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• It’s FREE to join • Monthly email newsletters with new offers and events • Download vouchers and save £££’s • Great competitions Become a website member Please recycle this magazine when you are finished with it. JOIN NOW raring2go.co.uk Copyright © 2022 Mojo Publishing Ltd. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Requests for permission or further information should be addressed to the publishers. Whilst the publisher makes every effort to ensure that the businesses featured in this magazine are of the highest quality, we do not guarantee the services and products from any business featured. Printed by Gemini Print. Telephone: 01273 468884 • Sign up for FREE! • Monthly email NEWSLETTERS with the latest OFFERS and EVENTS • Download VOUCHERS and save £££’s • Enter COMPETITIONS for amazing prizes! Contents Page What’s On?....................................... 4 Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee....12 Clubs & Classes...............................14 Preschool......................................... 23 Parties.............................................. 25 Competitions................................... 30 Time to Spring into action! As I write this it is hard to believe that the world will soon be bursting with colour and hopefully Spring sunshine! As Easter approaches and we head towards the summer let’s hope there are lots of opportunities to get out and about with the family and enjoy some fun times together. Your Spring magazine i packed with suggestions for days out all the way through to May Half Term, activities for the kids to get involved with and some great party ideas. Have a fabulous few months and remember to mention Raring2go! when you’re out and about. Nicola, Editor 3 Raring2go! EDITOR’S WELCOME Follow us on social media to keep up to date all year with your local #gotoguide for families. Raring2goSolihull Raring2goSolihull raring2gosolihull

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 4 raring2go.co.uk 31 March – 16 April Birmingham Repertory Theatre – Coming to England An inspirational story of hope, determination and triumph brought to life in this moving musical journey. 10 year old Floella is strong and brave. When her parents leave Trinidad for England her young life is turned upside down. Guided by her inspirational mother, and working twice as hard as her classmates, young Floella strives to overcome adversity and learns to love and accept herself. www.birmingham-rep.co.uk 2 – 24 April Compton Verney – Easter Trail Get involved in an egg-citing Easter Trail within the stunning landscape! Giant eggs are hidden around our park and galleries. Can you spot them all and win a prize? You might even catch a glimpse of the Easter bunny on your way! This is an outdoor event so please wrap up warm. £3.50 per entrant www.comptonverney.org.uk 6 April Belgrade Theatre – Squidge: The Film For children aged 3-8 years and their grown ups. Do you squish or squash, tickle or most certainly not, handshake or hug, stretch out or snuggle in like a bug? Squidge is a fun interactive dance film with music and digital projection, which takes a light-hearted look at our sense of touch and how it influences our everyday lives. At the heart of the piece is a tale of friendship, compromise and how each and every one of us need touch to make us feel alive! www.belgrade.co.uk 9 – 24 April West Midland Safari Park – Easter Fun As well as all of the excitement of the Safari drivethrough and Adventure Theme Park there will be lots of Easter fun, trails and chocolate this Easter. www.wmsp.co.uk What’s On? Spring 2022 9 – 24 April Becketts Farm – There’s Something Hatching Easter is a special time of year at Becketts Farm. Join a fun-filled day out where you will learn about the chick hatching process, and if you’re lucky, you may see one hatching! There will also be Ewes and Lambs, Goats and Kids, Chickens and Alpaca. www.beckettsfarm.co.uk 9 – 24 April Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm – Easter Activities This Easter the whole family can enjoy the relaxing pleasure of walking amongst some of the world’s most stunning and colourful butterflies in a tropical rainforest setting, complete with fish-filled pools, splashing waterfalls and beautiful blooms. On 19 April, Holt Hall Apiary’s beekeeper Matthew Ingram will be in the Discovery Zone along with his bees. Visitors will be able to interact and learn all about these wonderful pollinators. This Easter also sees the return of the popular Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions and Beetle demonstrations. To guarantee entry tickets can be purchased in advance from the online booking system. www.butterflyfarm.co.uk 9 – 24 April British Motor Museum – Fuel Their Imagination Go Mini mad this Easter with trails, tours and family activities including an Easter Egg Hunt from 15 – 18 April. www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk 9 – 24 April Magic Alley – Magical Fairytale Trail Based on a fairytale written specifically for this event you are invited to explore a magical world of dragons, knights, a fairy queen, unicorns and you may even meet the evil queen Fenella the Fiendish and her sidekick Large Red Riding Wolf! As you move through the attraction you will learn how the story unfolds solving puzzles and riddles on the way. You can even have a sword fight and play some traditional games in the playroom. During the Easter Holidays the trail will include an egg hunt in the forest. www.magicalleystratford.com

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 5 A WORLD WONDER Funded by: • Operation Earth Family Show • Meet the Experts • Dino Egg Hunt Plus lots more birminghammuseums.org.uk JOIN US FOR EASTER FUN, TRAILS, AND CHOCOLATE! AT WEST MIDLAND SAFARI PARK • 9th-24th APRIL • BOOK NOW

