Bus companies offer free trips to families in the county with the lowest incomes.

Kent County Council (KCC) has announced that young children will be able to roam the 12 districts for theatrical performances, Christmas pantomimes and winter wonders.

It is hoped that the program will help children enjoy the festivities. Image: iStock / PA

The Conservative administration says this is part of a larger effort to help young people enjoy life, with fun activities and opportunities to socialize.

It comes as children have faced a major disruption to their livelihoods due to the coronavirus pandemic, including missing classes and isolation from friends.

Cllr Sue Chandler (Con), KCC Education Cabinet Member, said: “This will give more kids a good time.”

His comments were made at a meeting involving more than a dozen cabinet members and senior officers at County Hall, Maidstone.

This is part of a £ 10million package recognizing the ‘selfless contribution’ young people have made to help parents and families stay safe over the past year.

The program will provide free bus rides to those who need it most.  Image bank
The program will provide free bus rides to those who need it most. Image bank

As part of this, the community activities offered include winter wonders and plays.

For example, three performances of the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, will be shown in Kent National Parks during the holiday season.

The shows are scheduled to begin today in the 170-acre forest of Trosley Country Park near Wrotham and tomorrow.

Shortly thereafter, it will be followed by a concert at Lullingstone Country Park near Eynsford on Saturday December 18 and at Brockhill Country Park in Hythe on Monday December 20 and Tuesday December 21.

The performances will begin at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. in all the parks. Tickets will cost £ 10.50 per adult and £ 8.50 per child.

Cllr Chandler added, “County bus companies offer free trips to low-income families.

“Our holiday activities include providers who take young children to pantomime or other local Christmas events.”

Families can access more information here.