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Parties Special Summer Camps Guide Nurseries: 30 free hours

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Get set for Summer Camp! Our guide to some fantastic clubs, camps and workshops available during the school holidays.


30 is the magic number All you need to know about the doubling of free childcare hours for three and four year olds.

10 – 12 Please contact Claire Bottomley to advertise in this magazine… 07799 667 041 Make sure you pick up a copy of our July/August issue, out early July! CIRCULATION: We distribute 20,000 copies of the magazine free of charge through schools, nurseries, playgroups, clubs and classes, selected retail outlets and sports centres. Read by more than 48,000 parents. If you would like copies for your establishment please let us know. DESIGNED BY: JUSTIN LEEMING • 07745 038 005 PRINTED BY: CHARLESWORTH PRESS, Wakefield Families Leeds Ltd is part of Families Magazines Ltd a franchise company. All franchised magazines in the group are independently owned and operated under licence. Families® is a registered trademark of Families Magazines Ltd, Remenham House, Regatta Place, Marlow Road, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5TD. The contents of Families Leeds Ltd are fully protected by copyright and non of the editorial or photographic matter may be reproduced in any form without prior consent of the publisher. We take every care preparing this magazine but the publishers and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers nor for the accuracy of the contents nor for any consequence.

The winner of our Peppa Pig competition was Saffron Collins, and our Royal Armouries Tournament ticket winner was Becky Khan. Congratulations to them and thank you to all who entered.


Party Time


Get inspired with our A – Z of party buzz words.

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What’s On Find out what’s going on for families during May and June.


Welcome Back… This year, for my youngest’s fifth birthday, I am going to throw him the biggest and best bash yet. Just to qualify, this really won’t be difficult. Yes, my desire to pull off the perfect party for once is driven The youngest, unimpressed by a birthday candle by every parent’s faithful friend: guilt. As a second child with a December birthday, his expectations so far have been managed to a pretty low level. On his first birthday, we went out for a pizza. On his second birthday, I quickly recruited him some ‘friends’ from the school gate – siblings of his older brother, for a getting-to-know-you birthday playdate. His third birthday did see some more effort on our part at last, with games and a birthday tea. However, it clashed with the school Christmas Fayre, and later turned into a proper Christmas get together for the grown-ups on a prime December weekend. For his fourth birthday, we held his party at teatime on a nursery day in a great soft play centre. They were all so excited as they tottered in, it was lovely to see. You want the partygoers to have lots of fun. You don’t, ideally, want to be hoping that over-excitement is the root cause of them vomiting everywhere. As opposed to norovirus. In fact, both were at play. His excited friend recovered well, but his brother had succumbed to the sickness bug and had to be taken home by his daddy, leaving the birthday boy with just 50 per cent of his nuclear family in attendance at his birthday party. So this year, he’s getting an all-singing, all-dancing party-tastic celebration. Thankfully, putting together our A–Z of party buzz words (pages 10 –11) has given me tons of ideas for themes other than ‘Christmas’. I hope it is useful to you too, and whenever your little one’s birthday’s fall, I’m sure they’ll have an awesome time! Claire Bottomley 3

Families NEWS…


PUPILS PICK UP FILM GONG Pupils from Sacred Heart Primary School in Kirkstall have been presented with a national film award at a star-studded ceremony in London. Daniel Craig, Eddie Redmayne and Ruth Wilson were among the guests at the 2017 Into Film Awards in Leicester Square, along with a group of pupils from Leeds who made the short film The Magic Pencil. The pupils, aged between eight and 11, were invited on stage to pick up their award in the Best Animation 12-and-under category, presented to them by actor Jenn Murray, who

starred in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Magic Pencil is a fantasy-comedy animation, which was made in collaboration with Hull-based production company My Pockets, as part of Into Film’s See It, Make It programme. Nevin, aged nine, said,“I feel really proud and really excited about this film and I hope it inspires other people.” Toby, aged 10, added,“I feel amazed that our little project has turned into a really inspiring film which everybody loves.”

