“I’m bored.” The two words every parent dreads hearing, especially with the summer holidays stretching out ahead - but have no fear.
South Yorkshire is a veritable feast of activity in the next few weeks. Sheffield Children’s University has unveiled the schedule for its Festival of Fun 2016, which includes everything from rock climbing and drama to crafts and exhibitions, all designed to keep your little ones occupied. And the best part? It’s all completely free, provided your child has a Passport To Learning, which is available from Sheffield libraries for just £2. So scour the list and get booking now, as places are already filling up fast.
A drama workshop celebrating Roald Dahl’s book The Twits will be held at Sheffield Dragon’s Academy on July 21 for children aged 4-7. Call 0114 2995227 to book.
Create your own art journal using printing techniques, stencils, photography, drawing and poetry at sessions at libraries throughout the city over the summer. Kids aged 7-19 welcome, so call 0114 2686813 to book.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools
A series of themed sessions for kids aged 4-12 will include street-dancing, pop singing and drama on July 21 at Frecheville Library, and July 25 at Highfield Library. Call 07979 189177 to book.
The Sheffield academy will be holding a series of sessions throughout July and August at libraries across the city, for children aged 7-13. Call 0114 2706757 to book.
Underbank Activity Centre, Stocksbridge
Have a go at climbing and high ropes, paddle sports and archery. Sessions for kids aged 7-14 held on July 21 and 22, call 07182 722226 to book.
A football coaching camp will be held at Springs Academy School, running from July 25 to August 5. The camp is for children aged five to 13 and will run daily from 10am to 3pm. Call 07964 227667 to book.
Family Woodland Activity Walk
Get back to nature with the whole family at Upper Wincobank Chapel on July 25, aimed at children 4-8 years. Call 07980 142776 to book.
Make models and animate them into movies, get hints and tips from a real life animator, and watch Monsters University in the uni cinema all for free - on July 27 in the university’s Owen Building. Suitable for children aged 5-11 and their families. Visit Event Brite to book.
Sheffield Wildcats Roller Hockey
Build your confidence on rollerskates at Concord Sports Centre in Shiregreen on July 27. All school ages are welcome, so call 07961 192322 to book.
Academy of Self-Defence
A fun introduction to Ju Jitsu, for children aged five and over, will be held at Ecclesall Library on July 22, Firth Park Library on August 3, and Newfield Green Library on August 5. Call 07738 909125 to book.
Broomhill Music Sessions
The sessions include action songs, rhythm games, percussion instruments, singing and dancing at libraries around the city throughout July. Call 0114 2584048 to book.
Traditional tabletop games with a cool modern twist. Sessions - aimed at kids five and over and their families - will be held at libraries across the city throughout July and August. Call 07957 449572 for further details.
Awesome Walls School of Rock
No experience necessary for this indoor rock climbing experience, but children should be aged 6-16. Sessions held at the School of Rock on Garter Street throughout July and August. Call 0114 2446622 to book.
A Mind Apart Theatre Company
Make new friends and learn new skills through dance, drama, singing and art as part of the company’s Holiday Club, held at Old Sharrow Junior School on August 1. Sessions are aimed at kids aged 7-13, so call 0114 2321172 to book.
Have fun playing outdoors and exploring the natural environment around Carbrook Ravine, at sessions held on August 5. Children aged 5-13 are welcome, so visit Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust to book.