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Science Festival takes place at the Colchester Royal Grammar School on Saturday 17 March 2018, 10 to 4 pm. Activities include Planetariums, Dr Death and MediEvil medicine pantomime, Creepy Crawlie Roadshow, forensics and autopsy lab amongst many others. Earn a 2 hour stamp in your Passport to Learning. See flier below for details and a flier for a science festival photo competition with a chance to win some Amazon vouchers.
Achievement for All's 100 Million Minute Challenge
After the success in previous years, Achievement for All is rebooting its reading challenge for 2018. Aimed at promoting everyday reading and tacking low literacy rates amongst children and young people, the 100 Million Minute Challenge kicks off on World Book Day (1st March) and has been validated as eligible for earning Children's University stamps.
The competition is open to all early years settings, schools, colleges, parents, carers, childminders and other community groups across the UK and lasts until 29th March 2018. To get involved, guardians and teachers can register for a 'Challenge Champion' account, from which minutes of reading for each child can be logged. Prizes are available for the highest average amount of minutes per child and, for each hour of reading logged, children can earn 1 Children's University stamp.
Braintree District Museum will be running a series of craft workshops during the Esater holidays with an Into the Spring Forest theme in week 1 and an Under the Sea theme in week 2. See the information sheet at the bottom of this page for more information.
Infantasia will be running two holiday orchestra workshops during the Easter holidays - no experience necessary! See the flier below for more information.
We have a new set of challenges available with our
Easter Challenge plus our
Dinosaur and Fossil Challenge and a '
Thunk!' Challenge. Please download them from the bottom of this page.
Even though the temperature has dropped its still really important to get outside and get your 'dose of nature'. Just 5 mins outside can lift the spirits, especially in children and teenagers!
Doing things as a family helps create lasting memories, so why not make some this winter - and see how many outdoor adventures you can complete this season with the SuffolkFab40 Adventures Winter Adventures.
Send us a copy of your certificate and we'll send you a 'stamp' for your Passport.
LEGOLAND Windsor Activity Pack and Discount
We're pleased to announce that we have updated our LEGOLAND partnership and added a new activity pack to the bottom of this page on our site. This pack can be used during a visit to LEGOLAND Windsor and includes a number of fun activities to be completed in various attractions at the resort. Completion of 4 or more activities is worth 4 stamps which can be provided by the resort's Guest Services. Alternatively, an answer sheet has also been included for those who don't finish the activities at the park so that parents can mark their child's sheet and submit it as usual.
If visiting the park as a Children's University member and completing the activity sheet, children and parents are also eligible for an exclusive discount. Click here to visit the Lego website and request a booking form.
Children living in or visiting
Sudbury can follow the
Talbot Trail and earn 1.5 hours for their Passport. The trail highlights some of the fascinating history of Sudbury and can be downloaded from the bottom of this page or you can pick up a printed copy from the Tourist Information Office in the town's library for 50p. Staff there would be happy to stamp your Passport on completion of the trail. Also available from the Tourist Information Office is the Sudbury Heritage Centre Young Visitor's Activities sheet which takes approximately 1 hour to complete.
Harwich has a rich nautical history and much of it's heritage can be seen in parts of the Old Town. The Harwich Society runs and maintains many visitor attractions within the area, many of which have been validated as CU Learning Destinations. You'll find activity sheets to download at the bottom of this page.
Children must be accompanied on any visit and please check the website www.harwich-society.co.uk ahead of any visit.
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