Days to re­mem­ber

With fam­ily or off on an ad­ven­ture

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL - BY JOY SABLE

From out­ings to ac­tiv­ity camps, our guide will fill your break with smiles

IF YOU are wor­ried your chil­dren will be glued to com­puter games or so­cial me­dia for the whole of their school break, sign­ing up to a hol­i­day scheme is a wise move. They will be en­ter­tained with a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties and you will know they are safe and su­per­vised.

EDG­WARE & DIS­TRICT RE­FORM SY­N­A­GOGUE

The Pe­sach play scheme is for three age groups: five to seven, eight to 10 and 11 to 14, from April 10 to 13, 9.15am to 4pm (op­tional early drop-off on three days). The cost is £130 for EDRS mem­bers; £150 for non-mem­bers. This in­cludes milky kosher-for-Passover hot lunch and morn­ing fruit snack for Mon­day, Wednes­day and Thurs­day and a cold lunch on Tues­day.

emma@edrs.org.uk, 020 8238 1024

MACCABI LON­DON BRADY

Chil­dren sign up for the foot­ball zone or multi-ac­tiv­ity zone but may change dur­ing the day if they wish. In the foot­ball zone, they learn skills in the morn­ing and play games in the af­ter­noon. The multi-ac­tiv­ity zone of­fers arts and crafts, cook­ing, sport and pur­suits such as quizzes and draw­ing. There are plans for an op­tional out­ing to Kidza­nia.

The scheme is for re­cep­tion age to 11 and runs on April 10, 13, 19, 20 and 21, 8.45am to 3.30pm. Early drop-off and late pick-up are avail­able for an ad­di­tional charge. If book­ing after March 19, the cost is £30 per day, with dis­counts for sib­lings. mac­ca­bilon­don­brady.org, 020 8441 6051 BAR­RACU­DAS

This com­pany of­fers 28 camps for ages four to 14 over the Easter hol­i­days, in­clud­ing one at Queen El­iz­a­beth’s Boys’ School, Bar­net. At each ses­sion, chil­dren are given a choice, so whether they are sporty or pre­fer drama, dance, art, sci­ence, team build­ing or ori­en­teer­ing, they will find some­thing they love.

Un­usual ses­sions in­clude quad bik­ing, swim­ming, archery, fenc­ing, Labrats (fun-filled sci­ence work­shops), pop lacrosse and games. Bar­racu­das also caters for very young ones with spe­cial­ist early-years ses­sions.

Most camps run from April 3 to 13 but the Brighton one is a week later, from April 10 to 21, 8.30am and 5.30pm (with op­tional ex­ten­sion for work­ing par­ents from 8am to 6pm). bar­racu­das.co.uk/camps KINGSWOOD CAMPS

Each Kingswood camp (for­merly Camp Beau­mont) has a dis­tinc­tive of­fer­ing, with more than 60 ac­tiv­i­ties, from ad­ven­tures just for teens to wood­land and coastal ex­pe­ri­ences. One of the ad­van­tages of these camps is their pic­turesque set­tings.

The wood­land ad­ven­ture camp in Colomendy, in the North Wales coun­try­side, mixes high-adren­a­line ac­tiv­i­ties with the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the great out­doors. Thrills in­clude a gi­ant zip­wire through the tree­tops and a 3G swing. In con­trast, the ur­ban ad­ven­ture camp is a hid­den gem in Ash­ford, just an hour out­side Lon­don. It of­fers a unique com­bi­na­tion of his­tor­i­cal build­ings, mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties and an ad­ven­ture park.

There is a coastal ad­ven­ture camp on the Isle of Wight. A 45-minute ferry ride from Eng­land’s south coast, this is a dream come true for young wa­ter­sports en­thu­si­asts. With di­rect beach ac­cess, young vis­i­tors are able to com­bine surf­ing and other sea-based pur­suits with their on-land ad­ven­ture.

For those age eight to 15 who are stay­ing away from home for the first time,

the young ad­ven­turer camp in West Run­ton, Nor­folk is rec­om­mended.

Age range for Kingswood camps is eight to 17; cost de­pends on the venue and length of stay. kingswood­camps.co.uk

CLUB EX­CEL

Ex­cel hs been run­ning ac­tiv­ity day camps in Hert­ford­shire for 20 years. This year, Alden­ham School will be the venue for the spring camp, from April 3 to 7 and 10 to 13, 9.30am to 3.30pm (ex­tended hours are avail­able). The com­pany caters for both the quiet and the out­go­ing, with foot­ball, other sports, drama, stage­craft and team games. Age range is three to 13.

clubex­cel.co.uk, 01923 469475

JUMP EVO­LU­TION

If your chil­dren are not in­volved in a playscheme, here is a good way to use up their sur­plus en­ergy —and you can even join in with the ex­cite­ment.

Head for Jump Evo­lu­tion, in Harold Hill, Rom­ford, Es­sex, a top-of-the-range tram­po­line park where chil­dren of all ages (and adults too) can ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of bounc­ing.

The 26,000 sq ft park is di­vided into zones and those un­der six have their own mini jump area, so they can leap around in safety.

A high­light of Jump Evo­lu­tion is the trapeze swing, above a foam pit and there are more than 100 tram­po­lines in the main jump arena, with ca­pac­ity for 175 per hour, plus a gla­di­a­tor arena and tum­ble arena, as well as space for cage­ball, dodge­ball and more.

Cost de­pends on the age of par­tic­i­pants and the length of the ses­sion.

The 6,000 sq ft mez­za­nine area in­cludes a café sell­ing healthy food and drinks, with free wifi.

Jump Evo­lu­tion is avail­able for pri­vate hire for bar/bat­mitz­vahs, so if you have one of these com­ing, you could use the hol­i­days as an op­por­tu­nity to scout around. jumpevo­lu­tion.co.uk

PLAY HARD, WORK HARD

It is not all about recre­ation. For stu­dents and grad­u­ates, the char­ity Work Av­enue is host­ing a speed net­work­ing event on April 3, in part­ner­ship with in­ter­na­tional pro­fes­sional ser­vices firm BDO, the Union of Jewish Stu­dents and grad­u­ate re­cruiter In­spir­ing In­terns. The venue is BDO’s cen­tral Lon­don of­fices. Com­pa­nies rep­re­sented in­clude Google, Ap­ple, Citibank, BAML, Dechert LLP, ITV, Ful­ham Foot­ball Club, Brooks Mac­don­ald and Fidelity In­vest­ment. Ben Rosen, CEO of In­spir­ing In­terns, will de­liver the key­note ad­dress, talk­ing about how he con­nects grad­u­ates to lead­ing busi­nesses and start-ups. This is an an­nual event and in pre­vi­ous years has re­sulted in many jobs, in­tern­ships and place­ments for at­ten­dees and the for­ma­tion of long-last­ing re­la­tion­ships. Shraga Zaltz­man of Work Av­enue says: “It has never been as hard as it is to­day for grad­u­ates to find jobs and our ca­reer net­work­ing evening pro­vides a per­sonal in­tro­duc­tion to some fan­tas­tic com­pa­nies.” the­workav­enue.org.uk

New friends show their ap­proval for Club Ex­cel

Foot­ballers find their feet at Maccabi Lon­don High ex­cite­ment at Kingswood Mix­ing with bak­ing fans at Maccabi Lon­don Swim­ming stars at Club Ex­cel

Jazzed-up hands at Maccabi Lon­don

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