Youngsters get their brains in gear and have fun at library

FUN Sister and brother, Amy and Mark Drake make their 'brain machines' at Southsea Library.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (122538-380)
FUN Sister and brother, Amy and Mark Drake make their 'brain machines' at Southsea Library. Picture: Allan Hutchings (122538-380)
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PROUD grandmother Rita Drake watched her grandchildren get stuck into hands-on activities in Southsea.

Rita, of Grant Road, Farlington, took her grandchildren Mark, eight, and Amy, six, to Southsea Library yesterday for a morning of fun.

The children made ‘brain machines’ out of cardboard, tissue paper and bubble wrap based on Professor Cortex and his brain machine.

Professor Cortex is one of a number of fictional characters that have been created for this year’s Summer of Reading Challenge to help inspire children to read.

Summer Reading Challenge activities are being held twice a week at the library during the summer holidays.

Rita said: ‘They really enjoyed themselves.

‘I always make sure they are doing fun activities during the holidays as it keeps them active.

‘The library service and Portsmouth City Council do a great job of entertaining the children by giving them plenty to do.

‘It was nice to see quite a few children and their families involved in the activities.

‘As long as my grandchildren are having a nice time that’s all that matters to me.’

For more information about activities taking place at Southsea Library this summer call (023) 9268 8999


· Become a detective for the day and test your skills at identifying mystery objects to learn more about Nelson’s Navy life. The event, Ship Detectives on board HMS Victory, is free with a valid museum ticket and is aimed at children and families of any age. It’s on from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. No need to book.

· Have a bounce on the trampolines at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Portsmouth. The session is on from 5pm to 6pm and aimed at children aged five to 16. Costs £4.85 per child. Organisers recommend calling to confirm times, on (023) 9262 6500.

· Explore the different habitats in Queen Elizabeth Country Park at the Monster Mini Beast Hunt. Visitors at the event, which is aimed at ages four to 16, will have the chance to see what lives in the woodland and meadow. Costs £3 per child and is on from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm to 3pm. No need to book. For more, call (023) 9259 5040.

· Gather the whole family together and try out bowling. This active and fun sport gets everyone out of the house and working as a team while having fun, no matter what the weather’s like outside.

· Get in touch with you musical and artistic side and head to the Wickham Festival. Tomorrow is the first of the four-day festival which brings many well known music artists to the area including Jools Holland, The Levellers, Bellowhead, and Oysterband. There will also be a cinema tent, digital funfair, street theatre, children’s entertainers and lots more. Prices range from £20 for an evening ticket to £135 for a four-day pass. For more information call (023) 8071 1818.

· In Olympic fashion, make an obstacle course in the garden out of hoops, keepy-uppy, skipping and other sporting challenges. Have the kids and their friends compete in it.