Children can join a city-wide treasure hunt and stay active during the school summer holidays.
Children will be having fun keeping active this summer with Portsmouth City Council's Stomp for Stamps, a free citywide treasure hunt that encourages children to walk, cycle and scoot as they collect stamps in six areas of the city.
Over the summer holidays this will be a great way to leave the car at home and explore a variety of areas of the city from Hilsea lines to Southsea. The six Pompey Monsters, led by Stomper, will guide children to explore mapped areas, collect stamps and stickers in Stomper's stamp book and unlock the hidden treasure, a cuddly Stomper.
Hunting down a stamp in a local park will allow participants to enjoy the good weather and stop for a picnic break. Other stamps can be found in shops or at local attractions, giving children the chance to take part in any activities being held and to discover more about themes like nature and history.
Once all the stamps have been collected in an area, children can pick up a sticker for their book. When at least three or more areas have been completed, the sticker page must be returned to a library or to the Civic Offices to claim the cuddly Stomper treasure.
Areas that are further away from where people live could be explored by catching the bus. However, where people need to take a car, the council is encouraging people to switch off their car when stationary during their journey, reducing their impact on air pollution in the city.
Stomp for Stamps books can be collected from any Portsmouth library or from the reception desk at the Civic Offices. Inside the book, children can find a map for each of six areas in Portsmouth which will guide them to the stamp locations. Each mapped area is close to a library so it's easy to pick up a free stamp book and get stomping.
Join in the fun treasure hunt from 1 August until 6 September, and return the completed page with stickers to the Civic Offices or any library. Children will be able to collect their cuddly Stomper from their school in the autumn term.
Cllr Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, said: "The children have been making such fantastic progress during the academic year by walking, cycling and scooting to school. I'm really excited that we can offer children this fun opportunity to take part in Stomp for Stamps and continue to stay active during the summer holidays, while being able to leave their car at home. Planning your journey to reduce the use of cars during the summer will help reduce our impact on air pollution.
"Being active has clearly shown a positive effect on children's mental wellbeing as well as their physical health, and this treasure hunt is a great way to get outside in Portsmouth over the summer. I look forward to seeing lots of families getting involved in this challenge and having a great time."
Discover more at My Journey where you can find FAQs, advice, plus hints and tips for tracking down stamps.