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Wayne Wonder Based in Gloucestershire in the U.K is one of the country's leading children's entertainers and winner of multiple awards across his field.

As a magician and children's entertainer I am constantly on the look out for new ideas, different takes on old ideas and practically anything I can add into my repertoire.  As a by product of this I come across or invent lots of ideas that for one reason or another I can't fit into my shows.  That doesn't mean that they are no good in fact many of them work great for ideas to try at home.  I only realised this after having my daughter and seeing how much she enjoyed them.  That's why I have created this resource, for families to visit take away what they want and try these things at home.  You have everything at your fingertips for great, easy and inexpensive ideas for your little ones at home.  Going out to new experiences and spending time together as a family is important if not crucial to a child's development but that doesn't mean you have to go out and spend lots of money every time, you can create amazing memories just by investing a little bit of time at home with these great ideas.

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Pokemon Go - Full Poke Guide

So we,ve made it to the final week of our Pokemon Theme and to finish it off I thought I would have a crack at writing a complete guide to playing Pokemon Go.  I love the social aspect to the game, I love that it gets you outside and walking too.  Lets start at the beginning but before we set off, make sure you take a look at my previous posts, there is everything you need to throw a whole Pokemon Party.

Getting started

Once you download the app, you’ll be asked to sign in. You can sign in using an existing Google account. Or, if you’re not so keen to connect your Pokemon identity to your Google identity, then you can also sign up with the Pokemon Trainer Club, which is an account with the Pokemon Co. From there, you design your character and pick your first Pokemon. Then you can get going!
And you will have to actually get going. The whole selling point of the game is to walk around the real world to find the cute little critters. This not only encourages you to explore your own city, but also — gasp! — gets you outside and around other people. In fact, this is not really a game you can play while stationary. Sometimes Pokemon will come to you, but more often than not you have to go to them.
As you walk around and catch more Pokemon, your character will level up. Leveling up lets you take on stronger Pokemon, and also gives you items that can help you throughout the game.

Catching Pokemon

Once you have your character set, the game will show you where you are on a map of your area. But, you may notice that the map looks slightly different — littered with special spots called Pokestops, which are significant to the game. More on that later.
As you walk around, Pokemon will appear on your screen. Certain Pokemon are likely to appear in certain places — water Pokemon, for example, tend to hang out near lakes and rivers. You should feel your phone buzz or hear it make a noise when this happens. Once you see the Pokemon, tap on it. That should take you to the capture screen. A Pokeball appears at the bottom of the screen — use your finger to fling the ball at the Pokemon in front of you to catch it.
You may notice that different colored shrinking rings appear around the Pokemon — if you can get the ball through the ring without it touching the ground, you get a bonus for a skillful throw.
Players can actually find out which Pokemon are closest to them by looking in the bottom right-hand corner, where there should be a white box with a picture of Pokemon. This box tells you which Pokemon are nearby and approximately how close they are as well.
Each Pokemon should have between 0 and 3 footsteps underneath their picture. As you get closer to a Pokemon, the number of footsteps go down. When there are no footsteps below a Pokemon, get your flinging finger ready because it’s right next to you!
Every time you catch a Pokemon, you also get two other things — stardust and candy that is specific to that particular Pokemon. You can use these items to "power up" your Pokemon, to make them better able to battle, and to improve your chances of catching strong wild Pokemon.
You can also use candy to evolve your Pokemon into more mature (and stronger) forms — think of it as moving from baby to adolescent to adult. The number of candies you need to do this varies by Pokemon. You can also turn in Pokemon that you don’t want to earn more candy by tapping "Transfer".

Pokestops

What if you run out of Pokeballs? That’s what those Pokestops are for. These are placed at points of interest throughout the city, and give players items in exchange for interacting with them. As you pass by a Pokestop, it will change shape. Tap on these transformed Pokestops, and you’ll be taken to the stop’s screen. Swipe the center disc to get items such as potions that can heal your Pokemon, more Pokeballs or eggs that let you hatch new monsters.
If you get an egg at a Pokestop, you’ll be able to hatch it and keep the Pokemon inside. To do that, you’ll need an incubator. Every player gets a free incubator for playing the game. Once you place the egg inside, you’ll have to walk a certain distance — 2, 5 or 10 km — with the app open to hatch the egg.

