Welcome to 2014
Dear Subscriber
We hope you had a happy and healthy Christmas break.   Below are ideas how to enjoy snow and ice without leaving London! and BOOK NOW to see favourite authors in action at Southbank's February literary festival.  
Also, to start 2014 with a bang we have a fabulous competition – email us with your suggestions for free family days out this Spring and the top 5 ideas will win a ‘Box of Awesome’ children’s gifts.  Best wishes, Sarah.
London Ice Sculpting Festival
Worried that you're not going to see any snow this year?  Want to try your hand at ice sculpting or see the experts at work?  The Ice Sculpting Festival, based at Canary Wharf in London starts Friday 10th January and finishes late on Sunday 12th January.
Alongside the fabulous ice sculptures is a snow pit for children aged 4 - 10 to play in.  Masterclasses are also available if you would like to try your hand at Ice Sculpting - minimum age for children 12+.
Imagine Literary Festival Feb half term
The hugely popular literary festival at Southbank takes place during the February half-term.  
BOOK NOW to hear authors give unique insights into how they created the books our kids love to read.  Tickets to see Jacqueline Wilson (18th February) are still available and the brilliant creator of so many of the characters we love in Roald Dahl books, Sir Quentin Blake (23rd February) have just a few tickets remaining.  
Check the full schedule to find the other family activities taking place that week.
The best of the festive ice rinks
The most popular London locations with our subscribers last year were Winter Wonderland and Canary Wharf 's rink.  I tried out the Tower of London rink a day after it had rained heavily and half of the rink had a good inch of water on it - not good if you take a tumble.
Another tip is to queue up early for your session if you hope to get one of the skating aids for children, where they are available – or consider booking an ice marshall for personal tuition.
The peak time price for a family ticket at the London and Surrey festive Ice rinks are as follows:
Eyeskate, London Eye – £32.40 (10% discount if you book online), 45 minute sessions, offers available via their website, particularly for Merlin ticket holders.
Broadgate – £33.50 - 1 hour skate sessions, and 15 minutes lessons can be pre-booked.
Westfield –  Shepherd’s Bush - £35.48, 45 minute sessions just at the Shepherd’s Bush this year
Canary Wharf – £36.50, 1 hour sessions, penguin aids for children.  Skating lessons also available, but I was not able to book this at the same time as booking the skate session which was frustrating.
Tower of London & Hampton Court Palace - £38, 1 hour sessions, Ice Guides can be pre-booked and additional £32 per session.
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park - £38, 1 hour skate sessions, adult prices start from 13 year old, ice guides can be pre-booked
Natural History Museum – £41.80, 50 minute sessions, children aids available and pre-book sessions with ice marshall
Somerset House – £54.40, 1 hour skate sessions in a beautiful location, but for a premium price!
For winter ice rinks in the South East, try the Reigate rink (£30 per family ticket) housed in a big top in a park, or the temporary rink in Tunbridge Wells (£36 per family ticket) - links and further details on the Fab Family Days website.

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