The programme for the 2018 Festival of Fools has been unveiled as a truly global affair featuring artists from 13 countries, including Japan, Canada and Finland. The Festival, which will be held on the May bank holiday weekend (Friday 4 to Monday 7) is the largest comedy and street theatre festivalRead More →

Have you ever wondered what all the bugs you see in your garden are doing? Head of horticulture at the Soil Association in the UK and dad-of-two Ben Raskin explains how these tiny heroes actually help put food on our plates… A garden is a magical place: beautiful, full ofRead More →

Super new stories for spring… Bird by Olivia Cosneau & Rabbit by Magali Attiogbe Board book £6.99, published by QED. Age: Pre-school The first two titles in a cheerful new wildlife series invite you to join rabbit and bird as they go about their day. Made with thick board and smooth edgesRead More →

Playing Safe at Bathtime Following recent revelations that children’s bath toys provide the perfect breeding ground for potentially harmful bacteria, ensure your child’s plastic toys are squeaky clean and free from bacteria by following three simple steps. 1.Wash all plastic toys with water and a little washing up liquid toRead More →

  No matter how close you are with your child, some subject matters can be difficult to discuss, particularly at a very young age. New research*, carried out by Ni4kids on behalf of the PSNI, has revealed that online grooming and sexual exploitation is now the biggest safety concern ofRead More →

The new UK Sugar Tax on fizzy drinks came into effect on April 6 giving households a chance to re-evaluate their sugar habits. The levy is a key part of the government’s childhood obesity strategy and means shoppers will now pay an extra 18p or 24p more a litre forRead More →

Belfast Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a giant anteater baby!  The new arrival was born on 2 November 2017 to parents Pancho and Kara and can now be spotted ‘snout and about’. Belfast Zoo is home to the only giant anteaters in Ireland.  Kara arrived from Duisburg Zoo andRead More →

A wonderful new tandem cookbook that enables parents and children to cook together, My Little Sous Chef, introduces kids to the magic of cooking, while teaching teamwork, numeracy and healthy eating habits…   Pizza Muffins Hands on time:10 minutes / Cooking time:15 minutes / Total time:25 minutes / Serves:4 Ingredients: English Muffins 4Read More →

This weekend, the most beloved piglet on the planet, Peppa, will be arriving with Daddy Pig, little bro George and friends to delight hundreds of young fans for a series of sold-out shows at Grand Opera House. For those lucky ticket holders, we catch up with Richard Lewis, Director ofRead More →

Children have handed Stormont politicians a radical plan for the future of the NI education system. Keisha Fee and Jamie Nesbitt, from Mallusk Integrated Primary School, presented the Integrated Education Fund (IEF)’s Alternative Manifesto for education to MLAs at Stormont on Monday (16 April 2018). Education spokespeople from the five largestRead More →

Rebecca Reid, author and mum-of-four takes over a family tradition…   Everyone loves tradition, am I right? Be it Christmas, Halloween, Easter, birthdays, exam results…we make a tradition out of as many things as possible because as kids we love to know what is ahead, and as we grow upRead More →

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects around one in five people in the UK. You can develop IBS at any age, but first symptoms usually occur between the ages of 20 and 30. Women are twice as likely to get it as men. It’s not clear what causesRead More →