THE summer holidays are upon us, and the thought of entertaining the children for six long weeks is a daunting task for many parents. But there’s lots going on around Carmarthenshire to keep little ones busy whatever the weather.
Here’s a guide to indoor, outdoor, chilled out and active events to add to your calendar…
THE GREAT OUTDOORS…
Become a nature explorer, Penclacwydd Wildfowl and Wetland Centre, Llanelli
July 21 – September 4
Pick up a passport when you visit and collect stickers along the way as you take part in special activities like pond dipping, minibeast hunts and flamingo watch to become a fully fledged Nature Explorer. Times for activities vary. Included in admission price, free for members.
Canoe safari and bike trail, WWT Llanelli
July 21 – September 4
Jump aboard the canoe safari and spot a range of wonderful wildlife along the way (over fives only). Or get your helmets on and pedals at the ready to explore the wetlands on wheels. There are a range of bikes of varying sizes for adults and children available. 12 – 4pm. Last canoe and bike out at 4pm. Included in admission price, free for members.
Flamingo Fun Days, WWT Llanelli
Saturday August 6 – Sunday, August 7
A weekend celebrating the centre’s fabulous flamingos! Face painting, flamingo bingo, snaps at a selfie station, flamingo watch and crafts. Times of activities vary. Included in admission price, free for members.
FILM AND THEATRE…
Odeon Kids, Odeon Llanelli
Ratchet and Clank (An alien and a robot try to save the galaxy): 10am daily until August 4
The Angry Birds Movie: 10.30am daily until August 4
The Jungle Book: 10.30am daily until August 4
Pitschi, the Kitten with Dreams, Ammanford Miners’ Theatre
July 29, 1pm and 3pm
Little Swiss kitten Pitschi is not happy, she would rather be a chicken, a goat, a rabbit, a duck… for after all anything is better than being a cat! A show for young children, full of good humour, music, song and adventure.
Family ticket £15, child £5, adult £4, adult and child under 18 months £6.50
BFG film show, Llanelli Library (FREE)
Friday, July 29, 11am and 3pm
A free screening of the much-loved BFG. For all ages.
Romeo and Juliet, National Botanic Garden of Wales
Sunday, July 31, 2pm-4pm
Taking Flight theatre company, which works with physically disabled, sensory impaired and non-disabled professional actors to create accessible theatre and film projects, will present an outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet. No additional charge to the garden entry fee.
Shapeshifters fun time, Carmarthenshire Theatres
Learn how to make and experiment with light and shadow puppets, and create and develop story characters with The Crowman. Youngsters will be encouraged to draw and cut bold puppet shapes from card, before going behind the screen to present their own puppet characters.
Ammanford Miners’ Theatre: Tuesday, August 2, 10.30am and 2.30pm
Ffwrnes, Llanelli: Wednesday, August 3, 10.30am and 2.30pm
Lyric, Carmarthen: Thursday, August 4, 10.30am and 2.30pm
Ffrankie’s Summer Disco, Ffwrnes, Llanelli
Wednesday, August 10 10.30am-3.30pm
Join Ffranki and special friends for a summer party with a disco, photo booth, storytelling, magic show, face painting and meet and greet characters. Dress up as your favourite character.
Children six months to five years £6, first adult goes free, extra adults £2
Marty Macdonald’s Toy Machine, Ffwrnes Llanelli
August 17, 2pm
Join Marty, Sally the Scarecrow, Pongo the Pig, Molly-Moo the Cow and Sheena the Sheep in a fun, musical, interactive adventure to repair the Toy Machine, save the day and give the world back its toys. Featuring the voices of CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher and Nicole Davis and songs such as The wheels on the bus and Old MacDonald.
Kung Fu Panda 3 screening, Llanelli Library (FREE)
Friday, August 19, 11am and 3pm
A free screening of Kung Fu Panda 3. Open to children of all ages.
