Holiday Care 2017

We had some very popular holiday care themes last year starting with 'Superheroes' (such fab costumes) then 'Detectives' (we created our very own Kidszone Escape Room), 'Easter Farm' (handling the furry animals), 'Wild West'(who could forget the rodeo machine in the garden) and 'Magic' (where Magic Philip the magician visited us) plus a bumper packed Summer holiday where we had our own Circus skills workshop, visited Peak Wildlife park, Sea Life Centre, cinema, Manchester Museum and had fun painting in the park, putting on our own puppet shows, making stop motion animation films ('Bizarro Robs the Bank' is a Kidszone classic now!) beating African drums and playing tin can alley. And we will aim offer even more fun in 2018!

Our MAGIC WEEK 

Monday

On Monday created our ‘magic potions lab’ role play corner where the children were magic scientists and made potions and weird mixes. Then in the afternoon the children learned about different herbs and their properties and created their own potions in a bottle.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we went to the cinema to see Dispicable Me 3 - which was loved by the children. Then in the afternoon we devised our own spells and made them look old using ageing techniques.

Wednesday

On Wednesday we designed and made our own wizard costumes and wands and made our own magic props and tricks to amaze our friends and family.

Thursday

On Thursday morning we experimented and marvelled at the magic of science with balloons, shaving foam and colour tricks and illusions. And in the afternoon Magic Philip (a real magician) performed a magic show for us and afterwards we took part in a ‘Wizarding Workshop’ where we learned some real tricks.

Friday

Inspired by Magic Philip’s Show, on Friday morning we put on our own Kidszone Magic Show and the children showed off their tricks, potions, costumes and cast a few spells too!  To round off a truly magical week we dressed up and had a disco in the afternoon with some magic snacks and party games.

Here's what we did this Summer!

Week 1 - AFRICA

In this week we created our own African Village role play area, made clay pots, went to Fog Lane Park to play games and do some al fresco painting.  We made African masks and had a full day drip to Peak Wildlife Park near Leek, Staffordshire - which was amazing!! We also created sunset silhouette pictures and had an African drumming workshop and made lots of noise and rhythmn.

Week 2 - CIRCUS

We set up our Circus tent role play area and made clown hats and props, and created popcorn art and made mini lollystick launchers for slapstick fun. The Circus House came to visit us and ran a Circus Skills Workshop – which including balancing, juggling, tumbling and lots of fun. We made our own puppet shows and did circus themed baking. For outside fun we went and played tennis at Fletcher Moss Park in the morning (involving team games and skills delivered by Susan Keaney an LTA qualified tennis coach who is superb at making tennis fun for boys and girls of all ages) and did candy floss making in the afternoon as a Friday treat. 

Week 3 - UNDER THE SEA

We set up our mini ocean scene including fishing and a paddling pool and made our own 'Oceans in a bottle'. We filmed stop motion animation under water mini films and had a trip to the Sea Life Centre, Trafford Centre.  We made footprints on a sandy beach art and sea creature crafts then borrowed St Paul's school playground for games and sports (the children love having it all to themselves) and we baked sea inspired creations. We made peg mermaids and our own messages in a bottle and ended the week with Under the Sea Bouncy castle fun.

Week 4 - DINOSAURS

We set up our mini dinosaur world and made salt dough dinosaurs, we also visited the  cinema at Parrs Wood and got very messy - making dinosaur soap and dinosaur slime. We did bubble wrap printing and took a trip to Manchester Museum to see Stan the T-Rex and the other dinosaur fossils. We also made dinosaur bones and hatched our very own ice dinosaur eggs and had an end of summer dinosaur party!

May Half Term Holiday Care

We had a Wild West Week for May half term holiday.  The children enjoyed making their own Wild West costumes, played on an inflatable rodeo for an afternoon, played tin can alley, created our own Wild West role play area with wagon, wigwam and straw bales. See our facebook page for pictures.  

Easter Holiday Care

Week 1 - Detectives

Monday - We set up our 'Police Station' area, Baked biscuits and did some fingerprinting 

Tuesday - Created spy cards, made bracelets and learned our names in Morse Code 

Wednesday - Code breaking and CSI fun plus a visit from the mounted unit of Greater Manchester Police (to see the horses, police officers and ask lots of questions!)

Thursday - Used our senses to detect things from our sensory bin, and took part in the Detective Challenge Room solving clues and codes to crack the case! (this was incredibly popular, the children loved it!)

Week 2 - Easter Farm 

Friday - Full day trip to Farmer Ted's Adventure Park in Ormskirk 

Monday - We created our own Farm scene in the Scout Hut with real straw bales and made wool balloon eggs

Tuesday - Egg hunt at Ladybarn Park and designed our own eggs using various craft techniques

Wednesday - Animals Take Over visited us with their cute and furry animals for the children to stroke and hold (rabbit, chinchilla, owl, rat and ferret) and we made chocolate edible nests 

Thursday - Made Easter cards and played Easter themed team games

Aswell as our themed activities, children could choose how much of the themed activities they join in with and throughout each day there is always Lego, Wii console, books, board games and lots of outdoor play equipment available.

