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! 

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  


WIN a family ticket to The Energy Show presented by Science Museum

To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) for the Saturday 6th July at 7pm showing. Please email comps@kidaround.biz with your name, address & a contact number where we can contact you on
Friday 4th July at 2pm

Science Museum Live presents
Explosive family theatre for curious minds

ImageStand back – theatre just got dangerously exciting! Flames and rockets will fill the Queen’s as it welcomes The Energy Show in three explosive performances on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July!

Produced by London’s world-famous Science Museum, The Energy Show is on a whistle-stop UK tour. Specially created to make science exciting, it’s packed with electrifying (and educational!) thrills that kids aged 7+ will just love. Highlights
include methane bubbles set alight to make fireballs, flowers frozen by super cold liquid nitrogen, plasma balls, exploding hydrogen balloons and rockets fired into the audience!

It’s a furious race against time as two futuristic science students – Annabella and Phil – try to prove their knowledge of energy with a series of eye-popping experiments! With help from their incredible virtual lab assistant, i-nstein, and a steampunk workshop overflowing with gadgets and chemicals, they explore, experiment and explode anything and everything, live on stage!

Directed and co-written by Martin Lamb, who has worked with English National Opera and the V&A, The Energy Show boasts a creative team who have worked internationally on more than 500 shows, including productions on the West End and Broadway. Their awards include a Tony Award, a Village Voice OBIE and a
Theatregoers’ Choice Award.

Anthony Richards, the Science Museum’s Manager of Learning Programmes, said: “It will make you think, it will make you laugh and you will find out something new.  More than anything, you can enjoy it with your family and friends – although watch out for the flying bottles! This isn’t the science you are used to, believe me!”

The Energy Show explodes onto the Queen’s Theatre stage, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, on Saturday 5 July at 7pm and Sunday 6 July at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are £12 for children, £15 for adults and £48 for a family ticket. School group discounts available. Call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online at queens-theatre.co.uk


Child Road Safety Campaign

RAC teams up with Aardman and the Department for Transport
to launch national child road safety campaign


UK school children challenged to create their own road safety characters and animations

·        RAC introduce Horace, a road safety mascot for the 21st century, created by Aardman

·        RAC launch charitable trust to fund future road safety initiatives

The RAC has joined forces with the Department of Transport’s THINK! team and animators Aardman to launch a national road safety competition, calling on school children to create their own short animated films to communicate key road safety messages to their fellow pupils.

character 2Together, THINK! and the RAC are contacting every primary, junior and secondary school in the UK and asking teachers to encourage their children to participate in the animation competition and for teams of pupils to create their own stop-frame animations and characters to tell vital road safety messages.

RAC head of external affairs and community Pete Williams said: “The key to getting children to really understand road safety is to build initiatives around them – so that’s what we’ve done with this competition. Children are best placed to identify the road safety messages which have real ‘cut-through’ with their peers, and animation is a great, engaging way of bringing these messages to life.

“Our campaign is designed to fit in with the Department for Transport’s THINK! website and resource packs which have a wealth of information children can use to create and inspire their own animations.”

Today also marks the launch of the ‘RAC Charitable Trust’ which will receive a cash injection of £250k from the RAC and will raise funds through a variety of activities and campaigns to support the RAC Child Road Safety Campaign and fund future road safety initiatives.

Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill said: “The numbers of children being injured or killed on our roads in recent years is the lowest it’s been for decades but until we reach the point when no children are hurt, our work to improve safety will continue.

“The RAC’s initiative will ensure pupils across the country learn more about the importance of road safety and I hope that with Horace’s help the number of children hurt on our roads will decline even further.”

RAC chief executive Chris Woodhouse said: “As the motorist’s champion, the RAC is committed to making our roads safer places for everyone and we believe the key to this will be engaging road users from a young age and championing safety education in schools. Road casualties in the UK might be at a record low but greater effort is needed to bring them lower still. Every life lost is one too many and another family devastated.

“It is our duty to make sure that future generations understand how to use our roads safely, and stay safe themselves – after all, these children will be the motorists of the future.”

In 2012 a total of 6,999* child pedestrians under the age of 16 were injured on British roads. Sadly, 20 of these lost their lives and a further 13 child cyclists died and 2,185** were injured in accidents. Roads are significantly safer than they were 30 years ago, however a total of 190,689*** children under the age of 16 were killed or seriously injured on British roads during the period 1983 to 2012.

