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Win a Week’s Pass at United Adventure Camps!

Fancy winning a whole week pass for your child to get back to nature and enjoy camp at Rishworth School or Oldham Hulme Grammar School? United Adventure Camps is about helping children to be brave and adventurous while they learn, grow and explore! Getting back to nature, they can enjoy bushcraft, outdoor playing fields, adventure playgrounds,…

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Mumbler’s summer reading recommendations with Nosy Crow

We all know how vitally important it is to read to your child when they are little. A good bed and book routine not only calms them and gives you the best chance of settling down for the night,  it’s also a really important time for you and your little one to bond and chill…

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Introducing My Chef Skills

Sponsored Blog Hi, my name is Jonny Ross. In pre-Coronavirus times I ran a successful music agency, supplying live acts for weddings and parties all over the UK. When the pandemic struck and the lockdowns happened, all my work came to a sudden halt! Pretty stressful, as I’m sure you can imagine. I’d always enjoyed…

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An Experience Day at Wakefield Girls’: A Festival of Sports

Advertorial feature for WGHS Experience what life and learning is really like at Wakefield Girls’ by joining us for one or two of our exciting, challenging and inspiring Virtual Experiences. We have something every month for all passions, talents and interests – from Code breaking to Creative-Writing, Sport to Science and Arts to Maths.  Our Experiences are open to…

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Counting the Cost of Divorce – Stowe Family Law

Sponsored blog from Stowe Family Law Divorce can be difficult and costly at any age, but there are extra things to consider if you are over 60. Gemma, a Senior Solicitor with Stowe Family Law in Huddersfield, explains more. Divorce for the over 60s “Silver splitters are on the rise”, screamed a recent headline. Statistically…

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Fun Family Games to Play in the Garden

As lockdown eases, the kids are loving seeing cousins and friends outdoors again. We grownups are enjoying our alfresco chats and cuppas too! With garden playdates the new normal, we’ve been thinking of our favourite outdoor activities to keep the kids and their friends entertained! Here are some of our ideas! Hopscotch – all you need…

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An Experience Day at Wakefield Girls’: A Day in Rome!

Advertorial feature for WGHS Experience what life and learning is really like at Wakefield Girls’ by joining us for one or two of our exciting, challenging and inspiring Virtual Experiences. We have something every month for all passions, talents and interests – from code breaking to creative-writing, sport to science and arts to maths.  Our Experiences are open to…

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Lights4Fun Prize Draw!

We LOVE  a survey here at Mumbler!! This time, Lights4Fun want to hear all about your children’s bedrooms so they can make sure that they create fabulous designs that your children will LOVE!! And they know as well as we do how valuable our Mumbler’s opinions are! CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY The survey will only…

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10 Easter Traditions to Enjoy at Home

This Easter will be one with a difference thanks to Covid-19 and  social distancing, but you can still have loads of fun without leaving the house. Here are ten Easter traditions to do at home with the children, to make Easter 2020 one to remember! 1. Serve breakfast in half an Easter Egg! Everyone wants…

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Things To Do With Kids In And Around Calderdale From April 12!

Things to do with kids in and around Calderdale and Halifax from 12th April – step 2 of the roadmap It might seem as though we’ve been in lockdown forever, but the light is starting to beckon from the end of the tunnel. Step 2 of the Covid-19 re-opening roadmap is from 12th April 2021….

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Juno the healthcare app, is currently free for parents!

Sponsored blog for Juno Mumbler has been delighted to work with Juno, a healthcare app entirely focused on Children’s health. It is an entirely new way to access professional health advice & is like having a fully qualified Paediatrician in your pocket at all times. As well as paediatrician care, Juno has recently launched a…

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An Experience Day at Wakefield Girls’: Secret Messages & Code-Breaking Experience Day

Advertorial feature for WGHS Experience what life and learning is really like at Wakefield Girls’ by joining us for one or two of our exciting, challenging and inspiring Virtual Experiences. We have something every month for all passions, talents and interests – from Code breaking to Creative-Writing, Sport to Science and Arts to Maths.  Our Experiences…

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Mother’s Day Crafts!

Mother’s Day is March 14, 2021 and while we all wish we could go to the spa, a handmade token from the kids is always super special. Here are some sweet ideas to make mum and grandma feel extra special this year…   Handmade bunches of flowers Handprint Flowers Daffodills Tulips Tulips These are really…

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World Book Day – Inspiring Children’s Books

It’s almost World Book Day and the kids are bouncing up and down with new costume excitement. But this year, I wanted to inspire my mini Mumblers in a different way; with a book that will teach them to be kind, to reach for the stars and show them that they are loved, no matter…

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K9 Dog Walking App

Sponsored blog by K9 Nation Are you looking for new places to walk with your children and your dog this weekend? Are you raising a dog and don’t know where to turn for advice? Or maybe you’ve been trying to grow your dog business from home… We have a solution! Introducing K9 Nation – the…

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Valentines Fun For Kids during Lockdown!

Fun and Easy Valentine’s Day Ideas for families during Lockdown. It’s traditionally about romance – but Valentine’s Day is a GREAT opportunity to shower the whole family with love! These days, Valentine’s Day is less fancy dinner by candlelight and more being covered in tomato sauce by the three other objects of my affections. It’s…

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10 Ideas to Make February Half Term in Lockdown Different

Trying to make February half term feel different to the rest of lockdown? We’ve got some fabulous ideas here! 1. Pancake Day Woohoo!! Pancake Day is right in the middle of the half term holidays!! Make it last the whole day with our child-friendly pancake day activities – find them here –  then cook up…

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Pancake Day Fun for Kids

It’s one of the tastiest days of the year, and a great excuse to sneak some sugar into tea time! Pancake Day’s a huge favourite in our house and although there’s much debate over the toppings (so we have them all!), we toss up a storm with traditional and American pancakes in the mix. This…

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MME Tutors for GCSE English and Maths Equivalents

Sponsored blog by Maths Made Easy Thinking about a career change? A move up the corporate ladder? Sometimes, a change of direction means you need to bridge a gap in qualifications – that’s where GCSE equivalent qualifications come in. Functional Skills qualifications are the UK’s most widely-used replacement for GCSEs. They are widely accepted and…

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

This week (Feb 1-7, 2021) is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week! The theme is Express Yourself; finding ways to share your feelings, thoughts, ideas and show who you really are through creativity. There are all kinds of things you can do to get involved, but here is something really easy: Draw around your hand Decorate…

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BBC’s ‘SHOP WELL FOR LESS?’ IS BACK FOR A NEW SERIES AND IS LOOKING FOR SUPER SPENDERS TO TAKE PART

Advertorial feature for RDF The BBC’s highly popular ‘Shop Well For Less’ is returning to our screens for a fifth series. Programme makers RDF are currently looking for families, couples, or groups of friends to the take part in Calderdale. The series follows our team of experts as they travel the country helping people change…

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Support For Domestic Abuse Victims During Lockdown – Stowe Family Law

Sponsored blog from Stowe Family Law Help is at hand for domestic abuse victims during lockdown. Shanika Varga-Haynes, Senior Solicitor with Stowe Family Law in Huddersfield, explains more. Most households in the UK will be closely following the developing situation with COVID -19 with worry and concern. In a time where people are being encouraged…

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Mess-Free Ideas to Entertain Toddlers While Homeschooling Older Children

Ideas to keep babies and toddlers entertained while you’re trying to homeschool older siblings! Hands up who is struggling to juggle all of the balls ? Homeschooling, employment, general life…… throw in a baby or toddler, and it’s not hard to feel like you’re being pulled in too many directions. Even if your school is…

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Calderdale Lockdown: A Summary for Parents Entering Lockdown 3!

