Do you remember when summer holidays were all about building dens, cooking on open fires, catching bugs and fishing? Do you wish your city kids would switch off their screens and go out and play?
Many families love living in the city but, come summer holidays, dream of a big garden and wish their children had more chance to play outdoors.
Well it turns out you don’t have to leave the city for some ‘good, clean, muddy fun’ – just head down to Deptford! With unique access to Deptford Creek which is teeming with crabs, eels, shrimp and fish, a room full of waders and all the equipment, staff and space you need, the Creekside Discovery Centre is bringing back summer holidays as they used to be.
This summer they are running a series of events called ‘Wild Wednesdays’. The aim is to get families playing outdoors together and the sessions will include den building and cooking over an open fire, mudlarking, crab fishing and bug hunting.
‘Wild Wednesdays’ at the Creekside Discovery Centre
Wednesday 3 July – Den building and cooking over an open fire (for ages 5+)
Wednesday 7 August – Bug hunting (for ages 3+)
Wednesday 14 August –Mudlarking in Deptford Creek (for ages 7+)
Wednesday 21 August – Den building and cooking over an open fire (for ages 5+)
Wednesday 28 August – Crab catching in Deptford Creek (for ages 5+)
Most activities run from 11am – 1pm and cost £5 per person or £15 for a family of 4. Den building and fire making is a 3 hour session running from 11am – 2pm, it includes lunch and costs £7 (£20 for a family of 4). Children can be left under the care of Creekside Discovery Centre’s CRB checked staff but parents are very much encouraged to stay and join in the fun too. Most activities are aimed at 5-12 year olds.
Mandie Wraxall (Trainer at the Creekside Discovery Centre) said: “Research shows that a third of children these days have never built a den and experts say that modern day children are missing out on vital experiences because they do not spend enough time having fun in the open air. When they come to the Creekside Discovery Centre, people are always amazed at the rich variety of urban wildlife around us and watching a child catch a crab for the first time is one of the highlights of my job. We’re running different activities each week as we hope families will want to come along more than once.”
“Best day ever. It was totally awesome. I caught 5 crabs and a really long eel. I was so happy that I got some fish.” – Max age 8
“Great time – wonderful for kids and geriatrics! This is the kind of activity children in London need.” – Sandra age 65+
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