Things to do with the kids over the summer holidays

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Things to do at home

Get ready for a summer of fun when you download our free summer activities booklet, jam-packed full of things for parents to do with their pre-school-aged children.

The booklet contains over 30 fun ideas that can be done with little or no resources, or things that might already be around the house. We designed the booklet so parents and children can tick off each activity once they have completed it! Why not try to complete them all? Tag us in your pictures on social media and let us know how you’re getting on!

The activities are also designed to help young children develop skills such as hand-eye coordination and counting and help them learn new words and develop an awareness of nature.

Download the booklet

Summer Reading Challenge

We're calling for children to discover a reading adventure at their local library, during the 2022 Summer Reading Challenge.

This year the theme is gadgeteers, with a science and engineering-themed challenge, supported by the Science Museum.

The challenge is launching in all libraries across Central Bedfordshire on 22 July and will run until 10 September. Learn more about the Summer Reading Challenge or pop into your local library.

SEND holiday activities

We also deliver a specifically tailored summer activities programme for our children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). Together with SNAP PCF - Central Bedfordshire’s parent carer forum, we co-produced this jam-packed timetable for over the summer holidays.

Families can enjoy exclusive swimming sessions at multiple pools across Central Bedfordshire, relaxed screening at Grove Theatre in Dunstable, as well as countryside activities at Rushmere Country Park.

Visit our SEND local offer website Summer Activities Programme for further information and to book.

Holiday Activities and Food programme

Our Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme returns this summer, providing free, fun activities for children who receive benefits-based free school meals and are in year R ( Reception) through to year 11 at school – a requirement of the Department for Education who fund the programme.

All children who attend face-to-face activities will be provided with healthy snacks and lunch. Sessions are inclusive so are suitable for children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) and we’ll also be running a series of activities specifically for children with SEND.

Houghton Hall Park

Check out what's happening on the Houghton Hall Park website.

One activity they're running is: Mini Beast Hunting

Come and collect a mini beast hunting kit and have two hours to see what you can find!

One kit is suitable for three children, all children must be accompanied by an adult, this is a self-led activity and the kits must be returned at the end of the session.

27 July, 1:30pm to 3.30pm. Cost: £5 per kit.

The Greensand Trust - Bug Lab

Bug Lab is back starting from 25 July at Tiddenfoot Waterside Park and Linslade Wood near LeightonBuzzard -  a chance for you and your children to hunt for mini-beasts with experts on hand and do a fun bug-related craft activity. They will also be in Flitwick Wood Flitwick and Centenary Wood in Pulloxhill. The booking fee is £2 and you only need a ticket for children taking part (age 5+ please). Visit The Greensand Trust website for full details and booking.