In October half term 2018 Lois and Cody were very excited to be invited to attend House Of Fun. This is a holiday activity camp based in Abingdon at Thomas Reade Primary School (UPDATE July 2019- It has now moved to St Ebbe’s Primary School in Oxford). House Of Fun is ran by primary school teacher Jake Motion and his fab team of teachers and Forest School leaders which include his own Mum and Sister, making this a true family run business. Mark my words, this is no ordinary holiday club!
At House of Fun the children can choose from a vast range of activities to take part in throughout the day. The programme includes numerous sports, cookery, arts and crafts and bouncy castle to name a few. They also have dress up themed days, bake off, sports competitions and more. The holiday club is open to children aged 5-12 years. There are full and half day options as well as extended hours available to help working parents. You can also book children in for a cookery course or arts course. There are so many options!
I had a tour of the building with Jake and was so impressed by the facilities. They have a purpose built kids kitchen for the cookery sessions, arts and crafts room, computer suite, forest school area, outdoor adventure playground, tennis courts, playing fields, etc. The equipment was all in excellent condition and activities are very well thought out. The children can move freely from one area to another and the whole site is secure. Access is through a locked gate which only the staff can open. You really do feel confident you are leaving them in safe hands here.
The arts and crafts are ran by Jake’s sister who as well as being a primary teacher is also an artist. Every week has a different theme to the arts and crafts. October half term was based on recycling and reusing to turn objects from trash to treasure. This half term the theme was 3D crafts with activities including clay modelling.
Some of the sports available are basketball, tennis, benchball, dodgeball, cricket, rounders, football……. The list is endless! There’s a good mix of indoor and outdoor sports. It’s a great opportunity to try something new. Cody had a go at benchball which he had never done before but absolutely loved it.
As well as benchball Cody did 2 sessions of cookery in the morning plus ‘cool computing’ in the afternoon. Lois did 3 – yes THREE!!- cookery sessions and an arts session. I love the fact they could chose what they wanted to do. Lois had been desperate to do cookery and was thrilled to have the opportunity to do several sessions. She made bread, treacle cup cakes and vanilla with chocolate chip cup cakes. They were both so proud to take the food they made to their Great Nan the following day. Nanny makes her own bread and cakes when we go to visit so the kids loved being able to take her some they had made themselves.
Having never left my kids at a holiday camp before I was really quite apprehensive. I’ve often seen holiday camps in leisure centres which seemed a little chaotic and were led by a group of youngsters without much experience. At House Of Fun though I was immediately set at ease. The staff are all so experienced with their teaching backgrounds and it’s very well organised. The staff are so passionate about what they do and this really does show. The emphasis at House of Fun is about letting kids be kids and building their self esteem. The team work closely with children who need additional support, for example young carers, to make sure they get to have fun when home life may be tough. The level of care they have for every single child who walks through the door is clear to see. If I’m entirely honest, I have never seen a holiday club like it. There is no other place I would rather my kids be than here. And they can’t wait to go again!
If you would like more information on House Of Fun and their holiday timetables please go to their website here: https://www.house-of-fun.org/
Disclaimer: We were kindly invited to attend a full day at House Of Fun free of charge in order to do our review. All words and opinions are entirely that of my own.