Children interrupt BBC News interview

We’ve all been there when we are trying to speak on the phone and the kids pick that moment to start arguing or asking for something but imagine being on live TV!

Robert Kelly of the Department of Political Science at Pusan National University was offering some expert advice when his two children came to see what he was up to, swiftly followed by the mum who dragged them out before exiting the room (I don’t think anyone noticed).

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Official: Youngest Child The Funniest


It’s official the youngest sibling is the funniest

Of all the children in families research by YouGov shows that it is the youngest sibling that is the funniest in most cases. In part, this is due to the older child being overwhelmed with responsibility and that can lead to a more serious tone. We have often suspected that birth order is related to our character, and it appears as if being a comedian goes to the last born.


The study found:

“Splitting out the first and last born siblings in British families with more than one child (86 per cent of the population), a clear divide in personality traits emerges.”

The study found that 54% of the older children said that they were more responsible than their younger counterparts. The younger siblings, on the other hand, consider themselves to be easy-going and funny.

As the youngest child I can confirm that this is definitely correct! Share with your siblings..

Half Term Activities

Half term is almost here, avoid the ‘I’m bored’ call of the kids by checking out some of these local events. 

Airfix Make & Take: Cosford RAF Museum


Date: Monday 20 – Friday 24 February 2017
Time: 11.00am to 3.30pm
Cost: £3.00 per person

Join us this February Half Term for our annual Airfix Make and Take.  We will have a number of different models available suitable for seasoned model makers, or those new to Airfix.  Kits available will include the 1:72 Spitfire, Mosquito, Sea Harrier, Mitsubishi Zero, Albatros and Sopwith Pup.

Taking place in Hangar 1 Airfix Make and Take is aimed at families with children aged 8 and above. For families with younger children there is a wooden biplane to assemble and decorate together. Participation costs £3.00 per person and all materials will be supplied by the Museum.  Tickets can be purchased on the day from the Visitor Centre on arrival.

After building your model, the Museum will be offering participants 10% discount on model kits from the souvenir shop.

Please Note: The Airfix activity is not suitable for children under the age of 8. Children will need to be supervised by an adult and may require assistance with the model making.


Activities at Telford snowboard & ski school

There are loads of activities on in the half term including: Skiing crash courses, tubing, tobogganing & tots doughnuts . Check out the website for more details.

Flight week – Enginuity Ironbridge


Design, build and launch a pneumatic rocket and discover the fun of flying at our fun drop-in workshops. Using craft materials such as paper, card and plastic you can create model rockets of around 30cm in length which can then be fired from Enginuity’s air powered launcher.

Ever fancied piloting your own plane? Well now’s your chance (sort of!). This holiday take the controls of our Flight Simulator activity and see how well you take to the skies. Every day over the holidays, from 10am – 4pm, you can sit in our pilot’s seat and watch your flight happening on the big screen with your friends. This activity is included in the admission charge.

Why not make a paper aeroplane and see if you can beat the world record for the longest flight! And while you’re at Enginuity you can find out about some famous fliers and complete the fun Flight trail.

The rocket workshops will run from 10.30am-3.45pm daily and each rocket is £1 (plus admission).  Every day we’ll be having a go at our world record breaking attempt at 12pm and 3pm.

And from 20 – 24 February drop-in in to our state-of-the-art FabLab and make your very own glider. This workshop will run 10.30am-3.45pm and costs £1 plus admission.

Kids love to visit Enginuity – there’s so much hands-on discovery and fun here! Pull a 10 ton locomotive by hand, generate electricity and challenge our robotic arm to test the speed of your reactions.

There’s a soft play area for smaller children and a shop packed with great science, design & technology inspired toys.

Activities vary from day to day and have additional charges.

Meet The Birds – Falconry Display: Blists Hill


We’re going flight crazy at the Museums for February half-term! At Blists Hill Victorian Town you can see an amazing Falconry display every day at 12.30pm and have the chance to ‘Meet the Birds’ in a fun session daily from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. There will be a varied selection of different birds each day such as Eagles, Hawks, Falcons & Owls.

You can also design and make your own kite in our fun drop-in workshops, every day from 11am-1pm. Then each day at 1.30pm we’re going to be flying kites on the Green.  There will also be a flight-themed trail around the Town.

Kite making workshop is £1 (plus admission) per person.

During your visit you’ll also be able to chat to the Townsfolk in their shops and cottages, find out about curious remedies in the Pharmacy, see traditional skills in action at the printers, candle makers and decorative plasterers and join in the sing-a-long in the New Inn Pub.