Gyms

Occasionally, you’ll also see bigger icons on the map. These are gyms. Players can access the gyms once they’ve reached level 5. When you do get gym access, you’ll be asked to choose a team — Team Valor (red), Team Mystic (blue) or Team Instinct (yellow). The teams have different personalities and are represented by different colors, but are in all other ways equal

Each team fights for the control of the various gyms in the area, which basically gives them bragging rights. (Who doesn’t like bragging rights?) If you battle an enemy gym and win, you can gain control of it. You’ll have to leave a Pokemon there to protect it, and face other challengers. If you train at a friendly gym, you increase the gym’s level and strengthen it against future competitors.

When you battle, you have to be fast. Players tap on the screen to attack, and attacks move in real-time. (In traditional Pokemon, you play by turns.) As you attack, you can also build up to a special attack, which will cause more damage. But while you’re on the offensive, you’ll also have to swipe the screen to dodge incoming attacks.
Gym battles are a great way to earn experience and to earn Pokecoins, which let you buy items that help you in the game.

Using items

There are a few types of items in the game that are important to know about as well. To use them, tap the Pokeball from the map screen, and select the items menu.
Potions and revives help heal your Pokemon after they’ve been through a tough battle. It’s good to keep them on hand if you’re going to hit up the gyms a lot. Lucky Eggs, which can be earned or bought, will double the amount of experience you get from each action, allowing you to become stronger more quickly.
Other items help draw Pokemon to you while you’re collecting. Using an incense will draw Pokemon to an individual player. Lures can be placed in a Pokestop to draw more Pokemon to a particular area for everyone. You can tell which Pokestops have lures attached to them by looking for swirling petals. This is why you’re seeing hordes of players descend on seemingly random points.
All of these items have a 30-minute time limit.
You can also use items called berries in battle. Berries will calm a Pokemon down for one throw, or can keep a Pokemon from running away. To access your items during a capture, tap on the backpack icon in the bottom right-hand corner.

Ok are you ready to dive a little deeper? Once you hit level 5 in Pokemon Go you can join a Gym and have battles.  So I have tried to put some top tips together to help you win more battles.

Why Battle at all?

It’s probably best to approach Gym battling lightly. It may appear to be serious competition, and you can definitely get into the weeds on how you train your Pokémon for battles, but Gyms are meant to change hands often. This is for fun more than anything else. 

The most concrete benefit of putting Pokémon on guard in Gyms is that you can earn free PokéCoins to spend in the Pokémon Go shop. You may only claim this bonus once every 24 hours, but the more Pokémon you have on guard at different Gyms, the bigger the reward you receive.

Gym battling is also a way to show off your best Pokémon. When you see a Gym on the map screen, the most powerful Pokémon defending the Gym will appear standing in the arena at the top of the Gym, which all Pokémon Go players can see when looking at the map screen. Also, when other players examine the Gym to see which Pokémon are on guard, your account name is displayed in those menus.

But actually trying to take and hold Gyms in the long term seems nearly impossible. It is far too easy to kick people out of Gyms if they’re not around to actively defend them. It is much easier to tear down a Gym’s defenses than to build them up. So don’t let a sense of hyper-competitiveness get in the way of enjoying your Gym battles! 

If you’re going to start battling, it’s not enough to just collect Pokémon. You need to start making them as powerful as you can, and that means evolving and powering them up.

Most Pokémon can evolve from smaller, less powerful forms to larger, more powerful forms. Evolving increases a Pokémon’s CP, or Combat Points, the chief way you gauge the relative strength and combat effectiveness of a Pokémon. Evolving also increases the potency of their attacks and the Pokémon’s total HP, or Hit Points. The higher a Pokémon’s HP, the more damage it can take before being defeated.

Similar to how every Pokémon of the same type you catch may be different in terms of CP and attacks, evolved versions of the same type of Pokémon can also be different than one another. If you evolve ten Pidgeys into ten Pidgeottos, those ten Pidgeottos will have different CP and attacks from each other. And if you evolve those ten Pidgeottos into ten Pidgeots, you again may get very different results.

So the smart way to make your Pokémon stronger and get the most out of your Stardust and Candy, the two resources you need to make your Pokémon stronger, is to evolve first and power up second.

