23 July 2013

Plenty in Bromsgrove to keep youngsters busy over the summer

THERE will be plenty going on across Bromsgrove district and the surrounding areas to keep youngsters busy over the school summer holidays.

► Those aged between five and ten can have some space-themed fun at Bromsgrove Baptist Church during the school summer holidays.

The Space Academy holiday club runs from 10am to 12midday from July 31 to August 2.

The sessions feature puppets Rosie and Sam who learn along with the children about astronauts, space travel and outer space.

Then at 5.30pm on the Friday (August 2), mums and dads can join them for tea and after that, between 6pm and 7pm, can find out what their space cadets have been up to.

For more, or to sign up budding astronauts, call Claire on 01527 882155 or visit www.bromsgrovebaptists.org.uk/hbc.htm.

There will be other activities for younger and older children running at the same time.(pictured)

At the same times on those days, betweeen 10am and 12midday, there will be Holiday Wonders – a parent and toddler group for those aged between birth and four.

And, at Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centre, there will be a Youth Holiday Club, also from July 31 to Auguat 2. That is for ten to 16-year-olds and costs £45 per person.


► BROMSGROVE District Council's annual summer street theatre programme kicks off at The Rec, near Asda, on Wednesday (July 31) with Extravaganza by crazy circus and acrobatics troupe Le Navet Bete.

The act will also be performing the same show in Wythall Park on Thursday (August 1).

Next up is Sassy cigar box queen Pandora Pink and comic juggler Mr Spin who bring their show The Doogans to The Rec next Wednesday (August 7) and Hagley Park the day after (Thursday, August 8).

Then street entertainers Reckless Invention will combine breakdance and 80s kitsch Turbo Jonez on The Rec on August 14 and in St Chad’s Park, Rubery, on August 15.

All activities take place between 11am and 3pm and are accompanied by children’s activities, face-painting, displays and demonstrations, circus skills, bouncy castles and more.

Visit www.bromsgrove.gov.uk for more.


► YOUNGSTERS wanting to keep busy throughout the school summer holidays can take part in a variety of activities being held across Bromsgrove district.

The council’s Go4Fun programme will enable children to participate in gymnastics workshops, Startrack Athletics with qualified coaches and Summer Splash multi-activity holiday camps.

Other council-organised fun family event include Austins in the Park and Junk Drumming in the Park, which are both being held at Sanders Park. And there are six days of Street Theatre throughout Bromsgrove district during August.

All venues chosen are easily accessible by public transport and most have parking on site.

Coun Mike Webb, whose portfolio covers leisure and cultural services, said there was something for all ages in Bromsgrove this summer.

“Often parents don’t know how to keep their children entertained over the six week holiday and the Go4Fun programme is a great way to solve that problem.”

Places are limited so booking is advised.

For more, pick up a Go4Fun brochure or download one from www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/go4fun.


► YOUNG people aged between four and 17 can have an action-packed school summer holiday by going along to a sports camp and activity sessions at South Bromsgrove High School.

The new Kings Multi-Active programme offers specialist football (International Soccer Schools) and cricket (International Cricket Schools) programmes, as well as a unique sports leadership course for those aged 14 to 17.

Kings Camps will be running from 8.15am to 5.45pm between July 29 to August 16.

Childcare vouchers are also accepted as full or part payment.

For more, call 0114 263 2160 or visit www.kingscamps.org


► SPECIAL packs full of free ideas and activities for children to try this summer have been launched by Frankley Carnival committee and The Friends of Balaam's Wood LNR.

The guide is available from Frankley Library and the New Frankley in Birmingham Parish Council office, Arden Road.

The mixture of activities includes things to make and things to do.


► CLASSIC bus rides will be on offer as a Wythall museum opens its doors more often during August.

The Transport Museum in Chapel Lane will be open on Wednesday afternoons, as well as at weekends, throughout the month with rides at 2.30pm.

Trustee Malcolm Keeley said: "The collection of buses brings back so many memories to older visitors of the days when companies like Birmingham City Transport and Midland Red carried millions of passengers every week."

Admission is £3 for adults (£5 on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday) and half price for children. Visit www.wythall.org.uk for more information.


► A FREE yoga class takes place on Wednesday (July 31) at the nature reserve meadow at Frankley's Balaam's Wood.

Everyone is welcome to the session which starts at 11am on the area off Arden Road and is being held as part of Love Parks Week.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more on the event, call 07902 903558.

For more on Love Parks Week, visit www.loveparksweek.org.uk


► PARENTS can also get their children playing in the traditional way by visiting our Let's Get Bromsgrove Playing Facebook page.

The www.facebook.com/playinbromsgrove page, launched last year, has instructions to a host of games, including Hopscotch, Tracking, Stuck in the Mud and What's the Time Mr Wolf?

Reproduced by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard