Events & Things To Do

Posted on 17th May 2015

Ready, steady, go! Poole Park Festival of Running, Sunday 7th June 2015

We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Minithon race series as part of Poole’s Festival of Running this year and to celebrate, we’re running (excuse the pun!) a special promotion.

Simply register for the Minithon race online at The Ark using one of our specially supplied IPads during May half term (25th – 29th May 2015) to receive a free family pass which entitles up to 2 adults and 2 children to skate or play at a later date.

Minithon races are open to children aged 8-14 and runners of all abilities are encouraged to enter.

Race details:

10.00am         Girls 8-9

10.15am         Boys 8-9

10.30am         Girls 10-11

10.45am         Boys 10-11

11.00am         Mixed 12-14

All finishers will receive a quality medal and personal race time on the day. Races are held on traffic-free roads and are fully marshalled by experienced Poole Running Club officials.

Places are limited, so hurry down to The Ark during May half term to secure your spot! Alternatively, entrants can register online at or at Poole Park on Sunday 7th June 2015 (subject to availability).

For further information on the 2015 Poole Festival of Running and Minithon races, visit poolerunners


*One pass per family.  Terms and Conditions apply

Posted on 2nd May 2015

Come And Join The Fun At The Ark’s May Half Term Holiday Camp Monday 25th – Friday 29th May 2015

The Ark’s school holiday camps are becoming legendary! Join us once again this May half term for our popular all-weather multi-activity holiday camp.

Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old, activities include ice skating, arts and crafts, sports activities, soft play and more – indoors and out - all run by our fully qualified staff.  


Our fully qualified activities team is committed to delivering a memorable experience for every child. Whilst the emphasis for your child is on fun, your child’s safety and well-being is paramount and first aiders are available at all times. Each member of the team is Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked.


Full day £25.00

Half Day £11.50

To Book

Hurry! Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

e-mail or telephone 01202 717197

Posted on 29th April 2015

New! Baby Ballet with Shining Bright Like A Star Performing Arts School

Calling all budding ballerinas – boys and girls!

We’re delighted to have teamed up with local performing arts school, Shining Bright Like A Star (SBLAS) to host weekly Baby Ballet classes at The Ark.

Baby Toes dance classes, suitable for toddlers aged 18 months to 3.5 years, are run by SBLAS dance teacher Miss Charlotte, who uses use stories, props and music to inspire and delight little ones.

Classes follow the principles of ballet, tap and jazz and offer 30-45 minutes of music and dance. Specially designed to prepare children for dance classes when they reach school age, Baby Ballet is a fun way of developing a child’s learning skills and confidence in a relaxed environment.

Taking place every Tuesday during term time from 10am, classes must be booked in advance with SBLAS.

For further information on SBLAS, and to book, contact:

Shining Bright Like A Star 

Tel: 07734 429 445


Posted on 28th February 2015

Easter Egg Tree At The Ark, Poole Park - Bring Your Decorated Egg Along!

We’ll be hosting a decorated Egg Tree in the main café entrance as part of our Easter celebrations. Join the fun by decorating an egg to hang on the tree or simply visit us to see the tree for yourself! Local schools and nurseries have also been invited to take part, encouraging children to get creative and take part in this Easter tradition which creates a striking, brightly coloured display.

How To Blow An Egg 

NB: The Ark recommend egg blowing is done by an adult.

What you need:

Eggs, a scalpel, bowl, also required: a wooden skewer or long needle.

How To:

Gently swirl the point of your scalpel into the end of the egg, pushing as you go slightly, until it pierces.

Repeat at other end but continue to widen the hole at the other end by swirling the scalpel around so it chips away at the sides. Make it large enough to just insert the skewer.

Insert the skewer and jiggle it around a little to break up the yolk.

Place your mouth over one end, with the other end over a bowl; gently blow into the egg. It might take a few puffs before it starts to come out, but once it gets going it will all come out with a few blows. If the yolk appears stuck, shake the egg and try the skewer again.

Now hold a finger over the bottom hole and place the top one under running water so the egg catches a little water. Shake it around a little and blow out again.

Leave to dry and then they’re ready to decorate.


How To Make An Egg Tree Decoration. Real Egg – Decorating

What you need:    

Needle that will fit through the entire length of the egg thin, thread or cotton

Small beads – in two sizes if you desire (we used a small one for the top of the egg and a larger one for the bottom).

Neat way:

1. Thread the needle and insert it into the top of the egg. Wiggle it until it pokes through the hole in the other side. Thread through and thread on a bead.

2. Thread the needle back through the same hole and out the top again so it looks as though there are two lines of thread coming from the top hole.

3. Thread on another bead and tie into place at the top of the egg. Make a knot at the ends of the thread lengths and hang.

4. Bring to The Ark and hang it on our Easter tree!

Easy way:

1. Thread the needle and insert it into the top of the egg. Wiggle it until it pokes through the hole in the other side. Thread through, thread on a bead and tie into place.

2. Thread a small bead onto the thread at the top of the egg and tie into place. Using the thread remaining, tie into a knot at the top, creating a loop to hang.

 3. Bring to The Ark and hang it on our Easter tree!


Alternatively Polystyrene Egg - Decorating

1. Paint polystyrene eggs in a variety of pretty colours. You can use test/sample pots of household emulsion to paint.

2. Once dry, use a small paintbrush to decorate the eggs.

3. To make the hanging loop, cut a 10cm length of narrow ribbon and tie the ends together. Attach a ribbon loop to the top of each egg with a pin.

4. Bring to The Ark and hang it on our Easter tree!

Tip: Place a needle or pin in one end of each egg and wedge this in a lump of Plasticine or similar so you can paint the entire egg in one go and leave it to dry.

Posted on 28th February 2015

Easter Egg And P-P-P-Up A Penguin Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt - Sunday 5th April

Join us for an egg-cellent Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, with a twist! Poor Tux, our resident penguin, was feeling very left out with all the talk of Easter bunnies and chicks, so we’ve included him as a special guest in our egg hunt! Simply find a penguin card – amongst the chocolate eggs – and exchange for a plush penguin soft toy.

10.00am for children aged 18mths to 7yrs

10.30am for children aged 8-11yrs

Tickets cost £2.50 and must be booked in advance as places are limited.

Terms and conditions apply. One penguin per paid child entrant.

To Book

Places are limited and pre-booking is essential. For further information and to book, contact Rachael at The Ark on 01202 717197 or email 

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