Boo At The ZSL London Zoo This Weekend

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 30 October, 2014 at 3:09 pm
Boo At The ZSL London Zoo This Weekend
If you're anywhere near the ZSL London Zoo this week/end, they are hosting a fun week of spooky goings on for both half term and Halloween. Activities will run from 11 - 3 each day, and are included in the price of the ticket.

Boo at the Zoo will offer visitors a packed week of ghoulish animal treats that will see them howling with delight as they get up close and personal with mighty owls, enter the Black Widow’s Lair and face a mystery feely-box challenge. Putting on an extra brave face, visitors will travel through hair-raising activity stops, meeting rats, bats, spiders and owls, using their Boo at the Zoo activity passport to gain stamps.

They seem to be putting on a lot for the event, including a 'mysterious Mr Darkmire' hosting the Owl Emporium - a secret room lit by flickering lanterns. 

There's also the Bat Cave for some quiet time crafts and making treats for the Zoo's bats, and close encounters with the rodents.

Frozen Book & CD £4 Delivered @ Asda Direct (Released 6th November)

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Frozen Book & CD £4 Delivered @ Asda Direct (Released 6th November)

Updated : Looks like delivery is no longer free from Asda Direct.

Released 7 days from today, the Frozen book and CD is £4 from Asda Direct. Although Amazon have price matched, you do have to pay for delivery there, unless you have Amazon Prime, so Asda looks like the best option. The RRP is £5.99, so you’re saving 33% already and who knows what will happen price wise when it’s actually released.

There isn’t actually a lot of information on either website about this, although we do know the book is hardback and 32 pages long. The CD, features “original movie stars voices, thrilling sound effects and word-for-word narration” – could be good to keep little ones amused in the car, if the adults can take it of course!

Either way, this set looks like a great price for £4 delivered, think your little Frozen fan would like it as a stocking filler?

FREE Fabulous Family Fun Day & Kids Eat Free (No Purchase Necessary) @ Debenhams Oxford Street

by Karen McGinn in Freebies on 30 October, 2014 at 12:39 pm

FREE Fabulous Family Fun Day & Kids Eat Free (No Purchase Necessary) @ Debenhams Oxford Street

At a loose end today with the kids? Well Debenhams on Oxford Street are having a fun filled family day today (Thursday October 30th) between 11am and 5pm. Completely free, there will be face painting, balloon modelling and arts and crafts for the kids and they can also eat for free with no other purchase necessary.

Ah, a free day out and no dinner to make when you come home, it's got to be worth  popping in if you're in or around the Oxford Street store don't you think?

The Hulk & Batman Novelty Pyjamas From £3.99 @ Argos

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 11:57 am

The Hulk & Batman Novelty Pyjamas From £3.99 @ Argos

It says “boys” in the description over at Argos but we’re not buying that here at Playpennies!

The Hulk pyjamas are available in ages 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9 and are now £3.99, reduced from £7.99, while Batman is available in 2-3, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 and are £4.49 from £8.99.

Make sure you change the size in the drop down menu to the one you need on the link.

Click here to buy The Hulk pyjamas from Argos*

Batman is here*

There is an unwritten rule among parents I know that the kids (or indeed the whole family) require new pyjamas for Christmas Eve. With the growing popularity of Christmas Eve boxes, this looks set to continue but either way, how cool are these?! Batman is my favourite I have to say, think it’s the mask, and at this price it’s a no brainer for me.

I’ve had a look around and stock levels look excellent for Batman, while The Hulk is more 50/50, at least in my local stores.

As always, you can reserve in store for free or opt for home delivery for an additional £3.95.

Electric Quad Ride-On Bikes From £26.25 @ Tesco Direct (Plus Boost)

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 11:01 am

Electric Quad Ride-On Bikes From £26.25 @ Tesco Direct (Plus Boost)

These caught my eye this morning as they look impressive. I don’t know about you but I always like to have at least one “big” present from Santa on Christmas morning and not only do these Quad Bikes fit the bill but the prices are attractive too as they’re all reduced and in the Clubcard Boost. With prices starting from £26.25, if you’re lucky enough to have some vouchers on your account you can boost, you can get a pretty impressive looking gift for half the price again!