FAMILY FUN DAYS AND EVENTS
Fish n Ale trains at Gwili Railway, Carmarthen
Saturday July 23, July 30, August 6 and August 20, 6pm and 7pm
Gwili Railway is teaming up with West End Cafe in Carmarthen to run its Fish n’ Ale trains. As the Heritage Diesel Railcar, the Scenic Explorer makes its away through the Carmarthenshire countryside, passengers can enjoy fish (or sausage) and chips, delivered direct to their train seat. Alight at Lllwyfan Cerrig Station and enjoy the riverside picnic site or stay on board and hear stories about the railway past and present from volunteers and visitors.
Adult fish and chips, £16.50. Adult sausage and chips, £14.50. Children’s fish or sausage and chips £8. Prices include train ticket.
Book here to ensure your meals are ready for your train ride.
Secret Seven Party Time, National Botanic Garden of Wales
Saturday, July 30, 11am-3pm
A new series of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven books are being published in Welsh for the first time and, to celebrate, the garden is hosting a fun family day where there will be den-building, a special Secret Seven treasure hunt, arts and crafts activities and a tea party for 50 children. Entry is free for children attending the party, which starts at 3pm. To book a seat, email email@example.com
Family fun race day, Ffos Las Racecourse
Monday, August 8, 3.30pm
A family fun day with racing and activities for youngsters. Entertainment includes a circus tent with a toy workshop, circus skills training, clown show, stilt walkers, giant boules and a puppet show. Gates open at 3.30pm with the first race at 5.30pm. Children’s VIP package available. Race times and booking here.
Family Fun Day, Parc Howard, Llanelli
August 24, 1pm-4pm
The Parc Howard Association is hosting a fun day with plenty of activities for children. There will be a bouncy castle, rides, games, brass band, Zorbing, free dog training and crafts tables, as well as visits from Scarlets players, the fire brigade, RNLI and air ambulance. Refreshments will be available, and the event is in support of the Parc Howard Association.
Medieval Fair, Kidwelly Castle
August 27, 10am-9pm
Live entertainment from musicians, choirs and bands, as well as minstrels and re-enactors in the medieval camp. Try your hand at archery and circus skills, and visit the apothecary to see their potions and leeches. Prizes for the best costumes. Refreshments are available, and picnics are welcome.
MUSIC, CRAFTS AND RAINY DAY FUN…
Friendly Giant Arty Party, Ffwrnes theatre, Llanelli
Tuesdays from July 26 – August 30, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
Carmarthenshire Theatres are celebrating Roald Dahl’s centenary with a series of arty events for toddlers to tweens. Every session will have a planned art project, free style art and crafts giving children the freedom to create and use their imagination using lots of recycled materials.
Tickets: £5.50 per child, additional siblings £4 each, children tickets include one free accompanying adult, additional adults £2 extra. Children attending all 6 weeks will also obtain a free ticket for the screening of Roald Dahl’s James & the Giant Peach on Saturday, September 10 at 1.30pm.
Tuesday, July 26: Dream Jar – Making a jar and decorating it to hold your dreams
Tuesday, August 2: Dream Catcher – Creating a catcher for your dreams
Tuesday, August 9: Dream Bubbles – Making glistening colourful bubbles
Tuesday, August 16: Salt Dough Mayhem – Turning salt dough into bugs and creatures
Tuesday, August 23: Mask Making Catastrophe – Making character masks
Tuesday, August 30: Her Majesty’s Tea Party – For parents and children (1940s dress code optional) vintage tea experience with real china tea, coffee cakes and cucumber sandwiches, for the children squash and jam sandwiches. You will be taken back in time with music, art activities and fun games from the 1940s.
Storytime and crafts, Llanelli Library (FREE)
Friday, August 5, 10.30am-11.30am
Active storytime and crafts with an Olympic theme. Free for all ages.
Circuit challenge, Llanelli Library (FREE)
Wednesday, August 10, all day
Burn off some energy with an Olympic themed circuit challenge at the library. The event runs all day and is free to attend.
BFG day, Llanelli Library (FREE)
Thursday, August 25
A range of activities to celebrate Roald Dahl’s centenary and the release of the BFG film. Free to join in, and the event runs all day
Crafts, Llanelli Library (FREE)
Wednesday, August 31, 10am-11am and 3pm-4pm
A free summer craft session for children of all ages.
*Please note, events are subject to change. Contact venues in advance for confirmation that events are going ahead as planned.