Fun and games as kids enjoy Rides and Slides
Rides, slides and bouncy castles took over the Karratha Quarter grassed area last week as a part of a first-time community event which was many a child’s dream come true.
The Rides and Slides event, put on by Karratha company United Party Hire and partly funded by LandCorp’s City Centre Activation Grant, brought about 15 attractions, including a giant slide, bouncy castles and boxing rings, a mechanical bucking bull and sumo suit wrestling to the Quarter on the evening of Saturday, April 22.
It proved a hit, with about 200 people turning out to enjoy four hours of family fun.
United Party Hire co-owner Gary Fitzgerald, who runs the company with wife Trish, said they were pleased with the strong community response to the event, which was a throwback to popular children’s activity nights the pair used to hold in town until about 15 years ago.
“As you can see by the crowd, it’s been well-received,” he said.
“(United Party Hire) used to do this years ago and it’s so nice to see people come out and enjoy the surroundings that we have to offer.”
The first Rides and Slides catered to a 3-13 age bracket but Mr Fitzgerald said the company would like to run another event with some bigger rides for older children to enjoy in the next six months.
Vinny Moore, 11, Wiremu Davidson, 7, Tana Teaia-Harrison, 12, and William Pitt, 11, flex their muscles on the gladiator joust at Karratha's first Rides and Slides event.
Irini Smith, 9, George Smith, 6, Chloe Bingham, 9, and Jasmine Bingham, 6, speed down the giant slide.
Sinners Sporting Club members Tam Wilson, Raegan Kaka, Nicki Harrison, Kaitoa Teaia, 2, Nicole Glass, Sarah Boagey, Janet Nicholson and Zaleah Teaia-Harrison provide the food.
Alexis Goodhue, 10, and Keira Stopps, 11, get ready for sumo wrestling in their sumo suits.
Tate Campbell, 4, Jayre Paraskevas, Aaliyah McKenna, 3, and Nevaeh Campbell, 5, on the teacup ride.
Hoani Wano shows even the bigger kids can enjoy rides.
Charlotte Morley, 8, Hayley Thompson, 11, Kobi Hill, 10, and Jazlyn Bray, 10.