The Evo Bikes were both £35 and are now £26.25, while the Tonka and Hello Kitty were £40 and are now £30.

If you've not had your Clubcard vouchers through the post yet don't despair, you can go into your account on Tesco and they should be there, so it's a simple case of adding them to your basket at checkout and seeing that price drop. Just be aware that when choosing your voucher, any unused funds will be re credited to your Clubcard account and won't be available to be used again until the next quarter when the vouchers are re issued. Not a huge issue but if you are wanting to use them for Christmas, it's just something to be aware of.

You can opt to collect these from a Tesco store near you for free or home delivery will cost an additional £3.

Robbie Williams And Ayda Field Announce Their Baby Boy's Name

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Celebaby on 30 October, 2014 at 10:40 am

Robbie Williams And Ayda Field Announce Their Baby Boy's Name

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field have revealed the name they've chosen for their second child, a baby boy, born on Monday.

The couple announced their son's name in another quirky video update - Robbie shared a series of videos on You Tube which he filmed in the delivery room during Ayda's labour.

You'll have to watch the video for yourself to see how the couple and their new little bundle of joy left the building, but the proud new Pop captioned the video:

"Charlton Valentine Williams has left the building... and Daddy is doing just fine."

Very funny, Rob. All I'm saying is it's a good job Ayda clearly has a sense of humour.

Baby Charlton already has a big sister - Theodora 'Teddy' Rose.

So welcome to the world, Charlton Valentine Williams!

Disney Princess Magic Dress Sleeping Beauty £15 Delivered @ Amazon

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 10:20 am

Disney Princess Magic Dress Sleeping Beauty £15 Delivered @ Amazon

This is another popular item for Christmas 2014 and on lots of lists. It’s been around the £25 mark until recently but today Amazon have dropped it to £15 which includes free super saver delivery.

If you’ve not spotted the adverts for this one yet, Disney Princess Magic Dress Sleeping Beauty has been created with the idea that the Fairy Godmothers can't decide what colour to make their princess' dress. A simple twist of her crown and her dress (bodice and skirt) will magically change from pink to blue.

Great reviews on this one too, with a typical one being :

A really beautiful doll, lovely size. My daughter was so excited when she discovered herself that when you turn her tiara her dress changes. She loves to watch Sleeping Beauty and have the doll ready for that moment where her dress keeps changing to play along with it and spin the tiara round!


She loves the film so this is a special novelty gift for her. The only slight downside is that her dress cannot be removed so she can't treat her like her other Barbies and change the outfit but then she realises that this one is different! The tiara also has to stay on her head as it is fixed so she tends to keep this doll to one side.


It is beautifully made and a bit different to the regular princess dolls - a lovely gift along with the DVD for any little girl.

That is something to be aware of perhaps, the fact the dress and crown can’t be removed. I can’t be the only one that views this as a positive rather than a negative though? Saves me hunting through a ton of dresses for the one my daughter is looking for.

Change the delivery option to free super saver delivery at checkout and you’ll save 40% on this, making it £15 total delivered to your door.

Thanks to ne0star @ HUKD!


Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Manual Breast Pump £7.99 Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Manual Breast Pump £7.99 Delivered @ AmazonIf you're expecting a baby sometime soon or indeed have a recent new addition to the family and are in need of a breast pump, then move quicketty-quick over to Amazon, where the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Manual Breast Pump is on special offer, reduced from £29.99 to £7.99. If you don't use Amazon Prime or want to buy anything else you'd expect to pay delivery, but in my basket it automatically applied free delivery, so I hope it does that for you too!

This manual breast pump comes complete with a 150ml Tommee Tippee Easi-vent bottle, one milk storage pot, six disposable breast pads and one microwave steriliser box.

Heidi used this pump in the past, and she says:

Breast pumps are such a personal item that it's really difficult to determine what makes one better than any other, but I've tried this one and found it very good. I particularly like that you can express straight into the storage pot without having to faff about pouring what you've expressed into some other sterile container, and I love that it comes with a bottle, breast pads and the steriliser. All in all I think this is a great little bargain, and definitely worth a punt if you're thinking of trying expressing.

I think at the price it's fabulous!

