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At The Centre you’ll find over 150 of your favourite brands, eateries and fun ways to fill your day making it the perfect destination for all the family. Whether you’re popping to The Centre for a trip with babies, toddlers, young children, tweens, teens or adults it’s never been easier to have a memorable day out and shop, eat and play together.

If you’re visiting with little ones why not pop along to Kidzeco, a not-for-profit social enterprise which offers a range of quality preloved baby and children’s goods, a welcoming family area and much more.

There’s also the fantastic Kidz n Kin early years community space where children can have fun in the soft play or imaginative play area or take part in classes such as music and movement and sensory. Parents and carers can spend time playing with their children while catching up with friends over a homemade traybake, sandwich or a cuppa in the 20-seater cafe. (Image 1)

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Kidz n Kin also host Bookbug Sessions fortnightly on Thursdays. Bookbug Sessions are free story, song and rhyme sessions which last around 30 minutes and are open to babies, toddlers and their families or carers to enjoy together. You can book your space through the Kidzeco bookwhen site: www.bookwhen.com/kidzeco

If you can’t make it on Thursdays, The Centre host Bookbug Sessions on the first Wednesday of every month at 10am and 11am in the Winter Gardens. No booking is required for these sessions, simply turn up on the day and have fun with your little one.

For enthusiastic little bookworms, the fun continues over at Waterstones in The Centre. Not only is their children’s section a treasure trove of pop-up books, noisy books, character books and even waterproof books for bath time but the store runs Storytime Sunday on the ground floor in their children’s section every Sunday at 11am. It’s free, lasts around an hour and includes crafts or colouring in – no booking required. (Image 2)

If your little shopper’s legs are getting tired during your visit, why not hire one of The Centre’s kiddie cars – it’s great fun for them and gives parents extra time to browse the shops, what’s not to love?!

With a great choice of family friendly restaurants to choose from visitors can really make a day of it at The Centre. Mini gourmets can choose from a host of creative kids menus offering tasty treats in a variety of cuisines, guaranteed to keep rumbling tummies happy and let them recharge their batteries.

Why not let them indulge their senses with wagamama’s range of mini Japanese dishes including tasty classics like mini chicken katsu curry, with sauces served on the side so that children can sample the flavours before they add them to the dish, or yummy vegetarian options like mini yasai ramen. (Image 3)

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Chiquito has two dedicated menus designed for smaller appetites - the Kids’ Favourites menu offers mouthwatering options like Grilled Chicken Skewers, plus a side, dessert and drink for £5.49. Young adults can turn up the heat with dishes like Beef Chilli Mexican Bowl or Grilled Halloumi Skewers, plus two sides, a drink and dessert for £7.99.

With all restaurants providing activity packs or colouring sheets to keep children entertained while they dine, it’s the perfect time for adults to unwind and sample some of the latest new season dishes on the menu such as wagamama’s new chicken and turmeric cauliflower nikko curry – a fragrant curry designed to bring you some warmth this autumn. (Image 4)

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If you’re looking for games and toys to keep little ones amused at home, why not pop in to retailers such as Argos to check out their latest offerings - from pre-school development toys that will boost their muscle, brain and social skills as they learn through play, to blockbuster movie toys from all their favourite films.

With Christmas drawing closer now’s the time to make sure that you tick off their must-have gift of Christmas 2019 – whether it’s the Hornby Hogwarts Express Train Set, Argos, £200, (Image 5) or Hatchimals Colleggtibles Pixie Dolls for £8, (Image 6) you’re sure to find something to bring smiles all round on Christmas morning.

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The Entertainer is overflowing with amazing toys and games for children of all ages – including LEGO and construction toys, arts and creative play, and electronic and educational toys. What’s more The Entertainer runs fantastic competitions and regular in store demos where children can see the latest offerings up close and personal and get involved in some in store toy testing so that they can narrow down their wish-list in time for Christmas!

Don’t miss The Entertainer’s Early Bird Star Buys where you’ll find great savings on toys – available while stocks last. We love their Boxer Robot, on offer at £24.99, RRP £79.99, an interactive A.I. robot who can play games, race, perform tricks and much more. (Image 7) Younger members of the family might prefer the Happyland Windmill Farm Playset, £31.99, a colourful collection of farm animals, cute characters and chunky furniture designed specially for little hands. (Image 8)

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If teddy bears are always top of their list, look no further than Build-A-Bear where the experience of choosing a bear, having fun customising their furry friend, selecting outfits and giving them their very own heart will be something that little ones remember for many years to come. Why not pick up this season’s hottest trending bear (perfect for those who can’t decide which they love more - a fluffy llama or a mystical unicorn!) - the Pink Sparkle Llamacorn, £40.50. (Image 9)

For little Disney fans the Disney Store is a must – whether you’re looking for beautiful costumes to add a touch of Disney magic to their playtime, DVDs of their favourite films to cosy up with over the festive season or action figures so that they can let their imagination run wild with much loved characters from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel, you’ll find everything you need in store. If they can’t get enough of Toy Story 4, a talking action figure of loveable spork Forky, £14, (Image 10) or everyone’s favourite Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear, £25, (Image 11) is a guaranteed winner!

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Playtime isn’t just for little ones though; adults and children alike can join in the fun at Aerial Adventures – test your climbing skills at HiClimb (Image 12), get a bird’s eye view of The Centre on HiRide (Image 13) – an adventure course suspended 12 metres above the ground, or experience the thrill of a controlled drop at HiFall. (Image 14)

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Little ones can also burn off energy at Aerial Adventures’ Soft Play – an impressive three level structure offering over 200m of play area with swinging obstacles, crawl tubes, building blocks, funhouse mirrors, ball cannon, slides and foam rollers. (Image 15)

Finally, don’t forget to check out the What’s On section of The Centre’s website to see what free activities are taking place during the holidays.

Enjoy the perfect play-date with your family this autumn at The Centre, Livingston.

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