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THE UK'S LARGEST WALK-THROUGH LEMUR EXHIBIT OPENS AT WEST MIDLAND SAFARI PARK. Located in natural woodland, Walking with Lemurs is an exciting new exhibit which is home to three species, all of them native to Madagascar – and now totally free-range at the Park.

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Where we're fortifying ourselves for the school-hol days ahead by stocking up on Mumsnet Wine Club's new tasting pack – strictly post-kids'-bedtime, natch. The pack's on offer now at a bargainous 50% discount: normal price, £57.94 for six bottles; for you, modoms, £28.97 all in.

To help the pre-wine hours pass, check out other Mumsnetters' recommendations for great family Days Out. Or, if you're stuck at home with a revision-beset teen, timetable in a good dekko at our exam-survival guide.

Next Thursday lunchtime (14 April), we've a webchat with digital champion Martha Lane Fox (thread opening shortly). Also coming soon, the As to your Qs from Giles "Purple Ronnie" Andreae and RSI specialist Tony Kochhar. Oh, and there's still just about time to post your money-worry Qs for our experts from the Debt Support Trust.

Now for this week's parenting news...

'Black Wednesday' for millions of families: A range of tax and benefit measures came into force on Wednesday, including an increase in tax thresholds, a freeze on child benefit and working tax credits, and a reduction of the childcare element of the working tax credit. The Government says there will be "some losers" but the poorest 80% of households will, on average, be better off. Labour say the cuts will wipe up to £1,560 a year from the income of working families with two children. (BBC News 04.04.11; use our calculator to check how the changes affect you; join the discussion on Talk)

Jack Wills forced to pull 'overly sexual' catalogue: Teenage-clothing retailer Jack Wills has been told by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that pictures in its spring catalogue are sufficiently provocative to present a risk to younger teenagers. The ASA singled out for criticism an image of a topless couple kissing while being sprayed with water. A Jack Wills spokesperson says the brand is aimed at over-18s and the pictures project "a positive, fun and sometimes flirtatious" reflection of student life. (BBC News 06.04.11)

ORGANIC MATTRESSES AT A DISCOUNT! Naturalmat is running a 20% discount on all mattresses until 15th April. Fantastic natural fibre mattresses made by hand in Devon from crib size to superking. Get comfy this year with a new bed from Naturalmat. Hurry! Offer finishes soon.


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Quote of the week: purepurple feels the spine-stiffening march of time: "You know you're getting old when you start making that teddy-bear growling noise when you bend down."

PERFECT FOR FAMILIES ON THE GO! Bestselling picture books Rumble in the Jungle and Dig Dig Digging! are brought to life as interactive apps packed with animated features. Children will love to read along or listen to the audio while exploring each page for hidden noises and animation.



Try your luck with our April competitions. Here's what you could win:

Don't forget to keep an eye on winners' corner to see if your name comes out of the hat...

Recipe of the week: Easter biscuits
Spicy biccies to (slightly) offset the chocolate-fest to come. Bunny cutters optional...
You can review this recipe here - or why not upload one of your own?

That's all from us. We're off for a fortnight's break. Have a very Happy Easter!
Love, MNHQ

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