The mid-OCTOBER session has finally arrived and The Star has selected some of the best things to do in and around St Helens this week.
After a long and difficult year adjusting to lockdowns, isolation and restrictions, this semester is a time when kids, parents and teachers can finally let go and enjoy a carefree week with loved ones. .
And while you’re still stuck at work this week, we hope there are still some activities you can focus on around your work schedule.
Boasting fun-filled outdoor activities and a children’s adventure program, the Mountain Monkeys’ Adventure Holiday Club is the perfect place to take kids with a penchant for the great outdoors.
Operating their holiday clubs at Carr Mill Dam in St Helens, as well as a second site at Ratcliffe House Farm in Cultheth, the team offers a week-long activity course for children ages 5 to 12.
Divided into age groups of years 1 to 3 and years 4 to 7, each course offers a set of ‘age appropriate’ activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, archery. arc and laser tag.
Basic outdoor activities are supported by fun games and craft activities, with the Clutheth site only offering land-based activities.
All equipment is provided and children can book for the day, at Â£ 28.50, or for the week at Â£ 137.50.
For more information visit the website here
The world of glass
To get into the spooky spirit, the world of glass is offering a series of free events this week in the run-up to Halloween.
Families are invited to the trails, which run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.
By joining the World of Glass team, guests will tour the museum, uncover secrets hidden in underground tunnels, solve clues, and win prizes.
Without reservations, residents are encouraged to take children to the World of Glass trails, located at Chalon Way East, St Helens, WA10 1BX.
Described as ‘the UK’s most exciting laser tag spot’, this spot is a great place for older children to let off steam, with a bar and pizzeria providing parents with much needed relaxation space.
Recommended for ages 7 and up, players can compete against up to 45 others in an intense game of laser tag in a 125 square foot multi-level arena, using the most advanced equipment.
Groups can rent the room for private parties or birthdays, and the room also offers a reduced rate for the youngest in a Kids Club every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Games start at Â£ 6 per person for an individual game, while the Kids Club costs Â£ 6 for three games.
On top of that, Darkstar is hosting a DJ workshop for kids ages 7 and up on Wednesday October 27 at 2 p.m. ET.
Located at The Arena, Central Street, St Helens, WA10 1TZ you can find more information here
St Helens Libraries
Citadel Arts and St Helens Libraries are celebrating Black History Month with a brand new show for children ages 8 and up and their families at 3 St Helens Libraries this October semester.
Aleiah’s adventure follows young Aleiah who travels the city alone to prove her independence. As she ventures into the city she thinks she knows, Aleiah meets three incredible black women from British history who teach her fascinating things about the past and also about herself.
The show uses visual storytelling and BSL throughout the performance, making it accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Aleiah’s Adventure will be at Haydock Library on Wednesday October 27, Moss Bank Library on Thursday October 28, and Eccleston Library on Friday October 29 – all shows at 11:00 am.
Tickets cost just Â£ 3 each or Â£ 9 for a family ticket (group of 4) and can be purchased online at their website or in person at libraries.
The Center of Shining Lights
In association with the Saints Community Development Foundation, a Halloween party will be organized at the Shining Lights Center in Sutton Manor on Friday October 29th.
At Â£ 5 a ticket, the party is designed for ages 6-11 and will feature a nightclub, board games, fancy dress prizes and a spooky outdoor walk
To purchase a ticket, visit this connect
A short drive away, the Science and Discovery Center, Imagine That! offers a multitude of spooky themed activities for children in Liverpool
With a week of themed activities including science shows, spin art, and slimy surprises, the Discovery Center is a popular, interactive center for kids under 11.
With guided tours, graffiti walls, pumpkin design studios, water activities, and an outdoor space also on offer, parents are advised to book now to avoid disappointment.
Tickets cost Â£ 14.95 per child, Â£ 12.95 for children under three (babies are free) and Â£ 7.95 per adult. Adult and child tickets are Â£ 22.90.
Located at Wavertree Technology Park, formerly Underwater Street, you can find more information on the Imagine That website here
Created by a local family business, Computer Xplorers has set up a mid-term tech club at Golborne High School.
For kids who enjoy playing and creating online, the team has planned three days of activities to keep the kids entertained during the mid-term.
Today features a stop motion animation day, where kids can use specialized software to create their own animation designs.
Tuesday gives kids the chance to code online and play with a high-tech robot, while Wednesday offers a host of Minecraft play activities.
Recommended for ages 3 and up, days are 9am to 3pm and cost Â£ 40 per day – with 10% off for siblings.
For more information visit their website here
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St Helens Scarecrow Festival
With creations already appearing around St Helens, families are encouraged to get involved in this year’s festival for the chance to win the top prize of Â£ 500 and raise funds for Willowbrook Hospice and the Standing Tall Foundation .
Following last year’s success, the festival has once again captured the city’s imagination with renditions of superheroes, spooky villains and community heroes featured on the streets of St Helens.
With Johnny Vegas judging the competition again, residents are advised to register their scarecrows by the Wednesday October 27 deadline.
For more information on how to get involved, visit this connect
A perfect fall treat is going to visit one of the area’s pumpkin patches to choose your own pumpkin and carve your own creations into it.
A popular activity for the whole family, a handful of plots are located around St Helens including Christmas Trees in Rainford, Birchall’s Pumkin Patch in Rainford, and Sandhill’s Strawberry Farm in Rainhill.