Summer of Play returns to MK with thousands of FREE meals and activities for local children

Cllr Zoe Nolan with coaches from 5 On It Foundation

Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Eaglestone Multi Games Area, with Olympian Peter Bakare (left) and Nigel Lloyd (right) from 5 On It Foundation.

Milton Keynes City Council is funding thousands of activities for children, young people, and their families this summer, including more than 23,000 FREE activity sessions for families with children in receipt of benefit related Free School Meals (FSM).

The summer activity programme is designed to be a welcome boost to local families with hundreds of different activities from basketball and netball to cookery and trampolining.

Taking place between 31 July and 24 August, each session includes FREE food and at least four hours of activities. Events will run across 55 locations in Milton Keynes, with a wide range of sports, crafts, cookery, music and other activities for children of all ages.

Eligible families can book spaces via the online booking system at which also has links to clubs and other events open to all families in Milton Keynes. This includes the IF: Milton Keynes International Festival (21-30 July) which is co-funded by the city council and which brings together art, live performances, and interactive family activities.

“There’s so much for local families, teenagers, and young people to enjoy locally this summer. Alongside activities specifically for eligible families, everyone can take part in events and clubs – many of which are free - at our children’s centres, libraries and SEND (special educational needs) service. Please check out our website where we have lots of information and useful links to learn more.

Our providers are able to cater their events for people with special educational needs and disabilities. We’re pleased to be building on the success of last year and hope to meet many of you over the summer.”
- Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families

This year, Milton Keynes City Council worked with 28 local clubs, charities, schools and organisations to provide activities alongside its own Children and Family Centres and Music Hub.

Answers to frequently asked questions and the programme of activities can be found at  For any questions not answered online, please email