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Friday, 13 March 2015

Hamilton Child Care Centre Family Fun Day

Hamilton Child Care Centre warmly invited authors and illustrators from the CBCA (NSW) Newcastle sub-branch to be part of the entertainment for their 'Family Fun Day' which was held today.

Deborah Kelly, Susan Whelan, Kaz Delaney and Liz Anelli accepted the invitation and joined in the fun while hosting a story tent.

This Family Fun Day felt like an old-fashioned school fete as it included arts and craft activities, clowns, jumping castles, pony rids, coffee carts, sponge throwing and games. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was lovely. 

Kaz gave Aidan and Lara a lesson on how to use her new 'choose your own adventure' book, 'The (No So) Greatest Show on Earth'. Aidan is now busting to read his new signed copy.
We got our hands on an early copy of Susan and Gwynneth's new book, 'Don't Think About Purple Elephants''. We even spotted a purple elephant or two wandering around. I grabbed my copy today as I think I'll be a tad too busy at the launch of this book next Saturday at the Newcastle Writers Festival Family Fun Day at 10:30am.
We listened to Liz and Deb read their picture Books, 'Howzat' and 'The Bouncing Ball'. Deb and Liz are also both involved in presenting workshops at the Newcastle Writers Festival next week.

My kids entertained themselves with face painting, snow cone eating, and biscuit decorating. As you can see they had a delightful morning.

Thanks to Liz, Kaz, Deb and Susan for representing our CBCA Newcastle sub-branch so beautifully. The girls really enjoyed mingling with the community talking about their books. Well done!

Photo: Liz Anelli



  1. We had a great day! Thank you HCCC for inviting us to your delightful day - everyone was so warm and welcoming. Thank you CBCA for providing the vehicle that enabled the invitation. Happy reading Aidan and Lara! Kaz

    1. What a lovely comment. Thanks Kaz! Lara and I snuggled in and shared 'Helpful Harry' yesterday. What a hilarious story!

  2. Thanks for your great wrap-up of the day, Katrina. It was lots of fun and perfect weather to be at the park.

    1. What a great opportunity to lead into the launch next Saturday. Looking forward to it!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment. Nice to know what others think.

  4. That’s great. Bringing families and daycare staff together develops a sense of community. It is always good and the parents will enjoy seeing their child in their environment as well as with their friends. Every Daycare center for children should organize these kinds of family fun activities time to time.