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Birmingham and SolihullJANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 ISSUE #1R2008|2009RUSSELL NURSERY SCHOOLChildren aged from 3 months to 5 years.Ofsted Outstanding Qualied friendly staff. Daily home cooking. Interactive Whiteboard/Table. CCTV cameras in every room. Free Grant places available for 3+Tel: 0121 777 4902130 Russell Rd, Hall Green, Bham B28 8SQ621 Fox Hollies Road,Hall Green,Birmingham.B28 9DWTel: 0121 777 3778Other sitesSmall World Nursery,975 Stratford Road,Hall Green,BirminghamB28 8BGTel: 0121 693 30712008|20092008|2009HARBORNE-MS-BOOKKEEPINGEmail: msbookkeeping@talktalk.netAccounts Preparations,VAT Returns,Bookkeeping& Payroll ServicesTel: 0121 4282684 Mob: 07823550041Stumped by science?Supernanny to the rescueEaster A to Z2008|2009RUSSELL NURSERY SCHOOLChildren aged from 3 months to 5 years.Ofsted Outstanding Qualied friendly staff. Daily home cooking. Interactive Whiteboard/Table. CCTV cameras in every room. Free Grant places available for 3+Tel: 0121 777 4902130 Russell Rd, Hall Green, Bham B28 8SQ621 Fox Hollies Road,Hall Green,Birmingham.B28 9DWTel: 0121 777 3778Other sitesSmall World Nursery,975 Stratford Road,Hall Green,BirminghamB28 8BGTel: 0121 693 30712008|20092008|2009FREERMARCH-APRIL 2012 ISSUE 8www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukHARBORNE-MS-BOOKKEEPINGEmail: msbookkeeping@talktalk.netAccounts Preparations,VAT Returns,Bookkeeping& Payroll ServicesTel: 0121 4282684 Mob: 07823550041Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton ColdfieldStumped by science?Supernanny to the rescueEaster A to Zwww.familiesbirmingham.co.uk345 81012 1416News What mums really want! Clubs and classesStumped by science?Supernanny to the rescueEaster A to ZWhats onBrain tumour researchIn this Issue...5810142 Issue 8ContentsNext Issue: Advertisers: book your space now for our May/June issue. Call 0758 352 6056or e-mail editor@familiesbirmingham.co.uk before Friday, April 6.We take care preparing this magazine but the publisher and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers, nor for the accuracy of the contents nor its consequence.Design: www.MattWaltonDesign.co.ukPrint: Warners Midlands PLC, Manor Lane, Bourne, Lincs. PE10 9PHCopyright Families Birmingham and Solihull, March 2012Front page picture by photo artist Abby Wilkes. Abby won the West Midlands Master Photographer Award for her work with children three years in a row.She specialises in photographing children and families, creating art from lifes special moments. Contact Abby for more information:07966 867306. www.abbywilkes.com, Editor, Families Birmingham & SolihullWendy Flynnrhiggs@littlekickers.co.ukwww.littlekickers.co.ukApproved football training for kids aged 2 to 7 yearsLocal classes at a venue near youWhere learnings a ballClasses in Solihull, Knowle, Hockley Heath & WythallNOW BOOKING-Easter holiday football campsFor a free trial class or information about our football parties please call0121 744 9730Rugby-based, fun activity classes for kids aged 3 to 5 years old.Classes in Birmingham and Solihull07807 297 511www.rugbymonkeys.co.ukwww.familiesbirmingham.co.uk News www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukChild rst day nurseryChildcare and a whole lot more Drop in anytime and see 3 months to 5 years0121 788 8148 solihull@childrst.co.ukwww.childrst.co.uk Cooks Lane B37 6NZIssue 8 3 MATHS ENGLISH LANGUAGESVERBAL REASONINGSCIENCESNON-VERBAL REASONING11+ GCSEsTUITION...we have dedication to educationTEL 0121 454 2858 | MOB 07543 668261 | www.academicexcellence.org.ukFor more information please call 0121 454 2858 or email info@academicexcellence.org.uk To find a class near you please call or email:Childrens LivesHow life has changed for children! Many mums will remember growing up at a time when there was more freedom, more play, less technology and far less traffic. But how has life changed for children through the centuries?Take a family outing to the Childrens Lives exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from March 23 for a fascinating glimpse into the lives of children past and present and their experiences of home, school and community.The exhibition features wonderful black and white documentary photography taken by Bill Brandt for Cadburys in the 1930s and 40s and campaign photography by Nick Hedges for the Shelter campaign in the 1970s. See scenes from Bournville, Sparkhill, Cannon Hill Park, Harborne and the Black Country. There are also paintings by artists including Gainsborough, Reynolds, Rossetti, and Picasso; artefacts, toys and film. The final room of the exhibition featuring children of today has been curated by pupils from Waverley School in Small Heath and Four Dwellings School in Quinton. Definitely worth a visit and runs until June. Spring into action at the GardensAn annual family membership which allows free access to Birminghams Botanical Gardens all year round costs just 62 - and with the Gardens extending their family activities programme so children will never tire of visiting, this sounds like a great deal. The decision to add to its regular Sunday afternoon family programme with new events at half term and school holidays comes in response to parents who want fun family outings that dont break the bank.The 2012 activities programme includes many of the old favourites pond dipping, recycled musical instruments; and herb planting - as well as new workshops in African, Indian and rainforest crafts. Activities cost 2 per child and if you pick up a family activity loyalty card after 4 visits, the fifth activity is free. As well as craft activities, children will also enjoy Music in the Gardens at the bandstand. The music programme runs every Sunday and bank holidays from April to October. To download the Family Activity Programme or find out about membership:www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.ukSlainte (Cheers!)Have your shamrock at the ready for the annual Saint Patricks Day Parade taking take place in Birmingham on Sunday 11th March. Happy Saint Patricks Day to all our readers and may the luck of the Irish be with you.Canny caninesCrufts dog show will be the place to be for canine pet-lovers as 22,000 dogs and 200 pedigree breeds take part in the show at the NEC on March 8-11. There are over 400 display stands; a dog activity ring where you can find out how to unleash your dogs potential, and a good citizen dog training programme. Under 8s free.www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukWhat mums really wantA family gatheringMothering Sunday was originally a day-off from Lent, when servants were allowed to travel home to see their mums, and have a slap-up dinner together. Traditional presents were flowers and cakes and you wont go too far wrong if you stick to tradition. What mum doesnt love having the family all around one table, with cake and flowers thrown in? But mums not making the feast, or doing the washing up oh no. Book her favourite restaurant or pub, or make the meal yourself - and make sure you wash up afterwards.Time to herselfThis is one thing we mums often crave more than