Children’s Day Sizzles
by Mike Isle
When the sun shines, entertainment and activities are plentiful, and Selwyn families arrive in their hundreds, it ensures that a free family day event has all the ingredients and a recipe for success!
After months of planning, and dedication from committed volunteers, the Selwyn Parenting Network 2019 Children’s Day went as planned, with overwhelmingly positive feedback pouring in for the three-hour event held at Foster Park on Sunday.
Community collaborations featured in everything from the activities on offer, through to the stage entertainment of Highland Dancing, Interactive under fives fun, StarJam ‘jammers’ and Irish Dancing to close.
The double-decker bus rides were popular, as were the soft archery and mini fitness sessions for children and parents offered by Selwyn Strength. Short drama workshops organised by the team at CentreStage Rolleston were also right up there, along with the annual staples of pony rides, bouncy castles, ride-ons and sports activities.
Local community organisations and service providers from across the region offered a range of fun, interactive and sensory activities, with competitions and prizes to be won. The Rolleston Warriors Rugby League and Mana Ake team worked consistently to provide more than 1,500 free sausage sizzles over the three-hour event.
“No matter what role we all have in society, working together is essential to ensure that our tamariki feels safe, empowered, loved and valued. Creating a more caring and compassionate future world must start with our children: the future of tomorrow,” said Kate Webb, coordinator for Selwyn Parenting Network.
“Our role within Selwyn, to help strengthen families, parents, caregivers and children, is one that we do collaboratively with a vast range of dedicated community players, service providers and passionate volunteers.
Every year, Children’s Day NZ provides us all with the opportunity to celebrate our children and put Tamariki first.
“We love being able to pull this event together, and the icing on the cake is seeing the smiles, hearing the laughter and sending the overwhelming family spirit.”