Festive fun for the little ones this Christmas

Childrens Centres

Nottingham City Council Children’s Centres are gearing up for a host of events to keep the little ones entertained over Christmas.

There’ll be something for all the family over Christmas and New Year including festive parties and even day trips to theme parks for certain centres.

There are 18 Children’s Centres across the city and they offer a range of free services and activities for families and their children. Services can vary at each centre according to the needs of the local community, but all centres provide links to childcare, family support and a range of parent and toddler activities.

All of the centres have family support teams who work with children and young people from birth to 19 and their families. Services vary but they all offer play and youth activities, and support in areas including disability, mental health, emotional wellbeing and school attendance.

Check out some of the events happening at the city’s Children’s Centres :

Aspley Children’s Centre, Bilborough Children’s Centre and Broxtowe Children’s Centre

  • Dancing on Ice: Ice Skating (5-13 years old) Tuesday 23 December at 12:30pm to 3:34pm – for more information please contact 0115 876 3888
  • Winter Wonderland (0-13 years old, 0-5 with Adults) A family day full of festive celebrations and sing-a-longs. Wednesday 24 December 2pm to 4pm at Phoenix Adventure Playground.
  • Fun Day and Family Fitness Boot Camp (5 – 13 years) Saturday 27 December 1:30pm to 3:30pm at Phoenix Adventure Playground.
  • New Year’s Celebration (0-13 years old, 0-5 with adults) Come along for popcorn and a movie, along with plenty of colouring. Wednesday 31 December at 2pm to 4pm at Phoenix Adventure Playground.
  • Come Dine With Me at Phoenix Adventure Playground. Saturday 3 January 2015 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Clifton Children’s Centre

  • Christmas Craft session – Clifton Children’s Centre. Everyone is welcome on Monday 22 December from 10am to 12pm.
  • Little Explorers – Bringing the outdoors indoors at Clifton Children’s Centre. Monday 29 December from 10am to 11:30am.
  • New Year Calendar making (0-5 years old) at Clifton Children’s Centre. Tuesday 30 December from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.

Hyson Green Children’s Centre

  • Christmas trip to Wheelgate – For play and youth club members only, ask a member of the team to book. Tuesday 23 December from 9:30am to 6pm.
  • Christmas trip to Rollerworld -For play and youth club members only, ask a member of the team to book. Tuesday 30 December from 11am to 5pm.

Southglade Access Centre (Bestwood)

Christmas Parties 2014 – Fun and games, festive crafts, treasure hunts and Snacks – all welcome.

  • Monday 22 December at Old Basford Community Centre from 1pm to 3pm.
  • Tuesday 23 December at Southglade Access Centre from 1pm to 3pm.
  • Wednesday 24 December at Bestwood Park & Top Valley Children’s Centre

New Years Celebrations – Fun and games, festive crafts and snacks – all welcome.

  • Monday 29 December at Old Basford Community Centre from 1pm to 3pm.
  • Wednesday 31 December at Bestwood Park & Top Valley Children’s Centre from 10am to 12pm
  • Friday 2January 2015 at Southglade Access Centre from 1pm to 3pm.

Top Valley and Bestwood Park Children’s Centre

Christmas Parties 2014 – Fun and games, festive crafts, treasure hunts and Snacks – all welcome.

  • Wednesday 24 December at Bestwood Park & Top Valley Children’s Centre

New Years Celebration – Fun and games, festive crafts and snacks – all welcome.

  • Wednesday 31 December at Bestwood Park & Top Valley Children’s Centre from 10am to 12pm

The Meadows Children’s Centre

  • Christmas Sing Song – all welcome. Meadows Children Centre on Wednesday 24 December from 10am to 12pm.
  • New Year Calendar Making – all welcome. Meadow’s Children’s Centre on Tuesday 30 December from 10:30am to 11:30am.

Bulwell Forest Children’s Centre and Bulwell Children’s Centre

  • Stay and Play Christmas activity session at Bulwell Children’s Centre. Tuesday 23 December from 1pm to 3pm.
  • Christmas Play session (5 – 13 years) at Riverside Play Centre. Tuesday 23 December from 1pm to 3pm.
  • Roller World trip in Derby. 9 – 19 years £4 each. Tuesday 30 December at 5pm.

Wollaton Children’s Centre, Radford Children’s Centre and Dunkirk Children’s Centre

  • Christmas Party at Balloon Woods Adventure Playground. Aged 5 – 13 years old. Tuesday 23 December from 2pm to 4pm.
  • Christmas Celebrations at Wollaton Vale Community Centre. Food, games and Arts & Crafts for 11 – 19 year olds. Wednesday 24 December from 5pm to 7pm.
  • Family event at Balloon Woods Adventure Playground. Under 8’s must come with an adult. Tuesday 30 December from 1:30pm to 4pm.
  • New Years Celebrations (11 – 19 year olds) Arts, crafts, games and cooking at The Sheila Roper Community Centre. Tuesday 30 December and Wednesday 31 December from 12pm to 1:30pm.

Anyone who cares for or is expecting a child can register to use the centres. For more information head to www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/childrenscentres

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