Children enjoy expo activities
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.
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.