anything, so organise her some proper me time. Book her a spa day or indulge her hobby (yoga/writing/crafts/cookery) with a weekend course. If she doesnt get to see her closest friends enough, maybe you could secretly liaise with them and organise a weekend away? Youll be rolling in Brownie points after any of these.Personalised works of artIf home is where your womans heart is, then a few personal touches to beautify it wont go far wrong. Book a portrait session for the whole family with a great local photographer (eg Abby Wilkes 07966 867306), or find a local service that turns an existing photo into a fantastic artwork. What woman could resist a framed print of her wedding day as a romantic gesture?Something really uniqueWith a little planning ahead, you and the kids can present mum with a truly unique and handmade creation. Take the childrens fingerprints or hand or foot casts, and have them made into pictures, keepsakes or jewellery there are lots of places that do this now (eg Smallprint call Sarah on 07950 832 054). Alternatively, take the kids to a pottery painting shop (eg Paint a Pot at Notcutts Garden Centre) and have a great time making a personalised plate, mug or vase that mum will treasure forever. Time with you, aloneChances are, since the kids came along, lifes been a little (or a lot) less romantic. Mothers Day is the perfect time to put this right, with a hotel reservation slipped inside the card and the grandparents on standby for next weekend. Happy days all round.Whatever you decide, we hope every mum has a wonderful Mothers Day!.Psst, dads want to know what mum really wants for Mothers Day? Here are some ideas to show her how much you care.By Gabrielle Starkey4 Issue 8Mothers Day www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukDay Nursery SchoolsQuality Pre-School Education and Care Ages 3 months to 5 years Small group sizes Open 8.00am to 6.00pm Mature quali ed staff Home cooked meals Ofsted approved CCTV and Door-entry security Grant Funding processed Teachers specializing in Music, Dance & French (subject to availability)Day NurserySchoolsQualityPre-SchoolEducationand Care106 Wake Green RoadMoseley, B13 9PZ.Tel: 0121-449-3673106 Wake Green RoadMoseley, B13 9PZ.Tel: 0121-449-367319 Woodland Road,North eld, B31 2HU.Tel: 0121-475-841619 Woodland Road,North eld, B31 2HU.Tel: 0121-475-8416 Ages 3 months to 5 years Small group sizes Open 8.00am to 6.00pm Mature quali ed staff Home cooked meals Ofsted approved CCTV and Door-entry security Grant Funding processed Teachers specializing in Music, Dance & French (subject to availability)Grasshoppers DayNurseriesLoving, caring and quality childcare in homelysettingsErdington - 0121 384 8096Edgbaston - 0121 455 6026Open 7.00am 6.15pmHarborne - 0121 427 5040Open 7.30am 6.15pmwww.familiesbirmingham.co.ukIssue 8 5 StagecoachTheatre ArtsStagecoach Edgbaston Saturday classes at Edgbaston High School for Girls for children and young people aged 4 to 18Call: 01926 651159email: edgbaston@stagecoach.co.ukwww.stagecoach.co.uk/edgbastonStretch Your Childs Imagination In Three Directions At Once The original, largest and still the best part-time performing arts schools in the world.Nurturing and developing young peoples potential through dance, drama and singing.SING! DANCE! ACT NOW!Clubs and Classeswww.familiesbirmingham.co.ukFans of little piplings love YogaBugsDoes your cheebie tune into Waybuloo and copy the little piplings yogo moves? Then he or she will love YogaBugs classes where they can enjoy some real live yogo action. YogaBugs founder Nell Lindsell was the yoga consultant to the hit TV show!At YogaBugs classes children are Superheroes who encounter a different adventure every week whether it is a Super Sonic Space Mission or an Underwater Mermaid Adventure. The yoga postures are incorporated into the story, and at the end of the class there is a relaxation session where children learn breathing techniques and visualisation. Michelle Best, the YogaBugs franchisee in Birmingham, says: Children love coming to our classes and having a Superhero adventure and there are lots of other benefits too. Yoga is a great physical exercise and it has been shown to have a calming effect on children, reducing their stress levels and increasing their concentration spans.Michelle holds classes for MegaBugs (3-5); MightyBugs (2-3) and MiniBugs (2 years) at the Rowheath Pavilion in Bournville on Friday mornings, and at the Layca Centre in Shirley on Monday mornings. A new class is also planned for Solihull from March, and more venues will be added soon. For more information call Michelle on 0845 863 0691. Match of the dayClub Futsal is inviting Birmingham and Solihull football clubs or individual players to join them at the Ricoh Arena for the Coventry City V Doncaster game. The football fans will be taken on a tour of the stadium and take part in a parade around the pitch before the match kicks off, while some youngsters will get the chance to form a guard of honour as the players leave the tunnel.Club Futsal is also organising a futsal tournament for ages 5-16 in Birmingham in July. Each team will play nine games of 6 minutes with trophies for the winners and runners up. For more information on either event, contact Paul Holmes, Club Futsal Director, on 077455 65745.New classes for September in the Sutton Coldeld areaYB-MB-AD-090212.pdf 1 09/02/2012 10:06www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukSummer Fun www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukClubs and Classes www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk6 Issue 8Guitar, Bass, Drum Lessons 7-19 years Vocal lessons for over 11s2 Hour sessions including stage time.CRB cleared Staff, great fun.RockSchool grades.Tel: 0845 226 3318www.therockproject.comClubs & Classes DIRECTORY To advertise here call 0758 352 6056MUSICMUSICMUSICTIM TANDLER DRUM SCHOOL1-to-1 drum tuition, City Centre locationRock School grades 1-8. Ages 4 upwards. Tel: 0121 503 5849www.timtandlerdrumschool.co.ukB I R M I N G H A MTel: 0121 503 5849www.birminghamdrumschool.co.uk1-to-1 drum tuition,City Centre locationRock School grades 1-8.Ages 4 upwards. PRE-SCHOOL MUSICCall 0121 711 4224 for nearest classwww.rhythmtime.netEarly learning through musicBaby, toddler and pre-school classesYouth Theatre Group, Age 6+ Garretts Green Lane, Sheldon, B26 2SA Telephone: 0121 722 3761 MASQUERADE MUSICAL THEATRE Ballet, Tap and Jazz age 2 +Branches in Yardley and Shirley Telephone: 0121 744 1422 www.dubarrieschoolofdance.co.uk DUBARRIE SCHOOL OF DANCE DANCE & DRAMAPYJAMA DRAMADrama for creative little people, 6 months -7 yearsSing, dance, pretend, play. Call Kate on 0800 542 0363or e-mail: kate@pyjamadrama.comwww.solihullyoungdancers.co.ukSolihull Young DancersBallet and Tap DancingClasses from age 2 +Tel: Kate on 07722 732678www.masquerademusicaltheatre.co.ukExplore your creativity!Does your child have a good imagination and do they love to write? Explore Learning, which recently opened a new maths and English centre in Kings Heath, launches its National Young Writers Award 2012 for year 3 upwards this April and May.Last year children were asked to write