Tumble Town Adventure Play in Guiseley is offering one lucky reader a whole summer of free soft play fun with a special summer pass. Banish boredom and beat rainy day blues at the town-themed play centre – you’ll have summer all sewn up! There’s an exciting play frame, slides and lots of role play with cars, petrol station and shop. Plus, you’ll find a dedicated area for babies and crawlers, and a great café offering freshly made food, bean to cup coffees, a variety of teas, cakes and treats. The summer pass gives you free entry for one child at any time during usual opening hours between July 22 and September 2. To be in with a chance to win, email with the words TUMBLE TOWN in the title before June 30. For more information on Tumble Town,

BEE HELPFUL TO SCIENTISTS Scientists need families to help with research into the lives of pollinating insects. Imagine living in a desert with barely any food, hardly any water or any place to shelter. This is what it is like for the pollinating insects currently living in Britain. Now in its second year, the Polli:Nation survey is looking for families across the UK to take part in aiding research. The survey can be completed in under an hour in outdoor spaces such as gardens, school grounds, or local parks, and uploading your findings will contribute to important scientific research.


The survey will also help you to consider whether your area is a good environment for bees and other pollinators. It offers guidance on how you can create simple feeding and nesting habitats such as a pot of wildflowers, or nesting and shelter habitats like a bee hotel, as well as other cheap and easy ways you can improve your outdoor space for pollinators. Free survey resources can be downloaded at polli-nation and results can be submitted either online or by post.

Families News

Table Top SALE… COMPETITION TIME! Holidaying families will no longer be able to take electronic devices on some flights to keep children entertained this summer. Following a government ban, gadgets like iPads and Kindles won’t be an option for playing games and watching films on while in transit. So, it may be worth investing in more traditional forms of in-flight entertainment for junior passengers. The newly published Travel Activity Book is a perfect option, full of mindteasing puzzles and fabulously fun colouring and drawing activities, which will keep alert minds occupied while they’re travelling to and from their destination, as well as rescuing them from boredom in restaurants, queues or on rainy days. Eight perforated postcards at the back can be drawn on and coloured in, encouraging children to reflect on their favourite holiday memories. The book, aimed at five to 11 year olds, is available from priced £9.99. We have one to give away! To be in with a chance to win it, email with the words TRAVEL ACTIVITY BOOK in the title before May 31.

Whether you’d like to clear out your clutter or bag a bargain, parents with children under 10 should head to Bramhope Village Hall on Sunday, May 14 from 10am to noon, where there will be a Children’s Table Top Sale in aid of the hall. Tables cost £10 and can be booked by phoning Peter on 0113 284 3361. Admission for buyers is £2. Tea, coffee and cakes will be on sale.




in the Middle

Becky Bond found herself in a bit of a sweaty situation...

“Right, just so you know, today’s session is being filmed.” Wait. What? I was at an exercise class called Body Attack, though I don’t think the name does it justice. It should be Body Massacre or Death By Lunge. The brochure describes it as an intense 55 minute, sports inspired cardio workout. Every time I go I think I’m dying, but it mobilizes the endorphins and means I can eat crisps. It’s really not the kind of thing you want to do with cameras rolling though. Nobody needs the added pressure of wondering if their lycra-clad camel toe’s going to end up bobbing about on a widescreen at a fetishist forum. But we could relax, it was just for training purposes. The rookie instructor had to show evidence that he could lead a class without tripping over his laces or getting cramp; proving beyond all doubt that he could scream enough encouraging words to make us clench our buttocks harder. I hope he passes first time. I don’t think I could cope with Hot Hooves 2 going viral. It wasn’t my first time on camera. I’ve been filmed in all sorts of scenarios, most of which have been conducted with a smidgen more decorum. I did decline an offer once though. He knows who he is and it was never going to happen – not even after a bottle and a half of sancerre. It was his thing, he said. There’s the door, I said. Perhaps he thought I’d feel comfortable on-screen, as I wasn’t long back from a two year stint in Tennessee, where I’d wound up working as a newsreader on a cable TV station. It was like Acorn Antiques with Dolly Parton accents. All great fun, but I was as rubbish. For a start, I mispronounced the occasional state (Ohio isn’t Oh-HE-Oh, apparently) and for some reason, the Editor thought I might be better understood if I dropped my Yorkshire accent and read the news like I lived in Kentucky. We tried it just the once.  I’ve been behind the camera in some unusual situations too. Working for a corporate film company many moons ago, I got the plum job of tripod carrier in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was for ’Bike Week’, an annual pilgrimage for Harley riders from around the world. We filmed women wrestling in coleslaw, men taking baseball bats to Japanese motorbikes and a bloke who had covered his tank with animal skeletons and rotting fur. It was a more glamorous job than one we did for Yorkshire Water though. Health and safety wouldn’t allow it now, but the cameraman was dangled down a sewage pipe to illustrate where poo goes. We stank for the rest of the day then wondered why we hadn’t been invited for lunch with the rest of the team. My most embarrassing brush with televison was when I auditioned for a programme on ITV called ’Soapstars’. They were looking for a new family for Emmerdale and I’d been dared to enter. Well, I got through to the quarter finals and was paired up with a guy to see if we would work as an on-screen couple. Great, until we had a problematic snog. We both lunged left at the same time and crashed noses. I forgot my lines in the melee. We clearly didn’t ’click’. He went on to get the part – with another partner.  But that wasn’t the worst bit. About 13 years later, I took my daughter to a drama class and snog-man was the teacher. Cringe.  To read Becky’s blog, go to or follow her on twitter @beckymenston


