FLASH SALE: Summer Short Breaks from £128 per family @ Legoland Windsor Resort

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 30 June, 2015 at 7:57 pm

FLASH SALE: Summer Short Breaks from £128 per family @ Legoland Windsor Resort

Legoland Resort Windsor have a 72 hour Flash Sale on right now with massive savings. Prices have been dropped for June, July and August meaning that a family of four can take a short break from as little as £128 for the family!

Kids go free on all weekends in July, you can get a second day in the park for free, plus there's 20% off food and drink too. This all adds up to big savings on the usual prices, so if you were thinking of taking the children this summer now is the time to book.

This flash sale is on until Midday on Thursday 2nd July, so you have until then to grab yourself a cheap stay, though the most popular dates are likely to get snapped up very quickly while this offer is on.

If you have been before then there are the new attractions of the Lego Friends Heartlake City to visit this year, so let us know what that's like!

Get an Annual Family Kids Pass for £19.99 (using voucher code) @ Kids Pass

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 30 June, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Get an Annual Family Kids Pass for £19.99 (using voucher code) @ Kids Pass

Have you heard of Kids Pass? Basically it's a discount scheme where you pay for a card up front that entitles you to a variety of discounts at cinemas, restaurants, theme parks, attractions and so on. The card usually costs £59.99, but with the code TDKP2015 you can get the Kids Pass for £19.99 instead!

How much you can save with the card will depend on how many times you use it, but if you go out regularly as a family the savings could be huge. The Kids Pass offers discounts of up to 57% off at over 200 attractions, including 22 Theme Parks, 56 indoor attractions, 34 outdoor attractions, 13 go karting centres, 13 aquariums and many more. The Kids Pass will also give up to 40% off at over 300 cinemas nationwide and Kids Eat Free offers or discounts at hundreds of restaurants nationwide.

  • Discount: £40 Off, making the Annual Kids Pass £19.99
  • Expires: 31st December 2015
  • Code: TDKP2015
The best thing to do is pop over to the Kids Pass website and search by region to see which attractions, cinemas and restaurants in your area (or the areas you will be visiting over the next 12 months) to see if the discounts you would be getting will add up to more than the £19.99 you are spending out on the Kids Pass.
You don't need to get separate passes for each child either - one pass covers the whole family. Have fun!
You can find this Kids Pass Voucher Code plus more money saving codes over in our voucher section.

Drowning Prevention Charity Issues Water Safety Tips As Heatwave Hits Britain

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 30 June, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Drowning Prevention Charity Issues Water Safety Tips As Heatwave Hits Britain

With temperatures across Britain set to soar to 35C over the coming days, a drowning prevention charity has issued an appeal for people to take note of simple safety messages to "avoid a repeat of last summer’s tragedies" when many people lost their lives cooling off in un-lifeguarded open water unsuitable for swimming.

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Chad Valley 2-in-1 Colour In Castle £4.99 @ Argos

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 30 June, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Chad Valley 2-in-1 Colour In Castle £4.99 @ Argos

With the school summer holidays looming, or already under way for some, cheap ways to keep the kids busy are on lots of shopping lists right now. This Chad Valley 2-in-1 Colour In Castle looks like it will provide hours of entertainment, and it's only £4.99.

It's a cardboard cut out castle, with lots of detailed drawings all ready to colour in. One side is more of a 'princess' castle, and the other is a 'forest fortress', so you can choose which side to decorate or just do both. Then it can be used as a little play house or mini den.

With it being cardboard it's not going to stand up to much rowdy playing, but for less than a fiver I'm more than willing to give it a go. I think it's going in the cupboard for rainy days and I think my kids will both get a lot of enjoyment out of this.

Stocks are widely available, both for the free reserve and collect, and for the home delivery service which adds another £3.95 to your order.

Nursery Settling-In Days: Whose Crazy Idea Was That?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 30 June, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Nursery Settling-In Days: Whose Crazy Idea Was That?

If you've got a little one due to start nursery or school this September, you're no doubt already gearing yourself up for what constitutes a major change to your lifestyle. But if you're a working parent, you might also be wondering how on earth you'll juggle the super-awkward 'settling-in period'.

You're not alone.

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SmarTrike 4-in-1 Safari With Touch Steering: was £79.99, now £40 @ Amazon

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 30 June, 2015 at 2:57 pm

SmarTrike 4-in-1 Safari With Touch Steering: was £79.99, now £40 @ Amazon

If you were looking for a smart trike then this one is a brilliant bargain, as today it has just come down to half price at Amazon. It's now £40 rather than the original £79.99, and it also qualifies for free delivery.

This is one of the original smart trikes, designed to grow and adapt with your child from 10 months of age until they can pedal off on their own at around 3 years old. It goes from being completely parent controlled, to a training trike and then an ordinary tricycle in stages.

The 'touch steering' bit is supposed to make it much easier for parents to guide the trike with one hand, which would make things much easier if you have other kids to look out for at the same time. Don't worry about carrying your shopping though - bung it in the bucket at the back.

You can sometimes get cheaper versions of this smart trike for about £40 and that is a great price, so to get this SmarTrike with all the accessories for £40 delivered is much better. The offer has just started today so stock levels are good right now, but I don't know how long that will last.

FREE Lego Pirates Mini Build, Treasure Hunt & Gift With Purchase @ Lego Stores from 2nd July

by Lisa Hayes in Freebies on 30 June, 2015 at 1:59 pm

FREE Lego Pirates Mini Build, Treasure Hunt & Gift With Purchase @ Lego Stores from 2nd July

If you were wondering what delights the Lego Store had planned for July then wonder no more me hearties, for Lego Pirates are taking over! From 2nd July you can expect freebies and activities galore from everyone's favourite scourge of the high seas. Here's what to look out for:

FREE Lego Pirates Mini Build 2nd July, 4 - 6pm in stores. Children aged 6 and over are invited to visit their local Lego Store to be shown how to build a mini Parrot, the Lego Pirate Captain's perfect companion, and they will get to take it home for free.

FREE Lego Pirates Treasure Hunt. In stores from 2nd to the 11th July children will be able to take part in a Treasure Hunt, with the task of finding and counting the hidden gems and jewels. Once complete they can exchange their treasure hunt for a  FREE Lego Pirates Sticker Sheet.

FREE Lego Pirates set with purchases over £50, both online and in store from 2nd July.

If you don't live near a store and still want to take part in the pirate themed fun then the Lego Pirates website has free games and activities, as well as maps and colouring pages to download and print at home.

Disney Pop Vinyl Figures £7.99 each with FREE Delivery TODAY ONLY @ Zavvi

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 30 June, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Disney Pop Vinyl Figures £7.99 each with FREE Delivery TODAY ONLY @ Zavvi

Whether you are a collector or just a fan of all things Disney, today's Pop Vinyl offer at Zavvi is one for you. For today only all Disney Pop Vinyl figures are down to £7.99 with free delivery!

There are loads to choose from, including Frozen characters, Big Hero 6, Finding Nemo, Beauty and The Beast, Cinderella, Mary Poppins, Alice In Wonderland, and loads more.

All are in stock at the moment, but at this low price I expect some of the more popular ones to sell out pretty quickly. If you're looking for children's party gifts then these would be a great choice, and it will look like you spent more than £7.99 on them as well!

There's a different Pop Vinyl offer each day this week, so if you are a fan remember to check the Zavvi website again tomorrow and every day this week to see what else will be on offer.

Thanks to millarcat @ HUKD

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Say Please Tea Set £8.99 @ Argos/Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 30 June, 2015 at 11:56 am

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Say Please Tea Set £8.99 @ Argos/Amazon

It's amazing just how educational toys can be for little ones. My 16 month old can count to three and I thank his VTech interactive walker toy for that. Things we want our children to learn from a young age... numbers, letters, colours. What about manners? This Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Say Please Tea Set does just that. You will be saying please and thank you when you see the price ...it's now only £8.99 at both Argos and Amazon.

The Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Say Please Tea Set has rave reviews on Argos and scores an amazing 4.8 star rating. This toy will teach your child numbers, opposites, greetings, manners and so much more.

