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FEBRUARY 2011

For parents of children in the Cambridge, Ely & Newmarket area

Welcome to our February half-term e-newsletter which is absolutely packed full ideas, activities and workshops to keep your children entertained during the school holidays. Make sure that you get to look at all 8 pages! If you should contact anyone included in this newsletter, please let them know where you found their details. It helps our advertisers to know that supporting Kids Direct is good for their business as well as local families.

Welney Wetland Centre Half Term Family Trail & Crafts 19 - 27 February Visit WWT Welney to learn about the wealth of wildlife which uses the reserve before the wintering wildfowl depart and the summer migrants arrive. Witness one of the most spectacular sights in the UK as wintering wild swans and wildfowl are fed daily.

Cost: £6.70, £5.05 (conc) Tel: 01353 860711

www.wwt.org.uk

Piggy Pandemonium at Home Farm

Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 February, 11.30am – 3.30pm

Check out our exciting new piggery! • Meet our rare breed pigs. • Litters of tiny piglets - have escaped from their sty? • Join in with feeding time! • Learn more about caring for our pigs from our stockman. • Discover more about our pigs with our children’s activity sheet. • Help our farm staff care for the animals with our hands-on daily events. • Go wild in our adventure woodland.


Glazed & Amused February Half Term Cookery Classes Let your youngsters come and be inspired to cook in our new state-of-the-art kitchen in Cambridge. We are running a full programme of classes on Feb 22/23 for children from as young as 5 up to age 16. Click on Courses for Children on our website for further details and how to book:

www.cambridgecookeryschool.com

The fun of ceramic painting brought to your door…

You choose the time and the place We’ll bring everything you need to create a hand-painted work of art

Ideal for children’s parties clubs, schools and events Also at Cheeky Monkeys, Fulbourn Every Tuesday, 2pm - 6pm and Scotsdale Garden Centre (see website for details)

Advertise in our e-newsletters for as little as £15!

Call Penny on 07855 949811

Let’s go shopping! Children’s Activity Day at The Farmland Museum Thursday February 24th, 12-4pm. Come and visit our old–style shop and listen to the shopkeeper trying to sell you his goods. Then colour in and cut out an item to stock the shelves of our shop mural! Adults £4.00, Concessions £3.00, Children over 5 £3. No need to book, just turn up and join in the fun. Suitable for children age 4+ and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Plenty to do in the dry too!

Tel: 01223 860988 www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk

‘I put a letter in my pocket…’ Tuesday 22nd - Sunday 27th February Our Valentine themed trail is based on the popular childhood rhyme about lost letters. Can you help us find the missing love letters which have fallen from the pockets of a love-sick gentleman? Find them all and solve our mystery trail! Cambridge & County Folk Museum Tel: 01223 355159 www.folkmuseum.org.uk

Cambridge RUFC Rugby & Multisports Camp 22nd - 24th February 9am - 3.30pm For children aged 6 - 14 All coaches level 2 qualified and fully CRB checked. £20 per day or £50 for all 3 days Discounts available Download a booking form at www.crufc.co.uk Tel: 07595 363449

Seals Swimming Half Term Holiday Crash Courses

for children aged 3½+ 21 - 25 February • Lovely warm pool • Small Class sizes • Free parking • Quality Teachers The Grove Pool, Cambridge

01954 277377


MACKENZIE SCHOOL of SPEECH & DRAMA (Unitarian Hall, Cambridge)

Weekly classes for most ages Tel: 01954 781487

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Drama activities for young people

LA JOLIE RONDE Licence No: 3024

THE COMPANY THAT LOVES TO PERFORM

Cambridge East School Saturday afternoons from 2-5pm St Bede's School Birdwood Road Cambridge CB1 3TD

Professional training in the performing arts for those aged 6-18 years For details please call

01223 246464

www.theatretrain.co.uk

3 - 11 YEARS OLD French language taught in a fun and happy way to children of similar age, in small groups and short sessions Cambridge (Arbury, Coleridge, Newnham, Romsey) Gt. Shelford

Contact: Annick Alton (licensee) 01223 210900 annickalton.ljr@btinternet.com

CONVERSATION FRANรงAISE One-to-one or small group (siblings/friends) with a French native

- to help your child with school work including - to

GCSE, AS and A Level acquire knowledge about France - to boost confidence in class - to improve accent

Contact Annick Alton: (01223) 210900

conv.francaise@btinternet.com

Theatre schools Fulbourn & Saffron Walden (for children aged 4-18yrs)

Community projects Holiday drama workshops Stagefighting Play-in-a-Day www.public-arena.co.uk

