Playdays offer fun for the family
Supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, local community centres will be holding activities to highlight the importance of play in children’s lives to tie in with the Playday national UK campaign.
Play is an essential part of every child’s life and it is vital for social, emotional, intellectual and physical development, as well as the enjoyment of childhood.
Events have been organised around the borough from 3 to 8 August in Oakridge Hall for All, Rucstall Community Centre, Stratton Park, Russell Howard Playing Fields, Fieldgate Centre in Kingsclere, Viables Community Centre, Popley Fields Community Centre, Eastrop Park, Bishops Green Community Centre and Testbourne Community School in Whitchurch.
An exciting array of activities are planned including a visit from Miller’s Ark Farm to Stratton Park on Tuesday 6 August. The park will also have a pop up play village, tie-dye T shirt making, music from a local choir and football and rugby trial sessions with representatives from local clubs.
There will also be a farm at the South Ham Playday at Russell Howard Playing Fields on Wednesday 7 August in addition to inflatables, giant games and messy play. Many of the crafts will be able to be replicated at home.
Each Playday event is free but some activities may have a small additional charge.
These events hope to establish a legacy of play by introducing families to community contacts, resources and activities which they can make use of all year round.
Cabinet Member for Homes and Families Cllr Tristan Robinson said: “Participating in play is so important for children and their development as it helps children to develop social and behavioural skills and supports physical and emotional growth, mental and educational development.
“These events promote play, interaction and family involvement and everyone who comes along will meet other members of their own communities as well as having a really fun day out. They’ll learn about their local facilities and resources, in addition to finding out how play can be enjoyed in everyday life.”
The council is also supporting Summer of Play events across the borough. To find out more about what’s going on and the family activities being delivered locally, please visit the council’s Children Young People and Families Team Facebook page @cypfteam.