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Time to play in Town Hall Square

Published on Friday, August 2, 2019

child with hoop

YOUNG visitors to Leicester city centre can celebrate National Playday next week by taking part in a day of fun – and free – activities.

The city council’s family-friendly event takes place in Town Hall Square on Wednesday (7 August) from 11am until 3pm.

Activities will include traditional games such as skipping, hula hooping, egg & spoon races and hook-a-duck, as well as creative play sessions and lots of arts and crafts activities.

Adventurous youngsters over 1m tall can also have a go on the climbing wall, while budding engineers can rise to the challenge of building a den or even a rocket.

There will be storytelling with the BookBus, a stay-and-play area for parents and babies, and yoga sessions that all the family can enjoy.

City council staff will be on hand to provide useful information about early education and childcare, while encouraging children and their families to join in the free Get Up and Go activities taking place across Leicester this summer.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Sarah Russell said: “The city council’s annual playday is a great opportunity for families with young children to have some fun together in the heart of the city centre.    

“Play is a vital part of a child’s healthy development, so we are pleased to support this national initiative with a day of free activities that the whole family can enjoy.”

Providing free activities for children and families is one of the ways the city council is working to reduce the impact of poverty, improve lives and help children reach their potential in Leicester.

A list of free activities taking place in the city this August is available at families.leicester.gov.uk

This summer, the council is also funding a number of healthy holiday clubs, where children will be able to enjoy good food, as well as a range of free activities.

Details of the healthy holiday clubs are available on the city council’s website at families.leicester.gov.uk

National Playday is co-ordinated by Play England and is supported by local authorities across the UK.