Monthly Archives: September 2008

Make a Run for it!

– Sprinting through the Tate Britain


Have you been holding off visiting museums and galleries with your tot through fear he’ll run amok?  Well worry no longer and sprint to the Duveen Gallery at the Tate to view Martin Creed’s Work No 850.  


Based on Martin’s experience of running through the Catacombs of Capuchin Monks in Palmero, Work No 850 sees the Tate injected with energy and activity with runners sprinting though the gallery every 30 seconds.


This fast & furious exhibition is guaranteed to capture your tot’s attention and the runners will welcome any cries of appreciation from Mini should he run off at the mouth.


After watching a few laps, Mini is bound to run out of gas, allowing you to run like the wind around the rest of the gallery.


What Mini Says:

And you said I shouldn’t run before I could walk…


Martin Creed’s Work No 850 is at the Duveen Gallery at the Tate until 16th November 2008. Planning a Visit? See our Vital Stats to help you plan your visit. 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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On Mummies and Dummies

– Perfect pacifier for play dates


That’s My Mummy, Dummy.


The one who looks so stressed when I cry. She’ll grab the nearest dummy and try to pacify my screams. But her anxiety is palpable when she can’t work out which dummy is mine.


Even though she thought seriously about which colours to choose. (Afterall, she’s no Dummy, my Mummy.) And she certainly doesn’t want me to pick up little Petunia’s pox.


That’s why the bespoke dummy from MAM is the perfect pacifier for play dates. Customized with my name (or my special nickname), and in a colour of my – well, my mummy’s – choice, she’ll be able to spot my dummy from a mile off.

That’s My Dummy, Mummy.


What Moi says:



A box of dummies engraved with your baby’s name is available in 3 different colours and costs Euro 19. You may also like to choose a matching Personalised Pacifier Keeper to match.

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Bad Hair Day

– Super salons for cheerful chopping


I'm bored!

Bad Hair Days. We’ve all had them. But what to do when your little love’s locks are making your hair stand on end?




Whether it’s time for a chop in Chelsea, a quick cut in Clapham or a trim in Twickenham, our directory of children’s hairdressers lists where you should take the little princess for her first salon experience. 


With our help, you’ll find a salon no further than a hair’s breadth from your usual stamping ground. (Hey, we’ve even got hacking in Haringey covered.)


Ask any expert  – it’s all in distracting your little Rapunzel and then getting the job done, well, er, chop-chop.


What distraction will work best for you? Fish in a tank? A ride in a car? A Thomas video on a never-ending loop? We’ve got that covered too. Choose wisely and you’ll avoid all tears and screams (of the hair-raising variety).


And with Goldilocks covered, you’d better make sure that you don’t have a hair out of place.


Click to see Mini-et-Moi’s Directory of Children’s Hair Salons (and child-friendly salons) in greater London.


What Mini says:

Did you call Nicky Clarke?

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Vital Stats – The Tate Britain (SW1)

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

AddressThe Tate Britain, Milbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Telephone –   020 7887 8888  

Website Click here

E-mail –

Hours – Open Daily 10.00 – 17.50. Exhibitions open 10.00 – 17.40.

Open until 22.00 on the first Friday of each month for Late at Tate Britain.

Cost of Admission – Entry is free to the Tate and the Duveen Gallery

Nearest UndergroundPimlico (Victoria Line, 600 metres approx.), Vauxhall (Victoria line, 850 metres approx.), Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines).

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

Pit StopThe Baby changing facilities are available in toilets on Level 1. The Café and Restaurant are situated on Level 1. Both are accessible for wheelchair users. (Although the Café is self-service, staff are very happy to help if you need assistance!) The Restaurant is waiter-service. Reservations can be made on   020 7887 8825   .

If you are making a family day of it, click to see what’s on for the fam.

More of a Modernist? Check out our Vital Stats on the Tate Modern.

Take the Tate to Tate Boat to make your day more fun for your Mini Master! 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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Drawing the Line

– Absorbing art for travelling tots


Arts ‘n crafts. Fun ‘n games. Paint drips on your floors. Red scribbles on your walls. The next Jackson Pollack he may be – just not on your carpet.


Sure, you’d like to encourage your mini master’s creativity, but at what cost?


With the new Aqua Draw travel bag, Junior can perfect his master strokes and make as much ‘mess’ as he likes, without leaving you to tidy up. And, more importantly, without leaving traces of his creative genius to welcome guests as they walk in the front door. 


A soft, brightly-coloured, padded case opens out into this dual-sided drawing toy. Use the special AquaDraw pen which is stored inside for on-the-go, no-mess creative play. Simply fill the pen with water and set Junior free.


Absorbing and amusing, you may even be able to draw the line at – or at least divert his attention from – temper tantrums in restaurants, the car or waiting rooms. And, because the pictures fade as the water evaporates, Junior can keep creating over and over again.


Your only challenge will be keeping a record for the budding artiste’s portfolio.


What Mini says:

Forget Jackson Pollack – I quite fancied myself as the new Banksy …


The AquaDraw travel bag (SSP £9.99) is part of the AquaDraw range from Tomy and is suitable for children aged 18 months and up. It is available from good toy shops and online.

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Back Breaker

– Spine-saving seat


Left lurching from lugging your little prince from pillar to post? Feeling like a pack-horse? And that’s before you’ve picked up the change bag and the toys, and run back to pick up the box of organic raisins you’d forgotten. 


Don’t let your back break under the weight of motherhood.


The HipSeat by HippyChick is a back-supporting belt with an integral padded foam shelf, allowing you to carry le petit prince on your hip without twisting your spine and straining your back.  Endorsed and recommended by osteopaths and physiotherapists, the HipSeat is simple, practical and easy to use.  It’s also tough, hard wearing and machine washable.


And, while it may not be the most glamorous belt in your wardrobe, being able to walk tall is pretty chic…


What Mini says:

Rather a back breaker than a ball-breaker …


Suitable for children aged 6 months – 3 years, the Hippychick is available black, burgundy, navy blue, and olive green and is priced at £37.50 (which is less than a visit to the osteopath!). 

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Feeling Peckish?

For the Library

Every self respecting Moi is forever on the look out for the Next New Thing but sometimes Retro Cool is where it’s at.  And what better entrée into the fashionable world of vintage than the brilliant The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.


This timeless story, with stunning illustrations, is a feast for Mini’s eyes and ears.  And for those who like to mix their vintage with something new, check out the colourful cuddly caterpillar toy – who will delight in ‘munching’ his way through endless pumpkin purées and is guaranteed to become a future classic – and the Very Special Baby Book, a beautiful keepsake baby book to record Mini’s personal details and milestones. And for those into something a little theatrical, try the velvety caterpillar hand puppet which is sure to bring the tale of this greedy green gourmand to life.


This book is perfect for every age, so go on – join the Hungry Caterpillar on his gourmet trip!


What Mini says:

I can’t wait to get my teeth, well gums, stuck into this!


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and his other books and associated merchandise, are available at all good bookshops and online


– Classic tale for every library 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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