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HYPE Merseyside launches free ‘Park Explorers’ activities for children

Children can enjoy a variety of free activities in two of Wirral’s parks this summer through a scheme designed to encourage kids to get outdoors, explore and make friends.

‘Parks Explorers’ is aimed at children aged 5-16 years and includes treasure and scavenger hunts, tracking wildlife and ‘walk, run, cycle, play’ sessions.

Organised by HYPE Merseyside in partnership with Edsential and Wirral Council, the activities are part of the Vibrant Parks initiative  and will be held at Birkenhead Park and Central Park (Liscard).

Families can get involved from 10am-2pm Monday to Thursday each week throughout August.

The activities include:

  • Treasure Hunt – use a park map to find clues and hidden treasure
  • Bio Blitz – tracking and noting wildlife that can be found in the park
  • Scavenger Hunts – complete challenges and find and discover wildlife
  • Walk Run Cycle Play – explore the park and get active by taking part in sports and games
  • Bike Basics – young cyclists can bring their bikes for a health check and get advice from HYPE

Booking is essential as places are limited to 50 per day at each of the parks (Birkenhead Park or Central Park).

To book, visit the Park Explorer’s page on the HYPE Merseyside website and complete the form. The form will ask residents to select the preferred park, preferred date and provide some information and HYPE will then get in touch to confirm places.

A healthy lunch and drinks will be provided each day for all children registered for activities.

To find out more or book a place, visit the HYPE Merseyside website.

Matthew Houghton from HYPE Merseyside, said: “Our free Park Explorer events are all about utilising the beautiful green spaces in our local area and getting kids outdoors and exploring them.

“At HYPE Merseyside we are always focused on delivering free or low-cost activities that are fun and accessible for children of all ages and from all backgrounds. Through the various activities, local kids can learn about their local environment, spend time being active rather than sitting indoors.

“They’ll also enjoy a good healthy lunch and get the opportunity to make some new friends. The summer holidays can be tough for parents and children alike, especially if money is tight. We hope that this scheme shines a light on the brilliant free resources that are available locally and encourages more families to get out and about this summer.”