Schools out for a fun filled summer hols

Reading challenge
Reading challenge

With the school holidays now here youngsters across the district have a whole host of fun activities to entertain and educate.

Organised by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Cultural Trust services, children will have the opportunity to take part in reading challenges, gaming tournaments, mask making or even 3D scanning and printing – to name but a few of the exciting activities.

The summer reading challenge celebrates 100 years of one of the world’s favourite storyteller – Roald Dahl, with the Big Friendly Read (BFR). It’s on at the moment and finishes Saturday, August 20. Kids of all ages can register at their local libraries to collect their BFR membership wallets and collect limited edition Quentin Blake collectors’ cards every time they read a book (there are six to collect). Throughout the summer there are Big Friendly Read activities held at your local library and Bookbug fun and rhyme sessions will be held for children aged 0 to 36 months. And for Gaelic readers and learners there are Gaelic story telling activities too – including Tha Sinn a’ Dol a Shireadh Mathan!, An Gruffalo and a Gaelic Bookbug party.

The Holiday FABLAB for kids aged 8+ has various activities on offer. Youngsters can try their hand at coding at Code Club or combine their Lego making skills with Minecraft at Minecraft v Lego. There are also traditional craft workshops in ceramics, cardboard aeroplanes and chalkboard design.

The children and young people’s creative summer programme is for children aged 7-9 years and some of the exciting activities include mask making, filming techniques and a FIFA 16 Gaming tournament.

For older children, aged 12 and above, there are workshops in 3D Scanning and printing and pixelated pictures – no experience is necessary so it’s a great introduction to this type of new media.

Chair of EDLC Trust, Councillor Anne Jarvis, said, “Once again the Trust has put together a varied programme to keep children amused during the summer holidays. Not only is there a range of activities to encourage young people to delve into some good books – there is also plenty in the way of creative and new media workshops. Whilst some of the activities are free, some have a small charge and it is advisable to book before attending.

“Check the website for more details so that your kids don’t miss out.” For full details and information on how to book visit www.edlc.co.uk or call 0141 777 3143.