Superhero Week - Feb Half Term

We had an amazing Superhero Week during February Half Term. Here's what we did:

Monday - We created a superhero hide out for our role play area used through the week for the children's own adventures and we had superhero training - a specially designed keep fit session to develop our superhero skills.

Tuesday - Off to the cinema at Parrs Wood on the number 42 bus to watch Trolls movie, and in the afternoon we created an action assault course for some energetic play.

Wednesday - We got crafty making our own split pin superheroes and we made our own movies with our stop motion animation kit - including 'Bizarro Robs the Bank' - see our facebook page to view this fab film.

Thursday - Costume making for our superheroes in the morning and in the afternoon we went on a coach to for a play session at Antz in your Pantz in Timperley - we booked their 'Lazer City' play room too where the children got to play with Space Age Lazer Phazers in the setting of Gotham City!

Friday - Superhero logo creative session using paint and banners and biscuit decorating and in the afternoon we rounded off the week with a disco, party food and party games - capes, masks, painted faces all added to the fun.

Holiday Care 2016

October Half Term 2016 - Explorers Week

On Monday we started the week creating our 'explorer's' role play corner and in the afternoon the children can took part in an Explorer's Quest around the Scout Hut and outdoors with challenges, clues and rewards.

On Tuesday morning we went to the cinema at Parrs Wood to watch a movie then in the afternoon we looked at the North and South poles' magnetic forces and made our own magnetic road and car game to play. (this has proved so popular it is now a regular feature at our afterschool care.)

On Wednesday we went orienteering at Chorlton Water Park where we followed the easy courses suitable for children and learned to use a map and compass to find the symbols along the way.

On Thursday we became outdoor scavengers and used what we found in the garden to create Wild Self Portraits and for our afternoon activity we will made mud cakes (with chocolate and jelly worms).

And to finish off the week in style we went on a bear hunt on Friday 28 October at Z-Arts in Hulme to visit their 'Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things' interactive exhibition. Pictures of the week coming soon in our gallery.

 

Summer 2016 - Beaches, Best of Manchester and Rio Carnival

We had a super Summer visiting new places, celebrating Manchester and of course joining in with the sporting and cultural delights of the Olympic Games in Rio.

In week 1/2 we had a ‘Beaches and Pirates’ theme when we created an indoor beach and had a super trip to Southport and visited an ice cream farm for a treat and play.

In week 3 we celebrated the ‘Best of Manchester’. We took a trip to Portland Basin Museum which is a fantastic museum perfect for children and enjoyed the hands on Reddish Vale Farm Park with the farm animals. We created a Manchester cityscape for our role play area, baked Manchester Tarts and designed our own Manchester t-shirts.

By week 4 Olympic fever had taken over and we had our very own Olympic Carnival week. We created our own Olympic world - with a podium, medals, flags and national anthems and the children had fun creating their own medal ceremonies. We visited Longford Park athletics track in Chorlton and tried long jump, high jump, shot put and relay racing. We also invited sports coaches in football and tennis to host some fun activity sessions. Thanks to Susan Keaney of Fletcher Moss Community Tennis and Stuart at Primary Sports Coaching.

We ended holiday care with our own carnival complete with bouncy castle, face painting, music, food and games.

What we did at May half term.....'All Creatures Great and Small' 

Tues 31 May - We created an outdoor scene indoors including soil to dig, trees and grass and in the afternoon Zoo Lab Live Animal handling visited with their exotic and exciting creatures that the children got to hold.

Weds 1 June - Spider Webs great and small were created, starting with web making activity with hula hoops plus giant spider web game outside (it involved throwing a ball of string and lots of hands!).

Thurs 2 June - Stop motion animation (this was a big hit at Easter as the children love making their own mini movies), and crazy creature masks were made plus 'All Creatures Sports Day' including the 'bug and spoon' race....

Fri 3 June - We went to Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury (we travel on the bus) for a morning of pond dipping and nature fun with the Park Ranger. We had a picnic lunch at the park and in the afternoon we got active as Susan Keaney a qualified tennis coach (who runs Fletcher Moss Community Tennis) provided a fun session of tennis skills and team games. 

Easter Holiday Care - our OUTER SPACE adventures...

