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  • Writer's pictureAngela

Things to do with the Kids…..

The summer holidays are upon us again!

If like me you sometimes struggle with what to do to keep the kids entertained and keep boredom at bay here are my top tips for days out with the kids that don’t cost the earth!

1 - Trip to Queens Park

Queens Park or Longton park as I know it, just off Trentham Road can be a lovely day out (whether permitting) and gives kids of all ages the chance to run of some of that build up energy.

Famous for its trees, horticulture and lakes, has its own individual character, you may even spot a squirrel or two!

Take a picnic or make the most of the on-site Pavilion Café and Ice cream van usually by the main gates.

Facilities include:

Skate Board Facilities

Skate facilities including ramps and rails.

Multi Use Sports and Tennis Courts

2 - Gladstone Pottery Museum

Visit the only complete Victorian pottery factory from the days when coal burning ovens made the world's finest bone china.

Gladstone Pottery Museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of Stoke-on-Trent, famously known the world over as The Potteries.

Gladstone was not a famous pottery; however, it was typical of hundreds of similar factories in the area making every day ceramic items for the mass market. Gladstone Pottery Museum enables visitors to experience what conditions were like for the men, women and children who worked at the centre of the world’s pottery industry. Watch daily demonstrations and see traditional skills, original workshops and try your hand at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or decorating a piece a pottery to create a unique souvenir of your visit for a small extra charge.

3 – Flip Out Stone

My kids both have the best time whenever we go here! For £6 you get an hour of unlimited bouncing, there is even a upstairs café so parents can meet up for a catch up while still keeping a watch on the children below! (Book online for the best price and to avoid disappointment).

I recommend The After Dark sessions also bringing a true party atmosphere to the Flip Out arena, light shows and super sound systems in place to keep you and your crew jumping through the night.

4 – Come into Play

Aiming in ‘Bringing the Outdoors Indoors’ the bespoke wooden equipment mimics outdoor play. With a bright open environment, there’s plenty for children to do.

The structures provide easy and challenging areas for children to explore, encouraging them to burn energy and problem solve. Finding a way through to get to the mega 4 lane slide, getting across the rope bridge and climbing to the top to look through the ‘windows’ stimulates their orientation, sharing and socialisation skills.

Apart from providing a safe space for children to play, Come into Play is a place to let imaginations run wild with towers to climb, rope bridges to cross, slides to race down and arenas for ball cannon fights. There are three separate areas for different age groups: A main section for the more adventurous (suitable from age 4 upwards), a 0-5s area for those that are still discovering their environment and a 0-2s room for the younger children that visit.

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