Dear all, This week's parent newsletter includes lots of family activities for over the summer, including a special section with websites to visit for events that need to be booked in advance. The next newsletter will be in 2 weeks on 31 July due to a reduced service over the summer period. We are currently unable to respond to your emails and messages as quickly as we would like. If you are waiting for a response, please be patient: we will get back to you as soon as possible. The PARENT MESSAGES section - which includes items for sale, help wanted and services offered – and some news items have been removed from this online version of the newsletter. In order to receive the full newsletter delivered to your inbox on a Thursday, you must be subscribed to the staff parent email list – email email@example.com with your name, job title and Department. Best wishes, Cassie Marks and Naomi Woodburn. University Childcare Information Advisers Childcare Office 21 Trumpington Street Cambridge CB2 1QA Tel: 01223 (3)32249 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org --------CHILDCARE INFORMATION FOR UNIVERSITY STAFF: Another reminder for the guide, now available to download at www.cam.ac.uk/staffparentguide. ----NURSERY EDUCATION FUNDING AT EDWINSTOWE AND WEST CAMBRIDGE NURSERIES: For parents with 3 and 4 year olds at the University Nurseries who use the Workplace Nurseries Salary Sacrifice Scheme and receive Government Nursery Education/Early Years funding through monthly pay: Apologies, but the Local Authorities have only just released the funding for last term, which is too late for this month's payroll. You will receive the payment in your August pay. Parents who qualify for the Government funding but who are not in this Salary Sacrifice Scheme should have seen their monthly nursery fees reduced accordingly.
----UNIVERSITIES' HOLIDAY PLAYSCHEME: Advance booking for the Summer holiday playscheme (23 July-29 August) is now closed. There are some spaces remaining. To book these, you will need to turn up on one of the sites from 12 noon on Wednesday 23 July. It's helpful if you take along a completed booking form, available at www.cam.ac.uk/cambuniv/childcare/playscheme. Full payment is required at the time of booking. To join the mailing list for booking forms for the October holiday playscheme, email email@example.com. Further information on the holiday playscheme and the sites can be found at: www.cam.ac.uk/cambuniv/childcare/playscheme/. ----EXPECTING A BABY? If you are pregnant and your baby is due to arrive between November 08 and early March 09, you may be interested in taking part in a programme in which medical students learn from expectant mothers. Over the last six years more than 700 women have helped students develop a wider understanding of the experience of pregnancy and childbirth by hearing directly from mothers-to–be. (No physical examination is involved). If you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity to contribute to the education of our future doctors please contact: Joanna Griffiths on 01223 769285/769288 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ----DYSLEXIA EXPERIENCES WANTED: To help develop recommendations on the identification and teaching of children with dyslexia, Sir Jim Rose is launching a website and wants teachers, parents, children and others with an interest in dyslexia to supply their views and experiences. Visit www.dcsf.gov.uk/jimroseanddyslexia for more information. ----PLAYDAY 2008 This year's Playday - the annual celebration of children's right to play - is on 6 August with the theme "Give us a Go!" Organisers are calling for a reverse in the decline in adventure play opportunities. See www.playday.org.uk for details and local events: Urban Adventure Play at Dudley Road, Cambridge and The Adventure at Nun's Way Rec, which are being organised by Cambridge City Council's Children and Young People's Participation Service as part of their summer programme of events for children.
----FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE SUMMER: See www.kidsdirect.org.uk (Kids Calendar) and www.visitcambridge.org (What's On? section) for listings of children's events, but in addition to the Upcoming Family Events listed below, try the following selected locations for summer activities, many of which need to be booked in advance: - LOCAL LIBRARIES: Events include Under 5s Teddy Bears Picnics at Linton and Cottenham libraries; a talk about creepy crawlies from the author of "Getting Wild with Bugs" at Histon Library; Magical Tales and storytelling. For further information contact 0800 045 5225 or see www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries/children. - CAMBRIDGE MUSEUMS: www.cam.ac.uk/museumevents. The Fitzwilliam Museum in particular has various themed activities planned for summer. - SUMMERDAZE 2008: free children's events and activities in the area over the school summer holidays, organised by Cambridge City Council. See: www.cambridge.gov.uk/chypps. - LOCAL ENGLISH HERITAGE PROPERTIES: www.englishheritage.org.uk/events. In particular, see events at Audley End and the drop in children's activities at Denny Farmland Museum and Abbey. - CAMBRIDGE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008: From 18 July – 9 August. See www.cambridgesummermusic.com. - LOCAL NATURE RESERVES EVENTS: www.lnr.cambridge.gov.uk/events. - CAMBRIDGE PRESERVATION SOCIETY: Includes Wandlebury, Bourn and Hinxton Mill. See Coming Events at www.cpswandlebury.org. - CHILDREN'S THEATRE MARQUEE: www.cambridge-summer.co.uk. Takes place from Thursday 7-Sunday 10 August on Jesus Green, Cambridge. Part of the City Council's Summer in the City programme. Includes various productions for kids from 3–11 years. - CHILDREN'S GARDENING CLUB: www.scotsdalegardencentre.co.uk. At Scotsdale Garden Centre. For children aged 6-11 years. 3 sessions over the summer holidays. - LOCAL NATIONAL TRUST PROPERTIES: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events. Ickworth House, Wicken Fen and Wimpole Hall all have great family events listed for the summer. - WEST STOW COUNTRY PARK AND ANGLO-SAXON VILLAGE: www.weststow.org. - HEDINGHAM CASTLE: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk. ----UPCOMING FAMILY EVENTS, 19 - 31 July 2008:
