We had a week of activities to end the summer holidays, indoor and outdoor fun to suit all weathers!
We kicked off with a Book Building Workshop, where children of all different ages learned how to make and illustrate their own books. Parents helped too!
Day 1: Book Building
(Lot’s to keep very little ones occupied too.)
Day 2: Stay and Play
Day 3: ‘Play in a Day’ Music Workshop
This one was very exciting! Maria and Matthew from the Music Workshop Company came to teach us about music from all over the world. They brought lots of different instruments for us to try out, and helped our children put together an play about their journey around the world. All in half a day!
And their brilliant performance:
Day 3: Rock Up
Our second visit to Rock Up at Broadway Plaza – A nice, simple and fun rock climbing experience. The automatic belay system means they can climb independently and there’s a nice variation of difficulties on the walls. Parents and children test their skills and bravery…
We run activities for families in most school holidays. Your children DO NOT have to attend ST Vincent’s school, we are open to all. If you would like to be sent information about upcoming activities, please contact us here.
Last week our families have been busy with activities in and around Birmingham, having lot’s of outdoor fun and keeping fit at the same time. And what a week we had for it!
For those that asked, over four days we walked somewhere in the region of 13 miles, so an extra special well done to those who were there for all four!
We visited the beautiful Sutton Park, The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Rock Up Rock Climbing Experience at Broadway Plaza.
Reach Out trips are free of charge, but we also took care with this week to choose trips which could be easily done again by families on their own. All of the trips we took this week are low-cost or free of charge and easily accessible from both Nechells and Birmingham city centre. If you would like information on activities or travel to and from any of these, please click HERE, or CONTACT US.
Day 1 and 2 – Sutton Park
Sutton Park is a huge green space just outside of Birmingham. The park has a lot of activities, cafe’s and other attractions available but it’s best feature is just the miles and miles of open space to walk, run and play!
On day one we took a long walk from Town Gate, which is the park entrance closest to the train and has a small children’s playground and lots of space:
…to Banner’s Gate, where there is a bigger playground. (2.4miles away)
The walk itself is absolutely stunning.
On day two we didn’t walk quite so far, but we did explore the woodlands, the duck ponds and found a stream to paddle in!
We also gave tree climbing a go:
Well done Mum!
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is free to enter, almost all of it’s exhibitions are free and there are soft play spaces for little ones. During the summer holidays there are usually activities on for children and their parents, most are free or very low-cost.
The Library of Birmingham children’s library got all of our children signed up for library books if they weren’t already. Children can borrow ten books at a time, for four weeks and there are books available in 50 different languages. The library also runs a lot of summer activities which we will make sure to update on closer to the summer holidays, but it’s always a brilliant place to take the children for an afternoon.
Rock Up is new to Birmingham. It’s a rock climbing experience for all ages, made as simple and fun as possible. You don’t need an instructor or anyone to belay – the staff will give you a safety briefing then you have an hour to climb, easy!
Our children were absolutely brilliant:
And our parents were pretty impressive too!
(Parents are currently organising an adults-only trip to Rock Up – This would be during school hours and if we get enough people, will be free of charge – If you’d like to join, please contact us here!)
Thank you to everyone who took part for making it such a lovely week.
If you didn’t come with us this time but are interested in any activities with the Reach Out Project, please contact us! There is something for everyone and we want to hear your ideas!
(To take part in Reach Out activities you must live in Nechells or the surrounding areas. You do not need to have a child in St Vincent’s.)
We had sixty three parents and children on our trip to London this half-term.
We started at The Natural History Museum, where of course, we mostly wanted to see the dinosaurs!
Then we walked through Hyde Park, to the Wellington Arch, to Buckingham Palace.
A Buckingham Palace Policeman came to speak to us…
It was a long day and a long walk, but a fabulous time was had by all. Thank you to everyone who came along and to everyone who didn’t get a place, keep a lookout for other trips with the Reach Out Project – the next one is coming up in April – Contact Us for details!
We had the fabulous Birmingham Play Care Network in for two days of the half-term, to get creative with our families.
They played team games, got our brilliant parents involved in making marble runs, balloon puppets and lot’s more creations.
Space for little ones…
And we finished off with some very messy play!
Our next half-term activities will take place in May. All families are welcome, whether St Vincent’s children or not. Please contact us for details.