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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Little ones love lambing – Tips for family friendly farming trips

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Spring is here and lambs are appearing in farmers’ fields with their mothers. Many farms in Sussex open their doors to families so children can learn about rural life, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. It is a chance for our youngsters to get up close to farm animals and learn about country life. Coombes Farm in […]


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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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Discover nature – 8 birds you can spot in Brighton and Hove

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BIRDS are all around us in the streets, our garden and in parks. Here in Brighton and Hove we have numerous seagulls and the evening delight of starlings flocking around the pier at night, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. Even tiny babies can delight at spotting the birds flying around, so why not join in the […]


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Smartphone resolution – taking time out from technology

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When my three-year-old daughter held up her hand and said: “My phone says…” I wondered if I was spending too much time looking at a screen. She also has an imaginary tablet to search for her missing things, just as I use an app to find my missing phone, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. Our children […]


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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 get digital – family fun at Brighton Digital Festival

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There’s always something on in Brighton and Hove, and September brings a month of events with the annual Digital Festival. You may think it’s for the adults and older children, but Sarah Booker Lewis found four family friendly events for smaller folk. Hello Lamp Post It is a little embarrassing that my three-year-old holds up […]


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Exploring and adventuring this bank holiday weekend

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Pirate fancy dress and treasure hunt is just one fun event happening this weekend. Image by Juhan Sonin licenced by Creative Commons     It’s the last bank holiday weekend of the year, apart from Christmas (let’s not think about that one too much but cards are in the shops). As a freelancer I try […]


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Let’s dig in the sand and have fun on the beach

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Let’s be honest, Brighton beach isn’t great for children, writes Sarah Booker Lewis. We may take our little people for a jaunt along the pier, but between the Palace Pier and i360 the prolific number of bars is not inviting to  toddler. Sand is lacking, even at low tide. There is a patch of sand […]


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