This information is based on the latest government guidance published on the third national lockdown on 4th January 2021. Additional information from Calderdale Council on January 6, 2021. What are the main things we need to know about the Calderdale Lockdown? Schools and colleges to immediately close other than for the children of key workers and…

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Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Kids

It’s one of the most hyped-up nights of the year, but celebrating New Year’s Eve can be tricky when you have kids, no babysitter and there’s a global pandemic! Ringing in the New Year at home can still  be lots of fun though. You might not be able to party like it’s 1999 (showing my…

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Christmas & New Year TV Guide for Families

Switch on the Christmas lights, grab some snacks and enjoy the best of what Christmas TV has to offer. Here are the festive family picks over the next few weeks. 🎅Monday 21st December 🎅 Christmas Carol – TBC: CBeebies Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal Part 1 – 8 am: Sky One Shark Tale – 9.05 am: ITV2…

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Calderdale to Remain in Tier 3

9Calderdale will stay in Tier 3 (very high risk),  Calderdale Council has announced. It means that apart from during the Christmas bubble period of December 23-27,  people will not be able to meet with anyone outside their household or support bubble, in any indoor or outdoor setting – not at home, in a private garden…

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Having Fun Outdoors When It’s Cold!

Tips for the whole family to enjoy the great outdoors this winter – even when it’s cold! Baby it’s cold outside! But with play gyms, restaurants and our usual cold weather go-tos currently closed in Calderdale, most of us are spending more time outdoors. My kids take some convincing before they will surrender themselves to…

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Christmas Lights Trails, Walks, & Displays in Calderdale

Sparkly Christmas lights trails, walks and displays in Calderdale and the surrounding areas! We love spotting Christmas lights when we’re out and about and this year, it’s one of the few festive things we can do safely. Although Christmas markets, lights switch-ons and many other formal events have been cancelled, communities in Calderdale have pulled…

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Calderdale Mumbler’s 12 Days of Craftsmus!

We’re getting into the Christmas spirit at Calderdale Mumbler, with 12 fabulous crafts and bakes to do with the kids, hiding behind the doors of our  “12 Days of Craftsmus” Advent Calendar. Keep an eye on the website daily, as a different fun activity is revealed each day. We’ll also be letting you know as…

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Family Walks With Shelter in Calderdale

Family walks  in and near Calderdale with trees or shelter to protect against the wind and rain! Walking is the perfect lockdown activity, and we’re extremely lucky in Calderdale to have so much natural beauty to explore. But autumn has introduced wind and rain as walking companions, and as we’re in lockdown, we can’t just…

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Lockdown Alternatives to Christmas Traditions

Recreate your favourite Christmas traditions at home with these easy lockdown alternatives. We’re all hoping lockdown eases before Christmas Day, and that we can safely do a few of our favourite December family favourites. But just in case we can’t, we’ve thought of a few easy swaps that you can do at home, in a…

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The Best Parks & Playgrounds in Calderdale

Calderdale’s best parks and playgrounds – recommended by local parents! My kids love nothing more than tearing around a playground and with lockdown upon us, wide open spaces will be a literal breath of fresh air. We’ve got our tried and tested favourites, but since Calderdale has so many parks to offer, we asked local…

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Christmas in Lockdown Ideas

Fun and family-friendly ideas to celebrate Christmas in lockdown with the kids We’re all hoping that lockdown restrictions are lifted in time for Christmas. But just in case they’re not, we’ve put our festive thinking caps on to make Christmas extra special at home. Here are our favourite ideas for getting in the spirit of…

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Places to See Festive/Winter Illuminations Near Calderdale!

With Christmas lights switch-ons still being negotiated, we’ve rounded up some fabulously festive lights displays within 90 minutes drive of Calderdale. Pack some hot chocolate, snuggle up in the car and set off to find some beautiful Christmas lights displays. RHS Harlow Carr – Glow Winter Illuminations  Thurs-Sat November 19-December 19 & Mon-Wed December 21-30,…

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COVID-19 Lockdown 2 in Calderdale: What Parents Need to Know

Calderdale will start its second COVID-19 Lockdown on Thursday, November 5. Here is what you need to know. Information about Calderdale’s local shops and services, and what is open and closed, can be found here.  1. Stay at home This means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes….

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Coronavirus: What’s Open & Closed in Calderdale During Lockdown 2

Confused about what is open and closed in Calderdale during Lockdown 2? Here’s what you need to know. Now Boris Johnson has told everyone to stay at home from Thursday (November 5, 2020), Calderdale Council has  stepped up its fight against Coronavirus. An estimated one in 40 people have the virus in Calderdale at the…

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Bonfire Night & Fireworks Ideas to do at Home!

Family-Friendly ideas and things to do with the kids to celebrate Bonfire Night 2020 Most of the bonfire night and fireworks events are not happening this year – but don’t worry! We have some great ideas to help you celebrate at home with your family. Whether you want to let off some fireworks in the…

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5 Nature Inspired Crafts for Halloween

5 Nature Inspired Crafts to do this Halloween Karla and Sam from @unlock.fun, a nature-inspired children’s craft Instagram account, have put together their top 5 non-scary crafts to celebrate Halloween, using things easily found on a walk with the kids. This year Halloween will be a little different for everyone. That doesn’t mean it won’t be…

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Top 10 Kids’ Halloween Films

The Mini-Mumblers LOVE Halloween and have really enjoyed getting stuck into some spooky TV in between our rainy walks and Halloween crafts. It’s not always easy to find something suitable for all of them though, so we were really happy to find this TOP 10 Halloween Films Guide for kids, by Sarah from Wharfedale &…

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Calderdale’s AMAZING Eateries Offering Free Meals to Children During Half Term

A list of the wonderful Calderdale eateries offering free meals for Calderdale’s children in need over October Half Term 2020. It hasn’t been an easy year so far and for some families, school holidays are even harder. To help, many eateries – and other businesses – in Calderdale have stepped up to the plate by…

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Half Term at Home

Spending the school holidays in isolation, quarantine or lock down? Here are some great ideas to keep the kids busy during a half term at home. It’s not easy spending the whole day at home. You’ll have one wanting to play a board game, a toddler wanting to destroy it, and another wanting to do…

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Free & Cheap Days Out in Calderdale During October Half Term

Fun and easy on the pocket too! 10 free or cheap days out for kids during October Half Term. In Calderdale, or within an hour’s drive. School holidays are many things, but cheap isn’t one of them! These days (especially now two of my kids are over 5 and not free anywhere!) I get creative,…

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Family Walks in Halifax, Calderdale and Beyond!

Family Friendly walks in Halifax and Calderdale that are perfect for little legs! Autumn is a gorgeous time to explore Calderdale’s landscapes, and the rule of 6 makes it a nice way to have a play date or spend time with family when we can’t meet indoors. With three little ones, we’re limited to family-friendly…

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Win a 2 Day Pass to Camp Xplode at Rishworth School!

Fancy winning a two-day pass for your child to get back to nature and enjoy camp at Rishworth School? Or the runner-up prize of a Camp Xplode Goodie Bag, containing a T-shirt, water bottle, wristband and certificate? Camp Xplode is about helping children to be brave and adventurous while they learn, grow and explore! Getting…

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Where to Pick the Perfect Pumpkins Near Halifax and Calderdale

Pumpkin Picking near Halifax & Calderdale Whether you like them in pies, soups or as decorations, nothing screams Halloween quite like a pumpkin (apart from maybe my kids yelling Trick or Treat!!). Picking your own is loads of fun, especially when there is other spooky stuff thrown in. Here’s our pick of what’s happening locally…

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11 Family Days Out for October Half Term

Fun Halloween and autumnal days out for all the family during October Half Term. All within an hour’s drive of Calderdale and Halifax! We’re all ready for a week of good autumnal fun – whatever the weather may be! There’s loads to keep you busy in Calderdale, from outside to inside attractions, and those with…

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Apple Recipes

Whether they’re in crumbles, pies or muffins, nothing signals the start of autumn like the aroma of apples cooking in something delicious. We’re big apple fans in our house, so we can’t wait to try out some new recipes (and stuff our faces with crumble). Here are some of our favourites, plus a few more…

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Halloween Events for Babies & Toddlers in Calderdale!

