Fun for all the family at week-long celebration of parenting
Date Added: 08/10/2015
Parents across Central Bedfordshire are invited to take part in a host of free activities with their children.
There is everything from football fun and bike maintenance sessions to baby massage and back-to-nature walks.
It is all part of National Parenting Week, with activities taking place from Saturday 17 to Friday 23 October.
The week is being organised by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Parenting Team, and parents will also gave a chance to find out advice and information on things such as internet safety, speech and language services and good diet and oral health.
Regardless of the age of your children, there is something for all parents, and there will be refreshments and a free raffle for parents visiting all of the venues.
Parenting Week opens with a fun-filled extravaganza at St George’s Lower School, in East Street, Leighton Buzzard.
The event runs from 10am to 2pm on 17 October with Bedfordshire Football Association putting on sessions for kids aged five to 13 and their parents, bike maintenance from Halfords, current Miss Bedfordshire and Miss UK finalist Megan Bayliss running nail care session for mums and daughters, soft play from Leighton Children’s Centre, youth counselling advice from Sorted, and dental hygiene and Kick Ash services from Public Health.
Also taking place that day is a baby massage session for dads at Tithe Farm Children’s Centre, in Houghton Regis, between 10.30am and noon.
The programme for the rest of the week is:
Monday 19 October:
Active Bees (18-48 months), Dunstable Leisure Centre, 1pm-2pm
Internet Safety (with specialist police officer Richard Denton), Sandye Place Academy, Sandy, 7pm-9pm
Tuesday 20 October:
Forest School (back to nature with a chance to build dens, make a bird feeder and more), Flitwick Woods (meet Tennyson Road entrance), 10am-11.30am or 1pm-2.30pm
Wednesday 21 October:
Information about upcoming parenting courses, Ampthill, Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard and Sandy libraries, 10am-1pm
Thursday 22 October:
‘Active morning’ (including a dietician and oral health advice), Houghton Regis Leisure Centre, 10am-11am
Friday 23 October:
Information about college courses and returning to work, as well as the Speech and Language Therapy service, Dunstable Salvation Army, Bull Pond Lane, noon-2pm
Councillor Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “Our Parenting Team has worked very hard to ensure that there is something for everyone across the whole week, and I would encourage people to come along and take part.
“The sessions are free and not only are they a chance to have fun with your children, but you can also find out advice about a host of different subjects and speak with other parents.
“It’s great to be able to take part in this national celebration of parenting.”
Places for the football fun sessions at St George’s, the internet safety evening and the two Forest School sessions are limited and must be booked in advance.
To reserve your place and for more information about the week, as well as the Parenting Team and its services, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/parenting