Fun for young and old alike at Portsmouth park picnic

Sack race fun in Victoria Park. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132200-4780)
Sack race fun in Victoria Park. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132200-4780)

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FUN for children and their parents will be the name of the game at a play day in Portsmouth’s Victoria Park tomorrow.

Portsmouth City Council is hosting a free Little Picnic to mark National Playday.

Health development officer Asha Lal said the day was a celebration of every child’s right to play.

She said: ‘Our Little Picnic offers a perfect way to get active with your family this summer.

‘It’s a great way to see that you don’t need to have lots of equipment to have fun in the park and it’s completely free.

‘So bring along a blanket, a healthy picnic and join us for some outdoor fun at Victoria Park.’

Ms Lal said there would be hula-hooping, skipping and much-loved playground games such as Hot Potato and What’s the Time Mr Wolf?

She said the activities planned required little or no equipment so that families could get ideas for games they could easily play again elsewhere.

Ms Lal said one of the aims of the Little Picnic was to encourage parents to get active and play with their children.

She said: ‘Often when parents take their children to the park, they drop them off at the swings or slides and then sit and watch.

‘But at the Little Picnic event, we strive to get the parents involved and playing with their children as well.’

The event is designed for children from toddler age up to 12.

The Little Picnic will run from 11am to 2pm, but may be cancelled if there is heavy rain.

For more details, call (023) 9284 1560 or e-mail or visit
n Kingston Recreation Ground in Fratton is hosting free activities for children tomorrow.

The Summer at the Rec event is designed for children aged 10 to 14 and will feature sports including basketball, rounders and football.

The children will have the chance to learn circus skills including diablo, walking on stilts, acrobalance and clowning.

Summer at the Rec will run from 2pm to 4pm. For more information or to book, call Stuart Mills on 07841 341969.

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