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Stay indoors this Halloween say councils

Stay indoors this Halloween say councils

Families in Kent and Medway are being urged to stay home and not trick or treat on Halloween, despite government rules allowing for celebrations.

Slim pickings at some pumpkin patches

Slim pickings at some pumpkin patches

Pumpkin fields in some parts of Kent are now turning away visitors after high demand has seen them run out days before Halloween.

Personalised Quality Street tins now online

Personalised Quality Street tins now online

Personalised Quality Street tins will be sold online this Christmas after coronavirus concerns sees the popular gift removed from John Lewis stores.

Free reflective keyrings for children

Free reflective keyrings for children

To help ensure children are seen on Kent's roads this winter we've got 20,000 reflective keyrings to once again give away.

Pick pumpkins to help charity

Pick pumpkins to help charity

A charity helping people with learning disabilities, hopes families picking pumpkins from its patch will help bolster funds hit hard by coronavirus.

Smyths unveils top 10 Christmas toys

Smyths unveils top 10 Christmas toys

A toy superstore, with branches across the county, has revealed what it thinks will be the top 10 toys this Christmas.

Hamleys opens new Kent store

Hamleys opens new Kent store

World-renowned toy shop Hamleys has opened a new store inside Bluewater Shopping Centre for Christmas.

Parents urged to not use Covid tests 'inappropriately'

Parents urged to not use Covid tests 'inappropriately'

Thousands of letters have been sent to parents in Kent asking them to only book a coronavirus test if their child displays very specific symptoms.

Town cancels fireworks display

Town cancels fireworks display

A fireworks display which attracts thousands of families to a town centre park every November has been cancelled because of coronavirus.

LEGO unveils 2020 advent calendars

LEGO unveils 2020 advent calendars

Are your kids bonkers about bricks? LEGO has unveiled its 2020 advent calendars, which are always amongst the first to sell out before Christmas.

Free family learning available online

Free family learning available online

An education provider has launched a series of online courses for parents and children to learn together - and they're free.

Didn't get the A-levels you wanted?

Didn't get the A-levels you wanted?

It's been an exam year like no other. Here's what to do if you don't get the A-level results you were hoping for.

Appeal for 'child-friendly' scrubs

Appeal for 'child-friendly' scrubs

Nurses who will have to wear PPE to give this winter's flu immunisations to pupils are appealing for child-friendly scrubs they can wear.

Children sought for online research into attention spans

Children sought for online research into attention spans

Families are being sought for a King's College study, which involves children taking part in 60 minutes of online activities. Learn more here.

Clarks is offering parents free shoes

Clarks is offering parents free shoes

Clarks says it will replace children's school shoes for free if they outgrow their new pair by February. Learn more about the offer here.

Does my child need a face mask?

Does my child need a face mask?

With face coverings in shops about to become mandatory we take a look at what the new rules mean for children and teenagers.

Charity appeals for families' unwanted items

Charity appeals for families' unwanted items

A children's charity has reopened its distribution centre to collect unwanted items families have cleared in lockdown. Here's how to donate yours.

Can you guess the 2020 Children's Word of the Year?

Can you guess the 2020 Children's Word of the Year?

Which word is joining previous winners 'plastic', 'Trump' and 'Brexit' in being declared this year's Oxford Children's Word of the Year?

Share your photos for Father's Day

Share your photos for Father's Day

Send us your photos and messages free ahead of Father's Day and we'll print them in a special keepsake supplement.

Party firms reopen for private hire

Party firms reopen for private hire

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.

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