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Partying in lockdown

Partying in lockdown

From bouncy castles to wigwam sleepovers and animatronic dinosaurs - what does lockdown mean for Kent's party providers and who is now able to reopen?

Tell your grandchildren you miss them

Tell your grandchildren you miss them

Earlier this month we asked for messages from grandchildren. But now it's the turn of Kent's grandparents to tell their families they're missing them.

Railway attraction appeals for help

Railway attraction appeals for help

A popular tourist attraction in Kent is appealing for help to survive as it struggles to meet costs.

Help to feed cash-strapped families

Help to feed cash-strapped families

Almost £200,000 has had to be injected into food distribution projects since lockdown began as more help is needed to feed cash-strapped households.

7 easy ways to create a coronavirus time capsule

7 easy ways to create a coronavirus time capsule

Are you recording your family's time in lockdown? We've 7 easy ways, including some fantastic downloads, to help you craft a quick time capsule.

Let your grandparents know how much you're missing them

Let your grandparents know how much you're missing them

We're collecting children's lockdown messages to their grandparents for a special pull-out being published next month. Here's how to send yours.

How children have coped with lockdown

How children have coped with lockdown

As we mark a month of lockdown we've been finding out how young people in Kent are coping.

Emergency cash fund for families

Emergency cash fund for families

An Emergency Hardship Fund has been launched for families caring for children with complex needs struggling because of the coronavirus outbreak,

Can you identify these 14 films made from Lego?

Can you identify these 14 films made from Lego?

A father and son from Kent have designed their own video movie quiz in which players must guess the family films made out of Lego.

Here are some of your pictures of life in lockdown

Here are some of your pictures of life in lockdown

From family games to fun with your pets, you've been sending in your entries for our competition, Snapshot Kent. Here's some that we've had so far:

Have you been snapping for Snapshot Kent?

Have you been snapping for Snapshot Kent?

Here are some of the pictures we've had of Kent families coping with lockdown for our photographic competition, Snapshot Kent. Plus how you can enter:

Popular attraction announces permanent closure

Popular attraction announces permanent closure

A Kent attraction has announced it is closing its doors for good after 35 years in a city centre.

Send us your pictures for Snapshot Kent

Send us your pictures for Snapshot Kent

From virtual games to video calling and pets behaving badly - how is your family getting through lockdown? We want your pictures for Snapshot Kent.

Video story explains social distancing to children

Video story explains social distancing to children

A heart-warming story about the world catching a cold is helping youngsters understand social distancing ahead of the Easter holidays. Watch it here.

Youngster finds ancient coins during home schooling

Youngster finds ancient coins during home schooling

A primary school pupil has found a collection of Roman artefacts during her first week of lessons from home.

Home school's out for the weekend - so how did it go?

Home school's out for the weekend - so how did it go?

Nic chats to My Kent Family editor Lauren on the challenges of home schooling during the lockdown.

My Mum drawings now available online

My Mum drawings now available online

Did your child's picture feature in one of our My Mum supplements? Here's how to purchase a permanent copy of their artwork.

Animal cams and live feeds prove tasty viewing

Animal cams and live feeds prove tasty viewing

Halfway through their first week and Our Kent Family took a virtual school trip.

Start your day with nature, thanks to the Breakfast Birdwatch

Start your day with nature, thanks to the Breakfast Birdwatch

The RSPB, which runs the Big Garden Birdwatch, has launched a new #BreakfastBirdwatch to cut down on anxiety and get us all enjoying nature.

Hotel chain looking to recruit parents

Hotel chain looking to recruit parents

A budget hotel chain says it has a career path for parents requiring flexible working as it attempts to recruit thousands of new staff.

Lambing weekend cancelled over coronavirus fears

Lambing weekend cancelled over coronavirus fears

A popular event, which usually welcomes around 10,000 people, will no longer go ahead to try and curb the spread of COVID-19.

Dr Ranj's coronavirus advice for kids

Dr Ranj's coronavirus advice for kids

Kent doctor and TV presenter Dr Ranj has created a video for children to help them understand the coronvirus outbreak and how it might affect them.

New rules for young footballers 'no surprise'

New rules for young footballers 'no surprise'

Children will no longer be able to head footballs in training under new FA guidelines, which are of 'no surprise' says a University lecturer.

Teacher nominated for prestigious book prize

Teacher nominated for prestigious book prize

A Kent secondary school teacher has been shortlisted for one of the biggest prizes in children's literature.

Children as young as 5 caring for parents

Children as young as 5 caring for parents

Children as young as five are looking after their parents, a charity has revealed.

My Mum keepsakes return for Mother's Day

My Mum keepsakes return for Mother's Day

Thousands of drawings of Kent mums by their children will once again be printed in special keepsake Mother's Day supplements. All the details here:

Half term closures for train line

Half term closures for train line

Southeastern passengers going to London in half term are being told to check before travelling as engineering work will close a line to the capital.

Kids eat free at pubs across the county

Kids eat free at pubs across the county

Take the kids for a free meal with a tasty offer from Britain's oldest brewery. Details of all the restaurants taking part here:

Worthwhile homes for outgrown kids' shoes

Worthwhile homes for outgrown kids' shoes

Outgrown shoes are now walking on the feet of children in 45 countries around the world thanks to the work of one mum and her small Kent charity.

TikTok teen leaves college to pursue video career

TikTok teen leaves college to pursue video career

A teenager with tens of thousands of followers on social media says the TikTok app has changed his life.

Weather warning for Tuesday

Weather warning for Tuesday

A weather warning in place ahead of Tuesday's afternoon school run has led the Met Office to advise against travel unless 'absolutely necessary'.

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