Welcome to the first in my series of 'Countdown to Summer 2015' blogs. Over the next six weeks I'll be giving you some ideas for how to fill that long school holiday and, to start off with, this week I'm looking at Holiday Clubs that are running during the Summer break.
If you need to book your children into a holiday club for childcare then you probably did that months ago, but if you're just looking for some ideas to fill the odd day or two, or maybe a week to break up the long school holidays then you've come to the right place! I've also summarised the holiday clubs under one heading in the What's On section of my website and you'll find more details there too. As and when I hear of any more clubs I'll add them into the What's On section and also as a comment to this post. There are also some day-long courses available so remember to check the What's On calendar each day to make sure you don't miss anything...
The majority of holiday clubs are sports based and there are lots to choose from, whatever your child likes there's bound to be something here for them. Wimbledon fans will enjoy tennis/multisport camps at both Stratford upon Avon Tennis Club and Warwick University. Activate Sports are running three sports courses - the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, Louis Smith Gymnastics Academy (***CANCELLED***) and the International Netball Roadshow, all of which promise a visit from a top-name sports person as well as coaching. My son went to the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy last year and he absolutely loved every second of it, he's booked on it again for this summer. On-Side Coaching are running a Football camp, which targets specific skills each day and includes a 'World Cup' competition on the final day. Go4Goals have football camps running in Leamington Spa and STFC usually run a football coaching camp during the holidays which I'll add when I find out more. Stratford upon Avon Boat Club have one-week summer rowing camps for 12-18year olds. I'm also expecting to hear about cricket coaching and a rock-climbing camp so watch this space...
Can't decide which sport to choose? Fit for Sport Activity Camps at Stratford Leisure Centre offer a wide range of sports and games, including swimming, and are split into two age groups. On-side coaching offers a Multi-Sports course, which includes a different range of games and sports each day and a 'Mini-Olympics' on the final day. Go4Goals have multisport camps running in Leamington Spa.
If your child is keen on the limelight there are some great opportunities for them to show their star qualities. Playbox Theatre are running a wide range of workshops throughout the summer for children aged from 3 to 18, if you like the performing arts then there's sure to be a workshop here for you... On-Side Coaching also run a Dance Course covering a range of dance styles with a performance for proud parents on the last day. My daughter has done this course in the past and always had a fabulous time (and come home totally exhausted!). Warwick University are also offering a couple of great sounding courses - a week of drama entitled 'Run Away to the Circus' and also 'Make it Reel', a week long film school.
Artistic children will love Art Base courses where they will have the chance to create their own masterpiece to bring home using a wide range of materials and techniques, these are running at both The Croft Preparatory School and Henry's Castle. Every time my children have been involved with Artbase, either on courses or at parties, the end results are amazing.
There are also a couple of courses that offer something for those with a technological leaning. Techno-Ninjas have a kids computer club in Stratford upon Avon where children can can get involved with programming, makey makey and app development. Supercamps are running 'A Passion for Invention' at The Croft Preparatory School. Mad Science usually run courses where children can get involved with hands-on and interactive activities to explore science - I'll add these in when I find out more!
For something a bit different there is a History Detectives Agency at St. Johns House Museum where children can play games and get crafty whilst learning some history along the way. For the more adventurous at heart, Supercamps run a RAW Adventure course where children can get away from their electronic gadgets and learn to live and survive in the outdoors.
If you want a club with a bit of everything included then Supercamps, Denim Club, Hi-5 Holiday Scheme and Thomas Jolyffe school all run Multiactivity camps. Hatton Adventure Farm also have a holiday club where children will be able to use all the facilities and attractions of the farm and more besides.
Hopefully you've found something here to suit your child's particular tastes but let me know if you think there's anything missing...