TODDLE ALONG FOR DAY OF FUN

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE - Sara Fitzpatrick

RAVI Ehele­pola spent a year shap­ing his ideal chil­dren’s event – and the re­sult sounds spec­tac­u­lar.

Brim­ming with ev­ery­thing he imag­ines will de­light both tod­dlers and par­ents, Tod­dler World will fea­ture dance, gym­nas­tics, ob­sta­cle cour­ses, paint­ing, an­i­mals and per­for­mances from Elsa, Spi­der-Man, Free­dom Fairies and Happy Feet Fit­ness.

What’s more, there will be no junk food for sale and par­ents can bring their own snacks, as well as en­joy free on­site park­ing.

The Perth father of two cre­ated the ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter feel­ing disgruntled with fes­ti­vals and ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer for his tod­dlers.

“My wife and I found that at the paid kids’ car­ni­val events, there weren’t a lot of at­trac­tions for tod­dlers and the ones that were for tod­dlers didn’t have ad­e­quate se­cu­rity or safety fea­tures,” Ehele­pola said.

“On top of that, there were large vol­umes of peo­ple, you had to wait quite a long time for rides and then there were a lot of things un­suit­able for tod­dlers like fairy floss, pop­corn and ice cream.

“So then we tried the com­mu­nity free events and they were over­whelm­ing and quite dif­fi­cult to get to, and stress­ful for par­ents.

“We didn’t re­ally en­joy ei­ther ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Ehele­pola then took his kids to sev­eral in­di­vid­ual ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing tod­dler bas­ket­ball.

“The prob­lem here is that there are great ac­tiv­i­ties in the com­mu­nity but of­ten you don’t know which is good and which isn’t, and you don’t know whether your child will like that ac­tiv­ity be­fore sign­ing up, so it can be costly,” he said.

“We thought: ‘Let’s bring this whole idea of a big chil­dren’s event that is specif­i­cally for tod­dlers at the one in­door fa­cil­ity and look at what mums and dads with tod­dlers want’.

“We re­alised, they want a life as well. They don’t want to be stuck at home or at the usual play cen­tre, park or lo­cal cafe, they would like to go to a sta­dium with a proper event.”

Ehele­pola said he also wanted to in­spire par­ents to try some­thing at home – such as get­ting out the play dough – they may not have done had they not at­tended.

Chil­dren’s event Tod­dler World will be held from June 15-17.

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