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Restoration Yard offers kids some summer R&R

Restoration Yard offers kids some summer R&R

19th July, 2018

A more chilled out summer holiday period could be on the cards for parents thanks to Wellbeing Lab at Restoration Yard.

Parents are facing the prospect of six weeks of entertaining energetic children – so the team at the Wellbeing Lab has again teamed with Relax Kids Midlothian to bring parents the perfect solution.

Relax Kids Midlothian’s unique relaxation and positivity classes are returning to Restoration Yard during July following a successful Easter holiday stint.

Incorporating dance, movement games, simple stretches, breathing exercises, self-massage, positive affirmation exercises and more, the classes take children through a seven-step process, from high energy to low energy.

Starting with movement and working through stages including play, stretch, feel, breath and believe, kids will round off the session in the relax stage – with each step encouraging calmness, confidence and positivity as well as creativity and imagination.

Summer Positivity sessions, aimed at kids of primary school age will run from 9.30am until 11.30am on 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st July; while Summer Chill Skills sessions on Wednesday 25th July and Wednesday 1st August have been created with slightly older children, from primary 6 to S2, in mind.

Jen Wood, manager of the Wellbeing Lab at Restoration Yard, said: “We received great feedback from the children who took part in our Easter sessions with Relax Kids Midlothian, as well as their parents, so we knew there was bound to be demand for similar sessions during the even longer summer break.

“These wellbeing and relaxation sessions have so many benefits for children, by letting creativity and imagination flow, and taking time to teach new skills. They help children to learn how to keep calm and feel more confident – vital lessons as they wind down after the school year and prepare for the term ahead. It’s fair to say that wellness isn’t just a focus for grown-ups.

“Parents bringing their children to class can also benefit if they stick around to enjoy Restoration Yard, or a walk in the beautiful woods – it’s a chance for some ‘me’ time. And, if the children have any leftover energy to burn off, there’s a packed programme of Easter activities throughout the Park as well as all the fun of Fort Douglas.”

Relax Kids classes at the Wellbeing Lab cost £12 per session, with discounts available for siblings and block bookings. Children taking part should wear comfortable clothes for moving and stretching, and can also bring a small snack for the morning.

The Wellbeing Lab’s programme of classes with Randori Judo will also continue throughout the summer holidays. The club, which has been running at Restoration Yard since February, meets at 1.15pm on Friday afternoons. A four week introductory course is available for £10.

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