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Easter Holiday Activities April 2, 2015

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it only seems like yesterday that I was writing the February half term blog but here we are again staring down the barrel of another set of school holidays! So without further ado, here goes with the activities:

Saturday 28th March – Sunday 19th April

Easter Eggstravaganza at Willows Activity Farm,  Colney Heath, Herts. A choc-o-bloc programme of Easter family fun especially for the Easter holidays.  The Easter Bunny will be visiting every day, there’s an Easter Egg and Bunny Hunt with free chocolate treats for the kids, NEW Pig Racing and Goat Milking, family shows, adventure play, funfair rides, Tristan the Runaway Tractor and plenty of farmyard animals in our outdoor pens and our under cover animal barn. Full details here.

Wednesday 1st-Monday 6th April

Meet the Easter Bunny at Audley End Miniature Railway, Saffron Waldon, Essex. Take a train ride into the woods to meet the Easter Bunny and take the Easter trail. £8 per person. All details here.

Friday 3rd-Saturday 4th April

Easter in the gardens and park of Knebworth House. There’s an Easter quiz trail, the play area, bouncy castle, dinosaur trail, maze are open and there will be a vintage bus tranporting guests to and from the playground and gardens. Details here.

Friday 3rd-Friday 17th April

Easter activities at Standalone Farm including crafts, face painting, hay bale maze, Easter egg hunts, story time, planting vegetables, sack racing, bunny hops and special appearances from Peter Rabbit (on Saturday 4th April). Not all the above activities are available on all the days so check before you come if there’s something specific you’re interested in.

Friday 3rd-Saturday 18th April

Easter egg hunt around Letchworth town centre. Collect your trail from the Tourist Information Centre on Station Road then visit all the shops listed to find letters written in eggs and collect stickers. When you have found all the letters, write down the secret phrase and exchange it for a chocolate egg at the Tourist Information Centre.

Saturday 4th April

All day: Spring market in the Wynd with lots of stalls and free Easter card making and pottery/fabric/canvas painting with the Craft Cocoon.

10.30am: Broadway Cinema Kids Club are showing Rio 2 this morning. These kids club films are only £1 a ticket and usual really popular so book in advance if you’re interested.

Tuesday 7th April

All day: Spring craft activities at the Craft Cocoon, the Wynd, LGC. Make sun catchers, clay hanging decorations and decorated tote bags. £4 per child.

10-11am and 11.15am-12.15pm: Name plates and fun fonts workshop at Dot to Dot, the Wynd. Drawing and assembling names in interesting lettering. £5 per child or two for £8. These workshops must be pre-booked so email Frances to book your place.

11am: Paddington at Broadway Cinema Kids Club, only £1 per ticket.

11am: Creative crafts at the Secret Garden, Sun Street, Hitchin. Lots of Easter themed crafts suitable for all ages and abilities. £3.50 per 0-14 months and £5.50 for 15 months up or £7.50 to include lunch bag.

2pm: Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Wednesday 8th April

All day: Messy play day at the Craft Cocoon. £3 per family with structured crafts available too.

10-11am and 11.15am-12.15pm: Design your own bag workshop at Dot to Dot, the Wynd. Using fabric paint or pens or cutting fabric collage to decorate your own tote bag. £5 per child or two for £8. These workshops must be pre-booked so email Frances to book your place.

9.15-10.15am or 10.30-11.30am: Marriotts Gymnastics open gym sessions for children walking to 5 years. These holiday sessions have always been so popular that parents have been arriving earlier and earlier to get a space so this year they are running two sessions each morning which should make things easier. The sessions are £5 per child and make sure your children do not have any jewellery, jeans, buttons, belts and zips. Only two children per supervising adult. 

10am-12pm: NHDC Family Festival of Fun at Bancroft Gardens, Hitchin. If you haven’t been to one of these free sessions yet I’d really recommend them, they are brilliant fun for all ages with a creative arts and crafts area, face painting, a beach for making sandcastles and digging for treasure, an active area with all sorts of sports equipment and games, an area dedicated to under 5s and a bouncy castle or slide. There really is something for everyone and it’s all free!

11am: Easter egg painting and decorating at the Secret Garden, Sun Street, Hitchin. Suitable for all ages and abilities. £3.50 per 0-14 months and £5.50 for 15 months up or £7.50 to include lunch bag.

11am: Easter singalong for 0-2 years at the Secret Garden.

12.45-2pm: Jackmans stay and play session at Jackmans Community centre, Ivel Court with Chestnut Tree Children’s Centre. Aimed at under 5s. 50p dontation, no need to book.

1-3pm: Cookery Eatery for 4-11 years at the Secret Garden. £20 per child where they can make Spring rainbow loaf and chocolate cups.