Have You Made

||STIR KRAZY KIDS|| Stir Krazy Kids hosts full-day cookery clubs during the school holidays, encouraging children aged from four to 12 to get hands-on with food. “The focus of the day is on making yummy, nutritious food!” says managing director, Becky. "We’ve found that children absolutely love to explore different ingredients, tastes and textures. The kitchen can often be seen as an ‘adult’ area, but with the right instruction it is really quite a magical place for children. Cooking can be a huge confidence booster!” Along with making different recipes, club attendees also learn nutritional know-how and take part in food-themed activities during break times. “It’s really a celebration of food – we all choose our own foodie names, share our favourite things to eat and play lots of games,” said Stir Krazy chef, Amy. “We make different recipes every day and children are always so proud to take home what they’ve created to share with their families! It’s lovely to see.” Starting off with a regular holiday club at Gateways School in Harewood, Stir Krazy has since expanded to run additional clubs at Ilkley Grammar School, Harrogate Ladies’ College and Queen Mary’s School in Thirsk.  An apron, packed lunch and tupperware is all attendees need to take with them. Stir Krazy take care of everything else and encourage parents to continue the fun at home. “To make something from scratch is a lot of fun and carries a huge sense of Get a 10% DISCOUNT achievement,” added on your online booking by using Amy. “It can be easy to the code LEEDSFAM10 forget, but we’re here to remind children of the joy of cooking!” For more information, visit or call 01937 206 063.

C hildcare

Your HOLIDAY PLANS? Sorry – we’re not talking sun, sea and sand. No, we mean Plans. As in childcare for at least some of the six-week summer holiday. Thankfully, there are some fantastic holiday clubs, camps and classes taking place over the summer break (some offer half term too). They’re a great opportunity for children to spend time doing the activities they love most, or learning a new skill. So don’t stress at the thought of it – instead, look around, plan ahead and choose something that will enhance their holidays, as well as taking a weight off your mind. Here we highlight a few of our favourites. Hurry up and get booked – and don’t forget to say you saw it in Families Leeds!

||COOKRIDGE HALL|| Cookridge Hall Health & Fitness offers excellent quality, actionpacked Holiday Kids Camps. They include arts and crafts, sports like swimming and golf, outdoor activities and much more. Weekly and full day sessions are available, from 8am to 6pm. With so much variety, and a friendly, professional team looking after the children, the camp is hugely popular, and quickly books up. For more information, visit, call 0113 203 0000 or email


||LITTLEBRITE KIDS CAMP|| From the team behind Swimbrite swimming school, these fun-packed camps are perfect for boosting water confidence, and for those kids who can’t get enough of the water. They include free swimming lessons every day, plus fun and games in the pool, lots of other sporting activities as well as arts and crafts. Half or full days are available or you can book one or both of the weeks it runs during August. For children aged from six to 11. For more information, visit www.swimbriteswimming, call 0113 203 3549 or email

||THE LEARNING CURVE|| Summer School at The Learning Curve is a timetable full of fun. There’s kite making, dance, drama, treasure hunts, team building games, puzzles, music and even Junior Apprentice. The Learning Curve, which provides private tuition for school children as well as language courses for adults, runs its summer school during the first two weeks in August. Discounts are available for siblings and lunch is provided. For more information, call 0113 457 2796 visit

Outdoor adventure is the name of the game at Lineham Farm Children’s Centre summer camp. Climbing, cycling, archery, bushcraft, low ropes, assault course, team games, nature explorers, animal care, orienteering and more are led by a team of experienced and dedicated staff. Taking place for three weeks during July and August, the camps are for children aged eight to 12 with breakfast and twilight club available. For more information, visit, call 0113 378 3945 or email

||THE LITTLE GYM|| Come rain or shine, The Little Gym’s OFSTED registered camps combine fun, sport, creative activities and learning to keep your kids active, entertained and laughing. All this, while carefully developing their minds, bodies and self-confidence. Children love them! Running for six weeks of the summer holidays. They run for six weeks during the school holidays. For more information, call 0113 335 9915 or visit 7


