PLAY Days, picnics in the park and sports fun days are among the huge range of activities the council is laying on for youngsters over the summer holidays.
Older children can take advantage of events such as a health week, a photography project and multi-sport park activities.
Children’s Centres across the borough are hosting events to keep youngsters occupied through the summer break.
The holiday programme in the West Reading area (Oxford Road, Ranikhet and Norcot children’s centres) includes a Reading Play Day in Prospect Park on Friday 5th August, a Family Wild Day in Lousehill Copse on Saturday 6th August plus a Bug Hunt, Rhyme-Time sessions and picnics.
Activities organised by West Central Children’s Centres (Blagrave, Coley Park and Southcote) include Diddi Dance, Sports Day Practise and Play Rangers.
Reading South Cluster Children’s Centres (Blagdon and SureStart Whitley) are offering Hexham Road Funday on Saturday 6th August, a water-themed play session called Wet Wednesday on August 17th plus Tumble Time, Messy Play and Bumps & Babies sessions.
East Reading Children’s team (East Reading, Hamilton Road and Katesgrove Children’s Centres) are staging Family Fun Days in Palmer Park, Bumps, Babes & Beyond sessions and Dad’s Clubs.
North Reading Children’s Centre is also offering a comprehensive summer programme, including Messy Play sessions, Bumps and Beyond groups, Story and Rhyme Times and Come and Play sessions. However, there are limited spaces and parents are recommended to check availability first.
Local libraries and other venues will also be hosting events throughout the summer and a number of trips have been organised, which have to be booked and paid for in advance.
Many activities are free of charge but a small donation may be requested.
The South and East Youth Engagement Team is running a variety of activities for 13-19-year-olds over the holiday period, including a Level 2 Food Hygiene Course, Health Week, Sports Week and Photography Project.
The North team are carrying out street work, organising trips and holding an end of summer barbecue. The West Area Youth Team has organised a programme of activities, including kayaking and mountain biking, for targeted young people with specific needs.
Councillor Jan Gavin, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “The council’s Children’s Centres are offering a fantastic range of activities for families across the borough.
“It can be difficult to find affordable ways to keep youngsters occupied through the long summer break but this programme of events offers something for everyone.
“Our youth engagement teams have also organised some great courses and trips for young people.
“I hope this comprehensive programme of activities and events helps everyone enjoy their summer break.”
Details of all the summer programmes at Reading’s Children’s Centres can be found at: http://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk. Click on Family Information Services and then Children’s Centres.