A Day in the Park
A fantastic Day in the Park –
a free fun day for children and their carers: October 25th, 2016.
A Day in the Park is held at Wahroonga Park during Children’s Week each year to celebrate the gift of children and to support families with young children. The next event is on October 25th, 2016.
Over 700 people come and enjoy the baby animals, the Knox Grammar and Wahroonga Prep bands, the story tent, the free gingerbread decorating, fruit and sausage sizzle, the Tooth Fairy who blows lots of bubbles, the singing, the face painting and the playdough and more.
This free event is organised by the Uniting Church in Australia, in particular the Berowra Uniting Church and St John’s Wahroonga.
Previous Year’s events have been fantastic!
We had a wonderful day in the park – held at Wahroonga Park during International Children’s Week to celebrate the gift of children and to support families with young children. Thankyou to everyone who helped out today – the bakers, the mixers, the cooks, the organisers, the spread-the-worders, those that helped run the stall… It was a great success!
We had the Knox prep jazz band, the Knox prep pipe band, the mayor, a BBQ, a baby animal nursery, the tooth fairy, Gingerbread decorating, a sticky box, a prayer flag tree, playdoh, story time, parachute games, fruit kebabs and a stray Koala interloper from the Wilderness Society. And there was more! We went through over 300 gingerbread and 4litres of icing sugar. More than 500 sausages and 40+ loaves of bread ( I lost count ;0 ). It was brilliant. Thankyou.
The Mayor of Ku-ring-gai Council, Councillor Jennifer Anderson gave an inspiring speech to officially open A Day in the Park. A copy of the speech is at the bottom of this page.
A Day in the Park at Wahroonga Park, 24th October 2013.
Speech by Mayor of Ku-ring-gai Council, Councillor Jennifer Anderson
On behalf of Ku-ring-gai Council, welcome everybody! It’s great to see so many smiling young faces here for A Day in the Park to celebrate Children’s Week.
We consider beautiful Wahroonga Park to be the jewel in the crown among the many lovely parks we have here in Ku-ring-gai and on this glorious sunny day it has never looked a better place to spend a lovely few hours with your family.
Anybody who has known the joy of raising children knows that it can also be pretty hard work – from the early days of sleep deprivation and sometimes not knowing exactly what to do with your little ones….to the busy toddler years and, of course, there are always mothers there to tell you “Oh, you wait until you have teenagers!”
But we can all agree on one thing – that raising children is one of life’s biggest challenges, as well as being one of the most significant, sometimes heart wrenching but always joyful, experiences in the world. Yet it’s important to remember that children teach us as much as we teach them. They help us see the world with a fresh outlook.
We get to experience things that perhaps we missed out on in our own youth but want our children to share with us. When we are feeling angry or sad about our lot in life, for reasons big and small – a child will always look on the bright side of life and keep things simple.
As a mother of four, if there is any advice I can give you, make sure that you don’t wish away these young years – many women say they look forward to the days when their children are older and wiser. And less dependent on you. But these young years only last a very short time. You want to be able to look back on your life knowing that you enjoyed every single moment with your children.
Enjoy the simple things with your kids, playing in the park, pushing them on the swings, making a mess in the kitchen together, singing silly songs and reading and re-reading the same books you probably treasured in your own childhood. I’m sure I can still recite most of ‘Where the Wild things Are’ and ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by heart as those books were read over and over again in my house! As a former children’s librarian I was not only able to experience that joy with my own children but with many, many library classes of pre-schoolers and primary school children. Reading can create a very special bond with your children, taking you both on journeys together beyond your daily lives and even your wildest imagination.
The theme for Children’s Week this year is ‘A Caring World Shares’ and mothers and carers certainly know all about sharing. We share our time, our love, putting our hearts and souls into being a parent and it’s a gift that goes on giving. So I’d like to officially open Children’s Week with this wonderful event organised by the Children’s and Families Ministry – please enjoy watching your children enjoy themselves and let yourself bask in their happiness!