A LEGO-tastic party
"I would not hesitate to recommend this company to other parents. Kate and Dan arrived promptly, set up quickly and brought along a host of extras for which I was immensely grateful: from the stereo system to the boxes of Duplo for party attendees' younger siblings. The children all had a wonderful time; Kate and Dan were both great with them. I have already had lots of positive feedback from parents. I would also recommend the party bags: each one came with a photo of the birthday boy and his 21 friends. How AoF had time to print off all the photos and add them to the bags in the 40 minutes between the camera shot and the end of the party, I still have no idea! Thank you Kate and Dan, for throwing us an awesome LEGO party!"
A Superhero Adventure
"Absolutely awesome team! So happy I found and booked Kate and Co! Worth every penny! Love the spiderman / robber storyline both of my sons are still talking about it. Kept all the kids entertained, even the little ones followed it and children as old as ten got thoroughly involved! Happy memories made. If you want a stress free brilliant party then call them!! I will definitely use them again"
A Pig-tastic! Craft Party
"Had a wonderful crafty party with Kate for our daughter's 8th birthday. Made some great memories and great crafts including gorgeous piggy bunting!!"
FUN! at events
Tanya Leary, Fabulous Frost Fair
"What an amazing team! We hired AOF for the family day at this years Fabulous Frost Fair and they were incredible. Quick to set up, quick to clear away and entertaining and engaging with all the children and families that passed through their room over the course of a long and busy day. Thank you so much - we would absolutely recommend your services."
FUN! in the community
Amy Taylor, Ability Coordinator Mahdlo Youth Zone
"Kate and her team have been providing awesome LEGO sessions at our Youth Centre for the past 6 months or so and they have been fantastic. They always deliver something different, my favourites have included the Fairground, Christmas decorations and the Zoo Time sessions. Its been great for children of all abilities to play together doing something they love. Academy of Fun add that little bit extra to our already jam packed sessions and they are always well attended."
FUN! Activity days
Kate Crane and Julia Ansel, Wonderful Things Project
"FUN runs through Academy of FUN! activities like a stick of rock! Children don’t realise how much high level learning they are involved in, because activities are perfectly pitched to instantly engage them. The planning is incredibly detailed, so that all of the staff and any additional volunteers are absolutely clear about what will happen during the day’s activities, and what their role is within that day. All resources are supplied, meticulously organised, inventively combined and efficiently cleared up between sessions. The team ensure that they match activities to children’s abilities, while stretching them to learn new skills and achieve things they didn’t know they could do. Kate and her team have a high level of personal skills and knowledge which they are constantly updating, finding new inspiration and linking diverse ideas together in exceptionally creative ways! Chief Ambassador of FUN! Kate has the kind of inquisitive mind that seeks out solutions and invents… coming up with ingenious new ways of doing things – that adults are amazed by, and children just love!
"The team have the ability to see ‘from a child’s perspective’ what will inspire and engage them, something that many activity providers (and adults!) cannot do. LEGO? Bring in the hexbugs! Christmas? LEGO decorations are perfect! Baking? Inspire them then let them create independently! Sports? Let’s make it Crazy Sports with pizza box relays! The activities they design are open-ended but with an ultimate purpose – they set problems, challenges and conundrums for teams of children to tackle. All ages, genders and personalities are welcome and supported through the way AoF organise tasks – lots of team-work, group work, whole-group challenges, alongside time for individual, reflective play. And just when you have been wow-ed by Academy of FUN!’s latest ideas, they have further brilliant ideas for new activity days and challenges!"
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