This July, in celebration of Love Parks Week, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is hosting a range of free activities for all the family to enjoy in some of its local picturesque parks and green spaces.
The annual UK wide Love Parks Week campaign, runs from 22nd to 26th July 2019 and offers plenty of entertainment across the parks to keep the whole family entertained.
Kicking off the fun on Monday 22 July, children aged 4 to 8 years can get their hands dirty and learn about bugs, butterflies and creepy crawlies during Little Green Fingers at Lurgan Park from 10am to 12noon. In the afternoon, children of all ages can let their imagination run wild with the Den Building session at Lurgan Park from 2pm to 4pm.
On Tuesday 23 July, children aged 4 to 8 years can get the chance to go pond dipping and take part in a bug hunt and nature walk during the Mini Park Rangers Club in Portadown People’s Park from 10am to 12noon, or take part in more Den Building in the park that afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.
On Wednesday 24 July, children aged 4 to 8 years can get a taste of the great outdoors and learn adventurous new skills at Bushcraft taking place at Edenvilla from 10am to 12noon and Tannaghmore Gardens from 2pm to 4pm.
For those that missed the Little Green Fingers earlier in the week, you can catch a session on Thursday 25 July at Edenvilla Park from 10am to 12noon. Also on Thursday, children aged 4 to 8 can enjoy some traditional playground games including skipping, hopscotch, hoopla and beanbag races at Tannaghmore Gardens from 2pm to 4pm.
Rounding off the week, children aged 6 to 12 years can enjoy a multi sports session delivered by Everybody Active coaches at Tannaghmore Gardens from 10am to 12noon and Lord Lurgan Park from 2pm to 4pm.
As places are limited booking is essential. For more information or to book a place please call 07766 740427.
Little adventurers can get back to nature this August and enjoy some fun-filled outdoor activities at Portadown People’s Park ‘Park Explorer Club’!
The week long club, which will take place from Monday 19th August to Friday 23rd August from 10am-12noon, is the perfect opportunity for 6-11 year old’s to discover the natural wonders of the park through a range fun outdoor play activities, environmental arts and crafts and exciting games!
Activities will include pond dipping, bird watching, identifying butterflies, mini beasts search and scavenger hunts! It’s the perfect chance to enjoy the great outdoors, meet new friends and explore all elements of this fantastic green space!
Cost is just £15 per child for the week. Children should wear old clothing, some sturdy footwear and bring a snack and a drink. Places are limited so book your place early!
To register your child’s place click HERE or for further information call 028 3831 2597.
Calling all Colour Dash participants!!
The countdown is on to the ever popular Colour Dash in Lurgan Park on Sunday 12th May. Race packs will be available for you to pick up from Lurgan Park Tennis Pavilion (located next to the tennis courts in Lurgan Park) on:
- Wednesday 8th May – 9am to 9pm
- Thursday 9th May – 9am to 9pm
- Friday 10th May – 9am to 9pm
- Saturday 11th May – 9am to 6pm
Your race pack will contain a white t-shirt which you MUST wear at the event. You will not be allowed to start the run without it.
Also included in your event pack will be eyewear to protect your eyes and a scarf you can wear over your mouth and nose. Please ensure you bring them with you and wear them during the event.
And remember – bring valid ID and your confirmation email with you when picking up your race pack!
- Parking available at Waves Leisure Complex and Windsor Avenue.
- Please note, all tickets are now SOLD OUT and there will be no registration on the day available.
- For more information on the event visit Heart & Sole Colour Dash 2019 event page.
Residents are invited to come along and have their say on a proposed new play park at Rectory Park Play Area.
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is hosting a public meeting at Regenerate, 1B Ardress Park on Tuesday 16th April 2019 to discuss the equipment, layout and design.
At the meeting residents will be given the chance to have their questions answered about the proposed play area and learn how council aims to implement the good practice design principles outlined within its play strategy, enhancing play value at existing sites and ensuring the future new development delivers a quality play experience for everyone.
