Are you approaching a ‘big’ birthday? Or have you, like me, found that all of them seem ‘big’? I’m often surprised actually how old I am and really have to think when people ask! I’m in that faze where I just try to ignore the passing years but I do wonder if that’s a mistake. With the kids, their birthdays are big celebrations as we reflect on what they’ve achieved in that year. We see how far they have developed and grown – not just in size – but as people too. Why do we stop doing that? So today,… View Post

It’s often difficult to find things to do with the kids in bad weather in Edinburgh. The museum is wonderful, swimming definitely has it’s merits, and soft play… it has it’s moments. So with cold weather and not a lot of daylight, I thought I’d share a few ideas of things you could try the January in Edinburgh with Kids. If you’re not from here there may well be comparable activities in your area too so hopefully this will give you some inspiration – and then Google is your friend! Parent’s Belaying Course Clip n’ Climb is hugely popular with… View Post

Last weekend, the family and I headed to The Centre in Livingston to progress our Christmas shopping a little. I take the attitude that less is more when it comes to shopping, and like to choose gifts gradually. So this was a great opportunity to take the kids along and get them involved too. The Centre has a great array of shops so it’s a good place to go if you have a varied list of things to buy. Whilst I love supporting independent businesses when I can, Katie was due a visit to build-a-bear after reaching two weeks of… View Post

If you’re in search of a show for all the family this year – then you’re in luck – Shrek the Musical has well and truly landed at the Edinburgh Playhouse. With humour, romance, and tap dancing – it really has all the boxes ticked. We were lucky to be invited to the premiere on Thursday, so as a one off ‘school night’ treat, Charlotte and I headed along with our five year-olds, Katie and Finlay. Whilst I’m personally very familiar with the film, it’s not actually one the kids had watched many times so it was great to see how they… View Post

If you are local to Edinburgh and have’t heard of the ‘Edinburgh for Under Fives’ guidebook then you officially deprived. My Mum bought my first copy shortly after Katie was born and it quickly became apparent why it is much loved by so many parents. If you’re wandering in the darkness then you need to know that Edinburgh for Under Fives is the essential guidebook for parents and carers of young children living in and around Edinburgh. With over 1000 reviews and listings of family friendly places to go, places to eat, indoor and outdoor activities, classes, playgroups, events and… View Post