11 August, 2014
With a few weeks left to go until term-time, parents can often reach their wits' end trying to keep the children entertained. Your child's friends might be on holiday - or, even worse, your friends might be holiday - and the days appear to feel longer and longer; the first day of school can seem like a lifetime away.
Fortunately, Wokingham boasts a wealth of activities and courses to keep children occupied through August and the beginning of September.
Keeping kids active
For instance, Loddon Valley and St Crispin's Leisure Centres are offering children the chance to try their hand at a variety of sports this summer. The centre, located on Rushey Way, Reading, is giving children aged five to 12 years the opportunity to try football, swimming, cricket, touch rugby, basketball, judo, tennis, trampolining and wall climbing.
Parents can book school day-sized sessions (9.30am to 3.30pm) or full day sessions (8am to 6pm) with prices starting from £13.
Claire Osler, Wokingham Borough Council's physical activity coordinator, commented: "Our courses are great value for money, so if you are a working parent, this is a great chance for your children to be well looked after whilst getting fit and active."
In addition, the famous Reading Football Club is holding five day camps at Cantley Park and Madjeski Stadium, running the weeks commencing August 11 and August 26. The next generation of tennis superstars can also try their hand at Tennis Camp, running at Cantley Park every week to Friday August 29.
Let me entertain you
Wokingham doesn't just boast a wealth of sporting activities for kids. The area has a number of opportunities for family days out, with Carnival Pool offering a 25m swimming pool with a flume and water features. A learner pool can also help teach kids the basic techniques (and benefits) of swimming.
Elsewhere, Wokingham Superbowl is like a child's dream location. With 12 bowling lanes as a Laserquest arena that hosts up to 30 children, Wokingham Superbowl is a fun-packed value day out. There's also a set of pool tables and video games, should adults want to join in the fun as well. Families are recommended to book in advance as the facility can get busy at weekends, especially during school holidays.
Oakwood Youth Challenge has also organised a number of activities at its base in Waterloo Road, Wokingham. Children can take part in up to five exciting activities led by qualified instructors. However, the activities aren't just for entertainment purposes; kids are expected to be challenged as individuals and develop new skills, as well as learn about team building and communication. Half-day or full-day sessions can be booked, though places are filling up fast.
With a number of weeks remaining in the school holidays, there's no shortage of activities and sports that kids living in Wokingham can get involved with. No need for a child to be bored this summer; get them outside and active!