THE afternoon rain didn't stop kids from having fun at yesterday's Clarence Valley's Big Playgroup Day at Grafton Playgroup.

 

Event co-ordinator Angie Day said the open day was celebrating National Playgroup Week, and a chance for families to take part in some fun at playgroup.

"We're just here to show children and their families what playgroups have to offer and have a fun day full of exciting entertainment," she said.

"We want to encourage kids to get out and about, and be active and be creative and join a local playgroup."

Ms Day said over 100 adults and 150 children took part in the fun.

YUM: Lara Clydsedale, 4, and Edward Huntley, 3, enjoy their ice cream at the Clarence Valley's Big Playgroup Day, Monday March 21.
YUM: Lara Clydsedale, 4, and Edward Huntley, 3, enjoy their ice cream at the Clarence Valley's Big Playgroup Day, Monday March 21. Jarrard Potter

Leah Hastings, 4, had a fun day at Grafton Playgroup, and loved the petting zoo and getting her face painted.

"I like playing with the other kids, and making some new friends," she said.

Ms Day said there were many benefits to joining a playgroup for kids and parents.

"Coming along to a playgroup is a chance for kids to come along and socialise and play with other kids, and play with equipment and toys in a shared space," she said.

"It's also a good support network for parents and carers, and gives them a safe environment to let their kids play and have a chat to other parents.

"It's nice to have somewhere you can go every week where your kids have other kids they can play with, and there's other parents to talk to."

Ms Day said Grafton Playgroup is a community playgroup run by volunteers, who put in time and effort to run sessions each week.

"Being a part of the playgroup means you're a part of the community as well," she said.



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