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Claire Potter
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Body in the woods: Throw a Murder Mystery Party
“What
would you like to do for your birthday this year?” I asked my daughter
nervously, knowing that at 12 years old, it was unlikely to be as simple as Pass the Parcel and jam sandwiches. She
was crystal clear. “I’d like a murder mystery party!” she said. ...
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The real Malory Towers experience: Take your child to boarding school!
"You have to dress up posh too,
mummy," says my daughter, half stern, half playful. "Or we'll
never get away with it!" Saturday
morning and me and my 11-year-old daughter are going undercover. We're
going to the most expensive girls' boarding school in Brit...
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Dutch 'Disneyland': Take the kids to Efteling theme park
I'll
be honest. The very words theme park make me lose the will to live. I picture myself trapped in a long, long queue, moving
forwards inch-by-painful-inch, while being attacked by
wasps, whingey kids and whiffs of hot-candy-dog-floss breath. But
a niggly...
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Make like a model: Recreate the holiday brochure!
We
wake up on the first day of our February half-term static caravan holiday in
Wales with wind and rain pummelling the windows. And one of us has a revolting virus. As
we droop our heads into our bowls of Weetabix and wonder
what the best rainy-day plan is...
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Guest interview: "My hobby is doing special effects make-up!"
This time I talk to Nicole, 14, as she gets
to work on us...  H ow did you first get into special effects make up? I started doing it last summer after I met a girl at my mum's friend's wedding who did it. We became friends on Facebook and I saw her special...
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If you go down to the woods today: Go fairy-hunting
Fairy doors popping up in Oxfordshire said the BBC local news headline. Oh boy! Where were my wellies? I'm a sucker for imaginary
worlds in the woods. The Magic Faraway
Tree was my favouritest book in the whole world when I was a kid. But where EXACTLY  did...
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A real eye-opener: Visit the National Guide Dog Breeding Centre
My
daughter has a new friend who is visually impaired. She is easy and comfortable with him. Puts
herself in his shoes. At least, knows to read him out the descriptions of the
different flavours of Quality Street , not just pass him the box. She’s also
star...
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Can they pull it out of the bag? The ‘Lucky dip dessert’ challenge
School holidays and it was my turn on the child-care swap rota: Four girls. Six hours. Wet weather. Small town. No car. Tight budget. I was going to need more than a smile and a tube of Smarties to sail through this one. I screwed up my brain really tight a...
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Guest interview: "We ran away from crocodiles!"
This time, brothers Quinn (6), Aiden (9) and Luca (7) tell me all about their trip to Crocodiles of the World in Oxfordshire, run by Shaun Fogget of the Channel 5 series The Croc Man . What did you think
when your mum told you she was taking you to Crocodil...
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