Wacky challenge play bus keeps kids busy

ADVENTURE Logan Bull, four, from Portsea, is in the ball pit, while Oliver Parkhurst-Fisher, four, from North End, enjoys the Jungle Buddies Play Bus. Picture: Sarah Standing (122490)
ADVENTURE Logan Bull, four, from Portsea, is in the ball pit, while Oliver Parkhurst-Fisher, four, from North End, enjoys the Jungle Buddies Play Bus. Picture: Sarah Standing (122490)

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SCORES of youngsters tested their limits on a wacky adventure play bus.

The Jungle Buddies Play Bus allowed children to make the most of a summer’s day in town when it parked up in Arundel Street, Portsmouth, yesterday.

ADVENTURE Oliver Parkhurst-Fisher, four, from North End, enjoys the Jungle Buddies Play Bus while Logan Bull, four, from Portsea, is in the ball pit. Picture: Sarah Standing (122490-3025 & 3014)

ADVENTURE Oliver Parkhurst-Fisher, four, from North End, enjoys the Jungle Buddies Play Bus while Logan Bull, four, from Portsea, is in the ball pit. Picture: Sarah Standing (122490-3025 & 3014)

Complete with ball pools, challenge blocks, rollers, a large slide, hanging snakes and much more, the bus was a perfect way for kids to let of steam.

Oliver Parkhurst-Fisher, four, from North End, pictured, and Logan Bull, four, from Portsea, pictured inset, let their imaginations run away with them as their families put their feet up and watched.

Event organiser Colin Walker, the district centre co-ordinator for Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘The kids had the chance to run wild while they were out shopping or visiting the centre with their families. The parents could relax while they were doing that because they knew they in a safe environment.

The event is one of a number of sessions taking place in Arundel Street throughout the summer.

Other events planned for the location include a Dickens workshop led by the Kings Theatre, performances from Stickleback Plasticus Cats Choir, football workshops, arts and crafts sessions, and classes in how to be a DJ.

Colin added: ‘We want to make the centre a vibrant, exciting place to visit this summer.’

Most of the sessions are free, but for some there will be a small charge.

For more information, see visitportsmouth.co.uk or call (023) 9284 1068.

WHAT’S ON TOMORROW

· Watch the Olympics opening ceremony on the big screen in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, with all the family. Starts at 7pm to midnight.

· Stories and crafts for children aged four to 12 will take place at Under the Sea, in the Carnegie Library, Fratton. The event is free and takes place from 11am to midday.

· Go on a road trip to Beaulieu and visit an exhibition filled with local artists’ work. There will also be a number of demonstrations at the Look Twice Art Exhibition in Summer Lane. For more call (023) 8089 1203.

· Try out gymnastics, trampolining, tennis, football and swimming at an Olympics Day, in Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre, Portsmouth. The sessions cost £22 each and are aimed at children over the age of eight. Participants are advised to bring lots of water to the event, which is on from 10am to 3pm. Advanced booking needed, call (023) 9266 0581.

· Create a treasure hunt in the garden by placing objects in hidden spots and giving the kids clues as to where they might be hidden. Have a prize for the person who finds the most things first. While the kids are busy with that, parents can relax in the sunshine with a cuppa and soak up some rays.

· Take the family to the movies to see Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D – U. The film sees the prehistoric friends separated from friends and family when their continent is set adrift, and Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid (John Leguizamo) set sail on an iceberg in a bid to find them. For more info and timings see myvue.com

· Sit back and watch a showcase of local sports at the London 2012 Olympic Games Sports Taster Session. There is also the chance to try out the sports at the event in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, which is on from 10am to 4pm. It is aimed at ages five to 16.