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VE Day and a Break from the Lockdown Norm


The 75th anniversary of VE Day is this Friday, but obviously all the public events scheduled have been cancelled. However, we’re still planning to celebrate in a safe way.

At the moment, we’re trying to inject a bit more fun, wherever we can, into the children’s restricted lives and trying to differentiate weekends and ‘special occasions’ from the rest of the week and homeschool. We managed this pretty well over the ‘Easter holidays‘ and have done quite a few things during lockdown to keep our spirits up.

We’re hoping to do the same for the VE Day anniversary (some ideas later on).

Some of the activities so far during lockdown

  • We’re doing weekly bake-alongs with friends via Zoom
  • We’re playing plenty of games (we also taught the girls to play poker)
  • Buying more books – Maria’s obsessed with the first Darcey Bussell ballerina book so I got her the full set. Maria and twin sister Gabby are eagerly working their way through them

  • We’re participating in lots of family quizzes
  • The girls are having plenty of calls with friends
  • We’re doing online tutorials including ballet with The Ballet Coach
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Learning moves with The Ballet Coach
  • We’re watching more films together as a family
  • We let the children stay up late to watch Phantom of the Opera (one of the ‘The Shows Must Go On‘ screenings) and they were mesmerised
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TV dinner in front of Phantom of the Opera
  • We got a kitten (this wasn’t just a rash lockdown purchase!)
  • We’re getting to know our local area much better through walks. Check out your borough council’s website to find walks on your doorstep

VE Day 2020

VE Day is a great opportunity to have a day that’s a bit different and more fun…

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  • It’s a bank holiday, so no school! 🎉
  • We’ve bought Union Jack bunting for the kids to decorate the house ready for our…
  • Picnic in the front garden
  • Make up a jug of Pimms!
  • Baking – we’re hosting this week’s bake-along and it’s going to be gingerbread men. I’ll be making some scones later
  • VE Day quiz – You can get a free downloadable one at talking tables
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Ice-cream delivery!
  • I’ve organised an ice-cream delivery from the ice-cream man for Friday (it went down very well the first time)
  • We’re going to be playing more games and having a netball competition
  • The Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) has a number of free downloads available on its site (for adults and children) to help you celebrate VE Day including a step-by-step guide to doing the Charleston Stroll!: 
  • Take plenty of photos

Have fun and take care.


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I’m Fran: wife, mother-of-three and freelance publicist. My love for communicating and writing mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. I love good food & wine, Italian culture and football and have a keen interest in personal finance. I also blog over on Epsom & Ewell Families and Habyts, and write sporadically for a number of other sites.

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