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Barracudas Activity Day Camps. I remember going back to work after maternity leave and sending Monkey to nursery. I thought it was such a juggling act. Little did I understand what a juggling act really was. Fast forward to having two boys one of which is at school and the second starting in September. Now life really is a juggling act. Not only do I need to work childcare around school hours … and all the after school clubs. But the school holidays as well! Although I am fortunate and can take some time off work to spend with the boys. I couldn’t possibly take all the holidays off.

So the dilemma is trying to find holiday clubs that are exciting. That give the boys a wide range of activities to keep them entertained. That vary each day and avoid the .. ‘mum I don’t want to go’…. This  is often the response I get from both of them when it comes to school and nursery. Which is where Barracudas Activity Day Camps come in.

Who are Barracudas Activity Day Camps

Barracudas Activity Day Camps is a family owned business which operates Summer, Easter and half term camps across the South East of England. I was surprised by just how large they are with 46 different locations. 20 of which have been graded as outstanding by Ofsted.  But the thing which really attracts me to them is that they offer a whooping 80 different activities at each camp. Which means there is bound to be something for every child. Investigating their website you can find the activities divided by child age on their website. I was also impressed to see that for younger children they purposefully keep the groups smaller with lots of structure.

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So what could Monkey be getting up to at a Barracudas Activity Day Camp?

Monkey fits into the 7-10 age group, looking  at the time table on the website he could be:

  • Making larva
  • Going on quad bikes
  • Aqua slide
  • Den building
  • Archery
  • Orientering

Its good to know that there is also a wide range of arts and crafts activities and lots of sport and games. The wide range really does mean that there is something for everyone.

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The family have really thought about what it means to be a busy working parent. For example one of the things that attracts me to the Barracudas Activity Day Camps is that they operate both early and late pick ups. Which align with nursery timings 8am-6pm. Ideal for my working patterns and allow parents more flexibility. Normal drop off times are between 8.30-9.30am in the morning and pick up is between 4.30-5.30pm. I also love that you can book online. As I very rarely manage to make private calls during my working day. Plus you can spread the payments across an interest free easy payment plan. I was also pleased to find that I could use childcare vouchers, they’ve even put all their account numbers on their webpage.

How much does it cost?

I was also surprised by the price. Looking at Easter clubs in my local area they whole week currently only costs £174 (which is a saving of £65).  A single day costs £40 and early drop offs/late pick ups cost £4 per session. There is also the option to reduce the price further by purchasing a season ticket, depending on the number of days booked. This will reduce the £40 to as low as £34 per session.

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If you want to find out more about Barracudas Activity Day Camps then check out their website. We are planning on being away over Easter ticking things off of our travel bucket list. However I can really see these clubs coming in handy over the long Summer holidays.

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38 Comments

  1. Lyndsey O'Halloran Reply

    I wish we had one of these close by. Erin would love this for sure!

  2. These activities look fab! My boy is only 2, but I’ve always thought that I would sent him to some holiday clubs once he’s old enough! Caitylis x x

  3. These activities look fab! My boy is only 2, but I’ve always thought that I would sent him to some holiday clubs once he’s old enough! Caitylis x x x

  4. Chef Dennis Reply

    Barracudas Activity Day Camps sound soooo fun and exciting! I’m sure kids will love to spend their days in here.

  5. I am lucky to be able to work from home and I have always wondered how people managed during the holidays, These camps do look like fun, plenty to keep the kids entertained.

  6. Wow this looks like so much fun with so much to do! Perfect for children who need to be kept busy over the holidays.

  7. Aww this sounds like so much fun! My daughter started school in September, so this is the first year that we can look into activity day camps and I think she’d love this one 🙂

  8. I love that they offer so many different activities for kids to participate in. It seems like a great camp!

  9. Oh this looks like so much fun! I wish I went to something like this when I was younger, it looks amazing!

  10. I love these kinds of kid clubs. They have many activities and games at store and its real fun. I have sent my kids in some of such clubs. He learns so many things, gets new friends and enjoys.

    • Oh this place looks so good. I would love to go somewhere like here looks like so much fun. My daughter would love it here.

  11. Where was all this, when I was a kid.

    I am feeling so jealous now LOL.

    It’s great to see, where we are headed.

  12. Rose Ann Sales Reply

    Such a great way to keep kids busy during holidays, I hope we have something similar within our area.

  13. Chef Dennis Reply

    Barracudas Activity Day Camps sounds so much fun and exciting for kids. They will definitely love to spend day in here!

  14. Hannah Marie Reply

    I really hope they are open all seasons! Kids sure are having so much fun in there. Happy they are trying something different

  15. Catherine Santiago Jose Reply

    A truly amazing camp for our kids to learn while enjoying what’s on it. Great activity list that will definitely develop one’s child inner creativity in a fun way.

  16. Looks like such a fun place that your Monkey will enjoy. When my 3 Monkeys were little, they loved camp. It’s such a fun thing to have your kids sign up to. We couldn’t do a lot of camps as we didn’t have the means, but perhaps it makes it more memorable for the kids. This place sounds awesome!

  17. I love that there is early and late pick up. I go to work earlier than my son goes to school, and if he didn’t attend school where I teach, it would be a real problem!

  18. These camps are a great way to meet new people and have fun at the same time. Seems a good price too for a week and the fun activties they do too

  19. Carly Belsey Reply

    My daughter would love a Barracuda holiday club, I haven’t needed to put her in one yet but that day may come soon as lack of babysitters when I am working over the summer hols and also it would be much more fun!

  20. Kids camps were a godsend when my children were younger. It is so hard for working parents during school holidays. I’m glad to see that more providers are now offering this service, and that they have lots of interesting activities.

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