Bahrain family tips

Shops don’t stock what you need? Having a kid crisis? In the first of our regular columns, Claire and Ghada, from Mums In Bahrain, answer your questions Comments

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Any ideas or recommendations for any decent party venues for babies?
Yes, there are lots of options for very young children. Less is more, as too much going on will only upset little ones. For under three years we would recommend booking someone to come to your home or book a compound hall – this way little ones can nap, breastfeed etc. and will stay happy in a home environment. Bookworms is a lovely activity company where a lady will come and read a favourite story with songs and creative games afterwards. Hulla Bullo and Silly Billys can bring anything from clowns, bouncy castles, bubbles, t-shirt painting... and for the tiny ones how about Kindermusik or Sing and Sign.

If you would like to hand the catering over to someone (but claim all the praise!) we suggest a healthy caterer like Rics Deli or Mummies Yummies. For over three years you have My Gym, CHAOSS, Banyan Tree, The Country Club or Dilmun Club for Pony Parties, Monkeynastix Gym parties (for the energetic), Clever Cooks for little ladies or perhaps Mad Science for those closer to five years old. Adhari Park and Magic Planet offer toddler rides (but only have fast food). There really are too many options to list them all. But if your home has been covered in sticky fingerprints book a spring clean with Dream Clean 39 657 847. Contact details for all of the above are on www.mumsinbahrain.net

Are there any boot/yard sales coming up? I would like to sell my (not so old) books and other household items.
Yes, there are quarterly pre-loved baby and kids stuff sales at The Dilmun Club and any being held at compounds are listed on our events and forums page. If you have large items that you would rather sell from home you can list them for free at www.mumsinbahrain.net/noah

We have just arrived in Bahrain and I am really stressed trying to sort everything out and keep the kids from driving me mad, help!
Anyone new to Bahrain can be a bit overwhelmed, but with children to entertain and take care of, it can be even more stressful, placing pressure on the whole household. Having been through this ourselves I would recommend using a relocation company who (for a small fee) sort out the mundane details like finding you temporary accommodation while looking for a home, connect your phones, give orientation tours, find decorators, connect the cable tv/internet, explain how the healthcare system works and will even buy your groceries. Here are a couple of agencies to get you started (we can’t recommend, so talk to them first to find the best ones for you) Expat Angels 38 320 439/Bahrain Relocation 17 502 760.

Mums in Bahrain is the biggest parenting group in the GCC. With a website offering everything from listings, classified ads and forums, the organisation also runs regular events.
To ask Claire and Ghada a question, the answer to which will be published next month, email kids@timeoutbahrain.com. If your question is urgent contact them directly at Claire@mumsinbahrain.net or Ghada@mumsinbahrain.net

By Time Out Bahrain staff
Time Out Bahrain,

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Posted by: hadeel on 22 Jan ' 11 at 09:44

Hi, my name is Hadeel , I am 11 year old , I live in Bahrain I love to sing and I I sing ,actor , daces , right sing places can someone help me I real love to sing .

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