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Families Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield for January February 2013


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    B A L L E T S C H O O L S

    in Moseley & Bournville Royal Academy of Dancing

    syllabus Ages: 3-18

    Tuition PlusHelping students achieve their true potential

    Tel: 07592 556 452Email: info@tuition-plus.co.uk


    Professional TutoringLiteracy & Numeracy

    for ages 5 to 11First lesson freeHarvest Fields Centre

    Sutton Coldfield B75 5TJ

    The great outdoors

    Why pay for school?

    Coeliac disease

    The great outdoors

    Why pay for school?

    Coeliac disease


    Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield

  • For more information, pick up our latest Families First brochure, or visit:http://www.barber.org.uk/category/learning/or call: 0121 414 2261

    FamiliesFIRSTSPRING 2013

    Learn to draw! Make sculpture!Paint portraits!Fantastic & fun workshops for kids!

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    If a rewarding job with true security that provides you with the work/life balance, flexibility and control over your own destiny sounds appealing contact Carolyn Rose today.You can work part time, around your existing work or family commitments and there is no financial investment.Find out how Carolyns children can always be her priority working part-time hours to suit her family commitments you too could change your life.

    Contact Carolyn for a FREE information pack on07789 916278 or email: carolyn.rose1@tesco.net


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    tuitionEnglishMaths &

    Book your free trial session today to nd out how Explore Learning can help your child to gain condence, enthusiasm and new skills.

    Harborne0121 647 4394


    Explore Learning centres provide maths and English tuition to children aged 5-14, designed to improve knowledge, confidence and enjoyment of learning.

    Explore helps children make fantastic academic progress, in addition the vibrant atmosphere keeps them engaged and focussed enabling them to have fun while they learn.

    As members, children work with tutors who are great role models, enthusiastic about learning and fantastic motivators. The individual focus allows children to work at their own pace whether they are finding school tricky or are top of the class!


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  • www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukwww.familiesbirmingham.co.uk Contents

    NewsClubs and classesPets are good for your healthNew Year resolutions How to have the best ever holiday!Coeliac diseaseParentingIs an independent school worth the cost?Whats OnPuddle Ducks








    In this issue...








    Next Issue: Advertisers:Book now for our March/April Easter issueCall 0758 352 6056or e-mail editor@familiesbirmingham.co.ukbefore Friday, February 1.

    Another year 2013 has arrived and we wish all our loyal readers a very Happy New Year indeed. Families Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield has another cause to celebrate as this marks the second anniversary of our launch edition. We have survived the ups and downs of the fledgling business rollercoaster (do I hear a drum roll!) and we looking forward to a wonderful year ahead.

    So lets get cracking. First up, New Year Resolutions? Are you someone who makes a resolution and sticks to it, or are you resolute in not making one? If you do make one, we give you some tips about keeping it, and if you dont, well you are in good company.

    Also in this issue, we have oodles of information for you about clubs and classes (why not look at starting a new activity this year?) and we tempt you into the great outdoors with some suggestions of family activities that are fun and free.

    Read about why keeping a pet could be good for your health, and learn about gluten sensitivity and coeliac disease which is estimated to affect one in every hundred children, but often goes undiagnosed. Nutritionist Christine Bailey tells you how to spot the signs and what to do if you suspect your child is reacting to gluten.

    Still on the health theme, we would ask our readers to join us in supporting Wear A Hat day for Brain Tumour Research in March. More children and adults under 40 die from brain tumours than from any other cancer, yet it receives less than 1 per cent of research funding. You can make a difference by helping to raise funds.

    As ever we welcome your comments about the magazine. Send us a birthday e-mail letting us know what you think and how you would like to see us develop. Log on to www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk and click on contact editor.

    Families Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield, EditorWendy Flynn

    Front page picture by photo artist Abby Wilkes. Abby won the West Midlands Master Photographer Award for her work with children three years in a row.She specialises in photographing children and families, creating art from lifes special moments. Contact Abby for more information:07966 867306. www.abbywilkes.com

    Design: www.MattWaltonDesign.co.uk Print: Warners Midlands PLC, Manor Lane, Bourne, Lincs. PE10 9PH Copyright Families Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield, Jan 2013

    We take care preparing this magazine but the publisher and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers, nor for the accuracy of the contents nor its consequence.

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    Half-term theatre treatsBirmingham plays host to the UK premiere of two shows this half-term a stage adaptation of Philip Pullmans childrens book, I Was A Rat; and David Bintleys production of Aladdin, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet.

    AladdinChildren of all ages can catch up with

    the adventures of young Aladdin as he gets trapped in a dark cave for three

    days and three nights with nothing to eat before finding a magic lantern. This

    magical fairytale which all children will be familiar with is brought to

    life in another colourful show by the creator of Birmingham Royal Ballets

    Cinderella. Aladdin runs at the Hippodrome from Feb 15-23.

    To book call 0844 338 5000.

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    This year Chinese Year of the Water Snake falls on February 10 and once again the Arcadian Centre in Birmingham will play host to this colourful and spectacular festival. Its on from 12.30pm-5.30 pm with stalls, parades and displays, and its free to attend. The event has now become the biggest celebration of its kind in the Midlands, attracting more than 30,000 each year.In Chinese mythology having a snake in your house is seen as a good omen because it means your family will not starve, and children born in the Year of the Snake are deemed to be intelligent, wise, charismatic and good at business.

    ChineseNew Year


    I was a rat, insists a scruffy boy who turns up one evening on the doorstep of old married couple Bob and Joan. But what is he now - a terrifying monster rampaging in the sewers? A money-spinning fairyground freak or just an ordinary boy though a little ratty in his habits? Pulmans tale I Was a Rat will be running at the Old Rep Theatre between Feb 12 and March 2. A high action and visual show, combining humor, fantasy and adventure, it will appeal to adults and children alike. (*children aged 7 and over)To Book call 0121 236 4455.

    I was a rat

    News www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk

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    Dont be tempted to hibernate this winter when there are plenty of fun events to entice you out with the kids. Don the wellies, brave the elements, splash around in puddles and reconnect with your inner child as you and your offspring get in touch with nature.

    With more than 50 per cent of the worlds population now living in cities, the RSPB say fewer children than ever get the chance to play in the great outdoors. Yet the parks in Birmingham and Solihull run great activities for children all year round.

    Join Nature Tots at the Parkridge Centre, Brueton Park, Solihull. They organise outdoor activities and indoor games and crafts designed to encourage an early interest in wildlife. The Centre also organise half term Really Wild workshops.

    Park Rangers are also active in Birmingham organising fun family activities. You can make bird feeders at Woodgate Valley Park (Jan 22); head down to the farm at Sheldon (Feb 11); learn about lemurs at the Nature Centre in Edgbaston (Feb 13); or join the rangers at Edgbaston Reservoir for a family fun day on Feb 18.

    Watch out too for outdoor events with the National Trust a messy monster play day at Clent Hills or making mud-pies at Moseley Old Halls mud kitchen in the woods.

    The great outdoors!


    Theatre Arts

    Stagecoach Edgbaston Saturday classes at Edgbaston High School for Girls for children and young people aged 4 to 18

    Call: 01926 651159email: edgbaston@stagecoach.co.ukwww.stagecoach.co.uk/edgbaston

    Stretch Your Childs Imagination In Three Directions At Once

    The original, largest and still the best part-time performing arts schools in the world.

    Nurturing and developing young peoples potential through dance, drama and singing.


    ! ACT NOW!Missed out on Olympic tickets this summer? Head along to the NIA on February 16 and see world class athletes in action at the British Athletics Grand