Saturday 19 July, 8.30-10.30pm - BAT WALK at Thetford Forest. Suitable for 8+ yrs. Tickets: Adult £5 Child £2.50. Advance Booking required. Tel 01842 816000. www.forestry.gov.uk/thetfordforestpark. Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July, 10am-5pm - WORKING FEN WEEKEND at Wicken Fen, near Ely. Boat trips, wildlife discovery tours, children's challenges and more. Normal admission rates apply. www.wicken.org.uk. Sat 19 July, 10am-12pm - NEARLY NEW SALE at Littleport Village Hall, Victoria Street, Littleport, CB6 1LX. Bargains on baby and children's clothes, equipment, toys and books. Entry is free and tea, coffee and cakes will be available. Contact: Jamie Peacock 07830 205934 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday 20 July, 3-5pm - JAZZ IN THE PARK on Jesus Green. Opus 17 Swing Band. Free event, bring a picnic. www.cambridge-summer.co.uk. Sunday 20 July, 2.30-5.30pm - FAMILY FUN DAY at Cambridge City Football Ground, Milton Road, Cambridge. Family Fun day to raise money for BRIDGES TO BELARUS, to help children still affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Including: puppet show at 4pm, majorettes, bouncy castle and slide, face painting, tombola, arts and crafts, balloon modelling. Contact: Melanie Hinks 01223 424532, email: email@example.com Sunday 20 July, 11am-4pm - ARCHAEOLOGY OPEN DAY at Wandlebury Education Centre. Family drop-in day. Meet Icenorum and have your unknown objects identified. Come dressed in costume for the best-dressed Celt or Roman competition. Under 16s free. Contact Janet Cornish 01223 243830. www.cpswandlebury.org.uk. Saturday 20 July, 12-5pm - ARCHAEOLOGY DISCOVERY DAY at The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey. Reconstruct pots, make a mosaic, try on costumes and have a go at mini sand pit digs. www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk. From Monday 21 July - CRAFT ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN, Oliver Cromwell's House, Ely. Visit the house over the summer holidays and take advantage of the free children's craft activities in the Tithe Office too. Ongoing to August 31. www.ely.org.uk/tic.htm
Tuesday 22 July, 10-11.30am - IT'S MAGIC! at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Drop in art session for pre-school children and their carers. Explore the work in the museum collection with a member of the education team, then make some art in the studio to take home with you. Free event, but book in advance. Tel: 01223 332900. See www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk. Tuesday 22 July, 11am-4pm - POTTERY IN THE PARK at Ickworth, near Bury St Edmunds. Come and try your hand with clay and become a potter for the day! £2.50 per child, accompanying adults free. Park admission applies. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-ickworthhouseparkandgarden. Thursday 24 July - DEN BUILDING at Hinchingbrooke Country Park. Have fun choosing your site then making your den. Will it pass the water test? For 8-11 year olds. Cost £6. Book in advance - tel 01480 451568. See www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/parksandcountryside. From Thursday 24 July - POINT TO POINT SUMMER TRAIL at Cambridge Museums. Horse-themed summer trail for 4-14 year olds. Collect pony points as you answer questions in the participating museums to win a riding lesson. www.cam.ac.uk/museumevents. Thursday 24 July, 11am-4pm - ART IN THE PARK at Ickworth, near Bury St Edmunds. Explore your creative side with lots of exciting art activities inspired by Ickworth Park. Recommended for ages 4-11. Cost: £2.50 per child, accompanying adults free. No booking required. Park admission applies. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-ickworthhouseparkandgarden. Thursday 24 July, 12-4pm - CLAY DAY at the Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey. Drop-in holiday activity day suitable for children aged 4+ who are accompanied an adult. Try your hand at making a coil pot or a farmyard animal. Normal admission prices apply. No need to book. www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk. Friday 25 July, 11.30-12.30 - MAGIC, MYTHS AND MUMMIES at the Fitzwilliam Museum. For children aged 8+. Free, but booking essential. Explore stories and beliefs of the Ancient Egyptian world through objects in the collection. Booking: telephone 01223 332904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
