Monthly Archives: June 2008

Walk of Life

– Day tripping with a pram


BabyberryNeed a break from city life but not quite up to braving a night away from the baby monitor and the tot’s cot?


Bugaboo Day Trips may be just what you need. A trip to Brighton with beaches, a famous promenade and enough boutiques for a lifetime! While there, check out Toby Tiger for stylish clothing and Daisy Daisy for an impressive range of wooden toys.


And if you do happen to be further afield, be guided on you travels through Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Prague, Chicago, and many more.  Created by different artists with gorgeous, funky or whimsical illustrations, each walk will take you past highlights of the city, and to lesser known, kid-friendly places.


What if you don’t have a Bugaboo? *Gasp*


Go on. Do it anyway. Take your life in your hands and go!


What Mini says:

All my life, I’ve wanted to walk…


You’ll find more information on Bugaboo Day Trips onlineToby Tiger is at 11 Gardner Street, North Laine, Brighton (Tel. 01273 699300) and Daisy Daisy is at 32 Sydney Street, Brighton (Tel. 01273 571145).


For other ideas of more (local) walks – with a tour guide – click here.

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The Mod Squad

– Modern Art for the Family

Let\'s PartySummer on the Southbank is abuzz. It’s time to soak up the vibe, with tot in tow.

Until 25 August, enjoy Street Art. It’s a modern take on modern, at the Tate Modern.

Concerned about braving the hallowed halls of an art gallery with Hurricane Toddler? You don’t need to be. You won’t enter the place to enjoy the first major public museum display of street art in London. It showcases the work of six internationally acclaimed street artists, all displayed on the exterior of the building. So Junior can run, scream and even eat ice-cream.

And, all that graffiti will improve your street cred, making you a truly Mod Mom.

What Mini says:
Drawing on walls… now there’s an idea.

See our Vital Stats on the Tate Modern.

Hoist Your Sails!
The Sales are on! Check out Rachel Riley and Bonpoint on Marylebone High Street for designer bargains. And remember that last year, Rachel Riley continued to drop prices throughout the sale. is the ultimate review site for London mums, babies and toddlers. Click here to read more about our reviews of classes, activities and great things for Mum and baby or toddler.

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Vital Stats – The Tate Modern (SE1)

– Our litmus test of how child-friendly a museum is

Where to next?Address – Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Telephone – 020 7887 8888
Website Click here

Hours – Sunday to Thursday from 10.00 to 18.00 and Friday and Saturday from 10.00 to 22.00. Last admission into exhibitions 17.15 (Friday and Saturday 21.15)
Cost of Admission – General entry is free. (The cost of special exhibits vary.)

Nearest Underground – Southwark (Jubilee Line) and Blackfriars (District and Circle Lines) are the closest underground stations.

Wheelchair & Buggy Access – Excellent wheelchair access makes it easy to get around the Tate Modern with a buggy.

Pit Stop – There are change facilities in the toilets on each floor (these are clean) and there’s a dedicated baby care room on Level 1. There are a number of noshing options including the more formal Tate Modern Restaurant, the more relaxed Café2 which is very family friendly and has a children’s menu and an Espresso Bar.

Shopping – Check out the shop for great books, toys and modern trinkets to bring Art alive for little aficionados.


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Bathing Belles (and Boys)

– Summer Swimwear for the Small

Boys Cozzie from (on Smile. Splash. Swim. *Scream! *

What to wear?

Circus Elephant from (on’t swim upstream on this one. Make life easy for yourself (and your pocket) by going online. We love DPAM, a French children’s clothing chain, for affordable, stylish and fun clothing that will last about as long as it’s needed. With cozzies starting from €7, this is hardly investment dressing. And they deliver to the UK.

Crab from (on*Sigh.* You’re off the hook.

What Mini says:

My favourite stroke is the crawl.

Check out the selection of boys’ and girls’ swimwear online.

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Facing the Music

– Clever and comical classical CD

Beethoven\'s Wig When it comes to classical music, you may not always know Beethoven from Bach, or Schubert from Chopin. So how will you ensure that Junior’s musical appreciation is a little more advanced?

Put on Beethoven’s Wig.

A huge hit in the US, the first track alone will have you laughing out loud. To the dramatic crescendo of his Fifth Symphony, you’ll learn that Beethoven’s wig is very big. (In fact, his mother called. She said he’d look better bald.)

Nominated for three Grammy awards, Beethoven’s Wig combines the world’s most famous classical melodies with stick-in-your-head lyrics to provide an exhilarating and hilarious way to learn.

And, perhaps most importantly, having it on in the car won’t drive you off the edge.

Now that’s music to your ears.

Beethoven\'s Wig CDWhat Moi says:
Did you hear the one Fur Elise, about Maurice who came from Greece? With a valise.

Beethoven’s Wig (£14.99) is only available as an import on Amazon (it’s worth the expense. Or add it to your shopping list if you are travelling to the US soon).

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Every cloud has a …

Gorgeous change bags and picnic mats

Who knew that the most odorous of mummy tasks – the nappy change – could have My Choo Shoesthe power to turn you into a style guru? Every chic mum will tell you about this ultimate yummy mummy accessory.


If you’re sick of the drab options available when it comes to nappy change bags, then you need a Pink Lining. Gorgeous details and lovely fabrics cheer you up when completing that most ominous of mummy tasks. We love the changing bag converter, the bag within a bag designed for mums who like to change their bags regularly.

Or enjoy the picnic play mat with its pretty design and easy to wipe down fabric. And, maybe – just maybe, it will scare off those gray clouds threatening our Summer!


They’ve also recently added to their range with divine little pieces for your fav babe – like the Rucksack and Toy Bag. After all, why shouldn’t your little accessory be accessorised?


That’s a pink lining indeed.

What Mini says:

With these gorgeous items, no one is going to rain on my parade …


The original yummy mummy change bag (£65), change bag converter (£30), children’s rucksack (£40), toy bag (£35) and picnic play mat (£35) are all available at Pink Lining.


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Planes, Trains and, well, Buses

Family outing for Father’s Day

Are we nearly there yet?

Looking for a little inspiration for Father’s Day? How about some bonding over trains, planes and automobiles, at the London Transport Museum?


Ok, so ‘planes’ is a slight exaggeration. And the automobiles in question happen to be taxis, but both your little speed demon and his Daddy will enjoy indulging their mutual passion for all things vehicular.

The Museum offers a fantastic fun-packed family outing, for all generations. While Grandpa reminisces over journeys of yesteryear, Dad will enjoy investigating transport plans for the 21st century, or displaying his prowess on the Tube simulator.

And the small conductor will love commandeering a bus in ‘All Aboard’. And then he and Dad can move on to conquer the City in the mini-transport world. Well thought-out (like giving each seat on the bus its own steering wheel to avoid sharing sensitivities) and great fun, plan on an extended visit.

Then retreat to the Upper Deck café, or wonder through Covent Garden in search of culinary delights. By which time, you too will be dreaming of planes, trains and, well, buses.

What Mini says:

Vroom, vroom …


See our Vital Stats on the London Transport Museum to help you plan your visit. Or see our diary page for other great weekend ideas. is the ultimate review site for London mums, babies and toddlers. Click here to read more about our reviews of classes, activities and great things for Mum and baby or toddler.

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