Tuesday, 25 June 2013

#TAKEPART 2013 Family Day

So it was yet another rainy morning on Saturday, and my two toddlers (my Chunk and his 2 year old cousin who I shall call Curly) were tearing about the place, desperate to be released into the big outdoors to release their pent-up energy.
As soon as the weather started to clear at lunchtime, I desperately Googled local family events in the hopes of finding somewhere we could go (there’s only so many times you can go to your local park!).
I came across a free family event called TakePart 2013, ran by the local council’s sports development team.
TAKEPART is a national celebration of community sports and activities, and this year runs 22nd June- 7th July. Its aim is to encourage families and friends to have fun and get active.

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Takepart 2013
The event was set in one of our largest parks, and the kids loved being able to just run free in the vast space surrounding the event.

There were 22 different zones, in what was described by the day’s organisers as “the biggest collection of family sport activities in the city ever” which included an adventure zone (included a climbing tower and orienteering challenge),a disabled children and adults zone, bike, football, Skating, bowls, golf zones and even a health & wellbeing zone that included diet advice.

The small play zone for under 8’s included mini football, yoga and storytelling and a play bus, but the boys seemed more interested in watching the performances on the Community Stage, which featured street dance and Zumba dancing.
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Curly got up and had a little dance with me, whilst Chunk sat in his buggy, mesmerised with the street dance routines. This made me happy, as I've LOVED street dance for many years and already dream of getting Chunk into dance classes.

There were stalls advertising sports clubs, and to my surprise there is a local dance class (Diddi Dance) for toddlers (most I find are for age 3 and above), so I may get my dream faster than I thought!
The boys loved playing with the toy golf sets, but at one stage Curly started to run riot in the zone and nearly copped a few golf balls in the face- thankfully they were all soft balls!
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They also loved trying to kick footballs into the goal nets, and from my point of view, I think footie will be a great way for Chunk to be around some positive male role models, and he can improve his fine motor skills (foot/eye coordination), so I signed him up for a free session at ‘Little Dribblers’.
All in all, the boys had a great time and I liked being able to see what activities the city has to offer for toddlers, so it was well worth it!
The boys were spark out in the car within minutes of leaving too, which is always an indication that they’ve had a good time!

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