Halloween parties, messy play & spooky fun for babies and toddlers in Halifax and Calderdale. Is there anything cuter than a little one in fancy dress? They might be too young for the scary side of Halloween, but there are plenty of parties, themed crafts and play events to make sure they don’t miss out…

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Conkers Crafts!

10 Activities Kids can do with Conkers! Anyone else inundated with conkers? The kids gathered a huge haul after their swimming lesson and now every time we spot a horse chestnut tree, we have to have a look.   We’ve spent the weekend doing lots of conker crafts, games and a bit of fun maths, as…

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Follow the Neighbourhood Pumpkin Trick or Treat Trail in Calderdale!

Calderdale’s Pumpkin Trail: An Alternative to Trick or Treating During COVID-19 Halloween excitement is already building, and my kids have decided on their costumes three times over (currently a cat, Captain Underpants and a pumpkin)! As with most things though, it seems celebrating Halloween might look a little different this year. We love dressing up…

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Trick or Treating During COVID-19

It’s the spookiest time of the year – and the best excuse to eat sweets that was ever invented! Trick or treating might look a little different this year, but you can still have lots of scary Halloween fun  in Calderdale (and steal a few of your kids’ sweets when they’ve gone to bed). Whether…

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6 Fun & Easy Packed Lunch Tips

The new school term is nearly upon us and ohhhhhhhhh it’s time for the daily packed lunch routine! To help ease our suffering, we’ve asked Lizzi, aka NutriCoach Mumma for some advice. Here are her 6 easy ways to make packed lunches fun AND save time!! As a parent, chef and Nutritionist I LOVE food, especially when…

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Ideas and Tips for Returning to School with The Week Junior

Advertising Feature for The Week Junior For most children, the start of a new school year is a mixed bag of excitement and nerves. But with the background anxiety of a global pandemic, and ongoing lockdown restrictions, returning to school in 2020 feels a lot more challenging. Coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown has thrown our…

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Bookable Santa Visits Near Calderdale in 2020

Christmas might be months away, but Santa’s elves have already started putting plans in place for festive visits. This year, COVID-19 has cast a not-so-festive feel over the proceedings, but if there’s one thing you can be sure of, Santa won’t let a global pandemic get in his way (he is a key worker, after…

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EXTENDED Eat Out to Help Out & Similar Discounts in Calderdale

Did you enjoy Eat Out to Help Out? The official scheme might have ended, but there are still plenty of deals to be had in Halifax & Calderdale. Some eateries are still offering discounts on food and soft drinks, such as those listed below. Some national chains have September offers on too. *** Please let…

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Treat Yourself with a Bare & Bond Monthly Perfume Subscription

Advertorial blog feature for Bare & Bond Are you looking to treat yourself after what has felt like a LONG few months? Or what about for that perfect gift you can easily send someone? We have just the answer, a monthly perfume subscription from Bare & Bond! Like most mums, when I receive a gift…

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Calderdale Lockdown Restrictions

Local lockdown restrictions will ease in some areas of Calderdale from Wednesday, September 2, 2020. These areas will still have to follow the national coronavirus restrictions, but will no longer be bound by the additional local rules that were imposed in July. The Calderdale wards where local restrictions are being lifted from Wednesday, September 2,…

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Share Your Experiences of Maternity Services During the Pandemic

Share your experiences of maternity services during the pandemic The way that some maternity services are delivered has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.   We are working with our council and NHS to understand how the changes that have been made to maternity services because of the pandemic are affecting new mums, mums-to-be and families….

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Blackberry Picking in Calderdale

It’s blackberry season! Here are our favourite spots to pick them in Halifax, Calderdale and beyond – and some yummy recipes too! My kids’ fingers and mouths have been permanently purple over the last few weeks. They’ve had so much fun finding – and eating – juicy berries on their morning walks, popping some in…

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Best Beaches within 2 Hours of Calderdale

You can’t beat a day at the beach, especially during the school summer holidays. This year, many of us are looking closer to home for sun, sea and sand, so our friends at Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler have compiled this fabulous list of the best beaches in North and East Yorkshire. All within a two-hour…

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50 “Old School” Summer Activities for Kids

Get back to basics with these traditional summer activities that the whole family can enjoy! Oh, those endless summers spent running through sprinklers, picnicking in parks and licking endless ice cream cones. There’s a lot to be said for getting back to basics; especially when it’s cheap, easy and always a bucketful of fun. This…

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Attractions Now Open in Calderdale & Beyond

Attractions and Gardens Re-Opening Post Lockdown Many attractions in Halifax & Calderdale have reopened their doors to welcome everyone back – although lots do still have some restrictions in place and require pre-booking. I have included details below for attractions locally and further afield, but please check details directly before travelling. It is extremely important…

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Eat Out to Help Out: Full List of Halifax & Calderdale Venues Taking Part

Eat Out to Help Out: The Full List of Participating Venues in Halifax & Calderdale!   The Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme goes live on August 3 and will offer diners a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks when eating in, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Each diner gets a maximum of…

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Tips for Camping with Kids

Tips for Camping with Kids Whether you’ve camped before or are pitching a tent for the first time, here are 20 tips for camping with kids. Pack a cool box with frozen things to keep items fresh for longer e.g. freeze your milk, pack frozen bacon Buy a cheap door mat or bath mat to…

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What to do with Strawberries – Recipes!

Pick Your Own season is one of my favourites, especially when it comes to strawberries. My kids are all strawberry guzzlers, and it’s rare a punnet survives long enough for me to be able to try anything different with it these days. If you’re wondering what to do with your strawberries when you get them…

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Camping During COVID-19

Campsites will be open again from July 4, with new measures to keep you safe. Here’s what some Yorkshire sites are doing. The sun is out, the sky is blue – you can almost imagine yourself pitching the tent and firing up the barbecue! This year’s camping season will be a little different though, and…

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How To Get Your Child “School Ready” During Lockdown

How you to support your child as the start of their reception year approaches. Whatever you expected your child’s transition to big school to look like, it’s probably all been thrown into the air as COVID-19 and lockdown wrecked havoc around the world. Disappointing as it is not to be able to visit school and…

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The DIGITAL Summer Reading Challenge 2020!

Wondering what will happen with the library’s Summer Reading Challenge during COVID-19? Don’t worry, it’s going digital! This year, the Summer Reading Challenge – open to children aged 4 to 11 – is all about having fun and getting silly, with children encouraged to read whatever makes them happy. Launched earlier than usual to keep…

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10 Lockdown Date Night Ideas!

Who’s missing date nights with their other half? They’re great for keeping couples connected, but with a nation on lockdown, they’re about as scarce as a bag of flour! Enter, the ‘stay-at-home’ date night! We could all do with a little fun after hours – especially after months of homeschooling – so relax, turn off…

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Lockdown Memories Activities

As trying as lockdown and home schooling can be, it’s definitely a time I want my kids to remember when things get back to normal. It really is an historic event, and something our great-grandchildren will ask us about one day, It would be great to have a few mementos to show them, so we’ve…

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Birth Stories in Calderdale During Coronavirus

Having a baby might be one of the best moments of your life – but a global pandemic probably wasn’t part of the plan. Pregnancy and labour can be stressful at the best of times, never mind having to worry about how coronavirus will affect your experience and expectations. In Calderdale, the rules surrounding antenatal…

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10 Ideas to Make May Half Term in Lockdown Different

The days all roll into one now we’re on lockdown, don’t they? With half term approaching, we’ve been thinking of ways to make it feel fun and different – whatever the weather throws at us. Here are a few ideas recommended by other Mumblers – we hope they help! 1. Go for a Picnic Grab…

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10 Outdoor Activities for Kids

If there’s one good thing about schools being closed, it’s all the extra outdoors time. And with more sunny days in the forecast, we’ve been wracking our brains to find some fun, easy activities to keep your mini Mumblers busy. Here are some of our favourites – we hope you have fun trying them out…

