A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!

7th September 2016

It’s not easy to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays. At Castle Dene Shopping Centre, we came up with a fun, free way to amuse your little monsters throughout August: our very own Kids’ Club!

Castle Dene Kids’ Club

Dedicated to children aged between 3 and 15 years, the Castle Dene Shopping Centre Kids’ Club was the perfect way to keep the kids entertained over the summer holiday. With supervised creative events held at the shopping centre every Wednesday, it gave little ones the chance to express themselves and make new friends. All Kids’ Club members received a free goodie bag, and we laid on plenty of exclusive offers and competitions too.

Creativity for Life

Packed with fun activities, the Castle Dene Shopping Centre Kids’ Club was a great way to support children’s development during the summer holiday. Recent research by Born Creative and arts education charity Creative, Culture and Education has shown that children who access creative learning in early education develop the skills they need for the workplace and their community, meaning they are more likely to succeed in adult life.

Born Creative recommends that local institutions are included in children’s creative development to build community cohesion – and that’s exactly what our Kids’ Club did! With an emphasis on self-expression and learning, our free events were accessible for all Peterlee children.

“It’s a great opportunity for children – accompanied by their parents – to take part in creative, community focused activities. Not only will our events be fun and inclusive, but they’ll also encourage children’s artistic abilities, social skills and develop their cognitive capabilities.”

Sarah Bromwich, Castle Dene’s Operations Manager

A Summer of Fun Events

Our Kids’ Club launched on Saturday 23rd July with the first fun, free event of the summer. We installed a large three-sided totem pole at the shopping centre, and invited children to colour it in and create a unique piece of artwork.

Throughout August, Castle Dene Shopping Centre played host to another four Kids’ Club events. Hundreds of little ones – whether they were Kids’ Club members or not – took part.

Dungeons & Dragons

We kicked things off with a special themed event, Dungeons & Dragons, where children could make their own swords and shields and become a hero for the day. They also got the chance to meet friendly dragon Epico and his swashbuckling companion Sir Aurelious Jones, the Pirate Knight!

A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!

Meet the Flintstones

On Wednesday 10th August it was time to Meet the Flintstones. Children could decorate their own wooden dinosaur, and few crazy cavemen paid us a visit to join in the fun.

A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!

Monster Mayhem

Our Monster Mayhem Event saw kids create out-of-this world masks and transform into all kinds of aliens and monsters before our very eyes. Little adventurers took part in our ghoulish Area 51 Laser Quest game.

A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!

Treasure Island

Our final Kids’ Club activity was the Treasure Island Event. Children turned into pirates at our craft workshop, then went on a quest to find hidden treasure somewhere in the shopping centre. Even the tiniest tots could hunt for buried treasure in our sandboxes.

A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Castle Dene Kids’ Club!

A Huge Success

Our Kids’ Club really drew in the crowds and provoked some great feedback on Facebook and Twitter.

“It was a great day. Lots to do. Well organised and friendly”

Miriam Cowans, Castle Dene Shopper

To see more photos from the Castle Dene Shopping Centre Kids’ Club events, visit our Facebook page.