As the summer holidays move into late August, some parents might be running out of ideas for keeping the children occupied.
Fortunately, there is a good local guide called ‘Summer Activities 2010’, available online via www.solihull.gov.uk.
You can find information on Ofsted-registered holiday schemes for three to 11 year-olds - including specialist ones for children with additional needs, open access play schemes, libraries, youth and community service, performing arts, arts and crafts, sports and leisure, parks and nature. You can also sign up to the Parent’s Network to receive regular information on activities and events.
For active children, there is Meriden Park Adventure Playground, opened two years ago and funded by the National Lottery Bid Lottery Fund. Children of all abilities, aged 6 to13, can experience outdoor play supervised by Play Rangers.
Children can still join the Space Hop – the Summer Reading Challenge 2010 by logging onto the Space Hop website: www.spacehop.org.uk ,and find out what everyone else is reading, send in their own reviews, play games and find out about their favourite authors. Children can join the challenge at any Solihull library throughout the summer.
Solihull Arts Complex might have workshops and exhibitions of interest to your family. Check via www.solihull.gov.uk/arts or ring 0121 704 6962.
And within easy reach of Solihull Borough are two very good centres where children can learn more about animals as my own did when they were small.
There is Umberslade Children’s Farm in Tanworth-in-Arden and Hatton Country World , near Warwick . Both are wonderful for teaching children about animal welfare and understanding the journey from the farm to the table for meat, poultry and dairy products.