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Virtual fun and games for children and families during February and half-term

News release from 05/02/2021

FUN and games are on the agenda for children and families this month thanks to Cambridge City Council’s Children and Young People’s Service (ChYpPS).

The team has put together a programme of free online term time and half-term holiday activities to help families in Cambridge ease the boredom of being stuck at home.

Until the end of March, the programme aims to bring some light relief for children with activities that can all be done with limited resources from home.

Parents and carers can book their children on to a range of sessions which include games, crafts and drawing workshops and new Facebook live lunchtime play sessions which the team hopes will get everyone on their feet every Monday and Wednesday.

Term time activities include:

  • Lunch Break with ChYpPS, every Monday and Wednesday at 12.30pm starting week beginning 22 February with a Facebook live session for 15 minutes of games and crafts
  • Fun and Games for ages 8 to11, every Monday 4 to 5pm starting 8 February: book on to enjoy some games and crafts
  • Draw with Adie for ages 7+, every Tuesday starting 9 February - join in with our weekly session to learn some basic art techniques

Half-term week will be extra special with the addition of some bookable workshops from the University of Cambridge museums. These sessions will enable children to explore some of the wonderful resources in the museums while they remain closed to the public. 

The Fitzwilliam Museum will show children what life was like for ancient Romans by sharing some of the objects from the museum to discover more about ancient celebrations.

Children will also get the chance to make their own Roman wreath to earn an arts award. There will be a big family animal quiz with the Zoology Museum along with other sessions from Kettle’s Yard and the Whipple Museum.

Details are available at www.facebook.com/chypps or www.cambridge.gov.uk/chypps

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “Lockdown is tough for everyone, not least our children many of whom are missing all the fun activities they would normally be taking part in with their friends.

“We’re very conscious of how difficult it is for many children and their families so I am pleased that we’re able to offer a fresh programme of activities for children in the coming weeks, including during the half-term holiday.

“As part of our commitment to creating ‘One Cambridge, Fair for All’, these events are free, open to all and a great way for families to lighten the mood during this often gloomy lockdown.”

ChYpPS organises activities throughout the year, promoting inclusive opportunities for young people, to support their well-being and help them develop life skills, as part of the council’s wider ongoing work to tackle inequality in Cambridge.

For information about ChYpPS sessions visit www.facebook.com/chypps or www.cambridge.gov.uk/chypps.