This weekend sees a host of family fun days taking place across the area and across a wide range of themes.
Events centre on Oceania, flowers, safer neighbourhoods and putting an end to violence against women.
· First, tomorrow The Spring in Havant is host to Oceania – a family open day to kick off Havant Welcomes The World, an Olympic event which culminates in activities at Staunton Country Park on July 8.
Family entertainment at The Spring includes the chance to meet (and handle!) Samantha the Creamsickle corn snake and a storytelling session about Samantha and other animals from Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii – the Oceanian countries at the heart of this event.
There will also be craft events throughout the day and, at 11am, a talk revealing what makes Oceania unique in a whistlestop tour of the region. And there will be screenings of Jacques Cousteau diving off the coast of Australia in the cafe, where families can sample homemade Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) biscuits, fruit kebabs and Hawaiian fruit punch during the free day, which runs from 10.30am to 3pm.
· Meanwhile, over at Cosham Park tomorrow, there’s a free community fun day organised by the Safer Neighbourhood Team of Cosham Police.
Love Cosham Park includes a barbecue, bouncy castle, playbus, tennis and basketball coaching, gladiator jousting and displays of micro scooter tricks, dancing, BMX, martial arts, classic cars and a marching band in this free event from noon until 4pm.
· Also tomorrow, the Portsmouth White Ribbon Group is teaming up with Hampshire Fire and Rescue to hold a free mini sports day in Guildhall Square.
The event will kick off a national relay to raise awareness of the links between major sporting events and violence against women and girls.
From 11am to 1pm, officers from Hampshire Fire and Rescue will be competing alongside members of the public in fun sports such as egg and spoon and relay races.
· Finally, on Sunday, the Daisy Chain Festival returns to Albert Road.
This flower-themed family fun day is organised by the Albert Road Traders’ Association, the Kings Theatre and other local businesses and organisations.
Events and displays will be held in shops and restaurants and on the road, which will be decorated for the occasion.
Activities include a film screening, flower hunt, quiz, plant pot painting, a flower mural, gardening workshops, art exhibitions, a tea party and musical and dance performances plus children’s activities, games and competitions from 11am to 4pm.