What is Muddy Puddles?
It is a weekly (term-time) fun play-based outdoor initiative for ‘Muddy Puddlers’ (2-4 year olds) and their parents/carers. Muddy Puddles will provide a range of fun play-based initiatives, that stimulate the imagination, encourage exploration, independence and learning, preparing those attending for school through activities that can be easily replicated in the home or outdoor environment.
Children will learn through freely exploring the Muddy Puddles site, predominantly through play-based activities that encourage, learning and provide buckets (literally!) of fun.
The first half of the session will be about exploring the world around us which will include activities such as interactive nature games and nature exploration including bug hunts, making dens, gardening and wildlife identification.
The second half of the session will be about arts and creating, also with a nature theme. Each week there will be a different arts activity, which will usually be run from the new outdoor classroom in Cycloland.
Start Date: Tuesday 10th November
Time: 9:30am, 11am and 1pm
Activity Duration:1 hour
Age: 2-4 years
Price: £7.50 (includes use of CycloLand and Play Area)
Book: Advanced booking recommended to avoid disappointment
Muddy Puddles - Frequently Asked Questions
When will the sessions take place in 2020?
Dates for 2020: 10th November, 17th November, 24th November, 1st December and 8th December.
Block booking all five sessions in 2020 will mean you will only need to pay for four sessions.
We will post dates for 2021 once they are available.
Will the Muddy Puddles sessions have a particular focus Sessions look like in 2020?
On 10th November, we’ll be meeting and learning about Hattie the Hedgehog, could you help her find a space to hibernate? On 17th November, we’ll be focusing on road safety with ‘Beep, Beep Day!’ so bring your Scooters and Bikes (or pick up one free of charge from reception). On 24th November we’re celebrating Animal Rights Day with Orangi, the cheeky Orangutan! We’ll be ‘grounding ourselves’ to look at soil as well as planting on 1st December. As 8th December will be the last session of the year, it’ll be time for our Christmas party and wreath making.
Please bring along shoes a change of shoes, weather proof clothing, adults should bring a mask for the indoor activities (a decisions can be made between those attending on the day as to whether they are worn as part of the indoor activities or whether we can observe distancing).
How do I get to the Muddy Puddles sessions?
There is a site specifically for the sessions, in an area almost adjacent to the side of CycloLand, which is below the Play Park (on the side opposite the main road with the cycle circuit). If you are attending the sessions, please sign in at reception 10 minutes before the session starts and you will be shown to the session location. The session will begin with an introduction to site and tool safety and, on occasion we may adventure from this site, so please try to arrive in time.
If you need to get to the site, once in Cycloland, there is a gate, almost diagonally across from the main entrance. If you go through this gate, you should be able to spot us, the site will be surrounded by flags).
What do I get for £7.50?
As part of your ticket price, you will be entitled to free entrance, along with any participating child, in to Play Park and Cycloland for the day. This can be before and/or after your Muddy Puddles Session.
If I pay for a block and can’t make it or miss the session, can I get my money back?
(If asked, this is up to the discretion of the Cyclopark, except if there is a local lockdown)
Do I need to book in advance?
We will be limiting the number of people in each group to 15 so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Will refreshments and snack be provided?
We ask parents/guardians to bring along any snacks and refreshments your child might require.
Is the session outdoors/what happens if it rains?
Most of the sessions will be partially inside and partially outside, we don’t shy away from a light rain shower but, when the weather is more severe, we’ll retreat to the classroom.
What should I wear?
Dress for the weather so bring along appropriate waterproofs for you and your child, if the forecast is for rain. Footwear is also really important as the ground at the Muddy Puddles site is uneven and may get boggy. Please do not wear sandals, flip flops, slip-off or high heel shoes.
Also, please could we request that you bring a pair of indoor shoes/clean outdoor shoes to change in to for the second half of the session, for the arts and creating, which will usually take place indoors.
Will my/ my child’s special needs and /or health issues be taken into account in the session?
Please let us know prior to the session if you have any special needs where you or your child might require extra help or assistance. Wherever possible we will cater for these needs.
If these health issues are in relation to coronavirus, please do not attend if you, or someone in your household, has been tested positive for Coronavirus in the last 2 weeks.
For more information, please see a Cyclopark member of staff
Can I attend with more than 1 child?
One adult must accompany no more than one child attending the sessions (but if there is space in the group, a younger sibling may accompany a paying child) and will have the responsibility for ensuring those children remain safe throughout the session.
Can I take photos or videos?
Yes, you will be able to take photo’s on the day but must return a signed photography and filming consent form prior to the event.
Can I bring my dog?
Pets are not permitted in to the Cyclopark.
Muddy Puddles Safe Covid-19 Operating Procedures at the Cyclopark
Please read the Covid-19 Risk Assessment here
What should I do if my booking is affected by the latest government guidelines?
You will be notified by the Cyclopark if, for any reason the sessions have to be cancelled. If the government enforce a lockdown on your local area, we will ensure you do not lose the value of your booking. You will be refunded to the full value of the sessions remaining on your booking, which will allow you to reschedule once the restrictions are lifted again.
(Cyclopark Reception email 01474 831400
If your booking is affected by local restrictions in your area (e.g. local lockdown) enabling you unable to attend, please call reception.
What is someone if my family has Coronavirus symptoms or is feeling under the weather
You must not attend the session if you or someone in your family has any new symptoms. More common symptoms are fever, a new and continuous cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, anosmia (loss of smell) and ageusia (loss of taste). Non-specific symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, myalgia, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.