There are plenty of places to eat in the Town including the Fried Fish Dealers where you can buy a portion of traditionally prepared fish and chips or the Bakers where the smell of freshly baked bread is sure to tempt!

Activities vary on a daily basis and additional charges may apply.

Build a bird box: attingham pARK


Make a bird box for nesting birds to hang in your garden this February half-term                           10am-3pm along with a natural bird feeder. Suitable for ages 5 + with adult assistance. There are 50 bird box kits available to be built on the day.

While you are there why not hire one of our devices to hunt out our geocaches and tick off number 49 on the list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾. Specialists from Cotswold Outdoor will be on hand to show you the ropes. Limited number of devices, first come, first served.

 Prices per device £3.50 11am-4pm 22nd Feb.

Cadbury’s World: Birmingham

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For a family day out that’s choc-full of fun, Cadbury World is the perfect destination this February half-term from February 18 to February 26.

Each day, families will be able to enjoy regular live shows in the outdoor marquee, as a host of children’s entertainers will be on hand to spread joy and laughter with their extraordinary talents.

Visitors of all ages should also be on the lookout for the iconic Cadbury characters, as the likes of Caramel Bunny and Freddo will be making regular appearances throughout the week, to meet and pose for photos with visitors. As well as the half-term fun, visitors can discover the amazing world of Cadbury through the attraction’s chocolatey zones with the Aztec Jungle, Chocolate Making zone, the digital Purple Planet, the 4D Chocolate Adventure Zone and the World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop.

Visitors can finish the day by taking on the heights of the outdoor African Adventure Play Area, which has up to three storeys of tube slides, climbing zones and rope bridges as well as a separate zone for under 5s, weather permitting.

Fun on the Farm: Rays Farm, Billingsley, Bridgnorth

Head to Rays Farm this half term for a week of family-driven activities.

Take part in their colouring competition, meet their friendly pets in new animal encounters and get muddy building your very own den in the woods.

You can also take part in their Farm Yard Treasure Hunt, where you follow the clues around the farm and into the woods to claim your prize when you hand in the answers.

Rays Farm also has it’s usual attractions on offer such as an array of friendly animals, various woodland walks, play areas and their very own coffee shop for you to unwind after a lengthy visit.

Paint & Create Potters wheel day: Apley Farm, Bridgnorth


Rachel Frost will be back for a drop in day on the Potter’s Wheel. No need to book, just turn up and have a go for £4 then take your finished pot home to dry. If you want a professional finish then leave it with us to glaze and fire for an additional £2. Suitable for all ages. All the usual painting and craft also available.

Author: Jake

Published: 16.02.2017


5 Counting & Matching Activities for Kids

Coloured Pegs Matching Game


This is such a simple way to start children off learning to match colours & could move onto –

Numbered Pegs Matching Game


Using the numbered pegs to match up to the numbers on the wheel.

Lego Matching Game


Everyone loves Lego so this is a great activity for matching, colours & counting.

Magnetic Numbers Fishing Game


This is a fun way to help children to recognise the numbers, children can also add them up as they are fished out.

Lego & Egg Box Matching Game


Great matching & problem solving game.

For more activities go to

Sarah Bates

Published: 14th February 2017


Legoland coming to the West Midlands

The plans to bring the LEGOLAND attraction to Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena are set to be approved.

LEGOLAND’s owner Merlin plan to create an indoor version of the Windsor resort, which will be housed over three floors of the arena, ideally situated near Brindleyplace. It will boast a mix of rides, interactive Lego themed attractions and games, 4D cinema, café and Lego shop.

It will be similar to the hugely popular LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Greater Manchester.

The planning report states it will be a two-hour attraction open from 10am to 6pm daily and is expected to receive up to 2,560 visitors on its busiest days.

Approx. 40-50 staff will be employed, about a quarter part-time as well as some extra staff at peak times of the year such as school holidays.

There has only been one objection to the proposals which came from the Symphony Court apartment block management regarding possible noise nuisance from crowds of excited children.

In planning officer Victoria Chadaway’s report she said “This proposal would reinforce and promote Birmingham’s role as a centre for tourism, culture and events.

“It would support the city’s existing tourist facilities by providing a new family-focused attraction which would contribute to the city’s continued success as a destination for visitors.”

She also stated that it complied with council planning policies and should be approved.

Published 09/02/2017

Sarah Bates