Holiday fun on Sefton’s Coast

Spring half-term is the ideal time for children and young people to take part in the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership holiday club.

Places on the two day adventure are limited, and free holiday clubs are always popular- Mums and Dads should book as soon as possible.

The holiday club will be at the Crosby Nature Trail, next door to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, and is suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years of age.

Children will look at the wildlife around the nature trail, from frogs and toads to seabirds and ducks, enjoy a spot of den building, arts and crafts and if weather allows, there may be cooking in the wild.

Children will need to bring warm waterproof clothing, wellington boots, a packed lunch and any snacks or drinks they may need.

It will run on Wednesday 5 April and Thursday 6 April.

Booking is essential – for more details, contact Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership on 0151 934 2964 or by email

 

In The Park

Sefton’s parks and greenspaces will be very busy during the school break, with events taking place at Duke Street Park in Formby, 7 April; Coronation Park in Crosby, 9 April; Hatton Hill Park in Litherland, 12 April and Derby Park in Bootle on 13 April.

The main event at each park will be an Easter Egg Hunt as well as other Easter themed fun such as make and take crafts to create Easter Bunny Ears, decorating Easter Eggs and designing Easter cards.

To find out more, including starting times, contact Christine Moore on 0151 934 2421 or by email

 

Easter Family Fun Day in Litherland

Staying outdoors, Sefton Council’s Neighbourhoods and Communities teams are hosting an Easter Family Fun Day at Kirkstone Park in Litherland on 15 April, 12 – 4pm. This exciting event will host fairground rides, pony rides, arts and crafts, face painting, climbing wall, refreshments and an Easter egg hunt. Call Neighbourhoods and Communities to find out more 0151 920 0726.

 

Spring half term at The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Sefton’s leading cultural hub is in the running for the People’s Choice Award at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Award. The following family activities during the school break and beyond show why it is proving so popular.

Keeping with the seasonal theme, Honalee Media will be visiting The Atkinson on Monday 10 April with The Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure. During this brilliantly entertaining show, children aged 2-7 years of age will discover the truth behind the tale of the Easter Bunny before meeting everyone’s favourite rabbit (sorry Bugs) afterwards to receive a very special Easter gift. There will be two showings at 11.30am and 2.30pm, with tickets priced £9 for adults, £7.50 for children or £28 for a family ticket.

Trio Entertainment bring a classic of the stage and silver screen to The Atkinson, with a performance of The Wizard of Oz on Tuesday 11 April at 2pm and 6pm. Children and grown-ups alike will enjoy following Dorothy as she befriends the brainless Scarecrow,loveable Tin Man and the cowardly Lion on their quest along The Yellow Brick Road to thwart the evil powers of the Wicked Witch of the West. This performance is suitable for children aged 2 years and over. Tickets are priced at £1
2.50 for adults, £10.50 for under 16s, while a family ticket is £28 for a family of 3 and £40 for a family of 4.

For both of the above shows, you can book tickets using The Atkinson website or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533 533.

The Atkinson also hosts regular fun activities for the whole family that continue throughout the Easter holiday.

Discover Ancient Egypt is among the best exhibitions of its kind in the UK – families can see the stunning Egyptology Gallery, which prior to opening in The Atkinson, had not been seen by the public for over 40 years.

Between Land and Sea – 10,000 Years of Sefton’s Coast is tells the stories of the many inspiring people who have lived and worked along Sefton’s coast. You can explore its history from pre-historic times to the present day.

A new exhibition opening on 1 April is Sefton Open 2017, which will be a large and vibrant exhibition to showcase talent from across Sefton. This free exhibition only runs until 7 May so be sure to catch it while you can.

The Atkinson also hosts hands-on creative sessions for children of all ages, which will continue throughout spring half-term:

These include Arty Aprons, where children aged 3 years and over can pick up one of the arty aprons during your visit and explore The Atkinson’s exhibitions – these are free, drop in sessions that take place every Saturday, 11am-3pm.

Make It! is a fun, free drop-in session where children of all ages can let their imaginations run wild, taking inspiration from  The Atkinson’s own exhibitions to make their own artistic creations. Make It! takes place Monday 3- Monday 10 April, 1pm-3pm.

Hands On! gives children of all ages the opportunity to handle The Atkinson’s wide array of museum exhibits as an interactive, tactile way to learn about its exhibitions. Hands On! is a free, drop-in session that takes place every Tuesday, 11am- 3pm.

To learn about the full range of performances and exhibitions taking place at The Atkinson, visit their fantastic website

 

Try Your local library this half-term

Sefton’s libraries are fun, engaging spaces for children all year round, with story clubs, rhyme time, graphic novel clubs, the Summer Reading Challenge and recent print workshops among many activities.

During spring half-term there will be a unique opportunity for young creatives at Crosby and Formby libraries.

Young children age 6 years and over can enjoy Easter themed sessions with local illustrator Holly Bushell. Children will learn a fantastic array of illustration skills and create their very own illustrated storybook.

Taking place from 3 -7 April, the sessions are daily, starting 10.30am at Crosby Library and 2pm at Formby Library. They are competitively priced at £2 per day or £10 for the whole week.

To book a place at Crosby Library, contact them on 0151 257 6400 or by email

To book at Formby Library, call 01704 874 177 or contact them by email.

 

Children with special educational needs and disabilities

Most, if not all activities will be suitable for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Aiming High for Disabled Children offer a tailored programme of half-term activities, but families have to be registered with the service to take part.

There are two Aiming High Family Fun Days where any Sefton children with SEN and / or disabilities can enjoy fun activities, including arts and crafts, face painting, a mobile zoo and a bouncy castle.

Both fun days take place at Christ the King High School in Southport, 10am – 2pm, Friday 7 and Thursday 13 April.

Contact Aiming High on 0151 288 6811 or by email to find out more.

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