an adventure story, and this year the plot thickens. As we go to press, details of the 2012 writing challenge have not yet been released, but log onto www.explorelearning.co.uk later this month and all will be revealed. Tutors from the Centre are offering free creative writing workshops and assemblies to schools to fire up childrens creative processes and get them in the mood for writing. Explore Learning offers a variety of individually tailored courses in maths and English for ages 5-14, and an 11+ preparation course. The Centre has just launched Explore Writing, a unique creative writing course designed to inspire even the most reluctant of writers! Later this month it introduces Succeed in Secondary, a course aimed at year 6 and secondary school pupils, helping children to develop research and presentation skills. To find out more about the courses or book a free trial session call 0121 6617 409 or email kingsheath@explorelearning.co.uk www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk Summer FunIssue 8 7 Clubs and Classeswww.familiesbirmingham.co.uk CLUB FUTSAL UK AGES 3+ BOYS AND GIRLS TO BOOK CALL PAUL 07745 56 57 45WWW.CLUBFUTSALUK.CO.UK OR EMAIL CLUBFUTSALUK@AOL.COM DO YOU WANT TO BE THE NEXT MESSI?FUTSAL COACHING CENTRES BIRMINGHAM FUTSAL ARENA WEDNESDAY 5PM-7PM SOLIHULL COLLEGE THURSDAY 5PM-6PMAPR APRIL 21st COVENTRY CITY V DONCASTER All Children Price in Price Includes - Parade the pitch before game - Guard of honour - Gro Group photos - Enjoy the Game - Ticket Price 15 Child + 20 Adult Book Online CLUBFUTSALUK TOURNAMENT @ BHAM FUTSAL ARENA JULY 7TH CLUBFUT TOURNAMENT + E TOURNAMENT + EXPO FOR INDIVIDUALS + TEAMS 10 PER PERSON (TEAMS OF 7+2 COACHS 100) 20 PER MONTH SOCCER CAMPS IN SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 15 PER DAY OR 60 PER WEEK VARIOUS VENUES AVAILABLETel: Andrea on 077329 08194Age 2.5 to schoolFree places for 3 and 4 year oldsVivian Road Pre-schoolPick up and drop off-ALL local primary schoolsBreakfast Club and After-school ClubHarborne Kids ClubEdgbaston High SchoolEdgbaston High Schools 3.5 million development project was officially opened by the Rt Hon Sir Stephen Brown, president of the schools governing council.The new wing accommodates an extended library, a state of the art Sixth Form Centre and new classrooms. The schools new Fitness Suite was opened by Dame Kelly Holmes in September.EHS was founded in 1876 and now has 950 pupils. It caters for children from nursery right through to sixth form.May bank holiday family funGet your feet moving and your fingers creating as International Dance Festival Birminghams Family Weekend returns on 5 - 7 May. Cannon Hill Park and MAC will be taken over by award winning dance companies with spectacular outdoor performances, participatory workshops and crafts. Activities will take place every day, including treasure hunts, impromptu performances, music processions, dance workshops and art workshops. Australian choreographer Shaun Parker takes over the playground with his World Premiere of Spill - kids will love it and grown-ups will too!Drum School JuniorsBirmingham Drum School has a dedicated junior room with two mini drum kits with 18 inch bass drums and 13 inch snare drums just right for little people.Drum School Juniors caters for 4-8 year olds and Tim Tandler says: Its great to see very young drummers starting out and almost straight away playing a basic beat and counting time!We have developed ideas that will aid many basic skills needed to play many instruments - counting, co-ordination (using right and left hands), establishing a practice routine, reading basic notes and rhythms and the ability to focus on a given task.For more information on drum lessons for all ages from 4, contact Tim on 0121 503 5849.Surge in interest in elocution lessonsHaving elocution lessons appears to be a hot new trend as people seek to ditch their regional accents which they perceive are holding them back in a competitive market. A report by the online Tutor Pages site says that relative to the number of tutors, there were more inquiries for elocution lessons than for any other subject area last year. People in Birmingham and the West Midlands head the list of those unhappy with the sound of their own voice and generated the most number of inquiries. Among academic subjects, secondary science and maths were the most sought-after subjects, while piano tuition was the most sought-after of all the musical instruments.Maths & English tuitionwww.explorelearning.co.ukBook your free trial session today!Kings Heath - 0121 6617 409Visit our centre on Alcester Road South, BirminghamCondence New skillsEnthusiasmExplore Learning centres provide unique tuition that will meet the individual needs of your child.Inspiring tuition for 5-14 year olds of all abilities!Studio OpeningWhen the recession began to bite many businesses ditched their investment plans, but Bev Drew of Planet Dance had the confidence to forge ahead with hers.Two years later that confidence has paid off as Planet Dance moves into its own premises in Solihull, which has two dance studios complete with sprung wooden floors, mirrors and ballet bars.It was a big project and there were times over the past two years when I wondered whether we would ever reach our goal, but now that we have come through to the other side, I know the hard work has been worth it, says Bev.Since launching in 2004, Planet Dance has been using different halls and studios to hold its dance classes, but as they expanded Bev wanted her own base.The programme of classes includes drama, ballet, street dance, breakdance, tap, freestyle, ballroom and Latin, but having their own studios is opening up new possibilities.We can look at expanding to cover other areas of dance and fitness contemporary, musical theatre, cheerleading, says Bev, who, after the successful completion of one project, is clearly looking to her next.Education www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukWhat on earth? Children are curious about life, the universe and pretty much everything.Why is the moon sometimes out in the day? Why is the sky blue? How do aeroplanes stay up in the sky?The chances are if you are a parent you have been asked these questions by curious children, but how many of us were able to answer them? A nationwide survey by the Big Bang Science Fair who polled more than 2,000 parents found that 2 in 3 of us were stumped by the science behind the questions and failed to answer correctly. Shamefully, instead of owning up and researching it along with the kids, many of us sneakily pretended nobody knew or even worse made up the answers! Sounds familiar?Now you have the chance to make amends by taking the family along to the Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC on March 17, where learning science is fun and fascinating -and whats more its FREE to attend. You will be doing your children a favour (the poll found that science and maths tops the subjects their children enjoy most), and fuelling their enthusiasm for science, maths and technology will almost certainly help their future career prospects. As for us adults we might catch the