Chil­dren en­joy expo ac­tiv­i­ties

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

THE Har­vey Recre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre was a hive of youth­ful ac­tiv­ity last Tues­day for the in­au­gu­ral Mu­sic, Move­ment and Play Expo.

More than a dozen com­mu­nity groups, child­care cen­tres, ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and school stalls filled the gym and hosted ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the morn­ing.

Doors opened at 9am with the expo of­fi­cially opened by Mur­ray-Welling MLA Robyn Clarke.

Loose Parts Play oc­cu­pied the cen­tre of the room with var­i­ous re­cy­cled items, in­clud­ing bins, vac­uum clean­ers hoses and card­board boxes, which fu­elled the imag­i­na­tion of the kids.

Watch Your Waste ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Emma Clay said the pro­gram was aimed at open­ing kids and par­ents to the idea that you did not al­ways need new shiny toys.

Mem­bers of the Har­vey Filipino com­mu­nity per­formed the tra­di­tional dance Pan­danggo sa Ilaw which in­cluded danc­ing with and bal­anc­ing tea lights, later teach­ing kids how to dance.

Kid­sSafe WA play­ground ser­vice man­ager Tracy Blaszkow gave a talk on the im­por­tance of risk in play in or­der for kids to de­velop the abil­ity to as­sess risks them­selves.

The expo was funded through the Al­coa Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship Pro­gram and co­or­di­nated by WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil, Har­vey Recre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre, Play­group WA South West and Har­vey Oc­ca­sional Child Care Cen­tre.

Elise and Rob Gaudieri, of Perth, with their son Or­lando, 1.

Shanae Rabaud, of Bun­bury, and her son Ruben Tansell, 1.

Max John­ston, 2, climbs on the foam shapes.

Pic­tures David Charlesworth

Sarah Sud­in­tas, 5, with her mum Kristy, of Har­vey, and Molly McDon­ald, 4.

Khaleesi Collins, 3, plays with di­nosaurs at the St Michael's Catholic Pri­mary School stand.

Emmy Hughes, of Brunswick Junc­tion, and her daugh­ter Lilly-Jade, 2.

Lisa Crabbe, of Har­vey, with her daugh­ter So­phie, 2.

Bray­den Zap­pia, 4, plays with gusto on the in­stru­ments pro­vided by The Mu­sic Room.

Tues­day San­ti­ago, of Har­vey, per­forms the Fili­ipino dance Pan­danggo sa Ilaw.

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