Mayor puts some spin into her appeal for everyone to join in as Play Days ‘Pop Up’ across Mid and East Antrim
The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, has been getting some hands-on experience ‘playing’ her part in encouraging residents to ‘get out to play’.
The Mayor is calling for everyone to get outdoors and enjoy the parks and open spaces in the Borough. The first citizen is used to turning her hand to many things in her civic leader role, and this time she has taken that literally by getting outdoors to spin some Hula Hoops.
Cllr Wales – pictured here in action – said: “We have fantastic parks and open spaces provision in the Borough and this is a chance to get outdoors and enjoy some of them.
“At our ‘Pop Up Play Days’ families can enjoy a wide range of fun, games, and activities and it’s all completely free,” she said.
“Council strive to provide extensive opportunities for play and creativity in the natural environment and hope to spread the message that play is an extremely important part of children’s lives.
“Play opportunities should be accessible to all children so our innovative ‘Pop Up Play Days’ programme is focusing primarily on our smaller, local parks and open spaces,” Cllr Wales added.
“Outdoor play is vital for any child’s physical and mental development and the health benefits of being in the open air are numerous.
“With current concerns around childhood obesity, unhealthy diets and lack of exercise, getting out to play is more important than ever.
“Of course, it’s great fun for children – and adults alike,” she concluded, adding that ‘Pop Up Play Days’ will celebrate and promote the importance of play and give parents and carers great opportunities to get outdoors with their families.
Pop Up Play Day, Dixon Park, Sat 18 Mar, 11am-1pm;
Pop Up Play Day, Greenisland Play Park, Sat 8 April, 2pm – 4pm;
Pop Up Play Day, Kells and Connor Community Garden, Sat 6 May, 2pm – 4pm;
Pop Up Play Day, Newtowncrommelin Village Green, Sat 10 June, 2pm – 4pm;