science bug ourselves and next time the kids come up with a conundrum, we will be better placed to look it up rather than fobbing them off.The Science Fair will engage all ages - as well as exhibitions and theatre shows there are interactive workshops exploring the science behind everyday life. Workshops fill up fast so register for free tickets online at www.thebigbangfair.co.uk if you dont want to miss out. A full programme is available online but here we give you a sample to tickle your tastebuds. Parents stumped by Science Top Questions To find a list of top ten questions asked by kids which puzzle parents log on to www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk Psst! We also give you the answers. So next time you want an answer for: Why is water wet? Will we ever find aliens? What makes the colours of the rainbow? you will know where to look. Thanks to the Big Bang Team for coming to the rescue and explaining the Science.1. Why is the moon sometimes out in the day?Basically its visible because its just another object being lit by the sun. So when its in the right place we can see it. The moon is orbiting the Earth around once every 28 days. You cant see it during the day if its right between us and the sun because the back of it, which isnt lit up by the sun, is pointed towards us. If the moon is around 45 degrees or even 90 degrees off the sun then half of it will be lit up brightly. Then the surface of the moon is about as bright as the surface of the Earth is. 2. Why is the sky blue?If youre stuck on this one, then youre in good company it even stumped Aristotle and Isaac Newton. White sunlight is really a lot of different colours of light mixed together. Light passing through the sky bounces off particles in the air and some colours of light travel through air and dust better than others. The blue light gets bounced around the most, so whatever direction you look at you see a blue colour. 3. How do aeroplanes stay in the air? Lots of things that go up into the air cant stay there, such as a ball you throw, because gravity pulls the object back down. Aeroplanes, however, are different. A plane is able to fly when its upward and forward forces are stronger than its downward and backward pulls. The forward pull of a plane comes from its engine, which gives it power to move and that force must be bigger than the backward push it receives from the air in front of it. The upward lift of a plane is created thanks to the special curved shape of a planes wings. The way air flows over and under the curved wing is what allows a plane to lift up, up, and away. Planes are able to stay in the air because they have more upwards lift than the natural downward pull of gravity! Although its a bit more complicated: think about this, planes fly upside down.Free and fun science resources for children, teachers and parents: www.planet-science.com;Science on the bbc www.bbc.co.uk/science8 Issue 8www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk EducationCall us now 0121 733 6558or visit www.ksol.co.uk/wf11+ Exams are only6 months away11+ Exams are only6 months away.BUITt&OHMJTIt7FSCBMt/PO7FSCBMGive your child the condence to pass the 11+Personalised coursefor your childDedicated 11+ TutorEvery question timedto improve speed Is your child ready for the 11+?Is your child ready for the 11+?Is your child ready for the 11+?%FUBJMFEEBJMZFYBNRVFTUJPOTDPWFSJOH4VDDFTTGVMMZVTFECZ1000s of children&%(#"450/)*()4$)00- GPS (*3-4BENJTT JPOT!FEHCBTUPOIJHI DPVL XXXFEHCBTUPOIJHI DPVL$IBSJU Z OP 8FTUCPVSOF 3PBE &EHCBTUPO #JSNJOHIBN#545FM .FBOTUFTUFECVSTBSJFTBWBJMBCMF4DIPMBSTIJQTBUBOE1SFQBSBUPSZ4DIPPM0QFO)PVTF5VFTEBZUI.BZBNQN"OJOEFQFOEFOUTDIPPMGPSHJSMTZFBSTKumons maths and English study programmes work to unlock your childs potential, building their confidence and independent study skills.Contact your local Instructor for a Free Assessment: Handsworth Wood 0121 240 1596Harborne 0121 427 3007Great Barr 0121 378 2130Smethwich and Moseley 0121 426 50900800 854 714kumon.co.ukFreeAssessmentFees vary. Please refer to your local study centre.Issue 8 9 Bang Goes The Theory Live (Show suitable for all ages) Bang Goes the Theory is for anyone who is remotely curious about life, the universe and pretty much everything. The best science lets you try, find out and prove things for yourself. You can join the team live as they hit the stage to test, stretch, explain and experiment with science and how it shapes the world around us. Rollercoasters and relativity with Alton Towers (Workshop for ages 7-16 ) Discover how the combination of gravity and speed affects you on a rollercoaster -from velocity, acceleration, energy and friction to centrifugal and centripetal forces.Understand that unbalanced forces cause an object to accelerate or decelerate; examine the ways in which frictional forces affect motion; understand how to determine the speed of a moving object and be able to use the quantitative relationship between speed, distance and time. (Phew, its enough to leave you breathless!). How to make millions of chocolate bars in a day (Farm to Fork zone ages 719)Chocolate is more than just delicious, it is packed full of science! At the Nestl stand get an insight into the incredible manufacturing process, from roasting the cocoa beans to how the chocolate is tempered, moulded and shaped into the nations favourite, Kit Kat. Some lucky people will get the chance to get involved and create a chocolate bar. YUM!How to save the planet in 60 minutes(Ideas Factory Stage ages 7-16)Join Dr Ken on his one wheel energy saving vehicle in his bid to save money and mankind. Dr Ken challenges his audience to take action to save the planet. His show presents the serious issues of global warming in an exciting, dynamic and fun way. Although Dr Ken will be talking rubbish he will be making sense of carbon reduction, saving water, preserving resources, recycling and creative green transport.Classroom Casualty(Body Talk zone suitable for all ages)The Classroom Medics activities are suitable for all ages and provide a unique experience to use real medical equipment and see how your body works. Activities include measuring your lung volume and discovering your lung age; recording your temperature with a laser thermometer, measuring oxygen levels with a pulse oximeter and using an otoscope to video your ear drum and see it on a big screen!Parents stumped by Science 10 Issue 8Sally Oakey is a bundle of energy, unflagging and unflappable. So she relishes the challenge of helping parents who feel they are losing the battle on the home-front and need some reinforcements. The flash points for many parents who call on Sally for support are sleeping and eating.Sally says The people who contact me with sleep issues, when their children wont go to bed or constantly get up at night, are usually very tired and desperate. I go into their home and watch the interaction between the parent and child and make suggestions about what might help.I stay for a few evenings and guide them through while they are getting the child into a new routine. Then just like Jo Frost Supernanny I go away and let the parents get on with it. A