01223 881272


Does your child love to sing? Ely Cathedral is inviting more young singers (aged 8-13) to join the ranks of its Children’s Choir, The Ely Imps. 45-min weekly rehearsal

Contact Anne Mizen for further details geoff8mizen@btinternet.com

Here’s a way to spend weekends that’ll have 4-18 year olds buzzing. Enrol them in your local Stagecoach Theatre Arts school where they learn to act, sing and dance. The skills they learn aren’t just for the Stage. Our students grow in confidence and self-esteem ... Skills for Life! There’s no audition - all they need is enthusiasm. For a prospectus and more information, call Stagecoach now:

Cambridge 01223 880868 Newmarket 01353 667442

Homerton College Dance Studio Tuesdays Newnham Croft Primary School Thursdays

Enrolling now!

University of Cambridge Science Festival

14 - 27 March

Juniors (7 - 12) 6.30 - 7.30pm Adults (Teens +) 7.30 - 8.45pm

Free talks Hands on activities Events for all ages

Tel: 07963 473595 www.cambs-tkd.co.uk

Click here to download programme now or call 01223 766766 Children’s events book up very quickl

Wicky’s Dress Up And Dance Party Wednesday 23rd February 12noon – 2pm Fun and games with Wicky Bear plus prizes for the best fancy dress. Food will be available to purchase.

Tickets £3 each Tel: 01536 512475 www.wicksteedpark.co.uk

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Ballet, Tap and Melody Movement Early Learning Classes from 2 years to adults First Lesson Free No registration fee • Bursaries and Scholarships available Leotards and shoes at discount prices • Established since 1992

Preparation for: RAD and IDTA Exams • Festivals • Shows • Theatre Visits • Or just dance for FUN!

Branches at: Cambridge • Burwell • Stretham • Wicken • Downham Market • Ely

Telephone Michelle on 01638 744119 for details or visit www.samaraballet.co.uk for special offers for new pupils! Fully qualified, registered and insured teacher Royal Academy of Dance and International Dance Teachers Association

WWT Welney Floodlit Swan Feeds Thursday - Sunday 6.30pm 21 - 27 Feb 2011 This magical spectacle of thousands of wild swans fed under floodlight is one not to be missed. Aim to get there by 6pm if possible to get a good view.

www.wwt.org.uk


Arty Crafts Half Term Arts & Crafts Workshop

fun...learn... cook...eat!

21st - 25th February 9am - 3.30pm

1:1 tuition

Projects suitable for all levels of expertise and designed to encourage individual creativity. Suitable for children aged 5-12

Tel: 01223 277922 www.artycrafts.co.uk

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Half term, Christmas, Easter & Summer holiday classes After school clubs Family learning courses CONTACT t: 01223 471935 m: 07960 476023 e: annie@cookandlearn.co.uk w: cookandlearn.co.uk

THE CLEANING SERVICE

BELLA CASA ~ Beautiful Homes ~

Mepal Outdoor Centre 21st - 25th February

We know how hard it can be to find a dependable and honest cleaner, which is where we can help.

Multi-Activity Days 9.30am - 5pm Ages 8 - 15 years Cost: £36 Activities vary each day and can include climbing, archery, trampoline, trust trail, target shooting, fencing, orienteering or assault course

We can offer a professional cleaning, washing and ironing etc. Service for a fully inclusive rate at only £10.75 per hour (£10.25 for 5 or more). All of our housekeepers are specially selected & insured and you will receive the same housekeeper each week. So, if you’d like to take the pressure off keeping up with your household chores, then call us today on:

01223 441055 (answerphone available outside office hours)

Tel:01354 692251 www.mepal.co.uk

Keep Fit Association

Learn a dance routine in 6 weeks Enjoy a physical and mental challenge and improve your stamina, strength, suppleness, balance, agility, co-ordination and rhythm

Tuesdays 10.30 – 11.30am

www.bellacasacambridge.com

Thursdays 13.45 – 14.45pm Thursdays 7.30 – 8.30pm Brown’s Field Community Centre, Green End Road, Cambridge First session free for newcomers

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DANCEWEAR AND COSTUME SHOP

Membership £18

Sessions £3 at the door

Call Annick Alton on 01223 210900 annickalton.fmm@btinternet.com

Ballet | Jazz | Tap | Tango Gymnastics | Ballroom | Latin Gym-wear | Yoga | Street

Professional pointe shoe fitting service available 25 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1NW T: 01223 322227 E: attitudedancewear@btconnect.com www.attitudedancewear.co.uk


Jo Jingles music, singing and movement classes for pre-school children is in a town near you * Nursery Rhymes * Songs * Musical Instrument Playing * Fun Musical sessions with an educational slant

Classes in Ely, Sutton, Milton, Cherry Hinton, Cambourne, Great Shelford and Stetchworth for ages 9 months -2, 2-3 and 3-5 years For further details call CHERYL ON 01353 612364 www.jojingles.com/cambridge Email: c.rule@btinternet.com

time of music Nur turing a life

To book your complimentary class, call 01353 668622 or email catherine.clough@ monkeymusic.co.uk

Check out our web site for more party ideas at www.kidsdirect.org.uk

Cambridge Party o B uncers

Music classes for babies and young children!