Sticky Mosaics Disney Frozen Anna And Elsa With Jewels £13.23 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Sticky Mosaics Disney Frozen Anna And Elsa With Jewels £13.23 @ AmazonAmazon are selling the Sticky Mosaics Disney Frozen Anna And Elsa With Jewels for £13.23 reduced from £19.99.

I love the idea of these Sticky Mosaics of Anna & Elsa, especially for slightly older fans of the sisters. It's a whole new take on the 'paint by number' pictures of my own childhood.

In this kit, you follow a numbered legend to add over 1200+ sparkling jewels and tiles to create 3 glittering pictures.

The pictures come with hanging tags so you can display them, and reviewers have rated it really highly. One person was annoyed that there were three pictures rather than four that other themes in the range have, but it's Frozen and they know most of us would pay it.

I think it's a lovely way to spend a rainy day away from a screen, and it'll be well loved by little fans!

Doll House With 50 Pieces ONLINE ONLY £25.98 Delivered @ Toys R Us

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Doll House With 50 Pieces ONLINE ONLY £25.98 Delivered @ Toys R Us This Doll House at Toys R Us is currently reduced online only to £29.99. That gives you free delivery if you want to buy just that, but if you add a small item - the lowest we could find was 99p - you can use the BIRTHDAY8 code to take £5 off your price, giving you the dolls house, plus a small item, delivered for £25.98.

I quite like that I can get the Doll House and a Digibird, making the Digibird which is currently reduced to £7.49 cost just £2.49.

This dolls house is fabulous.

The price is online only, and it comes with 50 pieces. It's a plain wooden house, so it can be decorated before it's assembled, or it can be left as is, which is fabulous if you want it for a little boy, specifically.

The house has 4 storeys, a hinged opening front and removable roof, and should be perfect for hours of play.

For this and other voucher codes from Toys R Us, visit our voucher page.

Thanks to lels and Bunnyhop at HUKD

The ‘Joy’ Of Cooking For Children

by Lucy Sweet in Features on 29 October, 2014 at 8:35 pm

The ‘Joy’ Of Cooking For Children

When people say they enjoy cooking, they’re usually talking about lovingly prepared slow roasted things with herbs and spices in them. When you put it on the table, your guests don’t make vomit faces (not in front of you anyway). Instead, you get the warm glow of appreciation washed down with loads of wine. Yep, after a bottle and a bit, even the most basic cook can kid themselves that they’re Nigella with better norks.

I’m pretty sure they’re not talking about cooking for kids. Which means separating frozen veggie burgers with a screwdriver while nursing a toddler through a meltdown because you turned off the telly halfway through the Aquabats. Then burning the burgers because you were trying to put a wash on and clean the bathroom at the same time.  Then cursing yourself because what kind of a mother gives their kids burnt vegetable protein discs for dinner anyway? You should be cooking Annabel Karmel’s 5 a day butternut squash bake in the shape of a clown’s face, you IDIOT!

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Up To 50% Off On HappyLand Play Sets @ ELC

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Up To 50% Off On HappyLand Play Sets @ ELCThe Mothercare / ELC Toy Spectacular is live and they have HappyLand play sets on offer with up to 50% off. And remember to use the Mothercare App to take £10 off if your spend goes to £50.

In the toy spectacular today there's up to 20% off on baby & toddler toys, and 30% off on the Rosebud dolls houses and accessories, but it's the 50% off on HappyLand play sets that's well worth checking out. 

There are prices from £1.60 for the surprise bag Happyland Toys, and then there's a range of toys reduced, although not at 50%.

In terms of half price items, there's the Happyland Musical Village Church* for £12.50, the Country Train* set for £25, the Village Sounds Playmat* for £12.50, Cherry Lane Cottage* for £25 and the Zoo* is down to £35.

There's free click and collect at ELC, but you can have items delivered for £2.95, unless your order is over £50, then it's free.

Jennifer Ellison Tells OK! Magazine About The Moment Her Son Stopped Breathing

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 29 October, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Jennifer Ellison Tells OK! Magazine About The Moment Her Son Stopped Breathing

In a touching interview with OK! magazine, actress and mum of three Jennifer Ellison relives the moment when her newborn baby boy stopped breathing.

Little Charlie is Jennifer's third son with her husband Rob Tickle - the couple have four-year-old Bobby and 15-month-old Harry, and Jennifer says she has no plans for any more children but is stopping at three before she ends up with a football team!

