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OSCARS @ Blackhall Edinburgh

5 - 14 year olds

3 - 6 & 9 - 13 April 2018

2 July - 10 August 2018

8am - 6.15pm Monday - Friday

Weekly, daily and half days

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Programmes & Activities

OSCARS multi-activity Easter and summer camps are designed to provide nonstop activity and fun from the start to the end of the day.

Children, who can attend from any school, are divided into age groups

Yellow 5-7 age group
Red 8-10 age group
Orange 11+

They participate in 4, 5 or 6 activities daily each for between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the activity.

Each group follows its own timetable which includes a diverse activity list, but occasionally the groups may join together for very specific controlled suitable activities.

Activities on offer at OSCARS@Blackhall include:

Aqua slide
Art themes
Bench ball
Capture the flag
Clay modelling
Dodge ball

Face painting
Frantic FAB Friday
Foody fun
Free play
Pedal Go Karts
Gym games
Kwik cricket
Mega mural

Nerf Wars
Obstacle challenge
OSCARS Got Talent
Nerf Wars
Parachute games
Pop lacrosse
Papier mache
Scatter ball

Short Tennis
Staff super soak
Tag rugby
Treasure hunts
Ultimate Frisbee
Zorb ball sports

Every Friday is FRANTIC FAB FRIDAY. The day is themed and structured around large group games and tournaments which take place culminating in ‘It’s a Knockout’ and the OSCARS awards ceremony.

Children will never be bored – they’ll want to come back for more!

View the  SAMPLE Blackhall 2018 Activity Schedule [PDF]


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Blackhall Location

OSCARS Blackhall Camp is based at Blackhall Primary School, Edinburgh EH4 and is easily accessible from Edinburgh city centre via both road and public transport.

OSCARS has the sole use of the school which includes:

  • two sports halls
  • classrooms in which base rooms and art facilities are located
  • an outside playground
  • grass area for outdoor games to take place on

Swimming takes place off site and children are transferred via private coach.

Our reception is based in the sports hall at the top of the playground; simply park in Craigcrook Road, enter the school via the main entrance and follow OSCARS signage. The full address is:

OSCARS @ Blackhall
Craigcrook Road

Centre telephone: 07917 248445 (only operational during Easter and summer holiday period)

Care Inspectorate Registration Number: CS2010279822

Our Excursions

As well as a fun packed on-site activity programme, we offer an excursion each week on a Wednesday which is included in the price.

Transport to/from our excursion destinations is provided by private coach companies.

All vehicles are supplied with fitted seat belts. Transport departs at 9.40am and returns at 4.45pm although usual opening and closing times apply. On these days we ask you please to drop children off at 9.30am at the latest so the transport can leave on time.

Unfortunately on excursion dates we cannot accept half day camp bookings  as all staff are required to supervise the excursion.

Wednesday 11 April

Glasgow Science Centre

Children will set off at 9.40am, returning at 4.45pm

Glasgow Science Centre has three floors packed with hundreds of interactive exhibits that will fascinate and amaze. Children can attend workshops where they can make wind-powered cars or find out what it’s like to be an electronic engineer.

The day will finish in the Planetarium where time travellers will be led on a journey through the solar system and into the Milky Way galaxy and beyond.

Children are divided into small groups by age and are escorted throughout the day.

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Wednesday 4 July

Five Sisters Zoo

Children will set off at 9.40am, returning at 4.45pm

Five Sisters Zoo is based in the West Lothian countryside and boasts a fantastic diverse range of over 180 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles from American Alligators to Lions to Wolves.

Children will have great fun seeing all the different animals, will attend keeper talks as well as feeding and handling sessions. The Zoo also has a large outdoor play and picnic area for children to enjoy during the course of the day.

Children are divided into small groups by age and are escorted throughout the day.

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Wednesday 11 July

East Links Family Park

Children will set off at 9.40am, returning at 4.45pm

East Links Family Park is a firm OSCARS favourite. Whether clambering over the fortress, taking a leisurely journey on the train safari, having a round of crazy golf, interacting with the farm animals, letting off steam in the ball blast area, negotiating the climbing walls or bouncing on the trampolines, children will have so much fun.

Children are divided into small groups by age and are escorted throughout the day.

