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16 Jul 2012

How are you filling the school holidays?

I recently read on the BBC that many parents feel priced out of day trips with their children.  I have to admit the price of day trips can be very daunting and, with six weeks to fill in the summer, the costs can get out of hand.  I took my eldest to see Ice Age 4 last week and that was just over £15 for just two of us!

It's worth looking for free activities and using loyalty points to help towards cost.  We have had a couple of free days out thanks to Tesco Clubcard.  Reading Borough Council has an excellent range of activites for little or no cost.  Reading Museum is free and runs activities throughout the year, as does the Museum of English Rural Life and the libraries are great for things to do including the Summer Reading Challenge.  Silchester, or Calleva Atrebatum if you are a Roman, has open days in the summer while they are digging the ancient town and the ampitheatre is always impressive.  The dig blog is in my blog list on the left and is always a good read.

Reading Borough Council has announced the activities that are running this summer:

Schools Out and 'Summer in Da Boro' Starts.

Reading Borough Council Press Release

With the summer holiday's fast approaching, Reading Borough Council is making sure that a wealth of activities are available for children and young people across the borough to get involved with.
The Council, together with KICKZ, Indian Community Association, Reading Refocus, Children of the Autistic Spectrum, St Laurence's Church, Readipop, Realtime Video, Access Ability Communications Technology, have put together a six-week, fun filled programme of sports, music, dance, arts and crafts for young people aged 11 to 19 to enjoy.

Fancy yourself to be a future Brian McDermott?; Why not come along to Reading Football Club Community Trust's 3 day football coaching course for 11 to 19 year olds, on 8th to 10th August, at South Reading Youth Centre. Football lovers aged 16 years and over can take part in the 5 day FA level 1 Coaching Award on 20th to 24th August.

Young people can prepare for the new football season with the help of KICKZ, every Tuesday (24th July to 28th August) at Coley Park, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm (U14s) and 6.30pm to 7.30pm (14+). Many more sessions will be available at a park near you.

Want to learn the latest hair and beauty tips? KICKZ will be running a work shop at Dee Park, West Reading on 21st August and 22nd August from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Do you have a passion for singing? Why not come along to the singing, music and dance workshops taking place every Tuesdays throughout the holidays, from 3pm to 5pm at Tilehurst Youth Centre.

Reading's mighty Urban Play Rangers will be running FREE activities in parks and open spaces all over the town. Youngster aged 5 to 13 years old will be able to enjoy sports, arts and crafts sessions throughout the summer. There will also be a separate 0-5 year old area, so everyone can come and join in the fun.

Most sessions are free or cost less than 50p. For a full list of activities, trips away and prices look out for the poster and brochure available at local Youth and Community Centres as well as libraries around the Borough.

Reading Borough Council's Lead Councillor for Education and Children Service, John Ennis, said: 'We are extremely proud to be able to offer young people across our town such wonderful activities to take part in over the summer holidays. I understand that for some young people the summer break can be frustrating with nothing to do. This is why I want to urge as many people as possible to come along to as many sessions as possible, meet new people and learn new skills.'

For more information please contact Reading Borough Council's Youth Services Team on 0119 9372742 or for full list of activities and contact details log-onto
www.readingyouth.com,www.readingfc.co.uk, www.urbanplayrangers.co.uk and www.readingplay.co.uk.

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