Great rea­son for kids’ play

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

YOUNG­STERS liv­ing in Moss­man no longer need to stay at home on a Fri­day with a new com­mu­nity play­group open­ing to­mor­row.

The free Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre play­group was funded by Play­group Queens­land and will be the only play­group avail­able to lo­cal moth­ers, fathers, grand­par­ents and car­ers on a Fri­day.

Chil­dren un­der the age of five and par­ents will be able to use the cen­tre for “fun and games” to in­ter­act with other fam­i­lies within the com­mu­nity.

Play­group co­or­di­na­tor El Ge­orge would like to wel­come fam­i­lies within the com­mu­nity to come along and have some fun.

“Kids can look for­ward to in­ter­act­ing with other chil­dren, learn­ing through play, play­ing with play dough, in our sand­pit and with ed­u­ca­tional toys,” she said.

“Our cen­tre is fully air­con­di­tioned and chil­dren will be able to play out­door wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the sum­mer months.

“We would like to en­cour­age fam­i­lies who don’t usu­ally go to play­groups to come along and meet some of the lo­cal par­ents.

“They can gain lots of ben­e­fits from shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Out­door play equip­ment was kindly do­nated by the Port Dou­glas Com­bined Club and a ma­jor­ity of the toys were do­nated by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Jill Bradley is look­ing for­ward to the play­group open­ing.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion has been talk­ing about open­ing a play­group and the op­por­tu­nity came up through the Spring­board pro­gram,” she said.

“Our play­group will al­low par­ents and chil­dren to get out of the house, make new friends, share ex­pe­ri­ences, play and learn and help run play­group.”

The play­group will be open to the com­mu­nity be­tween 9.30am and 11.30am on March 11 at the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Photo by CHRIS HYDE

Com­ing to Moss­man: a new play­group at the com­mu­nity cen­tre starts to­mor­row

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