|Posted by Danny Nutt on April 26, 2018 at 11:15 AM|
It's been around two months since our last blog. And although we love talking about news and stories regarding Nutty's, we also like to talk about other things to do with kids. Like slime.
Last year's big kids fad was the fidget spinner. Available in every newsagent and pound shop, kids went mad for these palm sized mini gadgets. Their purpose was pretty simple: to spin around. Quite what the kids actually got out of it still baffles me, although it's better than staring at an iPad all day I guess?
This year marks the dawn of a new fad: slime. So many kids are in to it, including my 8 year old daughter, Lola. It's not just about the playing with it (which can be bought pre-made), it's deeper than that. It's the making of it. Buying lots of ingredients, including: pva glue, shaving foam, washing up liquid and laundry detergent. Luckily, we have lots of these items already. Unluckily, it means I've suddenly ran out of shaving foam when I'm in need of a shave. Worse than that is the mess and the smell. I came out of my office at home in to the kitchen recently to make a much needed coffee, only to be hit in the face by a pungeant aroma of what seemed like sick and bio all in one. And if any of it lands on the carpet, it will remain there for days...
But despite all the annoying aspects to slime, there are some positives. It can litterally keep Lola entertained for hours. It helps her be creative and, weirldy, keeps her calm.
So I say, don't resist if your child wants to be a 'silme kid.' Just make sure you have some incense burning to mask the smell and some serioucly good carpet cleaner on hand when the inevitable spillages occur...
|Posted by Danny Nutt on February 21, 2018 at 11:10 AM|
Last week we had the pleasure again of running a three day Half Term Sports and Drama Camp with Moving Matters at Julian's Primary School in Streatham.
It went very well. And it was so lovely to see some of the regular kids back for more. Moreover, seeing them improve their sports and drama skills.
Sport and drama both require one very important human ingredient: confidance. And sometimes all we have to do as teachers and facilitators is to encourage them, make the activities fun and hopefully, their confidance will soar. As we found last week.
All in all, it's wonderful to be running such a rewarding holiday camp for the kids. Rewarding for them as they develop so much and learn and rewarding for us seeing how useful these skills will be for their future years...
|Posted by Danny Nutt on January 25, 2018 at 12:00 AM|
It's been a while since our last blog. Apologies. I guess we've been busy... Christmas came and went, then New Year and before we know it, it's nearly February!
Time really does fly by, doesn't it? And here at Nutty's Towers one thing we notice, and love, is seeing how kids who have repeat parties with us (but often different themes of course) have grown up so much over the years! One regular client recently sent in a video of their first party with us and my, her two boys have grown up so much since!
I guess when time does feel like it's moving too fast, we have to hold on and treasure the present moment. Take a deep breath, relax when we can, appreciate our surroundings and spend quality time with our loved ones. It really does make a difference. If only for a short while.
Here's hoping the next few months don't fly by too quickly again!
|Posted by Danny Nutt on November 8, 2017 at 6:50 AM|
Yes that's right. After spending the year entertaining hundreds (or maybe even thousands?) of kids, it's time for a little party for us. For a change.
It's been 11 years since the birth of Nutty's and I always like to throw an annual soiree for my team to thank them for their hard work, laugh about the times certain kids said hilarious things, share stories, eat, drink and be merry.
It's also a time to pause and reflect upon the past year. I honestly feel extremely proud at what we have achived: we've added more party types and themes to our roster, taken on more actor-entertainers, ran three successful holiday camps, performed at Camp Bestival for the 3rd year running, had a residency with our Nutty's Disco at the Cherry Tree pub in East Dulwich and churned out several parties every weekend.
Last year I threw a big summer BBQ in my garden to celebrate our 10 year birthday and this time around we'll be having a buffet dinner in my local pub.
So that's what we'll be doing tomorrow night. I can't wait.
So if I'm a litte slow on responding to emails on Friday morning, you'll know why...
|Posted by Danny Nutt on October 18, 2017 at 10:45 AM|
Can you actually believe it? It's nearly half term!?!
It felt only like yesterday that I spent most of the time in my shorts, enjoying the long days of sunlight and noticing how much happier people in general were.
Now the evenings are drawing in, the heating is coming back on at home and, oh, no, I hear you asking: what am I going to do for half term?
Well, help is at hand with our top 5 ideas for all the family for the autumnal break...
1- Get ready for halloween. Buy a pumpkin, or one each for all the family, and carve like crazy to create a spooky jack o' lantern. You can also have fun decorating the house with fake cobwebs, pictures of witches on broomsticks and paper cut out scary ghouls.
2- Burn off some energy at Flip Out. This great venue is packed full of trampolines so you can bounce to your hearts content AND keep fit all at the same time. Result. See here for more info- https://www.flipout.co.uk
3- Appreciate some art. Every major city in the UK has at least one art gallery that's free to visit. A particularly good one in London is Tate Modern. It's huge, has a big variety of various types of art from all over the world and the views from the top of London are spectacular- http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern
4- Take the kids to the theatre. There are so many fantastic shows for all the family available at the moment, especially in the West End. Tickets aren't always cheap but it's worth shopping around as there are often deals on to help you save a few pounds.
5- Go for a walk in the park, play and be free. This is one of the most basic and effective activities for kids. They love being outside, in all weathers. Plus it's free, so it won't break the bank.
I hope this guide has been handy? Whatever you end up doing, all of us at Nutty's wish you a lovely half term break.
|Posted by Danny Nutt on September 22, 2017 at 6:40 AM|
Nutty's has been up and running for nearly 11 years now, and depsite some of our oldest themes, like Pirate Dan's Treasure Hunt, for example, still being performed regularly, we never get bored. Why? Becuase no two parties are the same.
Obvously a Fairy party in Kensington is going to be differnet from an Explorer Party in Chiswick. A Disco party in Clapham different from Wizard Dee (Harry Potter friendly) in Hammersmith. But all of our parties can be so diffrent- becuase kids are so different. People are different.
And we can never predict if one is going to go smoothly. or with some, or a lot, of difficulty. If we know there will be 30 kids, (our maximum limit for one entertainer) often we mentally prepare for a hectic party. But sometimes those big numbers can actually provide a bit of 'safety in numners' and can go better than expected. If we know we're having only 9 kids, that can end up being a lot harder than you think. If 2 or 3 are showing signs of not realy getting it, it can steer the rest of the group in the same direction...
And we get so many differnet reactions for elements we do. Some kids find Super Dan's clumsy, haphazard nature, absolutely hilarious. Others are happy and clearly enjoying it, but not laughing out loud. Some have their mouths hanging open when we 'transform' in to Darth Jaw for our Danijel The Space Warrior (Star Wars) party, others are viisbly scared!
The great thing about all of this is it keeps us on our toes. We can't go in to auto pilot with each party, we have to guage and listen to the group in question for each and every one.
This is why we love doing what we do!