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Whether during the school holidays or on the weekend, London has some great places to take the little ones, where they can learn through play With options to suit all tastes, London has several days out that give children the chance to have fun whilst learning a little history. One of them is the Science Museum, on Exhibition Road in Kensington, which is full of technological displays and exhibits that blend fun with knowledge. The museum also has a gift shop stacked with toys and gadgets, as well as an IMAX 3D cinema. The Natural History Museum is right next…

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Children or teenagers, they’ll be bowled over by the variety of shops that sell toys, sweets and even magic If your kids have been saving up their pocket money, they’ll love the range of London retailers jostling to excite children and teenagers alike. There’s a bit of everything, from stores selling exploding candy to magic shops teaching the latest in abracadabra. Hamleys, on London’s Regent Street, is quite possibly Great Britain’s most famous toyshop. Trading for more than 250 years, the six-floor megastore sells popular action figures, board games, miniature cars and racing tracks, dolls, just about every type of…

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It’s now possible to visit the Forbidden Forest, made famous by the magical world of Harry Potter. The Forbidden Forest was officially opened in London on 31 March and is part of the Warner Bros. Studios Tour. The forest is depicted in both the Harry Potter books and the films and visitors can now get up close and personal with 19 trees – each 3.66m in diameter – and several life-size magical creatures from the series, including Aragog, a monstrous spider capable of speaking, and Buckbeak, a hippogriff (half-eagle, half-horse). Visitors to the attraction are greeted by Hagrid in full costume…

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The year is only just getting started, but there are already dozens of cultural highlights to get excited about. Among the many shows, museums and exhibitions, one of the best things to do with the little ones is to go to one of the city’s diverse and spectacular musicals to kids in London. Here are two highlights:   School of Rock Based on the successful film of the same name, this musical comedy tells the story of Dewey Finn, a frustrated wannabe rock star who looks to make ends meet as a substitute teacher in an upper class private school.…

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Have you ever imagined what it might be like to receive a letter of invitation to study at the most famous Magic School of all time? Fans of the Harry Potter series of books and films, written by J. K. Rowling, can now fulfil their dreams by applying to the Escola de Magia e Bruxaria (Magic and Wizardry School) in Campos do Jordão, São Paulo. The castle is reminiscent of Hogwarts, with its own Quidditch pitch, and is situated next to a forest of araucaria trees, in a part of Brazil with a very agreeable climate. Budding Wizards and Witches…

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On the 19 November we celebrate the Brazilian Flag´s Day, a date that was created in 1889. The flag, designed by Décio Vilares after an idea of Raimundo Teixeira Mendes and Miguel Lemos, is formed by three geometric figures that can easily be drawn by children: rectangle, diamond and circle. The colours represent the resources of the country: the green symbolizes the forests; the yellow, the gold; the blue, the sky; and the white represents the peace and the union of the people. The 27 stars represent the 26 Brazilian states plus the Federal District (Brasília). This date is a…

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Learning using books and stories. The very first Portuguese language book fair for children took place on Sunday, 25 September in Stockholm. The fair was organised by PortCast, an amazing platform for teaching Portuguese to foreign adults. When possible, I always participate with my son in these types of activities. I believe that when we raise children in a country where a language other than our own is spoken, it’s very important to take part in events that promote Portuguese. Our language is our culture, our heritage, our identity. The fair was very special since there were many Portuguese people…

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Many Brazilian parents who live in the UK have problems when it comes to teaching their offspring their mother tongue, or arrive in the UK with a relatively low level of English. This has a knock on effect of meaning that sometimes these parents don’t make much of a habit of reading to their children. Reading is absolutely crucial for a child’s development and any kind of incentive is brilliant if it can get little ones interested in picking up a book. As a way of helping out parents, it is now much easier to get hold of books in…

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Hot Wheels release exclusive collection paying tribute to Yellow Submarine In honour of 50 years since one of the most successful pop songs of all time was written, Hot Wheels released, in July, a collection of exclusive cars with incredible designs. Yellow Submarine is one of the most famous and highly praised songs by British Band The Beatles. The song’s video is all bright colours and psychedelia, and it was this theme which Hot Wheels used for the six new car models, which feature images and illustrations of the fab four. To make the collection all the more special, there…

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On 12 October we celebrated “Children´s Day” in Brazil, a special date to celebrate the children, especially in schools. Even though “Children´s Day” is celebrated on different dates around the world (read more about the date here), the idea is the same: to have the children as the center of attention and to remind ourselves that, wherever they are, the children have their rights, embodied in the ten principles of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Children, adopted in 1959 by the countries signatories of the resolution of the UN. What about if we extend a little the…

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So we all know that 12 October is Children’s Day in Brazil, but did you know that it is celebrated on different days in different countries? Historically speaking, 1 June was first established as Children’s Day at the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva in 1925, the same date as the closing of the conference and signing of treaties. Naturally the same date has been adopted by many countries, such as Portugal and the US. Later, the Universal Declaration of Children’s Rights, in 1959 and the Convention on the Children’s Rights, in 1989, led the UN to…

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It´s never enough to talk about something that has always captivated the children and received a special date on the Brazilian calendar: 23 September is National Ice cream Day in Brazil. But why this date? Besides being the day that the ABIS (Brazilian Ice cream Sector and Industries Association) was founded, it also marks the day that the merchants of ice cream celebrate the beginning of the summer season in Brazil. We already know that the ice cream was invented over two thousand years ago (https://www.bbmag.co.uk/time-holidays-time-ice-cream/). In Brazil the start of the ice cream happened in 1834 (or 1837, according…

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Brazilian Day, sponsored by the Embassy of Brazil in Sweden, is celebrated every year in one of the most beautiful places in Stockholm. On this day, the Brazilian community celebrates its culture with a mixture of nostalgia, pride and joy. Kungsträdgården (King’s garden, in free translation) is taken over by stalls of Brazilian food and on the stage Brazilian artists (most of whom live in Sweden) perform to the delight of the audience. Brazilian Day: For the first time Riglea and I attended this year and represented Belaponte, our intercultural communication company. We believe that cooking is one of…

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Pizza, as we know it, is an Italian culinary specialty. It is famous around the world, but some historians believe that its origin is not Italian. Some six thousand years ago, the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews used a similar type of dough. However, the pizza as we know today was invented in the 1600s, when the tomato was introduced into European culinary culture. Since its arrival in São Paulo at the beginning of the 1900s, via Italian immigrants, the consumption of pizza has been steadily growing. Today São Paulo is known as the national capital of the pizza, which has…

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Something that always worries parents is what to do with their children at the weekend. It’s a challenge to constantly come up with new things to do that keep them entertained and having fun the whole time. To help make the life of English parents a little easier, there is an app which offers lots of activities in London for the whole family, some of which are free: it’s called Hoop London. The app shows you the events and activities that are closest to you, as well as making suggestions based on what kinds of activities are most popular according…

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