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February half term fun at leisure centres

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Children of all ages can take part in fun and games at Crystal, Dudley and Halesowen leisure centres during February half term.

The Dudley Council owned facilities will be hosting a jam packed week of fun from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February.  

 On Thursday 21 February there will be two hour sessions of inclusive activezone at the Crystal, providing fun sports for children with learning or physical disabilities and their siblings/friends. Activities include trampolining, bouncy castle, dodgeball, volleyball, parachute games and multi-sports. Sessions run from 10am to 12 noon for ages 5 - 8 and from 1pm to 4pm for ages 8 - 16. All sessions are free, but booking is essential.  For more information and to book a place contact Dale Rudge on 07970259921 or email dalerudge@tiscali.co.uk

The leisure pool will be open throughout the week including the popular water disco which runs from 3.30pm to 6pm on Friday 22 February. The soft play suite will be open every day for the under eights at £2.70 per child and a crèche facility will run Monday and Friday 9.30am to 12 noon and Tuesday 9.30am to 12.30pm.

On Wednesday 20 February the centre will host ‘Big Bounce’ – a huge inflatable play event for children aged 2 - 13. Youngsters can race, slide, jump and bounce with bouncy castles, slides, diddi car track, obstacle courses, sports games, an under 5s zone, Total Wipeout sweeper game, nerf guns and much more. It costs £7 per child with adult entry £1. Booking online in advance is recommended by visiting @Big Bounce Events on Facebook.

Crystal is also offering a climbing course on 18, 19 and 20 February for ages nine to 15. No experience is required, equipment is provided and it costs £10 per session.

Over at Dudley Leisure Centre, there will be two days of junior activezone on Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 February. Suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years, the activities will run from 9am to 4pm and include multi skills, crafts, team games and swimming. It costs £20 per day per child and a parental consent form must be completed prior to participation.   

The main pool and learner pool are open throughout the school holidays. Please check with the centre or website for opening times.

Juniors under 16 can also receive 50 per cent off the full adult price, on a no booking in advance basis for badminton, squash, five-a-side football, netball and basketball. All participants taking part in the activity must be under the age of 16 to receive the discount. Equipment is provided. Activities are subject to availability.

At Halesowen Leisure Centre there are fun float pool sessions which run on Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 in the main pool and learner pool. Sessions run from 1.15pm to 3pm and cost £4.40 for adults and £2.90 for under 16s. There is no age restriction but under eights must be accompanied in the water.

Juniors can take advantage of the £7 for 7 days offer at Halesowen to receive unlimited access between 9am to 5pm. Activities include use of the swimming pools, fun float sessions, squash courts and table tennis.

The centre’s swimming pools will be open throughout the school holidays and people are asked to check opening times and session details before arrival.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member responsible for leisure centres, said:

With so much media attention on the importance of children spending time away from screens and devices, we know that parents and carers will be looking for ways to keep their youngsters occupied during the half term.
Our leisure centres are providing another fun filled, action packed half term programme that is great value for money and I would encourage people to sign up for our sessions in advance to avoid disappointment.”

A 50 per cent discount is available on many of the leisure centres activities with an Options+ Leisure Discount card. Pre-booking at reception is recommended for selected holiday activities. For more information, or to book a place, call 01384 812800, or visit www.dudley.gov.uk/sport

Leisure centre activities are part of a borough-wide holiday programme. The council aim to encourage increased participation in sport and physical activity, along with the Let’s Get initiative, which also supports a move towards healthier eating. For more information visit www.lets-get.com or search @letsgetdudley on Twitter.

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