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 6 raring2go.co.uk 9 – 24 April All Things Wild – 10th Birthday Celebration Celebrate 10 wild years of fun this Easter Holiday. www.allthingswild.co.uk 9 – 24 April Resorts World Birmingham - Easter Activities The Bunny Burrow Allotment will be situated in the Atrium; the perfect photo backdrop and place to house Choccy Woccy Doo Dah edible treat workshops, which will run 25 min drop in sessions on 11 and 19 April from 11 – 4 (edible treats include cupcakes and cookies). The Easter bunny will entertain children in the Atrium on these days. In addition, there will be drop in Easter craft activity days on 12 and 20 April from 11 – 4. There will also be something for the grown-ups- Surprise & Delight (freebie treats)! www.resortsworldbirmingham.co.uk 12 & 19 April Museum of the Jewellery Quarter – Kids Jewellery Workshop Have a go at making your own piece of jewellery with the help of our friendly learning officers in this special children’s jewellery workshop activity. Pre booking is essential as places are limited. Recommended for ages 8 and up. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/jewellery 13 – 14 April The Chocolate Shed – Chocolate Making Workshops Ideal for any weather, these sessions are a special treat. Each workshop is run with a seasonal twist. Past workshops have included spring gardens, Easter Eggs, tropical paradises and woodland scenes. Suitable for children of all ages (3-16). On 13 April, KS1 at 10:30 and KS2 at 2:30. On 14 April, parent and child session at 10:30 and ‘tweens and teens’ at 2:30. www.thechocolateshed.com What’s On? Spring 2022 13 – 17 & 20 – 24 April Blakesley Hall – Easter Egg Hunt Join an eggsciting Easter Egg Hunt Trail. Find all the eggs in the garden, complete the hunt and claim your prize! www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesley 13 & 20 April Blakesley Hall – Tall Tales: Goldilocks and the Three Bears Take part in an interactive telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Visit the kitchen where Goldilocks tasted the bears’ porridge, see the chairs belonging to the Three Bears and find the beds that Goldilocks tried out. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesley 14 April The Old Rep – Wind in the Willows Pack your picnics and join Ratty, Mole, Badger, and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. www.oldreptheatre.co.uk 14 & 21 April Aston Hall – Tales From Around The World: The Magic Bed Join us for this interactive telling of a fairy tale from India about a young prince who uses a magic bed to travel to far away kingdoms. Help tell the story of this lesser-known fairy tale about a young Prince and his enchanted bed which takes him wherever he wishes to go. Journey through the magnificent rooms of Aston Hall and finish your tour in our stunning Long Gallery to find out whether the Prince manages to complete three impossible tasks to win the hand of the beautiful Princess. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/aston 15 April Blakesley Hall – Tudor Day A special family friendly suitable for all ages event where you can meet the Tudors at Blakesley Hall. Characters you will meet on site include a Tudor tailor, a Tudor merchant and a soldier will be on site gathering a “Trayned bande” together for war. Join a drill and battle in the garden. There will also be other Tudors on site in costume throughout the day. £3 per person. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesley

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 7 Freya, 2. Future Mini Mechanic imagination Fuel their this Easter Go MINI MAD with our trails, tours and family activities. Easter Egg Hunt 15-18 Apr britishmotormuseum.co.uk/families J12 M40, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ 9 - 24 April BMM_Easter-2022_Raringtogo_63x89.indd 1 03/03/2022 13:46 *Valid Monday - Friday only, during term time. Restricted to 1 redemption per person, per day. Full t&c’s online at resortsworldbirmingham.co.uk/entertainment/vortex-gaming 50 VORTEX TOKENS 1 X REFILLABLE SODA OR HOT DRINK 1 X VR SPHERE RIDE £12.50* Gamer’s BUNDLE RESORTS WORLD BIRMINGHAM Raring to go magazine - Gamer’s Bundle_62x89.indd 1 07/03/2022 13:26 £27PP AGES 5+

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 8 raring2go.co.uk What’s On? Spring 2022 30 April Ackers Adventure – Thrillseeker Day Choose from Skiing, Archery, Climbing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Zip Wire and Tower Drop and try out as many as you like at your own pace. Thrillseeker days allow you to experience a whole range of activities on a turn up and queue system. Check in is from 10am with the activities running between 10:30am – 3:30pm. www.ackers-adventure.co.uk 30 April – 2 May All Things Wild – Be a Zoo Keeper Visit All Things Wild and get the chance to experience life as a Zoo Keeper on the Bank Holiday Weekend. www.allthingswild.co.uk 30 April – 2 May Blenheim Palace – Jousting Tournament The Knights of Middle England are ready to take you back to the exciting and colourful era of the Middle Ages with their action packed, high octane Jousting and Stunt Show at Blenheim Palace. The Knights bring the much fabled sport of jousting full tilt into the 21st Century. Jousting is one of the finest and most colourful sports in our history - a chance to see pageantry, competition and tradition combined in an elegant, unusual and exciting equestrian event. Expect thrills - and maybe spills! - in an action-packed day of discovery. www.blenheimpalace.com 2 May Warwick Racecourse – Kids Carnival Day Warwick Racecourse hosts their well-known Kids Carnival Raceday this May Bank Holiday Weekend. Combine horse racing and family fun entertainment. Under 18s come racing for free. www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/warwick 13 – 14 May Belgrade Theatre – Oi Frog and Friends! Live on Stage It’s a new day at Sittingbottom School and FROG is looking for a place to sit, but CAT has other ideas and DOG is doing as he’s told. Little do any of them know that chaos is coming. Who knew there were so many rhyming rules and what will happen when FROG is in charge? Expect songs, puppets, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at. 55 minutes of fun for ages 3+. www.belgrade.co.uk 15 – 18 April Blenheim Palace – Easter Entertainment Visit the Walled Garden for a weekend of Easter trails, face-painting, circus skills, archery, balloon modelling, bubble performance, Punch and Judy, a fun fair, bungee trampolines and special appearances from the Easter Bunny and Conk the Clown throughout the weekend. Make the most of your Easter day out with a visit to the Walled Garden Pizza Café. Sponsored by Hotel Chocolat. www.blenheimpalace.com 16 April The Albany Theatre – Rapunzel With a wicked witch, a feisty heroine, a tap dancing horse and a host of adventures, Rapunzel promises to be a vibrant take on a classic and much loved story. www.albanytheatre.co.uk 19 – 23 April Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Private Peaceful The Peaceful brothers, Tommo and Charlie, have a tough rural childhood facing the loss of their father, financial hardship and a cruel landlord. Their fierce loyalty to each other pulls them through, until one day they both fall for the same girl. And then the Great War comes. Set against the epic backdrop of WW1, we join 18-year-old Private Tommo Peaceful in the trenches as he takes us on a journey through his most cherished memories and tells his story of courage, devotion, family and friendship. www.birmingham-rep.co.uk 20 – 24 April Blakesley Hall – Easter Egg Hunt Join an eggsciting Easter Egg Hunt Trail. Find all the eggs in the garden, complete the hunt and claim your prize! www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesley

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 9 Redwings Horse Sanctuary Oxhill Visitor Centre A fun family day out! Dog friendly! Follow the brown tourist signs Open 10am to 4pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Please visit our website for more information and to book tickets www.redwings.org.uk | 01508 481000 Meet friendly rescued horses and donkeys at Redwings Oxhill, near Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV35 0RP 12 Talisman Square, Kenilworth CV8 1JB Phone: 01926 855784 www.kenilworthbooks.co.uk facebook.com/KenilworthBooks @KenilworthBook “A good bookshop shows you the books that you never knew you wanted” Fantastic range of books Educational, fun games and puzzles Welcoming Children’s Corner Book ordering service Book tokens sold and accepted

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 10 raring2go.co.uk 14 May The Albany Theatre – Twirlywoos Live Join Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy, Chick and their friends as they discover the wonderful world around us! Expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as they set sail in their big red boat. www.albanytheatre.co.uk 26 – 29 May Belgrade Theatre – Peter Pan The legend of Peter Pan has been delighting children and adults for over 100 years and this faithful new version is a magical adventure, perfect for the whole family. www.belgrade.co.uk 28 May onwards Magic Alley – Wonderland Trail A new trail inspired by the characters of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. www.magicalleystratford.com 29 May The Old Rep – Wizard of Oz Join Dorothy as she goes on a magical adventure to the Land of Oz. Along the way she makes new friends with the Scarecrow who longs for a brain, the Tin Man who really wants a heart and the very cowardly Lion who is desperate to be brave and have some courage. Dorothy needs to find her way home, but it’s not going to be easy with the Wicked Witch of the West keeping a close eye on her! Will the Great and Powerful Oz be able to help? www.oldreptheatre.co.uk 1 – 2 June The Chocolate Shed – Chocolate Making Workshops Ideal for any weather, these sessions are a special treat. Each workshop is run with a seasonal twist. Past workshops have included spring gardens, Easter Eggs, tropical paradises and woodland scenes. Suitable for children of all ages (3-16). On 1 June, KS1 at 10:30 and KS2 at 2:30. Parent and What’s On? Spring 2022 child session at 10:30 on 2 June. www.thechocolateshed.com 2 – 5 June All Things Wild – Get Ready for Summer Get ready for lots of wild fun over the Jubilee weekend. www.allthingswild.co.uk 2 – 6 June Blenheim Palace – Giffords Circus Giffords Circus is a magical village green circus that tours England from the first days of spring to the first glimpse of winter. The 2022 show will evoke the sights and sounds of rural Mexico with incredible art, music, history, and people as the inspiration. The Circus are bringing Mexican performers over to join the troupe and with them create a show full of skill, humour, turmoil and excitement. www.blenheimpalace.com 10 – 11 June Heartbreak Productions – Awful Auntie Bring your rugs and picnics along to Leamington Rugby Club for this year’s performance of outdoor theatre. Join us at Saxby Hall Orphanage for the opening of their brand new playground and learn all about our hero Stella Saxby and her heartfelt and hilarious quest to defeat her Awful Auntie and save her family home. Awful Auntie is suitable for audiences aged 7+. www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk 11 June Thinktank – Morning Explorers Early opening for people and families with children on the autistic spectrum, live with a sensory processing disorder or have other special needs. The Morning Explorer session allow adults and children to explore the museum at a quieter time, before it opens to the public. Admission is half price, plus one free carer place. Pre-booking essential. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 11 Considering secondary school options for 2023? Find out what Princethorpe can do for your child, book your place at our Open Evening onWednesday 8 June 2022. Year 5 Taster Days are also available this spring. For more information call 01926 634201 or visit princethorpe.co.uk #princethorpeandme An independent school for 11-18 year olds Registered Charity Number 1087124 Princethorpe College

Celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style More information about these initiatives and other events taking place on a national basis is available at www.royal.uk/platinumjubilee Later this year, we will be celebrating The Queen’s unprecedented 70 years on the throne with all sorts of national and community events over a four day Bank Holiday Weekend. Here are some ideas on how you can get involved with the celebrations. Organise a street party The UK has a long history of organised street parties to celebrate national events. Why not organise one for your neighbours for the Platinum Jubilee? The Big Jubilee Lunch To coincide with the Platinum Jubilee, The Big Jubilee Lunch will be taking place on Sunday 5 June. Since 2009, The Big Lunch has encouraged local communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better. Beacon lighting The UK has a long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations through beacon lighting. You could light beacons or you could get involved in beacon lighting within your local communities on the evening of 2 June. The Queen’s Green Canopy You can continue to plant trees until the end of 2022 as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy. Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 12 raring2go.co.uk

Raring2go! WHAT’S ON? 13 Local events These are some of our favourite events that have already been announced. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our website for more local ideas. 1. British Motor Museum (28 May – 5 June) May half-term at the British Motor Museum is all about celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and showcases the Royal cars in the collection with the help of the ‘royal reporters’ and some fun hands-on activities. www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk 2. Resorts World Birmingham (1 - 4 June) To celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, we’ll be looking back over 70 years of history, with children’s workshop sessions in the Atrium (hula hooping, pop art and more). Giant games, such as Connect 4 and Jenga will sit in the Atrium for kids, and big kidsalike to play. Then to celebrate the Jubilee, 1940’s music act, The Bluebird Belles will perform in the Atrium on Saturday 4th June. www.resortsworldbirmingham.co.uk 3. Midlands Air Festival (2-4 June) The Midlands Air Festival returns to Ragley Hall for a fourth year of excellent family fun as we commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! This spectacular aviation event will once again consist of Nightfire, Weekend Air Displays and Hot Air Balloon Launches! Plus there will be great trade stands, children’s rides and more entertainment than ever before! www.midlandsairfestival.com 4. Cosford Air Show (12 June) Throughout the airfield, there will be a huge assortment of fascinating things to see and do at the RAF Cosford Air Show. There really is something for all the family to enjoy and you are guaranteed to be entertained and inspired. Join in the commemoration and celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in our Vintage Village - one of the most popular areas on the showground and this year becomes the Coronation Village – an all-day street party. www.cosfordairshow.co.uk

14 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES Clubs & Classes Ackers Adventure An array of activities for 8 – 18 year olds to try at camps held every school holiday. www.ackers-adventure.co.uk APS Camps Football, Multi Sports & Arts & Crafts Holiday Camps at Silhillians Sports Centre for children aged 4 – 14. www.apscamps.com Aspire Sports Sports and activity childcare during every school holiday at venues throughout the Midlands. Tel: 0121 663 1426 www.aspire-sports.co.uk Complete Cricket Established in 2007, Complete Cricket are a rapidly expanding Midlands based company who specialise in delivering an extensive range of ground-breaking high-quality cricket coaching programmes for individuals, schools, clubs, universities and county boards. Programmes include group coaching, oneto-one coaching and holiday camps. www.completecricket.co.uk HADO Augmented Reality crossed with Sports to create a unique Techno Sport. After school sessions for children aged 8+. Anyone is welcome, we can cater for all abilities and experience. Book a taster session and see if HADO is for you. www.hadouk.co.uk Music Monsters Music Monsters is a piano lesson programme created by Luke and Lauren Elliot, experts in children’s music education. We are a family-run business based in Solihull. Piano Monsters is for children aged 3-7 years, providing the very best start to their musical learning journey. We inspire a true love of learning in youngsters and their families, building skills, enjoyment and confidence. www.musicmonsters.co.uk Smart 11 Plus Our 11+ tutors will give your child outstanding support in their journey to grammar school. We offer private group 11+ tuition to assist your child in their preparation. Our unique 11+ courses are personalised to meet the needs of each individual child. We will give your child the best chance of success in the 11+ examination. www.smart11plus.co.uk Solihull Young Dancers We welcome ballerinas (age 2 1/2 +), plus any tap and modern jazz dancers (aged 5 +). Encouraging musicality, expression and imagination. Exam and Show work. Based at St Helens Church, Solihull. Spaces available. Est. over 30 years. Tel: Kate on 07722 732678 www.solihullyoungdancers.co.uk Stagecoach Dance, drama & singing classes for children ages 4-18. Theatre schools on Saturdays plus parties and holiday workshops open to all. Tel: Jenny on 0121 745 4007 www.stagecoach.co.uk/solihull Team Super Sports Camps Providing fun, professional and specialist coaching in Hockey, Rugby, Cricket, Netball, Football, Tennis and Dance/Gymnastics. At Team Super Sports, quality is at the heart of everything we do. Passionate about sport, every member of our ‘Team’ of young people join us to improve in their sport(s) while having fun with their friends. Each year since 2017, we have run sports coaching camps during the school holidays for children aged 5-16. Our specialism, we are widely regarded as one of the top sports coaching providers within Solihull and the surrounding areas. www.teamsupersports.co.uk

Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES 15 Where children become everything they can be Stagecoach Performing Arts is the trading name of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Limited. Stagecoach Theatre Arts schools are operated under franchise and are independently owned by their Principals. Stagecoach and Creative Courage For Life are registered trademarks of Stagecoach Theatre Arts Limited. Singing, dancing and acting classes for year-olds Tudor Grange Upper School, B91 3PD 0121 745 4007 www.stagecoach.co.uk/solihull 2 - 18 Stagecoach Solihull Summer Workshops 22 – 26 August Put on a show in a week at The Dovehouse Theatre High School Musical Ages 6 – 18 years The Little Mermaid Ages 4 – 7 years With permission from MTI Be part of a fabulous show, working with our professional, experienced and highly qualified Stagecoach Solihull team. Learn a whole show in five days with singing, acting and dancing. Make friends for life and build confidence at our fantastic Summer school! Open to Non Stagecoach Students. We accept childcare vouchers. Sibling discount available. BOOK NOW on our website or enquire for further details www.stagecoach.co.uk/solihull Ballet Classes: from the age of 21/2 upwards Tap Classes: from the age of 4 upwards Call Kate on 07722 732 678 www.solihullyoungdancers.co.uk TEACHING BALLET AND TAP IN THE BOROUGH FOR OVER 40 YEARS Let’s Dance! Come and join the fun on Saturday mornings from 9.00am at St Helens Church, Solihull

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Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES 17 Choice of venues and activities *Offer ends 5pm Friday 1st April Ofsted registered Action-packed childcare this Easter Holiday Open from 8am- 6pm Look out for our MayHalf Term camps! For more info and to book your place visit activecamps.co.uk or call 0121 663 1426 Solihull Alderbrook School Mon 11th - Thur 14th April & Tues 19th - Fri 22nd April O15 F%F * with code R2GSOL22 Well, so are tens of thousands of local Mums and Dads every quarter… be sure to feature your business with Raring2go! ARE YOU READING THIS? APS CAMPS APS CAMPS SUPERSTAR www.apscamps.com FOOTBALL, MULTI SPORTS & ARTS & CRAFTS HOLIDAY CAMP @ Silhillians Sports Centre, Warwick Road, Solihull B93 9LW At APS CAMPS holiday camps you can:- • Train in our Solihull FC football club • Try over 25 different multi sports • Create loads of amazing arts and crafts OR…. You can do ALL 3! Your child can decide every 45 minutes on the day! 50% SIBLING DISCOUNT OFFERED Daily rate Weekly rate 8:45 - 13:00 £22 £100 8:45 - 15:00 £33 £150 8:45 – 17:00 £40 £180 Ages: 4 –12, boys & girls, all abilities welcome Register and book online Contact: apscamps@yahoo.com or call Andy on 07944 296 721 www.apscamps.com

Raring2go! CLUBS & CLASSES 18 raring2go.co.uk Warwickshire tech company launches to help schools with budget battles School leaders are under increasing pressure to find extra revenue streams to support overstretched budgets. Onside Live has launched to enable schools to generate an income by running their own after school club and wraparound care businesses, instead of outsourcing them. It is the brainchild of founding trio Richard Butler, Mark Morrey and Tom Sidwell, and an offshoot of Onside Coaching, the children’s activities and childcare business they’ve been running for 20 years, based in Warwickshire. Director Mark Morrey explains: “We’ve launched Onside Live to help as many schools as possible generate an income from running their own provision. It’s never been more needed. “Primary schools know the benefits of running their own provision, but are reluctant to take on the challenge as managing the admin is such a daunting prospect. We provide the software they need to deal with admin but, just as importantly, we also consult on how to set up a profitable business with longevity.” Based on a typical single form entry primary school, Onside Live calculates that running wraparound care can easily generate sales of between £80,000 - £100,000 in the first year alone; netting an annual profit upwards of £40,000. “That’s enough for a class teacher or additional support staff. The potential in larger schools is actually quite staggering,” Mark continues. Priors Field Primary School in Kenilworth is one of the early adopters of the model, after being let down by a wraparound supplier in the middle of the pandemic. They made the decision to take the service in-house in June 2020 and haven’t looked back. Katy Braley, Deputy Headteacher at Priors Field School in Kenilworth, explains: “We were hugely overwhelmed, but with the help of Onside Live we were able to see a clear vision of where our club could go and what it could do for our community. Rainbow Club now serves around 140 children across the week which represents two thirds of pupils on roll. The money we bring in allows us to think about making improvements to our ageing 1970s building, and more aspirational projects like improving the sports fields or creating a nurture room; everything that will make our school an even better place to be. “It’s inevitable we’re going to see real spending cuts across the entire public sector as a result of the pandemic, yet we’re already seeing requirements for children’s mental health and SEND services increase, and that costs money. School leadership now needs to think more innovatively about how to fund for the next three years, and taking our wraparound care in-house has been a revelation for us.” For more information about Onside Live you can visit onsidelive.co.uk. Right: Onside Live shows teacher the software Below: Rainbow Club manager Tanya Folliet welcomes children into the club L-R: Mark Morrey, Katy Braley, Richard Butler and Rainbow Club manager Tanya Folliet

