How do you deal with all the (junk) artwork your children bring home from school? We used to pile everything on the fridge with magnets, but since our kitchen was redecorated a few years ago, it has been an artwork free zone!

Poor old Alex had his room re-painted last year and so his artwork is all proudly displayed - wait for it - on the inside of his wardrobe doors!

I know you're thinking I'm awful, but I'm not as bad as the mum who told me she had the fail-safe system for dealing with her three children's artwork brought home from nursery and school - a shredder in her porch! I didn't feel as bad when she told me that...

Maybe if she'd taken her children along to the Global Kids events at The Chimes, she might have wanted to hang on to the masterpieces they created. This event takes place on the last Saturday of the month from 10am-4pm and children get their own Global Kids Passport, plus, if they get three stamps, they also get a free T-shirt. Each session is themed around a different country and children will be making arts and crafts masterpieces as well as learning about a different culture.

I think this is a really well thought out concept, rather than just putting on entertainment or giving them random activities to do - they're actually learning something about the cultures of the children they go to school with and the neighbours in their street.

Hillingdon is a borough of amazing diversity, with more than 100 languages spoken here and we're the fourth most diverse area of London, so events like this help us not only to entertain our children for free - which is so important in the current climate - but they actually provide an understanding of others.

If you're on a mission to find cheap or free activities for the children, a feature in the new issue of Sunshine Magazine gives you the low down on how to entertain your family in Hillingdon on a budget.

Out for the half term, the latest issue of Sunshine is available this week all over the borough. Pick it up in your local library, high street shops, nurseries, swimming pools, or get it from Hillingdon Council's Families' Information Service by calling freephone 0800 0734800.

Features in this issue include a special article on breast feeding support in Hillingdon, an account of what life is like for a single mum living in Hillingdon and the Gazette's very own Barbara Fisher, who is also the Sunshine Education Expert, tells us all about Grangewood School in Eastcote.

I hope you and your family have a great half term!

Cathy recommends

Why not have a spring de-clutter and make some money this month?

What you consider junk is someone else's treasure so have a go at selling it online.

The local parents' information website has a very active nearly-new board, where you can add items for sale as well as list the things you want and give goods away for free.

My neighbour Alison also told me about a website I'd not heard of before called, a modern version of the bring & buy sale but just for children's items.

She said it looked good but she hadn't tried it as her husband Jerry wouldn't let her sell his toys!