Welcome back to Families Suffolk. I hope you all had a great school summer holidays break. So here we all are, trying to get back in routine, in this issue weve included some interesting reading for that tea/coffee break that you may now have as the children are in school. Alongside our regular features we have on pages 12 & 13 contact details for many local clubs and classes so if you are looking for an afterschool or weekend activity this will help, interesting
reading regarding family matters on page 10, some local education news on page 9 plus on page 5 details of an event not to be missed in October half Term, Ormiston children and Families Trust first ever childrens mini-marathon family event to be held at Trinity park. we always like to hear your thoughts on our articles or any news you may wish to be included in future issues, so please do get in touch via email, Facebook or Twitter. we look forward to hearing from you.
happy Reading Lisa Giddings Editor
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Why We should all Walk to schoolBeat the traffic and get you and your kids out in the fresh air during International walk to school Month this October. Each year, primary school children from across the UK join forces with over 40 countries worldwide to celebrate the benefits of walking to school and this October is no different, with the month-long activity encouraging pupils to walk to school at
least once a week. Many parents know that walking is actually quicker and less stressful than taking the car and they value the opportunity to spend quality time with their children. It also increases air quality with fewer cars on the streets and strengthen communities, where children and parents are seen in the streets! Stop moaning about the traffic start clearing it!www.livingstreets.org.uk
exotic encountersWould your nursery, school, or club like to get some real hands on experience with some exotic animals? If so why not consider speaking to Kimmys mobile petting zoo. Kimmy brings the zoo to your school, club or class, providing teachers and club leaders with a fun, proactive, practical learning method. There are a variety of packages including our Kimmys Animal Roadshow (tailored to any topic), sensory sessions, animal encounters and animal workshops designed to meet your curriculum or topic that includes talks, games, handling, quizzes and craft activities!!! So for some unforgettable learning, fun and entertainment for fun days, Halloween events, Christmas fairs, even birthday partieswww.kimmyszoo.co.uk
MuMs tiMe-outso the children have now returned to school and mums you are either feeling deflated upon their return or enjoying the fact you have returned to the school routine. Either way if you are looking for the perfect place to experience some time to reflect on the summer fun youve enjoyed or just to enjoy your own company, why not pop down to wild Raspberry craft caf near Ipswich. It has everything you could wish for to enjoy some time out, the beautiful surroundings of pin Mill, Chelmondiston, the opportunity to indulge in some homemade cake to accompany your tea or coffee plus if you fancy there are various craft activities you could try such as ceramic painting, decopatch, mosaic making and textile or silk printing. so why not treat yourself to some time-out, you know you deserve too. See website for opening hours.www.wildraspberryonline.co.uk 07868899676 / 07776062872
Things are getting very spooky down at the suffolk Owl sanctuary during October half term!! This is the favourite time of year for all owls - halloween means an annual get-together with their friends to fly some haunting missions through the night sky!! At the owl sanctuary the 80 resident owls and other birds of prey will be residing over the eerie Tombstone Trail which premiers on sunday 27th October and runs throughout half term.Are you brave enough to pick your way through the
tombstones to gather ghoulish clues and win a prize? Try your luck at ducking for apples, make a halloween lantern and enter the childrens Fancy Dress competition - judging at 2.00p.m. watch the owls in the spectacular flying display and see the cheeky Meerkat family enjoying their lunch! can you spot one of the shy red squirrels? s.O.s. safari Trail booklet with free gift for every child.www.owl-help.org.uk 0845 680 7897
sailfish sWiM schoolsailfish swim school are offering exclusive swimming lessons in Ipswich. Their new pool is in a private and relaxed environment, free from distraction. They have qualified, professional staff all committed to ensuring a safe and fun teaching environment. There are a wide range of classes to suit all ages and abilities including childrens lessons (small group sizes), parent and child groups, adult lessons, private 1:1 lessons, snorkelling and rookie lifeguard and lessons are available every day. There is also free parking and refreshment facilities onsite. The facility offers 2 changing rooms, viewing area above the pool and seating on poolside. Pool Parties are available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout the year a 2 hour party includes a fun swim session with lifeguard and food and drinks afterwards. Sailfish Swim School Lindsey - 07824 366377or Sally - 07771 872688 www.poolpartiesipswich.co.uk
deben Pool Parent & child sessionsTerm time only on Tuesdays between 9.30am -11am Deben pool, station Road, Woodbridge offer parent and child sessions which include singing, playing, swimming, jumping splashing and giggles for pre-school children to learn while having fun with other toddlers and their qualified instructor.For all details contact Ali 01394 384763 /01394 380370 www.dcleisurecentres.co.uk
baby senses baby fairThe 4th annual event of the Baby senses Baby Fair will be held on saturday 23rd November at Kesgrave community centre from 10am to 2pm. There will be a variety of businesses, support and information services which are available locally for mums and dads to use from pregnancy through to welcoming the new arrival right up to preschool age group, all under one roof.This popular event is free to enter and offers free goody bags, free taster sessions to try and lots of other free activities for the children to have fun with while you browse around the stalls. If thats not enough, why not spend some time pampering yourself in the Yummy Mummy room or have a rest with a cake and cuppa in the refreshment area where both breast and bottle feeding are welcome.Baby senses run the fair in association with and fundraising for the Ipswich and
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chelMondiston PlaygrouPChelmondiston playgroup is delighted to announce that following a surprise inspection, Ofsted have awarded them with an official rating of Good. As those of you in the know will appreciate, this is something to be proud of as the st