Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 5°C

min temp: -2°C

Search

Creepy crawlies and crafts keep kids happy over February half term

17:00 22 February 2016

Children greet a tortoise during a reptile show by Jurassic Encounters at Ipswich Museum.

Children greet a tortoise during a reptile show by Jurassic Encounters at Ipswich Museum.

Youngsters across Ipswich have braved the wintry weather this week to take part in a host of fully-booked activities from bird-box building to animal invasions.

On Tuesday, families in Holywells Park wrapped up warm to build their very own bird boxes, with the help of staff from Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

As part of the morning, the children were able to craft their own bird boxes, bird feeders and learn about bird habitats.

Susannah O’Riordan, Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s education ranger in Ipswich, said: “It’s national Nest Box Week so it’s a good time to promote bird box building.

“They all seemed really happy, and we have had a packed week with Bonkers about bones Kiln Meadow and we have young wardens on Friday.”

On Wednesday enthusiastic pupils channelled their inner Robin Hood as they underwent a masterclass in archery at Northgate Sports Centre, before meeting some scaly beasts with the reptile animal invasion at Ipswich Museum.

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said: “The archery is so popular – even most of our term time archery sessions on a Sunday are fully booked, apart from a handful of spaces at 9am.

“Meanwhile hundreds have gathered for a chance to get a close-up glimpse of various animals, with mammals making the visit to Ipswich Museum on Monday, before reptiles took over yesterday and a mini beasts showcase on Friday.

“We had a great time showing them around and discussing conservation, and letting them develop their knowledge at first hand in a fun, yet serious, environment.”

Thursday featured family fun as youngsters made a splash at Crown Pools, and put their art skills to the test with a design your own china challenge at Christchurch Mansion.

For those who missed it on Tuesday, Chantry Park hosted a bird box build, while creepy crawlies invaded the museum.

The week concluded with young warden opportunities in Holywells Park.

Many of the events organised by Ipswich Borough Council across their parks and museums are fully booked, to the delight of senior councillors.

Deputy leader Bryony Rudkin said: “It proves when faced with a range of exciting and fun activities, children are happy to leave the game console and TV behind.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

He risked his life for our freedom, flying in 31 raids on Nazi Germany, and he lived to tell the tale.

‘Crude, clumsy and pointlessly lurid’ or ‘colourful, practical and deliverable’ the design for a Suffolk town’s new-look leisure centre has divided opinion.

The British government must be prepared to stand up to new US President Donald Trump when senior ministers visit him for the first time.

Fast cars, towering mansions and luxurious holidays are usually top of the shopping list for young popstars earning millions of pounds.

Paper owls which were a focal point in a shop’s window display have been sold off to raise cash for Woodbridge Royal British Legion.

A well-attended weekly run is cancelled today due to problems on the course.

Last week an American girl came to work in our office, writes working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

A man last night died during a crash between a car and a lorry, police have confirmed.

Preparatory work on a masterplan for 2,000 new homes at Adastral Park at Martlesham Heath is under way.

A criminal investigation has been launched by police into a failing care home in Hadleigh at which a resident died.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24