Children’s fun day

by Ann van Engelen photos by Peter Walker

Selwyn Parenting Network Children’s Day 2020 proved to be everything and more with thousands of people pouring into Foster Park for the free family fun day last Sunday.

“An abundance of volunteers including the newly formed young and dynamic Rolleston Rotary — Provisional Club, helped make light work of assembling some much-needed shade tents, and supporting SPN and other key supporters to get everything set up,” says coordinator Kate Webb.

“The day was made possible thanks to the support of principal sponsors Faringdon. We saw dozens of attractions specifically chosen to cross a spectrum of ages. Wipeout, an inflatable obstacle area with rotating arms, proved incredibly popular with the older children.

Whilst magical faerie Lily Peas Blossom appealed to those looking for imaginative fun experiences bringing love, light and laughter.

“Henna art, Kirituhi Skin Drawings and with its environmental messages were all new activities whilst the regular bouncy castles, free pony rides, face painting and animal balloons truly satisfied the delighted regulars.

“Children’s Day is about putting tamariki first. It is an opportunity for families, and communities to celebrate and nurture children, and for us all to engage in the responsibility of supporting the lives of tamariki in our communities.

“This year saw us collaborate with even more community organisations, and the volunteer support that we received was truly outstanding. We saw numerous family and community providers showcasing factual and empowering resources for parents, while many early childhood providers brought along fun, tactile, engaging and educational activities and games.

“Stage entertainment included young up-and-coming band Out of Control along with dance performances from StarJam, highland dancing from Jacqueline Jones School of Dance and preschool dance fun with home-based childcare providers PAUA.”