THE summer holidays are finally here and over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you ideas for ways to keep the family entertained.
Each day The News’ Summer of Fun guide will help you plan what to do and where to go whatever your budget.
We’ll be featuring events taking place each day and also giving you some fantastic ideas to entertain the kids whether we’re blessed with blistering heat or drenched in downpours.
Youngsters from Fareham Football Club’s mini-soccer branch are already enjoying their fun summer days.
The club put on an adventure day at the weekend to celebrate its first birthday.
Youngsters had to make their way through a tough assault course by dragging a tractor tyre across the club’s playing fields at Cams Alders, Fareham.
Then they had to struggle through a web of bungee ropes and other obstacles.
Later in the day, they had a barbecue before going head-to-head in a tug of war.
Barry Cook, from the club, said: ‘The mini soccer is a year old so we thought we would do something special.
‘We had tremendous support from the parents and they helped a great deal.
‘It was superb and all the kids enjoyed it.’
The event was sponsored by Becky Wilson, from Wickham, who was one of the lucky people chosen to carry the Olympic flame as a torchbearer earlier this year.
Becky turned up at the club on the day and showed the youngsters the torch she used to carry the flame through Bath.
· Odeon cinema shows a number of kids’ screenings throughout the holiday to keep the kids entertained even in the rain. Kids tickets cost £2.50 and adults go free. Tomorrow’s children’s film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, is at 11am. See odeon.co.uk for more.
· Active kids will be kept entertained for hours at The Pyramids Centre leisure and entertainment complex. It is £4 for children under 16 and adults cost £5.
· Try on traditional Tudor clothes at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s How to Look Good Tudor Style event at the Mary Rose Museum. Free with a valid museum ticket, children must be accompanied by an adult.
· Have a trip to the beach at Gunwharf Quays where there will be a large sandpit, sandcastle building competitions, and other seaside activities.
· Become a Royal Marine for the day and take part some of their real training at Commando Family Action. The event in the Royal Marines museum, Eastney, gives families the chance to experience life as a marine. Adult tickets cost £7.95 and children’s tickets cost £5.50.
· A selection of kids games and activities will be held at Kids Camp Fit For Sport at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Portsmouth. It costs £18 and advanced booking is needed, call (023) 9262 6500.
· Special playschemes for children with physical or learning disabilities are being held throughout the summer at Mary Rose School, Portsmouth. The sessions called Enableability Special Needs Playscheme, are for children aged five to eight and run from 10am to 3.30pm. They cost £15 per session. Advanced booking is needed, call (023) 9267 1846.