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24 April 2017

Getting the Boys Writing for National Stationery week

***Review***
National Stationery Week runs 24 April - 30 April 2017, when the UK will celebrate its passion for handwriting and all things stationery. I think this is an important initiative. Writing is just as important as ever, and to help get involved we have been sent a big box of stationery.

National Stationery Week runs 24 April- 30 April 2017, in which the UK will celebrate its passion for handwriting and all things stationery.


21 April 2017

Have a Whale of a Time on the Way to Amsterdam

Did you know how much wildlife can be spotted from on board the passenger ferry in the North Sea?

From dolphins to whales to birds, you’ll be amazed how many there are. We attended a recent event onboard to learn more about it, and you will be able to learn all about the wildlife that lives in the North Sea too if you are sailing from Newcastle to Amsterdam on the DFDS King Seaways ferry, on a marine wildlife mini cruise. 

From dolphins to whales to birds, you’ll be amazed how many there are. And you can learn all about the wildlife that lives in the North Sea as you sail from Newcastle to Amsterdam on the DFDS KING Seaways ferry on a marine wildlife mini cruise.

20 April 2017

A Wonderful Family Day Out at New Lanark World Heritage Site & The Falls of Clyde

***REVIEW***
New Lanark World Heritage Site is one of 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Scotland. It is a beautifully restored 18th-century cotton mill located in the Clyde Valley, Just one hour south of Glasgow and Edinburgh, it welcomes over 300,000 visitors every year to experience over 200 years of social history and industrial heritage.

It has to be said, it is not a World Heritage Site that I had previously been aware of, but when offered the opportunity to visit and review, it caught my interest, and the combination of history, heritage, the outdoors, and the first trip to Scotland for my boys I thought would be enough to convince them too. And it was.

A Wonderful Family Day Out in Scotland at New Lanark World Heritage Site & The Falls of Clyde


19 April 2017

Win a Family Ticket to the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle worth over £100 (May 20 & 21 2017)

*** GIVEAWAY ***
The Dacia Magic Weekend is a unique Rugby League event that is happening in Newcastle in May 2017. This popular event is returning to the city for the third year and 12 Super League teams will go head to head in 6 exciting games of Rugby League over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May.

Great fun for all the family, we have a family ticket (2 adults plus 2 under 16s) for the whole weekend to giveaway.

Win a Family Ticket to the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle worth over £100


17 April 2017

5 Places to Trampoline in the North East

My boys recently enjoyed a school friend’s birthday party at a trampoline park in Newcastle and with news of at least two new trampoline parks planned for the region, I thought I’d take a look where in the north east you bounce around for a bit of fun.

5 Trampoline Parks to Bounce Around in the North East - Cramlington, Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland and Teesside


14 April 2017

Easter Biscuits - The Perfect Recipe for when you want an alternative to chocolate

If you're one of those people who doesn't like chocolate; can't eat chocolate, or just wants something a little different at Easter, then these buttery, lemon and fruit biscuits are easy to make and take very little time. The perfect recipe for an alternative to chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies.


Easter-Biscuits-when-you-want-a-change-from-chocolate


13 April 2017

Lightwater Valley - A Family Day Out in North Yorkshire with Angry Birds

***REVIEW***
Lightwater Valley is a theme park near Ripon in North Yorkshire, England. It is only eight miles from junction 50 on the A1 and less than 75 miles from Newcastle. When an invitation arrived inviting My Boys Club to review the theme park, it was an invitation we were not going to turn down and the hope of a great family day out in Yorkshire awaited us.

I didn't know this until this week but Lightwater Valley is best known for being the home of Europe’s longest rollercoaster - The Ultimate. More about the rollercoaster later.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park - A Family Day Out in North Yorkshire with Angry Birds


12 April 2017

A Vegetarian Alternative to the Traditional Sunday Roast

***RECIPE***
Easter is nearly upon us and apart from Christmas and New Year, it is one of the only other times of the year that many families have the opportunity to get together during a holiday period. The unofficial start to spring and the tourist season here in the UK, it also means that for the next six months our days will be longer, warmer (hopefully) and happier too.

