Call us selfless, call us CRAZY but on Saturday morning we will be marking down our remaining summer stock with further reductions. For one week only these incredible savings will be available at our permanent pop-up within the Chorlton Art Market and if we get chance, we will post more online!
#2 Go Wild in the Woods with We Are Adventurers
Next in our 'Things to do in Manchester before you're 3' series is a tip from Tess, who recommends We Are Adventurers, a 'come rain or shine' group that operates within Chorlton Water Park.
"We Are Adventurers has been on my radar for quite some time but always clashed with Jack's nursery days. But when we experienced their foresty, muddy, hot chocolate drinking delights at a kids party it was clear that this group was worth a juggle in our weekly routine. We've been attending the Tuesday session since April and have probably been cursed with the worst Spring-into-Summer weather on record. I'm not going to lie, getting a toddler and baby out in the driving rain at 9:30am is not easy. But in doing so, we have shared some truly magical moments at the hands of group leaders Paul, Jan and Tom.
Activities are rooted in nature and discovery. They have included pond-dipping, bug-hunting, den building, rope work, creating journey sticks, going on a Gruffalo hunt, mud painting and best of all, making a disgustingly messy meal for the mud monster in our own mud kitchens. Jack is 3.5 and has enjoyed a lot of independence in the outdoor setting but his understanding of the activities is brought to life by Jan and Tom who are endlessly patient and really very nice indeed.
The 1-hour sessions run on Tuesday and Friday each week throughout the summer and 6-week courses for Autumn begin in September at a cost of £36. The group meets in the car park at Chorlton Water Park at 10am and walks together to the little clearing where most activities unfold. I hoik my buggy and baby Alfie along and if he's not napping, he absolutely loves being strapped into the baby carrier to join in with the shenanigans. Kids are treated to a steaming mug of hot chocolate at the end - I'm not suggesting this is the ONLY reason they come but I get the feeling it helps lure most of them out of the house on a wet day! I've taken to bringing a flask of tea to enjoy in the play area after as I like to eek out another hour in the fresh air if the weather is being kind.
Mine and Jack's time at We Are Adventurers has been something of a final fling in the world of baby and toddler groups. He will start school in September and so I wanted to join a age-appropriate group that would give us some memories to cherish. It has been a blast. An exhilarating, soggy, muddy mix of hard work but very happy times that I think are some of the best we've shared on our circuit of sensory adventures. I cannot recommend it highly enough for kids aged 2 upwards.
This is the official blurb from their website for the Babes in the Woods course, read it then BOOK! You will never regret it. Even when you have rain dripping off your nose. Promise".
Outdoor toddler sessions Manchester in Trafford, Manchester and Cheshire.
Join us for a 6 week course of 1 hour sessions for toddlers to under 5s on Tuesday and Friday 10 – 11am at Chorlton Water Park.
Get creative with mud, hunting for bears, imaginative play with elves and fairies, making music in the forest and getting to grips with puddles, creepy crawlies and the great outdoors.
Learning through play in the great outdoors helps to build confidence and self-esteem so that your little one can reach their full potential as they make challenging choices while we control their safety.
Our outdoor toddler sessions Manchester will benefit your little one emotionally, intellectually and physically from time spent in the woods as they learn about nettles, brambles and other woodland characteristics so that they can learn how to manage risk and understand safety.
Fun and educational – perfect for mums and dads who want their little ones to grow in confidence and learn to take risks safely.
Parents and children all need to wear appropriate clothing for the weather and include wet weather gear (all in one rain coat or jacket and trousers, plus an extra set of dry clothes for going home in just in case) for your little one in your kit, including wellies – there is no additional shelter and we don’t stop for rain! Please also pack a drink and a light snack.
DID YOU KNOW? Many early walkers will only experience carpet or concrete beneath their feet until they are much older, learning how to deal with uneven ground or sand increases their physical competence and intellectual understanding of risk and consequence.
Take a look at our 2015 timetable.
Costs are £36 per six week course. Courses run consecutively for six weeks and you can join at any time if spaces are available. Call Paul to book on 07809382023. Booking in advance is essential. Terms of booking.
It's taken approximately six months, 3 babies, 3 toddlers and the sourcing of a new gazebo but Our Kid is officially back on the pop-up pony. Back where we started, al fresco and out in the heart of our lovely community in Chorlton at the annual Beech Road Family Day.
We had such a brilliant day *until the rain poured down* and it was so heart warming to hear all the great feedback from customers who've been shopping our looks at the CAM Hub. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat, twirl in tutus and spend a pound or two at our humble stall.
