Clowns, mad professors, donkeys and pop bands are just a few ways the Care Team at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is planning to entertain children over the summer holidays.
Children visiting the Sheffield hospice will have a feast of activities putting a smile on their faces, starting with circus week on Monday 18 July and ending with a summer fun spectacular from Monday 29 August.
Catherine Holland, Activity Coordinator at Bluebell Wood said: “The summer holidays are the perfect time for us to put on some exciting activities for children visiting us for short breaks with their brothers and sisters. In term time siblings can only visit after school or at weekends and while they always have lots of fun with us, they don’t usually have the time to enjoy a whole day of activities.
“We’re all about living with love and laughter here at Bluebell Wood and we hope this summer’s activities will bring plenty of these to all our children.”
Circus week will see clowns and jugglers coming in to entertain everyone, with a floor level tightrope giving wheelchair users the chance to test their skills. After that a mad professor will be trying out some experiments with the children in Science week, followed by Beach week where the care team is planning donkey rides, picnics, barbecues, sand, buckets and spades for youngsters.
For Music fest from 8 August, the care team will be designing posters with the children and is hoping for one or two bands to pay a special visit at some point in the week. Nature week will be mid-August when the team is hoping to sweep bushes for bugs and play lots of outdoor games. After that there will be plenty of amusement and friendly competition in Game show week, with a Summer fun extravaganza set for the last week of the summer holidays.
Catherine said: “For parents looking after children with life-shortening conditions and complex medical needs, as well as their brothers and sisters over the school holidays, it can be an especially busy time. This is their chance to have some respite knowing that their children are creating some very special memories.”