Mums Show Live 2013
16-19 May 2013
Reviewed by Charlotte Green
I was invited to go and have a look round the Mums Show Live at Alexandra Palace with my mum and my 4 year old daughter. We arrived at Ally Pally and were directed to the nearest car park. It was just a short walk to the entrance doors. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming and we were given a free show guide which included a map of everything that was there so we could find our way around easily and a list of all the talks and shows that would be on so we knew what time they were.
The show was divided into sections so that you could find things easily. There was 'The tree house' which had a large play area for the children including soft play, toys, tents and tunnels as well as a face painting area. And also a cafe area for the adults to relax in. The face painters were very friendly and their face painting skills were absolutely amazing.
Then there was the 'exhibition stalls' which had everything you could imagine to do with parenting and children. There were lots of toys to try out, including some new toys which weren't out yet. There were more activities for the children including drawing, colouring and trampolines. There was lots of useful information about parenting and schools. And there were a few stalls focusing on pampering for the mummies, including one stall where you could get a free manicure!
Then there was the 'market place'. This had lots of stalls selling all sorts of different things for children and parents. There were toys, school equipment, useful things for children, jewellery and hair things for the mummies and educational books.
Lastly there was the 'inspiration theatre' where they had lots of very interesting talks from different speakers. I went to two talks while I was there. The first was 'How to take pictures of your children'. This was a brilliant talk from a professional photographer and I got some fantastic tips. The second was 'Starting a blog'. This was all about how to start a blog on the internet and the sorts of things you can blog about and how you can make money from it eventually. I also went to the 'clown class' with my daughter. We thoroughly enjoyed this. It was a demonstration on how to keep children entertained at birthday parties without hiring an entertainer. We learned some magic tricks, some games and we made balloon animals. The clown who was doing the talk was hilarious and he had us in stitches the whole time.
The whole show was very enjoyable and useful. It had a great mixture of activities and information for children and parents so that everyone was happy. There were also cafes and stalls where you could get something to eat or drink. And a large buggy park for pushchairs. Plus every adult got a free goody bag. The show was very well organised and we had a fantastic time there. I only wish I'd had longer to look around. It has everything you could possibly think of to do with parenting. Every parent should go to this show!
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