Days to remember
With family or off on an adventure
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.
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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
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
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