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ChYpPS activities

We help keep Cambridge children and their families entertained with a free programme of fun activities. Our Children and Young People’s Participation Service – known as ChYpPS – works year-round in neighbourhoods across the city to provide free open-access play opportunities for children, young people and their families.

To reserve a place on one of our sessions, email us or send us a private message on Facebook.

Children are free to come and go as they please, but we are not a childcare facility. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Our activities can be affected by coronavirus, in which case we might need to cancel some at short notice. We will announce any changes on our Facebook page. We are happy to share our risk control measures with you if you want to read them.

We stick to the government’s coronavirus guidelines to ensure everybody’s safety during our outdoor play sessions.

  • The sessions are aimed at local families – we do not encourage travel from outside of Cambridge.
  • We do not encourage gatherings of more than 30 people. We ask people to stay in their bubbles and be mindful of social distancing when collecting materials and equipment.
  • We frequently clean all shared equipment and provide a thorough clean after each session.

Summer 2021 activities

We’re thrilled to be back supporting children to have the freedom to play together in the city’s wonderful open spaces and parks.

We have listed all the activities below, but you can also download our Playdaze summer programme [PDF, 4MB].

We will be joined by various organisations on our sessions, including the Child and Family Centre and University Museums. Our Active Lifestyle team will also be around – read our summer sport activities page to find out what they’re offering through the holiday.

Online sessions with the University Museums

We have arranged some online sessions with University of Cambridge Museums. Email us to reserve a place – spaces are limited, so we will restrict each family to a maximum of two sessions.

  • Tuesday 27 July, 11am to midday: Join the team from Kettle’s Yard for some exciting art activities based on their collection, led by an artist. Suitable for children aged 7 and older.
  • Friday 30 July, 11am to midday: Join Alison Giles from the Whipple Museum of the History of Science to find out about your organs in this interactive session using objects from the Museum. You will need paper, something to write with and sticky tape. Suitable for children aged 7 and older.
  • Friday 13 August, 11am to midday: The Museum of Classical Archaeology will teach you how to write your name using Ancient Greek letters and ask you to help decipher a message from an old monument. Suitable for children aged 7 and older.
  • Friday 20 August , 11am to midday: Join Miranda from the Fitzwilliam Museum for a fun, creative session inspired by the animals, insects, and plants in the Museum's collection. Suitable for children aged 5 to 11.

Outdoor play sessions, week 1: 26 to 30 July

  • Monday 26 July, 10.30am to midday on King’s Hedges recreation ground, with the Sedgwick Museum
  • Monday 26 July, 10.30am to midday on Cherry Hinton High Street recreation ground
  • Monday 26 July, 2 to 3.30pm on Peverel Road recreation ground, with Abbey People
  • Monday 26 July, 2 to 3.30pm on Romsey recreation ground
  • Tuesday 27 July, 2 to 3.30pm on Eddington cricket pitch, with our Active Lifestyle team
  • Wednesday 28 July, 10.30am to midday on Thorpe Way park, with Abbey People and Sin Cru
  • Wednesday 28 July, 10.30am to midday on Coleridge recreation ground
  • Wednesday 28 July, 2 to 3.30pm on Green End Road recreation ground, with the Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Wednesday 28 July, 2 to 3.30pm on King George V playing field
  • Thursday 29 July, 10.30am to midday on Histon Road recreation ground, with our Active Lifestyle team and Sin Cru
  • Thursday 29 July, 10.30am to midday on Nightingale Avenue
  • Thursday 29 July, 2 to 3.30pm on Nuns Way recreation ground with Cambridge City Child and Family Centre
  • Thursday 29 July, 2 to 4pm on Glebe Farm Centrum Gardens
  • Friday 30 July, 2 to 3.30pm at Orchard Park Community Centre
  • Friday 30 July, 2 to 3.30pm on Gunhild Close recreation ground

Outdoor play sessions, week 2: 2 to 6 August

  • Monday 2 August, 10.30am to midday on King’s Hedges recreation ground, with our Active Lifestyle team and Sin Cru
  • Monday 2 August, 10.30am to midday on Cherry Hinton High Street recreation ground, with the Zoology Museum
  • Monday 2 August, 2.00-3.30pm on Peverel Road recreation ground, with Abbey People
  • Monday 2 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Romsey recreation ground
  • Tuesday 3 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Eddington cricket pitch
  • Wednesday 4 August, 10.30am to midday on Thorpe Way park
  • Wednesday 4 August, 10.30am to midday on Coleridge recreation ground, with the Sedgwick Museum
  • Wednesday 4 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Green End Road recreation ground
  • Wednesday 4 August, 2 to 4pm at Glebe Farm Centrum Gardens
  • Thursday 5 August, 10.30am to midday on Histon Road recreation ground
  • Thursday 5 August, 10.30am to midday on Nightingale Avenue
  • Thursday 6 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Nuns Way recreation ground, with Cambridge City Child and Family Centre
  • Thursday 6 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Hobson Park
  • Friday 7 August, 2 to 3.30pm at Orchard Park Community Centre
  • Friday 7 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Gunhild Close recreation ground, with Kettle’s Yard

Outdoor play sessions, week 3: 9 to 13 August

  • Monday 9 August, 10.30am to midday on King’s Hedges recreation ground
  • Monday 9 August, 10.30am to midday on Cherry Hinton High St recreation ground
  • Monday 9 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Peverel Road recreation ground
  • Monday 9 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Romsey recreation ground
  • Tuesday 10 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Eddington cricket pitch, with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Wednesday 11 August, 10.30am to midday on Thorpe Way park, with the Botanic Garden
  • Wednesday 11 August, 10.30am to midday on Coleridge recreation ground, with our Active Lifestyle team and Sin Cru
  • Wednesday 11 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Green End Road recreation ground
  • Wednesday 11 August, 2 to 4pm on Hobson Park
  • Thursday 12 August, 10.30am to midday on Histon Road recreation ground
  • Thursday 12 August, 10.30am to midday on Nightingale Avenue, with Cambridge City Child and Family Centre
  • Thursday 12 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Nuns Way recreation ground, with the Museum of Classical Archaeology
  • Thursday 12 August, 2 to 3.30pm on King George V Playing Field
  • Friday 13 August, 2 to 3.30pm at Orchard Park Community Centre
  • Friday 13 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Gunhild Close recreation ground

Outdoor play sessions, week 4: 16 to 20 August

  • Monday 16 August, 10.30am to midday on King’s Hedges recreation ground
  • Monday 16 August, 10.30am to midday on Cherry Hinton High Street recreation ground
  • Monday 16 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Peverel Road recreation ground, with Abbey People
  • Monday 16 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Romsey recreation ground
  • Tuesday 17 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Eddington cricket pitch
  • Wednesday 18 August, 10.30am to midday on Thorpe Way park, with Abbey People
  • Wednesday 18 August, 10.30am to midday on Coleridge recreation ground, with the Whipple Museum
  • Wednesday 18 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Green End Road recreation ground
  • Wednesday 18 August, 2 to 3.30pm on King George V playing field, with the Zoology Museum
  • Thursday 19 August, 10.30am to midday on Histon Road recreation ground
  • Thursday 19 August, 10.30am to midday on Nightingale Avenue, with Cambridge City Child and Family Centre
  • Thursday 19 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Nuns Way recreation ground, with our Active Lifestyle team
  • Thursday 19 August, 2 to 4pm at Trumpington Meadows Country Park, with the Wildlife Trust
  • Friday 20 August, 2 to 3.30pm at Orchard Park Community Centre
  • Friday 20 August, 2 to 3.30pm on Gunhild Close recreation ground