Leeds City Council is offering a diverse range of exciting summer activities for families to enjoy during the school holidays.

Child-Friendly Leeds Live is set to kick off the summer with the biggest children’s festival in Yorkshire on August 2. Presented by Faye from BoomChikkaBoom and Jez, a well-known CITV and CBBC presenter, the event promises popular children’s characters, performers, music, and entertainment. Families can join thousands of others on national play day by securing their tickets for this not-to-be-missed celebration. Additionally, a delightful teddy bear picnic featuring arts, crafts, and outdoor games for the whole family will take place at Merrion Gardens on the same day.

Breeze In The Park, a favourite annual entertainment program, is back to bring smiles to the faces of young people all over the city. Over the next five weeks, there will be more than 29 interactive play events for children and teenagers in parks and green spaces, offering an array of sports, games, art, music, and fun activities to make the school holidays extra special. Families can book their spots in advance for each session, and the full list of events can be found online.

Eligible families can still sign up for the Healthy Holidays program, catering to school children who receive free school meals. This initiative provides a fantastic range of clubs, activities, and events organised by schools, community hubs, and voluntary groups. Running across over a hundred locations in Leeds, the program covers sports, swimming, dance, arts, crafts, and visits to amazing attractions like Temple Newsam and Lotherton Hall. Specialised provisions are available for children with SEND or additional needs.

Parents who are claiming free school meals for their child can find out more about the Healthy Holidays clubs in their area at https://www.leeds.gov.uk/children-and-families/healthy-holidays

Families that are not claiming free school meals and want to find out if they are eligible can visit: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/schools-and-education/apply-for-free-school-meals

Parents can check out the Child-Friendly Leeds blog and www.leedsinspired.co.uk for more updates and ideas about the various happenings and activities in the city this summer. They can also find further information about the Healthy Holidays clubs in their area or check their eligibility for the program through the provided links.

Councillor Fiona Venner, executive member for children’s social care and health partnerships, said: “Child-Friendly Leeds was established with the ambition to make Leeds the best city to grow up in a large part of accomplishing this is through hosting great events such as Child-Friendly Leeds.

“There is a fantastic range of activities available for families over the summer holiday and I would really encourage everyone to get involved. I look forward to seeing all the families enjoying themselves across Leeds this summer.”