Teddy bears get their big day out

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

All ted­dies great and small will unite at Auck­land Do­main for the an­nual Teddy Bears Pic­nic this Sun­day.

Mt Eden Kinder­garten preschool­ers had a spe­cial morn­ing tea with their furry friends this week in the lead-up to the party, which also marks Na­tional Chil­dren’s Day.

The day has be­come a much-loved fix­ture for Auck­lan­ders over its 27 years, of­fer­ing free ac­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment.

This year will be par­tic­u­larly spe­cial as it is the last year the event will be held in Auck­land Do­main, says event or­gan­iser San­dra Beacham.

The pic­nic will have to shift next year be­cause of resur­fac­ing planned for the Do­main.

She says an al­ter­na­tive venue is al­ready be­ing sought but noth­ing is con­firmed.

All the usual at­trac­tions will be re­turn­ing this year, in­clud­ing FairyClare’sFairyGrotto, en­ter­tain­ment on the JK Kid’s Stage and the Teddy Bears’Pa­rade at 12.30pm.

Four-year-old Gabriella Abra­ham from Mt Eden Kinder­garten says she and her teddy Tiger will be es­pe­cially looking for­ward to the fairy grotto.

Fin­ley Wright and his stuffed bunny Pom­Pom are ex­cited about the bouncy cas­tles.

ABE’s Real Bagels is the new nam­ing rights spon­sor for the pic­nic and will be pro­vid­ing free bagels on the day.

Free buses are also avail­able to the event and will be run­ning out­side 277 on Broad­way in New­mar­ket from 10am to 11.45am and again be­tween 1.30pm and 5pm.

MetroLink will also be of­fer­ing free rides all day on Sun­day for chil­dren un­der 12 car­ry­ing a teddy bear.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Teddy Bears Pic­nic visit www.abes. co.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Big softie: Lucy Hoc­quard, 4, and her friends at Mt Eden Kinder­garten pre­pare for the Teddy Bears Pic­nic this Sun­day.

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