Summer fun keeping the kids entertained

Children enjoyed making telescopes at the first family fun day at Riverside park. Picture by FPA
Children enjoyed making telescopes at the first family fun day at Riverside park. Picture by FPA

An exciting summer events programme, designed to get youngsters off the couch and away from the computer screen, has been launched.

For the next six weeks school children of all ages from across the Glenrothes area can try out a range of outdoor activities as part of a drive to get kids active during the school holidays.

It’s been a great first week and we just want to spread the word out to all parts of Glenrothes that these activities and learning events are here for families and are of no cost whatsoever

The town’s Riverside Park provides the perfect backdrop for everything from nature and family walks, orienteering, cycling or outdoor sports including rounders and football.

A number of craft activities, story telling and bug hunts, as well as the odd barbecue will also be thrown in for good measure, helping to keep youngsters active during the summer months.

The six-week programme involves a number of groups and organisations including the active school, family and community support teams, libraries and police and will include contributions from Explorer Scouts and food development officers.

“There’s nothing worse than having youngsters feeling they have nothing to do during the summer holidays so we’re giving them the chance to do a range of activities they may not get a chance to do very often,” said Kirsty Strachan, Fife Council’s youth development officer.

“We have a fantastic park area so why not utilise that space and put on a few activities and experiences that children will like,” she added.

“We just need our fingers crossed for some good weather to complete the fun.”

The initial Summer in the Park launch event was hailed a fantastic success by organisers.

As well as the range of activities, sports and games, those attending the first week of events were treated to a barbecue while youngsters got hands on with a series of craft opportunities.

“It’s been a great first week and we just want to spread the word out to all parts of Glenrothes that these activities and learning events are here for families and are of no cost whatsoever,” said Kirsty Strachan, youth development officer.

“It offers a fantastic opportunity to get outside and get active in one of Fife’s best park spaces, and it’s all free,” she added.

The Riverside Park free family fun days run every Wednesday from now until August 12.

The event takes place every Wednesday afternoon between 1pm and 4pm for families and is completely free, all you need to do is meet at the park’s Cricket pavilion just down from Lidl.