Youngsters in Welwyn Garden City take part in Playday 2012

PUBLISHED: 10:50 11 August 2012

Youngsters about to slide

Youngsters about to slide


THOUSANDS of youngsters up and down the UK celebrated Playday 2012 – with plenty joining in the fun at Stanborough Park, Welwyn Garden City

Throughout the day there were activities galore including a bouncy castle slide, Brazilian Soccer workshops, go karts, dance workshops and face painting.

Hertfordshire Music Service also held drumming and steel pan workshops. Many of the activities were based around the national Change4Life initiative, with games and workshops based on healthy eating and nutrition.

Some 600 Games4Life activity packs for children were handed out on the day, full of ideas for games, and an adventure map.

Also, 200 plates of healthy food, based on recipes in Change4Life booklets, were also consumed by visitors, courtesy of Hertfordshire Catering.

Children could learn how to milk a cow, thanks to a popular personal appearance by a specially brought in bovine named Amoolia! The nutritional milk was then given out.

Radio station Jack FM also kept crowds entertained, putting on hourly dancing competitions and giving out prizes galore.

Welwyn Hatfield Council worked with several partners including CHILD UK, Mill Green Museum, Finesse Leisure and local children’s centres, all of whom ran many of the activities and helped make it a day to remember for all the family.

Cllr Irene Dean, lead member for young people, said: “Despite changeable weather in the run up to this year’s event, people again turned out in their thousands to get involved and have fun!”

She added: “The activities proved popular and it was a fantastic to see families embracing the Change4Life workshops.

“I think this can go hand-in-hand with the success of our Olympians to spur many of us on to lead fitter, healthier lifestyles, and give our children the chance to do the same!”

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