2pm: Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

2-4pm: NHDC Family Festival of Fun at Norton Common. For details see above for the one at Bancroft.

Thursday 9th April

Story art sessions at the Craft Cocoon. £3 per child.

10am-12pm: Easter Fun at the Beach with Icknield Children’s Centre on Icknield school field. Aimed at under 5s but older siblings welcome, bring a picnic.

10-11am and 11.15am-12.15pm: Tea party sculpture workshop at Dot to Dot, the Wynd. Make a tea set, cupcakes or picnic with found objects, card, fabric and paints. £5 per child or two for £8. These workshops must be pre-booked so email Frances to book your place.

10.30-11.45am: Stay and play with the Children’s Centres at St Michael’s Church Hall, Broadway. Aimed at under 5s. 50p donation, no need to book.

11am: Easter cardboard boxes workshop at the Secret Garden, Sun Street, Hitchin. Suitable for all ages and abilities. £3.50 per 0-14 months and £5.50 for 15 months up or £7.50 to include lunch bag.

11am: Frozen singalong at Broadway Cinema Kids Club. This one is always a popular one so best to book tickets in advance.

1.30pm: Kindy drama workshop for 3-5 year olds at the Secret Garden. £5 per child.

2pm: Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

2-4pm: Another Family Festival of Fun, this time at Avenue Park in Baldock.

Friday 10th April

Structured spring craft activities at the Craft Cocoon. For all ages, drop in sessions £4 per child.

9.15-10.15am or 10.30-11.30am: Marriotts Gymnastics open gym sessions for children walking to 5 years.  For details see Weds 8th April.

10-11am and 11.15am-12.15pm: Teddy or pet portraits workshop at Dot to Dot, the Wynd. Bring a favourite teddy or picture of a pet. £5 per child or two for £8. These workshops must be pre-booked so email Frances to book your place.

11am: Squishy plates workshop at the Secret Garden, Sun Street, Hitchin. Create squishy sensory artworks. Paper plate shapes full of glitter, bright buts and bobs in a squishy gel bag. Suitable for all ages and abilities. £3.50 per 0-14 months and £5.50 for 15 months up or £7.50 to include lunch bag.

2pm: Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Saturday 11th April

9.30-11.30am: Biker Tots stay and play taster session at Shefford Lower School Hall. A fun session for kids walking to age 5 to learn and practice on a selection of balance bikes and ride-ons. All equipment provided, you can borrow helmets or bring your own. £2.50 per child, no need to book.

10-11.30am: Satuday group at Lime Tree Children’s Centre. 50p donation, no need to book.

10.30am: Tarzan at Broadway Cinema Kids Club.

Monday 13th April

9.15-10.15am or 10.30-11.30am: Marriotts Gymnastics open gym sessions for children walking to 5 years.  For details see Weds 8th April.

10am: Meet at the outdoor swimming pool for a buggy walk to Standalone farm. Places must be booked in advance so call the Children’s centre on 681334.

11am and 2pm: Biscuit decorating at the Secret Garden, Sun Street, Hitchin. Lots of Easter themed crafts suitable for all ages and abilities. £3.50 per 0-14 months and £5.50 for 15 months up or £7.50 to include lunch bag.

2pm: Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Tuesday 14th April

10-11am and 11.15am-12.15pm: Name plates and fun fonts workshop at Dot to Dot, the Wynd. Drawing and assembling names in interesting lettering. £5 per child or two for £8. These workshops must be pre-booked so email Frances to book your place.

11am: How To Train Your Dragon 2 at Broadway Cinema Kids Club.

11am and 2pm: Creative crafts at the Secret Garden, Sun Street, Hitchin. Lots of Easter themed crafts suitable for all ages and abilities. £3.50 per 0-14 months and £5.50 for 15 months up or £7.50 to include lunch bag. 

2pm: Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Wednesday 15th April

9.45-10.45am: Marriotts Gymnastics open gym sessions for children walking to 5 years.  Just one session this morning. For details see Weds 8th April.

10-11am and 11.15am-12.15pm: Design your own bag workshop at Dot to Dot, the Wynd. Using fabric paint or pens oe cutting fabric collage to decorate your own tote bag. £5 per child or two for £8. These workshops must be pre-booked so email Frances to book your place.

10.30am-1pm: Free stay and play session at Oughton Children’s Centre, Hitchin. Bring along a picnic.

11am and 2pm: Easter egg painting and decorating at the Secret Garden, Sun Street, Hitchin. Suitable for all ages and abilities. £3.50 per 0-14 months and £5.50 for 15 months up or £7.50 to include lunch bag.

12.45-2pm: Jackmans stay and play session at Jackmans Community centre, Ivel Court with Chestnut Tree Children’s Centre. Aimed at under 5s. 50p dontation, no need to book.

2pm: Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Thursday 16th April

Story art sessions at the Craft Cocoon. £3 per child.

10-11am and 11.15am-12.15pm: Tea party sculpture workshop at Dot to Dot, the Wynd. Make a tea set, cupcakes or picnic with found objects, card, fabric and paints. £5 per child or two for £8. These workshops must be pre-booked so email Frances to book your place.

10.30-11.45am: Stay and play with the Children’s Centres at St Michael’s Church Hall, Broadway. Aimed at under 5s. 50p donation, no need to book.

11am: The Book of Life at Broadway Cinema Kids Club.

11am and 2pm: Easter cardboard boxes workshop at the Secret Garden, Sun Street, Hitchin. Suitable for all ages and abilities. £3.50 per 0-14 months and £5.50 for 15 months up or £7.50 to include lunch bag.

1-2.30pm: Explorers Walk with Icknield Children’s Centre at Norton Common. Meet at the park by the outdoor pool. Older siblings welcome.

1.30pm: Kindy drama workshop for 3-5 year olds at the Secret Garden. £5 per child.

2pm: Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Friday 17th April

Structured spring craft activities at the Craft Cocoon. For all ages, drop in sessions £4 per child.

9.15-10.15am or 10.30-11.30am: Marriotts Gymnastics open gym sessions for children walking to 5 years.  For details see Weds 8th April.

10-11am and 11.15am-12.15pm: Teddy or pet portraits workshop at Dot to Dot, the Wynd. Bring a favourite teddy or picture of a pet. £5 per child or two for £8. These workshops must be pre-booked so email Frances to book your place.

11am and 2pm: Squishy plates workshop at the Secret Garden, Sun Street, Hitchin. Create squishy sensory artworks. Paper plate shapes full of glitter, bright buts and bobs in a squishy gel bag. Suitable for all ages and abilities. £3.50 per 0-14 months and £5.50 for 15 months up or £7.50 to include lunch bag. 

2pm: Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Saturday 18th April

10.30am: The Lego Movie at Broadway Cinema Kids Club.

And that’s about it! If you’re looking for details of holiday camps and playschemes then check out details from Letchworth Partnership of Schools here.

Happy Easter!

 

February Half Term February 5, 2015

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Here it is then, what you’ve all been waiting for I’m sure! The lowdown on all the Half Term activities in and around Letchworth. There’s loads going on so no need for any bored kids!

Saturday 14th – Sunday 22nd February

The Circus comes to Van Hage garden centre in Great Amwell. Tickets are £6 and can be booked online here.

Lambing event at Willows Farm. I can’t believe it’s lambing time already but all week at Willows you can meet and bottle feed the baby lambs and they’ve got lots of lamb themed indoor and outdoor activities. Find full details here.

Gullivers Land in Milton Keynes is open for half term and tickets are only £9.95 each. If you haven’t visited Gullivers before then check out my review on a previous blog post here.

Saturday 14th February

Valentine’s Day card and gift making at Dot to Dot in the Wynd, Letchworth. Drop-in and donation only.

10.30am: The Postman Pat movie is the kids club film at Broadway Cinema this Saturday. Tickets are only £1 and these are usually really popular so book tickets if you’re interested.

Sunday 15th February

Big Art Sunday at Dot to Dot. Drop in and create desert islands and map-making.

10.30am: The Postman Pat movie is the kids club film at Broadway Cinema this Sunday. Tickets are only £1 so book up if you’re interested.

Monday 16th February

9.30-11am: Parent and child open Gym session at Marriotts Gymnastics in Stevenage. You’ve probably heard me banging on about these sessions before then I’ll bore you again because they are absolutely fab! Suitable for children from walking to 5 years they get an hour and a half of free play in the huge gymnastics hall with trampoline, balance beams, bars, rings, foam pits for jumping in…. Children must be directly supervised by an adult and no more than 2 children per adult. Make sure the childrens’ clothes have no buttons, belts or zips and they’re not wearing any jewellery. It’s £5 per child and no booking is required however these sessions are usually really popular and fill up pretty quickly so if you want to go my advice would be to arrive before 9.30!

11am: Half Term Singalong at the Secret Garden, Hitchin for 0-2 year olds. £5 per child includes stay and play.

11am-12pm and 2-3pm: Cardboard Creations at the Secret Garden, Hitchin. The Secret Garden have loads of fab creative activities this half term all with a recycling theme and today’s is all about boxes! Suitable for all ages, £5 includes stay and play, £7.50 includes stay and play and a kids lunch bag.

2pm: free film and popcorn at The Secret Garden.

3.30-5.30pm: Meet and greet charity kids disco with Queen Elsa and Spider-Man at Fairfield Park Community Hall, SG5 4GY. £5 entry, £3 for siblings. No need to book just pay on the door. In aid of Tree of Hope.

Tuesday 17th February

10-11.30am: Play session at the Fairfield Park Community Hall with two bouncy castles, lots of soft play, biscuit decorating and colouring stations. £3 entry includes refreshments.

10am-1pm and 2-5pm: Clay creatures at The Craft Cocoon, The Wynd, Letchworth. £8 per child. Pottery and glass painting also available. For more info or to book a session please contact Liberty on 07804 242512 or email libbyjanewarde@hotmail.co.uk

10am, 12pm and 2.30pm: Junk modelling and stackable art at Dot to Dot. Pre-bookable 90 minute workshops suitable for children of all ages. £5 per child or £8 for two. To book a place please email frances@rhapsode.org.uk

10.30am-12pm: Stay and Play at the Spring Road Scout Hut. 50p donation for children’s centre play session with themed crafts. Aimed at 0-5s but older siblings welcome.

10.30am-12pm: Spring into art and craft at Oughton Children’s Centre. Suitable for children 2 years and above but younger siblings are welcome. £2 per family. Open to all but booking is required, please pop in to the centre to book.

11am: The Book of Life kids club film at Broadway Cinema.

11am-12pm and 2-3pm: Pancake day at the Secret Garden. Creating yummy pancake fillings and pancake racing. Suitable for all ages. £5 or £7.50 to include kids lunch.

11am-12.30pm: Ugly Bugs Ball at Icknield Infant and Nursery School. Fun bug themed activities, Disco Duck dancing party and party food included. Aimed at under 5s but older siblings welcome. Booking required so please call Icknield Children’s Centre on 01462 663100 or email admin.icknield@hertschildrenscentre.org.uk

2pm: free film and popcorn at The Secret Garden.

Wednesday 18th February

9.30-11am: Another open gym session at Marriotts Gymnastics. See Monday for details.

10am-1pm and 2-5pm: Superhero mask making at The Craft Cocoon, The Wynd, Letchworth. £8 per child. Pottery and glass painting also available. For more info or to book a session please contact Liberty on 07804 242512 or email libbyjanewarde@hotmail.co.uk

10am, 12pm and 2.30pm: Bookmaking at Dot to Dot. 90 minute workshop to create a sketchbook or journal and bind it. Poetry and writing included. £5 or two for £8. Email frances@rhapsode.org.uk to book a place.

10.30am-12pm: Stay and Play at the Jackmans Community Centre, Ivel Court. 50p donation for children’s centre play session with themed crafts. Aimed at 0-5s but older siblings welcome.

10.30am-12pm: Toddler tales and singalong at Oughton Children’s Centre. An interactive and fun story time with craft activity and singalong. Suitable for children under 5 years but older siblings are welcome. £2 per family. Open to all but booking is required, please pop in to the centre to book.

11am-12pm and 2-3pm: Junk crafting at the Secret Garden. £5 or £7.50 to include kids lunch.

1-2pm: Bug Explorers Walk at Norton Common. Meet at the park by the outdoor swimming pool. Free, no need to book.

2pm: free film and popcorn at The Secret Garden.

Thursday 19th February

10am-1pm and 2-5pm: Graffiti canvasses at The Craft Cocoon, The Wynd, Letchworth. £10 per child. Pottery and glass painting also available. For more info or to book a session please contact Liberty on 07804 242512 or email libbyjanewarde@hotmail.co.uk

10am-12pm: Baby Group at Chestnut Tree Children’s Centre, Radburn Way. Play session for pre-mobile babies. 50p donation, no need to book. Great activity for those of you with young babies if you find everywhere gets too busy during half term with older children as this session does not allow older siblings.

10am, 12pm and 2.30pm: Chinese New Year workshops at Dot to Dot. Print your own Chinese patterned papers and make your own zodiac animal. £5/£8 FOR 2. Book your place frances@rhapsode.org.uk

11am-12pm and 2-3pm: Newspaper art at the Secret Garden. £5 or £7.50 with a kids lunch.

11am: Frozen. Kids club film at Broadway Cinema.

11am-12.30pm: Chinese New Year activities at the Grange Scout Hut, Sparhawke, Letchworth. Fun activities including themed food, arts and crafts. Booking required, please call Icknield CC on 01462 663100 or email admin.icknield@hertschildrenscentre.org.uk

1.30-2.30pm: Kindy drama class at the Secret Garden for 3-5 year olds. £5.

2pm: free film and popcorn at The Secret Garden.

Friday 20th February

A day of gold at Dot to Dot. Drop-in sessions all day, donation only. Activities based on King Midas.

10-11am: Welly walk around the Oughton nature reserve. Meet at Smartys day nursery car park, Hitchin, SG5 2UZ. A free spring walk around the nature reserve and have fun finding things along the way with Oughton Children’s Centre. No need to book, just turn up. In the event of bad weather this may be cancelled so check with the centre before setting out,

10.30-11.45am: Messy play session at The Craft Cocoon. £3 for one child and only £1 per subsequent child.

10.30-11.30am: Play Music Play at Icknield Children’s Centre. £1. Families with children 0-5 from the Icknield and Grange area will be prioritised.

11am-12pm and 2-3pm Recycle and paint at the Secret Garden. Discover all the things you can recycle and paint with. £5 or £7.50 with lunch.

2pm: free film and popcorn at The Secret Garden.

Saturday 21st February

Drop-in crafts all day at Dot to Dot, donation only.

10.30am: Penguins of Madagascar. Kids club movie at Broadway Cinema.

Sunday 22nd February

Big Art Sunday at Dot to Dot.

10.30am: Penguins of Madagascar. Kids club movie at Broadway Cinema.

If you’re looking for holiday camps and activities you can leave the kids at then please follow this link.

Hope you all have a great week x

 

Half Term Activities October 18, 2014

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Lots of things going on in and around Letchworth this half term so definitely no time for the kids to get bored! (parents might need kids to go back to school so they can get a rest but that’s a different matter!) So here we go:

Saturday 25th October -Saturday 1st November

Spooktacular half term horror trail. Follow the trail around participating retailers in Letchworth town centre to collect stickers and trick or treats along the route. A list of the participating stores will be available at shop Letchworth.

Saturday 25th October

10am-4pm Haunted Houses at Dot to Dot, the Wynd, LGC. Create spooky houses for a window display. This is a free activity but please email venice@rhapsode.org.uk to reserve a spot.

10.30am-12pm Halloween ‘dress-up and dance’ disco at Icknield Infant & Nursery School. £1 per family and tickets need to be booked in advance from Icknield children’s centre. Aimed at families with 0-5 yr children but older siblings are welcome. Icknield and Grange families prioritised.

2-4pm Creation Station Crafty Saturday at the Secret Garden, 10 Sun Street, Hitchin. Help raise funds for Lister Hospital’s Magic of Play appeal and Rays of Sunshine. Create 3d models, mini canvas masterpieces, funky glasses or noodle doodle pictures. Tickets £8 per family please book at the Creation Station.

5.30-8.30pm Baldock Halloween Party & Fireworks Display at Hartsfield School. This looks like a great event with fun fair rides, family disco, children’s halloween fancy dress competition, food court, bar and live music. Tickets are £5 per adult, £3.50 per child or £15 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) and can be purchased online at Badock town or from Tapps garden centre and M-Viron.

Sunday 26th October

10.30am-3.30pm Big Art Sunday at Dot to Dot, The Wynd, LGC. Create a Halloween montage – lots of paint, printing and sticking. Please contact corina@rhapsode.org.uk for details.

Monday 27th October

10.30am-12pm Baby sensory play at Chestnut Tree Children’s Centre. Pre-crawling babies only, no older siblings. 50p donation, no need to book.

11am Free Halloween crafts at the Secret Garden, Sun Street, Hitchin.

2pm Free Spooky film screening at The Secret Garden.

2-3pm Explorer’s Walk – Spooky Advenure! Take a spooky Halloween hunt through Norton Common. Meet at the park by the outdoor swimming pool. Free activity for 0-5s but older siblings welcome.

2.30-3.30pm or 3.30-4.30pm Trampolining at Hitchin Boys School Sports Centre. Trampolining sessions for age 3+, £7 for non-members and £5 members. Call Ally on 07745 569184 for details.

Tuesday 28th October

9.30am Daisy Bakes at The Secret Garden. Halloween themed cupcake decorating for ages 2+. £7 per child.

10.45am Daisy Bakes at The Secret Garden. Halloween themed cupcake decorating for ages 5+. £15 per child.

11.30am The Lego Movie. Broadway Cinema kids club, tickets are only £1 so book early.

11.30am or 2pm Kids Do the Funniest Things at Letchworth Arts Centre. Fun workshops for kids aged 6-14 to delevop their own comedy stand up routines ending with a performance for their friends and family. Tickets are £15 and can be booked here.

1.30-3.30pm and 2-3pm Gymnastics sessions at Hitchin Boys Sports Centre. £14 for 4-16 yrs. These sessions need to be booked and paid for in advance by contacting Ally on 07745 569184 or ally21hbs@hotmail.co.uk

2-2.45pm Creating Halloween Heads craft activity at he Secret Garden. £5/£7.

Wednesday 29th October

9.30-11am Parent & Child open gym session at Marriotts Gymnastics Club, Stevenage. These open sessions were really popular over the summer so I’d recommend getting there close to the start. £5 per child for walking – 5 years. No more than 2 children per adult and children must not wear jewellery, jeans, buttons, belts or zips.

10am-2pm Arts, crafts and creative fun at Icknield Children’s Centre with activities to take home. Free drop-in for 0-5s but older siblings welcome.

11am Free Halloween colouring at the Secret Garden, Hitchin.

12.45-2pm Jackmans Stay & Play at Jackmans Community Centre. Play session with active and messy play fun. Aimed at 0-5s but older siblings welcome. 50p donation, no need to book.

1.30-2.30pm Mama Sugar Shakes at the Secret garden. Carribean dancing and singing for 0-5s.

2pm Free spooky film at the Secret Garden.

2.30-3.30pm or 3.30-4.30pm Trampolining at Hitchin Boys School Sports Centre. Trampolining sessions for age 3+, £7 for non-members and £5 members. Call Ally on 07745 569184 for details.

6-8pm Halloween disco at Space2Play in Hitchin. Disco, fancy dress competition and party games. Tickets are £8 per child, £1.50 for under 1s and adults free. Book tickets now at the venue or by calling 422354.

Thursday 30th October

10-11am, 11.30am-12.30pm and 2-3pm Horrid Histories. Free storytelling of local myths and legends and a chance to create your own horrid histories. 10am for 6-9yrs, 11.30am for 9-12yrs and 2pm for all 6-12yrs. Part of Letchworth’s fire and fright festival.

10-11.30am Autumn Crafts at St Michael’s Church Hall. Aimed at 0-5s but older siblings welcome. 50p donation, no need to book.

10am-4pm Spookyrumpus with Guy Parker-Rees (the illustrator of Spookyrumpus and Giraffes can’t dance) at Dot to Dot. Booking essential so please email venice@rhapsode.org.uk (at the time of writing this blog, I think this session is fully booked but please check with Dot to Dot)

10.30am-2pm Bats, Cats and rats at British Schools museum in Hitchin. Drop-in to join fun make and play activities. £4 per child, adults free. Booking recommended http://www.britishschoolsmuseum.co.uk

11.30am Frozen Singalong at Broadway Cinema Kids Club. Tickets are only £1 and this will be a popular one so book now!

1-2pm Kindy Drama at the Secret Garden. Really fun drama class for 3-5 yrs. £5.

2-2.45pm Halloween Mucky Pups at the Secret Garden. Find the bugs in squidgy jelly and slimy spaghetti. £5/£7.

4-6pm Halloween Party at The Secret Garden. All ages welcome (even over 5s) £10 per ticket includes party food, fun, games, dancing and prizes for the best Halloween costume.

Friday 31st October

9.30-11am Parent & Child open gym session at Marriotts Gymnastics Club, Stevenage. These open sessions were really popular over the summer so I’d recommend getting there close to the start. £5 per child for walking – 5 years. No more than 2 children per adult and children must not wear jewellery, jeans, buttons, belts or zips.

10am Buggy walk to Standalone Farm. Meet at the entrance to the outdoor swimming pool in Norton Common. Free entrance in to the farm but please call 681334 to book a place.

10am-1pm Halloween photo booth at the Secret Garden. Bring your little ones along in their favourite Halloween outfits and the photographer will be there to capture them.

10.15-11.30am Learn It storytelling session at the Secret Garden. £4 includes session, refreshments and play.

10am-3pm Horrid Histories Animation at Letchworth Arts Centre. Free drop-in session to create your own Horrid History animation, suitable for age 5+.

10.30am Note to Note Halloween and Birthday Fancy Dress Party at Dot to Dot. A fun singing and stories session for little ones and their parents. £3 contribution and prizes for costumes.

11am and 2.30pm Trick or Treat – the great Halloween Hunt at the Secret Garden with apple bobbing, colouring scary masks and hunting for treats!

2-3pm Gymnastics sessions at Hitchin Boys Sports Centre. £7 for 3-6 yrs. These sessions need to be booked and paid for in advance by contacting Ally on 07745 569184 or ally21hbs@hotmail.co.uk

2-3.30pm Halloween arts, crafts and creative fun at the Grange Scout Hut. 50p per family for families from the Grange and Icknield area. Tickets must be booked in advance from Icknield Children’s Centre.

2.30-4.30pm Halloween Horrors at Howard Park & Gardens (Letchworth paddling pool). Free activities including potion making, wizard wands, goo making, rodeo pumpkin, bobbing for apples, pumpkin activities, scary games and more. All welcome and a fancy dress competition.

3-5pm Trick or Treat Halloween Party at Little Rascals. Tickets are £8.50 for one child and one adult There’s a disco, halloween activities and games, candy floss, bouncy castle and fancy dress. Tickets are available now so book asap if you want to go.

4-6pm Spooky Spectacular Halloween Party at Jungle Jims Playland in Sandy. Spooky fun and games, costume competition and Halloween dances. Tickets are £7.50 (includes one free adult) and include a hot snack and a party bag to take home. Call 01767 682808 to book tickets. I think this seems one of the best value of all the soft play Halloween discos.

5-6.30pm Light Party at St. Paul’s Church Hall, Pixmore Way, LGC. If all the Halloween activities this week are getting a little dark and sinister for your kids’ liking then why not try this Light Party instead? Open to all children in school years 1-6, it’s an evening of fun, games, crafts and activities and includes dinner and an ice cream factory! Book your place on St. Paul’s website.

Saturday 1st November

Day of the Dead crafting all day at Dot to Dot. Dontation only, drop-in.

10am-3pm Frankenstein Toy making at Letchworth Arts Centre. Free drop-in for ages 5+. Reuse, recycle and twist together old toys to make a new one.

Sunday 2nd November

7pm (doors open at 5.30pm) Letchworth & Baldock Lions Club Fireworks display at he Herts FA County Ground, Baldock Road, LGC. Book tickets in advance from David’s Bookshop at a special rate of £4 for adults and £3 for U16s. (on the night, tickets are £6 and £4 so well worth booking.)

Phew, I’m exhausted just writing that lot! But if you still want more, you’ll find details of holiday camps and activities for older kids here.

 

Want to win a £30 Cuthberts voucher? October 14, 2014

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Calling all Letchworth parents (and those living nearby), here at Kids in Letchworth I want to help parents to find more things to do with our children but I need your help to do it.

In order to provide Letchworth parents with more info/activities I need to know what you guys think is lacking and what you would like more of. So I’ve designed two very short surveys and would love to find some local parents who would be happy to answer the questions for me. Each survey should only take a few minutes, I know how precious (and limited) parents’ time can be! As a thank you for completing the two surveys I will enter everyone into a prize draw to win a £30 gift voucher for the fabulous Cuthberts toy shop in Letchworth. (Should help towards all those Christmas presents)

So if you’d like a chance to win the voucher and would be happy to answer two short surveys. Please click on the two links below:

Survey One – Information

Survey Two – Activities

Thank you in advance for your help.

 

Hungry Conker Caterpillars! October 2, 2014

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So it is apparently Autumn (despite this gorgeous sunny weather we’re having!) and Autumn means one important thing in my three year old’s World – conkers!! She absolutely loves collecting them and has now even taken to bringing home at least three conkers every single day from the tree at her nursery so we, quite literally, have conkers coming out of our ears!!

With this glut of conkers beginning to take over the house I’ve started to think of things we can actually do with them. So with a little help from Pinterest I came up with The Very Hungry Conker Caterpillar based on one of Roxy’s favourite books. If anyone else is suffering with excessive conker hoarding then I thought I’d share this idea.

Firstly collect the conkers!

Then choose a large one for the head and the rest will be the body.

Squeeze some red paint into an old plastic tub and roll the large conker around in it to coat it. Use a paintbrush also to get it all over the conker.

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Repeat the process with a few different shades of green and yellow. My daughter particularly enjoyed mixing blue and yellow paint to make the different shades.

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Then leave all the conkers to dry.

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Tip: if you’ve got any fancy crafty acrylic type paints then they would be much better as I just used normal kids paints and a lot of it cracked off when it dried!

Once the paint has dried drill holes through all the conkers and thread them on to a piece of string.

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Once you’ve threaded all the conkers on stick on some googly eyes and pieces of pipe cleaner for antennae and that’s it – one hungry caterpillar and one happy child!!!

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Summer Holiday Activities – Week Six August 22, 2014

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Well here we are – the final week of the holidays, hope you’ve all had a good summer? Here’s the final list of summer activities – enjoy!

Saturday 23rd-Monday 25th August

Teddy bears’ picnic at Standalone Farm. Another fab summer activity by the guys over at Standalone with all activities included in the normal admission fee. There’s an interactive story trail and scavenger hunt, garden games and craft activities.

Saturday 23rd-Sunday 31st August

The Summer circus is at Van Hage Garden Centre in Great Amwell.

Monday 25th August

It’s the annual Ashwell Show a great fun filled family day with loads of stalls, shows, activities and rides.

Tuesday 26th August

10.30-11.30am Stay and play at Lime Tree Children’s Centre. Free drop-in for under 5s.

10.45-11.30am Messy play for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

11am-12pm Loom band workshop for 6-10yrs at the Secret Garden.

12-12.45pm Tots Tennis at Letchworth Tennis club, see my previous blog posts for details of this.

2pm Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

2-2.45pm messy play at the Secret Garden for 0-5s.

Wednesday 27th August

10am-4pm Paint your own flowerpot at Frosts Willington garden centre. £5.99 per child but you can enjoy the free beach and outdoor games while you’re there.

11am and 2pm Usborne story time at the Secret Garden.

11am-12pm Arty session for 6-10yrs at the Secret Garden.

1-2.30pm Messy play session at Jackmans Community Centre. Drop-in, 50p donation.

2-2.45pm Messy play for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

2-2.30pm Toddler yoga for 3-5s at the Secret Garden.

2pm Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Thursday 28th August

10-10.30am Daisy Cakes session for 3-5s at the Secret Garden. £5.

10.45-11.30am water play for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

11am-1pm Explorers picnic at Woolgrove school. Free drop-in with the children’s centres. Enjoy wildlife activities and bring a picnic.

12-12.45pm The last Tots Tennis session for the summer at Letchworth Tennis club.

1-2pm Kindy drama session at the Secret Garden. £5.

1.30-2.30pm Krazy Kelly at the Grange Scout Hut. Fun activities, music and dance for under 5s. 50p. Icknield and Grange families will be prioritised.

2-2.45pm water play for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

2pm Free film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Friday 29th August

10-11.15am Daisy kids for 6-10yr olds at the Secret Garden. £10.

10am-12pm Baby sensory play at Chestnut Tree Children’s Centre. Messy play for under 1s. Free drop-in, bring a towel!

10am-2pm Last day for the beach at Icknield.

11-11.30am Summer sing along for 0-2s at the Secret Garden.

2-2.45pm Secret Garden party for 0-5s.

And that, is that!! (Stealing Topsy and Tim lines now, it must be time for a glass of wine!!!)

 

Gulliver’s Land review August 16, 2014

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Last week we had a fantastic but exhausting day at Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes so I thought I’d pen a little review for you.

My friend and I took our 3 and 5 year old and they both absolutely loved it. There’s something for all ages but I would say that it’s really best suited for 3-7 year olds, any older than that they may find the rides a little tame and if they are shorter than 90cm there’s not all that many rides they can go on (under 90cms do however go free). Also good to bear in mind is that if your child is less than 120cm you will have to accompany them on most of the rides. This is fine as most of the rides are really fun just don’t talk to me about the teacups!!!

There’s absolutely loads of rides to keep the family entertained all day but the good thing is everything’s really close together so there’s not loads of walking to do. (It is really buggy friendly though if you have a little one or you can hire cool little cars to push them around!)

I recommend buying tickets online before you go. Not only are they cheaper but also saves you having to queue to get in. Tickets are pretty reasonable: £15 each regardless of adult/child (under 90cms go free). Bear in mind you do have to book these at least two days in advance to get this rate. There are also all inclusive tickets for £22 which we bought. They include entry to the park and lunch, drink, ice cream and £1 off in the shop. We thought these seemed like really good value but actually the food there is really cheap (makes a nice change!) so I’m not entirely convinced we got our money’s worth. I think if you’re planning on having big hot meals then it’s probably worth it but if you just want a sandwich then don’t bother. The kids lunch bags are only £2.85 and they get a good amount in them but all we got for our adult’s meal ticket was one little sandwich and a drink!

As for the rides themselves there was a really good selection of roller coasters, chair swings, pirate ship, log flume etc. and there weren’t loads of long queues either. I think the longest we waited for any ride was about 10 minutes which for the middle of the summer holidays is really good! The favourites in our group were the log flume, runaway train roller coaster and the pirate ship.

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My three year old is a bit of a daredevil so it’s hard to tell but I think a few of the rides might be a bit scary for some 2-4 year olds even though they meet the height criteria.

The staff were all fantastic – we found everyone to be really friendly and good with the kids but also seemed thorough with all the safety and height checks.

If you need a break from the rides there are a few little playgrounds, a ball pit, a place called Gully’s town which has play shops, garages and cars, a castle which has a fairy tale academy and princess play area and a selection of little Western style two-storey play houses. If the weather’s not great, there’s also a couple of indoor play areas. We spent such a long time on the rides and we were lucky with a dry day that we didn’t actually get in to these but I think they were for under 5s.

During the day there were lots of dressed up characters walking round to keep the kids entertained and take photos with. I think these are possibly characters from Gulliver’s Travels but I’m ashamed to say I’ve never read it so I actually have no idea! Kids seemed to love them though!!

All in all it was a fantastic family day out for young kids and we’ll definitely be back. (They do some good themed events for Halloween and Christmas.) In fact, as we got in the car to drive home Roxy asked to come back again the next day!!

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