Bodsham Church of England Primary School
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What are you doing in the holidays?

Sometimes we attend events for the children that we want to share
Here are some of the best.
If you want to recommend something that your children enjoy please get in touch.

Fun outside of Bodsham

Star gazing at Simon Langton Boys School
First Friday of each month from October to March about 7.30pm.

If it is raining you won't see much. For adults there is a talk indoors but this not geared towards children.

If it is mainly clear skies you and your children will have a great time looking through very powerful telescopes with people who are keen to share what they know. Simply looking at the moon, planets or even stars being born is brilliant for all ages. You can also see lots of starry things that get the astronomers excited too.   

Top Tips
Don't use a torch near the telescopes (you won't need one at all usually).

If your child is little take a small stool so they can see into the bigger telescopes.
There are snacks to buy at low cost but worth having some outside with you for when you have to wait to use a telescope (you usually don't have to wait long).

If you go up into the very big school telescope (you will have to wait longer for that one), bear in mind it is a small ladder and the floor at the viewing area is a grid so you can see through it. It is safe but a bit wobbly for those of us who get vertigo.  There is usually a student up there so you can 'post' your child through the hole and wait on the steps to get them down again. 
There is often a school project being shown inside, often robotic related which is also good fun to play with. 
There is plenty of parking. 

If you have any questions please ask Sue in the playground.


Annual Kent Science Festival - Canterbury - February half term - Canterbury College
2015 dates to be announced 

This is so good we plan the rest of half term around it.  They often don't advertise this until January but it is now online and advance booking is highly recommended.

When Ella was 3 she was playing with the concept of density by sinking things and floating plasticine.  At age 4, she had a go at freezing flowers with liquid nitrogen (at a talk with lots of safety stuff covered). At age 5 she was spinning plates and built a car that ran on compressed air.  Just a few of the many things the kids can have a go on!

Tickets for the Kent Festival of Science in February 2015 can be purchased here (when they become available). Tickets are priced at £7.50 per person - for adults and children aged 4 and over.

The website isn't great and doesn't sell the event very well but it doesn't need to; it is incredibly popular already.

Here is a list of the things on this year

Top tips

Allow most of day for a child who likes to play, learn new things and/or get hands on with science and technology.  You won't get round everything so you need to plan.
You can get around reasonably well with a pushchair as they have lifts.
Take a packed lunch, there are plenty of places to eat it.  Food is also available to buy. 
You may want reasonable walking shoes.  There are lots of corridors in the college and none of the activities you want to do to will be next to each other!  
You get a list of what is on at what time when you arrive.  Queue up early for the shows, talks or activities you particularly want to attend as they do sometimes get full.
There is no parking so consider the Park and Ride, it is a 10 minute walk from the main bus station.   The nearest Park and Ride is in New Dover Road (going past the college away from Canterbury)
It is all geared for the kids but we thoroughly enjoy it too. 
Book early, they do limit the numbers.

Feel free to ask me more about this great day out in the playground.  
Sue (Ella's mum)