Baby Charlie was in his mother's arms when the heart-stopping moment happened.

OK reports:

'He started choking and then he turned blue,' Jennifer recalled. 

'It was the scariest thing that's ever happened to me. I thought he was dead. The whole thing went on for about ten minutes but it felt like hours.'

I've never experienced anything like this, although one of my children did suffer a febrile seizure when he was a toddler and we were whisked off to hospital in an ambulance. Like Jennifer, I feared the worst and will never forget the awfulness of that feeling. Or the absolute elation when a consultant gave us the all-clear and permission to go home!

So glad to hear that Jennifer's little one is fighting fit too.

Congratulations on the new arrival!

Disney Frozen Advent Calendar £15 @ Tesco

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 11:57 am

Disney Frozen Advent Calendar £15 @ Tesco


Tesco is selling gorgeous Disney Frozen Advent Calendars for £15. If you've been looking at the Lego calendars for the same price, you may want to consider this Disney Frozen set, since there's nothing quite like it for a little fan, and let's face it, it's a whole lot better than chocolate!

This uber cool Disney Frozen Advent calendar might not be the cheapest advent calendar you have ever seen but if you are after an alternative one, then you just have to check this out.

Beneath the 24 doors is a selection of Disney Frozen, Anna & Elsa themed make-up, nail polish and hair accessories. These "alternative" advent calendars are fast becoming THE advent calendar to buy. I guess it is fine if you don't want to give your children any more chocolate over the festive season.

I can imagine how much fun this will give a little Frozen fan, it's just a shame it's aimed at little girls. I am a bit bewildered as to why the backing is clear as it ruins the element of surprise.

Collect yours for FREE from your local Tesco store or pay £3 to have it delivered.

Thanks to doodledoo @ HUKD

FREE Santa's Letter Service @ The Entertainer

by Nada in Freebies on 29 October, 2014 at 11:40 am

FREE Santa's Letter Service @ The Entertainer

It's not often the big retailers give us something for nothing, but when they do we grab it quickly with both hands. The Entertainer are offering a FREE Santa's Letter Service. It's so much fun sitting down with the kids and helping them write their letters to Santa Claus.  doubt they will be short of things to put on it but click below to check out the hottest toys on the market.

To use the FREE Santa's Letter Service it's very simple (getting the kids out of the actual toy store at this time of year won't be!), just collect one of the special letter templates from The Entertainer, get your little angels to fill it in, then just pop it into one of the special postboxes within your The Entertainer store.

I am not sure if it's compulsory to use their own Santa letter templates, I think as long as you clearly state the child's name, age and address then you should be fine and get a reply. Letters MUST BE POSTED IN STORE BY 1ST DECEMBER 2014.

Thanks to Leer @ HUKD

50-70% Off Entire Site Plus FREE Delivery (With Code) @ Pumpkin Patch

by Nada in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 11:05 am

50-70% Off Entire Site Plus FREE Delivery (With Code) @ Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch is fast becoming one of those retailers that seem to hold a lot of sales. That kind of tarnishes our image of getting a bargain. However, after having a look on their site today, I can tell you that there's A LOT of bargains to be had. The ENTIRE site has a minimum of 50% off of the RRP. Use promo code UKFEN for FREE delivery, with no minimum spend restrictions.

I honestly don't know where to start! There's so much that you can get at rock bottom prices from Pumpkin Patch. I could seriously part with a lot of money on here today.

If you click here* you can find the full range of girls' clothing. These Spotted Gumboot Wellies* have been reduced from £16 to £8 and they are just adorable. This Fur Lined Jacket* is another fantastic buy, from £30 to just £15.

For boys, click here*. This Mohawk Sherpa hat* is very funky and will encourage little boys to keep it on their heads. It was £9.50 but is only £4.75. For £13.50, you can get the Lined Bush Jacket*. It's very smart and looks ever so cosy.

Do not forget to enter promo code UKFEN to get FREE delivery on your order.

