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Summer holiday activities – week two July 24, 2014

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So here we are then, week two already! Has anyone done anything fun this week? Please feel free to share on the Kids in Letchworth facebook page any great places you’ve tried out, I’d love to build up a fab online community of local parents sharing tips and ideas. So on to next week:

Monday 28th July

9.30-11am Parent & Child open gym session at Marriotts Gymnastics if you’ve never been to one of these sessions then I thoroughly recommend you check it out. It is a parent supervised free play session on all the gymnastics equipment suitable for kids from walking to five. Marriotts run these sessions a few times a week throughout the holidays and there’s no need to book, just turn up on the day. £5 per child. Check their website for more details and all the dates but I will be posting their sessions on here.

9am-12pm Icknield Children’s Centre beach! This is a great idea by Icklnield CC. They are hosting a beach on Icknield school field with paddling pools every Monday and Friday throughout the holidays except bank holiday Monday (10-2 on a Friday) so just bring towels, picnics and your buckets and spades, sounds like great fun!

10.30-11am Creative Painting at the Secret Garden, Hitchin for under 5s. I briefly mentioned the Secret Garden last week but it really is a fab venue for under 5s and pretty much the only place you can go with little ones in the holidays where there’s no risk of being trampled by older kids! It is basically an indoor garden with fake grass and trees and pretty much any baby and toddler toy you can think of! They also have a lovely cafe that serves yummy food. This summer they are running various activities on top of their usual play things so I will try and put them all on here for you. As they have a couple of separate rooms they are also running some workshops and film afternoons for 6-10 year olds.

11am-12pm Dream Catcher Workshop for 6-10 year olds at the Secret Garden.

2pm Film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

2-4pm Mini Stable Day at Harley’s Junior Jox Riding School I am taking my three year old to this and we can’t wait! It is “aimed towards younger children to encourage the outdoor life whilst building confidence around our ponies in a relaxed friendly environment ( also our ducks, geese, cats and pigs ). The children will be mucking out, grooming and riding the ponies and a Treasure Hunt !!!!!!” Contact them if you would like to book your child on to this but have a good look at their facebook page because for children three and over there are plenty of different stable days they are running.

2-3.15 Football fun at Garden City Academy. This is a football themed play session run by Chestnut Tree and Limetree children’s centres. Aimed at ages 2-5 but older siblings are welcome. This is a free drop-in session, no need to book. They are running these every Monday (except bank holiday) at different locations so I’ll let you know where each week.

Tuesday 29th July

11am-12pm Teddy Bears Picnic for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

11am-12pm Loom Workshop for 6-10s at the Secret Garden.

2pm Film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

11am-2pm Summer Holiday Art Workshops in the barn of the Vitcoria Pub in Hitchin. These run every Tuesday through the holidays for 5-8 year olds. £22 per session but include a pub lunch.

12-12.45 Tots Tennis session (£5) at Letchworth Tennis Club. We tried this session out at their open day on Sunday and Roxy loved it so we are definitely going back. They are running a few sessions throughout the holidays so check their website for dates and to book on. “Tots is for children aged 3 to 5 years old and enables them to learn the basics and how to enjoy the game through a series of fun activities, based on the FUNdamental areas of balance, co-ordination, agility, movement and racket and ball skills.” If you have older children then please check their website too as they are also running holiday clubs for all ages. I hadn’t been to the club before and I was very impressed with their facilities and all the staff, the guys running the tots tennis session were absolutely great with the kids! There are lots of indoor and outdoor tennis courts as well as squash and a gym. They also have a lovely cafe/bar and outside seating area with kids playground. Well worth a visit.

2-4pm Family Festival of Fun at Avenue Park, Baldock. If you ever tried any of the play rangers activities in previous years then these festivals have taken over from those. Run by NHDC they are free drop-in sessions with arts and crafts, sports and games, bouncy castle, under 5s area and much more. I’m going to be listing the Baldock and Letchworth dates on this blog but they are also at Hitchin and some other towns/villages so check their website for details.