With two Bank Holidays, for many people that means four days off work, as we hit the quarter-year mark. Whether you will be out egg hunting or waiting in at home for the Easter Bunny here is an alternative recipe for Vegetarian Loaf this Easter for any friends or family members who have decided to give up meat or if you are looking for a meat-free alternative to lamb on the dinner table.

A Vegetarian Alternative to the Traditional Sunday Roast

10 April 2017

Lambs so cute & cuddly - At a farm near you in the North East

Spring is finally on its way and with that brings lots of very adorable lambs being born in the British countryside. 

Lambs are just so cute and cuddly that its no wonder that sheep are so popular in nursery rhymes such as Little Bo Peep, Baa Baa Black Sheep, and Mary Had a Little Lamb. Millions of lambs will be born this spring with many of them here in the north east.

Lambs so cute & cuddly - At a farm near you in the North East



6 April 2017

North East FREE Family Events in the Easter Holidays

*** FREE EVENTS ***
With chocolate eggs, spring lambs, fluffy chicks and the Easter bunny as well as at least 50 free family events and activities in the North East during the Easter school holidays it is sure to be a busy time. 

So you can easily choose what your family are interested in they are handily grouped as: Easter themed events; Arts and Crafts; Tech & Sci-Fi; History & Heritage; Science & Nature; Food; Shopping Centre Entertainment; and Outdoor events.

As well as the amazing paid-for attractions and events that happen across North East England, here is this month’s list of free family activities and events to make our pennies go that little bit further these holidays.



If you have a free event and would like it included this month or in the future, please email me at myboysclub@debsharratt.co.uk

5 April 2017

Keepers Cafe, Dipton - 15 mins from 5 Top Family Days Out

***REVIEW***
Have you heard of Dipton? Do you know where it is? Close to where I grew up, it’s a small former colliery village in the Derwent Valley in north-west County Durham, close to Stanley, Consett and Burnopfield. 

It maybe doesn’t sound that remarkable, however, it has a great place to eat, Keepers Cafe, and is close to 5 top family attractions, including Hall Hill Farm, Gibside, Beamish Wild, Beamish Museum and Tanfield Railway. 

Is it sounding more like the ideal destination for a great family day out in North East England now?

My Boys Club reviews Keepers Cafe in Dipton, County Durham. A place to eat homemade food and buy keepsakes close by family fun days out at Hall Hill Farm, Gibside, Beamish Wild, Beamish Museum and Tanfield Railway.


4 April 2017

How to keep your phone charged & never miss a photo opp again

*** GIVEAWAY ***
***INCLUDES AFFILIATE LINKS***
As much as I love my smartphone there is always one element of it that continues to frustrate me. The phone battery. That dreaded phone battery, that never quite lasts as long as you need it to. Meaning you miss the opportunity to take that killer pic, the one that you know would just be so Instagrammable too.

There are lots of tips on how to lengthen the life such as turning down your screen brightness level, always connecting via wi-fi wherever possible; limit location services; turn on low-power mode and make sure you have downloaded the most recent software.

But what happens when these aren’t possible, or when you have already done all of this and the battery charge still won’t last all day – especially when you are taking lots of photos. 

How do you keep your phone charged so you never miss a photo opportunity again?

How to keep your phone charged to never miss a photo again - Askborg ChargeCube 5200mAh is compatible with both Apple and Android products including iPhone, Samsung, Nexus, HTC and more.

3 April 2017

Learning the Fun Way with Education Quizzes

***COLLABORATIVE POST***
I am lucky that both my boys really enjoy learning. It's not always without struggles and challenges, though. But they do attend a brilliant primary school, with teachers that still try to place as much emphasis on extra-curricular activities as they do the national curriculum, and both boys are thriving there. 

Their school, as well as mum and dad, of course, have encouraged and nurtured this joy of learning that they have. They can't get enough of TV shows like Horrible Histories, they love books full of facts and also have really enjoyed any online 'educational' game they have played - as well as a tonne of games that are just about fun! When we visited London last year my eldest didn't take the headphones off whilst on the sightseeing buses - he now knows so much about London - more than us. 

