A Fun-Packed Summer at Salford Shopping Centre Kids’ Club!

8th September 2016

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

The Kids’ Club

Dedicated to children aged between 3 and 15 years, the Salford 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 Friday, 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 Salford 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 Salford 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.”

Sabri Marsaoui, Salford Shopping Centre 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, Salford 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 kids could make their own swords and shields and become a hero for the day. They also got the chance to meet our resident friendly dragon and his swashbuckling companion Sir Aurelious Jones, the Pirate Knight!

A Fun-Packed Summer at Salford Shopping Centre Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Salford Shopping Centre Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Salford Shopping Centre Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Salford Shopping Centre Kids’ Club!

Crazy Science Show

On Friday 12th August it was our Crazy Science Show. A duo of mad scientists arrived at Salford Shopping Centre to do some bonkers experiments – with a little help from the audience!

A Fun-Packed Summer at Salford Shopping Centre Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Salford Shopping Centre Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Salford Shopping Centre Kids’ Club!
A Fun-Packed Summer at Salford Shopping Centre Kids’ Club!

Bug’s Life

Our Bug’s Life Event was popular with our more adventurous shoppers, as Ranger Rob and his menagerie of critters arrived to teach kids about the natural world. There was also a free craft workshop where children could make a cosy bug house for the garden.

A Fun-Packed Summer at Salford Shopping Centre Kids’ Club!
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A Fun-Packed Summer at Salford Shopping Centre Kids’ Club!

School’s Out

The School’s Out Craft Event was our final Kids’ Club activity of the summer. Little ones got creative and decorated their own wooden pencil case ready for the new school year.

A Huge Success

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

“My boy had fun decorating this today!”

Lindsey, Salford Shopping Centre Shopper

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