Funtime for all

Give us a clue: youngsters from the OSCARS play group turned investigators to solve a crime as they enjoyed a CSI day at their Brinkburn club house. The young sleuths question  'suspect' Amanda Hales.
Give us a clue: youngsters from the OSCARS play group turned investigators to solve a crime as they enjoyed a CSI day at their Brinkburn club house. The young sleuths question 'suspect' Amanda Hales.

STAFF at a council-run summer play scheme has organised a jam-packed week of events before the children go back to school.

OSCARS, a Hartlepool Borough Council-run out-of-school care club, has been keeping children entertained over the six-week holidays with a raft of activities including cinema trips, days out, cooking challenges and crime investigation sessions.

Now the staff at OSCARS, which is based in Catcote Road, have organised another busy programme starting from tomorrow, Tuesday, August 27.

Children aged eight and over will be enjoying a trip to UK Super Bowl while youngsters under seven will be going to Mr Twister’s for a fun day.

On Wednesday, August 28, the children will be making their own fun fruit sorbet at the OSCARS gardening club while on Thursday there is a trip to Albert Park with the bus leaving at 10.30am and arriving back at around 4.30pm.

Friday, August 30, will see the OSCARS Got Talent award ceremony to round off the week, complete with a fish and chip lunch.

The Oscar Playcentre first opened its doors in July 1993 at The Avondale Centre, in Dyke House, to help parents access employment, education and training by providing affordable childcare.

This year it is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

In 1997, the Hartlepool Borough Council-run service, expanded and opened its second scheme at Wynyard Road Community Centre, in the Owton Manor area and a year later a further centre opened in Miers Avenue, in the West View area of Hartlepool.

Over the years Oscars has operated from other venues around the town but in 2012 the service was merged into a single site at West Rugby Club, in Catcote Road, after major funding cuts imposed by the Government.

OSCARS’ out-of-school summer programme runs until September 3.

For information about the scheme and prices call 07771 936968.