FAMILIES from Aveley and Ockendon enjoyed an afternoon of celebration at the official opening of the Indian Village garden at Aveley Children’s Centre recently.
Cllr Tony Fish, Mayor for Thurrock, was at the event and was introduced to all who had made this project possible, including the parents, carers and volunteers who donated homemade cakes for this fun filled Garden Tea Party.
During the afternoon there was Indian headdress making, face painting, story and singing sessions in the full size Indian tepee, Children’s Zumba, construction play, messy play in the ‘Mud Kitchen, and a teddy bears’ picnic.
Sixty families came along and many other guests – including the local Police Community Support Officers – joined the fun.
The project has been three years in its development with fencing and pathways put in place to provide an exciting and stimulating outside play space for children and users of the Aveley Children’s Centre in Stifford Road.
Then, in June this year the centre hosted a garden project weekend where local families and young people helped out by planting, painting and developing the garden area itself.
All the hard work culminated in the celebration Garden Party on Friday.
The children’s centre now has a wonderful area to extend learning and development into the outdoors and anyone wanting more information about any of Thurrock’s children’s centres should contact Thurrock Council’s Family Information Service, on 01375 652801 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org