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Childers kids slide into active summer fun

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Children try out the fun of a water slide at last week's session of the Keep Kids Active event at Childers.

If keeping things active and fun is the best way to learn, then Childers’ youngest residents are taking plenty on board these school holidays.

Acting on an Education Queensland identified need for prep and primary school aged children in the area to improve their physical development and language and cognitive skills, the Childers Neighbourhood Centre is hosting a Keep Kids Active event tomorrow (Thursday).

Council’s portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said the free event, supported via Thriving Queensland Communities Grant funds, was an ideal vehicle for promoting the benefits of physical activity, skills development and learning for young children.

“The event is a great opportunity for young children to get active outside the home and to encourage parents to engage with their children during outdoor activities,” Cr McPhee said.

“Council received great feedback after last year’s inaugural event and about 40 children participated in this year’s first Keep Kids Active event on January 14, so it’s great to see the community get behind the initiative.”

Children attending Thursday’s event can participate in a wide range of events including a jumping castle, football (soccer) and AFL skills, egg and spoon races, an obstacle course, water play and a downhill water slide to finish off the fun.

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Ayla plays catch 'em at last week's Keep Kids Active session at Childers.

Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor was pleased that the Childers community had shown its support for Keep Kids Active.

“The children are getting out of the house and being active without it being a chore, because the activities are fun,” Cr Trevor said.

“Even while enjoying the water slide the children are running back uphill repeatedly to line up for their next go.

“The fact that parents are attending means they also learn the importance of introducing active play to their children’s daily lives.”

Thursday’s Keep Kids Active session at the Childers Showgrounds from 9.30am to 11.30am. Entry is via Brand Street.

A free barbecue lunch, cooked by Rotary Club of Childers members, will be provided for all participants.

Parents are asked to ensure their children have togs, sunscreen, and a hat to participate in the activities.

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