Get support Covid-19 – advice for adoptive families Festival of Families - Superhero Saturdays We know how tough things are for families at the moment and we are really pleased to be able to offer additional support to Adoption UK members. The below family friendly activities have been set up to help provide you with something to do together with your family in the coming weeks and months - every other Saturday. Please note that these sessions will be Zoom Meetings and you will have the option to be seen on camera. You don't have to switch your camera on, except for some sessions such as Singo - which will only work with you being able to be seen by the host. Any concerns please email: [email protected] Don't forget that you need to login to your members account on the website first - before you will be able to access the 'Book Now' buttons for the below events! Saturday activities coming up this Spring: Saturday 17th April @ 10am - Magic Gareth! Book now - click here Virtual magic show - Magic Gareth is a magician and balloon twister extraordinaire!This 35-minute show includes interactive magic. music and fun! The show is suitable for ages 4+." He's the best magician I've ever seen... and I've seen 3!"- Sophie Aged 4 (and a half) Saturday 24th April @ 10am - Learn to be a poet with Author Sally Donovan Book now - click here This interactive session is aimed at the whole family, adults included!Poetry is difficult and brainy, right? Wrong! Learn how to make poetry using nothing more than scissors, a black pen and an old book or newspaper. An interactive and fun session for all the family, led by author and doodler Sally Donovan.The resources you'll want to have to hand for this session:ScissorsPensNewspapers or old books or magazines Saturday 1st May @ 10am - AUK online disco with DJ Kev Book now - click here Let’s dance! Walk this way to our online boogie wonderland and let’s get it started.Whether you’re missing your parklife or just want an excuse for a celebration, you’ll be spinning around to some top tunes at the AUK online disco! Saturday 15th May @10am - Fun Science with Jo Book now - click here AUK’s very own Jo O’Reilly-Kee hosts this fun and interactive science workshop for kids aged 7 and up.Former scientist and science teacher Jo brings the subject to life with some home made experiments to inspire and astound you. Saturday 29th May @ 9.30am - Gym-tastic with Katy Perry Book now - click here Join Katy for a fun, interactive session of gymnastics to get your Saturday started in this session, suitable for children aged 4-11. Participants will require a space approx. 2 square meters. Carpet is ideal but the activities will be mostly suitable for wooden/tiled floors too. No previous experience is required and all abilities will be catered for. Katy is an adoptive mum of 3 girls. She has been coaching gymnastics for over 15 years and started her own club 12 years ago. The club is completely non-competitive, instead offering ‘Gymnastics for all’ creating a fun, welcoming environment where children can come together, learn new skills, socialise and develop as individuals. Katy hopes to bring a tiny bit of that fun and enjoyment into your homes whilst activities are closed. Saturday 12th June @ 10.00am - Into the Wild Animal Encounters Book now - click here Into The Wild grew from the passion of two animal lovers who wanted to share their wonderful animals and rescues with the world.Over the last 10 years Jordan and Dean have taken on many unwell, stressed or unwanted animals that require very specific care. With the team of animals that are hand-chosen due to their enjoyment of meeting people, they have been able to run Into The Wild.This animal encounter will let you meet unusual and exotic animals and learn about conservation, adaptation, habitats and ecosystems, in a fun and interactive way. Saturday 26th June @ 2.00pm - Singo with Shane Book now - click here It’s bingo but with a lockdown, musical, cyber twist.HOW DOES IT WORK?The game is hosted on Zoom. Each player will be emailed their own PDF SINGO card and an instruction video of how to play. Numbers are replaced with songs and singers, and while your online host Shane sings and plays piano live, you tap along, be entertained and cross of boxes on your individual SINGO cards.DO YOU HAVE TO SING?No, of course not. But it is called SINGO and so it is happily encouraged. The same goes with dancing. Feel free to sing or dance as you wish. Saturday 10th July 2021 @ 10am - Art, Drama and Music with Rachel Swanick Book now - click here. This interactive webinar is aimed at over 7-year olds. The webinar encourages communication and well-being, with four ten-minute activities: Music Art Drama Guided Meditation The resources you'll want to have to hand for this session: Music – instruments and your singing voice Art – paper, pens etc. Drama – blankets and sheets to make a den – perhaps a chair or something to make a structure Guided Meditation – a comfy blanket and pillow or cushions Rachel is a senior music therapist specialising in psychodynamic thinking around attachment, trauma and wellbeing through the arts. Rachel’s work encompasses clinical work with children and families, neurological music therapy with adults as well as presenting and writing about music therapy. Rachel plays violin and piano, performing regularly.