Weymouth Sealife Centre

Octonauts Shark Mission

As a family we like to head out on an adventure. The Little Pickles love fish and other ocean creatures. Weymouth Sealife Park is always a fantastic day out. And this Easter the Octonauts have returned and are on a special Octonauts Shark Mission.

At Sealife Centre they will be recruiting young ocean explorers to take part in an all-new, deep-sea adventure as Octonauts: Shark Mission runs until Sunday, April 15.

Join Captain Barnacles, Peso, Dashi, Shellington, Professor Inkling, Tweak, Kwazii and Tunip in a thrilling quest to uncover the secrets of the ocean’s most jaw-some predators.

Octonauts Shark Mission

Come face-to-fin with Weymouth SEA LIFE’s fascinating family of resident sharks – from guitar sharks to black-tip reef sharks – before meeting some of your favourite characters from the show, including an exclusive meet and greet with Shellington available only at SEA LIFE, and his Octonaut friends.  

Help the Octonauts crew solve the mind-bending puzzles of the mystery tanks and find out which sharks can live to be 400 years old, which sharks can smell a single drop of blood in an Olympic size swimming pool and why some sharks have skin as rough as sandpaper.

Visit Professor Inkling’s colour lab, take a special dive of discovery with Dashi and follow instructions from Captain Barnacles to make a shark puppet.

Honorary Octonauts and their families can capture their special day in the Octonauts photo area for a treasured memento of their magical marine expedition, while all children will receive a personalised certificate signed by Captain Barnacles to take home, as wellas a Shark Mission pop badge.  

There’s also plenty on offer for older kids, couples and adults, exploring sunken cities, looming shipwrecks and mystical underwater caves brimming with weird but wonderful creatures, from octopuses and turtles to stingrays and starfish.

Octonauts: Shark Mission runs at Weymouth SEA LIFE from 30th March – 15th April and is included in the usual admission price, with tickets starting from £14.50 per person.  

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Organiser Jayne

Introducing Our Organiser Jayne

We are excited to introduce Jayne who will be bringing Little Pickles Markets to Yorkshire this spring. Find out a little bit more about her below.
Name? Jayne
Where do you run Markets? Yorkshire
What is the item you can’t live without other than your family? My walking boots – nothing better than a hike in the hills to blow away the cobwebs.
How many children do you have? None.
If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why? A cat – they really know how to live – cats don’t have owners, they have servants!
Where is your favourite place to be and why? Snowdonia – so many things to do and new places to discover.
What is your favourite children’s book? The very hungry caterpillar
Cinema or fancy restaurant? Cinema and laid back restaurant!
Which one spring, summer, autumn, or winter, let us know why? Summer – long days, camping trips, BBQ’s, firepits – a great time for spending time with the most important people in my life.
Name one thing you always carry in your handbag? My diary – I’m lost without it.
One bit of information you wish you’d known before becoming a parent? I don’t think I’m qualified to answer that one!
Best bargain you have found at a Little Pickles Market? Mine will be the first up North – I’ll let you know after the first one!
For Jayne’s last market information please visit the Yorkshire event page

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reducing plastic usage

5 Ways To Reduce Plastic Usage In Your Household

Following on from the mesmerising Blue Planet 2. Many people have been left thinking about the effect plastic will have on our future world if our usage carries on as it has been. David Attenborough brought to light the fact that our oceans are littered with plastic. This is a problem throughout the world. Endangering many sea mammals and fishes in our seas. Also, the heartbreaking images of beautiful Coral Reefs dead. Our Little Pickles future will almost certainly be effect by this. So it is about time we did our little bit to clear up our act. So here are 5 ways to reduce plastic usage in your household.

Plastic Ocean

  1. Say No To The Straw – My Little Pickles love to drink out of a straw when we go out. We have already stopped using them at home, but I often give in when we are in a restaurant. It is now time to stand my ground and say NO to the straw. Even on those cheeky Mummy’s nights out. Some pub and restaurants are now stocking paper straws instead.  Say No to The Straw
  2. Buy unpackaged fruit and veg – In the supermarket, it is so easy to pick up the pre-packed fruit and veg. Next time you shop when you get home and unpack all that fruit and veg, see just how much plastic is used to wrap the food. I’m sure you might be very surprised and pick the loose items in future.
  3. Use cloth shopping bags – Carrying on with the shopping theme. As annoying as the carrier bag charge is, it was brought in for a reason. Nothing bugs me more than having to add a £1 or so to my shopping bill for bags. So pick up some cloth bags, I picked up some good sized ones from Primark for 50p each the other day. Great to fold up and keep in my handbag too, for my high street shopping trips too.
  4. Carry a reusable drink container – Buying bottled drinks out and about can also be very costly. Before you leave the house fill your water/juice bottles and help reduce the waste. Or if you are in need of your coffee fix to get you through the day. Invest in an insulated mug and when you pop into your coffee house as them to pop your takeaway cuppa. Or alternatively, slow down and take the time to drink your cuppa in the coffee show whilst watching the world go by.
  5. Get your milk delivered – This one is pretty old school. The milkman used to deliver milk fresh to our doors as kids. The glass bottled were then left out to be returned to the dairy, cleaned out and refilled. Keeping waste to a minimum, so it could well be time to search for your local milkman/woman to see if they deliver in your area. Get your milk delivered

I hope these few times give you some ideas of how to reduce plastic usage. Sometimes, however, we have to use plastic in day to day life, so please remember to recycle as much as you possibly can.

