FAMILY activities with a twist were the order of the day at a recycling event in Portsmouth’s Victoria Park.
Dozens of young children were at the park for fun and games with Portsmouth City Council’s recycling team and the scheme’s mascot Super Panda.
Activities included sack races using recycled sacks, a coconut shy where children were able to take aim at used food and drink cans and an arts and crafts stand where young visitors made things with recycled materials.
There was also face-painting, a three-legged race and giveaways.
Mum Kate Thomas, of Eastney, was there with her children Elsie, three, and Vinnie, one.
She said: ‘Elsie’s been doing the three-legged race and the sack race and climbing on the train which seems to be a popular activity.
‘It’s lovely to have something that gets the kids out and having some fun.
‘You can’t always count on the weather but I think there should be more things like this.’
Another mum, Carla Russell, of Hunston near Chichester, was there with her children Lola, three, and Tyler, two. She said she was enjoying the day.
Ms Russell said: ‘It’s good. I’ve been roped into doing a sack race and the children are enjoying it.
‘They’ve been nicely entertained here.’
Portsmouth City Council marketing officer Penny Watson said: ‘It’s all about getting families to come along and enjoy a free day out for free.’
Ms Watson said another aim of the day was to get more people involved in the recycling scheme.
She said people who signed up at bigrecycle.portsmouth.gov.uk would be in the running to win a £250 cash prize or one of 80 £75 or £25 vouchers each month.
‘It’s about encouraging people to recycle more of the right things,’ Ms Watson added.
The recycling team will also be at the Victorious Festival on August 23 and 24, hosting a clothes-swapping stand.
Ms Watson said: ‘We’re calling it a summer swishing party with the Big Recycle.’