Parents racking their brains for new ways to entertain their kids over the next week are being invited to the Croydon Family Learning Festival starting on Friday.
Dozens of free events for children of all ages and their families are being held at venues across the borough from 9-16 October as part of the festival, which is organised by Croydon Council.
At the main events in Whitgift Square on Friday 9 October and Saturday 10 October, activities include:
• LEGO robotics
• Board games and online games
• Mobile toy library
• Growing your own plants
• Nail bar
• Sensory activities
• Finger puppets
Local libraries are also hosting a range of activities throughout the week, from a hair-braiding workshop in South Norwood to an entertainer in Shirley and getting up close to mini-beasts in Thornton Heath. Visitors can just drop in for most sessions, although some are ticket entry only.
The festival is also a chance for families to sign up for one of the CALAT adult learning courses, apply for school places, find out about supporting your child through the Croydon Best Start initiative, get information about dyslexia or join your local library.
“From reading and rhyming to crochet and computing, our festival has plenty to keep small and big kids alike entertained while also learning together. It’s a great way for everyone to learn new skills and also find out how to access the council’s family support services.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning
For more information, visit https://www.croydon.gov.uk/education/learningcentres/learning-festival