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Calderdale Council Advises Local Schools NOT to Reopen to More Students on June 1

Schools in Calderdale are being urged NOT to reopen until they can meet more safety guidelines. Despite the Government expecting children in reception and years 1 and 6 to return to school from June 1, Calderdale Council has “major concerns” and has advised schools not to reopen until they are “confident” that staff and students…

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Got any questions about children’s health and COVID-19? Here’s your chance to get them answered by the experts! Calderdale Council is holding a COVID-19 Q&A session on children’s health and wellbeing on Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm, with a headteacher and CAMHS specialist on the panel. You can watch it live on Twitter and Facebook,…

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“Me Time” Tips for Mums During Lockdown

Tips and ideas to help mums find some “me time” during lockdown – and the cold weather! We all love our kids – but don’t you wish you could get some time on your own? Just a little bit? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Mums and dads the world over are holding their households together,…

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SNACKS for Kids – Quick, Easy & Healthy Ideas

Are the kids eating you out of house and home during lockdown? Mine certainly are. They are confusing boredom with hunger and wanting all of the snacks all of the time! So we put out heads together to find a few ideas to keep snack time interesting, and some snack foods to keep those tummies…

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How to Celebrate VE Day at Home

VE Day dawns on Friday, May 8, 2020 – marking 75 years since the guns fell silent in Europe near the end of World War Two. There were grand plans for the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, with events, street parties and a spectacular VE Day concert at the Royal Albert Hall. However,  due…

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VE Day: Fancy Dress Ideas

If you’re hosting your own VE Day party at home, there are some great fancy dress options! Amazon has ready-made costumes if you want to splash out, but with a bit of a rummage through the wardrobes, you might be able to put something together for your wartime littles.  Here are a few ideas to…

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VE Day: How to Throw a Kids’ Afternoon Tea Party!

Is there a better way to celebrate VE Day (or any day!) than Afternoon Tea? We’re huge fans of afternoon tea and picnics, and it seems like the perfect way to enjoy VE Day – indoors or in the garden. It’s so easy to create an afternoon tea at home. You can have lots of…

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Home School Topic Timetable

At Mumbler, our main goal is and always has been to make parenting life that little bit easier. So we’ve come up with some topics to help with homeschooling – full of crafts, facts and fun learning. There is one themed challenge for each week of term (excluding half term), taking us right up to…

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Thank You to Key Workers Colouring Sheet

One of the most emotional times of my week is Thursday at 8pm, when the whole country goes outside and claps for key workers. Usually I’m putting my youngest to sleep and can’t participate, but this week I managed to sneak out early enough and my oldest came out of her room to see what…

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Calderdale Mumbler’s Spanish Challenge

Easy Spanish Words for children Have you decided to learn a new skill while staying at home with the kids? There are so many things I’d love to teach my kids while they’re at home, and learning Spanish has been on my list for ages! They have a large family in Spain and two of…

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Janno Media Story Writing Competition for Kids

Here’s a children’s Story Writing ✍️ Competition…but with a difference. The team at Janno Media will turn the winning story into an animated video. Ready, Steady, Write…🎥 We’ve come up with a fun competition to help motivate young people into writing some exciting stories during their time at home! Our Story Writing Competition is open to children…

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5 Messy Play Ideas to Try at Home!

Messy play can be one of those things we prefer to do outside the home – someone else cleans it up afterwards! But a good messy play session doesn’t have to mean splashing your floors with paint, glue and squished-up food. Kirsty from The Little Box Company in Sowerby Bridge has kindly shared five messy…

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Calderdale LIVE – Free Entertainment in your Living Room!

Forget the TV – Calderdale Council is beaming its own entertainment live into your living rooms! Tonight (Thursday, April 16, 2020) between 6 and 8pm, virtual charity concert Calderdale Live will be broadcast live on Calderdale Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages. It’s free to watch, features favourites such as pantomime star Josh Benson and has…

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20 Ways to Celebrate Birthdays During Lockdown

Toddler Mumbler turned two on Saturday – our first birthday celebration in social isolation! Having no idea what birthday are usually like, she was delighted with her new toys and pleased as punch to be at home to play with them. But her older siblings felt bad she couldn’t have a proper party, and went…

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Mini First Aid Online Courses

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Virtual Day Trips from the Comfort of your own Home!

Did you know that many large attractions from around the world offer virtual tours?  Visit from the comfort of your sofa, and have a fun family day! Museums Hundreds of museums around the world throw open their (virtual) doors to visitors. Google Arts and Culture has teamed up with over 500 – take a look…

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Easy Easter Crafts for Kids

With all the time we’ve been spending at home, you might already have craft projects coming out of your ears.  But if you need a few new ideas, SJ at Ryedale Mumbler has put together this fab blog. She’s tried lots of these out herself and included some you could easily send to relatives, or…

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Easter Boredom Buster!

Homeschooling is hard enough, but keeping the kids entertained at home without school work to do can be even trickier. Enter, the Easter Boredom Buster! There are new ideas for every day of the Easter holidays, and you can print the sheet off here and tick off the activities (my kids love ticking boxes). Have…

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Things to do Halifax & Calderdale over Easter!

School’s out, the sun is shining, we can eat LOADS of chocolate and even better – we can meet friends and family outside again (6 people or under or two separate households)! Obviously there aren’t as many organised egg hunts or Easter Activities happening this year, but there are still lots of fun ways to…

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15 Easter Games & Activities to Play as a Family

Looking for ways to entertain the kids at home over the Easter Holidays? If you want something a bit different from the usual egg hunt, these Mumbler tried-and-tested family games are sure to get the good times rolling. Image source: Activedark.com 1. Glow in the dark Egg Hunt – For an egg hunt with a…

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How to Do an Easter Egg Hunt at Home

I don’t know what my kids love the most at Easter – gobbling their body weight in chocolate or the whole family egg hunt around the garden. Their grandparents hide (what seems like!) hundreds of foil-wrapped  eggs among the trees, flowers and bushes and the grandkids race like Duracell bunnies to grab as many as…

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Home School: 10 Basic Life Skills

As the second week of ‘homeschooling’ beckons, you might be wondering what else is worth teaching? As well as maintaining your child’s academic education, now is the perfect time to teach (or remind!) them of some much-needed basic life skills. Not all learning is done in the classroom, and these key life skills will come…

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Places To See Baby Animals Online

We might not be able to fawn over spring babies at farms and zoos in person, but this year there’s another way to see lambs and newborn animals – online! Many farms and zoos are adapting to restrictions placed upon us by COVID-19, and offering gorgeous little glimpses into the animals’ worlds via the internet….

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Coronavirus Help: Where To Find It & Where to Offer It!

Look for the helpers – it’s a phrase that brings comfort and calm the world over in time of panic and stress. Here in Calderdale, people are already reaching out to see what their neighbours need; to offer groceries, childcare help, a friendly ear, online tutoring and so much more. It’s human nature to want…

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FREE Online Education Resources

Schools will no doubt send some work home if they have to closure during coronavirus. But it’s reassuring to know that there are plenty of free educational resources online. This list was put together by the home ed community, and has plenty of ideas for all ages. In Calderdale, Steph from My Home Study –…

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Easter Egg Trails in Halifax & Calderdale

We’re going on an Egg Hunt, we’re going to catch a big one – and we’ll try our very best not to eat them when our kids are asleep! You can never have enough Easter chocolate, and there are lots of different trails, hunts and events to get the whole family in the mood for…

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Enjoy a Little ‘Hygge’ Time

With so much time indoors ahead of us over the next few weeks (or months!), the ‘hygge’ lifestyle could be a great way to bring some enjoyment and relaxation into your home. This blog by Doncaster Mumbler’s Caroline explains it perfectly: What on earth is ‘Hygge’ I hear you ask? We have enjoyed Hygge nights on…

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20 Activities to Keep Toddlers Busy at Home!

