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IPPN conference and Expo

We’re heading to Galway We are delighted to be exhibiting at this years IPPN Deputy Principals’ Conference in Galway on February 9th & 10th. It has been a long time since we were able to attend conferences in person and we are looking forward to the chance to meet...

Christmas Raffle 2023

Christmas Raffle 2023

This year we are delighted to be able to run a fundraising for Little Blue Heroes and Oscar's Kids, 2 fantastic charities that work tirelessly in support of sick children. There is something for everyone in this incredible prize worth a whopping €1000!! A family day...

Christmas 2023

Christmas gifting is our busiest time of year and it is always a joy to know there are lots of excited children who will be opening one of our Garda Síochána, Firefighter, Chef, Pilot, or Doctor dress-up costumes on Christmas morning. Dress-up costumes are a very...

Costume Rental Trial

FAQ's 1. Do I have to take photos of the children in the costumes?No, not at all, we are only interested in the logistics of the service, we are not looking for any pictures of children in costume. 2. Can I pick the costumes I would like to have for the trial? We will...

Fundraising Raffle for Little Blue Heroes

Fundraising Raffle for Little Blue Heroes

Little Blue Heroes As a business we choose to work with a nominated charity Little Blue Heroes. Little Blue Heroes, helps families and children with life limiting conditions or serious illness. We offer our support in several ways but the 2 most visible are our...

Everyday costumes not halloween costumes

Everyday costumes not halloween costumes

We must be the only costume manufacturer that does not spend the months of August to October talking about Halloween. We don’t run Facebook or Google ads for the Halloween season, we don’t encourage you to buy the latest designs for that one night of dressing up.  The...

Loyalty Programme

Loyalty Programme

We are excited to introduce our new Loyalty programme. We are always so delighted to see customers come back to us time and again. Whether it is to build up the dress-up area in a classroom or to add to a growing collection at home, we know lots of you buy again and...

Pay by Invoice

Pay by Invoice

We are an online shop but we know that sometimes it just does not suit you to pay online. Sometimes teachers want to order for their classroom and prefer to have the payment made by the school. Sometimes early years settings prefer to pay by cheque or by bank...

Our New Workspace

Our New Workspace

For a long time now we have been working out of several spaces. Some were good for storage. Some were good for processing orders. We had office space for all the admin work. But we have never had a space that we could call home. Over the last few years, we have had to...

Sales, Discounts and Black Friday

This time of year, there is nothing more annoying than buying your gifts early only to find them discounted a couple of weeks later. Discounts and sales are something we get asked about frequently at this time of year so we thought it would be helpful to let you know...

A New Stockist

A New Stockist

Wholesale It is something we shied away from for a long time. We have been asked would we offer wholesale to retail stores on many occasions over the last 2 years and to be honest it just never felt like the right time. One of the things I love about our business is...

Little Blue Heroes

Little Blue Heroes

Charities often fill a gap in society where our most vulnerable reside. Whether it’s a large, national organisation tacking homelessness or a local group supporting older people in their community. Charities depend on the support of governments, individuals, and...

Gift bags

Gift bags

We know that lots of our customers are buying gifts for the children in their lives, whether that is a birthday gift or a Christmas gift. We have been asked many times if we have gift bags as an option so we decided it was bout time to make one. There was a bit of a...

New design survey

New design survey

New Designs Every year over the summer months we go through a design and development cycle where we draft up and sample some new designs. We include new designs based on what we are most frequently asked for and of course what fits in with our mission to connect...

Its not always about the price

Its not always about the price

"God, I can get costumes way cheaper than that." I remember this particular morning I was cold calling potential customers. In all honesty there is a reason there is a high turnover in call centres but sometimes, as a new business on the scene, cold calling is the...

Barnardos Big Toddle

Barnardos Big Toddle

Ready, Set, Toddle! The theme of this year’s Barnardos Big Toddle is Community Helpers, people who help and support us all in our communities every day. At the very heart of Big Toddle are the children...

A new way to pay

A new way to pay

Pay with just a click We are delighted to say that our online shop now supports Google Pay and Apple Pay making the process quick and easy. At the end of each product page you will spot a new button which lets you checkout immediately with either Apple or Google...

A new name

A new name

Why we have changed our name It is a decision that was a long time coming. When we started off, I chose to name the business Mermaids and Dragons, it was quirky and interesting, and it represented my 2 daughters at that time. Like everything though, we evolved. We...

The benefits of dramatic play

When we talk about dramatic play we mean play where children adopt a role and use the environment and props available to them to play out a theme or scenario whether of their own creation or in partnership with others. Of course, dramatic play is fun. It is playful,...

What is dramatic play?

Imaginative play We regularly use the phrase dramatic play when we talk about our little uniforms and resources so we think it is a good idea to explain what exactly we mean. To give a bit of background; the terms pretend play, role play, and dramatic play tend to be...