The newborn fug is lifting and we plan to get out and about a bit more over the coming months. Keep an eye on our events page and across social media for news of our forthcoming pop-ups.
It's that lovely time of year when Our Kid goes al fresco at summer events in and around Chorlton. We'll be setting up camp at the fabulous Beech Road Family Day on Sunday 5th July from 12-5pm. You can find us in the park with our trademark £25 tutus (standout bestseller of last year's event) and an array of gorgeous storage solutions including these ace canvas trugs with assorted animal designs, yours for £18. We'll be offering an exclusive event discount on the day so find us early and bag yourself a sizzling summer bargain from independent labels including Maxomorra, Boys&Girls, Pigeon Organics, Little Green Radicals and more.
New year, new babies and a new look at our Chorlton pop-up. It's all go at Our Kid and we're hatching plans to make 2015 our most ambitious yet. As last year drew to a close, our pop-up at the Chorlton Art Market Hub really picked up pace and we were dressing local tots in our bestselling Candybow tutus faster than Rudolph on a mince pie high while our signature leggings proved to be the ultimate stocking filler.
It wasn't all happy families as it emerged a big chunk of our most expensive pieces had been shoplifted the week before Christmas. It's hard not to get emotional about this kind of setback. The 3 of us work really hard under massive time constraints to keep the business running so when someone just helps themselves to our treasure it does smart a little.
Not wanting to dwell on the negative, it's time to say HUGE thanks to Alice and her amazing team as they really helped us to sell Our Kid to the people of Chorlton while we just about managed to keep the rails stocked as we navigated the early weeks of our precious little bundles (more about them in a separate post).
Our retail emporium is now residing in a bright new corner spot and is brimming with goodies and some mega bargains for the eagle eyed. We've knocked 20% off all seasonal stock and left a rummage box full of £3 bargains. In case you haven't discovered us yet, the shop is opposite Frosts in the precinct and has some wonderful local art and craft for sale.
You can also shop our sale online at www.our-kid.co.uk
If you're out shopping in Chorlton today, make a beeline for Our Kid the fab Chorlton Art Market pop-up shop in the precinct (opposite Frosts the Butchers). We have a lovely spot right by the window and as you can see, the tutus are looking very speshy. In addition to Our Kid, the CAM hub is packed with great local arts and crafts businesses offering some lovely pieces. Well worth a snoop!
Our Kid will be in residence at the CAM hub until the end of December.
We can't wait to be part of the Beech Road Family Fun Day on Sunday 6th July and have a real treat in store for visitors at our stall. Candy Bow tutu's are a festival must and we've got loads in stock including new size 4-8 years. In addition we'll have a special offer on Not For Ponies T-shirts - £6 each or 2 for £10. This pic was taken of us last year and we feel really proud at how much the business has developed. In more ways than one...now each of us sports a round baby bump as well as a big smile. Lovely!
Find us in Beech Road park, sheltering in the shade (but not the rain, no rain please).
This week, Our Kid co-founder Kate goes all Dolly and talks Daphne Du Maurier in Me and #mykid
Love singing…Dolly Parton!
Love cuddles with…My boys (son Max and husband Luke)
Secretly…love watching old British crime dramas.
Couldn’t live without...holidays and white wine.
Always read…Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. My son Max is named after one of the main characters.
Love going on holiday to... Positano, Italy. Where I got married and it was just as good when we took Max last year.
Can’t wait to...do it all again in October!
Have the most fun when...we go to the Zoo. Max loves animals so much we all get really in to it.
Me and #mykid is a little interview we dreamt up to reveal a bit more about ourselves. To launch the series, Our Kid Co-founder Tess talks teddies, sleep and tickling...
Love singing…silly made-up songs about bogies and dinosaurs.
Love cuddles with…teddy mouse, Emma bunny, other Emma, teddy doggy, Mr Dinosaur, sinister white bear, monkey, George pig, Mr Dinosaur and nana Polly bear!
Secretly…eat chocolate buttons in the car after nursery.
Couldn’t live without…the promise of a full nights sleep.
Always read…Kipper stories by Mike Inkpen.
Love going on holiday to…Dorset for our annual pilgrimage to Camp Bestival.
Can’t wait to…tell Jack he’s going to be a big brother.
Have the most fun when...we play tickling, jumping and making dens in bed at the weekend.
If you fancy featuring in your own little interview, ping us an email to email@example.com.