Saturday 26–Sunday 27 July, 11am-4pm - WARTIME ICKWORTH at Ickworth, near Bury St Edmunds. Step back in time and discover what life was like on the Ickworth Estate during the Second World War. Learn about the evacuees who made the basement their home and let interpreters guide you through the changes made to Ickworth during the wartime years. Crafts and activities for children. House, Park and Garden admission applies. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-ickworthhouseparkandgarden. Saturday 26 July, 10.30am-12.30pm - SATURDADS at the University Centre, Mill Lane. Saturdads is a free drop-in parent and toddler session for dads and kids up to about three years. Mums are welcome too. Contact email@example.com with any questions. Sunday 27 July - MUSEUM FETE at the Burwell Museum. Annual summer fête with free admission. Stalls, games and refreshments. Fun for all the family. www.burwellmuseum.org.uk. Monday 28–Tuesday 29 July, 11am-4pm - FAMILY ACTIVITY DAY at Wimpole Home Farm. Craft activities plus butter making in the morning. Children's entertainer. Normal admission applies plus a small charge for craft materials. www.wimpole.org. Tuesday 29-Thursday 31 July - BUSKERS AND STREET PERFORMERS FESTIVAL around Cambridge. A diverse range of music and dance throughout the city centre including a variety of musical groups, solo guitarists, dance acts, drummers, Egyptian dancers, steel bands, magicians and escapologists. See under www.cambridge.gov.uk. Wednesday 30–Thursday 31 July, 11am-5pm - VICTORIAN GAMES AND INVENTIONS at Audley End House and Gardens. Take a trip back in time to try your hand at all kinds of Victorian games. Make your own toy to take home or sit inside a recreated Victorian camera. Cost: Adult £10.50, child £5.30, family £26.30. www.english-heritage.org.uk/audleyend. Wednesday 30 July, 11am-1pm - SHOW ME THE MONEY at The Fitzwilliam Museum Education Studio. For children aged 8+. Meet the experts from our Coins and Medals department for a close-up look at money of all ages from around the world and work in the studio to create your own currency. £4 per child. Booking essential. For further info and to reserve places telephone 01223 332904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk.
Thursday 31 July, 11am-1pm - SUMMER SCULPTURE at The Fitzwilliam Museum. For children aged 8+. Try out different sculpture techniques inspired by our collection. Each session will use different materials. Also on Thursday 21 August: book for both or just one session. £4 per child per session. Booking essential. Telephone 01223 332904 or email email@example.com. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk. Thursday 31 July, 12-4pm - FOOD AND FARMING DAY at the Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey. Drop-in activity day suitable for children who are 4+ and accompanied by an adult. Come and get your hands dirty and celebrate the Year of Food and Farming. Discover where your food comes from and dig your own vegetables, find out about tasty herbs and collect a fragrant bouquet from the cottage garden, carry out an experiment to learn more about different soil types, and plant some seeds to take home. Normal admission prices apply. No need to book. www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk. Thursday 31 July - SUMMER IN THE GARDEN TRAIL at the University Botanic Garden. This special trail will connect all the places in the Garden that look really lovely in summer. Children will be able to record their travels in their journey cards with fallen and found items such as leaves, flowers, seeds and feathers. There will be art activities at two of the stops on the trail. All family art events are drop-in between 11am-3pm. Also taking place on 7, 14, 21 and 28 August. £2 per child, children must be accompanied at all times. www.botanic.cam.ac.uk. Thursday 31 July, 10am-noon, and 1.30-3pm - MINIBEASTS FOR FAMILIES Minibeasts for Families at Paxton Pits. Have a go at minibeast hunting and pond dipping and identify the creatures you find. Cost £4 per person. Ideal for ages from 4 years. Limited places, please book in advance: 01480 451568. www.paxton-pits.org.uk. ----FAMILY THEATRE THIS WEEK: Tuesday 22-Sunday 27 July - THE SWORD IN THE STONE at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Afternoon and evening performances. Tickets: £10 adult, £8 child, £28 family (2+2). www.cambridgeartstheatre.com. Sunday 27 July, 7.30pm - CHARLEY'S AUNT at Wimpole Hall. Open air theatre. Family comedy in the atmospheric setting of the Old Rectory Garden. BBQ and refreshments from 6.30pm. Adult £13, child £9, family £43 (2 adults, 2 children).
www.wimpole.org. ----FAMILY CINEMA: 1) Cineworld, Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Way, Cambridge. Family film, £1 per ticket at 10am every Saturday. Saturday 19 July: ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, THE GAME PLAN, RATATOUILLE. www.cineworld.co.uk. 2) Vue Cinema, Grafton Centre, Cambridge. Tel: 08712 240240. Kids AM: Kids £1.50, 1 adult with every child is free (extra adults £1.50) every Saturday and Sunday. Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July, 10.30am: NIM'S ISLAND. www.myvue.com. 3) Arts Picturehouse Cinema, 38-39 St. Andrews Street. Tel: 08707 551242. KID'S CLUB every Saturdays from 10.30am with games and activities followed by a children's film at 11am. For 3-10 year olds. Saturday 19 June: STEP UP 2: THE STREETS BIG SCREAM on Wednesdays - a club for new parents and their babies (under 1 year). Wednesday 23 July: SUMMER HOURS, WALL-E. www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema_home_date.aspx?venueId=camb. ----------PARENT MESSAGES: -----The PARENT MESSAGES section - which includes items for sale, help wanted and services offered – has been removed from this online version of the newsletter. In order to receive the full newsletter delivered to your inbox on a Thursday, you must be subscribed to the staff parent email list – email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, job title and Department. -----------