Mr Creepy Practical Jokes £5.99 @ Amazon/Asda

by Nada in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 10:39 am

Mr Creepy Practical Jokes £5.99 @ Amazon/Asda

This is yet another one of these toys that the kids are moaning for,  due to the fact it is featured on every ad break between their cartoons. I don't know about you but when it comes to toys that contain things that "run out" I begrudge paying a lot for them. This Mr Creepy Practical Jokes set costs £10.99 from Smyths and £10.48 at Tesco Direct. Go over to Amazon or Asda and you can pick this up for only £5.99.

The Mr Creepy Practical Jokes set is an ideal gift for those children that are at that awkward age. You know nine, ten years old. Everything is either babyish or too grown up. This is a bit of fun, with a creepy, gross theme that ALL children buy into.

Your child will entertain you for ages with this set as there's forty jokes for them to perform. Like Black Spiders, Glow In The Dark Vomit, Rattling Rattle Snake Eggs and Gas Mask. Can't say I am bowled over by the thought of the vomit!

You can collect Mr Creepy Practical Jokes from your local Asda store for FREE or pay £3. If you are buying other items or want to buy two of these sets, then Amazon is a good shout as you get FREE Super Saver delivery when you spend £10+.

Halloween Outfits For Children From £2 @ Asda George

by Nada in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 10:01 am

Halloween Outfits For Children From £2 @ Asda George

Have you got your little ones Halloween outfit sorted out? If not then there's still time to click and collect your spooky wares from Asda Direct. They have reduced a few piece, but most of it is very cheap anyway and items start from only £2. I for one NEVER pay more than £10 per outfit as it just doesn't get worn again, and I hate wasting money.

When you have more than one child, Halloween can become a very expensive affair but not if you shop wisely. I normally head to places like Asda, as they sell affordable pieces but the only pitfall is that stock tends to sell out quickly.

They have reduced this Hooded Cobweb Cape* is only £2 now (was £4), this is ideal if you are just wanting something subtle for going to school with. This cuter than cute Pumpkin Tutu* was from £5 but is now from £2. This Witch outfit* is a great budget buy at just £4.

You can click and collect any of the Halloween outfits and pick up your order for FREE to avoid the delivery charge of £2.95. Order it before 7PM today and you should be able to collect it tomorrow.

Thanks to NinurtaEnki @ HUKD

*FREEBIE* For Today Only: Read With Biff, Chip & Kipper App @ Amazon

by Nada in Freebies on 29 October, 2014 at 9:36 am

*FREEBIE* For Today Only: Read With Biff, Chip & Kipper App @ Amazon

We all like a FREEBIE. Especially one that will entertain the kids. Biff, Chip & Kipper are well known primary school reading books. Get the Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper Level 1 app for FREE from Amazon. You only have until Midnight to download this, so don't wait as it normally costs £9.99. This is for ANDROID devices only.

Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper Level 1 is recommended for those new readers aged four to five years old. This app is a series of eBooks that will motivate your little one to read and develop their use of everyday words. According to Amazon, these books are used in 80% of UK primary schools, so they must be good.

These Biff, Chip & Kipper phonics books will not only help your child sound out words but polish up their language skills. These books tend to be very repetitive but this is key to the teaching of young ones, plus they seem to enjoy it. My son is like a parrot anyway, on and on and on, with the same thing.

You get helpful tips and ideas to enable you to teach your child, along with puzzles to keep them engaged in what they are reading about.

Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD

Casdon Shopping Trolley With Play Food £9.97 @ Tesco Direct

by Nada in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 9:13 am

Casdon Shopping Trolley With Play Food £9.97 @ Tesco Direct

Don't you just love those little trolleys that you get in Ikea and some supermarkets? Kids love them and you can have one at home with this Casdon Shopping Trolley with play food. It is now only £9.97 from Tesco Direct. This was £14.97, so you are getting a cool five pounds off. It is included in Clubcard Boost, so you could make it an even bigger bargain if you have enough Clubcard Points.

The Casdon Shopping Trolley with play food looks like great fun. It's suitable for children aged three to five and would go great with a toy shop or supermarket. This looks just like the real deal but I don't think it'll be made of metal, it's more likely to be made from plastic.

The play food that is included has a mixture of branded and non branded foods. How cute is it when you see your little one carting around with a mini box of fake Bird's Eye Fish Fingers? Very!

The Casdon Shopping Trolley and play food can be collected for FREE from your local Tesco store, or you can pay £3 to have it delivered to your home.