Slithery Christmas treat for Sunderland children

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KIDS got up close and personal with slithering snakes for a Christmas party with a twist.

Youngsters from the Coalfield area of Sunderland were treated to a free festive event at Barnwell Primary School, organised by Sunderland Children, run by the city council.

As well as a visit from snakes, the event featured a visit from Santa, face painting, circus skills classes and arts and crafts,

Coun Pat Smith, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, said the event was a great chance for parents, grandparents and carers to keep the children entertained.

She said: “Christmas is a special time of year for children, and for parents it can be hard to keep the little ones entertained when they’re so full of excitement and energy.

“The Coalfield Christmas event was really well attended and provided a great opportunity for parents and carers to have fun with their children and to let them burn off some of their energy, as they count down the days until December 25.”

Sunderland Children is a free-to-access service that is designed for parents and carers and their children – aged between birth and five years.

Delivered from five main hubs across Sunderland - in the North, East, West, Coalfield and Washington areas of the city - the centres offer fun and educational activities for children, as well as training and support services for parents and carers.

Each of the centres have organised their own Christmas events, with parties and pantomimes among the fun activities arranged to provide special festive entertainment.

n For more information about Sunderland Children, visit or the Sunderland Children’s Centre page on Facebook.