With this in mind, I was keen to show them a new educational quiz game we had been asked to review. It's right up their street.

Learning the Fun Way with Education Quizzes - online support for KS1, KS2, 11-Plus, KS3 & GCSE.


1 April 2017

7 Things to do this month - April

April is not only the fourth month of the year but also gives us April Fools Day, more often than not Easter, and school holidays too. It is also a month commonly associated with the season of spring. And here in the northern hemisphere, the nights start to get lighter, the days warmer and if you can dodge the April showers it's lovely to get out and about both in the daytime and evening. 

So here are seven things to do with and without the family, to eat, make and also enjoy in April.

7 things to do with and without the family, eat, make and enjoy in April.

31 March 2017

Testing out the Lunch Menu at Fat Hippo Durham

Whether the hamburger was invented in America or Germany (Hamburg to be more precise) there has been a proliferation in the number of burger restaurants in the northeast in recent years. The humble hamburger, a staple of western culture is no longer just available from street vendors, takeaway food outlets and fast food restaurants, eating a burger as a night out is now a thing, not just a meal to have with the kids, a quick bite or post-pub food. 

Testing out the lunch menu at Fat Hippo Durham

29 March 2017

April’s FREE Family Events & Activities in North East England (including Easter Holidays)

*** FREE EVENTS ***
There are over 50 free family events and activities in the North East this April including the Easter school holidays and Easter Bank holidays.

So with 30 days, five full weekends, as well as two weeks of school holidays, there should be plenty of time in April to enjoy some quality family events and activities. 

As well as the amazing paid-for attractions and events that happen across North East England, here is this month’s list of free family activities and events to make our pennies go that little bit further.


April’s FREE Family Events & Activities in North East England (including Easter Holidays)


If you have a free event and would like it included this month or in the future, please email me at myboysclub@debsharratt.co.uk

28 March 2017

A Family Day Out at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Northumberland

***REVIEW***
Although Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens opened in Northumberland in 2011, it is a local tourist attraction that both we and the boys were yet to visit. So when an invitation arrived inviting us to review the small zoo as a family, we said yes.

As well as providing a great family day out the aim of Kirkley Hall’s dedicated zoo team is to educate people about the various species of animals we have and their behaviours and habitats. So off we set to find out more. And knowing how much the boys love animals we were very much looking forward to it.
  
A Family Day Out at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Northumberland


27 March 2017

A Day at the Races, Newcastle Racecourse

***Review***
An invitation arrived in my inbox a few weeks ago to attend a day at the races. A bloggers day at the races in fact, at Newcastle Racecourse with Ladbrokes.

In the past, I have organised many corporate hospitality events at the races and I know it can be a good day out, so having not been for a few years, and offering the opportunity to meet up with fellow bloggers, I way happy to say yes.

A Day at the Races, Newcastle Racecourse


24 March 2017

5 Free(ish) Things to Enjoy on Mother's Day in the North East

Just in case you hadn't noticed, this weekend in the UK, not only do the clocks go forward, marking the start of British Summer Time, but it is also Mothering Sunday. 

Mother's Day is a traditional celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

5 Free(ish) Things to Enjoy on Mothers Day in the North East including Adventure Valley, National Trust Gibside, Hall Hill Farm, Tyneside Cinema and Las Iguanas.

23 March 2017

Get Ready for April Showers with a November Rain Poncho

***REVIEW INCLUDES AFFILIATE LINKS***
It’s typical. Since my poncho arrived from new November Rain to review it hasn’t rained. I know unbelievable for British weather. It has been relatively dry (during the day at least) for over a week now! Plenty of wind mind – the March wind does blow!

“April showers bring May flowers” or so the song says. In early spring, as the jet stream starts to move northwards towards the UK, it brings with it strong winds and rain from the Atlantic. As we all know in one day the weather can change from springtime sunshine to winter sleet and snow – however, with my new Poncho, I’ll be ready for it this year!

Get Ready for April Showers with a November Rain Poncho plus 20% discount code.