The RAC’s Report on Motoring 2014 research has shown that 31% of motorists identified the biggest danger for children is around distractions including playing ball games, talking with friends and using mobile technology. And, 23% of young people (under 25 years) surveyed said they had no road safety education in school at all and just 57% said that they only had a little road safety education in school.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill MP said: “The Department for Transport’s THINK! Campaign welcomes this ground-breaking initiative which will jump-start a new approach to road safety training and awareness in our schools.  We are delighted with the new road safety mascot created by Aardman’s famous model-makers and will be incorporating this into our teaching resource packs. We very much look forward to using some of the winning animation entries to illustrate the road safety messages that children feel are important.”

The competition is open to school children aged four to sixteen, as well as clubs, Scouts, Brownies and other groups as well as individuals. Entry is via the website rac.co.uk/childroadsafety <file:///C:\Users\rdennis\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\J0XKJCLR\rac.co.uk\childroadsafety> , which contains links to a comprehensive range of teaching resources. The competition closes on Friday 4th July 2014. First prize in each age category is £1,000 for the winning school and there are three runners-up prizes of an Aardman model-making workshop for the schools. The first 10,000 pupils to enter the competition will receive an RAC Road Safety Kit.

You can find out more and register your interest at rac.co.uk/childroadsafety and visit Horace’s own Facebook page ‘Horace Champion’ or follow him on Twitter @HoraceChampion for the latest news and to see the latest animation entries.



WIN! Celebrate World Book Day with Morphsuits

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World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly, a way of encouraging children to enjoy reading more, and it’s here in less than a week!

World Book Day and fancy dress go hand in hand – what better way for children to become more engaged with the stories they’re reading, than for them to dress up as their favourite characters from their favourite books and bring them to life.

Morphsuits’ range of official Animal Planet costumes, including tigers, zebras, cobras, gorillas, grizzly bears, jaguars, bats and leopards is perfect for this and we’ve teamed up to give you a chance of winning one just in time for World Book Day!

You can take a look at the full range here: http://www.morphsuits.co.uk/morphsuits/morphkids

We have two Morphsuits up for grabs – you can choose from the Animal Planet range and you will get your prize in time for World Book Day. All you need to do to enter is email your name, address and daytime contact number to: comps@kidaround.biz

The competition closes next Tuesday, 4th March at 11am so don’t miss out on your chance to win one of these amazing prizes! Good Luck! 



Posted by Tracy Thomas


Competition for School Children to set the scene for George the swinging Chimp!


George the swinging Chimp is well known to all who live locally. He has been in the store for over 50 years and many people remember visiting the Toy department  as children and seeing George. Now they bring their own children in to visit him too.  Because of George’s strong bond with Colchester people, Williams & Griffin have decided that he is the right man for the job of overseeing the store’s redevelopment.

The real ‘George’ will stay in the Toy department during the redevelopment, along with the newly-named animated Dinosaur ‘Tyrone’.

However ‘George the Mascot’ will be seen popping up in all sorts of places, overseeing and informing customers of what’s happening in-store, and making sure that everything is going to plan!

The modern George today, has set up his own facebook page (georgetheswingingchimp) so you can keep up with his antics on-line. Last week he was trying on Timberland boots in the new W&G Shoe Hall to get fitted out for the store redevelopment works! His fun facebook site will contain colouring in sheets and activities for children, and information about George and his exciting times at Williams & Griffin throughout the store redevelopment.

Do you have any early memories of George the swinging Chimp? Do they remember when he first arrived at W&G?  Did you work at the store or in the Toy department when he first arrived? Do you have pictures of George from years ago? Williams & Griffin would love to hear about it. Any information can be directed to service@wandg.co.uk with ‘George’ in the subject box or post to 152 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PN.

Williams & Griffin and working together . . .

As ‘George the swinging Chimps’ habitat is due to change at Williams & Griffin, there are also plans being discussed for a new chimpanzee enclosure at Colchester Zoo. There are currently 8 Chimps in ‘Chimp World’, 3 males and 5 females. The oldest chimp is Billy-Joe who was born in 1975, mother to Tara and Kora. Tara is the mother to Tekita, who is the mother to Tumba. The youngest chimp was born in 2009, Talia. Pippin is the largest male of the group and was born at Twycross in 1986 and finally there is Tombe, the dominant male.

