For young aspiring herpetologists, entomologists, biologists, conservationists, naturalists and animal keepers

"Black Cricket Kids Club inspires, motivates and entertains children"

W.C Fields was once quoted as saying "never work with animals and children". We do both and we love it!!

Fun, educational, entertaining sessions are planned and organised by an outstanding qualified science teacher with specialisms in specific areas of animal care, herpetology and entomology. Has also worked in animal rescue and a zoo

Practical learning not classroom teaching

Building on and developing new skills, knowledge and understanding of the world

Children are encouraged to participate in all activities but there are standalone activities provided in the sessions should they decide to 'opt out'

Hourly sessions

Visits out during the school holidays to wildlife parks, nature reserves and Sea Life Centre

Visits to us delivered as educational talks, exhibitions and animal handling experiences

Activities with DWAs (Dangerous Wild Animals)

"Show and Tell" sessions to bring your own pet

Opportunities for the children to demonstrate what they have learnt in the sessions in exhibitions and shows

Competitions and animal-themed prizes

Children with special educational needs and disabilities are warmly welcomed. Sessions are inclusive and differentiated to meet their needs

The health and safety of yourselves your children and ourselves is paramount therefore full risk assessments are completed


Registration is required


*** Black Cricket Kids Club ***

Shortstown Village Hall

Southcote, Shortstown, Bedford, MK42 0QL

1st Wednesday of every month 

4.30pm - 5.30pm

St Neots Scout Hall

Bedford Street, St Neots, PE19 1AX

1st Friday of every month

7pm - 8pm

Great Denham Community Centre

Saxon Way, Great Denham, MK40 4GP

1st Tuesday of every month

Commencing 1st May

6pm - 7pm

Clifton Community Centre

Whiston Crescent, Clifton, SG17 5HJ

3rd Friday of every month 6.30pm - 7.30pm

(there is no session on 16th February)

The Ampthill details will be released soon

The Biggleswade details will be released soon

As a member of the Black Cricket Kids Club, your child will be able to attend any or all of the sessions held in any of the locations!

If you have pre-school aged children we are currently planning and organising fun and interactive sessions and will release further details soon ~ Black Cricket Pre-Schoolers.


Register your interest in the Club now by completing the form below (scroll right down)


 We shall be releasing information about our further planned sessions soon. So, if you and your child would like to attend Black Cricket Kids Club in Higham Ferrers, Olney or Newport Pagnell please register your interest by completing the form below.



In the sessions

we learn about:

amazing animals


different places around the world

animal behaviour


genetic management



we do:

fun activities



arts and crafts

animal interaction

animal handling

building enrichment

creating wildlife homes

bush craft

Children aged 5 - 13* years old

Crickets ~ Year 1 (5 - 6yrs)  

Hoppers ~ Year 2 (6 -7yrs)

Morios ~ Year 3 (7 - 8yrs)

Dubias ~ Year 4 (8  -9yrs)

Springtails ~ Year 5 (9 - 10yrs)

Locusts ~ Year 6 - end of Year 9 (10 - 13yrs *children may be 14 at the end of this year but still welcome)

Sessions are for children aged 5 - 13. Although sessions are for mixed ages and abilities we differentiate to meet the needs of all children.

Children with SEN are very welcome. We would be happy to discuss your child's needs so that they are full integrated into our sessions. We may also be able to support your child to meet their IEP / PEP targets.

Sessions are cross curriculum

Sessions will help to develop skills in:





independent and team-based working 

problem solving

time management

public speaking

Visits to us and visits out

Visit to us:

animal keepers

It's A Bug's World Exhibition



pet charities

wildlife charities

Visits out:

walks in the local area

zoos / wildlife parks

behind the scenes at a wildlife park

activities with DWAs (Dangerous Wild Animals)

nature reserves

Sea Life Centre

For the parents & carers

Parents and carers are welcome to have a drink and chat with other parents and carers while the sessions are on. An area for parents and carers is provided in the same room but away from session area.

Parents and carers are also welcome on our walks and visits out.


To attend the sessions your child needs to be currently registered with us.  .

Initial registration per child: £15* 

Session fee per child: £5.00

Session fee per each additional child from same family: £3.00

*Each new registration includes a Kids Club t-shirt and Animal Explorer card.

Money from the fees go towards animal rescue and the ongoing research and education of animal species (predominantly reptiles, amphibians, chelonian and invertebrates species)  


Compare the our service packages and find the best fit for you.

Initial Registration for one child 


This is for the first year, payable after the "taster" session has been attended or after the first club session has taken place

Black Cricket Kids Club t-shirt

Animal Explorer card

Regular communications

Discounts on some products and services

"Pay As You Go" Session fee for one child


each addition child from same family £3.00

Payable at each session "pay as you go"






Black Cricket Kids Club Merchandise

and other items


Caps / sun hats


There will be animal gifts and other items such as full bearded dragon set ups occasionally for purchase during the sessions


Black Cricket Kids Club

Please register your interest using the form to the right if you would like your child / children attending the sessions. This will ensure that we can notify you of the venue, the dates that the sessions will begin, and send you the necessary forms to complete for registration.

If your child is older than 13 years old and they are interested in a variety of animals, we would like to hear from you. Please complete the form but in the "Other Information" box, please indicate the animals that they are interested in, what they would like to do within a club and if they have any dreams and aspirations to work in an animal field in the future.  We may be able to offer volunteering opportunities.

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