22 March 2017

Roald Dahl's The Twits at Northern Stage, Newcastle

*** REVIEW***
Once we heard that The Twits live theatre show was coming to Newcastle’s Northern Stage theatre, we knew we wanted to go and see it. James and the Giant Peach was magnificent last year and we’d spent much of 2016 celebrating Roald Dahl that this was a must. We had been invited along to the opening night by Northern Stage but also bought extra tickets so the whole family could go together.

Roald Dahl's The Twits live theatre show at Northern Stage, Newcastle


21 March 2017

A Light Lunch Recipe: Tuna Rosti and Poached Egg

*** RECIPE***
One of the things I really like about working from home is that I have the option of making something light and tasty, to eat for lunch, and this recipe is one that I love. To be honest, the tuna rosti was first made as tuna fishcakes. But then I realised they could easily become a type of tuna rosti too. 

Either way, they are light, tasty, super quick to make and pretty inexpensive too! Great if you are trying to keep to a budget.

A Light Lunch Recipe: Tuna Rosti and Poached Egg


20 March 2017

A few hours in Brighton - What to See and Do

A work trip took me to Brighton this month. I didn't have much time to spare but with a sunny sky up above me, I thought I'd make the most of it and take a whistle-stop tour of what is renowned, to be, a hip and bohemian city, in Suffolk, on the southern coast of England.

A few hours in Brighton - What to See and Do including Brighton beach, Pier, Royal Pavilion, British Airways i360, The Lanes and ChoccyWoccyDooDah

17 March 2017

Dining In – The New Eating Out – Indian Family Feast

Our post about our Mexican Family Feast has been one of our most popular recipes ever. The boys continue to like Chilli and this month they have also come to love a good curry – albeit a mild one!

Dining in is the new eating out - My Boys Club enjoy an Indian Style Family Feast together.

16 March 2017

Getting Your Car Ready For A Family Road Trip

*** COLLABORATIVE POST***
As we move into Spring, and the sun comes out we are more likely (and more willing) to head for the car and embark on a family day trip or longer road trip.

But as it’s Britain, we have wellies, waterproofs as well as sun cream at the ready and a picnic, snacks and spare clothing. If you are like me, you make sure all family members are ready, been to the toilet etc. got their tablets, sweets and books for the journey. Then we make sure that our children are in the correct child seats - but have we checked that the car is ready too?

Getting Your Car Ready For A Family Road Trip

14 March 2017

A Delivery of Flowers and its not yet Mothers Day

*** REVIEW ***
It is always nice to get flowers, even when they are sent to you to review. 

That's what happened to me this week. Lucky me! Flowers already and it's not yet Mothers' Day!

A Delivery of Flowers and its not yet Mothers Day. We test out the 24 hour delivery service from Prestige Flowers.


13 March 2017

Starting at Easter - School Holiday Camps at Beamish Wild

*** REVIEW ***
It’s approaching the next school holidays, yes already. And as much as I love spending time with the boys when they are not at school, the school holidays do create stress for a lot of parents, who need to find childcare that is both affordable and reliable, and that the children will find fun and enjoy.

Over the past few years, many places have started up holiday camps, providing exactly what parents need – safe, dependable and entertaining - and at a price, we can afford.

Beamish Wild is offering new Holiday Camps starting this Easter and they invited My Boys Club along with other North East family bloggers to test them out. 

Beamish Wild is offering new School Holiday Camps


10 March 2017

WIN a VIP Pass to Durham – With Free Entry to Tourist Attractions for a Whole Year

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Durham is a stunning tourist destination in North East England that offers amazing countryside, a dramatic coastline & a captivating city and we have teamed up with This is Durham to offer our readers the chance to win a VIP Pass to Durham that lasts for an entire year!


The pass includes free entry for two people to many of the county’s top attractions and is worth over £400, although it's not available to buy – it’s exclusive to VIPs only.

Enter our giveaway now ...

9 March 2017

New Rating Service Opens Doors For Disabled Community

Like me, are you just so used to rating sites such as Trip Advisor, as well as various blogs and tourist destination websites and social media, that it has become second nature to research new places online before you go? 

A simple click and we can find out what people thought about a restaurant, cinema, pub, museum - in fact, any public place, and we can then check it out before we go? 

