BabyExpo Updates!

BabyExpo – The South Coast’s Biggest and Brightest BabyShow and Family Day will return to Brighton on Sunday 30 June at Brighton Racecourse and Conference Centre with Headline Sponsors Sing & Sign, Gymboree and  Busy Bees Childcare and very special guest Humphrey from Humphrey’s Corner!  Baby-planners, parents-to-be and young families from throughout the Region and beyond can look forward to an informative and fun-filled day with expert pregnancy and parenting advice, a fabulous entertainment line-up, 100’s of fantastic show deals and promotions, £1000’s of baby show prizes, face painters, play-zones, petting zoos and much more. The event will also host the National What’s On 4 Junior Awards with Konfidence and What’s On 4 Me LIVE!  Not to be missed will be the mumandworking flexible working zone with The Mumpreneurs Networking Club, Innovation Alley, The Pregnant In Brighton Pavilion and The Natural Parenting Zone.
Media partners include ABC Magazine and kids4media.com and the event will support Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and National Childbirth Trust. For more see www.babyexpobabyshow.co.uk

Images courtesy of the lovely guys at two-d studios – www.remembernow.co.uk

What we got up to in half term!

Here at WO4 HQ we enjoyed some great family days out this ½ term!

See below for our trip to Brighton Pier but first our long awaited trip to LEGOLAND Windsor……..

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort has over 55 interactive rides and attractions and costs £33 for an adult ticket if you buy online.  For more see the website www.legoland.co.uk.

The excitement in the car was almost overwhelming as we approached to be welcomed by giant Lego people. It was a cold day so we had big coats and we were hopeful (as it was an inset day for us but not the surrounding counties) we would avoid too many queues.

The staff are great, very welcoming and friendly and we were through verLego Star Warsy quickly.  The views are lovely as you enter but there wasn’t time to admire Windsor castle as Lego Star Wars was upon us. We had great fun within with great characters, models and sound effects and George’s day was already made. We then walked down to the fabulous Viking’s River Splash experience which was really fun and as it was so cold, I was very relieved that we didn’t get wet!

Then we headed to the famous Dragon ride, via a great adventure playground – Pirate’s Training Camp!  At Dragon we queued for a while, it was a very popular ride and the cold did start to bite. I saw repeat visitors sensibly dressed in hats, gloves and scarves and with supplies to keep them going but the queue moved fairly fast and we were mostly inside. One problem on this ride was that I couldn’t travel with both children and it wLEGOLAND Dragonas suggested I left my 4 yr. old with staff and then went on with her afterwards. She would have freaked out watching George and I disappearing into the tunnel so if you are visiting with fewer adults than small children that’s worth checking 1st. We would have been gutted after such a long wait to have had to walk away but luckily we paired up with a couple and a lone child. The ride is fantastic – so so worth it – we could have spent all day on it.

Then we queued a long time for another little ride, the rain started to come down and here not having the Q-bot was irritating. I had wanted to experience the day without spending extra to ‘Queue Jump’ – especially as we weren’t there on a very busy day. The kids found the people ‘pushing in’ frustrating and annoying and didn’t really understand however. Then hunger really set in so we ended up queuing again in the rain for hot dogs and then eating them in the rain and the day did start to get a little challenging for my youngest.

Fuller tummies helped though and we set off again to MiniLand which was lovely. By early afternoon however we were starting to get cold and tired but there so much we hadn’t visited, so much to explore. Majority rule won and we headed back to the car.  I was probably most disappointed to be leaving but at least we had a great excuse to come back! There is of course a valid reason why LegoLand is not open in the winter but interestingly as the weather drove people away, those who were prepared, were loving the shorter queues and dwindling crowds.

In summary it’s a fantastic family day out. My tops tips would be

  • Take snacks and provisions – to alleviate boredom in queues and meaning you don’t have to waste valuable ride time foraging!
  • Dress suitably – if it’s a cold day wear as many clothes as you can and don’t forget gloves
  • Do get there as early as you can – there’s so much to do in one day
  • Do expect to queue, as with all similar attractions and even with the Q Bot I would imagine on a busy day there’ll be waiting times
  • Do plan your visit. Don’t waste time trying to decide where to head for 1st plan when you are there or having to back-track to see attractions you missed. LEGOLAND is very large – make the most of the day by planning in advance and talking to kids about what they want do to before they get too overexcited to make any sense!
  • And finally Enjoy! We can’t wait to go back!

Brighton Pier

The iconic Brighton Pier cannot be missed as you drive along the sea front with its attractions, lighBrighton Pierts, sounds and smells. I had been going since I was a child and looking forward to taking my children back. Parking on the sea front is now incredibly expensive so if you can park in town and walk down or use public transport. Buses run along the King’s road all the time.