Keeping up with toddlers can be a full time job can’t it? And now most schools and nurseries are closing, we’ll be having more toddler time without the usual visits, playdates and play gyms to help us burn off some energy. Thank goodness for Maria at Poole Mumbler for putting together this list of fun…

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Calderdale Council Temporarily Closes Its Leisure & Culture Venues

Calderdale Council has responded to Government advice on coronavirus by closing many of its public leisure and culture venues for at least 12 weeks. From 5pm on Friday, March 20, 2020, council-run sports and leisure centres, museums, the Victoria Theatre and the Shay Stadium will close. All libraries are now closed too. But some services…

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Top Tips for Working from Home

The Government announced last night, Monday 16th March 2020,  that everyone who can, should work from home. Working in a different environment can be challenging to say the least, especially when you aren’t used to it. Here’s some tips from Vicki at Wakefield Mumbler, who has been a home worker for 17 years: If you…

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20 Family Meals from Tins and Frozen Ingredients

Covid-19 has brought lots of uncertainty and inevitably, many of us are thinking of how to feed our families if we have to stay home. So we thought it would be useful to have a few quick-and-easy family recipes that you can put together easily, using long-life ingredients from your cupboard or freezer. Thanks to Maria…

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Easy Baking To Try With Kids!

If your  children fancy doing some baking during their days at home, these easy-to-follow recipes from our friends at North Leeds Mumbler are sure to be a hit (and hopefully not too messy to clean up!)  Hedgehog Rolls – PREP: 20 MINS  REST: 60 MINS COOK: 15 MINS Image & recipe from Good Food Magazine Ingredients 500g pack…

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Mother’s Day HOMEMADE Afternoon Tea!

EVERY mum deserves to be pampered, so these special Mother’s Day bakes are easy to do with children (especially if dad takes charge so mama can put her feet up). Our lovely friends at Harrogate Mumbler have shared their favourite recipes (with gorgeous pictures) and I’ll be honest, I could eat them all. Why not…

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Where to See Baby Animals Near Calderdale

Spring means one thing (apart from Easter Eggs!) – and that’s cute baby animals! We don’t have a petting zoo in Halifax, but there are plenty within an hour’s drive. Here’s our list of where you will be sure to find sweet little animals, and maybe get to feed a lamb a bottle – or…

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101 Things To Do With Kids Indoors (and your own garden)

Much as most of us love being at home, there’s only so much home schooling we can cope with (teachers, you’re amazing!) If you’re running out of steam, or simply looking for something different to do, here are 101 fun and easy ideas that you can do at home or in your own garden. Enjoy,…

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Things to do on Mother’s Day in Halifax & Calderdale

Mother’s Day is upon us and while we’re all hoping for breakfast in bed and a nice lie in, some family time would be nice too. Sleep ins don’t exist in my house – unless you count lying in bed with three children sat on various parts of your body – but I know the…

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Mother’s Day Lunch in Halifax & Calderdale

Prefer not to cook for your Mother’s Day celebration? We don’t blame you, it’s the perfect opportunity to relax! Lucky for us, there are loads of local options where you can be thoroughly spoiled. Here are five of them – and some involve your children being entertained too! The Mill Play Cafe Sunday, March 22,…

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Coronavirus Explained – Practical Advice for Parents

You must stay at home – that’s the latest coronavirus statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson as of today, Monday, March 23, 2020. Here at Mumbler, the LAST thing we want to do is spread panic. So we’ve tried to explain Boris Johnson’s statement as easily as we can, while also sharing lots of practical…

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Child-friendly Cafes in Halifax & Calderdale

Warming up in a cafe can be the perfect cold-weather treat and it’s definitely our go-to to for meeting friends. Since I have three young children in tow, I always choose places I’ve tried and tested before, so I know they will be welcome and easily entertained while I devour caffeine and (try!!) to have…

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10 Easy Last Minute World Book Day Costumes

Still need a costume for World Book Day? Don’t worry about spending £15 on a costume (unless you want to, there’s no shame in paying to make things easier!) – there are loads of things you can throw together at home to transform your little darling into their favourite characters. Some top tips before you…

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Calderdale’s Weekend Roundup: Feb 29-March 1

The weather might be frightful, but if you wrap up warm there’s plenty to entertain you in Halifax and Calderdale, and a few things indoors too. From a party at The Piece Hall to storytimes and comic con, and a huge dinosaur a bit further afield in Castleford! People’s Play Party – The Piece Hall…

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Free & Cheap Half Term Activities in Halifax & Calderdale

It’s loads of fun to have the kids at home (most of the time!!!) but not always easy on the wallet when they want to be entertained. Playgrounds are the obvious penny-saving choice, but when the weather isn’t playing ball, we have to be a bit more creative. These ten free or cheap days out…

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Head Down to Stockeld Park this Half Term for some Family February Fun!

February half term is just around the corner! If you’re looking for a family fun day out in Yorkshire then look no further, Stockeld Park is for you! February Fun is open from 15th – 23rd February with plenty to keep the whole family entertained! Remember you can get a further 10% off pre-booked tickets using the…

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Valentine’s Events for Babies & Toddlers in Calderdale

A good play is probably all your child’s heart desires for Valentines Day – and there are plenty of love-themed opportunities in Halifax and Calderdale. Here’s a round-up of local messy play, disco and soft play sessions, all with a heart-shaped theme! Valentine’s Disco & Crafts at The Edge Play Gym Hearts, sparkles and fun…

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Baby & Toddler Swimming – What are the Benefits?

Advertorial Blog for Water Babies Baby & Toddler Swimming…What’s it all about? What are the benefits? With Spring approaching, there is no better time to start your swimming journey with your little one and there are countless benefits to getting your baby into the water as soon as you can.  Here are our top 10…

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Getting Kids Outdoors in the Winter

Anyone else have cabin fever yet? My kids are way better behaved after a trip to the park, but unfortunately are a little like me and much prefer to be snug and warm inside. After a few too many tantrums, I’ve vowed to toughen us all up and get outdoors. It’s not always easy when…

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Easter Panto at Victoria Theatre!

Looking for the purr-fect Easter treat for the family? Victoria Theatre’s panto might be the answer! Puss in Boots will be gracing the stage in Halifax between April 15 and 17, 2020, starring Suzanne Shaw and children’s TV presenter Chris Jarvis. Produced by Imagine Theatre – the team behind the annual Christmas pantomime – Puss…

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Fun Fitness Classes in Halifax & Calderdale

Fun Fitness Classes in Halifax & Calderdale Is your enthusiasm for your New Year’s resolutions waning already? We all start off well, but leftover Christmas chocs and winter fatigue can hamper our efforts and make abandoning the gym easier by the day. So we’ve rounded up some of Mumbler’s  favourite fitness classes in Halifax &…

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Weekend Roundup – Jan 25-26, 2020

Whether you want to be inside or out this weekend, there’s plenty going on in Halifax and Calderdale to keep you busy. Here’s out pick of some of the best local events! Pub Quiz for Kids @ Square Chapel Sunday, 2.30pm Fun, family quiz for anyone aged 5+, this show will find out who is…

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“Supermum” Launches Nanny Agency in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Sophia Rojas brings Harmony at Home Nanny Agency to Yorkshire and Lincolnshire families. Sophia, mum of three and seasoned Nanny employer, has acquired the North East arm of the award-winning Employment Agency Harmony at Home. Born and raised in the Humber area, Sophia is ideally positioned to meet with clients face-to-face, offering a truly personal…

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Easy Games You Can Play Online With Family & Friends!

