Sid from CBeebies is back!

smallersid2-2Following on from the success of Sid’s Show UK tour and as promised, Oscar Stardust Ltd returns with CBeebies star Sid in their brand new production Sid’s Show – Deep Sea Discovery, a wonderfully imaginative adventure which allows children from 3 years upwards and their families to be entertained and interact with this high energy CBeebies presenter.  Full of fun imaginative games, songs and interactions to keep everyone engaged. This show takes you deep under water to discover wonders of the aquatic.

It’s raining outside but don’t worry Sid has plenty of fun suggestions as to what to do indoors, although his dog Fuzzy doesn’t share Sid’s enthusiasm. To cheer her up, Sid shows Fuzzy their new fish tank. They get into a bit of a disagreement about the TV remote, which falls into the tank. Suddenly magically Sid is swimming in the deeper darker depths of the tank where he encounters anemones, star fish, an octopus, a shark and even a real life mermaid (puppet).

Sid sets out on a quest to help find the upset mermaid’s missing pearls. What will happen to Sid, the mermaid and Fuzzy the dog on this perilous journey and how will you help? With plenty of audience participation it’s time to navigate and explore the wonderful world of Sid’s Deep Sea Discovery.

To find out when Sid’s Show – Deep Sea Discovery is coming to you please visit www.sidsloane.org. TICKET OFFER – Use the code BABYEXPO1 to receive £2 off Adult tickets and £1 off Children’s tickets.

See Sid at BabyExpo Berkshire where he will be opening the show & having fun on the Main Stage!

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Music is FUN with Jo Jingles!

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Jo Jingles is the music, singing and movement experience for babies and children aged 3 months to 5 years. Providing age specific classes in various locations throughout Berkshire and beyond with the help of our character doll, Jo.

 Jo Jingles classes encourage your baby or child to develop music skills and so much more!  The use of simple rhymes, lyrics, action songs and musical activities helps to support your baby or child’s language development and starts to lay important foundations for your little one’s future development!

Through music, singing and movement Jo Jingles can help your baby or child to develop good listening skills, social skills, early language and cognitive development, confidence and gross motor skills. Most importantly the classes are well structured to be fun and sociable for you and your little one!  Using their high quality themed programmes, instruments, props and visuals to encourage and engage the children, the classes are a very rewarding way to spend 45 minutes together. (Some areas will provide 30min baby classes).

Baby Expo 2Jo Jingles programmes grow with your child; classes start from babies at 3 months (Some areas will do new born sessions) moving to walking-2 years, 2-3 years and 3-5years. In this class they introduce their unique and well-loved music theory modules! All classes at Jo Jingles are limited in size to ensure that everyone gets as much as possible out of their time in the session in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

On the day of the show there will be an exciting opportunity for any babies and children to join in with a Jo Jingles demonstration at 12:30pm, plus Big Jo Jingles is coming to visit the Berkshire Baby Expo and he will be joining in the demo too!

For more information on Jo Jingles visit www.jojingles.com

RIP Guy Lewis – father to 3, husband to Hanna and Gymboree Brighton Owner and Manager……

Yesterday I had the privilege to join many others to say goodbye to Guy after his tragic and unexpected death earlier this year.

It was a beautiful, emotional service with some very moving tributes and music choices including ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ at the end, which at least made us smile – so very Guy. We were reminded in the service of many things about Guy not least his kindness, his unbounding energy and commitment to everything he did, his love and passion for his family and his continued drive to ‘seize the day’.

Guy and Gymboree at BabyExpo

This morning, like many I expect, I have woken feeling sad and a little numb having witnessed at 1st hand the pain of the parents who have lost their son and the wife and mother whose 3 tiny, beautiful children will grow up without their lovely dad. I can only imagine how they are coping.

I first met Guy about 7 years ago – I was new to the area, a very new mum and a bit of a disaster really. Motherhood had not panned out quite as I had planned – I seemed to spend my days as a sleep deprived zombie, often covered in sick, I was incredibly lonely and felt a failure on all counts. Then I signed up to Gymboree and suddenly I could start to see some light. Guy would greet you with a massive smile or a hug, little ones were enchanted by him and when we first met I couldn’t believe he didn’t yet have children of his own such was his rapport with the whole class. As with many kids’ activities, I met other mums and made friends, we had a purpose to our day (even if it did take 2 hours to get out of the house) and George loved the classes – he came home stimulated yet sleepy (yay) and he loved meeting the other babies and toddlers. Guy’s warmth radiated and the classes were an oasis and we grew alongside Gymboree.