Spotlight on: 30 IIFrom September, free childcare for three andII IIfour-year-olds will double for working parents,II IIincreasing from 15 to 30 hours per week.II

FREE CHILDCARE Up to 30 Hours for 3 & 4 Year Olds with working parents (subject to criteria) 15 Hours for All 3 & 4 Year Olds 15 Hours for Eligible 2 Year Olds No Registration Fee with this advert Baildon: 01274 586 888 Bramhope: 0133 284 4004

WHO QUALIFIES? n Both parents must be working – or one parent in a lone parent family n Each parent must earn, on average, a weekly minimum of 16 hours at National Minimum Wage. (They may work fewer hours, but the earnings must be at this amount or more) n Both parents must earn less than £100,000 a year The hours are available at participating nurseries and nursery classes, playgroups and pre-schools, childminders and Sure Start Children’s Centres. We spoke to some nursery providers in this area about the changes. Helen Gration, founder of Yorkshire Montessori Nursery, which runs the Montessori Nurtury in Moortown, worked with the Government on a pilot scheme at her nurseries in York. She said that for the parents who have been part of the pilot, it’s been a welcome increase. However, she said there is some debate among all types of childcare providers whether this is sustainable, given the under-funding for such a substantial number of hours. “The Government has said this funding is fixed until at least 2020 and with the increasing burden of costs which will continue to rise, it continues to be a real area of concern,” she said. Helen is this month meeting the Minister for Early Years, Caroline Dineage, to discuss the issue. She added,“Surely, children must not suffer with decreasing quality just because politicians wanted a vote winner!” Ruth Johnston, who runs the Little Green Frog Nursery in Otley, explained what preparations were being made for the changes there. “In a busy community there are several different options available to families and of course each family is different and has different childcare needs,” said Ruth.

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Helen Gration, owner of the Montessori Nurtury in Moortown

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Hours FREE Childcare…

Pre-School children at The Little Green Frog Nursery enjoy playing with coloured foam with nursery owner Ruth Johnson

“Here in Otley, providers have been talking to each other about what we are all able to offer and to find out if as a group of providers we are able to meet the potential demand for places. At The Little Green Frog Nursery I am currently consulting with parents and carers to find out what these changes might mean for them and what we as a nursery can do to meet their needs.” Della and Adrian Stocks established Cliffe House Day Nursery 20 years ago, when they were working parents looking for high quality care for their own three children. It has now grown to seven settings across West Yorkshire, offering 500 childcare places. Della said,“The Government offer of up to 30 hours is a positive step in assisting working parents, and also ensuring that three and four-year-old Pre-school children are prepared for Reception.” She added that all Cliffe House settings have large Pre-school functions, headed by Early Years Degree Managers and can offer the funded places, and in addition a new dedicated Pre-school at Featherbank in Horsforth caters solely for this age group and can offer School Day attendance Term Time Only (9am – 3pm).

Helen, Ruth and Della all advise parents to talk to their childcare providers and try to plan in advance as far as possible. Ruth added,“This looks to be an exciting time in the sector and no doubt will be of great benefit to families, so do find out what your childcare and early education provider is offering and try to plan in advance as far as possible because early indicators are that demand will be high!” Parents can contact the Family Information Service at Leeds City Council, and visit professionals/Pages/FEEE-30-hours.aspx for more information. FACT FILE: n The eligibility covers those families with one parent only earning when one is on maternity/paternity leave. n Those who are not eligible will still receive the 15 hours free childcare that is currently available. n The 30 hours are free for 38 weeks per year – the equivalent to school term times. This is 1,140 free hours a year in total.

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is for Animals. From donkey sanctuaries to creepy crawlies, there’s a whole animal kingdom for partygoers to get up close and personal with! is for Baby Signing. Tiny Signers provides the perfect First Birthday Party entertainment. is for Ceramics. An ideal choice for arty children. At Firefly Pottery on Town Street in Horsforth, parties take place in a lovely woodland room where a tree with twinkling lights grows through your table and grass lines the floor. Party people can paint pottery, enjoy all the bright and squidgy fun of a clay foam parties, or throw a pottery wheel party. is for Dance. Little ones love to boogie. Diddi Dance provide fantastic dancing games, action songs, hoops, bubbles, dance ribbons, balloons and bells and more.

is for Entertainer. A great way to provide all round entertainment in a tailored, personal way, which helps to take the pressure off the parents. Henrietta Rabbit is a professional actress, who offers a magic bubble machine, music, lights, balloonology, unique pass the parcel, gorgeous games with prizes and an optional karaoke and snow machine.

