Toddlers danced with Dora, took photos with Peppa Pig and kicked a soccer ball with SpongeBob while parents got down - and didn’t mind getting a little dirty with their “tiny tigers and fairy princesses” in the baby play area during Playgroup NSW’s “World’s Biggest Playgroup Day”.
Wet weather did not deter the 4000 mums, dads, carers, grand parents and children who descended, in an assortment of colourful and character rain coats, on Luna Park on Wednesday March 26, some travelling from as far as Bathurst and Coffs Harbour specifically to attend the event.
In its seventh year - first at Luna Park, the event, run as part of National Playgroup Week, was aimed at giving children ages 0-5 years of age the opportunity to experience what playgroup is all about.
In keeping with Playgroup NSW's "learning through active play" theme, Educational Experience operated the baby play area for 0-2 year olds. Here, toddlers discovered toys designed to enhance their skill and sensory development.
Soft balls were the main attraction among the under 12 month age group - as was the Discovery Double-Sided Mirrors, which provided many a parent a perfect photo opportunity. The Country Critters Play Cube and Sensory Play House kept the older age bracket entertained. Protecting parents from the elements, the indoor outdoor rugs prompted questions of where they could "get one for the living room".
“Apart from building on our relationship with Playgroup NSW, that was what the day was about for us - making parents more aware of who we are, and that we do sell to the public. Many parents think we only sell our resources to childcare centres,” Educatonal Experience Sales Consultant, Rosemary McPherson said.
Seeing the children and parents having fun playing together was the most rewarding part of the day, Ms McPherson said.
“At any one time through the day there were at least five babies playing in our area,” she said.
“One lady we basically had to pack up around. Considering the weather, it was a very successful event.”