Friday, 1 August 2014

Kids encouraged to have fun on National Playday

Children and young people are being encouraged to get out and play at a series of events taking place across North Ayrshire this Wednesday (August 6th) - National Playday.

A Council spokesperson explained, “National Playday is a celebration of children’s right to play, and aims to spread the word about why play is crucial for children and young people’s health, wellbeing and happiness.

“The Playday campaign recognises that play supports children’s physical and emotional wellbeing; promotes children’s development, creativity and independence; and allows children to find out about themselves and the world around them.”

This is the 22nd year North Ayrshire Council has participated in the Playday initiative. The local authority’s SNP Cabinet Member for Community and Culture, Cllr Alan Hill, said, “Playday in North Ayrshire has always been very well-supported by the Council and local families. The idea behind the event is so simple – but so important – and that is to give children the opportunity to play.

“I would encourage parents and carers to take their young ones along to an event and have some fun.”

Activities in the Three Towns are:

Wednesday 6 August:

Time: 10.30am to 11.30am
Venue: Stevenston Library. Telephone 01294 469535
Activity: Family games session
Age Group: 5-11 years

Time: 2pm to 3pm
Venue: Ardrossan Library. Telephone 01294 469682
Activity: Family games session
Age Group: 0-11 years

Time: 2pm to 3pm
Venue: Saltcoats Library. Telephone 01294 469546
Activity: Family games session
Age Group: 5-11 years

Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Heritage Centre, Saltcoats. Telephone 01294 464174
Activity: Messy play
Age Group: 5-12 years

There are also events at:

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Maritime Museum, Irvine. Telephone 01294 278283
Activity: Traditional games
Age Group: 0-14 years (normal museum admission fee applies)

Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Venue: Eglinton Country Park. Telephone 01294 65591
Activity: Various games
Age Group: 0-12 years

Time: 1pm to 3pm
Venue: Harbour Arts Centre. Telephone 01294 274059
Activity: Commonwealth games
Age Group: 5+ years

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