Monthly Archives: June 2014

How to keep the kids entertained this summer


It’s that time again when mums everywhere start having to think about the summer holidays.

How on earth can we stop kids (and us) from climbing the walls for six weeks?

I have a couple of ideas I’d like to share. Last year, we made a jar filled with ideas of things to do.

If you’re stuck for ideas, this list by Be A Fun is great:


Holiday Activities Ideas Jar

Holiday Activities Ideas Jar

This year our list has been updated: Go Geocaching, make a loom bands/friendship bracelet gift card for friends, make giant bubbles (I’ll share our secret recipe soon) and Comping, our favourite activity of all.

Comping – entering competitions, can keep kids occupied for hours. There are hundreds of toys and great prizes to be had out there. Some good best online sites are and I have a subscription to the magazine and website which has paid for itself many times over.

C-lucky Chicks Crafty Comping Club

C-lucky Chicks Crafty Comping Club


I now run a creative comping club for kids. My daughter called it C-lucky Chicks Crafty Comping Club (and I am Crafty Cow, a bit like Brown Owl.) We stick, paint, collage, sculpt and make wonderful crafty things to enter those comps that require a little more efffort (effort with an extra ‘f’…see what I did there?) Projects include inventing a new sweet to tour the Haribo Factory, have your own message on Love Hearts, create a dragon to win tons of stationery, design a treehouse or theme park to win family holidays and days out.  It’s really exciting stuff! The next club meets at Otley Courthouse on 28th June.

Keeping the kids active when there’s no school P.E. also makes sense. They’ll sleep much better, even though the nights will be lighter for longer. Making obstacle courses from a couple of paddling pools and other junk is very popular in our garden. And never, ever underestimate the hypnotic power of balloons. Even drawing on them with pens holds some weird fascination for my kids, then they chase them round for ages. On rainy days, we play cushion world – all the cushions come off the sofa and make a giant mountain in the middle of the room. The kids jump all over them; I get to vacuum where the cushions were (lucky me.)

On this blog I have been reporting on alternative forms of exercise, from Heavy Metal Bellydancing to Roller Derby. But I still have to say that my favourite exercise is dancing round the kitchen with the kids. The look on their faces is a joy. And I have to make the most of that while it lasts, because surly adolescence will come in a blink of the eye. And then? Well…..



Loom bands advanced/latest Creative Comping Club


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur CREATIVE COMPING CLUB for kids C-LUCKY CHICKS  helps find hundreds of competitions and exciting prizes for kids!

Every day, loads of creative competitions are being run online and in magazines, with hundreds of great prizes for kids. Comps include creating a dragon to win tons of stationery, designing a tree house to win a family holiday, colour in a scene to win hundreds of pounds worth of Airfix models, invent new sweets to visit the Love Hearts or Haribo factory, and many more!

Free badge for every new member!

C-LUCKY CHICKS will be meeting up at these Art Stars sessions from 10am to 12pm at Otley Courthouse for more arty crafty fun…









Saturday 13th SEPTEMBER:

From head to toe: More than just loom bands! Using a variety of materials we’ll be making hair accessories, boys’ wristbands and watches to funky fabric ‘Shoelery’ (that’s shoe jewellery) for boys and girls. Try new Loom Bands techniques and upcycle your clothes with fabric paints, glitter and sequins – you name it; we’ll stick it! Plus we’ll be making our own beads from clay and various paper techniques.



Magic Reindeer Food: we will be making fab reindeer with real twig antlers containing magic reindeer food. Sprinkle this on the lawn on Christmas Eve. It contains real fairy dust to guide Santa’s sleigh to your house, and will help the reindeer fly extra fast around the world!!







Saturdays 13th Sept and 13th December 2014 10-12pm

Children 5-12 years old; carers with under 8 years to stay on premises.

Booking recommended although tickets may be available on the day.

WHERE? Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley LS21 3AN

CONTACT Tel 01943 467466


Otley Courthouse whats on

Booking info: Tickets are available online until around 48 hours before an event. If you would like to book tickets closer to the event than that – or if you would like any more information – please call the Courthouse Box Office on 01943 467466.

Opening hours are 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday.