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Summer holidays week one: tennis, soft play and drama July 17, 2014

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As threatened promised, here I am with the first installment of my ultimate guide to the summer holidays! Next week, whilst those of you with school aged children are happily sending them off to school for another few days, spare a thought for those of us with younger kids whose groups and preschools have all finished this week!!

Ok, so firstly to this weekend a couple of fab events that are going on in Letchworth: Saturday 19th sees the Annual Lions Fun Day in Broadway Gardens from 10am to 4pm with stalls, fun fair rides, plate smashing, face painting, welly wanging, animals from Paradise Wildlife Park and more. Now I know it’s forecast to rain on Saturday but let’s face it, the kids couldn’t care less about that so we will certainly be donning the wellies and the waterproofs and heading on down. On Sunday 20th take the family down to Letchworth Sports and Tennis club on Muddy Lane for their open day as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend. They have free sessions available for all ages right from their tennis tots for 3-5 year olds. They’ll also have a BBQ, bouncy castle and prizes. To book a free coaching session for your child visit Great British Tennis Weekend

For those of you with pre-school aged kids make the most of the first few days of next week before everywhere gets manically busy! I recommend hitting the soft play centres because once the holidays start for real these become a very different beast! Watch out for red faced 8 year olds dripping with sweat who will charge around the play frames like something possessed quite possibly knocking over your toddler in the process! Don’t get me wrong, these places are great when you just need your child to charge about like a mad thing and let off a load of energy but you have been warned!! Top tip though – if you do want to go to one of the big soft play centres in the holidays pick a really hot day when they are always much quieter (just hope they have air conditioning!) or go as soon as they open in the mornings. As I am a total wuss when it’s comes to busy soft play, I will definitely be going earlier in the week and my absolute favourite one in the area is Bury Lane Fun Barn it’s just outside Royston on the A10 and as soft play centres go this one is actually quite nice – it’s really light and airy and you can easily see the kids pretty much everywhere whilst relaxing on the comfy sofas! The food is really yummy too. It’s pretty reasonable – you don’t have to pay for adults and the kids prices range from £3-6 depending on their age and whether you go at peak or off-peak times.

Here’s another tip for you to get done early in the holidays: if you have any Tesco Clubcard points then go on to their website and exchange some for Days Out Vouchers. The vouchers are worth four times the value so you only need £2.50 worth of clubcard points to get a £10 voucher. Once you’ve ordered them the vouchers will be posted to you within 5 working days and you’ll then have up to six months to use them. These are great if you are planning on visiting any zoos, wildwlife centres, theme parks, etc this summer. Have a look on their website Clubcard Boost to see which places sre included in the deals.

What’s on this week:

Tuesday 22nd July 10.30-11.30am at Norton Methodist Church, North Avenue, Letchworth: Ready, Steady, Go! A physical play session for under 5s run by Limetree and Chestnut Tree Children’s Centres. This is the last session of the summer term. 50p per family donation.

Wednesday 23rd July 10-11.30am at St Paul’s Church in Letchworth is the last Toddlers Plus session before the holidays. They will start with a lovely little service in the church followed by ice creams in the hall. If you don’t know about this lovely toddler group then please let me know if you want any more details for next term.

Thursday 24th July 1-2pm at the Secret Garden, Sun Street, Hitchin: Helen O’Grady’s Kindy drama session suitable for 2.5-5 year olds. £5 per child, 10% sibling discount. See Secret Garden for details. If you don’t yet know about the Secret Garden then watch this space as I’ll review this fabulous venue in more detail in a later blog.

Friday 25th July 10.30-11.30am at Icknield Children’s Centre: Play music play – music, rhymes and song for under 5s. For more details, see Icknield Children’s centre

Ok I think that’s about it for now. If you know of any other events happening next week or want to add any more detail to those I’ve mentioned then please leave comments on this blog post. If you have info of things happening in future weeks then email me details to kidsinletchworth@hotmail.com and I’ll include them in my blog posts.

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