But have you ever thought about how you would find out about places if you or a friend or member of your family had a disability, and therefore had specific needs?



8 March 2017

Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral with Kids and Beasts!

*** REVIEW ***
On a recent trip to Durham, we decided to take the boys to see a new exhibition at Durham Cathedral called Beasts! 

With a Harry Potter artefact, elephants tooth, griffin’s claw and yes a unicorn's horn, all on display, in Durham in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Castle, I thought Beasts would be right up their street. What I hadn't counted on, though, was just how interesting they would find, the whole of the Open Treasure exhibition. 

They didn't want to leave ...
  
Open Treasure at Durham Cathedral with Kids and Beasts!


6 March 2017

EatDrinkSunderland from March 11 – March 19

*** REVIEW ***
Got to love a Restaurant Week and the chance to dine out, taste new flavours and try out new venues - without breaking the bank. The first ever restaurant week happened in New York City in 1992, but now they are commonplace all over the globe, bringing new diners to new cities, attracted by the opportunity to catch up with friends or family, whilst trying out new dishes in new venues or sticking to old favourites. And Sunderland is no different with its second Restaurant Week starting later this week.

From cafes to restaurants and traditional pubs to cosmopolitan bars, Sunderland Restaurant Week has something new for everyone to try. And between March 11 & 19 you will be able to eat out for £5, £10 or £15 at nearly 50 different venues across the city.

EatDrinkSunderland from March 11 – March 19 - Sunderland Restaurant Week


2 March 2017

5 Big Books for Little Kids on World Book Day

*** GUEST POST ***
Like many parents, my hubby is really keen on reading - both for himself and with the boys. So with that in mind, as it is #WorldBookDay today, I asked him about his favourite books for the boys ...

Experts tell us that reading to our children is good for them and who am I to disagree! 

So, in my role as super geek dad, it was obvious that I'd want my boys, aged seven and nine, to enjoy the same books I experienced as a kid... Even if it turns out I was a teensy bit older (teenager) than they are now. So sometimes we settle down in the evening to enjoy these bedtime stories ...

5 Big Books for Little Kids on World Book Day


1 March 2017

March FREE family events & activities in north east England

With 31 days in March and four full weekends, there is ample opportunity to enjoy some quality time with the family this month. As well as the amazing paid-for attractions and events that happen across North East England, here is this month’s list of free family activities and events to make our budgets go that little bit further.


And there are more than 20 of them ...

28 February 2017

Peru: A place I’d love to return to (with the kids)

If I mention the word Peru to my boys, they automatically think of and say Paddington. Who can blame them? Paddington has become one of most loved small bears around the world.

However, I would love one day for them to think of Peru as the mysterious, magical, special place that I discovered a few years before they were born, rather than a place where they think you eat marmalade sandwiches.


I'm continuing my 'A Place I'd love to return to with the kids series' with Peru. If you missed the first post in the series you can read all about our trip to Easter Island, and why I'd love to go again with the boys.

27 February 2017

Toy Review: Spy Gear Transforming Ninja Sword & Wrist Blaster

*** Review ***

With two boys who love both karate and soft-dart style guns, I had no doubt that they would both jump at the chance to review two new Spy Gear toys by Spinmaster, a company that aims to design and market innovative products that "wow".

Toy Review: Spy Gear Transforming Ninja Sword & Wrist Blaster

24 February 2017

Everything You Need to Know about Fire and Ice In Durham

We had a full family day out in Durham today and took in all of the Fire and Ice Festival while we were there. If you missed it today don’t worry, it's back in Durham tomorrow - Saturday 25 February.

Everything You Need to Know about Fire and Ice Festival in Durham

23 February 2017

My Boys Art Club - February

I have just added my boys latest artwork to my online gallery on Pinterest. I do love having the boys art on the kitchen wall. In fact, at one time the boys were so prolific that we had nearly every wall covered. And some of it is really good. Yet we just don’t have enough wall space. So now every time the boys create something special I add it to an online gallery so we have a record of it in the future.

