It is the October holidays! Despite this year being a bit different, there are still lots of things you and your kids can do to stay entertained. Have a look below at some of the events and activities you can get involved with.
Kids & Youth e-books
Renfrewshire Libraries have a huge range of e-books available for kids & teens which are free to borrow for Library members. The online collection includes comic and graphic books, fantasy, horror, and much more. You can access the collection and borrow here.
Online coding clubs
Renfrewshire Libraries and Paisley YMCA offer completely free coding clubs online every Thursday! The clubs deliver workshops for coding, computer animation, digital sound, video game creation and general computing skills with different clubs for all abilities.
Register here to get a zoom meeting code and password.
If new to coding, sign up to Silly Coding! Fun and Silly block based coding workshops for beginners (Recommended for ages 8-12). This takes place every Thursday from 4pm-5pm.
If block-based coding is too easy, Coder Dojo @ Home offers workshops focused online-based coding designed to teach more advanced principles of coding. Recommended ages 12+, or younger if wanting to learn line-based coding. Takes place every Thursday from 6pm to 7pm.
More information can be found here.
Animal Crossing Island
The Renfrewshire Libraries Animal Crossing Island is available again for the October week! If you have an Nintendo switch and already have the game ‘Animal Crossing New Horizons’, then add Renfrewshire Libraries as a friend. Come visit the Animal Crossing New Horizons Renfrewshire Library island to pick up items and recipes, visit the museum and visit the library!
In game opening hours for the island are Monday-Friday 2pm to 4pm. The friendly ‘librarian’ at ‘RenLibrary’ Island will be there to help. The code to access the island is: SW-7364-6035-8713
If you don’t have a switch or Animal Crossing New Horizons game then you can still join in. Download the free Animal Crossing Pocket Camp* app instead. You won’t be able to come to the library island but you can add the library as friends - The ID code is: 33390233280
*please ensure you turn off in app purchases
Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire
Do you want to be creative with your child and enjoy trying new things? Well if so, then Tiny Revolutions Renfrewshire is just the thing for you!
Join in with the fun, simple and practical creative activities – all of which you can find here. Just click on one of the pictures to download the idea! Activities include creating your own rainbow, painted pebbles, and dance your name.
Share your creations with us using #TinyRevolutionsRen on social media.
When Stars Align
“All adventures begin with a dream…” Silli the Starseeker has crash landed at Coats Observatory in Paisley. Join Silli and Janet Coats on their uplifting cosmic adventure – battling the menacing Lord Hamilton and the fearsome Nothingness – and reigniting the true spirit of this extraordinary town.
Watch on RenTV on Thursday 15th October at 10:30am.
Click here to download the When Starts Align activity booklet.
Museum of Me exhibition
All of the work featured in this online exhibition has been created by children and young adults from The School of African Cultures, PACHEDU Charity in Renfrewshire who have been taking part in the ‘Museum of Me’ partnership project with the Creative Learning Team at Paisley Museum.
Over the course of the 3 month online digital project the children have been investigating Paisley Museum’s collections and researching the lives of key historical figures including John Edmonstone, Mary Jane Seacole and Peter Burnet (known throughout Paisley as ‘Black Peter’) reflecting on their lives and identities using a variety of creative skills including poetry, music, dance and mixed media art techniques.
Through this historical lens the children were able to explore the core theme of identity and what it means to be African and Scottish living in Renfrewshire in 2020.
All the work created during the project has culminated in this online exhibition showcased in October 2020 celebrating Black History Month.
Click here to enter the exhibition
The team at Paisley Museum have created some activity sheets for you to try, which you can download below:
Doors Open Day 2020
This year for the first time ever, Doors Open Day was all online. This allowed anyone to discover the amazing buildings and hidden gems within Renfrewshire. This included Renfrewshire Leisure venues Paisley Arts Centre, The Secret Collection, and The Heritage Centre.
Don’t worry if you missed it! You can still watch the video tours here.
Additional swim sessions
During the October week, we have increased the number of sessions available for swimming at the Lagoon Leisure Centre, On-X Linwood, Erskine Pool, and Renfrew Victory Baths. The additional session times are:
Lagoon Leisure Centre and On-x Linwood
- Monday- Friday: 12pm, 1pm & 2pm
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 1pm & 2pm
Renfrew Victory Baths
- Tuesday: 1pm & 2pm, Thursday: 2pm & 3pm
You can book a swim session online now here.
Don’t worry if you are not a Renfrewshire Leisure member, you can still book using the ‘Guest Login option.
Kids Activity Sessions
During lockdown, our Sports Services team created a number of online sport sessions featuring for kids to try at home. These include football, athletics, and dance. All of these can be seen on RenTV here.
Our Sport Services team have created a challenge to build a raft that can float using items found outside and around the home. Watch the video for instructions here.
Or if raft building isn’t for you, then there is also a challenge to create a den using items found within the home. Watch the den building video here.
Renfrewshire provides a range of excellent cycling routes suitable for families to use to get out and about safely. Renfrewshire Council have created a ‘Cycling in Renfrewshire’ booklet which has details of 10 cycling routes around the area, which have been designed for the ‘non-expert’ cyclist. You can download view and the booklet here.
Many of our facilities have now reopened including libraries and leisure. All gym & swim sessions must be booked in advance in order to follow Government guidance. You can find more information including opening hours and how to book here.