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 (4 August).
Aimed at children aged 5-12, the activities will include traditional games such as skipping, as well as arts, crafts and creative play.
Youngsters can see if they’ve got what it takes to hook-a-duck from the Town Hall Square fountain, have a go at gymnastics, or learn a new dance routine.
There will be storytelling with the Book Bus, a stay-and-play area for parents and babies, and ‘Rocket Bingo’ for all the family to enjoy.
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.
“This year’s Playday will look and feel a bit different, as we try to keep everyone safe, but there will still be lots going on to keep young children entertained.
“Play is a vital part of a child’s healthy development, so we’re pleased to support this national initiative with a day of free activities that the whole family can enjoy.”
Leicester’s Playday runs from 11am until 3pm on Wednesday (4 August).
To avoid overcrowding, and to keep everyone safe, families may have a short wait before entering Town Hall Square at busy times.
National Playday is co-ordinated by Play England and is supported by local authorities across the UK.