Spring is on it’s way (at last!)

Saturday 4th May sees the ever popular May Day Festival at Campbell Park. Funion Bargee will be there with the usual fun and games for all. Alongside the Playboat activities there will be lots of free activities and stalls. The festival is open 12 – 4pm

On Monday 6th May Funion Bargee will be putting in an apperance at MK Marina’s open day at Peartree Bridge, again there will be lots of things to do and see.  10 – 4pm

Fingers crossed for a beautiful Bank Holiday weekend, why not pop along to say hello.

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Easter Holiday Fun 2013

The Easter holidays are soon upon us and Funion Bargee will be open for fun and games over the two weeks. Check out the ‘Where the Bargee are we?’ page for our full diary for 2013. All we need now is some warmth and sunshine! Whatever the weather all sessions will go ahead. There is also our full diary for all our Easter play sessions, go to our face book page or twitter account for the diary and to keep up to date with what we are up to.
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PLEASE NOTE THE FUNION BARGEE SESSION ADVERTISED ON WEDNESDAY 4TH APRIL, IS ON THURSDAY 4TH APRIL, sorry for any incovenience

EASTER SESSIONS 2013

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Giffard Park School come aboard

Some year 5 & 6’s from Giffard Park School were lucky enough to come aboard Funion Bargee for some lessons. The children walked the short distance from the school, along the towpath to Funion Bargee. The two sessions over two days went very well with the children having the opportunity to discover a new and exciting place to learn. Onboard they were looking for descriptive words to help them with their descriptive writing, they even got the opportunity to meet some canal dwellers: A swan popped by both days to say hello and a moorhen made a short appearance. The children all worked very hard using their imaginations to think about the things they saw, touched, smelt and heard along the canal and in the photos provided for them.
Outside the children did a water safety quiz and learnt how to stay safe, they also learnt S.A.F.E which means Stay Away From The Edge, words used by the Canal & River Trusts children’s website campaign www.wow4water.net to help children stay safe on the waterways. The activities were enjoyed by all except for, maybe, the ‘shoelace experiment’ There were two buckets one with warm water and the other with very cold water. The children took turns to tie a knot in a shoelace in both buckets, this helped them to understand the effects of cold water if you fall in. Some children liked the activity and others didn’t because the water was too cold!

Children’s comments:
‘I learnt not to go near the edge on my bike’

‘I liked running about and seeing the swan’

‘I enjoyed the descriptive writing because it made me think and was my chance to show how good i can write’

‘I enjoyed putting my hands in the cold water because it was a challenge for you to tie a shoelace’

‘I enjoyed doing a water safety quiz and i enjoyed getting on a boat’

‘I didnt enjoy the cold the first day of the trip’
Teachers comments:
‘Interactions were enthusiastic and encouraging’
‘The staff were accommodating and knowledgable about the barge/canal as well as about the safety aspects.’

We look forward to working with them again soon 🙂

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2013 DIARY AVAILABLE NOW

Check out the ‘Where the Bargee are we?’ page for all the forthcoming sessions for 2013.

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FUNION BARGEE IS PUT TO BED!

With the nights drawing in and winter on its way, Funion Bargee is having a well deserved rest and will be off soon to the narrowboat doctor for a check up to make sure everything will be fine for next season. Sessions will start again in February half term (18th – 22nd) so check back in the new year for 2013 diary.

We have had a fantastic season with over 700 children coming aboard the boat to join in with the fun. Despite the weather lots of people ventured out and we are keeping our fingers crossed that we have lots more sunshine next year.

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Belarus children come over to play, again

MKPA are proud to support the charity that brings children from Belarus to the UK for a break. In July we provided a session for them onboard Funion Bargee. They lit a fire and cooked sausages and marshmallows on it (the marshmallows were by far the favourite), they also had a go at making dragonflies and butterflies and did some face painting  along with badminton and circus skills outside. They all went home with a goodie bag and big smiles on their faces. We look forward to seeing them again next year.

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Waterside Festival a roaring success

Yet again, the Great Linford Waterside Festival was a huge success with many people joining in on the Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Dispite the weather not being as good as expected, people still came out in their droves to enjoy the festivities. Funion Bargee saw over 300 children join in the activities over two days, even some of the adults joined in the fun!

Fun onboard

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