Christmas Party

Well guys it’s that time of the year once more.

Christmas Carols, Excited Children, Santa and His Helpers on full alert.

We’re delighted to announce that our Christmas Party on Sunday 18th December 2016 from 1pm – 5pm.  (see link below)

We have tried once more to keep the cost minimal without scrimping on any of the fun and have also included an Early Bird Booking Discount.

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See you all there.

Kate and The Gang

Christmas Party

Things to do with the kids during the summer holidays…

Well, believe it or not, it’s only one more week until Glasgow schools break for the summer. And, if you haven’t already started, now would be a good time to start planning your activities. A few Google searches and you will be sure to come up with a wide range of choices. The most popular in Glasgow include:

* Kelvingrove Gallery and grounds
* Victoria Park (or any of the various parks throughout the City)
* Gallery of Modern Art (it’s funny how kids seem to engage with this more that traditional galleries!)
* Almond Valley (if you fancy a drive out to Livingston)
* Strathclyde Country Park

But If you get stuck for ideas, why not check out http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/ – it’s a fantastic resource that lets you chose from a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. You can also search by age group which is doubly helpful.

But if you fancy a simple morning or afternoon out, that will keep the kids happy and active for a couple of hours and won’t break the bank, then you know you can rely on Jungle in the City… we have ample play spaces, costumes, books and games – including the ever popular Giant Football, as well as plenty of space for adults to relax and unwind.

We also have a healthy options cafe and new ranges of balloons, costumes and affordable gift items – so you can be sure of a great day!

We look forward to seeing you…

Jungle in the City.

Cost of raising a child rises to £218,000

According to this article in the Guardian, the cost of raising a child has risen to £218,000: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012/jan/26/cost-raising-child-rises-218000

Hardly seems possible, does it? Even spread out over 21 years, that’s still over £10,000 per year. It seems that the biggest costs are child care in the early years and college / university education in later years. But even the day to day costs of food, clothing, going out and the general expenses that children seem to incur can be substantial. It’s no wonder then that many of us are looking to make savings. According to the article:

“In order to reduce outgoings, 67% of those planning to make savings are hunting down lower cost items or “value” goods in their weekly shop. More than a third (35%) of those on an economy drive are buying items from second-hand shops, and 34% are making extra cash by selling goods on eBay and at car boot sales. At the same time, two in five parents (43%) have cut back regular savings and only a third (32%) have life cover in place. The parents with thriftier tendencies have cut spending on their children’s hobbies and toys by 5%.”

Well, you know Jungle in the City – we don’t like to miss out on a trend. That’s why we have reduced the cost of all our play to £2 per child per hour. We are just doing our bit to help make sure kids can still have lots of fun without it costing an arm and a leg for mum and dad.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Jungle in the City.

 

 

Why Play is so Good for Kids…

If you have five minutes, go on to Google and enter the search term “Why Play is Good for Kids”… Your search will reveal a plethora of interesting facts and information on the benefits of play… We can’t print them all here, but let’s look at three of the key reasons:

1) Active play helps physical development, coordination and cardio fitness. Playing outside with a bucket of water, a paintbrush and a wall or fence will develop muscles needed for holding the arm still enough to learn to write.

2) Playing with friends helps develop skills such as communication, cooperation, negotiation and promotes attachment (a preventative factor against mental health problems in later life).

Negotiation, self-reliance, cooperation and communication skills are all developed effectively through peer interactions in a way that doesn’t happen when adults are involved.

3) Free play encourages imagination and creativity which develop skills such as problem solving and innovation. Children have to follow a lot of rules, being in charge of their own play helps boost self-esteem and develops a sense of self.

Needles to say there are plenty of other benefits, but we want to hear what you think. Please feel free to reply to this post – We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas…

Yours playfully,

Jungle in the City

check out: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/parenting/3033365/Why-play-is-so-good-for-kids.html

Why are we here…

Welcome to our first ever blog post!

So, why are we here?

Jungle in the City was founded for three reasons:

1. We believe in the value of play! And that applies to adults as well as children! We’ve tried to create an atmosphere that’s fun and engaging for children and in which adults might just be tempted to join in too!

2. We believe in our community. Partick is a wonderful place to live and work and we are proud to be part of the community. We play our role by providing space for kids to have structured fun, whilst adults can relax, have a chat or just sit back and read a book or magazine.

3. We believe in good value. You will see that our prices for entry are just £3 per child (hour and half slot) and our parties start at just £7.50 per child. A fun day out with the kids just doesn’t have to be expensive.

We’ll be posting more about the value of play in due course but please feel free to reply to this post and let us know what you think.

Have Fun!

Jungle in the City