Week 1

  • Group creative activity to build a lunar landscape and made papier mache planets 
  • Space Suit Team challenge using boxes, materials & foil, outdoors tennis runaround and 'Beat the Alien' penalty shoot out
  • Stop motion animation workshop and outdoors we had a space challenge obstacle course 
  • Made our own robots – using junk modelling and outdoors we had a Spacemen v Aliens football match
  • Made salt dough aliens and played Solar Rounders – get past the planets to make it to the Sun
  • Day trip to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield to learn about space, our planets and galaxies 

Week 2

  • Rocket making and stop motion animation and Star Troopers v Aliens football match outdoors
  • Made our own solar system using polystyrene balls to create a hanging display and tennis runaround outdoors
  • Cinema trip to Cineworld, Parrs Wood to see Capture the Flag film (animation about NASA going back to the moon)
  • Baked rock cakes and Space Challenge obstacle course outdoors
  • Making alien slime and creating aliens out of eggs and outdoors giant chess and snakes and ladders
  • More movie making with stop motion animation plus outdoors badminton and ball games
  • Create wax and black pictures and then off to Ladybarn Park for a Space Treasure Hunt and picnic
  • Star Wars Day, mask making, recreating our favourite Star Wars scenes – children came dressed as their favourite character or created their own costumes plus a Space themed disco with lots of party games, party snacks and face painting

And through the weeks we had our wide selection of books, Lego, K'nex, board games, table football, pool, table tennis and lots of outdoor games and activities to do, including challenges and quizzes for the older children.

Read below to see what we have done in previous holidays and see pictures in our gallery....

February Half Term

We had a great SCIENCE week during Feb half term. Here's what we did:

Mon 15 Feb - Made slime and experimented with it, we also designed and made our own parachutes.

Tues 16 Feb - Made salt dough volcanoes and watched them erupt (with baking soda and vinegar!), plus we had a quiz about our senses and making sound devices

Weds 17 Feb - All day trip to the wonderful Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Thurs 18 Feb - We took part in sensory activities including making lava lamps, colour symphony art, oil and water experiments and optical illusions fun

Fri 19 Feb - Mad Science visited us at the Scout Hut to run a special 'polymer' workshop with the children and we made our very own bouncy balls to take home.

Holiday Care 2014

October Half Term 2014 - Halloween Activities

Throughout the week the children created a large haunted house and it formed the centrepiece of the Halloween Party on the Friday. There was a trip to Spooky World at Applejacks Adventure Park, Warrington and also the children went to see 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' at Cineworld, Parrs Wood. 

Summer Holiday Care 2014 - Knowsley Safari Park

We visited Knowsley Safari Park for a full day trip for the first time during Summer holiday care and it was a great success with all of the children talking about it for weeks after. The Sea Lion show and Bat Forest seemed to be the favourites.

May Half Term 2014 - Chorlton Water Park

We visited Chorlton Water Park for the first time and had a great time. We hired a yellow school bus to take all the children there and did a variety of activities. Everyone had a great time and we will be looking to repeat this during Summer.

To have a look at the kind of activities the children participate in have a look at our picture galleries from previous holiday care sessions.

Holiday Care 2015

October Holiday Care 2015

'Spooky but fun' was definitely the theme for October half term holiday care, with a trip to Spookyworld in Warrington, our Haunted House creation in the Scout Hut and lots of Halloween themed creative activities. We went to the cinema at Parrswood to see the Minions movie and had a Monster Party on the Friday. Images coming soon in the gallery section.

Summer Holiday Care 2015

We had our busiest Summer yet, and it was packed full of great trips, activities and outdoor play. We had weekly themes including Dinosaurs, Pirates, X-Factor and the Beach. Building a giant Triceratops, our indoor beach and the trip to the Maize Maze were amongst the highlights. Our summer party had to move indoors because of the rain, but that didn't stop our children from bouncing on the bouncy castle, having their faces painted and dancing to the sounds from our resident DJ. See pictures from the activities in our gallery section.

May Half Term Holiday Care 2015

For May half term holiday we had a theme of food and planned our activities around this (see pictures in our gallery)

Tuesday 26 May
AM Making cheese scones and creating a farm collage artwork

PM Making fruit kebabs and coloured pasta jewellery and model making

Wednesday 27 May
All day trip to Wythenshawe Park, visiting their farm and adventure play area, with a picnic lunch and play team ball games in the afternoon.

Thursday 28 May
AM Making cookies and junk modelling
PM Pizza making and painting junk modelling

Friday 29 May
AM Making fairy cakes and craft with Hama beads
PM 'Farm to fork' visit to Tesco East Didsbury where the children found out about where our food comes from and how it is made, including a look behind the scenes at Tesco.

Plus all week our role play area was a café and we will had books, board games, Wii games (on limited play times) and outdoor play equipment available throughout each day.

Easter Holiday Care April 2015

Easter Holiday Care had a fortnight of fun and trips..see pictures in our gallery

Week 1 

  • Easter themed activies including easter egg decorating and egg basket making
  • Easter egg hunt at Ladybarn Park

Week 2

  • Trip to Farmer Ted's Adventure Farm Park in Ormskirk (Mon 13 April)
  • Trip to Withington Fire Station (Thurs 16 April pm)
  • DJing with our expert DJ - aka playworker Colin (Fri 17 pm)
  • Emergency Services themed role play area throughout the week
  • Plus baking, crafts and lots of outdoor play

 Highlights from February Half Term 2015

  • Cinema trip to Cineworld, Parrs Wood on Tues 17 Feb
  • Chinese New Year Celebrations on Thurs 19 Feb
  • Blue Planet Aquarium trip on Fri 20 Feb