Teddy Bears Picnic made a welcome return to Ynysngharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd on Friday 21 June and oh, what a picnic we had, with well over 5,000 people lapping up the weather and all the fun entertainment on offer.
The event is organised with a focus on fun, games and entertainment – showcasing to families with young children just how much is on offer for them across the county borough and, importantly, how to get more information. See all the pictures here.
The children, mainly under-fives, arrived with their parents, grandparents, carers, childminders, Schools and day care providers with a cuddly friend or two for fun in the sun on June 21.
While the children enjoyed all the inclusive activities such as the mini funfair, bouncy castles, , arts and crafts, games and live entertainment from Charlie Bubbles and his Musical Trike , childrens' entertainer Jonny Russel , face painters and balloon modellers adults were able to pick up essential information on services available to them in RCT.
Each of the stalls offered information specifically for family with young children, with interactive and hands-on activities to showcase the work they do.
This included libraries, which are free for all to join and offer access to a world of books, resources, events and more and the team delivering RCT’s FREE childcare offer – the most generous of its kind in Wales – health and dental health services, access to sport, leisure and healthy eating ideas plus lots more.
Cllr Tina Leyshon, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “The first few years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of their emotional, physical and social development and the Council and its partners have a wide range of services to support parents and carers in their important role.
“The Teddy Bears’ Picnic allows us to bring all of these services together in one place and use family fun, games and entertainment as a way to showcase support and advice to the people that matter.
“The children bring their teddy bears and have a great time on the funfair rides and getting involved in live entertainment. Many of the information stalls offered the chance for them to draw, shape, mould and play, so they could have fun while the adults found out more about the support on hand.”
You can find out more about support services on offer for families with young children here
Posted on Wednesday 26th June 2019