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<ul><li><p>FREE</p><p>R</p><p>JULY-AUGUST 2012 ISSUE 10</p><p>HARBORNE-MS-BOOKKEEPING</p><p>Email: msbookkeeping@talktalk.net</p><p>Accounts Preparations,VAT Returns,Bookkeeping</p><p>&amp; Payroll ServicesTel: 0121 4282684 Mob: 07823550041www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk</p><p>Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield</p><p>Big ticket promo</p><p>Reading - facts and stats</p><p>Dinosaurs are coming!</p><p>Legoland</p><p>Give your child a head start </p><p>at school!</p><p>The online reading program for children!</p><p>FREE 5 WEEK TRIAL!</p><p>Register your child at www.readingeggs.co.uk </p><p>and use this code: UKS24BRM</p><p>Hurry, this great trial offer ends on 31st August 2012</p><p>Big ticket promo</p><p>Reading - facts and stats</p><p>Dinosaurs are coming!</p><p>Legoland</p></li><li><p>2 Issue 10</p><p>DINOSAURSUNCOVEREDDINOSAURSUNCOVERED21 JULY 2012 6 JANUARY 2013</p><p>TICKETS: CHILDREN 4.95/ADULTS 5.95/UNDER 4S FREE/FAMILY TICKETS 18.00SAVE 10% BY BOOKING AT WWW.THEHERBERT.ORG OR PAY ON THE DAYFREE FAMILY SUMMER EVENTS &amp; MONSTERS OF THE DEEP SUMMER AQUARIUM</p><p>Excellent group discounts available from Db Promotions UK</p><p>For tickets contact Db Promotions UK on 0121 308 4511 or email info@dbpromotions.co.ukFor more information visit www.dbpromotions.co.uk</p><p>6th July 2nd September 2012Aberdeen Glasgow Nottingham Birmingham</p><p>Salford Quays Cardiff Newcastle Brighton Liverpool</p><p>28th September 2012 6th January 2013Glasgow Newcastle Manchester</p><p>Birmingham London</p><p> D</p><p>isne</p><p>y</p></li><li><p>Issue 10 3 </p></li><li><p>www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukSummer Fun www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk</p><p>4 Issue 10</p><p>www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk</p><p>Next Issue: Advertisers: book now for our September/October issue. Call 0758 352 6056or e-mail editor@familiesbirmingham.co.ukbefore Friday, August 3.</p><p>Hello and welcome to the July/August school summer holiday issue of Families Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield.</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p>Families Birmingham &amp; Solihull, EditorWendy Flynn</p><p>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</p><p>Design: www.MattWaltonDesign.co.uk Print: Warners Midlands PLC, Manor Lane, Bourne, Lincs. PE10 9PH Copyright Families Birmingham and Solihull, July 2012</p><p>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.</p><p>Contents</p><p>News</p><p>Clubs and classes</p><p>Big Ticket Give-away</p><p>Mums in business</p><p>Staycations and daycations</p><p>Support for new mums</p><p>Pets on holiday </p><p>Communicating with nanny </p><p>Education</p><p>Summer reads</p><p>Theatre</p><p>Whats On</p><p>5</p><p>8</p><p>10</p><p>11 </p><p>12</p><p>14</p><p>16</p><p>17</p><p>18</p><p>202122</p><p>In this Issue...5</p><p>8</p><p>21</p><p>10</p><p>12</p><p>16</p><p>18</p></li><li><p>www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk Summer Fun</p><p>Issue 10 5 </p><p>Newswww.familiesbirmingham.co.uk</p><p>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. </p><p>The Manor also hosts holiday workshops for children aged 5-11. These include:</p><p>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.</p><p> Jester Skills (Jul 24) where they will learn juggling, plate-spinning and Diablo as well as making juggling balls and jester hat.</p><p> Pirates (Jul 26) where they make cut-throat cutlasses, eye-patches, and parade in their own pirate hats.</p><p> Dragons (Jul 31) where they make a dragon lair and create their own dragon puppet, and dragon egg.</p><p> Time Traveller workshop (Aug 2) where they can make their own super time machine with recycled materials.</p><p>Dr DeesDiabolical Drop-in</p><p>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 </p><p>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.