We were at a bit of a loose end on Friday – we spent the morning lazing around in PJ’s but as lunch time loomed, kids were getting restless, it was def time to get out and about. A text from a friend asked if we were going along to the Mini Breeze event in Morley Park – Aha.. perfect I thought. The sun was shining, kids were up for it, and even better – Mini Breeze events are free!
Breeze on Tour events are run by Leeds City Council for all 0 to 19 years during the school holidays. Events include inflatables, sports, arts and crafts etc. Mini Breeze events are a smaller version in smaller parks but still aimed at 0-19s with similar activities available.
We arrived at Morley park next to the Leisure Centre, parked in Morrisons carpark just across the road. Event was due to open at 1pm, and there was already quite a queue – but we were quickly through. There was a variety of inflatables available suitable for different age ranges which I thought was good.
Even though were were pretty much the first through the gates, long queues were already forming and we waited about 10 mins for the first go. After then, you were really looking at about half an hour or longer wait to get to go on anything. Kids didn’t seem to mind (I wasn’t quite as amenable to standing around so much, but hey ho)
There was a fair amount on offer as well as the inflatables, even Zorbs, but the wait time for that was way too long, and there was other stuff to occupy the girls.
They loved the mask making and there were also nail art workshops going on too.
There were a couple of refreshment stalls, so of course it was icecreams all round.
The girls had a go in the sumo suits – hilarious and something a bit different.
Other activities included t-shirt and bag decorating, tombola, music making and football.
They even got chance to dress up as police women and stand in the back of the police van (lets hope this is the only time they have that experience!)
I have to say though, there was very little available for the under 5’s which was shame. I think they missed a trick here. I know that if Mini Me Time had been approached to be involved we’d have happily provided a soft play area, and some music and movement sessions for free. I’m sure lots of other local child entertainment businesses would’ve been happy to be involved too. So note to self for next year – let them know we’re here and would love to support the event.
The good stuff –
- the weather!
- the range of activities
- the majority was free (Zorbs had to be paid for – £2 each so not too bad a price)
- fabulous, helpful event staff
The not so good stuff –
- long long queues
- not a lot for younger peeps
I think we are very lucky to have these type of events organised. It was lovely to see families out and about, friends chatting, groups having picnics, children playing outdoors. A really good afternoon, easy on the purse and will be checking out where the next local one is. See below for the dates of the larger Breeze on Tour events, and the smaller Mini Breeze Events. Would def recommend going along.
Breeze on Tour (times 12pm – 5pm)
Mini Breeze (times 1pm – 5pm)
Tuesday 4th August – Hainsworth Park, Farsley
Wednesday 5th August – Middleton Park
Thursday 6th August – Gildersome Sports Club
Monday 10th August – Pepper Road, Hunslet
Friday 14th August – East Ardsley Rec
Saturday 15th August – Oxton Fields, off Torre Road, Burmantoffs
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