THERE were blue skies and plenty of smiles at a community celebration for the whole family to welcome new babies and kick-start the school holidays.

The Flourish Family Fun Day, which featured a teddy bears picnic and Bundy's annual Welcome Baby celebration, was held at Boreham Park yesterday.

Bundaberg Regional Council community services spokeswomen Judy Peters said hundreds of residents turned out to enjoy the activities.

"Boreham Park was filled with a raft of activities to keep the little ones entertained including arts and crafts, rides, a petting zoo, teddy bear parade and park activities," she said.

"The reasoning behind calling it the Flourish Family Fun Day is that we want our families here in the Bundaberg region to flourish and by doing so they will help our community to flourish."

Welcome Baby participant Miranda Raines said she went along as she registered her daughter for the event and said it was well organised and she would be returning next year.

"It wasn't around when I had my son and I am so glad they have it now," Mrs Raines said.

"It was great to be involved and everything was well organised from the welcome ceremony to the teddy bears picnic we all had fun.

"My friend also put her daughter in.

"It was nice to have the girls registered together as they were born on the same day."

Oakwood State School Playgroup's Kym Taggart said she didn't mind giving up her school holidays to man a stall at the event

"We like to get involved in community events and this one was definitely worth it," Mrs Taggart said.

"I think all family members enjoyed the morning," she said.

"We had activities for the kids and a sensory board which was a hit."

Mrs Taggart said her own children attended and would attend next year if it was to be repeated.

"We came along to promote the school playgroup but my 13-year-old and nine-year-old quads also enjoyed the day.

"It was great for all the kids from babies to right through primary school; something for everyone.

"(It was) really nice to see the community spirit on the school holidays."

Cr Peters said in addition to 30 stalls and information displays from the region's family service and product providers, sporting groups and organisations provided demonstrations and come-and-try activities and emergency services brought along vehicles and mascots.

"The level of community participation in the day was wonderful to see," she said.

"We not only had more than 50 babies registered to take part in the Welcome Baby celebrations but they had their friends, family and grandparents joining in to make it a special day out."

"The teddy bear parade was, as always, a very popular event.

"The friendliest bear category was won by one of our Welcome Baby participants who came dressed in a bear costume."



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