The Children’s activities revolution is upon us!!! – Children’s Activities Week …
… is an exciting NEW national event celebrating the hundreds of thousands of activities, clubs and classes benefiting millions of children every day across the UK – helping them stay fit, healthy, engaged and happy – and babyballet® schools up and down the country have signed up to be part of the action!
The Children’s Activities Week ’s mission is to:
- Showcase the huge range of activities which take place every day throughout the country – from sport to languages, science to dance and art to bush-craft and the fantastic teachers and coaches making it all happen.
- Raise vital funds for 2 fantastic causes – Caudwell Children are committed to giving disabled children a brighter future by providing the life changing practical and emotional support they need to lead an active and independent life. The Children’s Activities Association is the first not-for-profit, industry-led independent organisation to raise standards in all organised children’s activities and at last offer parents, schools and nurseries a swift way to get peace of mind when making their choices.
- Highlight the positive impact children’s activities have on physical and mental health and wellbeing for children (and for parents) along with the huge potential benefits developmentally, educationally and socially, that participating within activities can bring. This is at a time when concerns around childhood obesity and levels of screen time rarely seem to be out of our press.
With the focus on FUN, hundreds of thousands of children (and some grown-ups!) have been dressing up to attend their favourite activity, club or class around the theme ‘#WatchMeFly’. Look out across social media or on the streets of Britain during Children’s Activities Week for a wealth of bees, pilots, butterflies, dragons, rockets, ladybirds, superheroes, fairies and more, all in celebration of the week and all the exciting things taking place.
Babies, tots, toddlers and pre-schoolers from babyballet focussed their #WatchMeFly fancy dress on fairies and superheroes with a mob of super cute costumes in every class. baby ballet dance teachers joined in the fun too dressing in pink superhero capes with babyballet’s favourite bears, Twinkle and Teddy, in a superhero style design printed on the back.
So far there have also been amazing competitions and visits by VIPs – such as sports personalities and Olympians – to clubs and classes and a world record attempt with Sid Sloane from CBeebies!
To celebrate getting up, getting active and having fun, youngsters across the UK Have joined in with Sid as he has been visiting a wealth of different kids’ clubs and classes. ‘Sid’s Tour’ will end with a guest appearance at ‘Under 1 Roof’ in London, as the exciting week comes to a close. Both record attempt and ‘Sid’s Tour’ are sponsored by Morton Michel.
babyballet welcomed Sid to their movement to music ballet class on Tuesday at The Orchard Centre in Biggleswade.
Fifteen 3 and 4 year olds excitedly showed off their dancing skills as Sid was taught to point his good toes, bend and stretch, hop, skip, jump and even tip toe to the babyballet® castle in the sky! Teachers Miss Lauren, Miss Jessica and Miss Lucy were in awe of the children who strived to show the Cbeebies star, whom they see on their TV screens, how well behaved and talented they really are.
“We did our jumps really high and Sid jumped like superman! I did that too and I loved meeting him” said babyballet® star Alfie, aged 3.
Though Sid’s visit was brief, the class ended as every babyballet class does, dancing with Twinkle and Teddy the babyballet® bears and in an adorable finale the children sang along to the lullaby with their teachers.
Thousands of other children’s activities and around 200,000 children are expected to have participated in Children’s Activities Week – and with no charge to be part of the action and so much to enjoy and benefit from, it’s no surprise that it is said to be the most inspiring and remarkable event of its type ever witnessed in the UK.
Claire O’Connor, founder of babyballet explains why they were so keen to be part of Children’s Activities Week, “Here at babyballet we are passionate about happy, healthy children and cannot wait to introduce our little stars to the benefits of being a part of such a great experience as Children’s Activities Week.
We strive to make learning to dance an unforgettable and magical experience for our babyballet stars and their families and know that #CAW2018 will be so much fun!”
A wealth of sports personalities and celebrities including Peter Andre, Sid Sloane, Annabel Karmel, John Farnworth and many more are also supporting Children’s Activities Week.
Sid Sloane, CBeebies presenter comments, “I’m a huge fan of the CAA and their fantastic work to ensure our children’s services meet a quality assured standard, and I can’t wait to get involved with all the fun during Children’s Activities Week!”
Peter Andre comments, “Singing, dancing, sports, art; these are all the things that I enjoyed growing up and I now enjoy sharing with my children. Shining a spotlight on the opportunities for children to learn new skills and express themselves is a great idea and raising funds for a fantastic charity like Caudwell Children makes Children’s Activities Week 2018 a really worthwhile event; I’m delighted to be on board.”
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive, Caudwell Children added “I’m so excited about the prospect of Children’s Activities Week 2018, it is going to be a fabulous event. Caudwell Children provides the practical and emotional support children need to lead active and independent lives, helping them to reach their full potential. Together with the Children’s Activities Association and every activity provider involved, we are going to attract the attention of the nation and showcase what amazing things can be achieved when you give children the helping hand they need to follow their dreams. With these shared goals and the combined strength of all of us working together, we can achieve great things. Stand back everyone and watch us fly!”
Children’s Activities Week has run since April 30th to May 4th 2018 UK-wide. For full information and see how you can be part of the action – visit www.childrensactivitiesweek.org