Kidz Stuff throws a lifeline to frazzled parents | Action Medical Research

Kidz Stuff throws a lifeline to frazzled parents

25 May 2007
Frightened of school holidays? Living in fear of this half-term? Why not let the first ever Kidz Stuff festival protect your sanity and help wear out bored, fussy children? The two-day festival - the first of its kind in the South East - aims to provide children with a healthy alternative to making mischief using a vast number of attractions including fair-ground rides, Punch and Judy shows, magic shows, trampolines, camel rides and even an attempt to create the biggest bubble in the world! The festival takes place at the end of half-term for most Sussex schools on the weekend of June 2 and 3 between 10am to 6pm in the grounds of one of Sussex’s most stunning settings, Leonardslee Gardens near Horsham. These 240-acre woodland gardens are an attraction in themselves with their white wallabies and deer, but a ticket to Kidz Stuff will buy access to the grounds as well as the festival. The event is being organised by Horsham Rotary to raise money for locally-based charity, Action Medical Research which, through its Touching Tiny Lives campaign, aims to raise funds to help find preventions and treatments for premature birth and conditions which threaten expectant mothers and their babies. In a twist to the usual children’s festivals, Kidz Stuff aims not only to entertain children but also offer some gentle educational fun. For example, there will be readings by published children’s authors, demonstrations of birds of prey, a visit by Jamie Oliver’s favourite dinner lady, Nora Sands, on Saturday, and a display on Sunday by the legendary scientist Professor Heinz Wolff. All this plus an interactive fun-filled family show promoting environmental awareness and cultural diversity. Organisers, Horsham Rotary Club, are also delighted that Network Rail’s No Messin’ Road Show will be on hand at Kidz Stuff to teach children aged over 10 years, skills and tricks in skateboarding, surfing and kick-boxing. And keeping things bang up to date with the most hip of entertainment features, there will even be a 'silent disco' on offer, sponsored by festival co-promoters Mercury Radio, laser tag, a climbing wall and even a circus skills workshop. For mums and dads, Kidz Stuff has a powerboat and vehicle display lined up and to give parents a proper break, there will be a play area especially for toddlers. Tickets will cost £7.50 per person on the door and the latest festival information can be found at www.kidzstuff.org.uk ENDS NOTES TO EDITORS John Le Rossignol Horsham Rotary Club Tel: 01403 754005 Email: jleross@attglobal.net Heather Forse Communication and Campaigns Action Medical Research Tel: 01403 327478 Email: hforse@action.org.uk
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