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As school gates shut for striking teachers, how can you keep your child entertained today?

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

Go Ape

Go Ape in the Forest of Dean is one of the many family friendly attractions in Gloucestershire open today

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As some schools across Gloucestershire grind to a halt today due to strike action, parents will be left wondering how to keep children entertained.

There is lots going on across the county, both indoors and out, to make sure families can make the most of the unscheduled mid-week break.

Pupils at Severn Vale Primary School in Stroud are taking part in an impromptu sports day, so parents don’t have to take time off work or shell out for expensive child care.

Councillor Debbie Young (Cons, Chalford)said: "It is a great idea to keep children occupied in school time.

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"Teaching assistants and sports coaches are supervising games of handball, tag rugby and rounders on the school fields.

"It will mean parents don't have to worry about taking time off or pay for childcare."

But if your child is off today, how about trying one of these family day outs:

The International Centre for Birds of Prey Newent

This could be the first port of call for bird lovers. Each day there are three flying demonstrations with commentary. The centre is renowned for its expertise in education, conservation and training, with courses in falconry and photography available.

There is also a shop, cafe, education facility, attractive gardens and picnic areas to make for a perfect day out.

Cotswold Farm Park near Cheltenham

Cotswold Farm Park Sitting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun filled day out. Children can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present.

Cattle Country Adventure Park, Berkeley

Cattle Country Adventure Park Is an Indoor and outdoor adventure park with loads of animals to see. Splash pool open from Whitsun to September.

Gloucester Waterways Museum ,Gloucester

Gloucester Waterways Museum Delve into the fascinating world of Gloucester's Victorian docks at this museum and meet the people and wildlife of our wonderful waterways. Discover impressive facts about the ingenious engineering of the waterway system and explore home life aboard a narrow boat. Plenty of hands on fun and games.

Dean Heritage Centre, Cinderford

Dean Heritage Centre The history of the Forest of Dean including the Gruffalo woodland trail; a reconstructed Victorian cottage, an adventure playground; a chainsaw carving demonstration pitch; animals and an onsite gift shop and cafe. With a full programme of special events, exhibitions, art shows and educational workshops.

Cotswold Motoring Museum, Bourton-on-the-Water

Cotswold Motoring Museum Fun packed indoor museum covering motoring right through the 20th Century. Brum lives here and this is where he was filmed. He loves having his photo taken so don't forget your camera! Throughout the museum there are quizzes, feely boxes, building games, brass rubbings, old fashioned toys and dressing-up.

Corinium Museum, Cirencester

Corinium Museum Visitors can trace the story of the Cotswolds from Prehistory to the late 19th Century, with hands-on exhibits, interactive displays and a wealth of precious artefacts. There are animated and practical games, and audio-visual screens to bring the past to life for everyone from schoolchildren to grandparents.

Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, Gloucester

Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery Among the spectacular collection are archaeological finds, fine and decorative arts and natural history specimens representing Gloucester’s rich heritage.

GL1 Leisure Centre, Gloucester

GL1 - in the heart of Gloucester has something for everyone, from warm swimming pools with wet n wild fun sessions and special parent and toddler times to trampoline lessons and after school or holiday sports and swimming courses.

Go Bananas Indoor Softplay Centre, Stroud

Go Bananas Indoor Softplay Centre Whiz your way down the wavy Astra slide, swoosh down the half pipe into the ball pool, dare to cross the wobbly bridge and jump the star burst clouds and many more adventures await you.

Clearwell Caves Ancient Iron Mines, Coleford

Clearwell Caves Ancient Iron Mines An impressive natural cave system, mined for over 4,500 years to form some of Britain's most atmospheric and intriguing underground mine workings. Nine caverns, geological and mining displays throughout.

The Warehouse Climbing Centre, Gloucester

The Warehouse Climbing Centre A fantastic, fun indoor climbing centre for the whole family to enjoy. Parties, fun children’s sessions from toddler to teenage plus family tasters so everyone can be involved. Come and try the growing sport of climbing.

Go Ape Forest of Dean, Forest of Dean

Go Ape Forest of Dean Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.

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