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20 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! BOOK REVIEWS Have We Got NEW for You! Tamsin Rosewell of independent bookshop, Kenilworth Books, highlights some of the best new titles out this spring! Little Bo Peep’s Library Book By Cressida Cowell Little Bo Peep goes to the library to look for a book called How To Find Sheep. But there are other characters browsing the shelves too! Will she find those troublesome sheep before the Big Bad Wolf finds HER? From the best-selling author of How To Train Your Dragon and the Children’s Laureate 2019-2022, Cressida Cowell. Meet the Microbes! By Emily Grossman and Maggie Li Step into the incredible world of microbes in this fascinating picture book! With fun, playful text by expert Dr Emily Grossman and bright, characterful illustrations this book will help kids to discover just how vital microbes are to life on earth. These tiny organisms - that can only be seen under a microscope - are absolutely EVERYWHERE. In fact, they’re even living inside our bodies, travelling through outer space and swimming in the world’s seas. And while some microbes can make us sick, many of them actually keep us well, and even help to keep our planet happy and healthy. Our Queen Elizabeth By Kate Williams and Helen Shoesmith A colourful, charming picture book by historian Kate Williams, taking young readers on an amazing journey through Queen Elizabeth II’s seven decades on the throne. Readers will learn all about Elizabeth II’s youth growing up during WWII, how she came to the throne and what it really means to be the Queen. Plus, they’ll discover lots of amazing facts - such as why she has two birthdays, always wears bright clothing, and is a world record breaker! Kenilworth Books, Talisman Square, Kenilworth CV8 1JB Dino Chick By Pamela Butchart The strangest things happen at Wigglesbottom Primary! When Year Two is chosen to look after some eggs that are about to hatch, they KNOW something is strange about one of them. What if it’s not a chick egg, but a DINOSAUR EGG??? These three short stories perfectly bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books. Dany Chung Does Not Do Maths By Maise Chan and Anh Cao SHORTLISTED FOR THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARDS 2022 Eleven-year-old Danny Chung loves drawing more than anything - certainly more than maths, which, according to his dad and everyone else, is what he is ‘supposed’ to be good at. He also loves having his own room where he can draw in peace, so his life is turned upside down when a surprise that he’s been promised turns out to be his little, wrinkly, ex-maths-champion grandmother from China. Before long though it becomes clear to Danny that there is more to Nai Nai than meets the eye, and that they have more in common that he thought possible ... The Incredible Talking Machine By Jenni Spangler and Chris Mould Twelve-year-old Tig works at Manchester’s Theatre Royale and will do whatever it takes to achieve her dream - to become a Stage Manager and spends her days inventing new ways to imagine and build intricate machinery and props! But when a strange new act - a talking machine – arrives, it moves and behaves in a way that Tig just can’t work out. It’s as though it’s alive somehow . . . and appears to be hiding a dangerous secret, Tig must race against time to solve the mystery, before everything and everyone she cares about is lost forever. A Victorian adventure full of ghosts, gadgets and shifty villains!

Reading Eggs, the multi-award winning online reading programme for kids aged 2-13. Trusted by teachers and parents alike, watch your child’s confidence, motivation and progress skyrocket in just 15 minutes a day with Reading Eggs. With access to all 5 programmes, including Mathseeds, for up to FOUR children, it’s the perfect way to fit in some positive screen time. Ages 3–9 Learning Maths Nurture an early love of maths with structured lessons and activities that build essential maths skills. Ages 7–13 Building Confidence Older children can continue building key literacy skills that will help them succeed in school. Ages 3–7 Learning to Read Children follow structured, one‑on‑one lessons that teach phonics, sight words and reading skills. Ages 2–4 First Steps Delight your toddler with fun games and activities that build alphabet knowledge and ready‑to‑read skills. Ages 5–10 Mastering Phonics Fast‑paced lessons cover key phonics skills, perfect for both emergent and struggling readers. Valid for new customers only. FREE 30-DAY TRIAL readingeggs.co.uk/r2gospring Scan QR code for 30‑Day FREE trial *30‑day free trial offer allows you to add up to 4 children. You will be charged at the end of your trial period unless you cancel before this time. You can cancel at any time by selecting the ‘Cancel Subscription’ option located on the ‘Manage My Subscription’ page in your family dashboard. Offer is valid for new UK customers only.

CROSSWORD: 1=CROWN 2=ROOTS 3=TRUNK 4=BARK 5=BRANCH 6=LEAVES TREES Can you find all the types of tree below in the wordsearch? • POPLAR • BIRCH • PALM • SPRUCE • ELM • PINE • FIR • OAK • CEDAR • WILLOW WORDSEARCH 1 2 4 5 3 6 PARTS OF A TREE CROSSWORD ROOTS TRUNK CROWN BRANCH BARK LEAVES Use the words below to complete the crossword PINE ELM BIRCH FIR POPLAR CEDAR SPRUCE OAK WILLOW PALM B R W

Pre-School Solihull Young Dancers Ballet classes for children aged from 2 ½ years and tap classes from 4 years on Saturday mornings at St Helen’s Church in Solihull. Our lessons focus on strong technique whilst retaining an element of fun to keep the pupils engaged at all times. Contact: kate@solihullyoungdancers.co.uk / 07722 732678 www.solihullyoungdancers.co.uk Music Monsters Music Monsters is a piano lesson programme created by Luke and Lauren Elliot, experts in children’s music education. We are a familyrun business based in Solihull. Piano Monsters is for children aged 3-7 years, providing the very best start to their musical learning journey. We inspire a true love of learning in youngsters and their families, building skills, enjoyment and confidence. Contact: info@musicmonsters.co.uk www.musicmonsters.co.uk Sing and Sign For babies and toddlers, up to 2 years old. Our Classes use musical and sensory activities to teach Baby Sign Language. These signs include daily routines and things little ones love. Using Baby Signs can develop communication and ease frustrations. Classes are live in Shirley and Dorridge term time, and online @home. Contact: Wendyjackson@singandsign.co.uk 07517 381117 www.singandsign.co.uk Raring2go! PRE-SCHOOL Thinktank – Toddler Thursdays Join us in the den for MiniBrum’s brand new pre-school sessions Toddler Thursday. Come along and join in with our friendly classroom session with songs and sounds, sensory play, creative activities and story time. Designed for little ones aged 18 months to 3 years to play, explore and experience STEM learning. There are six different STEM themes to enjoy including nature, animals, engineering, the seasons, space and transport. Inspire your future scientists and engineers through play! Come along to the Den in MiniBrum for a 10.30am start. Pre-booking essential. www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/thinktank Groovy Little Movers Come and meet Groovy George the Giraffe! We offer engaging and educational dance and music classes for little ones. Classes are fast paced and fun and use a variety of props and instruments. Designed to develop children’s co-ordination and improve posture, balance and rhythm as well as develop confidence and creativity, alongside listening, language and social skills. Our original music creates a unique groove to our classes which are packed with learning but packaged in fun! Katy@groovyllittlemovers.co.uk www.groovylittlemovers.co.uk 23 Drama Tots Imaginative play classes for Under 5s. Transport children into the wonderful world of their imagination using a combination of props, movement, puppets and music! Our lively classes engage children in both life and learning, increasing their understanding of the world, while developing personal skills such as confidence, self-awareness, communication, language and creative thinking. Rebecca (Solihull) Rebecca@dramatots.co.uk, 07810815114 Cat (Balsall Common) Cat@dramatots.co.uk, 07532769095 www.dramatots.co.uk

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Party Time! Ackers Adventure Parties With over ten adventurous activities to choose from, your party experience will be an active and enjoyable one for both children and adults. Choose from jungle challenge, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, bushcraft, archery, orienteering, bellboating, tubing, tobogganing, disc golf or skiing. www.ackers-adventure.co.uk/groups/parties/ APS Camps Your child picks the theme of their party e.g jungle, space, princess, emergency services, world cup etc. and the sports and activities they love in advance. Invite up to 30 friends of theirs to share in their special day. 1 or 2 hours of fun games, activities, and medals. www.apscamps.com APS CAMPS Team Super Sports With access to first class facilities and excellent sports coaches, we can arrange a sports party to give your child an unforgettable birthday with their friends. www.teamsupersports.co.uk Stagecoach Parties A range of imaginative parties from the Stagecoach team will take your child on a roller coaster ride through their imagination and land them safely back home with a bulging bag of amazing party memories. Whether they want to be princesses, pirates or detectives, there’s a Stagecoach Party for everyone. www.stagecoach.co.uk The Chocolate Shed Celebrate your child’s birthday this year with a fun, creative and yummy(!) chocolate-making party at The Chocolate Shed. Suitable for children of all ages. Party-goers get to design, create and decorate chocolate pizzas, frogs, pictures, bars or truffles to take home and enjoy. Parties tailored to suit your child’s age & hobbies that will make their chocolate-y dreams come true. Tel: 01564 794718 www.thechocolateshed.com Becketts Farm Treat yourself and your friends to a bakery themed party and learn how to decorate cakes with our confectioners. Bake two dishes; pizza and cupcakes and enjoy with a party buffet. www.beckettsfarm.co.uk Fired Crafts We put the ART back into Party. Let them get creative with our pottery party. We come to you with all that is needed for them to make a mini masterpiece and return up to 2 weeks later with their gift wrapped party bags with the finished piece inside. Plus a FREE personalised birthday plate for the lucky Birthday Boy or Girl! www.firedcrafts.com Raring2go! PARTIES 25 Fizzy Moon Sleepovers Great nights with amazing friends make the best memories. We offer themed tents, accessories and decorations all set up – hassle free in your own home ready for your child and their friends to enjoy a magical sleepover. Sleep over packages include Sparkle, Unicorn, Movie Night, Football and Harry Potter. Tel: Jo 07792 805332/ Tracy 07944545563 Email: Fizzymoonparties@gmail.com www.facebook.com/fizzymoonsleepovers

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DIFFERENT PARTS OF A TREE GROW AT DIFFERENT TIMES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. Typically, most of the foliage growth happens in the spring, followed by trunk growth in the summer and root growth in Autumn and winter. MORE THAN HALF OF ALL TREE SPECIES EXIST IN ONLY ONE COUNTRY. There are 60,000 tree species in the world. Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia have the highest totals for native tree species. SOME TREES HAVE BEEN TO THE MOON “Moon trees'' were grown from seeds taken to the moon during the Apollo 14 mission in early 1971. NASA and the US Forest Service wanted to see if the moon’s orbit caused the seeds to grow differently back on earth. These trees were donated to state forestry services in 1975 and 1976. TREES ARE THE LONGEST LIVING ORGANISMS ON EARTH, AND NEVER DIE OF OLD AGE. California in the USA holds the record for the oldest living trees. Some of California’s bristlecone pines and giant sequoias are 4,000-5,000 years old. Methuselah, an estimated 4,852-year-old ancient Bristlecone Pine, is one of the oldest living trees in the world. TREES CAN HELP YOU FIND YOUR WAY IF YOU GET LOST IN THE WOODS Moss will grow on the northern side of the tree trunk, where there is more shade. Also, a tree’s rings can help point you in the right direction too. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, you can see the rings of the tree grow slightly thicker on the southern side since it receives more light. 5 FACTS ABOUT TREES