Gymboree at BabyExpo

Yesterday there was a mention of the thousands of parents who had come into contact with Guy over the 8+ years he ran Gymboree and I hope he knew how important he was. I now know many mums felt the same as me in those early stages of baby and toddlerhood and such classes DO become a lifeline.

BabyExpo is hosting the What’s On 4 Junior awards with Konfidence this year – these awards reward and celebrate the very best activity providers and as always I am so moved by some of the testimonials from nominating parents paying tribute to those class leaders who made such a difference to their and their child’s lives and development.

So, if your lives were enhanced by a fabulous activity, community volunteer, party entertainer or class do make sure you nominate them in the What’s On 4 Junior Awards – just click here – there’s a category for everyone from ‘Best pre/post natal’ to ‘Best after school club’ and you could win 2 tickets to join us at BabyExpo for the champagne awards on June 30.

There’s just a month until nominations close so seize the day and do it now ;-)

Guy on the main stage at BabyExpo with Lucy Piper, Jo Tantum and Phil Gallagher from Cbeebies Mister Maker

I am delighted that Guy’s legacy will live on in Brighton with Gymboree continuing to run under the care of widow Hanna and class leader Bobby and you can see them at BabyExpo on June 30 alongside further Headline Sponsors Sing & Sign, Water Babies and Busy Bees. Guy will be there too in his own way I am sure.

BIG Babyexpo welcome to Water Babies – our final headline sponsor for June!

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We are delighted that along with the fabulous Gymboree, Sing & Sign and Busy Bees our final headline sponsor for Expo Brighton 2013 is Water Babies!

 

Water Babies runs fun, innovative baby swimming classes across Sussex.  Our fully qualified instructors are world class and could have trained as private pilots – three times over – in the time it takes them to qualify with us.  With a multi-award winning programme which teaches vital water confidence and safety skills from birth, our overall aim is to teach you to teach your baby to swim. So we’ll always explain why we’re doing everything, as well as carefully demonstrate exactly what to do.

Through carefully structured training, babies can be taught life saving skills such as turning onto their backs or, following a sudden submersion, swimming to the nearest solid object. They grow familiar with what it feels like to fall into water, so that should they ever accidentally fall in they are far less likely to panic and drown. And our results speak for themselves.  In the last three years alone, at least ten of our tiny clients have saved their own lives as a result of the skills they learnt at Water Babies – and five of them were just two years old at the time.

Water Babies classes run 7 days a week across Sussex and the surrounding area.  For further details please call 01273 552454, email bubbles@waterbabies.co.uk or visit www.waterbabies.co.uk .

It is as simple as ABC D-igital!

ABC Magazine is the longest established, best-read, FREE local information magazine for parents in the South East. From babies to big kids!

At ABC Towers we know we need to keep up with all you hip and trendy young parents with your smart phones, tablets, i-pads and all the latest gizmos! But we also know you like a few minutes peace and quiet with a cup of tea and a good read! So, we have exciting news…

You can now read all six county editions of ABC Magazine, Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Hampshire on-line with our latest addition to the family ABC D-igital a fully interactive version of ABC Magazine on-line! Don’t worry though, if you are a ‘put your feet up with a cuppa’ kind of reader you will still find 132,000 copies of the paper magazine to pick up for free across the South East!

Whichever way you decide to read us, paper or digital, you will be guaranteed to find some of the best local information for you and your family – it really is as easy as ABC!

Now, we even have our own Social Media Manager who is helping us stay up to speed with all you Facebookers and Tweeters out there! So come and join us on Facebook and Twitter and you will get regular updates on local activities, days out, events and more!

If you don’t live in one of our six counties? No problem, we would still love to have you join us as each edition is full of informative articles for parents and carers wherever you might live. Here are few great reads in the current editions!

Sussex – page 5 ‘Mother Don’t Smother’

Surrey – page 23 ‘Moving from Nursery to Pre-School’

Kent – page 8 ‘A Child’s Guide to Social Media Privacy’

Berkshire – page 15 ‘Speech and Language Therapy’

Hertfordshire – page 5 ‘How to get the best from a professional photo shoot’

Hampshire – page 27 ‘Children’s parties, who, what where?’

So what are you waiting for? It really is as simple as ABC to get great, free, informative parenting advice and news! Come and see us on stand 130 – we can’t wait to meet you!