Play Day a big hit

The Oscars playgroup pictured at Summerhill during the Mational Playday event.
The Oscars playgroup pictured at Summerhill during the Mational Playday event.

Children enjoyed an activity-filled afternoon of fun this week at Summerhill Country Park.

Last Wednesday saw Summerhill’s annual National Play Day event take place, with scores of Hartlepool youngsters taking part in the many activities on offer.

The Play Day, which ran from 1.30pm until 3.30, featured the ever-popular Hartlepool Play Bus, as well as a scavenger hunt and a selection of sports including tennis, cricket and bowling.

Catherine Jenkison, Summerhill’s relief support officer, said: “It was a really good day, with lots of activities for the kids to do.

“The Play Bus was here, and was very popular with the children and had activities on the inside and outside.”

Another popular feature of Wednesday’s event were the ‘balance bikes’ for the younger children, which prepare them for the big step of leaving their bike stabilisers behind once and for all.

The Play Day, which is open to the public and free to enter, proved to be a great success once again for both the kids and those looking after them.

Kids from OSCARS, a council-run out-of-school care club based at West Hartlepool Rugby Club, were among those enjoying the day’s activities, and OSCARS staff were full of praise for the Play Day.

Claire Gibson, Assistant Co-ordinator of OSCARS, said: “It was a really great, fun-filled day and the kids got a lot out of it.

“There was lots for them all to do and they absolutely loved it.”

The trip to Summerhill’s Play Day was just one event in a busy week and summer programme for the children at OSCARS,

They took part in a ‘Ready Steady Cook-style Challenge’ on Tuesday, made a trip to Hartlepool’s Vue cinema on Thursday, and spent Friday making and flying kites, with many other fun-filled days still to come.

OSCARS’ out-of-school summer programme runs until September 3, and anyone interested in joining their children can call 07771936968 for more information.