I’d say that every paleo family has their 80/20 cheats, and for mine it’s sushi. Everyone adores it, and although we sometimes make it at home with mashed avocado instead of rice, it’s just not the same. So you can imagine how thrilled my girls were when I told them they would be going to a Yo! Sushi Mini Ninja Class to properly learn how to make one of their favourite foods.

We were out the door nice and early and headed into London’s Southbank to the Yo! Sushi at the Royal Festival Hall for 11am. The class lasts for an hour, which is absolutely perfect for the age range they recommend of 5-12. Our chef Malio, was lots of fun and very good with the children. His instructions were clear and easy to follow, but he also kept a look out for anyone who looked like they were struggling and needed help.

What happens in a mini ninja class?

Yo! Sushi Mini Ninja ClassThe children sat around one of the counters, with all their sushi making paraphernalia laid out in front of them. As hygiene is of the utmost importance at Yo! the very first thing the kids had to do was put on their catering gloves and chef hats. This is quite important to know in advance, just in case your little one might have an issue with wearing them.

Malio explained which three types of sushi we would be making – which were cucumber maki, salmon nigiri and crab handrolls. My kids would choose the nigiri and maki from a menu anyway, so were really happy to be making their faves.  

Malio took the children through each of the steps to make their three dishes, and afterwards their efforts were boxed up to take home, along with a little goody bag. All in all a productive way to spend an hour, and we stuck around afterwards for lunch. I even managed to feed myself on the GAPS Intro Diet, with delicious sashimi and miso soup. 

Mini Ninja classes are running on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August, and will set you back ¬£15 per child. The cost includes what the children have made, plus one blue plate from the sushi train. It is also possible to book a private class for a birthday party or function, just enquire at your local branch.     

Did you know? A few facts about this fabulous sushi chain 

  • Yo! Sushi are a British company, who are celebrating their twentieth anniversary this year
  • Their first restaurant was opened in London’s Soho
  • Freshness is everything to Yo! Sushi – their tuna is frozen at us minus 60 degrees on board the boat where it’s caught 
  • All their seafood is sustainably sourced, and approved by Fish2Fork
  • You will never see bluefin tuna on a Yo! Sushi menu, because it’s an endangered species. They serve only the finest yellowfin and albacore tuna in their restaurants
  • They currently have 33 vegetarian dishes and 16 vegan dishes on the menu

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**Disclaimer: we were given our mini ninja class, and our lunch afterwards FOC, in exchange for this honest blog post. Full my full disclosure policy, please click here.**  

blog title ClaraKidZaniaFireFighterWe were invited recently to review KidZania London, which is located inside Westfield shopping in White City. The best way for me to describe it is by saying that it’s role play with go faster stripes! I knew we’d have a good day, but I was blown away by how much my girls enjoyed it.

What is KidZania?

KidZania is a child sized city, where the children are completely in control. There are sixty interactive experiences for them to choose from, which they either pay for or earn a salary from in the KidZania currency KidZos. 

You have four hours inside KidZania, and each child is given fifty KidZos upon entering. The experiences last on average for fifteen minutes, which was perfect for my girls (4 and 7) to learn and understand what they were doing, without getting bored. We were also lucky to not have to spend too much time waiting around in queues. There is such a vast variety of experiences to chose from, I believe there would be something for everyone within the 4-14 recommended age range.  

KidZania Hospital collageAmong other things, the children can learn to be pilots, police officers or fire fighters. They can work in the hospital, dentist, beauty salon or recycling centre. They can make and eat an actual burger (very tasty), see how ice cream is made, or learn the ins and outs of chocolate making. They can be newspaper reporters, or radio DJ’s. They can abseil down a wall, or play sports. They can be whatever they want to be for the day, which is probably every kid’s dream!

Everything my girls did during their four hours

KidZania Innocent collageBurger making at GBK (cost 20 KidZos)
Supermarket customers (free activity), they could have worked on the checkout and earnt 8 KidZos
H&M fashion studio – modelling/styling (earnt 10 KidZos)
C – Fire Fighting (cost 8 KidZos)
P – The Vault (earnt 8 KidZos)
Smoothie making with Innocent (cost 12 KidZos)
Worked in the ice cream factory (earnt 8 KidZos)
Cabin crew with BA (earnt 8 KidZos)
Worked on the maternity ward of the hospital (earnt 6 KidZos)
Made an Eat Natural fruit and nut bar (cost 12 KidZos)
Came home with 60 KidZos for next time!

KidZania collage h&m, vault, supermarketA few do’s and don’ts

do your research in advance, and pick out your must-go experiences.
don’t stick to rigidly to your plan, in case the kids change their mind. We scoped out a dozen or so experiences, and only went to half that were on the original list.
do check to see if your child needs certain skills, such as reading or writing, as some of the experiences require them.
don’t worry if they start something that they don’t like, you can move them along to a different experience quickly and without fuss.
do be completely child led during your time at KidZania. It would have completely ruined things if I had tried to tell the girls what they should be doing.
don’t waste loads of time standing in a huge queue. Unsurprisingly whenever we went to the chocolate factory there were lots of kids waiting for it, so we visited Eat Natural and Innocent instead.
KidZania collage eat natural, ice cream and cabin crew
do bring a packed lunch/snacks. You’re on the go from the second you arrive and the children will get hungry. 
don’t obsess over taking nice photos. You aren’t allowed inside the experiences so will be mostly taking them through glass doors and windows. The KidZania photographer will capture many precious moments for you (note, there is an extra charge for the photos).
do ask if you need to come back for anything. I missed out on Polly doing a fashion show because I didn’t realise it was part of the H&M experience, and had been queuing up with Clara for something else.
don’t worry about not fitting everything in, there’s always next time!
do have one adult per child if you have children with vastly different tastes, or big age gaps.

KidZania burger making collageOur Verdict 

It would be hard for anyone to argue that there isn’t enough to do at KidZania. There were a few moments where I had to remind Polly to take a big breath, and calm down, but both girls did incredibly well. They had an absolute ball, and it was great to see them buddying up and working as a team. It was fantastic for me to take a step back, and witness their joy.    

The majority of activities are aimed at 4-14 year olds, which is why I only took the girls, but they have plenty to do for the under fours too, including a science lab. Next time I will definitely take Freddy along. As well as hubby, he was gutted to miss out on all the fun. 

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**Disclaimer: I was given free entry into KidZania in exchange for this review. All words and opinions are my own. For my full disclosure policy, please click here.**