Officrèche Blog

Adventures into the Gruffalo’s deep dark wood

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Just an hour drive north there is a magical place, writes Officréche mum Sarah Booker Lewis. We were ready to make a journey through the deep dark wood, where a mouse saw a nut and the nut looked good. Yes, Chessington World of Adventures beckoned for my daughter’s fourth birthday treat, and the new Gruffalo […]


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Wow! 23 great events for toddlers at Brighton Fringe

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Puppets, balloons and three baby discos, there is so much aimed at the under fives during this year’s Brighton Fringe. After taking her daughter to Fringe shows before she was two-years-old, mum and Officréche blogger Sarah Booker Lewis seeks out the best this year has to offer. Most shows are shorter than an hour keeping […]


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Look, smell, chop, cook and taste – when Foodini came to Officrèche

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Chopping and grating, kneading and mixing, children love cooking at Officrèche, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. Our preschoolers had a full hands on experience making different dishes every day when Foodini Club sent in their recipe packs for a week. The Brighton-based company launched its child-friendly recipe kits for families on a trial basis back in […]


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Search for Snowdogs – have fun while you learn

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Spotting Snowdogs is a new sport in Brighton and Hove. It’s like Pokemon Go in real life with something to touch and enjoy, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. For children of all ages it is a wonderful learning experience with added excitement when you come across a giant colourful dog in an unexpected place. When they […]


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Going on a journey to learn something new

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Going from place to place must be a magical experience for babies and young children, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. When they’re babies they fall asleep in a pram or sling in one place and wake up somewhere else. As they grow up the wealth of different transport options is a thrill. “Look a bus!” “The […]


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Let’s have fun on a train – 6 great mini railways in Sussex

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Trains are an adventure. A big train takes children to new and exciting places, but miniature railways are a whole world of fun, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. This is why grown men have miniature locomotives and let families ride on them. Toddlers and preschoolers often enjoy playing with toy trains and miniature railways are a […]


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Gardening with kids

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Hooray! It looks like Spring is finally here so its time to get out into the garden with the kids! Even if you don’t have green fingers, there are some really lovely, simple activities you can do at home to help teach little ones about growing and gardening. Here are our top tips and activity […]


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Treasure hunt as a party bag

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My two kids are almost exactly two years apart in age. I really thought this was a good idea. In fact, I went so far as to talk smugly about joint birthday parties while pregnant with the second. Not one of my friends saw fit to remind me of the maths – the sheer numbers […]


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