By the time you read this, I shall be recovering from running Party in the Park, which took place at the weekend in Uxbridge.
I'm writing this the day before and praying for good weather and a great event as usual. If you were there, I hope you enjoyed it.
Party in the Park involves a lot of organisation and effort but it is all so worthwhile as it's loads of fun on the day for everyone involved. Every year I say I'm not going to do another one, but next year's will be the fifth Party in the Park so I'll have to do that one, won't I!
I had one of those school holiday panic attacks this week. You know the kind - when you remember that the kids are going to be home for weeks on end during the long summer holiday and need occupying.
Being an only child, I try to make an extra effort to make sure my six-year-old son Alexander has play dates with local friends but one of his buddies, Connor, is away for the whole summer. So this year I've decided to look into what organised activities are available in Hillingdon.
Fortunately, it's not too much effort to look for the activities as most of them are listed in Sunshine magazine!
I've signed up Alex and his friend Louis for a play scheme at Minet Country Park in Hayes run by the local charity A Rocha, which sounds great.
It's two hours a day for a week for children from Reception (five years old) to Year Six. They have two play schemes on offer - Bugs On
Board and Go Wild on the Water - in which the kids spend their time on Elsdale II, the floating classroom in Hillingdon.
Both sound fantastic fun and, most amazing of all, the former is free and the latter is only £5 - I kid you not! [25cf] A Rocha's play schemes are a real hit with both parents and children.
To find out more the organisation and the activities it runs, call 020 8574 5935 or visit en.arocha.org/ lweducation/index9.html.
You can download a booking form for play schemes from the website.
HAVE you heard yet about Baby Loves Disco?
It's an afternoon dance party for ages six months to seven years and (especially) their parents, featuring Heart 106.2 DJs playing feelgood tracks guaranteed to get booties moving and grooving.
At the moment our nearest venue is the Clapham Grand but maybe Liquid in Uxbridge might think about starting up a daytime disco party for children?
You can find more details at www.babylovesdisco.co.uk
In the meantime, if you fancy trying out a 'baby' disco, why not visit the Healthy Summer Fun Event on July 12 at Pinner Parish Church, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
The aim of the event is to raise funds for the National Childbirth Trust.
On offer will be homeopathy, aromatherapy, a baby and toddler disco, baby massage, tots yoga, beauty treatments, refreshments and more!
Entry is £2.50 for adults and free for children.