is for Golf. Enjoyable and exciting, golfing parties are often a chance to try a new sport. Book a bespoke golf party at Cookridge Hall Golf Club and get an hour long session which can be divided into two half hours (one game of choice per 30 minutes).

is for Frozen. And other magical characters. When a favourite character visits your child and their friends, what could make a birthday more special? The wonderful Susie Sparkles has a whole cast of characters who bring favourite films and stories to life. As a trained singer, she has an extra special edge, and even though the Frozen theme has thawed a little, her reputation as a singing princess means she’s always called on to be Elsa, Anna, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella or Rapunzel. Recently, there’s been high demand for Mary Poppins!

is for Inflatables. There is nothing that is more guaranteed to get a young child smiling than the sight of a bouncy slide and castle at a birthday party! Find a suitable venue to house these inflatables and hire them in from Shuffles Entertainment.



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is for Jumping. Trampolining parties are really popular, and Oxygen Freejumping provides the perfect springboard. Jump, flip, leap, play and soar to your heart’s content. With multiple different jumping zones, it’s equally uplifting for superstar flippers and bouncing beginners. Parties include an hour’s freejumping, followed by an after-party in an exclusive room with pizza and drinks. Plus, exclusively for Families Leeds readers, you can save 15% on children’s parties if you use code JUMPING when booking. Visit Offer ends June 30, 2017. is for Karts. Go Kart Parties are a whole lot of fun and suit kids from age four to 14. is for Leisure Centres. Many leisure centres provide great sport, soft play, gymnastics or scooter parties. is for Music. Often with similar features to the classes they derive from, music parties are generally suitable for the pre-school age group who love the mix of music, dance and musical instruments.

is for One Stop Shop. Reduce party stress with a party provider that offers a venue, entertainment and food. Remember to check this out when you are doing your research! Little Bees Play and Party is expert at providing perfect parties. With three party rooms which can be opened up to provide one large one, and excellent play areas for all ages up to 10, it is a guaranteed winner, and all you have to do is provide a cake! is for Pamper, and for Play. You can do both at Tumble Town Adventure Play in Guiseley, which also includes Uptown Beauty upstairs. At weekends and evenings, the beauty parlour it is dedicated to providing pint sized pamper parties for children aged five to 14. Young ladies can enjoy jam jar mocktails and nibbles with a mini manicure, bubble footspa mini pedicure and more. Plus all the classic soft play party options are available downstairs at Tumble Town.

A swimming party includes party bags and a buffet of sandwiches, pizza, crisps, jelly and ice-cream. Good for all those hungry swimmers! is for Themed. Many party providers these days will plan your child’s party around a particular theme, either one from a selection they offer, or one chosen by you. Popular themes include princesses, super heroes, pirates and mermaids, dinosaurs and jungles! is for Unisex. If your child is friends with boys and girls, you may not want to alienate either by making things too gender specific! is for Vintage – why not hire a Vintage Bell Tent from Shuffles Entertainment? is for Winter Sports – head to the indoor snow slopes or ice rink for some cool fun.

is for Quiz. Or treasure hunt. A great way to break the ice and get them working as a team, this is an ideal activity to plan for a party

is for eXtraordinary! Don’t worry, your child’s birthday party will always be eXtraordinary, just like

at home. is for Nature. Get into the great outdoors for an adventurous party like no other at Lineham Farm Children’s Centre. Bush craft parties and climbing parties are available for up to 16 children or young people aged between eight and 19. L

your child! is for Rain – remember to have a wet weather back-up plan if you’re hosting outdoors! is for Swimming. A splashing good time is had by all at these parties, which are best held when the children become competent swimmers. Cookridge Hall Health and Fitness holds swimming parties from age seven. They are hugely popular free play session with floats in the water for playing on. Games towards the end of the sessions – for example relay races – are optional.

is for Your Imagination. Prepare to be whisked off on a magical adventure to an imaginary world with Pyjama Drama, which provides parties for toddlers and preschool children. Pretend play, drama games and music combine to encourage children to work together, share their ideas and have lots of fun. is for Zumba. You don’t have to be a teenager or an adult to enjoy this latin-influenced dance/exercise sensation. Try a Zumba children’s party!

