It’s not easy keeping the kids entertained over the summer holidays. At Pescod Square Shopping Centre, however, a series of supervised summer events provided little monsters with a great way to keep occupied throughout August, express themselves and make new friends!
Creativity for Life
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 Pescod Square’s events did! With an emphasis on self-expression and learning, the free events were accessible for all Boston children.
It was a great opportunity for children – accompanied by their parents – to take part in creative, community focused activities. Not only were our events fun and inclusive, but they also encouraged children’s artistic abilities, social skills and developed their cognitive capabilities.Andy Pottle Pescod Square’s Centre Manager
A Summer of Fun Events
Pescod Square Shopping Centre played host to four events in total, which took place each Friday in August. Hundreds of little ones took part. The events included:
Friday 5th August: Gnome Decorating
Using a variety of materials and techniques, children could decorate their own gnome to take home and display in the garden over the summer months.
Friday 12th August: Dragon Making
A monstrously good day was had by all during a craft workshop where children could create a dynamic dragon, using paints, pens, glitter, felt and more.
Friday 19th August: Animal Puppets
A puppet making workshop was the perfect opportunity to have a grrreat time at the Square! With guidance, children could sew their own elephant, tiger, giraffe or bear felt hand puppet.
Friday 26th August: T-shirt Designing
Children became fashion designers for the day at a t-shirt decorating event. They could design and personalise their own t-shirt using fabric paints, ribbons, stencils and other accessories.
A Great Success
Footfall increased to Pescod Square over the August period, with hundreds of children and their families attending Pescod Square’s summer events. The centre received lots of positive feedback, particularly via their social media pages. The promotion reached over 35,000 people on Facebook and Twitter.