Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters Patrolling Their Own Playground; Children Get a Sense of Half-Term Adventure

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Youngsters Patrolling Their Own Playground; Children Get a Sense of Half-Term Adventure

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Byline: LINDA RICHARDS

AS far as boot camps go, this doesn't look like a bad one to be enlisted on.

These youngsters were given a taste of military life as part of half-term fun.

Five to 10-year-olds created their own mini squadron to patrol Clasper Towers adventure playground at Tyne View Children's Centre in Gateshead. Wearing camouflage and with their faces painted, the children tackled an assault course and picked up survival tips for eating in the great outdoors.

The day is one of four themed events taking place during the school break at the playground on Rose Street, Teams.

February's half term started with a circus day, and was followed by gladiator and pirate days with the week finishing with a play day with the fire brigade as guests of honour. The popular playground features towers, nets, ladders and a slide, as well as a fire pit, basket swing, community garden, sensory path and willow tunnel, and early years sand area.

Local children were involved in developing the playground, which opened last July. …

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