short while afterwards I come back to check that everything is going to plan or if anything needs altering, and I work like that until the situation is resolved. Each child is different so it is a case of finding out what works best for an individual child, but it usually doesnt take too long to crack it.Sally was once called on by Helen, a mum at her wits end with her 3-year-old daughter Ellie who was using every delaying tactic imaginable to put off going to bed, and was then constantly getting out of bed and going downstairs.Ellie was very stubborn and her mum, who was working fulltime, was exhausted. At times it was 11pm before she got her daughter to sleep and she hadnt even managed to have tea.By spending time with Helen and Ellie, Sally sensed what was going on: A lot of the little girls behaviour was about a change of routine. Her Dad had started a new job and was working away during the week and her mum was managing on her own and felt more stressed. Ellie had picked up on this and felt insecure so although she had never been great about bedtimes, it was making the situation a whole lot worse. She was worried her mum might go away too. For the first few nights every time she came downstairs we didnt talk to her, tell her anything or Parenting www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukSupernanny to the rescuewww.childbehaviourdirect.comChildrens Behaviour4 week courseForHappyCondent ChildrenPhone Ruth; 07929 047110E-mail: childbehaviour@hotmail.co.ukwww.familiesbirmingham.co.ukI ssue 8 11 promise her anything we just put her back to bed. But she wasnt falling for that and got up over and over again. We must have put her back to bed 30 or 40 times a night, so we decided to re-evaluate for the second week.We bought some fairy lights for her room and told her that either Helen or I would sit in her room, not talking, just sitting. Gradually over a week we moved closer to the door until by the end of the first week we were sitting outside on the top stair. It was completely exhausting but at least Helen could see that we were getting somewhere.Ellie was a real girly, girl and loved the idea of the fairy lights and the fairies looking after her, and she felt more secure. That was the key to this. She knew her mum wasnt going anywhere and she felt safe again.Looking back at those three weeks it seems like no time at all to resolve sleep issues, but at the time it was very wearing for Helen so it helped to have someone there who had been through it before and could offer reassurance.From experience Sally knows many behaviour issues can be sorted with a simple change of routine. Another family asked for help with their toddler Amy who refused to eat or if she did eat anything, it had to be pasta. Amys antics pushing food around and leaving her place were causing mayhem for her mum Julie, but once again by watching what was going on between mother and daughter, Sally found a simple solution.Julie had told Amy she must stay at the table until she had finished eating which meant the little girl felt under a lot of pressure, but Julie never sat down with her herself as she was rushing around doing chores or cleaning the kitchen. Refusing to eat was Amys way of getting her mums attention.Instead for the first week Julie and I sat at the table to eat with Amy and talked with her about the day. She began to follow our lead because she enjoyed having her Mums attention, and we gradually began to introduce new foods to the dinner menu.Sally, who has now started up her own nanny agency, is passionate about helping and supporting parents.Children grow up so quickly. You want to be able to look back and remember how good it was not look back and remember how much you dreaded bed times or meal times. Parents should be able to enjoy their children and I like helping them do that.Sallys Nannies provides: day nannies, night nannies, live-in nannies; Super Nanny services, breast-feeding support, maternity nurses; before and after school care; event nannies; and babysitters. Tel: 08000 194518Names of parents and children mentioned in this piece have been changed.Sallys top tipWhen a child shouts, a parent often shouts back. Next time this happens, speak QUIETLY. Its a surefire way of quietening a shouting child. They pause to listen because they want to know what you are saying, and without knowing they will lower their voice too, giving you the chance to restore calm.www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk ParentingSupernanny to the rescueor go to www.sallysnannies.co.ukSimply call us on 08000 194518We can provide a complete and professional service that meets all your nannying and childcare needs: - Day nannies - Live-in nannies - Night nannies - Maternity nurses - Breast-feeding support - Babysitters - Before and after school care - Corporate and event nanny servicesIf a rewarding job with true security that provides you with the work/life balance, flexibility and control over your own destiny sounds appealing contact Carolyn Rose today.You can work part time, around your existing work or family commitments and there is no financial investment.Find out how Carolyns children can always be her priority working part-time hours to suit her family commitments you too could change your life.Contact Carolyn for a FREE information pack on07789 916278 or email: carolyn.rose1@tesco.net1,500www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukEaster Activities12 Issue 8Pre School Activities MINIMONKEYSParent & toddler group10am12noon & 1pm3pmRole play, dressing up, FREE squash and biscuitsfor everychild.FREEENTRY MONDAY &THURSDAY!*WEDNESDAYMUSIC WITH TRACEY!Music and movement a lively session that is bound to get your little ones up and dancing 10.45am 11.30amFRIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS-lots of messy fun 10am 12noonTuesday &Thursday*Termtime onlyEdgbaston Watersports Awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC) quality badge for adventure sports.Adventurous Learning forall, in theHeart of Birminghamwww.edgbastonwatersports.co.ukCall 0121 454 1997 for further informationEdgbaston WatersportsEdgbaston WatersportsFollow us onCome rain or shine we offer you an A to Z of Easter activities so you wont be stuck for ideas for family outings with the children over the Easter school holidays. A is for adventureHead for Ackers adventure outdoor centre in Sparkhill, or Adventure Island mini golf at Star City.B is for botany and butterfliesRamble around Birminghams Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston or the Butterfly farm in Stratford on Avon.C is for canalsCatch a canal boat ride at Sherborne Wharf in the City Centre, or explore the underground limestone caverns by boat at Dudley Canal Trust.D is for dens and dungeonsBuild a tribal den at Brueton Park in Solihull or delve into past history with a trip to the Dungeons at Tamworth Castle or Warwick Castle.E is for Easter and egg huntsJoin a traditional Cadburys-sponsored Easter egg hunt at Birmingham Back to Backs, Coughton Court in Warwickshire or the Rock Houses in Kinver.F is for fun on the farmSee spring lambs and Easter chicks at Umberslade