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What Do I Do During School Holidays?

There are likely to be holiday playschemes in your area. They may be organised by the council, community groups, churches or privately. They normally charge a fee and you will need to provide a packed lunch. The playschemes usually have a range of activities including art, sports, drama, etc. Many schemes also arrange outings to the cinema, museums, funfairs, parks or the seaside. The cost of outings is usually extra.

Many London boroughs organise a ‘Summer University' in the summer holidays. Students can take a range of courses in areas such as ICT, Drama, Dance, Art, Computer Animation, Science, Sport, Cookery, DJ-ing etc. as well as academic courses. The range is enormous and most children will find something of interest. Many of the courses are free of charge or cost very little. Other parts of the country offer similar schemes. There may also be other activities organised by private groups. Some churches, mosques, community centres and temples also arrange activities during holiday periods.

The Break Out website gives ideas and information on activities for children aged 5 to 14 after school and during the holidays. Many of them are government funded and are, therefore, subsidised or free.