By SIMONE JOHNS*
APPROXIMATELY 300 families came to Herdsmans Cove Primary school, to join in the fun for the Big Beach Day! Families arrived in droves with their bathers and beach towels, ready to enjoy the giant water slide and jumping castle, ball games, sandcastle competition, baby paddling pools, music and dancing, train rides, and an awesome free barbecue.
Steve from Herdsmans Cove turned on all the sprinklers so kids could slide down giant plastic sheets, with the help from the Bridgewater and Old Beach Fire Brigades and their enormous fire hoses, and a couple of bottles of detergent!
A huge pile of sand was trucked in to create lots of fun for the kids of all ages and to host the Sand Castle competition.
The day was supported by a great team of volunteers from Vodafone and services from Bridgewater and Gagebrook who all collaborated to bring the beach to Herdsmans Cove – Good Beginnings, the Smith Family, Youth off the Streets, tagari lia, the local fire brigades, Herdsmans Cove Primary, Bridgewater LINC, and of course, the local community.
It was a great day for families, particularly with kids who don’t often get to the beach!
A great beach play day for a community without a beach!
The event was free for families and funded by Communities for Children (Department of Social Services).
For more information about school holiday activities and early years programs, contact Simone Johns at Good Beginnings, 0417 316 987.
*Simone Johns is manager of the Bright Start Early Years Centre, Good Beginnings Australia