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Our Franchisee Network Musical Minis are delighted to have won the Best Family Business and also be the overall winner in the Best Home Based Business in the Ihubbub Awards. Our award winning entry can be seen below: As family businesses go, you can’t get much better credentials than children’s music classes, Musical Minis! Musical Minis was started by the family, because of the family, has benefitted thousands of families and is still run by the family today! 25 years ago, child psychologist and Play Specialist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Karen Sherr couldn’t find a fun music group to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Learning made fun
Teesside Musical Minis are really excited to announce their CHRISTMAS SESSIONS! Are you looking for a fun activity in the Christmas holiday when your usual weekly activities have stopped? Look no further! Teesside Musical Minis are running some Christmas sessions at the beginning of the holiday! These are £5 per child per session. Suitable for babies and pre-school age children. Siblings welcome, please ask for details. The parties are one hour non-religious sessions including action songs, nursery rhymes, Christmas stories with puppets and props. Parachute fun and bubbles, time with our wide variety of percussion instruments and lot and lots... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at Learning made fun
At Musical Minis we recently launched a new online booking facility. The service, has started to be rolled out to all the franchise territories and will allow parents to book and pay for classes online for the first time, benefitting parents and resulting in a significant decrease in administration for franchisees. Previously class bookings and fees were taken by franchisees before or after classes, backed up with individually produced emails and letters reminding parents of new term dates, birthday party options and reminders. Now the entire system will be online and automated, saving franchisees time both during and after classes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Learning made fun
Musical Minis is proud to announce a new franchisee in the Southern Home Counties area. Amy Ryan, who previously worked in the theatre as a performer and as a teacher to children of all ages, has become the latest to join the successful Musical Minis franchise, which was established in 1989. Amy originally trained and received a BA Hons degree from The Guildford School of Acting. Whilst continuing to perform in her spare time, Amy has more recently been an Events Manager and an Executive Liaison Officer for a charity. Karen Sherr, founder of Musical Minis commented “The interactive programme,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Learning made fun
If you go down to the woods today…. you could be having whole lot of fun with your little ones with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic Make the most of the Summer weather, get some friends together and plan a great day for the children, their teddies and yourselves! Musical Minis have put together a guide to organising a Teddy Bear’s Picnic at home this Summer. Taking inspiration from the parties they organise across the UK every year, attended by hundreds of children and parents, the parties include making teddy bear ears, songs to sing, food to eat and a picture... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Learning made fun
We know a number of people who have been on Safari but had never experienced one ourselves and were not really sure what to expect. We spent a lot of time researching our options and eventually decided we wanted to go to Chobe in Botswana. We decided upon this because we didn't want to travel by light aircraft and we wanted as authentic an experience as possible. We had heard of safaris where the roads are Tarmac and you were guaranteed to see the big 5. This is not the case in Chobe where they don't even have Rhinos (one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Learning made fun
Join in the fun with Jingle The Bear at South Lincs Musical Minis this summer at a Teddy Bears Picnic. Booking is essential. £5 for one child, £2 per sibling. Bring your own picnic to enjoy after our fabulously fun music session! Friday 7th August at Stamford Children's Centre from 11am-12.30 Friday 21st August at Bourne Youth Centre from 11am-12.30 To book a place contact Hazel Morgan on 07752 270700 or email Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Learning made fun
Join Musical Minis in West Yorkshire for its Summer Events in Garforth, Colton and Seacroft. Join in a Musical Minis Session with party music, dancing and bubbles. Outdoor picnic and Summer Party (weather permitting - if not it will be indoors). Fancy dress optional. Tickets in advance – £6 per family. Teddy Bear’s Picnic – July 27th – 31st Summer Party – August 10th – 14th Summer Party – August 24th – 28th For full venue and ticket information please contact Claire on 07845 454585 or email Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Learning made fun
Some of you, especially those who attend Musical Minis South Wales, we thought would like an update on Ffion who has been attending classes for 4 years and is about to leave us to enter full time education. Ffion was born with some missing genes and some duplicated genes on one of her chromosomes. Her particular gene rearrangement is extremely rare (it doesn't even have a name) and there may only be a handful of people in the world with the same gene pattern. This makes it impossible for the doctors to predict all that will happen to her. Ffion's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Learning made fun
Chrissie Rolls, owner of Musical Minis Swindon, is celebrating six years of running classes this summer by throwing a party for children. Chrissie, who runs the classes with the help of her mum Anne, had to miss out on the traditional 5th birthday celebrations, as she was recovering from an operation but was determined to mark the occasion now she is back to full strength. The party will take place on Monday 10th August at the Haydon Centre, Haydon Wick from 10:00 to 11:00 am. It is open to all, not just those who currently attend the classes. There will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at Learning made fun
Teesside Musical Minis is really excited to announce its SUMMER SESSIONS! Are your usual weekly activities stopping for the summer? Are you wondering how to fill the days with fun for your little ones? Let us help! Teesside Musical Minis is running some themed summer sessions over the holiday! £5 per child per session. Suitable for babies and pre-school age children. Siblings welcome, please ask for details. These are one hour themed sessions including action songs, nursery rhymes, stories with puppets and props. Parachute and bubbles, time with our wide variety of percussion instruments and lot and lots of FUN!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Learning made fun
Musical Minis is pleased to announce that Musical Minis South Wales will be running regular sessions throughout the summer! You can book onto as many sessions as you wish to. Join us in: Barry on Mondays 20th & 27th July, 3rd & 10th August with a start time of 10.30am. Bridgend on Tuesdays 21st & 28th July & 4th & 11th August with a start time of 10.30am. (Bridgend class includes free stay & play) Sessions should be booked in advance. The fee is £4.50 per child per session. £2 per additional sibling up to the age of 8. (No... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Learning made fun
