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Those of you who fielded continual rain and sibling angst this Easter, we feel your pain. We really don't mean to be all British and talk about the weather, but radio DJ's have been doing it, bus drivers have been doing it, every Tom, Dick and Harriet on the street has been doing it... and it's contagious. So hallelujah, everyone, the sun is making an appearance next week.
Time to plan some fun family days out.
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The largest children's book festival in London (May 12 & 13) is recommended by a mum of 3. Matilda theatre classes are fully booked, but you can still hear author Judith Kerr discuss her seminal bestseller, pictured, which celebrates 50 years this year. Don't wait too long, tickets are selling quickly! The line up includes talks by Cressida Cowell and Gruffalo creator Axel Scheffler, Lauren Child's premiere of Ruby Redfort, and a new Moomins production. Non-ticketed events run in various venues, too. "Brilliant, the kids love it," says this mum.
Tigers IRL... Some people get to enjoy a once in a lifetime safari in Africa, but most of us will only get as far as Whipsnade. "Kids love the lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, for animal lovers you can't beat it. Take wellies!" says one dad.
Hidden in the heart of this central London park is an outdoor, uncovered auditorium, founded in 1932. Recommended by a mum of 2, the leafy enclave has to be experienced once upon a childhood. Check out Peter Pan, showing from May 17. Early bird tickets are available here.
"A great place with loads of activities," says a mum of 2. Ticket entry includes a road and foot safari plus access to indoor and outdoor play areas. For £229 p/p you can even meet "the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind" (Aristotle). An ideal gift for a special birthday?
Talking of birthdays... "A great birthday treat, we took a few kids, all the fans loved it (one who hadn't read the books, not so much). Our birthday kid got to open the door to the Great Hall." Disney World this isn't, but for set designs and a little interactive drama this gets a big tick.
"If you go to the Harry Potter studio tour head here first. A cafe stacked with games, £1.50 an hour p/p, we really enjoyed it and the staff were great." Try games you've never heard of – there are more than 700 on the shelves – and the food reviews look good.
Charming escapism, recommended by a mum of 2. The world’s oldest and original model village opened in 1929 with a huge model railway and replica town and village scenes from the '30s. England how it used to be!
6.30pm Wednesday April 18th, London
Conference moderated by Liat Hughes Joshi, journalist and media commentator.
We just have a couple of tickets left for next week! Tickets via the above link.