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Families Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield magazine for July August 2012

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    JULY-AUGUST 2012 ISSUE 10

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    & Payroll ServicesTel: 0121 4282684 Mob: 07823550041www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk

    Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield

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    Next Issue: Advertisers: book now for our September/October issue. Call 0758 352 6056or e-mail editor@familiesbirmingham.co.ukbefore Friday, August 3.

    Hello and welcome to the July/August school summer holiday issue of Families Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield.

    This issue we have teamed up with 7 great West Midlands attractions and have almost 1,000 worth of family tickets to be won in our Big Ticket Give-away reader competition. Read page 10 to find out how to take part but hurry, the closing date is July 18 so that the winners can enjoy a family day out during the school holidays.

    Also in our bumper summer issue, we offer you the chance to win tickets to Legally Blonde, the musical which is playing at the New Alexandra Theatre in August. Just turn to page 21 for details.

    Our education pages focus on reading. Find out why it is so important to a childs future progress; see if you are surprised by the facts and the stats; check out a list of 100 great reads for keystage 2 pupils; or log on to Reading Eggs for some free online summer fun which also promotes your childs reading skills.

    Going on holidays? Check out a vets advice for pets and holidays. Staying at home? Find out where to go and what to do this summer we bring you details of a day out with the dinosaurs; tell you about the workshops and family days at Selly Manor; report on what Mickey and Minnie Mouse are up to, and more.

    Families Birmingham & Solihull, 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 and Solihull, July 2012

    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.

    Contents

    News

    Clubs and classes

    Big Ticket Give-away

    Mums in business

    Staycations and daycations

    Support for new mums

    Pets on holiday

    Communicating with nanny

    Education

    Summer reads

    Theatre

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    Bournvilles Selly Manor will be a place of magic and mystery this summer as it hosts summer workshops for children - as well as an intriguing diabolical drop-in family event.Between August (14-24) a magician, astrologer, courtier, explorer and spy visit the Manor House to discover more about the mysterious Dr Dee. Visitors and families are invited to make star trackers and a compass; create brilliantly bizarre beards and fantastic hats, learn magic tricks and play garden games; and of course help solve the mystery of Dr Dee on the Manor trail. With a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children costing just 9.50, this makes for a great value, fun family outing.

    The Manor also hosts holiday workshops for children aged 5-11. These include:

    Workshop Tickets are 3.95 per child and must be booked in advance as they sell out fast. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To find out more or to book call 0121 472 0199.

    Jester Skills (Jul 24) where they will learn juggling, plate-spinning and Diablo as well as making juggling balls and jester hat.

    Pirates (Jul 26) where they make cut-throat cutlasses, eye-patches, and parade in their own pirate hats.

    Dragons (Jul 31) where they make a dragon lair and create their own dragon puppet, and dragon egg.

    Time Traveller workshop (Aug 2) where they can make their own super time machine with recycled materials.

    Dr DeesDiabolical Drop-in

    Have a wild time at the Parkridge Centre, Brueton Park, Solihull, this summer building survival dens, exploring ponds, being a nature detective, discovering the hidden world of creepy crawlies and learning bushcraft. The centre run workshops every weekday during the school summer holidays alternating between events for tiny tots (2-4) and sessions for children

    aged 4 plus. The fun workshops run between 10.30am-12 and 1-2.30pm and cost 4 per child. Book in advance on 0121 704 0768. Under 8s must be accompanied.

    Solihull Arts complex will be running a 2-day summer dance, drama and art workshop on Aug 13 and 14 for 7-14 year

    olds. It costs 30 and will be led by professionals. Other holiday workshops include beach-themed crafty fun for 4-7 year-olds, Art makers for 8-11 and dance for both age groups, all running on Thursdays in August. Call 0121 704 6962 to book.

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    For little kids and big kids who know that magic really does exist add a sparkle to the summer holidays with a trip to Mickeys Magic Show live on stage at the NIA.Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Alice and the Mad Hatter team up with some world-class magicians to perform awesome tricks right before your eyes that will have children transfixed. Witness the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderellas rags into a shimmering ballgown in seconds; watch amazed as Aladdins Princess Jasmine levitates, and see the enchanted dancing brooms from Fantasia.

    The show runs at the NIA from July 25-29. Catch it if you can. (To book: 0121 308 4511)

    The Disney-on-Ice show Passport to Adventure will be on in Birmingham during the October half term week. Mickey and Minnie glide off on a journey that takes them to the enchanting underwater world of Disneys Little Mermaid; to the Pride lands of the Lion King and the starry world of Peter Pan. (Mickey and Minnie really do have an enviable lifestyle!) If you would like to travel along with them, bookings are now open. E-mail info@dbpromotions.co.uk or call 0121 308 4511

    Life-size dinosaurs are taking up residence at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry this summer. Its the perfect opportunity

    to take the kids on a time travel voyage back through 250 million years to discover the secrets of the dinosaurs.

    These awe-inspiring creatures - who dominated earth for a lot longer than we humans have been around - are an endless source of fascination for children. The sheer scale of the exhibitions life-size dinosaur models, real

    and replica fossils and holographic video presentations will capture their imaginations.

    Visitors will follow the dinosaur story from the Triassic Period, when they first appeared, through the Jurassic

    Period when they roamed the earth to their ultimate extinction at the end of the Cretaceous Period, around 65 million years ago.The exhibition is designed with families in mind with lots of fun facts and interactive activities such as designing their own dinosaur skin,