A Fun-Packed Summer at Crossgates Kids’ Club!

7th September 2016

It’s not easy to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays. At Crossgates Shopping Centre, we came up with our own fun, free way to amuse your little monsters throughout August: our very own Kids’ Club!

Crossgates Kids’ Club

Dedicated to children aged between 3 and 15 years, Crossgates Kids’ Club was the perfect way to keep little ones entertained over the summer holiday. With supervised creative events held at the shopping centre every Thursday, it gave them the chance to express themselves and make new friends.

All Kids’ Club members received a free goodie bag and baseball cap, and we laid on plenty of exclusive offers and competitions too.

Creativity for Life

Packed with fun activities, Crossgates Kids’ Club was a great way to support children’s development during the summer holiday. Recent research by Born Creative and arts education charity Creative, Culture and Education has shown that children who access creative learning in early education develop the skills they need for the workplace and their community, meaning they are more likely to succeed in adult life.

Born Creative recommends that local institutions are included in children’s creative development to build community cohesion – and that’s exactly what our Kids’ Club did! With an emphasis on self-expression and learning, our free events were accessible for all Leeds children.

“It’s a great opportunity for children – accompanied by their parents – to take part in creative, community focused activities. Not only will our events be fun and inclusive, but they’ll also encourage children’s artistic abilities, social skills and develop their cognitive capabilities.”

Matthew Middleton, Crossgates Shopping Centre Manager

A Summer of Fun Events

The Kids’ Club launched on Saturday 23rd July with the first fun, free event of the summer. We installed a large three-sided totem pole at the shopping centre, and invited children to colour it in and create a unique piece of artwork.

Throughout August, Crossgates Shopping Centre played host to another four Kids’ Club events. Hundreds of children – whether they were Kids’ Club members or not – took part.

Potter with Beatrix & Friends

We kicked things off with a special themed event, Potter with Beatrix & Friends. Children could paint their very own Peter Rabbit money box and hear a tale or two from our special giant rabbit friends, the Hop-a-lots!

A Fun-Packed Summer at Crossgates Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Crossgates Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Crossgates Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Crossgates Kids’ Club!

Crazy Science Show

On Thursday 11th August it was our Crazy Science Show. A duo of mad scientists arrived at Crossgates Shopping Centre to do some bonkers experiments – with a little help from the audience!

 A Fun-Packed Summer at Crossgates Kids’ Club!
 A Fun-Packed Summer at Crossgates Kids’ Club!
 A Fun-Packed Summer at Crossgates Kids’ Club!
 A Fun-Packed Summer at Crossgates Kids’ Club!

T-Shirt Decorating Workshop

Our T-Shirt Decorating Workshop was popular with tots and teenagers alike, giving them the chance to become fashion designers for the day and personalise their own t-shirt with paints, pens, ribbons and more.

Animal Puppet Making Workshop

Our final event was the hugely popular Animal Puppet Making Workshop. With a little guidance, children sewed their own tiger, giraffe, elephant or bear felt hand puppet.

Animal-Puppet
 A Fun-Packed Summer at Crossgates Kids’ Club!
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 A Fun-Packed Summer at Crossgates Kids’ Club!

A Huge Success

Our Kids’ Club really drew in the crowds and provoked some great feedback on Facebook and Twitter.

“Excellent event as usual. My daughter and nieces loved it x”

Vicki Gregory, Crossgates Shopping Centre Shopper

To see more photos from the Crossgates Shopping Centre Kids’ Club events, visit our Facebook page.