Stardust is a resource you earn whenever you capture any Pokémon or hatch an egg. Candy is specific to each type of Pokémon, and the evolved forms of that Pokémon. When you capture a Pidgey, Pidgeotto, or Pidgeot, for example, you receive Pidgey candy.

The other way to receive Candy is to transfer Pokémon to Professor Willow, the chap you met at the beginning of the game. When you transfer a Pokémon to the Professor, you receive one type of that Pokémon’s variety of candy.

To transfer a Pokémon, tap the Poké Ball at the bottom of the screen, and then tap 'Pokémon.' Then tap on the type of Pokémon you want to transfer. That will open the Pokémon's entry. Next, tap the button in the bottom-right-hand corner of the screen, and select “Transfer.”

When you transfer Pokémon, make sure you transfer the Pokémon with the lowest CP. The CP of a lower form affects the CP of the evolved form. A 100 CP Pidgey will evolve into a weaker Pidgeotto than a 200 CP Pidgey will, so you always want to hold onto Pokémon with the highest CP when you are deciding which Pokémon to transfer to the Professor. 

Once you’ve evolved a bunch of the same type of Pokémon, you can look at the results to see which evolutions went the best, as measured by CP and what kind of attacks the evolved Pokémon has. Once you’ve found an evolved form that you want to stick with, then you can start using the power up option.

Go to the entry of the Pokémon you want to power up. Next to the power up button you will see how much Stardust and how much candy it will cost to power that Pokémon up. Once you confirm your choice, the Pokémon will have its CP and HP increased.

The arc above the Pokémon represents how high the Pokémon may be powered up. Each time you power up, the white dot at the end of the arc will move a little closer to the end. When the arc is completely full the Pokémon can not be powered up any further. I think this gives you an amazing start to this game which is way more complex than it's given credit for.  I hope you do give it a try as a family whilst trekking somewhere like in a woods or around a city, you'll have loads of fun.

Author

Wayne Wonder is one of the UK's leading family entertainers, a multi award winning magician and balloon artist, he's also a published poet and father of one.  As well as a few TV credits to his name Wayne has performed in three different countries.  Wayne Wonder's Kids Club was only launched in 2014 and since then has changed dramatically.  If you have found this blog helpful/interesting then please do let us know in the comments below.  Please do share these posts on your favourite social media too.

Pokemon Go - Gotta Catch them all

This is the blog post I have been really looking forward to. Pokemon games, I have sooo many ideas to share with you that I am having to stretch them over two blog posts so make sure you come back next week. Im still running around like a crazy man rehearsing and adding loads of touches to my theatre show Wayne Wonder's Epic Adventure.  It's coming up in a few weeks and you can find out more under the Public Events tab at the top of the page. I like the idea of setting up the games as challenges for the kids to win "badges", these feature in Pokemon and a trainer with more badges has more experience and will be harder to beat.  You can find out more about Pokemon badges here.

Poke Balls

These are time consuming to set up but the kids will love them and you can even add a couple of them into the party bags at the end of the party. Im going to give you two games to use these Poke Balls in and an extra game below too! So for the time it takes to make these balls you can have three games and something to add to the party bags.

How to 

These poke balls are just ping pong balls, try to make at least 100, the more the merrier right? You'll also need some masking tape and a black sharpie pen and red spray paint.  For the masking tape I used the wider rolls, it's about double the width of standard tape.  You'll need to tape the bottom half of the ping pong balls and I found that by using the wider masking tape I used less tape because one small strip can easily cover half of the ping pong ball.  The paint the top half red, allow this to dry then remove the tape and draw a black line around the middle.  

Game 1

Earn your psychic badge, add all the poke balls in a see through jar, the kids need to guess how many poke balls are in the jar.  This is great idea to do with the kids as they arrive, just have a pad with lined paper next to the jar, the kids write their name and their guess with how many balls they think are in the jar.  The person with the closest guess wins their psychic badge.

Game 2

Shh it's a treasure hunt but don't call it that.  This is find the Poke Balls, I love that you can do this wherever you are, in your garden at home or in a local hall this is a great all seasons game.  Hide all the poke balls around and give the kids a bag each, let them loose to see who can find the most Pokeballs.

