Fun busts the boredom in Sheffield for half-term holidays

Niamh Hook from Fulwood learns all about the human body from John Barker
Niamh Hook from Fulwood learns all about the human body from John Barker

BUDDING scientists kicked off a week of half-term fun with a big bang.

Young whizzkids tried their hand at a host of experiments, puzzles and activities in Sheffield as the school holidays got underway.

The city centre’s Winter Garden played host to Dream Bigger Dreams, a week of family fun organised by staff and students from Sheffield Hallam and The University of Sheffield.

Among the star attractions was Professor Fluffy, who challenged children to take the Torso Test. Youngsters had to fit organs back into the human model with the help of medical students.

Craft sessions gave kids the chance to bring more wildlife into their world, while students from the Street and Breakdance Society got girls, boys, mums, dads and grandparents in the mood for dancing.

Albana Rexhai, aged 37, of Ecclesall, who brought along son Ledion, five, said: “I think it’s brilliant they have organised this. My son did some painting and dancing and he’s really enjoyed it.”

Grandparents Diane and Joe Green, of Rotherham, took five-year-old grandson George Storey, who lives in Dore, for a fun-filled day.

Diane said: “In the science experiments they were telling us all about how magnets work. It was really interesting - I even learned something. It’s a fantastic idea to have this happening.”

Amy Jones, external relations manager at The University of Sheffield, said: “It’s going really well. We’ve had lots of people coming in. It’s designed to show what benefits students bring to the city.”

Activities take place at the Winter Garden daily until Friday.