Farm Park, Solihull; Broomey Croft childrens Farm, Kingsbury; Ash End House Childrens Farm near Tamworth; or Hatton Farm in Warwickshire.G is for gardeningGet your garden ready for summer with a trip to Notcutts Garden Centre, Shirley, where children can paint a pot and enjoy the pet and aquatic centre too. Mooch around Plantasia Maze world and wild walk at Dobbies Garden Centre, near Atherstone, or visit Akamba Garden Centre in Solihull for an exotic African experience.H is for hillsGo fly a kite and have a bracing walk on the Clent or Malvern Hills.I is for Imax and Ice-skatingSee a film on the largest screen in the West Midlands at the Imax, or go slip sliding away at Blue Ice rink in Solihull or The Leisure Box in Birmingham.J is for Jewellery Quarter and Jitterbug playVisit Birminghams jewellery quarter, or have some fun at Jitterbugs in Blackheath with its soft play, slides, climbing walls, and mini motorised motorbikes on their own tracks for tiny tots.K is for KartingGo karting with the kids (ages 8 and up) at an indoor circuit with Teamworks Karting at Fazely Street in Birmingham or an outdoor Karting circuit at Birmingham Wheels on Adderley Road South.L is for LaserFor an action packed outing enter troop command centre at Laserquest, Star City, and learn of your mission to capture alien bases and save the world.M is for Museum and a not-to-be missed exhibition of Childrens Lives at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which charts childhood from the 18th Century to present day with a striking collection of paintings, documentary photography, moving images and objects.N is for nothing to do... but sit in the sun and read a book. Bliss.O is for OlympicsTest your skills at some Olympic sports sailing, fencing, archery, canoeing and kayaking with Edgbaston Watersports and Bearcreek Adventures.P is for PresentingPresent the news or record your own sports commentary at BBC West Midlands Public Space at the Mailbox. Or book a tour and see behind the scenes.Q is for quizzicalTake a trip to Think Tank to find the answer to all those Science questions.R is for rock climbingTry Creation Leisure in Moseley, Redpoint Climbing Centre at CecilStreet, or Twin Peaks indoor climbing centre at Star City.S is for Stately HomesBlakesley Hall, in Yardley; Ragley Hall in Alcester and Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire are all within easystriking distance.The A to Z of Easter activitieswww.familiesbirmingham.co.uk Easter ActivitiesIssue 8 13 BOTANICAL GARDENS B I R M I N G H A M Westbourne Road Edgbaston B15 3TR an educational charity www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk Mar11 Bonsai Boot Sale 18 Mothering Sunday Mums free with paying children 25 Orchid Show Apr 15 Bonsai Demo FAM03 Beautiful Gardens - 7000 Plants - Birds Glasshouses - Gift Shop - Gallery - Tea Room OPEN DAILY 0121 454 1860 Flower Shows Theatre Bands Easter Egg HuntEaster Egg Hunt Sunday 8 April Free Family Activities Leisure learning and workshops BOTANICAL GARDENS B I R M I N G H A M Westbourne Road Edgbaston B15 3TR an educational charity www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk Mar11 Bonsai Boot Sale 18 Mothering Sunday Mums free with paying children 25 Orchid Show Apr 15 Bonsai Demo FAM03 Beautiful Gardens - 7000 Plants - Birds Glasshouses - Gift Shop - Gallery - Tea Room OPEN DAILY 0121 454 1860 Flower Shows Theatre Bands Easter Egg HuntEaster Egg Hunt Sunday 8 April Free Family Activities Leisure learning and workshops BOTANICAL GARDENS B I R M I N G H A M Westbourne Road Edgbaston B15 3TR an educational charity www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk Mar11 Bonsai Boot Sale 18 Mothering Sunday Mums free with paying children 25 Orchid Show Apr 15 Bonsai Demo FAM03 Beautiful Gardens - 7000 Plants - Birds Glasshouses - Gift Shop - Gallery - Tea Room OPEN DAILY 0121 454 1860 Flower Shows Theatre Bands Easter Egg HuntEaster Egg Hunt Sunday 8 April Free Family Activities Leisure learning and workshops BOTANICAL GARDENS B I R M I N G H A M Westbourne Road Edgbaston B15 3TR an educational charity www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk Mar11 Bonsai Boot Sale 18 Mothering Sunday Mums free with paying children 25 Orchid Show Apr 15 Bonsai Demo FAM03 Beautiful Gardens - 7000 Plants - Birds Glasshouses - Gift Shop - Gallery - Tea Room OPEN DAILY 0121 454 1860 Flower Shows Theatre Bands Easter Egg HuntEaster Egg Hunt Sunday 8 April Free Family Activities Leisure learning and workshops T is for TheatreSee Diversity Dance group in action at the NIA; Peppa Pig, and My First Sleeping Beauty Ballet at Alexandra Theatre; Cbeebies at LG Arena; Tiddler and Other Tales at the Old Rep; and the Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Town Hall on various dates during the Easter break.U is for UnderwaterIts an underwater world at the Sealife Centre in Birmingham.V is for Vintage trainForget the highspeed rail link and take a step back in time on the East Midland Rambler excursion from Tyseley to Leicester on a good, old-fashioned steam train (April 14).W is for WaterparkWaterworld in Stoke on Trent offers an indoor tropical aquapark with water-rides, slides and flumes. Closer to home visit Kingsbury Waterpark, Warwickshire, with its 15 lakes set in 600 acres of country park. Stroll, cycle, explore and enjoy wildlife in the great outdoors.X is for whatever you want it to be.Y is for YellowSee the yellow mongoose and yellow capuchin at Dudley Zoo.Z is for Zebra... at the West Midlands Safari Park.Log on to www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukLog onto www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk for weblinks to all attractions listed.www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukWhats On www.familiesbirmingham.co.ukTHEATRE & SHOWSMAC ArtsFevered Sleep The Forest -Contemporary dance theatre (March 7-11):Theatre na Nog Aesops Fables (March 18); Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals (April 2); Misunderstood Monster, April 4; Innocence (April 9-11)Venue: MAC, , Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QHTo Book: 0121 446 3232Disney on Ice Princesses and HeroesJoin Ariel, Jasmin and Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and Aurora, Cinderella, Belle, and Rapunzel for this ice skating spectacularVenue: NIA, King Edwards Road, B1 2AADate: March 14-18Time: 7pm Wed-Fri; 11am, 2.45pm and 6.30pm Sat and SunTickets: from 14To Book: 0844 338 8000JLSPopular boy band in concert Venue: LG Arena, NEC, B40 1NTDate: March 16 and 17 and April 17Time: 7.30pmTickets: 25-32.50To Book: 0844 338 8000Midland Theatre Ballet Sleeping BeautyA youth ballet for talented dancers aged 8-18 who have auditioned for a years course of tuition culminating in this Sleeping Beauty Show.Venue: Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote StreetDate: March 16 and 17Time: 7.30pm; 2pm Sat matineeTickets: 14 and concessions 12To Book: 0121 643 5858X Factor LiveVenue: LG ArenaDate: March 24 and 25Tickets: 32.50To Book: 0844 338 8000SpamalotHilarious Monty-Python comedy suitable for ages 8 and overVenue: New Alexandra Theatre,Station