More than a thousand children and parents or carers came along to ‘play more’ at Midlothian’s Playday recently, enjoying a fantastic day out.
The event was held by Midlothian Association of Play (MAP), a charity working to improve and increase children’s opportunity to play, at Vogrie Country Park.
The play opportunities on offer included den-building, balloon modelling, soft play, storytelling, treasure baskets, a mud kitchen, making hot chocolate over a fire, chalk drawing and a scavenger hunt.
Provost Joe Wallace (SNP) said: “Both myself and Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP) were delighted to come along to this event at Vogrie.
“It was wonderful to see so many young people enjoying themselves outdoors.
“Anything that encourages children to run around in the fresh air is to be encouraged. Outdoor play is great for everyone’s health and well being.
“Well done to everyone involved in the Playday at Vogrie. Judging by the smiles on the children’s faces, it was a huge success.”
A variety of Midlothian services contributed activities to the event alongside the MAP team, including Lifelong Learning & Employability, Homelink Family Support, Midlothian Libraries, Waste Aware, Tumble Tots, RUTS and the Vogrie Park Rangers.
Susan McIntyre, MAP’s Manager said: “Play is so important for children’s health, wellbeing and development, and an essential part of having a good childhood.
“We hope that not only did everyone have fun, but that we inspired people with new ideas for play, so that children can play more through the rest of 2015 and beyond.”
The event was part of the UK wide Playday campaign that runs in August every year, with hundreds of events taking place all over the country.
This year’s Playday theme was ‘play more’ aimed to help raise awareness of the need for children and young people to have the time, freedom and space to play more often.