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1 x cardboard cup, about 11 x 9cm 1 x cardboard tube, about 11 x 5cm 1 x sheet of acetate, about 8cm square 1 x sheet of gold card, 20 x 30cm Permanent markers in a range of colors Craft knife Black acrylic paint and paintbrush Strong glue and masking tape

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Begin by drawing a circle on the bottom of the cup, 6mm in from the rim. Use a craft knife to cut this out.

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Step 4

On your sheet of acetate, draw around the end of the tube and cut out. Draw a little seascape image onto the acetate circle using permanent markers.

Use strong glue to stick the seascape inside the bottom of the cup. Leave to dry. Step 5

Use masking tape to attach the tube onto the bottom of the cup.

Step 2

Paint the inside of the cup and cardboard tube black and leave to dry. You may need several coats to get an even coverage.

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Paint the outside of the telescope black and leave to dry.

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Cut three 1cm wide strips of gold card long enough to fit around the top, middle and bottom of the telescope (with a slight overlap). Glue in place on the telescope. Competition

The Pirate Craft Book by Laura Minter and Tia Williams is published by GMC and available for £5.99 from To be in with a chance to win one, send an email with the word PIRATE in the title to editor@families before May 31.

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, What s on?

What’s On… May half term is a great time for a staycation, with loads going on for families and far more outdoor options opening up. For a whole host of ideas for half term and the rest of May and June, turn to our listings over the page. Meanwhile, Here’s our pick of some blooming good days out now that spring has sprung….

May-Hem Circus at Piglets Adventure Farm Piglets Adventure Farm near York is hosting a special May-Hem Circus for half term. Death defying stunts, upside down juggling and amazing acrobatics – all in a giant pink big top. It’s a fun-packed farm on any day of the year, boasting a new play barn with giant drop slides, straw bale mountain, junior tractor drivers’ area, rope swing and dig’n’play. There’s also mini football, a giant sandpit, bouncing pillows, crazy golf, barrel rides and go karts. Plus of course, oh-so-cute animals. Get up close to little piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward and if you are lucky see piglets being born.

Body Lab at Thackray Medical Museum

Spring Adventure at Stockeld Park

It’s always good to have a wet weather option up your sleeve – how about making fake poo, sick, blood, snot and wee? Even when the weather is fine, this kind of activity holds strong appeal for the children we know. Think snot is gross and unnecessary? Not sure of the purpose of poo? Baffled by wee and why it changes colour? Don’t worry, at Thackray Medical Museum, all (well, hopefully not all!) will be revealed. Find out the purpose of all these things and their importance to a healthy body in fun hands-on workshops, which run from May 29 to June 2, 11am to 3pm.  Don’t forget that if you already have an annual ticket you will get in for free!

You know spring has sprung when you visit Stockeld Park for May half term, where another fun-filled adventure week is in the offing. As well as the usual magical maze, roller-rink, enchanted forest, play areas and go-karts, the Stockeld Rangers will be on hand with arts and crafts, den building, team games and forest trails. There’ll also be a 90ft Inflatable Assault Course from May 29 – June 2, and Donkey Rides and face painting too. Plus, there’ll be some special guests visiting on various dates, including the Incredible Hulk – luckily not the real thing but a 9ft replica – and Transformers… Robots in disguise! So if you fancy a selfie with Hulk, Optimus Prime or Bumble Bee, check out their ETAs at


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Pamper Parties Glitter Parties Parent & Child Packages Parties for children aged 5-14yrs in a real salon. Treatments performed by qualified therapists. Call Claire on 01943 870189 Or email:

