Fabulous family fun for the school holidays

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Stuck for something to keep the kids entertained this summer?

The new city has plenty on offer to keep children of all ages occupied – and some of the activities will be just as much fun for parents to join in with too.

- The safe and stimulating environment offered by 360play lets parents and youngsters enjoy the fun of exploring the huge playframe, rides and activities plus stop for a spot of lunch in the café.

Located off the V4/A5 Watling Street, 360play is easily accessible by bus or car.

Call 01908 308 360 for times and prices.

- If you are after a more challenging activity centre, then Si5 Spy Missions offers the chance for adults and children (aged 6 up) alike to test their mental and physical skills with over 80 minutes of adrenalin-fuelled spy action.

Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to assume the role of a secret agent on a covert operation at The Grid, Snowdon Drive, Winterhill. Participants will be scored on stealth, teamwork and mission success.

Visit www.spymissions.co.uk/info.html or call 08444 515 515.

- For a deceptively educational trip – which continues the spy 
theme – why not visit Bletchley Park?

Experienced guides will give you a real insight into the work that went on and the secrecy that surrounded the famous home of the codebreakers.

The Park will hold a Family Fun Wednesday every week from July 25 until October 31, for children aged four upwards.

Fun Wednesdays will feature a range of activities, from spy workshops and lessons in how to send Morse code, to interactive displays about the role of pigeons during the Second World War. The fun starts at 10am and ends at 4pm.

Call 01908 640 404.

- Swashbuckling fun for the whole family is on offer at Pirate Island Adventure Golf at Abbey Hill Golf Centre.

Perfect for a couple of hours of novelty and fun, the 18 hole course is festooned with obstacles – including a huge pirate ship, lakes and waterfalls, rafts, cannons and even a resident crocodile.

For pirates wanting to try out ‘big golf’ there is also a driving a range and a short par 3 course.

Call 01908 562 566.

- If the little ones are climbing the walls with boredom, you can channel that pent up energy into a great way for your youngsters to have fun.

The Climbing Club at Big Rock Climbing Centre, Kingston, introduces children from three to seven to the skills, team work, co-ordination and self-discipline required for the excitement of rock climbing.

Call 01908 583 128.

- There are a host of park events organised for the school holidays by The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes.

Build a rocket or a kite, join a late night bat and moth walk, make a den, pull on your wellies and join in a big bug hunt or take part in a family fun day all about Romans!

Visit www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on for the latest updates.

- Whatever the weather, youngsters can kick start their summer holidays by venturing into a city library with a quest to read six books as part of the national summer reading challenge – Story Lab.

Youngsters collect stickers for every book they read and can sign up online to create their own Story Lab profile – where they can review books, read about and chat to authors and enter competitions.

Visit your local library or log on to www.story-lab.org.uk to learn more.

- The World Picnic will once again take place at Campbell Park on July 29.

This one day free festival promises fun for all the family with international cuisine, music and dance.

Take your picnic and enjoy the cultural day out.

Visit www.theparkstrust.com for details.

- The Milton Keynes Summer of Culture is a highlight for 2012 and the Discover Milton Keynes Showcase is at the Central Library until September 21.

This exhibition celebrates the major events and organisations that are unique to the new city, spanning the fascinating past, present and future of our heritage, arts, sports and wider cultural story.

Complete with fun family activities this showcase offers an engaging look at Milton Keynes and is free (although there may be charges for some activities).

- If getting to the seaside is not possible this summer, the youngsters can still enjoy feeling sand between their toes with the Sandy Beach in Middleton Hall at thecentre:mk.

Free for everyone to enjoy the transformation from shopping hall to a huge, real sandy beach will occur from July 21 until September 2.

- For another fabulous free family event – check out the Magical Summer Sunday on August 26.

held at the Secret Garden in Wolverton, the event offers good music and a great day out for all the family.

Take a chair, picnic and blanket and enjoy the music in the beautiful setting from 3-5pm.

- Be amazed by the Maize Maze which is back at Mead Open Farm in August. Spanning over four acres, it’s a must for all young explorers. 
Plus entry is included in admission too!

For more information visit www.meadopenfarm.co.uk or call 01525 852 954.

- Hula Children’s Open Day, 1pm – 4pm, Sunday, July 15, at Glebe Farm, Salford Road, Aspley Guise; kiddies’ HULAlympics, bouncy castle, treasure hunt and lots of other attractions. Adults £2, children free. www.hularescue.org /01908 584000.