Street, Birmingham, B5 4DSDate: March 26-31Time: Evenings 7.30pm; Sat matinee 2.30pmTickets: 14.50-38.50To Book: 0844 871 3011The Tiger who came to teaThe doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly dont expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! Based on the book by Judith Kerr.Venue: Town Hall, Birmingham, B3 3DQDate: April 3-7 and April 17-19Times: April 3-7 11am and 1.30pm; April 17 1pm; April 18-19 10.30am and 1pmTickets: 10.50To Book: 0121 345 0600DiversityVibrant dance group with eye-catching, diverse routines with music from classical to hip hop.Venue: LG Arena Date: April 7Time: 2.30 and 7.30pmTickets: 21.50 and 29.50To Book: 0844 338 8000Chinese State Circus Yin YangVenue: Alexandra Theatre,Station Street, B5 4DSDate: April 8 and 9Time: 7.30pm; and 2.30pm Monday matineeTickets: 15-31To Book: 0844 871 7627Peppa Pigs Treasure HuntPeppa, George and Danny dog have some fun and games on a day out on Grand-dogs boat.Venue: Alexandra Theatre,Station Street, B5 4DSDate: April 11 and 12Time: 10am; 1 and 4pmTickets: 13.50-20To Book: 0844 871 7642CBeebies LiveMr Tumble, postman Pat and Jess; Andy Day; Balamorys PC Plum and Lazy Towns Stephanie and Spartacus live on stage.Venue: LG ArenaDate: April 13Time: 2pm and 5pmTickets: Adults from 15; child from 12.50 and family from 50To Book: 0844 338 8000Chris and Pui RoadshowThe Cbeebies double act are in town for some music, songs and gamesVenue: Solihull Arts Complex, Homer Road, B91 3RGDate: April 20Time: 11am and 2pmTickets: Adult 12 and child 10To Book: 0121 704 6962Tiddler and Other TalesA theatre treat for ages 3 plus based on the book by childrens author Julia Donaldson.Venue: The Old Rep TheatreDate: April 21Time: 11.30am and 2pmTickets: 7.50 and 4.50To Book: 0121 245 4455Notelets StorytimeAn informal, interactive, mini concert for 3-5 year olds and their family with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Craft activity with Pumpkin Arts an hour before each performance Venue: CBSO Centre, Berkley Street Date: April 21Time: 11am; 1.30 and 3.30pmTickets: 7.50; Any group of 4 25To Book: 0121 345 0491My first Sleeping Beauty BalletAn enchanted world of castles and curses, forests and fairies, fun for the whole family.Venue: Alexandra Theatre,Station Street, B5 4DSDate: April 21 and 22Time: Sat 11am; 2 and 5pm; Sun 11am and 3.00pmTickets: 10-25To Book: 0844 871 7627Torvill and DeansDancing on Ice TourTV show spin off. At the show the audience will get the chance to text in their votes to select the ice-skating duo who will perform the Bolero.Venue: LG Arena, NEC, B40 1NTDate: April 27-29Time: 7.30pm; 2.30pm Sat matinee; 1.30pm SunTickets: 32.50To Book: 0844 338 8000OUT AND ABOUTFamily Activities at the GardensSunday afternoon and holiday activities at Birmingham Botanical Garden including Animal plates (March 4); Mosaic Masterpieces (March 11); Fun Flowers (March 18) Fun with Foam Shapes (March 25) Paper Bells (April 1); Easter Holiday Fun (April 4, 8, 11 and 15) Bendy Bugs and Beasties (April 22) and Tissue Paper Blooms (April 29)Venue: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, B15 3TR Time: March 12.30-3.30pm; April 1.30-4.30pmTickets: Activity 2 per child. Usual Garden entrance fee applies. Annual Family Membership 62.Musical picnicA morning of musical entertainment for all the family. Watch, listen and join in with fun performances and activities with singer Nia Lynn and her trio. Venue: Caf Bar, Symphony Hall, BDate: March 3Time: 10.30amTickets: FREE EVENT.Crufts dog showSomething for every dog lover with 200 pedigree breedsVenue: LG Arena, NEC, B40 1NT Date: March 8-11Time: 8.15am-7.30pmTickets: from 10 and Best in Show from 17.50. UNDER 8 FREE .To Book: 0844 338 0338St Patricks Day ParadeBirminghams Annual St Patricks Day ParadeDate: March 11FREE EVENT. www.birmingham.gov.uk/whatson.Star GazingStudy the night sky with Knowle Astronomical Society. Wrap up warm and bring your own telescope if you have one.Venue: Dorridge Park meet at car parkDate: March 13Time: 7.30-9.30pmTo Book: 0121 704 8000 (places limited).MiniaturaSome childhood fascinations never leave us such as dolls houses and all the tiny things that go into making a small worldVenue: NEC B40 1NTDate: March 17, and 18Time: 10am-5.30pm Sat; 10am-4.30pm SunTickets: Sat: 12 adults 6 children; Sun: 6 adults and 3 childrenTo Book: 0844 338 8000The Big BangUK Young Scientist and Engineers Fair where you can do everything from designing a solar powered water heater to exploring radioactivity. Book spaces for awe-inspiring theatre shows or hands on workshopsVenue: NEC, B40 1NTDate: March 15-17; March 15 and 16 school groups only; March 17 family dayTime: 9am-6pmTickets: FREE EVENTTo Book: Register for tickets at www.thebigbangfair.co.ukChildrens Book SaleA treasure trove of old library stock on saleVenue: Centre for the Child,Central Library, Chamberlain Sq., B3 3HQDate: March 17Time10am-4pmMothers Day lunchVenue: Winterbourne House and Gardens, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, B15 2RTMothers Day lunch followed by a stroll around the gardens as it springs to life.Date: March 18Time: Open 11am-5.30pmTo Book: Tel: 0121 415 8668.Mothers Day Afternoon teaAfternoon tea at the Edwardian Tea Room followed by a trip around the museum Venue: Avoncroft Museum, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, B60 4JRDate: March 18Tickets: 17 adults; 8 child. Prebooking essential.To Book: 0121 415 8668Sport ReliefRaise cash for Comic Relief by running 1, 3 or 6 miles with family or friendsVenue: Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Blossomfield Road, SolihullDate: March 25Time: 9.30am 11.30amTo register: www.sportrelief.com14 Issue 8Mums portrait, make a portrait ofyour Mum for Mothering Sunday clay modelling (March 11); Mastercopies learn how to copy amasterpiece (March 25); Print YourOwn Money Be a millionaire (April 29)Venue: Barber Institute, Uni of Bham, Edgbaston, B15 2TSTime: 11.30am-1pmTickets: 5 per child. Age: 4-11Booking essential. To Book: 0121 414 2261or e-mail education@barber.org.ukBarberwww.familiesbirmingham.co.uk Whats Onwww.familiesbirmingham.co.ukHumpty Dumpty Easter Egg HuntFollow an egg-citing trail of clues around the Museum and win a chocolate eggVenue: Avoncroft Museum, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, B60 4JRDate: March 31-April 15Time: 10.30am-5pmTickets: 7.70 adult; 4 child and 19.80 familyEaster activitiesTraditional Easter fun and games Venue: Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQDate: March 31-April 15Tickets: 14.95 adults; children 5-16 7.95 and family ticket 39.95To Book: 0121 557 9643Easter FunFun activities and treasure hunts for children at the largest complex of medieval buildings in BirminghamVenue: Saint Nicholas Place, 81 The Green, Kings Norton, B38 8RUDate: April 2-13Tickets: 2.50 per session.No booking needed.Easter activitiesEaster trail blazers (age 2-4) April 2; Wacky Windsocks (4 plus) April 3; Easter Extravanganza, (all ages) April 4; Easter Bunnies (4 plus) April 5; Tribal Dens (4plus) April 10; Easter cards and chicks for tots, April 11; Easter Birds (4plus) April 12; Pond dipping for tots, April 13Venue: Parkridge Centre,Brueton Park, SolihullTime: 10.30am-12pmTickets: 4 per child or 3 membersTo Book: 0121 704 0768Easter Egg and Bonnet decoratingFamily activity mastering the art of traditional egg decorating and easter bonnet makingVenue: Avoncroft Museum, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, B60 4JRDate: April 4 and 5Time: 10.30am-5pmTickets: Entrance fee Adults 7.70; children4 and family 19.80. 