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GANGSTA GRANNY AT LEEDS GRAND THEATRE – MAY 3 – 7 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU 0844 848 2700 From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories comes the world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children. MINI MAESTROS MUSICAL WORKSHOPS AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM – MAY 4 & THEN EVERY THURSDAY Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH 0113 378 5001 Music classes for little ones that include a mixture of rhymes and poems, singing with bounces and tickles, finger plays with puppets and movement games. Each week explore a different theme relating to the seasons and weather. For children aged 2+ but younger siblings are welcome too. Free, booking required. Call to book or email Accompanying adults don’t need a ticket. 10.30am THE STORYTELLERS AT CALVERLEY LIBRARY – MAY 4 Thornhill Street, Calverley, Leeds, LS28 5PD 0113 214 6043 Calverley Library's monthly Film Club “The Storytellers” will be looking at the world of film making and creating short films. Suitable for children and families. Free activity, no need to book. 3.30pm. DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL AT ROBERTS PARK – MAY 5 – 7 Higher Coach Road, Baildon, Shipley, BD17 5RN 01274 433 828 Support the teams taking part in this event on the River Aire. Friday – youth day for secondary schools and youth clubs. The first of its kind in the UK. Saturday – whole community charity day (money raised will go to the Lord Mayor’s initiative). Sunday – Corporate Dragonboat Day, a colourful event which involves 30 teams of up to 17 people. 9am – 4pm. NORTHERN BALLET’S GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS AT HARROGATE THEATRE – MAY 6 Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF 01423 502 710 With sell–out performances and hugely successful CBeebies TV adaptations, Northern Ballet’s productions especially for children are not to be missed. Now the magic continues with a brand–new retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Bringing this classic story to life, this is the perfect opportunity for little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. BECOME A GEOLOGIST AT BRIMHAM ROCKS – MAY 13 Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4DW 01423 780 688 brimham-rocks Are you interested in rocks and stones and cannot help but wonder what life was like on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago? Join the team for a fun day of exploration and geology to find out. GUNG HO! AT TEMPLE NEWSAM – MAY 20 Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, LS15 0AE 0113 395 7400 Take part in the Seriously Fun 5K course over giant inflatable obstacles. MINECRAFT CAFÉ AT LEEDS CENTRAL LIBRARY – MAY 20 Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB 0113 247 6016 Join fellow Minecrafters in the library. Share ideas and tips and enjoy challenges! Play on library devices or bring your own. The Cafe meets every four weeks on a Saturday. Free event, no booking required, 2pm.


THEMED CRAFTS AT ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM – MAY 27 – JUNE 4 Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH 0113 230 5492 andgalleries Daily themed trails and crafts throughout half term – from a murder mystery in the Victorian street on Monday to superhero crafts. 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm. THE DINOSAUR RETURNS AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH 0113 224 3732 andgalleries The dinosaur bones are back on the map for the holidays. Fossils to investigate, crimes to solve, costumes to wear and dino things to craft. On the spot prizes for dino-fancy dress. opening hours (including bank holiday Monday from 11am). FAIRYTALE WEEK AT LOTHERTON HALL – MAY 27 – JUNE 4 Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB 0113 378 2959 museumsandgalleries Follow the traditional tales trail and get lost in Lotherton’s own fairy tale. With storytelling, crafts, dressing up and a fairytale picnic on June 1.

SUPER SEED POUCHES AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – MAY 27 – JUNE 4 Ripon, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 fountains-abbey Pop by Swanley Grange to make a medieval styled pouch to carry precious spring seeds. SPRING ADVENTURE AT STOCKELD PARK – MAY 27 – JUNE 4 The Estate Office, Wetherby, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 Look out for the outdoor Roller Rink, Maze, Go Karts and Buccaneer Bumper Boats and so much more! FAMILY FESTIVAL AT FARSLEY WORKING MEN’S CLUB – MAY 28 Back Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 5EU 0113 256 4475 Live bands, balloon modelling, face painting, tombola and lots of family fun from 2pm. PLANT IT, GROW IT, EAT IT AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – MAY 29 – 30 Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 fountains-abbey Plant some spring seeds with help from the gardeners and take them home to look after until they grow big enough to eat!

SILVER SERVICE FIT FOR A KING AT TEMPLE NEWSAM – MAY 27 – JUNE 4 Temple Newsam Park, Leeds, LS15 0AE 0113 395 7400 museumsandgalleries Follow the silver trail throughout the house. Discover a recreated Victorian silver service banquet and try have-a-go silver crafts.

BODY LAB AT THACKRAY MEDICAL MUSEUM – MAY 29 – JUNE 2 Beckett Street, Leeds LS9 7LN 0113 244 4343 Make fake poo, sick, blood, snot and wee! Sign up on arrival at the museum. 11am.

ANIMAL ISLAND AT THWAITE MILLS WATERMILL – MAY 27 – JUNE 4 Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP 0113 2141 914 A week of fun exploring animal and insect life on the island, with activities suitable for all the family. There will be nature packs, art kits, and the chance to make a butterfly or dragonfly.

COMIC ART PHOTOGRAPHY AT ABBEY HOUSE MUSEUM – MAY 30 – 31 Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH 0113 230 5492 andgalleries Acclaimed photographer Sophie Lee will deliver a two-day teen workshop on comic art photography. 30 May: 11am–4pm, 31 May: 12pm – 4pm.

WELLY WALK AT BOLTON ABBEY – FROM MAY 27, EXC FRIDAYS & SUNDAY Bolton Abbey, BD23 6AL Tree climbing, tunnels, slides, bridges and beams, this is a great fun family event. The route follows the Priory Trial from the Stepping Stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Dogs are welcome on a lead. Sturdy boots or wellingtons are advisable. A spare set of clothing is suggested.