Check out My Boys Club online art gallery on Pinterest

22 February 2017

An evening at the theatre – Hedda Gabler at Northern Stage

*** REVIEW ***
Two date nights in one week. We must have the Grandparents staying with us!

Last week we thoroughly enjoyed a delicious meal at one of Newcastle’s newest restaurants. Date night two, however, is a very different occasion as we had received an invitation to the press night at Northern Stage for the production of their new version of Hedda Gabler, This is Not a Love Story.

Date Night: An evening at the theatre – Hedda Gabler at Northern Stage Newcastle

21 February 2017

Date Night in Newcastle: Chaophraya Thai Restaurant Review

*** REVIEW ***
Friday night always used to be about going out, however now that we are older and parents, we often no longer have either the energy or the availability of childminders to go out on a Friday night. 

However, earlier this year we were invited to review one of Newcastle’s newest restaurants, Chaophraya. I asked if we could wait a few weeks until we had babysitters, of course, this was no problem, and it also turned our date night into a Valentines evening too.


Date Night in Newcastle as we Review Chaophraya Thai Restaurant

20 February 2017

Love Pandas? Enter our Bamboo Pete Clothing Giveaway

*** GIVEAWAY ***
Love Pandas? Bamboo Pete is a clothing brand that depicts & promotes Pandas on its hoodies, tee-shirts, tank tops and sweatpants.

I mean just how cute are these designs? The boys absolutely love them. And I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to run a competition for you to win Bamboo Pete clothing.

Win Bamboo Pete Clothing is free to enter giveaway competition with My Boys Club

17 February 2017

Our Five Favourite Breads We Can't Wait to Bake

*** Collaborative Post ***

We love bread in our house. I have posted before about re-discovering our breadmaker that had been lurking at the back of a cupboard. Now that I’ve found the time to get back into home-baking, I’ve decided it is also time to look for a new bread machine – one that’s not 15 years old!

As I’ve said we love bread of all types and I’ve been really impressed by the bread machine recipes by Panasonic. Whether it’s a veggie sausage sarnie, soda bread with homemade soup, a wholemeal crusty loaf, croissants, wraps or buns for our homemade burgers, it all gets eaten in our house.



16 February 2017

C’est Magnifique! As Cirque Comes to Toon: Varekai Review

I am very lucky that I work with some world-champion amazing acrobats on a regular basis, who entertain audiences to raise money for their gymnastic club. Some of whom have joined Cirque du Soleil themselves and now perform shows around the world.

So when I received a press invitation to review a Cirque du Soleil show, Varekai, at Newcastle’s Metro Arena I jumped at the chance. Although I've seen many acrobatic performances for both entertainment and competition, this was to be my first Cirque show. And I was really excited.

Varakei, Cirque du Soleil's kid-friendly show, arrived in Newcastle on February 15 and will entertain audiences with five more enchanting shows until Sunday 19 February before heading to Leeds’ First Direct Arena, Genting Arena in Birmingham, Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena and The SSE Hydro, Glasgow and then onto Europe.

C’est Magnifique! As Cirque Comes to Toon. Review of Cirque du Soleil's Varekai in Newcastle on UK Arena Tour 2017


15 February 2017

FREE Family Science, Tech, Foodie, Arts, Craft & Heritage Events + Festivals during February Half-Term

Half-term is approaching so here is a handy list of many of the FREE events and family activities taking place during the school holidays to keep your children entertained in North East England.

Taking place in locations right across the region including Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Durham & Teesside I have categorised them as either Science, Tech, Foodie, Arts & Craft, Heritage and Festivals free family events and activities, to make it easier to search through. 

Simply take your pick from the 40+ free events listed below ... 

  


13 February 2017

Fire and Ice Festival in Durham City this Half Term

With so many FREE events taking place across the region this month and during half-term we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the lesser well-known ones.

On Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February ‘FIRE and ICE’ comes to Durham. This is set to be a stunning and spectacular event which will see the City come to life, with an ice sculpture trail lit by flaming beacons weaving its way through the historic streets of Durham. 

Ahead of Fire & Ice coming to Durham City in North East England here are five ways to get involved in the free festival.


