Doin’ it for the kids

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With the school holidays almost at an end, you’ve probably got restless, bored kids hanging about the place...and you’ve still got to do the school uniform run.

We can’t help you source those school kit essentials, but we can tell how to keep the little ‘uns amused and entertained until the new school term arrives.

The Parks Trust leads the way with a whole week of fun for youngsters.

Some events will incur a charge, but the majority are brought to you for free – read on, pick your most favoured, and go have some fun!

Willen Lake South is at the heart of the action, and things begin on Tuesday with a Storytelling Day and Teddy Bear’s Picnic, courtesy of StoryRoots.

Bring along teddy, a picnic blanket and some nibbles, and go enjoy.

Free sessions will run between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

On Wednesday – also for free – Safari Day will take place, with animal-centred crafts, games and face painting.

Pyjama Drama will also run creative classes throughout the day.

Next Thursday (August 28) a Circus Day is being held, next Friday brings outdoor cinema and Saturday makes a splash with some truly water-full events, and drama with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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> Milton Keynes Gallery has a Mini Maker event this Saturday, complementing the current Cadences exhibition.

This week’s session for small folks aged five years and up – and their families – is with Clare Ridgeway, and titled Moving Marks.

Admission is free and it runs between 1pm and 3pm.

> On Tuesday the art house under 5’s session Start the Art invites youngsters to play with paint.

Admission is free for the hour-long session from 11am, but booking is essential as places are limited.

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> Don’t forget you can still pop along to Bletchley Park on a Wednesday where a whole range of craft and spy workshops, children’s trails, tours and quizzes will entertain, while participants learn about the Home of the Codebreakers.


>Also on the Bletchley Park site, the National Museum of Computing is holding its own Summer Bytes Festival, daily through to September 2.

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> There is plenty happening at Woburn Safari Park over the weekend too – including the opportunity to meet patchwork elephant Elmer (looking colourful, left)on Saturday, watch The Mighty Zulu Nation give traditional dance sequences on Sunday, and on Bank Holiday Monday, say hello to Ben and Holly from Little Kingdom.