Families across the country will be celebrating National Playgroup Week this month and locals can join in the fun with a special event planned for Mildura to mark the occasion.
Parents with babies and children under school age are invited to Mildura’s Park for Play on Wednesday 20 March for free fun and activities from 10am to 12noon.
Presented by Mildura Rural City Council’s Supported Playgroup and Parents Group Initiative, the event will showcase the many benefits – to both children and parents – of Playgroup.
Community Wellbeing and Services Portfolio Councillor Sharyon Peart said more than 20 Playgroups currently operated throughout the Mildura Rural City Council area, providing important developmental, social and learning opportunities for children.
“National Playgroup Week is a time to recognise the value of playgroups in our community,” Cr Peart said.
“Playgroups are one of the most popular and enduring grass roots movements for families with young children, and are an important part of the early childhood experience.
“They allow children to interact and play together which helps develop social and communication skills and prepare them for the more formalised education settings they will experience at kindergarten and school.
“Playgroup is also a great avenue for parents and carers to meet and network with other parents.”
A range of fun, free activities will be available for children to enjoy at Park for Play, including face painting, a story time session and Lifestyle Plus KidZone.
A special appearance from popular Nickelodeon Junior personality Dora the Explorer is also expected to thrill attendees.
Dora will visit Park for Play to meet and greet children from 10:30am to 11am and again from 11:30am to 12noon.
“I am sure lots of young people will be excited to meet Dora in person and get their photograph taken with her,” Cr Peart said.
Information about local Playgroup options will be available at the event too and parents and carers are encouraged to come along and find out about getting involved.
“There are many people in our community who may not currently access Playgroup so we want to show them what it is all about and help them to enjoy the benefits that playgroup offers.”
National Playgroup Week celebrations will get underway at 10am at Mildura’s Park for Play, Eleventh Street on Wednesday 20 March 2013.
The event is funded by the Supported Playgroups and Parent Groups Initiative with support from Mildura Best Start and local community service organisations.
For more information contact Council on (03) 5018 8100.
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