 

 

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Money Saving Family

5 Family Money Saving Tips

Here at Little Pickles HQ we love to bag a bargain. Why else do you think we created a business to save families money through the year. We don’t only love saving money on kitting our Little Pickles. But we also love to find deals and look for ways to save money raising our families on a daily basis. So we thought we would share 5 family money saving tips with you all.

  1. Budget – Make a budget and keep to it. If you have a budget when you go out shopping you are much more likely to keep within this. Even more so if you withdraw cash to pay as when the money has gone it’s gone. It is so easy to hand over your card and lose track of your spending.
  2. Meal Plan – Many people was so much food, therefore money too, as food goes out of date. So at the beginning of each week plan the week’s meals out. It can be useful to use a white/chalkboard in the kitchen to do this. Adding use by dates for meat and veg is helpful too, in case something comes up and you have to rejig meals. Also, meal planning is great to keep you organised and not panicking at 5pm trying to think what to cook.
  3. Free Family Days Out – We all love a family day out but some of these can break the bank. However, there are so many free days out all around us. Museums, Parks and Seaside, Scavenger Hunt.
  4. Childcare Vouchers – Childcare vouchers can save many parents with kids aged up to 15 over £1,000 per year on childcare. However you can only claim them via employers, you will need to check if your employer takes part. Check gov.uk for full details.
  5. Claim cashback – if you are an online shopper, then it is no brainer to claim cashback on your spending. From car insurance to nappies. A new pair of trainers to run around after your Little Pickle to a new TV. A holiday to upgrading your smartphone. There are plenty of sites around but Quidco and Top Cashback are two popular ones.

I hope you find these 5 tips useful, if you have one that saves you a packet and you want to share please feel free to comment below.

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Kids apps

Apps for your Little Pickles

A round up of our favourite pre-school apps for your Little Pickles

 

Sometimes parenting our little pickles is tough and when you just want to get on and get things done, what do we reach for? If you’re like me, it’ll be a twenty minute go on the iPad/tablet. I feel guilty doing it but then the peace and quiet quickly outweighs that twinge of guilt!

This post rounds up a selection of our favourite (free and paid-for) apps for pre-schoolers, so now they can learn through play and you can enjoy that rare peace and quiet…completely guilt free!

  • Teach your monster to read – this is an award winning phonics and reading app which takes children on a magical journey where they will meet colourful characters and collect rewards along the way.  Using synthetic phonic programmes that are used in schools, this is an ideal game to play at home and school. They can bring their ‘work’ home and you can enjoy interactively teaching them as they play! As their understanding gets greater, you can teach them other skills such as matching letters to sounds, more difficult words and reading full sentences.

    Download for £4.99 on Android or Apple or you can play for free on PC.

lego duplo app

  • Lego Duplo Train – specifically aimed at little ones from 1-5 years old, this Duplo train app enters your little one into a haven of role-play scenarios. Watch as your pickle builds on their creativity through play, learning about shapes and colours as they go – first they can be the train driver, then hopping off to load cargo and build bridges, fuel up the train and steer the train safely around the various colourful obstacles.

    Download free on Android or Apple

 

  • Little Digits – this is a really fun, interactive app which teaches children about numbers and counting from 0-10 by using the touchscreen of the tablet. Placing your fingers on the tablet screen will then display a number dependent on how many fingers are down – a real modern take on counting on your fingers!

    Only available for Apple users, you can download for £2.99 on App Store

    writing wizard app

  • Writing Wizard for Kids – this is a great app to aid your little one at the start of their journey to writing. You can choose font, difficulty, uppercase and lowercase, numbers or words – so the app really grows with your child and their learnings.  Once you have selected the number or word, a hand appears to show you how to write it, then you’re up! You follow arrows and targets appear to show the direction in which to trace – animated pics jump around to hold their attention to finish the word!

The download costs £3.89 and is available on Apple or Android.

 

  • Dora ABCs, Letters & Letter Sounds – Hola, hola, hola! This one is a must for fans of the little Spanish lady and her sidekick Boots. The idea of this game is to help Dora’s friend fly his plane to write letters. Using the airplane to follow the arrows and trace the letters, Dora aids by saying the phonetic letter sounds of the one being spelt out.  This is the ideal app for pre-readers whilst a brief curriculum overview is included for parents.

    Buy for £2.89 on Android

 

  • BBC Iplayer for Kids – designed for kids, security and safety are top of the ‘tick list’. From the app, let them discover their favourite CBeebies and CBBC programmes that they’re used to watching on the big screen. Because it’s aimed specifically at little pickles you won’t find any adverts or in-app purchases so not only are shows uninterrupted keeping their attention for longer but there’s no risk of running up surprise bills! Once downloaded, the app does ask for your child’s name and age so suitable content can be selected.

    Download free on  Apple or Android.

  • Interactive Alphabet  – a great app to help toddlers and pre-schoolers begin to learn the sights and sounds of letters. From the opening page, your little pickles can choose whether to play with specific letters of the alphabet or listen and watch the alphabet song. Think of this like the interactive version of the traditional flashcard –  text such as ‘D is for Dinosaur’ is shown with an image of a dino, ‘X is for Xylophone’ and your little one can play a xylophone by tapping the screen; associating pictures, words and objects with the chosen letter. This is the definition of learning through play!

    This app costs £2.99 and is only available for Apple users.



If you’re looking for more child-friendly apps for your little ones, or are looking to check an app is suitable, then take a look at Common Sense Media who provide independent reviews, age ratings and other information about all types of media.

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