Family days out in Kent
PUBLISHED: 12:44 10 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:44 10 January 2016
Get fit with a swim, a run, spot of tennis or on your bike, or go all crafty in Margate this month
The Big Splash
Join in the Big Splash swimming event over the weekend of 16 and 17 January and let the kids have fun while getting fit for 2016. Join in for free at Medway Park or Strood Sports Centre (16 Jan) and Splashes or Hoo Sports Centre (17 Jan). You must sign up online in advance to secure your place at this fun weekend of water-based activities.
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• Drop into the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate on selected Sundays in January between 1pm and 4pm and join an Easy Sunday family art session in the Clore Learning Centre. Charges apply, free entry to adults, children under three years old and CT9 postcode residents.
• Sing along to familiar tunes at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone, which is hosting a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat between 20 and 23 January. Tickets £14 (discount £11.50) Book online.
Little Kent Loves… KEEPING FIT
Start the New Year as you mean to go on with some fun family fitness
• Medway Junior Parkrun: If your four to 14-year old loves running, why not enter them into this friendly 2k run, held every Sunday at 9.30am at Strand Leisure Park in Gillingham. Entry is free, but participants must be registered in advance.
• Cyclopark: Get ‘on yer bike’ at Kent’s top cycling venue near Gravesend and enjoy family bike rides, play areas and a skate park for under eights. You can hire bicycles and safety gear and enjoy a bite to eat afterwards in the café.
• Tennis: Tennis is a great sport for all ages, teaching speed, accuracy and teamwork. Take a look online for your nearest club. Some examples of family friendly tennis clubs include Oakwood Tennis Club in Crayford and Beckenham Lawn Tennis Club.
• Ballet: Ballet offers a fantastic outlet for creativity, as well as strength, poise, and flexibility for both girls and boys. Sawmill Studios in Rectory Lane, Brasted is home to classes run by the Lisa Maybank School of Dance and the Royal Academy of Dance, among others.
• Rugbytots: Looking for your next rugby fix after the excitement of last year’s World Cup? Rugbytots offers a friendly introduction to the game for children aged between two and seven years old. Classes are available across the UK, including Maidstone, Canterbury, Sittingbourne, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Faversham and Whitstable.