1 for materialsEaster Egg HuntThe Easter bunny has hidden clues around the park. Crack the code and win a prize and you might even see the Easter bunny. Puppet shows, childrens rides, craft activities and other entertainment.Venue: Elmdon Park, Tanhouse Farm RoadDate: April 6Time: 11am-3pmTickets: Entry 2 per child, and a small charge for some attractions. Cadburys Easter Egg huntCadbury Easter Egg hunt at a National Trust property including Birmingham Back to Backs (April 8 and 9, 10.15am-3.30pm, 3.00 and normal admission charge); Clent Hills (April 7 and 8, 10am-3pm, 2.00) and Coughton Court (April 8 and 9, 11am-4pm, 2.50 and usual admission charge)Tickets: Back to Backs must be pre-booked Tel: 0121 666 7671www.eastereggtrail.comVictorian Household at EasterHelp the Victorian housekeeper as she does her daily chores, keeping servants and footmen in order. Join her on her strict inspection and witness the servants wait on the gentlefolk at afternoon tea. An Easter special at the Castle.Venue: Tamworth Castle, Ladybank, Tamworth, B79 7NADate: April 8 and 9Time: 11.30am-4.45pm. Last admission 4pmTickets: 6.50 adults; 4 child; 1 ages 2-4 and under 2 free.Curious Sounds in Curious PlacesExperience the unusual side of sound and music as Symphony Hall becomes a laboratory of ear-opening sound experiments. Music performances and interactive family workshops. Watch a piano on mechanical tracks exit the building and come to rest at the nearby Pitcher and Piano pub!Venue: Symphony Hall, Broad St., B1 2EADate: April 7Time: 12pmTickets: FREE EVENTEaster Craft ActivitiesFamily fun day out with craft activities and seasonal foodVenue: Winterbourne House and Gardens, 58 Edgbaston Park RoadDate: April 7Time: 11am-5.30pmTickets: 4.50 adult; 3.50 child:14 family of 5.Easter BunniesSearch for the tiny rabbit hidden in one of the Barber paintings then make your own textile rabbit. Interactive story-telling too. Venue: Barber Institute,University of Bham, Edgbaston, B15 2TSDate: April 9Time: 11am-4pmFREE EVENT. No need to book.Dizzy Duck RacePick a duck, wish it luck and watch it race down the river. Prizes for top 3 in race. Craft activities and fun for all the family.Venue: Babbs Mill, off Fordbridge Road, Kingshurst meet at play areaDate: April 11Time: 11am-12.30pmCost: 1 per entrantArt Animal TracksLearn how to make a plaster cast of an animal footprint and take it home.Venue: Dorridge ParkDate: April 12Time: 11am-1pmTickets: 1 per entrant.To Book: Pre-booking Essential. Tel: 0121 704 8000Scarecrow Making DayMake your own scarecrow family activity with a prize for the best creation.Venue: Knowle ParkDate: April 19Time: 10.30am-12.30pmTo Book: Pre-booking essential. Tel: 0121 704 8000St Georges Day at Tamworth CastleLiving history day with family activity trail, have a go archery, medieval joust and street entertainmentVenue: Tamworth Castle, The Holloway, Ladybank, B79 7NADate: April 23Time: 11.30am-4.45pm. Last admission 4pmTickets: Adults 6.50; child 4; ages 2-4 1; Under 2s freeOliverA childrens classic - the famous story of the boy who asked for more Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome,Hurst Street, B5 4TBDate: March 13-April 21Time: 7.30pm evenings; Matinees, 2pmTickets: 18.50 and 52To Book: 0844 338 5000Issue 8 15 PLEASE HELP:Help raise funds for brain tumour research by organising your own fundraising event or taking part in the Brain Tumour Research Wear a Hat day on March 30. Log on to www.braintumourresearch.org to find out how to take part. Trudys Trust will be holding a family sponsored walk over Cannock Chase in June and a summer ball at the Ramada Hotel in Birmingham on June 23. The Trust needs to raise 1million for a brain tumour research centre. Log on to www.trudystrust.co.uk If you fundraise or donate to this campaign please e-mail editor@familiesbirmingham.co.uk and we will give you a shout out in our next issue.Brain tumours kill more children and adults under 40 than any other sort of cancer?Every year 16,000 families in the UK hear the devastating news that someone they love has a brain tumour. Many of those patients will be dead within months, and fewer than 20 per cent will survive the next five years. But it need not be this way. Fifty years ago less than 20 per cent of childhood leukaemia patients with the most common form of the disease lived more than 5 years today almost 90 per cent do. That dramatic turnaround in survival rates could be possible with brain tumours, but it will only happen if money is raised for research.Despite being the most deadly of cancers, brain tumour research receives less than 1 per cent of all the funds raised for cancer research just 70p in every 100 raised. Now a concerted campaign is underway to raise public awareness and help fund the research that can literally mean the difference between life and death.Trudy Shingler a forensic psychologist (and beauty queen), married to Lea, and mum to 4-year-old Phoenix died last year from an aggressive brain tumour. Only months before she had being enjoying life to the full, but her death was swift and brutal. Initially the headaches and nausea she was getting were put down to an inner ear infection but within weeks she was taken to A and E where scans detected two brain tumours. Surgeons operated but the tumours grew back within 10 days. Her Dad Mark recalls: In November 2010 we were told she had only hours to live. Miraculously she pulled through that crisis but the chemo didnt work and the tumour continued to grow. We were all absolutely devastated.She died at home in February 4 months after her diagnosis. All the family were with her including her little boy Phoenix.We talk about her all the time and Phoenix understands that his Mummy is not around that she is an angel in heaven. But when he gets upset he still cries for her and that is hard. If he sees a picture he will say Thats Mummy, but when he is feeling down, a picture cant comfort him. He says: But thats not real.Mark has set up Trudys Trust in memory of his daughter to raise funds for the charity Brain Tumour Research, and he is backing this campaign. When she died people were great, but they used say to me -I remember when my Mum or my Dad died. They meant well but it used to make me very angry because I would think but it is not my mum or dad. It is my child. There is a difference. That is not the natural order of things.Did you know..www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk Brain Tumour ResearchWEAR A HATDAY 2012HELP USWIN THE RACE AGAINST BRAIN TUMOURS30PUT A HAT ON YOUR HEADth01296 733011 www.braintumourresearch.orgReg charity no: 1093411HELP USRAISE7 MILLIONevery yearto fight braintumoursGET INVOLVED CALL:16,000 diagnosed with abrain tumoureach year