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Bumper half term at Crystal

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Children and young people can look forward to a bumper week of half term fun including free swimming at Crystal leisure centre later this month.

The Dudley Council-run centre, along with Dudley and Halesowen leisure centres will once again be offering free swimming to children aged 16 and under from Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February.

The centre’s leisure pool, which features slides, a bubble seat, rapids and shallow beach area will be open to families from Monday (17) to Friday (21) from 9am to 1pm. Public swimming will take place on weekday afternoons from 1 to 5pm and on Saturday (15 and 22) and Sunday (16 and 23) from 9am to 5pm.

Further information about free swimming, including how to register, can be found at www.freeswimindudley.co.uk

As well as free swimming, there are lots of other activities to enjoy. On Tuesday (18) there’s trampolining for under 5s from 9am to 10am and for children aged five to 15 from 10am to 11am and 11am to noon. The sessions cost £5.30 for under 5s and £6.40 for older children. Booking is essential.

The Big Bounce Inflatable event will take place in the sports hall on Wednesday (19) for children aged two to 13. The event features an arena filled with inflatable wipe out games, huge slides, assault courses and more.

A number of sessions will be held during the day. For further details and to book tickets go to www.bigbounceevents.co.uk.  Terms and conditions apply.

On Thursday (20) the centre will host free inclusive activezone sessions, providing fun sports for children with leaning or physical disabilities and their siblings and friends.

Sessions run from 10am to noon for children aged five to eight years and from 1 to 4pm for children aged eight to 16. For more information and to book a place contact Dale Rudge on 07970 259921 or email dalerudge@tiscali.co.uk.

The centre’s soft play suite and crèche will be open throughout the week. It offers a dedicated toddler suite, slides, stepping stone run and spider web crawl. Please call the centre for further details and opening times.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member responsible for leisure centres, said:

Our leisure centres provide a huge range of sports and activities to keep children busy during the school holidays. I’d urge parents and carers to make the most of the sessions on offer, including the return of the popular free swimming. I would remind people that this is a popular activity so can get very busy at peak times.