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30 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! COMPETITONS Competition Winners COMPETITION TERMS & CONDITIONS: Enter the competitions online at www.raring2go.co.uk/ solihull/competitions. The winner will be the first correct entry or entries drawn at random. No cash alternative. The winner will be notified by phone or email. Full terms and conditions are available online at www.raring2go. co.uk/competition-terms. Aspire Maisey Stephens (10) Bentley Heath Primary School Tikkers Esme Sadler (7) Valley Primary School West Midland Safari Park Rachel Savery, Katie Westwood Tutor in a Box Emily Lyons (9) Bridgetown Primary School An Ackers Thrillseekers Day for 2 At an Ackers Adventure Thrillseekers Day you can choose from Skiing, Archery, Climbing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Zip Wire and Tower Drop and try out as many as you like at your own pace. Experience a whole range of activities on a turn up and queue system. Check in is from 10am with the activities running between 10:30am – 3:30pm. To be in with a chance of winning 2 tickets for the Ackers Adventure Thrillseekers Day on 30 April just answer the following question: How many different Activities are there to choose from on an Ackers Thrillseekers Day ? A: 6 B: 4 C: 7 Closing date 15th April 2022. Enter online at raring2go.co.uk. Full terms and conditions above. WIN! £25 Vortex Gaming card and £25 Resorts World gift card Resorts World Birmingham brings you a competition to win a £25 card to use in Vortex Gaming our family entertainment centre with virtual reality spheres and an array of arcade games, from retro classics to modern gameplay. As well as this you will also win a gift card worth £25 to complete a fantastic day out. You can spend the gift card pretty much everywhere at Resorts World – choose from dinner, outlet bargains, movies at Cineworld, trying for some strikes at Hollywood Bowl, or even more playtime at Vortex. To be in with a chance of winning a £25 Vortex Gaming Card and a £25 gift card to spend at Resorts World Birmingham just answer the following question: A Resorts World Gift card is not valid for which of the following: A: Cinema Tickets B: Bowling at Hollywood Bowl C: Dinner at a restaurant D: Online purchases Closing date 20 May 2022. Enter online at raring2go.co.uk. Full terms and conditions above. WIN!

31 Raring2go! COMPETITONS Annual family membership to B’ham Museums A family ticket to see The Wizard of Oz at The Old Rep You can win a Birmingham Museums family membership which will give you free entry to Thinktank for a whole year, as well as Birmingham Museums’ other sites such as the iconic Aston Hall and beautiful Blakesley Hall. To be in with a chance of winning an annual family membership for Birmingham Museums for 2 adults and up to 3 children, just answer the question below: In which Birmingham building is Thinktank based? A: The Bullring B: Millennium Point C: Grand Central Closing date 30 April 2022. Enter online at raring2go.co.uk. Full terms and conditions opposite. Join Dorothy as she goes on a magical adventure to the Land of Oz. Along the way she makes new friends with the Scarecrow who longs for a brain, the Tin Man who really wants a heart and the very cowardly Lion who is desperate to be brave and have some courage. Dorothy needs to find her way home, but it’s not going to be easy with the Wicked Witch of the West keeping a close eye on her! Will the Great and Powerful Oz be able to help? To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to see The Wizard of Oz at The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham on 29th May at 6pm, just answer the following question What road did Dorothy follow? A: Road to Hell B: Yellow Brick Road C: Bristol Road Closing date 15 May 2022. Enter online at raring2go.co.uk. Full terms and conditions opposite. WIN! WIN! A week at a Complete Cricket holiday camp Complete Cricket offer fantastic and enjoyable cricket camps throughout the holidays for boys and girls of all ages and abilities. Choose from our wide range of locations and dates to suit your child and ensure they experience a funfilled week of cricket. Holiday Camps are split into 2 age groups: 4 – 11 years olds and 12 – 16 year olds. Whatever your child’s ability, there will be something suitable for them on our holiday camps! To be in with a chance of winning a week at a Complete Cricket holiday camp for your child, just answer the question below: Complete cricket holiday camps are suitable for children in which of the following age ranges? A: 4-11 years B: 12-16 years C: 4-16 years D: 2-7 years Closing date 30 April 2022. Enter online at raring2go.co.uk. Full terms and conditions opposite. WIN! WIN! 2 tickets to see Private Peaceful at The Belgrade Set against the epic backdrop of WW1, we join 18 year old Private Tommo Peaceful in the trenches as he takes us on a journey through his most cherished memories and tells his story of courage, devotion, family and friendship. Age recommendation - 9+. Private Peaceful runs at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from 17 - 21 May 2022. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to see Private Peaceful on a date of your choice just answer the question below: The story of Private Peaceful takes place during which war: A: War of the Roses B: Second World War C: First World War D: English Civil War Closing date 2 May 2022. Enter online at raring2go. co.uk. Full terms and conditions opposite.

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