The ‘Chimp World’ enclosure is due to be completely refurbished with outside housing which will double the size of the enclosure. The works are not officially scheduled yet but will take several months to complete – so watch this space!

George  is inviting local children to be part of his story  . . .schoolpack

George will be featured in many locations around the store during the redevelopment, and he would like to give local children the opportunity to design a scene for him go up in the store. An entry pack will be sent to all Pre-schools, Nurseries and Primary Schools by mid February 2014.

A minimum of 4 competition winners will receive goodies for themselves and for their school, pre-school or nursery.

If you have any queries, please contact the store via email service@wandg.co.uk with ‘school competition’ in the subject header.

To find out more about the competition and download entry materials please visit: http://www.williegee.com/georgecompetition/

Posted by Tracy Thomas


WIN! Contented Calf Breastfeeding Recipe Books

The Contented Calf Cookbook - high resThe Contented Calf Cookbook: Nourishing Recipes for Breastfeeding Mums is a unique book of delicious meals especially devised to help breastfeeding mums boost their milk supply. First published in 2011, It provides an easy way of introducing lactogenic ingredients into the postpartum diet, but over half of the main meals are designed to be made in the final weeks and months of pregnancy and frozen, so new parents will have a freezer full of tasty, nourishing ‘ready meals’ for the first few weeks of parenthood.

The Contented Calf Cookbook is the inspiration of mother of two, Elena Cimelli.  Drawing upon her experiences of parenthood and breastfeeding with her first born, Elena was led to consider the importance of lactogenic ingredients.  With the support of food writer Jassy Davis, The Contented Calf Cookbook started to take form.  Together they began developing a range of recipes incorporating lactogenic foods.  Armed with first-hand experience of just how time consuming a new baby can be, the aim was to provide new mums with quick, simple, tasty and nutritious meal options that would help support nursing mums milk supply.

The Contented Calf Cookbook aims to support nursing mothers through a range of nourishing and convenient recipes that help promote milk production with the aid of lactogenic¹ rich ingredients.  Many of the recipes can also be easily prepared in advance and stored in the freezer – ideal for time-poor parents!

Now it’s easier than ever to cook-up an array of deliciously nutritious dishes for nursing mothers, with the arrival of a NEW digital cookbook and NEW ‘Sneak Peek’ sample recipe booklet from the multi-award-winning Contented Calf, making healthy, breast-milk promoting cooking, even more accessible than before!

Breastfeeding can be demanding on energy levels; on average a mother will burn between 300-500 calories a day to produce milk. Eating sufficient calories and getting an abundant supply of nutrients is helpful in itself for lactation.  The lactogenic¹ ingredients incorporated into The Contented Calf Cookbook recipes help to support the chemistry of lactation whilst ensuring the correct nutritional balance to satisfy both mother and baby’s needs.

The new A6 ‘Sneak Peek Recipe Booklet’ serves-up a tantalising selection of seven simple lactogenic¹ rich recipes, taken from the full edition of The Contented Calf Cookbook.

As of February, customers of the Contented Calf website will also be able to purchase Earth Mama Angel Baby® Milkmaid Tea, blended with 100% Organic traditional herbal galactagogues² and minerals, traditionally used to help support healthy breast milk production.

¹Lactogenic and ²Galactagogues are terms applied to foods & herbs that help stimulate lactation by helping to increase the levels of prolactin in the bloodstream. Lactogenic foods contain agents that interact with and support the chemistry of lactation. Lactogenic agents include tryptophan, natural plant sedatives, polysaccharides, fatty acids, saponins and plant sterols, among others.SneakPeek-CC (2)

For more information and to purchase the cookbook; Sneak Peek sample recipe book; Milkmaid Tea and the digital e-book, please visit  www.contentedcalf.com


We have two copies of the full paperback edition of  The Contented Calf Cookbook (RRP £14.99) to give away. To enter, simply email your name, address and daytime contact number to info@contentedcalf.com (please see the Contented Calf privacy policy: http://www.contentedcalf.com/privacy-policy/) by the closing date of Friday 14th March.

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