Lots of parents have been asking us where we got our Minecraft papercrafts from, so here are the details of the main websites we used!
However, please remember that these sites are not associated with Playtarium! These sites have comment sections which may not be moderated, and we can not guarantee that content posted on these sites will be suitable for children.
There are sections on this site for characters, mobs, blocks etc.
This is the site with the Giant Steve, as well as the (very difficult) diamond pickaxe.
If you want a specific template we used, feel free to email us, or post a request on our facebook page and we’ll get back to you!
Minecraft! We’re sure most parents have heard of this game, because kids seem to be obsessed with it! We know that they would probably spend all day playing on the game if they could, so we set out to see if we could have a go at playing real life Minecraft! We found lots of papercrafts online, and the kids spent the whole day (some spent the whole week!) making their own Steves, creepers, houses and loads of other things from the game. If you want to try and do something similar at home, it’s really easy to do. We’ll be posting another blog post with links to some of the ones we used. Or in the meantime you can just google ‘Minecraft Papercrafts’, download the templates and get sticking!
After the success of last year’s trip to see the Lion King, we’ve decided to make another trip to the theatre this summer. On the 7th of August, PLAYtarium will be going to see Wicked! Like last year’s trip, the cost has been covered by funding from the Big Lottery Fund. Unfortunately, we can only take 50 children with us, so spaces are very limited! The children will also be able to take part in a drama workshop led by two professional actors!! More information is available on the holiday page.
Today Go Kids Go! came to visit PLAYtarium! Go Kids Go! are a charity that has been running wheelchair skills training for young wheelchair users since 1990. They help raise awareness of the challenges faced by young wheelchair users. All the children were able to learn wheel chair skills, and all did a dance together!
To find out more about Go Kids Go! and the services they offer, please visit their site at www.wheelchairchildren.org.uk
In the February half term, PLAYtarium went to see the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre! Fifty children came for the trip, which included a drama workshop led by two professional actors, and of course the amazing Lion King performance - which thanks to our funding from the Big Lottery, was free! The children really enjoyed the workshop, where they learned how to act like the kind of animals from the Lion King, such as cheetahs, giraffes, warthogs and elephants. The kids loved acting like wild animals! But the highlight of the day was, of course, the Lion King performance. The show was absolutely fantastic, and was an amazing experience for all the kids (and the staff too!). We can only hope that we’ll be able to offer such an amazing trip again in the future.
More activities than ever!
Phew, that was one full holiday! The kid’s really enjoyed it, but the staff are exhausted!
This February we tried lots of new activities, and brought back some old ones, and the result was a whole heap of fun! We had the Play Rangers in, who did outside cooking with the kids, we went rock climbing, did dance and drama, had media sessions, had drumming lessons, as well as our normal activities like bowling and cinema. We also had more arts and crafts activities, more sports, and a greater variety of toys for the kids to play with. We have a new kitchen set, a reading area, and new games for the PS3, including DJ Hero. But as if this wasn’t enough, we’ll be having even more fun, with even more new activities next holiday!
We’d really appreciate feedback on how your children have enjoyed the recent changes to PLAYtarium. Please let us know if you have any comments at all, or any new ideas for activities!
PLAYtarium makes its first visit to the Kidney Wood Play Trail
This November, PLAYtarium decided to go on a little adventure! We went to Kidney Wood, where’s a new and exciting play trail to explore. After spending some time at Stockwood Discovery Centre, the kids and staff walked down to the play trail on London Road. Although it was a little chilly, we had loads of fun. We collected lots of beautiful autumn leaves and sticks to use for some creative
PLAYtarium perform first play to The Over Fifties Lunch Club
PLAYtarium Holiday Club gave it’s first ever performance this summer. The children have taken part in various plays and dances before, but so far no one has ever performed to anyone outside of the club.
But this summer, that changed!