|With the school academic year over, it’s time for the children to wind down for the summer break. However, research has shown that the long holiday can result in learning loss and when they return in September getting the brain back on track can take about two months.|
To keep brains ticking over the during the summer, plan dual-purpose days out that are fun and also educational. Graham Owen, co-founder of Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures in Brighton, reveals his top places to visit in Sussex to keep the curriculum alive.
Have an out-of-this-world time at The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham
Based in a Grade 2 listed building, the centre has more than 100 exhibits for children to get hands-on with. All the displays have accompanying information explaining what is happening and why, and connecting the experiment to a real life scenario to help children understand how science and technology work together.
Get physical at the Ardingly Activity Centre
Drag the children away from electronic devices and take them down to Ardingly Activity Centre for a vast array of water sports. From raft building to rowing, and theory courses to triathlons, there’s always something new to try whatever the weather.
Get arty at Little Gems Pottery Painting in West Grinstead
Based on the Knepp castle estate, the studio is open seven days a week in the holidays for children (and adults) to decorate and create their own piece of pottery. With 46 different paint colours to choose from and lots of stencils, sponges and stickers, every completed one is a work of art.
Travel around a historical world at Horrible Mysteries in Brighton
The educational experience entitled ‘Horrible Mysteries’ takes visitors around the world via seven four-dimensional themed sets. Each room is brought to life with scents and special effects that are all cleverly held together by a costumed actor who provides side-splitting storytelling. From a mummification in Egypt, to sailing the seas with smugglers, there’s a wealth of worldly history in one visit.
For more information on Horrible Mysteries visit www.horriblemysteries.co.uk or call 01273 007799.