Not only is it an interactive toy but it's a role play one too. It's a cutesy tea set that any little one will adore. I am just a bit annoyed they have aimed it at little girls rather than marketing it as a unisex toy, but that doesn't distract that this is a great toy for a super price.

You can Reserve and Collect your FP Tea Set for FREE from Argos or pay £3.95 for home delivery. If you order from Amazon, then it's FREE delivery when you have Prime or £3.30 if not.

Clearance On Homewares & Decorating: Items From 20p @ B&Q

by Nada in Deals on 30 June, 2015 at 11:26 am

5Clearance On Homewares & Decorating: Items From 20p @ B&Q

B&Q have their Clearance on just now so it's a great idea to buy bits and bobs for the house. If the kids rooms are needing a but of character then there are some cheap items you can do that with. It's amazing what a new light shade or some wall stickers can do. Some of you may be wanting to go that bit further and paper a wall to make it the feature of the room.

There are some wonderful wall stickers in the B&Q Clearance and they are very cheap too. these Decofun Hello Kitty Wall Stickers* are now only £1. For those Peppa Pig fans: Fun4Walls Peppa Pig Wall Stickers* was £10.98 and is now only £5. These Peppa Pig ones* are now £5 too.

If you do want to go the whole hog and paper a whole wall then this Hello Kitty Wallpaper* is now only £3 a roll. It's reduced from £10.

This Tuck White Pendant Ceiling Light* was £23 and is now only £5. Ideal for those of you that like ultra modern decor.

You can Click and Collect your sale bargains for FREE from a B&Q store or pay £5 for delivery.

 

Yankee Candle Reductions @ Very

by Nada in Deals on 30 June, 2015 at 10:08 am

 Yankee Candle Reductions @ Very

Looking for a wedding gift or a really nice present for teacher? Head over to Very where you will find numerous Yankee Candle Gift Sets reduced. There are some great bargains to be had, but don't linger, I can see most of these selling out fast. Yankee Candles are so popular so when folk see them with money off they tend to snap them up.

Here's a list of the Yankee Candle Bargains at Very:

Use Collect+, which is FREE to pick up your Yankee order from a local shop, or pay £3.95 for home delivery.

Doc McStuffins Hearts A Glow Lambie £15.74 @ Asda George/Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 30 June, 2015 at 9:37 am

Doc McStuffins Hearts A Glow Lambie £15.74 @ Asda George/Amazon

The Doc McStuffins Hearts A Glow Lambie is about one of the best toys you can buy a Doc McStuffins fan. It's highly rated on most sites that sell it and I can see the appeal. My friend's son has it and take it everywhere with him. Asda George have reduced it from £34.97 down to just £15.74 and Amazon have price matched. This very same toy sells for £23.42 at Tesco Direct, £24.50 at Debenhams and a whopping £44 at Littlewoods. As you can see, this is a bargain.

The Doc McStuffins Hearts A Glow Lambie is an interactive toy that teaches children to nurture. It comes with a "magic" stethoscope that when placed over Lambie's heart makes her come alive.

This Lambie toy has six phrases that your child will associate with her from the show and sings "I Feel Better". Lambie's Heart lights up when the stethoscope comes into contact with it.

If buying from Asda George: You can Click and Collect it for FREE from an Asda store or pay £2.95. If buying from Amazon: You will get it delivered for FREE if you have Amazon Prime, failing that, you will need to either spend £20 or pay the £3.30 delivery fee.

Chad Valley 2-In-1 City Living Dolls House £39.99 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 30 June, 2015 at 9:04 am

Chad Valley 2-In-1 City Living Dolls House £39.99 @ Argos

We told you about this Chad Valley 2-in-1 City Living Dolls House when it was reduced from £149.99 to just £49.99, earlier in the year. Argos have only gone and reduced it by another £10. That means that you can now get it for only £39.99. Unbelievable! It looks like it's available in most Argos stores across the UK but at this price I doubt that will be the case for long. It's a lot of dolls house for the money.

The Chad Valley 2-in-1 city Living Dolls House has a 4.1 star rating on the Argos site. It's not your basic dolls house but lights up too.

It comes with ten painted wooden pieces of furniture, two chandeliers lights and thirty plastic accessories. That's a LOT of stuff.