For more information, contact the play development officer on 0300 0300 900.
The Mae Murray Foundation and PlayBoard NI are surveying parents and carers on play opportunities for children with disabilities. We are particularly interested in hearing views on fixed play areas i.e. play areas which have play equipment installed. The information gathered through the survey will be used as the basis for a new guidance document which will aim to influence the design and development of more inclusive play areas that meet the needs of all children.
We encourage parents and carers to complete the survey as we are keen to hear about the experiences of as many children as possible. The more people that take part, the bigger the impact we can make.
To complete the survey go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MMFPBParentsCarers before 30 April.
Residents are invited to come along and have their say on a proposed play park in Avenue Road.
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is hosting a public meeting at Avenue Road Community Centre on Wednesday 27th February at 7.00pm to discuss the equipment, layout and design.
At the meeting residents will be given the chance to have their questions answered about the proposed play area and learn how council aims to implement the good practise design principles outlined within its play strategy, enhancing play value at existing sites and ensuring the future new development delivers a quality play experience for everyone.
For more information, contact the play development officer on 0300 0300 900.
“Play is crucial to children’s healthy development and happiness and is vital for children’s mental health and wellbeing.”
It is through playing that children, from a very young age, engage with and learn about the world around them. Play allows children to create and explore the world, developing lifelong skills and competencies. From birth through to teenage years, babies and children develop important social and emotional skills through watching, listening and interacting with you and through their play. Good play experiences can therefore help nurture children’s emotional and mental health.
Life often throws challenges our way and it through talking, listening, interacting and playing that children learn to deal with these situations and develop new knowledge and coping skills.
As parents remember you play a vital role in encouraging children to be healthy:
- Make time for fun and “down time” with your children, especially as they get older.
- Enjoy some time watching, listening and playing with your child.
- Allow your child to learn from their own mistakes with support.
- Give your child age appropriate freedoms and help them learn their own limits. Show them you trust them to make appropriate decisions.
Evidence suggests that time spent in the natural environment offers developmental, emotional and overall health benefits for children. There are numerous benefits ranging from increased creativity and problem solving skills, reduced stress and anxiety, and increased physical activity.
Children who spend time outdoors in natural environments can be:
- Happier – studies show fresh air, sunshine and increased activity levels all encourage good mood and reduce tendencies toward poor mental health.
- Healthier – being outdoors in the natural environment helps children to access fresh air and vitamin D; indoor air is usually less healthy.
- Calmer – exposure to nature and being outdoors can contribute to a healthy heart rate and reduced muscle tension including the production of stress hormones.
- More physically active – children playing in natural environments can improve their motor fitness, coordination, balance and agility.
- Better vision – being outdoors is good for eye health and time spent outdoors can help reduce short-sightedness in children.
“There’s no way that we can help children to learn to love and preserve this planet, if we don’t give them direct experiences with the miracles and blessings of nature.” – Anita Olds
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council will be holding a public meeting in Aghacommon on the 29th January as it forges ahead with implementing its play strategy and delivering its ambitious programme of improving outdoor play provision for all children across the borough.
With the public meeting organised, residents in each locality are encouraged to engage with the council and play an active role in bringing exciting play development proposals to fruition.
The Tannaghmore Gardens play park meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th of January at 7.00pm in St. Patricks Primary School, Aghacommon, Derrymacash Road.
These public meetings present a unique opportunity for members of the local community to share the views on site preference, design and layout of the play park along with choice of play equipment. The council is committed to ensuring its extensive portfolio of play parks are maintained to the highest standards, developed to meet local need and well designed to provide quality play experiences for children in all parts of the borough.
For more information. contact the play development officer on 0300 0300 900.
Have a playful and positive attitude towards the winter season; show your children that winter can be fun. Try to model ways to be playful …. stamp your feet on ice patches or in puddles, have a snowball fight, play in the rain, make snow angels or snowmen! Take a breath of that cold winter air and remember that whatever you do outdoors you are supporting your children’s health, wellbeing and happiness.