If you’ve run out of options (and spent your budget!) for keeping your kids entertained this Easter, free fun may be closer than you think. Parks across Birmingham are playing host to thousands of fun, free activity sessions as ParkLives returns to the city for a fourth year, providing the perfect excuse to spend some quality time together as a family.
The fun starts this week with Easter egg hunts taking place at Handsworth Park and Aston Park (various times up until Friday 21st April). Families will hunt for colourful eggs hidden amongst the natural beauty of their local parks. Instructors at Handsworth Park will also be taking the stress out of learning to ride a bike over the Easter holidays by hosting a special ‘Ditch the Stabiliser’ session on Wednesday 19th April.
Delivered by teams from Birmingham City Council in partnership with Coca-Cola Great Britain, ParkLives sessions help bring local parks to life with activities that help to bring communities together and improve wellbeing.
Activities will range from Tai Chi and bushcraft to zumba and nature play, and are designed to appeal to everyone, regardless of ability or experience. New activities this year include open water swimming, dodgeball and even Pickle Ball – a mix of badminton, tennis and table tennis.
The activities will be taking place daily in more than 100 parks and green spaces across Birmingham including Lickey Hills Country Park and Handsworth Park.
Gaynor Roberts, ParkLives Programme Manager at Birmingham City Council said: “ParkLives is great fun, we see a lot of friendship groups forming and plenty of smiling faces after each session. In 2016, we had more than 85,000 attendances in ParkLives sessions.”
Sessions last for around one hour and are hosted by trained, friendly and passionate leaders and volunteers from the local area. Activities are group-based, and everyone can go at their own pace.
Session leader, Mick Sherratt, from Birmingham will be leading running sessions over the summer. He said: “I’ve been holding running sessions with ParkLives for three years now and love that I’m helping people to get out of the house, try a new hobby and make friends along the way.”
ParkLives is part of a £20 million commitment by Coca-Cola Great Britain to invest in community-based programmes. Now in its fourth year, ParkLives runs in 10 cities nationwide.
To save a space at a free activity, and check out a postcode-led local activity finder go to www.parklives.com