One day – Wednesday 2nd August – has been officially designated as ‘play day’ in Mid Ulster with 3 places offering free activities for children to celebrate play.
Helping to mark National Play Day, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary and has the theme ‘celebrate play’, the events in Dungannon, Fivemiletown and Ballyronan, all focus on providing entertainment for children in an outdoor setting, with crafts, magic shows, workshops, face painting, treasure hunts and games among the activities lined up for children across the three locations.
Many of our childhood memories are reminiscent of climbing trees, making dens, jumping in puddles, making mud pies, rolling down hills, playing with water, chasing, hide and seek, climbing. It will be no surprise then to learn that when children talk about their preferred play experiences, they more often than not cite outdoor play as their favourite activity.
This makes sense; the outdoors is the very best place for children to practice and master emerging physical skills. Frequent and regular opportunities to explore and play in the outdoor environment is essential for children’s holistic health, their well-being, health, happiness, learning and development.
Encouraging families to enjoy Play Day 2017, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton said:
“We’re pleased to support National Play Day in this its 30th anniversary year. Play, especially outdoors, is fundamental for children’s enjoyment of childhood, and is vital for their physical and mental health, well-being and development. Our residents have access to many great parks and outdoors spaces that facilitate and encourage play, and free events like these taking place across the district on 2nd August provide opportunity for the whole family to get outdoors and celebrate play.”
The play day celebrations take place on Wednesday 2nd August from 2pm to 5pm at Ballyronan Marina, Dungannon Park and Round Lake, Fivemiletown. For further information visit www.midulstercouncil.org/playday.