Wednesday 30th July

10am-5pm If you’ve got any Peppa Pig fans in the family then head down to Lee Valley Park Farms in Waltham Abbey, Essex as Peppa will be making some appearances throughout the day!

10-11.30am another opportunity to try the Marriotts gymnastics drop-in sessions.

10.30-11am Discovery Basket for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

11am-12pm Experiments Workshop for 6-10s at the Secret Garden.

11am-2pm Summer Holiday Art Workshops in the barn of the Vitcoria Pub in Hitchin. These run every Wednesday through the holidays for 9-13 year olds. £22 per session but include a pub lunch.

2pm Film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

10am-4pm Princess and pirate craft at Frosts garden centre, Willington. If you haven’t yet been up to Frosts this summer then it is worth checking out as all summer long they have got a free beach complete with tables, chairs and parasols, a beach cafe, outdoor games including lots of ride-on cars and tractors, swingball and little play houses. Well worth a trip for this alone but also every Wednesday they have a themed craft activity and this week is Princess and Pirate. These sessions last approximately 25 minutes and cost £5.99 per child but once you’re there there’s plenty for the kids to play with all day.

1-2.30pm – Messy play at Jackmans community centre. Run by the Children’s centres and aimed at 0-5s but older siblings welcome. 50p donation.

1.30-3pm Icknield Children’s Centre are hosting a Dress a bear workshop at Grange Scout Hut. The kids can bring along their teddy and make an outfit and accessories for it! 50p per family and those in the Grange/Icknield area will be prioritised.

2-4pm Family festival of fun in Norton Common – details as the Baldock session but this one on the Common.

Thursday 31st July

10-11.30am Disco Duck Summer Party at the Masonic Centre in Biggleswade. If you’ve got kids between 18 months and 5 years and have never tried out a Disco Duck session then I can’t recommend this enough. Roxy has been doing a Disco Duck class for the last 18 months and it is the absolute highlight of her week! They get to learn some really fun dance moves all centred around their very cute duck mascot. This summer party will include some of these dances, party games, musical instruments, colouring, play and refreshments all for just £5 per child. If you thinkk your little one will love this then you need to book in advance on the Dance Beat website (just click on latest news on the right hand side)

11am-12pm Craft session for 0-5s at the Secret Garden.

10.30am-12pm The Beach at Lime Tree. Head down to the Lime Tree Children’s Centre for sand and water play with themed arts and crafts for 0-5s but older siblings welcome. Free drop-in.

1-2pm Helen O’Grady drama academy’s Kindy Drama session £5 per child suitable for 2.5-5 year olds. We tried this class out this week and Roxy thoroughly enjoyed herself (in part, perhaps, because this week’s theme was transport – Roxy’s specialist subject!) but the session was really well thought out for encouraging movement, speech and singing through really fun activities and songs. I was amazed at the amount my three year old joined in with and we will definitely be back again.

2pm Film and popcorn at the Secret Garden.

Friday 1st August

10-11.30 Another Marriotts Gymnastics drop-in session.

11am-12pm Summer Singalong for 0-2s at the Secret Garden.

10am-12pm Tummy Time at Chestnut Tree Children’s Centre. A lovely session for anyone with pre-crawling babies to escape the madness of the school holidays!

10am-2pm the beach is back at Icknield Children’s Centre and between 10.30 and 12 they also have messy play activities available.

2-2.45pm Secret Garden Summer Party for 0-2s.

Ok that’s about all for this week which just leaves me to say that from 1st-31st August is Kids Week in the West End. “During Kids Week, a child aged 16 or under can experience the magic of London theatre and see a fantastic selection of shows for free, plus two additional children can go at half price (per transaction), as long as they are accompanied by a full paying adult.” Check out the website to see what’s available but it includes some fantastic little person friendly shows such as What the Ladybird Heard and the Tiger Who Came To Tea as well as family classics such as The Lion King and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Have a great week and please let me know what you think if you try any of these activities out x


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