It’s not just any ice that’s going to be on show at Fire and Ice in Durham either. The ice sculptures are being created by Glacial Arts - the creatives behind the ice work in Game of Thrones and you can see their team in action too at the festival!


12 February 2017

The Child & Parent Experience at a Minecraft Convention (Nethermined 3)

Nethermined returned to Newcastle this weekend for its 3rd outing in the city and we were offered complimentary tickets to attend as a family. The boys were more than happy, to say the least!

At the Minecraft convention known as Nethermined, Minecraft YouTubers entertain the crowds with panels on 2 stages, some live gaming, a small number of hugely popular workshops, some retro games and merchandise stalls.

Nethermined 3 took place on February 11 at Northumbria University Student Union and promised to involve Live Minecraft gaming sessions, on stage competitions involving audience participation, Q&A Panels, Educational Panels, as well as meet and greets regarding the Minecraft / YouTuber experience. 


The parent and child's experience at a Minecraft Convention - Nethermined 3 Newcastle



10 February 2017

Fourteen Films for Valentines

Valentine’s Day can sometimes feel a little too commercialised for me if I’m honest. I’m not into big gestures of expensive presents and the like. A simple hand-made card or day out is much more up my street. Going out on the night itself as well as being expensive, is often hugely over-rated, with far too much pressure to have a great time. A good alternative is to cosy up and watch a great film!



9 February 2017

Brick Dinos at Woodhorn Museum – A Family Day Out

Step back in time with Brick Dinos is what the promotional material says and that is indeed what we did when we headed to Woodhorn Museum on the opening weekend of this new exhibition in Ashington, Northumberland. 

Combining two of my boys most favourite things ever – dinosaurs and LEGO - I was pretty sure they were going to enjoy the day!

A family day out at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington Northumberland to see Brick Dinos exhibition of Lego and Dinosaurs


7 February 2017

Central Oven & Shaker Review ahead of National Pizza Day

Nearly everyone loves pizza. We all love pizza in this house, including our regular family pizza nights. To be fair what’s not to love? Especially now you can get gluten free, dairy free and healthier options too. So National Pizza Day on February 9th is one national day we are happy to celebrate.

Ahead of National Pizza Day we review Central Oven & Shaker one of Newcastle's newest Pizza Restaurants


6 February 2017

5 Vegetables to Spiralize when Courgettes are scarce

Having listened to the experts I've really got into spiralizing my vegetables over the past couple of years. I don't have a gadget or a machine, just a simple peeler style spiralizer that costs just a few pounds. However now that I'm used to 'courgetti', and have persuaded the family to eat it, we are struggling to find fresh courgettes in the midst of the courgette crisis.

Alternative vegetables to spiralise when there are no courgettes - carrots, leeks, sweet potatoe, cabbage and parsnip.


3 February 2017

A Light Lunch Recipe: Quick and Easy Quesadillas

Ok so it’s not January anymore, but I for one am still trying to keep up a semi-healthy lifestyle. Working from home means I have the option of making something light and tasty, to eat for lunch, and this recipe is one that I love. Mushroom Quesadillas are light, tasty, super quick to make and pretty inexpensive too! Great if you are trying to keep to a budget.


  

1 February 2017

20+ Free Family Events in February in North East England

Every month I aim to highlight some of the great FREE events, places, attractions and things to do with your family across Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Teesside, Durham, and Northumberland.

We are so lucky. North East England has so much to offer. There are many great paid for attractions and events as well, but as we head into February here is a list of over 20 family events you can enjoy for free across the month.

20+ Free Family Events in February in North East England in Newcastle, Sunderland, Northumberland, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Teesside, and Durham


If you have a free event and would like it included this month or in the future, please email me at myboysclub@debsharratt.co.uk

30 January 2017

Learning Through Play with Fundels + Giveaway

Scroll to the end for the chance to win !

*Collaborative Post

I have to say that I love games. And I'm really pleased that my boys love games too. Board games, card games and of course, electronic games. They love playing them, they love winning and they love having family games nights. So when we were asked to review some new Fundels games, that are just about to be launched by Cartamundi, the boys were very excited. 

educational games review for fundels multiplications and drawing with numbers by cartamundi


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