Lockdown life has got us all used to being online. Even your Gran has worked out Facetime! And your time online doesn’t have to stick to chats… Here are our suggestions of easy family games that you can play over Christmas on zoom! 1. Bingo – Grandma has played virtual bingo with all the cousins…

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Things to do with Kids in Lockdown

Ideas for Things to Do with the Kids in Lockdown: Lockdown Activities, Ideas and Fun Things to do at Home with Children Here are lots of ideas for children’s lockdown activities if you’re stuck with the kids at home in Calderdale and looking for fun things to do! Over the next few weeks we’ll be…

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10 Indoor Activities For Kids

Much as we love fresh air, there are times when we all want to huddle in the warm – kids included. It’s not always easy for children to let off steam at home though, and going to the park is tricky when it’s raining or blowing a gale. So we’ve rounded up ten indoor children’s…

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FREE Carrots for Rudolph

Rudolph and his pals are in for a fine feast on Christmas Eve, thanks to Morrisons! The supermarket chain is giving away 125,000 paper bags of wonky carrots labelled “Carrots for Rudolph” at its store entrances today (December 21, 2019). And tomorrow (December 22) it will be giving away free oranges for stockings – as…

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Mumbler Review: Beauty & the Beast Panto at Victoria Theatre

Of all the fun Christmas traditions, going to the panto is one of our favourites. This year, it’s Beauty & the Beast taking to the stage at Victoria Theatre, Halifax, telling the tale of Belle, her beast and the colourful characters of Soggy Bottom. This panto visit was a surprise for my oldest (we let…

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Weekend Roundup December

One last weekend before Christmas and I can’t believe it’s all come around so fast! There’s still time for some last minute festive fun though, even if all you can squeeze in is Christmas shopping. This weekend you can have breakfast with Santa, elves and Mrs Santa, enjoy a silent disco, visit Santa in the…

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The 12 Tech Tips Of Christmas For Parents

  With Christmas looming, it is a busy time for parents buying presents and making sure that they will have happy faces on Christmas Day morning. Whilst traditional toys such as Lego, board games and character figures are still popular, there are an increasing number of interactive toys which are becoming more fashionable. These are…

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Weekend Roundup – December 14 & 15, 2019

The Christmas countdown is on, and Calderdale is absolutely full to the brim with festive fun this weekend! From live nativities to meeting Santa in the woods, pantomimes, wacky science shows, taking your dog to visit Santa Paws and cooking on campfires, there’s something for everyone. We’ve compiled a list of our favourites here, and…

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Card Factory Top 10 Personalised Christmas Gifts

Much as I love Christmas shopping, choosing the “right” gift can be a minefield and a half. I don’t want to waste money, I don’t want excessive plastic and most importantly, I want the recipient to genuinely love it. For family and friends, a bit of personalisation is always a winner. However, I’ve found that…

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Santa’s Sleigh in Halifax: The Routes!

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus- but will he be coming to your street? Halifax Round Table and Brighouse Rotary are once again bringing festive magic to the streets of Calderdale, and giving the man in red a helping hand to tour Halifax in anticipation of Christmas. He’ll start tonight (December 9, 2019)…

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What’s on in Calderdale this Weekend?

It’s the second weekend in December and we’re in full Christmas countdown mode! From Christmas fairs to festive theatre, Santa in his grotto and Victorian characters roaming The Piece Hall, we’ve compiled a list to help you have maximum fun this weekend! Santa’s Dizzy Day, Victoria Theatre December 5-8, 2019 Fun-packed festive show for kids…

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Dreaming Of A Kind Christmas?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but not everyone is lucky enough to wake up to food and gifts galore on Christmas morning. From disadvantaged families to women and children living in refuges, there are many people who could use a helping hand to give their nearest and dearest the Christmas of their…

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Have Yourself An Eco-Friendly Christmas!

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Since becoming a mum this statement really hits hard. I’m constantly thinking about what the future will look like for my kids, for their kids, and how our actions now impact on theirs. Of course we want to do what we…

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Tried and Tested Christmas Cake Recipe for Kids!

Making a Christmas Cake and making a wish over the mixing bowl really marks the start of Christmas in our house. I’m not great at letting the kids get involved though (mess! spillage!) and have been on the lookout for a simpler recipe that would be easier for my three little elves to manage. Huge…

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The Perfect Christmas Theatre Experience: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Are you looking for a festive family theatre experience? Doncaster Dome – just over an hour’s drive from Halifax – is hosting Bill Kenwright’s brilliant production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical this December. Starring the hit TV show finalist and Britain’s Got Talent sensation, Mark McMullan, the show begins on…

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WIN a Family Ticket for Arabian Nights at Square Chapel!

Would you like to take your family to see Arabian Nights at Square Chapel? Now is you chance, as we have FOUR TICKETS to give away for this funny and fabulous performance at 6pm on December 15, 2019. Presented by Story Pocket Theatre, Arabian Nights is the tale of Sheherazade, the greatest storyteller of them…

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Play Streets Could Be Coming To Calderdale!

Roads in Calderdale could become temporary play spaces for kids – under a new council scheme to get children playing outdoors. The “play streets scheme” would give residents the power to close a street for a few hours at a time, letting children play in the road without the danger of traffic driving through. The…

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Victoria Theatre Bans Single Use Plastic Toys During Pantomime!

Victoria Theatre is doing its bit to help the environment by banning single use plastic toys during pantomime performances. You won’t be able to buy disposable plastic flashing toys while watching Beauty and the Beast when the fun begins on December 14 – or bring them in with you. Instead, higher quality toys such as…

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North Pole Breakfasts – Tips & Ideas!

Sweet, delicious and full of Christmas cheer, here’s how to make a North Pole Breakfast for your family! What is a North Pole Breakfast? A North Pole Breakfast is a sweet, sugar-filled meal to mark the start of your Christmas festivities. You could do it on December 1, when you put up your tree, or…

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Let’s Get Christmas in Calderdale Started!

It might only be November, but Santa sessions are booking up, Christmas markets will soon be bustling and festive lights are starting to twinkle through the darkness. There are so many fun and festive events throughout Calderdale that it can be hard to sift through and find the best ones for your family. So, we’ve…

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So much festive fun to be had at Stockeld Park this Christmas!

Advertorial blog for Stockeld Park Christmas is just around the corner and why not celebrate at the true home of Christmas, Stockeld Park! If you’re wanting to find some festive fun for all the family, Stockeld Park is for you! The Christmas Adventure is open from 14th November 2019 to 6th January 2020 (excluding 25th & 26th December). What…

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Grandad’s Wheels – Halifax Man Publishes Hilarious Book About Life in a Wheelchair!

When Halifax man Brian Abram was paralysed after a cycling accident, his thoughts turned to helping his young grandson understand life in a wheelchair. Brian, 62, who was injured in 2013 while training for a fundraising bike ride to Spain, was in a coma for several weeks and spent a year in hospital. He is…

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Get Your Kids into Rugby with RugbyTots!

Advertising Feature for RugbyTots Halifax & Huddersfield The England Rugby Team did so well to get to the final in Japan! It wasn’t their day for winning, almost, but they’re not there YET! Roll on France 2023!! Rugby seems to have a value system which almost transcends other sports. Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship…

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BRAKE: Road Safety Basics with Beep Beep! Day and Timmy Time!

Road safety is a great subject to engage children with. It’s a subject even the youngest children know something about because everyone uses roads and road danger impacts on everyone. On average, six children are killed or seriously injured on roads in Britain every single day, that’s equivalent to a whole classroom of children every…

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Places to See Santa In and Around Halifax

Ho, Ho, Ho – Christmas will be here before you know it and the wee ones will be asking to see the man in red. Luckily for us, there are plenty of places to meet Santa in Halifax and Calderdale; from woodland grottos to garden centres, Christmassy train rides and behind-the-scenes North Pole tours! Here’s…

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Bonfire Night With Kids

Bonfire Night is one of our most favourite times of year at Casa Mumbler. My oldest was due on Bonfire Night – and born the day after – so it’s special time of year for us, and we swear it gave her a firecracker personality! But magical as it is, all the bangs, cold weather…

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10 Bonfire Night Crafts

My kids love crafting all year round, but there’s something about Bonfire Night that really captures their imaginations. Whether it’s the sparkles, bright colours exploding against the night sky, staying up late or the delicious snacks, they love the chance to get excited all over again so soon after hanging up their Halloween costumes. So…

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Bonfire Night & Fireworks in Halifax & Calderdale!