</p><p>Solihull Arts complex will be running a 2-day summer dance, drama and art workshop on Aug 13 and 14 for 7-14 year </p><p>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. </p><p>Go wild</p><p>Holiday Arts</p><p>Dr DeesDiabolical Drop-in</p><p>rhiggs@littlekickers.co.uk</p><p>www.littlekickers.co.uk</p><p>Approved football training for kids aged 2 to 7 years</p><p>Where learnings a ball</p><p>Classes in Solihull, Knowle, Hockley Heath &amp; Wythall</p><p>For a free trial class or information about our football parties please call</p><p>0121 744 9730</p><p>YB-MB-AD-080612.pdf 1 08/06/2012 09:35</p><p>Stagecoach</p><p>Theatre Arts</p><p>Stagecoach Edgbaston Saturday classes at Edgbaston High School for Girls for children and young people aged 4 to 18</p><p>Call: 01926 651159email: edgbaston@stagecoach.co.ukwww.stagecoach.co.uk/edgbaston</p><p>Stretch Your Childs Imagination In Three Directions At Once </p><p>The original, largest and still the best part-time performing arts schools in the world.</p><p>Nurturing and developing young peoples potential through dance, drama and singing.</p><p>SING! DANCE</p><p>! ACT NOW!</p></li><li><p>www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk</p><p>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. </p><p>The show runs at the NIA from July 25-29. Catch it if you can. (To book: 0121 308 4511)</p><p>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</p><p>Life-size dinosaurs are taking up residence at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry this summer. Its the perfect opportunity </p><p>to take the kids on a time travel voyage back through 250 million years to discover the secrets of the dinosaurs.</p><p>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 </p><p>and replica fossils and holographic video presentations will capture their imaginations. </p><p>Visitors will follow the dinosaur story from the Triassic Period, when they first appeared, through the Jurassic </p><p>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, colouring with the popular Dino-Paints, and testing their knowledge with the Dino Age and Dino Buster. Catch up with the Dinosaurs as schools break up (July 21) and right through the summer holidays. Advance tickets are on sale now and there is a 10 per cent reduction for online booking www.theherbert.org. Tickets cost 5.95 for adults; 4.95 for children; under 4s are free, and a family ticket costs 18.00.</p><p>The Dinosaurs are coming!</p><p>Disneys Magical MomentsNews</p><p>6 Issue 10</p></li><li><p>www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk</p><p>Issue 10 7 </p><p>News</p><p>Science for summer a human hamster wheel Busy Mums constantly on the go instinctively know what it feels like to be a hamster in a wheel, but do your children? And as for that matter, does your husband?</p><p>This summer let the kids and your better half find out for themselves at ThinkTanks brilliant new Science Garden which comes complete with a ginormous, human-sized hamster wheel that has a top speed of 30 revolutions per minute.</p><p>This interactive outdoor exploration space has been 3 years in the making and is designed to give visitors of all ages hands-on (or should that be paws-on) experience of science and engineering.</p><p>Theres an 8 metre high clanging Terminus machine, a logic-defying square-wheeled people wagon, a giant weighing station and a pulley me up </p><p>exhibit. Visitors can also try their luck with an elasticated squirter a unique water piston that uses elastic potential energy (the </p><p>physics bit) which cranks up two fast-moving propellers for the Flyer exhibit.</p><p>The inventive Science Garden is the first project of its kind in the UK and one of only a few in the world. It </p><p>has taken a team of designers, engineers, building contractors, science geeks, and education experts </p><p>more than 10,000 hours of work to complete.</p><p>A special family ticket to ThinkTank and the Science Garden is on offer for 39 and the Science Museum and Garden are open every day from 10am-5pm.</p><p>Queens visitThe Queen will visit West Midlands and Birmingham on July 11 and 12 as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. </p><p>MAC gets playfulMAC arts has launched its 50th anniversary celebrations this summer with Japanese artists in residence working with local children.