A belated Happy Easter to you all ! In England it is the Easter Bunny (not the Easter bells) who delivers the Easter eggs, so I hope that he was generous to you and your family and not put off at all by all the late frost we've been having.
In this edition of our monthly Newsletter:
Holiday workshops – a reminder about our April and summer holiday workshops.
KidooLand in a nutshell
Playgroup – sign up now for the open day on Thursday 12th April.
Boost your English - anytime & anywhere with a quick word association game.
Taking inspiration from Canadian schools, where children start each day with yoga & meditation.
Antonia recommends for parents AND littlies… SOS Dino is a great board game for all the family!
A few ideas for things to do this month…
HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS – BOOK NOW FOR APRIL AND THE SUMMER!
Full details about dates, themes & activities, tarifs and discounts are available via our online holiday brochure...
KidooLand is not just a destination for younger children, we also offer a great AdoLand programme for 11-16 year olds. This summer's programme includes architecture, photography and journalism as well as a new K'ELITE programme "Leaders in training". Download the brochure for full details.
KIDOOLAND IN A NUTSHELL
Or in this case, a handy diagram! For those families not familiar with the full range of lessons and activites we provide, here is an infographic aimed at showing you how your children can progress through the different classes as they grow up and as their level of English improves.
If you are not sure which activites or classes would be best suited to your child, please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll do our best to advise.
PLAYGROUP OPEN DAY
We have been running Playgroups for 11 years and these have been so popular we added 2 new levels this year. There are now 3 levels Rainbows, Explorers and Kindergarten.
If you have a child age 2-5 years old then please request the playgroup brochure firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next open day will be on Thursday 12th April at 9h30 and at 13h. Reserve your place today and come along with your child to discover KidooLand for yourselves!
BOOST YOUR ENGLISH... Anytime & anywhere with a quick word association game!
Whether you're driving in the car, waiting for a meal in a restaurant or stood in the queue at the Post Office, a quick word association game is a great way to practice and improve your English vocabulary:
I say "sport", you could respond with... basketball, football, netball, swimming, hockey....
I say "animals", you could respond with... cats, dogs, frogs, tigers, giraffes, crocodiles...
I say "stone", you could respond with.... rock, pebble, boulder...
I say "something you sit on", you could respond with... chair, stool, sofa, bike, floor,
Choose your starting word based on your child's ability level and then just do it for fun or turn it into a competition by awarding 1 point for each winning word your child thinks of! Then swap round and let your child test your vocabulary too!!!
ZOOM ON… CANADA
Yoga and meditation have been used in Canadian schools for more than 10 years now. They are primarily used at the start of the school day in order to help calm children so that they are then ready to learn.
Yoga and meditation can help children physically and emotionally (calming worries, managing emotions, teaching about empathy and altruism) and schools have also noticed lower levels of violence and aggression amongst their students.
If you'd like to try a meditation with your child, this short & simple meditation is a great starting place: "La petite grenouille."
At Kidooland, we've wanted to be able to offer dedicated yoga classes for a number of years and now that our Vallauris center is expanding, we can finally fulfill this dream! Yoga will be available from September so, for further information or to reserve a place for your child, please send us an email.
KIDOOLAND RECOMMENDS FOR PARENTS AND LITTLIES…
For us, the star of the recent Festival de Jeux International (featured in our February Newsletter) was by far and away a great new board game called SOS Dino.
Advertised as 7+, this game is great for even younger children (5+) as the 4 players work as a team to save 4 of the cutest dinos and their eggs from erupting volcanos, rapid lava flows and crashing metorites. So much fun for all the family, it really is one to try!!
LOCAL FUN: THINGS TO DO ON THE COTE D’AZUR
The inaugural Mimosa Kids Fun Run will be taking place on Sunday 15th April at the Stade des Bouillides in Valbonne for children aged 5-15. All proceeds will go towards helping children with cancer in the Alpes Maritimes. It's 10€ per child (Mums or Dads can run with their children for free!!) and closing date for sign up is this Sunday 8th April!
The Red Bull Air Race will be held in Cannes for the 1st time ever from 20th - 22nd April. This is sure to be an exciting event to watch, so check out the programme for more information and enjoy a thrilling day out with all the family.
Sunday 22nd April also sees the 2nd of the 3 annual "Dimanches Malins" being held on the promenade in Cagnes sur Mer between 10h and 14h30. These are great fun for kids - the road is closed to traffic and there are loads of different games and activites set up for children to enjoy. Be sure to get their early to beat the queues!!
That’s it for this month’s newsletter. If you have any feedback on what you’ve read, please don’t be afraid to join in the discussions in our Facebook community we would love to hear from you!
All the best,
Antonia Beauvoisin Brown
Managing Director of KidooLand