The Pier offers a lovely experience at no cost if you are a stronger parent than I (!) You can walk right to the end, use the deck chairs for free and enjoy a picnic overlooking the beautiful sea, the city, Brighton Marina and new attraction, The Brighton Wheel! With the cry of the seagulls and the smell of chips, donuts and candy floss along with the ‘holiday’ atmosphere it was really enjoyable. Some of the rides were closed due to the time of year unfortunately but we still enjoyed the Helter Skelter and Carousel which both offer good value for money and were great fun although I think I was more scared than the kids on the Helter Skelter!

The arcades offer a noisy, bright and very stimulating and where we lost of 2ps and 10ps in the machines but it was all good fun.  A really lovely way to while away a gloomy October weekend.

For more on the Pier see here – www.brightonpier.co.uk

 

Lovely Exhibitors

Goes without saying we couldn’t do it without them (!) We welcomed some especially lovely new clients this show however. Here’s a message from one of them……

BabyExpoMK – Show Time for Tall Maternity Store

Well it is all over and what a weekend! The baby expo was a huge success and the team at Tall Maternity Store would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who popped by our stand to say hello. We would also like to thank Mel Wink and Suzanne Borrell from Whats On 4 for organising the event to perfection!

The highlight of our weekend was seeing so many mums rocking Mummy Long Legz products!

There were so many fantastic businesses at the expo and we made some lovely new friends, I’m sure our paths will cross again. Jo Tantum and Sue Atkins were on hand offering excellent advice and guidance and we even met Annabel Karmel much to Harrison (and daddy’s) delight!

Harrison had a great weekend, making some lovely friends at Wow Toys and even got to look like Spiderman for the day. This is where the babyexpo really delivers, it is such a family friendly event and our boy didn’t stop smiling!

We arrived home on Sunday night with aching feet and sore backs but we learnt so much and Gillian is making a conscious effort to tweet more and get the Facebook likes up. (eek!)

We wouldn’t be where we are today without you, our lovely customers and we truly appreciate all the help you give us in spreading the word and letting mum to be’s know we are here. From the bottom of our hearts:

Thank you!

To see this blog,  further images and more info on this lovely mummy and her business go to http://www.mojomaternity.co.uk/share-your-wear

 

 

 

BabyExpo Pre-Show Preview!

BabyExpo Pre-Show Preview!

12:30 – 13:00pm Sunday 23 September

thecentre:mk – Via Door 12 – between WH Smiths and BHS

To celebrate the forthcoming BabyExpo BabyShow – the UK’s Biggest and Brightest FREE BabyShow experience – Humphrey the Elephant from Humphrey’s Corner will be visiting thecentre:mk on Sunday 23 September at 12:30pm. He’ll be joined by some of the biggest names exhibiting at the two-day show to include John Lewis who will be showcasing some of the latest, most innovative buggies and travel systems and award-winning Gymboree with their fun puppets and mascots!  There’ll be Fandabidozi face-painting, the opportunity to pick up a free BabyExpo Show Guide (offering an exclusive preview of the event),  prize competitions to win FREE VIP tickets and the chance to get a real feel of what this new event will be offering parents and parents to be in the Region.

For more on the show go to www.babyexpobabyshow.co.uk

To confirm attendance on Sunday or for further information email Communications Director Suzanne Borrell - suzanne@whatson4.co.uk or call 07714 486 494

Exclusive Pre-launch Prize Draw!

With just over one week go to Baby Expo our exhibitors are feeling extremely generous. We’ve got a range of super-fab prizes on offer with this exclusive, on-line competition. Each prize winner will not only get one of the fabulous goodies listed below but also received a pair of VIP Shopper Experience tickets. This ticket will allow you to skip the queue and get to browse the show, meet with exhibitors plus enjoy the chance to meet some of our parenting experts as seen on TV. Don’t forget our special guest is Humphrey and you’ll get your photo taken courtesy of two-d Studio, our official photographers. You will also get goodie bag as supported by JoJo Maman Bebe, show guide, VIP pass and other treats!

You must be able to attend Baby Expo MK collect your prize on Saturday 29th September, 2012 in order to enter.

The prizes include:

- Water Babies Swimming lessons worth £135

- Water Babies Swim Kit worth £20

- Water Babies Happy Nappy worth £9.99

- A £50 voucher to spend at Mums and Me

- A Cosatto Noodle High Chair (Dippi Egg) Worth £100 RRP

- A big, cute, cuddly toy bear from Costco

To enter follow the instructions here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms:

Prize draw closes at midnight Thursday 27th September, winners will be chosen Friday 28th September, 2012 in time for the show. All prizes must be collected on the day at the exhibitor’s stand. No cash equivalent. Winners will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter. Full terms here.