120,000 copies of the two editions of this issue will be distributed across Essex over the next week so you should get one home from school or nursery soon.KidAround-Cover_Spring-14SOUTH

If you can’t wait that long, you can read KidAround online at:

North Essex: http://issuu.com/kidaround-magazine/docs/north_essex_spring_2014

South Essex:  http://issuu.com/kidaround-magazine/docs/south_essex_spring_14_

Please don’t forget to visit our website http://www.kidaround.biz for updated listings, new competitions and more!


Posted by Tracy Thomas


Win Meet the Artist books!

9781616892258Alexander Calder

Inside Alexander Calder

By Patricia Geis 

No artist can put a smile on your face quicker than Alexander Calder. A sense of playfulness animates all of his work-from his signature hanging mobiles to his endlessly creative toys, drawings and jewellery.Alexander Calder: Meet the Artist is an exciting hands-on introduction to this American sculptor. Calder’s whimsical world is brought to life by imaginative pop-ups, pull tabs, lift-the-flaps and cut-outs. A universe of artistic possibilities opens up as young readers explore Calder’s creative evolution, play with his toy designs and even create their own sculptural circus.

Pablo Picasso9781616892517

By Patricia Geis 

Picasso_view_1Pablo Picasso: Meet the Artist! takes young readers on an interactive journey through the remarkable life of the legendary Spanish painter. This engaging book uses a multitude of lift-the-flaps, cut-outs and pull tabs to explain how his art evolved over his lifetime-from his earliest painting at age seven to the great masterworks of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Guernica. Readers are encouraged to make their own cubist collage using an enclosed sheet containing an eclectic collection of images.

Princeton Architectural Press and KidAround have 2 sets of these fantastic books up for grabs, for your chance to win email comps@kidaround.biz with the subject Meet the Artist books along with your full name, address and daytime contact number

Posted by Lauren Oliver


Win, Mummy & Me Books!

Parents know the value of spending ‘quality time’ with their children, and these two new titles from DK will provide perfect inspiration for activities to do together. They have been cleverly designed to encourage children to learn while they create – exploring materials, techniques and fun facts along the way.

MUMMY AND MEMummy & Me Cook

Mummy & Me: Cook is much more than a conventional recipe book. It’s a great introduction to cooking and learning about food with its blend of over 20 recipes and fun activities as well as fabulous food facts about everyday ingredients. Whip up yummy breakfast pancakes, scrummy smoothies, and delicious chocolate brownies together. Get to know staple ingredients like eggs, flour, and chocolate and find out what’s inside an egg, where vegetables grow, how flour is made, and other foodie facts. The book is full of fun activities, such as experiencing food with all five senses, designing dishes, and performing kitchen experiments. Plus, using measurements and amounts associated with cooking and following the clear step-by-step instructions is a great way for children to learn while having fun!

Mummy & Me CraftMUMMY AND ME

Introduce your child to the wonderful world of crafting with the colourful and inspiring Mummy & Me Craft. Full of 20 fun craft projects from felt creatures and paper jewellery, to origami and paint projects. Packed with exciting things to make and do, like animal masks, pom-pom creatures, wooden spoon puppets, and monster pencil toppers. Plus, little ones can learn about the materials they’re working with in fun fact sections that tell you what they are and where they come from. Painting, drawing, cutting and pasting, and using a range of crafting materials like scissors and glue sticks help children develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. They’ll also love the rewarding and accomplished feeling of completing and showing off their projects.

We have 2 sets of these books, up for grabs. To enter email comps@kidaround.biz with the subject Mummy & Me Books, along with your full name, address and daytime contact number.

For more children’s books and activity inspiration visit dk.com

Posted by Lauren Oliver



Flash Friday Competitions

We have got some brilliant competitions ongoing on the website, Mr Peabody and Sherman merchandise, a selection of Royal Baby books and a selection of comic books. Today we are adding two more competitions to the website:


The Shirley Hughes Collection, this unique collection brings together some of her best work. There is a wealth of treasure for children of all ages to enjoy, beginning with a selection of simply rhymes and stories and moving on to some of Shirley’s classic picture books featuring such well-loved favourites as Dogger, Alfie and Annie rose.

To enter email comps@kidaround.biz with the subject The Shirley Hughes Collection  along with your Full Name, Address, and Daytime Contact Number


A selection of John Burningham books,

John Burningham is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest children’s book author illustrators of our time.
Mr Grumpy’s Outing- first published in 1970 and has been entertaining generations of children since then.
Borka- awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1964, in 2007 it was chosen as one of the top ten Kate Greenaway Medal winners of all time.
Picnic- joyous new picture book about a boy and a girl and their adventures whilst going on a picnic.

To enter email comps@kidaround.biz with the subject John Burningham Books along with your Full Name, Address, and Daytime Contact Number


Our New Competitions

We have just added two new competitions to our website!

Royal-Baby-BooksRoyal Baby Books – a selection of four books by the author Nicholas Allan

Shh don’t wake the Royal Baby!
The Royal Nappy
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
A Royal Fairytale

To be in with a chance of winning these books, please email, comps@kidaround.biz with the subject Royal Baby Books along with your Full Name, Address, and Daytime Contact Number

CartoonpsdA selection of six cartoon books.

Fish Head Steve by Jamie Smart
Super Animal Adventure Squad by James Turner
Good Dog Bad Dog by Dave Shelton
Mo-Bot High by Neill Cameron
Monkey Nuts by The Etherington Brothers
Vern and Lettuce by Sarah McIntyre

To be in with a chance of winning these books, please email, comps@kidaround.biz with the subject Cartoon Books along with your Full Name, Address, and Daytime Contact Number

These competitions close on Friday 7th February 2014.

Posted by Lauren Oliver


Office Space for Rent in Colchester

KidAround Offices on North Hill, Colchester

KidAround Offices on North Hill, Colchester

Looking for Office space in Colchester? Our Office rooms are now available to rent due to our subtenant deciding to relocate to Yorkshire. The office is centrally located on North Hill in Colchester’s Town Centre, which means its easily accessible by public transport. There are also public car parks nearby and parking on site- which is available by separate arrangement with its owner.

Room One

Room One

The two rooms are located on the top floor of the office. Room one is east-facing and measures 3.87m by 4.78m. There is a  sash window, carpet and radiator heating.

Room Two

Room Two

Room two is west-facing and measures 3.65m by 4.06m. It is also carpeted and has a sash window and heating. In addition this room has a large cupboard for storage/stationery etc. Both rooms share use of a kitchen and loos with the friendly KidAround team. There is also a meeting room which is available at no extra charge subject to availability. Some furniture is available, if so required.

The weekly rent of £90 per room is fully inclusive of rent, rates, heating and electricity. The agreement is on an easy-in, easy-out basis with a month’s notice. If both rooms are taken together, a discounted rent will be considered.

To arrange a viewing or for more details, please email Tracy Thomas on tracy.thomas@kidaround.biz or call 01206 54870

Posted by Lauren Oliver