Kidz camp Essex: fun and inclusive childcare service for children aged 4 – 12 in Essex, at 3 venues in Colchester, Rayleigh & Southend.
Essex libraries: until 2nd September – The theme of this years challenge is marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and encourages children to read 6 books over the summer to earn stickers and a certificate. There will be plenty of space themed events too, so check your local library!
Change 4 Life Disney FREE Activities: Change 4 Life has collaborated with Disney to create a huge selection of 10 minute shake ups to get our children active. Explore games themed around Toy Story 4, Incredible 2, The Lion King and Frozen!
50 things to do before you’re 5! The time you spend playing together will help them learn all sorts of things before they start school– from counting and writing, to exploring and making new friends.
20 things to do this summer– encouraging you and your family to get outdoors! Print off the poster, stick it on the fridge and tick off each activity
What’s happening in …
Summer of fun at Barleylands until 2nd September– Enjoy a whole summer of fun on the farm where you can take part in all your favourite family activities! Such as lamb bottle feeding, wacky races, birds of prey displays, reptile demonstrations and much much more.
South Essex gymnastics Club fun sessions Fun sessions run every half term and end of term. Children have to be over the age of 5 to attend but children aged 4 and above are able to attend on a Friday between 10am-12pm.
New Town Sounds, 31st August, Basildon Town Centre – Another Basildon at 70 event, this free fun-filled musical celebration runs from midday until late at multiple venues across the town centre. There will be local bands, sing-along events, choir performances and children’s activities to partake in.
Basildon Sporting Superstars Competition, 20th to 22nd September, Woodlands School – Basildon is hosting the search for Basildon’s top sporting superstar in this weekend competition against their twin towns in Germany and France. They’ve held a search across all ages and sexes and 70 competitors will take part in four different age groups across sports including archery, football, basketball, running, swimming, and much more.
Sky Ropes at Great Notley Country Park – With high ropes adventure courses to suit the whole family from tiny tots of two years to big kids and adults, Sky Ropes offers great, safe family fun. And why not make a day of it – tuck into lunch at Lily’s at Notley Cafe and explore the county’s longest adventure play trail.
Come rain or shine, Fusion has a range of indoor activities to stem the boredom in a fun, safe and social environment. Check out the timetables for each leisure centre:
Braintree Museum: Age of the Dinosaurs exhibition launches on 20th July and continues until the new year.
Dino Day – 30th July – An open day celebrating the dinosaur exhibition with crafts, tails and an animatronic T-Rex dinosaur called Regge Rexsome. No booking required.
Children’s Crafts – Tuesdays to Fridays
Week 4 – 20th-23rd August: Jurassic Landscapes – Make crafts from natural materials and transport back to the age of the dinosaurs
Week 5 – 27th – 30th August: Dinosaur Party – Create themed costumes and games for a dinosaur party!
Toddler Time – Every Thursday during summer 10.30-11.30 with animated story time, activity and small craft
Summer holiday Tennis Camps for 4-16 year olds with First Service Baker Tennis Academy
19th August – 23rd August- 10am-3pm every day, with the option of early drop off at 8.45am and late pick up at 4pm
The Maize Maze Challenge – Until 8th September between 10am and 4pm, you can try your hand at finding your way through the great Maize Maze at Blake House Craft Centre. There is a new interactive scarecrow competition, victory bell and mini golf as well as a craft centre and play areas.
Kids Camp at Colchester Leisure World-A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 1-6, which includes swimming as a core part of the day’s activities. Ideal for working parents.
Base Camp at Colchester Leisure World-A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 7-11. Deal for working parents. Activities include fun in the Leisure Pool, trips to Escape Room and Tenpin, multi sports, trampolining and inflatable obstacle course in the Fitness Pool.
Colchester museum events: There are plenty of interesting and exciting events taking place at the museums over the summer, here’s a selection;
Adorn – until February 2020: Explore the hidden stories of personal adornment from Bronze Age beginnings to modern makers. There are Adorn related craft activities across the summer.
Colchester Castle Under Seige – 24th and 25th August: Across this multi-period re-enactment weekend witness invasions from Romans, Vikings and Medieval invaders during key moments of Colchester’s history. The event is free after museum admission.
T-shirt Making – 22nd August: Design your own t-shirt with golden armour, fun designs or your own name to make a fashion statement.
Natural History Museum:
Go Live! 21st August, 12pm, 1.15pm and 2.30pm: Get up close and personal with nature, find fascinating animals.
Bubble’n’Bop – The Children’s Summer Festival, Marsh Farm – Until 2nd September – Throughout the summer holidays, Marsh Farm are hosting a children’s festival with bubbles, inland beach, foam pool, a maze, Teepee camp, bouncy village and even a chance to meet some dinosaurs!
Danbury Country Park– Woodland play forest school over a 6-week period from 16th September for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers. Activities are centred around nature, sensory stimulation, forest crafts, imagination, physical play and construction
Multi Sports Days : Epping Forest Multi Sport Days gives young people ages 5-14 the chance to take part in fun packed days of exciting and engaging activities including football, dodgeball, tennis, mini olympics, games and competitions.
Play in the Park: Play games and have fun outdoors with a range of sports equipment and arts and crafts across various dates across the summer. No booking required and its completely free!
Craft Camp: Take part in a day of crafting exciting summer items to take home as well as fun and games.
Story Explorers: An imagination adventure to the moon using a mix of dance, drama and storytelling. Suitable for ages 4-7.
Junior Angling Event – Tuesdays, 10am-3pm – Do you know a child interesting in angling? This event is for ages 5 to 15 and all tackle and bait is supplied. Places must be booked in advance.
Drop-In Multi-Sports Sessions for Carers – Thursdays – Sport for Confidence run an exercise class for carers of all ages and backgrounds. Carers are also able to bring the people they care for, for free.
Felsted School swim school Felsted’s swimming courses (for children aged 4+ up to 9) provide the perfect opportunity for children to receive quality coaching in small groups, by qualified and experienced teachers. These are highly intensive courses that focus on building confidence and improving the ability of each swimmer in a short period of time. Each participant will receive a certificate for their efforts.
An excellent course for children aged 7 to 14 of all levels and experience to learn and improve their performance in netball. All children will develop their skills and confidence through games, fitness and tactical planning.
Hands on with History, Audley End House – Until 1st September, 11am to 5pm – This heritage site has plenty to do over the summer, there will be interactive storytelling, fairy trails, a WW1 obstacle course and an insight into Victorian jobs!
Summer Festival, Audley End Miniature Railway – Until 8th September – This summer long festival has plenty of activities and entertainment for all ages. As well as the miniature steam railway, there will be resident fairies and elves as well as a unicorn and dragon ready to tell spellbinding tales.
Hatfield Forest is holding a number of exciting events across the summer including a Military Style Family Survival Day, Pollinator Walks, archery, building forest dens and fitness forest style.