Competitions for children and young people during lockdown in Leeds

The Happy Project – Competition ENDED

The Merrion Centre, owners Town Centre Securities PLC & Child Friendly Leeds are inviting all budding poets to join in the ‘pun fun’ with the chance TO WIN!

Winners announced – CONGRATULATIONS! We will share the poems on this page soon 🙂

  • 1st Prize: Elianna Kagai (11 years): A Recipe for Radiance
  • 2nd Prize: Poppy Frost (10 years): My Little Mind
  • 3rd Prize: Sadie Wright (10 years): Happy Rhyme
  • 4th Prize: Ava Coleman (7 years): My Brother

We welcome poetry submissions on the theme of ‘Happiness & Wellbeing’ (you can enter more than one submission) and there’s no word limit for the poems! It is open to poets aged 5-12 years old from Leeds’ and the winners will be announced on Child Friendly Leeds Birthday on 19th July 2021!

Full details on how to enter and the prizes to be won:


Competition is now closed.


Courtesy of Town Centre Securities PLC & the Merrion Centre, we are offering an abundance of Child Friendly prizes including the chance to win …

1st PRIZE: £50 to spend at PIZZAEXPRESS 

PizzaExpress in Leeds Arena Qtr serve all your favourites in their new look, contemporary sociable pizzeria….perfect after a hard day’s shopping!

2nd PRIZE: £30 to spend at TENPIN

With plenty of bowling lanes, a wide range of great tasting food and refreshing drinks, you’ll want to come back to the hear the familiar sound of a strike, again and again! A great afternoon out for all the family!

3rd PRIZE: £20 to spend at THE WORKS 

From stationary to toys, games to books, The Works offers a great range at fantastic prices. The Works at the Merrion Centre can be found on the main mall as you enter via Merrion Street.

4th PRIZE: 1kg of sweets at SUGAR RUSH

With over 150 different sweets to choose from , we’re sure you will LOVE Sugar Rush’s BRAND NEW WALK IN STORE at the Merrion Centre. From Traditional to Retro, Pick & Mix to Imported Candy, Chocolate to Vegetarian friendly, Sugar Rush regularly introduce new sweets aiming to always have something different for you to try!

With the Covid-19 restrictions on/off – you might well be stuck with bored children at home! Creative kids competitions are a great way to keep them busy – but will also put their brains to work. Super Lucky is competition blog by Di Coke and she has shared lot’s of competitions that are open to all ages. Good Luck!

The School Reading List have compiled a list of writing competitions for children and young people to enter during lockdown.. The contests are checked and updated each month. They have also compiled a list of recommended creative writing manuals and writing workshop activity guides suitable for use with KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4 at the bottom of this page. 

MoMa is designed by Grant Creegan, an Edinburgh based artist and designer. His goal was to curate a kind of online museum to showcase and discover artists whose work he admires. The team have picked of the best UK Art Competitions for kids and young people in 2021. Open to children of all ages up to seventeen…

Winner Announced! #OurChildFriendlyLeeds Monthly Competition!

During last year’s lockdown, we organised many competitions for children and young people in Leeds. You can read more about the themes and winners here. We had such fantastic feedback from schools and families that we have decided to bring back the #OurChildFriendlyLeeds competitions as a monthly opportunity to get involved in, each with a different theme.

Theme 1: Well-being Matters – Create a personal well-being toolkit!

In such a time of change, loss and worry for young people  – prioritising personal emotional well-being is incredibly important. To help promote this message to the young people of Leeds, we are inviting you to produce the ultimate personal well-being kit for yourself that can be used for children and young people across the city.

Please view the winning entries and our blog about well-being here:

Sometimes people forget to take time out to enjoy the things they want to enjoy and that make us happy  – so designing what you think is the ultimate guide to personal well-being for a young person/child in Leeds would be brilliant! For this competition, we have teamed up with Swillington Primary School in Leeds. They will be sponsoring the prize and their pupils will help us pick the winners!

How to enter?

The first theme and competition is open from February 1 – February 28 at 12noon. The competition launches on #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek and many fantastic resources and information about it can be found here.

Please enter via social media and use the hashtag #OurChildFriendlyLeeds, you can also personal message us on there and email entries to The entries will be shared on social media and our website. The winning entry will receive a tablet and their personal wellbeing toolkit will be shared across the city.

If you are feeling sad, worried or angry at the moment, try to talk to an adult that you trust, such as your parents or a teacher. They can help you work out how to feel better. 

The MindMate website has lots of useful information. Why not check out the games and tools?  They can help with everything from dealing with stress to starting conversations


Play at least one of the RSR or GASA games and then design your own fun game card. All games can be found using the link below. A winning game card will also have the opportunity to be further developed by a graphic designer to become a part of future resource packs, so your game could be enjoyed by other children across the city! Vouchers for the winners: 1st prize – £50 —- 2nd prize – £30 —– 3rd prize – £20

Enter by February Half term: Email: or post: James Beaston, John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, LS11 5DJ

Include your full name, age and a way for us to get in touch if you’re a competition winner (telephone number, e-mail address or postal address). Contact details on entries will only be used for us to get in touch if you’re a competition winner.

We are using Child Friendly Leeds social media channels to share details of online learning resources and fun and engaging activities for children and young people to help keep them busy indoors, so if you have anything to share then please let us know so we can support this.

Read our ultimate guide with things to do with kids including the following:

Click the image for links to free educational resources and learning tools.

Our ultimate lockdown guide has fun and creative ideas, links and resources to enjoy at home.

As we’re in lockdown 3.0, below are some links to guidance, health advice and support.


  1. iWRITE | Students Factory –

    iWRITE is the International Handwriting Competition in two Languages, English & Arabic. Competition is classified into two categories; School and General Category. It is freely open to all from anywhere in the World to submit their entries online in our website. Participants are requested to write the same quote published by us every year in our website. iWRITE is the first step Students Factory takes towards gamification approach, other activities are coming soon -

  2. […] In a time of change, loss and worry for young people  – prioritising personal emotional well-being is incredibly important. It’s fair to say 2020 was a shock to us all, a time of change, and may have caused a feeling of uncertainty about the future. But there’s loads of things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing, and taking any time you can for self-care is massively important, especially now. To help promote this message to the young people of Leeds, we invited children and young people to produce the ultimate personal well-being kit as part of a competition during #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek 2021. […]

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