The widest range of Bouncy Castles, Ball Ponds, Slides and Giant Games for hire

Action songs and rhymes Music and movement Fun with percussion Musical games

Marquees & furniture available for hire Ideal for children’s parties, fetes, weddings and garden parties Collection and delivery service Full Public Liability Insurance All castles have current Safety Test Certificates Free colour brochure Suitable for children and adults

For a friendly professional service, contact us on

07890 950231 www.cambridgepartybouncers.co.uk ‘The largest club in Cambridge committed to making tennis available to all ages and abilities’

Junior Coaching Camps Monday 21st - Friday 25th February

Mini-Tennis for age 8 and under Junior Tennis for 9-11 and 12 -16 years

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Download an application form today

www.cambridgeltc.com Memberships available: Families Minis Juniors Students Senior Senior 70+ Social Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club Wilberforce Road, CB3 0EQ t: 01223 312550 e: info@cambridgeltc.com

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•Drama Parties •Make–A-Mask Craft Parties •Weddings & Corporate Entertainment

A unique and memorable occasion for children of all ages 01954 205060

07788 818853

www.dramaparties.org

Since 1993 thousands of children across the UK have grown up with Monkey Music. Our unique teaching curriculum was written by classically trained musicians, and introduces music to very young children in a way they can easily understand and enjoy. Rock ‘n’ roll - from 3 months Heigh ho - from 12 months Jiggety jig - 2 & 3 year olds Ding dong - 3 & 4 year olds It‛s fun, formative and a great way of making friends!

www.monkeymusic.co.uk


February 2011 19-27 Hands on History - Wartime Toys and Games Imaginative craft activities & workshops bringing Second World War history vividly to life at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Enjoy hands-on fun playing with (and making) a range of nostalgic toys and games from the 1940s. All activities are included in the standard admission & children aged 15 and under come free. Tel: 01223 835000 or visit www.iwm.org.uk/duxford 19 The Ring Quest This ever-popular family challenge event with a Lord of the Rings theme returns to West Stow at Icklingham, between Mildenhall and Bury St Edmunds, with new clues to follow and runes to collect before you can solve the puzzle and save Middle Earth! Continue your journey onward and hunt for the rings on an exciting trail throughout Moyse´s Hall. Your family could win the big prize at the end of the week! For adults and accompanied children. £8 per pack (up to 5 people, max 2 adults). 10am - 4pm. Tel: 01284 757160 19-27 The Sounds of Spring at Ickworth House, near Bury St Edmunds from 8am - 5pm. Come and see the new lambs near the Dower House. Every day a delight for the eyes and ears as the new lambs brave the cold and delights of their new home. Normal admission applies. Tel: 01284 735270 21 The Eye of The Beholder Discover what you find beautiful in the Kettle´s Yard house and make your own artworks. Free for families. From 10am - 12 noon. Tel: 01223 748100 21 Climbing Ivy Creatures Using willow, wire, wood and some artistic skill, create your own Ivy Creature at Nowton Park, Nowton, near Bury St Edmunds from 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Cost: £2 per child. Booking essential on 01284 757088 or email 21 Wild Wicket Trail Imagine you are a child of the medieval fens, as described in the Wicket Chronicles and explore the landscape at Wicken Fen, near Ely, looking for hidden Fen gold, and avoidingthe dangers of the old reed swamp... Sessions from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4pm. Cost: £4.50 per child. Booking essential on 01353 720274 or email 22 An Elephant or a Teapot An ink splotch can be transformed into anything your imagination can dream up. Take inspiration from Lucia Nogueira´s drawings at Kettle’s Yard in Castle Street, Cambridge. Suitable for 5-8 year olds. Cost: £10 per child (£7 conc). Tel: 01223 748100 22 Fun Bird Feeders Find out how to look after the birds in your garden and make your very own bird feeders from natural and recycled materials at Ickworth Park & Gardens, near Bury St Edmunds. We´ll show you how to mix a tasty, energy filled treat for your local birds. Open from 11am - 3pm. Normal admission applies. Tel: 01284 735270 22 Cromwell’s Tuesday Family Activities Times and Measures: an ounce of sugar, a pinch of cloves and a pound of pickled cucumber. No matter how much or little you eat! Where would you store it? Come to Oliver Cromwell´s House in Ely to meet our kitchen maid and civil war character along your children´s trail. Discover unusual object such as hives, urns, couvre feu, leather jugs, forage caps and bumrolls! Have a guess at their purposes, listen to tales of rations or portions, take your own ration book home and compare it with your cupboards! Drop in, no need to book. Open from 11am - 1pm. Cost: £4. Tel: 01353 662062 22 Wild Geocache Trail A day of extra clues and caches to our normal geocache trail. Come and discover a new activity at Wicken Fen, near Ely. Cost: £4.50 including hire of GPS (£2.25 if you have your own) From 10.30am. Tel: 01353 720274 or email 23 The Sharp & The Furry Lucia Nogueira used materials including fur, rubber, beans, wood and wire mesh. Make your own contradictory sculptures at Kettle’s Yard in Castle Street, Cambridge. Suitable for 9-12 year olds. Cost: £10 per child (£7 conc). From 10am - 12 noon. Tel: 01223 748100


