A recycling challenge, activities with the library and family-friendly days out in West Sussex are just some of the ways families can keep children entertained over the summer holidays.
Children are being challenged to learn about recycling by signing up to the “Recycle it Right” Pledge Challenge.
Launched by West Sussex Wastebusters, the challenge runs until August 14, and gives families and children the chance to win prizes.
You can join the challenge here: westsussex.wastebusters.org/pledge-challenge-page/
If enough families take the pledge, your child’s school could win a year’s subscription to National Geographic Kids for Schools including print magazines and access to the National Geographic online library of primary resources.
Everyone who pledges will be entered into a fortnightly prize draw with the chance to win an exclusive Wastebuster prize, including Captain Busta plushie mascots (made from five recycled plastic bottles), sets of Wastebuster Top Trumps and Wastebuster ‘Litter Things Matter’ refillable water bottles.
For families with children who like to read, West Sussex libraries are now open for a ‘Select and Collect’ service which is being run at all 36 West Sussex libraries.
The service allows residents to order books online and collect them at a designated time from the front door of their local library without the need to enter the building.
Research shows that children who continue to read during the holidays do not see a Summer Holiday ‘reading dip’ and children are motivated to read more when adults in their family read too, so to help keep children occupied this summer West Sussex libraries are encouraging families to get together and read.
Families can then post and review their chosen books on the Family Corner Facebook page, which is part of the West Sussex Libraries main Facebook page.
To select books for all the family to collect from your nearest library and for children to ask to receive a Summer Reading Challenge booklet, visit: arena.westsussex.gov.uk/web/arena/currentoffer/library-reservations
For families who have children with additional needs, the library service is also posting special “Story Magic” sensory stories ever Wednesday on their YouTube channel.
The team has worked with the West Sussex County Council Short Breaks team to offer these videos and these sit alongside the libraries usual stories and rhymes online: arena.westsussex.gov.uk/web/arena/currentoffer/rhyme-time-and-story-time
Family-friendly days out
For any family looking to get outside and explore their local area, the Experience West Sussex website is full of fantastic days out for the whole family.
With watersport activities designed with children in mind along the coast, to historical artefacts to uncover at Fishbourne Roman Palace, there is plenty for families to do across the county.
In August, Experience West Sussex will also be launching its West Sussex Summer Checklist for people to download.
Families can then work their way through the list of activities and see how many they can tick off over the summer, so keep checking: experiencewestsussex.com for further details.
Cllr Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for environment, said: “I would encourage as many children and families as possible to join the challenge. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about recycling and should help keep children occupied over the long summer holiday! The pledge may end on 14 August but there are still fun recycling activities to do until August 31.
“Reading is another great activity to keep children entertained. West Sussex libraries are encouraging families to post reviews of their chosen books on the Family Corner Facebook page.
“Families looking to get out and about and explore their local area should visit the Experience West Sussex website. It’s full of fantastic days out for the whole family.”
Whatever you plan to do during the summer holidays, make sure you follow local guidance on coronavirus and help to #KeepWestSussexSafe.
For more information, visit: westsussex.gov.uk/coronavirus