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Janis Curry

Janis Curry

Really Kid Friendly

Click here to see more articles by Janis...Thanks to her two boisterous rascals, Janis is the expert on glitter glue, stick collecting, rainy days out with kids, and which family movies have the most deliciously despicable baddies. Her website ReallyKidFriendly.com has been nominated for 9 awards, and with good reason – you’ll find 10,000 local events and activities every month, honest reviews by real mums and dads, film previews, prize draws and the best handpicked stories from around the web. Janis can normally be spotted in North London trying (and failing) to outsmart her kids. Say hello: @kidfriendly_uk Click here to see more articles by Janis.


Latest articles by Janis Curry


Top 5 Soft Play Centres North London

Top 5 Soft Play Centres North London

10.24.2014

With London’s decidedly changeable (read: wet) weather, a great list of soft play areas in London is a must-have for every parent. My kids are like a couple of mischievous puppies when they’re cooped up in the house for too long, so I’ve become a bit of a connoisseur on ball ponds and indoor climbing frames.


5 Reasons to Take Kids to The British Museum

5 Reasons to Take Kids to The British Museum

8.26.2014

I have a confession to make - a day out with my kids can be hard work. Every outing starts with a dispute about whether or not a skin tight crocodile costume (for the kids, not me) is the best thing to wear in central London. Then there are the last wees, the interminable tube ride and the near heart-attack every time they forget to ‘mind the gap’. By the time we arrive at our destination all I want is a stiff drink. The British Museum is one of the few places that makes the effort and palpitations worthwhile. Here’s why:


5 Ways to Discover Victorian London

5 Ways to Discover Victorian London

8.18.2014

Until very recently my knowledge of London in the Victorian era was pretty much limited to what I learned in The Muppets Christmas Carol. My six-year old daughter, the expert on all things Victorian, has taken it upon herself to educate me properly. ‘Yes’, she acknowledges, ‘the Victorians did have the most excellent hats.’ She rolls her eyes when I ask whether they really had rats for book-keepers.


London for Free: Top 5 Near Trafalgar Square

London for Free: Top 5 Near Trafalgar Square

8.11.2014

There are so many things to do in London for free that it can be a little overwhelming to say the least. Here’s five unforgettable attractions and days out within a short walk of one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world: Trafalgar Square.


3 Best London Gyms for Families

3 Best London Gyms for Families

7.21.2014

Finding a good London gym with a crèche or kids club can be pretty tricky. Here are my favourite three London gyms for families.


Rainy Days Out in London with Boisterous Toddlers

Rainy Days Out in London with Boisterous Toddlers

7.9.2014

With toddlers in tow, the merest hint of drizzle can be enough to make any parent want to cry. Here 5 best toddler-friendly rainy days out in London.


Where to Find a Jar of Moles in London

Where to Find a Jar of Moles in London

6.8.2014

Housing thousands of skeletons, skulls, and bug-eyed animals suspended in formaldehyde, the Grant Museum of Zoology isn’t your average museum. The first time I came across it, I had been strolling around the higgledy-piggledy collection of buildings that make up UCL’s central campus. It started raining, so I ducked into the nearest building… and came face to face with a jar of moles.


Three Ways to Wear Out the Kids in and Around Muswell Hill

Three Ways to Wear Out the Kids in and Around Muswell Hill

6.2.2014

My kids seem to have enough energy to power an entire neighbourhood, so I jump at any opportunity to wear them out. Thankfully, in and around Muswell Hill there seem to be countless things to do, with everything from adventure playgrounds and skate parks to slightly creepy swan-shaped pedalos. My top picks are three year-round activities they’ll never forget.

Bust Some Moves

There is something about breaking out a bit of ‘crazy legs’ at a party that makes even the most paunch-building and balding 40-something Dad feel young again. Be warned, though, he will spend the next three days complaining that all of his limbs hurt, claiming that the problem lies not in his age but in the quality of the linoleum floor.


A Londoner’s Guide to Getting Your Mojo Back

A Londoner’s Guide to Getting Your Mojo Back

5.12.2014

A ‘great time’ used to mean laughing so hard my sides ached or climbing a mountain just because it was there. I’d spent years embracing life with optimism, self-assuredness and pluck. But, one day... poof! My zing had disappeared. Suddenly, the height of excitement meant watching The West Wing while extolling the virtues of my friend’s slanket.


London for Harry Potter Fans

London for Harry Potter Fans

4.18.2014

As a fantasy fiction fanatic, I’d spent years of my life entranced by the realms of Middle Earth, Winterfell and Tigana. No surprise then, that when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone appeared on shelves in 1997, I fully embraced Hogwarts and London’s magical parallel world. Embarrassingly, I think I recall being shushed for shouting at the screen in excitement when I recognised Leadenhall market in the very first film. Chances are, you’re one of the 450 million* others captivated by Harry Potter, and quite possibly one of the people who shushed me in that cinema. Either way, you’ll love this five step guide to London for Harry Potter fans!

1. Stay in the Wizard Chambers at The Georgian House Hotel

Four poster bed inside the Wizard Chambers of the Georgian House Hotel


Projecting Movies For Over 100 Years - London's Oldest Cinema

Projecting Movies For Over 100 Years - London's Oldest Cinema

4.18.2014

The Phoenix Cinema has been around for over a century. Old schmold, right? I mean, in London I seem to be surrounded by thousand year old buildings so, in comparison, 100 years doesn’t seem all that impressive.