If that doesn't convince you of it's good value then consider the size of it. It measures 110cm high, 78cm wide and 30cm deep. One very BIG dolls house.

You can Reserve and Collect the Chad Valley 2-In-1 City Living Dolls House from an Argos store near you or pay £3.95 to have it delivered to your front door.

Lego Jurassic World Sets Now Available: Starting From £17.97 @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 30 June, 2015 at 8:33 am

Lego Jurassic World Sets Now Available: Starting From £17.97 @ Amazon

Are you a Lego fan that likes to collect the special series? If you are a die-hard fan, you maybe have some pieces from the Lego Jurassic World collection. There are some great ones and I can see sell outs all over for these. My eldest son has already been begging me, but he will have to be an angel all summer if he wants the biggest one that Amazon have.

Here's a list of the Lego Jurassic World Sets at Amazon:

Amazon deliver FREE to anyone that has Amazon Prime, and to anyone that spends £20 or more on one order. There is a subscription fee to Amazon but it's most definitely a great service to have. If you want to find out how to get Amazon Prime for less then head here.

Kiddicare Splash Changer Super Looper £29.99 Delivered @ Kiddicare

by Nada in Deals on 29 June, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Kiddicare Splash Changer Super Looper £29.99 Delivered @ Kiddicare

I am truly shocked at what an amazing price this Kiddicare Splash Changer Super Looper is. It's only £29.99 with FREE delivery! I had a Cosatto changer very similar to this and I paid £11o for it! It's not like this one is less attractive, in fact I think it's pretty darn smart. Plus I reckon you could easily make your money back if you sold it on once baby has outgrown it.

The Kiddicare Splash Changer Super Looper has a sturdy steel frame with a built in bath, that is hidden by a heavily padded changing mat. There's a drainage pipe so you don't have to break your back when emptying the bath of water.

It'll do your baby from birth until they are twelve months old. My goodness how mine saved my back when changing bums and bathing baby. I was glad of the £110 I spent, had I paid £29.99 I would have been ecstatic.

There's storage underneath for baby toiletries, nappies and wipes. It's on wheels so you can literally bath baby anywhere in the house as it's so easy to manoeuvre.

It can all be wiped down and cleaned with ease, even the changing mat as it has a PVC coating.

Thanks to millarcat @ HUKD 

Chad Valley Splash Slide Rider £34.99 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 29 June, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Chad Valley Splash Slide Rider £34.99 @ ArgosI have been looking for something really fun for the kids and I think I have found it. The Chad Valley Splash Slide Rider is one of the coolest garden toys I have ever seen. It was £39.99 and is now £34.99. It's only £5 off but it looks like a lot of giggles for the money. It's inflatable, slippery and splashes water about.

The Chad Valley Splash Slide Rider attaches to the garden hose to activate the water sprayer. The whole unit is secured to the ground by six ground stakes. With kids (and maybe adults) jumping and sliding about it'll need to stay put or else it'll be useless.

It comes with one inflatable float and the kids take turns with it to skid down the slippery slide into the water. This is most definitely one for those hot days. The kids will love it and will be hyperactive each and every time you pull this out of the shed.

You can Reserve and Collect the Chad Valley Splash Slide Rider for FREE from an Argos near you or pay £3.95 to have it delivered to your home.

London Bus Bunk Beds: now £295.20 (using code) @ Asda George

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 29 June, 2015 at 8:51 pm

London Bus Bunk Beds: now £295.20 (using code) @ Asda George

We have featured these London Bus Bunk Beds before, and although they look fantastic the price was a little high. Although Asda George was still the cheapest place to get them at £369, you can now get a further 20% off with the code 20FURNITURE, meaning that they are now £295.20!

You do need to add an £8.95 delivery charge on top of that, but this still makes it more than £60 cheaper than anywhere else! 20% off doesn't seem like much at all sometimes, but when it's a big ticket item like this it works out to be a whopping saving!

This bed comes flat packed for you to assemble at home, and will fit two standard single mattresses, which are not included in the price. As well as looking like the iconic red London Bus it even has a steering wheel on the bottom bunk so that the kids can pretend to drive off on an adventure. It all seems very Harry Potter to me!

