Release date: 18 March 2021
With the children spending a lot more time at home over the past year, parents may have exhausted all possible forms of entertainment and be struggling for ideas to keep them amused over the Easter holidays.
But fear not, as West Sussex Libraries has a wealth of activities planned to help children have fun (and learn) at the same time.
Over the holiday, the library service will be providing kids (and their families) with a new and exciting blend of virtual and face-to-face activities which will be available online each Tuesday and Thursday covering the following themes:
- Growing - Tuesday 6 April
- Fun with food - Thursday 8 April
- Fit & Strong - Tuesday 13 April
- Cooking and ingredients - Thursday 15 April
There are competitions and challenges based on some favourite stories about food and growing, as well as ‘science in your kitchen’ experiments to try at home.
For anyone not online, local libraries will have all the activities available bagged up and ready to collect from the door.
Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “West Sussex Libraries are always at the heart of the community, supporting residents in a number of ways. This Easter, they are supporting our Education and Skills team by providing fun food-related activities to help keep children entertained over the break.
“The mixture of online, digital and physical activities have been created to complement the work being done by Education and Skills, who are supporting the Government’s Holiday Activity and Food Programme.
“Primarily, these are fun activities for all the family to enjoy – the key aim of our Library Service. But they will also help children learn more about the importance of food for their growing minds and bodies.”
UK Harvest, the Chichester based food rescue charity, will also be supporting the holiday programme.
Liz Woodsell, Chief Operating Officer at UK Harvest said: “We are thrilled to be working with the team at West Sussex Libraries in helping to deliver the Government’s Holiday Activity and Food Programme. We will be promoting the issues of healthy eating, avoiding food waste and growing your own vegetables to support the library activities. Our team of volunteers will also have a pop-up presence outside a number of the county’s libraries during the Easter holidays with activity sheets, recipes, ideas and giveaways.”
The holiday activities are open to all whether or not you are a member, but joining the library is free for everyone.
For more information on the Easter holidays programme at West Sussex Libraries, visit their dedicate webpage for more details.