Event celebrates Selywn’s children

HANDS UP: Josh Grimaldi had plenty of young volunteers to chose from to assist him with his magic show. PHOTO: JANNETH GIL

More than 2000 people turned out for the Selwyn Parenting Network’s annual children’s day event, held recently at the Rolleston Community Centre and reserve.

The purpose of the event is for families and communities to come together and celebrate the children in their lives with a range of free activities.

Families were treated to a free sausage sizzle, courtesy of Ray White, and fresh fruit supplied by Healthy Harvest, and the ice blocks sponsored by Rolleston New World were in hot demand. The Cancer Society was on site to hand out plenty of sunblock.

Many of the children that tested their speed against the police laser were then able to cool down under the spray of the fire hose, and plenty of adults were tempted to join in the fun under the hot sun.

DJ Chris Martin was the MC, entertaining the crowd with humour and music. The event’s opening act was the Burnham School kapa haka group.

Josh Grimaldi had plenty of young volunteers to chose from to assist him with his magic show, and Lolytwist worked tirelessly to keep up with demand for her balloon creations.

There were also pony rides and farm animals to cuddle, including a rat, and craft and play activities. Have-a-go activities included House of Bricks Lego, the Fun on Wheels trailer, giant games, a tumbling and flips clinics and a golf driving range.

Selwyn Parenting Network funding and marketing co-ordinator Kimberlee Woods said the group wanted families to focus on the core values of children’s day and regularly practice giving time, praise and encouragement, listening and talking, love and affection, and new experiences to children.

ROLLING THE DICE: Rolleston’s Elme Pieterse, 9, and Cydney van der Merwe, 6, try out giant snakes and ladders.

UP CLOSE: Rolleston’s Samantha Gregge and her sons Jayden, 3, and Ashton, 5, taking a look at an army vehicle.

SONG AND DANCE: Burnham School opened Children’s Day with a kapa haka performance.