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Leicester Celebrates National Playday

Young visitors to the city centre can celebrate National Playday next week by taking part in a day of free – and fun – activities.

The family-friendly event takes place in Town Hall Square on Wednesday 1 August from 11am until 3pm.

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Activities will include traditional games such as skipping, hula hooping, egg & spoon races and hook-a-duck, as well as creative play sessions and lots of arts and crafts activities.

Adventurous youngsters can also have a go on the climbing wall, while budding engineers will have the chance to build their own dens.

There will be storytelling sessions with the BookBus and a stay-and-play area for parents and babies.

City council staff will be on hand to provide useful information about free early education or childcare for two, three and four-year-olds – and the Get Up & Go team will be encouraging children and their families to be more active this summer.

Young people will also be invited to pledge to make changes to their lives that will benefit their health and wellbeing as part of the #1000Tweaks campaign.

Deputy city mayor for children and young people’s services Cllr Sarah Russell said: “The annual playday is a great opportunity for families with young children to enjoy some fun activities together in the heart of the city centre.

“Play is a vital part of a child’s healthy development, so we are always pleased to give this national initiative our support.”

National Playday is co-ordinated by Play England and is supported by local authorities across the UK.

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