23-27 Time Travellers Go...Discoveries & Inventions Join the Time Travellers at Audley End House, near Saffron Walden, for a journey back through the ages to discover some of the world´s most interesting inventions. Learn about the history of time using model clocks and be entertained as performers take a humorous look at medicine. Ticket price includes entry to event plus the Service Wing, Gardens, Grounds & Walled Kitchen Garden. Open from 10am - 4pm. Tel: 01799 522399 23 Twilight at the Museums Bring a torch and explore Cambridge´s museums after dark. Enjoy a special family evening of torchlight trails and activities. This special evening is free, with no booking required, and open to all. Participating museums: Fitzwilliam, Scott Polar, Sedgwick, Classical Archaeology, Whipple, Zoology. Open from 5pm. 23 Twilight at Cambridge & County Folk Museum Our after-hours family activity, will include candle making followed by a magic lantern show. Join us for this fabulous FREE event from 5.30pm - 6.30pm. Booking is essential as places are limited. Please note: activity is not suitable for under 5´s, children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential on 01223 355159 23 Wild Art Be inspired by, and use materials from, nature to create some wild masterpieces at Wicken Fen, near Ely. Sessions from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4pm. Cost: £4.50 per child. Booking essential on 01353 720274 or email 23-24 Making a Forest Workshop Join in the fun at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens to celebrate the UN International Year of Forests. After some tree-inspired drama, you will learn about three key types of forest and help to create a model mix of trees to grow a sustainable forest. Sessions from 11am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 3pm. Cost: £5 per child. Advance booking essential on 01223 331875. 23 The Steadfast Tin Soldier There once was a tin soldier who fell in love with a beautiful paper dancer and then tumbled out of a window, so beginning a perlious journey into the unknown... This playful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen´s tale, at The Junction in Cambridge, uses light, simple materials and objects skilfully transformed through puppetry to create a theatrical experience that will enchant young hearts and minds. Performances at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Tickets: Adult £9, child £5, family £23 (max 2 adults). Box Office: 01223 511511 or email 24 Wild Cycle Trail Bring your bike, and follow clues on your mobile to guide you where to go at Wicken Fen, near Ely. Sessions at 10.30am and 2pm. Cost: £4.50 per child. Booking essential on 01353 720274 or email 27 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase A thrilling adventure set in an alternative history of England, this is the story of two brave and determined girls who have to struggle against ferocious wolves, snowy wastelands and a very evil guardian, Miss Slighcarp. The story imagines that the opening of the Channel Tunnel has led to dangerous wolves roaming Britain. This is not the only danger that cousins Bonnie and Sylvia, and their friend Simon the Goose-boy, must face as they encounter unforgettable characters and mysterious scheming. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is thrilling, funny and spectacular with lush music and innovative staging. Performance at 2.30pm at the Mumford Theatre, Cambridge. Suitable for ages 6+. Tickets: £6.50. Box Office: 0845 196 2320

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, details do change. It is advisable to phone the venue concerned to check dates and times before setting out. No responsibility can be accepted for any errors or omissions.

This newsletter is produced by Kids Direct (Cambridge). The next issue will be available in Easter 2011. If you have any suggestions or requests, we would love to hear from you. Tel: 01223 860747 Email: debbie@kidsdirect.org.uk If you would like to unsubscribe to this newsletter, please email mail@kidsdirect.org.uk with ‘UNSUBSCRIBE’ as the subject.


February Half Term E-newsletter