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Free PlayDaze activity programme for children gets under way with Lion Yard treasure hunt

News release from 25/07/2019

AN EXCITING four-week programme of free activities for children across the summer holidays kicks off this Friday, with a special launch event at Lion Yard Shopping Centre.

Cambridge City Council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS) will be launching PlayDaze, the free summer programme for school-aged children and families, at Lion Yard on Friday 26 July from 11am.

Whilst getting ready for the summer, ChYpPS have hidden eight items around the shopping centre. Children and families are invited to come along between 11am-2pm to help hunt for the objects.

If they find them they will receive a goody bag and entry into a draw to win prizes donated from Lion Yard and shops, restaurants and locations including Yo! Sushi, Smiggle, Boost Juice, Soboro, Accessorize, Cambridge Central Library, Holland & Barrett and Flying Tiger.

Look out for the big red ChYpPS banners in Lion Yard from 11am. The winner of the prize draw will be announced when the treasure hunt ends at 2pm. Please note goody bags are limited so please come early to avoid disappointment.

This year’s PlayDaze programme of free activities runs from Monday 29 July – Wednesday 28 August. There are over 100 sessions across four and half weeks at parks, playgrounds and community centres, all designed to give families the chance to spend time together, have fun and try new things. Activities are free and no booking is required for the majority of activities.

ChYpPS has collaborated with the University of Cambridge Museums, HistoryWorks, Amey and the Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling society to offer a full and varied programme.

Some new additions to the programme this year include:

  • Bookable robotics and stop animation workshops with Tech Studio Cambridge (13 and 15 August, Tech Studio Computer Club, Mill Road)
  • Scootering and Skateboarding sessions with Team Rubicon (30 July and 13 August, Brown’s Field Community Centre, Green End Road).  
  • ChYpPS have teamed up with Cambridge Film Festival to host two free showings of family films at Brown’s Field Community Centre: Spider-man into the Spiderverse (6 August, 6pm) and Mary Poppins Returns (20 August, 6pm).

There will be the usual outdoor play sessions in neighbourhoods on the local parks and open spaces as well as the popular larger festival fun days (Big Wednesdays) in collaboration with other organisations on central parks throughout August. These festival fun days take place on 7 August (Jesus Green), 14 August (Coldham’s Common), 21 August (Cherry Hinton Hall) and 28 August (Lammas Land) and will include a mixture of crafts, sports, and entertainment for the whole family.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “It’s great to be able to offer so many free activities.

“The PlayDaze programme really does have something for everyone, and I hope that young people and families will really enjoy the fantastic varied programme on offer over the summer.”

For more information about ChYpPS and the PlayDaze programme go to, follow the link on Facebook at or call 01223 457873.

A  brochure featuring the full PlayDaze programme of activities across the summer is available at