Most 2020 bonfires & fireworks displays cancelled due to COVID-19. But check out our ideas to have a fabulous bonfire night at home!  We love a good Bonfire Night; toffee apples, sparklers, roast chestnuts, the works! Here’s our list of the biggest bonfires and most spectacular fireworks displays around Halifax and Calderdale, with special displays…

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Autumnal Glamping With Kids!

It’s known for pumpkins, witches and a whole lot of bad weather – but could autumn really be a glamper’s paradise? Yes! Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t pitch a tent during October half term, but find yourself a waterproof, cosy wigwam and I promise, you’ll have a ball. Our family fell in love with…

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How to Throw Your Own Halloween Party!

Halloween and Trick or Treating might have been ambushed by COVID-19, but you can still throw your own Halloween Party at home. Here are some ideas to make it sweet, spooky and something to remember! Create your own spooky decorations! Give your party a spooky theme and design some scary bunting. Let the kids’ imaginations…

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The Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park!

We know it feels like the kids have only just gone back to school, but October Half Term is nearly here! If you’re trying to think of ways to entertain the younger ones during their week off, then look no further, Stockeld Park is here! The Halloween Adventure is open from 26th October – 2nd November with…

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Cheap and Easy Ways to Celebrate Autumn With Kids!

I have a confession: My name is Charlotte and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE AUTUMN! From wrapping up warm to colourful crunchy leaves, darker nights, pumpkin spice, muddy puddles and even the wind and rain, it’s gorgeously atmospheric and probably my favourite time of year. Add in Halloween and Bonfire Night and it’s so much fun I…

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Mumbler 2 for 1 Adult Ticket Offer at Lotherton this October!

Visit Lotherton between the 1st – 25th October 2019 and get 2 for 1 on adult tickets with Mumbler! (See below for details on how to redeem) Visit Lotherton this October and discover a country estate with a family home at its heart. The Edwardian hall, filled with treasures collected by the Gascoigne family from across…

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Halloween Picture Hunt & Autumn Scavenger Hunt

My kids love a good scavenger hunt, especially  if there’s a prize to collect at the end! To kick start your October, we’ve designed two special hunts for you to download and print out – one full of autumnal finds, and another that’s perfect for Halloween. Great fun to do during half term, you could…

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Halloween Events in Halifax and Calderdale

There’s all sorts happening for families in Halifax and Calderdale around Halloween! From a big Spooktacular at Manor Heath to smaller parties at play gyms, there is something to scare – or satisfy – all ages. A full list is available on our Halloween page, but we’ve put together a selection of spookiness to whet…

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10 Pumpkin Activities!

10 Fun and Easy Pumpkin-Related Activities Nothing says Autumn like a good pumpkin!  They’re not expensive to buy and you can pick one up at the supermarket, or go choose your own from a pumpkin patch event. But if you fancy doing something different – as well as the traditional – here are some great…

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Halifax Digital Festival

Halifax might not be known for its digital influence, but that could all change with an exciting new festival! Halifax Digital Festival 2019 launches today (September 18), and runs until September 21, with events and workshops for all ages. Family-friendly events include coding workshops, and talks about careers in technology. Tanya Hirst, IT Talent Development…

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Heritage Festival! Free Events in Calderdale!

Who fancies a FREE day out, with history and culture to boot? This year, Heritage Open Days – England’s largest festival of culture and history – takes place between September 13-22, 2019. It ties in with Halifax Heritage Festival – which runs through September – celebrating People Power. Expect walks, talks and lots of events…

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FUNZY Inflatable Theme Park: Looking for something new to do with the family?

Looking for something new to do with the family? Located in Bradford city centre Funzy has opened a brand-new inflatable park! Same place but featuring new attractions! Does the thought of giant slides, an exhilarating free-fall, ninja run, gladiator zone sound good to you and the children? The new park opened on Saturday  7th September,…

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50 Things To Do in Calderdale Before You’re Five!

The big kids are back to school and the little ones are ruling the roost again! I don’t know about you, but my day-to-day activities are heavily dictated by my older kids when they’re not at school, and my littlest one follows along. Now we’ve got some free time just for her, I’ve been looking…

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Things To Do With Kids When You’re Shattered or Sick

There’s nothing harder than looking after kids when you’re tired or poorly. Much as we love them, they’re not the most sympathetic of creatures and will still want to bounce off the walls – and expect you to join in too! It’s been a tough few weeks at Casa Mumbler with a stomach bug sweeping…

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FREE FLASH TICKET GIVEAWAY – Yorkshire Wildlife Park WildLive Safari Nights

It’s Competition Time!!! WildLive Safari Nights at Yorkshire Wildlife Park offers you the chance to enjoy amazing outdoor concerts with live performances from fantastic artists, as well as enjoying extended opening hours to see some of the world’s rarest and most amazing animals after hours at YWP. The shows kick off on Saturday 3rd August…

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Surviving A Beach Trip With Babies

Beach holidays take on a whole new meaning with kids, don’t they? There’s much less sun bathing and relaxing and much more sun cream slathering while fishing sand out of the baby’s mouth. Don’t get me started on trying to get the sand off of everyone at the end! These days we make a few,…

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Travelling With Kids

Holidays can be the highlight of the year, but getting there can test the boldest of souls. Kids aren’t the easiest of travelling companions (and to be honest, adults aren’t either) so airports, cars, ferries and coaches can become fraught, anxious nightmares. But there are definitely things you can do to make it easier. Here…

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Printable Summer Activities Sheet!

School’s nearly out for summer and we have a whole six weeks of fun, sun (hopefully!) and making precious memories with our little ones ahead of us. It’s not always easy to think of ways to entertain them, so we’ve put together a special Summer Activities Sheet to help fill those lazy, hazy summer days….

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Mumbler Exclusive Flash Sale for Stockeld Summer Adventure

We know how tricky it can be looking for fun family activities to entertain everyone, particularly in the summer when the children have a whole 6 weeks off school! Life can get a little crazy and busy mums and dads don’t always have the time to create Pinterest-worthy activities. Luckily, Stockeld Park are experts in…

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Camping With Kids

I’ll admit it: when our friends told us to take the kids camping, I thought they were mad. Parenting three small children is hard enough at home, never mind trying to get them to sleep in a flimsy canvas structure in a field with no fridge or toilet across the hall. But the more Facebook…

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Summer Reading Challenge 2019 – Space Chase

Looking for ways to keep your child reading over summer? Join the library’s Summer Reading Challenge and they will have lots of fun along the way! This year’s theme is Space Chase; celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Your child can help the super cool Rocket family figure out why books are…

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Join in the BIG WEEKEND of entertainment in Halifax!

The sun is SHINING and there is loads going on in Halifax this weekend! So pack up your sun cream, gather the kids and head outdoors for a good dose of food, music and Vitamin D! Halifax Food & Drink Festival Come hungry and take your pic from the fantastic vendors filling up Woolshops, Corn…

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10 Family Annual Pass Schemes near Halifax

We all like getting the most bang for our buck and let’s face it, family days out can be expensive! Spreading the cost by buying a family annual pass or membership can mean many cheap (or free, even better!) days out for the whole family with more cash left over for ice creams. Picking the…

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Let’s make Calderdale EVEN MORE breastfeeding friendly!

Do you breastfeed your baby? Calderdale health chiefs want your help! Breastfeeding mums’ opinions are being sought to help local businesses and organisations become even more breastfeeding friendly. Whether you’re a brand new mum figuring out your baby’s latch, or someone who has been breastfeeding for years, you could help make things even better for…

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New Life for Halifax and Huddersfield Nappy Library

They’ve come a long way from the Terry nappies our mums knew and loved – but for many, cloth nappies are still shrouded in mystique. That’s where a local nappy library is worth its weight in gold; giving demos, advice, explaining all the benefits – from being great for the environment to good for babies’…

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Halifax Dad’s Delicious Fundraiser – In Memory Of A Special Baby Boy!

TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains details of stillbirth When Tom Hannan’s partner Gina suddenly started craving apples, he knew she must be pregnant. A pregnancy test confirmed it, and their excitement grew as they looked forward to welcoming baby “Pip”, their treasured first child together. “We were both so excited,” shares Tom, who has a…

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Two Whole Weeks of Father’s Day Fun for Dads in Calderdale

What’s the best present for dad on Father’s Day? Quality time with their kids! This year, the men of Calderdale are being treated to an extra special gift – a whole fortnight of experiences especially for them and their children aged under five. Men as Parents Fortnight runs from June 1-15, 2019 and hopes to…

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A New Royal Baby! Congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Sussex Here at Calderdale Mumbler, we are absolutely thrilled to hear the wonderful news that Meghan and Prince Harry have welcomed a baby boy! Naturally, Meghan and Harry’s experiences of royal pregnancy and delivery will have been different to mine, but I’m pretty sure…

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9 Fun Ways to Welcome The Tour de Yorkshire!

We’re counting down the days until the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 arrives in Halifax to begin the final leg of the race. There’s lots happening at The Piece Hall – where Stage 4 will set off from – with many family-friendly events running through the day. But if you’d like to whip up some excitement…

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Easy Ideas to Use Up Easter Chocolate

Annoyed with the pile of Easter Egg boxes and fighting with the kids over how many they can eat in a day? Take out the stress with these easy recipes and turn those chocolate treats into milkshakes, fudge, dips and more! Get Dipping! Who doesn’t love fruit dipped in yummy chocolate? There are all kinds…

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Free Wellbeing & Community Festival in Halifax

A free two-day wellbeing festival is heading to Halifax to get people’s creative juices flowing! The Wellbeing & Community Festival, coming to The Piece Hall on April 27 and 28, will involve four different zones set up in The Courtyard, helping people get active, creative and highlighting support services. Under the themes Active, Creative, Support…

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Baby & Toddler Swimming – What Are The Benefits?

Advertorial Blog for Water Babies Baby & Toddler Swimming…What’s it all about? What are the benefits? With Spring finally here there is no better time to start your swimming journey with your little one and there are countless benefits to getting your baby into the water as soon as you can.  Here are our top 10…

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Keep The Children Entertained at Stockeld Park This Easter!

**This is an advertorial blog for Stockeld Park “I’m bored!” If you’re a parent or you help to look after children during the school holidays, chances are this is a phrase you are all too familiar with! At Stockeld Park, we know how to nip boredom in the bud! Keeping the children entertained in the school…

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Safer Sleep Week

It’s #safersleepweek and this year, the focus is on co-sleeping. Sadly, four babies die every week from SIDS and unsafe co-sleeping is certainly a factor. But with greater awareness and more information, we can work together to reduce this number. As someone who was absolutely adamant I wouldn’t co-sleep, I never expected that all three…

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Whizz, Pop, Bang!

It’s British Science Week – a whole week dedicated to celebrating science, technology, engineering and maths. Here at Mumbler we love a bit of messy play, so grab a lab coat – or an apron – and let’s get the mini Mumblers experimenting! Paint the rainbow! This one is super simple and so visual that…

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George Clarke is looking for families, couples or singles to be a part of his Channel 4 programmes this year…

Advertising Feature from Amazing Productions In search of Pre-1940’s properties and ‘Change of Use’ renovations for the new TV series. In ‘George Clarke’s Old House, New Home’, George can help you to make the most of your period property. Are you about to start (or have started) to renovate/re design your house or flat to…

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Yorkshire Children’s Trust Charity Shop

Fancy grabbing yourself a bargain AND helping sick and disabled children in Yorkshire? At Yorkshire Children’s Trust Charity Shop, in Halifax, you can do exactly that, making a real difference to local children and families. Set up by Simon Widdop – founder and trustee of YCT – the shop is below the charity’s offices in…

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Indoor Swimming pools with slides, splash zones and other fun stuff near Halifax!

Swimming is the perfect activity for this time of year, especially when you throw in water slides, floats and splash toys! Unfortunately, we currently don’t have an indoor waterpark in Calderdale, but there are plenty of options within an hour (ish) drive.   1. Huddersfield Leisure Centre Waterpark The closest to Calderdale and a whole load of…

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Concussion in Children

Concussion in children is a serious issue – especially when they are playing sport. Halifax-based Concussion Therapist John Gonzalez shares a guest blog about why it’s important to know the signs and how to treat it.  A lot of people still believe only adults get concussion – that somehow, children’s brains are different and if…

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Bite Sized Ballet is Coming to Calderdale!

Gather your mini ballerinas – bite-sized ballet is coming to the big screen! Perfect for toddler attention spans, these 40 minute films are shot in vibrant, high-definition colours and will be shown at Square Chapel, Halifax, starting on March 9. Northern Ballet’s Bite Sized Ballet series will kick off with an adaptation of the Tortoise &…

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Book Your Smear!

Nervous about your Smear Test? Mumbler Sally shares ALL the deets about hers, down to pube admin, Star Wars socks and how honestly, it was nothing to worry about. “I was so excited when the letter arrived- I recognised it immediately and ripped it open at once… “YES! Three years have flown past and I’m…

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Keeping Kids Warm in the Cold

It’s forecast to get chilly again this weekend with maybe even some snow! We’re trying to spend more time outdoors this winter, but the kids aren’t always up for it and there’s nothing worse than little ones crying because of cold hands and feet. We had seven winters in Canada, and learned a thing or…

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Healthy Mums Calderdale

It’s one of the happiest times of your life, but becoming a mum can also be the loneliest, scariest and most isolating. While we all like to think we are a shoulder to cry on for our family and friends, the reality is that many women are afraid to speak up, don’t want to admit…

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WILD About Birth!

Forget birth plans and TENS machines – these birth stories include comedy, disco, glitter – and a pineapple! WILD is  a bold piece of theatre performing at Square Chapel in Halifax on Thursday and Friday (Jan 10 & 11), exploring how we might be using the wrong language when we talk about birth. Part riot,…

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The Mumbler Great Christmas Bake Off !

Nothing says Christmas like a kitchen full of homemade Christmas cookies! My kids love baking, and this blog by Hayley from East Cheshire Mumbler is full of easy, festive treats. Enjoy, and let us know how it goes!    “If I’m completely honest, baking isn’t my strong point.  I’d go so far as to say I’m pretty…

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Mumbler Review: Lotherton Hall Christmas

Looking to squeeze in one last Christmas day out before the big day? Anna at North Leeds Mumbler  reviewed Lotherton Christmas Experience with her kids, and had a great time! Hours of fun at great value Entry to the Christmas Experience is £7 per adult, £3.50 per child, or £21 for a family ticket.  …

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Life with Type 1 Diabetes

It’s the one time of year when we all overindulge, but for children with type 1 diabetes, Christmas can be fraught with dangers. Halifax mum-of-five Jodie Ward knows this all too well, as three of her children are “T1 Heroes”. Ebony, 15, her eldest, who was diagnosed aged 7; Benjamin, 10, who was diagnosed at…

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Christmas Film Guide!

Who’s in the mood for a good old Christmas film? From Frozen to Home Alone and Elf, there’s plenty to keep the kids – and adults – amused during a snuggly Christmas Tv-athon. 🎄Saturday 15th December🎄 Nativity 3: Dude Wheres My Donkey? – 12.45-2.55 Channel 5 101 Dalmations – 2.55-5.05pm Channel 5 Miracle on 34th…

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Christmas Traditions for Kids

I love fun Christmas traditions and am always trying to find new ways to make it magical for the kids. This year we’re doing fewer organised events  and more unplanned moments – thanks to last year’s kicking and screaming trip to see Santa in the pouring rain! But there are still a few traditions that…

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