We’re definitely a CBeebies household. In fact, there aren’t any other children’s TV channels that we watch and whilst we’re usually morning TV viewers than pre-bedtime (In the Night Garden plays during the CBeebies’ Bedtime Hour), I have found myself humming Iggle Piggle’s theme song on more than one occasion. When we were offered the chance to review the In the Night Garden Live theatre show, currently on in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham in their specially erected Showdome tent, I jumped at the chance, and started to make much more of an effort to ensure Pickle watched the show on TV so he’d get the most of out seeing it live.

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Earlier this week, Pickle and I headed over to Cannon Hill Park to meet Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy. The In The Night Garden Live Showdome has set up camp there for the next couple of weeks and we were getting ourselves acquainted with the place ahead of seeing the show itself on Monday. I had such great plans for a day out – a picnic in the park and letting Pickle have a good run around, but typically… it was raining. We took shelter in mac Birmingham and enjoyed a lunch and drink in there instead and even though it was still a little drizzly on the walk back to the car, I couldn’t resist letting him have a little play on the park in the rain. We had it all to ourselves, and he was so happy to run up and down the climbing frame. It’s the perfect thing to write about for this week’s The Ordinary Moments. View Post

Quick! If you’re at a loss of what to do this weekend, I can recommend The Baby Show as a weirdly good day out (not something I ever thought I’d say!). I was invited by Johnson’s Baby to enjoy the exhibition at the NEC Birmingham on Friday 19th May, and really enjoyed myself. After spending a Sunday earlier in the year at the Caravan and Camping Show and being a long time lover of the BBC Good Food Show, it seems I’ve become rather fond of a big buying fayre. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, or maybe it’s because I don’t get much chance to get out shopping these days, but either way… having all those major baby related brands under one roof, with the luxury of a mass baby changing area, feeding station and quiet breastfeeding room was a bit of a treat.

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As we had to drive past Beckett’s Farm on Easter Saturday on our way to mac Birmingham to see Elmer, it made perfect sense to drop by and say hello to the baby animals they have there. The Easter holiday animals at Beckett’s Farm are somewhat legendary around here, and although we attempted to go last year, we were foiled at the first hurdle as none of us had the right cash to get in and they weren’t accepting card payments. So this year, LPD and I went armed with a handful of cash (although, for only £1 per person and under 1s going in free, not much cash was required!) and a camera to capture Pickle’s first farmyard encounter.

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It seems we can’t get enough of a good thing, as after our successful trip to Cinema Bambino last week, we were back at mac Birmingham for Elmer by Riverside Performing Arts. As nervous as I was that Pickle was perhaps nearing the top end of the age bracket for Cinema Bambino, I had the opposite fears for Elmer as it was promoted as being for Aged 3+, and Pickle is not even 1 year old yet… but he’s been so enthralled by the other theatre productions that he’s seen that I thought it was worth the risk. And despite a couple of minutes when I genuinely thought ‘oh god, what have I done?’, I think he did enjoy himself!

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