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Queensgate goes ‘all suns blazing’ with its Sunflower Garden Half Term event!

Queensgate Shopping Centre is staging a special Sunflower Garden May Half Term event, from Saturday May 27 to Sunday June 4 to keep the kids amused.

Packed with engaging and interactive activities for children, this ‘blooming lovely’ event promises enjoyable and FREE fun for families during the school break.

Queensgate Shopping Centre will be transformed into four separate areas, each hosting a unique and entertaining activity throughout the week.

Sunflower Sensory (Monday to Friday)

Embark on an adventure with the Sunflower Sensory activity. Each table will be adorned with artificial sunflowers, children's gardening tools, watering cans, plant pots, toy bugs, and soft toy birds that emit real bird songs when pressed. Accompanied by dedicated team members, children will be encouraged to immerse themselves in the table activities and explore their natural curiosity.

Sunflower Colouring (Monday to Friday)

Unleash your creativity with Sunflower Colouring! Children will have the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills as they engage with sunflower-themed colouring sheets. Whether completed within the centre or at home, this activity encourages young artists to bring vibrant life to their sunflower creations.

Sunflower Bird Feeder (Monday to Friday)

In this hands-on workshop, children will craft their very own sunflower seed bird feeder using recycled paper cups. Equipped with felt pens, they will decorate the pots with colourful sunflowers. Participants will also mix a special fat ball mixture, adding it to their pots to take home and hang in their gardens. This activity not only sparks creativity but also promotes environmental consciousness and appreciation for local wildlife.

National Trust Sunflower (Monday to Friday)

Delve into the world of storytelling and nature with the National Trust Sunflower activity. Inspired by the book ‘Sam Plants a Sunflower’ by acclaimed authors Kate Petty and Axel Scheffler (illustrator of The Gruffalo), a gardener storyteller will engage children with tales about sunflowers, ecosystems, and the wonders of nature. After an enchanting storytelling session, every participating child will receive a packet of sunflower seeds to plant and nurture their very own sunflower.

Additionally, throughout the week, visitors are invited to capture memorable moments at the Sunflower Selfie Wall, a vibrant backdrop perfect for snapping delightful photos. Plus, the Sunflower Garden, decorated with grass matting and a white picket fence, will enchant shoppers on Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28. Visitors to the garden will have the opportunity to choose a sunflower at random, adding a touch of natural beauty to their day.

Excitingly, Queensgate Shopping Centre will also launch the Sunflower Lanyard scheme during the event. Part of Hidden Disabilities, the Sunflower Lanyard discreetly signals that the wearer or someone accompanying them has an invisible disability and may require additional assistance. By implementing this scheme, Queensgate demonstrates its commitment to inclusivity and ensuring a welcoming environment for all visitors.

"We are thrilled to present a diverse range of activities for families to enjoy during the May Half Term at Queensgate Shopping Centre," said Katie Chapman, Marketing and Commercialism Manager at Queensgate Shopping Centre. "Our aim is to provide an inclusive and engaging experience that both entertains and educates children, fostering a love for nature and creativity. We are also proud to introduce the Sunflower Lanyard scheme, which demonstrates our dedication to supporting those with invisible disabilities. We look forward to welcoming families to this exciting event."

Keep an eye out on Queensgate’s website and social media for all the latest events and news.

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