August: Bishopston Mum

August 03 2015

I hope you are having a good Summer so far. My children have been enjoying Shaun in the City spotting and are very excited to have two Shauns in our area.

I hope you are having a good Summer so far. My children have been enjoying Shaun in the City spotting and are very excited to have two Shauns in our area. If you haven't checked them out yet, there is one outside Boston Tea Party on Gloucester Road and one by the Ardagh on Horfield Common.

To celebrate the arrival of the Ardagh's “Sparkles the Unicorn”, a “Welcome Shaun” party was held at the Ardagh a few weeks ago and it was a great evening. I was lucky to meet the creator of Sparkles, the talented Emily Golden. Sparkles took 27 hours to paint and sparkles in the sunshine because of his rainbow glitter.

Now that the holidays have arrived, many activities for young children have stopped until September. Nevertheless, there are a few good local activities for kids this summer. Cairns Café will be open the first two weeks of August on 10am-2pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cairns Café is ideal for babies and children aged 0-4 years and there will be simple lunches, children's snacks, refreshments and delicious cakes available.

Another summer activity for young children is Hopperz fun and fitness classes at Horfield United Reformed Church on 10th, 17th and 24th August , 10-10.45am. There will also be a special Launchpad fun educational session for young children and their parents/carers at KudaCan from 2-2.45pm on Thursday 13th August. To book, visit www.launchpadclasses.co.uk.

As always, the Golden Hill Community Garden will be open 10am-4pm every Wednesday and on the first Saturday of every month. You can drop-in with children of any age; it is a great place to explore. Lastly, there is an arts and crafts activity for children planned at Horfield Library on 10th August 10am-12 noon – phone 0117 9038 538 for more information.

The ending of the summer term a few weeks ago means that my daughter has now finished at Magic Dragon Pre-school; her last day was a sad one for our family as we will no longer have daily contact with the lovely staff who make it such a great place.

My son has also completed his second year at school. He was lucky to have a wonderful teacher who inspired him and there was not one day throughout the year that he did not want to go to school.

But, with every ending always comes new beginnings and we look forward to the start of another happy school year this time next month. In the meantime, we plan to have a fun summer and will be making the most of the break. I hope you enjoy your summer also.

Bishopston Mum

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