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Wednesday 18 July

Muddy Boots

Children will set off at 9.40am, returning at 4.45pm

Muddy Boots offers a wide range of fun activities to suit all ages and for children and staff to participate in. There is the jumping pillow, the soft play barn, grass sledging (who needs snow?), adventure play, the pottery room and some intensive zorbing.

There will be bouncing, skidding, sliding, climbing and drawing aplenty throughout the day.

Children are divided into small groups by age and are escorted throughout the day.

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Wednesday 25 July

Craigtoun Country Park

Children will set off at 9.40am, returning at 4.45pm

Craigtoun Country Park is based just outside St Andrews and offers fabulous opportunities for children to slide and bounce, and ride on boats and a steam train.

All activities are included in the day and they include the ‘Rio Grande’ Railway, ‘Puffin Billy’ Tractor Rides, The Boating Lake, Crazy Golf, Putting, Zip Line, Trim Trails, Trampolines, Bouncy Castles, The Fairy Glen and more.

Children are divided into small groups by age and are escorted throughout the day.

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Wednesday 01 August

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Children will set off at 9.40am, returning at 4.45pm

There is so much to see and occupy children and staff at Blair Drummond.

From the wildlife reserves, adventure playground, boat trip around chimp island, pets farm, lemur land, the flying fox, giant astra glide, sea lion shows, bird of prey centre and pedal boats the list of different activities is endless.

Children are divided into small groups by age and allocated staff members who escort them around throughout the day.

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Wednesday 8 August

Scottish Deer Centre

Children will set off at 9.40am, returning at 4.45pm

The Scottish Deer Centre includes twelve species of Deer, plus other animals which have been extinct from the Scottish Countryside for a long time, including Wolves, Lynx, Scottish Wildcat and the European Brown Bear.

Children will view all the animals and attend daily feeding talks and a falconry show as well as have time to climb and zip slide in the adventure playground and indoor play area.

Children are divided into small groups by age and are escorted throughout the day.

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Parents Info

We have tried to make these web pages as comprehensive as possible. The following section may answer a few questions you may have.

If there is anything else you would like to know please do call our office on 0131 557 7500 or e mail admin@oscarschildcare.com where a member of our team will be delighted to assist.


OSCARS provides a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack break which varies from day to day but will always include fruit, non-fizzy juice and water.

Please provide your child with a packed lunch.  Parents should ensure lunch boxes contain a freeze block to comply with food hygiene guidelines.

Health matters

During the registration process you will be asked to complete a confidential medical form for each child attending.

This is an important document and OSCARS must receive it prior to attendance. OSCARS employ a number of first aiders who are on site each day to tend to minor bumps and bruises.

Clothes & activities

We recommend that children wear practical and comfortable clothing: e.g. shorts and t-shirts, jeans and sweatshirts depending on the weather. In hot weather a cap and sun cream can be useful.

Swimming will take place on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and specific timings will be displayed at reception. If children wish to swim please make sure they bring a suitable swimming costume and towel, and goggles if required.

Theme days will take place each FRANTIC FAB FIZZING FRIDAY and these will be publicised at camp reception from each Monday.

Times, starts & departures

Formal activities commence at 9.25am and finish at 5pm but children can arrive from 8am and stay until 6.15pm.

For children arriving between 8am and 8.30am OSCARS will provide a breakfast of cereal and toast plus a drink followed by supervised passive activities such as board games and films.

In the late afternoon from 5pm until closing children waiting for collection will participate in the same passive activities.

Mid-morning, lunchtime and mid-afternoon breaks are timetabled and plenty of refreshing juice and water is available all day.

Please see the section here for further details about snacks and lunch.

Lost property & valuables

OSCARS recommends that you do not bring valuable items to our programmes such as iPads or computer games or expensive phones – for a start there will not be time to use them.

Staff cannot be responsible for such items and OSCARS will accept no liability for loss or damage.

All lost property is kept for one month after the end of each holiday programme and then if not reclaimed is donated to charity.


OSCARS pays a great deal of attention to security at our centres.

Anyone visiting our sites receives a visitor badge from the management team on being admitted.

Each centre has clearly defined boundaries and all staff wear OSCARS t shirts and identification lanyards making them easily identifiable.

All children have to be signed in and out by a parent or guardian who is listed on the initial registration form.

Children can sign themselves in and out only if OSCARS receives a signed letter of authorisation from a parent.

All staff go through a rigorous recruitment process including full Disclosure check via the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) membership scheme and no member of staff works with children in our care until they are cleared to do so by the relevant authorities.  Nothing matters more to us than the safety and well being of all children in our care.

T-Shirts & gifts

Everyone receives a free OSCARS t shirt on their first day of attending, plus a further gift at the end of the week.

Long days & tiredness

OSCARS understands that particularly young children can tire as the day goes on.

Therefore regular breaks are built into the schedule and active sessions are intermingled with passive sessions.

Each centre has a quiet corner where children can retreat to if necessary and whilst time spent at OSCARS is highly active there is always a space to have fun more quietly.

Quieter / shyer children

OSCARS staff are experienced in enabling children to relax, feel at ease and join in.

Group activities take place at the start of each day so that children mix and communicate and socialise from the moment activities commence.

Children not so keen on sport

A lot of children claim not to enjoy sport but all children love running around, playing games and participating in activities such as art, clay modelling, dance and drama.

The priority at an OSCARS multi activity camp is to have fun and join in and our staff are specialists at encouraging children to do exactly this.

Late bookings

OSCARS caps the numbers who can attend each of our centres on a daily basis, and we do become full during specific weeks.

Early booking is recommended. However, we completely understand that schedules can change so we can accept late bookings depending on availability.

Simply phone our registrations team at Head Office on 0131 557 7500 to check availability.

OSCARS & childcare vouchers

OSCARS is registered with a wide range of voucher companies and they can be used for full or part payment for almost all of our holiday programmes.

Simply call head office on 0131 557 7500 or e mail admin@oscarschildcare.com for the relevant number for the voucher scheme your employer utilises.

Consecutive weekly bookings

Many children enjoy attending OSCARS for a number of weeks in their holidays.

Due to the large range of activities, and different theme days no week is the same. There is always variety and something new to try.

Coming to OSCARS from abroad

OSCARS welcomes children from throughout the world who are on holiday near to our centres.

Our centres provide great opportunities for foreign children to mix with British children and communicate in English whilst participating in a fun filled day.

Certificates & awards

Everybody who attends OSCARS receives at least one OSCARS certificate in recognition of their progress throughout their time with us. This is presented by our groovy mascot – OSCAR – on a Friday afternoon to weekly leavers.

Prices & How to Book

Flexibility is our priority when you register for an OSCARS programme as children can attend for full weeks, part weeks, full days or half days. You make the booking to suit your requirements.

OSCARS prices for Easter and summer 2018 are as follows. They include extended opening times, all activities and excursions and snacks.

Weekly ticket full day £189
3 Week ticket full day £549
Full day tickets £35
Full day excursion tickets £55
Half day tickets £21 (not available on excursion days)

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Families booking more than one child receive a 5% discount on their final invoice price.

Early Booking Bonus
Book and pay a deposit by (and including) 28 February 2018 and receive a 10% discount on your final invoice price.

How to Book

Online: Click here
Complete the online booking form 24 hours per day. You will receive an initial e-mail confirmation of the registration by return and a member of the registrations team will be in touch to take your card payment during the next working day.

Registrations can be made by telephoning 0131 557 7500 during office reservation hours – Monday to Friday 9.15am – 5.30pm.

The deposit or full payment may be made using credit/debit cards.

CHEQUES can be sent to OSCARS head office to be received within 5 working days. Please make cheques payable to OUT OF SCHOOL SCOTLAND LTD and write your child’s name and account reference if known on the back.

Digital Payment
Payments can also be made electronically to the following account details:

Account name   OSCARS
Account Number   01833553
Sort Code   40-18-22
Swift   HBUKGB4167F
IBAN   GB79HBUK40182201833553

OSCARS is not responsible for any bank charges incurred.

All payments should clearly state your OSCARS account reference as indicated on your invoice, to ensure correct allocation of payment.

A Deposit of £40 per child is payable at the time of booking, which is non-refundable.

EASTER CAMP balances are due on Monday 5 March 2018.

SUMMER CAMP balances are due on Monday 28 May 2018.

If registering for Easter dates after 5 March full payment is due immediately.

If registering for summer dates after 28 May full payment is due immediately.

All bookings must be paid in full prior to your child’s first day at camp.

Terms & Conditions
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