Let’s Party! Come and join Oxford Musical Minis this Summer and have lots of Musical fun! There will be plenty of singing, dancing, bubbles, parachutes, stories and instrumental time. There will be face painting and tattoo activities and the opportunity to have photos taken by Puddings and Pie Photography. And don’t forget to pack a picnic to enjoy after the entertainment! Tuesday 28th July – WOODSTOCK - 10:00am – 12:00pm Tuesday 28th July – ADDERBURY - 2:30pm – 4:30pm Wednesday 29th July – BICESTER - 10:00am – 12:00pm Wednesday 29th July – CALVERT GREEN - 2:30pm – 4:30pm Cost is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Learning made fun
We are pleased to announce that for the first time Oxfordshire Musical Minis will be running regular sessions throughout the Summer! You can book onto as many sessions as you wish to. 10% discount offered if you book onto 5 or more sessions. Musical Minis is a fun music group for pre-schoolers, offering a developmental programme following the EYFS framework used by nurseries and preschools. We will have instrument time, play musical stops, bubbles, parachute, instrument time, storytime and more… Tuesday 4th August 2015 - CALVERT GREEN - 10.00AM – 11.00AM Thursday 6 August 2015 - BICESTER - 10.00AM –... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Learning made fun
Following a media debate about whether fathers should indulge in ‘baby talk’ with their children, Karen Sherr, founder of Musical Minis, was asked to appear on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester. Research had found that, Mothers coo to their children while fathers avoid baby talk. Click below to hear what Karen had to say. BBC Radio Interview The interview was with Karen Sherr – Musical Minis , child psychologist, and Neil Sinclair – father of three, ex royal engineer commando and author of ‘Commando Dad’ parenting books series. The following is the basic points covered in the interview. The presenter... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Learning made fun
If you've been touched by the news in Nepal and want to help out, HVP is a very worthy cause. HVP Nepal is uniquely placed to provide support directly to those in local communities most affected by the earthquake. Their schools and projects in Kathmandu, Thali and Dang - all places affected by the earthquake - are already embedded in communities, run by local staff, and engaging the most vulnerable. Help them do as much as they can to help those who might otherwise slip through the gaps of the relief effort. My daughter Emily volunteered at one of their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Learning made fun
We were not quite sure what to expect when visiting Cape Town. This was our first visit to the city and indeed to Africa. What we found was a modern vibrant city with cheerful, easy going and friendly people. We stayed at the Cape Grace Hotel adjacent to the V&A Waterfront for 7 nights and this was a fantastic location and fantastic hotel. The highlights of our stay were: Table Mountain - everything from the revolving floor on the round cable car to the fantastic panoramic views made the visit to this natural wonder highly enjoyable. We spent 4 1/2... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Learning made fun
Guest post by Louise Emerson, our Musical Minis Durham franchisee. With World Book Day having just passed, it got me thinking about books: Are they still as popular with young children or with the ever increasing digital media available, are they taking a back seat to ipads, kindles and DVD’s etc? Let’s be honest, there aren’t many children who can’t teach us adults a thing or two on a tablet or laptop. My 3 year old can do things I never knew were possible on my phone! Including disabling it at the most inconvenient times! I have to say as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Learning made fun
Guest blog by Jo Weaving, the South Wales Musical Minis franchisee. I’ve lived in Wales all of my adult life but it wasn’t until I had children of my own, that I realised just how much effort goes into celebrating St David’s Day on March 1st each year. From holidaying in Wales as a child I’d been aware of the Welsh National costume, which I just love, and I can remember learning traditional Welsh Country Dances and making Welsh Cakes. Clubs, classes and groups hold their own St. David’s Day celebrations, shop fronts are dressed and schools hold their annual... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Learning made fun
As you may know, Musical Minis recently launched a Nursery Rhymes Puzzle App as part of our 25 Year Celebrations and to demonstrate that despite the age of Musical Minis, we are keeping up to date with the advances in society. We have started rolling out a change in our membership packs which now gives every new member the App for free, as a gift, to replace a Book Bag. This was not an easy decision to make as we know that not everyone agrees with giving apps to small children and there is some evidence to suggest that over... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Learning made fun
I was asked by Dettol to help with their campaign to donate baby blankets to help less fortunate babies. The Dettol Baby Blanket campaign video explains it all . Rachel Stevens is supporting the campaign and is calling out to mums, dads and parents to donate a blanket to the Dettol Baby Blanket Donation charity campaign to help babies in need. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of bacteria on baby blankets whilst highlighting the shortage of baby blankets available to infants born to families in need. Once collected the baby blankets will be hygienically washed with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Learning made fun
Following our tradition of tallying the names of children attending Musical Minis classes, the list below shows the most popular names for children attending in 2014. It isn't necessarily children who were born in 2014. Furthermore, it doesn't include children who attend Children's Centre sessions or nursery sessions. The numbers in brackets shows the name's position in 2013. Top 10 Boys Names:- 1 Jack (5) 2 Henry (=3) 3 Charlie (=3) =4 Harry (1) =4 Thomas (=8) =6 Oliver (2) =6 Ethan (=6) 8 George (=8) 9 Jacob (9) 10 William (10) The only name that has dropped out of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Learning made fun
10 Things You Might Not Know about ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ 1. The lyrics for ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ come from a poem called ‘The Star’ written by Jane Taylor in 1806. 2. The phrase ‘like a diamond in the sky’ is probably one of the first similes that children hear and also provides a basic introduction to mathematical shapes. 3. ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ is sung to the tune of ‘Ah! Vous dirais-je Maman’ which was arrange by Mozart in his 12 Variations in 1781 when he was only 25 years old. 4. The actions used in ‘Twinkle Twinkle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Learning made fun