Summer short breaks


Caroline, Katie’s mum, told us: “Katie is 17 today, and I am a very proud Mummy as the wall is full of fabulous pictures created by her, at Action For Kids… My favourite symbol is a butterfly and it is hanging proudly in my dining room. Thank you to your wonderful team for enabling me to feel so proud of Katie’s achievements – she is determined to do her best and tries so hard at tasks the rest of us take for granted.”



Lesley, Eddie’s mum said: “Eddie always seem more grown up after he spends a few days at Action For Kids and he really enjoys the activities. We love the creative things he brings him and he is very proud of them! Thanks to all of the staff that make it possible.”


Time travel this summer

This summer, our short breaks programme is themed around time travel and focused on the early 20th century.


Thoughout the programme students choose what they want to get involved with from an extensive list of activities.


History arts activities include:


  • Making short movies and animations with characters and props
  • Creating a diary in the theme of Anne Frank
  • Building and decorating clocks to learn about the history of time
  • Playing the fall of the Berlin Wall game
  • Building a replica Golden Gate bridge and a time machine.
  • Designing record covers, picture crosswords and word searches.
  • Creating 3D Modigilani figures
  • Creating Jackson Pollock splatter paintings
  • Creating aged photos in frames


Science activities include:


  • Making a light bulb circuit
  • Building a model of an atom
  • Making a tin can telephone
  • Building and launching rockets
  • Building a rubber band powered car
  • Making a pumping heart
  • Creating solar powered water mills
  • Food preparation, picnics and summer garden party


Sports activities include:


  • Martial arts
  • Inclusive cycling
  • Climbing and abseiling
  • Sensory trail
  • Archery
  • Horse riding
  • Basketball
  • Swing dance
  • Yoga


Arts and crafts activities include:


  • Music production and the vocal booth
  • Drama and theatre workshop
  • Making Picasso cubist t-shirts
  • Making tie dye t-shirts
  • Making pop art canvasses
  • Making hanging baskets
  • Making bracelets out of old magazines
  • Making tin can desk tidies
  • How to make recycled paper
  • Creating a Superman & Batman comic cover
  • Make your own lava lamp
  • Decorate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle terracotta pots
  • Make endangered species handprints
  • Make party decorations
  • Music production and the vocal booth
Building a homemade rocket

We need you!

AFK is supporting young people to give their feedback on our summer programme…


Our advocacy project is looking at new ways to gather young people’s views about the range and quality of the activities on offer over the summer. #Feedback Friday is all about empowering young people to have their say and help Action for Kids (now known as my AFK) understand what they really want from their short break. Read more about it here.


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