National Playday 2017
All roads led to Lough Key Forest Park on Sunday the 25th June for the 10th Annual County Roscommon Family Playday with a massive turn-out of over 500 children and over 400 adults in attendance. Celebrating the importance of play in children’s learning and development, Playday was officially opened by Cathaoirleach Tony Ward of Roscommon County Council.
Roscommon County Council and Department of Children & Youth Affairs Initiative was co-ordinated by Roscommon County Childcare Committee in association with, Football Association of Ireland, Gaelic Athletic Association, Roscommon Leader Partnership and Lough Key Forest Park. Playday has been a phenomenal success over the last 10 years in County Roscommon, with everyone having an enjoyable and exciting day.
Louise Woods and Carmel Dunne, Childcare Development Officers with Roscommon County Childcare Committee welcomed everyone to the annual county Playday which was to raise awareness of the value of play to children within our county and support the implementation of the County Roscommon Play Policy in conjunction with Roscommon County Childcare Committee and Roscommon County Council.
There was further excitement as families had opportunities to take photos with their favourite hero’s (Castlerea inflatable characters!) from Frozen, Shrek and A Giant Dragon. There was a variety of events and games for all the family to enjoy including storytelling, soccer, GAA, fun and games, admission into Lough Key Adventure Play Kingdom, Irish Dancing Demonstration, Face Painting, a Balloon Race and The Big Blue Play bus. Lots of young tigers, butterflies, spider men, princess fairies and ninja turtles added to the sense of colour and fun.
Louise Woods and Carmel Dunne, Childcare Development Officers with Roscommon County Childcare reminded everyone that the nominated charity was ‘The Children’s Medical & Research Unit at Our Lady’s National Children’s Hospital, Crumlin’. The organisers wish to thank all those who gave so generously on the day. A total of €1696.19 was raised for this worthy cause through the donations, face painting and the balloon race.
Some attendees on the day made these comments “Best Playday ever” … “Well done to all involved.. this is great value and fun for all the family”
We want to thank all the organisations involved in organising the County Playday and to all of their staff and volunteers a big thank you.