WOOLLY WONDERS AT LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM – MAY 3 – JUNE 2 Armley Mills, Canal Rd, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF 0113 263 7861 andgalleries A celebration of all things woolly, leading up to the annual Leeds Wool festival. Lots of activities with wool. Have a go at feltmaking or try weaving! 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

, What s on? SUPERHEROES LIVE AT LIGHTWATER VALLEY – JUNE 3 – 4 North Stainley, Ripon, HG4 3HT 0843 504 3893 Grab your fancy dress costume and come along for a Zap, Zoom and Kapow-packed weekend of fantastic fun and amazing entertainment.


TRANSFORMERS – ROBOTS IN DISGUISE AT STOCKELD PARK – JUNE 3 – 4 The Estate Office, Wetherby, LS22 4AN 01937 586 101 Optimus Prime & Bumble bee will be on the forecourt meeting children of all ages, and mums and dads too! THE BEST OF BARMY BRITAIN AT CITY VARIETIES MUSIC HALL – JUNE 6 – 8 Swan St, Leeds, LS1 6LW A special one-hour production of Horrible Histories! A history of Britain with the nasty bits left in. Shows at 11am, 2pm and 7pm.

MINI GNOMES AT KIRKSTALL ABBEY – MAY 30 – JUNE 4 Abbey Walk, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS5 3EH 0113 230 5492 andgalleries The usual under-5s session gets a magic makeover for half term with lots of gnome based activities. Older siblings welcome. 10 – 11am. CREATIVE TUESDAY: ANIMAL MASKS AT THWAITE MILLS WATERMILL – MAY 30 Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP 0113 214 1914 Get creative making your very own mask inspired by your favourite animal to take home with you. 1pm to 3pm. THE SCARECROWS’ WEDDING AT WEST YORKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE – MAY 30 – JUNE 3 Playhouse Square, Leeds, LS2 7UP 0113 213 7800 This truly heart-warming adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book is bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s  inimitable style. Age 3+. THOMAS AND FRIENDS PLAYSTATION AT SMYTHS TOYS CROWN POINT – MAY 31 Crown Point Shopping Park, Junction Street, Leeds, LS10 1ET Take a journey with friends through Sodor! Thomas will be stationed at the platform ready to start your adventure. Free event, 10am to 6pm.

EXPERIMENTAL THURSDAY – A BUG’S LIFE AT THWAITE MILLS WATERMILL – JUNE 1 Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP 0113 214 1914 Become an investigator and discover the secret lives of bugs. 1pm to 3pm.

GET MEDIEVAL AT FOUNTAINS ABBEY – JUNE 9 – 11 Ripon, HG4 3DY 01765 608 888 fountains-abbey Step back in time as you enter the Rosa Mundi medieval camp and discover what domestic life was like in 15th century England. MINECRAFT CAFÉ AT LEEDS CENTRAL LIBRARY – JUNE 20 Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB 0113 247 6016 Join fellow Minecrafters in the library. Share ideas and tips and enjoy challenges! Play on library devices or bring your own. The Cafe meets every four weeks on a Saturday. Free event, no booking required, 2pm.

BABY FRIENDLY CURATOR TALKS: DINO PARENTS AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM – JUNE 1 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH 0113 224 3732 Find out about dinosaur parenting and dinosaur babies! With Curator of Geology Neil Owen. 10.30am. POP UP SENSORY ROOM AT LEEDS CITY MUSEUM – JUNE 1 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH 0113 224 3732 /Pages/eventdetails A pop-up sensory room with bubble tube, dark tents and tactile toys, for a calmer moment on your museum trip in the holidays. Free, drop in. 10.30am.

THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON AT KING’S HALL ILKLEY – JUNE 20 4 Station Rd, Ilkley, LS29 8HB 01943 436 224 David Walliams’ popular storybook adapted for the stage by acclaimed Les Petits Theatre Company.

TARZANNE AT CARRIAGEWORKS THEATRE JUNE 2 – 3 The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD 0113 224 3801 Tarzanne tells the story of a young girl lost to the jungle as a toddler, growing up with an adoptive family of apes. Age 7+ All tickets include a pre-show activity hour. 3pm and 7pm performances.

FANTASTIC MR FOX AT ALHAMBRA THEATRE – JUNE 27 – JULY 2 Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ 01274 432 000 Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, this world premiere and flagship production for the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations promises a dahl-icious theatrical feast with live music and gloriumptious designs.

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