</p><p>Watch out for the result, The Playmakers, when you next visit a part sculpture and part puppet installation leading from the ground floor to the first floor gallery space. The new work draws on MACs history as both an art and sport centre and as a theatre for experimental puppetry. </p><p>www.ackers-adventure.co.uk</p><p>For further details please call 0121 772 5111 or visit our website now!!</p><p>Ackers Adventure, Birmingham B11 2PY 0121 772 5111</p><p>FANTASTIC FUN</p><p>AND GREAT VALUE</p><p>FOR MONEY</p><p>ACTIVITIES FOR </p><p>ALL THE FAMILY After School Clubs Whizz Kids School Holiday Club Birthday Parties Thrillseeker Taster Days </p><p>Climbing, Canoeing, Archery, Skiing, Jungle Challenge, Tobogganing and much more....</p><p>Selly Manor</p><p>In the garden village of Bournville lie two of Birminghams oldest buildings. Rescued from demolition by George Cadbury they are now a popular museum </p><p>that holds events, family activities and weddings throughout the year.</p><p>Open Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays 2pm to 5pm</p><p>www.bvt.org.uk/sellymanorsellymanor@bvt.org.uk Tel: 0121 472 0199</p><p>Tudor Heritage in the heart of Bournville</p></li><li><p>www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk</p><p>8 Issue 10</p><p>Clubs and Classes</p><p>Clubs &amp; Classes DIRECTORY To advertise here call 0758 352 6056</p><p>MUSIC</p><p>MUSIC</p><p>MUSIC</p><p>TIM TANDLER DRUM SCHOOL1-to-1 drum tuition, City Centre locationRock School grades 1-8. Ages 4 upwards. </p><p>Tel: 0121 503 5849www.timtandlerdrumschool.co.uk</p><p>B I R M I N G H A M</p><p>Tel: 0121 503 5849www.birminghamdrumschool.co.uk</p><p>1-to-1 drum tuition,City Centre location</p><p>Rock School grades 1-8.Ages 4 upwards. </p><p>PRE-SCHOOL MUSIC</p><p>Call 0121 711 4224 for nearest classwww.rhythmtime.net</p><p>Early learning through musicBaby, toddler and pre-school classes</p><p>Youth Theatre Group, Age 6+ Garretts Green Lane, Sheldon, B26 2SA </p><p>Telephone: 0121 722 3761 </p><p>MASQUERADE MUSICAL THEATRE </p><p>Ballet, Tap and Jazz age 2 +Branches in Yardley and Shirley </p><p>Telephone: 0121 744 1422 www.dubarrieschoolofdance.co.uk </p><p>DUBARRIE SCHOOL OF DANCE DANCE &amp; DRAMA</p><p>PYJAMA DRAMADrama for creative little people, 6 months -7 years</p><p>Sing, dance, pretend, play. Call Kate on 0800 542 0363</p><p>or e-mail: kate@pyjamadrama.com</p><p>www.solihullyoungdancers.co.uk</p><p>Solihull Young DancersBallet and Tap DancingClasses from age 2 +Tel: Kate on 07722 732678</p><p>www.masquerademusicaltheatre.co.uk</p><p>Adventure holidayTry something new this summer. Ackers Adventure will be hosting Whizz Kids giving youngsters of 8-16 a chance to try their hand at canoeing, skiing, archery or climbing. It costs just 8 a session. They will also be running a week-long adventure summer scheme aimed at 8-14 year-olds who like a challenge. The scheme will run from 9.30am-5pm and will cost 150 for the week or 35 per day.</p><p>Have a splashing time!Summer and water go together whether it is the sun and sea, the hotel pool, or even a paddling pool in the back garden. And, the best way of making sure your child is safe around water is to ensure they can swim like a fish or, at least, can make it to the side of a pool on their own.Try an intensive summer swim school which can be a real confidence booster because they make much faster progress than at weekly lessons.Make A splash swimschool are running 5-day courses of 30 minute lessons at the Village Hotel, Solihull, on the weeks of July 30 and Aug 6. They teach children from age 3 and over. (Call 0121 705-9374)S4 swimschool who operate in a number of pools in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington also run intensive holiday courses (Call 0121 374 2109), and the Munrow Sports Centre on the University of Birmingham campus run holiday swim schools during four of the six school holiday weeks 0121 414 4117. </p><p> Arts...</p></li></ul>