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Families enjoying the festival of fun
Families enjoying the festival of fun

Join in the fun at the Sheffield Children’s Festival

19 July 2018

Don’t know what to do over the summer holiday? Parents relax – as the Children’s University Festival of Fun 2018 launches this weekend.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda is making mischief this year as one of the 40 thrilling activities taking place across the city. Children will also have the opportunity to explore the science of sweets, learn the moves to The Greatest Showman as well as go behind the scenes at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to learn about the life of a firefighter.

Children can access the free activities by getting a Passport to Learning from their local library for £3.50.

The festival begins at a launch event on 21st July at the Moor Market, 9am -3pm where taster activities, special offers, quiz trails and a few surprises are available for everyone. The fun continues throughout the summer and wraps up on the 11th of August.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for education and skills said: “Sheffield Children’s University is a really inspiring initiative providing free activities for all our young people across the city. We want to make sure that learning is fun for all our children and there’s sure to be something to interest everyone whether they like arts and crafts, outdoor activities, sports or learning new skills.

“We know from our research that taking part in extra learning activities has a positive effect on attendance and achievement at school, which is of course a key priority for us.”

All activities are commissioned by Sheffield’s Children’s University, which is part of a national initiative that encourages and celebrates participation in a wide range of learning opportunities outside normal school hours. It tracks and rewards Sheffield children who take part in voluntary learning activities including breakfast and after-school clubs, and activities in the evenings, at weekends and in holidays. Every hour spent at an event earns you a credit which you can collect to receive Sheffield CU award certificates and badges.

To discover the full list of free, exciting activities on offer this summer visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/cu, email CU@sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 2813761.