Game 3

This is a bonus idea and it's just a link from a previous blog I did all about running sleepover's.  As soon as I thought of using ping pong balls I knew this bonus ides would work brilliantly.

Bonus Idea - Junk in the Trunk

Squirtle Water Bomb Challenge

This simple idea uses the colouring in Pokeball that I included in part one of my Pokemon posts, click here.  You'll need three of them so the birthday child can colour them in the team colours, blue, red and yellow.  Do this a few days before the party.  You can then either buy a pack of water bombs and fill them up the day before the party or you can use my ultimate re-ueable water bombs here.  I know which one I would choose.  Tape the coloured poke balls on the floor in a vertical row.  the idea is that each child gets a chance to hit each pokeball obviously this gets harder the further away the poke balls are.  Let each child win a prize for this game because it's really hard for them.

Hatching Eggs

I love this idea, its a little out there with the theme but I think the kids will enjoy it.  It's an egg and spoon race but it uses these dinosaur eggs.  The eggs are made of plaster of paris with a creature hidden inside.  Ok its a dinosaur but it's close enough to be a pocket monster.  You need to create a course for the kids to run, this can be a straight forward race or you can add obstacles like cones to go around or maybe even a tunnel to crawl through.  They need to complete the course without dropping their eggs. At the end of the course they need to smash the eggs up to find the "monster" inside. A prize for every person that finds their pocket monster. Click the picture opposite to get the best dinosaur eggs I've found.

Author

Wayne Wonder is one of the UK's leading family entertainers, a multi award winning magician and balloon artist, he's also a published poet and father of one.  As well as a few TV credits to his name Wayne has performed in three different countries.  Wayne Wonder's Kids Club was only launched in 2014 and since then has changed dramatically.  If you have found this blog helpful/interesting then please do let us know in the comments below.  Please do share these posts on your favourite social media too.

Pokemon Go - Poke Party

Pokemon Go has been nothing short of a phenomenon! So I thought I would have a go at showing you some great ideas for a Pokemon Party.  Obviously the kids could just play Pokemon Go at a Pokemon Party but I wanted to go a little further than that.  Every week this month I will bring a bunch of ideas so that you can build the best Pokemon Party ever.

My Epic Adventure Theatre Show is coming up in a matter of days now.  Its going to be amazing, I'm really looking forward to it.  The show is a non stop 60mins of crazy stunts, puppets and illusions.  Something for the whole family. There are still tickets available at the time of writing this, please do come along.

Wayne Wonder;s Epic Adventure

Saturday 3rd September - 1pm

High Wycombe

Get tickets here

Arrival

This week I am going to focus on keeping the kids busy whilst they are arriving.  The kids never all arrive at the same time, you have some early birds, peoplel bang on time and of course the odd late comer too.  So set up a few simple ideas to keep everybody busy whilst you are waiting for everyone to come.  It's been a while but colouring pages are perfect for this task.  There was a time where I was giving colouring pages in every blog post but it's been a while since I last did some colouring pages so here you go, just set up a table with some pens/pencils etc and leave the kids to it. Just click on the pictures you want to print out.

How about draw your own Pokemon Cards? let their creativity fly with this cool template, it's completely free just click on the picture to print out as many as you like.  The kids can design their own pocket monster and give it it's own attributes too. 

One last idea, remember to come back next week for loads more great ideas, these are just ideas to do for the kids as they arrive, if you come up with any then please either comment below or join the Wonder Kids Facebook group by clicking the image below.

Become your own Pokemon! take a picture of each child as they arrive and then load them up to this website and print off their very own Pokemon Card, obviously one person on their own can not do all of this but if you have a helper or two then this idea will be a sure fire hit.  You can include a print out of their custom Pokemon cards in the party bags at the end of the party.

That's it for the first week but believe me I have some great ideas coming up this month and this is just the start.  I'd love to know what you thought of these ideas and if you have any ideas of your own.

Author

Wayne Wonder is one of the UK's leading family entertainers, a multi award winning magician and balloon artist, he's also a published poet and father of one.  As well as a few TV credits to his name Wayne has performed in three different countries.  Wayne Wonder's Kids Club was only launched in 2014 and since then has changed dramatically.  If you have found this blog helpful/interesting then please do let us know in the comments below.  Please do share these posts on your favourite social media too.