Asda aren't very good about specifying when offers like this one will end, so I don't know how long you have until the 20% off code will run out. These beds were also out of stock for quite a while, so now they are back and cheaper than ever don't delay if you want them!

Remember to add the promotional code 20FURNITURE to get the reduced price!

Koo-di Sun & Sleep Stroller Cover £9.51 @ Amazon

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 29 June, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Koo-di Sun & Sleep Stroller Cover £9.51 @ Amazon

With the summer here, and the holiday season on the go, this Koo-di Sun and Sleep Stroller Cover is a must have for many parents, and it's down to £9.51 at Amazon. It's a breathable universal cover that protects baby from the sun as well as providing a dark environment conducive to sleep.

Remember Heidi's feature on the danger of covering prams and pushchairs? Well this is one of the items that is safe to use to cover your pushchair as it has breathable mesh fabric to prevent overheating. The fabric blocks 93% of UVA and UVB rays protecting your child from the sun, and provides a nice dark haven for nap time when out and about.

It is designed to fit most strollers, and folds down compactly into it's own pouch so that it can be carried in a changing bag or under the pushchair. Have you seen how tiny it is when it's folded down? It's that teeny little bag on the buggy handle in the picture above! It's not going to take up much room in your luggage or changing bag!

Reviews for the Koo-di Sun and Sleep Stroller Cover are fantastic, and for less than £10 this seems like a brilliant purchase for anyone with a baby or child in a pushchair this summer.

If you have Prime then Amazon will deliver this for free, otherwise charges will apply for orders less than £20.

Neighbours Write Off Cost Of Repair After Parents Own Up To Toddler Damaging Car

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 29 June, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Neighbours Write Off Cost Of Repair After Parents Own Up To Toddler Damaging Car

The parents of a toddler who accidentally damaged a neighbour's car got a nice surprise when they opened their post after offering to pay for the damage

Metro reports:

"The blundering tot accidentally put a dent the vehicle while opening the car door. Both parents, who aren't named but are from the UK, honourably told the owner they would foot the repair bill. But after reminding them about the incident several days later, they received a letter through the post."

A few days after the incident, the letter pictured above arrived through the couple's letterbox. It seems the vehicle-owner, who had to fork out more than £1,800 to repair the damage accidentally inflicted on their car by the little boy, decided to waive the costs - as long as the couple continued to take in parcels on their behalf when delivered in their absence.

I absolutely love this story - it reminds me of the tales you hear about strangers writing notes to commend mums for their parenting skills, or the recent story that made the headlines whereby a waitress paid for a couple's meal after asking about their new baby, who had died suddenly in tragic circumstances.

If only everyone in the world paid it forward like this. Which begs the question - what's the kindest gesture anyone has ever extended towards you or your child? We'd love to hear about it over on our Facebook page.

Keeping Babies & Children Safe In Hot Weather

by Lisa Hayes in Features on 29 June, 2015 at 5:38 pm

 Keeping Babies & Children Safe In Hot Weather

This week temperatures are expected to soar with a heatwave hitting most of the UK tonight and lasting through until Thursday, with temperatures likely to be over 30 Celsius across much of the country on Wednesday as the heatwave peaks. There are many ways we can help to keep babies and children cool in extremely warm conditions, and as young babies in particular cannot regulate their body temperatures it's even more important to keep them cool.

It's important to protect against dehydration, heat exhaustion and sunburn, as all of these can make small children very ill.

Sun Safety:

  • Babies less than 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight, so use a parasol, sun shade*, UV tent* or simply keep them in the shade.
  • Older infants should also be kept out of direct sunlight in high summer and between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at it's strongest.
  • Apply sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays. The NHS recommends an SPF of at least factor 15, although most baby and children's sun creams are a much higher factor than that. Sun creams designed specifically for children are also less likely to contain perfumes and additives that might irritate young skin. Personally I use factor 50 on my children, but they are both fair skinned, and one is a red head so is much more likely to burn.
  • Children should wear a sun hat with a wide brim or a neck flap* 'legionnaire' style that protects the back of the neck.

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